Monday, December 14, 2009

Lots of climate news

There are way too many events related to the climate to describe all of them, especially when I am a bit busy. So just a few of them.

Henrik Svensmark - who gave an excellent talk on December 4th in Berlin during a conference I attended - had a heart attack on live Danish TV - or a malfunction of his pacemaker. Lomborg was standing nearby. A very worrisome video. Think twice whether you want to watch it. An excellent scientist like Svensmark is the last one who deserves such things. He's doing OK now, they say, and I wish him a full recovery.

The poor countries got so upset in Copenhagen that the talks were suspended.

Canada's Alberta - Edmonton etc. - is experiencing record cold temperatures up to around -46 °C which often feels like -59 °C in the wind (Edmonton Airport). I am sure that the residents of Edmonton are eager to reduce their usage of fossil fuels in order to cool the planet by additional 0.00001 °C.

Czechia feels like a tropical paradise in comparison. For this week, the meteorologists predicts something like balmy minus 20 °C.

If you want to see what kind of discussions we had with Greenpeace on Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, December 4th, see this Monckton-Greenpeacechick debate in front of the Melia Hotel.

From next Monday, Andy Revkin is leaving the New York Times for Pace University.

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  1. Canada's Alberta - Edmonton etc. - is experiencing record cold temperatures up to around -46 °C which often feels like -59 °C in the wind (Edmonton Airport). I am sure that the residents of Edmonton are eager to reduce their usage of fossil fuels in order to cool the planet by additional 0.00001 °C.

    This is of real concern when we have come to rely on the electrical grids as to always being there for us.

    While we are in the throws of this cold right now, the cost is rising and having moved to an "open market system" there is chance that the price being dictated by someone else will help to lavish capitalism in a way that the normal folk will cringe, as we see these gas meters wind up to exorbitant speeds for final calculations of cost.

    A lot of people are not wealthy, and do not live in the cities.

    Can you imagine not burning wood while one waits to have the electrical grid repaired two, maybe three days time in such weather? Not having their own generators?

    There are basic necessities for life to be able to live, and if you do not have the money to pay these gas prices what are you to do?

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