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PMC Articles Tagged 'Global Warming'

Global Warming Is Irreversible, Study Says

February 14th, 2009 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Steve Kurtz for this article.

Bruce Sundquist responded to the article two days ago (“World of Wasted Time” by Wayne Roberts) with the following comment: “I became aware some time ago that the usual methods for fighting global warming like energy conservation, sequestering in pressurized tanks of CO2, nuclear power etc. would no longer work. But two alternatives would still work – sequestering in forest biomass and sequestering of carbon in tropical cropland soils (the terra preta strategy). These two alternatives have the ability to extract greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere and therefore could halt global warming, and reverse it and cool the earth. The forest biomass alternative comes with an astronomical price tag and four serious risk factors that pretty well insure failure of that option. The terra preta alternative has plenty of sink capacity, and could pull greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere fast enough to halt and reverse global warming, and at a low (if any) cost and minimal risk.” Bruce’s comments are equally applicable to the item below.

I have previously distributed Bruce’s article on terra preta. If you would like to see it, view it at http://home.windstream.net/bsundquist1/tpgw.html.

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Peak oil? Global warming? No, it’s ‘Boomsday!’

January 28th, 2009 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Thanks to Carter Dillard for this article, which is relevant to this week’s Global Economic Forum.
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Six years ago, Peter Orszag, President Obama’s new budget director, co-authored a Brookings Institution study that concluded: “Balancing the budget would require a 41% cut in spending on Social Security and Medicare, a 47% cut in discretionary spending, or a 17% cut in all non-interest spending.” It’s getting worse: Today entitlements eat up 40% of the federal budget and are growing.

No doubt Orszag’s earlier thinking had a lot to do with why Obama picked him. But it’s also a signal of what we can expect when a Social Security reform bill is sent to Congress during Obama’s “first 100 days.” And that will trigger a brutal battle. Why? Because AARP’s 35 million members will fight all benefits reductions while young voters who put Obama in office will fight any new Social Security taxes. Bruising battle?

For full article, visit:

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story

Global Warming: Stop Worrying, Start Panicking

December 27th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Many thanks to Ed Maibach for this article by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Science Advisor to Chancellor Merkel of Germany.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber on Climate Change

Network Shows May Add Global Warming Propaganda

November 25th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Apparently unsatisfied with NBC’s current “Green Week” programming (150 hours between Nov. 16 – 22), Hollywood has been working on getting more climate change agitprop on the air.

According to a Nov. 18 Reuters article by Sue Zeidler, a group of network television writers met in Los Angeles this week “to discuss how incorporating the growing threat of climate change into primetime storylines could inspire viewers to live green.”

For full article, visit:
http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20081120083906.aspx

Methane Burps: Ticking Time Bomb

July 3rd, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | 2 Comments

Thanks to Albert Kaufman for sending this article.
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The Arctic Council’s recent report on the effects of global warming in the far north paints a grim picture: global floods, extinction of polar bears and other marine mammals, collapsed fisheries. But it ignored a ticking time bomb buried in the Arctic tundra.

There are enormous quantities of naturally occurring greenhouse gasses trapped in ice-like structures in the cold northern muds and at the bottom of the seas. These ices, called clathrates, contain 3,000 times as much methane as is in the atmosphere. Methane is more than 20 times as strong a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide.

For full article, visit:
http://www.energybulletin.net/3647.html

Al Gore’s Talk at the TED Conference

July 2nd, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

You may have seen An Inconvenient Truth. This half-hour talk in March 2008 by Al Gore updates the slides from An Inconvenient Truth. In this talk, he presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists were recently predicting, and challenges us to act with a sense of “generational mission” — the kind of feeling that brought forth the civil rights movement — to set it right. Gore’s stirring presentation is followed by a brief Q&A in which he is asked for his verdict on the current political candidates’ climate policies and on what role he himself might play in future.

http://www.ted.com

Global Warming May Bring Malaria to Britain

June 24th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Global Warming May Bring Malaria to Britain: Climate change could bring malaria and other diseases to Britain and trigger more frequent heat waves that will have huge health impacts, British doctors said.

http://ent.groundspring.org

States Sue EPA Over Global Warming

June 22nd, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

A coalition of states is suing the Bush administration to force it to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked what justices called inaction on global warming.

The Supreme Court said in April 2007 that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is a pollutant subject to the Clean Air Act. The court directed the EPA to determine if carbon dioxide emissions, linked to global warming, endanger public health and welfare.

If that is the case, the court said, the EPA must regulate the emissions.

For full article, visit:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23919234/

Human Impacts on Ocean: Shocking

May 19th, 2008 by Chantelle Routhier | Add a Comment

Researchers unveiled the first detailed map of human impacts on the world’s oceans last week, and the news is not good. A team of 20 acclaimed marine scientists from around the world collaborated on the project, finding that humans are having a major impact on marine ecosystems, leaving only four percent of the world’s oceans unaffected by human activities.

“In the past, many studies have shown the impact of individual activities,” said lead scientist Benjamin Halpern of California’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. “But here for the first time we have produced a global map of all of these different activities layered on top of each other so that we can get this big picture of the overall impact that humans are having rather than just single impacts.”

For full article, visit:
http://www.emagazine.com/view/?4099

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH POPULATION MEDIA CENTER ON APRIL 22nd

April 21st, 2008 by Katie Elmore | Comments Off

Shelburne, VT - On April 22nd, Population Media Center (PMC) will celebrate Earth Day. PMC is an international nonprofit organization that strives to bring about the stabilization of human population numbers at a level that can be sustained by the world’s natural resources, in order to improve the well-being of people around the world and lessen the harmful impact of humanity on the earth’s environment. PMC uses entertainment-education strategies, like serialized dramas on radio and television that encourage positive social and health behaviors, such as the use of family planning and the empowerment of women.

Please join us in celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd. William Ryerson, President and Founder of Population Media Center will be available for interviews.

Population and Environment
Currently, there is a great deal of concern in the media, government, business, and general public regarding the issue of global warming. However, the impact of rapid human population growth on global warming is often overlooked. Decreasing consumption levels will not be enough if the human population continues to rise. The United Nations Population Division estimates that by the year 2050 the world population will reach 9.2 billion, with most of this increase occurring in the developing world. It is estimated that by 2050 over 50% of carbon emissions will come from developing nations. Not only does population growth significantly contribute to an increase in carbon emissions, but it creates a strain on other resources such as water, food, and energy.

Make the Link Between Population and Environment
For more information about population and environmental issues, PMC’s founder and president, William Ryerson, will be available for interviews. Mr. Ryerson has a four decade history of working in the fields of population and reproductive health. As a graduate student, he was Founder and first Chairperson of the Yale Chapter of Zero Population Growth (ZPG). He also served on the Executive Committee of ZPG, as Eastern Vice President and Secretary of the national organization. In 1970, he was featured in Life Magazine’s Earth Day issue organizing student activities on the Yale campus for the first Earth Day.

During the last two decades, he has been working to adapt the Sabido methodology of entertainment-education for behavior change on family planning and family size issues to various cultural settings worldwide. He has also been involved in the design of research to measure the effects of such projects in a number of countries, one of which has led to a series of publications regarding a serialized radio drama in Tanzania and its effects on HIV/AIDS avoidance and family planning use. He received a B.A. in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College and an M.Phil. in Biology from Yale University (with specialization in Ecology and Evolution). He served as Director of the Population Institute’s Youth and Student Division, Development Director of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and Executive Vice President of Population Communications International before founding Population Media Center. Mr. Ryerson is listed in several editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the East. In 2006, he was awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development.