Category: Climate change

  • Last pre-Olympic snapshot

    Opening ceremonies tomorrow, August 8. This is the view as of 10am, August 7 in the Guomao area of Beijing. Says James Fallows: I suspect that a lot of this actually is “mist,” very high humidity, etc. That is, it can’t be that much more polluted than it was 36 hours ago, when things looked…

  • Olympic countdown

    Beijing-based Atlantic writer James Fallows took this view from his office window at 10am today [June 19] which is just 50 days before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games. [From The Atlantic ]

  • Great tits cope well with warming

    The headline of the week: [From BBC NEWS | Science/Nature]

  • Antarctic glacier melt speeds up

    A view of the remaining part of the Larsen B ice shelf that extends into the northwest part of the Weddell Sea is seen in this handout photo taken on March 4, 2008. A glacier used as a benchmark to measure global warming’s impact on the Antarctic Peninsula melted more than usual in the past…

  • Australia experiences hottest ever January

    Australia experienced its hottest January on record this year, with the dry continent heating up as part of the global warming process, according to the bureau of meteorology. Temperatures rose by between 1.0 and 2.0 degrees in most parts of the country, with the national average hitting 29.2°C (84°F) for the summer month, said the…

  • Whale shark found a long way from home

    Paul Sorensen photographed the five-metre long whale shark as it swam close to his group A young whale shark has been found off the Queensland coast, as far as 1,000 kilometres off course of its annual migration. The discovery has puzzled scientists, who have not ruled out a link to climate change. The lonesome whale…

  • Is this the end of cheap food?

    The Guardian reports that food prices are rising dramatically, which is coming as a surprise to “UK shoppers aged under 50 [who] have so far never experienced food-price inflation”. The article cites four reasons for the price increase: 1. Oil prices: “$100 a barrel means food that is four-times as expensive to plant, irrigate, harvest…

  • Cheney accused of blocking Californian bid to cut car fumes

    The US vice-president, Dick Cheney, was behind a controversial decision to block California’s attempt to impose tough emission limits on car manufacturers, according to insiders at the government Environmental Protection Agency. Staff at the agency, which announced last week that California’s proposed limits were redundant, said the agency’s chief went against their expert advice after…

  • Wow! US agrees to climate change compromise

    The United States has finally dropped opposition to a compromise plan to launch talks on a new UN climate treaty after pleas from other nations. It was a real last-minute deal. There might now be some hope for our children’s future … ‘We will go forward and join consensus,’ Paula Dobriansky, heading the US delegation,…