Recent reports on areas north of 60 degrees latitude point to rapid climate change in this region of the planet. What's happening?
Every Government Official Should Read This: Choosing Between Economic Growth and Fighting Climate Change Is No Longer an Issue
In today's Financial Times, Pilita Clark has written an article titled "Growth and fighting global climate change not incompatible." Did you hear that? Economic growth, the creation of jobs, increased Gross National Product - you in government no longer have to concern yourselves that enacting climate change mitigation strategies is going to drive your country into depression or worse.
By 2050, we will have to invest in a new road network 25 million kilometers in length to keep up with human population growth and infrastructure requirements. This represents a 60% increase from 2010, with almost all of these new roads located in the developing world.
We are less than 10 days away from the planned climate summit of 125 nations taking place in New York City on September 23rd. So I thought it would be useful to take a quick climate change snapshot, rating the efforts of individual nations. That made me wonder - how are nations being measured? What constitutes a success? Who leads the pack? Who is failing?
ITER is the multibillion dollar, multinational fusion reactor project being built in France. It is over budget and yet to be finished. Others, therefore, are seeking a simpler, less expensive hot fusion solution.
Yesterday's expose on Canada's promotion of the oil sands, appearing in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Inside Climate News," is an indictment of the country's federal government. Canada's federal government is no more than a front for the fossil fuel industry. And taking the lead in spreading the lies is Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
When I was doing consulting work in telecommunications the highest service level standard was 99.999% or five "9s" up time. That meant you would experience a drop in service of no more than 5 minutes over an entire year. Well the five "9s" standard can now be applied to anthropogenic global warming.
While walking my dog past a building site a few weeks ago I got into a conversation with the engineer responsible for the project - a house being built with many energy efficient features. The owners contemplated putting in a green roof but decided at the last minute to pull back from the investment. They considered solar panels and then backed away.
What seems absolutely reasonable is apparently true. Expose microbes to extreme environments and those that survive evolve and adapt more rapidly. A study appearing in Scientific Reports in August looked at six diverse natural environments and 40 meta-genomic samples to report on relative evolutionary rates in the microbial community. Environments included acid mine drainage, saline lakes, and hot springs. Evidence showed high mutation rates among microbes.