Bad news on carbon emissions balanced by good news on solar photovoltaics, a Medicane bringing dramatic flash flooding to Italy and France, a scientist who thinks the Arctic could be effectively ice free in late summer in only four years, and the inside story on what the New Zealand election might mean for climate policy down under. John Cook joins us to talk about the new BEST temperature record (great gifs, Dana!), and in the solutions section Gareth and Glenn talk about solar powered airships, China’s plans to ban incandescent light bulbs, and a continent spanning €400bn solar thermal power plan for North Africa, Europe and the Middle East. All this and more as The Climate Show comes of age with its 21st show…
News & commentary: [0:04:50]
Record carbon emissions
Levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago: The Guardian.
Chinese economic miracle fuels surge in carbon emissions – greenhouse gas output hits record high as China overtakes US to become world’s biggest polluter: The Independent.
Global carbon intensity on the rise for first time in a decade, and PwC Report here.
The Triumph of King Coal: Hardening Our Coal Addiction by Fred Pearce.
More on floods in Italy and France (not forgetting Thailand and Cambodia).
Rare storm with tropical features forms in Mediterranean: Jeff Masters
Arctic forecast: Peter Wadhams thinks there’s a good chance the Arctic will be ice-free in summer by 2015:
“It is really showing the fall-off in ice volume is so fast that it is going to bring us to zero very quickly. 2015 is a very serious prediction and I think I am pretty much persuaded that that’s when it will happen.”
[0:24:00]It’s election time in New Zealand:
NATIONAL: From The Listener‘s excellent election blog:
The National party’s climate change policy, which is being released today in Nelson by the prime minister, has appeared. The important bit is this, from Key’s statement: “We intend to slow the phasing in of the emissions trading scheme from 2013 to 2015, at which point we will look to align our scheme with that adopted by Australia. Any change to our emissions trading scheme will be fiscally neutral.” Fiscally neutral, maybe, but not environmentally neutral. The door to a teal deal creaks closer to shutting.
LABOUR TV 3 News: The Labour Party will not allow Solid Energy to mine for liquid fuels in Southland because of the increase to greenhouse gas emissions, it has been announced today.
Full Labour climate policy here.
GREEN PARTY climate policy here.
Debunking the skeptic, John Cook from skepticalscience.com [0:38:40]
The BEST (Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature) of times…
“I’m prepared to accept whatever result they produce, even if it proves my premise wrong”
Anthony Watts, March 2011
DENIAL STAGE 1: “IT’S NOT HAPPENING”
“I consider the paper fatally flawed as it now stands, and thus I recommend it be removed from publication consideration by JGR until such time that it can be reworked….it appears they have circumvented the scientific process in favor of PR.”
Anthony Watts, October 2011
DENIAL STAGE 2: “IT’S HAPPENING BUT IT’S NOT US”
“All sceptics believe in “global warming” (depending on what time scale you use); what they doubt to various degrees is the “man made” element.”
DENIAL STAGE 3: BACK TO “IT’S NOT HAPPENING”
Daily Mail showed cooling from BEST data (animated GIF):
Animated GIF of cooling trends throughout warming period: