Grab some holly, deck your halls, heat up some mince pies, and then settle down to the last Climate Show of 2011. We look at the outcome of the Durban conference, discuss heavy rain in New Zealand and record-breaking weather extremes in the USA, and ponder the implications of news of more methane erupting from the seabed off Siberia. Glenn interviews Chris Paine, director of EV documentary Revenge of the Electric Car, and we round off the show with some optimistic news on possible energy solutions.
News & commentary: [0:02:00]
Durban – the deal, and what it means
Mark Lynas at Hot Topic: http://hot-topic.co.nz/the-verdict-on-durban/
Gareth’s take: http://hot-topic.co.nz/a-mad-deal-in-durban/
Flooding in Nelson: Stuff.co.nz
Philippines: 400+ killed in flash floods yesterday: BBC
WMO on 2011: world’s 10th warmest year, warmest year with La Niña on record, second-lowest Arctic sea ice extent: release.
Methane in the Arctic: Independent.
[Background] http://hot-topic.co.nz/siberian-seabed-methane-first-numbers/ and the links therein.
Chris Paine: Revenge of the Electric Car
Game Changing Technologies Promise Climate Change Optimism: Celsias NZ
U.S. Geothermal Resources Could Replace Coal 10 Times Over: Ecogeek
Solar Power Much Cheaper to Produce Than Most Analysts Realize, Study Finds: Science Daily
Solution Fail: Congress spared the 100-watt incandescent light bulb from a government-enforced phaseout in a win for Tea Party activists over manufacturers who said they are already switching to more energy-efficient products: Business Week