Friday, February 02, 2007

Climate report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its report, Climate Change 2007. On the website: video, chapter outlines, and the 21-page summary in PDF. Lots more background material, too, including previous reports.
According to The Guardian:
The UN report was written by international experts and is widely regarded as the most comprehensive review yet of climate change science. It will underpin international negotiations on new emissions targets to succeed the Kyoto agreement, the first phase of which expires in 2012. World governments were given a draft last year and invited to comment.

On a discouraging note, The Guardian also reports on the American Enterprise Institute's campaign to undermine the results by offering $10,000 each to scientists and economists to write articles disputing the conclusions of the study. Not that the AEI is unbiased on this topic:
The AEI has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI's board of trustees.

(Via Guardian News Blog.)

The New York Times story on the report calls it 'bleak' and powerful. Links to blogger reactions at Memeorandum.

That Nobel nomination for Gore is looking better and better. Of course, you can't judge much by nominations. Anyone can be nominated for a Peace Prize. To Wit: Rush Limbaugh.



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