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Climate conference becomes a disaster - Kyoto up in smoke?

Putin and his economic advisor both refuse to endorse Kyoto, and a parade of Russian scientists have been brought forward to debunk global warming, bringing dismay to participants in the climate change conference currently underway in Russia.
Fresh from a visit with George Bush, Putin and his government are giving indications that Russia will not be endorsing the Kyoto accord. The Canadian government was under pressure from the Bush adminsitration to not ratify Kyoto, and the Australian government has abandoned the accord. Due to the way the accord is structured, if Russia does not ratify the accord is dead in the water.

According to Putin, in a joke he made to the Climate Change Conference, global warming would be good for Russia, since they wouldn't need such heavy parkas, and they could grow more wheat. His remark drew an angry response from a delegate from Finland, who spoke about the ecological catastrophe facing the Northern regions of Europe, with polar bears being particularl;y hard hit by receding ice, which leads to a disruption in their traditional hunting practices, and thus starvation and potential extinction event. Other participants drew attention to the uncertainty surrounding the potential effects of climate change, to suggest that it could be harmful to Russian interests (in particular the melting of the Permafrost, could result in a large bog, into which would sink all of Russia's oil pipeline infrrastructure.

Putin's economic advisor also insisted that 'no decision' had been made on Kyoto, and that it was not, he said, just as matter of time, and then Russia would sign. Putin also insisted that Russia was determined to double its GDP in the next few years, and that it expected to exceed its Kyoto limits in the process, and has no intention of stalilng growth, especially for what he called 'umproven global warming.' As if to drive the point home, the Russian's have been packing the conference with Russian skeptics who have spent their time debunking global warming.

All in all, the entire climate conference is turning into a first class disaster, and the fact that Putin just returned from a visit with Bush, and now, like Australia, is scrapping Kyoto, seems to be hardly a coincidence. Kyoto is a small step (calling for only a 5 per cent reduction, when the scientfic consensus calls for a 60 per cent reduction in green house gas emissions). Given how impossible it is proving to make even such a small step, it becomes apparent that the die is cast, and an experiment on the climate of the planet is underway. With the United States, Russia, and China, (the biggests emitters of greenhouse gases) outside the accord, and determined to stay that way, the future course of the planet seems to be established (a future of big oil, and big gambles).

it is worth noting here, that by burning up all the oil, the human race is also burning up a meal ticket, since the huge size of the current world population is largely petroleum based, since much fertilizer and other agricultural inputs are derived from petroleum, and consequently, the end of oil also means the end of that particular meal ticket...
warm water anomolies 01.Oct.2003 08:06


this weeks warm water anomoly map is interesting in that most of the warm water anomolies are in the artic region
I have not monitored this long term, but if this is a persistent pattern, it would explain the problems the polar bears are experiencing with the pack ice
the legend runs from yellow to red indicating progressively warmer than average water temps

Alaska's climate: Too hot to handle 01.Oct.2003 12:35

John Whitfield

In the far north of Alaska, the area covered by sea ice is shrinking at a rate of about 3% per decade - bad news for the seals and polar bears that depend on the ice environment, and for the subsistence hunters who depend on the animals. Winter is the prime hunting season, as snowmobiles can cover distances much more quickly than any vehicle on the tundra of summer. But the date when the snow melts has become less predictable, forcing communities to invest in expensive contingency plans such as helicopter rescue for stranded hunting parties.

The inhabitants of Barrow, the northernmost town in the United States, stand to lose more than their meals. The retreat of sea ice has exposed the land to the sea for more of the year, which has meant more erosion of the coast. Other symptoms of climate change exacerbate the erosion: more storms, melting permafrost - which makes the ground softer - and higher sea levels. Several other Alaskan communities are faced with having the ground washed out from under them, too. There are even plans to dismantle and move two villages on the northwest coast, Shishmaref and Kivalina, at a cost of more than $100 million - over $100,000 per resident.