A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!

Op-ed by Bill McKibben, Published: May 24 in Washington Post Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections. When you see pictures of rubble like this week’s shots from Joplin, Mo., you should not wonder: Is this somehow related to the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., or the enormous outbreak a couple of weeks before that (which, together, comprised the most active April for tornadoes in U.S. history). No, that doesn’t mean a thing. It is far better to think of these as isolated, unpredictable, discrete…

Carbon dioxide illustrator from NOAA

This is a really nice way of illustrating the level of carbon dioxide over the the past 800.000 years. Something very unusual, however not unexpected, is happening right now. From NOAA Carbon Tracker at YouTube.

To leave it in the ground -or not.

This is a copy of a comment I made at ClimateProgress almost two years ago. It needs to be repeated. /Martin Why do we accept the talk about “lowering the emission”, when we might as well saying “leaving the fossil carbon in the ground”. A reduction of the human induced emissions of CO2 implies that carbon eventually is not taken out from the ground. If you want to reduce emissions by 80%, you have to reduce the amount of coal/gas/oil you dig up by approximately… 80%. (If this is enough…

Al Gore speech

July 17, 2008 Al Gore gave a speech to challenge USA to deal with the major problem facing the nation. Economic, Environmental and dependence upon Foreign natural resources. He compared the challenge to the time when America decided to put a man on the moon within ten years. The challenge today is to produce 100% of its electricity from renewable resources within ten years. Now this clearly is a vision. And USA has show us before that they can accomplish things once they get a goal and starts moving towards…