Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

Did climate change cause Hurricane Harvey? That’s not a good question and it can’t be answered satisfactorily. Better to ask “Did climate change make Hurricane Harvey more severe?” The answer to this question is “Yes”.  Here’s the explanation. Water Temperature. Global warming heats the earth’s oceans. The water in the Gulf of Mexico is about …

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Stop Producing Fossil Fuels!! Is it possible?

The yearly Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Convention on Climate Change (COP) aims to limit and eventually eliminate greenhouse gases released from the burning of fossil fuels. These Conferences have not considered the possibility of tackling the problem at its source – the production of fossil fuels. This is the way forward proposed …

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Fracking=Nerve Wracking

There are divisions within the renewable energy camp that may prove to be irreconcilable.  The best known is the disagreement over the role of nuclear energy. There are effective advocates for continued use of nuclear energy, such as George Monbiot and James Lovelock. Critics of nuclear energy are just as effective, referring to issues such as the large costs of instalation, collateral security risks and problems of disposal of spent uranium.

So it is with fracking, a process that extracts natural gas from reserves that cannot be exploited by conventional drilling methods.

Environmentalists in favour of fracking, such as Lovelock, refer to the world’s continuing need for fossil fuels to generate electricity.  GHG emissions from natural gas are well below emissions from coal and conventional oil.  So fracking, which has greatly increased the supply of natural gas, enables the US to reduce its GHG emissions by phasing out use of coal in the production of electricity.

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“Climate breakdown is right here, right now.”

Almost two years ago, ForourGrandchildren noted that the Arctic is the fastest-warming region on the planet.  The study quoted in our blog stated that as sea ice melts, darker ocean water is exposed. A darker surface absorbs more heat, and this additional energy then melts more ice, setting in motion a self-reinforcing feedback. For the whole …

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