Posted on October 28th, 2010 No comments
“Global warming ‘unquestionably’ due to humans: France : Global warming exists and is unquestionably due to human activity, France’s Academy of Science said in a report published Thursday and written by 120 scientists from France and abroad. “Several independent indicators show an increase in global warming from 1975 to 2003. This increase is mainly due to the increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide,” the academy said in conclusion to the report. “The increase in carbon dioxide, and to a lesser degree other greenhouse gases, is unquestionably due to human activity,” said the report, adopted unanimously by academy members. The report contradicts France’s former education minister Claude Allegre, a geochemist, who published a book called “The Climatic Deception” which claimed that carbon dioxide was not linked to climate change. The report was commissioned in April by Minister for Research Valerie Pecresse in response to hundreds of environmental scientists who complained that Allegre in particular was disparaging their work. Allegre is a member of the Academy of Sciences and also signed off on the report. “He has the right to evolve,” the academy’s president Jean Salencon said. Pecresse said: “The debate is over.”…”
To my Climate Change sceptical readers, you, too have the “right to evolve”.
Come on over from the dark side to the side of light, life and understanding.
Stop the blame game, the game of suspicion, nitpicking, paranoia and irrationality, and reflect on the path of right dealing, factual research, and true and cooperative human endeavour.
Human beings are genetically encoded for pragmatic policies and practical decisionmaking; yet sometimes the fastest route to a solution is the least successful in the longer term.
Digging high calorie substances out of the ground and burning them in very large quantities is having a negative effect on the ability of the Earth to sustain Life. Ponder that for a while.
Eventually virtually all mining activities will be curtailed. As an elderly relative commented to me when discussing recycling – if we recycled all materials then people wouldn’t have to risk their lives going deep underground for new resources – like those poor miners in Chile and China.
The mines are getting deeper and more dangerous – something the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem encountered to its irrecoverable loss earlier this year.
We can live without mining. We can garner energy without mining. We can live having all our wants and needs provided for by the power of sunlight and the winds and waves it drives, and by the gravitational pull of the Moon turning the tides restlessly.
That kind of productivity will keep us in industrial development for as long as we survive as a species, whilst preventing destruction of our habitat, which would finish us off as a species altogether, along with millions of others.
That’s the kind of evolution we need.Climate Change, Climate Chaos, Energy Change, Energy Revival, Global Singeing, Global Warming, Green Investment, Growth Paradigm, Oil Change, Regulatory Ultimatum, Renewable Resource, Resource Curse, Science Rules, Social Change Claude Allegre, evolution, Fossil Fuels, miners, mines, Mining, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Energy
Posted on October 6th, 2010 2 comments
Welcome to little Gracie, born at Michaelmas.
By the time this child is five years old, the world should have agreed to control Carbon Dioxide emissions.
Net greenhouse gas emissions to air should have peaked, and be on the decline by the time this child starts school.
It’s up to us to care for our children.
If we don’t take steps to stop the ocean becoming increasingly acidic, we will have destroyed part of the food chain, and people will go hungry in greater numbers than they do now :-
“August 2010 : Scientific American Magazine : Threatening Ocean Life from the Inside Out; August 2010; Scientific American Magazine; by Marah J. Hardt and Carl Safina : …As researchers, we were concerned about the underappreciated effects of changing ocean chemistry on the cells, tissues and organs of marine species. In laboratory experiments at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Havenhand had demonstrated that such changes could seriously impede the most fundamental strategy of survival: sex. Ocean acidification—a result of too much carbon dioxide reacting with seawater to form carbonic acid—has been dubbed “the other CO2 problem.” As the water becomes more acidic, corals and animals such as clams and mussels have trouble building their skeletons and shells. But even more sinister, the acidity can interfere with basic bodily functions for all marine animals, shelled or not. By disrupting processes as fundamental as growth and reproduction, ocean acidification threatens the animals’ health and even the survival of species. Time is running out to limit acidification before it irreparably harms the food chain on which the world’s oceans—and people—depend.”
And global warming will only make the problem worse :-
Letter : Nature Geoscience 2, 105 – 109 (2009)
Published online: 25 January 2009 : doi:10.1038/ngeo420
“Long-term ocean oxygen depletion in response to carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels”
Gary Shaffer, Steffen Malskær Olsen & Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen
“Abstract : Ongoing global warming could persist far into the future, because natural processes require decades to hundreds of thousands of years to remove carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning from the atmosphere. Future warming may have large global impacts including ocean oxygen depletion and associated adverse effects on marine life, such as more frequent mortality events, but long, comprehensive simulations of these impacts are currently not available. Here we project global change over the next 100,000 years using a low-resolution Earth system model, and find severe, long-term ocean oxygen depletion, as well as a great expansion of ocean oxygen-minimum zones for scenarios with high emissions or high climate sensitivity. We find that climate feedbacks within the Earth system amplify the strength and duration of global warming, ocean heating and oxygen depletion. Decreased oxygen solubility from surface-layer warming accounts for most of the enhanced oxygen depletion in the upper 500 m of the ocean. Possible weakening of ocean overturning and convection lead to further oxygen depletion, also in the deep ocean. We conclude that substantial reductions in fossil-fuel use over the next few generations are needed if extensive ocean oxygen depletion for thousands of years is to be avoided.”
Posted on September 8th, 2010 No comments
An e-mail trail with a certain amount of political content…
from: Kate Shepherd
date: Tue, Aug 10, 2010
subject: Climate Week
It was lovely to speak with you today about Climate Week and I’d be grateful if you could pass on the information to the rest of your team.
Climate Week, 21st – 27th March 2011, is a new national occasion on climate change, backed by the Prime Minister, Al Gore and Kofi Annan. During Climate Week, thousands of events will be run by organisations from every part of society to highlight the positive steps being taken to help prevent climate change.
I have attached a document for further information, the document includes a list of supporters of Climate Week, which range from every part of society: from the Chief Fire Officers Association to the Women’s Institute, the Girl Guiding UK to several Regional Development Agencies.Advertise Freely, Bait & Switch, Be Prepared, Big Picture, British Sea Power, Burning Money, Carbon Capture, Climate Change, Coal Hell, Corporate Pressure, Energy Revival, Environmental Howzat, Financiers of the Apocalypse, Fossilised Fuels, Global Warming, Growth Paradigm, Incalculable Disaster, Low Carbon Life, Marine Gas, Media, Meltdown, Nuclear Nuisance, Nuclear Shambles, Peak Energy, Peak Oil, Petrolheads, Political Nightmare, Protest & Survive, Public Relations, Regulatory Ultimatum, Renewable Resource, Resource Curse, Solar Sunrise, Tarred Sands, Unconventional Foul, Unnatural Gas, Wind of Fortune Al Gore, Atomic Energy, Atomic Power, Churchill, Climate Camp, David Cameron, EdF, Electricite de France, Firemen, Fossil Fuels, France, Germany, Girl Guides, Gordon Brown, Kevin Steele, Kofi Annan, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power, Oil Bank of Scotland, Oyal Bank of Scotland, RBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Vincent de Rivaz, Winnie, Winston Churchill, Womens Institute
Posted on September 4th, 2010 No comments
I rubbed my eyes, but the logo didn’t disappear. The Independent newspaper article had a graphic explaining that the article was “in association with Shell” :-
Further clue : the author was Tom Burke, “Mr Clean Coal” to those of us that know of him.
The article was great, up until the paragraph :-
“Without deploying carbon capture and storage technologies for coal and gas, Europe has no workable climate policy…”
Well, we knew Tom Burke was going to say that, didn’t we ?
But why was the article “in association with Shell” ? Is this the start of advertising masquerading as opinion articles ?
What could possibly link Royal Dutch Shell to Carbon Capture and Storage ? The “Enhanced Oil Recovery” (EOR) angle, possibly – Shell offering to pump Carbon Dioxide down into its depleting oil and gas wells in an attempt to raise the pressure on the remaining hydrocarbon, to squeeze it out.Carbon Capture, Climate Change, Coal Hell, Corporate Pressure, Emissions Impossible, Energy Revival, Global Warming, Low Carbon Life, Peak Energy, Peak Oil, Public Relations, Regulatory Ultimatum, Technological Sideshow, Unutterably Useless, Utter Futility, Vain Hope advertisement, advertising, advertorial, bailout, Beyond Patience, BP, British Psychopathology, Carbon Capture and Storage, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Clean Coal, coal, Coal Hell, Coalhole, consultancy, consultant, corporate influence, depletion, E3G, Enhance Oil Recovery, EOR, ExxonMobil, Fossil Fuels, green stimulus, Independent, Indy, journalism, Journalist, management consultancy, mangement consultant, mission creep, news corruption, newspaper infiltration, North Sea, Peak Coal, Peak Energy, Peak Fossil Fuels, Royal Dutch Shell, Shell, The Independent, The Indy, Tom Burke, undue influence
Posted on September 4th, 2010 No comments
Even only semi-regular perusers of this little web log will be astonished, galled and maybe even venomously upset to discover that for once, and probably only the once going on past evidence, I actually agree with Christopher Booker :-
“The Clean Development Mechanism delivers the greatest green scam of all : Even the UN and the EU are wising up to the greenhouse gas scam, “the biggest environmental scandal in history”, says Christopher Booker. : By Christopher Booker : Published: 28 Aug 2010 : …The way the racket works is that Chinese and Indian firms are permitted to carry on producing a refrigerant gas known as HCF-22 until 2030. But a by-product of this process is HCF-23, which is supposed to be 11,700 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2. By destroying the HCF-23, the firms can claim Certified Emission Reduction credits worth billions of dollars when sold to the West (while much of the useful HCF-22 is sold onto the international black market). Last year, destruction of CFCs accounted for more than half the CDM credits issued, in a market that will eventually, it is estimated, be worth $17 billion. Of the 1,390 CDM projects so far approved, less than 1 per cent accounts for 36 per cent of the total value. Even greenies have become so outraged by this ridiculous racket that the Environmental Investigation Agency has described it as the “biggest environment scandal in history”…”
I would commend Mr Booker to get his chemical acronyms sorted out, by substituting “HCF” with “HFC”, or “HCFC”, but apart from that, which was fairly easy to unpick, it is quite an honourable description of the problem.
None of the money-based “flexible mechanisms” sewn into the Kyoto Protocol appear to be working, and that’s because they are (a) money-based and (b) not economy-wide.Big Picture, British Sea Power, Burning Money, Carbon Commodities, Climate Change, Corporate Pressure, Cost Effective, Disturbing Trends, Emissions Impossible, Energy Revival, Financiers of the Apocalypse, Fossilised Fuels, Global Warming, Growth Paradigm, Low Carbon Life, Marvellous Wonderful, Oil Change, Regulatory Ultimatum, Renewable Resource, Social Change, Solar Sunrise, Utter Futility, Vain Hope, Wind of Fortune Carbon Credit, Carbon Dioxide, CDM, CERs, Certified Emissions Reductions, China, Chindia, Christopher Booker, Clean Development Mechanism, flexible mechanism, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gases, HCFC-22, HCFC-23, HFC, HFC-22, HFC-23, India, Kyoto Protocol, Montreal Protocol, refrigerant
Posted on August 22nd, 2010 1 comment
Shock ! Horror ! Major Climate Change Scientist spotted at Climate Camp…ah, but which one… ? How to distinguish one dressed-down, unwashed individual with dishevelled locks from any another ?
Any sign of Climate Change sceptic-denier Andrew Montford, as affectionately known as “Bishop Hill” ? Can’t make him out, but he might have responded to the banner appeal to “Come On Over for Lunch”. You never know. That might be him chopping potatoes, right in the thick of it.Carbon Capture, Climate Change, Coal Hell, Corporate Pressure, Emissions Impossible, Energy Revival, Financiers of the Apocalypse, Fossilised Fuels, Global Singeing, Global Warming, Media, Oil Change, Peace not War, Peak Energy, Peak Oil, Petrolheads, Political Nightmare, Protest & Survive, Public Relations, Regulatory Ultimatum, Renewable Resource, Resource Curse, Science Rules, Social Change, Tarred Sands, The Data, Toxic Hazard, Unconventional Foul, Unnatural Gas Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, Camp for Climate Action, Climate Camp, Climate Change, coal, Coal Hole, Coalhole, Edinburgh, Fossil Fuels, gas shale, Oil Bank of Scotland, Oil Sands, RBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, shale gas, Simon Lewis, Tar Sands
Posted on August 18th, 2010 1 comment
Dr Judith Curry insists, quite correctly, that we should take uncertainties into account when deciding Climate Change policy.
Yet I think our respective positions probably strongly differ on which way we weight the uncertainties.
I strongly favour the Precautionary Principle, implemented Early, making it the “Early Precautionary Principle”.
One of the reasons I come down on this end of the spectrum of possible responses to uncertainties is that there are quite a spectrum of unknowns that form the pillars of those uncertainties.
After all, if we don’t know a term in an equation, how can we possibly calculate anything meaningful with any kind of confidence ?
How can anybody feel safe and secure not knowing for certain what the actual equilibrium Climate Sensitivity amounts to ? The response of the Earth’s Climate system to extra airborne Carbon Dioxide-forced temperature rise is a number that is becoming firmer, but there are error bars. Surely this points to conservatism in emissions ?
Moreover, we could be well advised to cut back on Fossil Fuel burning not just to protect the Climate, but to save the Economy. How can we pursue our normal everyday Carbon-emitting lives not knowing how much Fossil Fuel there is left in the ground that can be inexpensively mined ?
How can we know the order of magnitude of Fossil Fuels left to extract ? And how can we know what kind of impact this will have on the Climate ?Big Picture, Climate Change, Emissions Impossible, Fossilised Fuels, Global Warming, Peak Oil, Realistic Models, Regulatory Ultimatum, Resource Curse, Science Rules, The Data, Unconventional Foul, Unnatural Gas Climate Change, David Rutledge, Dr Judith Curry, Fossil Fuels, Global Warming, IPCC, Judith Curry, Malte Meinshausen, Professor David Rutledge, UNFCCC
Posted on August 16th, 2010 No comments
Advertising imitating Life…but just which photograph is the fashion shoot ?Bait & Switch, Big Picture, Burning Money, Carbon Commodities, Corporate Pressure, Environmental Howzat, Fossilised Fuels, Health Impacts, Incalculable Disaster, Protest & Survive, Public Relations, Resource Curse, Toxic Hazard BP, BP America, BP oil spill, China, Dalian, Deepwaster, Deepwater, deepwater drilling, Deepwater Horizon, Energy Return on Energy Invested, Engulfed in Mexico, Environmental Disaster, Fossil Fuels, Gulf of Mexico, Middle Kingdom, oil spill, subsea drilling, subsea gas, subsea oil, subsea petroleum, Transocean, unconventional fuels, Vogue, Zhongguo
Posted on August 5th, 2010 No comments
Carol Browner, Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the United States of America, has been all over the Media, announcing the policy to “kill kill kill this” BP nightmare story, telling the world that a turning milestone point has been reached :-
Have they decided that BP have been punished enough now for the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher, and the reputation of the company needs to be rehabilitated sharply in order to protect the Economy ?
I made the mistake of taking in a BBC TV news bulletin on the matter. I heard several talking heads say it’s “good news” that roughly three quarters of the accountable oil from the spill has “disappeared” :-
Breaking this story is “good news” for the stability of pension funds, maybe. But what is the real extent of the real damage to the real world, the world of oceans and fish and plankton ? Will the world be watching as the researchers scavenge data and clues to the marine ecotastrophe that is still unfolding ?Be Prepared, Big Picture, Burning Money, Corporate Pressure, Cost Effective, Disturbing Trends, Energy Revival, Growth Paradigm, Media, Obamawatch, Peak Energy, Peak Oil, Political Nightmare, Public Relations, Renewable Resource, The Data, Toxic Hazard, Unnatural Gas Barack Obama, BBC, Be Prepared, BP, BP America, British Petroleum, British Petronightmare, British Pollution, Carol Browner, containment, Deepwater, Energy, Energy Return on Energy Invested, Energy Returned on Energy Invested, EROEI, Fossil Fuels, Gulf of Mexico, Natural Gas, offshore, Oil, oil spill, Petroleum, shale gas, Tony Hayward, turning point, unconventional
Posted on August 1st, 2010 No comments
Timeline in the last week :-
1. Something happens to provoke some persons as yet unidentified in Gaza.
2. Some persons as yet unidentified may or may not have fired a Grad missile from the Gaza Strip towards the Israeli town of Sderot.
3. The Israeli Defense Force act “in retaliation” and bomb three locations in Gaza, killing at least one person and wounding eight.
4. Some persons as yet unidentified may or may not have fired a Qassam rocket from the Gaza Strip towards Ashkelon.
You may be forgiven for thinking this is all about simple tactical weaponry exchange, embedded cultural or religious hatred, or revenge attacks.
But you’d be wrong.
This escalation in violence is merely part of what looks very strongly like an ongoing strategy to keep Gaza from economic development, by preventing them from exploiting their largest natural resource – offshore sub-marine Natural Gas.
I am going to give you my first attempt at some history on this matter. I make any and every apology if I have got something wrong. Please correct me by comments below the post.
I have not even started to attempt to address the hypocrisy of the United Kingdom and the United States of America effectively giving weapons to Israel via a system of direct and indirect aid. All that is brilliantly covered by Robert Fisk, so I don’t need to :-
Gaza is being locked down under a “resource curse” – the Gazans are being forcefully detained in an open air concentration camp with scant resources, when all the time, just off-shore are enough hydrocarbons to make them all very wealthy. Many Gazans are succumbing to starvation of the body and mind, and many are unwell and have to endure appalling deprivation.
I should expect that the “final solution”, whatever that will be, will be announced by Israel in the next few years, unless the international community wakes up to the obvious risks that Gaza faces, and does something decisive about it.Big Picture, Energy Revival, Marine Gas, Peace not War, Peak Oil, Political Nightmare, Protest & Survive, Resource Curse, Unnatural Gas America, BG, BG Group, British Gas, Carbon Energy, Deepwater, Energy, Fossil Fuels, Free Free Gaza, Free Gaza, Gaza, Israel, Long live Palestine, Marine Gas, Mediterranean, Natural Gas, Palestine, seismic survey, sub-sea, sub-sea gas, subsea gas, United States of America, West Bank
Posted on July 25th, 2010 No comments
Did he jump, or was he swamped ?
And is he really leaving, or is he being hounded out by propaganda ?
The reports of his demise may be premature, but the clock is probably ticking on his tenure anyway.
You know as soon as the board of a company, or a central government expresses “full support” for an executive or a minister, their job is at risk.
At least BP didn’t have to invent a scandal about his private life to get shot of him, like the (I think, despicable) way they ousted John Browne, the “sun king”.
“25 July 2010 : BP chief Tony Hayward ‘negotiating exit deal’ : Mr Hayward has been with the company for 28 years BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward has been negotiating the terms of his exit, with a formal announcement likely within 24 hours, the BBC has learned. Mr Hayward has been widely criticised over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. An official statement issued by BP in response said he had the “full support of the board and senior management”. BBC business editor Robert Peston says Mr Hayward is likely to be replaced by his American colleague, Bob Dudley, who is in charge of the clean-up operation…”
Is Bob Dudley a fan of solar and wind power ? Only asking…
And will a change of figurehead on the prow stop the BP vessel sinking ?Be Prepared, Big Picture, Peak Oil, Political Nightmare, Public Relations, Resource Curse, Unutterably Useless, Utter Futility Alternative Energy, Beyond Psychology, BP, British Petroheads, British Petrolheads, Bullish Petroleum, Fossil Fuels, Gas, John Browne, Natural Gas, Oil, Peak Energy, Peak Management, Tony Hayward
Posted on July 5th, 2010 2 comments
Poor, dear James Delingpole has been passing kitten-sized anxieties and angry thoughts again; fear and accusations all completely unfounded :-
A number of indignant inaccuracies and strident claims I will pass over, but here are a few I think I shall contest. Just to show that I do bother to read his work (even if I smirk about it most of the time).Bad Science, Climate Change, Delay and Deny, Energy Revival, Global Singeing, Global Warming, Hide the Incline, Media, Non-Science, Peak Energy, Peak Oil, Science Rules, The Data Anthropogenic Climate Change, Anthropogenic Global Warming, Climate Change, Climate Change Science, Climate Science, computer, computer programmes, computer programming, computer programs, Daily Telegraph, Daily Telegraph blogs, Energy, Fossil Fuels, Global Warming, IEA, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, International Energy Agency, IPCC, James Delingpole, kitten, kittens, prediction, projection, Renewable Energy, Science, Sustainable Energy
Posted on June 28th, 2010 No comments
Image Credit : Gilbert & George, “Nettle Dance”, White Cube
I’m in the Climate Union. Are You ?
Soon we could all be, if the expansionist plans of a group of social campaigners come to fruition.
Taking in the unions, faith communities and the usual rag-tag bunch of issues activists, the Climate Union aims to establish itself as a political force for Low Carbon.
First of all, however, it has to tackle the uneasy and prickly problem of the exact name of the movement, and the principles under which it will operate.
The flag has been flown : a set of principles has been circulated for discussion amongst the “Climate Forum”. I cannot show you the finalised document yet, but I can offer you my comments (see below).
If you want to comment on the development of this emerging entity, please contact : Peter Robinson, Campaign against Climate Change, mobile/cell telephone in the UK : 07876595993.
Comments on the Climate Forum Principles
28 June 2010
I am aware that my comments are going to be a little challenging. I made similar comments during the review of the ClimateSafety briefing, which were highly criticised.
I expect you to be negative in response to what I say, but I think it is necessary to make sure the Climate Forum does not become watered-down, sectorally imprisoned and politically neutered, like so many other campaigns.Behaviour Changeling, British Sea Power, Carbon Army, Carbon Capture, Carbon Commodities, China Syndrome, Climate Change, Energy Revival, Geogingerneering, Global Warming, Growth Paradigm, Health Impacts, Low Carbon Life, Media, Nuclear Nuisance, Nuclear Shambles, Pet Peeves, Political Nightmare, Public Relations, Regulatory Ultimatum, Renewable Resource, Science Rules, Social Change, Solar Sunrise, Voluntary Behaviour Change, Vote Loser, Wind of Fortune Act on CO2, ActOnCO2, Anglican, Atomic Energy, Atomic Power, BP, business lobby, C of E, Campaign against Climate Change, Capitalism, Carbon Capture and Storage, Carbon Energy, CCS, CEO, Christopher Booker, Church Commissioners, Church of England, cigarette, Climate Change Act, Climate Forum, Climate Safety, Climate Union, ClimateSafety, coal, CofE, Commissioners, Concentrated Solar Power, Corporate Europe Observatory, denial, denier, Domestic Energy Consumption, economic recovery, economics, Economy, electricity, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Europe, European Union, Fair Pensions, FairPensions, Fossil Fuel Energy, Fossil Fuels, Gas, Gasoline, government, green employment, Green Energy, green jobs, green stimulus, Hydropower, James Delingpole, lobbying, Low Carbon, Low Carbon Transition, Make Poverty History, MakePovertyHistory, Marine Energy, Natural Gas, Neoliberalism, Nigel Lawson, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power, Oil, opinion poll, pensions, Petrol, Petroleum, Photovoltaic, policy, political will, public mandate, public opinion, Regulation, Renewable, Renewable Energy, sceptic, Shareholders, Shares, skeptic, Society, Solar power, Steve McIntyre, Stocks and Shares, Sustainable, Sustainable Energy, Tidal Power, tobacco, transport, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, vote, voting, Wave Power, Wind Energy, Wind Power
Posted on June 4th, 2010 1 comment
What’s wrong with this picture ? Although it has been amended in the online version (click the picture for the link), the latest United States Geological Survey of the Levant Basin in the East Mediterranean completely omitted to label Gaza :-
The file is downloadable from here :-
Why is this important ? The most significant Natural Gas finds in the Eastern Mediterranean are technically in Gazan maritime territory.Big Picture, Energy Revival, The Data Carbon Energy, Energy, Fossil Fuel Energy, Fossil Fuels, Gaz Naturel, Gaza, Gaza Maritime Territory, Gaza Territorial Waters, Gazan Territorial Waters, International Maritime Borders, Israel, Lower Carbon Energy, Maritime Borders, Maritime Boundaries, Natural Gas, Natural Gaz, Palestine, UN International Maritime Borders, United Nations International Martime Borders
Posted on May 6th, 2010 No comments
Is BP plc a Sustainable Business ?
An assessment of BP plc’s performance in relation to their climate change impact, and their approach towards ensuring both environmental sustainability and corporate survival.
by Jo Abbess
29 April 2010
The Research Question
This piece of research seeks to assess how BP plc is making adaptations in its corporate strategy, in view of the risks to its operations posed by Climate Change policy, and in the context of Peak Oil production and the subsequent inevitable Peak in Natural Gas.
Theories and Propositions
The author of this research has the view that over the course of the next 50 years, due to limits on supplies of good quality fossil fuels, and to avoid the risks of dangerous climate change from global warming, the world economy must de-carbonise, and entirely replace its sources of energy and fuel with low carbon alternatives.
According to this projection, any company that wishes to remain in business should begin their process of total decarbonisation immediately, and will be expected to show evidence for their intentions and procedures for change. This is likely to be particularly difficult for Oil and Gas companies, as their core business is based on energy and fuel resources that must be entirely replaced.
The 50 year timeframe may be beyond the thinking of most political analysts, but is relevant to pension funds, annuity providers and insurance companies. Investors are likely to become more interested in determining the carbon “liabilities” of fossil fuel stocks and shares, and take a risk-averse approach to future stakes in Oil, Gas, Coal and other high carbon fuels.
Posted on April 30th, 2010 3 comments
The Price of Carbon
by Jo Abbess
20 April 2010
Policy strategy for controlling risky excess atmospheric greenhouse gas (Gowdy, 2008, Sect. 4; McKibben, 2007, Ch. 1, pp. 19-20; Solomon et al., 2009; Tickell, 2008, Ch. 6, pp. 205-208) mostly derives from the notion that carbon dioxide emissions should be charged for, in order to prevent future emissions; similar to treatment for environmental pollutants (Giddens, 2009, Ch. 6, pp. 149-155; Gore, 2009, Ch. 15 “The True Cost of Carbon”; Pigou, 1932; Tickell, 2008, Ch.4, Box 4.1, pp. 112-116). Underscoring this idea is the evidence that fines, taxes and fees modify behaviour, reigning in the marginal social cost of “externalities” through financial disincentive (Baumol, 1972; Sandmo, 2009; Tol, 2008). However this approach may not enable the high-value, long-term investment required for decarbonisation, which needs adjustments to the economy at scale (CAT, 2010; Hepburn and Stern, 2008, pp. 39-40, Sect. (ii) “The Consequences of Non-marginality”; MacKay, 2008, Ch. 19; Tickell, 2008, Ch. 2, pp. 40-41). Read the rest of this entry »Big Picture, Carbon Capture, Carbon Commodities, Carbon Rationing, China Syndrome, Climate Change, Contraction & Convergence, Cost Effective, Emissions Impossible, Energy Revival, Growth Paradigm, Low Carbon Life, Nuclear Nuisance, Nuclear Shambles, Peak Energy, Peak Oil, Pet Peeves, Political Nightmare, Regulatory Ultimatum, Renewable Resource, Social Change, Technological Sideshow, Unutterably Useless, Utter Futility, Vain Hope, Voluntary Behaviour Change, Wind of Fortune, Zero Net C&C, Cap & Trade, Cap and Dividend, Cap and Share, Cap and Trade, Carbon Price, Carbon Pricing, Carbon Taxation, Classical Economic Theory, Classical Economics, Climate Change, coal, Contraction & Convergence, Contraction and Convergence, economics, economists, Energy, Fossil Fuels, Gas, Global Warming, Natural Gas, Neoliberal Economics, Oil, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy, The Price of Carbon
Posted on February 11th, 2010 2 comments
It’s easy to stay on top of the heap – just throw rocks at everybody trying to climb The Hill.
Fossil Fuels are free when they come out of the ground, but exact a heavy price on the Environment – a cost that cannot be measured in Money – since wealth is made from Fossil Fuel Energy.
Unless we cut the thread – the causal relationship between Energy use and Carbon Dioxide emissions – then we will all lose wealth – from the destruction of the natural environment.
The only practical answer is to reduce the amount of Fossil Fuel that is burned. But that would impoverish us. So we need to have Zero Carbon Energy to replace Fossil Fuel Energy.
Renewable Energy is the only source of future wealth.
Posted on February 10th, 2010 No comments
For decades we have been spoonfed Science Fiction about the future of flight and space exploration as if it were fact.
Richard Branson (“Sir”, if you insist) has drawn us to his vision for commercial passenger space flight :-
Yet his participation in the Industry Taskforce for Peak Oil and Energy Security leads him back down to Earth :-
Posted on October 28th, 2009 No comments
There I was, meekly in line with the other London Underground commuters, learning to be a sheep on the Tube train escalator.
And then I saw it : a poster that said “Day of the Dead” with “Supported by BP” with a logo and everything.
I just couldn’t stop laughing.
Is this like some kind of anti-sense meme to attract interest in what BP is doing by adding a huge dose of irony, so much so that people report it virally ?
(Just to explain the mild hysterics : within the next 20 to 30 years, the Fossil Fuel companies will be pretty much history, I reckon. That’s why I found British Petroleum’s support of this event highly chortling. If they don’t get Beyond Petroleum, I project that BP’s business is doomed to failure in the coming era of Carbon constraint).
Posted on April 1st, 2009 1 comment
Down at the G20 Climate Camp today, I had the opportunity to meet up with people I know from Climate Change work all over the UK and beyond.
Don’t be tempted to dismiss the Campers as sensationalism-seeking wildcats : we’re talking about a collection of some of the finest Science, Policy and Society minds there are, with a bit of the Press mixed in for good voyeuristic effect.