An award-winning documentary film about peak oil. A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash explores key historical events, data and predictions regarding the global peak in petroleum production through interviews with petroleum geologists, former OPEC officials, energy analysts, politicians, and political analysts. The film contains contemporary footage interspersed with news and commercial footage from the growth heyday of petroleum…
This excellent documentary, directed by Dr. Richard Smith, was first broadcast on 24 May 2007 by ABC TV (Australia) and wan the 2008 Walter Sullivan Award for excellence in science journalism. You can buy the DVD or watch it with extras on this, also excellent, web page: http://www.abc.net.au/science/crude/ The Irony of Oil (taken from the above…
Cabot Institute Annual Lecture 2012
Real clothes for the Emperor: Facing the challenges of climate change
Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University of Manchester
Cabot Institute, University of Bristol http://www.bris.ac.uk/cabot
Real clothes for the emperor
Facing the challenges of climate change
Download the presentation slide sheets here.
A montage of videos from the Timeline project, assembled by TIME magazine.
This video is to promote general awareness of the science of climate change. It was edited and narrated by @ryanlcooper, using illustrations from around the web. Find more of my stuff athttp://www.ryanlouiscooper.com. It was inspired largely by something David Roberts wrote: http://grist.org/article/2010-08-09-e… Find David at http://grist.org/author/david-roberts/ and @drgrist.
By Michelle Wheeler, The West Australian: In a room at the White House next week, an extraordinary meeting of the brightest minds will attempt to form a strategy to curb climate change’s crippling effects on the Arctic. Amid fears the top of the planet could be free of summer ice within two years, the meeting has…
DW: At Germany’s annual Petersberg climate talks, German Chancellor Merkel has called for a binding pact by 2015 to reduce carbon emissions. She said inactivity only increased the cost of combating climate change later on.
At Monday’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue, as the meeting is officially called, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an internationally binding climate pact to be completed by 2015.
“Doing nothing means that is will be much, much more costly for us all,” Merkel said at the start of the conference in Berlin, adding that she was under no illusions about the amount of work involved in such a pact but that “waiting is not an option.”
“Local officials and enviros are making plans for a post-global warming America. And so are profit-seeking companies.”
On the opening morning of the inaugural National Adaptation Forum, I was eating breakfast at a stand-up table in the exhibition hall when a mustachioed man of middle age plopped his cherry Danish next to my pile of conference literature, a mess of pamphlets and reports with titles likeGetting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action, and Successful Adaptation: Linking Science and Policy in a Rapidly Changing World. The nametag dangling above the Danish identified the man as Michael Hughes, director of public works for the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. Like many attendees, Hughes was part of a new national emergency-response team without being fully aware of it. He had arrived in Denver knowing little about “adaptation,” the anemic catchall for attempts to fortify our natural and built environments against the epochal temperature spike in progress.
“I hadn’t even heard the term ‘adaptation’ a month ago,” he told me, taking a bite.
By The Economist: MARKETS can misprice risk, as investors in subprime mortgages discovered in 2008. Several recent reports suggest that markets are now overlooking the risk of “unburnable carbon”. The share prices of oil, gas and coal companies depend in part on their reserves. The more fossil fuels a firm has underground, the more valuable its shares. But what if some of those reserves can never be dug up and burned?
If governments were determined to implement their climate policies, a lot of that carbon would have to be left in the ground, says Carbon Tracker, a non-profit organisation, and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, part of the London School of Economics. Their analysis starts by estimating the amount of carbon dioxide that could be put into the atmosphere if global temperatures are not to rise by more than 2°C, the most that climate scientists deem prudent. The maximum, says the report, is about 1,000 gigatons (GTCO2) between now and 2050. The report calls this the world’s “carbon budget”.
The fossil fuel industry is the 1% of the 1%, the richest enterprise in human history
Via Memo Share: You’ve probably wondered why we as a nation cannot act on climate change given that at least 98 percent of the world’s non-big-oil-financed scientists agree that it is manmade and we may be only two summers from an ice-free Arctic.
In a speech at the University of Oregon, James Hansen, NASA’s chief atmospheric scientist, walks listeners thru the most recent geologic periods, and speaks to the commonly heard climate canard, “It’s been hotter in earth’s history before – so what’s the big deal?’ this presentation and others by Hansen available here: http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/present… James Hansen’s original…
The Telegraph: Scientists have captured dramatic footage of massive lakes in the Arctic melting away in a matter of hours.
In this sixth video in the series “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate” from The Nation and On The Earth Productions, linguist, philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky talks about the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute and other business lobbies enthusiastically carrying out campaigns “to try and convince the population that global warming is a liberal hoax.” According to Chomsky, this massive public relations campaign has succeeded in leading a good portion of the population into doubting the human causes of global warming.