Daily Reading – 30/09/14

Today let's explore what the world thinks of climate change: First, consider who is impacted by climate change: Now, let's look at what they think: In China: broadly believe climate change is ooccurring it is not good and the world as a whole should shoulder the responsibility of mitigation: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/09/30/heard-in-the-hutong-global-warming/ In the US: The richer you [...]

Daily Reading – 29/09/14

Yes, Yes, Yes: This is THE solution. We are all, in essence, subsidizing the carbon consumption of the heavy users. There is NO incentive to build alternative solutions today. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kitconews/2014/09/22/climate-change-is-single-biggest-risk-to-global-economy-paulson-at-cgi2014/?hootPostID=89606d4377cdfd4842e1fbbfcd24a935 When valuing the worth of most assets today, most of the value lies in something called the "terminal value" - which is the value belonging [...]

Daily Reading – 28/09/2014

Today: all about clouds. Clouds are some of the most important, yet least understood, parts of the feedback mechanism involved in climate change. Do they increase global warming or not? All over the world or not. The short answer is: it depends. The longer answer(s) will follow soon as this is one the most intense [...]

Daily Reading – 27/09/14

Read this: great interactive map on several issues on climate change: whose affected, who contributed the most to cumulative CO2 emissions, who has the money etc. One thing stands out: the US has one of the highest CO2 emissions (both cumulative and current) and is least vulnerable. So what's the incentive to change? http://interactive.guim.co.uk/embed/kiln/carbonmap/index.html?header=hidden&v=201409230753#Historical Still: [...]

Daily Reading – 24/09/14

Hilarious (and very true) video by Jon Stewart on how "screwed up" politicians can be when it comes to understanding/ taking action on climate change: http://news360.com/article/258702146 Flooding – a major consequence of climate change – is disproportionately affecting Asia. Another illustration of how unequal the impacts of global warming can be. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/upshot/flooding-risk-from-climate-change-country-by-country.html?emc=edit_th_20140924&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=7717084&abt=0002&abg=0&_r=0 What's happening in [...]

Daily Reading – 23/09/14

Forests as a sink, or a very effective (and might I add, beautiful) way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere: http://takvera.blogspot.in/2011/07/forests-play-major-role-as-carbon-sink.html A great article on the measurement of how much Carbon is stored in forests: Seeing Forests for the Trees and the Carbon_ Mapping the World’s Forests in Three Dimensions _ Feature Articles

Daily Reading – 22/09/2014

Excellent article (and idea) on how to make climate mitigation actions palatable. An emission tax. Again, this is an example wherein a small minority is holding the majority to ransom.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-climate-for-change-a-solution-conservatives-could-accept/2014/08/27/782cba4e-2a01-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html What are the band-aids we can apply now to mitigate the impacts of climate change: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trees-offer-a-way-to-delay-the-consequences-of-climate-change/2014/09/19/8b24b636-3d04-11e4-b0ea-8141703bbf6f_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost Will this help? or is this a case of [...]

Daily Reading – 20/09/14

Even the rich are not spared: great article on drought and its consequences in California.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11094232/Super-rich-make-last-stand-against-California-drought.html With Navratri coming: glad they are still making idols with clay and straw: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/geetanjali-krishna-making-gods-for-a-living-114091901324_1.html Inspiring organization: Siruthuli in Coimbatore - all about recharging the groundwater, afforestation & waste management: http://siruthuli.com/

Daily Reading – 17/09/14

A great endorsement of pricing CO2 emissions from the corporate angle:  http://blogs.worldbank.org/climatechange/energy-ceo-california-shows-how-carbon-pricing-can-reduce-emissions-cost-effectively?hootPostID=414f71427b0494a772a16cf9bee36a7d What if we didn't have to sacrifice growth, jobs etc. to protect our climate. A new report: http://newclimateeconomy.report/overview/ And then you have these; 97% of scientists agree the world is warming and humans are responsible for that. But this institution is balancing this [...]

Daily Reading – 16/09/2014

Watch what you drink: When you combine water scarcity and lax implementation of regulation, you get: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Delhi/Lives-at-risk-with-10000-illegal-bottled-water-units-in-Delhi/articleshow/41946231.cms Arctic sea ice: a brief hiatus but no change in trend line decline yet: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/ More food per drop: comparison of water needs for various crops/livestock: http://www.vrg.org/environment/water_brochure.php Great site on the same: http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/home And the bare bones: slightly heavy reading, [...]