Category Archives: SPPI eWire 8/07/2007

Kyoto Anniversary: What it Means Today

By | August 6, 2007

Ten years ago today the U.S. Senate did something that at the time seemed significant and now seems remarkably foresightful. By a vote of 95 to 0, the Senate voted in favor of the Byrd-Hagel resolution, which expressed the Sense of the Senate on the upcoming global warming negotiations in Kyoto, Japan.

Latest Scientific Studies Refute Fears of Greenland Melt

By | August 6, 2007

Ilulissat, Greenland – The July 27-29 2007 U.S. Senate trip to Greenland to investigate fears of a glacier meltdown revealed an Arctic land where current climatic conditions are neither alarming nor linked to a rise in man-made carbon dioxide emissions, according to many of the latest peer-reviewed scientific findings.

Lawyers’ New Quarry

By | August 6, 2007

Litigation: We wondered what trial lawyers would gun for next after smoking the tobacco industry. Fast-food chains? Soft-drink bottlers? Gun makers? How about companies that contribute to . . . global warming?

Hurricanes and Hot Air

By | August 6, 2007

Though the 2007 hurricane season is off to a slow start, my colleague Phil Klotzbach and I will be updating our seasonal Atlantic Basin Hurricane Activity Forecast on Aug 3. We still anticipate another active season — an above-average number of major hurricanes with maximum sustained winds in excess of 110mph.

Global Cooling? Peru cold snap kills 70 children

By | August 6, 2007

At least 70 children have died during a spell of freezing weather in the Andean regions of Peru, officials have said. File photo of a young child in the AndesThe children, all under five years old, died of pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses over the past three months.

North American Droughts

By | August 6, 2007

Droughts are becoming longer and more intense … at least according to Al Gore, who made this unequivocal declaration in his 21 March 2007 testimony before the United States Senate’s Environment & Public Works Committee.

North Atlantic Hurricanes

By | August 6, 2007

Hurricanes are getting stronger … at least that’s the word from Al Gore, who made this factual-sounding declaration in his 21 March 2007 testimony before the United States Senate’s Environment & Public Works Committee. But is this contention true? And if so – or if not – why?

Dimethylsulfide Production in the North Pacific Ocean

By | August 6, 2007

Background Dimethylsulfide or DMS, to quote the authors, "is produced by marine phytoplankton activity, and its content in the surface mixed layer is supersaturated with respect to the atmosphere," so that "the net flux of DMS is driven from sea to air." This fact is very important because, as they continue, "in the atmosphere, DMS is rapidly oxidized… Read More »