One year of BuryCoal

by Milan on February 17, 2011

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It seems amazing, but it has now been a year since I set up BuryCoal. I did so after reading James Hansen’s book Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity. If Hansen is right, it may well be one of the most important books ever written. Slowly, at least some policy-makers are becoming aware of the risk posed by runaway climate change.

This site hasn’t yet necessarily attracted as many regular contributors as I initially hoped, but I have a huge amount of appreciation for everyone who contributed: especially Tristan. He put up far more posts than any other contributor and put up with an endless amount of tiresome disagreement from me.

The percentage is absurd since we only had one day of traffic before February 17th, 2010, but here is an amusing screen grab regardless:

Thanks to everyone who contributed, read, commented, responded, ‘Liked’ on Facebook, tweeted, etc.

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Milan February 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Speaking of storms:

University of Victoria climate sleuths have detected, for the first time, a human hand in the increasing fury of intense storms battering the Northern Hemisphere.

According to researchers, greenhouse gases generated by human activity have intensified heavy-precipitation events since 1950 across much of North America, Europe and Asia, increasing flooding and devastation.

“Human influence is more pervasive than just a response in surface temperature,” said the study’s senior author, Francis Zwiers, referring to the rise in global temperature due to greenhouse gases.

Human influence is now evident in the planet’s “hydrological cycle, and the behaviour of the hydrological cycle,” Zwiers said.

It has long been suspected that greenhouse gases are playing a role in the increasing intensity of storms and floods, but scientists have had trouble pinning it down. Both Zwiers’ team and another group in Europe say they have now come up with incriminating evidence.

Milan February 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Hansen’s book was reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, Science, and Cosmos. Hansen also wrote a companion piece in The Nation.

It was not reviewed by The Economist, as far as I can tell. It’s hard to know what they could say about it. If they endorsed it, they would contradict their own laissez faire stance on climate regulation. If they condemned it, they would need to say why and subject themselves to the possibility of being disproved in the future.

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