As 2008 winds down, lots of news and reports have come out on different aspects of the climate. Here are a few that caught my eye recently:
Just about the only tangible action that came out of the Poznan Climate Conference was the announcement that poor countries would receive a few million dollars to begin financing projects to deal with climate change. $60 million might sound like a lot of money, but it will be a drop in the bucket of funds necessary if GHGs are allowed to increase at today’s rates much longer.
Add ski resorts to the Great Climate Change Conspiracy. Resorts will likely have to move operations further up in altitude and make up to 3X as much snow as they have in the past in the face of a changing climate. The resorts will have to do so under conditions that are expected to yield less steady precipitation events. Left unchecked, climate change will make water a very sought-after resource. The resorts will have to compete with many other interests in the West to grab the water they’d need for snowmaking operations. One bit of “good news” in the article: it points out that GHG emissions the past 5 years have already exceeded the study’s “business-as-usual” examination. Additionally there was this:
“Ski industry officials know that warming is real, and that small changes in climate have substantial effects on ski areas,” said Williams, also a fellow at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine research.
I’ve written a little bit about areal extent of Arctic sea ice. Of more importance is what the condition of Arctic sea ice volume is. Well, the news isn’t good this year: a lot of ice volume was lost in the past year.