Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World
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Monster wildfires in Australia, January golfers in PEI, ruined fruit crops in California, snowless ski runs in Switzerland, starving polar bears in the North, devastated trees in Stanley Park. Climate change is no longer a vague threat. The climate change we are in store for over the next few centuries will be larger and occur faster than at any time in the last 10,000 years. Brilliantly researched, Keeping Our Cool is a comprehensive and engaging examination and explanation of global warming, with a specific emphasis on climate change in Canada. In an engaging and accessible way,Weaver explains the levels of greenhouse gas emissions needed to stabilize the climate and offers solutions and a path toward a sustainable future.
process, 221 deforestation, 17, 91–92, 93–94, 159, 162, 197, 283 deglaciation, 131, 149–50 (See also glaciers; ice sheets; sea ice) den Elzen, Michel, 232 denial industry, 18, 22, 23, 24, 26, 52–53, 67–69, 93, 108, 111, 167, 169 Denial Machine, The (CBC), 68 Denman, Ken, 236 Denmark, 275 desmogblog.com, 69 deuterium, 126, 127 developing nations, 20, 46, 227, 256 Diamond, Jared, 155 dinosaurs, 112, 116, 120 disasters, weather-related, 67, 255 (See also deaths, weather-related)
that. Indeed, even if you accept warming as something that may occur and may be due to man’s activities, statements that it will cause increased storminess and more intense hurricanes and so on still have no foundation at all. Q: Professor Weaver, do you agree with that? Weaver: Well, I do accept that warming has occurred, and I do accept that it will occur in the future. But to be fair, on both sides there have been alarmist points of views. I have a lovely picture showing the Statue of
important greenhouse gas arising from human activity, most notably from accidental loss in the exploration, drilling, transportation, and delivery of natural gas, from agriculture, and from decomposition in landfills. Natural removal mechanisms in the atmosphere break methane down into carbon dioxide on the timescale of about a dozen years. Nitrous oxide—largely produced from the heavy use of fertilizers in agricultural activities and, to a lesser extent, from the combustion of fossil fuels—is
science of global warming was “tentative and contradictory.” Is it any wonder the scientific community was cynical that he would take this issue seriously? The WGI plenary session was a Gong Show. While the main body of the “Technical Summary” and main report are approved as a package, the “Summary for Policymakers” must be approved unanimously by all parties to the UNFCCC line by line and, hence, word by word. Like previous final plenaries, special interests came to the forefront. Fortunately,
to liquefy. Now lying on a lubricated surface, large quantities of the ice sheet could surge seaward for two hundred and fifty to five hundred years. The amount of fresh water eventually released in a Heinrich Event upon the melting of the ice in the ocean would be about 0.16 million cubic metres per second. That’s like slamming the brake on the conveyor by hosing the North Atlantic with an Amazon River for two hundred and fifty to five hundred years. Heinrich Events, appearing about every ten