1 Dec 2009

Doesn't climate include water?

James Workman notices that Copenhagen delegates are walking around without pants:
Geopolitical concerns alone should compel Copenhagen's delegates to make water adaptation strategies their top priority. But rather than defuse it as a threat multiplier, or integrate it in coping mechanisms, negotiators surgically deleted all references to water from the draft text.

5 comments:

  1. Of course climate doesn't include water!

    kidding. By the way, did you read the USFS report on climate change and water/watershed management?

    http://www.eenews.net/public/25/13330/features/documents/2009/11/30/document_gw_01.pdf

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  2. Not a problem. Steinberg will just come up with another bond issue. See more water vapor means more clouds hitting our mountains... just gotta have more dams.

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  3. I think this is a clever column and critique but I have to wonder: What specifically would or could countries address in terms of "water" from the author's perspective? Reducing water vapor? Tenting reservoirs like a giant Christo project?
    Perhaps a better start would have been linking climate change with water USE/water pricing structures as a way to address human behaviors...but I didn't see much "how to" in the final discussion of this piece, only "You guys/gals should include water." OK...

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  4. yep I agree, you can't ignore water management in these discussions..
    Just launched a water & climate platform with videos and documents (will include Josh's doc as well)

    www.waterandclimatechannel.org

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  5. You need think about it. Despite the emails, the overwhelming evidence showing global warming is happening hasn't changed.
    "The e-mails do nothing to undermine the very strong scientific consensus . . . that tells us the Earth is warming, that warming is largely a result of human activity," Jane Lubchenco, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told a House committee. She said that the e-mails don't cover data from NOAA and NASA, whose independent climate records show dramatic warming.

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