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.


  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?


  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.

  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...

  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)


  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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