Global Warming

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Global warming: a compact and compelling presentation on our understanding; please click here (it will take less than a couple of minutes of your time). (link courtesy of Art Hunter)

CACOR Climate Group  

The participants at the CACOR/Club of Rome Conference in Ottawa in September 2013 accepted the proposition that the peoples of the world face a superordinate challenge: global warming.  The same month, ten members of CACOR formed an informal Climate Group to share news and views by email.  Ian Whyte has set up a mailing list server* for this group to facilitate the exchange of emails.  If any other members of CACOR would like to join the group, please send a message to ianrwhyte at  If, in due course, you wish to leave the group, Ian will remove your name from the list.

* A mailing list server is a program that handles subscription requests for a mailing list and distributes new messages, newsletters, or other postings from the list's members to the entire list of subscribers as they occur or are scheduled.  A similar service is available for announcements on (link above in brown).

Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: the Canadian Experience

Robert Hoffman, a Canadian member of the Club of Rome, made a presentation to the Club's Conference in Mexico in October, 2014: please click here.

Global warming: understood! 

We should take global warming as understood. Like Standard and Poor's, environmentalists should refer to it as global warming, not climate change:  there is more to global warming than climate change, which is inherently variable. Let's concentrate on what can be done, if anything, and adaptation to inevitable change.

Wasdell: 2014 Report

The presentation by David Wasdell, Director of the Appollo-Gaia Project, at the CACOR/CoR Conference in Ottawa in 2013 galvanized the assembly. The 2014 Appollo-Gaia report - AppolloG2014rpt.pdf  - concludes that emission reductions alone will not succeed in stabilizing the temperature of the Earth. It posits the need to draw down some of the existing stock of atmospheric carbon as well. This analysis, and the conclusion, is not fully accepted by some CACOR experts: a matter for debate!

IPCC has failed
In his review of The Climate Files, Robert Hoffman argues that the flaws in the design of the IPCC process may be as important in the world's failure to effectively address the issue of global warming as the interest-group-financed campaigns by deniers.

BC's carbon shift is working

 So say researchers at Sustainable Prosperity. They find that since the introduction of its ground-breaking carbon tax, use of oil, gas and diesel has dropped 16 percent and the BC economy has outperformed Canada’s. (source: University of Ottawa/Sustainable Prosperity)

BC's carbon tax started at $10/T CO2e in 2008, increased annually, and was capped at $30/T in 2012.  The editor finds it hard to believe that a tax, equivalent to 7¢/L of gasoline,  costing about 150¢/L when the study was conducted, could reduce consumption by 16% in a sector notorious for price inelasticty. Is this a case of measuring the noise, rather than the signal?