Comments on: The Climate Desk http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Greensleeves http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12766 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 03:01:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12766 Several years ago I did some research on the re-insurance industries take on climate change. I focused on Swiss RE and Munich RE. I was suprised to learn that they both had depts. dedicated to the issue and were contemplating the possibility of refusing to insure CEO’s that put stock values at risk by ignoring the necessary changes required by a changing climate. Their websites have changed over the years and much of the detailed research may no longer be available but these links should provide some insight into what corporate interests are taking steps to begin mitigation.

http://www.munichre.com/en/ts/climate_ch ange_and_insurance/strategy_and_policy/d efault.aspx

http://www.theclimategroup.org/programs/ the-climate-principles/

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By: alaskaemilie http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12740 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:21:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12740 Another good place to look is the Alaskan Arctic, where the impacts of climate change are being felt more than anywhere else on the planet. The Alaska Natives in particular, have had to adapt their subsistence way of life to climate change. Also, villages along the Arctic coast are having to relocate because of climate change. As the ice melts up there, many are looking with renewed interest at industrial development, shipping, commercial fishing etc, and it is interesting to consider how such businesses and the government move forward in the Arctic – hopefully with an eye toward not making things worse for the Arctic environment.

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By: coolplan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12656 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:58:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12656 Great news, Felix – and a great crew. Plenty of story ideas here: http://www.cleanair-coolplanet.org/for_b usiness.php and happy to help drill down!

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By: FredHeutte http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12603 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 02:58:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12603 Good to hear, Felix.

Speaking of Portland, we are anticipating a terrible year for hydro runoff. And here is where the economic impacts start. The Bonneville Power Administration, the regional federal power distribution agency, monitors snowpack throughout the Northwest including up into eastern British Columbia where the headwaters of the Columbia River are, and most of the storage for the spring-summer freshet occurs.

As of last week, expected runoff at the big dam at The Dalles, Oregon (right by the Google net center) is projected at about 67% of average, down from a projected 74% just a month ago.

http://www.hydroworld.com/index/display/ article-display/7044873436/articles/hrhr w/News-2/2010/02/decreased-runoff_could. html

This is directly related to the fairly strong El Nino we’re currently having, but the climate models in this region show earlier and “peakier” runoff that will significantly affect hydropower, fish passage, domestic water supply (especially in Seattle and other parts of the region directly dependent on glacial runoff for drinking water) and agriculture in the future.

We are even wondering whether climate change is already affecting the ENSO cycle, but that’s just conjectural at this point. The irregularity of the cycle over the last decade is cause for some concern, however. And the visuals of crews trucking snow into the Olympic sites leaves a big impression in these parts.

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By: FrancisL http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12601 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 01:30:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12601 Start in California and the other Western states that rely on the Colorado River. Then look at industries that rely on weather and water — like California’s enormous agricultural industry (don’t forget fisheries and timber), and the secondary industries that feed in, from seeds to equipment to labor.

The economic recession did a nice job of killing off the construction industry in Las Vegas. But there’s a pretty powerful argument that Las Vegas is built out, not due to lack of land, but to lack of water. Arizona has pretty junior rights as well and looks to be facing tough times over the next few decades as the Colorado River gets drier. There’s a blog called Inkstain (here) that’s pretty good on Southwest water issues.

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By: yr2009 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12596 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 23:08:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12596 drewbie,

Being interested in one side of a story (if such story exists at all), and not in other aspects of it may produce amusing stories and anecdotes, but it’s not exactly good journalism.

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As for fears about Earth becoming a “Dune” style planet, they are absurd, since warmer oceans increase evaporation, and that leads to an increase in precipitations – inevitably.

As for fears about shortage of food, just think about the huge land masses of Northern Asia (a.k.a. Siberia), Canada and Alaska changing climate from cold to temperate. In terms of additional arable land this would be the equivalent of discovering a new continent.

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By: gramps http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12594 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 22:48:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12594 Felix, go for it, dude… I understand your constraints ..

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By: hapa http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12591 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 21:56:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12591 as for some other comments, i love how capitalists’re only supposed to profit by polluting. what’s that, a requirement of dirty money?

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By: hapa http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12590 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 21:53:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12590 maybe the zoom’s a little tight, on single companies. downsides would be more across sectors or along chains? and the example of regional water use is a bigger issue than climate — all industry will have to adjust to constrained supply there, warming or not, as groundwater is tapped.

to me i guess i want to know from businesses, beyond trying not to be a big part of the problem, and beyond new regs, new raw materials pricing/sourcing, new transport regimes, maybe even on the other side of planned obsolescence, if all your externalities are on your books (like http://j.mp/4GwAR3 ), what’s your business model look like?

cuz there’s too much else. to silo climate.

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By: Gotthardbahn http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/03/10/the-climate-desk/comment-page-1/#comment-12585 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 20:06:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=2902#comment-12585 Felix – you can’t be serious. Wasting your time shilling for the likes of Al Gore. (He’ll take the money and run, thank you very much). What a complete misuse of your intelligence.

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