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Disappearing Island. Did IPCC UNDER-estimate climate change?

Recent news reports of the disappearing island in the Bay of Bengal (link below) remind us that sea levels are continuing to rise. Somewhat separately, there has been a conservative uproar over some glaring errors in the 2007 climate change report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The conservative denialist belief is that the scientists had an “agenda” and purposefully exaggerated scientific results to show that climate change was worse than it actually is. It looks like this was true in some parts of the report. But overall (and unfortunately for all of us), a close reading shows how the opposite may be true: the report conservatively UNDER-estimated the results of climate change in terms of sea level rise. In fact, sea levels may rise much more than predicted, especially given that the same models the IPCC used have already UNDER-estimated (by 50%) the last 40 years’ worth of sea level rises. The following NEWSWEEK article, and the RealClimate analysis it cites, show how the IPCC arrived at its numbers, which by no means describe a worst-case scenario (the worst case could be much worse). Of course, any of these scenarios will wreak havoc on agricultural growing areas, making it a much more difficult task to feed the world. Let’s hope they’re all wrong, but continue preparing for a more difficult future. NEWSWEEK: Where’s the outrage when the agency lowballs the threat? RealClimate analysis of IPCC report: Island in Bay of Bengal disappears:

Furniture from Mycelium

The house is filled with the earthy smell of mushrooms cooking. It’s not a welcome-to-winter soup simmering or a ragout thickening; I’m baking a little mushroom footstool in the oven. That’s not all that’s baking in that house, you may be thinking… Read more: Read More..

Roasted Squash Soup (Recipe)

Roasted Squash Soup This recipe makes some delicious squash soup, which is a healthy way to keep yourself warm as the evenings turn cool. If you like a creamy, herby, or spicy soup, there are some flavor variations included below. I recommend using a sweet, dense-fleshed winter squash such as butternut, buttercup, or kabocha. Alternatively, […] Read More..

Grameen is installing 1000 solar home systems a day…in rural Bangladesh!

In one of the poorest countries on the planet a renewable energy service company is installing one thousand solar home systems – a day. Not in its capital or busy urban centers, but where 80 percent of the population lives – in rural Bangladesh. The company, Grameen Shakti, literally translates as rural energy. By the […] Read More..

Long Orange Firecrackers

In our home garden, we just picked carrots this week. From one raised bed, my kids unearthed an armload of long orange firecrackers. Picking carrots, potatoes, and root/tuber vegetables is such a satisfying harvest. There is something special about bringing up buried treasure: you’re never quite sure what is hidden until you pull it out […] Read More..

Some Sick Chickens and Eggs in Your Food Supply

The U.S. government is attempting to cut the jobs of 1,000 poultry inspectors to save $85 million per year. The new plan is to have the poultry industry “self inspect” themselves (after all, the same concept worked well with Wall Street, right?). One poultry industry inspector will now be responsible for “inspecting” the dizzying number […] Read More..