The state of fresh water in the world

The Economist has a reasonably good survey of the state of fresh water supply in the world. Most of the articles are not available for free online, but the paper copy of the Economist has them all.

Not surprisingly, most of the ideas on how to solve the current problems are centred around management and water pricing, these are not bad ideas, but should be combined with new methods. The general gist of the articles… Continue reading

1990s the warmest decade for 2000 years

In a future issue of Geophysical Research Letters Michael Mann of University of Virginia report on temperature records from 13 regions in the world that cover two millennia. The records show that the 1990s appear to be the warmest decade in the norther hemisphere, and it strongly suggest that the same applies for the sourthern hemisphere. Mann and other leading British and American palaeoclimatologists conclusion is that the warming in the late 20th century has… Continue reading

New bathymetric chart of the oceans

The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans is now available on two CD-ROMs. Customized seafloor maps of any area of the ocean floor can now be generated from the data which has a resolution of a one minute grid.

Reasonably priced, approx. Euro 350 (Euro 150 for academia), this should probably be part of the toolkit of anyone who works with OTEC.

IOA Autumn newsletter

The International OTEC Association’s Autumn 2002 Newsletter is out. It has three major pieces in it: a global future energy scenarios, a description of the ExternE project which calculates external costs of energy and finally an up to date paper on OTEC from NELHA.

Incomplete models increase global warming

Professor Pielke of Colorado State University show how current climate models fail to take in the several important factors, such as how planting forest on snow covered mountains make the forest absorb more sunlight How To Get My Ex Girlfriend Back After I Messed Up and heat or replacing forest with farm land removes the cooling effect forests have through water evaporation on leaves. NASA has a story about it.

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Tuvalu pays the price for global warming

Countries disappearing due to raising sea levels seemed only to be part of future scenarios of the Global Business Network as featured in Wired Magazine. Not so. The future is here. Tuvalu will be evacuating its first citizens to New Zealand next year. The UK’s Guardian has more information.

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