As we reported earlier, a claim that the IPCC was wrong on the effects of rainfall on the Amazon has been retracted.
What happened was, in brief, this: in its landmark 2007 report on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that an estimated 40 per cent of the Amazon forest could be at risk from the sorts of reductions in rainfall expected from climate change. Read more
There are mixed views about how difficult it will be to intercept the Macondo well and stop the leak using relief wells. Earlier experiences suggest it’s very challenging; but some experts believe Macondo has advantages that will make it quicker. Read more
Royal Dutch Shell recognises that the industry has ground lost in public perception of safe drilling by the oil spill in the Gulf. Marvin Odum, head of Shell’s business in the Americas, believes the past few years of educational outreach by the industry had started to pay dividends, when disaster struck. Read more
Many US administrations have tried to wean the country off its addiction to oil, particularly to imported oil. They failed, of course. Will this administration fare any better? Read more
The Desertec project – an ambitious proposal to supply Europe with solar power from the Sahara desert – seems to be making some progress, though the questions of costs and subsidies persist. Read more
There’s nothing like a credit downgrade to focus the mind. After Moody’s cut Anadarko’s rating to junk late on Friday, the US oil company (and 25 per cent non-operating investor in the Macondo well) broke its eight-week silence with this message from CEO Jim Hackett, which in turn triggered a furious response from BP. Read more
There are many ways people can get notoriety from the oil spill in the Gulf: politicians, clearly, are first in line. But there are others who also stand to benefit. The dishwashing liquid soap, Dawn, is capitalising on the fact that those tasked with cleaning birds oiled in the spill have found its product to be the most effective. Read more
The Sunday Times has published a correction of its report from January that a claim in an IPCC report that 40 per cent of the Amazon could be sensitive to future changes in rainfall was not based on peer-reviewed science. Read more
In case the latest upward revision of official estimates of the rate of oil flowing wasn’t enough, Democratic congressman Ed Markey released what he says is an internal document showing that BP considered a worst case scenario of 100,000 barrels per day leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. But BP says the estimate is irrelevant. Read more
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