Databases and projects to keep track of in the Mekong delta

Some databases:

Some projects:

Quotes on environment, economics and climate change

I’m saving some quotes for my thesis here:

Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. Evo Morales

Some people call it global warming; some people call it climate change. What is the difference? Frank Luntz

There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it. David Attenborough

Your life~the way it looks today is a result of your choices…What will you choose today for your tomorrows? – Robert G. Allen

When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money. – Cree Prophecy

If the wars of [the 20th] century were fought over oil,
the wars of the next century will be fought over water.— Ismael Serageldin, former VP for sustainable Development at the World Bank (Newsweek, 1995)

 Water will be to the 21st Century what oil was to the 20th.—Fortune Magazine

Another driver got caught, climate plan B and Bjorn is sneezing

We all learnt that three-fourths of the sea level rise is due to the expansion of being heated sea water and one-fourth is runoff from ice caps and melting glaciers (Bjorn Lomborg, 2008, pp289). Well, perhaps that statement needs to be corrected in the next edition. Increasing extracted ground water has recently been caught as another driver of sea level rise. Associating with the fact that 2.05 percent of all water on earth frozen in glaciers and 0.68 percent locked underground, the highest sea level could be higher than we thought.

Coincidentally, on the same day, I’ve found a writing considering white particles in air as a Climate Plan B. For this idea, Bjorn Lomborg and his Copenhagen Consensus Centre is still right and actually a bit far ahead of us. He named it as “cloud whitening research” and put it at the top rank since 2009.

Well, I reckon we should get updated with his work more frequently.

Update: regarding Climate Plan B, this is an interview on Geo-engineering with Karen Scott in June 2012. Basically we have two kinds of technique of mitigation: sequestrating (swallowing) GHGs and increasing reflexivity of the earth (2:30). And she supports the latter.

Arctic Ocean is holding a methane bomb?

and it’s melting!

They found concentrations of the gas close to the ocean surface, especially in areas where sea ice had cracked or broken up.

As we should know, methane is 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxin in terms of trapping solar heat. This is a pretty worrying news for the earth. Let us keep a wary eye on it.

Update down the track:

The independence Exclusive: The methane time bomb

Scientific American: Defusing the Methane greenhouse time bomb