Project Surya Aims to Clear the Air and Reduce Global Warming

Welcome to Blog Action Day 2009! Starting early this morning in the Far East until late tonight in the Pacific Islands, more than 8,700 bloggers from 148 countries are stimulating a global conversation about many aspects of climate change. For me, the choice was easy – I write about science, so of course I’ll blog [...]

India is Vulnerable and Acting to Address Climate Change

“India is vulnerable,” said Jairem Ramesh, India’s Minister for Environment and Forests at a breakfast meeting in Washington, DC last week. “We are responding to climate change because it is in our own self-interest.” While the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sheds members over its reactionary position on climate change, the US-India Business Council (USIBC), headquartered [...]

Up in Smoke: Black Carbon’s Role in Climate Change

[Update: I am moving to a once-a-week blog post.  Check here each Tuesday for a brand new entry of Brave Blue Words!]
The most significant anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) is carbon dioxide, CO2. Comprehensive reductions in the atmospheric concentration of CO2 (expressed as “parts per million or ppm) are the only way to bring down global [...]

The Other Climate Changers: Why Black Carbon and Ozone Also Matter

The Other Climate Changers | Foreign Affairs
By Jessica Seddon Wallack and Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Summary — Most initiatives to slow global warming involve reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Little attention has been given to reducing emissions of the light-absorbing particles known as “black carbon” or the gases that form ozone–even though doing so would be easier and cheaper [...]

The Northwest Passage: a Shortcut to Greater Arctic Warming

The thermometer will hit upper nineties again today in Washington, DC., but it’s been a pretty mild summer until now – in fact, July was slightly cooler than average. That wasn’t the case up north, way up north, in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada. In this seaside town 1,500 miles north of Seattle and well within [...]

Relations between India and China: Thawing over melting Himalayas?

Last weekend, India’s Environment Minister Jairem Ramesh announced that academic researchers in India and China would share information as part of a cooperative scientific investigation into the health of the Himalayan glaciers, called the Water Towers of Asia. He added that New Delhi was open to a dialog with Beijing over water resources, saying that [...]

A Talk About Black Carbon by Dr. V. Ramanathan

Today, I attended an excellent talk by Dr. V. Ramanathan at the World Bank in Washington, DC.  Dr. Ramanathan, of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, is the leading expert on the effects of non-CO2 greenhouse gases on climate change.  In the past decade, Dr. Ramanathan has turned his [...]