What does one summer make?

It looks like the recent hot summer in Russia and the wildfires stuff have caused a volte-face (though probably only temporary) according to Time: Will Russia’s Heat Wave End Its Global-Warming Doubts?. Quite a few people have died, though most of them seem to have died of being drunk. Which suggests that adaption may be a useful strategy. And of course climatologically one summer means very little.

Apparently Medvedev has gone from We will not cut our development potential to

practically everything is burning. The weather is anomalously hot… What’s happening with the planet’s climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us, meaning all heads of state, all heads of social organizations, in order to take a more energetic approach to countering the global changes to the climate

Still, who cares what the monkey says, the question muct be what does the organ-grinder say? Nothing so far. I don’t think that Russia has ever really believed GW – as the Time article went on to say, for them it is all some Western conspiracy and they don’t understand or care. They had their own funny climate conference in 2003 and they used to get the vice-chairship of the IPCC as a bone. But that was in the days when the Chair was from the US; that kind of stuff seems to have gone now [1].

Refs:

* Wildfires and global warming
* Monckton is a Fraud from Gareth (in case there wasn’t enough in this post to satisfy your invective needs)

More Oil

Quark Soup has a post comparing the spill to Niagara; and notes that the spill would be a cube ~93m on a side.

Checkling the share price (still hovering around 4.10, so neither good news nor bad) I see BP are starting to ask others to pay up for their shares. It will be interesting to see how that goes – through the courts, or quiet settlements?

Misc people complained at me when I previously said Incidentally, misc people have called this spill “unprecendented”. That seems dubious (except in the traditional sense that 11 dead in Cumbria is headline news for days; 11 misc folks dead in road accidents are routinely ignored); it certainly isn’t the largest, see [[Largest oil spills]] – it isn’t even close. While that was true at the time, it isn’t now, and is #2 behind the Lakeview Gusher which was a rather different event in terms of impact.

Refs:

* Straw poll: cause of the leak
* Good news for the gulf
* Obama does not impress

[Update: to add image posted to the comments of mt]

[Update: more good news: http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/wrapup-2-bp-starts-cementing-gulf-oil-well-shares-revive-targetukfocus-d5455c677378.html%5D