The “Great Green Con” campaign by the Mail on Sunday took an unexpected turn at the weekend. It published an article by Prof Myles Allen, a “top British climate scientist”, who explained that climate change was definitely happening, and humans were causing it, but that most policy responses to it were misguided.
Allen’s is an interesting argument. [...]
The Spanish city of Valencia sits under a blanket of ash, as two converging fires continue to devour the eastern coast of the country. Since the blaze ignited last week, more than 45,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, forcing upwards of 2,000 people to flee their homes.
Finally Rio+20 is upon us. The big question for me is how are decisions that are made there going to relate to the real world and the harsh daily reality of poverty for billions? Because let’s not forget that Rio+20 is about poverty eradication AND environmental protection.
“The whole idea of climate being one number driven by another number is nutty.” Prof Richard Lindzen.
The Coalition government has concluded its energy conference, which brought together power firms, consumer groups, and the energy regulator, with a call for consumers to be less lazy about switching suppliers and for energy supply companies to be more proactive in offering customers the best deal. The crucial question of how we produce energy in the first place has been conspicuously ignored.
“I’m bored by climate change, but I shouldn’t be!” was tweeted during a heated debate about science education by one of the group of almost 150 14-18 year old students who descended on the Royal Institution on Monday for the first ever science unconference.
To the untrained eye, the view from the Yanapaqcha glacier, some 17,000ft above sea level in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, represents nature at her most sublime. Sheer, snowcapped peaks stretch to the horizon while, through the clouds below, fertile ravines drain into perfect turquoise lakes. But as our crampons crunch into the hard ice, it quickly becomes apparent that not all is well in this spectacular wilderness.
Tick, tock, tick tock. Time marches inexorably forward. In Cancun at the international climate change summit, negotiators exchange texts and proposals on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But 13 years after the Kyoto Summit, little progress has been made in reaching the political breakthrough needed.
On the day of the Political Studies Association’s Annual Awards and to mark the 60th anniversary of the Association, two leading academics write exclusively for Independent Blogs about how climate change is the biggest political challenge that we face.
The revelation that carbon dioxide emissions are set to increase this year by over 3 per cent, despite temporarily falling 1.3 per cent between 2008 and 2009 due to global recession, signals an urgent warning that current efforts on climate change have simply failed. Even while we are still in the midst of recession – where the recovery is so fragile that another bank bailout is being pushed through in hopes of preventing a full-blown eurozone crisis – fossil fuel emissions have never been higher, and are projected to accelerate in coming years.
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