• Judith Curry: An Opening Mind. Part II

    • Date: 18/06/11

    What we have here is Mark Lynas behaving like an investigative journalist,  with a watchdog and accountability role, the 5th estate and all that. Journalists for the most part have dropped the ball on the climate change issue, and the watchdog/accountability role has been ceded to the blogospheric auditors, notably Steve McIntyre. Mark Lynas has […]

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  • Donna Lamframboise: Oodles Of Cash

    • Date: 18/06/11

    If you haven’t seen it yet, Ben Pile has a blog post about the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that takes that story in a disturbing new direction. He observes that the Greenpeace report on which the IPCC chose to rely was co-produced with the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC). This is a trade organization, comprised […]

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  • Mark Lynas: Questions The IPCC Must Now Urgently Answer

    • Date: 17/06/11

    Here’s the scenario. An Exxon-Mobil employee – admittedly an energy specialist with an engineering background – serves as a lead author on an important IPCC report looking into the future of fossil fuels. The Exxon guy and his fellow lead authors assess a whole variety of literature, but select for special treatment four particular papers […]

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  • Solar Minimum And Its Possible Effect On Climate, The Other Side

    • Date: 16/06/11

    ABC belatedly reported (borrowing from AFP) on a study that suggests the sun is entering a quiet period similar to the Maunder Minimum, which was a 70-year period when hardly any sunspots were observed between 1645 and 1715, a period known as the ‘Little Ice Age’. ABC’s report provided reference to a recent study by Georg Feulner and Stefan Rahmstorf based […]

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  • New IPCC Error: Renewables Report Conclusion Was Dictated By Greenpeace

    • Date: 15/06/11

    The headlines were unequivocal when the IPCC renewables report came out a few weeks ago. Here’s the first line of the BBC News piece: Renewable technologies could supply 80% of the world’s energy needs by mid-century, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Guardian led with the same conclusion: Renewable energy could account for almost […]

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  • Donna Laframboise: How Much Harm To Humans Is OK?

    • Date: 13/06/11

    Thomas Stocker is a climate modeler. He also, we are told, holds “one of the world’s most prestigious scientific jobs, co-chairing a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” (IPCC). In Switzerland, where he resides, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation refers to Stocker as “the guardian of our climate.” Based on comments he made […]

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  • Oxfam’s Approach To Food Security Is Broken

    • Date: 10/06/11

    If something’s broken, it’s not “the global food system” but rather Oxfam’s approach to food security. Farmers around the world are feeding more people than ever before in human history. So what does Oxfam, the celebrated advocacy group, have to say about this remarkable achievement? Six astonishing words: “The global food system is broken.” This […]

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  • Chris Rapley’s Pertinent Question

    • Date: 09/06/11

    Last week’s UCL conference, Population Footprints, was a brave attempt to locate the correct niche for the P-word within the big picture of global equity and sustainability. Curiously, it was UCL’s own Professor Chris Rapley [UCL Chair of Climate Science] who stole the show in the closing ten minutes of the event. He questioned whether […]

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