• How Baath Party’s Socialist Policies Exacerbated Syrian Drought

    • Date: 04/09/15
    • Jeannie Sowers et al., Footnote

    Rather than demonstrating that drought caused conflict, the Syrian tragedy highlights the capacity of political systems and economic policies to exacerbate vulnerability to environmental events. Focusing on external factors like climate change understates the responsibility of the former regime as well as then-fashionable development paradigms. One possibility is that environmental factors, particularly a long-lasting drought, […]

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  • Syria: 2012 Wheat Production Outlook is Favorable Despite Ongoing Conflict

    • Date: 04/09/15
    • US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service

    Syria has been essentially self-sufficient in wheat production for the past 20 years, with the infrequent exception of seasons when severe drought prevails The uprising against the government in Syria is entering its 16th month, with violence against civilian populations escalating dramatically in 2012. The bulk of military and paramilitary activity this year has been […]

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  • Another Cold British Summer

    • Date: 03/09/15
    • Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That

    Another cold and damp summer in the UK, finishing at 0.5C below the 1981-2010 average, and the third in the last five years to fall below. Indeed, no summers since 1998 have been as cold as 2011, 2012 and 2015. There is clearly no sign of summer temperatures increasing in the last decade, as the […]

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  • Dark Clouds Over Paris: India’s Climate Plan In Disarray

    • Date: 03/09/15
    • Joydeep Gupta, India Climate Dialogue

    India’s delayed submission of a national climate plan is the result of increasing doubts that the country can meet an emissions intensity target pledged in 2009, plunging future commitments into disarray, India Climate Dialogue can reveal. At the 2009 climate summit six years ago, India undertook to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 20-25% by 2020 compared […]

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  • Why Are We Waiting? Because Nobody Is Listening To Nick Stern

    • Date: 02/09/15
    • Ruth Dixon, My Garden Pond blog

    Nicholas Stern’s book is not reliable on either science or policy. In the end, the book’s main weakness is its failure to answer the question ‘Why Are We Waiting?’ Earlier this year I was invited to review Nicholas Stern’s new book, Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (MIT Press, 2015), for […]

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  • US Wind Energy Stuck in the Doldrums

    • Date: 01/09/15
    • The American Interest

    The U.S. installed nearly 10 percent more wind production capacity over the last year, so why is output down 6 percent so far this year? As the FT reports, the answer may be as simple as, “it hasn’t been as windy.” 2015 has been one of the least windy years in around 40 years, according to the paper.   “We […]

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  • BBC Accused Of Lying Over EU-Funding For TV Propaganda

    • Date: 01/09/15
    • Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill

    Hot on the heels of the story about the BBC’s accepting paid-for programming (aka propaganda) from environmental groups comes the news that the EU has been paying for programmes too. Chief among these were a piece extolling the virtues of…the European Union, which was faithfully aired by the BBC back in March, and a forthcoming show about […]

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  • UN Climate Negotiations Entering Final Stages Before Paris

    • Date: 31/08/15
    • David Waskow, World Resources Institute

    We’re now entering the final, significant stages of negotiations leading up to the major climate summit in Paris in December known as COP21, where countries will reach a new international climate agreement. There are now two week-long negotiating sessions remaining before Paris; the first takes place next week in Bonn, Germany. What issues will negotiators […]

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