• Cameron’s Wasted Energies

    • Date: 19/05/10

    David Cameron last week renewed his promise to cut the U.K. government’s carbon emissions by 10% in the next 12 months, and is now taking suggestions on how to achieve that. Here’s a thought: How about cutting the central government itself by 10%? That’s about the only way the new Prime Minister can simultaneously reduce […]

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  • Action On Climate Change Stalled By Political Reality

    • Date: 19/05/10

    Among the many challenges currently facing Britain, one, how to supply energy to its people over the coming 25 years, provides an interesting backdrop to debates about the environment, energy and climate change. The fact is that energy demand in Britain will soon outstrip energy supply. While there are several reasons for conundrum, a main […]

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  • Climate Science Policy Needs a “Team B” (Big Science + Big Government = Bad Science & Policy)

    • Date: 18/05/10

    The wonderful “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money” statement attributed to Senator Everett Dirksen may be apocryphal, but it remains a prescient warning to our nation’s leaders. At a time when Congress is throwing billions of dollars around like pocket change based on claims of scientists and engineers, a real quote of Dirksen […]

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  • Cheer Up: Life Only Gets Better

    • Date: 17/05/10

    By the middle of this century the human race will have expanded in 10,000 years from less than 10m people to nearly 10 billion. Some live in misery and dearth even worse than the worst experienced in the Stone Age. But the vast majority are much better fed, much better sheltered, much better entertained, much […]

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  • Crisis In New Zealand Climatology

    • Date: 15/05/10

    The official archivist of New Zealand’s climate records, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), offers top billing to its 147-year-old national mean temperature series (the “NIWA Seven-station Series” or NSS). This series shows that New Zealand experienced a twentieth-century warming trend of 0.92°C. The official temperature record is wrong. The instrumental raw data […]

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  • Philip Stott: Cameron’s First Big Blunder

    • Date: 13/05/10

    One desperately wishes to give the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government the fairest of winds. The debt crisis demands that it must succeed, and that some compromises must be made to achieve this. But one Cabinet appointment beggars belief, and is a compromise too far and too dangerous for the country. To Laugh Or To […]

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  • Polarised On Polar Ice

    • Date: 11/05/10

    As own goals go, this was a stunning shot. Science magazine published a letter from 255 scientists (few of them climatologists) complaining in remarkably strong tones about the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. asserting, amazingly, that there is nothing remotely identified [sic] in the recent events […]

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  • Mike Hulme: After The Crash – A New Direction For Climate Policy

    • Date: 11/05/10

    Does the failure of December’s UN climate conference mean the world needs a completely new approach to tackling climate change? It does, a group of academics is arguing this week – and one of them, Mike Hulme, explains why, and what it is that they are recommending. The gap between the pre-Copenhagen rhetoric of “what […]

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