• It’s All Over: Sri Lanka Scraps Controversial Carbon Tax

    • Date: 28/10/19
    • EconomyNext

    Sri Lanka will scrap a controversial carbon tax from the end of the year, under tax changes passed in parliament. Sri Lanka brought a carbon tax for cars escalating for older cars used by less affluent persons who drive less. But Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has now scrapped the tax. However it will be charged […]

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  • Green Hypocrites: Believing In Climate Change, But Not Behaving Sustainably

    • Date: 27/10/19
    • M Hall et al, Journal of Environmental Psychology

    We conducted a one-year longitudinal study in which 600 American adults regularly reported their climate change beliefs, pro-environmental behavior, and other climate-change related measures. Using latent class analyses, we uncovered three clusters of Americans with distinct climate belief trajectories: (1) the “Skeptical,” who believed least in climate change; (2) the “Cautiously Worried,” who had moderate beliefs in […]

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  • Loophole On Counting CO2 Emissions Threatens Paris Climate Agreement

    • Date: 25/10/19
    • The Japan Times

    Four years after the signing of the Paris climate accord, a major hitch remains: Countries have not been able to reach an agreement on an accounting trick that would allow them to count greenhouse gas reductions twice. To be sure, the biggest issue remains national targets that are not sufficient to meet the goals of […]

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  • Polar Bear Expert Frozen Out for Telling the Truth

    • Date: 23/10/19
    • Benny Peiser, Conservative Woman

    THIS summer Dr Susan Crockford, one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears, lost her status as Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada (UVic), a position she had held for 15 years. This action followed her expulsion from the roster of the university’s volunteer Speakers Bureau in May 2017. […]

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  • Forget Paris: Russia Rejects Climate Change Plan After Business Uproar

    • Date: 18/10/19
    • The Moscow Times

    Russia’s largest companies have killed off plans to introduce individual emissions quotas and a carbon trading system.  The Russian government has drastically watered-down its new package of climate change legislation after push-back from the country’s leading businesses, the Kommersant business daily reported. Plans for quotas on carbon emissions at Russia’s largest companies, a new national carbon […]

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  • A New Run Of The CLOUD Experiment Examines The Direct Effect Of Cosmic Rays On Clouds

    • Date: 11/10/19
    • Ana Lopes, CERN

    “By the end of the CLOUD experiment, we want to be able to answer definitively whether cosmic rays affect clouds and the climate, and not leave any stone unturned.” CERN’s colossal complex of accelerators is in the midst of a two-year shutdown for upgrade work. But that doesn’t mean all experiments at the Laboratory have […]

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  • Extinction Rebellion Finally Subjected To Media Scrutiny

    • Date: 10/10/19
    • Gaia Fawkes

    Last night, Andrew Neil took Extinction Rebellion spokesman Zion Lights to task over her organisation’s alarmist claims and anti-scientific arguments. Lights was taken to task over the Extinction Rebellion claim that “billions of people will die over the next few decades”, eventually admitting that what they were saying did not fall within the scientific mainstream and disclosing that “unfortunately alarmist […]

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  • Fritz Vahrenholt: Let’s Not Commit Economic Suicide

    • Date: 08/10/19
    • Hamburger Abendblatt

    Prof Fritz Vahrenholt criticises the “exorbitant and hysterical climate debate” and warns against hasty policies. The chemist Fritz Vahrenholt is a pioneer of Germany’s environmental movement. His book “Seveso is everywhere” (1978) shaped the environmental debate for years. His environmental atlas “The State of the Nation” (1982) is considered a milestone. In 1984, at the […]

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