• ‘Climate Culture’ Versus ‘Knowing Disbelief’

    • Date: 15/08/15
    • Andy West, Climate Etc.

    In a previous post at Climate Etc I showed two analyses on US public attitudes to climate change, based upon data from psychologist Dan Kahan’s studies plus some independent surveys. Both of these seek to explain what social / psychological mechanisms are driving the observed attitudes. The first analysis is Kahan’s own, which concludes that identity defense […]

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  • Curbing Global Warming: Mission Impossible?

    • Date: 11/08/15
    • Robert J. Samuelson , The Washington Post

    There is a “mission impossible” quality to curbing global warming, though few say so openly. The dependence of economic growth on fossil fuels seems too strong to overcome. On climate change, we need to go beyond the tired story line of “deniers” vs. the “scientific consensus.” Until it’s discredited by falling temperatures, global warming is […]

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  • India: No Study Supports Global Warming Affecting Himalayas

    • Date: 07/08/15
    • Indo-Asian News Service

    NEW DELHI:  No study has so far supported the theory that global warming was causing natural calamities in the Himalayan region, parliament was told on Thursday. “There is no study reported so far, which supports the fact that many type of instances similar to natural calamities are occurring in the Himalayan region due to global warming,” […]

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  • Obama’s New Climate Plan: Key Issues & Challenges

    • Date: 05/08/15
    • Global Warming Policy Forum

    What is being proposed? Emissions from Power Sector: President Obama has proposed cutting US carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. This is more stringent than an earlier draft of the plan – which called for a 30% reduction – and would lead to coal’s share of electricity […]

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  • El Niño ‘Strongly Correlated with Positive Crop Yields’

    • Date: 04/08/15
    • Jessie Scott, AgriCulture.com

    The arrival of El Niño may mean higher yields for corn and soybean growers, according to a new report issued by AgriBank that analyzes yield data in past El Niño years. “No one can predict with certainty the impact El Niño or any weather patterns may have on crop production,” says Jerry Lehnertz, AgriBank. “However, […]

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  • Climate Lobby Advises Location-Based, Tailored Propaganda To Convince More People

    • Date: 28/07/15
    • Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart London

    A new paper on climate change has urged advocates and activists to “develop tailored climate communication strategies for individual nations” – reflecting on the fact that it is mainly the world’s wealthier nations who are ‘aware’ of their propaganda, even though they see global warming as less of a threat. The results follow similar studies which found that […]

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  • Sceptical Americans Could Prove Tough Audience For Pope Francis

    • Date: 28/07/15
    • James Politi, Financial Times

    Pope Francis’ election in 2013 to lead the Catholic Church stirred hope among American Catholics that his humble style, reformist plans and new world roots might revive the church’s fortunes in the US. But more than two years later, Americans — and especially conservatives — appear to have cooled on the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff ahead of […]

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  • Former UN Climate Chief PK Pachauri Ousted, Blames “Climate Sceptics” For His Fall

    • Date: 24/07/15
    • Nitin Sethi, Business Standard

    Accused of sexual harassment of a colleague, R K Pachauri ceased to be chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri), within days of resuming work after a court order had allowed him to physically attend the organisation’s offices. The environmental group’s governing council, meeting in Bengaluru on Thursday, announced that Pachauri would be replaced by […]

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