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  • InterAcademy Council Shenanigans

    • Date: 13/06/10
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    Marcel Crok of the Netherlands had an interesting exchange with the Netherlands-based InterAcademy Council this week – see his blog post here. Noticing that the InterAcademy Council’s IPCC Review was holding hearings in Montreal and that presenters were being imported from Europe (e.g. Robert Watson, Hans von Storch), Marcel wrote to the IAC at 4 pm […]

  • Bonn Climate Talks End Without Agreement

    • Date: 12/06/10
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    The second round of UN climate talks in 2010 ended on Friday. No draft text for future Cancun negotiation has been agreed by parities. The June session was the first which came to substantive negotiations since last December’s contentious Copenhagen summit, which was previously expected to draw a draft text for the further negotiation in […]

  • GWPF Debate: Giddens And Lawson Argue Quite Sensibly On Climate Change

    • Date: 11/06/10
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    It’s rare for a climate debate not to descend into acrimony, but I attended one last week that didn’t. This one pitted against each other the sociologist and New Labour philosopher king Anthony ‘Third Way’ Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics, and former Chancellor Lord Nigel Lawson. Giddens was speaking at the […]

  • Italian Green Jobs: Where’s The Spaghetti?

    • Date: 11/06/10
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    Mr Lavecchia is a fellow and Dr. Stagnaro the research and studies director at Istituto Bruno Leoni. This post follows the release of their recent analysis for Italy showing that for every ‘green’ job created by government, 4.8 ‘gray’ jobs are lost in the private sector. Tradeoffs: if you chose this, you can’t chose that. In economics this […]

  • Error On Himalayan Glaciers Melts IPCC’s Reputation

    • Date: 11/06/10
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    The meltdown of the Himalayan glaciers is not going to be nearly as dire as a Nobel Prize-winning UN climate panel predicted, but it does still threaten the water and food security of 60 million people, says a new report. Glaciers are often described as the “water towers” of the world, and the UN has […]

  • UK Grows More Sceptical On Climate Change – Poll

    • Date: 11/06/10
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    Britain has become more sceptical about climate change, more supportive of nuclear power, and more worried about depending on energy imports, a poll by Cardiff University on Friday showed. Although the majority still believed climate change was happening, the percentage slipped compared to a similar study conducted five years ago, while worries about energy security […]

  • Bjorn Lomborg: Europe’s Determination To Decline

    • Date: 11/06/10
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    In a heroic case of finding a silver lining in the bleakest of all situations, the European Union climate commissioner has concluded that the global economic crisis and recession actually provided a lucky break for everyone. Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says that the slowdown in economic activity will make it easier for the EU to achieve […]

  • Has Royal Society Misled The Public?

    • Date: 11/06/10
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    The Oxburgh “report” said that the eleven “representative” publications that it reviewed had been “selected on the advice of the Royal Society”. The eleven articles were so implausible a representation that it seemed scarcely credible that they could have been selected by any person with any expertise in the field. I asked the Royal Society […]