• Risk Management Solutions, The IPCC And The Insurance Industry

    • Date: 27/10/10

    The Tampa Herald-Tribune has an eye-opening article on the Bermuda-based reinsurance industry, explaining how Hurricane Katrina was seen by this segment of the industry more as a business opportunity than as a disaster.  Here is an excerpt that describes what happened in the aftermath of the active and costly 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons: [I]in 2006, […]

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  • RIP: Carbon Trading

    • Date: 26/10/10

    In a little reported move, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) is ending carbon trading this year — the very purpose for which it was founded. CCX will remain open for business, however, as it transitions into the murky world of dealing in carbon offsets. Outside of a report in Crain’s Chicago Business and a downplayed article […]

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  • Sea Level Rise Slowing Significantly?

    • Date: 25/10/10

    Lots of “hottest years ever” during the last five years. GISS says 2010 is the hottest year ever so far, ahead of 2005. NCDC says that 2010 is tied with 2007 so far as the hottest year ever. We are told that glacial and sea ice melt have been at record levels over the last five […]

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  • Vaclav Klaus: Thank Heavens For Bob Carter

    • Date: 23/10/10

    The Australian professor deserves thanks and praise for repudiating the heretic-hunting climate orthodoxy Let me declare from the outset that I consider global warming dogma (and its widespread acceptance) to be one of the most costly and undemocratic mistakes in generations, and try, therefore, to contribute to its demolition. As someone who spent most of […]

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  • On Young People And Climate Change Skepticism

    • Date: 22/10/10

    The New York Times has a front-page story this morning on climate change skepticism and denial within the Tea Party movement. According to the story: Skepticism and outright denial of global warming are among the articles of faith of the Tea Party movement, here in Indiana and across the country. For some, it is a matter […]

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  • Nature’s Muddled View On Science And The Media

    • Date: 21/10/10

    Nature has an editorial that reflects some muddled thinking about public debates that invoke science. Here is an excerpt: There is more to communication of uncertainty than tone and content — the audience must also be considered, which brings us to the BBC. Like the IPCC, the BBC is an easy target for critics, who […]

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  • Lord Marland Shames Parliament

    • Date: 21/10/10

    Yesterday Nigel Lawson asked a question of Lord Marland, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change. This is the full exchange: Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the chairman of the Government’s own Green Investment Bank commission has authoritatively stated that the cost of meeting our current carbon […]

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  • Tom Fuller: How Wicked Is This Problem?

    • Date: 19/10/10

    Let’s start with proper attribution of Wikipedia’s definition: ” ‘Wicked problem’ is a phrase originally used in social planning to describe a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of […]

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