Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Penney Kome raises the question of who will be responsible for the damage wrought by climate change. And Trish Audette-Longo reports that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is set to start examining how human behaviour contributes to, and is affected by, a changing climate. – But ...

A Puff of Absurdity: If We Could Be as Smart as Frogs

I regularly tell students about our likely future. It’s often met with skepticism, so I provide lots of citations from the IPCC and NASA. Then I sometimes get a lecture on being so doom and gloom. Denial is our go-to defence against reality. But for whose benefit? It’s just for our own short term enjoyment ...

A Puff of Absurdity: There’s Still Climate Denial?

This is from a local climate change group, Hamilton 350: But even better is the list of sources the post included: I swear, if I didn’t block the trolls I’d be at this all day every day. It is simply the most tedious thing on the planet. Rational people can be reasoned with, but climate ...

A Puff of Absurdity: There’s Still Climate Denial?

This is from a local climate change group, Hamilton 350: But even better is the list of sources the post included: I swear, if I didn’t block the trolls I’d be at this all day every day. It is simply the most tedious thing on the planet. Rational people can be reasoned with, but climate ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Indicators: Attention Must Be Paid

If it started to get cloudy out, and I told a friend, “You might want to bring an umbrella,” I might hear, “Good idea, thanks!” for saving him the discomfort of walking unprotected in the pouring rain later that night. But if it’s starting to get all climate-changey out, and I tell friends, “We don’t ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: IPCC Chair Rajendra K Pachauri Steps Down

The right thing to do, whatever the truth of the sexual harassment charges against him.  And in this case it was starting to look like there might have been some fire under all that smoke.

The Disaffected Lib: Remember, It’s the IPCC and It Can Never Tell the Whole Truth

The oft-maligned Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change is, admittedly, something of a strange bird.  It doesn’t conduct climate change research.  It merely collects the research undertaken by universities, government agencies and NGOs, digests the important stuff and then issues advisory reports to governments. The IPCC reports are usually off-mark.  They sometimes, albeit rarely, overstate conclusions. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Ooooh! Bad Talk, More Stark.

Another report from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC. The Associated Press has managed to thumb through the latest report, a synthesis report based on the previous three.  AP says there’s nothing much new in the report except, “the language is more stark and the report attempts to connect the different scientific disciplines ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading. – Will Hutton writes about Thomas Piketty’s rebuttal to the false claim that inequality has to be encouraged in the name of development – and the reality that we have a public policy choice whether to privilege returns on capital or broad-based growth: It is a startling thesis and ...

350 or bust: It’s Up To Us To Decide The Future

Global weirding has begun. We still have time to act, but not an indefinite amount of time: * Produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia and funded by the UN Foundation. The data visualization summarises and visualizes several of the most significant statements in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent Fifth Assessment ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Window Of Opportunity Is Growing Increasingly Short

So says Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if we are to take action to limit the global average temperature increase to two degrees Celsius: Six years ago we said that emissions would have to peak by 2015 if we wanted to hold them to 2C. The cost rises the later ...

Things Are Good: Obviously, The Climate Change Debate is Over

Anybody with the ability to reason realizes that anthropogenic climate change is happening – and it’s happening in an unpredictable but faster way than previously imagined. The fact that fools argue against this infuriates me as they are essentially arguing against reality. Recently, two acclaimed scientific bodies (The Royal Society and the US National Academy ...

Things Are Good: Cities Are The Key For Adjusting To Changing Climate

Readers of this site have seen lots of evidence that in the 21st century the best place one can live for a small carbon footprint is in urban areas. Things like increased infrastructure costs and higher costs of living associated with automobile use in rural & suburban places are obvious reasons why denser areas are ...

350 or bust: Signs of Change

* Now are we ready to stop using our atmosphere as a sewage dump? OECD Calls For a “Big Fat Price On Carbon” In the Fight Against Climate Change *

The Disaffected Lib: "Unequivocal"

Leaving no doubt; clear; unambiguous.   The latest IPCC report concludes that mankind’s influence in driving climate change is beyond doubt, clear and unambiguous.   Anthropogenic global warming is here, it’s here to stay and, unless we want a better future enough to change our ways, it’s going to get a hell of a lot worse in ...

The Disaffected Lib: Throwing Down the Gauntlet – "Rational" People Will Be Convinced By the Science – IPCC

There are encouraging signs that, this time, climate scientists are coming prepared for a fight against the forces of denialism. You can tell the Fossil Fuelers and the rest of their supporting cast in the denialist community have their knickers in a bunch over the pending release of the next IPCC report on climate change. ...

DeSmogBlog: After All That, The Himalayan Glaciers are Indeed Shrinking

800px-Everest_North_Face_toward_Base_Camp_Tibet_Luca_Galuzzi_2006_edit_1.jpg Remember the Himalayan glaciers? They were at the root of the most deserved black-eye to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during the intensely politicized period of 2009-2010. In so-called “GlacierGate,” it was revealed that the IPCC had published, in one of its reports, a truly bogus assertion that the Himalayan glaciers would be ...

DeSmogBlog: The Really Inconvenient Truth For The GWPF – Debunking GWPF Briefing Paper No1

GWPF_0.jpeg This is the sixth post in a series examining the UK-registered educational charity and climate denial 'think-tank' Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). Previous posts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) have identified very serious shortcomings and it is now make-or-break time for the GWPF's reputation. GWPF Briefing Paper No1 – 'The Really Inconvenient Truth' will be ...

DeSmogBlog: What The IPCC Ignores, According To The GWPF

GWPF.jpeg This series of posts (1, 2, 3, 4) examines the UK-registered educational charity & climate-change denying think-tank the Global Warming Policy Foundation GWPF. This fifth post examines one of the assertions made within GWPF Briefing Paper No1. The paper boldly claims that the findings of the UN IPCC are too narrow and that the work of ...

DeSmogBlog: GWPF & The Hockey Stick Curve

gwpf_0.jpeg The previous post in this series examined the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) Briefing Paper No3 "The Truth About Greenhouse  Gases". Despite its title, Briefing Paper No3 said very little about such gases. Yet one subject (not directly to do with greenhouse gases) was discussed at some length within the paper. As it is ...

DeSmogBlog: Evaluation shows "Faked" Heartland Climate Strategy Memo is Authentic

heartland logo.jpg A line-by-line evaluation of the Climate Strategy memo, which the Heartland Institute has repeatedly denounced as a "fake" shows no “obvious and gross misstatements of fact,” as Heartland has alleged. On the contrary, the Climate Strategy document is corroborated by Heartland’s own material and/or by its allies and employees. It also uses phrases, language ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Today’s War On Everything News

I’m going to run out of titles for these daily wraps for my radio program in a hurry. I’m hoping the links and videos are of use and get sent around. Here’s a video of an Irishman getting it right about Wall Street, that the good people at Crooks and Liars posted today. It’s dead ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Today’s War On Everything News

I’m going to run out of titles for these daily wraps for my radio program in a hurry. I’m hoping the links and videos are of use and get sent around. Here’s a video of an Irishman getting it right about Wall Street, that the good people at Crooks and Liars posted today. It’s dead ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Today’s War On Everything News

I’m going to run out of titles for these daily wraps for my radio program in a hurry. I’m hoping the links and videos are of use and get sent around. Here’s a video of an Irishman getting it right about Wall Street, that the good people at Crooks and Liars posted today. It’s dead ...