Polar ice keeps melting – whichever way you look at it Andy Reisinger Oct 15

At the risk of banging on and on about it: another research article just out today from the prestigious journal Nature has used satellite-based measurements to show that the thinning of glaciers that are draining the Greenland and key parts of the Antarctic ice sheet is increasingly widespread. A quote from the abstract: “We find that [...]

Is agricultural trade liberalisation bad for the climate? Andy Reisinger Oct 14

A Dutch research team has analysed the effect of agricultural trade liberalisation on global greenhouse gas emissions. Their study finds that a full liberalisation of agricultural trade (ie, removal of all trade barriers, quota and subsidies globally) would result in a 6% increase in global greenhouse gas emissions in 2015. Most of this emissions increase would [...]

Polar ice keeps melting — at a faster and faster rate Andy Reisinger Oct 12

A key reason for concern about climate change is that it could lead to gradual melting of the polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, resulting in an inexorable rise in global sea levels. A new set of high-precision measurements (paper in press with the journal ‘Geophysical Research Letters‘) now confirms that the ice sheets [...]

So we’re aiming for 2 degrees – yeah right! Andy Reisinger Sep 29

It’s exactly two decades since the first scientific warning in 1989 that global warming should be limited to no more than one or two degrees. Every year since then, the scientific evidence for climate change has become firmer and the message that greenhouse gas emissions have to be reduced substantially to avoid unmanageable changes has [...]

Climate change policy myopia: the ETS agreement Andy Reisinger Sep 29

This is a re-post of an article that appeared in the Dominion Post on 18 September, co-authored with Ralph Chapman, Judy Lawrence and Jonathan Boston.  — The deal between National and the Maori party over the emission trading scheme raises serious questions about strategic policy making in New Zealand. The agreement has positive features — a [...]

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