Bryan Walker

Bryan Walker is a long-retired English teacher who lives in Hamilton and has contributed many articles and book reviews to Hot Topic over the years. Failing eyesight means that he now unable to contribute as often as in the past, but his moral and ethical perspective on the climate problem is always welcome.

A Week of Contradiction - Hot Topic

Sep 10, 2011

We seem to have convinced the world that we’re right up in the forefront when it comes to tackling climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon came to New Zealand this week to the Pacific Islands Forum and called at Kiribati en route. “For those who believe climate change is about some distant future, I invite [...]

The Crime of Ecocide - Hot Topic

Sep 08, 2011

I was active in Amnesty International at the time when the International Criminal Court was being debated and we lobbied hard for its establishment. In view of all the obstacles it seemed a minor miracle that it finally gained enough member state support to get under way. It is by no means the universally acknowledged [...]

Latest Arctic Sea Ice Report - Hot Topic

Sep 07, 2011

The latest from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The graph above shows daily Arctic sea ice extent as of September 5, 2011, along with daily ice extents for previous low-ice-extent years. Conditions in context In August, sunlight wanes in the Arctic and the sea ice decline starts to slow down. Although the decline [...]

Energy Strategy in Denial of Climate Change Reality - Hot Topic

Sep 01, 2011

From a climate change perspective the New Zealand Energy Strategy 2011-2016 is hopelessly compromised by its determination to exploit all the oil and gas that can be found, including deep sea methane hydrates. Take a look at this extract, the second paragraph in the strategy document: “Globally, there are two energy challenges: energy security and [...]

Aquaflow in Multi-Biomass Venture - Hot Topic

Aug 31, 2011

Nelson-based algae company Aquaflow, whose progress we have reported on frequently in past posts has announced another engagement with an overseas company. This time it has signed a major agreement with Texas-based CRI Catalyst Company, a provider of catalyst and process technology to the global renewable fuel market. The focus of this partnership is on [...]

Dismaying Australian Politics - Hot Topic

Aug 29, 2011

Sunday’s Guardian carried a telling editorial on the poisonous political climate currently holding sway in Australia in relation to climate change. It opens with the observation that 1700 miles from Canberra the indigenous peoples in islands of the Torres Strait fear that climate change may soon overwhelm them, with communities vanishing under rising seas. Their [...]