Cindy Baxter

Cindy Baxter is a climate change activist and media strategist who has attended just about every major international climate meeting over the last 20 years. She blogs for Hot Topic. Cindy is on Twitter @cindybax

NZ: pushing the world to go beyond 2 degrees - Hot Topic

Dec 05, 2014

New Zealand is coming under increasing scrutiny in Lima, not least because it’s our turn to be reviewed by the UNFCCC process. Early next week our representatives will have to defend our position and our lack of action to 190 governments in our first “multilateral assessment.” Already, there have been some tough questions, coming especially […]

The bear necessities of climate agreement in Lima - Hot Topic

Dec 01, 2014

The population in the seaside capital of Peru, Lima, has grown exponentially in the last few days ahead of the latest round of UN climate talks, with  11,000 official delegates, 40,000 police, and thousands more who’ll attend the Peoples Climate Summit, all descending on the city. “The streets are filling up with gringos,” a horrified friend […]

NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores Pentagon warning of “immediate” threat from climate change - Hot Topic

Oct 20, 2014

So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to make sure we’re equipped to deal with this horrific new threat. The media has dedicated […]

AAAS “What We Know” Initiative: Same Denial, Different Issue – From Ozone Depletion to Climate Change - Hot Topic

Mar 20, 2014

(Cross-posted with permission from Polluterwatch.com) It must be like Groundhog Day for Mario Molina, the scientist who has presided over the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s new report and publicity drive aimed at convincing Americans about the urgency of what’s happening on climate change. The normally reticent AAAS has taken a highly unusual […]

Poland or Coaland? Climate talks about to begin in Warsaw - Hot Topic

Nov 10, 2013

Another year, another round of climate talks.  It’s the 19th Conference of Parties to the UN Climate Convention and we’re back in Poland, the scene of an almost complete non-event in 2008, the year before Copenhagen. It’s Eastern Europe’s turn to host another meeting, and nobody else was prepared to put their hand up, so […]

Denier cacophony escalates as IPCC release draws near - Hot Topic

Sep 25, 2013

As governments meet in Stockholm this week to finalise the IPCC’s Summary for Policymakers for its Working Group 1 report release,  I wonder if they can hear the shouting match going on in the world’s blogosphere and in some media. The bleating of deniers is reaching a cacophony. They are rolling out every single trick […]