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Climate compendium: important insights

Bryan Walker Sep 28, 2009

“The Climate Change Science Compendium is a wake-up call. The time for hesitation is over”. So wrote Ban Ki-moon in his foreword to this UN Environment Programme publication released last week. The publication is a review of how climate science has evolved since the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), and is based on some 400 major scientific contributions [...] … Read More

Water cycle, meet media cycle

Daniel Collins Sep 28, 2009

Hydrologists and journalists have a lot in common*. They both deal with highly polarising material. They are both drawn to watershed events. And their best stories are never dry. If you have any doubts, just look at the media cycle outlined here: transpiration, condensation, precipitation, infiltration. This coupled cycle could even be seen in real time, as played out in … Read More

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Self-interested, myopic hot-air

Gareth Renowden Sep 26, 2009

New Zealand’s farming leadership have not distinguished themselves in the debate about climate policy. Federated Farmers president Don Nicholson has called for NZ to set no target for emissions reductions and for agriculture to be excluded from the emissions trading scheme, and former vice-president Frank Brenmuhl is still ruminating on the need for more debate [...] … Read More

The biased leading the blind

Gareth Renowden Sep 25, 2009

Two of New Zealand’s most prominent climate cranks, “inexpert witness” Chris de Freitas and Bob “great communicator” Carter are no strangers to the art of misrepresenting facts in support of their peculiar political visions, but recent articles by the pair set new standards for economy with the truth. Here’s De Freitas, writing in Energy NZ: …no [...] … Read More

Obama to UN: Let’s do it

Bryan Walker Sep 23, 2009

Obama’s speech at the UN yesterday may have disappointed some commentators who were looking for more specifics for progress than he provided, but from another perspective it was a most notable occasion. The world’s leading politician, speaking in a global forum, was unequivocal about the seriousness of the issue of climate change: That so many of us are [...] … Read More

US should aim for 80% by 2020

Bryan Walker Sep 22, 2009

Renowned American environmentalist Lester Brown offers measured optimism in an article published in the Washington Post on Sunday. He claims a surprisingly dramatic 9 percent drop in US carbon emissions over the past two years and the promise of further huge reductions.  Part of this decline, he acknowledges, was caused by the recession and higher [...] … Read More