Tagged: climate change

Climate change: The science explained in simple terms - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 25, 2009

I’ve been looking for a good, easy to read document outlining the latest climate science research and putting it in context for Copenhagen and I think I’ve found it. Today in Sydney, the Climate Change Research Centre, a unit of the University of New South Wales, released The Copenhagen Diagnosis. It’s free to download or view … Read More

Saturday science coverage – two thumbs up for the Herald and the Listener - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 21, 2009

Between the Weekend Herald and the latest issue of the New Zealand Listener which just arrived in my mailbox, there’s enough coverage to suggest there’s a dedicated group of journalists operating in the New Zealand media committed to decent reporting on the big science-related issues facing society. First, take Chris Barton’s piece on the issue of mobile phones … Read More

Bjorn Lomborg’s op-ed sense and non-science - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Nov 12, 2009

Bjorn Lomborg, noted climate change contrarian, has a point. Climate change is not the only hazard to worry about. But his arguments don’t always hold water, particularly in terms of water resources. In a series of Wall Street Journal op-eds leading up to the Copenhagen climate change meeting, Bjorn Lomborg is interviewing ’ordinary people’ about their views of climate change. Read More

Polar ice keeps melting – whichever way you look at it - Degrees of Change

Andy Reisinger Oct 15, 2009

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 … Read More

Is agricultural trade liberalisation bad for the climate? - Degrees of Change

Andy Reisinger Oct 14, 2009

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 … Read More

The biosphere can't stand it - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 05, 2009

A paper by Dr George Preddey,  Physi­cist, futur­ist, ter­tiary teacher, dis­as­ter man­ager, edu­ca­tion pol­icy ana­lyst, inter­na­tional con­sul­tant (retired),  envi­ron­men­tal activist and marathoner Global Eco­nomic Cri­sis and Copen­hagen – missed chances for avert­ing a human catastrophe? ’If at first an idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.’ ’We shall require a sub­stan­tially new way … Read More

Climate change policy myopia: the ETS agreement - Degrees of Change

Andy Reisinger Sep 29, 2009

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 … Read More