Tagged: co2

Michael Cox talks complete rubbish - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 17, 2011

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a retired conservative politician with a penchant for writing opinion pieces and a limited understanding of certain issues will one day start talking bollocks — and that day has arrived with a vengeance for Michael Cox. The former National MP and Waipa district councillor let rip in the [...] … Read More

New Opencast Mine Permitted - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 27, 2011

News today that resource consent has been granted to Perth-based company Bathurst Resources for opencast coal mining on 200 hectares in the Mt Rochfort Conservation Area on Denniston Plateau, northeast of Westport. It will become New Zealand’s second largest opencast coal mine after Solid Energy’s nearby Stockton mine. The commissioners said that the consent was [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #12: twisters, Olaf on ozone, and Google in the sun - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 05, 2011

Ozone is the centrepiece of our show this week, with Dr Olaf Morgenstern of NIWA’s Central Otago atmospheric science lab (celebrating its 50th birthday at the moment) explaining the ins and outs of the ozone holes north and south, and their impacts on the climate system. Plus tornadoes, heatwaves, UN negotiations at an impasse, more [...] … Read More

Return of the Climate Cluelessâ„¢: there’s none so blind… - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 17, 2011

Sir Peter Gluckman, scientific adviser to NZ prime minister John Key, recently published a discussion paper entitled Towards better use of evidence in policy formation (pdf). It’s an interesting read for anyone who has ever noted the sometimes large discrepancy between political dogma and policy outcomes. Sciblogger Peter Griffin went so far as to describe [...] … Read More

Earth: The Operators’ Manual - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Apr 07, 2011

Richard Alley’s splendid abilities as a communicator are well displayed in his new book Earth: The Operators’ Manual. Written as a companion book for a forthcoming PBS documentary he hosts, it provides a lively review of the science of climate change and of the renewable energy sources now able to be employed. The general reader who [...] … Read More

I’ve been wrong before - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 15, 2010

It appears that the crank pantheon has a new hero: John O’Sullivan — the “world’s most popular Internet writer on the greenhouse gas theory” and the man unafraid of getting everything wrong. The last time we encountered him, he was getting everything wrong about the New Zealand Climate “Science” Coalition’s attempt to take NIWA to [...] … Read More

Something for the weekend - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 02, 2010

Lazy blogging. Just links to a few things I think you might find interesting to read (and a performance to enjoy) while I get some work done. First up: Swiss Re, the giant reinsurance company, has published a handy new report called Climate sceptic arguments and their scientific background (pdf), written by Swiss scientist Urs [...] … Read More

Taking the Hot Air out of the Climate Change Debate - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 22, 2010

By Dr Michael Edmonds Climate change is an issue which needs to be debated scientifically, through careful and rational analysis of the facts. However, as the climate change debate intensifies a disturbing trend is emerging — more and more of the debate involves arguments reminiscent of a ’down and dirty’ political debate. Personal attacks, misrepresentation or … Read More