Tagged: COP18

Stuff and nonsense (ministerial condescension and media fossil fools) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 11, 2012

A select few politicians have the ability to make me (and others) shout at the radio. New Zealand’s minister of climate change issues Tim Groser is one such. On Radio New Zealand National’s Morning Report this morning he gave vent to his feelings on NZ’s Colossal Fossil winning performance at Doha. It was an “absurd [...] … Read More

Signing up to nonsense: denialists plot letter to UN secretary general - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 29, 2012

People send me stuff. Imagine my surprise when this morning’s mail included the text of a round robin email from Tom Harris — the Canadian PR man who heads the Heartland-funded denialist lobby group the International Climate Science Coalition [full text here]. It gives an interesting insight to how these groups work behind the scenes. [...] … Read More

Doha notes: Random thoughts from the Middle East - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Nov 29, 2012

Shelob/Maman lurks over Doha delegates. Every time I walk into a press conference it seems there’s more ‘cheery’ news. Yesterday it was UNEP releasing a science report on melting permafrost. Scary stuff. So scary that The Age in Melbourne gave it most of the front page and even some on the back page. (Meanwhile the […] … Read More

Things we could only have dreamed of – and all that sand - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Nov 26, 2012

Flying into Doha yesterday for the next round of international climate negotiations, landing in what seems to be a pile of white sand in the middle of nowhere, with high rise buildings sticking out of it. Is this where we’re going to stop climate change? In a word, no.  Not by a long shot.  These […] … Read More

Kevin Anderson and the emperor’s underpants: beyond two degrees now inevitable - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 24, 2012

If you have a spare hour, this lecture is something not to miss. Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester gives this year’s University of Bristol Cabot Institute Annual Lecture, and rips into the comfortable assumption that limiting warming to two degrees is still possible. Can we stay within [...] … Read More

Turn down the heat: even bankers know a bad thing when they see it (sometimes) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 21, 2012

Here’s Jim Yong Kim, head honcho at the World Bank, writing in the Guardian to mark the launch of a new report on climate change commissioned by the bank: The question about climate change is no longer whether it is real. The question is what the world is going to look like for our children [...] … Read More