Tagged: COP21

Fixing the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme is just flogging the dead horse - Hot Topic

Mr February Mar 01, 2016

Simon Johnson looks at ‘fix the ETS’ metaphors and argues that trying to incrementally ‘save’ or ‘fix’ the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme will ensure it remains ineffective in reducing domestic emissions for decades. Politically, its just flogging the dead horse. We don’t have time for a unending institutionalised cultural conflict over ‘fixing the NZETS’ like the one we have had … Read More

We just had the hottest year on record – where does that leave climate denial? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 26, 2016

Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol At a news conference announcing that 2015 broke all previous heat records by a wide margin, one journalist started a question with “If this trend continues…” The response by the Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Gavin Schmidt, summed up the physics of climate change succinctly: “It’s not a question … Read More

Book review: Towards a Warmer World - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jan 22, 2016

Anyone who was paying attention to global temperatures in 2015 probably knew what was coming on Thursday morning. Yep, 2015 was the hottest year since modern records began in 1880. Though the latter part of the year was boosted by El Niño, 2015 continued a trend of record-breaking temperatures, with 15 of the 16 hottest years occurring since … Read More

2015 hottest year on record - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jan 21, 2016

It was signposted all year, but North American agencies have confirmed: 2015 was the hottest year since records began in 1880. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analysis showed that global surface air temperatures continued a long trend upward: 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 surpassed … Read More

The ‘necessity defence’– should climate activists be allowed to break the law? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 20, 2016

Tara Smith, Bangor University Can you break the law to stop climate change … and get away with it? That’s exactly what five climate change activists wanted to argue at a recent criminal trial in Seattle, Washington. In September 2014, the group tied themselves to a 25ft (8 metre) high “tripod” over a railway line in Washington State, … Read More

How to play a part in tackling climate change – long after the Paris hype - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 11, 2016

Stuart Capstick, Cardiff University and Adam Corner, Cardiff University There’s a curious paradox at the heart of climate change. Despite scientists asserting the need for urgent action and the widespread acceptance of the reality of climate change by people worldwide, it is a subject that we tend not to talk about with … Read More

New minister for Climate Change Paula Bennett confirms NZ uses ‘Hot Air’ creative accounting to meet emissions targets - Hot Topic

Mr February Dec 22, 2015

New Zealand’s new Minister for Climate Change, Paula Bennett, has just confirmed New Zealand will be “carrying forward” 127 million “Hot Air” emissions units (or offsets) under Kyoto Protocol rules. These units mostly do not represent a tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent reduced somewhere else and yet the Government intends to use them to allow New Zealand’s greenhouse … Read More

Does it matter that Greenpeace journalists lied in order to expose academics-for-hire? - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 17, 2015

Matthew Powers, University of Washington Earlier this fall, Greenpeace announced it was hiring a team of journalists and making investigations a pillar of its advocacy work. Now the public is beginning to see the fruits of that investment, as well as some of the questions that get raised when advocacy groups utilise some of journalism’s more controversial … Read More

Why art has a part to play in tackling climate change - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 16, 2015

Harriet Hawkins, Royal Holloway Something needs to be done about climate change, that much at least 196 countries agree on. But as the next weeks, months and years see politicians, scientists and industry thrashing out what the “first comprehensive global treaty to combat climate change” means in practice, we collectively face some tough questions. The wrangling … Read More