Tagged: extremes

Lessons from a drowning continent: no time like the present to invest in our future - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 15, 2011

Jim Salinger’s spending the summer at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. This reflection on the lessons of Australia’s recent floods first ran in the Waikato Times at the beginning of the month, but I felt it deserved a wider audience and so with Jim’s permission reproduce it here. As I watch from my summer [...] … Read More

Something for the weekend: poles, podcasts and Chomsky - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 12, 2011

Something for everyone this weekend: a few podcasts to grab, ice news from both ends of the planet, interesting reading, and a great interview with Noam Chomsky. Audio first: Radio NZ National’s Bryan Crump interviewed Prof Jean Palutikof, Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University in Queensland at the beginning [...] … Read More

Albert the knowledge penguin on climate - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 03, 2011

Albert the Knowledge Penguin explains the real story of climate change, from the science to the politics, and gets it right. Read the rest of the story here. British cartoonist Darryl Cunningham has clearly done a lot of research, got a good grasp of the issues — and he eviscerates the Koch and Scaife-funded campaign [...] … Read More

Coates in Cancún: the stakes are high - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 02, 2010

This is the first in a series of guest blogs from the Cancun climate conference by Oxfam NZ’s executive director Barry Coates. I’m sitting in the warm evening air of Cancun after the first day of the climate change talks. It was quite a trip getting here – I came from Timor Leste and the [...] … Read More

On fire inside a snowball - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 15, 2010

Fire: NOAA’s National Climate Data Centre has posted its report on global climate for July (press release). The combined global land and sea surface temperature of 16.5ºC was the second warmest in the NOAA record, 0.66°C above the average for the last 100 years of 15.8°C. The January to July period was the warmest in [...] … Read More

Things to come: adapting to climate change in NZ - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 05, 2010

When I first began to realise what a serious matter climate change was I found it difficult to get interested in adaptation. It sounded to me like acceptance of something that should be resisted. And I disliked the bland voices claiming that the effects of global warming would be easily adapted to if not positively [...] … Read More

Count to ten - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 29, 2010

This video was embedded using the YouTuber plugin by Roy Tanck. Adobe Flash Player is required to view the video. Heidi Cullen at Climate Central covers the highlights of NOAA’s State of the Climate: 2009 report, released yesterday (NOAA press release here). Key message: ten of the most important climate indicators, with multiple datasets for [...] … 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