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Public confusion about scientific consensus

The Globe and Mail reports that a new poll from Hoggan & Associates found Canadians are embarrassed over the lack of Canadian action on climate change. Now it is possible that readers will dismiss that finding because the pollsters are connected...

Posted November 21, 2009    

Narnia plans to reduce emissions by 30% by the year 2020

As we head towards Copenhagen, there will be endless comparison of proposed emission targets.  For example, from the NY Times: This week, South Korea said it would cut emissions by 30 percent from “business as usual” by 2020. Russia’s president...

Posted November 20, 2009    

US-China cooperation on climate and, er, coal

The US and China have released a joint statement on a number of issues, including "Climate Change, Energy and the Environment". After the standard political jargon about the need for full co-operation in global agreements, comes some specifics: The...

Posted November 17, 2009    

World Leaders Agree to Delay Climate Change Deal

This news comes from the APEC summit in Singapore. NY Times:SINGAPORE — President Obama and other world leaders have decided to put off the difficult task of reaching climate change agreement at a global climate conference scheduled for next month,...

Posted November 14, 2009    

Himalayan glaciers and the virtue of reading beyond the headline

My number one pet peeve with the blogosphere is that too many bloggers post on a new report or paper without actually looking at the new report or paper. Bloggers regularly bash mainstream media for lazy reporting then often go ahead and base entire...

Posted November 10, 2009    

New York Times drops the ball reporting on Gore

The New York Times printed this absolute train wreck about Al Gore. Apparently some commentators are claiming Gore is arguing for action on climate change in order to make himself rich. So the NY Times printed a pointless story about those claims....

Posted November 4, 2009    

The climate science filibuster

Over the past couple months, there have been another online kerfuffle about the famous "hockey stick" millennial temperature reconstruction. Namely, Steve McIntrye attempted to show that tree ring reconstructions may have been biased, such that...

Posted October 28, 2009    

Carbon consequences of the biofuels land use cascade

I've written here before about the land use cascade, the sequence of land transformations and land use changes that follow a change in one region.A new Policy Forum in Science argues that ignoring the cascading carbon consequences of converting...

Posted October 23, 2009    

Letter from 18 US scientific organizations supporting the US climate bill

Released today (hat tip). It's signed by the leaders of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union,American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Meteorological Society, American...

Posted October 21, 2009    

On Geoengineering

Ken Caldeira, at Yale 360, in response to a question about reducing CO2 via mitigation vs. reducing warming via engineering:But I think if we had some magic thing that would reverse all effects of CO2 perfectly, then you could say, “Well the problem...

Posted October 21, 2009    

Superfreakeconomics and the glory of contrarianism

The Union of Concerned Scientists, Joe Romm at Climate Progress, William Connolley and Tim Lambert have done a fine job rebutting the cynical and lazy "global cooling" section of the upcoming book Superfreakonomics*.Of the criticisms that climate...

Posted October 17, 2009    

Can the world meet the high cost of adaptation?

A few weeks ago, I posted what are more or less the three themes of Maribo. The third theme:Adapting to climate change is far more difficult and far more expensive than most people and most supposed experts assume. This comes from spending too much...

Posted October 16, 2009