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Living in "the age of stupid"

The climate change film The Age of Stupid has been doing the film fest rounds, including a recent premiere here at the Vancouver International Film Festival. This pseudo-documentary tells the story of "a man living alone in the devastated world of...

Posted October 15, 2009    

More on the coral reef crisis

A new viewpoint article by Charlie Veron and a number of top coral reef scientists summarizing the near-term threats of rising CO2 on the world's coral reefs appears in the latest issue of Marine Pollution Bulletin. The take-home message of the...

Posted October 5, 2009    

Let's try understanding, not denigrating, those who cite religion as a reason to doubt climate chang

In a recent post on Climate Progress, the prolific Joe Romm highlighted a video of famed climate change skeptic and US Senator James Inhofe explaining that "God's still up there".Thank God the Senator from Oklahoma is here to promise us that that...

Posted September 30, 2009    

Ketsana and crying wolf about climate change

Ketsana is a deadly reminder that a tropical storm does not need to be powerful, by the conventional measure of wind speed, to do immense damage. Unfortunately for the people of the Philippines, another tropical storm may be on its way.The image at...

Posted September 29, 2009    

Important viewing on corals

It is worth taking the time to watch Charlie Veron's talk "Is the Great Barrier Reef on Death Row?", presented at the British Royal society earlier in the summer. A version of this talk inspired Chris Turner's terrific article in this month's issue...

Posted September 28, 2009    

Dust storm in Australia

Southeastern Australia is recovering from the worst dust storm in decades, that damaged farmland and practically closing down Sydney and the surrounding area.The satellite image, from NASA's terrific Earth Observatory web-site, shows the brown dust...

Posted September 24, 2009    

An argument for climate policy

Today's NY Times describes the new carbon capture and storage system developed for the Mountaineer coal-burning power plant in West Virginia. This important nugget is in the middle of the story:American Electric Power’s plan is to inject about 100,...

Posted September 22, 2009    

Canada: Five years, three elections, and still no climate policy

With the distinct possibility of yet another Canadian election this fall and news the Conservative government, after several years in power, is just now working on a climate policy, and a policy that would "favour" the oil sands (more on this...

Posted September 10, 2009    

Communicating climate change in an unscieintific world

Greenfyre's has a new post reminding people to take reports of public skepticism about climate change into context, like public literacy on other scientific issues. This is one theme of Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum's new book "Unscientific...

Posted September 6, 2009    

More on climate change adaptation

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed a few days back, Bjorn Lomborg offered a list of ways that technology can fight global warming. Lomborg, the fingernail scratching across the climate scientist's blackboard, has rightfully upset a number of experts by...

Posted August 31, 2009    

The path of Tropical Storm Danny

I'll have more on what we should be saying about climate change shortly (there are couple interesting responses at the Energy Collective cross-post) .The model projections at right show that fourth named tropical storm of the Atlantic season is...

Posted August 27, 2009    

What we should be saying about climate change

Some end of summer thoughts. Consider these the three new themes of Maribo:1. Climate change is not an "environmental" problem. The non-linear, multi-factorial and time-varying dynamics of the climate system make the problem of climate change...

Posted August 24, 2009