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2011: A Year Of Weather Extremes

By many accounts 2011 has been a year of weather extremes and some commentators have used certain events to highlight the risks associated with climate change. While there is increasing evidence of unusual global weather events, should we just...

Posted June 15, 2011    

Getting Down to Business At Bonn Climate Talks

Over the next two weeks the national negotiating teams to the UNFCCC will meet in Bonn to continue the discussions on a global agreement and to review a number of technical issues relating to the negotiations.As the process rolls on, some shape is...

Posted June 8, 2011    

An Electric Hummer in London – Sort Of!!

Saturday afternoon in Bond Street is a great place to see all manner of Aston Martins, Maybachs, Lamborghinis and just possibly a Bugatti Veyron. But the car that was turning heads last Saturday was a downsized electric Hummer. In fairness this isn’...

Posted June 1, 2011    

The Nature of Uncertainty

As the debate continues in Australia with regards the implementation of a carbon price, the issue of investor uncertainty has risen up the agenda. A recent interview conducted by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) illustrates the point:One of...

Posted May 27, 2011    

Ambitious Carbon Reduction Targets For The UK, But . . .

On Tuesday in the House of Commons, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, announced that the UK would adopt the recommendations of the Climate Change Committee and shift the economy towards ambitious...

Posted May 19, 2011    

Renewable Energy – What Is The IPCC Telling Us?

Later this month the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) will launch a very substantial report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change. In advance of that, a “Summary for Policy Makers” was released early this week following the 11th...

Posted May 13, 2011    

Tough Times In Australia For Carbon

The development of an acceptable carbon price policy framework in Australia is proving to be both politically and socially challenging. Recent media reports indicate that the clear support from business for “carbon price certainty” has the caveat of...

Posted May 6, 2011    

DOWNLOAD: Carbon Pricing –A “Must Have” For WBCSD’s Vision 2050

In the past few months I have written quite a bit about carbon pricing, both from the perspective of regions that already have it and are debating its future and regions that don’t but are considering implementation – in some cases in the midst of a...

Posted April 28, 2011    

Greener Britain: Is There A Winning Technology?

I recently participated in The Economist Debate, Towards a Greener Britain: Is there a Winning Technology? The video is now available online.   It was an interesting evening featuring a range of speakers from academia, the NGO community...

Posted April 16, 2011    

Our Climate Fate On The Toss Of A Coin?

Perhaps in response to the initial findings of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project and the reported disappointment of some climate skeptics after the lead of the project testified before a Congressional committee, the Wall Street Journal...

Posted April 8, 2011    

The Problem With 2 Carbon Prices

Last week as the UK Budget was unveiled, the government announced, to nobody’s surprise, its intention to implement a UK carbon price floor for power generators. This mechanism would operate in tandem with the EU Emissions Trading System,...

Posted April 1, 2011    

A Focus on USA Energy Policy – On Target?

It was a curious time in Washington DC last week. While the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted against three amendments on the validity of climate change science and its potential future impact, some 400 other people were meeting...

Posted March 24, 2011