Hurricane Patricia drew immediate attention by intensifying from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in a single day. It soon developed the fastest winds ever recorded in a western hemisphere storm. Meteorologists and climate scientists have already begun their scientific investigations of how a cyclical El Niño and […]
Projections and Mitigation
The idea we might need nuclear power to save biodiversity from the effects of climate change is one that could not have...
Below is an excerpt from a CCNF debate between Bob Inglis — former Republican Representative (SC, ’93-’99,...
One of the downsides of working in policy is that you end up hearing the same arguments over and over again. So I was...
It is looking increasingly likely, but not a given, that a reference to global net-zero emissions or even a specific goal to achieve net-zero emissions by a certain date (e.g. end of the century) will appear in the climate deal that is expected to emerge from the Paris COP at […]Read more ›
The calls for climate action are becoming louder and bolder as the weeks continue to countdown towards COP21 in Paris. Perhaps none have been as bold as the recent call by The B Team for governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and […]Read more ›
The global energy system works on timescales of decades rather years. When considering the changes required in managing the climate issue, the short to medium term takes us to 2050 and the long term is 2100! As such, drawing long term conclusions based on a 2050 outlook raises validity issues. […]Read more ›
COP20 is now underway in Lima and I have been on the newly created site for most of the week. Less than three months ago this was apparently an empty piece of land in a large Peruvian government complex, but now it is a bustling and well fitted out set […]Read more ›
While Judith Curry brings up some interesting notions in ‘Climate Sensitivity Uncertainy‘, I don’t agree with many of her arguments and conclusions. I’m pleased that Dr. Curry acknowledges that “uncertainty in itself is not a reason for inaction” (see also ‘Why Climate Uncertainty is No Excuse for Doing Nothing‘ on […]Read more ›
In a press conference ahead of the UN Climate Summit two week ago, UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon stated: “Action on climate change is urgent. The more we delay, the more we will pay in lives and in money.” The recently appointed UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio stated “The debate is over. […]Read more ›