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The last gasp of oil

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, January 23rd, 2015 - 109 comments

smoke stacks

Fracking has created a short term oil glut. That’s bad news for climate change. Could we at least find a silver lining in this carbon cloud, or will it be business as usual?

2014 hottest year – a good thing!

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, January 18th, 2015 - 161 comments

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As widely reported, 2014 was the hottest year on record. And that’s a good thing!

A little place by the beach

Written By: - Date published: 2:26 pm, January 6th, 2015 - 120 comments

beach-chairs

2014 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record. If you own a little place by the beach you might want to ponder the implications…

Another failure at Lima

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, December 14th, 2014 - 70 comments

burning-earth-small

While I have come to expect nothing from the annual climate change talks, this years’ failure is particularly galling because of the active role that NZ played in it.

Climate change is too important to lie about

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, December 8th, 2014 - 149 comments

head in the sand

First instinct, lie. When caught, trivialise and try to deny the science. When pushed, argue that we have to wait for others. When cornered, plead that it’s all about the economy, and promise to act later. Groser is as bad as Key.

John Key and the Fart Tax

Written By: - Date published: 3:16 pm, November 17th, 2014 - 35 comments

Momentum is building for action on climate change – but Key reckons it’s all just too hard for little old NZ. If only the Nats hadn’t killed of funding for research into the reduction of agricultural emissions…

Standard questions: Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, November 13th, 2014 - 63 comments

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A couple of weeks ago we asked readers to suggest questions for written answers from the candidates. We chose / edited six questions, and sent them to the four campaigns. Here are Andrew Little’s answers.

Nats’ climate negligence

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, November 13th, 2014 - 37 comments

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Yesterday was a big day for climate news, highlighting yet again the irresponsible negligence of this National government.

One News promoted climate crank

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, November 5th, 2014 - 183 comments

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After a strong reaction, TVNZ has taken down video and an article featuring a climate change denialist crank.

Responding to our greatest threat

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, October 17th, 2014 - 23 comments

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Debate tonight: Climate Voter

Written By: - Date published: 4:36 pm, September 3rd, 2014 - 41 comments

Climate Voter website

Climate Voter is streaming a debate between the major parties tonight at 7pm.

Role of Government

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, February 11th, 2014 - 45 comments

thordon_bubble

Governments are holding on to their traditional roles and functions, but the world has changed. We need something else.

Obama acts – at last

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, June 27th, 2013 - 96 comments

obama_hope

The Tea Party / Republican Party in Congress are a bunch of anti-science crazies who will never agree to any action to tackle climate change. But Obama doesn’t need them. And it looks like he has finally decided to act.

And in Good News

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, May 13th, 2013 - 19 comments

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Research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change looked at 50,000 globally widespread and common species and found that more than one half of the plants and one third of the animals will lose more than half of their climatic range by 2080 if nothing is done to reduce the amount of global warming and slow it down.

The climate reality pledge

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, May 9th, 2013 - 32 comments

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“… I demand action from our leaders to work on solutions to the climate crisis. I pledge to get involved …”

Thinking too small

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, March 13th, 2013 - 24 comments

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John Armstrong thinks poor Bill English has got it tough with the current drought and its impact on the budget. You’re thinking too small John. Way too small.

Wise response

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, March 8th, 2013 - 80 comments

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“Wise Response” is an Otago based group set up to advocate for a serious and considered response to climate change, to the “symptoms too serious to ignore”. They are holding their launch today.

How bad does it have to get?

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, March 5th, 2013 - 62 comments

burning-earth-small

Record breaking droughts in Australia and America, drought in NZ. Food prices rising. Worse to come. How bad does it have to get before we take action?

Obama talks the talk on climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, February 14th, 2013 - 38 comments

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The first State of the Union of Obama’s second term was widely anticipated. As many hoped, Obama made a strong statement on climate change. Good start – now let’s see words become actions – please…

Welcome to the Burdigalian

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, January 14th, 2013 - 200 comments

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Last year, in the Arctic, atmospheric CO2 concentrations were measured at 400ppm. If you search on line for historical CO2 levels, you’ll find a lot of comments that are of the opinion that 400ppm CO2 last occurred about 800 000 years ago…or maybe just a bit longer. The implication is that since that’s well within the span of human existence it doesn’t really matter too much. It’s fine; we’ve been here before.

Fear factors

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 27th, 2012 - 73 comments

gun barrel

Another in an on going non-chronological series on options in the face of global warming.

If

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, December 20th, 2012 - 218 comments

gun barrel

If you and I were told that (variously) our sons and daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews were going to be killed tomorrow, would I be right to suspect that we might sit up and take notice?

Well done

Written By: - Date published: 5:16 pm, December 18th, 2012 - 81 comments

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This is one of a series of posts I hope to write over the summer based to some extent or other on a recent presentation by Kevin Anderson: Professor of Energy and Climate Change, University of Manchester, Tyndall Centre.

Abdicating our global responsibility

Written By: - Date published: 6:43 am, September 17th, 2012 - 174 comments

burning-earth

With proposed ETS changes National is abdicating our responsibility on the world stage, and sending the bill to the taxpayers. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment calls it ‘a farce’. It’s cowardly, it’s weak, and it’s shafting the working Kiwi.

A Good Idea?

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, September 1st, 2012 - 156 comments

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Planning permission has been sought to construct the world’s largest windfarm off the Scottish coast. Estimated to cost around 4.5 billion pounds and cover some 300 square km of ocean, if the project receives the green light, it will produce up to 40% of Scotland household power use. When compared to other forms of energy […]

Climate skeptic wakes up

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, August 1st, 2012 - 83 comments

burning earth

There aren’t many climate skeptics whose opinions can be affected by mere evidence, so hats off to Richard Muller.

Exxon continues denier tactics

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, July 2nd, 2012 - 37 comments

burning-earth

The Exxon Mobil CEO now acknowledges that the world is warming, but claims that there will be an “engineering solution”. This glib reassurance is simply the next phase of Exxon’s well funded and carefully planned denier tactics.

Just one teeny problem…

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, April 26th, 2012 - 72 comments

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You’d think we’d draw some obvious conclusions from the Arctic melt. Apparently not though. We’re in a hole, but we’re going to keep digging…

Losing the debate on global warming

Written By: - Date published: 12:03 pm, April 15th, 2012 - 155 comments

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The facts don’t seem to matter when it comes to our understanding of climate change.  As the evidence grows stronger and stronger, so too, apparently, does public skepticism.

Nats and climate change deniers

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, November 19th, 2011 - 44 comments

burning-earth

The teapot tape fiasco has forced the Nats to pretend that they are interested in policy.  It’s screamingly hypocritical of them, since they couldn’t even be bothered returning answers to Radio NZ’s policy survey. But let’s not waste this new opportunity.  Let’s start with asking them why they’re endorsing a party of loony climate change deniers.

Climate change predictions

Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, November 5th, 2011 - 124 comments

burning-earth

Predictions on global greenhouse gas emissions have turned out to be wrong.  The real emissions are higher than the worst case projections.  Models of warming, however, have been confirmed as accurate.  Here in NZ a joint VUW / Otago study makes damning criticisms of the Nats’ record on climate change.

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