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Role of Government

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Why I’m not a millennialist

Written By: - Date published: 11:16 am, March 6th, 2011 - 79 comments

New life

Peak oil, peak food, peak metals, climate change. By over-exploiting the world, we have enjoyed tremendous improvements in the standard of living. And now the payback is coming. We’re clearly on a downward economic slope. Things have been going backwards for 3 years and the outlook is worse, not better. But it’s not the end of the world.

Cancun another non event

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, December 13th, 2010 - 12 comments

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The UN climate change talks at Cancun, Mexico, are finished. There were some positives, but not on the big issues.  Reduction targets are still voluntary and still too low.  We’re still on a catastrophic collision course with the laws of physics.

Only greed can save us

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, December 3rd, 2010 - 62 comments

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As a society we can’t seem to bring ourselves to take action on climate change.  We haven’t got the will to save ourselves.
The failure at Copenhagen, and the non event that is Cancun, are in the process of proving that.
It looks like only greed can save us.

Cancun: No will to save ourselves

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, November 27th, 2010 - 51 comments

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On Monday the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference begins in Cancun, Mexico.  This is the successor to last year’s spectacularly failed Copenhagen Summit.  Nothing useful will be accomplished there. It’s hard to escape the conclusion that we lack the will to save ourselves.

As Nero Fiddles…

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 13th, 2010 - 72 comments

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Climate change and a shoals of dirty little red herrings would seem to go together like salt and pepper or cheese and pickle.

Science fights back

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 pm, May 12th, 2010 - 16 comments

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A recent open letter from 255 members of the US National Academy of Sciences (including 11 Nobel laureates) calls for “an end to McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues …, the harassment of scientists by politicians seeking distractions to avoid taking action, and the outright lies being spread about them”.

Time for a Just Transition?

Written By: - Date published: 4:28 pm, December 30th, 2009 - 15 comments

With so much attention on climate change, and such a lack of concern, urgency and commitment to action from the current Tory government you would think it would be something labour would be working hard on, and be busy drafting detailed policy and vocally demanding action be taken. The Copenhagen climate summit was a cop […]

A plague on both your houses

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, November 24th, 2009 - 33 comments

So, as far as National and Maori leaders are concerned, it’s a done deal: “Maori Party to support ETS – bill to become law in days”. Unless (as suggested by Eddie) some Maori Party MPs remember their principles and vote against it, National’s ETS will be forced through parliament under urgency. NRT weighs in with […]

Corporate welfare

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, September 18th, 2009 - 14 comments

I’ve got no problem with the government helping out those who are genuinely in need but forcing the taxpayer fork out $400 million (or is it 1.6b?) to subsidise corporate polluters is a disgrace. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2864572/Public-to-pay-tab-for-polluters This is corporate welfare at it’s worst. These businesses are simply bludging off the taxpayer. While you’re doing your bit […]

Flood Maps

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, September 7th, 2009 - 62 comments

Marty G’s last post just reminded me of this – visualise who goes under as the oceans rise with Flood Maps. And yeah, before you start, 14m is a big big rise. Just let it serve as a warning to all you Aucklanders to swap out those incandescent bulbs.

What’s a Poor Pragmatic Key to do?

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, March 29th, 2009 - Comments Off

Just when the Kiwi corporate kleptocracy was kicking into high gear to ensure that the taxpayer is properly stuck with the paying the whole of New Zealand’s Kyoto carbon bill according to the time honoured ‘privatise the profit, socialize the loss’ principle, the Labour /Green Opposition may well crank up the thermostat on the Govt […]

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