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James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, has spent the better part of his career trying to alert people and governments about the consequences of climate change. In this essay, Hansen describes his frustration with the New York Times and their columnist, Paul Krugman, when it comes to the climate controversy. The People vs. Cap-and-Trade The public is largely... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on January 19, 2010 2 Comments »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change

JIM HANSEN ON BANKS AND CAP-AND-TRADE

James Hansen, director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, has spent the better part of his career trying to get people and governments to recognize the consequences of climate change.  In an Op-Ed in the New York Times on 6 December, Jim wrote about the danger of the climate talks taking place right now in Copenhagen devolving into what... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on January 12, 2010 1 Comment »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change

JIM HANSEN: THE FIGHTING SPIRIT

In an essay in The Observer on 29 November, James Hansen, director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, was asked to address the question: “Is there any real chance of averting the climate crisis?” In a slightly different version of the same essay, which can be found here, Dr. Hansen recounts his visit with his grandson, Connor,... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on December 28, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change

SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK

by Erica Rex Two days two go at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, and the fate of the world is less certain now than it’s ever been – actually, no, it’s more certain than it’s ever been.  This afternoon Scientific American’s David Biello sent along several tweets.  Among them: “navy expects sea level rise of 1 to 2 meters by 2100: rear admiral dave titley” and “sen. kerry admits world hostage to US Senate on climate @ #COP15…... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on December 16, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change

COPENHAGEN: GATHERING TOGETHER THE BEASTS OF CHANGE

by Erica Rex I don’t think I’m alone in not being surprised about what has happened in Copenhagen so far.  The overwhelming impression I’m getting: hypocrisy is more contageous than vector-borne disease. These tidbits were noted by The Independent (UK) on opening day, December 8: The Angry Mermaid prize was to be “awarded to the corporate lobby groups undermining effective climate action”. The Fossil of the Day Award was given to the country which does most to hold... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on December 10, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change

THE BEST LAID PLANS

by Erica Rex No matter how much data there are to substantiate climate change, there always seems to be some scrap somewhere which, when taken out of context can be blown out of proportion and used to change the subject. This happened again last week.  And once again, propaganda trumped science. On November 20, a set of email messages sent by the Director of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, Dr. Philip Jones to colleagues in the US were uploaded to a public Web site. In... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on December 1, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change

TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE: A LINGUIST WEIGHS IN

by Erica Rex Last week, I wrote about how we can only really know things we can measure.  That’s true for scientific phenomena, such as the rate at which glaciers are receding, and amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.  But for anything having to do with human behavior, all bets are off. Yesterday I spoke with a linguist, Professor Brigitte Nerlich at University of Nottingham’s Institute for Science and Society.  She’s been studying the incidence of phrases that include the... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on November 25, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change

INCONVENIENT TRUTHS – THE NEW “E” WORD

No, it’s not “enterprise,” or “equality” or “economics.” The new E word is ETHICS. Al Gore, Nobel Prize winner and former Vice President, has a new book out today: Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis.  Published by Rodale, Our Choice strides leagues beyond the fact-based message of his 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth“. It boldly asserts that saving the world is a moral imperative, one which religious leaders throughout the world... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on November 3, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change


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