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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 II

 by Erica Rex I’ve been following, via Twitter, the trail of my colleague, David Biello, during his coverage of the Copenhagen conference  for Scientific American, where he is Associate Editor for environment and energy. Aside from his brief reports of climbing a wind turbine “climbing a wind turbine is grueling but pop the top and enjoy spectacular view (at least on Samso) better if they didn’t sway though,” most of the reports I’ve been reading from Copenhagen... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on December 14, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The man made climate

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

SEEING THE FOREST FOR THE TREES

by Erica Rex Although we all like to think the world began the day we were born, and will end the day we die, in fact some of the very conservation issues being discussed in Copenhagen this week began life and were legislated about by political leaders very long ago. Dr. Roger Short, who originally trained as a veterinarian, is a leading expert in reproduction at Melbourne University in Australia. He also collects antiquarian books. One of his books, John Manwood’s book of 1615, A Treatise... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on December 10, 2009 No Comments »
Category : Climates of the Past

THE NIGHT BEFORE COPENHAGEN

by Erica Rex Last night, I attended a panel and Q&A in Manchester, England, to hear Ed Miliband, the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change speak and answer questions before his departure for the UN climate conference that has just started in Copenhagen. He was joined by Sir Richard Leese from the Manchester City Council, Len Wardle, CEO of The Co-op, and Mike Childs from Friends of the Earth.  The panel was captured real-time on video, if you want to view it here. But if you... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on December 9, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The man made climate

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


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