Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #293

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project   THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President Hypothesis Testing: Following up on work by the late Bob Carter, retired Australian chemist Ian Flanigan tests the hypothesis that the observed warming since the onset of industrialization is entirely natural against the alternative that it…

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Do Greens Mainly Win Support in Urban Jungles?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The recent State election in Queensland, Australia has thrown up some interesting voting patterns. Votes for green leaning left wing candidates seem to have mostly concentrated in high density urban areas. The electorate of Maiwar in Brisbane, the one seat the Green Party seems likely to win, is one of…

The big slide in renewable energy tells the real story

No, renewables are not taking over the world anytime soon. Guest essay by Bjørn Lomborg We have spent the last two centuries getting off renewables because they were mostly weak, costly and unreliable. Half a century ago, in 1966, the world got 15.6% of its energy from renewables. Today (2016) we still get less of our…

The Guardian: Climate is Creating More Child Brides

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to Photo journalist Gethin Chamberlain, crop failures force third world farmers to sell off their kids. Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave…