Time to Wake the Odd Man of Asia

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Japan has 45 new high-energy, low-emission (HELE) coal-fired power plants on the drawing boards. These will probably burn high quality Australian coal. And despite the tsunami that hit Japan, nuclear power still generates about 20% of Japan’s electricity. Chinese companies have plans to build 700 new coal power plants all…

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Claim: U.N. data reflects greening of the Earth, not carbon dioxide

NASA says the greening of the planet is due to increased CO2, these guys are arguing against that, saying increased forest growth “correlates strongly to the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Index”. Riiiighht. They say that “Europe’s early turnaround and expansion of forest resources obviously can’t be attributed to the rapid rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide…

The Conversation: Talking Up Carbon Taxes will Win Conservatives

Guest essay by Eric Worrall University of Queensland Literature PhD student Jamie Freestone thinks the way to convince Conservatives to support climate action is to make climate action sound Conservative. To get conservative climate contrarians to really listen, try speaking their language May 15, 2018 2.06pm AEST Jamie Freestone PhD student in literature, The University…

Bad news for wind power: globally, winds are slowing

Of course, global warming, the universal boogey man, gets the blame Near-surface wind speeds over landmasses across the planet have dropped by as much as 25% since the 1970s, and climate scientists are taking note. Michael Lucy reports. The wind isn’t what it used to be. Scientists say surface wind speeds across the planet have fallen…

Study: variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans

More vindication for Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. who has said that global ocean heat content is the best metric for tracking global warming. From the University of Southampton: New study finds variations in global warming trend are caused by oceans New research has shown that natural variations in global mean temperature are always forced by…

California’s Boneheaded Solar Remedy for Climate Change

Good intentions can make for awful policies. by Steve Chapman In the world of government policy, two chief dangers always loom. The first is people with bad intentions using every available means to achieve their malignant goals. The second, more common but no less destructive, is people with the purest of hearts and the most…

Study: Globalization could undermine efforts to reduce CO2 emissions

From the UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA and the thwarted schemes department. New research reveals the growth of carbon production from Chinese exports has slowed or reversed, reflecting a “new phase of globalisation” between developing countries that could undermine international efforts to reduce emissions. The study, involving researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and…

Study: 'insurance industry dangerously unprepared for extreme weather'

From the UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO and the “maybe the insurance companies know something you don’t” department As historic flooding caused by climate change devastates communities in New Brunswick and British Columbia, new research from the University of Waterloo reveals the insurance industry hasn’t considered a changing climate in their practices, putting homeowners at financial risk. The…