Plan B Environmental Activists deservedly lose High Court battle over Carbon Target

Breaking News From Belfast Telegraph & itv.com and Science Matters (my bold) Lawyers for the charity previously argued the Government should have, in light of the current scientific consensus, gone further than its original target of reducing carbon levels by 2050 to 80% of those present in 1990. They said the decision not to amend […]

Why Plan B’s Climate Court Action should be dismissed

Summary Taking court action to compel Governments to enforce the Paris Climate Agreement is against the real spirit of that Agreement. Controlling global GHG emissions consistent with 2°C, or 1.5°C is only an aspiration, made unachievable by allowing developing countries to decide for themselves when to start reducing their emissions. In the foreseeable future, the […]

Hansen et al 1988 Global Warming Predictions 30 Years on

Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the James Hansen’s Congressional Testimony that kicked off the attempts to control greenhouse gas emissions. The testimony was clearly an attempt, by linking human greenhouse emissions to dangerous global warming, to influence public policy. Unlike previous attempts (such as by then Senator Al Gore), Hansen’s testimony was hugely […]

Changing a binary climate argument into understanding the issues

Last month Geoff Chambers posted “Who’s Binary, Us or Them? Being at cliscep the question was naturally about whether sceptics or alarmists were binary in their thinking. It reminded me about something that went viral on youtube a few year’s ago. Greg Craven’s The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See. Figure 1 : The Most […]

Sea Level Rise Projections and Policy

One blog I follow is TrustYetVerify. The latest post – Projecting sea level 300, nah, 1000 years in the future – is straightforward and highlights some significant issues for climate policy. He compares claims of an activist in a Belgium newspaper that unmitigated climate change will result in sea level rise of 5 metres in […]

Is China leading the way on climate mitigation?

At the Conversation is an article on China’s lead in renewable energy. China wants to dominate the world’s green energy markets – here’s why is by University of Sheffield academic Chris G Pope. The article starts:- If there is to be an effective response to climate change, it will probably emanate from China. The geopolitical […]