There have been occasional rumblings over the last year that high profile Kiwi economist and biker Gareth Morgan was working on something to do with climate change. This week TV One has been trailing an item with Morgan in the Sunday programme (tonight, 7-30pm), discussing the results of his research into the subject. This is all part of the launch publicity for his latest book, Poles Apart: The Great Climate Change Debate — which appears to be a cross between a travel book (based on two bike trips, one to the Arctic and the other to Antarctica: the words “lucky bugger” spring unbidden to mind) and an investigation of the state of our understanding of climate change. You can perhaps judge the end result from the fact that Jeanette Fitzsimons is hosting the launch, but if there was any remaining doubt, today’s Herald gives the game away:
Poles Apart, which Morgan co-wrote with freelance writer John McCrystal, concludes the weight of current evidence favours human-made climate change. Morgan said the book was designed to get past emotion and misinformation, such as views expressed by Hide. Hide last year told Parliament climate change data and hypothesis “do not hold together”. He called emission trading schemes “a worldwide scam and swindle”. Morgan said: “When I get a non-scientist belching emotion like that, I just think that’s gutter of politics. I was trying to clear the room of the Rodneys of this world, and whoever his equivalent is on the other [environmental alarmist] side.”
Good stuff. Nice to see that Gareths are sticking together… And possibly an object lesson for other authors in how to conduct a fair assessment of the state of our understanding of climate.
[Update: Just found the Poles Apart web site which includes some interesting background papers... I'm still digging...]
[Update 2: Sunday segment part one here. Watch the whole thing. There's a fair bit of Gareth Morgan, a lot of Flannery, some good shots of Carbonscape's Black Phantom biochar generator, and pictures of a Papua New Guinea island (Takuu) flooding at high tide -- and an amazing stat: sea temperatures around the island have warmed by 5ÂºC over the last 50 years.]