Heat: 2014 breaks global temperature records, 2015 could be hotter

by Gareth January 18, 2015

Last year was the warmest year on record for the planet, analyses by NASA and NOAA show, and it’s possible that 2015 could be warmer still. 2014 was warmer than previous record holders 2005 and 2010, and comfortably ahead of 1998. 13 of the hottest 15 years on record have all occurred since 2000. Remarkably, […]

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Your Life as Planet Earth

by Bryan Walker January 6, 2015

“We can’t make sense of our future until we make sense of our past”, writes Howard Lee in his recent book Your Life as Planet Earth: A new way to understand the story of the Earth, its climate and our origins. The book demonstrates the very considerable sense that science has been able to make […]

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Hot Air on TV tonight

by Gareth December 30, 2014

Alister Barry’s Hot Air, a superb documentary on the slow and sorry evolution of climate policy and politics in New Zealand is getting its first TV airing tonight on Maori TV at 8-30pm. Alister wrote about his film at Hot Topic back in July, and according to the Listener, it makes for “compelling and absolutely […]

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Stuffed birds and hot years (Merry Christmas)

by Gareth December 25, 2014

The fourth LP I bought (after Sgt Pepper and The Monkees first two albums — this was 1967/8, and I’d just acquired a record player that could handle discs larger than singles) was a Stax sampler called This Is Soul. It triggered a life-long love of that Memphis soul sound, and in particular the voice […]

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Now the dust has settled, what did Lima bring?

by cindy December 22, 2014

For many of us, after each climate COP it’s the time to ask not so much “what did we lose and who do we blame,” but rather “what did we get, what can we work with?” My last update was on the Saturday afternoon, and the talks were to go on late into the night. […]

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Carbon News 15/12/14: smoke and mirrors

by Gareth December 16, 2014

English goes silent on carbon deficit costs The Government is refusing to discuss what impact a 2030 carbon deficit will have on the economy – despite warnings from Treasury. Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed to Carbon News that Treasury is predicting carbon prices of between $10 and $165 a tonne between 2021 and 2030, […]

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Dead rats and circumcision

by cindy December 14, 2014

Saturday afternoon in Lima. On the good side, the one place selling good coffee is still open (the proper machines, rather than the horrible little Nescafe machines that the locals call ‘no es café.”) And I’ve managed to eke out my stack of kiwi Dark Ghana chocolate, saving the last big block for today. On […]

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Is earth’s temperature about to soar? (No pause, no hiatus, only warming)

by Gareth December 10, 2014

This is a guest post by the statistician who blogs as Tamino, cross-posted from his Open Mind blog with his permission. It’s important reading… A recent blog post on RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf shows that when it comes to recent claims of a “pause” or “hiatus,” or even a slowdown in global surface temperature, there […]

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Carbon News 8/12/14: NZ’s multi-billion carbon blowout

by Gareth December 9, 2014

We’re facing a $3b carbon crisis … and it could be worse New Zealand has a $3 billion carbon headache looming – and Treasury says that’s the conservative estimate. Carbon emissions in the period 2021 to 2030 could cost the country as much as $52 billion. Official briefings to the incoming Government acknowledge that the […]

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NZ: pushing the world to go beyond 2 degrees

by cindy December 5, 2014

New Zealand is coming under increasing scrutiny in Lima, not least because it’s our turn to be reviewed by the UNFCCC process. Early next week our representatives will have to defend our position and our lack of action to 190 governments in our first “multilateral assessment.” Already, there have been some tough questions, coming especially […]

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