Welcome to the Carbon COP

by cindy November 18, 2013

The first week here at the climate talks in Warsaw kicked off with the super typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines in a terrible tragedy, brought into the meeting by the country’s lead negotiator Seb Yano, whose fast has been joined by many from civil society. The plight of his people has been a rallying call […]

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We did it and it’s going to get worse, but it’s not (yet) too late: IPCC AR5 science report summary released

by Gareth September 27, 2013

Aafter all the leaks and attempted spin, the final version of the IPCC’s Summary For Policymakers of the Working Group One report on the physical science basis for our current understanding of climate change has just been released. Download the PDF from the IPCC site here. The full report will follow on Monday — a […]

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A big week coming: meanwhile Anglicans divest

by Gareth September 23, 2013

It’s shaping up to be a big week. On Friday in Stockholm (Saturday in NZ) the IPCC will release the final version (not the one that’s been leaked to and seen by all and sundry) of the Summary for Policy Makers of the Working Group One report of their Fifth Report (AR5 — official web […]

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The Climate Show #33: Salinger, carbon carnage and recursive fury

by Gareth February 8, 2013

In this week’s news-packed edition of The Climate Show we have an exclusive interview with Jim Salinger, probably New Zealand’s highest profile climate scientist, talking about extremes and the shape of things to come. John Cook discusses his new paper with Stephan Lewandowsky, Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on […]

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Carbon budgets begin to bite: unburnable carbon not an asset, HSBC reports

by Gareth February 5, 2013

The world’s big oil and gas companies could face cuts in market valuation of up to 60% if the world acts to cut carbon emissions, a report by bankers HSBC warned last week. Business Green summarises the report’s findings: A new report from the banking giant finds that 17 per cent of Norwegian company Statoil’s […]

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NZ’s climate policy omnishambles – gerry brownlee’s anti-carbon tax

by Mr February December 19, 2012

Gerry Brownlee, formerly a minister of energy and fossil fuel, and currently the Minister for Transport and for bulldozing democracy, heritage and social order in Christchurch, today announced that petrol duty will be increasing by 3 cents a litre annually for the next 3 years to fund new roads. Specifically mentioned are the Rangiriri and […]

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G8: self-deception on energy and climate

by Bryan Walker May 24, 2012

The section of the recent G8 Camp David declaration which deals with energy and climate change can only be described as depressing. No clarion call from these nations. Instead, a confused jumble starting with an “all of the above” statement: … we recognise the importance of meeting our energy needs from a wide variety of […]

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Cartophilia (something to pore over)

by Gareth April 1, 2012

Click on the image. Wait. Watch and be mesmerised by this visualisation by of current wind flow over the USA. It’s a tremendous way to get a feel for the shape of the weather. Something similarly hypnotic and revealing of weather patterns is the animation of global total precipitable water (that is, atmospheric moisture […]

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