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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Monday mirth: Ken Ring reinvents botany, geology, and the oil business

by Gareth December 16, 2013

Sometimes the best way to start the week is with a good laugh — an eruptive bellow, in my case. Do not read any further while handling or consuming hot drinks, because it’s that man again: NZ’s favourite astrologer, “moon man” Ken Ring, reinventing science (again) in service of his weird view of the world. […]

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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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TDB today: Keeling curves and carbon millstones

by Gareth May 1, 2013

Any day now the Mauna Loa carbon dioxide measurement station is going to bump through 400 part per million, and stay there for a week or two. In my Daily Blog column this week I ruminate on what that means by taking a look at the last time CO2 stayed over 400 ppm for an […]

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Climate Show New Year podcast special: where it’s at and where it’s going

by Gareth January 5, 2013

Here’s the podcast you’ve all been waiting for — The Climate Show New Year special. Glenn and Gareth review the big climate stories of 2012, discuss at the big picture post Doha, and peek into their transcontinental Skype-powered crystal ball to prognosticate on the next 12 months. The three sections were recorded shortly before Christmas […]

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The Doha Gateway: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair

by cindy December 11, 2012
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Brother, can you spare $3.10 for a tonne of carbon dioxide?

by Mr February October 18, 2012

In which Mr February (aka Simon Johnson) looks at the uselessness of the report of the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, people begging on Lambton Quay in Wellington, and the fact that the spot price for a tonne of carbon dioxide is the same […]

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Bad news but great pictures: dating NZ’s shrinking glaciers shows strong link between ice loss and CO2 increases

by Gareth September 13, 2012

Here’s a superb video from the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History, showing how NZ and US scientists are examining the precise timing of glacier advances and retreats in the Mackenzie country around Lake Pukaki using surface exposure dating. Like all good geologists they use big hammers and small explosives to […]

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Moon-walking with due legal process to a very hot place – Neil Armstrong, coal mining & global warming

by Mr February August 30, 2012

On the same day as the death of Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to step onto the Moon, became public, the NZ High Court moonwalked its way to an off-the-world moment. It decided that greenhouse gas emissions and global warming are off-limits in the planning for an open cast coal mine. That’s as just as […]

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Jim Renwick on the state of climate science

by Bryan Walker July 24, 2012

I have been listening to a lecture by Victoria University climate scientist, James Renwick, who has recently moved to the university from his post as principal climate scientist at NIWA.  In the seminar he sets out in broad terms some of the latest developments in the science. It’s a very clear summation, with some recent […]

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