It’s been a long summer (not a hot one) for the The Climate Show, but Glenn, Gareth and John are back with a good show for the new year. Feature interview — and it’s a cracker — is with Californian computer scientist John Mashey, who has been digging deep into the networks of organised denial, tracking the flows of money and malpractice from plagiarism to zombie chairmen. Plus John Cook introduces his Debunking Handbook, a look at Arctic ice and its impact on European weather and a report calling for “dramatic action to avert a collapse of civilisation”.
News & commentary: [0:02:00]
New report prepared by “Blue Planet” prizewinners for Rio+20 finds civilisation faces unprecedented “perfect storm of ecological and social problems“:
In the face of an “absolutely unprecedented emergency”, say the 18 past winners of the Blue Planet prize – the unofficial Nobel for the environment – society has “no choice but to take dramatic action to avert a collapse of civilisation. Either we will change our ways and build an entirely new kind of global society, or they will be changed for us”.
No-waste circular economy is good business – ask China: New Scientist
Heartland document leak and repercussions:
Documents leaked:What becomes of the broken Heartland?
Peter Gleick confesses: (Not So Simple) Twist Of Fate
Education as propaganda: Heartland on education: they’d like to teach the world to lie
Debunking the sceptic [1:04:00]
John Cook from skepticalscience.com rejoins the show to tell us all about The Debunking Handbook and backfire effects.