Climate Scientist Andrew Weaver wins the first ever Green party seat in BC election

The British Columbia Green Party just made history, voters in the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head elected Andrew Weaver, Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria, and a lead author for a chapter of the IPCC AR4, to the Legislative Assembly.

Andrew Weaver is the first Green party member ever to be elected to the legislative Assembly; his election continues the trend started by Elizabeth May, who was the first ever federal Green party member to be elected to the Canadian Parliament in the 2011 election. [more]

Bill Gates: GDP Can Be an Inadequate Metric of Growth

Bill Gates says “it is very difficult to compare the value of baskets of goods across different time periods”. One surprising conclusion, “that GDP understates growth”, notwithstanding, he also points to a book by SFU prof Morton Jerven, “Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It” and concludes that we should not focus on GDP in estimating “growth”. [more]

Open Thread – May 2013

Anything goes.

Suggested topic for discussion – in designing future policy, how much reliance should the public place on the opinions of various academic disciplines? Specifically, is there an economic consensus on the carbon problem? How reliable is it compared to the climatological consensus? [more]

The Red Shoes: Still Waiting for the Climate Fix

At some point we are going to have to stop, and leave the rest of the oil in the ground. There’s no reason why any particular country shouldn’t be the first to do this. Realists will tell us that, although potentially a good idea, it is political and economically impossible. And with these same arguments we can dispose of all other climate solutions as well. Only the cheapest climate solutions survive, the ones that don’t matter. [more]

What’s Wrong with Keystone? A Million Answers

Climate Science Watch is among those arguing cogently that “There are multiple reasons to reject the [State Department’s draft environmental impact statement] as inadequate and misleading and to oppose granting a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.” We republish their arguments here. The opposition got a boost from the success of 350.org in collecting 1,000,000 letters in opposition to Keystone, as well as from recent actions by the Environmental Protection Agency. [more]

Media: InsideClimate News Wins Pulitzer

The 2013 Pulitzer Prize (the widely recognized award for American journalists and authors) for National Reporting (one of 14 journalism categories) has been awarded to Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News, Brooklyn, N.Y., for their rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”), a controversial form of oil. [more]

Everybody Knows: Climate Denialism has peaked. Now what are we going to do?

It was never going to be easy to face the ecological crisis. The denial of the challenge, on the other hand, always came ready-made. And we really did want to believe that ours was still a boundless world. The alternative – an honest reckoning – was just too challenging. But as impacts become obvious, we’re in a new world in which denialism has lost any residual aura of scientific legitimacy, and is increasingly seen as the jibbering of trolls. Now what? [more]