Perhaps they are hoping that this time, China will do better at respecting indigenous people’s rights, health, and the integrity of the jungle environment than Texaco was able to do? [more]
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 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]
The generation that refused to cut its hair is due for a financial haircut. [more]
Governments will limit carbon emissions, so if your business model is based on burning it, you are overvalued and at risk – sitting on a bubble.
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]
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]
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]
“Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science” opens Earth Week in over a dozen countries. While the movie promises to be very interesting and informative, it’s also true that attendance at the opening is a way to show support for the scientific community. [more]
What’s on your mind? [more]
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]
If the Alberta tar sands pipleine is reasonably expected to be profitable, then the marketplace is set up wrong and we should fix it. [more]
Whether better “data” can ensure, or even contribute much to, good decision-making is itself an open question. Before we can even think about the decisions themselves, we need to deal with the expectations surrounding the data. [more]
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]
A press release for the Marcott et al paleoclimate reconstruction goes far beyond what the reported research itself reveals, revealing the dishonesty at the core of all of climate science once and for all. [more]