Policy changes and paradigm shifts following Copenhagen

The United Nations  climate conference in Copenhagen (which I attended ) was an excellent initiative, with some fairly interesting insights into the gulf between science and policy making. Following the conference, we were contacted by The Guardian newspaper to participate in a poll on global warming. The results are striking – almost 90% of climate … Continue reading Policy changes and paradigm shifts following Copenhagen

James Hansen: Coal-fired power stations are death factories. Close them

The Observer, Sunday 15th February: A year ago, I wrote to Gordon Brown asking him to place a moratorium on new coal-fired power plants in Britain. I have asked the same of Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, Kevin Rudd and other leaders. The reason is this – coal is the single greatest threat to civilisation and … Continue reading James Hansen: Coal-fired power stations are death factories. Close them

Obama’s energy secretary outlines dire climate change scenario – The Guardian

The Guardian has a fascinating article on Steve Chu, the Nobel laureate physicist appointed as the Secretary for Energy under the Obama administration. Chu has been a long time advocate for alternative energy sources and nuclear power, and is a member of the Copenhagen Climate Council, established to help promote global awareness of the upcoming … Continue reading Obama’s energy secretary outlines dire climate change scenario – The Guardian

Monaco Declaration by scientists urges ambitious, urgent plans to cut emissions drastically

155 scientists from 26 countries have issued a declaration on the severe threat posed by ocean acidification following the 2nd symposium on “The Ocean in a High-CO2 World” held on 6-9 October 2008 at the Oceanography Museum of Monaco. The Monaco Declaration, issued on 30 January 2009, states: Ocean acidification is accelerating and severe damages … Continue reading Monaco Declaration by scientists urges ambitious, urgent plans to cut emissions drastically