The physical science of climate change

I’m late find­ing this Non­govern­men­tal Inter­na­tion­al Pan­el on Cli­mate Change (NIPCC) report. I include the sum­ma­ry of their find­ings on the phys­i­cal sci­ence here because they accord with my present assess­ment. I would have added…

Smoking and climate change

Mal­colm Turn­bull, in a recent speech invent­ed a para­ble about a fool­hardy smok­er to illus­trate his claim that con­test­ing the views of the “best sci­en­tists” on man-made cli­­mate-change is an “attack on sci­ence”. But does…

Climate debate and climate policy

Bat­tles between ortho­doxy and non-con­­for­mi­­ty are nev­er won or lost. Only a naïve empiri­cist, or a reli­gion­ist who con­fi­dent­ly expects all to be made clear at the final trump—when the prizes are hand­ed out, truth…

A salty climate “bonbon”

Wor­ried by Ross Garnaut’s claim in his revised review that sea lev­els are ris­ing faster than even the U.N. pre­dict­ed: “Ris­ing sea lev­els will con­tin­ue to increase the fre­quen­cy and inten­si­ty of coastal flood­ing events…

A climate ‘bonbon’

Depressed by the gloomy alarm of Ross Garnaut’s revised cli­mate review? “Glob­al tem­per­a­tures con­tin­ue to rise around the mid­points of the range of the pro­jec­tions of the Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Pan­el on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) … It…

Reading on climate

Debate about glob­al warm­ing is grub­by because there are so many un-acknowl­­edged pri­vate agen­das run­ning just below the sur­face. Many par­tic­i­pants in the debate have some­thing to gain (if only noto­ri­ety) from their advo­ca­cy. But…

Climate ambush arrives

The Prime Minister’s announce­ment today that, con­trary to the posi­tion she adopt­ed before the elec­tion, she has decid­ed to com­mis­sion a rec­om­men­da­tion on a car­bon price as an “eco­nom­ic reform” (sic) intend­ed to address “car­bon…