The illogic of blaming man

The physi­cist Free­man Dyson, in a slight­ly tetchy email exchange with the Sci­ence Edi­tor of the Inde­pen­dent news paper, argues that the IPC­C’s alarm abo...

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 ...

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 rec­om­men­da­...

Academy of alarm

What does the Aus­tralian Acad­e­my of sci­ence think their role should be? To inform or to fright­en? To elu­ci­date pub­lic pol­i­cy issues from a sci­en­tif­...

Led by lunatics

Mark Law­son’s new book “A Guide to Cli­mate Change Luna­cy” (Con­nor­Court Pub­lish­ing, 2010) arrives with bril­liant tim­ing, just as Aus­tralia gets anoth­e...