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  • Coal needs some kicking on its way out

    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News
    Melanie Mattauch
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    The good news is: The decision by the German government to mothball some of the oldest lignite power plants is yet another sign that coal is on its way out. The bad news: It doesn’t go nearly far enough. In fact, the government caved in to big polluters and went with a watered-down proposal. Instead of putting a levy on CO2 from the most polluting power plants, a measure which scientists and economic experts described as the minimum needed to meet Germany’s climate targets, the government decided to go with an ‘alternative’ measure proposed by the big polluters and mining union, which…
  • An Ecologist’s Perspective on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter

    Watts Up With That?
    Guest Blogger
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Guest Contributor: Dan Botkin Throughout my career as an ecological scientist, I have been fascinated by the connections between the Judeo-Christian religious beliefs and modern environmental science, and have written about this in various scientific articles and several of my books.  So I have been specially intrigued that on June 18 the pope published his…
  • Climate change: Cost of inaction is too high - The Seattle Times

    "climate change" - Google News
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Climate change: Cost of inaction is too highThe Seattle TimesIn his recent guest opinion piece (“State and city climate policy is mired in symbolism,” Opinion, June 27) Todd Myers characterizes Seattle and Washington's efforts to reduce carbon pollution as merely “symbolic.” While there is still much work to do
  • Ruling out high deflation scenarios

    Climate Audit
    Steve McIntyre
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Further to my series of posts on Deflategate, reader chrimony observed that my statistical analysis had shown that it was possible that there had been no tampering, but had not excluded the possibility of tampering.  This is a sensible observation, but raises the question of whether and how one could use the available statistical information to exclude tampering. This is analysis that ought to have been done in the Wells Report.  I’ve done the analysis in this post and the results are sharper than I’d anticipated. For Logo initialization, any manual deflation exceeding de…
  • Climate-change is turning male dragon lizards into females

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    A climate-induced change of male dragon lizards into females occurring in the wild has been confirmed for the first time, according to recent research.
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    350.org - Movement Dispatches and Climate News

  • Coal needs some kicking on its way out

    Melanie Mattauch
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    The good news is: The decision by the German government to mothball some of the oldest lignite power plants is yet another sign that coal is on its way out. The bad news: It doesn’t go nearly far enough. In fact, the government caved in to big polluters and went with a watered-down proposal. Instead of putting a levy on CO2 from the most polluting power plants, a measure which scientists and economic experts described as the minimum needed to meet Germany’s climate targets, the government decided to go with an ‘alternative’ measure proposed by the big polluters and mining union, which…
  • Joining 5,000+ people at the Tar Sands Resistance March!

    Andy Pearson
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    By Janette Rosenbaum, 350 Madison It’s 6am, and 50 Madisonians are ready to roll. They’re on their way to the Tar Sands Resistance March in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, they’ll join a few other Madison locals, as well as thousands of people from across the Midwest, some of whom have already been traveling for hours by the time the Madison contingent takes a group photo and boards their bus. It’s my first major protest and I don’t really know what to expect. Will my fellow protesters, mostly members of 350Madison or the Four Lakes Sierra Club, spend the five-­hour…
  • Meeting the Dalai Lama

    May Boeve
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:29 am
    The Dalai Lama was at Glastonbury Festival for The Guardian-hosted panel discussion: “Who can fix climate change?” Last Sunday I had a religious experience — and I don’t mean going to my church in Brooklyn. The experience was sitting next to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on a panel discussion about climate change at Glastonbury Festival. The Dalai Lama had a delightful passion on the topic. It ranged from a love of science; an insistence of the interconnectedness of all people; and the necessity of contemplation and action. But most of all, his presence is all encompassing.
  • One Earth, One Human Family: climate march in Rome

    Hoda Baraka
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    Thousands marched in Rome today to celebrate the Pope’s recent call for urgent climate action Multi-faith encyclical celebration march, Rome June 2015. Photo credit: Hoda Baraka/350.org   People of faith, civil society groups, and communities impacted by climate change marched together in Rome this Sunday to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, and call for bolder climate action by world leaders. Under the banner of “One Earth One Human Family,” the march brought together Catholics and other Christians, followers…
  • 4 Reasons to Get Excited about July 4th

    Aurore Fauret
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    With the #JobsJusticeClimate mobilizations just one week away, groups all across Canada are gearing up to host inspiring events in their towns. In all their diversity and local flavors, these actions are sending a common, clear and strong message that we can do better — that we can take real climate action while building a just economy. On July 4th, thousands of Canadians will show that they care about their communities, and that we are ready to stop digging, start building and move beyond the tar sands. Signs. Posters. Flags. Stickers. Human banners! Across Canada, people are painting…
 
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    Watts Up With That?

  • An Ecologist’s Perspective on Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter

    Guest Blogger
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Guest Contributor: Dan Botkin Throughout my career as an ecological scientist, I have been fascinated by the connections between the Judeo-Christian religious beliefs and modern environmental science, and have written about this in various scientific articles and several of my books.  So I have been specially intrigued that on June 18 the pope published his…
  • Oddly, ‘Nobel prize winner’ Michael Mann was not invited to sign The Mainau Declaration for climate protection

    Anthony Watts
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    This seems sort of odd, not only was Michael Mann excluded (probably for good reason) but the names of the signers seems to be a secret. Nobel Laureates appeal for climate protection The Mainau Declaration 2015 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings To mark the final day of the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, on Friday, 3…
  • A sad commentary on global warming alarmism: Science says one thing, scientists another

    Anthony Watts
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    Andrew Montford at Bishop Hill kindly allows me to repost this here. Anyone would think there was a big climate conference coming up, because the BBC is pumping out the climate propaganda left right and centre. A couple of nights ago we had Kirsty Wark fawning all over Chris Rapley on Newsnight (from 40 mins)…
  • That Didn’t Take Long: North & South Carolina Shark Attacks Blamed on Global Warming

    Bob Tisdale
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    Guest Post by Bob Tisdale There has been a series of shark attacks off the Carolina coasts. As of last count, the number is 11 shark bites since mid-May. As one might have expected, from mainstream media’s let’s-see-what-we-can-blame-on-global-warming department comes the CBSNews article “Strange” spike in shark attacks puzzles experts. The news report includes (my…
  • New Pew Center study finds global warming to be a mostly political issue

    Anthony Watts
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    The public’s political views are strongly linked to attitudes on environmental issues But political views are not a major factor on biomedical, food safety and space issues July 1, 2015 (Washington) – Public attitudes about climate change and energy policy are strongly intertwined with political party affiliation and ideology. But politics play a more modest,…
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  • Climate change: Cost of inaction is too high - The Seattle Times

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Climate change: Cost of inaction is too highThe Seattle TimesIn his recent guest opinion piece (“State and city climate policy is mired in symbolism,” Opinion, June 27) Todd Myers characterizes Seattle and Washington's efforts to reduce carbon pollution as merely “symbolic.” While there is still much work to do
  • Liberals' green agenda keeps National Energy Board in climate change spotlight - CBC.ca

    4 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    CBC.caLiberals' green agenda keeps National Energy Board in climate change spotlightCBC.caAnd therein lies the crux of much of the frustration around the climate change file in Canada. The issue of how carbon emissions from the oilsands will be kept in check has washed up on the NEB's doorstep, because it lacks any better place to go. The
  • Climate-change protesters to bury their heads in the sand in Dublin - Irish Examiner

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:11 am
    Irish ExaminerClimate-change protesters to bury their heads in the sand in DublinIrish Examiner"As a country, we haven't made a financial pledge to the Green Climate Fund, which is a fund that supports some of the most vulnerable communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and we're one of the few developed countries who haven't done ...and more »
  • Officials incorporate climate change into beach design - Washington Times

    4 Jul 2015 | 12:28 am
    Officials incorporate climate change into beach designWashington TimesJames O'Donnell, executive director of the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation, said the Hammonasset project can serve as a model for coastal towns and private groups with shoreline beaches about how to incorporate climate change ...and more »
  • UN climate change chief tells charities to stop complaining about global warming - The Independent

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The IndependentUN climate change chief tells charities to stop complaining about global warmingThe IndependentNGOs have traditionally spent their time in opposition and must devote more of their efforts to being constructive, according to Janos Pasztor, the former WWF campaigner who is now UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's official climate change spokesman.Climate change and our air-conditioned livesBillings Gazetteall 3 news articles »
 
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    Climate Audit

  • Ruling out high deflation scenarios

    Steve McIntyre
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Further to my series of posts on Deflategate, reader chrimony observed that my statistical analysis had shown that it was possible that there had been no tampering, but had not excluded the possibility of tampering.  This is a sensible observation, but raises the question of whether and how one could use the available statistical information to exclude tampering. This is analysis that ought to have been done in the Wells Report.  I’ve done the analysis in this post and the results are sharper than I’d anticipated. For Logo initialization, any manual deflation exceeding de…
  • Exponent’s Transients: Bodge or Botch?

    Steve McIntyre
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    In my first writeup, I observed that Exponent’s Logo transients appeared to be bodged too high, even with their unwarranted and adverse use of 67 deg F initialization (Exponent’s “temperature trick”). In today’s post, I’ve taken a closer look at the seemingly questionable calculation of the transients at 67 deg F, showing that the Patriot transients make sense only if initialization for the transients purporting to show Logo Gauge initialization were not actually initialized at 12.5 psi using the Logo Gauge (as stated and as is the purpose of the diagram).
  • NFL Officials Over-Inflated Patriot Balls

    Steve McIntyre
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    One of the ironies of the NFL’s conduct in this affair is that it can be established that NFL officials (under the supervision of NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent) over-inflated Patriot balls at half-time, the only proven tampering with Patriot balls. Brady and the Patriots were unaffected by the overinflation by NFL officials, as they destroyed the Colts in the second half. Exponent must have noticed the over-inflation by officials, as it is implied by the post-game measurements, but failed to report or comment on it. Their avoidance becomes all the more conspicuous because…
  • More on Deflategate

    Steve McIntyre
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    By converting football pressures to ball temperatures under the Ideal Gas Law, it is possible to conveniently show Colt and Patriot information – transients, simulations and observations – on a common scale. I’ve done this in the diagram shown below, and, in my opinion, it neatly summarizes the actual information. Commentary follows the figure. Figure 1.  Transients as digitized from Figures 25 and 27 converted to temperature transients using Ideal Gas Law. Red- Patriot, blue- Colt; thick – dry; thin – wet; solid -Logo, dashed – Non-Logo.  Simulations…
  • Deflategate and Errors in the Wells Report

    Steve McIntyre
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Readers in the U.S. are doubtless aware of the “Deflategate scandal”, in which the NFL alleged that Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of his generation, had conspired with an equipment manager and locker room attendant, to deflate a microscopic amount of pressure from footballs in the AFC championship game. The NFL seemed to be completely taken by surprise by the Ideal Gas Law and the fact that outside temperatures below calibration temperatures would result in much larger deflation without tampering. The findings depend on the interpretation of statistical data by…
 
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    Climate War Room

  • On The Legal Front: Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions (CSAS)

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:17 pm
    The only way to win the carbon war soon enough to avert unacceptable casualties of young people and other life on the planet is to carry out the battle on several fronts simultaneously.Dr. James Hansen(That’s the reason for the expansive name of our organization, Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions (CSAS), and also the reason that we support disparate organizations, including Citizens Climate Lobby, Our Children’s Trust, 350.org…).We sometimes ask if we are using our time right, spending too much time on the legal front?[1] After all, the end game begins only when we achieve an…
  • Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:26 pm
    The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer.From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and cattle are dying while forecasters worry that the situation could only grow worse in the coming months.Thanks to El Nino, a warming of the tropical Pacific that affects global weather, and a quieter-than-normal hurricane season that began in June, forecasters expect a shorter wet season. That means less rain to help refill Puerto Rico's…
  • The Endless Solar

    21 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
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  • Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.The vision that Francis outlined in the 184-page encyclical is sweeping in ambition and scope: He described a relentless exploitation and destruction of the environment, which he blamed on apathy, the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in…
  • To fight desertification, let's manage our land better

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Every year, we lose 24 billion tons of fertile soil to erosion and 12 million hectares of land to desertification and drought. This threatens the lives and livelihoods of 1.5 billion people now. In the future, desertification could displace up to 135 million people by 2045. Land degradation could also reduce global food production by up to 12% and push world food prices up by 30%. In Egypt, Ghana, Central African Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Paraguay, land degradation could cause an annual GDP loss of up to 7%.Pressure on land resources is expected to increase as populations grow,…
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    Jennifer Marohasy

  • The Minority is Always Right

    jennifer
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:57 pm
    THANK YOU to everyone who heard Maria Pita and sent a letter off to their favorite politician or editor, or made comment in the long thread online at The Australian, highlighting the many inadequacies in the recent report by the Technical Advisory Forum into the homogenization of historical temperature data by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. […] The post The Minority is Always Right appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Remember Rutherglen, & “Whoever has Honor Follow Me!”

    jennifer
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    The results of an independent ­review of the Bureau of Mete­or­ology’s national temperature records should “ring alarm bells” for those who had believed the bureau’s methods were transparent, says a key critic, Jennifer ­Marohasy.  So, begins an article by Graham Lloyd in The Weekend Australian. Lloyd goes on to write: Dr Marohasy said the review […] The post Remember Rutherglen, & “Whoever has Honor Follow Me!” appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Response to ‘Yes Minister’ report by Ron Sandland

    jennifer
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:08 am
    FOLLOWING  are my initial comments in response to the release of the report by the Technical Advisory Forum on the Australian Climate Observations Reference Network (ACORN-SAT): I NOTE that The Forum, chaired by Dr Ron Sandland formerly of the CSIRO, concurs with the Bureau that: “There is a need to adjust the historical temperature record to account […] The post Response to ‘Yes Minister’ report by Ron Sandland appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Survey Denying My Position on Climate Change

    jennifer
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    ACCORDING to those who define popular culture, prominent sceptics like myself deny the reality of climate change.   It’s a convenient argument for the activist, and its repeated in a survey I just received today from academic Raymond Orr, University of Melbourne.  According to the preamble to the survey, prominent sceptics like myself “are doubtful that climate […] The post Survey Denying My Position on Climate Change appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
  • Like Expecting George Pell to Admit Pedophilia During Sunday Sermon

    jennifer
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    Following is an email just sent to Bob Baldwin concerning the need for him to urgently establish a public forum to enable dissident views to be heard concerning the bastardization of Australia’s official temperature record by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Noosa, Queensland, 9th March, 2015 Dear Mr Baldwin Re: Robust assessment of the trusted and respected Bureau […] The post Like Expecting George Pell to Admit Pedophilia During Sunday Sermon appeared first on Jennifer Marohasy.
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    RealClimate

  • Unforced variations: July 2015

    group
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    This month’s open thread. How about a focus on cimate science this time? Data visualizations anyone?
  • Heaven belongs to us all – the new papal encyclical

    stefan
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Guest post by Brigitte Knopf With his encyclical “Laudato Si” the Pope has written more than a moral appeal without obligation. He has presented a pioneering political analysis with great explosive power, which will probably determine the public debate on climate change, poverty and inequality for years to come. Thus, the encyclical is also highly relevant to me as a non-Catholic and non-believer; the implications of the encyclical are very apparent through the eyes of a secular person. The core of the encyclical makes clear that global warming is a “global problem with grave…
  • Debate in the noise

    stefan
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    Last week there was an international media debate on climate data which appeared to be rather surreal to me. It was claimed that the global temperature data had so far shown a “hiatus” of global warming from 1998-2012, which was now suddenly gone after a data correction. So what happened? One of the data centers that compile the data on global surface temperatures – NOAA – reported in the journal Science on an update of their data. Some artifacts due to changed measurement methods (especially for sea surface temperatures) were corrected and additional data of…
  • NOAA temperature record updates and the ‘hiatus’

    gavin
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    In a new paper in Science Express, Karl et al. describe the impacts of two significant updates to the NOAA NCEI (née NCDC) global temperature series. The two updates are: 1) the adoption of ERSST v4 for the ocean temperatures (incorporating a number of corrections for biases for different methods), and 2) the use of the larger International Surface Temperature Initiative (ISTI) weather station database, instead of GHCN. This kind of update happens all the time as datasets expand through data-recovery efforts and increasing digitization, and as biases in the raw measurements are better…
  • Unforced Variations: June 2015

    group
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    This month’s open thread. Some interesting trends in ocean heat content, surface temperatures, multiple oddly reported papers (which are often linked to ambiguous press releases…) etc. But at least we aren’t working in political science…
 
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    the Air Vent

  • Logical Egalitarianism

    Jeff Id
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I just want to highlight the names of the newly released yet surely seminal paper which claims to have reinstated global warming.   Karl et al. discussed repeatedly at ‘skeptic’ blogs.  Take a moment and read the names of these enlightened few climate scientist Illuminati as their names are intended for generational quotation. Thomas R. Karl,Anthony Arguez, Boyin Huang, Jay H. Lawrimore, James R. McMahon, Matthew J. Menne, Thomas C. Peterson, Russell S. Vose, Huai-Min Zhang Their paper starts with a humble title belying the incredible conclusions boldly permeating the article:…
  • Latent Decision Potential

    Jeff Id
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Too much EPA.  That is the Air Vent theme for Earth Day.  This business, and it is a business, was started by president Richard Nixon.  It has been a highly successful business on a large scale in that it initially resulted in one of the cleanest industrial countries in the planet’s history.   Today, the ‘published’ budget for the EPA is about 9 billion dollars per year and productive industry is being systematically eliminated. No doubt should be given to the EPA effectiveness with respect to certain aspects of its existence but there is no limit to their function. …
  • Lewandowsky Strike 4?? Really….

    Jeff Id
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:34 pm
    So a Stephan Lewandowsky interview deserves publication here.  H/T Barry Woods. Turn your mental filter on, this will cause brain damage. What a complete loser.  He should be pushing a shopping cart collecting cans.
  • Is tax law complicated enough yet?

    Jeff Id
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    What did your April 15 look like? This was ours. It costs a hundred dollars just to mail first quarter taxes.   While these are all checks to various branches of government, it is of course the huge amount on them that matters.   I’m thinking that the huge stack of electronically filed paperwork, massive fees paid to people just to calculate the pile and the ridiculous multiples of my take-home actually paid into the government, perhaps even a liberal could see reason for tax reform.  ….. maybe… maybe not. Four times a year.
  • Entrepreneurs Regulation

    Jeff Id
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Kenneth Fritsch noted in the comments section of the Entrepreneur’s Experience post the following poignant reality: I would suspect that besides taxes, a more hidden expense for small businesses and businesses in general is the cost of regulations. He would need a federal license to be more correct — probably.  In fact, I think the FDA or the ATF or perhaps the EPA has some regulation to say as much.  Hard to tell which division holds responsibility.  I do know that the FDA (food and drug administration) seems to regulate the import of plastic ultra-sonic welders.   At least…
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    Climate Vulnerable Forum

  • UN Human Rights Council Speaks with one Voice on Climate Change

    CVF Editor
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    United Nations Human Rights Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution on Climate Change Resolution supported by the Climate Vulnerable Forum also recognises the Forum’s work and welcomes the forthcoming 2015 UN Climate Change Conference at Paris (COP21) Resolution mandates new analytical study by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Office on the human right to high standards of health Download the tabled draft resolution text that was adopted in English (pdf, 0.1mb) View the video at the UN Human Rights Council on the resolution’s adoption here (via UN Web TV) GENEVA, 2…
  • Forum Welcomes Papal Encyclical: Defining Moral Concern of Our Generation

    CVF Editor
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Climate Vulnerable Forum Statement by Philippines on the 18 June Papal Encyclical: Climate Change is the Defining Moral Concern of Our Generation GENEVA/MANILA: 19 June 2015 Download the statement in English (pdf, 0.2mb) The Climate Change Commission of the Office of the President of the Philippines, in the capacity of Chair pro tempore of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, released the following statement on the occasion of the issue of an Encyclical Letter by Pope Francis concerning climate change: Climate change is not just a question of environmental policy, or economic policy, or simply a…
  • International Human Rights Community urges heightened Ambition at COP21

    CVF Editor
    10 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    Special Geneva Climate Vulnerable Forum Event on Human Rights and Climate Change in Conjunction with UNFCCC SB42 in Bonn The special event follows a Joint Statement on Friday 5 June 2015 from the UN Special Procedures drawing attention to the CVF-commissioned report on climate change and human rights submitted to the UNFCCC ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference at Bonn, Germany (1-12 June 2015) Download the press release in English (pdf, 0.4mb) Geneva, Switzerland, 10 June 2015 – Press Release Climate vulnerable states and civil society experts called today world leaders to seize…
  • Global Consultation at Bonn: Climate Action By Most Vulnerable Could Soar to New Levels

    CVF Admin
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Climate Vulnerable Forum Press Conference at the UNFCCC Bonn #SB42 Talks: Climate Action By Most Vulnerable Countries Could Soar to New Levels and Drive Strong COP21 Output Download the press release in English (pdf, 0.2mb) Bonn, Germany, 04 June 2015 – Press Release The Climate Vulnerable Forum concludes today in Bonn a series of regional consultations involving 50 countries across 5 regions with a global meeting of negotiators in conjunction with the UN climate convention talks. The consultations have delivered a unique updated understanding of policy priorities shared by vulnerable…
  • Middle East & North Africa Countries Agree 14-points to Tackle Climate Change

    CVF Editor
    29 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Middle East & North Africa Regional Meeting of the CVF Hosted by Lebanon in Geneva Download the Press Release in English (pdf, 0.5mb) Geneva, Switzerland, 29 May 2015 – Press Release Fourteen recommendations to improve the regional response to climate change have been agreed to following a meeting of the Middle East and North Africa region, held in Geneva, Switzerland on 28-29 2015, and hosted by Lebanon. The meeting, gathering eleven countries from the Middle East and North Africa region, was the last in a series of Climate Vulnerable Forum workshops being convened during 2014-2015…
 
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    Climate Dispatch

  • Patriotism, Science and Climate Change: 4 thoughts for the 4th

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    The July 4 holiday has been celebrated since the first anniversary of the 1776 Declaration of Independence.  On July 4, 1777, there were bonfires, bell ringing and fireworks to mark the day.In my neighborhood in Sacramento, a local realtor is giving away American flags so residents can show their patriotism and pride in the United States.  As flags here and elsewhere are displayed, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on how science and environmental values relate to patriotism.Given that many of our leaders who consider themselves "patriots" are attacking science,…
  • Product Stewardship, Climate Change and the Encyclical Laudato Si’

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    The climate change message of the encyclical Laudato Si'  is receiving deserved attention for bringing a moral dimension to the climate discussion.  But it goes beyond climate change into related environmental, social and economic issues.Pope Francis has made it very clear that although the Encyclical has specific meaning for Catholics, the messages are meant for all humanity.  The Vatican emphasized this by bringing in members of other religions and an atheist to attest to the importance of the Encyclical.One of the messages I glean from the encyclical is the importance of…
  • California Zero/Low Carbon Transportion: $373 million approved by Air Board

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    California continues to lead like a nation-state in addressing climate change.  Newly adopted incentives for low-carbon and zero emission vehicles include a program benefiting lower income purchasers and a phase out of benefits for higher income vehicle purchasers.With a goal of 1 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2023, the California Air Resources Board last week approved $373 million in allocations for FY 15-16 for low-carbon transportation, up $150 million over the prior year.  The funds are subject to final appropriation authority from the California legislature.
  • A few climate videos I liked this week

    27 Jun 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Barrack Obama interviews Sir David Attenborough on ClimateBill Nye provides a grade-school level explanation of climate change complete with emojiCalifornia Senate welcomes U.N. climate head Christiana Figueres (her comments begin at about 3:00)Cardinal Donald Wuerl responds to Bush, Limbaugh on ClimateCarnegie Scientists: California could meet 3-5x energy demand with solar
  • Who are the climate denier scientists?

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    97% of scientists agree with the consensus on climate, according to most analyses.  However, a recent survey indicates the number may be closer to 99.9%Out of 24,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers on climate issues published in 2013 and 2014, only 5 question the consensus on human-caused climate change. That's according to the work of James Powell of the National Physical Sciences Consortium, as summarized by Tony Dokoupil of MSNBC Greenhouse.  Dokupil describes the 4 scientists responsible for the 5 papers in this segment from Greenhouse:Dokupil provides a bit more detail in the…
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