Posts in Climate Change
Check out the article by a climate survivalist from the February 27, 2011 Washington Post. (I’m going to go out on a limb and treat the article as if it’s not a satire or hoax, but maybe the joke’s on me.) The author describes how he’s buying solar panels and generators and laying in food and supplies and putting extra locks on his doors and windows in anticipation of the coming climate apocalypse....
Intellectual pyrotechnics before 10 a.m. isn’t for everyone, but I thought it was an excellent way to start this third day at the IHEST summer school on science and public debate. Is there such a thing as the public? Well, think of God, said the morning’s first speaker.
Even if we permanently shut down the oil wells in the Gulf and put a cap on carbon, do we know how to move forward in constructing a sustainable energy future?
Reducing emissions is an important thing to do, but arguments that we can address the problems of local communities anywhere by driving a Prius or purchasing offsets every time we get on an airplane are are simply wrong.
Thanks to the theft and publication of years worth of email from the Climate Research Unit (CRU), a major scientific center devoted to climate science, we now have an interesting picture of the at-times-questionable conduct of a number of top researchers in the field.
It is interesting that democracies seem particularly unwilling to engage their publics in meaningful dialogue. They’ll poll them, but not ask them to participate in fashioning a collective future. Perhaps it is a failure of legal imagination.
The New York Times’ article of April 16, 2009, “Third-World Stove Soot is Target in Climate Fight,” is a piece that makes you want to throw up your hands in despair – why are the world’s poor invariably targeted as being responsible for global warming?
The House of Representatives has passed a massive climate change bill aimed at legislating a new, climate-friendly energy supply into existence.... The bill’s champions assume that, in response to an array of mandated carrots and sticks, nimble startup firms will be motivated to develop new clean-energy technologies.... Unfortunately, a crucial question remains embarrassingly unasked: Who is going to buy enough of these new technologies to establish a market that's large enough to meet our carbon reduction goals?
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