Posts Tagged ‘climate

The Chicago Climate Exchange, the pioneer of the idea of carbon trading, is to stop trading in carbon emissions allowances. This follows the failure of cap and trade legislation to pass in the senate in July. It will continue to trade in carbon offsets for at least two more years. Chicago’s problems follow a scandal […]

A reminder that I will be debating Tim Jackson , the professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey, tomorrow week on Prosperity without growth? at the Battle of Ideas festival weekend in London. To get a quick idea of Jackson’s arguments they are summarised in his Ted lecture available to watch above. A […]

Franny Armstrong, the founder of the 10:10 campaign against climate change, has mounted a defence of her organisation’s despicable film showing those unconcerned about the issue being blown up. Although 10:10 has issued an apology and taken the “No Pressure” video off the site she is quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: “We ‘killed’ […]

The Five Books website provides an excellent way to get a quick overview of a subject although its claim to make readers an “instant expert” is obviously ridiculous. Its standard format is based on interviewing experts on particular subjects by getting them to recommend five key books. They normally recommend one of their own, and […]

The world’s lungs. The Economist. Fairly upbeat comment piece on the prospects for the world’s forests linked to an Economist survey on forestry. No free locavore lunch, Wall Street Journal, by Virginia Postrel. A critical article on the local food movement. Serving up some home truths about food, spiked, by Rob Lyons. A review of […]

The biggest environmental news of the week was the apparent about turn of Bjorn Lomborg, the self-styled “skeptical environmentalist”. In an “exclusive” story on the controversial Danish statistician the Guardian newspaper describes him as being “a climate change voice who changed his tune”. Although Lomborg built his reputation by arguing, among other things, that climate […]

I was not planning to write a blog post today but this is incredible. Reading the recent Friends of the Earth Policy on Population (PDF) briefing, published in March, I discover that the organisation is calling for a 10-fold reduction in resource consumption. That is 10-fold – not 10% – in other words a 90% […]

These article focus on science and the environment. Green menace, the American, by Blake Hurst. How a coalition of Haitian peasant groups – backed by American funding – are protesting against seeds donated by Monsanto to kick start food production in Haiti. Not even just genetically modified seeds but hybrid seeds too – a technology […]

Can democracies kick the growth habit? A debate with Tim Jackson, From Poverty to Power blog, by Duncan Green. Two leading British sceptics broadly agree on what they see as the limits to growth. Accentuate the negative, Economist.  A report by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) questions some of the findings of the Intergovernmental […]

Inequality in America, the Nation. Roundtable debate including Dean Baker, Jeff Madrick and Robert Reich. Many poisoned rivers, Literary Review, by Jonathan Mirsky. Review of When a billion Chinese jump by Jonathan Watts. More on China as a “green peril”. Decelerating decarbonization of the global economy, Roger Pielke Jr’s blog. An official Dutch study shows […]