Tag Archive: Carbon Budget

Sep 19 2014

Global warming is already dangerous

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“Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’” – Martin Luther King Jr. I’ve been reading up on what the latest climate science says about where we are and where we’re heading, and decided the best way to present the information is in the following table. …

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Feb 27 2014

CCA goes out with a whimper

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Australia’s independent Climate Change Authority (CCA) today released the final report of its emissions targets review. It should be obvious to everyone that the Abbott Liberal government will ignore this report. They are trying to pass legislation to abolish the CCA, and are unwinding all the (already weak) policies of the former Labor government. They …

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Nov 16 2013

Climate talks more farcical than ever

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Wisdom from the official website of the COP19 climate talks. Delegates of the world’s governments are currently gathered in Warsaw, Poland for the 19th Conference of Parties (COP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – global climate talks to us laypeople. During previous COPs, I’ve examined the negotiating positions and outcomes …

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Oct 30 2013

CCA Targets Review releases daft draft report

Today Australia’s independent Climate Change Authority (CCA) released the Targets and Progress Review Draft Report. (The word “Caps” has been removed from the Review’s name, presumably to dissociate it from the former government’s emissions trading scheme.) The new Liberal government plans to abolish the CCA, and the legal requirement to set an emissions target, as …

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Oct 05 2013

Cool reaction to IPCC needs a reality check

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Last Saturday, two momentous events occurred. Firstly, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a globally respected Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning international scientific institution, released a summary, vetted line-by-line by all of the world’s governments, of what may be the most thoroughly researched and meticulously reviewed report ever produced in human history: its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), a …

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Oct 01 2013

IPCC AR5: global warming more evident than ever

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first (and primary) instalment of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Its key conclusions include: The Earth is accumulating heat. Heat-trapping greenhouse gases are rising: Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide have reached levels unprecedented in at least 800,000 years because …

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Jan 24 2013

Aussie coal exports 2nd biggest “carbon bomb”

A new report by consultancy Ecofys for Greenpeace, called Point of No Return, details 14 proposed fossil fuel projects, dubbed “carbon bombs”, that would together effectively lock in dangerous climate change. If the 14 projects go ahead, they would add 6.3 Gt/year (greater than present US emissions) to global CO2 emissions in 2020, a 20% …

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Jun 27 2012

Climate Change Authority board members conflicted

At least two members of the recently announced board of the Climate Change Authority have conflicts of interest. The new independent Climate Change Authority will regularly review Australia’s climate policies. Its first job will be to review the Renewable Energy Target later this year. The Authority’s most important task will be, in February 2014, to …

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Feb 20 2012

Get ready for the carbon bubble

Remember the sub-prime mortgage bubble? The next economic bubble could be caused by investing in the unsustainable fossil fuel industry. The idea might sound incredible, but it results from our failure to seriously address the science of climate change. The science tells us we can’t burn all fossil fuels Fossil fuels formed over millions of …

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Mar 27 2010

Global Warming Contrarians Part 5: Counting Carbon

This is the latest instalment in a continuing series of posts on the (mostly bad) arguments that contrarians make against global warming. A list of earlier parts in the series can be found at the bottom of this post. Claim: Natural CO2 emissions far outweigh our own. Fact: This claim is true but misleading. Before …

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