Tag: Thoughts

Durban Part 4: Conclusion

Also see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this series about the significance of last month’s Durban climate talks (COP17). Grenada said in an opening statement: “AOSIS will not and cannot accept a deal here in Durban that does not provide a means to bring in more ambitious legally-binding commitments for Annex I …

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Durban Part 3: The outcome

Also see Part 1 and Part 2 of this series about the significance of last month’s Durban climate talks (COP17). After the conclusion of the Durban climate talks, EU negotiator Connie Hedegaard proclaimed that “the European Union’s strategy worked”. But did it? Durban Platform Legal form – binding or not? Let’s look at the text …

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Durban Part 2: The drama

Part 1 of this series about the significance of last month’s Durban climate talks (COP17) can be found here. TIME magazine’s Person of the Year 2011 was “the protester”, and protesters certainly made their presence felt and their voices heard in Durban. As 350.org put it: “There is a story of hope from Durban—it’s the …

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Too late to wait on the Durban Platform, Part 1

Over the summer, I have reflected on the significance of the climate talks last month in Durban, South Africa. Officially known as COP17, it was the longest UNFCCC conference. See my previous post for more background on the talks (though my views have become slightly more nuanced since I wrote it, particularly on the issue …

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What Should Happen in Durban

“We have shown that phase out of fossil fuel emissions is urgent. CO2 from fossil fuel use stays in the surface climate system for millennia.” – NASA climate scientist James Hansen and 16 co-authors “We would be quite open to a discussion about a process that would lead to a negotiation for the thing, whatever …

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Clean Energy Bill only the beginning

Today the Australian Parliament passed the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee’s Clean Energy Bill. Despite my reservations about the bill, I am pleased to see it finally made law. It is also satisfying to see the Liberal-National Coalition defeated (at least for now) in their crusade against climate action. However, the work of the climate movement …

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Overview of My Opinions on the Carbon Tax

The topic of the Australian carbon tax is so big it’s hard to know where to begin covering it. Every aspect is inter-related to every other aspect. So here is a quick overview of my opinions and a list of possible topics I may cover in the near future. The atmospheric level of CO2 must …

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What We Know About the Carbon Tax

This is just a quick post recapping the background of the carbon tax debate I will be commenting on. 2011 is probably our best hope of getting meaningful action from the Australian Government on climate change. Four months ago it announced its new carbon price policy framework. It’s a framework because the policy is in …

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A Change of Direction

With two days to the middle of the year, I’ve decided it’s time to reassess what I want to do with this blog. I started out, about eighteen months ago, writing posts debunking the arguments of global warming contrarians (you can find all those old posts here). However, in the past year I have transferred …

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Americans Know Nothing About Climate Change

A new survey of 2,030 American adults (weighted according to demographics and political party allegiance) confirms what previous surveys have suggested: that the American public’s understanding of climate change is dismal. The researchers graded the participants based on percentage of questions answered correctly (although some questions were harder than others). A majority, 52%, received an …

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