How to Stop Climate Change

Someone born today in the United Kingdom will have a life expectancy which, during his or her lifetime, will probably be much more than 85 years. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 85 years is about the length of time that we must phase out fossil fuel burning if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. We have, they think, a decent lifetime to provide lifetimes for the billions of people yet to be born. Continue reading

IPCC; same old thing

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published another report. It is simply another summary, consolidation and examination of scientific papers about various aspects of climate change together with an interpretation of the overall effect of scientific knowledge and some guesses as to what will happen in the future. Although the research that has been reviewed is new, the conclusions and summary are not. Virtually none of the newly reviewed research produces any evidence that the consensus of scientific opinion that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity should be changed. Continue reading

Climate Change – it is not our fault and it is not happening

Although the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have not yet published their latest report, governments are getting nervous about climate change. The recession has caused many governments, including that of the United Kingdom, to ask scientists to explain why global warming appears to have “paused” in the last decade. Can this “pause” be consistent with the theory of global warming? Is the planet really warming up, or are all those scientists simply wrong? Continue reading

Climate Change Deniers – why am I wrong?

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,Newtontold us. With climate change writingNewton’s law does not invariably apply. I know that sometimes when I post some ideas about climate change, someone else posts on this blog some ideas which are opposite, but not necessarily equal. That is the fine thing about climate change writing. The opposite views are not necessarily equal. Continue reading

The new rules of the IPCC

In Busan in South Korea the members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change travelled in order to adopt new rules on how they deal with scientific uncertainty in the reports they publish. Since the IPCC was established some 22 years ago, critics have said that the IPCC expressed its views on climate change by resolving scientific doubt in favour of anthropogenic climate change and by erring on the side of doom and gloom, instead of presenting a balanced view. Continue reading

Reviewing the work of the IPCC

The Secretary General of the United Nations fulfils two important functions. He (or she, should there be in the future a woman who is appointed to this post) acts as a moderators between nations and speaks out on various important topics. The present Secretary General is a Korean, Ban Ki-Moon, and he has consistently warned the nations whose debates and actions he attempts to moderate about the dangers of climate change. Continue reading