We must not tolerate the same pathetic GW Bush strategy of accepting the alleged AGW science but rejecting so-called solutions –Marc Morano
I am as surprised as anyone, but I actually agree with the above quote from Marc Morano. Of course not in the way Morano would like. No, he is angry that politicians accept mainstream science, while I am disappointed that politicians refuse to do anything about it. [more]
Far too often economists are pitted against environmentalist, when in reality basic economic theory supports strong action on global warming and other environmental issues. The sooner the wider environmental community realizes this the sooner real progress will be made.
From a very uplifting article on the conservative website FrumForum by D.R. Tucker we get a clear, concise conservative/libertarian argument to tackle our GHG emissions:
conservatives and libertarians should strongly support regulation to reduce carbon pollution, since pollution by one entity invariably infringes upon the rights of others (including property rights), and no entity has a constitutional right to pollute. [more]
If [global mean surface temperature] goes up a lot, the impacts cannot be small, but if [global mean surface temperature] does not go up a lot, the impacts may still be large. –Michael Tobis
Climate change is a more accurate term for what we are doing to the climate system, but the tyranny of Google (aka the fact that more people search for global warming than climate change), means I typically use the term global warming. [more]
The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi is not good. The situation is so chaotic that reporting even basic facts about what is happening is difficult, though that situation seems to be getting better each day. Understanding those facts is another matter entirely. What is the worst case scenario? Who knows, but it wont be pretty. [more]
The legislation is fundamentally anti-science, just as the rhetoric that supports it is grounded in wilful ignorance. One lawmaker last week described scientists as “elitist” and “arrogant” creatures who hide behind “discredited” institutions. [more]
House Republicans rejected amendments offered Tuesday by Democrats that called on Congress to accept the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, it is caused in large part by human activity and it is a threat to human health.
The amendments, offered at an Energy and Commerce Committee markup of legislation to block Environmental Protection Agency climate change rules, are part of an effort by House Democrats to get Republicans on the record on climate science. [more]
UPDATE: Looks like archive.org is up and running again. So everything should be back to normal, and downloads should complete without a hitch.
Archive.org (which hosts the podcasts) is currently down. Hopefully this wont last long, but there is really nothing I can do to fix the issue. Sorry for the hiccup, and keep trying to download. [more]
Passive news reporting that doesn’t attempt to resolve factual disputes in politics may have detrimental effects on readers, new research suggests.
The study found that people are more likely to doubt their own ability to determine the truth in politics after reading an article that simply lists competing claims without offering any idea of which side is right. [more]
So far this blog has been limited to making announcements, and not much else. In other words it was pretty boring. Well soon that is going to change, I plan on doing some proper climate blogging here in the very near future.
That means Irregular Climate is now both audio and written media , which as I understand it, makes us officially multimedia!
It has been a long time since the last episode was published. Not since last year were your ears subjected to the sound of my voice, and surely you are all grateful for the reprieve… Well I have some terrible news: I have a new episode in the works and it should be out next week. [more]
Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History & Science Studies at the University of California San Diego, and author of the must read book Merchants of Doubt is giving a series of free public lectures on the history of climate science.
Gareth Renowden over at Hot topic along with Glenn Williams of KIWI FM radio, have put together a little video show on climate called, The Climate Show. I just finished watching and I recommend that anyone who doesn’t yet listen or watch enough climate related content, head on over to Hot Topic and watch the first episode now. [more]
I am sure all of you have noticed that I haven’t been able to get the episodes out in any timely manner, to say nothing of the show notes. I am sorry (I’ve been apologizing a lot lately, sorry for that). [more]
First of all, I have to apologize. My summer Hiatus wasn’t supposed to be this long. But things have been hectic around here and even though I wish that Irregular Climate could be my number one priority, it can’t. It doesn’t pay the bills.
So it has been forced on the back-burner, and the next episode hasn’t been recorded yet. [more]
Summer is coming to an end, and the machinery that powers Irregular Climate is being powered up. It is creaky old machinery (or is that just me?), so no guarantees when the next episode will be out, but the plan is this Thursday or Friday. See you then!
UPDATE: The machinery is creakier that I thought (AKA I was called into work, when I was supposed to record). [more]