On the duality of climate scientists:
… how integrated assessment models are hard-wired to deliver politically palatable outcomes – Dr Kevin Anderson writes in Nature Geoscience :-
The commentary demonstrates the endemic bias prevalent amongst many of those developing emission scenarios to severely underplay the scale of the 2°C mitigation challenge. In several important respects the modelling community is self-censoring its research to conform to the dominant political and economic paradigm. Moreover, there is a widespread reluctance of many within the climate change community to speak out against unsupported assertions that an evolution of ‘business as usual’ is compatible with the IPCC’s 2°C carbon budgets. With specific reference to energy, this analysis concludes that even a slim chance of “keeping below” a 2°C rise, now demands a revolution in how we both consume and produce energy. Such a rapid and deep transition will have profound implications for the framing of contemporary society and is far removed from the rhetoric of green growth that increasingly dominates the climate change agenda read the full article on his website – click here
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has slashed its forecasts for new renewable power capacity by more than a third over the next decade, Carbon Brief analysis shows.
Climate Refugees and a collapsing city – report on the realities of climate change in Dhaka, Bangladesh – Inter Press Service News Agency click here for details
Indonesian forests have been torched – thousands of hectares are in flames and causing a major air pollution problem across asia – yet little reported in our media – George Monbiot in the Guardian
Andrew Simms reports in The Guardian on the need for a low carbon economy
Allepo Seedbank in Syria has to call on frozen seeds stored in the Arcitic Seedbank at Svalbard – AlJazeera reports click here
Farmer and Poet, Wendell Berry gives his thoughts on climate change and the future in Yes Magazine Click Here to read his article
As well as being a driver of climate change through land use change and greenhouse gas emissions, burgeoning building construction around the globe is having other significant environmental and social effects through the demand for building materials like sand – Vince Beiser reports in Wired Click Here for the story
Bob has just run another rocket stove design and build course for the Green Back Yard in central Peterborough . Participants learned about the history and basic theory behind the famous sustainable stoves and were given tips on the correct way to build one before they put it all into practice and built their own stoves from recycled materials One team had to finish their stove to cook their evening meal on – another team made a hefty 6″ bore “industrial strength” stove made from old olive tins!
The course, which is fully funded for participants, is set to be repeated Jan or Feb 2015 – space is limited so contact Jasmine or Rennie at The Green Backyard for the date and to book a place.
If you can’t make it, dont worry – Bob also runs Stove Building courses at other venues – please check out the Rocket Stove Course page on this site for more details.
Bloomberg reports on a leaked IPCC report on irreversible damage to the planet being already seen from climate change click here for more