Climate changes Earth’s rotation

If you love your planet – and I think you should, then the most beautiful image ever produced must be the photograph of the Earth taken from space by NASA a few years ago. Never before could anyone living on this planet see the Earth from this perspective and get a sense of its enormity. […] Read More

CO2 atmospheric levels continue to increase

  Ted Cruze’s bathtub Thing is, its gotten very confusing. First the news was that emissions of CO2 have flatlined in 2015 after years of constantly increasing: that’s good news for the planet because it shows that the shift from oil and coal to renewable energy is reducing emisions of greenhouse gases, and that the […] Read More

CO2 emissions and GDP are still a couple

The International Energy Agency is right to highlight the fact that energy-related CO2 emissions have flatlined for the last two years. That has to be very good news.  It means that the global energy revolution that is underway–and it is a revolution in the way we produce electrical power and in the way we use […] Read More

Global air pollution kills millions

Breaking bad The recent accounts of massive air pollution overloads in major cities across the globe are frightening. These are cities where the air is pratically unbreathable, where people stay indoors, the windows shut tight, the front door locked, trying to keep the air-borne pollution from entering their homes. Pedestrians stumble along, coughing into their […] Read More

COP21 : where do we go after Paris?

We should celebrate the many successes of the last year: Shell pulling out of the Arctic, fracking in the US and the UK blocked in many places; the increasing influence of land rights groups in protecting their lands; the collapse of oil prices as a major deterrent to exploration in environmentally fragile land and seascapes. […] Read More

2 C global warming? It’s much worse.

Off target The congratulatory fanfare surrounding the agreement approved by the COP21 is to a large extent justified. It is perhaps the first time in hstory that the majority of the world’s countries have forged an agreement aimed at the the management of something as globally significant as the planet’s climate. There have of course […] Read More

Climate change deniers – Ted Cruz

Cruz control It would be easy to dismiss Ted Cruz as a fool.  I mean this is a guy who mixes up the Arctic with the Antarctic, who thinks that misguided scientific thinking in the 17th century shows that scientists are not to be trusted today, and tells us that because CO2 levels were 10 times […] Read More