Paris agreement? All part of the plan

  We should have seen this coming. The only surprising thing was that it took so long. Go back a few months. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) that Barack Obama was pushing through Congress was absolute anathema to the fossil fuel conglomerates. Limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants strikes at the heart of […] Read More

Climate change denial-the playbook

Donald Trump has put together a pretty good team.  When it comes to denying climate change, he has brought in some seriously talented folk: getting Scott Pruit approved as head of the EPA is of course a master stroke. But these guys are busy: there’s a whole list of environmental regulations to roll back.  How […] Read More

Climate change meets star wars

  Geo – logic ? You’ve basically got three ways of dealing with climate change. 1. You can stop pumping out CO2 and methane and switch to zero carbon energy—like solar energy, wind power and electric vehicles, or 2.  You can keep going with business as usual but try to capture the gases as they […] Read More

Climate change – Status of the hiatus

Much Ado about Nothing ? A new report from a minority of the members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee has an amusing title.  “Much Ado About Nothing”, is of course a Shakespeare comedy. But there’s nothing amusing about what Committee Chairman Lamar Smith has been up to over the last few months. […] Read More

Climate change — the Arctic Report

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) just published their annual Arctic Report Card for 2016.  If this was for a kid in school, his grades would need some serious attention.  NOAA’s one-line summary of the 60-page report is: Persistent warming trend and loss of sea ice are triggering extensive Arctic changes. There is no […] Read More

Carbon capture is a dangerous concept

  The  carbon papers The carbon cycle is a beautiful thing.  And as usual Nature does it best. For a million years carbon moved around the cycle untroubled by those pesky anthropocene intruders. Although the majority of the carbon on land is stored in the soil, trees breathe carbon in and out in the form […] Read More

COP 22 – The way forward

                        Time to decide As countries gather in Marrakesh to consider how to focus efforts on   achieving the objectives of the Paris agreement, it is worth taking a minute to cut through the relentless optimism and wishlist planning, and take a hard look […] Read More

Paris agreement? Don’t celebrate yet

Pundits are celebrating the speed at which the Paris climate agreement has come into force. It needed more than half the countries to ratify their proposals and for their emissions to account for more half the global output. When the US, China, India and the European Union got on board, it was a done deal. […] Read More

Climate change needs scientists and engineers

They say igorance is bliss. But if you don’t understand what’s going on it’s easier to pass over the difficult stuff and focus on something else–blissfully unaware. All this talk about climate change is confusing. In some parts of India it’s hitting 51 centigrade. The Paris talks on climate change were supposed to keep warming […] Read More