The St. James’s Palace Memorandum on Action for a Low Carbon and Equitable Future

May 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Climate change, Climate change communication | 2 Comments
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St. James's Palace Clock Tower between turrets of Tudor Gatehouse 03 June 2009

St. James's Palace Clock Tower between turrets of Tudor Gatehouse 03 June 2009


The three-day Nobel Laureate Symposium at St. James’s Palace, London concluded today, Thursday 28 May 2009, with a fierce, urgent call for

“a global deal on climate change that matches the scale and urgency of the human, ecological and economic crises facing the world today.”

You can read the full text of The St. James’s Palace Memorandum English Version and The St. James’ Palace Memorandum German Version under the Conclusions section of the St. James’ Palace Nobel Laureate Symposium website.

The Symposium garnered front page coverage in today’s Times Online in the Environment section under the heading Global warming must stay below 2˙C or world faces ruin, scientists declare.  (The pre-symposium press release gives more background on the hosting parties and intent.)

Also see tomorrow’s article, titled Climate change: what does St James memo mean?

The emphasis is underscored literally: almost every time the word ‘now’ appears in the memorandum text, it is underlined.  The other word that gets that emphatic treatment is ‘all’.  Here are a few examples to reinforce the point: Continue Reading The St. James’s Palace Memorandum on Action for a Low Carbon and Equitable Future…

Climate Change in the American Mind – new report from Yale & GMU 4C

May 1, 2009 at 5:25 am | Posted in Climate change communication, Climate change perceptions | Leave a comment
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A new report from George Mason University (GMU) Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) and Yale University, is titled Climate Change in the American Mind (see Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies for news).
Continue Reading Climate Change in the American Mind – new report from Yale & GMU 4C…

AGW denier Northern Ireland Environment Minister actively misrepresents climate scientists and science

February 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Climate change | Leave a comment
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On Channel 4 News this evening, the final slot was an interview with Sammy Wilson, Environment Minister for Northern Ireland. He is a vehement denier of anthropogenic global warming. Simply put, he does not believe that human activity is responsible for increased emissions:

“No, I do not believe in manmade global warming.”

Watch him in action here, though I’m not sure if that link will work outside the UK.

Sammy Wilson does not understand that climate change is not a belief issue, nor is it a faith-based issue or initiative. Climate change is a subject of scientific research.

It does not surprise me that someone in a position of political power can think his own belief system is more important than everyone else’s (it happens all the time). However, the way in which Continue Reading AGW denier Northern Ireland Environment Minister actively misrepresents climate scientists and science…

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