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Bet you didn’t know this about the Iron Lady

March 16, 2012

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This week I went to a great talk by Prof Jonathan Boston on the politics of global climate change. Here are some of the slides. I have to confess that his last slide was a surprise to me. While American right-wing denials fill our media we have failed to notice that almost every other conservative […]

Green energy myths causing paralysis

September 2, 2009

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There is a belief that  alternative clean energy sources and technologies will substitute for fossil fuels to meaning we can carry on living like we are now.   Dr Susan Krumdieck says this myth is dangerous, it has  “induced paralysis when change is needed…we need to use less energy…we need to stop driving around so much”. Every […]

Bill McKibben’s 350ppm at 46 South

May 1, 2009

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We had Bill McKibben visiting work yesterday.    He gave a good talk and stayed for lunch. Bill has been in Wanaka and started his talk with a compelling story of an experience in Tibet, of glaciers melting and significantly changing landscape in an area that provides the water supply for a huge proportion of […]

Climate Change Unfinished or Too Late?

September 24, 2008

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The second Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson talk this week was a panel discussion titled “Climate Change: Unfinished Business”.   Two locals, marine ecologist Steve Wing and geologist Garry Wilson) were also panelists but it was clear who the big crowd had come to hear.     Here’s my notes (apologies to the participants if I scribbled anything misleading).   Brief introductions from the […]

Lonnie Thompson conveniently in Dunedin

September 24, 2008

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We’ve been to two Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson talks this week.    I was very impressed.  The first “Climate change: past present and future” was an overview of their thirty years of research into icecores.   The talk took an interesting approach.  Thompson didn’t muck around.  Two slides at the start cover the contributing factors […]

Footprints and longfins

September 9, 2008

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Last night we went to a talk by Metiria Turei about the dramatic collapse in New Zealand’s endemic eel population,  the longfin in particular.    Metiria showed an outstanding film by students from the   Science and Natural History filmmaking programme of the the Centre for Science Communication.    Lindsay Davidson and Melissa Salpietra’s Longfin (mp4 24mins) is a […]

Guide does more than paper over cracks

December 11, 2007

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There’s a useful guide out today from Metafore and the The Gagliardi Group . The Paper Consumer’s Guide to Climate Change (pdf) describes the role that paper and its forest-based lifecycle play in the greenhouse gas processes, and shows “how paper purchasers can take the initiative to tip the scales toward lower emissions”. Papers are […]