Tag Archives: climate change

Advice, please…

We try to avoid meta around these parts, but the trainwreck on the #equalmarriage thread has prompted some necessary thinking on all our parts, and an admission from me. First, the thinking. This blog — in having four writers with differing politics — is a risky venture. Going by other blogs around the traps, a […]

Putting your money where your mouth is

For those who live overseas, the Australian Prime Minister has recently unveiled a plan to introduce a carbon tax, after brokering an acceptable deal with independent and Green MPs. In this post, I want to look at a possibly interesting shift in opinion about the need for direct action on climate change, upon which the […]

The Feeding Storm

Drivers across the UK are being warned to take extra care as the working week begins amid further heavy snow and ice. Parts of eastern England and Scotland already under thick snow could get up to 25cm (10in) more by Monday morning. Plummeting temperatures overnight will lead to icy roads in many places, while strengthening […]

Climate change: is nuclear power the answer?

Never the twain shall meet?

Democracy and the toleration of dissent This last week or so, I have been contemplating the tribalism of politics, and the way in which even people with similar political values may have vastly different opinions on social policy because they rank those political values differently. Anyone who has been following the blog over the last […]

Climate change, scepticism and elitism

Half the harm that is done in this world Is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle To think well of themselves. […]

Talking the talk, walking the walk

The more I see, the more I’m disappointed with KRudd’s government. I confess that I had high hopes at the start, which was probably a mistake. One should never invest politicians with hope. There were a few things that really worried me from the start about the government – the love of “spin” over substance […]

Instrumentum Vocale

Sir John Houghton, who played a critical role in establishing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), was roundly condemned after it emerged that he was an apparent advocate of scary propaganda to frighten the public into believing the dangers of global warming. “Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen,” Sir John was supposed […]

What law may do

There is a lively debate going on among members of the skeptical listserv I frequent about Senator Fielding’s call for a Royal Commission, with one poster commenting: I always thought that Senator Fielding was a dill, but his latest call for a Royal Commission into climate science really takes the cake. The notion that lawyers […]

Denialism and moral equivalence

Clive Hamilton wrote a piece for Crikey earlier this week in which he likened those who deny climate change to those who deny the Holocaust. He said: We think of Holocaust deniers as being immoral because we suspect them of being motivated by anti-Semitism or a desire for political advancement through stirring up racial hatred. […]