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UN Secretariat knew COP15 wouldn't hit 450ppm CO2, 2°C target

December 17, 2009


The pledged cuts to carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) won’t be enough to hit the targeted 450 ppm of CO2 thought to be necessary to keep the Earth’s mean temperature from rising more than 2 °C. This isn’t news to anyone who’s followed climate closely for a few months. What’s news, however, […]

What Monckton's AFP event would have looked like if real Nazis had invaded instead of nonviolent climate activists

December 17, 2009


Last week, Lord Christopher Monckton accused a group of young climate activists who invaded an Americans for Prosperity (AFP) event where he was speaking of being “Hitler Youth” three times – twice caught on video (see these two posts from last week) and then at least twice on the Science and Public Policy Institute blog […]

Two new studies point to significant ice melt-driven sea level rise this century

December 16, 2009


In 2007, the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) refused to stake a firm position on how fast and how high sea levels would rise. The IPCC claimed that, while there was widespread agreement on sea level rise due to thermal expansion of seawater, scientists did not yet know […]

"I'm not going to shake the hand of Hitler Youth." (Updated)

December 10, 2009


Update: A complete transcript of the encounter with Wessel and Monckton can be found at the Guardian environment blog. According to Kevin Grandia at DeSmogBlog, climate disruption denier Lord Monckton was talking with a number of youths when he was approached by a couple of other youths he recognized from the Americans for Prosperity event […]

Lord Monckton labels climate activists "Hitler youth"

December 9, 2009


Americans for Prosperity (AFP) hosted a speech by Christopher Lord Monckton, a UK climate disruption denier, at Copenhagen yesterday. According to a report on the event at It’, there were only five attendees that weren’t AFP employees – until around 50 US youth climate activists showed up, took over the stage, and proceeded to hold […]

Attempted break in at Canadian climate office (Updated)

December 5, 2009


Update: The UK Daily Mail has a story about the possibility that the Russian state security services (FSB) may have been behind the CRU hack. According to the National Post, criminals impersonated network technicians and tried to break into the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and gain access to the network servers. This follows many […]

Trust us – we're smarter than you: climate and Superfreakonomics

December 4, 2009


Back in 2005, self-described “rogue economist” Steven D. Levitt teamed up with journalist Stephen J. Dubner to write Freakonomics, a book that rose to #2 on the NY Times Nonfiction Bestseller List based largely on the controversial topics within its covers. Some of those topics included analyses of cheating by teachers, the economics of being […]