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In its latest Greenhouse Gas report, the World Meteorological Organization reminds us again that what really sets Homo sapiens apart from the other animals is an unparalleled talent for procrastination. Brad Johnson of Think Progress summarizes: … since the global convention in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 at which the nations of the world pledged…

This video was just shown to Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. It is the end result of the BEST review of global temperature records.

Barry Bickmore’s 40-minute explanation of why he stopped denying climate science is worth the time. As a a geochemistry professor, it should come as no surprise that he eventually came around, only that it took as long. But better late than never. He teaches at Brigham Young University in Utah, is an active Mormon, and…

David Roberts is, as usual, bang on in his latest Grist column, lamenting the pointlessness of the debate between those who insist we need more research and development before tackling climate change, and those who say we shouldn’t wait. (Roberts is among the best commenters around when it comes to the social and political context…

… you must first invent the universe. — Carl Sagan, born this day in 1934 and the primary inspiration for this blog.

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Just a reminder of what’s going on.

From Long-term trend in global CO2 emissions, published by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, comes some good news: Even including the USA whose emissions in 2008-2010 are 11 percent more than in 1990, the industrialised countries have on average reduced greenhouse gas emissions by about 7.5 percent in…

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Wouldn’t it be great if everyone was as good at admitting their mistakes? Abstract: Peer-reviewed journals are a pillar of modern science. Their aim is to achieve highest scientific standards by carrying out a rigorous peer review that is, as a minimum requirement, supposed to be able to identify fundamental methodological errors or false claims.…

“Gobal warming is not about overconsumption, morality, ideology or capitalism. It is largely the result of human beings generating energy by burning hydrocarbons and coal.” — Mark Lynas, in his book The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans Provocative? Bleedingly obvious? Guaranteed to generate some comment (and sell some books).…

This video, a selection of TV news clips that serve to illustrate Bill McKibben’s recent op-ed on climate change denial, has already made the rounds, but as it deserves as wide an audience as possible, I’ll do my bit. It’s also noteworthy because the op-ed marked a first for McKibben: the use of a snarky,…