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Tim Worstall has written a book, and not only that, he sent me a copy to review. So I have. And this is it.

Says the Grauniad. Not the “Hurrah”, I added that. The Grauniad doesn’t come out for it being good or bad news. But I think it is. Emissions trading is a waste of time and an enormous waste of money, promoted mostly by those who hope to get rich on it. Carbon Tax Now. My previous…

Airbourne fraction, again

This was an ask stoat question, and probably a fairly easy one, so I’ll have a go. First of all, what is it? AF (ie, Airbo(u)rne Fraction, is the proportion of human emitted CO2 that stays in the atmosphere, the rest being sunk in land or ocean. Now it is important not to confuse the…

Beautiful

Isn’t this beautiful: Story behind it from withouthotair.blogspot.com/2010/01/wind-farm-wakes.

Carbon prices drop in wake of climate talks. Carbon prices plunged on Monday in the aftermath of the Copenhagen conference on climate change, dealing a blow to the credibility of the European Union’s carbon-trading scheme. Prices for carbon permits for December 2010 delivery, the benchmark contract for pricing European permits, dropped nearly 10 per cent…

The Economist has a couple of articles on energy policy and climate change, both related to Britain’s Committee on Climate Change, an untested body. My title comes from the first, which basically says that a carbon tax would be a good idea (I agree). The second sits rather oddly with the first, and says that…

France unveils carbon tax?

Says Nature. Well, good, is my first reaction. It is set at €17 (and phased in) whereas €40 was apparently the minimum considered worthwhile. Furthermore “the plan is to phase in higher carbon prices over time, but Sarkozy failed to give further details” so we’ll have to see. More from the beeb: “It will apply…

asks Unscientific American (and CP). The short answer is no. As you can find from the FAO, calories per day are going up, not down. [W]orld grain prices in the spring and summer of last year climbed to the highest level ever. says USciAm – but somehow can’t find space to mention that since then…

In which I reveal my folky side. Not a part of my youth; something I’ve learnt recently. The Martin Carthy version (with Eliza on violin, which is where this started, as I was looking for some of her playing for another purpose) is just superb. [[Wikipedia]] has the story if not the words; this is…

Hansen has finally realised why cap-n-trade is more “popular” than a carbon tax. Of course I said this ages ago. JH says (I think it’s in there somewhere; the text I’m quoting is from an email): In my testimony I noted that a “Cap” raises the price of energy, just as does a simple honest…