Category Archives: Focus Area 12

Attrition in the climate trenches

There are ongoing skirmishes on the climate battlefront.  They involve key ideas in climate science – climate extremes, climate sensitivity and the accuracy of climate models.  There is as well an ongoing quibble – recently revisited by “climate scientists” – about whether … Continue reading

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The only UN sustainable development goal needed is economic freedom

The proposed 17 UN sustainable development goals (SDG) are intended to subsume the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and extend UN ambitions to sustainable development.  The MDG has 169 aspirational and largely immeasurable targets.  It grows like Topsy.   The SDG … Continue reading

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Economic growth and environmental management in a global Iriai

The Ecomodernist Manifesto published last month delivers a new and optimistic approach to development and the environment. The bottom line is that: Intensifying many human activities — particularly farming, energy extraction, forestry, and settlement — so that they use less land and interfere … Continue reading

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Greenhouse gas solutions

Emissions of greenhouse gases comes from a variety of sources – solutions must address the diverse technologies behind emissions. To begin with – however – reducing population pressure is best addressed through better health, education and welfare outcomes best achieved … Continue reading

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After the deluge

My town was hit by a monster storm on Friday 20th of February 2015.  At least that’s how the media reported it.  They were thick on the ground.  If you couldn’t get interviewed for TV then you weren’t trying.  I … Continue reading

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Food for People – Conserving and Restoring Soils

By Rob Ellison Some of the increase in atmospheric CO2 can be ascribed to a decline in soil carbon following land conversion to intensive farming methods (grazing or cropping).  The decline in soil carbon content following farming is seen in … Continue reading

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The Unstable Math of Michael Ghil’s Climate Sensitivity

By Bob Ellison The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) defined abrupt climate change as a new climate paradigm as long ago as 2002. A paradigm in the scientific sense is a theory that explains observations. A new science paradigm … Continue reading

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