Category Archives: Focus Area 13

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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Changing our approach to the environment

An integrated government and community structure for delivering biological conservation is proposed utilizing interacting environmental science teams having a range of necessary skills incorporating ecological, engineering, archaeological and other skills including local knowledge. These would operate in local government jurisdictions … Continue reading

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Planetary boundaries, tipping points and prophets of doom

There is a paper that appeared in January in Science: Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet. They presume that human development should be guided on a limited set of criteria that they say are approaching tipping points, … Continue reading

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Climate and complexity

The Pacific Decadal Oscillation, the Arctic Oscillation, the Antarctic Oscillation, the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, the Indian Ocean Dipole, the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation.  A proliferation of oscillations it seems – changing abruptly between states on decadal to … Continue reading

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