Category Archives: Focus Area 15

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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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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Black carbon – a health and environment issue

By Rob Ellison Regardless of net climate forcing or other climatic effects, all black carbon mitigation options bring health benefits through reduced particulate matter exposure ‘The best estimate of industrial-era climate forcing of black carbon through all forcing mechanisms, including … Continue reading

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