A Great Big Shout-Out to Extinction Rebellion!

What a fortnight! To have the utterly remarkable Greta Thunberg here in the UK for a couple of days was so inspiring. Her ‘truth to power’ take-down of UK parliamentarians,…


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Antarctica’s Front Line on Climate Change Research

At the end of last year, I was fortunate enough to have a trip down to Antarctica, to look at some of the climate-related research work being done by Antarctica New Zealand, and…


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Sustainable Palm Oil: If you Want to End Deforestation, Stick to the Facts!

I hate to have to say this, but James Corden and Bill Bailey have allowed themselves to be duped by an unholy combination of NGOs and naïve retailers. I’m referring, of course, to…


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From 2 degrees C to 1.5 degrees C: This Changes Everything

If you’re not shit-scared now, about the likely impacts of accelerating climate change, you’re not awake. Or you’re dead to the future of humankind. True, I have been saying that…


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Addressing Carbon Risks – Here and in New Zealand!

Just back from another trip to New Zealand – a different country from when I was last there a year ago, transformed as it is by a change of Government! To everyone’s surprise, the…


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Getting to Grips with Climate Denialism

I really want to get to grips with this whole story about ‘climate denialism’ – a catch-all description that can be applied both to individual ‘denialists’ and the much broader,…


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Climate Fight Night: Donald Trump -v- Peter Wadhams

This would, of course, be an odd and rather unevenly matched fight, Donald Trump being the President Elect of the United States of America, and Peter Wadhams being a very eminent…


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Obama right on climate change and right on Europe

This Friday will mark a memorable moment in the history of climate diplomacy. It’s when the world comes together in New York to sign up to the climate agreement agreed in Paris at…


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Climate Let-down Down Under

Even for a sympathetic observer from the UK, the politics of climate change in Australia is, to say the least, vexatious. But it’s now entering a more critical phase than ever…


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So How Does It Feel, Mr Prime Minister, Being On The Wrong Side of History?

Amber Rudd, Secretary of State at DECC, was all over the media yesterday, making out that the UK had played a big part in securing the historic agreement in Paris*. Unfortunately,…


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