COP19: Highs and Lows from Warsaw
Nov26

COP19: Highs and Lows from Warsaw

Was the United Nations COP19 conference on climate change a success or failure? Let’s look at the highs and lows of the event in Warsaw over the last 2 weeks. COP19: The Warsaw Mechanism The ‘Warsaw mechanism’ aims to help populations most at risk from global warming impacts. These include extreme weather events like hurricanes, as well as long-term events such as rising sea-levels. Work on this agreement is set to begin next...

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Climate Change: IPCC’s 5th Report
Sep30

Climate Change: IPCC’s 5th Report

The first part of IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report on global warming ‘Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis’ has finally been released. So who is the IPCC? And what does the report say? Who is the IPCC? The United Nations and the World Meteorological Organization set up the IPCC or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988. The IPCC aims to provide regular reports on the scientific basis of climate change. World...

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GMO Labeling: make up your mind 
Oct09

GMO Labeling: make up your mind 

  At last, another post to my blog! Sorry folks, I have been ‘on the road’ for many months but I have finally settled down. I am in Mountain View, California, in the midst of Silicon Valley and the home of Google. It’s voting time here in California, and it’s not just the Presidential Election at stake. California has a form of ‘direct democracy’ where concerned citizens with sufficient support can...

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Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on Climate Change
Jul05

Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on Climate Change

Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International and yesterday he was in Sydney to give an insight into his thoughts on climate change and the direction that Australia is taking. Kumi’s life-long activism began with protests against the apartheid regime in South Africa at the age of fifteen and continued with his 21-day hunger strike in 2009 to bring attention to the starving people of Zimbabwe. It was during...

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The World after Climate Change
May23

The World after Climate Change

Last week, I visited the excellent Sydney Writers’ Festival, showcasing an eclectic mix of novelists, journalists, poets and non-fiction writers in a stunning setting on and around the wharves in Walsh Bay. One of the big themes this year was that of climate change, and I attended two very interesting talks on the subject: Curt Stager’s Deep Future and Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes. Deep Future: The next 100,000...

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