The extra climate impacts of melting permafrost

UNEP today published a short report on the Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost. Although it contains a few estimates of the possible economic impacts in arctic communities, amounting to $3 – 6 billion, it does not contain any estimates of the far greater likely impacts around the world from the addition of many Megatonnes (Mt) of greenhouse gasesContinue Reading and comment

What is wrong with Lilley?

The Global Warming Policy foundation today published a pamphlet WHAT IS WRONG WITH STERN? The Failings of the Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change by Peter Lilley MP. Lilley criticises ‘Stern’s selective emphasis on alarmist interpretations and downplaying of uncertainties’ (p4). Richard Tol in his foreword claims that ‘Lilley also reveals that the errors are systematic andContinue Reading and comment

Black magic over green taxes has a silver lining

  The Office of National Statistics (ONS) states quite confidently that in 2011, the UK Government received £43.3 billion from environmental taxes.   But yesterday, HM Treasury stated just as confidently that in 2011/12 the actual revenue raised from environmental taxes was £3.1 billion, a drop of more than 90% from the ONS figure. WhatContinue Reading and comment

Good citizen dilemma

This morning, as I was leaving home on my bike, I met an agitated courier delivery driver carrying a large parcel. It was for a neighbour who lives four doors away, and the driver asked if i would take it for them. I said that I didn’t know them, and the driver interpreted this as aContinue Reading and comment

How cold is May really?

In the middle of April 2012, Piers Corbyn of Weather Action made this dramatic forecast for England’s weather: The coldest or near coldest May for 100 years in Central and East parts with a record run of bitter Northerly winds. *Confidence of E / SE England mean temps: Coldest in 100yrs 80% The early part ofContinue Reading and comment

Did dinosaurs warm the world?

Possibly, by up to one and a half degrees. This recent paper in the journal Current Biology claims that the digestive tracts of dinosaurs emitted 520 Mtonnes of methane a year, comparable to the total modern-day methane emissions. The authors suggested that this could have been an important factor in warm Mesozoic climates. Unfortunately, theyContinue Reading and comment