HANS LABOHM (Amsterdam)

A serious dialogue has started between the crème de la crème of the Dutch climate sceptics and climate scientists of the Royal Netherlands Met Office (KNMI). It is focusing on the mechanisms underlying the greenhouse effect (radiation, evapo/convection) and the ensuing climate sensitivity. Profound differences of view still remain.

The decision of the previous government to sequester carbon in the densely populated area of Barendrecht (near Rotterdam) has been canceled by the present government.

The parliamentary energy spokesman of the VVD (the classical liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, the major partner in the present coalition government) has questioned the wisdom of additional investments in off-shore wind energy. Hij was seconded by Shell CEO, Peter Voser. It was the first time that a high-ranking Shell representative made such a statement.   Report (In Dutch)

American public opinions polls show a dramatic shift away from AGW among respondents.

The former U.S. vice-president Al Gore will receive a honorary degree by the University of Tilburg for his merits on the climate issue. Contrary to other universities in the Netherlands, including those of Wageningen and Utrecht, Tilburg does not possess a faculty in climate-related sciences.

http://fp.dagelijksestandaard.nl/2010/11/al-gore-krijgt-eredoctoraat-universiteit-tilburg/ (In Dutch)

The German EIKE will hold its third international climate and energy conference in Berlin, on 3 and 4 December.



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