What if they gave a government program and nobody came?
In 2006 the BBC abandoned impartial reporting on climate after meeting with 28 "best scientific experts" who the BBC refused to identify. The internet revealed the names, who turned out to be mainly the usual climate campaigners with no one in the room to offer the opposing view. Double scandal for the BBC as four BBC officials, including General Director George Entwistle, who attended the 2006 meeting, have just been disciplined or resigned for false accusations against a Thatcher-era Tory leader.
The division of power in the EU system apparently works sometimes. Today we are expecting a decision by the Council to, if not to trash it all together, at least partly stall the money shuffling for vague climate reasons. Good so.
It's quite natural that all attention is focused on the American elections. In Europe, the focus seems to be two-fold; continuous focus on politics we can't afford and reluctant, though desperate in rhetorics, on what is a real crisis.
Sun power, large-scale, will not be viable as a major energy source for a long time, especially not in industrialized countries, and certainly not in huge, governmental projects.
A few years ago, Germany was “fully committed” to the EU’s goal of ending fossil fuel use. It was building lots of wind turbines, and even some solar farms despite its often-cloudy skies. After the tsunami, Prime Minister Angela Merckel announced Germany would phase out its nuclear plants quickly, implying more power from renewables.
As military war is possibly the worst threat to humanity and the environment, alongside with famine caused by socialised economies, the Nobel Peace Price, is indeed one of of top events of the year. And constantly debated. This year, as well as previous. The usual questions are: Should it really go to an organisation, and not to an heroic individual? Answer is that it's OK according to Nobel's will, though most of us probably find heroes more exciting. Was it the right choice, and, the recurring question, is it really an honor, given the rather questionable choices previous years. Sure, there [...]
My esteemed colleague Teresa Küchler at SvD in Brussels, draw my attention to the rather awkward debate in the budget negotiations in the European Parliament, concerning the, apparently, no less awkward Copenhagen based, EU financed, European Environment Agency. The EEA, in their own words, have a noble cause: "Our task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. We are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public." What was up for questioning however, from the committee reviewing the budget, was somewhat different. Anyone on a visit to [...]
About 50 years ago, the book Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson was published, and triggered an environmental debate that has been going on since then. Lot's of articles are written about this these days, and, Cato Institute, among others, has published an essay collection. Carson passed away in 1964, and I do not for a moment doubt her good intentions, but the sad fact is that few books probably have caused as much damage. On the positive side, we can notice that basically all of her alarms turned out to be false. The world in general, has just gotten better, cleaner [...]
Some years ago, my esteemed colleague and friend Edgar Gärtner coined the concept Eco Nihilism, describing it as the worst threat to common sense in the environmental debate, and consequently to the environment. I somehow love innovative, conclusive expressions. This is a new one Noble Cause Corruption, coined by Anthony Watts. (Too noble to take credit, however.) Read the article to get the whole picture, but let me give you some highlights: ANTHONY WATTS: There’s a term that was used to describe this. It’s called noble cause corruption. And actually I was a victim of that at one time, where you’re [...]
by Einar Du Rietz You get Tosca instead. It’s a pity I could not use the brilliant headline from this article: Apocalypse Not, by Matt Ridley, in Wired Science. It sums up a lot. “Over the five decades since the success of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962 and the four decades since the success of the Club of Rome’s The Limits to Growth in 972, prophecies of doom on a colossal scale have become routine. Indeed, we seem to crave ever-more-frightening redictions—we are now, in writer Gary Alexander’s word, apocaholic. The past half century has brought us arnings of population explosions, [...]
Oil prices might go up and down, and as for the price of petrol, in most of Europe it's a matter of taxes. When I was a kid, in the 70's, I was told there was some sort of Oil Cricis, and then with everything happening in the Middle East and today it's Syria - and still Iran - and the Arctic...Well, those are all problems, but check out this article on the real situation concerning oil. "As the energy expert Leonardo Maugeri contends in a recent report published by the Belfer Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, [...]
Unlike other summers, this year is rightfully filled with daily news. The EU, Syria, just to mention a few and disregarding the Olympics. No tabloids with reported aliens or slight nudity in the city. For fans of science, and science fiction, however, we get our fair share.
You might remember the Back-to-Nature movement of the 70's. That was a rather harmless way for people, longing for the genuine way of living, to move into the countryside to enjoy the splendor of bad, or no, plumbing. The thing this year is bee keeping. In the city.
It was on the evening news. And then in the morning papers. The Arctic ices were melting with unprecedented speed. Turns out it was Greenland and not very unprecedented.