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Laudato si’: The Catholic approach to climate change

Laudato si’ and climate change             Climate change is, not surprisingly, the most controversial and politically charged issue in Laudato si’. It has been a source of heated debate and confusion especially in the American context. In this essay I will outline everything the encyclical Laudato si’ says on climate change and then compare and […]

Europe’s Climate Change Backtrack

Today Roger Pielke Jr. published has another interesting post on climate change policy, this time on the European Parliaments  recent decision to backtrack on supporting its emissions trading market. The Financial Times has a good appraisal of the situation here . In short, the article describes how the current economic situation of Europe has pushed climate […]

Climate Change Deception 2012

Roger Pielke Jr. has an excellent post that cross examines Christopher Fields’ testimony before congress on climate change. Chris Fields is the lead author of the IPCC’s Working Group II on climate impacts, and professor at Stanford. You can read his full testimony here, and this is how he starts: My testimony today will address the […]

Disasters and Climate Change

Roger Pielke Jr. has a recent set of posts and data on his blog, dealing a death blow to the conflation between extreme weather events and climate change.  This kind of stuff isn’t new, but there is some new data out which makes the correlation harder to prove. Here is one post with a good graph […]

US Emissions Off the Mark

Roger Pielke Jr. has a great post and graph (above) comparing US actual emissions in comparison with the emission targets proposed by the Obama administration at Copenhagen. For a long time Pielke Jr. has been advocating for a change in approach to climate change precisely because of the results illustrated above: ideal targets can’t be […]

Faulty Climate Change Reporting

Here is another scathing critique by Roger Pielke Jr. on misrepresentations of climate change in the media. This time the target is a NYT article by Justin Gillis, and now also an editorial.  I have been in Pielke’s class and run the numbers, and his point of the mis-attribution of economic damage for measuring disaster impact is […]

Tornados and climate change

There have beenmany discussions amongst experts and on the press about the relationship between the high US tornado frequency of 2011 and climate change. Many climate change proponents, Al Gore among them, have attributed the trend to climate change, and there is a constant tendency of attributing disasters to climate change. Others have denied this […]

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