Regular readers will know that the Hyderus blog worries a lot about climate change: we think it is real and catastrophic . We’re encouraged that President Obama is acting and we hope that China and India will too. We wish that climate change communication had been more successful and we think that reporting often fails to reflect accurately the … [Read more...] about Are both sides in the climate change debate being “dirty, nasty and destructive”?
The 2013 Commitment to Development Index (CDI) is out. The ranking, from the Center for Global Development, aims to say which rich countries have the overall best policies on development and which the worst. Unlike other indices, it doesn't just look at overseas development assistance ("aid") but at six other aspects of policy including technology, … [Read more...] about Which rich countries are best and worst in the way they treat poor countries?
As global leaders meet in Warsaw to discuss climate change, a new documentary alleges that Europe's existing system of trading permission to generate carbon dioxide (a major contributor to greenhouse gasses) has been taken over by criminals. Tom Heinemann, the award-winning director, explains that, "in order to cut down carbon emissions and … [Read more...] about The Carbon Crooks — how organised crime took over carbon trading #COP19 #climate change
It's November and that means it's time for seasonal talks on climate change. The ministers, UN functionaries and NGOS have all turned up on cue in Warsaw. However, unlike other November institutions, the talks are being ignored by most of the world's media which is quite extraordinary given that's the most powerful storm ever may just have killed … [Read more...] about What’s missing from #climatechange talks on #globalwarming? Media
At a private lunch last year, China's ambassador to the UK spent ten minutes answering my question about why China would not support global limits on greenhouse gas emissions. He is an excellent diplomat and it was a private meeting so I can't point to anything he said that deviated at all from the official policy. However, he spent five minutes … [Read more...] about Liconomics: Chinese #greenenergy to grow at twice the rate of general economy