Of scary space-rocks, climate change … and a poll

A few years ago, I had commented on the fact that in 2010 the United Nations (in perhaps yet another of its many endeavours to deflect attention from its abysmal failure in meeting its original mandate) took the progressive (and “precautionary”, no doubt) step of appointing a “space ambassador to greet alien visitors”. Contemporaneous news…

WWF-Russia rolls out scare-machine in advance of IPCC’s AR5

Last December, on the heels of a pronouncement from former United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) head honcho, Yvo de Boer, I had asked the question: Where’s the scare in AR5? The UNFCCC is the “main client” of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). de Boer had told an Australian newspaper that:…

The (un)sustainability of all climate all the time

[04/23/2013: Please note update, below -hro] A few days ago, I was taking stock of the many framings of climate. I was also wondering about the various and sundry footprints with which enviro-activists are so concerned. Here, thanks to wordle, is an illustration of what I found: I very quickly realized that I had forgotten…

The climate consensus coordinators’ cookbook

Almost two years ago to the day, in my very first post, I wrote about Mike Hulme and his involvement in the circulation of a virtual chain-mail prior to Kyoto. In June of this year, during a lecture, Hulme claimed that he had completely “forgotten” about his role until he read the (first release of)…

A compendium of coups for The Delinquent Teenager …

As Andrew Montford (aka Bishop Hill) noted the other day, Donna Laframboise’s The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert is a very important work. Following an excerpt from Peter Foster’s review in the National Post, Montford wrote: Getting some MSM coverage can make a big difference to a book. The…

ET please call WWF

About a year ago (well circa Sept. 26, 2010 to be precise), there were several reports in the media that the United Nations was to appoint a “space ambassador to greet alien visitors”. One such report appeared in the U.K. Telegraph: Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response…