Update: Sorry, my mind must have strayed into literary directions as I was writing this and I had written the name of Vaclav Havel, author and first President of the Czech Republic. I have also amended the title above accordingly-hro
Czech Republic President, Vaclav
Havel Klaus, is on a speaking tour (although he refers to it as a vacation) in Australia. A few days ago, he was the guest speaker at Australia’s National Press Club, where his topic was “climate change”. [h/t TrevorG via comment at WUWT]
This video of his presentation is approx. an hour long (including a Q & A session). While I chose to watch this charming, unassuming, articulate gentleman, you may want to “multitask” and simply listen to his words of wisdom while you do other things. I particularly appreciated his pragmatism, common sense and gentle sense of humour.
Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) could certainly learn a lot from President
Havel Klaus. In his attempt to rehabilitate the image and reputation of the IPCC, Pachauri seems to have discarded his “all peer reviewed” crutch in favour of a “they’re all distinguished scientists” crutch – which Donna Laframboise has very handily knocked right out from under him.
But speaking of pragmatism … Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. and a number of co-authors have written a follow-up to their Hartwell Paper that is admittedly US-centric, but well worth a read: Climate Pragmatism.
And, if you choose to listen to President Havel rather than watch and listen … Dr. Judith Curry had a fascinating post yesterday on America’s first global warming debate .