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Nothing is agreed until everything else is agreed

December 18, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Expert Comment, Opinion, Policy, Politics

By Dr Stephen Peake Over the past week or so, a great deal of routine housekeeping work has been achieved on various agenda items under the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol. The texts of most of this work are now, as is customary, bracketed (this is how Governments signal discontent with the texts) and being [...]

The dodgiest of dossiers – Dr Vincent Gauci reacts to Daily Express

December 15, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, News, Politics

Further to David Humphrey’s post  “Is Global Warming Natural?”, Dr Vincent Gauci also offers reaction to today’s Express article…   “The Express’ lead story reports on the dodgiest of dossiers produced by the European Foundation.  Records show that there are big natural changes over a range of time scales that are closely related to observable [...]

Is global warming natural?

December 15, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, News, Policy, Politics

Today’s Daily Express gives 100 reasons why global warming is natural. One of our scientists offers his own view: Dr David Humphreys says: “First, it is necessary to differentiate between climate and weather. Even if the world’s climatic system was completely stable with no increase or decrease over time in the mean global temperature, there [...]

COP15 playlist on OU’s YouTube channel

December 15, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under News

A dedicated playlist for COP15 has been launched on The Open University’s YouTube channel. On it, Dr Stephen Peake gives a tour of the conference, and Dr Joe Smith talks about his new project, Creative Climate. The OU’s dedicated channel on YouTube contains bite sized extracts from a wide range of courses, plus videos of research, [...]

COP 15: The hum of expectation

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Expert Comment, Opinion

Dr Stephen Peake writes about the atmosphere of COP15 in its first few days, from a bride and groom honeymooning there, to the various demonstrators and media gathering at the conference…   The atmospheric pull of COP 15 begins the instant I leave home. The taxi driver thinks it’s all too late (only a population [...]

Faith in climate change

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Activism, Expert Comment, Opinion

By Yoseph Araya, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Science   Human-induced climate change poses a grave risk to all inhabitants of the Earth – flora, fauna and us. There is overwhelming evidence it’s happening and the future impacts will be even more severe. The recent demonstrations ahead of COP15 are just one indicator of peoples’ concern and their demand for international action. [...]

How do we know climate change is real?

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Expert Comment, Opinion

Users of Platform, the OU’s community website, were asked to submit their own questions around climate change ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Copenhagen this month. Six questions were chosen and answers will be supplied by the OU’s academic experts. Here’s the response to the first question… How do we know [...]

French COP15 analysis tool developed with Open University expertise

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, News

The Open University has taken a role in helping French officials assess climate negotiations and decisions at the COP-15 climate change conference.   The SynsCop15 programme, which was initiated by the French Ministry of Environment through the GICC programme (managing climate change impacts), brings together three modelling systems which analyse climate policy, technology and energy [...]

Expert comment on warmest decade – recent data is not enough

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, Expert Comment, News

The first decade of this century has been by far the warmest decade on the instrumental record according to the Met Office. New figures released in Copenhagen show that, despite 1998 being the warmest individual year, the last ten years have clearly been the warmest period in the 160-year record of global surface temperature maintained jointly [...]

Expert comment on the IGBP Climate Change index

December 9, 2009 by Kath  
Filed under Climate analysis, News

The IGBP Climate-Change Index announced today is the first attempt to distill the complexity of the Earth’s climate down to one number, in the same way that the Dow Jones Index condenses volumes of data into a single figure. Commenting on the index, Bob Spicer, Professor of Earth Sciences at The Open University, said: “Measuring [...]

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