Emotion vs. rationalism in the US presidential election

I watched the most frightening panorama programme I’ve ever seen just now  on the possibility of Donald Trump becoming president. Hillary Clinton may have many flaws but I think she’s very much the one on the side of rationalism in this election. Trump could become the most powerful person in the world ffs and what can […]

Postcard from COP21

Dear Readers I hope you’re both well. It’s a nice warm sunny day here in Paris, from where the big news is that there’s a significant push to increase the ambition and limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees rather than 2 degrees, which would probably make today’s weather here in Paris illegal. The […]

Thoughts on the train to Paris

Not sure why I’m going. The climate talks are happening, but I don’t suppose I’ll be able to get into any of the events. I’m not planning on standing outside demonstrating either, and I think demonstrations are banned here anyway. The people inside know there are people who care about climate change. They also know […]

Change it climb

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, was pronouncing recently on climate change, as was the Pope. Little-known fact: The Pope prefers his title to be pronounced in the manner of Inspector Clouseau – ie Perp.  (This leads to some confusion amongst American crimefighters, for whom “perp” means perpetrator (of a crime)). Carney opined […]

How do you talk about climate change?

Should we even be talking about it? People obviously don’t want to talk about it so maybe we should respect their wishes. Why force them to talk about something they don’t want to talk about? Everyone’s in favour of green stuff anyway so what is there to talk about? Climate change is really bad! Who […]

Climate change is UN hoax to create new world order

The Guardian drew my attention to this alarming fact recently revealed by Maurice Newman, advisor to the Australian Prime Minister. It would appear that somewhere off-limits to the non-Illiuminati there are, gathered together, evil characters plotting to enslave humanity by the simple expedient of trying to prevent greenhouse gases rendering the planet uninhabitable. If ever […]

A layperson’s observation about global warming

I have a layperson’s observation about global warming.  The projections, unless governments and scientists really get to grips with the issue, are alarming, it seems. Do you think that it’s the case that people like me tend to dismiss such a scenario as millennial (or whatever the 2015 equivalent is) and therefore too terrible to […]