Friday, November 30, 2012

Climate change: Theatre of the absurd | The Economist
NEVER let it be said that climate-change negotiators lack a sense of the absurd. Thousands of politicians, tree-huggers and journalists descended on Doha this week, adding their mite of hot air to the country that already has the world’s highest level of carbon emissions per head. The feeling of unreality is apt. The meeting comes amid gathering gloom about both the speed of climate change and the chances of implementing policies to keep the rise in global temperatures below 2°C. Africa: Climate Change Triggers Nomadic Lifestyle (Page 1 of 2)
Doha — Humans have resorted to 'nomadic' lifestyles as they try to weather out the climate change storm. Only in this case the nomadic lifestyle is not only on finding greener pasture for subsistance farming, but also on humans migrating in search of job opportunities so that they can send remmittances home.
EPA Say Heatwaves Much Worse in 1930’s « NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT
What is surprising, though, is that the EPA acknowledge that the 1930’s saw much more severe heat waves and that there is no trend to heat waves becoming worse.
In our newspapers, at the moment, we have fantastically popular, radical writers like James Delingpole and Janet Daley and Rod Liddle and Toby Young and Simon Heffer and Melanie Philips. I am often asked why, on our TVs, we don’t we see much of these enormously popular columnists.

The trouble is, if you allowed these writers to do on TV what they do in the papers, you would find yourself up to here in Ofcom complaints. And complaints lead to judgements. And judgements ruin careers. To give these people space on TV would be ‘brave’.

Mark my words, if there is an ‘Ofcom for the press’ you can kiss goodbye to the Rod Liddles and James Delingpoles. Harriet Harman may be pleased, but the rest of us should be very worried indeed.

No comments: