Laudato Si- the Pope’s encyclical

It cannot have escaped your notice, but on Thursday 18th June 2015, Pope Francis published his long-awaited encyclical “Laudato Si” on the environment. A papal encyclical is an extended letter containing an important message, usually addressed to Catholic Church leaders, but this encyclical is for ‘every person living on this planet’. …

The IPCC’s Fifth Report, September 2013. Some comments by Sir John Houghton

Introduction The Physical Science Component of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 5th report was agreed in Stockholm in the week beginning  23rd September 2013 and its Summary for Policymakers – about 30 pages long – was available on 27th September. The main messages are: 1) That it is …

World Energy Map from IEA

The International Energy Agency has published a paper on redrawing the world energy map. It highlights topics such as the subsidies on fossil fuels which have recently grown, and it presents data relating to recent governmental policies of developed countries, especially subsidies on coal. It also considers the relationship between …

Meta-research confirms strength of scientific consensus that climate change is human-caused

There is a long-standing public misperception of the scientific consensus that climate change is human-caused. Various studies since Oreskes (2004) have found a consensus of above 95% among scientific publications that express a conclusion. However a Pew public opinion poll in 2012 revealed that many people had a perception that …