Category Archives: climate sensitivity

The crimes of free-market capitalism

We are paying a heavy price for selling off public assets decades ago. As we sleep, democracy, the rule of law and all the institutions that make up civil society are being eaten alive by the world’s most voracious beast … Continue reading

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Snow on snow: vanishing glacial ice

Winter’s white blanket of snow is becoming rarer. We must learn to appreciate it. There could be no better description of how our planet begins its descent into an ice age than Christina Rossetti’s haunting 1872 Christmas carol: “Snow on … Continue reading

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A scientist warns of ‘unthinkable’ disaster

In the face of unfolding calamity, politicians continue to play games with coal power. Every so often I reach a personal tipping point. It happens when I encounter one too many of those blithe ministerial statements on another motorway extension, … Continue reading

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