It’s 1969 and NASA had put two men on the moon. About 500 million people huddled in front of TV sets around the world.
But for a ten-year-old Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the thing that really got him excited that year wasn’t Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for man”.
Instead, it was a snorkelling trip with his grandfather to what “probably wasn’t much of a reef” in the Whitsunday Islands.
“I just remember seeing this butterfly fish.. this gorgeous creature… orange and white with a long nose, swimming among the coral,” says Ove.
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Joel Salatin at Polyface Farm in Virginia. Credit: cheeseslave, CC BY 2.0
So a couple of weeks ago
I wrote a story for DeSmog reporting on self-described “lunatic farmer” Joel Salatin’s views about climate change and how he thought it might not be caused by humans.
There’s been quite a reaction to the story, mainly through Facebook discussions sparked by Salatin himself and by others who are part of what you might broadly describe as the sustainable farming movement (this is an entirely imperfect term though, given the diversity of thought among the great many people looking for alternative ways to grow healthy food in a way that has less impact on the environment).
I’ve been accused by one Australian figure, Tammi Jonas, the interim president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, of writing an “unproductive and divisive” article that was “pure click bait ‘gotcha’ rubbish.” More on that in a bit.
Salatin penned a long response on his
Polyface farms Facebook page that was liked almost 3000 times and shared 1000 times more.
So I thought I should go over some of the responses and clear a few things up. First, some background.
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Is the Australian Government about to introduce a bunch of questions about “clean coal” and climate change into its citizenship test?
If you’d read stories and reaction late last week, then you might have thought that it was.
But it isn’t.
High profile TV presenters, politicians and online media outlets were all sparked into indignation by a story in
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“Wow,” proclaimed Andrew Bolt as he shared a clip on his blog a few days ago, “a brilliant smackdown of a CNN host by a climate sceptic and scientist, John Coleman. Great stuff.”
“Wow,” proclaimed me just now, “that clip’s nearly three years old and John Coleman’s not even a scientist. Fake stuff.”
That’s the short version. But let’s break this down a bit for those who like some detail.
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Sometimes watching YouTube videos is a lot like eating your favourite flavour of chip, fudge or whatever else it is that you think is moreish.
You watch one video and then, on that panel on the right hand side, up pops a whole load of others that YouTube thinks you’ll like.
No doubt because of my years of writing about climate science denial, YouTube taunts me with all manner of climate science denialist crap – some quite sophisticated, some not.
Continue reading “How climate science denier Senator Malcolm Roberts turned warmer into colder”
Every now and again I drop over to News Corp climate science denialist Andrew Bolt’s blog just to check that he’s still doing the stuff he’s always done, like misrepresenting climate science and giving his readers and followers bum information.
The answer is still yes, although
Bolt’s post from a few days ago caught my eye for another reason.
The host of Sky’s Bolt Report pointed his readers to a lecture by
Richard Lindzen. Bolt has a picture. Here’s how it looked.
The first thing to say about this is the dude in the picture is not Richard Lindzen.
Penn State climate professor and glaciologist Richard Alley delivering a lecture at MIT in November 2016.
You might think Bolt would have seen the mistake, given that he describes Lindzen as “one of the world’s most famous climate scientists.”
Continue reading “Hey Andrew Bolt. The guy in that picture isn’t who you say it is, and Richard Lindzen is totally not a world leading climate scientist”
Sea ice on Antarctic Sound off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsular
Andrew Bolt used to love writing about Antarctica [adopts sarcastic tone] bringing his laser-like scientific mind to the continent’s sea ice.
In December 2013, News Corp Australia’s climate science mangler-in-chief was delighting in the predicament of Professor Chris Turney, who had led an exhibition to Antarctica but whose ship had become stuck in sea ice.
Screaming of a “
media cover-up” the Bolt was unhappy at the media coverage. Continue reading “Why has Andrew Bolt suddenly fallen out of love with Antarctica?”
I’ve launched a new podcast called Positive Feedback that will look at “climate science, denial, and all that stuff in between.”
Right now, it’s an entirely independent operation.
I’m drawing on the few radio skills I gained from a couple of years at BBC Radio more than a decade ago (mostly forgotten) to produce the whole thing myself.
I’m hoping to be able to cover both ends of climate change – from the hard science to the way I think it gets mangled and misrepresented in the minds of the public.
Podcasts are booming, but that’s not really why I’m doing it.
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Donald Trump’s “100 day action plan” for climate and energy
So Donald Trump won.
I’m not going to add right now to the mountain of hastily-written “think” pieces about what went wrong, who’s to blame and how roughly half of America’s voting public thought he was an OK option.
What’s important to remember, though, is that last bit. Roughly half of Americans who voted chose Donald Trump above Hillary Clinton.
But what’s also important, is how the issue of climate change was barely mentioned by either candidate.
In a few days, I’m heading to Morocco for the United Nations climate talks.
What will a Trump administration mean for climate change policy?
I wrote on
The Guardian how the election would be a distraction for the first week of the talks, particularly if Trump was to win. I think that was probably an understatement.
Continue reading “Here’s Donald Trump’s “100 day action plan” for energy and climate change. He wants to pull out of the UN Paris agreement.”
James Grugeon and me, with a Great Barrier Beer. You should have one.
Sometimes you feel like all your planets have suddenly aligned — like the cogs of chaos have finally locked themselves into place to give you a bit of purchase on life’s unsealed road.
This seems like an overly
lo qua cious and ornate start to this post, but screw it. I’m having an attack of enthusiasm.
Anyway, a few weeks back I was invited to a Mexican place called Zambreros for a mini-launch of a beverage called Great Barrier Beer.
This is where the aligning of the planets took place. And when I say planets, I actually mean three planets, one of which is beer.
To understand my enthusiasm here, I should explain a few things.
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