Climate Change One Year later: From Copenhagen to Cancun

With the upcoming climate talks scheduled to take place in Cancun later this month, it’s interesting how expectations among the press have been managed down significantly from last year’s Copenhagen conference. The press’s coverage of the run-up to this year’s meeting is symptomatic of a more skeptical view among the public in the ability of politicians and governments to try and solve this problem. Below are a few observations of media accounts to date covering the lead up to this year’s meeting:

  • Richard Black of the BBC writes that at most we should only expect constructive dialogue as a result of this year’s meeting.
  • The editors at the Economist indicate that policymakers should begin to consider living with climate change.
  • And, Margaret Wente of the Globe and Mail, argues the intellectual collapse of the environmentalism as a result of the movement’s singular focus on climate change.

November Outliers

Researchers find Global Warming will not have an adverse impact on tropic forests as was previously thought.
Al Gore admits that promoting corn ethanol was not such a good idea. He did it based on his own presidential ambitions back in 2000.
Alex Berezow likes Cool Air.
He’s back: Phil Jones of the CRU speaks.
The folks at Retraction Watch count how many peer reviewed papers are retracted per year.
As a precursor of things to come, the Chicago Climate Exchange shuts down.
Moderate Congressional Republicans lament the party’s denial of climate change