“… who, by altering the surface of the earth has changed the course of the atmosphere and thence the influence of the seasons.” Antoine-Alexis Cadet de Vaux, “Observation sur la sécheresse actuelle, ses causes, et les moyens de prévenir la progression de ce fléau,” Moniteur Universel, 26 August 1800. Continue reading
The claim that some parts of Africa ‘have become 3.5 degrees hotter in the past 20 years’ has now been removed from the commentary of the BBC Africa documentary after Leo Hickman’s investigation − see also my previous post The Power of a Tweet. But where exactly did this 3.5 degree figure come from?
Over the past few months, two of my Tweets have had more impact than I expected…
“In an Age of Dissipation and Pleasure, when the Instructive Faculties are loosened by Inattention, and the Minds of the People, in a great Measure, too much attached to trifling Novelties, nothing but a Work of extraordinary Merit can reclaim the Attention of the Publick to a Subject of real Utility, wherein Novelty is blended with Instruction, which, at the same Time, amuses the Imagination and gratifies the Judgement.”
No, not a review of this blog, but the preface to an Irish atlas from 1809 by Bernard Scalé, land surveyor. He continues in similar vein…
My previous post on the UK emissions statistics was about non-CO2 greenhouses gases. This one is about carbon dioxide itself. As I discussed in that post, the UK’s non-CO2 greenhouses gas emissions have fallen by 49 per cent since 1990 while CO2 emissions have fallen by only 19 per cent over the same period. This post looks at CO2 emissions by economic sector and particularly at the reduction between 2008 and 2009.
My previous post on the Carbon Plan 2011 led me to look at the UK greenhouse gas inventory on the website of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These statistics allow us to assess progress towards the targets set by the Climate Change Act 2008, and were the basis of the numbers reported in the Carbon Plan 2011. I was interested to see how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the various sectors of the economy have changed since 1990.
This post is definitely for people who like to look at graphs! It is entirely descriptive, to give the overall picture of how UK GHG emissions have changed since 1990.