16 02 2010

With everyone from Donald Trump to Rod Liddle questioning the validity of climate change on the back of the recent cold snap, Left Foot Forward offers a sober riposte.   

Think Progress also reports on the fact that whilst a ‘snowmageddon’ may have hit the east coast of the United States, things are very different elsewhere. On the Winter Olympics:

After the warmest January in Vancouver history, organizers moved more than 5,000 cubic meters of snow onto…helicopter and truck from nearby mountains. Some 750 workers are bringing in snow and building courses before competition starts on Saturday.

Of course this does not in itself prove that the planet is warming. It can be seen as an anomaly. A one-off. Much like ‘snowmageddon’. But when this is taken into account the Trump/Liddle climate change denial brigade begin to look slightly ridiculous.

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13 02 2010

The New Economics Foundation has called for the working week to be cut to 21 hours per week. A spokesperson for the think tank has said:

So many of us live to work, work to earn, and earn to consume, and our consumption habits are squandering the earth’s natural resources…It is time to break the power of the old industrial clock, take back our lives and work for a sustainable future.

Gordon Brown has denounced climate change sceptics for going ‘against the grain’ of solid scientific evidence. He has also launched a new group to raise funds for the fight against global warming trends – Guardian.

With Vancouver winning many plaudits as a green city the HuffPo asks just how environmentally friendly the Winter Olympics really are. A mixed bag it seems. But on the whole a step in the right direction.