Daily Archives: December 16, 2013

New “Frackademia” Report Co-Written by “Converted Climate Skeptic” Richard Muller


Mon, 2013-12-16 10:07
Steve Horn

The conservative UK-based Centre for Policy Studies recently published a study on the climate change impacts of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for shale gas. The skinny: it’s yet another case study of “frackademia,” and the co-authors have a financial stake in the upstart Chinese fracking industry.

Titled “Why Every Serious Environmentalist Should Favour Fracking” and co-authored by Richard Muller and his daughter Elizabeth “Liz” Muller, it concludes that fracking’s climate change impacts are benign, dismissing many scientific studies coming to contrary conclusions.

In an interview with DeSmogBlog, Richard Muller — a self-proclaimed “converted skeptic” on climate change — said he and Liz had originally thought of putting together this study “about two years ago.”

“We quickly realized that natural gas could be a very big player,” he said. “The reasons had to do with China and the goal of the paper is to get the environmentalists to recognize that they need to support responsible fracking.”

The ongoing debate over fracking in the UK served as the impetus behind the Centre for Policy Studies — a non-profit co-founded by former right-wing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1974 — hosting this report on its website, according to Richard Muller.

“They asked for it because some environmentalists are currently opposing fracking in the UK, and they wanted us to share our perspective that fracking is not only essential for human health but its support can be justified for humanitarian purposes,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Liz Muller has unapologetically sung the praises of fracking and promoted bringing the practice to China. In April, she penned an op-ed in The New York Times titled, “China Must Exploit Its Shale Gas.”

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Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Does Body Language Shape Who You Are?


by NPR/TED Staff, December 13, 2013 9:27 AM

About Amy Cuddy’s TEDTalk

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

About Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people. Her research reveals we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.

Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

BBC News – Esa’s Cryosat sees Arctic sea-ice volume bounce back

16 December 2013 Last updated at 03:48 ET
By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, San Francisco

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The bounce back in the extent of sea ice in the Arctic this summer was reflected also in the volume of ice.

Data from Europe’s Cryosat spacecraft suggests there were almost 9,000 cu km of ice at the end of this year’s melt season.

This is close to 50% more than in the corresponding period in 2012.

It is a rare piece of good news for a region that has witnessed a rapid decline in both area cover and thickness in recent years.

But scientists caution against reading too much into one year’s “recovery”.

“Although the recovery of Arctic sea ice is certainly welcome news, it has to be considered against the backdrop of changes that have occurred over the last few decades,” said Prof Andy Shepherd of University College London, UK.

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Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

CCTV – EV&N – 138 | New Scientific Warning about “Abrupt” Climate Change



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There is a new report from the National Academy of Sciences about the impact of abrupt climate change.


US mulls amnesty in return for Snowden files

Al Jazeera English

Published on Dec 15, 2013

This year’s spying revelations from former U-S intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, have put the U.S on the defensive. And it appears the scandal is far from over. Al Jazeera’s White House Correspondent Patty Culhane reports.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Feed. Eating for Justice, Sustainability, and Health: Adrienne Cachelin at TEDxSaltLakeCity2.0


Published on Dec 15, 2013

Dr. Adrienne Cachelin is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Studies at the University of Utah. She is passionate about cultivating citizens who think critically and are compelled to shape the larger community. Adrienne seeks to expose connections between justice and sustainability so students understand both their ecological and socially-constructed positions. Her commitment to these ideals is illustrated in the community engaged learning courses she teaches including Eating for Justice, Health, and Sustainability and Environmental Justice. One theme in both of these courses is engaging students in the skills, concepts, and community orientations needed to critically consider their role in the global agro-industrial food chain. The University’s Office of Equity and Diversity recently recognized Dr.Cachelin as an advocate for social justice both on campus and in the broader community.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Pope Francis Labels Capitalism “New Tyranny”, But Is It More Than Rhetoric


Published on Dec 15, 2013

Matthew Fox and Luke Hansen discuss Pope Francis’ recent anti-capitalist rhetoric and whether there will be any changes to the church’s economic practices

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120