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    Warming in the Arctic at tipping point?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 25/05/2018

    » Here are two interesting facts. One is that the winter temperatures in the Arctic this year were the highest ever recorded. On two days in February, it was actually warmer at the North Pole than it was in Zurich, Switzerland. At one location in Greenland, the temperature was 36C higher than the usual average for that time of year.

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    Fear of being blunt clouds climate issue

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 13/10/2018

    » They still haven't dropped the other shoe. The 'Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Celsius contains terrifying forecasts about what will happen when we reach an average global temperature one-and-a-half degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial average. (We are now at +1C.) But it still shies away from talking about the feedbacks, the refugees, and mass death.

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    Climate change creeps up on us all

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 01/09/2017

    » At least a decade ago, a retired general at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies said to me that the rich countries will never take climate change seriously until some very big and apparently climate-related disaster happens in a first-world country. Hurricane Harvey was not that disaster.

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    With Trump, the climate change fight just got harder

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/11/2016

    » Even before Donald Trump hijacked the Republican Party, he was loudly declaring that the science of climate change, like Barack Obama, had not been born in the United States. It was, he insisted in 2012, a Chinese hoax "created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive".

  • OPINION

    Grim signs of climate change crisis

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 21/04/2016

    » If you spend a lot of time talking to scientists about climate change, there's one word you'll hear time and time again, and yet it's hardly ever mentioned in the public discussion of climate change. The word is "non-linear".

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    On climate change, take risks or pay the price

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 20/12/2018

    » Global warming is physics and chemistry, and you can't negotiate with science for more time to solve the problem: more emissions mean a hotter planet. Dealing with the problem, however, requires an international negotiation involving almost 200 countries. In big gatherings of that sort, the convoy always moves at the speed of the slowest ships.

  • OPINION

    Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 05/12/2018

    » 'Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made," wrote Immanuel Kant in 1784. It is still true.

  • OPINION

    Is Pakistan's dilemma self-defeating?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 01/11/2018

    » 'India is shrinking the flow of water into Pakistan," said Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Saturday, renewing a ban on showing Indian TV shows and Bollywood films on Pakistani television. "They are trying to [obstruct the construction] of our dam and we cannot even close their [television] channels?"

  • OPINION

    Brazil: The hard right wins again

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 10/10/2018

    » A man who makes Donald Trump look like a bleeding-heart liberal will almost certainly be Brazil's next president. Jair Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote in Sunday's first round of the Brazilian presidential election, with 12 other candidates running. Fernando Haddad, who will face him alone in the run-off in three weeks' time, got only 29%.

  • OPINION

    So far, so good as it's all quiet on the climate front

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 17/11/2017

    » 'Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit," said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, but President Donald J Trump did exactly that. He sent a team of American diplomats and energy executives to the annual world climate summit, being held this year in Bonn, Germany, to extol the wonders of "clean" coal.

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