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22 Articles by Chris Turney

Can We Seize the Day?

To shamelessly pinch a Mikado song title from Gilbert and Sullivan, there’s a bit of a how-de-do going on in Britain at the moment. The UK Government has been saying for some time that the nation must significantly reduce its carbon footprint. In 2003, it pledged to reduce the ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in June 2008, about Clean Technologies, Coal & Oil, Politics & Government, Weather

Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past

Imagine a world of wildly escalating temperatures, apocalyptic flooding, devastating storms and catastrophic sea level rise. This might sound like a prediction for the future or the storyline of a new Hollywood blockbuster but it's something quite different: it's our past. In a day and age when where ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in May 2008

A Possible Lifeline?

by Professor Chris Turney, author of the just released book, Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past (read reviews here). I’ve just finished reading a fascinating research paper in this week's issue of Nature. Researchers in Germany, headed up by Noel Keenlyside of the Leibniz Institute of ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in May 2008, about Climate Change

An Hour for Planet Earth

At 8pm yesterday, my family and I joined the world for an hour as we turned off the lights as part of Earth Hour, an initiative launched last year by World Wildlife Fund Australia in Sydney. A relatively small event in 2007, it has kick started a global phenomenon that ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in March 2008, about Climate Change

An Economist for the Future

The great American mechanical engineer Frederick W. Taylor once said “It’s easier to make a reporter into an economist than an economist into a reporter.” I must confess I’ve often sympathised with this view; I’ve often found it rather hard on the grey matter to follow the ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in March 2008, about Carbon Trading, Politics & Government, Weather

Transition Towns - Towards a Sustainable Future

Editor's Note: Those that were inspired by our recent A Town Begins to Get Ready post will find further encouragement here. We all need to put some thought into how to transition to, and prepare for, a low-carbon future -- and learning from communities that are already making a start ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in February 2008, about Climate Change, Transition Towns

Fiddling While the World Burns

You might be forgiven for opening your Sunday newspaper and thinking the world was saved. The announcement from Bali that the international community had agreed a roadmap for negotiations on climate change appears to be a momentous event. On the face of it things look like they’re going in ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in December 2007, about Climate Change, Politics & Government, Weather

The Mother of All Floods?

It was around 18,000 years ago that the climate pendulum swung in favour of warmer times. The Earth continued to orbit the Sun as it had done through the ice age but summers in the northern hemisphere started to see a little more warmth. At first, it was just ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in November 2007, about Climate Change

Not Much of a Silver Lining

It’s been a mixed news week for greenhouse gases. After last month’s ‘revelation’ that levels were dangerously high, there is a glimmer of hope that it’s not too late to act. But crucially, a new piece of work shows the window of time for dealing with the ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in November 2007, about Climate Change

Tipping Point Already Reached, Ten Years Early?

It was paramount we stay below 450ppm Now it looks like we're already there Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions May Already be Beyond 'Worst-Case' Scenarios Just yesterday, a worrying statistic was disclosed in Australia. During an interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Lateline program, Professor Tim Flannery (author of ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in October 2007, about Climate Change

Smoke Signals from the Past

Thomas Jefferson was a weather buff Imagine a world of wildly escalating temperatures, apocalyptic flooding, devastating storms and catastrophic sea level rise. This might sound like a prediction for the future or the storyline of a new Hollywood blockbuster but it’s something quite different: it’s our past. In ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in October 2007, about Climate Change

Plain Sailing in the Arctic?

Editor's Note: Today we're very pleased to welcome Professor Chris Turney to the writing team. Chris is a research fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia, was recently appointed to the University of Exeter as a Chair in Physical Geography, as well as a recent recipient of the ... keep reading

Written by Chris Turney in September 2007, about Climate Change

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