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BBC most watched listened: Robert Redford's new hope for climate change deal.

It seems that that 2006 seminar is still having it's desired effect on the BBC's output; the interviewer doesn't question Redford's assertions that climate change is due to post-war development and use of fossil fuels; and also that Hurricane Sandy was a consequence of AGW. Sad to say but that video will be watched by millions of people.

Nov 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

If I were Shell I'd be bringing up the subject of that obsolete platform that Greenpeace prevented them disposing of at sea, and it eventually turned out that that was the best way of sorting out what was never actually a major risk at all.

Nov 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

"Greenpeace New Zealand executive director Bunny McDiarmid said Shell's reparation claim was totally unjustified, given that the activists acted out of a moral duty.

"Along with the activists we drew the world's attention to Shell's plans for this hostile, yet fragile environment, in which an oil spill would be impossible to clean up."

LOL

'Hostile, yet fragile' - these people have no idea. The Arctic is about as fragile as a multi-billion tonne diamond, with equivalent cutting and crushing power.

And, if I hear the argument about how vandalism and inflicting economic loss is OK because it's a 'moral duty' to the planet once more, I think I'll puke.

What a self-righteous bunch of ignoramuses they are.

Nov 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

Dr Richard Dixon (Director) is set to depart WWF Scotland - http://www.highlandperthshirenews.co.uk/general-news-main/director-to-depart-wwf-scotland.

WWF seem to be restructuring and centralising their UK operation, and Dixon is jumping ship to FoE Scotland, leaving a much smaller staff in Dunkeld and a few in Edinburgh. No doubt he will keep the same mobile number so BBC Scotland journalists won't have to change their speed dials whenever they need a quick quote about how renewables are playing an important part in saving the planet...

Nov 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM | Registered Commenterlapogus

@ quelgeek

Many thanks.

HP, ever since the Wicked Witch, has had a habit of acquiring companies apparently without conducting the necessary due diligence.

If offered a pig in a poke, it's not a bad idea to insist on seeing the pig, before handing over the readies.

Nov 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

Some time back I mentioned the antics of Lucy Lawless, actress in Xena Warrior princess. I remember the sighs, oooohs and aahhhhs from a besotted few here.

Well, here she is again...I picked this up on www.stuff.co.nz which is part of the Fairfax group in New Zealand:

Quote: Lucy Lawless and her Greenpeace activists have yet another reprieve after their sentencing was again adjourned.

The group has already pleaded guilty to illegally boarding the drill ship Noble Discoverer in February, delaying its departure from Port Taranaki in New Plymouth.

Shell is calling for reparation of $700,000 from the eight protesters.

The group changed their plea after the initial charge of burglary was downgraded to the illegal boarding charge.

The group breached port security, scaling the ship's drilling rig and remaining camped there for more than 70 hours to protest against Shell's intention to drill for oil in Arctic waters.

They were to be sentenced in September and this was postponed until today.

A spokeswoman for New Plymouth District Court confirmed yesterday the case was again adjourned but gave no explanation as to why.

But Greenpeace said yesterday the sentencing was put off because Shell failed to provide the required information to back its claim for $700,000 in reparation.

Greenpeace New Zealand executive director Bunny McDiarmid said Shell's reparation claim was totally unjustified, given that the activists acted out of a moral duty.

"Along with the activists we drew the world's attention to Shell's plans for this hostile, yet fragile environment, in which an oil spill would be impossible to clean up.

"Since then it's been exposed that Shell's emergency response plan was hopelessly inadequate and failed when tested before the company gave up on drilling in the Arctic for this northern summer."

Greenpeace claims that since February's protest in New Plymouth, more than 2.5 million people had signed a petition calling on Shell to abandon its plans for the Arctic.

Calls to Shell New Zealand were not returned yesterday.
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- © Fairfax NZ News

By the way, don't all rush to see this article in "stuff"...there were no photographs!

So there!!!

P.W.

Nov 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

@Martin A: Will this do? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20413318

Nov 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM | Unregistered Commenterquelgeek

Quelgeek - any chance of a link to a report on this?

Nov 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

The BBC just can't catch a break these days. One of the non-executive directors to the board of the BBC, Mike Lynch, is linked to claims of a huge accounting fraud at Autonomy, the Cambridge-based IT company bought by HP last year for $10 billion.

Nov 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM | Unregistered Commenterquelgeek

If you live in the Tropics you die 7 years earlier

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9688146/People-who-live-in-tropics-more-likely-to-die-seven-years-earlier.html

But its got nothing to do with the temps,

Overall mortality in the region was affected by disease, conflict, poverty and food insecurity, the study said. Investment in social services, such as health and education, as well as access to water, sanitation and medical technology, were also important factors.

Well diseases could be as they are the tropical ones but the other causes are cured by increased affluence not lower temps and even tropical diseases are better treated when you have the cash to spare.

Also if the world does get warmer the tropics will not be warmer, the temps increase by the rest of the Globe coming up to tropical temps. Tallbloke did a study which showed there is a heat saturation effect in the tropics.

Nov 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM | Registered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

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