It is difficult to come out against climate change education, particularly in the current climate of carbon pandemonium. There is bantam political and public appetite for reducing education, and the public reaction to any move would likely cost Mr Davey, and his party, dearly with the green vote in 2015.
The new Met Office paper this week casts serious doubt on the low estimates of climate sensitivity. It points out that a doubling of atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide directly causes a 1°C rise in global average temperature. However, warming the atmosphere causes it to hold more water vapour, which itself is a powerful greenhouse gas. This positive feedback increases the warming by a further 1°C.
Global warming isn't the fictional bogey man many once thought it to be and its effects go way beyond marooning polar bears on melting icebergs. The methane (noisily) produced by livestock is 20 times more deleterious as a greenhouse gas than C02, which makes meat production the second most damaging source of greenhouse gases in the world.
Not only do we have a still strong second-term US president vowing to take executive action to set limits on carbon dioxide emissions, but his strong stance is going to empower other politicians and bureaucrats around the world, from China to the EU, India to Australia, as well as here in the UK, to take up the cudgels and fight again for effective action.
While President Obama's personal leadership on climate change is extremely welcome, the measures he outlined are simply not sufficient given the scale of his ambition. Without Congressional support for new federal legislation to reduce his nation's emissions, President Obama is trying to fight climate change with one hand tied behind his back.
G.K. Chesterton said that "when people stop believing in orthodox religion, rather than believe in nothing, they will believe in anything". One of the ersatz religions which fills the void in recent years is belief in catastrophic man-made global warming. It claims to be based on science. But it has all the characteristics of an eschatological cult.
Hence, the ambitious TAHMO project we are pioneering which requires the installation of 20,000 measuring stations, each one costing only 500 dollars, at intervals of 30 kilometres. The new weather stations, based upon latest cost-effective technology, will measure all standard meteorological variables (rainfall, radiation, temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction).