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  14.08.2015   13:24   Leserkommentare (im Wartemodus)

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Gone with the wind?  The impact of wind turbines on tourism demand in Germany

While wind energy production is relatively free from environmental externalities such as air pollution, it is frequently considered to negatively impact landscapes’ visual aesthetic values, thereby inducing negative effects on tourism demand. Existing evidence for Germany indeed points towards a negative relationship between tourism demand and wind turbine construction. However, the existing studies primarily rely on interview data and simple bivariate statistics. In contrast, we make use of secondary statistics on tourism and wind turbine locations at the level of German municipalities. Using spatial panel regression techniques, we confirm a negative relation between wind turbines around municipalities and tourism demand for municipalities not located...

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  30.06.2015   13:17   Leserkommentare (im Wartemodus)

Päpstliche Akademien: Der moralische Kompass ist kaputt

London 30 June - A new paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation finds the Vatican is being led astray by its advisers by statements on climate change that are scientifically lacking and ethically dubious.

The report, written by Dr Indur Goklany, examines just some of the scientific statements made by the Pontifical Academies ahead of the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment and finds that these fly in the face of the empirical facts.

As Dr Goklany explains: “The academies say that sustainability and resilience are being destroyed by over-consumption and that fossil fuels are to blame, yet almost every indicator of human well-being from life-expectancy to health to standard of living has improved beyond measure largely because of our use of fossil fuels”.

And according to Dr Goklany’s analysis, the...

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Kategorie(n): Klima-Debatte  Wissen 

  24.06.2015   17:22   Leserkommentare (1)

Sonne kühlt ab: Droht uns die kleine Eiszeit?

Die Sonne ist der Stern, der unsere Erde mit Wärme versorgt. Doch Wissenschaftler haben Anzeichen dafür gefunden, dass sich das Zentrum unseres Planetensystems für die nächsten 40 Jahre abkühlen könnte. Droht uns jetzt eine „kleine Eiszeit“?

UK Met Office: Fastest decline in solar activity since the last ice age

The past few decades have been characterized by a period of relatively high solar activity. However, the recent prolonged solar minimum and subsequent weak solar cycle 24 have led to suggestions that the grand solar maximum may be at an end. Using past variations of solar activity measured by cosmogenic isotope abundance changes, analogue forecasts for possible future solar output have been calculated. An 8% chance of a return to Maunder Minimum-like conditions within the next 40 years was estimated in 2010 (ref. 2)....

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Kategorie(n): Klima-Debatte 

  21.06.2015   19:04   Leserkommentare (1)

Griechenland erklärt erneuerbare Energie zu einer Gefahr für nationale Sicherheit

The new government’s policy shift away from renewable energies “is very clear” said Psomas. “All [the new government] is concerned with is how to promote power generation from fossil fuels e.g. new lignite power stations, new gas pipes and explanatory drilling for oil. So far, it has shown no interest at all for renewables energy” Psomas added. -

Since the end of January, when a new coalition government between a far left party and a populist right party came to power, the new Greek government is at war with many of Greece’s environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The subject of the stormy relationship is the Greek government’s decision to give the final go ahead at Ptolemaida V, a 660 MW new power plant that burns lignite… Energy minister Lafazanis answers that Ptolemaida V [is] required since renewable...

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Kategorie(n): Ausland  Klima-Debatte 

  19.06.2015   17:20   Leserkommentare (1)

Judith Curry: Die Klimadebatte in den USA

This is the text of a speech Prof Curry gave in the House of Lords on 15 June 2015: Good evening everyone, it’s a great pleasure to be here, and I would like to thank the GWPF for inviting me.Tonight I will be talking about the state of the climate debate in the US. This is a story of a sharp partisan divide between the Democrats and Republicans regarding what, if anything, we should do about climate change. Unfortunately, climate science is caught in the crossfire. Full text (pdf)

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Kategorie(n): Klima-Debatte 

  12.06.2015   15:38   Leserkommentare (im Wartemodus)

Na sowas: UN Klima-Konferenz in Bonn verfehlt ihr Ziel

Ohne große Fortschritte ist am Donnerstag die internationale Klimakonferenz in Bonn zu Ende gegangen.

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  09.06.2015   10:48   Leserkommentare (im Wartemodus)

Am Tag danach, die große Ernüchterung

Calls by the Group of Seven (G7) Monday to slash world carbon emissions did little to boost UN climate talks in Bonn, where frustration mounted over the snail-­like progress. Due to end on Friday, the 11­day Bonn talks are tasked with shaping a draft text for the November 30 ­December 11 UN conference in Paris, which must yield a global agreement.

But after a week of wrangling, just about five percent had been shaved off a sprawling near ­90 ­page draft, mostly by removing glaring duplications, said delegates. And there has been little serious talk about some of the many thorny issues that remain.

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Kategorie(n): Klima-Debatte 

  08.06.2015   23:04   Leserkommentare (2)

G7: Mythos und Wirklichkeit

Mythos: Die „Klimakanzlerin“ Merkel blieb beharrlich: Die G 7 haben auf Schloss Elmau angekündigt, dass die Industriestaaten in Zukunft komplett auf Kohle, Öl und Gas verzichten wollen.  „Im Laufe dieses Jahrhunderts“ wollen sie ganz auf die Verbrennung von Braun- und Steinkohle, Öl und Gas verzichten. Unmissverständlich steht die Kohle als der größte Kohlendioxidemittent zuerst auf der Abschussliste.
Wirklichkeit: Five of the world’s seven richest countries have increased their coal use in the last five years despite demanding that poor countries slash their carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change, new research shows. Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan and France together burned 16% more coal in 2013 than 2009 and are planning to further increase construction of coal-fired power stations.

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Kategorie(n): Klima-Debatte  Wirtschaft