What we're reading – November 2013

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As negotiators struggle to register progress at COP in Warsaw, we round up some current reading on global change and its consequences.

"Scientific evidence is decoupled from the political process"

Soumya Dutta, of the Beyond Copenhagen Collective talks to scidev.net.

"The inconsistencies between climate goals and energy policies are becoming increasingly stark"

Kevin Watkins of the Overseas Development Institute on why fossil fuel subsidies have to stop.

"We do still have choices"

ReNeweconomy on the new IEA World Energy Outlook's messages for Warsaw.

“WTF” stands for “where’s the finance”

Claire Poole gets into the nitty gritty with a storify of the sustainable innovation forum.

"Coal is the budget buster"

Says Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute.

"Will there be a gap between ambition and reality?"

UNEP introduces its latest emissions gap report...

"Global environmental change impacts everything for everyone on this planet"

…and UNESCO/ISSC introduce the latest World Social Science Report, focussing on climate change.

“A new interdisciplinary science for sustainability…needs to recognize sustainability as political, requiring inclusive debate and multiple voices”

Julia Day of the STEPS centre at Sussex University discusses a chapter of the WSSR report co-authored by STEPS Centre director and Future Earth Science Committee member Melissa Leach.

“A narrative that has hamstrung action on climate change”

Andrew Gage of West Coast Environmental Law critiques a new “rogues gallery” of carbon emitters.

"A crippled infrastructure, unable to recuperate from shocks to its system"

Roy Scranton explains why preparing to die while serving in Iraq is a good preparation for living in the anthropocene.

"Ten pieces of the policy puzzle for an earth-centric economy"

Herman Daly on the specifics of moving on from "uneconomic growth".

"The seemingly inexorable descent of the world’s oceans into ecological perdition"

Alan B Seilen  considers the state of the sea in Foreign Affairs.

“The question was asked if this was an expression of natural variation or if human emissions might also have been of importance”

Latest in a series of biographical explorations of pioneers of climate science by Simple Climate profiles Bert Bolin.

"The crux of the matter is putting a price on carbon"

Robert Samuelson's commentary on a paper from Robert Pindyck of MIT arguing that economic analysis based on climate modelling is largely worthless.

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