Friday, 24 February 2012

State/National Action Group meeting 22 February

The first meeting for 2012 of the State/National Action Group was held on 22 February.
The first project of this working group will be a forum on renewable energy in Victoria to be held in May 2012.  Discussion at the meeting focused on the format of the forum and speakers to be invited.  We also discussed various areas of responsibility in the State/National arena including stalls, letter writing campaigns, publicity and lobbying politicians and business.
Volunteers were sought to take responsibility for coordinating activities in each these areas and most areas were covered. We are in particular need of someone who has graphic design and or marketing expertise.
If you are interested in participating in any aspect of the work of this group please email

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Global warming and European winter

Over dinner last week, someone at our table was querying why, if the climate is warming, the current European winter is so severe. I found a good blog post with some great graphics explaining why.

New study of public opinion about climate change

"A must-read study published Monday in the journal Climatic Change debunks some pervasive myths about public opinion and climate change. [ ... ]

Here are some of the key findings from “Shifting public opinion on climate change: an empirical assessment of factors influencing concern over climate change in the U.S., 2002–2010″:

  • “… media coverage of climate change and elite cues from politicians and advocacy groups are among the most prominent drivers of the public perception of the threat associated with climate change”
  • The greater the quantity of media coverage of climate change, the greater the level of public concern.”
  • New York Times mentions of An Inconvenient Truth significantly boosted the public’s perception of the urgency of climate change (P≤.001). The number of mentions in the New York Times is a proxy for the extent of overall media attention to this film.”
  • “Articles in popular scientific magazines do reach significance” in terms of influencing public concern, but it is a modest effect."
The above was excerpted from the Climate progress blog. Unfortunately the study isn't open access (although people at RMIT and other institutions with a SpringerLink subscription can read the full text). However, the blog article is quite extensive.