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Anderson, Kevin

Tyndall Centre

Kevin Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He has recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK's leading academic climate change research organisation, during which time he held a joint post with the University of East Anglia. Returning full time to Manchester, Kevin now leads Tyndall Manchester’s energy and climate change research programme and is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre. He is research active with recent publications in Royal Society journals, Nature and Energy Policy, and engages widely across all tiers of government. Kevin’s research interests include: understanding the implications of rising emissions and the latest climate science for mitigation and adaptation policy; analysing opportunities for rapid decarbonisation of the UKs energy system; and quantifying the role of international transport (aviation and shipping) in a low-carbon society. With his colleague Alice Bows, Kevin’s work on carbon budgets has been pivotal in revealing the widening gulf between political rhetoric on climate change and the reality of rapidly escalating emissions. His work makes clear that there is now little to no chance of maintaining the rise in global mean surface temperature at below 2C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary. Moreover, Kevin’s research demonstrates how avoiding even a 4C rise demands a radical reframing of both the climate change agenda and the economic characterisation of contemporary society. Kevin has a decade of industrial experience, principally in the petrochemical industry. He sits as commissioner on the Welsh Governments climate change commission and is a director of Greenstone Carbon Management - a London-based company providing emission-related advice to private and public sector organisations.

Andrews, Roger

About Roger Andrews Energy Matters

Booker, Christopher

The climate denial machine has gotten desperate. Among the many signs is that the British newspaper Sunday Telegraph still publishes the work of Christopher Booker...
(Shows example of cherry-picking temperature data.)

Corrice, Leslie

Author of The Hiroshima Syndrome blog and commentator on nuclear energy and related issues. On his blog's "about the author" page he describes his background thus:
My academic resume includes a Bachelors degree in Nuclear Technology and Environmental Sciences. I also have a Masters degree in Philosophy. I am a member of the American Nuclear Society, Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information, and the National Education Association.
Experientially, I spent my first career of 21 years as (in order) a nuclear power plant operator, environmental monitoring technician, health physics design engineer, public relations spokesperson, public education coordinator and emergency planner.

Gardiner (Gardenier?), Barry

2016 Labour Party shadow energy secretary under Jeremy Corbyn

Renewable energy would be cheaper than Government's 'bad deal' on Hinkley Point nuclear plant, Labour warns Jon Stone @joncstone; Independent; 29 Jul 2016

Shadow energy secretary Barry Gardenier urged a renegotiation of the deal with EDF
“We’re not against nuclear power in principle. Let me be absolutely clear: I speak as the shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change in Jeremy’s shadow cabinet and we are absolutely clear that we are in favour of nuclear power as part of the energy mix that we need.”

[1] Suzie Ferguson; Facebook; 27 Sep 2016

So the Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change has asked me to send him some information on CCS as he wants to know more about it and ask me more questions...

Hayhoe, Katharine

Katharine Hayhoe, a Climate Explainer Who Stays Above the Storm JOHN SCHWARTZ; NY Times; 10 Oct 2016

Hickey, Jim

profile Renewable Energy World

About Jim
Progressive advocate for democratic policy-making and sustainable culture.

Jim Hickey: Hiroshima & Nagasaki: Seven Decades And Counting; 10 Aug 2015 countercurrents.org Southeast Review of Media Culture and Politics

'No Hot Air' About Renewable Energy While Blowing Smoke: David Mackay plays 'Brutus' to the Sun's 'Caesar'

Jacobson, Mark Z

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Mackay, David

Legates, David

David Legates Wikipedia

David Russell Legates is a Professor of Geography[1] at the University of Delaware. He is the former Director of the Center for Climatic Research at the same university,[2] [3] and a former Delaware State Climatologist.[4]
Legates has published research papers, opinion editorials, and spoken openly in opposition to the consensus scientific opinion on climate change. More recently, he has been known for his skepticism toward the anthropogenic cause of the observed global warming patterns and the severity of its consequences at the local geographical scale.
Legates viewpoint, as stated in a 2015 study that he co-authored, is that the Earth will experience about 1.0 C warming over the 2000 to 2100 period.

Lomborg, Bjorn

See AGW denial

Mearns, Euan

About Euan Mearns Energy Matters

Roberts, David

David Roberts of Vox (formerly of Grist) -- Not "Pro-nuclear" Russ Finley; Biodiversivist; 3 Sep 2016

Rosling, Hans

Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world Amy Maxmen; Nature; 14 Dec 2016

News article about Rosling's life and work, and quiz on world population statistics

The best stats you've ever seen Hans Rosling; TED; 16 Jan 2007

Hans Rosling uses an amazing new presentation tool, Gapminder, to present data that debunks several myths about world development

Religions and babies Hans Rosling; TED; 22 May 2012

Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others -- and how does this affect global population growth? Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, he graphs data over time and across religions. With his trademark humor and sharp insight, Hans reaches a surprising conclusion on world fertility rates.

Hans Rosling and the magic washing machine (2010)

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.

Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen TED

How not to be ignorant about the world Hans and Ola Rosling; TED; 11 Sep 2014

How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

DON'T PANIC — Hans Rosling showing the facts about population 15 Dec 2014

Gapminder Foundation YouTube channel

Don’t Panic — End Poverty Gapminder

The United Nations just announced their boldest goal ever: To eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, already by 2030.
Looking at the realities of extremely poor people the goal seems impossible. The rains didn’t fall in Malawi this year. The poor farmers Dunstar & Jenet, gather a tiny maize harvest in a small pile on the ground outside their mud hut. But Dunstar & Jenet know exactly what they need to break the vicious circle of poverty. And Hans Rosling shows how billions of people have already managed. This year’s “hunger season” may very well be Dunster’s & Jenet’s last.
Up-to-date statistics show that recent global progress is ‘the greatest story of our time – possibly the greatest story in all of human history. The goal seems unrealistic to many highly educated people because their worldview is lagging 60 years behind reality.

Sovacool, Benjamin



Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Director of the Danish Center for Energy Technology (Center for Energiteknologier) at AU-Herning and Professor of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University (Århus Universitet) in Denmark. He is also Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and founding Director of the Energy Security and Justice Program at their Institute for Energy and the Environment. He received his PhD in science and technology studies from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he also won the “Outstanding Dissertation of the Year” award from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to climate change mitigation and adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change.
The Centre for Energy Technologies (CET), which he directs, is an independent research center at Aarhus University that focuses on the development of new and innovative energy systems for businesses and consumers, primarily in the areas of electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and hydrogen. Energy companies that CET has worked with so far include Siemens on wind energy, energy storage, and hydrogen fuel cells, Vestas on the recycling and improved lifecycle efficiency of wind turbines, DONG Energy on offshore wind energy assessments, Scanenergi on the smart grid and expanding their business opportunities in the electricity sector, and Energimidt on solar photovoltaics, among others. CET is also supporting a number of Jutland municipalities implementing innovative energy systems to help them meet Denmark’s low carbon goals.

Benjamin Sovacool joins Sussex Energy Group

The Sussex Energy Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Benjamin Sovacool as Professor of Energy Policy at SPRU and as the new Director of the Sussex Energy Group (SEG). Benjamin will start in November 2015.

University of Sussex

Prof Benjamin Sovacool: Professor of Energy Policy (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Professor Sovacool is the author of more than 330 refereed articles, book chapters, and reports, including solely authored pieces in Nature and Science, and the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of 18 books on energy and climate change topics. These include Climate Change and Global Energy Security (MIT Press), Energy Poverty (Oxford University Press), Global Energy Justice (Cambridge University Press), The Political Economy of Climate Change Adaptation (Nature Publishing Group/Palgrave), and Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press). His books have been endorsed by U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, and the late Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom.
Professor Sovacool is the recipient of 20 national and international awards and honors, including the 2015 “Dedication to Justice Award” given by the American Bar Association and a 2014 “Distinguished Visiting Energy Professorship” at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School. He has also received or managed large competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, NordForsk, Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program of Denmark, and the Danish Council for Independent Research. Additionally, Professor Sovacool is the founding Editor-in-Chief for the international peer-reviewed journal Energy Research & Social Science, published by Elsevier, and he sits on the Editorial Advisory Panel of Nature Energy. He also serves as a frequent peer reviewer for more than 40 journals including Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has presented research at more than 100 international conferences and symposia in 48 countries, including invited seminars at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC, the United Nations headquarters in New York, Cambridge University, Princeton University, Yale University, and the Royal Society in London.
Professor Sovacool has served in research and advisory capacities for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the United States, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Global Environment Facility, the World Bank Group’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association, the International Institute for Applied Systems and Analysis, the International Energy Agency, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. Moreover, he has consulted for the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Capital Development Fund, United Nations Development Program, and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on energy poverty, governance, and security issues.


Contesting the Future of Nuclear Power Wikipedia

Suzuki, David

The two Suzukis: There’s Saint Suzuki, the one you see on CBC, and Secret Suzuki, the capitalist millionaire Ezra Levant; Toronto Sun; 11 Oct 2013

There are two David Suzukis.
Most of us know one of the Suzukis. Let’s call him Saint Suzuki. That’s the Suzuki whose TV show on the CBC constantly lectures us about our lifestyle. He says we need to consume less, buy less and use less fossil fuels.
But then there’s another Suzuki. Let’s call him Secret Suzuki, because he’s far less well-known.
Secret Suzuki is the one who lives on Vancouver’s elite Point Grey Road, on a double lot, overlooking English Bay, right above the exclusive Kitsilano Yacht Club. The City of Vancouver assesses the land value alone at over $8 million. And that’s just one of Secret Suzuki’s properties.
He has another million-dollar home in Vancouver. And then there’s another home on Quadra Island. That’s three homes right there, if you count the double lot on Point Grey Road as just one property.
But then there’s his large property holdings on Nelson Island. What’s so fascinating about that one is that he co-owns the property with an oil company, Kootenay Oil Distributors Ltd. They don’t plan to drill for oil together. It’s a beautiful tourist spot — maybe perfect for a nice big condo development.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with co-owning any property along with an oil company. But isn’t Saint Suzuki against fossil fuel companies — especially oil companies?

Taylor, James

James Taylor desmog blog

AGW denial pieces

Tindale, Stephen

Stephen Tindale Wikipedia

Stephen Tindale (29 March 1963 – 1 July 2017) was a British environmentalist who was the Executive Director of Greenpeace in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2005. He was Director of The Alvin Weinberg Foundation, co-founder of the organisation Climate Answers, Associate Fellow at the Centre for European Reform and co-author of Repowering Communities with Prashant Vaze.
Tindale was noted for his recent change of heart on the issue of nuclear power, which went counter to his stance while at Greenpeace UK. Along with three other persons who have been involved with the environmental movement, Chris Smith, Mark Lynas and Chris Goodall, he considered that the need to overcome the dangers of rising carbon emissions and subsequent global warming requires a rethinking of anti-nuclear positions amongst the environmental movement. In addition to current nuclear technology, Tindale supported the research and development of the thorium fuel cycle in molten salt reactors to reduce nuclear waste output and increase safety.
On leaving Greenpeace Tindale also endorsed Genetically Modified (GM) foods. Greenpeace remains opposed to GM.
His other past roles included Senior Research Fellow on environment and energy at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Director Stephen Tindale’s evidence to Lord’s Committee Jon Trevelyan; Climate Answers; 09 Dec 2016

Tindale's background and current involvement

Memorial held for green campaigner Roger Harrabin; BBC; 4 Sep 2017

Mr Tindale zig-zagged through the broad environment movement, working for Friends of the Earth; the Fabian Society; the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Labour Party and the government. He also directed the Green Alliance.
After the Labour landslide in 1997, he became special adviser to the environment minister Michael Meacher. Over three trend-setting years, the UK signed the Kyoto protocol, launched the climate change levy and passed right-to-roam legislation.
He left government, blaming powerful vested interests for opposing change for their own ends.
Later, at Greenpeace, he shifted the group towards technological solutions such as offshore wind power. Controversially, in recent years he infuriated former colleagues by embracing nuclear power and genetic modification.

He came to see these as essential tools in solving problems of climate change and world hunger.

He was a passionate hill-walker, and believed one of his greatest achievement was helping to frame the Countryside and Rights of Way Act which allowed walkers in the England to wander over land designated as Open Access.