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2012 Annual GWPF Lecture - Cartoon notes by Josh

The 2012 Annual GWPF Lecture was given by Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt. Here is what the GWPF say about him:

Fritz Vahrenholt is one of the fathers of Germany's environmental movement. He studied chemistry and started his professional career in the 1970s at Germany's Federal Environmental Protection Agency in Berlin and the Ministry for the Environment in the state of Hesse. In 1990, his party, the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), chose him as environment senator in the city-state of Hamburg. In 1998, he became a member of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Shell AG with responsibility for renewable energy. In 2001 he founded the wind energy company REpower and is now director of RWE's renewable energy division Innogy, one of Europe's largest renewable energy companies. His book, The Cold Sun. Why the climate catastrophe will not happen, was published earlier this year. In August, he will take over as the executive director of the German Wildlife Foundation.

Here are the cartoon notes.

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Reader Comments (15)

Pure magic. Thanks again Josh

Jun 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM | Registered CommenterAndy Scrase

Take-home message: CAGW-driven energy policies are _not_ sustainable.

This should be plastered all over Rio.

Jun 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM | Registered Commenteromnologos

Brilliant - yet again - many thanks Josh

Jun 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterDoug UK

Excellent, Josh, Thanks - some much needed humour!

Jun 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterMarion

Wonderful light touch Josh

Jun 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Reed

"the German Wildlife Foundation"

Who are presumably a bit more open-minded than the WWF?

Kudos to Josh. Again.

Jun 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

... an exam season pedanticism special for you, Josh... CO2 is linear (as shown here) - your CO2 looks rather like a water molecule!

Jun 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM | Registered CommenterJeremy Harvey

Jun 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM | Jeremy Harvey

Jeremy. Don't you know that global warming has caused the CO2 molecule to bend?

Jun 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Haigh

I was at the lecture and Josh has brilliantly summarised it.

Fritz Vahrenholt covered the science: he believes that we can live with the "no water-vapour feedback" sensitivity to CO2 doubling of 1.1 C and that the stasis in temperatures is linked to declining solar activity (as evidenced by sunspots) which gives us time to find solutions. He covered the engineering: pumped storage is the most economic way of storing energy but if Germany is to produce 80% of its energy from renewables it will need a pumped storage capacity equal to Lake Constance (=30 Lake Windermeres). He covered the politics: environmental policy is driven by angst.

The GWPF are planning to put a video of the talk on their website next week.

Jun 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterRon

Jeremy, brilliant - you learned me something. Will amend.

Jun 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

@Ron, I was there too.
Josh is a genius!

Jun 14, 2012 at 5:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

Josh, its a pleasure. The cartoon was great, by the way - I could almost imagine the talk!

Jun 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM | Registered CommenterJeremy Harvey

"... an exam season pedanticism special for you, Josh... CO2 is linear (as shown here) - your CO2 looks rather like a water molecule!" --Jeremy Harvey

Which explains why water is a more powerful greenhouse gas.

"Jeremy. Don't you know that global warming has caused the CO2 molecule to bend?" --Jimmy Haigh

MMGW-based government will result in all of us getting bent.

Jun 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM | Unregistered Commenterjorgekafkazar


I will have to read this a few more times.

Then I will tell you how really wonderful it is!

Jun 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

Brilliant, Josh. I don't know how you managed to capture it so well and work at such speed!

Jun 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterNic Lewis

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