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Wed, 2009-02-04 14:31Emily Murgatroyd
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The Clean Coal Sham [video]

A great 30 second spot highlighting just how ridiculous it is to claim that coal is somehow clean:

Produced by the fine folks at ThinkProgress.

Wed, 2009-01-14 12:50Emily Murgatroyd
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American Meteorological Society gives top honors to Dr. James E. Hansen

NASA climate scientist James E. Hansen has been chosen by his peers to receive the 2009 Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Jim Hansen is performing a tremendous job at communicating our science to the public and, more importantly, to policymakers and decision-makers,” said Franco Einaudi, director of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

“The debate about global change is often emotional and controversial, and Jim has had the courage to stand up and say what others did not want to hear,” Einaudi added. “He has acquired a credibility that very few scientists have. His success is due in part to his personality, in part to his scientific achievements, and in part to his refusing to sit on the sidelines of the debate.”

As Andrew Revkin notes on his DotEarth Blog:

“Whatever one thinks of James E. Hansen’s mix of climate science and policy advocacy (just explore comments here for a cross-section of views), it’s hard not to take note when the country’s largest organization of weather specialists, the American Meteorological Society, gives this veteran climatologist its top honor.”

Wed, 2009-01-14 11:49Emily Murgatroyd
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Secret 2007 Aussie Defence report warns of climate conflict

The Syndey Morning Herald has obtained the summary of an Australian Defence Department report titled: Climate Change, The Environment, Resources And Conflict.

The 2007 report states that:

“Environmental stress, caused by both climate change and a range of other factors, will act as a threat multiplier in fragile states around the world, increasing the chances of state failure. This is likely to increase demands for the ADF to be deployed on additional stabilisation, post-conflict reconstruction and disaster relief operations in the future.”

A similar report was released by a blue-ribbon panel of 11 of the most senior retired U.S. admirals and generals in 2007, which concluded that:

“Global climate change presents a serious national security threat that could affect Americans at home, impact U.S. military operations, and heighten global tensions”

You can download a full copy of the US report here: National Security and the threat of Climate Change (PDF).

We’ve contacted the Sydney Herald for a copy of the Autsralian Defense report that they obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. If we get a copy we’llmake it available on DeSmogBlog for download.

Thu, 2008-12-18 09:52Emily Murgatroyd
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Weather And Climate - Refresher 101

Great brief in Time Magazine discussing the difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’. A common denier argument is to point outside and suggest that the cold weather obviously means that climate change isn’t happening.

But as Time points out, the unseasonably cold 2008 will still rank in the top 10 hottest years since climate record taking was started. Consider it homework for the holidays.

Tue, 2008-11-11 09:46Emily Murgatroyd
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Al Gore: Environmental Solutions Equal Economic Solutions

When economy and environment are pitted against each other (a la Stephen Harper) we are manipulated into thinking that we must sacrifice one in order to achieve success with the other. In fact, our economies depend on the environment – without the resources that this earth provides we wouldn’t have an economy to operate and when those resources start to run out, cause serious security issues and create major environmental damage, then we are in grave danger of losing more than just our pay cheques.

Thu, 2008-10-30 15:33Emily Murgatroyd
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Promise to Protect Canada's Great Bear Rainforest - A Major Carbon Storehouse - Hangs in Balance

Two years ago, the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia captured the world's imagination when BC Premier Gordon Campbell announced a progressive conservation agreement to protect the globally significant rainforest home to the mysterious white Spirit Bear.

BC's coastal old-growth rainforests contain between 500 up to an astounding high of 1300 tonnes of carbon per hectare. They also continue to capture around 2 tonnes of carbon per hectare from the atmosphere each year. Years of clearcut logging cut vast holes in the rainforest, threatening to destroy it and worsen the climate crisis.

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