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Thu, 2006-09-07 03:55Kevin Grandia
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And in other Aussie news: climate conference goes topless...

Nothing to do with PR spin or solutions, but too hard to resist. At a recent Australia New Zealand Climate Forum, held at the Australian National University, the Burlesque dinner act caused more than a little “heat” for organizers. Maybe it was simply an innocent visual display of one possible adaptive solution to climate change; wearing less clothes.
Tue, 2006-09-05 15:05Kevin Grandia
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Tim Ball the movie, only on DeSmogBlog.com

DeSmogBlog has uncovered a great video of the notorious climate change skeptic, Dr. Tim Ball – shot at a “lunch on the frontier” event hosted by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy (FCPP), a Winnipeg, Manitoba-based “think” tank.

As we have always maintained here at DeSmogBlog, we don't argue the science. But if legitimate scientific debate is at issue, Dr. Ball is similarly disinclined. This tape shows him, again, to be the kind of public relations person who will say whatever is necessary to give his oil-industry backers comfort.

Here's a few quotes to whet your appetites:
Tue, 2006-09-05 10:52Kevin Grandia
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Schwarzenegger: take the politics out of global warming

In an exclusive interview to ABC News, Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses California's new carbon reduction bill that aims to curb emissions in that state by 25% over the next 15 years.

Schwarzenegger states:

I don't think one should look at green house gas emissions or global warming as a political issue. So if that policy is against the Bush administration, so be it.”

We couldn't have said it better ourselves!
Fri, 2006-09-01 09:51Kevin Grandia
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Karnataka Climate Change Project

This video is a great example of efforts in India to address energy shortages and at the same time reduce carbon emissions.
Thu, 2006-08-31 11:37Kevin Grandia
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The fanciful world of the "Friends of Science"

There is no doubt that science would be made easier by throwing out the concept of 'peer review.' I am sure many scientists curse from time to time the rigorous questioning of their peers, the need to re-visit completed work and the possibility that years of research may be for naught based on the scrutiny of their colleagues.

That being said, the peer-review process of science plays an extremely important role in ensuring that conclusions drawn by research are in fact sound before being touted in the scientific community. Without peer review, science could easily fall into the category of opinion.

The Friends of Science, a Calgary-based cadre of climate skeptics who we have reported extensively on, delivered a statement today in the National Post via their appointed spokesperson, Albert F. Jacobs. This letter serves as a great example of the fantasy world the FOS promotes when it comes the concepts of science and peer-review.

Wed, 2006-08-30 11:30Kevin Grandia
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Malaysia announces $25 million for solar technology

Good to see this large oil exporter investing big in renewable energy. An investment such as this not only recognizes the harmful effects of fossil fuel consumption, but according to this story it also makes economic sense. To quote:

“Ahmad Hadri Haris, project leader for the photovoltaic or solar energy sector in Malaysia said it was the fastest-growing energy source in the world with expansion of 25-30 percent over the last 15 years.”
And it seems many people around the world agree with Ahmad, see here, here and here for examples. 

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