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Fri, 2006-07-07 06:10Sarah Pullman
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LA Times: If only gay sex caused global warming

If only gay sex caused global warming
Why we're more scared of gay marriage and terrorism than a much deadlier threat

This article from the LA Times is a few days old now, but it's a thoughtful piece about the reasons why we aren't, as a culture, inclined towards graver concern about the threat we're facing from global warming. Worth reading.

He lists four reasons why we aren't already up in arms about it. The title of the piece harkens from this one:
Thu, 2006-06-29 19:21Sarah Pullman
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Alternet Gets It

There's an interesting piece over at Alternet this week. It's about the EPA lawsuit taking place right now over whether carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases should be counted as “pollutants” under the Clean Air Act. I just wanted to highlight Alternet's succinct summation of our whole raison d'etre here at the DeSmogBlog:
There is a debate over whether [climate change is] manmade or naturally caused,” Bush said yesterday. Yet among scientists, the debate has long been over. Rather than argue the science, the right has resorted to manufacturing scientific doubt where there is none. … The right wants the public to ignore scientific research that finds “human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming,” and instead believe that we should wait for more research before we take action.
Read more: Alternet Gets It
Thu, 2006-06-29 08:20Sarah Pullman
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Drivers and their SUVs

Ramping up the visual entertainment factor, check out this video we found…

It's “new short film that shows the true attitude of drivers of [SUVs]. Produced as part of a study at Bath University for an MSC in ‘Ethics and Business Responsibility’ the film maker asks drivers to look at environmental parking tickets, with interesting results. Most drivers refused to discuss the issue whilst some swore and threatened physical abuse, often citing ‘living in the country’ as their reasons for owning the vehicle.”
Mon, 2006-06-12 12:12Sarah Pullman
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Media Matters - Indeed it Does

We've added a new link to our blogroll – Media Matters for America, “a Web-based research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”

They've got some great coverage of misinformation in the climate change discussion – you can check out all their coverage of the topic at http://mediamatters.org/issues_topics/global_warming.
Thu, 2006-06-08 16:22Sarah Pullman
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An Inconvenient Truth - Tomorrow Night in Vancouver

Tomorrow night is the opening of An Inconvenient Truth here in Vancouver!

The DeSmogBlog team will be at the 7:20 showing at Tinseltown, handing out our lovely stickers and taking in the show. We'd love to meet any readers in attendance – please don't hesitate to introduce yourself if you spot us.

Here's a link to some online reviews of the film so far. And if you want to see the trailer, it's up on Youtube here.

Hope to see you there…
Tue, 2006-06-06 17:48Sarah Pullman
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Michael Shermer - Interview at the Skeptics Conference

Our third and last audio interview from the Environmental Wars Conference was with Michael Shermer, the host of the event and founder/editor of Skeptic Magazine.

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to a 6-minute conversation about the conference and its speakers. He makes the interesting point that although he has recently converted to the ranks of “believers” in climate change, he feels odd using that term, because he says that once the scientific evidence is in, it makes no more sense to say that you are “believe” in global warming than that you believe in gravity. It's just the way it is.

Someone should tell that to all the “skeptics” out there who try to spin it differently…

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