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Federal report scorns Canada's climate-change plan for exaggerating carbon cuts

A government-appointed advisory panel says in a 38-page report the Harper administration has gone too far in estimating the potential results of its global warming strategy. The group also said the government's plan is vague and uses questionable accounting methods. The report comes as the Conservative government is being sued by green groups for its foor-dragging.

Scientists ‘stunned’ as Arctic sea ice shrinks to 30-year low

Arctic ice has melted to its lowest recorded level, with scientists and researchers blaming rising concentrations of greenhouse gases, which have pushed up temperatures from one to four degrees.

Climate skeptic Pat Michaels refuses court request to disclose funding sources

Huge kudos to Kert Davies and Greenpeace for their effort in this latest astounding blow to the climate denial industry.  

Court documents (attached at the bottom of this post) have surfaced claiming that longtime climate denier Pat Michaels has withdrawn as an expert witness from a Vermont court case after a request was submitted that he reveal his funding sources. 

In the documents, Michaels states that he was dependent for his livelihood on the income he got through his wholly owned firm, New Hope Environmental Services, Inc.

“Many of New Hope's clients provide funding to New Hope with the understanding that the funding will be confidential,” Michaels and his lawyers said in one document.

Hat tip to the SEJ Tip Sheet and Robert McClure at the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

Green groups sue Canadian government over Kyoto targets

Foot-dragging over meeting the Kyoto protocol’s emissions targets could land the Conservatives in federal court. Two environmentalist groups have filed papers seeking quick action from the government under new legislation.

Recent books on global warming; Neros at their fiddling

Author Bill McKibben has penned a review of recent books by Bjørn Lomborg, the Danish statistician and self-proclaimed “skeptical environmentalist, and Ted Nordhaus and Michael Schellenberger, who discuss how to persuade Americans to take action on climate change.

McKibben, an environmental activist and frequent writer on global warming, posted the review on Gristmill with permission of the New York Review of Books, where the piece appears October 11, 2007.

Not even the White House buys Avery and Singer's 'research' anymore

Here's a headline from the UK's Telegraph that we haven't seen in quite a while: 'Global Warming is Good and Not our Fault.'

I quite honestly thought we were past this, but it seems Denis Avery and Fred Singer can still eke out a headline once in a while.

Avery and Singer are grandfathers of the climate denial industry and their antiquated 'research' spun in the name of science, is a reflection of just how long in the tooth they have become when it comes to the issue of climate change.

Canada's typical summer heats up, especially in the Arctic

The summer of 2007 was hotter than average and that’s becoming the norm. Canada’s statistical agency says the trend is “consistent with what scientists predict will happen more frequently as the world becomes warmer as a result of climate change.”

Link between beef production and global warming sparks denialist outburst

It didn’t take the denialist shock troops long to pounce on recent disclosures about the cattle industry’s role in global warming. An all-too-familiar diatribe, penned in Colorado, appeared as a guest editorial today in a Vancouver newspaper. The author, like others of his ilk, has discarded scientific research to pitch his own delusion.

WHO traces rise in malaria cases, other health threats, to global warming

The warming planet is imperiled not only by rapidly changing and often destructive weather patterns, but also increases in disease-producing viruses threatening to humans. As a result, the World Health Organization intends to frame climate change as a public-health issue.

Eat less meat to stifle methane emissions and slow global warming, scientists say

A special series in The Lancet medical journal says if people eat fewer steaks and hamburgers it would cut the methane flatulence from cows, sheep and goats, which accounts for nearly a quarter of all emissions worldwide.

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