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Tue, 2007-05-08 12:51Kevin Grandia
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Beck's "Climate of Fear" crashes and burns

Is it scientifically valid to attribute one instance of total failure by the global warming denier campaign to an emerging long-term global trend of failures by the global warming denier campaign? 

Last week's Glenn Beck denier-a-minute special on climate change “alarmism” was a complete flop. The evening ratings are out and it shows Beck dead last in total viewers in the 7pm time slot. CNN can't be too happy, considering there was a considerable amount of hype-dollars invested in this attack on science.

I guess Tim Ball isn't the media darling the US think tank s have been making him out to be.

H/T: Media Matters 

Tue, 2007-05-08 11:51Kevin Grandia
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Is DiCaprio the next Al Gore?

Al Gore has done an amazing job raising the awareness of global warming to a level that it rightly deserves. The global warming deniers who frequent DSBlog can say all they want about Gore, but most of what they say only makes them look more idealogical and desperate than they already are.

What Gore has done, is communicate in a very compelling way, to a very large number of people, the overwhelming scientific evidence telling us that global warming is happening, human activities are to blame and we should all be very concerned about the outcomes.

Now it looks like another heavyweight in the art of communication will be joining Gore's efforts in a serious way. Check out Leonardo DiCaprio's trailer for his new film, The 11th Hour, debuting this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mon, 2007-05-07 08:41Kevin Grandia
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What's the carbon-weather looking like today?

Okay, you can't check today's “carbon-weather” but you can see what it was in the past. Check out this site created by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that provides a global perspective of carbon uptake and release.

The image above is the North American carbon weather on January 1, 2005.

Sat, 2007-05-05 10:02Kevin Grandia
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"Bias in favour of the truth"

This columnist today takes the “Global Warming Swindle” film to task.

Choice quotes:

Certainly, there is considerable pressure to offer a balanced presentation of controversial issues. This is nowhere more apparent than in the case of global warming. Witness Mike Chernoff's recent attempt to get copies of The Great Global Warming Swindle into high school classrooms to “balance” Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, and his statement that “without balanced information on a subject, an unbiased decision is difficult.”
Fri, 2007-05-04 13:32Ross Gelbspan
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Forget the birds and the bees. It's the butterflies, Stupid!

Britain's hottest April on record has meant butterflies are hatching up to two months early. The charity Butterfly Conservation said butterflies had been emerging an average of half a day earlier each year from the mid-Seventies until last year. 

This year has blown all that away. We have had lots of species coming out two weeks earlier than last year, some a month or two months early. It's really a very dramatic situation.”

Fri, 2007-05-04 10:05Kevin Grandia
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Working Group III Summary: before and after

I am working on a comparison of the Working Group three report released to the public today, with a copy of the draft that was submitted by scientists. Should have it up soon.

In the meantime, attached is copy of the summary as submitted by scientists for negotiation and a copy of the final official summary released today in Bangkok.

Fri, 2007-05-04 09:17Jim Hoggan
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A minimum cost for a premium investment

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today released its third and final summary on the state of climate change. The report, entitled Summary for Policymakers: mitigation of climate change, outlines what the problem is, how we should be dealing with it and how much it's going to cost.
Tue, 2007-05-01 10:10Kevin Grandia
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Poll finds worldwide global warming concern

A new BBC World/Synovate international poll out today shows that Canadians are the most concerned about global warming, along with two-thirds of the rest of the world.

Here are the key findings:

33% of Canadians are “very concerned” about the effects of climate change, while another 43% are “somewhat concerned”.

Only 0.4% believe the climate isn't changing.

Mon, 2007-04-30 22:43Kevin Grandia
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New poll shows Americans ready to act on climate change

Could the US collective head finally be coming out of the sand? We're always a little skeptical of polling numbers, but let's hope this trend continues:

Ninety percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climateH/T to Josh Zaharoff at the Common Blog.

Tue, 2007-04-24 12:50Bill Miller
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Ford chief executive admits global warming is real; GM official calls for action

In perhaps the strongest statements on climate change ever by U.S. auto-industry executives, Ford’s CEO said global warming is real , manmade and caused in part by auto emissions, while a GM executive has urged government action on a national energy policy.

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