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Mon, 2007-08-20 14:42Kevin Grandia
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Come on, why let mere facts ruin your day?

I think we'll just keep repeating the question until we get an answer:

Where's the science? Where's the science? Where's the science?

The latest think tank effort is a video by the oil-industry-friendly Heartland Institute, who is just begging for attention as the Al Gore attack dog.

The video outlines some of the more popular denier themes (and deniers) around Gore's Inconvenient Truth - like somehow discrediting Gore is a way of discrediting the body of literature around human-made climate change.

The tag-line at the end of the video is the best part: “Don't let fear ruin your day, learn the facts.”

Mon, 2007-08-20 10:10Kevin Grandia
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Hansen on Usufruct and Deniers

What we have here is a case of dogged contrarians who present results in ways intended to deceive the public into believing that the changes have greater significance than reality.”

This deceit has a clear purpose: to confuse the public about the status of knowledge of global climate change, thus delaying effective action to mitigate climate change.”

Attached is a very well written response by NASA's Jim Hansen to the contrarian glee over the minor adjustments made to their US temperature data.

Mon, 2007-08-20 09:37Bill Miller
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Global warming cited as a cause of strife in Darfur and elsewhere

A growing consensus of scientists and others says greenhouse gases are causing civil wars in places like Sudan and Afganistan. The conflicts are aggravated by a scarcity of resources due to floods and drought, which are caused by climate change.

Sun, 2007-08-19 08:28Ross Gelbspan
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Jacoby: The Scientific Consensus is Chopped Liver

By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe Columnist, Aug. 19, 2007

If there's anything climate-change crusaders are adamant about, it is that the science of the matter is settled. That greenhouse gases emitted through human activity are causing the planet to warm dangerously, they say, is an established fact; only a charlatan would claim otherwise.


Fri, 2007-08-17 16:55Kevin Grandia
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Can Wiki Scanner help the DeSmogosphere?

Ever wonder who's behind some of the outrageous edits to Wikipedia? Has an underhanded auto manufacturer been editing the Wikipedia entry for global warming?

Check out Wikipedia Scanner, an amazing piece of programming that is rightfully getting the attention it deserves. The program can trace Wikipedia edits back to known IP addresses of corporations and organizations.

Thu, 2007-08-16 15:49Kevin Grandia
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Friends of Science "educational funding" facing U of C audit?

UPDATE: sent this email to the University of Calgary today requesting an update. I'll let you know what I hear back.  

According to this email exchange (pdf.) posted to sourcewatch, it looks like the University of Calgary is considering an audit of the controversial 'Science Education Fund' that was used to fund the oil-industry backed so-called 'Friends of Science.'

The exchange is dated back to March, 2007 with no further updates. I've sent off an email to the University of Calgary requesting an update.

If any of our readers has an update, send me an email at desmogblog [at] gmail.com.

Wed, 2007-08-15 09:52Bill Miller
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Washington State’s forest lands pegged for role in climate-change struggle

As global warming redefines the rules of both nature and politics, environmentalists and their political allies have come to realize that logging is less harmful for the planet than unchecked sprawl. And $70 million has been earmarked in the state budget to prevent its forests from being converted to housing and commercial developments.

Tue, 2007-08-14 11:31Bill Miller
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Global warming slashes growth rate of trees in rainforests

A new study based on more than 20 years’ of data from forests in Panama and Malaysia says climate change could force a 50 per cent reduction in the rate that tropical trees grow, severely eroding or even eliminating their ability to cleanse the air of carbon dioxide.

Mon, 2007-08-13 11:11Bill Miller
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Arctic sea ice retreats to record low by end of summer with ominious consequences for global warming

Measurements by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center showed the extent of sea ice on August 8 was almost 30% below the long-term average. Researchers have forecast ice-free summers in the Arctic by 2040.

Mon, 2007-08-13 10:29Bill Miller
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EU, UK carbon-reduction targets questioned, but Britain holds steady

Citing an internal briefing paper for ministers, the Guardian newspaper reported that under current policies it would be “challenging” for Britain to reach a target of 9% for energy renewables such as wind, solar or hydropower - well short of the EU's 2020 target of 20%, but up from the current 2%.

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