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Mon, 2007-08-06 11:43Bill Miller
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Taking aim at carbon is ‘missing the point’ in global-warming fight

The focus on reducing carbon emissions has blinded us to the real problem - unsustainable lifestyles. A writer in BBC’s Green Room says climate change, though serious, is only one of a growing list of problems resulting from the way we live. And cutting emissions is like using methadone to cure heroine addition.

Wed, 2007-08-01 11:29Ross Gelbspan
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Nature to newsroom: "Get Me Rewrite!"

Even diligent readers of the best U.S. newspapers will be left with a less than overwhelming feeling about the dire consequences that may result from global warming, and the firm scientific conclusion that humans have caused warming, according to an analysis in Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, the media watchdog group.

Counterparts in Britain and elsewhere around the world were much more likely to print headlines and stories that framed global warming as a crisis that must be dealt with quickly to avert disaster.

Wed, 2007-08-01 00:01Ross Gelbspan
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Nukes Mount Stealth Attack in Congress

A one-sentence provision buried in the Senate’s recently passed energy bill, inserted without debate at the urging of the nuclear power industry, could make builders of new nuclear plants eligible for tens of billions of dollars in government loan guarantees.

Tue, 2007-07-31 13:03Kevin Grandia
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Poll: half of Americans say global warming human caused

Despite the massive media coverage of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this Spring, only 50 per cent of respondents to a recent national poll say global warming is caused primarily by human activity, up four points since December.

Tue, 2007-07-31 12:42Kevin Grandia
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APEC meeting to focus on climate change, US stalls, political bluster to prevail

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is meeting this week in Australia and according to the conference chair, the goal will be to reach a consensus on a greenhouse gas emissions strategy.

“We have here … the world's biggest emitters — China and the United States — and to have that discussion with them and to see if we can get an agreement on principles for managing carbon emissions and cooperation across the world's major economies would be a really good step forward,” said Australian Treasurer Peter Costello.

Not surprisingly, the US contingent to the APEC meeting is downplaying the likelihood of such an outcome.
Mon, 2007-07-30 09:22Kevin Grandia
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Seven Generations or Seven Years

Adam Siegel on DailyKos has a well-written and sourced piece on the US climate change legislation currently under proposal on Capitol Hill.

To quote:

When it comes to 'Global Warming' legislation, who seriously believes that we will be able to drink at the trough multiple times. That if a GW titled piece of legislation is passed by Congress and signed by George the W, that it will be possible to invest the effort and convince 'moderates' to pass another Global Warming act just a few years later?”

Fri, 2007-07-27 14:04Kevin Grandia
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As your president I vow to fight global warming on Mars

Have we inhabited Mars yet? If so, can someone send up soon-to-be-presidential candidate Fred Thompson? Please.

As MediaMatters is reporting today, the Washington Post ran the following Thompson quote today:

It seems scientists have noticed recently that quite a few planets in our solar system seem to be heating up a bit, including Pluto. This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle…”
Fri, 2007-07-27 12:34Jim Hoggan
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The Big Thaw

Things that normally happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime. It's like watching the Statue of Liberty melt.”

A must-read article in the upcoming National Geographic. 

Read more: The Big Thaw
Fri, 2007-07-27 09:00Kevin Grandia
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Mooney: "Science ought to check itself"

A big part of the global warming denial industry argument is the contention that somehow scientists and policymakers over-inflate the threat of global warming to continue the flow of government research dollars.

Many, including the DeSmogBlog, have refuted the claim, but none quite so well as our friend and author Chris Mooney did to a question posed by “skeptic” Bill Gray at a recent symposium.

Thu, 2007-07-26 10:51Ross Gelbspan
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Will We Step Onto a Cosmic Treadmill?

New research indicates that hacking the atmosphere – pumping microscopic particles into the stratosphere or clouds to block sunlight and offset global warming caused by greenhouse gases – is imminently possible.

The problem is: we could never, ever stop doing it.

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