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Fri, 2007-07-06 11:02Bill Miller
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Chemical engineering, not carbon offsetting, is key to a low-carbon future

In this week’s BBC Green Room, columnist Stefaan Simons argues that carbon offsetting may make people feel better about emissions but it does little to change behavior or save the planet from global warming. Instead of simply allowing polluters to pay for emissions – a short-term solution – society must make radical changes to move to a low carbon economy and cut reliance on fossil fuels.

Thu, 2007-07-05 12:44Kevin Grandia
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Be skeptical of the latest 'skeptical' UK pollster headlines

A recent IpsosMori poll in the UK found that 56% of people agree that “many leading experts still question if human activity is contributing to climate change.”

The newspaper headline interpretations of this latest poll would lead the reader to believe that climate change, for all its media attention, is somehow not real in the minds of the British or that people are 'in denial.'

But scratch the surface of the headlines and nothing could be further from the truth.

Thu, 2007-07-05 10:58Bill Miller
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A plague o’er both their houses: Business, governments lack resolve on climate change

The United Nations secretary-general has told business it must do more to reverse global warming and use its power to affect the world responsibly, while a new survey of British businesses has found widespread discontent over their government's weakness in providing the necessary framework for environmental decision making.

Thu, 2007-07-05 10:25Emily Murgatroyd
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Chris Mooney on the global warming tipping point

In my recent conversations with peers in the science policy world (read “fellow geeks”), the same question has come up repeatedly of late: Why did global warming “tip”? How has the issue finally managed to go mainstream, so that even President Bush now seems on the verge of feeling its urgency?
Chris Mooney, author of the new book, Storm World, has a piece on Huffington Post today describing his thoughts on how global warming has moved into the spotlight as a major issue in America.
Thu, 2007-06-28 22:03Jim Hoggan
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Slamming the Climate Skeptic Scam

A year and half and over 350,000 unique visitors to our site and it is the very first post that remains the most read.

So here it is:

There is a line between public relations and propaganda - or there should be. And there is a difference between using your skills, in good faith, to help rescue a battered reputation and using them to twist the truth - to sow confusion and doubt on an issue that is critical to human survival.

And it is infuriating - as a public relations professional - to watch my colleagues use their skills, their training and their considerable intellect to poison the international debate on climate change.

Thu, 2007-06-28 11:43Bill Miller
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Canada must tax emissions quickly or suffer consequences, report says

Unless Canada puts a price tag on carbon emissions it risks “serious economic dislocation” in the form of sharply reduced economic growth. Given sufficient advance notice as to the financial incentives for cutting emissions, however, companies and consumers can make appropriate decisions.

The interim report can be found here. (pdf) 

Thu, 2007-06-28 10:44Bill Miller
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Encroaching deserts due to global warming the ‘challenge of our times,’ study says

A UN report has issued a desertification warning saying tens of millions of people could be driven from their homes, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia.

Without action, 50 million people could be displaced within 10 years.

Thu, 2007-06-28 09:02Bill Miller
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Global warming is costly, devastating to infrastructure in Alaska

A new study has found that many of Alaska’s roads, runways, railroads and water and sewer systems will wear out more quickly and cost more to fix because of climate change. From now to 2030, rising temperatures, melting permafrost, reduction of polar ice and increased flooding are expected to boost repair and replacement costs by 20 per cent to as much as $6.1 billion US.

Wed, 2007-06-27 10:29Bill Miller
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World Heritage sites threatened by climate change; UN urged to seek carbon cuts

A United Nations conference has been urged to protect six World Heritage sites, including Mount Everest and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, from global warming. Campaigners hope to persuade the group to reverse last year's decision to reject cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions.

Tue, 2007-06-26 12:19Ross Gelbspan
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Ontario to Go Coal-Free in Seven Years

The Ontario government set its climate targets Monday, promising to close the province's coal plants and reduce emissions to below 1990 levels. Premier McGuinty said to reach the proposed targets, Ontario's coal plants will shut down by 2014.

The premier estimated the closure of the plants will help to achieve 50 per cent of Ontario's proposed levels. The remaining 50 per cent will come from transit initiatives, improved energy efficiency and technology that helps fight climate change. The premier boasted the province is building hundreds of wind turbines to the replace the plants and a massive new clean energy tunnel project in Niagara Falls.

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