Wed, 2006-09-13 12:22Richard Littlemore
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New Canadian Climate Policy to Be Built on a Lie

With stunning disregard for a decade's worth of scientific research in the area of climate change, Environment Canada has added this paragraph to their public discussion of the Greenhouse Effect:

“There is a great deal of uncertainty associated with climate predictions and, although temperature changes during this century are consistent with global warming predictions, they remain within the range of natural variability.”

Uncertainty is a reliable feature of climate science, but the statement that temperature changes during this century “remain within the range of natural variability” is decidedly and verfiably false. This represents a flagrant misrepresentation and politicization of science.

The Union of Concerned Scientists addresses the question thusly:

The Role of Natural Variability

Wed, 2006-09-13 07:35Richard Littlemore
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"Climate Change - It's the Apocalypse, Stupid"

This short essay by Australian Jesuit scholar Mark Byne is a little hyperbolic - a little apocalyptic - but worth it for the headline alone.
Tue, 2006-09-12 16:29Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball on the "Arrogance" of Friends of Science

Just a little confused“One of the things that angers me are these groups like Friends of Science. Now think of the arrogance of the title of that. Basically, what they are saying is that if you're not in our group, you're not a friend of science, or Friend of the Earth I should say. Sorry, the Friends of the Earth.” - Dr. Tim Ball, Senior Scientific Advisor for the Friends of Science
Tue, 2006-09-12 11:11Richard Littlemore
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Margaret Wente's Climate Conversion: From Denial to Despair

Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente, who was still contesting the science of climate change as recently as last December, has become a convert.

In her column today (we regret that the Globe finds her prose too precious to share online) she begins by saying:

“Last week a clear-headed woman (Frances Cairncross, president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science) got up and said in public what no politician, not even Stephen Harper, is brave enough to say.

Tue, 2006-09-12 10:43Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball Completes Transition to Politician

Finally, Tim Ball has found a room in which he is unquestionably qualified to speak: On Friday, Sept. 22, Canada's foremost climate change denier will be the main course at a Conservative Party of Canada “breakfast event” in Victoria, B.C.
The invitation heralds “Dr Timothy Ball Ph.D.” the second reference to his strained academic credential apparently being there in case you missed the implication of the first.
Whether Dr. Ball was ever justified in passing himself off as a senior climate scientist (as opposed to a junior geographical historian) is a topic of justifiable debate, but there is no question that since his retirement 10 years ago, he has committed no act of science worth recording in a reputable scientific journal. It's also true that he has spent much of the last year as a pretty-much full-time campaigner against  the recognition of climate change as a matter of urgent public interest.

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