Sun, 2006-08-27 16:54Jim Hoggan
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Scientists Bang on with Analysis of Media Muddle

It would be nice if we public relations and media types could comment on climate science with the same sense of intelligent self-assurance that climate scientists J.A. Curry, P.J. Webster and G.J. Holland bring to this analysis of the effects of politics and media on public debates about science.

These three scientists were among four authors (including H.R. Chang) of a 2005 Science magazine paper that argued this:

Sat, 2006-08-26 08:57Richard Littlemore
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GM, Canadian Government Bet Jobs Against Environment

… and then they arrange to lose on both counts.

Per this column from the Globe and Mail’s Jeff Simpson, Canadian auto workers were celebrating this week with the announcement that GM will spend three quarters of a billion dollars refurbishing an Oshawa, Ontario auto plant to build the come-back Camaro. It’s cool. The Camaro’s cool (or it was a quarter century ago), the jobs are cool (3,900 times over) and the local investment is cool.

Fri, 2006-08-25 14:04Richard Littlemore
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Oily Chorus Includes Everything But Science

A recent piece by the Business and Media Institute (BMI) raises the question: have these oil-money backed “think” tanks finally run out of accommodating “scientists”?

The BMI is an arm of the Media Research Centre, founded in 1987 by right-wing activist Brent Bozell. BMI and MRC tout themselves as watchdogs of the “liberal-bias” media, in which pursuit they receive generous support from oily backers such as the Scaife family of foundations ($1.6 million).

In this most recent article, Ken Shepard discusses an interview in which CBS failed to challenge “alarmist” author Mike Tidwell on his contention that climate change has increased the intensity of hurricance activity.

Fri, 2006-08-25 11:30Kevin Grandia
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NASA big wig a climate change skeptic?

Chris Mooney, well-known author of The Republican War on Science, has a post today that may in part explain NASA's recent culling of climate change  research programs.
Fri, 2006-08-25 10:38Ross Gelbspan
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For US Insurers, Climate Change Represents A Whole New World

With $58 billion in claims to pay for last year alone, U.S. insurers are jacking rates, canceling policies, and learning to cope with climate change.

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