Wed, 2006-08-23 16:35Richard Littlemore
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Scientist Slams National Post's Accuracy

In a hysterical piece in the National Post today (see next post), business page Editor Terrance Corcoran rails at the Globe and Mail  for “distortions, errors, untruths and omissions.”

His outburst attracted this riposte from University of Victoria Professor Andrew Weaver:

Dear Mr. Corcoran,

I read the article today that you wrote in the National Post. I thought I would correct a number of factual errors in your piece.

1) I am neither a government of Canada employee nor have I ever been (except back in 1983 when I had a student summer job with DND). I am not a civil servant and do not work for a division of Environment Canada. (a quick google search would have revealed that I am a Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria).

2) I do not lobby for more climate funding. If you ask anyone who has actually interviewed me, they will say that what I say is “We don't need more research money to deal with the issue as to what needs to be done.

Wed, 2006-08-23 13:32Richard Littlemore
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National Post's Corcoran Defends His "Friends of Science" - Libels Everyone Else

Corcoran claims Desmog is "al Jazeera of climate science"It’s tough dealing with facts as a journalist, but not that much of a problem if you can also lard your work with smears, innuendo, fabrications, distortions, errors, untruths and omissions gross and minor.
With that promise, the National Post's Terence Corcoran - Canada's premiere anti-climate change journalist - began a 3,000-word screed today, savaging the Globe and Mail and freelance reporter Charles Montgomery for a climate change story that ran last week.
Wed, 2006-08-23 11:49Kevin Grandia
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The Weather Channel tackles climate change

Come on, who doesn't love the weather channel? Now there is even more reason to watch. The 24-hour weather watch-dog has announced it will be airing a new feature called “The Climate Code” with host Heidi Cullen, a Columbia PhD in climatology and ocean atmosphere dynamics, whose most recent stint was at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research.
Wed, 2006-08-23 10:58Kevin Grandia
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AIG to insure against losses due to climate change

America Public Media and Fortune are both reporting today that AIG, one of the world's largest insurers, will shortly announce new insurance products aimed at covering losses due to the effects of climate change.

This echos earlier statements made in a report by Marsh , the world's largest insurance broker, last spring:

“Climate change - often referred to as 'global warming' - is one of the most significant emerging risks facing the world today, presenting tremendous challenges to the environment, to the world economy, and to individual businesses.”

Wed, 2006-08-23 09:09Jim Hoggan
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Communicating on Climate: the Bad, the Ugly ... and the Possible

The excellent UK Institute for Public Policy Research (not to be confused with the right-wingy National Center for Public Policy Research) has released a research paper on climate change communication entitled, Warm Words: How are we telling the climate change story and can we tell it better?

The paper, at 28 pages not counting notes, is a little dense, a little academic - a little full of consultantspeak. But the content is impressive. The IPPR analysis of the climate change conversation in Britain seems intelligent and the authors (linguist Gill Ereaut and writer Nat Segnit) make observations that appear broadly applicable.

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