Thu, 2006-11-02 08:25Jim Hoggan
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India Joins Anti-Kyoto Asia Pacific Partnership

On a day when British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett was urging India to join the fight against climate change, the country announced that it is throwing its lot in with the industry-oriented Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP).

The anti-Kyoto APP is an international body including Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. It has been presented as an alternative to the United Nations-sponsored Framework Convention on Climate Change, albeit one that rejects the notion of enforceable climate change measures such as those negotiated in the Kyoto Accord. Instead, the APP is dedicated to increasing GHG-causing industrial and energy development, promising only to improve the relative environmental cleanliness of those developments
Thu, 2006-11-02 06:23Ross Gelbspan
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Muzzlebusters Swing into Action at NASA, NOAA

The Inspectors General for the Commerce Department (of which NOAA is a division) and NASA have begun “coordinated, sweeping investigations of the Bush administration's censorship and suppression” of federal research into global warming, according to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) – who said, “Taxpayers do not fund scientific research so the Bush White House can alter it.”

Wed, 2006-11-01 12:38Kevin Grandia
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Jim and DeSmogBlog hit the news (and the skeptics)

Here is a Global TV newshour video clip of DeSmog founder, Jim Hoggan, explaining the PR movement sowing doubt on the realities of global warming.

Wed, 2006-11-01 11:58Sarah Pullman
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Sweetheart Chevron deal raises heat under Bush administration

The recent US Interior Department decision to drop claims against Chevron Corp. for unpaid natural gas revenues is a good illustration of how the rich get richer while exacerbating climate change. The department had ordered the company to pay $6 million in additional royalties for gas produced from federal property in the Gulf of Mexico, but could have sought tens-of-millions more had it prevailed.

The case involved Chevron’s accounting of natural gas sales to a company it partly owned. The decision likely sets a precedent for oil and gas companies to slash their royalty payments instead of having a portion of those revenues go to public health, environmental and citizen organizations for use in the battle against climate change. It also has renewed criticism the US government is reluctant to confront oil and gas companies and collect royalties – instead leaving more money in the hands of its cohorts in industry.
Wed, 2006-11-01 09:00Richard Littlemore
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Balance of Probability: CC Well Past the Legal Test

“University of Adelaide research has found governments and companies face a likely increase in law suits for their role in global warming and consequent damage to health and communities, and that these claims have a good chance of succeeding.”

The thrust of this piece ist that the likelihood that humans have cause climate change is greater than 50% plus one - which is the legal test in civil court.

In fact, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its 2001 Summary for Policymakers (attached) that, “In the light of new evidence and taking into account the remaining uncertainties, most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely to have been due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations.”


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