Wed, 2006-11-08 13:52Bill Miller
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Extreme weather study hammers another nail into the coffin of climate-change skepticism

Severe weather is increasing in frequency and intensity, and that spells trouble with storm drains, roads and hillside developments designed without giving due consideration to climate change, says a report cited in the Vancouver Sun today.

The report is based on research – dubbed “controversial” by the Sun – contained in a 2001 University of British Columbia master’s thesis published last summer in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association. The thesis says there are going to be even more massive mudslides and floods of the kind seen across southern B.C.“If we are experiencing climate change,” said Robert Millar, UBC civil engineering professor, “then engineers are using old data to design for future conditions that may not be valid.” The UBC study jolted skeptics at the Greater Vancouver Regional District into a mad scramble of damage control. Not surprisingly, the GVRD’s findings were “at odds” with those at UBC. With the back of its hand, the GVRD dismissed the UBC research as merely “short-term changes.” The records used for UBC’s analysis, moreover “are simply too short to be meaningful.” It also warned that “A long-term rise in the magnitude of high intensity rainfall events could … necessitate the replacement of the storm water and sewerage drainage, which would be associated with very high costs.”

Wed, 2006-11-08 13:34Ross Gelbspan
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Kofi Annan: "There is still time for all our societies to change course . . ."

Many scientists long known for their caution are now saying that warming has reached dire levels, generating feedback loops that will take us perilously close to a point of no return.”


Wed, 2006-11-08 11:52Richard Littlemore
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Legal Opinion Finds Canada in Violation of Kyoto

The attached legal opinion, commissioned by Friends of the Earth and conducted by international legal expert Dr. Roda Verheyen, finds Canada in current violation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (especially the Kyoto agreement), and likely in further violation of “the customary international law principle of good faith.”

The crime, however, is that the Kyoto Accord currently allows no enforceable penalties. The consequences under the agreement as it stands are only that the UNFCCC will assess higher greenhouse gas reducted targets against Canada in the future -an irrelevancy as long as the Canadian government is happy to flout those targets so unconscionably.
Wed, 2006-11-08 11:52Kevin Grandia
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Climate spin turns to hyper-mode with dem wins

Rep. John DingellWith the Democrats owning the balance of power in Congress, and possibly even the Senate, there is already talk of real US action on climate change. According to E&E daily, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is poised to chair the Energy and Commerce committee. Darren Samuelson of E&E reports that Dingell “is expected to hold a series of hearings on global warming specifically, as well as direct oversight of U.S. EPA's most controversial air emission regulations.”

On the other side of the coin, the spin on climate change has all the signs of escalating to hyper-mode with articles like this one issued today from the oil industry darlings, the Business and Media Institute.


Tue, 2006-11-07 14:12Kevin Grandia
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NRSP = "Now Really Secret Payments"

Tim Lambert, at deltoid, has come up with another great play on words for the NRSP, Canada's new climate change denial group, . As we reported yesterday, the executive director of the Natural Resource Stewardship Project, Tom Harris, claims that “a confidentiality agreement doesn't allow him to say whether energy companies are funding his group.” We thought tagging the NRSP as “Not Really Science People” was clever, but Tim has added to the fun by claiming Harris recieves “Now Really Secret Payments.

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