Sat, 2006-11-04 10:21Richard Littlemore
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NRSP "Expert" a Half-Hearted Denier

One of the new “climate change experts” recently identified by the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (think: Not Really Science People) seems vaguely conflicted about his own climatic conclusions.

In this Short Primer on Climate Change and the Greenhouse Issue, Dr. Garth Paltridge, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tasmania, concludes that it would be worth spending money to address climate change on the following grounds:
  • To preserve the current environment for future generations;
  • As a precaution against “disastrous change of climate which might basically alter the structure and economic well-being of human society;”
  • To protect against “significant risks for the smaller and less economically diverse countries;”
  • To recognize that many of the recommended expenditures (improving efficiency, saving energy) have “no regrets.”
Sat, 2006-11-04 09:47Richard Littlemore
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NRSP: Climate Change Deniers-Are-Us

Congratulations to Tom Harris, executive director of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (better known as Not Really Science People), who has scoured the earth for “experts” prepared to deny the science behind climate change and has found a couple of people we'd never heard of before.

Most (27) of Harris's 31 “experts” fall nicely into the category of “usual suspects,” having all signed the infamous Letter of 60, demanding that the Canadian government take NO action on climate change. (Kudos to Harris for his success on that front, as well.)
Sat, 2006-11-04 08:44Richard Littlemore
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Prime Minister Harper Cowering from Climate Change Scrutiny

Hats off to columnist John Ibbitson for this scoop in today's Globe and Mail. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has cancelled a Canada-EU summit in late November, apparently for fear of having to stand up in a room full of Europeans and account for Canadian climate change policy.

Aside from adding to Canada's ongoing international humiliation on global warming, you have to be a little bit optimistic about this development: At least the prime minister has the wit to be embarrassed about his government's shameful performance.
Sat, 2006-11-04 08:14Richard Littlemore
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A Newspaper that's Proud to be Provincial

This editorial is a couple of days old and, frankly, I have been trying to ignore it, but people keep writing to me about the Vancouver Province newspaper's insistence on keeping a vacant mind on climate change.

This most recent editorial makes two points:

1. Complicated stories are difficult for editorial writers to understand; and

2. “… crying wolf too loud (sic) and too often may be as bad as doing nothing at all.”

On the first point, I have to agree. As a former editorial writer at the Province's sister newspaper (The Vancouver Sun), I know that opining on every newsworthy issue is a daily grind. The complex stories are, of course, more difficult. And I imagine it must be more difficult yet when you refuse to, say, read a book or consult a a reputable expert on the matter at hand. So much easier to rely on that old editorial cop out: one the one hand … and on the other ….
Fri, 2006-11-03 13:11Ross Gelbspan
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Meanwhile, The Heat Goes On . . .

Heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a

record high in 2005 and are still increasing, the U.N. weather agency said Friday. The global average concentrations of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide reached record levels last year and are expected to increase even further this year, said a climate specialist at the World Meteorological Organization.

“There is no sign that N20 and Co2 are starting to level off,” the specialist said, adding: “It looks like it will just continue like this for the foreseeable future.”

 

 

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