DeSmogBlog live at the SEJ in Palo Alto

It's time again for the Society of Environmental Journalists conference and DeSmogBlog will be there covering all the action.

The SEJ conference is being held at Stanford University this year, bringing together top environmental reporters and writers from across North America.

Like last year, the DeSmogBlog team will be there blogging and doing video-casts. Check out the conference details and let us know if there is anything you would like to see us cover.

If you're attending the conference and want to get together for a coffee, drop us a line at desmogblog[at]gmail.com.

On Hurricanes and Global Warming, Don't "Cool It" Too Much

Chris Mooney's weekly DeSmogBlog dispatch.

The Danish environmental apostate Bjorn Lomborg is at it again.

Lomborg has a new book out, and just like his last one (The Skeptical Environmentalist), it's drawing strong criticism. Lomborg's argument isn't that global warming is a hoax–thank goodness, we're mostly past that. Instead, he merely argues that climate change is not as big a deal as some think (e.g., Al Gore)–and further, that it doesn't make good economic sense to take dramatic steps to address the problem by imposing mandatory emissions caps.

Global warming could threaten rise in heart disease, doctors say

The most interesting discussions at a recent medical conference in Vienna took place on the sidelines, as cardiologists and other experts discussed the impacts of climate change on cardiovascular disease. In short, arteries harden faster in hot weather, and extreme events like recent wildfires in Greece likely exacerbate the problem.

Oreskes Shreds Contradictory Climate Survey

The climate-change denier sites are alive with chortling over a promised new study that says: “Less than half of all published scientists endorse global warming theory.

The survey, to be published in the small and contrarian journal Energy and Environment, claims to “debunk” an earlier study by University of California (San Diego) science historian Naomi Oreskes - a study that was published in the much more reputable journal Science.

No one could do a better job than Oreskes does here of dismissing the new survey.

Canadian government's evolving climate change policy all hot air

The Conservative government first denied the scientific evidence for man-made global warming. They then accepted that something needed to be done, but it needed to be a “Made in Canada” solution. 

Now the Conservative government appears to be shucking the “Made in Canada” talking point for an “international agreement” one.

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