Wed, 2006-07-19 10:06Sarah Pullman
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Compiled Info on the Friends of Science

We've been working hard over the past few months to gather lots of information on the Friends of Science, a Canadian group who have been stirring up quite a storm in the media recently with their attempts to spin the public opinion about climate change.

They describe themselves as “a non-profit organization made up of active and retired engineers, earth scientists and other professionals, as well as many concerned Canadians, who believe the science behind the Kyoto Protocol is questionable.” Here at the DeSmogBlog, we're inclined to believe that it's the Friends of Science who are questionable - in what they say and in how they say it.
Wed, 2006-07-19 08:51Richard Littlemore
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The Weather Just Might Be Related to Climate After All

The front page of the UK’s Independent asks, “Are youIndependent front page today wondering why it’s so hot today?”

In the feature, Peter Stott of the Met Office’s Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research states:

“As you get a warming trend in temperatures, which is what we are observing, the risk of exceeding extreme temperatures increases dramatically.”

“This is what we saw with the European heatwave of 2003. When we analysed it, we found that the rise in average temperatures over the previous century of about one degree had doubled the risk of an extreme event like the heatwave of that year.

“And, as we go into the future, the risk of what was quite a rare event rises dramatically. We think by 2040, a summer like 2003 will be a regular event; the chances of it happening will increase from one in 250 all the way to one in two.” He added: “We have an increasing amount of confidence that we are observing rising temperatures caused by human-induced rising greenhouse-gas concentrations. Unless the world changes what it is doing, we are going to see these extreme temperatures very much more.”

Predictably, this will all be brushed aside by the skeptics as “alarmist” and anecdotal.

Tue, 2006-07-18 15:04Ross Gelbspan
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Dear Sun-Sentinal Editor

To the Editor:

On July 18, Charles Lehman wrote to the Sun-Sentinel downplaying the reality of human-induced global warming. His letter contains several critical misunderstandings.
Mon, 2006-07-17 18:27Kevin Grandia
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UK's Guardian: debate is over, skeptics go nuclear

Polly Toynbee at the Guardian today follows the climate change skeptic lobby as they morph into to nuclear energy boosters.








Mon, 2006-07-17 16:09Sarah Pullman
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Great Comment in the ContraCostaTimes

From deep in sunny California comes a guest editorial in the ContraCostaTimes. Edward D. Kukla Jr. has a few things to say about climate change and the question of whether there is a true scientific consensus about it.

Kulka is “a scientist and engineer with advanced degrees in biology and mathematics, and I currently engineer machines designed to measure the concentrations of atmospheric gases, including but not limited to: CO, CH, oxides of nitrogen and virtually every other greenhouse gas.”

His commentary is quick and concise, but the quick and dirty is as follows:

Since the overwhelming majority of climate scientists (greater than 99 percent) hold these as verified facts, then you should accept anthropogenic global warming as reasonable, logical, scientific fact.

Hear, hear.

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