A Message for the New Year

Tue, 2007-01-02 12:03Richard Littlemore
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A Message for the New Year

“What keeps me going is my belief that there is still a chance of avoiding catastrophe.”

John P. Holdren, an energy and environment expert at Harvard and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The New York Times' Andy Revkin is probably the most cautious environment reporter on the continent. He's hyper-sensitive both to the lofty reputation of the NYT and to the controversy (phony or otherwise) surrounding the climate change conversation. So, in this piece , he extends one very careful foot into the new year, acknowledging uncertainty where it exists, but recognizing the risk that global warming presents if humankind is not intelligent enough to start investing in risk abatement.

Are there any objections from our periodic detractors that this be a foundation stone for a 2007 consensus on climate change?

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The public debate over how to address climate change has been hindered in no small part by the media’s refusal to properly identify climate deniers, according to an open letter penned by fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry titled “Deniers are not Skeptics.”

Now, campaign group Forecast the Facts is making an open appeal to the media to accurately label climate deniers, enabling supporters of the...

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