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Climate Change is Making Tibet Sweat

There is a reason that people in Tibet consider their glaciers sacred. These vast (but contracting) fields of ice help moderate the climate on planet earth, just as they even out the river flows in one of the hottest, thirstiest regions in the world.

Introducing DeSmogBlog's Latest Addition James Glave

I would like to welcome our newest writer James Glave to the DeSmogBlog team.

James brings over 16 years experience as a journalist, including 5 years as a senior editor with Outside magazine and prior to that as an editor with Wired News – the pioneering digital technology news service affiliated with Wired magazine.

James also has a forthcoming book called “Eco-Shed.”

You can read the rest of his impressive bio here.

Welcome aboard James!

DeSmogBlog a Proud CPRS Award Winner

I am proud to announce that the Canadian Public Relations Society has chosen my firm, James Hoggan & Associates and the DeSmogBlog to receive an award for demonstrating “the highest ethical and professional standards
while performing outstanding work.”

Automakers: 1% of the Solution; 99% of the Problem

The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA) has launched a highly misleading advertising and PR campaign against new emission standards - especially targeting individual provinces (like British Columbia) that have the courage to push ahead of limp or non-existent federal regulations.

Saying that “new cars, SUVs and light duty vans and pickups contribute just 1% of greenhouse gases in Canada each year,” and claiming that “strict new standards are coming forward nationally in both Canada and the US,” the car makers say the provinces (and presumably US states) should stay out of the process.

This is misleading in its content and an abdication of automotive responsibility - a demonstration of why car makers, which could be an important part of the climate change solution, have chosen instead to stick with a PR campaign that is 99% of the problem.

National Post Attack on Gore a Last Gasp from Some Sore Losers

The fading National Post chose sides today: in a snarling attack on the Nobel Committee decision to award a Peace Prize to Al Gore, The Post went on to condemn other Nobel recipients, dismissing the work of Mother Teresa, the goals of nuclear disarmament and the heroism of UN peacekeepers - among whom Canadian soldiers have always played a major role.

The Post also badly misrepresented the judgment from a U.K. judge who has endorsed the continued showing of Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, in U.K. schools.

What the Post has apparently failed to grasp is that, in any contest with Post business editor Terence Corcoran on one side and Mother Teresa and Al Gore on the other, Al Gore wins.

Put Politics Aside and Celebrate Al Gore's Nobel Prize

First, our warmest congratulations to Al Gore. The Nobel Prize is one of the world's great honors and, in our view, one that is extremely well-deserved.

But I'm conscious that the standing ovation Gore is enjoying today is not exactly unanimous. The climate change conversation has become polarized - and belligerent - over the last decade. And Al Gore - a politician who dared to address a controversial public issue outside the conventional political process - has become a lightning rod for some hyper-political criticism. How can we get people from all points on the political spectrum to celebrate Gore's Nobel Prize without feeling that they are sacrificing their own cherished political interests?

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