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The Daily Doubter

Wednesday’s Calgary Sun brought the triumphal announcement that we can stop worrying about global warming: “GLOBAL SCAM; KYOTO MAY JUST BE BAD SCIENCE.” The story, by Editor Licia Corbella, opened by saying:

“Many of the world’s top climatologists who live right here in Canada, have not even bothered to take a short train ride to attend the meeting. Why? Well, let’s ask Dr. Tim Patterson, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology) at Carleton University in Ottawa and a world-renowned expert in the field.”

“I can’t be bothered,” he replied from his university office. “It’s just a waste of time.

Real Climate Scientists Talking About RealClimate Science

Confused by the news? Check out www.realclimate.org, “a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.” Great stuff. You can quibble about their posts or pose questions for future analysis. They also back everything up with peer-reviewed papers.

... and check out the Christmas Gifts for Tim Patterson

A great selection of books for the uninitiated, the unwilling or the uninformed can be found at the RealClimate book wrap-up. Great reading on great reading.

Remedial Reading: Defending clarity of thought, on climate or other issues

Whenever someone is tredding carelessly through your brain, intentionally causing confusion or hapharzardly clogging up the works, it’s good to go back to first principles. George Orwell said a lot of this best in his 1945 essay: Politics and the English Language.

... and speaking of George Orwell

The world’s most prescient conspiracy theorist didn’t invent the world “doublespeak” even if he might have intended to do so. Wikipedia has the scoop.

Just because they're European doesn't mean they're wrong

A Deutche Welle feature from Nov. 29, 2005, began, as the UN climate summit began, with the European Environment Agency warning: “Europe is facing the worst climate change in five millennia as a result of global warming.” EAA Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade said, “Even if we constrain global warming to the EU target of a two-degree (Celsius) increase, we will be living in atmospheric conditions that human beings have never experienced. Deeper cuts in emissions are needed.”

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