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Mon, 2010-12-13 08:09Richard Littlemore
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American diplomats anticipated Climategate hacks

Update: This story was reported earlier, in greater depth (and in English!) by the Guardian. Thanks to Damian Carrington.

Material that the French newspaper Le Monde has harvested from Wikileaks documents show that American diplomats were aware as early as the summer of 2009 that hackers were trying to break into climate scientists’ computers, Carrie La Seur of the Plains Justice environmental law center reports on her blog.

La Seur reports: “An article posted Dec. 12, titled Pirates informatiques contre climatologues (Computer pirates against climatologists), reveals a few American diplomats’ fears that cyberattacks on climate scientists might increase in the days leading up to the 2009 Copenhagen meeting. One email reveals an unsuccessful attack against the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science (OES) that has received very little coverage (none that I can find) in domestic press.”

Wed, 2010-12-01 09:47Richard Littlemore
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COP16: Canada's blackened reputation

A member of the Lesotho delegation at the climate talks in Cancun sports an anti-Canadian shirt (yes, the photo is in color; and yes the little Canadian flags are all black). It’s another illustration that Canada will ultimately pay a price for the irresponsible position that it continues to promote on climate change: do only what has already been done in the United States (nothing, really), but try to do it more slowly.

(Thanks to Eloise Savoie from the Climate Action Network [CAN] for the photo.)

And if you doubt whether Canada deserves this reputation, read on to see an early draft of a CAN fact sheet on Canadian climate performance and policy:

Tue, 2010-11-30 11:10Richard Littlemore
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Secretary Chu: US getting its high tech butt kicked

Check out this great Climate Crock of the Week video of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu talking about how the US is losing the high tech race to China - and what might be done to turn the tide.

 

Tue, 2010-11-30 10:55Richard Littlemore
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Advertising Standards Council finds tar sands tasty

The Canadian Advertising Standards Council (ASC) thinks it’s just fine for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) to run advertisements describing tar sands as “essentially like yogurt,” dismissing a complaint by the Sierra Club of Canada.

Even though CAPP lost its nerve (or found some integrity) and withdrew the ad as soon as the Sierra Club lodged its complaint, the ASC still considered the Sierra Club’s objections and “the complaint was not upheld,” ASC Communications Manager Danielle Lefrançois said today.

Yet, if you look, feel or smell them in large or small amounts, tar sands don’t seem at all like a breakfast topping. “The recent deaths of ducks in (tar sand) tailings ponds clearly and accurately demonstrated the tailings are toxic and definitely not yogurt,” said John Bennett, Sierra Club Executive Director.

Mon, 2010-11-22 21:32Richard Littlemore
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John Shimkus: Only God can change climate

Congressman John Shimkus (Rep-Illinois) is lobbying for the Chair in the House Energy and Commerce Committee partly on the basis of an argument that the actual “educated” guessers in the science community have no business telling him or his government whether human activity is hastening climate change.

The very idea that humankind is capable of changing the climate is “arrogant,” Shimkus says. Given the numerous instances in which human impact on climate has already been proved - through the effects of such things as deforestation or the lofting of so many aerosols into the air that it actually cools the planet (as we did in North America before the 1970s Republicans brought us the EPA) - you have to wonder how fiercely, how absolutely religiously determined Shimkus is to ignore evidence. Here’s a great taste from KTVI in St. Louis.

 

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