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Mon, 2006-05-29 11:42Richard Littlemore
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Lionizing Skeptics: National Post Defends Endangered Species

In a front-page on Saturday, the Joseph Brean made a 2,500-word case that the handful of Canadian contrarians who are skeptical about climate change are swell guys who are getting a rough ride from a brainwashed media.To his credit, Brean makes passing effort to address a couple of climate realities, but per policy, he carefully avoided speaking to any member of the scientific community who can easily debunk the skeptics' theories of clouds and solar forcings have caused the global warming that they can no longer deny.
Fri, 2006-05-26 11:27Richard Littlemore
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Early Raves for An Inconvenient Truth

The early reviews are in for Al Gore's climate change movie An Inconvenient Truth, and so far the response seems to be effusive. For example, Claudia Puig of USA Today says, “What could have been mired in political rhetoric or techno-speak is instead illuminating, fascinating and sometimes frightening.”
Fri, 2006-05-26 10:49Richard Littlemore
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Straight Goods on Climate Change Apologist Stossel

Georgia Straight Editor Charlie Smith weighs in with a whithering report on John Stossel, ABC's favourite 20/20 libertarian. Stossel is one of the guest speakers scheduled for the “Environmental Wars,” a Science Skeptics conference that will be held at the California Institute of Technology next week.

Don't worry, though, if you can't make the conference. The DeSmogBlog will be there, blogging live. Watch this space.

Fri, 2006-05-26 08:22Richard Littlemore
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An Argument in Search of an Audience

From 2001 to 2004, Joyce Murray was the British Columbia “Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection” – an executive officer in a government that didn't even want to acknowledge the “environment.” (To their credit, the provincial Liberals have dropped the conceit and once again take ownership of a “Ministry of the Environment.”)

Regardless of her government's record (Murray says, “I was not able to bring forward as strong a Plan for BC as I intended (for various reasons I will not go into here!),” the former minister has been speaking out about the worrying abdication of climate change responsibility at the federal level. She submitted this article to the Globe and Mail and to the Vancouver Sun to no avail. We think it deserves some attention.

Tue, 2006-05-23 06:27Richard Littlemore
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A Few Things Ill-Considered; A Climate Change Counterpoint

Here's a very clear, readable and well-researched site on how to respond to climate change skeptics. A great example of what you will find runs as follows:

Objection

So 2005 was a record year, one really warm year or two is not global warming.

This kind of objection only indicates an unfamiliarity with the actual long term temperature record and is just asking for a few good temperature facts, so let 'em have it!

Answer:
2005 breaking the record is not convincing? Let's see then, how about:

Sat, 2006-05-20 11:00Richard Littlemore
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Appropriate Attention on Solutions

It's nice to see our colleague, Ross Gelbspan, receiving so much mainstream media attention. Check out this New York Times opinion piece by San Francisco author Katherine Ellison.

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