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Fri, 2006-01-06 11:03Jim Hoggan
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Hot (Down) Under the Collar

The Melbourne Age reports that Australia's Bureau of Meteorology shows the average national temperature in 2005 was 22.89, 1.09 degrees hotter than the average between 1961 and 1990 – and the hottest year on record. The Bureau further reported that:

Fri, 2006-01-06 10:26Jim Hoggan
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Climate Change: A Cycle Not a Trend?

Those who deny the reality of climate change like to point out that dramatic weather events have occurred in the past; they argue that we may be in the midst of a cycle we don't understand, rather than a trend caused by human activity.

New research from the U.S. National Science Foundation looks at a previous “cycle” – one that occurred 55 million years ago and that resulted in warming-induced changes in sea circulation that appear similar to what are currently occurring in the northern hemisphere.

For those who would take comfort in the cyclical argument, consider that on the earlier occasion, the “cycle” took 20,000 years to reverse itself – a little beyond our current planning horizon.

Thu, 2006-01-05 09:05Jim Hoggan
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Bobby "Not-in-My-Back-Yard" Kennedy; or Clay Feet on Cape Cod

Woefully, it appears that Bobby Kennedy Jr., so fulsomely quoted a few posts on, has clay feet when it comes to his environmental convictions. That is, he's all for saving the world, as long as it doesn't interfere with his favourite sailing grounds.

Thu, 2006-01-05 08:30Jim Hoggan
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Climate Change = Tough Sledding

There are days, in some states and provinces, when peddling concern about global warming is a tough sell; in North Dakota, or Manitoba, a little winter warmth sometimes sounds like a good thing. But things start to look more real when the snowmobiles have to stay on the trailer for a whole season. Check out the attached Canadian Press story on the state of prairie weather this winter.

Wed, 2006-01-04 12:17Jim Hoggan
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The Slippery Slope of Climate Change Denial

A great post at www.OpEdNews.com asks – and answers – the question of whether we dare ignore the debate on evolution.

The principal argument is that we should not allow habits of thought that invite or facilitate deception and manipulation. WriterAndrew Bard Schmookler says:

“It matters whether people follow their authorities blindly or they develop the critical capabilities to think for themselves. Perhaps it’s fine to give the Bible unquestioning credence, but unquestioning trust in the declarations of political authorities can be dangerous.”
Sat, 2005-12-24 07:09Jim Hoggan
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Bush Bought and Paid for by the Coal Industry

This quote also from the R.F. Kennedy Speech on George W Bush and the US Coal Industry:

“I'll give you an example. As I said, a gigantic diminution in quality of life has taken place in this country as a direct result of this President's environmental policy that Americans mainly don't know about. I'm just going to focus on one industry, which is coal-burning power plants.”

Thu, 2005-12-22 09:39Jim Hoggan
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The Commodification of Mistrust

A recent report from Imagine BC (a public engagement project being run out of Simon Fraser University's Wosk Centre for Dialogue), contained the following quote:

“(The) ‘elephant in the room’ is the public’s increasing mistrust in society’s public and private sector institutions. Without trust there is disengagement and cynicism. People opting out with an ‘all is lost’ attitude. Contrary to current myths, the public ‘gets’ sustainability, but is fearful. [They] don’t trust those in power to do the right thing; don’t believe they can make a difference.”

I don't think this lack of trust is accidental. While not a conspiracy theorist by nature, it's clear that mistrust is a valuable commodity to certain players in the business world. Mistrust begets policy paralysis, which destroy's government's ability to implement regulations, which leaves the corporate community free to do whatever its invisible hand fancies.

Wed, 2005-12-21 10:52Jim Hoggan
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A Fresh Theory on Climate Change

We're not entirely certain these people are serious, but when you look at the stuff that Amy Ridenour writes (see next post), you can't be too certain:

The Church of the Flying Spagetti Monster has postulated that climate change is actually being caused by the decline in piracy. They even have a graph (Global Average Temperature vs Number of Pirates) that is at least as convincing as anything that Patrick Michaels has every produced.

Tue, 2005-12-20 15:25Jim Hoggan
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Spinning Science: Court Rules that Intelligent Design is ... Well ... Unintelligent

The good people of Pennsylvania, who already fired the school board officials who tried to foist Intelligent Design on their children, will be pleased at the court support granted today.

Still, regardless that Intelligent Design continues to be dismissed as a thinly veiled cover for Creationism, sites like the Intelligent Design Network continue to put up credible-looking fronts for this scientific fraud.

On an earlier post, I warned – only half in jest – that you shouldn't show this blog to your children, for fear of frightening them about the future of the planet. I changed my mind; the prospect of letting the ID crowd fill in the blanks is scarier still.

Tue, 2005-12-20 10:45Jim Hoggan
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Dream on About a White Christmas

Okay, so I live in Vancouver and it hardly ever snows here at Christmas, anyway. And the nature of climate change – which increases the likelihood of unusual weather events – means a white Christmas may be more probably now than in the past. But we have a trend and the skiers aren't going to like it.

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