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Mon, 2006-01-30 14:38Ross Gelbspan
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Hansen, NYT Deserve Praise for Standing up to Censorship

In 1988, against the background of Yellowstone National Park in flames, James Hansen, of NASA's Goddard Space Center, went before Congress to declare that “global warming is at hand.”

Last month, Hansen wrote:

The Earth's temperature… is now passing through the peak level of the Holocene, a period of relatively stable climate that has existed for more than 10,000 years. Further warming of more than one degree Celsius will make the Earth warmer than it has been in a million years… That implies practically a different planet. …The Earth's climate is nearing, but has not passed, a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to avoid climate change with far-ranging undesirable consequences.”

Mon, 2006-01-30 11:24Richard Littlemore
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California Courting Climate Change Advantage

When California started insisting, in the late 1960s, that automakers clean up exhaust emissions, industry screamed at the notion, threatening that the state's tough standards would bankrupt car owners and put the industry out of business.

Forty-odd years later, North American's love affair with the car has reached new heights of rapture and the air in every major city is more breathable than it was in the mid-70s, despite a tripling of  the number of vehicles on the street during those years.

Sun, 2006-01-29 17:02Richard Littlemore
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NASA Makes Veiled Attempt to Silence Climate Comment

The New York Times is reporting that,

The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.”

Sun, 2006-01-29 16:41Jim Hoggan
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Bravo to the Top 25 Green Energy Consumers

Check this great list of the top 25 U.S. consumers of green energy. It is, first of all, a tribute to some good corporate citizens like Johnson & Johnson, as well as companies that have made being green part of their business strategy (Whole Foods, Starbucks).

It's also revealing the consumer No.1 is the U.S. Air Force, which is undoubtedly more interested in the reliability of power in a crisis than in joining Whole Foods' campaign to green up the environment. It makes the point - better than we could - that alternative energy is good policy for lots of reasons, even beyond the benefit of saving the planet.

Fri, 2006-01-27 09:07Richard Littlemore
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Terry Corcoran: King of Canadian Climate Change Deniers

Among major media figures in Canada, few people can claim as much credit as the National Post's Terrance Corcoran in the prolonged and woefully effective campaign to mislead the Canadian public on the science and policies regarding climate change.

As a business columnist in the Globe and Mail in the 1990s, Corcoran was reported to run shrieking into the managing editor's office any time a (well-documented) science story crept into the pages of what was then the nation's only national newspaper. As a result, the mid-level editors lived in fear and the environment reporters threw up their hands when asked why the Globe wasn't covering the story

Wed, 2006-01-25 15:06Ross Gelbspan
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Hot Time -- Bad Timing

Three days ago, it was revealed that Stephen Harper was joining George W. Bush in a North American death wish by withdrawing from the Kyoto process. 

Yesterday, NASA scientists announced that 2005 had topped 1998 as the hottest year on record.  In fact, one NASA researcher said it was likely that 2005 may have been the warmest in several thousand years.  While the rest of the world scrambles to patch together the barest beginnings of a survival strategy, it seems clear that the alternative path blazed by the US and Australia, a followed by India, China and now Canada is becoming the non-stop route to climate hell.

Mon, 2006-01-23 17:08Jim Hoggan
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New Canadian Government May Shatter Kyoto

The Tyee, a “fiesty” on-line magazine that loves tackling stories that the mainstream media overlook, has the definitive piece on the Harper Conservatives' plans for Kyoto - and it's bleak, bleak, bleak. Canada's new federal government (this is being written before the polls close, so we're making an assumption) is seated in the oil-soaked western province of Alberta and has been hostile to the Kyoto Protocol from the outset.

Sun, 2006-01-22 09:38Ross Gelbspan
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Monbiot: Methane Findings Highlight the Scam of Carbon Trading

The Scam of Global Warming Is That We Pay Others For Our Complacency
The most destructive effect of the carbon offset trade is that it allows us to believe we can carry on polluting

George Monbiot, The Guardian (UK),  Jan. 22, 2006   

[A] study published  last week in Nature showed, to everyone's astonishment that plants produce methane, a greenhouse gas… But while this study does nothing to threaten global warming  theory … it should shake our  confidence in one of our favourite means of tackling it: paying other people to clear up the mess we've made.

Fri, 2006-01-20 14:24Jim Hoggan
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Crikey: A Balancing View on Lovelock's Apocalypse

For all of you who are still depressed from the earlier Lovelock post, warning that we have already inflicted fatal damage to the earth's climate, check out this post for a slightly more optimistic view of humankind's ability to respond to climate change.

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