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Tue, 2007-05-22 08:07Ross Gelbspan
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Reality Swamps IPCC's "Worst Case Scenario"

Global emissions of carbon dioxide are growing at a faster clip than the highest rates used in recent key UN reports. From 2000 to 2004, CO2 emissions rates almost tripled to 3 percent a year – higher than any rate used in emissions scenarios for the reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Fri, 2007-05-04 13:07Kevin Grandia
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$10 to save the planet

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded today that it would cost .12% of the world's domestic product to substantially reduce our collective greenhouse gas emissions.

GDP of the world economy: US$60 trillion

.12% of $60 trillion: $70 billion

Total population of the earth: 6.5 billion

Cost per person to significantly reduce heat-trapping gas worldwide: $10 a year

Cost of saving the planet from droughts, famine, mass flooding, species extinction and rising sea levels: priceless.

Note: I've revised the calculations here. From $110 to $10 per person.

Here's the math: $60 trillion/.0012/6.5 billion = 10 (rounded figures)

Fri, 2007-05-04 12:37Kevin Grandia
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Spinning the economic "doom and gloom" of global warming has lost credibility

ThinkProgress has a great piece today outlining the Republican (and their sympathetic media) attempts to frame greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies as devastating to the US economy.
Fri, 2007-05-04 09:17Jim Hoggan
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A minimum cost for a premium investment

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today released its third and final summary on the state of climate change. The report, entitled Summary for Policymakers: mitigation of climate change, outlines what the problem is, how we should be dealing with it and how much it's going to cost.
Thu, 2007-04-19 09:11Bill Miller
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Africa must act fast on climate change, IPCC says

African governments must take speedy action to prevent drought in the already semi-arid continent due to global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said. Major threats include severe food shortages due to decreasing fish populations in large lakes because of rising temperatures.

Wed, 2007-04-18 21:18Kevin Grandia
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Denier Peiser's conspiracy is what many consider science

Well-known denier Benny Peiser complains in a recent Reuters story that: “scientific journals refused to take papers from scientists who doubted climate change.”

Of course, this speaks to the worn-out claim that there is a grand scientific conspiracy to silence those who deny the realities of climate change. What if we assume instead that Peiser's unimpressive publication rate is a reflection of a “conspiracy” among journal editors to favour high quality research?

Tue, 2007-04-17 14:09Richard Littlemore
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A Credible Denier? Incredible!

What's the DeSmogBlog to do with a climate change denier like Dr. Paul Reiter? Even though he keeps questionable company - hanging out with industry front groups and scientists of less impressive credentials - he may be sincere in his convictions. Should that be compelling?
Tue, 2007-04-17 11:46Bill Miller
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Global warming may land U.S. in hot water

As the world turns warmer, water will become a major domestic and national-security problem for the U.S., a scientific report says, with states clashing over control of rivers at home, and shortages and floods worsening conflicts and terrorism abroad.

Tue, 2007-04-17 11:10Bill Miller
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UN Security Council launches landmark debate on global warming

For the first time in its 60-year history, the UN Security Council today began discussing how climate change could trigger conflicts and famine. It is a milestone event in UN history in that global warming has taken center stage away from politics and government mismanagement as the usual culprits behind conflicts and human miseries.

Tue, 2007-04-17 03:00Jim Hoggan
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New analysis: Chinese and Saudi Diplomats Water Down Global Warming Estimates

This is a DeSmogBlog release sent out to media this morning:

ANALYSIS OF LEAKED DOCUMENTS SHOWSINAPPROPRIATE AND UNJUSTIFIEDPOLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT

Chinese and Saudi Diplomats Water Down Global Warming Estimates

Go here for the full release and a copy of the analysis report.

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