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How Politics Conspired to Kill DSCOVR

This is the second in DeSmogBlog's investigative series called “Operation Uncover DSCOVR.
 
Back in 1998, before he wasn’t elected president, and long before he hit the Hollywood “A List” with An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore had an interesting idea.
 
It was a dream actually.
 
Gore woke one morning remembering how powerfully he was affected by the iconic “blue marble” photo taken on December 7, 1972 by the crew of Apollo 17 on their way to the moon.

Global warming could threaten rise in heart disease, doctors say

The most interesting discussions at a recent medical conference in Vienna took place on the sidelines, as cardiologists and other experts discussed the impacts of climate change on cardiovascular disease. In short, arteries harden faster in hot weather, and extreme events like recent wildfires in Greece likely exacerbate the problem.

Canadian government's evolving climate change policy all hot air

The Conservative government first denied the scientific evidence for man-made global warming. They then accepted that something needed to be done, but it needed to be a “Made in Canada” solution. 

Now the Conservative government appears to be shucking the “Made in Canada” talking point for an “international agreement” one.

Deniers propping up carbon sequestration as political lip service

Ever wonder why so many former climate change “skeptics” are now saying that global warming is real and we should think about doing something?

For many it's a delay tactic. Lacking the scientific evidence to continue to deny what is so obviously a reality, some people are moving on to new PR tactics.

One such tactic has been uncovered by Dave Roberts at Grist.

Squabble erupts over excessive ‘green taxes’ in UK

Instead of tailoring taxes to address the social costs of carbon emissions in Britain, a taxpayers group says government ministers have been using the levy as a cash cow, stuffing their own coffers rather than improving the environment.

Climate change drives up greenhouse-gas emissions from UK peatlands

A new study has found that hotter summers and wetter winters could further destabilize the habitat already described as “the most severely eroded in the world,” making it a perpetrator of global warming instead of mitigating it through proper conservation.

Coal-fired Minnkota CEO finds solace in the "Heartland"

In a recent column titled “Global Warming Uncertain,” David Loer, CEO of Minnkota Power Cooperative writes:

…others would like us to believe that carbon dioxide from burning coal is a major contributor to catastrophic global warming and apparently are offended when we question that premise.”

158 Nations Agree on Interim Cuts -- Minus You-Know-Who!

Negotiators from 158 countries reached basic agreement Friday on rough targets aimed at getting some of the world's biggest polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

A weeklong U.N. climate conference concluded that industrialized countries should strive to cut emissions by 25 percent to 40 percent of their 1990 levels by 2020. Experts said that target would serve as a loose guide for a major international climate summit to be held in December in Bali, Indonesia.

The agreement does not include the U.S., which has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol.


The Latest in Offsets: Homelessness

Planting trees in Uganda to offset greenhouse-gas emissions in Europe seemed like a good idea - until farmers were evicted from their land to make room for a forest.

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The more donations we receive the more resources we can throw behind this project. We have an opportunity to shine the light on the politics behind global warming at their worst. Click here to donate, it all adds up, so whatever you can afford.

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