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Global warming and Hurricance Dean: what we can and can't say

Well-known author and blogger Chris Mooney has written a great post on what we can say about Hurricane Dean as it relates to global warming.

This post will be especially helpful for media when the inevitable discussion of hurricanes and global warming pops up in the wake of Hurricane Dean.

So what can we say? As Chris explains, “It's complicated.”

UN chief says U.S. is finally listening to urgent call to arms on climate change

UN leader Ban Ki-moon says global warming is the biggest struggle facing mankind, and that the Bush administration, a strong opponent of the Kyoto Protocol, has finally awakened to the seriousness of the issue.

Of global warming deniers, Iraq and WMD's at the Media Research Center

When the oil-industry friendly Brett Bozell Media Research Center echo chamber isn't spreading misinformation about the state of climate change science, it has other interests such as the war in Iraq.

Here's some archived quotes from the MRC concerning the Iraq war: (added emphasis in italics)

Media Research Center, April 15, 2003:

War is hell, but a short, successful war that ends with the natives dancing in the streets presents a particular hell for the 'peace' movement.”

Come on, why let mere facts ruin your day?

I think we'll just keep repeating the question until we get an answer:

Where's the science? Where's the science? Where's the science?

The latest think tank effort is a video by the oil-industry-friendly Heartland Institute, who is just begging for attention as the Al Gore attack dog.

The video outlines some of the more popular denier themes (and deniers) around Gore's Inconvenient Truth - like somehow discrediting Gore is a way of discrediting the body of literature around human-made climate change.

The tag-line at the end of the video is the best part: “Don't let fear ruin your day, learn the facts.”

Hansen on Usufruct and Deniers

What we have here is a case of dogged contrarians who present results in ways intended to deceive the public into believing that the changes have greater significance than reality.”

This deceit has a clear purpose: to confuse the public about the status of knowledge of global climate change, thus delaying effective action to mitigate climate change.”

Attached is a very well written response by NASA's Jim Hansen to the contrarian glee over the minor adjustments made to their US temperature data.

Global warming cited as a cause of strife in Darfur and elsewhere

A growing consensus of scientists and others says greenhouse gases are causing civil wars in places like Sudan and Afganistan. The conflicts are aggravated by a scarcity of resources due to floods and drought, which are caused by climate change.

Man-Made Aerosol Cooling Would Trigger a Global Drought

A controversial theory proposes mimicking volcanoes to fight global warming. But throwing sulfur particles into the sky may do more harm than good, a new study says.

The temporary solution would pump particles of sulfur high into the atmosphere—simulating the effect of a massive volcano by blocking out some of the sun's rays. This intervention, advocates argue, would buy a little time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But as well as cooling the planet, the sulfur particles would reduce rainfall and cause serious global drought, a new study says.

Jacoby: The Scientific Consensus is Chopped Liver

By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe Columnist, Aug. 19, 2007

If there's anything climate-change crusaders are adamant about, it is that the science of the matter is settled. That greenhouse gases emitted through human activity are causing the planet to warm dangerously, they say, is an established fact; only a charlatan would claim otherwise.

Outsourcing the Greenhouse

Turner's Falls, MA – Some townspeople in Turners Falls, this 19th-century mill village on the Connecticut River celebrated when workers began tearing down a shuttered coal-fired power plant this year.

First, they dismantled the towering boiler. 

Can Wiki Scanner help the DeSmogosphere?

Ever wonder who's behind some of the outrageous edits to Wikipedia? Has an underhanded auto manufacturer been editing the Wikipedia entry for global warming?

Check out Wikipedia Scanner, an amazing piece of programming that is rightfully getting the attention it deserves. The program can trace Wikipedia edits back to known IP addresses of corporations and organizations.


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