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Tue, 2007-05-29 13:17Kevin Grandia
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Are you a global warming denier? Take the Heib Global Warming Test

A DeSmogBlog fan passed on to us a “Global Warming Test” making the email rounds today.

The site is run by Monte and Harrison Heib and the intro for the test states:

“Caution: This section contains sound science, not media hype, and may therefore contain material not suitable for young people trying to get a good grade in political correctness.”

Sound science?

We have learned here at the DeSmogBlog that any disclaimer containing the words “sound science” most likely means you're about to be spun faster than a weather vain. And the Heib Test proves, once again, that this is a “sound assumption.”

Tue, 2007-05-29 09:50Bill Miller
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Mum Harper seen backing Bush effort to undermine international climate-change pact

The Prime Minister is under fire from both Liberals and New Democrats for remaining non-committal on whether Canada will back a proposal by Germany for a post-Kyoto agreement when G8 nations meet in Germany next week. China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa will also be part of the discussions.

Tue, 2007-05-29 07:59Kevin Grandia
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It's our mess, we should clean it up

The International Aid Agency, Oxfam, is making big headlines today with its statement that rich nations, who are responsible for most of the past green house gas emissions should be footing most of the bill to fix the problem.

Developing countries cannot and should not be expected to foot the bill for the impact of rich countries' emissions,” she said, echoing the position of the developing world.”

Mon, 2007-05-28 14:19Kevin Grandia
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Tobacco and global warming: same talking points, bigger issue

Here's part two in the series we are doing on DeSmogBlog, comparing archived tobacco industry PR spin film footage with the current PR spin on global warming.

This one's based on a 1979 Tobacco Institute video describing the efforts PR “spokesmans” program.
Sun, 2007-05-27 12:54Bill Miller
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Remote Alaskan villages struggle with consequences of climate change

In Alaska and northern Canada, the once-permanently frozen subsoil known as permafrost, which many native settlements rest upon, is now melting due to warming air and ocean temperatures. And sea ice that would normally protect coastal villages is forming later in the year, allowing fall storms to erode the shoreline.

Fri, 2007-05-25 10:06Bill Miller
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UK's Blair nudges Bush Administration to back carbon deal next month

The prime minister, speaking on BBC TV, said climate-change awareness is gaining momentum with Americans and it’s possible the U.S. may be willing to support an agreement at the G8 summit in June on cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

Thu, 2007-05-24 10:10Kevin Grandia
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Japan's PM looks beyond Kyoto

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed a new international framework that would see worldwide carbon emissions cut in half by 2050.

Prime Minister Abe is getting a little unfair criticism for being short on details of what the final emission targets of his plan will look like. But Abe is right in his diplomatic obfuscation (for now), these are early days and a new international framework will have to take pains to ensure that it is embraced by the United States, who opted not to be part of the Kyoto Protocol.

Thu, 2007-05-24 08:12Richard Littlemore
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You Made the Mess; You Clean It Up

It's hard to argue with the logic of this People's Daily Online editorial that says what we always thought China and India would say: The developed countries of the world have done the most to create climate change; they should do the most to fix it.
Thu, 2007-05-24 07:08Ross Gelbspan
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Congressman Markey's Exhibition of Courage

Earlier in the week, AP reported that the “Smithsonian Institution toned down an exhibit on climate change in the Arctic for fear of angering Congress and the Bush administration.” House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA) has sent the Smithsonian a letter notifying the institution that he is starting an investigation into the matter.

Wed, 2007-05-23 09:55Bill Miller
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Rapid climate change threatens world’s largest creatures

A new report entitled “Whales in hot water?” says whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) face increasing threats from global warming as rising sea temperatures destroy polar habitats and undermine their food sources.

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