This is a guest post by Gus Van Harten, professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School and author of Sold Down the Yangtze: Canada's Lopsided Investment Deal with China. This post originally...
The surprise finding, announced by HSBC, the world’s fourth-largest corporation, showed India leading both the developed and developing worlds – far ahead of the UK, France, Germany and the US. HSBC said it shatters the widely held myth of the industrialized world leading the pack on global warming.
A new report released by 50 top university and government researchers including one of the leading authors of the IPCC's report on impact and mitigation of global warming, has warned that the Northeastern United States could face severe weather changes if initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are not acted on.
Lengthy spells of over 100 degree heat, frequent and intense flooding, the disappearance of most ski resorts in the area as well as spruce and hemlock trees are some of the devastating effects that the forecasted temperature increase would produce.
A column in a Seattle newspaper says growing consensus on human causes of climate change has forced deniers to switch tactics, abandoning shrill demands for scientific evidence – which is ample – for “drive-by shootings” such as exaggerated estimates of energy consumption in Al Gore’s house in Tennessee, or Prince Charles flying across the Atlantic to receive an environmental award.
The World Changing head-honcho, Alex Steffen, has come out with his thoughts on “The Best Climate Change Websites.”
I'm proud to report that Alex has chosen DeSmogBlog as on of the best!
This might have something to do with the fact that I just uncovered evidence that Alex used to be the PR guy for ExxonMobil!
Thanks for the nod Alex, the feeling is mutual.
A virtual town-hall meeting sponsored by MoveOn.org saw Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards edge out fellow-opponents Clinton and Obama with his renewed call to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the U.S. by 80 per cent by 2050. Edwards also released a new podcast on his plan to make coal-fired power plans cleaner.
In an age where celebrity antics replace issues like the war in Iraq as front page news, it can be challenging to engage audiences with 'real' global issues without losing them to Entertainment Tonight. Whether we like it or not, when celebrity speaks, we listen.
MTV's new public service announcement on Global Warming features respected artists like Pearl Jam, Rusted Root and Blackalicious who weigh in on the effects of global warming and the consequences of inaction.
While the “cosmic ray” theory of climate change will probably still continue to be put forward by the persistent little army of global warming deniers, there's a new study to be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society that appears to put the myth to rest once and for all.
Researchers have found that the Sun's output has actually fallen over the past 20 years, while temperatures continue to rise.
Any global warming denier who continues to defend this myth is more than welcome to send their scientific findings to the Proceedings of the Royal Society or any other peer-reviewed scientific journal for review and possible publication.
“There are 11 million alternative fuel autos on the road today,” exclaims The Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) website.
The AAM has a long history of fighting emission standards, so it's no wonder why a headline like “11 million alternative fuel autos on the road today” would jump out at anyone familiar with the Alliance and their not-so-environmentally friendly activities.