The climate science denying Independent Committee...
“A federal court today issued a harsh rebuke of the Bush administration for its failure to issue long-delayed reports assessing the impacts and consequences of global warming in the United States.”And so continues the seemingly endless saga of an administration bent on hiding the facts from a public who is more than capable of judging on its own what is true and what is not. Shows how much this administration respects the intellect of the American public.
For a group of people that caution we must be 100% certain before drawing conclusions about human-induced climate change, the denier industry sure jumps all over a single, preliminary study as absolute proof of their own conclusions.
The subject of their breathless “I-told-you-so's” is a paper to be published (pdf copy here) shortly in The Journal of Geophysical Research by a scientist named Stephen Schwartz.
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.”
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.”
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.