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Gwynne Dyer: Dab Those Bali Tears

As we now all know, COP-13 did not set the hard emissions-reductions targets that humankind so desperately needs. But there was a silver lining in the South Pacific, argues the legendary journalist who is perhaps best known for his 1980s TV miniseries War.

Dyer's new column pulls back the scope, and places COP-13's non-outcome in the wider context of human evolution. We're getting there, folks, he says, and everything's going to be alright.

Inaction on Global Warming Sees Canadian Tory Government Bleeding In Polls

A new Angus Reid poll out today shows that the Stephen Harper Tory government continues to slump in popularity, and much of the blame lands squarely on their continued bumbling over the issue of global warming.

The Tory government is limping along with a paltry 33 per cent of Canadians supporting their party compared with 36.3 per cent on election day and the party's high of 39 per cent in March of this year.

The environment remains the highest-ranked issue for voters.

Al Gore's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Very moving. The best speech I've seen by Mr. Gore. If you don't have 20 minutes, check the last 5 and the 2 minute standing ovation at the end.

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China-U.S. rift casts long shadow after Bali

As dust settles from the recent UN climate-change conference in Indonesia, some observers are looking to China as the looming pivotal factor in the global-warming struggle.

The world’s most populous nation, now also neck-and-neck with the U.S. as its biggest greenhouse polluter, was the subject of a recent news article under the banner “As China goes, so goes global warming.”

The best the Bali delegates could achieve was two more years of talks on setting emission curbs, but with China building new coal-burning plants at the rate of one a week, in what states of peril will the planet be two years hence?

Research: The New Economics of Global Warming

Economists no longer debate the realities of anthropomorphic climate change–that's so 1993!

Instead, they squabble over how much we should be spending today to lessen the sting of the much bigger invoices that will inevitably come due tomorrow, should we insist on carrying on with all this fossil-fuel nonsense.

Note: see our welcome to DeSmog's latest writer James Glave - this is his first post so be gentle!

China, U.S. intransigence over climate policy hijacks Bali talks

A face off between the world’s largest greenhouse-gas spewers has taken center stage at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, and China appears to be winning its public-relations battle with the U.S.

China has reiterated it will not consider mandatory emissions cuts until the U.S. and other industrialized countries such as Canada embrace a less-extravagant lifestyle. The U.S. is standing pat in its opposition to mandatory limits.

Although both countries have dug in their heels, China, which many believe has already surpassed the U.S. as the world's top emitter of heat-trapping gases, is now seen as playing a constructive role on global warming after years of dodging the issue.

In that scenario, the U.S. is losing friends fast.

Automakers Lose California Global Warming Lawsuit - A Short-Lived Victory?

And just like that it's over, kind of.

After years of effectively blocking California's 2002 law calling for strict new greenhouse gas emissions standards for all new vehicles, a lawsuit filed against the State by major automakers was thrown out of court yesterday.

Federal district court Judge Anthony Ishii issued a strong rebuke to the automobile industry’s attempt to derail the California Clean Car program that would reduce global warming pollution from motor vehicles.

The 5 Hour Countdown - Sign the "Stand With Al Gore" Petition Right Now

At 3:30 am pacific time on December 13th (less than 5 hours from now), Al Gore will address the United Nations climate change summit underway in Bali, Indonesia.

Gore will be presenting a petition signed by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world who are demanding that our leaders stand up and take action on global warming.

If you haven't signed the petition, go to this link right away and add your name - it takes about 5 seconds to do and it's the least we can all do for a man who has dedicated his life to the issue.

And if so inclined, go here to vote it up the ranks on Digg.com (another mere 5 seconds of your life), so the message can spread even further in a very short amount of time.

Bali Baird in Flip-Flops? Canada's Youth Delegation Tells It like It Is

The first bit of this video provides some great insight into just how bad things are going for Canada's Minister of Environment, John Baird at the United Nation's climate conference underway in Bali, Indonesia. 



H/T to Video Vox.

The Waxman Cometh

It has been a long time coming–and its arrival leaves me feeling almost like I'm witnessing the end of an era.

Yesterday Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight, published a long awaited report (PDF), 16 months in the making, that probably represents the most comprehensive investigation yet of how the Bush administration has interfered with and suppression the communication of information about the science of climate change.

And the conclusion is stark: “The Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policymakers and the public about the dangers of global warming.”

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