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Tue, 2007-06-19 13:51Kevin Grandia
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ExxonMobil slowly shedding its "skeptical" skin

ExxonMobil's chief spokesman, Kenneth Cohen recently stated that, “Exxon Mobil Corp. never in the past decade doubted the risk from climate change… [and] had simply firmed up, or “evolved,” its understanding of the threat.”

If by firming up the science, Cohen means spending an estimated $23 million on think tanks and associations that have spent the better part of the last decade attacking the scientific evidence for human-induced global warming, then we couldn't agree more.

Tue, 2007-06-19 11:26Kevin Grandia
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A history of tobacco spin

Here's a video compilation we were working on for James Hoggan's recent keynote lecture to the Canadian Public Relations Society's national conference. We chose in the end to not use the video, but I thought it would be great for DeSmog readers.

Tue, 2007-06-19 10:28Bill Miller
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Surprise ally delivers a kick against global warming

A Colorado sports organization is pitching itself as the world’s first carbon-neutral soccer team . Based in Boulder, where the city council voted last year to adhere to the Kyoto Protocol – something the U.S. government has never done – the Colorado Rapids under-23 organization has vowed all carbon emissions produced by the team are offset by carbon reduction.

 
Sun, 2007-06-17 13:02Bill Miller
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Carbon ranching pushes rainforest preservation in global-warming battle

Carbon ranching is a way to protect rainforests, which inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen to help cool the planet. At present, these woodlands are threatened by logging, mining, cattle production and, increasingly, sugar and palm oil plantations to fuel growing demand for ethanol. In fact, destruction of the world’s tropical forests now contributes more to global warming than China’s well-publicized industrial-pollution surge.

A pledge to help poorer nations reduce carbon emissions caused by slashing and burning their forests was in the final communiqué issued at the Group of 8 summit in Germany. The Bush administration has financed some tropical forest conservation projects in the past. Now, as Congress energetically debates new climate-change legislation, greater incentives for carbon ranching are advocated. As usual, the solution is simple economics.

Fri, 2007-06-15 12:09Bill Miller
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Global-warming is the ‘900-pound gorilla’ of policy decisions

Western U.S. governors laid to rest this week much remaining doubt about a human role in climate change; now they must find workable policies to avert global disaster 10 to 50 years in the future.

As one governor described it, “We are looking for the silver lining in a black cloud.” But even as they grappled over the scientific consensus, religious and political skeptics were scrambling to discredit it.

Fri, 2007-06-15 10:25Kevin Grandia
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AccuWeather - the "unbias" source for all your skeptic news

I've been watching AccuWeather.com for a while now, and they have just unleashed a very strange new front for the global warming denier movement.

AccuWeather's very professionally done video blog section, “Headline Earth,” is touting itself as providing “an unbias look at the global warming debate.” And to prove how unbias they really are, they provide none other than Pat Michaels as their featured interview.

And who will they be airing on their next episode? None other than Dr. Fred Singer. 

Thu, 2007-06-14 11:13Bill Miller
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Mt. Kilimanjaro is a bad example of a point well taken

An American scientist says popular photographs of the African peak’s disappearing ice cover may not be evidence of global warming, but the melting of just about every other glacier on the planet certainly is.

Thu, 2007-06-14 10:25Bill Miller
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Drug makers may profit from disease in global warming scourge

A new study says climate change will trigger a rise in respiratory ills and infectious diseases by 2020 in some countries, with malaria, cholera, diphtheria and dengue fever resurfacing in areas where they were eradicated more than 60 years ago.

Wed, 2007-06-13 13:26Ross Gelbspan
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Cockburn's Obsession Has A Long History

Alexander Cockburn (writing in the Nation) has become the latest contrarian-de-jour, sallying forth with some rather novel arithmetic to show that human-caused global warming is nothing to be concerned about. This would be unworthy of comment in most cases, but Cockburn stands out as one of only a few left-wing contrarians, as opposed to the more usual right-wing variety.

Casual readers may have thought this is a relatively recent obsession of his (3 articles and responses over the last month), however, Cockburn has a fairly long history of ill-informed commentary on the subject of global warming.

Wed, 2007-06-13 10:03Kevin Grandia
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Microsoft's Global Warming Challenge to Gamers

Microsoft announced today a new venture that will take advantage of the massive gaming industry to help raise global warming awareness. Budding game designers will be challenged to develop a video game on the subject and the top 3 will be considered for inclusion on the XBox Live gaming network that reaches about 6 million gamers worldwide.

It will be interesting to see what a global warming game will look like. Will it include holy paladins installing solar panels or shape-shifting druids protesting at G8 Summits? Or will it take a more mundane Second Life tone with players trading in Linden dollars for carbon offsets?

Guess we'll see.

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