Back in March when the prospect of a majority NDP government in Alberta was still a twinkle in Rachely Notley’s eye, the to-be premier...
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.
If there's anything climate-change crusaders are adamant about, it is that the science of the matter is settled. That greenhouse gases emitted through human activity are causing the planet to warm dangerously, they say, is an established fact; only a charlatan would claim otherwise.
Ever wonder who's behind some of the outrageous edits to Wikipedia? Has an underhanded auto manufacturer been editing the Wikipedia entry for global warming?
Check out Wikipedia Scanner, an amazing piece of programming that is rightfully getting the attention it deserves. The program can trace Wikipedia edits back to known IP addresses of corporations and organizations.
UPDATE: sent this email to the University of Calgary today requesting an update. I'll let you know what I hear back.
According to this email exchange (pdf.) posted to sourcewatch, it looks like the University of Calgary is considering an audit of the controversial 'Science Education Fund' that was used to fund the oil-industry backed so-called 'Friends of Science.'
The exchange is dated back to March, 2007 with no further updates. I've sent off an email to the University of Calgary requesting an update.
If any of our readers has an update, send me an email at desmogblog [at] gmail.com.
As global warming redefines the rules of both nature and politics, environmentalists and their political allies have come to realize that logging is less harmful for the planet than unchecked sprawl. And $70 million has been earmarked in the state budget to prevent its forests from being converted to housing and commercial developments.
A new study based on more than 20 years’ of data from forests in Panama and Malaysia says climate change could force a 50 per cent reduction in the rate that tropical trees grow, severely eroding or even eliminating their ability to cleanse the air of carbon dioxide.