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Wed, 2007-05-09 12:37Kevin Grandia
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Breaking: Environment Canada employee arrested for leaking climate plan

RCMP just posted this.

Globe and Mail has the story.

Update: Globe and Mail has updated their story .

H/T: VJ for keeping on top of this.

Wed, 2007-05-09 10:57Kevin Grandia
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Will Fox News stop peddling "Junk Science?"

With the announcement today by News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch that the media conglomerate is joining the battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the big question here at DeSmogBlog is whether this means Fox News will end its peddling in global warming junk science.

Steve Milloy (aka. “The Junkman”) is a regular Fox News columnist and tireless campaigner in the war agianst climate science. A quick read of Milloy's website and you will find the usual laundry list of long-held global warming denier arguments.

Wed, 2007-05-09 10:26Kevin Grandia
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Senate Committee debates climate change action costs today

Its refreshing to see the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee moving on from a debate over whether global warming is a hoax, to one of what to do about ever-increasing US greenhouse gas emissions.

Today the hearing was on the subject of “Emerging Technologies and Practices for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”

Wed, 2007-05-09 09:53Ross Gelbspan
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Putting The Fox In Charge Of The Greenhouse

Fox News founder and media maven Rupert Murdoch launched a company-wide plan today to address climate change that includes not only a pledge to reduce the News Corporation's emissions but also a vow to weave climate messaging into the content and programming of News Corp.'s many holdings.

Tue, 2007-05-08 21:00Kevin Grandia
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Around the DeSmogosphere

Here's what other bloggers and DeSmog friends from our blogroll are talking about.

Adam Siegal @ Ecotality:

Wal-Mart announced today a huge solar system purchase, a “pilot project … toward its goal of being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy.” For many, Wal-Mart has been an odd poster child for Green business management…

Simon Donner @ Maribo:

In case you are still not convinced that the emissions intensity concept is a sham, take a look at this graph. In fact, don’t just look at it. E-mail a copy to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper…

Tue, 2007-05-08 12:51Kevin Grandia
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Beck's "Climate of Fear" crashes and burns

Is it scientifically valid to attribute one instance of total failure by the global warming denier campaign to an emerging long-term global trend of failures by the global warming denier campaign? 

Last week's Glenn Beck denier-a-minute special on climate change “alarmism” was a complete flop. The evening ratings are out and it shows Beck dead last in total viewers in the 7pm time slot. CNN can't be too happy, considering there was a considerable amount of hype-dollars invested in this attack on science.

I guess Tim Ball isn't the media darling the US think tank s have been making him out to be.

H/T: Media Matters 

Tue, 2007-05-08 11:51Kevin Grandia
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Is DiCaprio the next Al Gore?

Al Gore has done an amazing job raising the awareness of global warming to a level that it rightly deserves. The global warming deniers who frequent DSBlog can say all they want about Gore, but most of what they say only makes them look more idealogical and desperate than they already are.

What Gore has done, is communicate in a very compelling way, to a very large number of people, the overwhelming scientific evidence telling us that global warming is happening, human activities are to blame and we should all be very concerned about the outcomes.

Now it looks like another heavyweight in the art of communication will be joining Gore's efforts in a serious way. Check out Leonardo DiCaprio's trailer for his new film, The 11th Hour, debuting this month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mon, 2007-05-07 08:41Kevin Grandia
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What's the carbon-weather looking like today?

Okay, you can't check today's “carbon-weather” but you can see what it was in the past. Check out this site created by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that provides a global perspective of carbon uptake and release.

The image above is the North American carbon weather on January 1, 2005.

Sat, 2007-05-05 10:02Kevin Grandia
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"Bias in favour of the truth"

This columnist today takes the “Global Warming Swindle” film to task.

Choice quotes:

Certainly, there is considerable pressure to offer a balanced presentation of controversial issues. This is nowhere more apparent than in the case of global warming. Witness Mike Chernoff's recent attempt to get copies of The Great Global Warming Swindle into high school classrooms to “balance” Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, and his statement that “without balanced information on a subject, an unbiased decision is difficult.”
Fri, 2007-05-04 13:32Ross Gelbspan
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Forget the birds and the bees. It's the butterflies, Stupid!

Britain's hottest April on record has meant butterflies are hatching up to two months early. The charity Butterfly Conservation said butterflies had been emerging an average of half a day earlier each year from the mid-Seventies until last year. 

This year has blown all that away. We have had lots of species coming out two weeks earlier than last year, some a month or two months early. It's really a very dramatic situation.”

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