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Fri, 2007-07-27 14:04Kevin Grandia
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As your president I vow to fight global warming on Mars

Have we inhabited Mars yet? If so, can someone send up soon-to-be-presidential candidate Fred Thompson? Please.

As MediaMatters is reporting today, the Washington Post ran the following Thompson quote today:

It seems scientists have noticed recently that quite a few planets in our solar system seem to be heating up a bit, including Pluto. This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle…”
Fri, 2007-07-27 12:34Jim Hoggan
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The Big Thaw

Things that normally happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime. It's like watching the Statue of Liberty melt.”

A must-read article in the upcoming National Geographic. 

Read more: The Big Thaw
Fri, 2007-07-27 09:00Kevin Grandia
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Mooney: "Science ought to check itself"

A big part of the global warming denial industry argument is the contention that somehow scientists and policymakers over-inflate the threat of global warming to continue the flow of government research dollars.

Many, including the DeSmogBlog, have refuted the claim, but none quite so well as our friend and author Chris Mooney did to a question posed by “skeptic” Bill Gray at a recent symposium.

Thu, 2007-07-26 10:51Ross Gelbspan
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Will We Step Onto a Cosmic Treadmill?

New research indicates that hacking the atmosphere – pumping microscopic particles into the stratosphere or clouds to block sunlight and offset global warming caused by greenhouse gases – is imminently possible.

The problem is: we could never, ever stop doing it.

Thu, 2007-07-26 10:33Kevin Grandia
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Sorry Newsbusters, who's alarmist?

From the Brent Bozell oil-backed echo chamber comes a lovely screed today that clearly defines global warming “alarmism.” Or at least how it is defined by an organization devoted to outing the great Liberal conspiracy in the US media.

It also seems they're now resorting to sci-fi writers to “debunk” global warming.

And apparently, “debunk” in the mind of Newsbuster writer Noel Sheppard, has nothing to do with actual science, but the rantings of a sci fi writer named Orson Scott Card.

Tue, 2007-07-24 09:57Kevin Grandia
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Sorry Gunter, Even Fox News Doesn't Buy the "Global Cooling" Myth

Here's an opinion piece by Lorne Gunter that ran in yesterday's National Post about “global cooling.”

Even Fox News doesn't buy into this myth that is propped up as somehow refuting the current science around climate change.

Tue, 2007-07-24 09:46Richard Littlemore
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A bare-faced lie - from a predictable source

There is nothing particularly unusual about current weather and climate change – it is generally well within long-term normal patterns. – Tim Ball, CFP, July 20, 2007
Tue, 2007-07-24 08:20Ross Gelbspan
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A Yellow Flag on Warming from a Most Unlikely Source

Talking about climate change at a Formula One race might at first glance seem like praising celibacy in a brothel.

The world's top motor sport competition is for many the epitome of gas-guzzling wastefulness with powerful engines burning nearly a litre of fossil fuel per kilometre. But a growing number of team bosses say they want to make Formula One a high-tech pioneer and leader in fighting climate change rather than a whipping post.

Fri, 2007-07-20 11:30Bill Miller
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Ontario acknowledges polar-bear extinction, other widespread threats due to global warming

A new government website says if climate change continues the temperature will rise up to 10 degrees in northern Ontario, driving polar bears to extinction and unleashing new insect-borne disease across the province.

Fri, 2007-07-20 10:12Bill Miller
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New study ties beef production to global warming

Japanese scientists have concluded beef production typically contributes more to climate change than cars do. The main source of greenhouse gas emissions is the methane released from an animal's digestive system.

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