climate change

Alaska's Sen. Ted Stevens: It's sunspots! Let's get out the oil drills

At a meeting of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Alaska's Senator Ted Stevens claimed that the unprecedented decline in Arctic sea ice melting is probably due to sunspots.

Of course, if a major plank in your political platform is the opening up of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, you probably would be inclined to grasp at anything to discredit the human-induced theory of global warming as well.

Soaring divorce rates cited as factor in global warming, environmental stress

As world leaders in Bali strive for agreement on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, a new study in the U.S. has given the climate-change struggle a domestic perspective.

The escalating number of divorces leads to greater use of energy, researchers say, and governments should take this into account when formulating environmental policies.

New York Times Features DeSmog's 100 Year Letter Project

Check out the New York Times today. 

Science writer Andrew Revkin mentions our 100 Year Letter Project here.

And if that wasn't enough, he also wrote a more in-depth piece on his new Dot Earth blog.   

If you haven't written your entry for the 100 Year Letter Project, please do. In fact, we've decided that the best letters every month will receive a DeSmogBlog swag bag, including the much-coveted DeSmog t-shirt.

We have quite a few already and will start posting them over the next week.

James Hansen and the Holocaust Frame: not even heroes are perfect

Just in case you were wondering, the new Beowulf movie is pretty awful–but there's at least one thing interesting about it. It turns a heroic character without any apparent flaws (the original Beowulf) into a guy that, well, has loads of them. In so doing, it modernizes the story (and, as it happens, trashes the original poem).

Weirdly, I thought of Beowulf when I read the latest about NASA's James Hansen, our most famous climate scientist, who used an unfortunate Holocaust-related analogy to discuss the impact of global warming on endangered species in recent testimony in his home state, Iowa.

Washington State Rejects Coal Plant Over Global Warming Concerns

A Washington State panel has rejected plans for a 793-megawatt plant in Kalama, Cowlitz County, that would be fueled by coal or oil-refinery waste.

The coal plant was rejected on the grounds that it did not meet the State's new law that any new power plant must limit the amount of its global warming emissions to that of a highly efficient natural gas plant.

If a plant emits more than that, then it has to capture and sequester the extra emissions permanently.

Sustainablog has more. 

"How it All Ends" - YouTube Global Warming Phenom

If you haven't seen “How it All Ends” yet, you should. The video is the work of Oregon school science teacher, Greg Craven, and it presents a very well thought out argument for climate change.

It's a very unassuming video - so bear with it, you'll be happy you did.  

The video has received over 3 million views on Youtube since Greg posted it in June.

White House Ignoring Big Business Push For Mandatory Carbon Caps

For a while now, major corporations have been pushing for mandatory greenhouse gas emission caps from the US government.

Big business understands the inevitability of having to deal with the global warming issue and the sooner they can see a strong economic signal from government, the sooner they can get on with tackling the issue on a level playing field.

Today, big business has kicked that demand way up.

150 Multinational Corporations Fess Up to Greenwishing

A sizable fraction of the international business community launched an effort to press for mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions yesterday, on the eve of a major round of climate negotiations.

A Guide to Carbon Capping Policy in the US

One of the most effective ways to cut through the climate change spin is to offer up simple and straightforward information that can be easily understood by those outside the environmental policy-wonk and scientific community.  

The best example I've seen in a while is a very useful guide (attached) on the ins-and-outs of US carbon capping policy developed by Peter Barnes at the Tomales Bay Institute in Minneapolis.  

While the report outlines carbon cap policy in an American context, the general and very-easy to read concepts could apply to just about anywhere in the world. 

This valuable guide is something that should be downloaded and e-mailed to everyone you know.

Funny, In an Embarrasing Kind of Way

The Folks at the New York Times posted submissions for a mock conversation between Al Gore and President Bush's exchange at the White House. Can you say AWKWARD!


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