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Tue, 2007-07-10 14:38Emily Murgatroyd
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Murdoch's Green Image Mucked by Fox News Misinformation

Here's a video produced by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films chronicling the Fox News attack on climate science. These attacks continue despite highly publicized promises by News Corp. CEO and owner of Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, that his company would be cleaning up its collective climate change act.

H/T to Crooks and Liars.

Tue, 2007-07-10 14:17Richard Littlemore
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Canadian government bets on climate change

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper threw $7 billion into the climate change expense sheet yesterday, promising to build at least six new light icebreakers to patrol Canada's Arctic waters.

Update: Here's Foreign Policy Blog's take on it. 

Tue, 2007-07-10 13:50Kevin Grandia
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Who killed the Hybrid Plug-in? A sequel

For those of you haven’t seen the film Who Killed the Electric Car, the premise is quite simple and by the looks of things, it’s a premise that could repeat itself in the next decade or so.

While big automakers, like Ford, Toyota and GM hang a “hybrid plug-in” carrot in front of our collective nose, they’re fighting tooth and nail in California, and elsewhere, against stricter greenhouse gas emission standards for new vehicles.

Tue, 2007-07-10 10:14Emily Murgatroyd
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Return of the Electric Car?

The Ford Motor Company, who has been criticized in the past by environmentalists for backing down from their alternative energy, vehicle development, announced that they would be selling plug-in hybrids in the next five to ten years.

This is the first time that Ford has announced a timeline for producing plug-in hybrids. The plug-in hybrid is seen as the best type of alternative energy vehicle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and gas consumption.

Mon, 2007-07-09 08:06Ross Gelbspan
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In China, Two Billion Unanticipated Consequences of Climate Extremes

People living in communities surrounding a large shallow lake have been overrun by field mice after floodwaters drove the rodents out of islands on the lake, state media reported Monday.

Fri, 2007-07-06 11:02Bill Miller
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Chemical engineering, not carbon offsetting, is key to a low-carbon future

In this week’s BBC Green Room, columnist Stefaan Simons argues that carbon offsetting may make people feel better about emissions but it does little to change behavior or save the planet from global warming. Instead of simply allowing polluters to pay for emissions – a short-term solution – society must make radical changes to move to a low carbon economy and cut reliance on fossil fuels.

Thu, 2007-07-05 12:44Kevin Grandia
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Be skeptical of the latest 'skeptical' UK pollster headlines

A recent IpsosMori poll in the UK found that 56% of people agree that “many leading experts still question if human activity is contributing to climate change.”

The newspaper headline interpretations of this latest poll would lead the reader to believe that climate change, for all its media attention, is somehow not real in the minds of the British or that people are 'in denial.'

But scratch the surface of the headlines and nothing could be further from the truth.

Thu, 2007-07-05 10:58Bill Miller
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A plague o’er both their houses: Business, governments lack resolve on climate change

The United Nations secretary-general has told business it must do more to reverse global warming and use its power to affect the world responsibly, while a new survey of British businesses has found widespread discontent over their government's weakness in providing the necessary framework for environmental decision making.

Thu, 2007-07-05 10:25Emily Murgatroyd
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Chris Mooney on the global warming tipping point

In my recent conversations with peers in the science policy world (read “fellow geeks”), the same question has come up repeatedly of late: Why did global warming “tip”? How has the issue finally managed to go mainstream, so that even President Bush now seems on the verge of feeling its urgency?
Chris Mooney, author of the new book, Storm World, has a piece on Huffington Post today describing his thoughts on how global warming has moved into the spotlight as a major issue in America.
Thu, 2007-06-28 22:03Jim Hoggan
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Slamming the Climate Skeptic Scam

A year and half and over 350,000 unique visitors to our site and it is the very first post that remains the most read.

So here it is:

There is a line between public relations and propaganda - or there should be. And there is a difference between using your skills, in good faith, to help rescue a battered reputation and using them to twist the truth - to sow confusion and doubt on an issue that is critical to human survival.

And it is infuriating - as a public relations professional - to watch my colleagues use their skills, their training and their considerable intellect to poison the international debate on climate change.

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