Mon, 2006-09-11 13:39Kevin Grandia
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The Economist: we need action and the US should lead the charge

The Economist Magazine, renowned for it's staunch conservatism, put out a Special Edition last week devoted to climate change and the need for action .
It's a great read, here are links to a couple of the stories:

The Heat is On

The uncertainty surrounding climate change argues for action, not inaction. America should lead the way

FOR most of the Earth's history, the planet has been either very cold, by our standards, or very hot. Fifty million years ago there was no ice on the poles and crocodiles lived in Wyoming. Eighteen thousand years ago there was ice two miles thick in Scotland and, because of the size of the ice sheets, the sea level was 130m lower. Ice-core studies show…

Mon, 2006-09-11 06:57Ross Gelbspan
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Is Rupert Murdoch Going Green -- Or is it a Passing Case of Sunstroke?

“Our Guide to Climate Change: How We Can Make a World of Difference – And Saving a Few Quid!” is the headline on Rupert Murdoch's U.K. paper, The Sun.

Sun, 2006-09-10 07:42Richard Littlemore
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NCPA: Standing Up for Third World Pollution

Here's a bit of strategic confusion from the National Center for Policy Analysis, another in the seemingly endless stable of think tanks that trace their funding to oil-based foundations like Koch and Scaife, or directly to ExxonMobile.
NCPA writer Pete Geddes begins by saying, “Assuming the worst with respect to climate change, greater consumption of fossil fuels is reasonably likely to result in serious environmental harm.” Fair enough.
Sat, 2006-09-09 11:12Ross Gelbspan
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Tropical Fish Flock to New Vacation Paradise: Rhode Island

Snowy GrouperAn unusually large number of tropical fish have been spotted this summer in Rhode Island waters by divers, fishermen and environmentalists. Among the fish seen so far: juvenile orange filefish, snowy grouper and lookdowns. A local lobsterman pulled up a large trigger fish in one of his traps. 

Sat, 2006-09-09 11:06Ross Gelbspan
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Emission Rates Unprecedented in the last 800,000 years

The rapid rise in greenhouse gases over the past century is unprecedented in at least 800,000 years, according to a study of the oldest Antarctic ice core which highlights the reality of climate change. Air bubbles trapped in ice for hundreds of thousands of years have revealed that humans are changing the composition of the atmosphere in a manner that has no known natural parallel.


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