Tue, 2006-09-26 11:45Richard Littlemore
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TV Science Expert Prerequisites Explained

Great spoof here from the onion.com - at least, I hope it's a spoof.
Tue, 2006-09-26 08:48Richard Littlemore
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Global Warming "Ended" In 1998: Two Views

Australian geologist Bob Carter, who teaches at James Cook University in Queensland, offers this view about the end of the warm era.

Now, try to reconcile Carter's self-satisfied claim with this graph.

Is Prof. Carter not aware of this information - i.e., not really an expert at all? Or is he somehow able to live with his conscience while saying things that are intentionally misleading?

For a more reasonable and informed view, check this Fox News story on the latest science, showing the world warmer than ever in, well, at least 12,000 years.
Tue, 2006-09-26 08:22Kevin Grandia
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Monbiot launches book and great YouTube video

With the release of his new book, Heat, UK journalist and author George Monbiot has been taking straight aim at the climate change “skeptic” movement. We found this 8 minute YouTube video done recently by Monbiot.

<embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/sghDI7CrXBs” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash”
Tue, 2006-09-26 07:13Richard Littlemore
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Inhofe Offers "Major Speech" on Climate Change Denial

A smoggy InhofeGrist has a wonderful clause-by-clause report of a speech by Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe - very entertaining.
You should also click through to the Inhofe press release, which tends to read like more satire after you have finished the Grist version.
One potential typo, though, with the Grist version of the speech. Grist writer David Roberts believes that he heard Inhofe accuse Al Gore of promulgating one of the “sickest scientific propaganda films” ever. According to Inhofe's press release, his text read “slickest” - but, as they say, 'check against delivery.'
Mon, 2006-09-25 16:41Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball: World-class Climatologist or Santa Impersonator?

The Victoria Times-Colonist ran this letter Sunday:

Re: “A climatologist, not just a skeptic,” Sept. 21.

Tim Ball takes issue with an earlier description of him as a climate change “skeptic,” claiming instead that he is a “climatologist” fully conversant with “the absolute latest in modern science.”

Yet the record shows that since his retirement as a University of Winnipeg geography professor in 1996, Ball has aligned himself with oil-industry front groups (Friends of Science, Envirotruth) and traded on a very light resume to sustain his busy calendar as a speaker and lobbyist against the Kyoto accord.


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