Wed, 2006-08-16 10:11Richard Littlemore
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Royal Society Answers the Climate Change Skeptics, Point for Point

Here, from the distinguished Royal Society, is an exhaustive, point-by-point response to the 12 most commonly used arguments that deny climate change.

And here are five essays by Royal Society members who are addressing everything from questions of controversy (the difficulties of extracting the effects of man-made climate change from naturally occuring fluctuations) to upleasant certainties (the earth will continue to warm even when we control emissions).

Tue, 2006-08-15 17:55Kevin Grandia
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Water power the future?

Check out this video. 100 mile car trip uses only 4 ounces of water. Can't wait to the industry-backed PR spin for this one: “If we use water for our cars, oceans will be depleted and fish will die!”


Tue, 2006-08-15 10:54Ross Gelbspan
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Three Degrees of Separation -- From Almost Everything

A 3-degree increase in the average global temperature is virtually inevitable, according to Sir David King, Tony Blair's science adviser. Three degrees may not sound like much – until you see what the latest research from Bristol University – and published by the US National Academy of Sciences –  indicates.

Mon, 2006-08-14 16:33Richard Littlemore
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The Worst CO2 Polluters in the World

Further to an earlier post about Canada's poor environmental performance, here are some (slightly different) numbers on the top 10 worst CO2 emitting countries in the world. These are from the United Nations 2005 Human Development Report

 The top 10 emitters, on a per capita basis, are:

1. Qatar    53.1  metric tonnes per person per year

2. Trinidad and Tobago 31.9

3. Bahrain 30.6

4. United Arab Emirates 25.1

Mon, 2006-08-14 13:05Kevin Grandia
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China goes solar

The China Daily reported late last week that all new residential construction in the massive powerhouse city of Shenzhen must install solar powered water heating system. While we applaud this gesture to renewable energy, it is worth noting that there is an exemption for buildings over 12 storeys. For those who have been lucky enough to have visited this dynamic and vibrant city, you will quickly get my point, in that there are very few, if any, new buildings under 12 storeys!

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