Tue, 2006-06-06 17:48Sarah Pullman
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Michael Shermer - Interview at the Skeptics Conference

Our third and last audio interview from the Environmental Wars Conference was with Michael Shermer, the host of the event and founder/editor of Skeptic Magazine.

Click here to listen
to a 6-minute conversation about the conference and its speakers. He makes the interesting point that although he has recently converted to the ranks of “believers” in climate change, he feels odd using that term, because he says that once the scientific evidence is in, it makes no more sense to say that you are “believe” in global warming than that you believe in gravity. It's just the way it is.

Someone should tell that to all the “skeptics” out there who try to spin it differently…
Tue, 2006-06-06 17:15Richard Littlemore
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Skeptical Coverage of Skeptics Conference

Blogger Randy Kirk, a self-described fundamentalist Christian, also attented the Skeptic Society Confernce last weekend at CalTech, and came away a little bruised by the experience. He says:

I have been attending fundamentalist churches for the last 20 years, and have gone to countless conferences during that time. I can't remember a single time when positions were taken in those meetings that were so pompous, so biased, or so lacking in humility. Those in the leadership of the Christian “right” never say that the debate is over. In this conference, that was the refrain. I think there is a problem in our scientific community. The consequence of this problem may only result in horrible science, but it could result in tyranny.

Tue, 2006-06-06 10:04Richard Littlemore
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TheTyee Speaks to John Robinson

The kinds of behaviour changes we need are not so much individual as collective. It’s the rule changes: the building codes, transportation infrastructure, transit, urban form – nobody makes those decisions as individuals. That’s why we need to support these collective policies – they are more important than, say, buying a smaller vehicle. If we just focus on the individual behaviour we miss all the big items. UBC Professor John Robinson

For the full text of an excellent interview by www.thetyee.ca, click here.

Tue, 2006-06-06 09:51Richard Littlemore
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Americans and Climate Change: An Ivy League Overview

Click here for a report called Americans and Climate Change: Closing the Gap Between Science and Action.

It is a “Synthesis of Insights and Recommendations from the 2005 Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on Climate Change.

Tue, 2006-06-06 09:40Richard Littlemore
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Martin Luther King Ahead of His Time

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs.We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late… .’— Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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