Thu, 2006-06-15 13:28Ross Gelbspan
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Ball's Warmer Canada Will Be Part of "A Different Planet"

A recent piece by Skeptic Tim Ball in the Financial Post  argues a warming climate will bring all kinds of advantanges to Canada in the form of lower heating costs, increased Arctic Ocean shipping and reduced construction costs.  What Ball doesn't tell us is that Canada will also be unrecognizeable.  As NASA scientist James Hansen emphasized recently: “Further warming of more than one degree Celsius will make the Earth warmer than it has been in a million years…That implies practically a different planet.”   Or as the chair of the IPCC noted, humanity has about a decade to make very deep cuts in its carbon fuel use “if humanity is to survive.”   Or as famed British Ecologist James Lovelock declared recently, we may have already passed “a point of no return” in terms of staving off climate chaos. 

Thu, 2006-06-15 13:18Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball: "the First Canadian PhD in Climatology"


Friends of Science scientific advisor Dr. Tim Ball, who has been criss-crossing the country in a campaign to undermine public support for the scientific proof behind human-caused climate change, advertises himself as “the first Canadian PhD in Climatology.” The FOS website boasts that, “He has an extensive background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition.”

Wed, 2006-06-14 15:33Kevin Grandia
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NEWS ALERT: Hudson Institute and Dennis Avery's Scientific Spin on Andes Glacier Study

The recent opinion piece by Dennis T. Avery of the Hudson Institute is a great example of the PR spin and misinformation campaign being used in the climate change debate. His latest claims are almost as outrageous as his conclusion that organic food is more dangerous to eat than food produced using chemical pesticides.
Mon, 2006-06-12 12:12Sarah Pullman
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Media Matters - Indeed it Does

We've added a new link to our blogroll – Media Matters for America, “a Web-based research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”

They've got some great coverage of misinformation in the climate change discussion – you can check out all their coverage of the topic at http://mediamatters.org/issues_topics/global_warming.
Fri, 2006-06-09 15:47Kevin Grandia
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Dr. Doug Leahy: Do any of the Friends of Science not lead back to oil and gas?

As the DeSmogBlog team continues it's research into the Alberta-based super skeptic society, the Friends of Science, it is becoming more and more surprising the links to oil and gas interests and the Harper Tories.

We're not even really trying, we type their name into Google and a barrage of questionable links, from legitmate sources pop up.

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