Sat, 2006-06-03 18:49Richard Littlemore
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What Goes Around Comes Around

I once attended a Kyoto implementation process conference in Toronto during a snow storm so severe that then-Mayor Mel Lastman called out the military to help the population deal with nature’s irritability. The deniers, on that occasion, spoke up for “global warming,” overlooking the aspects of climate change that increase the likelihood of dramatic weather events.

It’s statistically and scientifically silly to an equal degree, but I was wishing this afternoon that I could invite those climate confusers to stand with me in the Pasadena sun during the breaks at the Skeptics Conference on Saturday. It was 34 degrees C, 94F for hardy Americans – leaving little room for a comfortable round of global warming …
Sat, 2006-06-03 18:16Sarah Pullman
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Afternoon Report-Out from the Environmental Wars

It’s been a long day here at the Environmental Wars Conference. It’s 6pm now, and have been listening to speakers since 8:30am, save an hour and a half for breaks. Someone should tell the Skeptics Society that good conferences should have great coffee, and make it easily available in the mid-session slumps.

This afternoon featured Jonathan Alder, Greg Arnold, and Dr. Paul MacCready. Alder spoke about the Fables of Federal Environmental Regulation (check out Richard’s post for more on that), Arnold spoke about market mechanisms for reducing pollution, and MacCready spoke about Doing More with Much Less – human powered transportation, electric cars, and other such wonders.
Sat, 2006-06-03 17:31Sarah Pullman
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Interview with Chris Mooney is Up

I've just posted our first podcast interview. Click here to listen to a 3-minute interview with Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science, as we chat with him during the lunch break at the conference. It's quick and he's a great speaker, so be sure to check it out!
Sat, 2006-06-03 16:25Sarah Pullman
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The Environmental Wars Afternoon Speakers, Part 1

Well, it’s 94 degrees (or 34, depending on which side of the border you’re from) here in Pasadena and it’s pretty much unbearable for a Vancouver resident like myself. Thankfully, we’ve been inside an air-conditioned room all day, which actually feels like a blessing on the odd occasion!

The day is going by quickly, and continues to be interesting. We've gotten a couple of podcast audio interviews, which I'll be posting later. In the meantime, I’ve tried to gather some notes from the first half of this afternoon. They aren’t as extensive as my morning notes, but as we’ve been hearing from people here that they think it’s really great that we’re reporting out live, I’ll post them, as is, anyway.
Sat, 2006-06-03 12:52Richard Littlemore
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A Conference with No Skeptics

Climate change “skeptics” attending the Environmental Wars conference in Pasadena sponsored by the Science Skeptic Magazine will have been disappointed by the stark lack of skepticism expressed by the morning speakers. As Sarah is also reporting in the accompanying posts, even the speaker who was invited specifically to defend the right-of-centre political position said unequivocally that that the science behind climate change has been proved beyond doubt.


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