Fri, 2006-01-06 10:51Jim Hoggan
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Planet Earth: A Resource that is Oversubscribed

An Independent Online article quotes a Professor Chris Rapley, the director of the British Antarctic Survey, who says that the rise in human population may be a more pressing issue even than climate change. Rapley estimated that the earth can sustain around 2-3 billion people at a good standard of living over the long term – a pessimistic view when you consider that the current population is 6.5 billion and that it is expected to rise to 8 billion by mid-century.

Fri, 2006-01-06 10:26Jim Hoggan
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Climate Change: A Cycle Not a Trend?

Those who deny the reality of climate change like to point out that dramatic weather events have occurred in the past; they argue that we may be in the midst of a cycle we don't understand, rather than a trend caused by human activity.

New research from the U.S. National Science Foundation looks at a previous “cycle” – one that occurred 55 million years ago and that resulted in warming-induced changes in sea circulation that appear similar to what are currently occurring in the northern hemisphere.

For those who would take comfort in the cyclical argument, consider that on the earlier occasion, the “cycle” took 20,000 years to reverse itself – a little beyond our current planning horizon.

Thu, 2006-01-05 10:35Jim Hoggan
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Outing the Federal Funding Conspiracy

In the midst of a radio interview the other day, on Vancouver’s CFAX, a thoughtful caller phoned in to suggest that I was being taken in by a conspiracy of scientists, all of whom are promoting the notion of climate change because it’s a fertile area of research. The caller suggested that the “consensus” in climate science is limited to researchers who take money from government; he said they’re all touting a climate crisis because that’s the best way to keep the research funds flowing.

Thu, 2006-01-05 09:05Jim Hoggan
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Bobby "Not-in-My-Back-Yard" Kennedy; or Clay Feet on Cape Cod

Woefully, it appears that Bobby Kennedy Jr., so fulsomely quoted a few posts on, has clay feet when it comes to his environmental convictions. That is, he's all for saving the world, as long as it doesn't interfere with his favourite sailing grounds.

Thu, 2006-01-05 08:30Jim Hoggan
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Climate Change = Tough Sledding

There are days, in some states and provinces, when peddling concern about global warming is a tough sell; in North Dakota, or Manitoba, a little winter warmth sometimes sounds like a good thing. But things start to look more real when the snowmobiles have to stay on the trailer for a whole season. Check out the attached Canadian Press story on the state of prairie weather this winter.

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