Fri, 2006-01-13 09:47Jim Hoggan
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Gore warns about global warming

And to think: but for a little Florida vote-rigging and a strained U.S. Supreme Court Decision, this man might be midway through his second term as President of the United States.
Thu, 2006-01-12 10:24Ross Gelbspan
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The signals preceding today’s ( Jan. 12, 2006)  meeting of the Asia-Pacific climate summit are ominous. The principals – U.S., Australia, Japan, India, South Korea and China – have made clear in advance that they reject any mandatory timetables for reducing greenhouse gases.

Read more: Kyotobusters
Thu, 2006-01-12 10:11Ross Gelbspan
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The Fungus Among Us

J. Alan Pounds and 13 co-authors recently published a piece in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal, Nature, which concluded that global warming has likely caused the extinction of nearly 70 per cent of amphibian species in a mountainous region area of Central and South America. Pounds, an eminently respected researcher, heads up a conservation biology laboratory in Costa Rica.

His team concluded that the spread of the fungus that killed the frogs was due to global warming. Their conclusion is based on their finding that patterns of fungus outbreaks and extinctions in widely dispersed patches of habitat were synchronized in a way that could not be explained by chance or by local variations in weather conditions.

Wed, 2006-01-11 09:14Richard Littlemore
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The Perverse Pleasure of Breaking Records

Credit first to Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail, who in a Vancouver weather story on Jan. 10, 2006 offered this “old joke.”

A newcomer to Vancouver arrives and it's raining. He gets up the next day and it's still raining. It rains the day after that and the day after that. He goes for lunch five days later and it's still pouring. He sees a young boy walking down the street, and he says, “Does it every stop raining here?”

Tue, 2006-01-10 11:09Richard Littlemore
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The Ethical Vacuum of Flat Earth Journalism

The Salem Oregon Statesman Journal ran an opinion piece today that declared, conclusively: “Global-Warming Fears Pointless.”

The article was a prescription for inaction, a recommendation that we should all throw our hands up in despair over our inability to understand or affect climate change.

It was also irresponsible journalism of the worst sort.


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