Tue, 2006-01-10 07:41Jim Hoggan
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Did You Hear the One About the Funny Environmentalist?

We didn’t think so.

The Idea Grove has an interesting post on one recent example of industry making fun of environmental activism.

Tue, 2006-01-10 06:54Jim Hoggan
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The Anti-Kyoto Partnership

Google Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and you will find a host of stories lauding a new international group nominally dedicated to reducing climate change by developing new technology.

Great, you say.

But, if you read very far into the material, you will find an international industrial spin project - a blatant effort to distract the public from the Kyoto process and to justify huge increases in the production and consumption of fossil fuels, especially coal.

Mon, 2006-01-09 13:43Jim Hoggan
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Worldometers - a Measure of Many Interesting Things

This is a wonderful site if only for its ability to make you really think about the pace of change on the earth. There is woefully little information about the origin of the statistics, but the mere willingness to try to track the number of births and deaths - as well as the production of food, garbage, carbon dioxide and, well, many more things, is courageous and worthy. 

Sun, 2006-01-08 20:18Jim Hoggan
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All Hail Elizabeth Kolbert

The New Yorker contributor Elizabeth Kolbert, whose three-part series was the smartest and scariest thing written about climate change in 2005, has started 2006 with another installment, an article entitled “Butterfly Lessons” (which, woefully, the magazine has failed to make available online).

Kolbert follows a trail of butterflies, mosquitoes and frogs to show how much our climate has changed already and how dramatic the coming change may yet be. Her writing style is brisk and informative, devoid of hysterical language but filled with anxiety inducing facts. She also allows herself the odd twist, just to keep you alert (and entertained).

Fri, 2006-01-06 14:36Jim Hoggan
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Lies, Damned Lies and "Sound Science"

Let's get up a great big hand for one of the best European climate change dissemblers, the previously unremarked Scientific Alliance.

The Alliance appears to be one of those “intellectual” sweatshops that industry cobbles together in the guise of a think tank. In these vacuous vessels, said intellectuals-for-hire produce dogma on demand – questionable “scientific” material designed to excuse their industrial financiers from taking any responsibility for the environmental costs they are dumping on society.

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