Thu, 2007-07-26 10:33Kevin Grandia
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Sorry Newsbusters, who's alarmist?

From the Brent Bozell oil-backed echo chamber comes a lovely screed today that clearly defines global warming “alarmism.” Or at least how it is defined by an organization devoted to outing the great Liberal conspiracy in the US media.

It also seems they're now resorting to sci-fi writers to “debunk” global warming.

And apparently, “debunk” in the mind of Newsbuster writer Noel Sheppard, has nothing to do with actual science, but the rantings of a sci fi writer named Orson Scott Card.

Thu, 2007-07-26 08:35Kevin Grandia
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Queen not happy with Swindle film's distributor

RDF Television, the distributors of Martin Durkin's “Great Global Warming Swindle” have landed themselves in hot water over a documentary on the Queen.

BBC and ITV have suspended the commission of programs from RDF after it was revealed that a RDF documentary used misleading footage of the Queen storming out of a portrait sitting. RDF was forced to apologize to the BBC for the misleading footage, while the BBC chief executive was forced to apologize to the Queen. Ouch!

Seems it isn't just Durkin himself who has a penchant for misrepresentation. And to think people actually believe that Durkin's Swindle film should be aired in our schools.

Head of Friends of the Earth, Tony Juniper, has the scoop in the Guardian.

H/T to Sumptuous blog.

Wed, 2007-07-25 17:32Jim Hoggan
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Tibet's Warming Provides Global Warning

While it's impossible to attach a current economic value, Tibet's most important export arguably water. Twenty per cent of the world's population depend for fresh water on one of four great rivers that originate on the Tibetan plateau.

Given that fact, the world should be concerned that, as New Scientist magazine reported this week: “The Tibetan plateau is heating up by 0.3°C each decade, more than twice the worldwide average, according to a new study from the Tibet Meteorological Bureau”

Tue, 2007-07-24 21:51Kevin Grandia
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A New DeSmog Feature: "In the DeSmogosphere"

DeSmogosphere (plural desmogospheres) noun

Definition: a collection of blogs dedicated to helping reduce carbon emissions and/or report on the activities of the global warming denial industry.

Based on reader feedback, we have decided to add an up-to-date section in the bottom right corner of DeSmogBlog called “In the DeSmogosphere.” It will contain hot posts from other bloggers listed in our “Links, Bloggers and DeSmoggers.” We wil be focusing mainly on all the great work bloggers are doing in the areas of climate change reduction strategies and sustainability.

If you're a “green” blogger and would like to be added to our blogroll, drop us a line at desmogblog[at]gmail.com.

And if you think there's a blog post we just have to include in “Around the DeSmogsphere,” as always, feel free to send it along.
Tue, 2007-07-24 13:17Emily Murgatroyd
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Fox News Still Spewing Smoke Despite Vows to Clean Up

Despite a very public announcement by News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch, to reduce his corporation's carbon footprint and encourage companies who work with them to do the same, Fox news continues to feature opinions that challenge, ridicule and misrepresent any forward thinking around combating global warming.

The latest attack comes from host Sean Hannity who calls carbon offsets a 'sham' and a 'crock' and, suggests that purchasing offsets is akin to buying one's way out of committing adultery. On the other hand, Rupert Murdoch has endorsed carbon offsets, saying that they are a measure to be taken when emissions are unavoidable.

I wonder if there's anyway to offset Hannity's verbal pollution? Perhaps Murdoch should address reducing his appearance entirely and that might legitimize an intention that we've yet to see any evidence of on Fox. Thanks to Media Matters for the editorial.

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