Fri, 2007-01-12 11:09Richard Littlemore
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Loiter Creekside for Skeptic Roasting

Check this Bowen Island blogger for an entertaining wrap of recent skeptic news.

Funny line of the day for climate change insiders:

The Natural Resources Stewardship Project, a Canadian environmental policy research think tank which evidently feels the need to put quotation marks around words like “green energy” and “environmentalists”, lays out a strategy which quite likely involves a child blowing on a dandelion ….

Fri, 2007-01-12 10:33Richard Littlemore
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2006 Fifth Warmest Year on Record

Despite beginning the year with a chilling La Niña, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) advises that 2006 was the fifth-warmest year in recorded history and the hottest year in the U.S.

Check the attached graph and see if you buy the Dr. Bob Carter's contention that global warming ended in 1998.

Thu, 2007-01-11 14:32Kevin Grandia
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What's an "IPCC Expert Reviewer?"

A lot of climate change deniers like to tout the fact that they were an “Expert Reviewer” for the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and a few DeSmog readers have been asking what exactly if takes to become an “Expert Reviewer.”

Well, thanks to our friend Tim Lambert at Deltoid Blog it turns out that an “Expert Reviewer” really isn't as exciting and not nearly as prestigous as it sounds. Tim writes:

“Expert reviewer for the IPCC” doesn't mean that they asked the person to review material – all it means is that they asked to see the draft report. The only real requirement to be a reviewer is to sign an agreement not to publicly comment on the draft.”

I have confirmed this with one of the authors of the updated IPPC report.
Thu, 2007-01-11 11:25Richard Littlemore
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Exxon Acknowledges Climate Change, cuts CEI's funding

“We know enough now - or, society knows enough now - that the risk is serious and action should be taken.”

Exxon Vice President for Public Affairs Kenneth Cohen

In an interview reported in the Wall Street Journal today, Kenneth Cohen began to shift Exxon's corporate positioning on climate change, accepting the reliability of the science and announcing that Exxon has stopped funding climate change deniers like the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

Thu, 2007-01-11 09:51Richard Littlemore
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It's the 21st Century Economy, Stupid

In this response to Terence Corcoran's Suzuki attack earlier this week (Crude, Simple and Impoverished Thinking), University of BC Trudeau Scholar David R. Boyd dismsantles Corcoran's argument that Canada's poor environmental performance is an inevitable consequence of our strong economy.

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