Reckless Adaptation; Goofy Journalism

Wired Magazine's Spencer Reiss advises “Climate Change is Inevitable. Get Used To It.”

It is, however, easier to be right about the first part than sanguine about the second. Rather than putting our energies into limiting or reversing the central problem of greenhouse gas emission, Reiss would have us concentrate on “adaptation,” designing and siting houses well away from rising tides and putting our farming faith in Monsanto.

He concludes: “We're in charge here” - invoking a level of hubris that may be more frightening than climate change itself.


Snarling Cyclones; Goofy Journalism

The Washington Indpendent reports that a new study suggests climate change may generate fewer, but wetter and more devastating hurricanes. The Independent also notes that this contradicts earlier studies suggesting that global warming may generate more hurricanes that would, again, be wetter and more intense.

The author, Suemedha Sood, then arrives at this stunning conclusion:

“The takeaway point is that we shouldn't be so quick to point fingers at global warming. The science isn't [all] in yet.”

Clean Coal talking point: "Near Zero-Emission Free Electricity"

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (bought and paid for by the coal industry) was stumping its “clean coal” message in Huntington, West Virginia last week. If you aren't already skeptical about the notion of so-called clean coal, then check out this less-than-hopeful message from clean coal spindoctor Cathy Coffey:

We believe that technology within the next 10 to 15 years will be developed and tested so that we will be able to produce near-zero emission-free electricity from coal.” (My emphasis).

The message is carefully crafted and the “10 to 15 years will be developed and tested” message is subtle enough to be passed right over. The clean coal message might even leave you feeling a little hopeful.

DeSmog's Op-Ed Rebuttal of "The Deniers"

Solomon at least admits that the whole exercise is a parlour game, a work of sophistry.

Check out DeSmog Senior Writer Richard Littlemore's column in the Vancouver Sun today, in response the column written last week by Mark Milke on Lawrence Solomon's book, The Deniers.

Polar Bear Listed as a "Threatened Species" by the US Department of the Interior

The US Department of the Interior has just announced that is has listed the Polar Bear as a “Threatened Species” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Here's a copy of the news release, analysis to follow shortly on what this means for oil exploration in Alaska:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced that he is accepting the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).


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