A Lie, Repeated Often Enough, Becomes "Truth"

This is an excellent article from the Washington Post on a University of Michigan professor's research into the resilience of myths.

Dr. Norbert Schwarz has found that the harder you try to dispel a myth (eg. that the international consensus about climate change is somehow in doubt), the more you contribute to its impact, merely by the repetition.

Proud to be Canadian: NOT!

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, speaking today at the close of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Sydney, said, “I’m also very pleased that the Sydney Declaration mirrors the Canadian climate change approach on many levels.”

By which he clearly meant: We're not planning to do anything about it, either.

APEC touts "aspiration;" dashes hope

UPDATE: Environmentalists reject APEC climate agreement.  

There was never any reason to hope that the conference of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation countries was going to come to anything useful. The goal, as Australian Prime Minister John Howard stated from the outset, was to prevent the implementation of binding emission reduction targets.

Now we come away with vague climate intensity targets - little more more than business as usual - and a round of self-congratulatory rhetoric.

It's Back to the Future -- By About 300 Million Years!

The emerging story of a global climate shift a third of a billion years ago seems to be a prequel to what climate scientists expect from the current trend in global warming.

Using the same sort of Global Circulation Models as those which predict climate change today, University of Michigan researcher Christopher Poulsen and his colleagues have reproduced what might have happened on the supercontinent Pangea in the late Paleozoic era, about 300 million years ago, when the polar ice melted.

The News Just Gets Harder to Bear

Two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 — and the entire population gone from Alaska — because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday. Polar bears have walked the planet for at least 40,000 years.

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