Fri, 2006-12-22 09:53Jim Hoggan
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The Consensus Trap

One of the quickest ways to trigger a backlash of cynicism and suspicion in the climate change conversation is to insist that there is a “consensus” among scientists about human responsibility for global warming.

To begin, many people misunderstand the word “consensus.” Although the Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “a general agreement,” people tend to think that it means a unanimous agreement and, therefore, that if a single scientist stands up anywhere in the world and argues the point that the consensus is invalidated.

Thu, 2006-12-21 11:21Kevin Grandia
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Spread the light and offset your Christmas carbon

A lot of people have been asking DeSmog about “Carbon-friendly” giftgiving this year and in the dying days of the shopping season we would like to propose a simple, cheap and very effective Christmas carbon-offset program.

Thu, 2006-12-21 10:46Kevin Grandia
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Send some Christmas cheer, kind of

With more news out today that ski hills are snowless and people are golfing in Toronto, Canada, send a little Christmas cheer to your friends with a “Save White Winters ” Christmas card from the folks at
Thu, 2006-12-21 08:42Ross Gelbspan
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Get These Poor Guys Some Sominex!

Bears have stopped hibernating in the mountains of northern Spain in what may be one of the strongest signals yet of how much climate change is affecting the natural world.
Thu, 2006-12-21 08:38Ross Gelbspan
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Glad Tidings -- Not!

The Rutford Ice Stream of western Antarctica slips about a metre (3 ft) a day towards the sea but the rate varies 20 percent in tandem with two-week tidal cycles.


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