Gore pushes Bali delegates for early pact to curb emissions

Former vice-president Al Gore has urged officials to advance by two years a new treaty to curb greenhouse emissions instead of waiting for the Kyoto Protocol to expire in 2012.

Fred Singer/Winnipeg Free Press: Two "Institutions" in Decline

Denier-for-hire Fred Singer has enriched himself defending everything from CFCs to second-hand smoke, parlaying his fame as a promising young scientist in the 1950s and '60s to more recent infamy as an all-purpose front man for environmentally suspect industries. Alas, it appears that he has become so well-known in the U.S. that his bursts of disinformation no longer attract attention from major media outlets south of the border.

Lucky for Fred that faltering organs like the Winnipeg Free Press either don't check people's credentials or don't mind buying opinion pieces from “scientists” whose opinions have been paid for, already.

Ethanol: A Worthy Subject for Debate

In the wake my post yesterday, lauding an anti-corn-ethanol report posted on a website generally associated with any lobbyist willing to pony up support funding, the thoughtful and articulate John Mashey threw this counterpunch.

Lots of interesting issues here in a subject very worthy of more debate. Thank you, John…

IPCC Chief Calls Canada a Climate "Opportunist"

Canada is being “opportunistic” in its stance on carbon emissions reductions, the head of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC said Thursday.

Canada has said emissions reductions targets should apply to all major emitters, including China and India, although past negotiations have agreed that industrialised countries bear greater responsibility for climate change.

“It is really an opportunistic position that they are taking,” said Rajendra K. Pachauri,. “This particular government has been a government of skeptics. They do not want to do anything on climate change,” Pachauri said.

Cool Kangaroos Have Methane Message for Cows

When the solutions for global warming seem too terribly daunting, it's good to consider the latest rays of hope: today, for instance, we find that kangaroo farts may hold the key to a cooler future.

The Telegraph reports that a form of bacteria that lives in 'roo tummies helps the digestion process so much that 'roo flatus passes almost entirely without the powerful (and smelly) greenhouse gas, methane. If this bacteria could be passed safely to cows and sheep, it would enrich the energy potential of their food while reducing a statistically significant contributor to global warming.


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