When It Comes To Global Warming, We're All Wet!

The atmosphere is becoming more humid in a pattern consistent with man-made climate change, researchers have found.

They say that the pattern of humidity increases in various parts of the world resembles that projected by computer models of man-made global warming. Water vapour is a greenhouse gas, and it is thought that having more of it in the air could amplify temperature rise. The major report released earlier this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that this amplification was the largest “positive feedback” mechanism they had identified.

Debatable Science? The fallacy of Steve "the Junkman" Milloy

Many of the recent attempts to discredit the science of human-induced climate change have come in the form of challenging Vice-President Al Gore to a public debate. This, of course, is a big red herring when you consider that it is not “Al Gore's science,” but instead the conclusion drawn through years of research by thousands of experts.

However, by tagging the scientific evidence that human activity in the form of burning fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) is causing global warming as “Al Gore's science,” right-wing think tanks and fossil fuel friendly front groups have effectively politicized an issue of science (at least in the United States).

The most recent is being mounted former tobacco company lobbyist Steve “the Junkman” Milloy and the fossil-fuel industry backed Business and Media Institute (BMI).

Infamous Oregon Global Warming Petition Alive and Well

Yesterday we came across this post on DailyKos about a University professor who recently received a package from a PO Box in La Jolla, CA, asking urging him to sign a petition denying global warming and condemning the Kyoto Protocol.

The package included an official looking research study titled “Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide,” by Dr. Fred Seitz (a gentleman we know all too well here at DeSmogBlog).

It seems that either this Professor has not picked up his mail in a long while, or the infamous “Oregon Petition” effort has resurfaced.

Below is a quick background and some helpful links to the history of the Oregon Petition. If you've also received one of these packages, please let me know it would be great to get a hold of one.

Growth has already pushed Earth past tipping point, new study says

A soon-to-be-released UN report says runaway economic growth has pushed greenhouse-gas emissions to dangerous levels much faster than previously estimated, and instead of reaching the threshold within a decade, new research indicates it was actually crossed two years ago. The findings will highlight the perils of giving economic growth priority over efforts to curtail global warming.

Hill and Knowlton Still Can't GetItRightAlberta

Here's a surprising follow-up to the story (below) about PR giant Hill and Knowlton starting an Astroturf group to fight against increased Alberta oil royalties. The site itself, GetItRightAlberta.ca, is now carrying the Edmonton Journal story that originally revealed GetItRight's oily connections.

Either H&K's high-end internet help set up an automatic system to upload any news with GetItRight in the copy (kind of embarrassing) or H&K is beyond embarrassment (more likely). There will no doubt be an argument to follow that (nearly) full disclosure argues that the group is a legitimate “grassroots” organization.

Wrongo, guys. Full disclosure means owning up to who's paying the bills. Anything short of that and we have to continue to assume that this is a corporate play for undeserved “public” legitimacy.

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