Wed, 2006-08-30 08:18Richard Littlemore
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Chaff in the Atmosphere: the Danger of Quick Fixes

Thanks to Ruben for pointing us to this excellent piece by Guardian columnist George Monbiot.

Monbiot offers a little sober second thought on the notion of broadcasting particles into the stratosphere to reflect enough solar energy to keep the world temperature manageable, despite the increased warming effect of rising CO2 levels.

There is something elegantly simple about the proposal to set up a particulate sunscreen; I found it reassuring when I first heard of a variation on this engineered solution from Gregory Benford at the Skeptics Society conference at CalTech. But as Monbiot points out, by implication at least, human - nd even moreso, our governments - seldom get into trouble for the things that we do on purpose. It's the unintended, and usually unanticipated, consequences of our actions that always create the biggest problems.

Tue, 2006-08-29 13:14Kevin Grandia
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Mooney on a carbon neutral book tour

Author of The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney, a DeSmogBlog friend and victim of our very first attempt at a podcast, recently announced the release of the paperback version of his popular War on Science book. As part of the release, Mooney will ensure his own carbon-neutrality by trading in 20,000 airmiles to offset the 7,500 pounds of C02 he estimates his book tour-de-force will produce.
Tue, 2006-08-29 12:19Kevin Grandia
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Expedia offsets carbon, Ford continues to perplex

In a similar vein as the recent announcement of BP's Target Neutral program, the online travel giant Expedia will be offering a similar carbon off-setting program in partnership with TerraPass, a carbon reduction program sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.

Of course, this post is less about flogging Expedia's new program (which they should be commended for), than it is a segue into a post we have been meaning to do for a while now on TerraPass, the Ford Motor Company and the massive climate change spin machine, the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Mon, 2006-08-28 13:25Kevin Grandia
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Inhofe and the art of exaggeration

Senator James Inhofe continues his misinformation campaign with a recent stop in his home state of Oklahoma yesterday where he makes the outrageous claim that: “If we were to embrace the Kyoto treaty, it would shut down agriculture, military and oil production in Oklahoma…”

This is on the heals of some other very misleading and exaggerated claims by Inhofe, such as:

On Tom Brokaw's recent climate change documentary: “It kind of reminds … I could use the Third Reich, the big lie”

Mon, 2006-08-28 10:25Ross Gelbspan
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Australia Sees An Outbreak of Climate Statesmanship

While Australian Prime Minister John Howard continues to downplay the potential severity of climate change, the leaders of the State of South Australia are taking matters into their own hands by committing to reduce emissions 60 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and providing 20 percent of the state's electricity from renewables by 2014.

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