The Usual Suspects: Climate Change Deniers on Road to Stockholm

A two-day gathering of scientists – mostly greenhouse skeptics – in Stockholm in mid-September will focus on: Global Warming  - Scientific Controversies in Climate Variability”. The gathering will feature presentations by such skeptical luminaries as S. Fred Singer, Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon.  Not all scientists are enthusiastic about the conference. Tom M. L. Wigley, a top climate researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, wrote: “You may be well meaning, but I think this meeting idea is flawed. You seem to be making the same mistake as the popular press, who often give equal weight to minority views. It is true that the so-called 'skeptics' sometimes raise interesting points, but they are usually either on the fringe, or are quickly shown to be wrong. The normal process of scientific publishing through the peer review process will eventually sort the wheat from the chaff. I doubt that many mainstream scientists who work in the climate change area will want to come to your meeting. Certainly, it is not something I would want to participate in.” 

The Worst CO2 Polluters in the World

Further to an earlier post about Canada's poor environmental performance, here are some (slightly different) numbers on the top 10 worst CO2 emitting countries in the world. These are from the United Nations 2005 Human Development Report

 The top 10 emitters, on a per capita basis, are:

1. Qatar    53.1  metric tonnes per person per year

2. Trinidad and Tobago 31.9

3. Bahrain 30.6

4. United Arab Emirates 25.1

Nuclear Energy's Climatic Achilles Heel

While many experts, including Britain's James Lovelock, have been promoting nuclear energy as a greenhouse-gas-free method of generating electricity, recent shutdowns in of nuclear plants in Europe due to overheated cooling water and low-flowing rivers have exposed a very serious danger to a reliance on nuclear energy – and one which will only become worse as the planet continues to heat up.

Harper's Canada and Howard's Australia Following Same Path

British investors “have recognized the emergence of Canada's globalPM's Harper and Howard energy powerhouse. Or as we put it, the emerging energy superpower our government intends to build.” – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in London, speaking to a British business audience on July 15, 2006

“As an efficient, reliable supplier, Australia has a massive opportunity to increase its share of global energy trade - with the right policies, we have the makings of an energy superpower.“  – Australian Prime Minister John Howard, in Sydney, speaking to an Australian economics forum, on July 17, 2006

British Official Slams Bush Inaction on Climate

Bush climate change policy 'unhelpful'

The Financial Times, June 23, 2006 

A new British government adviser on climate change has hit out at the US for what he says is its unhelpful stance on global warming.

Greenhouse Concerns from the World's Greatest Skeptic

Saudi Arabia, which for years has thwarted all attempts to curb carbon emissions, gets religion.  

Saudi Oil Firm Aramco Says Backs Greenhouse Gas Cut, May 23, 2006

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, signalled on Monday it would help the fight against global warming through research on cutting carbon dioxide emissions in the oil and gas industry.  

Forget about making poverty history - climate change will make poverty permanent.

In a sobering report released today by UK NGO Christian Aid, new figures show the shocking degree to which the world's poor already suffer from the effects of climate change.

The report also shows “the poor people in the world's most vulnerable communities will bear the brunt of the forecast 'future shock.” According to the report, “a staggering 182 milliion people om sub-Saharan Afric alone could die of disease directly attributable to climate change by the end of the century. Many millions more throughout the world face death and devastation due to climate-induced floods, famine, drought and conflict.”

Ambrose delighted by Canada's GHG failures

It was with almost embarrassing enthusiasm that Canadian Environment Minister Rona Ambrose announced last week how pathetically Canada is underperforming in its promise to address climate change. Speaking in the House of Commons, Ambrose said:

“Later this week we will release Canada's greenhouse-gas inventory and it will show that Canada's [level of emissions] is now 35% higher than the Kyoto targets that the Liberals set . To put that into perspective … that would mean that today we would have to take every train, plane and automobile off the streets of Canada. That is not realistic.” 

Ottawa Drifting Toward Anti-Kyoto Group

It is, woefully, no surprise whatsoever that Canada's Conservative government is considering joining the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. As the Globe and Mail reported today, anti-Environment Minister Rona Ambrose is cuddling up to the U.S. policy position, saying “I've been looking at the Asia-Pacific Partnership for a number of months now because the key principles around the Asia Pacific Partnership are very much in line with where our government wants to go.”

IPCC Seeks Information Officer

Check this Grist piece on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change looking for a new information officer. Or call up the posting directly.


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