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Serious Science: Win a DeSmogBlog T-Shirt

Guess - or figure out - what “distinguished Canadian climatologist” drew the trend line on this graph from the top of one peak to the bottom of another (a sure sign of excellence in scientific observation).

Coveted DeSmogBlog t-shirts go to the first - and the funniest - correct answers (the latter to be decided by a discerning panel of DeSmogBlog experts; i.e., Kevin and me).

Good luck. In fact, in this perilous times, good luck to us all.

Comm. professor says framing key to winning global warming struggle

An American University professor says until scientists learn to communicate strategically on global warming we're not going to get the policy solutions we need, just more gridlock and a worsening problem.

Ill winds passed during Congressional hot-air debate

A recent three-hour House hearing on global warming underscored how politically charged the climate-change issue remains, even as several formerly skeptical Members of Congress said they were now convinced it’s time to act. One skeptical California Republican even blamed some earlier warming on “dinosaur flatulence.”

British airline tycoon pledges $25 million to spur research aimed at winning greenhouse-gas battle

The prize will go to the first person or group to discover a way to remove billions of tones of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore has endorsed the five-year contest.

AEI Looking for "Middle Ground" in Climate Debate

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI ) is once again offering $10,000 payments to scientists who will comment on climate change - this time in the search for policy options that will open up a “middle ground” in the debate over climate change policy.

This fascinating-if-true development is reported here on the Science and Politics of Global Climate Change Blog.

Only 13 per cent of Republicans believe humans cause global warming in new poll

Despite last week’s UN report attributing some 90 per cent of global warming to human activity, the latest “Congressional Insiders Poll” of 113 members of Congress has found a sharp decline in the percentage of Republicans who believe it.

Is Big Gas Bashing Big Coal?

It's a shame that this National Review Online site doesn't provide some solid evidence for its charge that a Big Gas astroturf group is attacking big coal projects in Texas.

But the Clean Sky Coalition looks well-funded and is mounting a compelling campaign against the use of coal for electricity generators.

Global warming of last 50 years “unusual” in at least the previous 1300 years

The IPCC Summary for Policymakers says the last time Polar Regions were significantly warmer for an extended period was about 125,000 years ago, when reductions in polar ice volume led to a sea-level rise of four to six metres.

CEI argues IPCC science without any scientists

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, who not even the likes of ExxonMobil want to be associated with anymore, has issued a media advisory today offering up their in-house staff as global warming “experts” available for comment on the upcoming release by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

With the IPCC report coming from scientists, you would think the CEI would be offering up scientists as global warming “experts.

Think again.

Here's some background information on each of their so-called “experts.”

Bush Pressure on Scientists Far Wider Than Previously Thought

A survey results of federal scientists showed 46 percent felt pressure to eliminate the words “climate change,” “global warming” or similar terms from communications about their work. The scientists also reported 435 instances of political interference in their work over the past five years.

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