An early environmentalist is embracing heresy in climate-change battle

Stewart Brand, publisher, writer and one of the foremost founders of the environmental movement in the 1960s, has taken the surprise step of endorsing nuclear power as an alternative to coal in the struggle against global warming. Nuclear waste is a problem, he says, but carbon emissions are worse.

NASA scientist urges end to new coal-plant construction due to global warming

NASA scientist James Hanson, one of the earliest climate specialists to sound alarms about global warming in 1988, has called for an end to building new coal-fired electric power plants because of their massive role in spewing out the greenhouse gases that drive climate change.

Governors from five western states join forces against global warming

Blaming inaction by the Bush Administration, the governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington have agreed to develop a regional target to lower greenhouse gases and create a program aimed at helping businesses reach the still-undecided goals.

$350-million study of North, South polar changes set

Scientists from 60 countries will camp on drifting Arctic sea ice and trek to uncharted Antarctic mountains to clarify the role of greenhouse gases and global warming in the rapid changes already occurring at both poles. Called the International Polar Year despite its two-year timetable, it is the fourth such integrated Arctic and Antarctic science effort since 1881. The last ended in 1958.

Academy Awards Oscar to 'An Inconvenient Truth'

Last night's Academy Awards weren't as boring as I thought they would be. Admittedly I usually skip them but I was holding out for the 'Best Documentary' category to see if Davis Guggenheim et al would get the recognition they so richly deserved.

And I was not disappointed. Neither, I suspect, were millions of other human beings who got their first dose of the dangers of global warming through watching this highly acclaimed documentary. It may just be a gold statue, but it certainly represents an encouraging turn in public understanding around climate change.

Climate Big Winner in TXU Takeover

Texas' largest electric utility last night tentatively approved a record $45 billion takeover bid by two private equity firms in a deal hailed by environmentalists as a major turning point in the battle against global warming. 

Science versus Fiction

Here's a classic example of the perversity that can arise out of “balanced” media coverage of climate change. This Detroit News story purports to give evenhanded coverage to a story about a science teacher who have the temerity to show An Inconvenient Truth in her classroom, only to endure criticism from people who dispute its underlying “philosophy.”

Attack on Gore’s film countered; polar bears are drowning due to melting ice

CNSNews has run an attack on Al Gore, saying An Inconvenient Truth should be disqualified from the Oscar it is widely expected to win for best documentary. The attack was based on a book entitled “Eco-Freaks,” which downplayed the threat to polar bears posed by global warming. But a story in the London Sunday Times backs the former US vice-president.

Radical right attacks Arizona senator as “loony” and an “environmental extremist” over global warming

Drawing a fine bead on the messenger, a small contingent of global warming deniers has attacked Republican senator John McCain for saying inaction on climate change by the Bush administration has had damaging consequences.

Cheney: "Big Debate" Needed To Determine Whether Humans Are Changing the Climate

In an exclusive interview, ABC's Jonathan Karl asked Vice President Dick Cheney about the topic of global warming, a subject Mr. Cheney has rarely addressed in the past. The vice president agreed that the earth is warming but maintained there is debate over whether humans or natural cycles are the cause — a position that puts the administration at odds with the vast majority of climate scientists.


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