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Award-winning DeSmog author swipes at climate-change spin, gullible media

Ross Gelbspan, DeSmog writer who led an editorial team that won a Pulitzer Prize, says journalists have given far too much ink to industry-paid spin doctors out to clobber the scientific consensus around climate change and global warming. Gelbspan will take part in a panel discussion March 6 in Vancouver on media treatment of the issue, when he will point out how reporters have caved-in to the success of ExxonMobil and others in exploiting the traditional journalistic practice of giving balanced coverage.

Climate change is as dangerous as war, says UN chief

In his first address on the subject, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he would make climate crisis the focus of talks with leaders at a meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, the United States and Russia. He also urged the U.S. to take the lead in the fight against global warming.

New vehicle design surpasses California’s emission standards

Engineers at the Union of Concerned Scientists have unveiled a minivan design for an affordable, clean vehicle using existing technology and fuels that would meet or exceed global-warming pollution standards for cars and trucks adopted by California and 10 other states.

Arctic Inuit blame U.S. for global warming, take case to human-rights commission

Saying their traditional way of life is threatened ,the native people of northern Canada, Russia, Greenland and Alaska are taking their case against greenhouse-gas emissions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

New evidence finds global warming triggers stronger Atlantic hurricanes

Atmospheric scientists have uncovered fresh evidence to support the hotly debated theory global warming has contributed to the emergence of stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. The unsettling trend is confined to the Atlantic, however, and does not hold up in any of the world's other oceans. This should help resolve the controversy around two prominent studies connecting global warming and the onset of increasingly intense hurricanes.

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.

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