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Sat, 2009-04-04 13:26Richard Littlemore
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The decline of Tim Ball: Denier champion reduced to railing at real scientists

Pity poor Tim Ball.

Despite having a short (eight years as a professor) and undistinguished (five peer-reviewed publications in his lifetime) career as a geography professor at the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Ball was able in the last 10 years to elevate himself to the level of self-appointed climate change expert. By working with energy industry lobby firms, he was able to insinuate himself as a would-be advisor to committees of the Canadian House of Commons and the the U.S. Senate. At one point, he presumed to send a letter directly to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, introducing himself as “one of the first climatology PhDs in the world,” - a claim so far from accurate as to be laughable.

By his activism, his constant and so-often ill-informed criticism of scientists who were actually working in the field of climate change, Ball had, by 2006, established himself as Canada’s pre-eminent global warming denier. The Globe and Mail called him “Mr. Cool,” although the accompanying feature was anything but complimentary.

Still, at least he was getting attention.

Wed, 2009-02-04 11:40Kevin Grandia
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This Month's free book giveaway is Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World

We will be announcing the winner’s of DeSmogBlog’s January book give-away shortly.

In the meantime I wanted to let everyone know that for February’s DeSmogBlog Book Give-away Contest we have five signed copies of  Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver’s new book Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World.

If you haven’t signed up yet, go here to learn more about our book give-away. Its really easy to join and once you’re on the list you’re eligible to win every month for the entire year. So join up and please pass this on to anyone else who might be interested in books on global warming and environment issues.

Mon, 2008-09-29 08:34Richard Littlemore
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Canadian Science Book Crosses Boldly into Politics

“For Canadians, this is the best single book on our climate crisis and what we should do about it.” 

Thomas Homer-Dixon on Andrew Weaver's Keeping Our Cool

University of Victoria climatologist Dr. Andrew Weaver, Canada's answer to James Hansen, continues to win rave reviews and political attention for his new book, Keeping Our Cool.

Weaver has been outspoken about the sorry record of Canada's current Conservative government (“They were making policy without even consulting their environmental scientists.”) and highly critical of the government's efforts to muzzle those in the scientific community (“It’s absolutely Orwellian what’s going on here in science in Canada.”)

Fri, 2008-02-29 09:29Richard Littlemore
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National Post's Peter Foster: Is he suffering stupidity, venality or both?

In one of his periodic diatribes against science, scientists and any risk analyst who thinks that 95% certainty is enough to cause concern about global warming, the National Post's Peter Foster has attacked Canadian scientist Andrew Weaver - using an argument that the newspaper has admitted, twice before, is flat-out untrue.

So, rude as it is to ask, we have to wonder if Mr. Foster is

a) an incredibly slow learner;

b) not a frequent reader of his newspaper's “Corrections” feature;

c) so ideologically blinded that evidence just doesn't matter to him; or

d) on the take?

Wed, 2007-12-05 21:58Emily Murgatroyd
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You Might Die - But it Will Cost Too Much To Do Anything So Let's Not.

If you were told that you had a fatal disease and a Doctor told you how to get better, but then an economist came along and told you that the cost of treating you would be too high so it would be better not to do anything - would you sit there and wait to die?

It's that kind of inane logic that governs this quote from Cato Institute Senior fellow, Jerry Taylor who said, “scientists are in no position to intelligently guide public policy on climate change.” Scientists can lay out scenarios, but it is up to economists to weigh the costs and benefits and many of them say the costs of cutting emissions are higher than the benefits”.

Thu, 2007-06-21 09:31Richard Littlemore
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University of Victoria Steps Up Climate Research

For those of us who get a little panicked about the state of the climate - especially about the denial that is preventing action against anthropogenic climate change - Wednesday was a great day.

Bob Wright, a controversial sport-fishing magnate from Victoria, B.C., donated $11 million Cdn to the University of Victoria's School of Earth and Ocean Science.

Thu, 2007-03-22 13:49Richard Littlemore
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Climate Change: A Real Expert's View

Here is a precis of a presentation by University of Victoria Professor Andrew Weaver, the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis. Weaver himself described this as a powerful summary in which the author, Rod Edwards, “expressed everything I tried to say … better han I actually did!”
Wed, 2007-01-31 13:00Richard Littlemore
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DeSmog Leaks Advance Copy of Think Tank's IPCC Attack

UPDATED: with details of the Fraser Institute's planned press conference

A Canadian think tank’s “independent” analysis of the IPCC Summary for Policymakers is based on out-of-date information and is specifically misleading about the nature of the scientific summary that it presumes to criticize, DeSmogBlog.com President James Hoggan said Wednesday.

The Fraser Institute will release their report in London on Feb.5. Here are the details for our UK friends who might be interested in attending:

Date: February 5, 2007
Time: 10am (London time)
Location: The Atrium Restaurant (across from the Houses of Parliament), Four Millbank, Westminster

You can find a copy of the leaked document and a briefing note on the Fraser Institute here.

UPDATE: I've just uploaded a new version of the briefing note, without hyperlinks for those who want to print off a copy. Titled “print version.” (KG)

UPDATE: The Fraser Institute issued a second media advisory yesterday. H/T to Buckdog .

Wed, 2006-12-13 09:00Richard Littlemore
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IPCC author and climate change expert hits "skeptics" hard

In a Calgary Sun column today, noted atmospheric scientist and IPCC author, Dr. Andrew Weaver, slams the so-called climate change “skeptics.”

“The enduring debate – such as it is, particularly in Alberta – over the role humans play in global warming – is so divorced from scientific literature as to be a discourse from a distant age or orbit,” says Weaver.

Fri, 2006-11-17 13:13Kevin Grandia
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Junk Science vs. Real Science: DeSmog's new video

Okay, I admit, I'm not very good at video editing, but check out this video that the DeSmog team put together called “Who do believe: junk scientist vs. real scientist?”

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