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James (Jim) Hoggan is one of Canada’s most respected public-relations professionals and the president and owner of the Vancouver PR firm Hoggan & Associates.
A law school graduate with a longstanding passion for social justice, Jim also serves as chair of the David Suzuki Foundation—the nation’s most influential environmental organization—and as a Trustee of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.
James Hoggan is the co-founder of Stonehouse Standing Circle, an innovative public-engagement and communications think-tank, and the former chair of The Climate Project Canada —Al Gore’s global education and advocacy organization. He also led the Province of British Columbia’s Green Energy Advisory Task Force on Community Relations and First Nations Partnerships.
James Hoggan is the co-founder of the influential website DeSmogBlog and the author of two books, Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for Skeptical Public, and Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. He speaks, writes, and presents widely on public attitudes toward sustainability, climate change, and the environment.
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If anyone hasn't already read Jeffrey Simpson's Globe and Mail column today, it's worth a look.
Simpson points out that while the U.S. has been thumbing its nose at Kyoto and flagrantly ignoring the climate change crisis, it has still outperformed Canada, where everyone apparently drives single-occupancy SUVs to their environmental awareness meetings.
The on-line Investors.com, puts the lie to the notion that investors are long-term thinkers with a piece entitled The EU’s Global Warming Fantasy. The article hammers away at Europe for having tried, but so far failed, to meet its Kyoto commitments. Much better the American way to not try at all.
If you start reading this piece looking for a cogent argument on what will happen if everyone takes the American path, you’ll be disappointed. But it’s worth forging on to the columnist’s last line: “The U.S. doesn’t need to ‘sign on’ to a new Kyoto deal — especially if, through technology and common sense, it can transcend it.”
Wednesday’s Calgary Sun brought the triumphal announcement that we can stop worrying about global warming: “GLOBAL SCAM; KYOTO MAY JUST BE BAD SCIENCE.” The story, by Editor Licia Corbella, opened by saying:
“Many of the world’s top climatologists who live right here in Canada, have not even bothered to take a short train ride to attend the meeting. Why? Well, let’s ask Dr. Tim Patterson, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology) at Carleton University in Ottawa and a world-renowned expert in the field.”
“I can’t be bothered,” he replied from his university office. “It’s just a waste of time.
A Deutche Welle feature from Nov. 29, 2005, began, as the UN climate summit began, with the European Environment Agency warning: “Europe is facing the worst climate change in five millennia as a result of global warming.” EAA Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade said, “Even if we constrain global warming to the EU target of a two-degree (Celsius) increase, we will be living in atmospheric conditions that human beings have never experienced. Deeper cuts in emissions are needed.”
Nature magazine has a chilling article in this issue tracking the enui that seems to be overtaking the Gulf Current.
It seems that as the ocean warms, it also becomes less active. Thus, the Gulf Stream might ultimately stop flowing north, while the once-icy Arctic waters will stop flowing south. This might be “Good for Canada” (see next post), as Newfoundland suffers less the effect of the Arctic backflow, but it could equally be devastating for much of Northern Europe, which depends on the warm Gulf waters to moderate its climate.