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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.

You can follow Jim on Twitter here: @James Hoggan on Twitter.

You can click here to read James Hoggan’s recent article on “How Propaganda (Actually) Works”

Put Politics Aside and Celebrate Al Gore's Nobel Prize

First, our warmest congratulations to Al Gore. The Nobel Prize is one of the world's great honors and, in our view, one that is extremely well-deserved.

But I'm conscious that the standing ovation Gore is enjoying today is not exactly unanimous. The climate change conversation has become polarized - and belligerent - over the last decade. And Al Gore - a politician who dared to address a controversial public issue outside the conventional political process - has become a lightning rod for some hyper-political criticism. How can we get people from all points on the political spectrum to celebrate Gore's Nobel Prize without feeling that they are sacrificing their own cherished political interests?

DeSmogBlog welcomes Bill McKibben

If scoring Chris Mooney for a weekly column on DeSmogBlog wasn't enough for you, we're very proud to welcome renowned author and journalist, Bill McKibben to DeSmogBlog.

Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Bill is the co-founder of the Step it Up campaign and is the author of numerous books on the environment and global warming. His most recent book, Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, was published in March 2007. Bill is the co-author of new book called Fight Global Warming Now that will be on shelves October, 2007.

Bill's first piece on polar bears and Bjorn Lomborg will be up later today.

A Lie, Repeated Often Enough, Becomes "Truth"

This is an excellent article from the Washington Post on a University of Michigan professor's research into the resilience of myths.

Dr. Norbert Schwarz has found that the harder you try to dispel a myth (eg. that the international consensus about climate change is somehow in doubt), the more you contribute to its impact, merely by the repetition.

DeSmogBlog welcomes Chris Mooney!

The DeSmogBlog is very happy to announce that science-writer Chris Mooney, author of the best-seller, The Republic War on Science, has joined our team and will be writing a weekly column here on the DeSmogBlog.

APEC Declaration: Spin versus Action

It would be nice to be proved wrong by coming events, but the promise of an APEC declaration on climate change seems like another triumph of public relations over policy.

Jones dissects Durkin

For more on DeSmogBlog check here.

Want the transcript of the Tony Jones interview of Durkin? Go here.

Part One

The Big Thaw

Things that normally happen in geologic time are happening during the span of a human lifetime. It's like watching the Statue of Liberty melt.”

A must-read article in the upcoming National Geographic. 

Tibet's Warming Provides Global Warning

While it's impossible to attach a current economic value, Tibet's most important export arguably water. Twenty per cent of the world's population depend for fresh water on one of four great rivers that originate on the Tibetan plateau.

Given that fact, the world should be concerned that, as New Scientist magazine reported this week: “The Tibetan plateau is heating up by 0.3°C each decade, more than twice the worldwide average, according to a new study from the Tibet Meteorological Bureau”

You Can't Spin Mother Nature

This is the speech that I delivered last month at the Canadian Public Relations Society's National Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

Pledge to fight global warming

The DeSmog Team hit the road today and asked people to sign the Live Earth pledge.

Watch it! And then go to the Live Earth site and sign it yourself.

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