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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.

Jim 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.

Jim 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.

Further Dissembling by The Australian

Kudos to the folks at PR Watch for tracking down this bit of info. It appears that the editors of The Australian (about whom we opined critically just a couple of days ago) have supplemented their own badly grounded science with the meanderings of an industry flak intent upon muddying the waters on the issue of climate change.

Past the Point of No Return

Brace yourself and check out our colleague Ross Gelbspan’s blog today, where he has picked up a U.K. story about James Lovelock, the scientist and green guru who conceived the notion of Gaia. In it, Lovelock says that we have already done too much damage to the climate system to correct in time.

Greenhouse Gas Emission Policy Revealed as a Sham

The Globe and Mail offers this report:

The automobile industry may be able to meet a highly touted, voluntary Kyoto agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions without doing anything extra to improve the fuel efficiency of millions of cars on Canadian roads, a study by a U.S. researcher warns.”

Temperature Rising in the Political Cortex

Fabulous, all-encompassing new climate change post on the blog, Political Cortex. Make sur

The Australian: Any Sacrifice Worth Sitting at the Big Table

In a fact-bashing roundup, one of Australia's biggest newspapers has embarrassed itself in delighted support of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate conference held there last week.

The Australian announced in this Editorial that climate change isn't proven; and that, if it is proven, it's too expensive to address by seeking an agreeable global mandate.

Gore warns about global warming

And to think: but for a little Florida vote-rigging and a strained U.S. Supreme Court Decision, this man might be midway through his second term as President of the United States.

The Anti-Kyoto Vision Statement

The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate, or, as one blogger put it, APP4CDC, has offered this noble-sounding, if impossibly long, vision statement. Note in the fifith and sixth paragraphs the goal to reduce “greenhouse gas intensities,” not gross output.

Did You Hear the One About the Funny Environmentalist?

We didn’t think so.

The Idea Grove has an interesting post on one recent example of industry making fun of environmental activism.

The Anti-Kyoto Partnership

Google Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and you will find a host of stories lauding a new international group nominally dedicated to reducing climate change by developing new technology.

Great, you say.

But, if you read very far into the material, you will find an international industrial spin project - a blatant effort to distract the public from the Kyoto process and to justify huge increases in the production and consumption of fossil fuels, especially coal.

Worldometers - a Measure of Many Interesting Things

This is a wonderful site if only for its ability to make you really think about the pace of change on the earth. There is woefully little information about the origin of the statistics, but the mere willingness to try to track the number of births and deaths - as well as the production of food, garbage, carbon dioxide and, well, many more things, is courageous and worthy. 

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