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Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog and DeSmog Canada.

Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Mulitculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groudbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

Breaking: Hackers attempt to access Canadian government Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis

This is a news release we’ve put out North American-wide.

On the heels of the controversial story about emails and data stolen by hackers from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, it has now been revealed that individuals posing as network technicians recently attempted to infiltrate another climate data center operated by the Government of Canada.

According to sources at the University of Victoria, two people claiming to be network computer technicians presented themselves at the headquarters of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis and tried to gain access to the data servers. When challenged by an employee, the two individuals hastily left. The timing of this attempted break-in is very suspicious given that it occurred so closely on the heels of the release of hacked emails and data from a similar facility housed at the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

The story was also verified by a UVIC spokesperson in an interview yesterday with the National Post. 

This is disturbing news and it shows that there is an organized criminal campaign that is going to great lengths to infiltrate secure facilities and steal private data,” said Jim Hoggan, author of the new book Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. “We don’t know who is behind these criminal acts, but we hope they will eventually be unmasked by police. In the meantime, what we do know is that the individuals and organizations that quickly launched an online PR campaign to misrepresent the content of the hacked emails from the University of East Anglia are part of a decades-long confusion campaign to delay government action on the issue.”

Who is Nigel Lawson? And is he a climate change "expert"

Nigella Lawson

The name Nigel Lawson has been popping up a lot lately on climate change issues. Especially around the recent CRU stolen email controversy.

Our research team has completed a full background briefing on Mr. Lawson. You can check out the entire backgrounder here: Who is Nigel Lawson?

Here’s some of the highlights:

Climate Change Expert?

According to a search of Google Scholar, Lawson has not published any work in the area of climate science.

Climate Contrarian Family

Climate skepticism runs deep in the Lawson family.  His son Dominic Lawson is a journalist for the British newspaper The IndependentDominic Lawson has used his columns to question the science behind climate change and criticize the IPCC.  Ironically, Dominic Lawson is married to Rosa Monckton, the sister of the infamous climate denier Christopher Monckton.

When cavemen roamed the earth 3,000 years ago?! [video]

Fox News loves it’s strange science when it comes to climate change, but a recent interview with Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R) shows just how sad this channel really has become.

On the Red Eye show, McCotter makes a strange argument that climate change is nothing to worry about because if we all think back to when cavemen were hunting Mastodons in 1,000 BC, they weren;t worried about melting glaciers.

Really? Cavemen and giant elephant like beasts 3,000 years ago?

1,000 BC was actually the around the time of the Iron Age and Mastodons had already been extinct for about 9,000 years.

Kindle version of Climate Cover Up now available

For all those readers who were looking for a Kindle edition of Climate Cover Up, there’s now one available on Amazon.com.

Just go here: Kindle edition of Climate Cover Up.

US War Veterans Denounce Senator Inhofe's Indifference

In a recent interview with NY Times Magazine, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) brushed off the national security concerns raised by 5 retired US generals who testified at a Senate Committee hearing on clean energy by saying that:

“There are a lot of generals who don’t like to be out of the limelight. They’d like to get back in”

These war veterans are ticked to say the least, and will be holding a press conference tomorrow in response to Inhofe’s dismissive and disrespectful statement.

According to the release,

“Military officials and veterans will hold a new conference call tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET to set the record straight on the national security threat climate change poses and call on Sen. Inhofe to apologize for his recent statement accusing military generals that are advocating for clean energy reform as merely engaging in a publicity stunt to get back into “the limelight.”

Stay tuned. We’ll cover this tomorrow.

Climate Cover Up Top Selling Media Studies Book in America

I know, I know, I’ve been writing a lot about DeSmog’s new book Climate Cover Up. But I just can’t help myself when I see all these great stats rolling in. I just have to share them with our loyal readers.

Amazon.com has Climate Cover Up listed as the best selling book in Media Studies today, beating out amazing books like Manufacturing Consent and Barbara Walter’s The Audition.

Check it out, here’s the screenshot:

Climate Cover Up Goes Ivy League

Looks like DeSmogBlog’s new book Climate Cover Up is getting an Ivy League audience next week.

Author and DeSmog co-founder Jim Hoggan, will be speaking next week at Yale and Princeton Universities about the book and the efforts by industry to deny the realities of climate change science.

He will also be doing an event in Manhattan on the Monday night at the very cool McNally Jackson bookstore. Jim will be presenting alongside well-known author and NYU professor of media studies, Mark Crispin Miller.

I’ve also heard that other very special guests may be dropping by, so if you’re in the area, here’s the details:

Date: Monday, Nov. 30

Time: 7pm to 8pm

Location: 52 Prince Street (btw. Lafayette & Mulberry)

Climate Cover Up a top 5 bestselling science book in Canada

Amazon.ca has Climate Cover Up ranked in the top 5 bestselling science books in Canada right now!

Not a bad start. And like I said, we’re just getting warmed up!

Here’s a screenshot:

climate cover up bestseller

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Climate Cover Up kicking denier books all over Amazon

Jim Hoggan and Richard Littelmore’s new book Climate Cover Up is putting the climate deniers’ books to shame in the rankings on Amazon.com this week.

In the broad category of Environment, Climate Cover Up is sitting at #22 with only Christopher Booker’s The Real Global Warming Disaster in the way of us taking the lead over all climate denier, anti-environmentalist screeds in the category.

We’re out there promoting Climate Cover Up hard, but we need your help! Surprisingly, it doesn’t take much.

Here’s a few things you can do:

1. TWEET IT: Post a link on your Twitter account, urge people to buy a copy as a must read. Send something like: Climate Cover Up is a must-read book, even Leonardo DiCaprio thinks so! http://bit.ly/EPPXK

2.CHRISTMAS GIFT FORSKEPTICALFRIENDS: What better than Climate Cover Up for your “skeptical” friends, family and work colleagues!

3. FACEBOOK: Write a status update or message your Facebook friends about Climate Cover Up.

Michael Mann in his own words on the stolen CRU emails

With all the wild accusations flying around over the illegally obtained email correspondence from the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit, I thought I would ask one of the scientists in the middle of the issue to provide some context.

Penn State University climate scientist, Dr. Michael Mann, whose name appears in some of the stolen emails, provided me with a run-down of the emails that involve him. His responses provide some much needed context and give you an idea of just how wildly some people have blown this story out of proportion.

What follows is quotes taken directly from the stolen emails, followed by Dr. Mann’s response:

1. “I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (i. e. from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.” (from Phil Jones).

Phil Jones has publicly gone on record indicating that he was using the term “trick” in the sense often used by people, as in “bag of tricks”, or “a trick to solving this problem …”, or “trick of the trade”.

In referring to our 1998 Nature article, he was pointing out simply the following: our proxy record ended in 1980 (when the proxy data set we were using terminates) so, it didn’t include the warming of the past two decades.

In our Nature-article we therefore also showed the post-1980 instrumental data that was then available through 1995, so that the reconstruction could be viewed in the context of recent instrumental temperatures. The separate curves for the reconstructed temperature series and for the instrumental data were clearly labeled.

The reference to “hide the decline” is referring to work that I am not directly associated with, but instead work by Keith Briffa and colleagues.

The “decline” refers to a well-known decline in the response of only a certain type of tree-ring data (high-latitude tree-ring density measurements collected by Briffa and colleagues) to temperatures after about 1960.

In their original article in Nature in 1998, Briffa and colleagues are very clear that the post-1960 data in their tree-ring dataset should not be used in reconstructing temperatures due to a problem known as the “divergence problem” where their tree-ring data decline in their response to warming temperatures after about 1960.

Hide” was therefore a poor word choice, since the existence of this decline, and the reason not to use the post 1960 data because of it, was not only known, but was indeed the point emphasized in the original Briffa et al Nature article. There is a summary of that article available on this NOAA site.

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