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Co-author (with Jim Hoggan) of the award-winning Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming, Richard has been Editor of the DeSmogBlog since its inception in 2005. Originally a newspaper reporter (the Ottawa Citizen, the Winnipeg Tribune, the Vancouver Sun), Richard has, since 1995, split his career between magazine journalism, activism and politics and corporate communications. On projects specific to climate change, he wrote the David Suzuki Foundation’s first public information package on global warming in 1996, was vice-chair of the Greater Vancouver Regional District's Air Quality Committee in 1996 and 1997 and sat as a delegate to the Canadian government's (failed) Kyoto Implementation Process from 1997 to 1999. Richard is a regular speech writer for many business and academic leaders.

Other Bloggers on Skeptic Society Conference

Hats off to Jonathan Adler for his blogging of the Skeptics Conference. His fairly instant record of the event is exhaustive, accurate and (parenthetical comments excepted) evenhanded.

My favourite of his 13 posts is the one on Gregory Arnold's presentation on market trading mechanisms. Here you have the libertarian Adler struggling to find relevant criticism of a free market fellow traveller. Arnold, after all, is trying to figure out how to make money on emission traditing - how to make a profit saving the world. But Adler notices that the market has an inevitable government component (as all well-regulated markets do) and he can't stand the notion. He concludes: “…where it is impossible to create actual property rights in environmental resources (because you can't let the market work where you don't have property rights upon which the market is based) tradable credit systems may make sense. But for me, this approach is never more than a second-best solution.” He doesn't propose a “first-best” solution.

Skeptical Coverage of Skeptics Conference

Blogger Randy Kirk, a self-described fundamentalist Christian, also attented the Skeptic Society Confernce last weekend at CalTech, and came away a little bruised by the experience. He says:

I have been attending fundamentalist churches for the last 20 years, and have gone to countless conferences during that time. I can't remember a single time when positions were taken in those meetings that were so pompous, so biased, or so lacking in humility. Those in the leadership of the Christian “right” never say that the debate is over. In this conference, that was the refrain. I think there is a problem in our scientific community. The consequence of this problem may only result in horrible science, but it could result in tyranny.

TheTyee Speaks to John Robinson

The kinds of behaviour changes we need are not so much individual as collective. It’s the rule changes: the building codes, transportation infrastructure, transit, urban form – nobody makes those decisions as individuals. That’s why we need to support these collective policies – they are more important than, say, buying a smaller vehicle. If we just focus on the individual behaviour we miss all the big items. UBC Professor John Robinson

For the full text of an excellent interview by, click here.

Americans and Climate Change: An Ivy League Overview

Click here for a report called Americans and Climate Change: Closing the Gap Between Science and Action.

It is a “Synthesis of Insights and Recommendations from the 2005 Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on Climate Change.

Martin Luther King Ahead of His Time

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs.We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late… .’— Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Free Marketeers Speak Up on Climate Risk

“Climate change is today's problem not tomorrow's. If we don't take action now to understand the changing nature of our planet we will face extinction.” - Lloyd's of London director, Rolf Tolle.

For more complete coverage of the nervousness that prevails in the oldest insurance market in the world, click here.

U Texas: Thars Gold in Them Thar Solutions

The Dallas Morning News (a hotbed of climate change hysteria, I'm sure), reports a University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) study that points to the considerable number of business and cost-savings opportunities that arise because of climate change.

Nix the Nukes; Blix Thinks Environment is Scarier

“To me the question of the environment is more ominous than that of peace and war…I'm more worried about global warming than I am of any major military conflict.”

- U.N. Weapons Inspector Hans Blix, (March 14, 2003)

Jesters Up-End a Day of Serious Science

“What good is a philosopher who doesn’t annoy anyone?”

This question may finally provide an answer to the riddle: What is it with Michael Crichton, anyway?

The “father of the techno thriller” was the marquee speaker at The Environmental Wars – a Science Skeptics conference during which a parade of speakers with stunning academic credentials had offered a whole day’s worth of data proving that the debate about climate change is over.

Environmental Wars: Afternoon Wrap

An interesting turn overall in the afternoon Science Skeptics forum: speakers moved from chilling analyses of future climate catastrophe to a frankly optimistic presentation that the solutions may yet be found.

Drs. Prothero and Fagan presented historical trend lines that are fairly terrifying if you follow the logical extension of their climate graphs. But Dr.Gregory Benford addressed possible innovations—methods by which humankind can take charge of the earth’s climate on purpose, instead of just screwing it up by accident. We’re trying to track him down for a podcast that will explain his most fascinating proposal – broadcasting “UVB Chaff” into the upper atmosphere to deflect ultraviolet radiation.