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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.
Look here for a clear, concise and remarkably optimistic explanation of climate change and the efforts to respond.
There is an enduring falacy that people in the north with enjoy the effects of climate change. Well, not perhaps those northerners whose homes are built on melting permafrost: Yukon’s Dawson City treading on thin ice.
This Q&A with the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert is a year old, but well worth reading. Kolbert wrote a definitive three-part article on climate change last year and has a book coming out, supposedly this March. Her most recent New Yorker contribution also touches on the effects of climate change, though it dwells primarily on the sorry future facing Louisiana, which is sinking into the sea.
Watch for the movie, An Inconvenient Truth, and consider that its star, environmentalist and former Vice-President Al Gore, actually won the election against George W. Bush.
Imagine where climate change policy might be today if the U.S. Supreme Court had accepted the verdict of the people of the United States.
This headline - “The truth about global warming” - is one of the biggest hit grabbers on Google: people want to know.
In such circumstances, woe betide the ones who wind up on Susan Shelley's blogpost, which begins with an interesting piece of science and concludes with an encouragement that we all ignore the unprecedented scope of human impact on the earth's climate - and watch football. Scary.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Kudos to Travis Engen, outgoing chief executive officer at the ultra-energy hog Alcan Inc., for his advocacy for an intelligent corporate and governmental response to climate change. This kind of plainspoken support from a captain of an energy intensive industry can't be ignored.
Grist Magazine has an interview with Sir David King, who stands as the pointy end of Tony Blair's climate change policy apparatus. An excerpt:
Amy Ridenour’s newly redesigned National Centre for Public Policy Research blog (very stylish Amy; I like the gravitas suggested by yellowed book pages), features a great non sequiturial attack on the Independent for adding to its already exhaustive coverage of the climate change issue.