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An Inconvenient Truth - Tomorrow Night in Vancouver

Tomorrow night is the opening of An Inconvenient Truth here in Vancouver!

The DeSmogBlog team will be at the 7:20 showing at Tinseltown, handing out our lovely stickers and taking in the show. We'd love to meet any readers in attendance – please don't hesitate to introduce yourself if you spot us.

Here's a link to some online reviews of the film so far. And if you want to see the trailer, it's up on Youtube here.

Hope to see you there…

Michael Shermer - Interview at the Skeptics Conference

Our third and last audio interview from the Environmental Wars Conference was with Michael Shermer, the host of the event and founder/editor of Skeptic Magazine.

Click here to listen
to a 6-minute conversation about the conference and its speakers. He makes the interesting point that although he has recently converted to the ranks of “believers” in climate change, he feels odd using that term, because he says that once the scientific evidence is in, it makes no more sense to say that you are “believe” in global warming than that you believe in gravity. It's just the way it is.

Someone should tell that to all the “skeptics” out there who try to spin it differently…

Gregory Benford - Audio Interview

We managed to grab Gregory Benford, one of the speakers at the Skeptic's Conference, over dinner on Saturday. You can listen to the 7-minute podcast here.

You'll hear his explanation of UVB-Chaff – a proposed solution to warming on our planet (also a way to prevent lots of skin cancer). This is likely to generate some ideological controversy, as those who believe we should leave Mother Nature alone take issue with those who believe we have a responsibility to use technology to solve our problems. Check it out and we'd love to hear your thoughts!

Crichton and Stossell - Rounding Out the Skeptics Conference

Michael Crichton

Crichton says that true skeptics are a dying breed. He says that whenever there is a big mass movement, skeptics vanish, and he believes that we need skeptics, and we need them to be especially vigilant whenever debate seems to end.

He made some pretty dramatic claims about terrible things that happen in hospitals – people's tissues being stolen and sold, cadavers being stolen, bones from bone cancer patients being given in transplants, genes being patented.

Afternoon Report-Out from the Environmental Wars

It’s been a long day here at the Environmental Wars Conference. It’s 6pm now, and have been listening to speakers since 8:30am, save an hour and a half for breaks. Someone should tell the Skeptics Society that good conferences should have great coffee, and make it easily available in the mid-session slumps.

This afternoon featured Jonathan Alder, Greg Arnold, and Dr. Paul MacCready. Alder spoke about the Fables of Federal Environmental Regulation (check out Richard’s post for more on that), Arnold spoke about market mechanisms for reducing pollution, and MacCready spoke about Doing More with Much Less – human powered transportation, electric cars, and other such wonders.

Interview with Chris Mooney is Up

I've just posted our first podcast interview. Click here to listen to a 3-minute interview with Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science, as we chat with him during the lunch break at the conference. It's quick and he's a great speaker, so be sure to check it out!

The Environmental Wars Afternoon Speakers, Part 1

Well, it’s 94 degrees (or 34, depending on which side of the border you’re from) here in Pasadena and it’s pretty much unbearable for a Vancouver resident like myself. Thankfully, we’ve been inside an air-conditioned room all day, which actually feels like a blessing on the odd occasion!

The day is going by quickly, and continues to be interesting. We've gotten a couple of podcast audio interviews, which I'll be posting later. In the meantime, I’ve tried to gather some notes from the first half of this afternoon. They aren’t as extensive as my morning notes, but as we’ve been hearing from people here that they think it’s really great that we’re reporting out live, I’ll post them, as is, anyway.

Distorting Science - Left vs Right?

A debate between Chris Mooney and Ron Bailey
Who is worse about distorting science - the left or the right?

Morning Speakers at the Environmental Wars

These are my quick notes from the morning's speakers. I've done my best to keep them concise and accurate, but liveblogging is never the most polished format. I hope you find them interesting! Richard will also be posting commentary.

David Baltimore

Quick bio – President of CalTech, awarded Nobel Prize at age 37. Something of a science celebrity. He does not call himself an expert on global warming, but believes he represents an informed position.

Good Morning from Pasadena

I'm here live in the morning session at The Environmental Wars Conference. It's a hot day in Pasadena, but we're inside an old, air-conditioned theatre with a sparkly ceiling that I'm not allowed to photograph.

The room is fairly full, with an interesting mix of people. A lot of older folks, retired couples by the looks of them, but also some young folks. It's hard to tell from appearances, obviously, where people's ideologies lie, but I get the impression that there's a good mix of doubters and believers here. Most name tags are from California.