Monthly Archives: July 2006

60 Minutes “Rewriting the Science” global warming story re-airs this Sunday, July 30

FYI, summer re-run time:  The CBS 60 Minutes segment, which first aired on March 19, 2006, includes interviews with James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences; and … Continue reading

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House Government Reform Committee calls for White House CEQ climate change documents

In a July 20 letter to the Chairman of the the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) requested CEQ provide the Committee with various types of “documents … Continue reading

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Changing the mission: NASA Climate Change Science Program budget has been cut by 22% since 2004

Removing “understand and protect our home planet” from the NASA mission statement this year was not just a matter of semantics.  The administration has been slashing its support for the agency’s Earth Science activities, including observations and research on climate … Continue reading

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Calling Orwell: Understanding and protecting planet Earth disappears from NASA mission statement

NASA has deleted from its mission statement what had previously been its opening phrase:  “To understand and protect our home planet.”  This particular example of Orwellian behavior by administration officials was called to our attention by Jim Hansen of NASA … Continue reading

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Gore as Science Educator: Climate Scientist Michael MacCracken’s Assessment

The Associated Press reported (archived) on June 27 that all 19 climate scientists who had seen “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s documentary on global warming, and answered questions from the AP, had concluded that Gore had mostly explained the science … Continue reading

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Jim Hansen on the global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”

The current (July 13) issue of the <a href="http://www.nybooks.com/" title="New York Review of Books carries a review article on climate change by Jim Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in which he praises An Inconvenient Truth, … Continue reading

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The State Department’s disappearing Climate Change web page

The U.S. State Department’s “USINFO” web site, maintained by the department’s Bureau of International Information Programs, provides current information on a variety of topics, each with its own home page, including a “Climate Change” page—until the page was “retired” last … Continue reading

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Hurricanes and global warming: A credibility challenge for the Climate Change Science Program

New research linking global warming and recent enhanced North Atlantic hurricane activity was funded by the National Science Foundation, a major participating agency in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. Last year NOAA put out misleading, one-sided information about the … Continue reading

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Hurricanes and the Gulf Coast: Climate Change and Sustainable Rebuilding

A June 2006 report from an interdisciplinary conference of experts convened by the American Geophysical Union to discuss what scientists know about the present and projected environment in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast areas affected by the hurricanes of … Continue reading

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New research linking human-induced global warming to enhanced hurricane activity

Two new studies by leading climate scientists quantify a connection between human-induced global warming and recent enhanced North Atlantic hurricane activity.  The studies conclude that natural variability plays only a minor role.  The research was supported by the National Science … Continue reading

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