Monthly Archives: February 2008

Water Utility Climate Alliance calls on federal climate research to aid with impacts preparedness

An alliance of eight major water utilities that provide drinking water to 36 million people is calling on the US Climate Change Science Program and the science community to aid in assessing and managing risks to water infrastructure and supply … Continue reading

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Review of the Summary of Revised Research Plan for the US Climate Change Science Program

Climate Science Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity formally submitted sets of critical public review comments on the draft summary of a revised research plan for the US Climate Change Science Program. CCSP’s issuing of a revised plan for … Continue reading

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John Holdren: US public opinion is near a tipping point on climate change despite deniers’ strategy

In a February 18 interview at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Harvard Prof. John Holdren, outgoing AAAS board chairman, said “I really think we’re close to a political tipping point in the United … Continue reading

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Harvard Prof. John Holdren on “Global Climate Disruption: What do we know, what should we do?””

“Global warming is a misnomer. It implies something gradual, uniform, and benign. What we’re experiencing is none of these,” says Prof. John Holdren, recently president and board chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “We are already … Continue reading

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Major corporations seek green image on climate policy but fund coal lobby front group

Major U.S. corporations that are part of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, which has called for strong legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, also have funded a coal-industry front organization that is waging a $35 million campaign in primary and … Continue reading

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House Science Committee chairman questions White House delay on federal science integrity principles

In the more than six months since the enactment of a law requiring the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop principles of science communication integrity for the federal agencies to implement, and more than three months after … Continue reading

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AAAS honors climate scientists James Hansen and Robert Watson

On February 16, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, at its annual meeting in Boston, honored Jim Hansen of NASA with the AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, and former IPCC chairman Bob Watson with the AAAS … Continue reading

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“Scientific Freedom and the Public Good” – Statement to the next president

On February 14 a group of prominent scientists, organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists, released a statement – “Scientific Freedom and the Public Good”—calling for the next president to put an end to political interference in science and create … Continue reading

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Why hasn’t White House science director issued required science communication integrity principles?

When White House science Director John Marburger testifies before the House Science and Technology Committee on February 14 at a hearing on funding for the America COMPETES Act, the Committee should ask him why he has not issued the federal … Continue reading

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New Harper government policy muzzles communication by Environment Canada government scientists

“The concept of free speech is non-existent at Environment Canada,” says Canadian university climate scientist Andrew Weaver. The National Post (Canada) reported that Environment Canada recently instituted media message control rules for government scientists in an action that appears worthy … Continue reading

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