Monthly Archives: March 2008

House subcommittee hearing April 1 on FEMA toxic trailers and mistreatment of CDC whistleblower

Tomorrow (April 1) the House Science Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing (“Toxic Trailers: Have the Centers for Disease Control Failed to Protect Public Health?”) to further investigate the belated discovery of high levels of formaldehyde in trailers … Continue reading

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FEMA’s toxic-trailer ineptitude in housing Katrina victims raises concern about climate preparedness

Better means for providing temporary living quarters for those whose homes are damaged or destroyed in natural disasters must be identified and implemented to avoid future mistakes and additional harm to victims of extreme weather events, projected to worsen with … Continue reading

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6,000 square mile Wilkins Ice Shelf on Antarctic Peninsula “hangs by a thread”

On March 25 the British Antarctic Survey reported that the Wilkins Ice Shelf, which covered an area of 16,000 km2 (larger than the state of Connecticut), appears to be on the verge of breaking away from the Antarctic Peninsula. The … Continue reading

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“The alarm clock that all the plants and animals are listening to is running too fast.”

“The fingerprints of human-driven climate change are evident in seasonal timing changes for thousands of species on Earth, according to dozens of studies and last year’s authoritative report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. More than 30 scientists told … Continue reading

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“Homeland security will require readiness against climate change.”

In his opinion article (archived) “Insecure About Climate Change” (Washington Post, March 22), Joshua W. Busby of the University of Texas at Austin presents ideas for action on risk reduction and adaptation, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, and institutional changes … Continue reading

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A National Climate Change Preparedness Initiative

Climate Science Watch will call on the next President and Congress to undertake a National Climate Change Preparedness process to reduce the rate of global climatic disruption while improving our ability to adapt to its unavoidable impacts.  We outline here … Continue reading

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GAP press release on stealth release of climate change transportation impacts report

A March 14 news release by the Government Accountability Project leads with: “This past Wednesday, March 12, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Climate Change Science Program quietly released a major assessment report on the likely impacts … Continue reading

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Stealth release of major federal study of Gulf Coast climate change transportation impacts

On March 12 the U.S. government released a major assessment report on the likely impacts of global climate disruption on a wide range of transportation systems and infrastructure in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. The report was released in a … Continue reading

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Waxman to EPA: Why is work on required greenhouse gas regulation being blocked?

Since the Environmental Protection Agency informed the White House in December 2007 of its finding that carbon dioxide emissions are a danger to the United States and proposed significant cuts in motor vehicle emissions, the agency’s regulatory efforts have been … Continue reading

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Nature editorial on EPA administrator’s “reckless disregard” for law and science on climate change

Nature, the international weekly science journal, criticized U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson’s “reckless disregard for law, science or the agency’s own rules ­- or, it seems, the anguished protests of his own subordinates.” The March 6 editorial (“The … Continue reading

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