Monthly Archives: June 2008

Dr. James Hansen calls for fossil industry disinformants to be tried for “high crimes”

Twenty years after delivering his landmark testimony to the US Senate declaring a detectable fingerprint for global warming, Dr. Hansen appeared June 23, 2008 before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming chaired by Rep. Ed Markey. … Continue reading

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Flawed communications in U.S. Climate Change Science Program

Two major federal climate science reports – one on climate change-induced extreme weather, the other on increasing difficulties in dealing with climate impacts on federal lands — were released last week with two nearly opposite communication strategies.    The ad … Continue reading

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“A Climate Hero: An Outspoken Truth”

The Worldwatch Institute and Grist have posted a three-part series (part 3 here and here) commemorating the 20-year anniversary of NASA scientist James Hansen’s groundbreaking testimony on global climate change next week. We spoke with the reporter for part 3: … Continue reading

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“Rejuvenating Public Sector Science” – CSPI’s Fourth National Integrity in Science Conference

The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s daylong Integrity in Science Conference in Washington, DC, July 11, will forge an agenda for independent regulatory science and protecting public sector scientists from political meddling and corporate influence. Jim Hansen of … Continue reading

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Scott McClellan and White House global warming spin

Scott McClellan didn’t talk about climate change in his book, What Happened – but we recall the press briefing on June 8, 2005, when he had to fend off a barrage of questions about climate science and the oil industry … Continue reading

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NASA internal investigation of climate science political interference let higher-ups off the hook

An investigative report by the NASA Inspector General released June 2 validates charges that White House political appointees in the NASA Public Affairs office were engaged in censoring climate science communication, but whitewashes the complicity of higher-ups at NASA Headquarters … Continue reading

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Rep. Kucinich Bush impeachment Article XXXII: Climate change science and policy

Article XXXII of the 35 Articles of Impeachment, introduced on June 9 by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), charges President Bush with “Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change.” See Details for full text. 

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Organizing denial: Conservative “think tanks” and the political tactic of environmental “skepticism”

A study published in the journal Environmental Politics finds that 92 per cent of 141 English-language environmentally “skeptical” books, most published since 1992, are linked to conservative “think tanks.” The authors conclude that the environmental skepticism of such organizations “is … Continue reading

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Wake Up Call: Interview on WBAI-FM New York City

In a June 3 interview on the program Wake Up Call on WBAI-FM, the Pacifica station in New York, CSW director Rick Piltz talked about the scientific assessment of climate change released released May 29 by the U.S. government, the … Continue reading

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Richard Somerville: Include climate change ethics and equity issues in science research agenda

“I am convinced that a scientific community that aspires to be helpful to society must include ethics and equity as an integral part of its research agenda,” writes Richard Somerville, a coordinating lead author of the IPCC 2007 climate change … Continue reading

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