Monthly Archives: August 2008

Alaska Gov. Palin appears to deny global warming is due to human activity

In response to an interview question about global warming, Sen. McCain’s running mate Gov. Sarah Palin replied: “A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it … Continue reading

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On third anniversary of Katrina, concerns about preparedness for Hurricane Gustav

As Hurricane Gustav picks up energy from warm Caribbean waters heading toward New Orleans for a possible Labor Day landing, U.S. Gulf Coast residents are again in harm’s way, after being told by NOAA to brace themselves for an “above-normal” … Continue reading

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Did Gov. Palin misrepresent views of Alaska scientists on threat to polar bear?

“Alaska’s marine mammal scientists agreed last year with federal researchers who concluded polar bears are threatened with extinction because of a shrinking ice cap,” the Anchorage Daily News reported on May 25.  “The state’s in-house dispute seems to refute later … Continue reading

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Gov. Sarah Palin on polar bears, climate change, and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In September 2007 Governor Palin formed the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet and charged it with preparing and implementing an Alaska Climate Change Strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and responding to the effects of climate change.  But Palin opposed listing … Continue reading

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Climate science advice to next administration is good start, broader focus needed for preparedness

Climate change and energy policy have finally risen to the ranks of top national policy issues.  Concerned that our federal climate science and technology capabilities have suffered under the Bush administration, leaving the nation more vulnerable and less equipped to … Continue reading

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US Senators go to bat for the Center for Capacity Building at NCAR

Four US Senators —Robert Menendez (D-NJ), John Kerry (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Bob Casey (D-PA) —are protesting the decision by the National Center for Atmospheric Research and its parent organization (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) to shut down the … Continue reading

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Draft synthesis report on US climate impacts from lame duck Bush administration raises questions

A draft report, “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” is being offered by the Bush administration as a “single coherent analysis of the current understanding of climate change science.”  Written in plain English and full of graphic illustration, … Continue reading

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Abrupt termination of NSF-funded climate humanitarian program raises fundamental questions

Citing budget constraints, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) announced this week it will shut down its Center for Capacity Building, a small group of experts headed by Dr. Michael “Mickey” Glantz, a 35-year veteran of NCAR and a … Continue reading

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EPA union officials: Stephen Johnson subverted staff on global warming sound science and policy

McClatchy Washington Bureau reported: “Environmental Protection Agency chief Stephen Johnson stunned his staff last month when he publicly opposed their proposals for regulating greenhouse gas emissions, four union officials representing EPA staff working on global warming policies said in a … Continue reading

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