Monthly Archives: September 2009

Climate Security Index: Global climate disruption seen as a US national security problem

Climate Security Index, a new report by the American Security Project, links global climate change impacts and energy insecurity to US national security, concluding that these interrelated problems constitute a “clear and present danger to the national security of the … Continue reading

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“The lesson from the Atlanta flood is that many Americans are unprepared”

The Christian Science Monitor reported last week: “Atlanta flood: After drought, residents caught by surprise.”  This is precisely the sort of headline that climate scientists have been warning us about when they talk about altered precipitation patterns as a result … Continue reading

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CSW recommendations for Senate climate bill on preparedness, research, & climate services

Calling for “a comprehensive, proactive national planning and preparedness strategy for limiting and adapting to the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of climate change,” Climate Science Watch transmitted on September 4 a set of detailed recommendations to three Senate committee chairmen … Continue reading

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Krugman in NYTimes: The campaign against saving the planet rests mainly on lies.

“The claim that climate legislation will kill the economy deserves the same disdain as the claim that global warming is a hoax,” writes Nobel Economics Laureate Paul Krugman in his September 25 New York Times column. “Even corporations are losing … Continue reading

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Wash Post credits new denialist propaganda with “reviving the debate” on climate change cause

CO2 is Green, a coal-money-funded global warming denialist media propaganda campaign with a message that almost might make you think you were reading a satire on denialism in The Onion, says that “plant and animal kingdoms, including humanity, [will be] … Continue reading

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UNEP Climate Change Science Compendium 2009: Impacts of Climate Change Coming Faster and Sooner

The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), says the UN Environment Programme, announcing the publication of the report, Climate … Continue reading

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Most US media coverage of UN Climate Summit underplayed message of why the need for action is urgent

In his September 22 speech at the UN Climate Summit in New York, President Obama said more than we’re used to hearing him say about the threat posed by global climate disruption. How much of this aspect of the speech, … Continue reading

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CSW director Rick Piltz interview on UN Climate Summit: “We’re very far from where we need to be”

“I do think it’s important to have these heads of government address the world and acknowledge the seriousness of the climate change problem,” Climate Science Watch director Rick Piltz told Al Jazeera English TV in a September 22 interview.  President … Continue reading

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Pres. Obama at UN Climate Summit talks the right talk… but will the US walk the right walk?

President Obama hit some right notes this morning at the UN Climate Summit in New York, conveying a sense of urgency and national responsibility for reducing US carbon emissions. He said the impacts of global climate disruption can threaten human … Continue reading

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Obama in UN Climate Summit speech should talk about climate change impacts and the risks of inaction

The UN Summit on Climate Change on September 22 confronts President Obama with the challenge and the great opportunity to give his first substantive speech on climate change, before both a domestic and an international audience.  President Obama should speak … Continue reading

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