Monthly Archives: September 2009

New report says many adaptation measures can be half as expensive as doing nothing

Not only that, but doing nothing, thus further incurring myriad risks associated with climate change, could cost nations up to one-fifth (19%) of their GDP by 2030, with developing countries most vulnerable, according to a new report from the Economics … Continue reading

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API, CEI, Heartland, listen up: Big money calls for big cuts in global carbon emissions

A group of 181 prominent insurers and investors who control $13 trillion in assets—more than four times what the US government spent last year—has called on governments to make drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions: 25-40 percent by 2020, from … Continue reading

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Interior Secretary Salazar on right track with new climate initiative but faces tough road ahead

A newly created Climate Change Response Council at the Interior Department is a good reminder that the Executive Branch has much power to effect positive change under existing statutory authorities, even without a major climate bill or other new climate … Continue reading

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Citizen hotline for reporting fraudulent tactics by opponents of climate and clean energy bill

A new hotline that citizens can use to blow the whistle on deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal tactics being used by corporations and lobbyists to oppose climate and clean energy legislation has been set up by groups including the AAUW, National … Continue reading

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Darwin film controversy: What is the evolutionary value of irrational anti-science ideology?

If it is true that US distributors are wary of the new British film “Creation,” about Charles Darwin, due to controversy and pressure generated by the anti-science irrationality of religious ideologues, what might it suggest about the prospects for the … Continue reading

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New Global Framework for Climate Services should strengthen preparedness

More than 2,000 climate experts and decisionmakers from 155 countries have established a Global Framework for Climate Services—“to strengthen production, availability, delivery and application of science-based climate prediction and services.”  The Declaration creating the Framework adopted at last week’s World … Continue reading

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Peter Gleick on “New McCarthyism: Fear of science and the war on rationality”

Peter Gleick, long an internationally recognized expert in water policy and climate change and one of many accomplished PhD graduates under Dr. John Holdren at UC-Berkeley, warns of a “New McCarthyism” in the United States that is poisoning the well … Continue reading

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What will the global warming disinformation campaign do with this new study of Arctic warming?

“Global Warming Could Forestall Ice Age, Study Suggests,” an article in the September 4 New York Times by Andrew Revkin, talks about a new study that concludes that human-driven global warming could reverse a slow, long-term Arctic cooling trend and … Continue reading

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“High science should meet up with civic science” for climate adaptation says former Holdren student

“Himalayans needs climate change science to get its fingers dirty,” says a former student of John Holdren and research director of a prominent water conservation center in Nepal.  In an interview with the UK Guardian Environment Network as part of … Continue reading

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Washington Post Capital Weather Gang agrees: “Obama Needs to Give a Climate Speech”

President Obama should communicate the scientific conclusions that show why it is necessary to undertake the massive task of decarbonizing the energy system, and the potential consequences of inaction, says the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang blog today. Failure to … Continue reading

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