Monthly Archives: November 2009

Obama, Copenhagen, and the need for straight talk on climate

Al Jazeera English TV interviewed Climate Science Watch director Rick Piltz on November 23 on what we should expect from President Obama in connection with the upcoming Copenhagen climate conference.  We want him to go, we said.  He should make … Continue reading

Posted in International Climate Policy, Obama Administration | Comments Off on Obama, Copenhagen, and the need for straight talk on climate

“A World Without Ice”

“Ice everywhere is talking to us,” says Henry Pollack, “in a language that we must understand and heed.  Ice is a sleeping giant that has been awakened, and if we fail to recognize what has been unleashed, it will be … Continue reading

Posted in Global Climate Disruption and Impacts, Science-Policy Interaction | Comments Off on “A World Without Ice”

Some sources on the controversy over the hacked files from the UK Climatic Research Unit

For those who are following the controversy being spun up over hacked e-mails and files from the Climatic Research Unit directed by climate scientist Phil Jones at the University of East Anglia, here are a few news and commentary sources … Continue reading

Posted in Attacks on Climate Science and Scientists, Global Warming Denial Machine | Comments Off on Some sources on the controversy over the hacked files from the UK Climatic Research Unit

EPA attempt to limit free speech by agency lawyers Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel violates the law

EPA’s attempt to limit freedom of speech by two agency lawyers, Laurie Willaims and Allan Zabel, who have spoken out in opposition to proposed cap and trade climate legislation, violates the law, says Louis Clark, President of the Government Accountability … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Science Censorship | Comments Off on EPA attempt to limit free speech by agency lawyers Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel violates the law

President Obama will travel to Copenhagen on Dec. 9 to participate in the UN climate conference

The White House announced today that President Obama will travel to Copenhagen on December 9 to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The White House press release says: “Based on the President’s work on climate change over the … Continue reading

Posted in International Climate Policy, Obama Administration | Comments Off on President Obama will travel to Copenhagen on Dec. 9 to participate in the UN climate conference

Obama 2008: “Time for delay is over. This is a matter of urgency.” US 2009: No climate policy

Bill McKibben in the November 22 Washington Post: “Imagine an American president who would take the press corps to Glacier National Park so they could hike the dwindling ice fields, then fly them above the millions of acres of dead … Continue reading

Posted in Obama Administration | Comments Off on Obama 2008: “Time for delay is over. This is a matter of urgency.” US 2009: No climate policy

Federal court: “Monumental negligence” at Army Corps further endangered Katrina victims

Another powerful argument for a coordinated high-profile federal mission to raise preparedness for climate change impacts came last night with a federal district court decision holding the US Army Corps of Engineers liable for “monumental negligence” in its duties to … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change Preparedness | Comments Off on Federal court: “Monumental negligence” at Army Corps further endangered Katrina victims

UN report identifies women in poor countries as among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts

A report released today by the UN Population Fund identifies gender inequities in vulnerability to global climate disruption.  The report looks at the nexus of population dynamics, the welfare of women worldwide, and climate change impacts and adaptation and concludes … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change Preparedness, International Climate Policy | Comments Off on UN report identifies women in poor countries as among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts

The economic costs of climate adaptation escalate with inaction, says bipartisan energy group

“Pay now, or pay more later” is the increasingly substantiated wisdom of addressing—and failing to address—the threat of global climate disruption.  The bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) pulled together the findings of seven climate change impacts studies conducted … Continue reading

Posted in Assessments of Climate Impacts and Adaptation, Climate Change Preparedness | Comments Off on The economic costs of climate adaptation escalate with inaction, says bipartisan energy group

Climate change: Kids get it, Rush Limbaugh and other denialists don’t

In a new video from the World Wildlife Fund, the children of WWF staff talk about the consequences of climate change, the importance of taking action and the need for U.S. leadership in reaching an international agreement at the upcoming … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change Preparedness, Congress: Legislation and Oversight, General | Comments Off on Climate change: Kids get it, Rush Limbaugh and other denialists don’t