Monthly Archives: January 2010

Obama State of the Union evasive and inadequate on climate change and climate science

In his State of the Union address President Obama failed once again to give the American people some straight talk about global climate disruption. If Obama had been willing to devote even one minute to talking about climate change and … Continue reading

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State of the Union a key opportunity for Obama to raise profile of climate change impacts

President Obama’s first State of the Union address tonight presents a key opportunity for him to speak directly to the nation about the risks of climate change. In the wake of vicious attacks on the climate science community and the … Continue reading

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Climate change endangerment to human health: Where is the Obama Administration’s plan?

While the public health community has made strides toward understanding the significant and complex threat to human health posed by climate change, a strategic federal program of research and decision support is not yet in evidence. Expediting the development, funding, … Continue reading

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Richard Somerville: A Response to Climate Change Denialism

Richard Somerville, a distinguished professor emeritus and research professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, issued a statement in response to a recent request to address claims recently made by climate change denialists. “Science…does not work by unqualified … Continue reading

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Worldwide glacier melt a real concern; Himalaya controversy leaves questions about IPCC leadership

The IPCC on January 20 officially acknowledged “poorly substantiated rates of recession and date for the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers.” The controversy over the erroneous paragraph in the IPCC Working Group II Fourth Assessment Report should not overshadow the large … Continue reading

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IPCC slips on the ice with statement about Himalayan glaciers

In a chapter on climate change impacts in Asia, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007) relied on an error-riddled online article when it discussed the likely state of Himalayan glaciers in 2035. It did so despite … Continue reading

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Will Obama’s FY2011 budget fund essential new climate change research priorities?

Will the President’s forthcoming Fiscal Year 2011 budget request for the U.S. Global Change Research Program demonstrate a commitment to essential new research priorities? The National Research Council identified key research needed for understanding and responding to the implications of … Continue reading

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New Hansen analysis and global temperature data counter disinformers who say the planet is cooling

A new analysis by James Hansen et al. concludes: “The bottom line is this: there is no global cooling trend.” The authors show how regional short-term temperature fluctuations help explain the “gullibility” with which some people have been “so readily … Continue reading

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Revisiting Presidential Transition recommendations on climate change assessment and preparedness

As the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy brings Katharine Jacobs on board as assistant director for climate adaptation and assessment, we revisit recommendations we submitted in November 2008 to the Presidential Transition Team for OSTP, calling for … Continue reading

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Condemnation of mountaintop removal coal mining: A good example of citizen-scientist action

An article in Science in which the authors conclude a review of the irredeemably damaging impacts of mountaintop removal mining with a call for policymakers to stop permitting this practice is a good example of prominent scientists using their expertise … Continue reading

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