Yearly Archives: 2010

The state of politics and climate change – A Northern update

Canada’s conservative government, led by Stephen Harper, seems to be working hard to build up a reputation for irresponsibility in the international community. And they are succeeding: In October Canada failed to win a seat on UN’s security council. Critics … Continue reading

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Ben Santer debunks Pat Michaels

At a recent House Science Committee hearing, climate scientist Ben Santer had the opportunity to address Pat Michaels’ misinformation head on.  Peter Sinclair, who hosts videos on the excellent site Climate Denial Crock of the Week, posted a video of … Continue reading

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Arctic seals listed as threatened by climate change; polar bears get critical habitat designation

The Obama Administration cited habitat disruption primarily due to climate change as the reason for its proposed listing of six subspecies of Arctic seals as ‘threatened’ under the Endangered Species Act.  The seals would be the first species since the … Continue reading

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“Warm Arctic – Cold Continents”

Arctic sees second lowest November sea ice extent on record, favoring another cold season of extremes in mid-latitudes.  The impacts of climate change in the Arctic now appear to be spilling well beyond the region to affect the lives of hundreds … Continue reading

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MacCracken federal court Declaration defending EPA Endangerment Finding

Many of the legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases have sought to undermine EPA’s reliance in its Endangerment Finding on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessment reports.  Dr. Mike MacCracken, Chief Scientist … Continue reading

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Final hearing of the House global warming committee: “a fight that is far from over”

In the final hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on December 1, witnesses Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, Dr. Peter Gleick, Richard L. Kauffman, Dr. Kenneth Green, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. testified on climate … Continue reading

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House Republicans disband global warming committee

During a House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing today on energy security and climate change, ranking member Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) announced that it would be the final hearing for the committee.  Created in 2007 by … Continue reading

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Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips: Next steps in the war on climate science

Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips, Koch-funded astroturf leader, talks about next steps in the war on climate science. A good case study in how denialism is intertwined with right-wing “free market” radicalism fronting for corporate interests.

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Markey to hold what may be final hearing for House committee on global warming

The House Select Committee on Global Warming and Energy Independence will hold a hearing on Wednesday, December 1 to discuss climate change from “national, economic, and planetary security perspectives.”  Chairman Edward Markey (D-MA) has assembled a list of prominent witnesses, … Continue reading

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Ben Santer on the attribution of extreme weather events to climate change

“When you warm up the planet, you experience that through changes in weather that makes up the climate,” says Dr. Benjamin Santer at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. In a video interview with Climate Science Watch, Santer answers the questions: … Continue reading

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