Monthly Archives: January 2011

Climate Science Watch Update – January 31

Updates on some areas of interest: Earthbeat radio interview on White House scientific integrity guidelines;  Hot author Hertsgaard on climate preparedness: “Why Seattle will stay dry when your city floods;”  Radical right bankroller Koch brothers and their unregulated 300-million-ton carbon … Continue reading

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Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

Mark Hertsgaard’s powerful new book Hot examines what the rapidly warming planet means for humankind over the next fifty years. His focus is on what he terms “Generation Hot” – those who will live their adult lives during the coming … Continue reading

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“Will EPA sit out scientific integrity rulemaking?” asks Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility reports: “Despite a White House directive that federal agencies strengthen their procedures for ensuring scientific integrity and transparency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is apparently planning no changes,” according to an internal EPA memorandum by … Continue reading

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House Republican group proposes to kill U.S. funding for the IPCC – and a great deal more

The Republican Study Committee, which represents 165 House Republicans, issued a proposal today to cut more than $2.5 trillion from the federal budget in the next 10 years – with the aim of balancing the federal budget entirely through budget … Continue reading

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Republican deficit demagogue threatens to de-fund CIA climate monitoring and analysis

Republican deficit demagoguery and aversion to supporting the climate science enterprise may jeopardize the future of the CIA Center on Climate Change and National Security, a small unit launched in 2009 with a directive to advise the federal government on … Continue reading

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The national security frame: a path forward for climate change communication?

After a spike in late 2009 propelled by the Copenhagen climate conference, mainstream media coverage of climate change dropped off steeply.  One dimension of the issue, the intersection of climate change impacts and national security, has been increasingly accentuated in an … Continue reading

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Revelle Medal winner Pieter Tans on the climate disinformation campaign

“We are facing a well-organized and well-funded campaign attacking our science and our integrity, spreading confusion and disinformation,” says Pieter P. Tans, a leading climate scientist at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. Tans talked about the … Continue reading

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On the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines – Part 4: Sources, Documents, Further Information

This fourth in a four-part series on the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines memorandum issued December 17, 2010 provides links to primary sources, media coverage and response, and press releases and statements by nongovernmental organizations.

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On the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines – Part 3: OMB as a Force for Secrecy

On December 17, 2010, the White House issued scientific integrity guidelines that, among other things, could be used by federal agencies to require that government scientists have minders when giving interviews — and now the White House refuses to be transparent … Continue reading

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On the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines – Part 2: Can Federal Scientists Speak Freely With Journalists?

One of the five sections of OSTP Director John Holdren’s December 17, 2010, scientific integrity guidelines for federal agencies covers Public Communications.  Media policy is what most concerns journalists, and is one area in which the Bush administration engaged in a … Continue reading

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