Monthly Archives: January 2011

On the White House Scientific Integrity guidelines – Part 1: OMB’s Secret ‘Openness’ Policy

Scientific integrity guidelines for federal agencies issued December 17, 2010, by John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, ostensibly endorse open communication between journalists and scientists. But the available documentary evidence, including disclosures forced by a … Continue reading

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Northern Update – Canada’s own year of extreme weather

2010 was a year of wild weather all over the world. Who doesn’t remember the torrential monsoon rains that devastated Pakistan, Russia’s raging wildfires that wiped out grain crops and burnt forests to a crisp, and the record breaking hot … Continue reading

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House Republicans prepare to attack EPA greenhouse gas rules

The new Republican majority in the House is making moves in its plan to hamstring EPA regulations, particularly of greenhouse gases.  EPA is currently moving forward with GHG regulations for fossil fuel-based power plants and petroleum refineries, with proposed standards … Continue reading

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The “Pricing Carbon” conference

A recent conference at Wesleyan University, “Pricing Carbon,” gathered a group of distinguished scientists, politicians, and thinkers to consider the principles of effective carbon pricing.  An excellent roster of speakers included James Hansen, Bill Mckibben, four members of Congress, Gary Yohe, … Continue reading

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U.S. climate envoy Jonathan Pershing: in implementing the Cancun Agreements, the U.S. will be the focus of global attention

On January 5, Jonathan Pershing, the U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that the framework established by the Cancun Agreements signals a busy year for implementation of climate … Continue reading

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“Wouldn’t we do better to actually prepare for a catastrophic climate change?”

“Might it be better just to leave the U.S. out of this altogether?” Climate Science Watch director Rick Piltz talked with Al Jazeera English TV about climate change, global warming deniers, and looking ahead.

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Stephen Schneider and the millennial generation

“When we stumble onto those moments of wonder when we have pushed back the frontier of human knowledge, Steve is smiling.  Whenever we find Steve’s courage to stand up to the forces of unreason, Steve is cheering.  And whenever we … Continue reading

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