Monthly Archives: May 2011

Washington Post editorial: Resist denialist ‘freedom of information’ harassment of climate change scientists

“Freedom of information laws are critical tools that allow Americans to see what their leaders do on their behalf. But some global warming skeptics in Virginia are showing that even the best tools can be misused,” says the Washington Post … Continue reading

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Fundamental impasse on U.S. climate policy evident in House Foreign Affairs hearing on UN climate talks chaired by denialist Rep. Rohrabacher

House Foreign Affairs oversight and investigations subcommittee chair Dana Rohrabacher (R-California), Obama administration climate negotiator Todd Stern, and a disparate panel of witnesses squared off at a May 25 hearing on whether U.S. participation in United Nations climate treaty negotiations … Continue reading

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Court orders U.Va. to turn over climate scientist records under seal in denialist FOIA harassment request

The University of Virginia will turn over research documents and emails of former U.Va. scientist Michael Mann. Any records the university seeks to exempt from release will be made available for review, under seal, by a judge and lawyers for … Continue reading

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National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake appearing on CBS 60 Minutes May 22 in his first television interview

Thomas Drake, who disclosed evidence of multi-billion dollar corruption and mismanagement in the NSA and illegal domestic surveillance, faces retaliatory prosecution under the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers. He will be appearing on a special two-hour episode of 60 Minutes … Continue reading

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Reviewer praise for The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide

For a country deeply in need of many truth-tellers to come forward with evidence of wrongdoing in corporate America that is hidden behind walls of wealth, power, and secrecy: the Government Accountability Project’s The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook … Continue reading

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Include ocean acidification in the National Climate Assessment

Ocean acidification should be included as a priority issue in the 2013 National Climate Assessment, say the Center for Biological Diversity and representatives of 28 other groups in a May 16 letter to the National Climate Assessment leadership. Climate Science … Continue reading

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Climate Science Watch Update – May 16, 2011

Updates on some areas of interest: (1) America’s Climate Choices report from National Research Council prompts Washington Post editorial calling climate change deniers dangerous. (2) Plagiarism problem leads journal to retract article by Wegman, who criticized climate scientists and questioned … Continue reading

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Scholastic and the American Coal Foundation

In her article “Is Scholastic Selling Elementary School Kids on Coal?” Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones looks at another example of how the energy industry slant works its way into public school curriculum. An issue we have raised concerns about.

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Naomi Oreskes and Alliance for Climate Education named 2011 Climate Change Communicators of the Year

The Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia) selects one person and one organization as Climate Change Communicators of the Year. Dr. Oreskes was noted by nominators Ben Santer and John Abraham as “lead author on … Continue reading

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A stepped-up U.S. sense of urgency on rapid change in the Arctic?

Secretary of State Clinton gives the U.S. high-level representation on the eight-nation Arctic Council at its biannual meeting in Greenland this week. Will the Council start moving from talk to action to address drivers of rapid Arctic warming, accelerating loss … Continue reading

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