Monthly Archives: February 2012

Climate Science Legal Defense Fund: Support Michael Mann

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is working to make CSLDF a one-stop resource for scientists looking for legal resources and is currently pursuing several educational and legal initiatives. At this time, CSLDF needs financial support to help Dr. Michael … Continue reading

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U.S. weather extremes in 2011 and their impacts: some numbers

40 U.S. cities experienced their hottest summer on record in 2011. A record-high 99 Federal major disaster declarations in 2011….

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US Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Draft Strategy – Part 2

The draft National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, now out for public review, reflects important steps forward in federal planning under the Obama Administration that would not have been allowed under the Bush Administration.  But the problematic position … Continue reading

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Climate science in the schools: Heartland Institute vs. Gavin Schmidt

“So is climate change set to join evolution as the next big classroom controversy?” asks Brad Plumer in the Washington Post. “Things do seem to be trending that way.” And Heartland is proposing to use an author who willfully misreads climate … Continue reading

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Republicans for Environmental Protection vs. Heartland Institute climate disinformation campaign

“Heartland, a PR and lobbying organization,…[its] strategy, and its reliance on funding from individuals who have a vested interest in undermining climate science, must be brought to the public’s attention,” says the independent group Republicans for Environmental Protection.  “They even … Continue reading

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US Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Draft Strategy – Part 1

“The nation must prepare for and adapt to a changing climate,” says the draft National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, “to safeguard our valuable living resources for current and future generations.”  The draft Strategy, now out for public … Continue reading

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Leaked Heartland Institute documents include plan for climate disinformation curriculum in schools

Leaked internal documents obtained from the Heartland Institute include a fundraising plan with the outline of a project to develop teaching modules for use in K-12 education that would characterize climate science issues as major controversies (e.g., “whether humans are … Continue reading

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President’s 2013 budget requests 6% increase for climate and global change research

President Obama’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2013 includes $2.6 billion for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the multiagency federal program that supports climate science research and observing systems. Most of the increase over the current level would go … Continue reading

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“The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars” – and a skirmish with denialists on Amazon

The release of climate scientist Michael Mann’s new book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, led a popular global warming denialist website to stir up some of its followers to go to Amazon and … Continue reading

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On the court-martial of whistleblower Bradley Manning

Pfc. Bradley Manning will stand trial on 22 counts and could be imprisoned for life if convicted of the charge of aiding the enemy, for allegedly giving more than 700,000 secret US documents and classified combat video to the anti-secrecy … Continue reading

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