Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Climate Science Watch to all our ‘unique visitors’ from around the U.S. and around the world, and best wishes for the new year as we begin again.

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DC Court of Appeals dismisses an appeal by Defendants in Michael Mann defamation lawsuit

On December 19 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals dismissed as moot an appeal by National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute of the trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss, on the grounds that a motion to dismiss … Continue reading

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“Libricide”: Harper government closing and junking environmental libraries

Canadian scientists say the closure of some of the world’s finest environmental libraries by the Harper government is destroying irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital, The Tyee reports. This action by the Harper government fits a larger pattern we have been … Continue reading

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A call for congressional hearings on methane emissions from natural gas

The rate at which methane leaks into the atmosphere from natural gas production “is a critical question that we must answer,” say Reps. Henry Waxman and Bobby Rush, who have called on the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee … Continue reading

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White House roadblock for environment, safety, and health regulation

A new report from the Administrative Conference of the United States suggests that political interference by the White House delayed numerous federal agency rulemakings in the run-up to the 2012 election. By 2013, proposed rules on clean air and water, … Continue reading

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More truth-telling about Obama and climate policy from Bill McKibben

“[T]here were plenty of cynics who said Obama and his insiders were too closely tied to the fossil-fuel industry to take climate change seriously,” our friend Bill McKibben writes in the current issue of Rolling Stone. And “it’s looked more … Continue reading

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Canadian parliament seeks to impose lifetime gag order on employees

The Canadian House of Commons is imposing a new “loyalty agreement” that essentially bans employees working under Members of Parliament from ever revealing information they discover at work to the public. Would this gag order stop them from revealing evidence of … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading: Mandela and divestment; National Academy of Sciences on “Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change”; Hansen et al. on “Assessing ‘Dangerous Climate Change'”; denialists on AMS climate survey

A few highlights from our weekend reading: (1) Joe Romm at Climate Progress on “Nelson Mandela’s Legacy for Climate Hawks;” (2) Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences; (3) “Assessing ‘Dangerous Climate … Continue reading

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Federal Arctic scientist Charles Monnett vindicated in whistleblower case against Obama administration

Dr. Monnett, whose observations of drowned polar bears raised alarms about climate change, had filed a whistleblower complaint in the wake of a witch hunt investigation by the U.S. Interior Department’s Inspector General. The case has been settled with a … Continue reading

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Boston Globe columnist distorts survey and study to deny climate consensus

Jeff Jacoby’s Boston Globe op-ed misses the mark on the climate consensus and mischaracterizes the way that science works. Jacoby displays none of the openness that he expects of scientists and makes claims contrary to the agreement of nearly all climate … Continue reading

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