Category Archives: Climate Science Watch

Global aviation emissions need regulation 'with teeth'

With the projected continuing significant growth in air traffic and the inadequacy of proposed aviation carbon emissions reductions, new research suggests that civil aviation will become an increasingly significant contributor to global warming unless demand is reduced -- and good luck … Continue reading

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On wildfires, climate change, and politicians saying burn, baby, burn

A day after California Governor Jerry Brown declared a wildfire state of emergency, the President's Science Adviser John Holdren appeared in a video linking increased wildfires in the U.S. West to human-caused climate change. In response to urgent calls for … Continue reading

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A note on global warming, ocean acidification, and the future of medicine

The likely loss of natural chemicals that might have life-saving value in advancing the development of new medicines should be added to the list of consequences of global warming, ocean acidification, and loss of biodiversity.

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American Whistleblower Tour panel at Stanford

Stanford University hosted Kathryn Bolkovac and Rick Piltz for a series of talks as part of the Government Accountability Project's American Whistleblower Tour. Bolkovac and Piltz spoke on April 22 at an event hosted by the McCoy Family Center for … Continue reading

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Remarks at Stanford on the Obama administration and the role of scientists as citizens

In one of several recent speaking engagements at Stanford University on "Essential Voices for Accountability", as part of the Government Accountability Project’s American Whistleblower Tour, I talked about political interference with climate change communication during the Bush administration, the global … Continue reading

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American Whistleblower Tour visits Stanford University

The Government Accountability Project's American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability is at Stanford University in California this week. We'll be speaking today at the law school along with Kathryn Bolkovac, the brave whistleblower who discovered and disclosed U.N. peacekeepers' involvement in human … Continue reading

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Comment to State Department on Keystone XL pipeline "National Interest Determination"

Secretary Kerry already knows the answer to the question of whether granting a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest: the pipeline is not in the U.S. interest and it is not in the global interest. Climate … Continue reading

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Keystone XL tar sands pipeline & the "National Interest"

The release of the State Department's Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline initiates the final stage in the permitting process: the 90-day National Interest Determination. The multiple reasons to oppose granting a construction permit include an … Continue reading

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Climate science-policy champion Rep. Henry Waxman to retire

With Rep. Waxman's (D-California) announcement that he will retire at the end of his current term, I'm reminded that, seven years ago today, I testified before this champion of climate science and policy when he held his first hearing as … Continue reading

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The Koch brothers political empire continues to metastasize

Almost four years ago we started to call attention to the Koch brothers, radical 'free market' oil and gas conglomerate multibillionaires, as significant funders of the global warming denial machine (Koch Industries multibillionaire Koch brothers bankroll attacks on climate change … Continue reading

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