UPDATE: See Peter Sinclair’s insightful on the phony case made by the denialists and their inability to accept the results of the NSF inquiry: “Climategate” Debunked Again. Climate Deniers: Mike Mann born in Kenya“.
JAMES FALLOWS – Aug 24 2011 – James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States, and once worked as President Carter’s chief speechwriter
In my article a few months ago about the importance of China-US efforts to find cleaner ways to use coal — because both countries, like it or not, are going to keep using coal, and because if they don’t find ways to reduce its carbon emissions, nothing else done about climate change will count — I quoted the Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann(right).
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An interesting post at Think Progress By Lee Fang on May 11th, 2011.
Corporate takeover of academic freedom! You would have to conclude that Florida State University President Eric J. Barron needs to do a little deep thinking about what his institute stands for. He wouldn’t want to end up as the president of Florida State University of Petroleum Products (FSUPP) would he?
Yesterday, ThinkProgress highlighted reports from the St. Petersburg Times and the Tallahassee Democrat regarding a Koch-funded economics department at Florida State University (FSU). FSU had accepted a $1.5 million grant from a foundation controlled by petrochemical billionaire Charles Koch on the condition that Koch’s people would have a free hand in selecting professors and approving publications. The simmering controversy sheds light on the vast influence of the Koch political machine, which spans from the top conservative think tanks, Republican politicians, a small army of contracted lobbyists, and Tea Party front groups in nearly every state. Continue reading “REPORT: Koch Fueling Far Right Academic Centers At Universities Across The Country”
By Hans Hoegh-Guldberg, Economic Strategies, Australia.
A few months ago on this blog I reviewed the current alarming state of climate change denial pushed by big business interests, which scientists need to debate vigorously beyond uttering the evident truth that climate change is real. The Australian government, supported by the Greens and independent members, has “committed” itself to a carbon tax, or what Treasurer Wayne Swan now calls an interim price on carbon as a step towards a future emissions trading scheme. Scientists need to help support, explain and strengthen this initiative.
The proposal is good news but there is still a long way to go, with the opposition promising to fight “the great big tax on everything” all the way. The Coalition fails to mention that the proposed price on carbon will be combined with measures to support lower-income groups, small businesses, and renewable energy. Voters need to understand that structural change in the taxation and subsidy system is part and parcel of what must happen. Estimates of a $300 electricity price hike, petrol costs rising by 6.5 cents a litre, and $150 increases in the annual gas bill that have been canvassed by Coalition members such as Greg Hunt are premature when nothing has yet been decided on the carbon price, or the associated reforms. An extensive consultative process will follow, in which scientists have an evident role.
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Given all the debunking we have done here on CS of the biased reporting on climate change and coral reef health coming from another Murdoch-owned rag, AKA The Australian, e.g., see here, here, here, and here, this isn’t surprising. And people continue to say that the publics misperceptions about climate change is due to the poor … Continue reading Fox News staff ordered to cast doubt on climate science
Our rapidly changing climate is shrinking ecological ranges of many species to the point where extinction is a real likelihood within the next couple of decades. One option is to move these species to new habitats where the future might be rosier. A number of us discussed this during a workshop in 2008 and produced … Continue reading Assisted colonization: Home on the range, or not?
Coral bleaching in Indonesia takes a turn for the worst: The Wildlife Conservation Society has released initial field observations that indicate that a dramatic rise in the surface temperature in Indonesian waters has resulted in a large-scale bleaching event that has devastated coral populations. The initial survey carried out by the team revealed that over … Continue reading Massive Coral Mortality Following Bleaching in Indonesia
I think you will enjoy this. This is a video made by Jennifer Kanter on behalf of a major project on coral reefs supported by the World Bank, GEF and University of Queensland. See the full details of the project here. Global Change and the World’s Coral Reefs from climateshiftsvideo on Vimeo. Continue reading Global Change and the World’s Coral Reefs