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Dec 13 2011

Canada withdraws from Kyoto protocol

Hot on the heels of my last post, wherein Michael Mann proclaims there’s still time to make the right choices, Canada makes a very wrong one. And for very wrong reasons. Canada has pulled out of the Kyoto protocol on climate change, one day after an update [the Durban accord] was agreed on, saying the …

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Dec 13 2011

Michael Mann at TEDxPSU: “there’s still time”

Michael Mann and his IPCC report, the hockey stick graph, which has (by the way) been vindicated in twelve subsequent papers as being accurate and correct in how steeply climate has changed since humans began emitting CO2, have essentially sealed the climate denialists’ fate. Unfortunately, these same climate denialists, by their systematic campaign of disinformation …

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Dec 12 2011

Frozen Planet promo

I was on the fence about actually buying BBC’s Frozen Planet, though I started warming to it after rumors that it was going to cut out mentions of climate change in North American releases turned out to be false. Now, however, I think I need to get the Blu-Ray — on the condition that I …

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Dec 07 2011

It’s not about the “hockey stick”

Peter Sinclair’s Climate Denial Crock of the Week videos are uniformly excellent. His latest discusses the climate contrarians’ seeming belief that all of climate science depends on that one thoroughly accurate hockey stick graph created by Michael Mann, which has been vindicated by correlating studies no less than nine times (and once by a true …

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Nov 27 2011

The real climategate

The climate denialsphere, having learned exactly the wrong lesson from the last email hack, has attempted to overshadow another international talk on climate change by releasing the remainder of the e-mails illegally obtained via a hack of university mail servers in the original incident now known as “Climategate”.

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Nov 20 2011

Did climate change doom Neanderthals?

Busy day. Quick link for you via Discovery News: When climate took a turn toward the cold tens of thousands of years ago, both Neanderthals and early humans started traveling further distances to find food, found a new study. [...] The study also hints at what’s to come if climate change forces modern cultures to …

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Nov 18 2011

BBC to distribute Frozen Planet sans environmental episode in US

Via The Telegraph: The environmental programme has been relegated by the BBC to an “optional extra” alongside a behind-the-scenes documentary which foreign networks can ignore. Campaigners said the decision not to incorporate the episode on global warming as part of the main package was “unhelpful”. They added that it would allow those countries which are …

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Nov 13 2011

We have five years to fix our shit before we destroy it

Looks like the server switchover ate this post yesterday. Good thing I kept a copy. In order to cap our contribution to global climate change at 2°C over pre-industrial temperatures — a necessary limitation lest we do permanent damage to our ecosphere — we need to entirely change our methods of energy production within the …

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Oct 27 2011

Solving the Power Problem and the Climate Problem in one go

A massive project funded by Google exposes the vast untapped geothermal reserves available to the United States’ power infrastructure. How much energy? you ask. Well, the researchers based their estimates on what current technology is able to extract – not any hypothetical future advances. Even so, it turns out that there is three million megawatts …

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Oct 20 2011

The final word on the Urban Heat Island Effect

Greg Laden reports: Some time ago a study was funded by a number of organizations and individuals, including some who are famously skeptical of global warming (such as the Charles G. Koch foundation) in order to see if urban heat island effects could explain the famous “Hockey Stick” curve. The study was supposed to be …

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