A Few Things Ill Considered

A layman's take on the science of Global Warming featuring a guide on How to Talk to a Climate Sceptic.

Monday, September 03, 2007

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Another Week of GW News, September 2, 2007

Courtesy of H.E.Taylor, here is this week's GW news roundup
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Low Key Plug

My first novel Water was published May, 2007. An Introductionto the novel is available, along with the Unpublished Forewordand the Launch Talk. An overview of my writing is available here.


PS. You can access the previous postings of this series here

"In a future that is as unavoidable as it will be unwelcome, survival and sanity may depend upon our ability to cherish rather than to disparage the concept of human dignity." -William Catton Jr.



  • At September 05, 2007 6:48 PM, Blogger Mitchell said…

    The links in the contents don't work because the page has been saved as ...september-2.html rather than ...september-2-2007.html.

  • At September 05, 2007 7:13 PM, Blogger coby said…

    Mitchell, thanks very much for letting me know. I've fixed it.

  • At September 06, 2007 12:56 PM, Anonymous Government Accountability Project said…

    Government Accountability Project (GAP)
    Free Speech for Climate Scientists - Free Conference Call and Q&A

    Wednesday, September 12th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

    Featuring Rick Piltz, Director of Climate Science Watch and federal climate science whistleblower,
    & Tarek Maasarani, GAP staff Attorney and co-author of Atmosphere of Pressure and Redacting the Science of Climate Change.

    To register for this call, email Richard Kim-Solloway at richards@whistleblower.org
    To listen to our previous calls, visit http://www.whistleblower.org/template/page.cfm?page_id=188

    Background: As the second category 5 hurricane in as many weeks devastates Central America – the first time two such severe storms have made landfall in one season since 1886 – attention has sharply returned to questions over the imminent threat posed by climate change.

    But while scientific opinion has reached a strong consensus on the seriousness of the changes and the role of human emissions in causing them, scientists working for Agencies like NASA have reported having their views suppressed and altered by appointees with no scientific training and a brief to promote the policies of the Bush Administration.

    In 2005, GAP helped Rick Piltz – then a senior staffer in the U.S Climate Change Science Program - blow the whistle on the White House’s improper editing and censorship of scientific reports on global warming intended for the public and Congress.

    GAP helped Rick release two major reports to The New York Times that documented the actual hand-editing by Chief of Staff Philip Cooney – a lawyer and former climate team leader with the American Petroleum Institute – thereby launching a media frenzy that resulted in the resignation of the “former” lobbyist, who left to work for ExxonMobil.

    With Piltz’ leadership GAP has launched Climate Science Watch, a GAP program that reaches out to scientists, helps them fight off censorship, and brings to light the continued politicization of environmental science. He is also featured in the award-winning documentary, Everything’s Cool.

    GAP also represented Dr. James Hansen, one of the world’s top climate scientists, who blew the whistle on NASA’s attempts to silence him. Hansen’s disclosures led GAP Staff Attorney, Tarek Massarani, to conduct a year-long investigation that found objectionable and possibly illegal restrictions on the communication of scientific information to the media.

    His findings, summarized in Redacting the Science of Climate Change, included examples of the delaying, monitoring, screening, and denying of interviews, as well as the delay, denial, and inappropriate editing of press releases.

    GAP also released a joint Atmosphere of Pressure report with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) that combined GAP's investigative reporting and legal analysis with the results of a UCS survey of federal climate scientists. The reports received broad national attention and have already been presented in testimony at two congressional oversight hearings.


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