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    A remarkable series of rebuttals to climate contrarians/deniers/"faux-skeptics" has appeared on The Conversation, an Australian academic site:  "The debate... More »

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The Contrarians? Full article with references Last Updated on 2014-06-15 07:53:39   Climate Contrarians AKA climate science deniers or climate "faux" skeptics spread disinformation about climate and try to prevent responsible climate risk management. Information for this rather comprehensive article is drawn from the many sources and links in the text. Who are the contrarians? What is the contrarian Agenda? What do contrarians Say about global warming? [The "Four Fallacy Trenches"] What about Real Scientific Skepticism and contrarians? What are some Contrarian Tactics and Fallacies? What about "fringe" contrarian ideas? Aren't there some contrarians with credentials who disproved mainstream climate science? ANSWER = NO The Tobacco Analogy What do contrarians misunderstand about climate Risk Management? or WHY CONTRARIANS ARE CLIMATE RISK... More »
Carbon Capture and Storage (Sequestration) Last Updated on 2014-04-26 18:04:44   Carbon capture and storage (sequestration) or CCS Background on CCS  Will We Really Need Carbon Sequestration? Yes. Why? BUT there is a Big Caveat - we can't use CCS as an excuse not to mitigate directly What does Jim Hansen say? More Information for point carbon capture and storage Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR; Non-point capture) Agriculture and Forestry Sequestration What about Hemp for sequestration? What about Biochar for sequestration? Genetically engineered Bacteria and CCS And What About China's Use of Coal without sequestration? Other Examples of Carbon Sequestration Videos on CCS and coal plants Coal Phase-Out  References for Carbon Sequestration ---------------- Background on CCS  Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and sequestration (CCS) is a set of technologies... More »
Power Shift and Youth Involvement on Climate Change Last Updated on 2014-03-29 09:24:31 POWER SHIFT Introduction Green Economy Climate change is often thought of as a political issue mostly discussed and dealt with by adults in the confines of a congressional house or the United Nations.  But global warming is something that affects everyone, not just politicians.  Young people will be especially affected because they will live longer and experience the more severe effects of global warming, since it is only getting worse. Many youths have realized this and decided to take action.  Some are being galvanized by the organizations Energy Action Coalition and Power Shift.  Both seek to increase youth involvement with the movement to mitigate climate change. One major event organized by Power Shift was a march in Washington, DC. The big push was on April 18, 2011, in which thousands of youths marched to make their voices heard on climate... More »
Department of Defense Acknowledges Risks of Climate Change Last Updated on 2014-03-07 05:44:41 IS CLIMATE CHANGE A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT? THE U.S. MILITARY AND MILITARY EXPERTS SAY YES! 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review Video on the military aspects of climate change - Watch it! The Waxman-Whitehouse letter on National security and climate change Climate Risks Relevant to Speech by John Kerry  (by Climate Nexus) 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review   2014 QUADRENNIAL DEFENSE REVIEW Full text is HERE. Quotes from the review are below: "The impacts of climate change may increase the frequency, scale, and complexity of future missions, including defense support to civil authorities, while at the same time undermining the capacity of our domestic installations to support training activities." "Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea... More »
Quick one-liner rebuttals to contrarian claims Last Updated on 2014-02-15 19:58:49   The One-Liners Here is a list of quick one-line rebuttals to over 100 fallacious claims by contrarians/skeptics on the popular Skeptical Science website. They rebuttals are not intended to be complete, but simply to enable the respondent to "bat the ball back over the net" in an informal encounter with someone quoting a contrarian claim. As described HERE, most of these one-liners were written by Dr. Jan Dash, Chair of the UU-UNO Climate Initiative, with some editing by John Cook, author of Skeptical Science. Details on the science at Skeptical Science are obtained by clicking on the one-line responses.  ----------------------- In THIS document of some historical interest (online HERE), the first line in a response labeled JWD is the one-liner summarizing the science by Jan Dash. The next lines labeled JC are the summary responses by John Cook, which he... More »