The "Rio + 20" Conference in June 2012 is 20 years after the historic 1992 Earth Summit conference. The idea is for people to work together for a prosperous, secure and sustainable future. For climate change, this preliminary document says "We welcome the outcome of COP17 at Durban and look forward to the urgent implementation of all the agreements reached."
The contrarian Patrick Michaels is exposed by the scientist Peter Gleick. Michaels misquotes data on the impacts of climate change on food, in a Forbes article. Here is...
What's the picture? Children in this photograph from a Nigerian orphanage show symptoms of malnutrition, with four illustrating the gray-blond hair symptomatic of kwashiorkor.
If a serious program of climate mitigation is not followed, rampant global warming and climate change will occur with likely severe drops in crop yields, including in the U.S. Food shortages worldwide will become far... More »
FOI Abuse and Attacks on Climate Risk ManagementLast Updated on 2013-11-11 05:53:39FOI Abuse and Attacks on Climate Risk Management.
This topic is concerned with abuse of Freedom of Information Acts (FOI Acts) ultimately aimed at attacking responsible climate risk management. The backers are fossil fuel interests and right-wing libertarian supporters. Attacks on climate science is a main intermediary strategy. While FOI Acts generally protect the public, FOI is misused by some climate science deniers as a weapon with two main goals. First goal: Request many emails and documents to find a few isolated comments that are misinterpreted and used as fodder in right-wing media to attack climate science. Second goal: Harass targeted climate scientists, sometimes including intimidation, disrupt their work, and try to discredit them. Examples are documented below. Click to go to the original articles.
General FOI Information
FOI Climate Reports (excerpts)
FOI Climate... More »
Agriculture damage, insect migration, and global warmingLast Updated on 2012-09-30 00:00:00
Below is a great video on one way that global warming is affecting agriculture: insects migrating north and not killed off in the winter. This is a direct example of global warming affecting economics.
Some Bugs Like it Hot: Climate Change and Agricultural Pests
Video on Sep 28, 2012 by Gabriela Quirós from QUEST Northern California
Revealing leaked documents from the Heartland InstituteLast Updated on 2012-02-15 00:00:00
Revealing leaked documents from the Heartland Institute
The Heartland Institute supports anti-mainstream-science climate contrarians / deniers / faux-skeptics (see HERE). Contrarians provide fuel to right-wing media that oppose risk-management mitigation against climate change.
News accounts regarding leaked and revealing documents from Heartland are now widespread. Below is a sampling, in rough chronological order as the story broke, along with the response from Heartland, a letter from climate scientists to Heartland, a legal opinion, and an analysis. Links are provided. Information in quotes " " is copied from the sources. This article is more concerned with accounts of the documents, rather than the procedure irrelevant to the document contents of how the documents were obtained.
DeSmogBlog, The Guardian, The New York Times, Dot Earth... More »
Climate Scientists vs the deniers and intimidation (Physics Today)Last Updated on 2012-02-01 00:00:00
HERE is a description of courageous climate scientists fighting back against the denier / contrarian / faux-skeptic propaganda machine. Scandalous intimidation of climate scientists is detailed in this hard-hitting Physics Today article. Groups that provide moral support, legal counsel, and swift rebuttals of misinformation are sprouting up.
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