Top Posts: Climate Denial, IPCC Report and the Facts


Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailThe latest consensus report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will be released next Friday. Dripping with authority, the report will say global warming is upon us and that it is being caused by humans. The climate denial machine is revving its engines to ‘dis the entire report. Below are some greats stories that explain why we need to pay heed to what the world’s top scientists are telling us about our planet.


Climate Hawks Vs. Climate Deniers: 'Denial Is Not Just A River In Egypt'

Climate Hawks Vs. Climate Deniers: ‘Denial Is Not Just A River In Egypt’

Today those impacted by climate change had a chance to speak on Capital Hill while the Heartland Institute ramped up its climate denial ahead of the IPCC’s fifth assessment report, which will be released this month.


Climate Denial Playbook: Marc Morano's History of Bullying Scientists

Climate Denial Playbook: Marc Morano’s History of Bullying Scientists

If you’ve even heard of Marc Morano, you probably watched him angrily attacking a climate scientist, journalist or Al Gore on Fox News or on his blog Climate Depot, a project of the Donors Trust and oil industry-funded CFACT. Morano is so agitated in his climate denial that he once advocated that climate scientists be “publicly flogged.”
Originally a producer for the Rush Limbaugh Show, Morano ascended (descended?) to the position of Communications Director for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Denial), where he helped his boss to abuse the power of the Senate hearings process to attack climate science and promote conspiracy theories. Inhofe and Morano were corrected and debunked endlessly, but facts have proven no obstacle to Morano’s crusade against science confirming the role of fossil fuel pollution in driving global warming.
Morano has also worked for extreme right wing operatives Howard Phillips, Paul Weyrich and Brent Bozell. Morano once quipped to a group of Agenda 21 conspiracy theorists that, “Inhofe is as far left as I’ll go for an employer.”
Morano’s current organization, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), has received over $4.1 million in funds from the shadowy Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund between 2002-2011, plus an additional $582,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998-2012, according to Greenpeace’s updated report, Dealing In Doubt.
In partnership with Polluterwatch, DeSmog presents the first in a series of Climate Denial Playbook entries for some of the most notorious climate deniers. Fittingly, Marc Morano kicks off the series:


Hansen Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High, Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet 'Uninhabitable'

Hansen Study: Climate Sensitivity Is High, Burning All Fossil Fuels Would Make Most Of Planet ‘Uninhabitable’

Burning all fossil fuels would be a true scorched Earth policy. A new study by James Hansen et al finds that would warm land areas on average 36°F and the poles a stunning 54°F.


 Reports on leaked IPCC study like a bad game of Chinese whispers

Reports on leaked IPCC study like a bad game of Chinese whispers

Australian newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch repeat dubious global warming claims from UK tabloid.


Time Magazine Pushes Phony 'Global Cooling' Meme With Cartoon Penguin

Time Magazine Pushes Phony ‘Global Cooling’ Meme With Cartoon Penguin

One year of sea ice data does not break a 30-year trend. And no, penguins don’t live in the Arctic.


How Science Denial Is Going To Affect Tomorrow's Big Climate Hearing

How Science Denial Is Going To Affect Tomorrow’s Big Climate Hearing

Tomorrow, a House subcommittee will hold hearing to review President Obama’s second-term plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s a rundown on the cast of characters that will question EPA Administrator McCarthy and Energy Secretary Moniz about climate change.


Scientists protest in Vancouver against federal muzzling

Scientists protest in Vancouver against federal muzzling

About 100 protesters gathered in downtown Vancouver on Monday to speak out about Canadian government scientists who are being hampered from talking to the public about their taxpayer-funded research.


 The 5 stages of climate denial are on display ahead of the IPCC report

The 5 stages of climate denial are on display ahead of the IPCC report

Dana Nuccitelli: Climate contrarians appear to be running damage control in the media before the next IPCC report is published


Climate Change: Key Indicators

Climate Change: Key Indicators

Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Visualizes current measurements of carbon dioxide concentration, global surface temperature, Arctic sea ice extent, Antarctic and Greenland land ice extent, and sea level rise.


Climate Change Report From UN Introduces Purple Color To Depict Worsening Climate Risks

Climate Change Report From UN Introduces Purple Color To Depict Worsening Climate Risks

By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Some parts of nature and human society are more vulnerable than expected to climate change, according to a draft of a U.N. report that adds a new purple colour to a key diagram to show worsening risks beyond the red used so far. It says “unique and threatened systems” like coral reefs, endangered animals and plants, Arctic indigenous communities, tropical glaciers or small island states seem be less able to adapt to warming than believed in a last report in 2007. The 44-page draft Summary for Policymakers by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) looking at impacts of climate change worldwide, obtained by Reuters and dated March 2013, is part of a series of IPCC reports updating science from 2007 as the main guide for governments. It will be issued in March 2014 in Japan after several rounds of editing by experts. “It would be misleading to draw conclusions from it,” said Jonathan Lynn, spokesman for the IPCC Secretariat. Still, the draft by the world’s leading experts introduces purple to the diagram summarising risks, often called the “burning embers” since it shows vertical bars that turn red towards the top on a scale of average world temperatures rising up to an extreme of 5 degrees Celsius (9F). The base of the five bars is white or yellow, showing lower risks, but shifts to red as temperatures rise. “Purple colour, introduced here for the first time, reflects the assessment that unique human and natural systems tend to have very limited adaptive capacity” to rising temperatures, the draft says.


Underlying ocean melts ice shelf, speeds up glacier movement

Underlying ocean melts ice shelf, speeds up glacier movement

Warm ocean water, not warm air, is melting the Pine Island Glacier’s floating ice shelf in Antarctica and may be the culprit for increased melting of other ice shelves, according to an international team of researchers.


 5 ways to hack the planet

5 ways to hack the planet

Philip Hoare: The astronomer royal believes that geoengineering may now be the only way to tackle global warming. What are the options?


  Sorry, skeptics: Arctic ice is still melting quickly this summer

Sorry, skeptics: Arctic ice is still melting quickly this summer

Well-below-average Arctic ice levels continue a recent slump — but that won’t stop climate deniers from misinterpreting the data as evidence the planet is cooling.

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