The Canadian Progressive: In 2012, richest 100 billionaires earned enough to end global poverty 4 times over: Oxfam

by Oxfam International | Jan 19, 2013 Leaders must aim to bring down global inequality at least to 1990 levels An explosion in extreme wealth and income is exacerbating inequality and hindering the world’s ability to tackle poverty, Oxfam warned today in a briefing published ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. The ...

Boreal Citizen: Occupy the MP Party / A Harper Year in Review

Parliament is winding down, and it’s getting close to Christmas…do you know where your politicians are? Most likely they’re boarding a plane and heading back home to sip egg nog with their constituents. Which has me thinking, why should Conservative MPs enjoy such a festive holiday when we citizens are still reeling from another year ...

The Liberal Scarf: Be a Young Liberal delegate to the next UN Climate Change Convention! Deadline to apply is tomorrow!

Click this link for more info I had the opportunity to go to the COP-15 Conference in Copenhagen back in 2009, and it was a remarkable experience for me. Young Liberals have developed a proud history now of sending delegates as part of the International Federation of Liberal Youth, and I recommend any Young Liberal ...

350 or bust: Summer of 2012: North Americans Begin to Harvest Climate Chaos They’ve Sown

A friend and newly graduated family physician told us a story about a young man who came to his clinic for medical advice. The young man was having a hard time adjusting to being away from home for the first time, and to his first full-time job, and was considering quitting and returning home. Our ...

Too Much Geography: Don’t Shoot, Shovel, and Shut Up

There has been a modicum of public outcry over the working of bill 37, the Animal Health Act, over whether people will be restricted from speaking publicly about threats to the food supply. To hear some folks, this is merely the first step on the road to a totalitarian thought police state. This ‘hair-on-fire’ mentality is, in ...

Canada II: Joe Oliver: Confirmed Denier

It’s time to pick a side. Joe Oliver is a denier. In case you live under a rock here is the basis of the issue at hand. Do you believe? Mr. Speaker, we really do have a minister for the 19th century because the Minister of Natural Resources fails to understand the impact of Conservative ...

Canada II: Joe Oliver: Confirmed Denier

It’s time to pick a side. Joe Oliver is a denier. In case you live under a rock here is the basis of the issue at hand. Do you believe? Mr. Speaker, we really do have a minister for the 19th century because the Minister of Natural Resources fails to understand the impact of Conservative ...

Canada II: Joe Oliver: Confirmed Denier

It’s time to pick a side. Joe Oliver is a denier. In case you live under a rock here is the basis of the issue at hand. Do you believe? Mr. Speaker, we really do have a minister for the 19th century because the Minister of Natural Resources fails to understand the impact of Conservative ...

DeSmogBlog: Monckton Pitches ‘Fox News Australia’ Idea To Mining Magnate, Seeks ‘Super-Rich’ Backers

monckton_boardroom.jpg BACK in July last year in a boardroom of a western Australian free-market think tank, the extrovert British climate change sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton was holding court. The topic for discussion? How to better capture the Australian media to help push a right wing, free-market and climate sceptic agenda. At the time, Lord Monckton was in ...

DeSmogBlog: Study Tracks Australian Climate Denial Echo Chamber Back to Think Tank

newspaper_generic.jpg EVER heard the one about climate scientists being a bunch of rent-seekers just out to chase taxpayers money, or the one where climate change scientists are just part of an elite left-wing conspiracy out to trample on the heretics? How about your nearest conservative columnist telling you that “green is the new red” or how ...

97 out of 100 climate experts think humans are causing global warming

From John Cook’s Skeptical Science blog comes this intriguing bit of factoid goodness. The 97% figure comes from two independent studies, each employing different methodologies. One study surveyed all climate scientists who have publicly signed declarations supporting or rejecting the consensus (Anderegg 2010). Another study directly asked earth scientists the following question “Do you think

DeSmogBlog: Introducing: Deep Accountability

siberia001.jpeg This is the first in a series of occasional posts I’m writing to grow an idea I’m calling “Deep Accountability.” Currently, fossil fuel industry lobbyists, flacks, allied pundits, and government officials are far too comfortable dismissing concerns about what their pollution does to other people. In their minds, it’s a big country, there’s plenty to use, and ...

bastard.logic: …and Michael Moore is FAT!

Terry Glavin, last True Leftist™ in Canada, finds the late, lamented Kyoto treaty (and environmentalism in general) wanting — and apparently it’s all Al Gore’s fault. No, really: Kyoto could have been an instrument to force technological innovation in the world’s advanced economies in such a way as to clear a path for eventual and meaningful ...

Things Are Good: Help Santa Keep His Home This Christmas

The David Suzuki Foundation has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the lack of ice coverage at the North Pole. Where Will Santa Live? is a fun spin on a serious issue and looks like a good way to talk about ice coverage while keeping the conversation entertaining. “We’re asking Canadians to do something ...

Things Are Good: Follow the Durban Climate Conference

OneClimate has a good collection of live coverage from the Durban Climate Conference, also known as COP17. The conference started a few days ago and runs until the 9th of December. You can follow it here: Sorry this browser does not support frames

DeSmogBlog: Monckton Reaches New Heights of Anti-Environmentalism

daily_caller_screenshot.jpg CLIMATE science denial think-tank the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow is flying a four-strong delegation to next week’s UN climate conference in South Africa, with a promise to engage in a “balanced, civil and genuine” dialogue. But the chances of much civility appear to be somewhere between zero and naught, given their delegate Lord Christopher ...

Things Are Good: Climate Vulnerable Forum Starts Soon

The Climate Vulnerable Forum is a group of countries that are particularly sensitive to climate change and rising sea levels. Every year they meet to find ways to make humanity as a whole more sustainable and more respectful of the environment. Their next meeting is November 13-14. The Forum’s Dhaka ministerial meeting, at the threshold ...

DeSmogBlog: Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation Mistaken On Actual Facts

gwpf.jpg A UK-based climate change denial think-tank has been caught making serious misrepresentations on climate policy which go against the guidelines of the UK's charity regulator. The Global Warming Policy Foundation, set up as a charitable organisation by former UK Conservative finance minister Lord Nigel Lawson, has been gaining traction in some media outlets who are ...

350 or bust: U.S. Senator: Washington’s Failure To Act On Climate Change Is Blameworthy & The Consequences Profound

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave a powerful speech in the U.S. Senate last week, making a thorough  and well-supported argument for immediate comprehensive action to mitigate the effects of human-caused climate destabilization and ocean acidification: Here are some excerpts from the transcript: Mr. President, I am here to speak about what is currently an unpopular topic ...

Real Change

I am always interested in people who change their views, especially in regards to climate change. I know that you can find people who claim they “believed” in climate change but then changed their minds – although the reasons always seem weak. There are also people who didn’t believe so much but then read the ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Denial Down Under With The Galileo Movement

galileo.jpg THERE’S a new climate denial lobby group on the block – bravely regurgitating previously debunked pseudo-science and making wild unsubstantiated claims that climate scientists are all corrupt. Not happy with misrepresenting the science on climate change, The Galileo Movement has also misappropriated the name of the father of modern science who was persecuted for ...

Scott's DiaTribes: An observation of mine on the weather/climate change

When a cold snap or a blizzard hits the US deep South, those people who are climate change skeptics are quick to denounce “global warming” or “climate change” as being fake, or hooey, or so on. I’ve not heard that same claim however over the worst heat wave to grip North American in well over ...

Things Are Good: Change the System

System Change wants to protect the environment by systems thinking. Change the system, save the planet. I’ll keep following this project and update everyone once they launch in September, in the meantime you can help the project. The popular slogan: “system change not climate change” has become central to a growing and vibrant global movement ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Clearing Up The Climate Debate with A Conversation

conversation-full-logo.jpg CLIMATE scientists must sometimes feel that they’re taking part in some horrific, humourless worldwide game of Chinese Whispers. After spending months, in some cases years, diligently carrying out research, checking, re-checking and quantifying observations and data, they submit their discovery to a science journal. Journal editors then send that work out to other scientists ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Climate Sceptic Group Reveals Strategy Document to Win Hearts and Minds

ICSC_logo.jpg In December 2009 at a gathering of climate change deniers in Copenhagen, Dr Tom Harris was shimmering with enthusiasm for his latest project. Dr Harris, executive director of the Ottawa-based sceptic group the International Climate Science Coalition, explained how he had managed to gather “hundreds” of signatures from “climate experts” who wanted to challenge ...