GLOBAL WARMING SACRED WORD OF THE DAY

“Unsustainable”

Definition:  Cannot be sustained.

Examples:

“We cannot continue to drive gas guzzlers,” she said “They are absolutely unsustainable. I completely applaud measures that try to tax them off our roads.”

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Published in: on January 31, 2007 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

NAY, IT IS NOT ABOUT MONEY

http://www.breitbart.com/news/na/cp_w013041A.xml.html

London suburb to charge drivers parking fees based on emissions

Jan 30 2:33 PM US/Eastern

 
COURTNEY FRENCH

LONDON (AP) – Residents of a suburban London district will soon pay annual parking fees based on how much carbon dioxide their cars emit, penalizing owners of gas guzzlers.Richmond council west of the capital agreed on Monday to levy a sliding scale of charges based on emissions, meaning the biggest polluters will pay 300 pounds (almost C$700) a year for the privilege of parking outside their homes.

The charges, which will come into force in May, have sparked debate among environmental groups claiming victory against road pollution and car owners alleging unfair treatment.

Climate change is the defining issue of our age – it is clear that we must all change our behaviour to combat its effects,” said Serge Lourie, leader of Richmond Council. “For our council this is just the first step in a long process that will see us bring forward policies to move our borough and council to lower carbon emissions.”

Nine other councils, including that of central London, have expressed an interest in similar plans, Lourie said.

Cars with smaller engine sizes will receive a 50-per-cent discount on the current $230 cost of a parking permit. Cars with larger engines will have to pay higher prices.

Range Rover owner Sarah Adams, 35, who lives in Richmond, said her family shouldn’t have to pay extra just because she drives a big car.

“It’s really unfair we’re being penalized to park them,” she said. “I’ve got two kids and a dog and it’s a practical car for us.”

Nigel Morris, 39, a salesman, said drivers of big cars deserve to pay more.

“They pollute the streets and I think people use them as unnecessary status symbols,” he said.

Other critics of the proposal agreed they were punitive measures that would hit the pockets of families and low-income groups.

Environmental groups supported the move but called for further measures to be taken. Emily Armistead of Greenpeace said it was a major step toward getting fuel-sapping vehicles off the road.

“We cannot continue to drive gas guzzlers,” she said “They are absolutely unsustainable. I completely applaud measures that try to tax them off our roads.”

Published in: on January 31, 2007 at 1:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

PRAISE BE THE SANCTIFIED FRENCH!

EIFFEL TOWER LIGHTS OFF FOR FIVE MINUTES EVERY DAY TO COMBAT GLOBAL WARMING!

http://www.greencoast.org/node/30341

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 8:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

BURN THE WITCHES!

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200701/CUL20070130b.html 

‘Inconvenient Truth’ Producer Pens Kids’ Global Warming Text
By Randy Hall
CNSNews.com Staff Writer/Editor
January 30, 2007

(CNSNews.com) – Move over, Chicken Little. A children’s book planned for release in September is an attempt to “fill the minds of children with ‘sky-is-falling’ global warming hysteria,” a Republican senator warns.Copyright Scholastic (2007)

The producer of former Vice President Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” is hard at work on a new project: writing a book to help school kids “understand why global warming happens.”

Scholastic, Inc. – one of the world’s largest publishers of children’s books, including the “Harry Potter” series – announced Monday that its Orchard Books imprint “has acquired world rights to ‘The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming’ by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon, scheduled for publication in September 2007.”

“Written for ages 8 and up, ‘The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming’ is the comprehensive resource young readers can look to for understanding why global warming happens and how we can work together to stop it,” Scholastic said.

“Irreverent and entertaining, and packed with essential facts and suggestions on how to effect change, ‘Down to Earth’ offers a message of hope,” it said in a release.

Scholastic called the book “important” and noted it was co-authored by David, a producer of Gore’s documentary.

According to the publisher, David has also produced an HBO documentary on global warming entitled “Too Hot Not to Handle” and served as the founder of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

As Cybercast News Service previously reported, David – the wife of comedian Larry David – was instrumental in convincing Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes to attend a lecture by Gore and then air an hour-long special entitled “The Heat Is On: The Case of Global Warming” on the Fox News Channel last November.

Gordon, David’s co-author of the children’s guide, is described by Scholastic as “an active environmentalist and a former award-winning advertising copywriter who now pursues children’s writing full-time.”

In an effort to “underscore the company’s ongoing commitment to responsible environmental stewardship,” text pages in the new book “will be printed on paper that contains 100 percent post-consumer waste fiber that is FSC [Forest Stewardship Council]-certified, using soy inks,” the company noted.

Along with announcing the new book, Scholastic said in its release that “the company is joining with the Rainforest Alliance to further strengthen the company’s sustainable paper procurement practices, establishing a policy that will have goals for the use of FSC-certified papers and that will reinforce the company’s commitment to post-consumer waste (PCW) fiber.”

“As a company committed to educating and caring for children and ensuring a safe environment in which they can learn and grow, Scholastic has a long record of environmentally sound policies and practices,” said Beth Ford, senior vice president of Global Operations and IT for the company.

“We look forward to working with the Rainforest Alliance to make even greater strides in protecting the environment today and for future generations,” Ford said.

According to the company website, “Scholastic is the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world” and has “over $2 billion in revenues.”

“Through its unparalleled distribution businesses, Scholastic Trade, Scholastic Book Clubs, Scholastic At Home and Scholastic Book Fairs, the company reaches over 35 million children, 40 million parents and nearly every school in the U.S.,” the website notes.

“Scholastic publishes more than 500 new hardcover, paperback and novelty books each year,” including the Harry Potter series, Captain Underpants, Clifford The Big Red Dog and I Spy.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, told Cybercast News Service Monday that David’s book isn’t the first to try and tell children about global warming.

Last year, the United Nations Environment Program published “Tore and the Town on Thin Ice,” a children’s book about a young boy in an Arctic village who loses a dog sled race because he crashes through thinning ice supposedly caused by manmade “greenhouse gas” emissions.

Inhofe said he also found it interesting that Scholastic made the announcement regarding David’s book just before the United Nations is set to release a major study on climate change.

“It appears that Laurie David is joining the United Nations in aiming its global warming propaganda at children,” the senator said.

“Having failed for nearly three decades to convince the American people and their leaders to jump on the global warming alarmism bandwagon, David and the U.N. are trying to fill the minds of children with ‘sky-is-falling’ global warming hysteria,” Inhofe said.

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 8:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

INQUISITOR WAXMAN. PRAISE TO HIS NAME

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/01/30/D8MVND3G2.html 

Waxman Seeks Climate Inquiry Evidence

Jan 30 11:46 AM US/Eastern

 
By H. JOSEF HEBERT
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic chairman of a House panel examining the government’s response to climate change said Tuesday there is evidence that senior Bush administration officials sought repeatedly “to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming.”Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said he and the top Republican on his oversight committee, Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, have sought documents from the administration on climate policy, but repeatedly been rebuffed.

“The committee isn’t trying to obtain state secrets or documents that could affect our immediate national security,” said Waxman, opening the hearing. “We are simply seeking answers to whether the White House’s political staff is inappropriately censoring impartial government scientists.”

“We know that the White House possesses documents that contain evidence of an attempt by senior administration officials to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming and minimize the potential danger,” Waxman said.

Administration officials were not scheduled to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In the past the White House has said it has only sought to inject balance into reports on climate change. Present Bush has acknowledged concerns about global warming, but strongly opposes mandatory caps of greenhouse gas emissions, arguing that approach would be too costly.

Waxman said his committee had not received documents it requested from the White House and other agencies, and that a handful of papers received on the eve of the hearing “add nothing to our inquiry.”

Two private advocacy groups, meanwhile, presented to the panel a survey of government climate scientists showing that many of them say they have been subjected to political pressure aimed at downplaying the threat of global warming.

The groups presented a survey that shows two in five of the 279 climate scientists who responded to a questionnaire complained that some of their scientific papers had been edited in a way that changed their meaning. Nearly half of the 279 said in response to another question that at some point they had been told to delete reference to “global warming” or “climate change” from a report.

The questionnaire was sent by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private advocacy group. The report also was based on “firsthand experiences” described in interviews with the Government Accountability Project, which helps government whistleblowers, lawmakers were told.

At the same time, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., sought to gauge her colleague’s sentiment on climate change. She opened a meeting where senators were to express their views on global warming in advance of a broader set of hearings on the issue.

Among those scheduled to make comments were two presidential hopefuls _ Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill. Both lawmakers favor mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, something opposed by President Bush, who argues such requirements would threaten economic growth.

The intense interest about climate change comes as some 500 climate scientists gather in Paris this week to put the final touches on a United Nations report on how warming, as a result of a growing concentration of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, is likely to affect sea levels.

They agree sea levels will rise, but not on how much. Whatever the report says when it comes out at week’s end, it is likely to influence the climate debate in Congress.

At the Waxman hearing, the two advocacy groups said their research _ based on the questionnaires, interviews and documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act _ revealed “evidence of widespread interference in climate science in federal agencies.”

The groups report described largely anonymous claims by scientists that their findings at times at been misrepresented, that they had been pressured to change findings and had been restricted on what they were allowed to say publicly.

The survey involved scientists across the government from NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency to the department’s of Agriculture, Energy, Commerce, Defense and Interior. In all the government employees more than 2,000 scientists who spend at least some of their time on climate issues, the report said.

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 8:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

MORE INFIDELS SPEAK LIES!

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070130/D8MVM1FO1.html 

Groups Allege Pressure on Global Warming

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Two private advocacy groups told a congressional hearing Tuesday that climate scientists at seven government agencies say they have been subjected to political pressure aimed at downplaying the threat of global warming.

The groups presented a survey that shows two in five of the 279 climate scientists who responded to a questionnaire complained that some of their scientific papers had been edited in a way that changed their meaning. Nearly half of the 279 said in response to another question that at some point they had been told to delete reference to “global warming” or “climate change” from a report.

The questionnaire was sent by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private advocacy group. The report also was based on “firsthand experiences” described in interviews with the Government Accountability Project, which helps government whistleblowers, lawmakers were told.

The findings were presented as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., opened a hearing by his Oversight and Government Reform Committee into allegations of political interference as the Democratic-controlled Congress steps up its examination of the Bush administration’s climate policy.

At the same time, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., sought to gauge her colleague’s sentiment on climate change. She opened a meeting where senators were to express their views on global warming in advance of a broader set of hearings on the issue.

Among those scheduled to make comments were two presidential hopefuls – Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill. Both lawmakers favor mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, something opposed by President Bush, who argues such requirements would threaten economic growth.

The intense interest about climate change comes as some 500 climate scientists gather in Paris this week to put the final touches on a United Nations report on how warming, as a result of a growing concentration of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, is likely to affect sea levels.

They agree sea levels will rise, but not on how much. Whatever the report says when it comes out at week’s end, it is likely to influence the climate debate in Congress.

At the Waxman hearing, the two advocacy groups said their research – based on the questionnaires, interviews and documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act – revealed “evidence of widespread interference in climate science in federal agencies.”

The groups report described largely anonymous claims by scientists that their findings at times at been misrepresented, that they had been pressured to change findings and had been restricted on what they were allowed to say publicly.

The survey involved scientists across the government from NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency to the department’s of Agriculture, Energy, Commerce, Defense and Interior. In all the government employees more than 2,000 scientists who spend at least some of their time on climate issues, the report said.

Waxman has asked the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency to provide more than three dozen documents related to their climate programs. Among them are papers involving attempts “to manage or influence statements made by government scientists” to the media on climate change.

Since Democrats took control of Congress this month, there has been a rush to examine the administration’s climate programs and to introduce legislation aimed at reducing the risks of climate change. Many scientists agree that the flow of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, much of them man-made from burning fossil fuels, is warming the earth.

Boxer has offered the most aggressive bill, one that is touted as reducing these greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by mid-century.

Obama and McCain are sponsoring a bill along with Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent who usually votes Democratic, that would cut emissions by two-thirds by 2050. Another bill, offered by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., would halt the growth of carbon emissions by 2030 and then is expected to lead to reductions.

All three would require mandatory caps on greenhouse gas releases from power plants, cars and other sources. They also would have various forms of an emissions trading system to reduce the economic cost.

Bush in his recent State of the Union address acknowledged that climate change needs to be addressed, but he continues to oppose mandatory emission caps, arguing that industry through development of new technologies can deal with the problem at less cost.

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

HAIL SAINT U.N.!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070130/sc_nm/un_climate_dc_10 

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The U.N. environment agency pressured Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday to call an emergency climate summit amid dire reports about the risks from global warming.

A summit, tentatively planned for September, would focus on the hunt for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol on cutting greenhouse gases widely blamed for forecasts of more heatwaves, floods, droughts and rising sea levels.

U.N. environment agencies are lobbying Ban to play a leading role in helping governments battle climate change after Kyoto expires in 2012. But he stopped short on Tuesday of endorsing his officials’ proposal for a summit of some 20 key leaders.

“I know the Kenyan government has proposed to have such a summit. I’m going to discuss that with the president (Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki),” he told reporters during a brief visit to a Nairobi slum.

“Climate change is one of the most important issues that the international community must address before 2012. I will work very closely with members of the

United Nations to discuss this,” he added.

Ban discussed the summit plans in Nairobi with Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP). Earlier this month Ban also met Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Secretariat.

“This is a critical year and we must bring developed and developing countries together toward a conclusion,” said Steiner’s spokesman Nick Nuttall.

On Friday, the broadest scientific study of the human effect on the climate is set to conclude there is at least a 90 percent chance that human activities, mainly burning fossil fuels, are to blame for most of the warming in the last 50 years.

CHALLENGE

In a previous report in 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the link was at least 66 percent certain. IPCC experts are meeting in Paris to discuss and approve the draft report.

The report is also set to warn that average global temperatures will rise to 2.0 to 4.5 degrees Celsius (3.6 to 8.1 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by 2100, with a “best estimate” of a 3.0 C (5.4 F) rise, scientists say.

Another section of the report, due in April, is expected to warn that between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people will face water shortages by the end of the century and hundreds of millions will go hungry, according to Australia’s The Age newspaper.

Coastal flooding will hit another 7 million homes.

De Boer has said the new secretary-general would be in an excellent position to help step up action on climate change, but would first have to assess whether he had enough political support to fulfil the role.

Under Kyoto, 35 industrial nations agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2008-12.

Washington pulled out in 2001, arguing it cost jobs and wrongly excluded poorer nations.

President Bush last week called climate change a “serious challenge.”

The biggest challenge of the post-Kyoto era is to entice non-participants like the United States, China, India, South Africa and Brazil to join to make the process more effective.

The last annual U.N. meeting of about 100 environment ministers in Nairobi in November made little progress on finding ways to broaden the protocol after it runs out.

(Additional reporting by Katie Nguyen)

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 8:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

EVIL WITCHES AND INFIDELS!!

Two New Books Confirm Global Warming is Natural; Not Caused By Human Activity
Tue Jan 30 2007 10:02:32 ET

Two powerful new books say today’s global warming is due not to human activity but primarily to a long, moderate solar-linked cycle. Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years, by physicist Fred Singer and economist Dennis Avery was released just before Christmas. The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change, by Danish physicist Henrik Svensmark and former BBC science writer Nigel Calder (Icon Books), is due out in March.

Singer and Avery note that most of the earth’s recent warming occurred before 1940, and thus before much human-emitted CO2. Moreover, physical evidence shows 600 moderate warmings in the earth’s last million years. The evidence ranges from ancient Nile flood records, Chinese court documents and Roman wine grapes to modern spectral analysis of polar ice cores, deep seabed sediments, and layered cave stalagmites.

Unstoppable Global Warming shows the earth’s temperatures following variations in solar intensity through centuries of sunspot records, and finds cycles of sun-linked isotopes in ice and tree rings. The book cites the work of Svensmark, who says cosmic rays vary the earth’s temperatures by creating more or fewer of the low, wet clouds that cool the earth. It notes that global climate models can’t accurately register cloud effects.

The Chilling Stars relates how Svensmark’s team mimicked the chemistry of earth’s atmosphere, by putting realistic mixtures of atmospheric gases into a large reaction chamber, with ultraviolet light as a stand-in for the sun. When they turned on the UV, microscopic droplets—cloud seeds—started floating through the chamber.

“We were amazed by the speed and efficiency with which the electrons [generated by cosmic rays] do their work of creating the building blocks for the cloud condensation nuclei,” says Svensmark.

The Chilling Stars documents how cosmic rays amplify small changes in the sun’s irradiance fourfold, creating 1-2 degree C cycles in earth’s temperatures: Cosmic rays continually slam into the earth’s atmosphere from outer space, creating ion clusters that become seeds for small droplets of water and sulfuric acid. The droplets then form the low, wet clouds that reflect solar energy back into space. When the sun is more active, it shields the earth from some of the rays, clouds wane, and the planet warms.

Unstoppable Global Warming documents the reality of a moderate, natural, 1500-year climate cycle on the earth. The Chilling Stars explains the why and how.

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 8:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS CAN SAVE US!

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007050028,00.html 

A NEW worldwide movement backed by celebrities, musicians, politicians and business leaders is aiming to reverse the effects of global warming over the next decade.

Global Cool launched in London and LA today and is calling on one billion people to reduce their carbon emissions by just one tonne a year, for the next 10 years.

Boffins have found the climatic tipping point – when the climate becomes irreversibly damaged – can be turned back if global CO2 emissions are reduced by one billion tonnes a year.

Campaigners then hope cleaner, renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water and hydrogen would have been developed. Big names including Leonardo Di Caprio, Orlando Bloom, KT Tunstall, Pink, The Killers, Razorlight and Josh Hartnett have thrown their weight behind the worldwide effort to beat climate change.

A website has been set up, www.global-cool.com, with advice on how to go green by reducing energy consumption through doing simple things such as sharing a shower with a mate.

Big business have donated £120m to support the campaign while MySpace will push the message out to its millions of subscribers.

KT Tunstall
Go green … Brit award winner KT Tunstall

Celebrities including actor Josh Hartnett and singer KT Tunstall helped launch the initiative in London.

Josh said: “I grew up in Minnesota which is usually a cold place, but we’ve seen abnormally warm winters the last couple of years, which is unnerving.

“If water levels continue to rise at this rate, my house in New York will be underwater, and I’ll have to get a gondola to get around. It’s frightening.

“I’m not on a mission or anything like that, that would be ridiculous, I just want to tell people why I’m concerned about climate change and if they want to make a change in their own lives that’s great.”

KT Tunstall said growing up in Scotland and seeing the effect of climate change to the coastline there spurred her into action.

She said: “It’s becoming quite apparent to all musicians how much more impact they can have. We’re always in big rooms full of people, and the word about what you can do isn’t out yet.

“Things like not leaving your phone charger in the wall are so simple.”

Dan Morrell, Founder of Global Cool said: “Over the next 10 years Global Cool will give everyone the tools and knowledge to actively decrease their own CO2 emissions and show them how to encourage others to do the same.

“Together we can actively create a global movement committed to pushing back the climatic tipping point, delivering a sustained long term, benign future without the worst effects of climate change.”

Tomorrow Global Cool founders will meet the Prime Minister at Downing Street and 50 of the world’s top business leaders to push their cause.

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 8:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

THE END IS NEAR!

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2007/01/30/070130081454.ieaxdzu8.html

Billions of people will suffer water shortages and the number of hungry will grow by hundreds of millions by 2080 as global temperatures rise, scientists warn in a new report.

The report estimates that between 1.1 billion and 3.2 billion people will be suffering from water scarcity problems by 2080 and between 200 million and 600 million more people will be going hungry.

The assessment is contained in a draft of a major international report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be released later this year, Australia’s The Age newspaper said.

Rising sea levels could flood seven million more homes, while Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef, treasured as the world’s largest living organism, could be dead within decades, the scientists warn, the newspaper said.

The Age said it had obtained a copy of the report, believed to be one of three prepared for release by the IPCC, which is highly regarded for its neutrality and caution.

Some 500 experts are meeting in Paris this week ahead of the release on Friday of the IPCC’s first report since 2001 on the state of scientific knowledge on global warming.

The report will be followed in April by volumes focusing on the impacts of climate change and on the social-economic costs of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

A chapter on Australia in the report on global impacts warns that coral bleaching in the Barrier Reef is likely to become an annual occurrence by as early as 2030 due to warmer, more acidic seas.

Bleaching occurs when the plant-like organisms that make up coral die and leave behind the white limestone skeleton of the reef.

The World Heritage site, stretching over more than 345,000 square kilometers (133,000 sq miles) off Australia’s northeast coast, will become “functionally extinct”, the scientists are quoted as saying.

Average global temperatures have already risen about 0.7 to 0.8 degrees since 1900, which the report says contributed to increased bleaching in coral reefs in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.

At 2.0 to 3.0 degrees above 1900 levels, the report predicts the “complete loss” of Australia’s alpine zones and the possible collapse of South America’s Amazon forest system, causing a “huge loss of biodiversity”.

The human and economic costs of climate change are likely to be highest in poor countries, with water shortages crippling many African nations and increased coastal flooding hitting low-lying countries such as Bangladesh and many Pacific islands, the report says.

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment