Here are some links to what’s being said around the blogisphere:
- The nef (new economics foundation) triple crunch blog describes itself as offering “new economics solutions for the interlinked credit, climate and energy crises“. In “Denying the Evidence” blogger Karen Schucan-Bird discusses UK Minister for Climate Change and Energy Ed Milliband’s recent “declaration of war” on climate change skeptics. Milliband recently said:
“It’s right that there’s rigour applied to all the reports about climate change, but I think it would be wrong that when a mistake is made it’s somehow used to undermine the overwhelming picture that’s there.
We know there’s a physical effect of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leading to higher temperatures, that’s a question of physics; we know CO2 concentrations are at their highest for 6,000 years; we know there are observed increases in temperatures; and we know there are observed effects that point to the existence of human-made climate change. That’s what the vast majority of scientists tell us.”
- “Opinion Nigeria” talks about the very close-to-home issue of the encroaching Sahara desert:
Soon Nigeria will be part of the Sahara Desert Heritage if the desertification being experienced in Northern Nigeria is not tamed. The Sahara is entering our country at the rate of 0.6 km per year! Now that is problem. That is 600 metres. Walk this distance every day reflecting on the problem everyday, I bet the CC worry will catch you.
You should be actually. Because the adaptation of Northern Nigerians’ to water scarcity will be so stressed that they will reach breaking point. The resulting problem, people trooping into the South because their lands would have become almost uncultivable, hunting impossible, fishing in dried-up rivers or streams a tall dream etc. A living testimony is the Lake Chad, shrinking by the day.
- Ben Buchwalter’s recent blog post, Daily Mail Bends Science to Support ‘Global Cooling’, discusses how the British newspaper recently quoted Professor Mojib Latiff of the IPCC to support the “global cooling” hypothesis. Later, Latiff did an interview with the Guardian in which:
Latif pushed back hard against the Mail, saying that the tabloid took his comments out of context to make an editorial statement. “It comes as a surprise to me that people would try to use my statements to try to dispute the nature of global warming. I believe in manmade global warming. I have said that if my name was not Mojib Latif it would be global warming,” he said. “There is no doubt within the scientific community that we are affecting the climate, that the climate is changing and responding to our emissions of greenhouse gases.”
- Okay – here’s a link to a Huffington Post article: “Obama Hatred: Large Number of Republicans Think President is Racist, Socialist, Not U.S. Citizen“. I’m including it here because it’s in my “Wow? Really??” category. Apparently, according to a recent poll, 36% of Republicans believe that Obama wasn’t born in the United States, 63% think he’s a socialist, and 31% of them believe he is a “racist who hates white people” (ala Glenn Beck). The article quotes Markos Moulitsas, founder and publisher of Daily Kos, who conducted the poll (the Daily Kos headline on this reads “New Daily Kos Poll Reveals Insane Attitudes of Republican Voters“):
“This is why it’s becoming impossible for elected Republicans to work with Democrats to improve our country. They are a party beholden to conspiracy theorists who don’t even believe Obama was born in the United States, and already want to impeach him despite a glaring lack of scandal or wrongdoing. They think Obama is racist against white people and the second coming of Lenin. And if any of them stray and decide to do the right thing and try to work in a bipartisan fashion, they suffer primaries and attacks. Given what their base demands — and this poll illustrates them perfectly — it’s no wonder the GOP is the party of no.”
It should be no surprise, then, to hear that fifty-seven percent of Republicans surveyed say there is no solid evidence of global warming (up from 31 percent in early 2007), compared to 75% of Democrats who recognize the reality of global warming. If these people don’t believe their president was born in the United States – even though he has produced a birth certificate from Hawaii – how can they be expected to understand an issue like climate change where there is a concerted and deliberate attempt on the part of vested interests to misinform the public? Okay, I guess that last statement might be true regarding President Obama as well (ala Glenn Beck and Fox “News” again – check out this link to “Glenn Beck Update: The Back-Pedaling Begins” on his outrageous and inflammatory statements – that he is now denying – that Obama and his administration were going to “slaughter” people). Anyway, kudos to Ed Milliband across the pond for tackling the climate skeptics head on – it will be interesting to follow how this story develops. May sanity prevail!
Here in Canada, if you are on Facebook, you can now join “Canadians Against Canada’s Climate Plan” , if you haven’t already. Join the discussion with other concerned citizens!