Thursday, December 10, 2009

Climate Bits and Pieces - December 10, 2009

The chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science responds to Sarah Palin's WaPo op-ed.

Kofi Annan on why Copenhagen is important.

Some beautiful places that will change as the climate changes. I have mixed feelings about this: some of the places will change, but we don't know how. Lake Baikal, for instance. But it's not going to disappear any time in the next century or so.

One of the denialists' funders.

And then there's the third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley. He and his supporters seem to enjoy using long titles, of which this is one variation. His basic argument is that there is no such thing as global warming, but there is a world-wide communist conspiracy that is using this fiction to impose a world communist government. It's hard to know whether he is serious. His qualifications seem thin; note that "he has advised on" but we don't learn what degrees he has earned to underpin that advising. And the students who are demonstrating in favor of that communist world government? According to him, they're Nazis.

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