Scientists plan emergency summit on climate change
February 9, 2009
Scientists are to hold an emergency summit to warn the world’s politicians they are being too timid in their response to global warming.
Climate experts from across the world will gather in Copenhagen next month to agree a stark message to policy makers, which they hope will break the political deadlock on efforts to curb rising temperatures. The meeting follows “disturbing” studies that suggest global warming could strike harder and faster than expected.
Katherine Richardson, a marine biologist at the University of Copenhagen, who is organising next month’s event, said: “This is not a regular scientific conference. This is a deliberate attempt to influence policy.”
The meeting will publish an update to the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Richardson said the IPCC report was “wishy-washy” on issues such as sea level rise. “The IPCC talks of a 40cm sea rise this century. Well, if the consensus now is a rise of a metre or more then they need to know that.”
Fires the deadly inevitability of climate change
February 10, 2009
The disaster challenges the Government to accept evident truths.
IT IS only a couple of years since scientists first told us we could expect a whole new order of fires in south-eastern Australia, fires of such ferocity they would simply engulf the towns in their path. And here they are.
The fires we saw on Saturday were not “once in a thousand years” or even “once in a hundred years” events, as our political leaders keep repeating. They were the face of climate change in our part of the world.
The third and fourth filters — sourcing and flak — have also strengthened as mechanisms of elite influence. A reduction in the resources devoted to journalism means that those who subsidize the media by providing sources for copy gain greater leverage. Moreover, work by people like Alex Carey, John Stauber, and Sheldon Rampton has helped us see how the public relations industry has been able to manipulate press coverage of issues on behalf of corporate America. The PR industry understands how to use journalistic conventions to serve its own ends. Studies of news sources reveal that a significant proportion of news originates in the PR industry. There are, by one conservative count, 20,000 more PR agents working to doctor the news today than there are journalists writing it.
Topsy-turvy temperature, Jennifer Marohasy, November 27, 2008: “It snowed where I live, in the Blue Mountains, and again last weekend as far west as Orange.”
A great deal of global warming hysteria is superstition parading as science, Arthur Herman, CIS Executive Highlights No 654, August 4, 2008: “No amount of empirical evidence will overturn what has become not a scientific theory but a form of religion.”
[Andrew Bolt] In the hysteria to “save” Earth from a warming that’s actually halted, we ignore a true and growing threat to children. Those who died last week were in less danger from global warming than from the deadly incompetence of green governments trying to “stop” it. At least 36 Victorians die in bushfires, and Bob Brown sees [an] opportunity to preach politics.
Is the global warming crisis over? Was it ever really a crisis? Tens of thousands of scientists now say the media and environmental advocacy groups have it all wrong, that global warming is not a crisis. They point to a cooling trend in global temperatures since 2000, past warming and cooling cycles that were not man-made, and new evidence that carbon dioxide is not a very powerful greenhouse gas. On March 8-10, 2009, the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change will provide a platform for scientists and policy analysts from around the world who question the theory that global warming is a crisis. For more information about this exciting conference or to register online, please visit www.heartland.org or www.globalwarmingheartland.org, or call 312/377-4000. Audio and video recordings of presentations made at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change are also available online at both Web sites.
corporate resources / influence + market ideology + public relations + political mobilisation = corporate political power