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Are men to blame for global warming?

New Scientist
EVEN climate change cannot escape the gender wars. Now Swedish men are being blamed for having a disproportionately large impact on global warming.

The finger is squarely pointed at men in “A study on gender equality as a prerequisite for sustainable development” by Gerd Johnsson-Latham of the Swedish Ministry of Sustainable Development. She concludes: “The fact that women travel less than men, measured in person-kilometres per car, plane, boat and motorcycle – means that women cause considerably fewer carbon dioxide emissions than men, and thus considerably less climate change.” She notes that 60 per cent of car emissions are created by the 10 per cent of drivers who use roads the most, and that men account for three-quarters of car driving in Sweden.

Women do not escape censure, however. The report notes that in Sweden, women spend four times as much as men on consumer goods and – in a further dig at men, albeit unintended – 20 times as much on hygiene products.
(10 November 2007)

Third of Africa coastline at risk from climate change: UN

Around a third of Africa’s existing coastline could be swallowed up by rising water levels brought on by global warming, the United Nations’ top environment official said on Thursday.

Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN’s Environmental Programme, told reporters at a press conference that the impact of climate change was already clearly in evidence and would become more serious in the coming years.

“By some projections, global warming could affect up to one third of Africa’s coastal infrastructure by the end of this century,” Steiner said at a press conference in Johannesburg.
(8 November 2007)

Daily Astorian wins Dolly Connelly award

Associated Press
The Daily Astorian has won the 2007 Dolly Connelly Award for excellence in environmental journalism for a series of articles on how global warming stands to impact the Pacific Northwest and its living creatures.

The award was announced Thursday at the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association annual meeting.

The Daily Astorian is a two-time winner.

…”This represents an amazing commitment of resources by a small independent newspaper company,” wrote another judge, David McCumber, managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
(9 November 2007)
When the articles first appeared, we pointed to the outstanding series on climate done by this feisty chain of newspapers:
Why our newspaper group is doing this series on climate change
Small Oregon papers – big series on climate change

Climatologists puzzled at rationale for ending research fund

Mike De Souza, CanWest News Service
OTTAWA – Nobel-prize winning Canadian scientists are baffled by the Harper government’s explanations for shutting down a federal climate research network and refusing to boost investments in an independent research foundation that is also in danger of closing its doors.

Last week, the government defended its environmental policies, explaining that it closed a federal climate research network because it had “completed” its mandate to assess impacts of global warming on Canada. Many Canadian researchers, however, say that decision makers are still in the dark about the risks of climate change in Canada because there have not been enough scientific studies.

“I truly think they don’t understand what research means,” said Dr. Andrew Weaver, a climatologist from the University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. “I don’t think they know what the Canadian impacts and adaptation research network has done. To say that it has completed its mandate is truly ridiculous.”
(8 November 2007)

RFF panel explores relationship between climate change and deforestation
As the head of the United Nations tours South America this week to see, first hand, the relationship between climate change and deforestation, discussions on the topic are beginning to heat up both domestically and internationally.

How can future climate treaties address this issue? And what impact could it have on developing countries?

During today’s E&ETV Event Coverage of a Resources for the Future panel discussion, participants take a look at the intersection of climate and deforestation.

Panelists include, Annie Petsonk, international counsel for Environmental Defense, Kevin Conrad, director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, Raymond Kopp, senior fellow at Resources for the Future, and William Hohenstein, director of the Global Climate Change Program Office at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
(8 November 2007)

Wake Up to Climate Change Legislation!

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Watch the new U.S. Chamber video OPPOSING the Lieberman-Warner Climate Bill.

On December 5, the Senate will try to move the Lieberman-Warner climate bill through committee and to the Senate floor.

According to the Washington Post, this bill will require a wholesale transformation of the American way of life. Your electric bill will double. 3.4 million Americans will lose their jobs. American GDP will decline by $1 trillion. And American consumers will be forced to pay as much as $6 billion to cope with carbon constraints.

These consequences will usher in a Dark Age for America.

We will be forced to spend more money just to heat our homes, cook our food, and generate our electricity. That home computer?

Gone if you can’t afford the electricity to use it. Same goes for flat-screen TVs and even your child’s video game system. And things will be no better at the pump: expect to pay four, even five dollars for a gallon of gas. At a minimum.

The only way to address the climate change challenge is through technology and energy efficiency. This bill avoids both.

It’s time to Wake Up to Climate Change Legislation.

Contact your Senator today and tell them to vote NO on the Lieberman-Warner climate bill.
(9 November 2007)
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