Michael Mann, From The Trenches Of The ‘Climate War’

In his book The Hockey Stick And The Climate Wars, Michael Mann discusses what he calls a well-funded campaign to discredit climate change. He describes efforts by opponents with ties to the fossil fuel industry to harass climate scientists and create doubt about climate change.

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Climate Scientist Admits To Lying, Leaking Documents

Peter Gleick is an outspoken proponent of scientific evidence that humans are responsible for climate change. This week, the MacArthur “genius” grant recipient shocked the scientific community by admitting to lying to obtain internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a group skeptical of climate change.

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Op-Ed: The Verdict Is In On Climate Change

California became the only state to implement greenhouse gas emission controls in January 2012, but the debate there over climate change continues. University of California history and science professor Naomi Oreskes says the time for bickering over whether or not climate change is real is over.

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Defending Climate Science’s Place In The Classroom

The National Center for Science Education has long defended educators’ right to teach evolution in public schools. Now climate science too is under attack. NCSE executive director Eugenie Scott talks about how teachers and parents can fight the push to get climate change denial into the classroom.

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To Slow Climate Change, Cut Down On Soot, Ozone

While carbon dioxide is indisputably a significant factor in the planet’s changing climate, scientists and policy experts have faced major troubles in limiting production of the greenhouse gas. Now, some are focusing on other things that warm the planet, especially ozone and black carbon. And the tools to fight them are familiar.

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What Countries Are Doing To Tackle Climate Change

Key portions of the Kyoto Protocol are set to expire at the end of 2012. But many of the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters have already set national targets to reduce emissions, and they’re forging their own initiatives to meet those goals.

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Tough Work Lies Ahead In Climate Talks

In Durban, South Africa, thousands of men and women poured into the streets in front of the International Conference Center, where United Nations talks about climate change are taking place. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR’s Richard Harris, who is at the conference.

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What Will Become Of The Kyoto Climate Treaty?

The 1997 treaty was supposed to be a first step toward more ambitious actions on climate change. But it’s now on the brink of fading into irrelevance as unified, global actions on climate policy have been almost nonexistent.

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Climate Panel: More Extreme Weather On The Way

Climate change will bring more heat waves, more intense rainfall and more expensive natural disasters, says a group of more than 200 scientists convened by the United Nations.

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Climate Change Has Calif. Vintners Rethinking Grapes

Familiar French varieties aren’t well-suited to high temperatures, so some researchers suggest cross-breeding to make the grapes more heat tolerant or drought-resistant. But once you breed pinot noir with something else, you can’t call it pinot noir anymore. And marketing new wines is a challenge.

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The Global Coal Trade’s Complex Calculation

Increasing U.S. coal exports to China doesn’t necessarily mean global emissions will rise. As demand abroad drives up coal prices at home, it could prompt U.S. utilities to switch to cheaper and more environmentally friendly natural gas. And that might alter the politics of climate change in the U.S., an expert says.

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The Global Coal Trade’s Complex Calculation

Increasing U.S. coal exports to China doesn’t necessarily mean global emissions will rise. As demand abroad drives up coal prices at home, it could prompt U.S. utilities to switch to cheaper and more environmentally friendly natural gas. And that might alter the politics of climate change in the U.S., an expert says.

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The Global Coal Trade’s Complex Calculation

Increasing U.S. coal exports to China doesn’t necessarily mean global emissions will rise. As demand abroad drives up coal prices at home, it could prompt U.S. utilities to switch to cheaper and more environmentally friendly natural gas. And that might alter the politics of climate change in the U.S., an expert says.

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Scientists Say Texas Agency Edits Out Climate Change

Scientists and conservationists accuse the state environmental agency of editing references to climate change and sea level rise out of a public report — because the agency, like Gov. Rick Perry, is skeptical of global warming.

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Polar Bear Researcher To Be Re-Interviewed By Feds

Federal officials continue to probe allegations of misconduct related to a famous report on dead polar bears that raised concerns about climate change. Later this month, officials plan to re-interview one of the two government scientists who wrote that report.

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Climate Activist Visits Wilderness Before Prison Term

Tim DeChristopher was to go to prison, convicted of disrupting a government sale of oil and gas leases. He called his actions an act off civil disobedience against climate change. Prosecutors called them felonies. Ahead of his confinement, DeChristopher wanted to go on a final wilderness adventure.

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Al Gore’s ’24 Hours’ On Climate Change

Former Vice President Al Gore’s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth helped raise awareness around the issue of climate change. Gore returns in the lead up to the 2012 election with 24 Hours of Reality, a new project designed to “broadcast the reality of the climate crisis.”

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In Their Own Words: GOP Candidates And Science

Jon Huntsman’s recent tweet — “I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy” — made him an outlier in the Republican field. In advance of Wednesday’s GOP debate, we compiled the candidates’ recent statements on climate change and evolution.

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Feeding A Hotter, More Crowded Planet

Nearly a billion people worldwide don’t have reliable access to food, according to United Nations estimates, and some experts worry climate change will drive that number even higher. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the future of food security, and how farmers may need to adapt in coming generations.

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Polar Bear Scientist Faces New Questions

The author of a scientific study suggesting that dead polar bears he saw had drowned swimming long distances to find ice is under investigation. He’s been suspended from his job amid questions about how a research contract was awarded. His supporters say he’s being targeted because the dead bears became a symbol of climate change.

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