Sunday, June 29, 2008

Open Water At The North Pole

There's a strong possibility that artic weather will be so warm this year that there will be open water at the North Pole. But perhaps it isn't really Climate Change, it might be all that Republican hot-air and over-heated rhetoric that's melting the artic ice cap.

North Pole on Thin Ice

Some scientists have asserted that the Arctic ice cap could retreat so dramatically this summer that there could be open water covering the North Pole.

Who Muzzled This Climate Scientist?

Two years ago, the quiet and bookish climate scientist James Hansen kicked up a tempest. He alleged that his work on global warming at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies had been censored, and that he had been prevented from speaking to reporters by politically appointees in NASA’s public affairs office.

Hansen has been outspoken on his belief that the consequences of global warming could be drastic, and that the United States should act as soon as possible to regulate greenhouse gases. After his accusations of censorship were aired in the press, 14 senators requested a full investigation by NASA’s inspector general. Now, the results are in.

From the fall of 2004 through 2006, the report said, NASA’s public affairs office “managed the topic of climate change in a manner that reduced, marginalized, or mischaracterized climate change science made available to the general public.” It noted elsewhere that “news releases in the areas of climate change suffered from inaccuracy, factual insufficiency, and scientific dilution” [Washington Post].

...(Discover Magazine - full article)

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