Researchers Point to ‘Moral Obligation,’ ‘Good Citizens’ in Urging Scientists to ‘Speak Up’ on Policy

Scientists, speak up.

That’s the message from Michael Nelson, an associate professor of environmental ethics at Michigan State University and John Vucetich, assistant professor of wildlife ecology at Michigan Technological University.

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Mr. Mass v. EPA: An Interview with the Man Who Put Climate Change on America’s Legal Map

BOSTON, MA. — As the EPA inches closer to regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, the potentially titanic implications of James Milkey’s little idea are starting to dawn on many climate policy watchers and energy interests across America.

Senators from coal states and beyond are threatening to block the EPA controls. Industry groups are lining up to sue the agency. The Obama administration — with no energy and climate bill anywhere in sight — is bracing for what could surely become a huge fight over measures that will be tarred by opponents as heavy-handed and economically harmful.

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AAAS Weblog Panel of Four Weighs ‘Overcoming Skepticism after “Climategate”‘

So a climate research scientist, an environmental advocate/climate scientist, an author/writer, and a communications academic gather around a table to discuss “Climate Change & the Public: Overcoming Skepticism after ‘Climategate’”?

You haven’t heard this one? Read on.

The research scientist, asked the impact of the nearly year-old hacked e-mails brouhaha, points to adverse effects on public perceptions of climate scientists while insisting their science itself remains unscathed.

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Wunderground.com’s Jeff Masters: From ‘Mad Scientist Club’ to Leading Internet Site

ANN ARBOR, MI. — When Jeff Masters was 10, he helped launch the “mad scientist club” in his Birmingham, Michigan, school, writing a 100-page thesis based on observations from his telescope.

By the time he was 12, he was diligently tracking the strength of wind gusts from a weather station he had set up in his backyard. The Midwest’s extremely variable climate conditions intrigued him. “I was always interested in weather,” he says.

It’s the kind of story sure to sound familiar to many of today’s meteorologists, weathercasters … and just plain “weather geeks,” a term they use endearingly of course: Weather gets into their blood early in life, and it’s something they take with them long into their careers, whether specifically weather-related or not.

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Climate Experts, Statisticians, Programmers Meet in England on Temperature Records

An international group of 80 climate scientists, statisticians, and computer programmers recently gathered in Exeter, England, to discuss how to expand and improve surface temperature data (also see earlier Forum article).

The conference, titled “Creating Surface Temperature Datasets to Meet 21st Century Challenges,” took place September 7-9 and brought together researchers from NOAA’s National Climate Data Center (NCDC), the Hadley MET office, and the World Meteorological Organization, and also some independent scientists and interested parties. It focused on creating a plan to assemble all the world’s temperature records into a new database that would be fully and transparently documented and available for the public to access.

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California Initiative Likely to be Focus Of Climate Interest Come Election Day

Eyes will be on California voters on November climate bill vote.

For those who want legislative action on climate change, the past year delivered a one-two punch against progress. First there was Copenhagen, full of promise but deflated by economic worries and the familiar rift between developed and developing countries. Then, this past summer, the U.S. Senate abandoned work on a comprehensive energy bill and its cap-and-trade climate provisions.

But, another battle looms. In California, the state’s hallmark climate legislation, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, faces suspension by a ballot measure backed almost entirely by the fossil fuel industry — primarily Texas oil companies Valero and Tesoro.

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Where the Action Is: Climate Goes Local; Cities, Local Governments Confront Global Challenge

The world’s metropolises, with more than half the world population, could hold key to global climate progress.

Humans have officially made their home in the concrete jungle. Ours is the first generation in which most of the world’s population lives in cities.

With 6 billion people on the planet, and 2 billion more expected within 20 years, the race to our cities and the slums and vast sprawl surrounding some of them will only accelerate. Already, our metropolises — 21 already have populations of 10 million or more — consume about three-quarters of the world’s energy, releasing vast quantities of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) that warm the planet.

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