January 2003 Environment & Climate News

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December, 2002
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The January 2003 issue of Environment & Climate News features articles by S. Fred Singer, Patrick J. Michaels, and Managing Editor James M. Taylor addressing new research on the causes and effects of global warming:

  • Singer reports a new study on the role atmospheric soot particles may play in global warming, suggesting a new near-term control strategy, introducing a new element of uncertainty in climate models, and shifting more responsibility for curbing pollution to developing nations such as China and India.
  • Michaels offers facts, simple math, and links to important data sources on the Web to show global warming, if it’s causing any precipitation-related changes at all, is probably making the Earth wetter rather than drier.
  • Taylor summarizes several new studies that find (a) global warming is not taking place and (b) rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are benefitting the planet’s vegetation and animal life.

The global warming special report also includes Taylor’s report on a November 20 conference addressing voluntary actions on climate change; an announcement of ExxonMobil’s $100 million grant to Stanford University for climate change research; and a look at the evaporating support for the Kyoto Protocol.

Page 1 stories analyze the November 2002 elections--which revealed voters are no longer swayed by the scare tactics and anti-business rhetoric of environmental advocacy groups--and report the Bush administration’s November 22 announcement of reforms to the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act.

The January issue also covers Florida’s Sawgrass Rebellion, thwarted by local politicians; EPA’s recently released study of diesel health effects, ignored by the media; the politicization of science; the unattractiveness of solar power; the bounty of biotech corn; new ESA follies in Montana; and EPA’s new air quality report. Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr reviews Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters: “clearly the best book on the history of our nation’s water supply,” he says.

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