February 2007 Environment & Climate News

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February, 2007
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The February 2007 issue of Environment & Climate News highlights recent news in the ongoing debate over climate change science and politics. On page 1:

  • U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has proposed listing polar bears as a "threatened" species, not because their populations are currently in decline but because global warming may threaten them in the future.
  • Contrary to the claims of climate change alarmists, scientists report there has been no slowing of the Gulf Stream and no chance of its "shutting down" due to global warming.
  • In many parts of the world, there are more trees today than 100 years ago, and the growth of forests is supporting greater biodiversity than in decades past.
  • On the final day of its 2006 session, Congress approved legislation opening 8.3 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas recovery.

We report on a new survey of environmental scientists and practitioners, conducted by the National Registry of Environmental Professionals, which proves there's no "consensus" on climate change, and reprint British Lord Christopher Monckton's recent letter to U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and John Rockefeller, demanding they "uphold free speech about climate change or resign."

Also in this issue: a profile of Robert Ferguson, founder of the Center for Science and Public Policy; plus nuclear power, manatees in Florida, mercury, phthalates, acid rain, biotech, and milfoil. Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr reviews Healthy Waters, by Dr. Mike Magee.

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