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Jun. 24, 2011

Climate change consensus: The lowdown from down under

by Neil Wagner

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Two stories caught my eye recently.

The first presented an open letter from Australian scientists who are taking to task denialists who perpetuate the phony debate over the existence of anthropogenic climate change. These skeptics capitalize on lay people’s legitimate fears, bolstered by the news media’s compulsion to balance peer-reviewed scientific consensus with blogs and unsubstantiated opinion pieces penned by confirmed skeptics.

The second piece, by Reuter’s David Fogarty, discusses a farmer in Australia who can use his own family’s multi-generational records to confirm the dramatic changes to weather patterns his family’s land is witnessing.

“It’s screaming to me that things are getting hotter and drier at different times of the year,” the farmer is quoted as saying. “Our summers are getting wetter and if this trend continues, then we will have to find different means of farming.”

Needless to say… I knew Australia needed a visit from Bebbo and Kito.

Open letter from Australian scientists

From Reuters: Scientists race to avoid climate change harvest

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Interview: Katie Kline, Communications Officer at Ecological Society of America interviewed me via Skype for the ESA’s Ecotone blog. Read and hear it here.

Video: Bebbo and Kito were featured in one of Jim Parks’ terrific Today’s Green Minute episodes. See the video! Learn more about it.

About Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner's What on Earth? comic strip uses humor to discuss global warming.

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