The 2010 Climate B.S.* of the Year Award
Peter H. Gleick
2010 saw widespread and growing evidence of rapidly warming global climate and strengthening scientific understanding of how humans are contributing to climate change. Yet on the policy front, little happened to stem the growing emissions of greenhouse gases or to help societies prepare for increasingly severe negative climate impacts, including now unavoidable changes in temperature, rainfall patterns, sea-level rise, snowpack, glacial extent, Arctic sea ice, and more. These physical impacts will lead to sharply increased disease, military and economic instabilities, food and water shortages, and extreme weather events, among other things. Without appropriate risk management action, the United States will be hit hard. There is no safe haven. Yet confusion and uncertainty about climate change remain high in the minds of too many members of the public and Congress.
Honor the WikiLeakers
by Alexander Cockburn, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed
When it comes to journalistic achievements in 2010, the elephant in the room is WikiLeaks. I’ve seen many put-downs of the materials as containing “no smoking guns”, or as being essentially trivial communications to the State Department from U.S. diplomats and kindred government agents around the world.
Now, it’s true that the cables were legally available to well over 1.5 million Americans, who had adequate security clearance. But trivial? Don’t believe it. The cables show the daily business of a mighty empire acting in manners diametrically opposite to public pretensions. The cables form one of the most extraordinary lessons in the cold realities of international diplomacy ever made public. Normally, scholars have to wait for 10, 20, even 50 years to gain access to such papers.
Gulf Activists Harassed By TSA Agents Who Claim Filming Is Illegal
The Intel Hub
As anger against the TSA has mounted, many have wondered if activists will be specifically
targeted in an attempt to scare and intimidate them. No subject has been bigger than the Gulf
disaster and it looks as one of the groups who exposed the extensive use of Corexit9500 in the
Gulf have fallen victim to TSA tyranny.