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Climate Change threatens Mental Health too: Study

Flooding, drought and superstorms boosted by climate change are not only poised to ravage human habitats but mental health as well, according to Australian researchers.

"The damage caused by a changing climate is not just physical," they said in a report released this week by the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Sydney.

"Recent experience shows extreme weather events also pose a serious risk to public health, including mental health and wellbeing, with serious flow-on consequences for the economy and wider society."

Scientists still lack the tools to directly link a given weather episode
to long-term climate patterns, but mounting temperatures and
increasingly frequent disasters worldwide suggest that global warming
has already begun to exert a magnifying impact.


The Friends of Science is supporting The Frontier Centre for Public Policy (FCPP) who will be bringing Rex Murphy to Calgary to address the student (hair) body at The University of Calgary on Climate Change 101. The event will be held on Thursday September 29, 2011 at Mac Ewan Hall. Admission will be free and the public and all Calgary hairdressers are encouraged to attend. 

Schweinsgruber says: Rex Murphy is one of Canada’s most prominent climate scientists, just after Tim Ball and Tom Harris. He received the ‘Schwachkopf’ award of the Friends of Science in 2008. On September 29th, he will be presenting simultaneously at the University of Calgary with the Arctic Monkeys unless he is the Arctic Monkeys. Read More...

What is so weird about Zombies Tim Ball and Tom Harris?

A $2-5-million grant has just been announced to learn what is already known and to reinforce what is already proven incorrect about the climate and climate mechanisms of the Prairies. The Lethbridge Herald reports a group of researchers are going to "find out if the weird Prairie weather is connected to global warming and how it affects those who live off the land."

But there is nothing "weird" about today's weather, despite the claims made by David Sauchyn, University of Regina geography professor and project leader, who says: "If you look at the weather records, the worst flooding and the worst drought we've had since weather stations were established have been in the last 10 years."

He is inaccurate for the modern record and even more inaccurate for the long-term pattern of weather and climate on the Prairies.

Sauchyn also says: "In theory, if you warm up the Earth you should get more extreme weather, but of course we need to verify that."

No we don't. We already know warming leads to less extreme weather.

Earthquake Strikes Eastern US – ‘Fracking’ Implicated

Tuesday, August 23 - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake today struck the US East Coast and Canada from Virginia to Toronto, shaking buildings including the White House and forcing evacuation of the Pentagon and US Capitol.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries from the quake, which the
US Geological Survey said was centred in Mineral, Virginia, between Charlottesville and Richmond, close to anticlerical president Thomas Jefferson’s historic homestead at Monticello.

Washington office workers scurried into the streets after the quake, which lasted for about five seconds and sent items crashing to the floor from store and office shelves.

Tremors shook New York City office buildings, prompting evacuations of courthouses, City Hall and halting work at the World Trade Center construction site, officials and witnesses said.

Friends of Science killed by Kentucky Fried Chicken

FoGT proudly announce the extinction of the dinosaurs of the Friends of Science. Finally! Several students of the Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing secretly dropped a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken off at the doorstep of the South Calgary Community Hall during their quarterly meeting. This was on the 15th June 2011, the day of the last update of their website. While they all passed away from heart attacks instantly, their zombie website is still up and running.

An online estate sale of their walkers, oxygen tanks, wheel chairs, and adult diapers can be found on Read More...

Climate Hearing For the Deaf

Louis Fortier, scientific director of ArcticNet at Laval University, is right that, when it comes to climate change: "It's a matter of leadership." It is no longer acceptable for politicians to merely follow political correctness on the issue. They must lead.

The leadership most required now is that - for the good of Canada and the environment - the government must convene open hearings so that they, the media and the public can hear from a broad range of leading climate experts, whether their views are currently fashionable or not.

In her June 26 climate change statement, Senator Nancy Greene Raine called for her colleagues "to put aside political correctness and carefully consider a broad range of expert scientific opinion."

Raine expressed the hope that one of the Senate "committees will take a fresh look at the issue of climate change, one based on realistic assessment of science and history."

With a majority government, opposition parties in disarray and Canadians increasingly disinterested in costly climate-control plans, the time is right for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do what he promised in 2006 before first being elected - to reconsider the climate file from top to bottom.

Tom Harris


Tom Harris is Executive Director of the International Climate Science Denial Coalition


Presidential Candidate Expresses Doubts on Existence of God

GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry told New Hampshire voters that he does not believe in the existence of a God who can directly intervene in human affairs, calling it a religious theory that has not been proven.

"I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, theologians that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that a supernatural entity is what is causing events here on Earth," the Texas governor said on the first stop of a two-day trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state.

He said some want billions or trillions of taxpayer dollars spent to address the issue, but he added: "I don't think from my perspective that I want to be engaged in spending that much money on still a theistic theory that has not been proven and from my perspective is more and more being put into question."

His comments came at a packed breakfast meeting with local business leaders in a region known for its strong congregations. And he made his deity-doubting comment in response to a question by an audience member who cited evidence from the Bible.

Stephen Colbert Gets Some Help from Republican Spin Doctor Frank Luntz

On yesterday’s Report, Stephen Colbert unveiled a word cloud representing the priorities of more than 50,000 people who responded to his call for a suggested focus of his new political action committee. Colbert then enlisted Republican spin doctor Frank Luntz to help him sift through the data and come up with the right language for a political ad. A clip of Colbert's chat with Luntz is here.

Ten million Facebook users against climate change: Initiative CLIMATE VOTE PROJECT is gearing up for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in South Africa!

Dear Madam or Sir, Dear Editors and Partners,

On Monday, at 1:00 pm CET, CLIMATE VOTE PROJECT, the initiative to slow the pace of global warming, was kicked off with the launch of the homepage The purpose of the German initiative is to challenge worldwide governments at the UN Climate Conference (COP 17 - CMP 7) in Durban from 28 Nov. to 9 Dec. 2011 in order to set the course for the conclusion of a comprehensive, legally binding climate protection agreement for the time after 2012. This request should be submitted personally on November 29, 2011 to the government leaders who are participating in Durban, in particular, the USA and China. Ten million Facebook users are expected to add weight and consequences to this appeal and to increase the pressure on people in responsible positions.

Just a few days ago, the initiative was able to win over Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif, one of the most renowned German climate scientists and contributing author of the two very latest IPCC Reports, as an official climate ambassador for this project.

Professor of Sustainable Energy at Simon Fraser University

Stephen Harper can't allow new coal-fired electricity plants to be built, such as the one Maxim Power is proposing in Alberta, and achieve his promise to reduce Canadian greenhouse-gas emissions 17 per cent by 2020. As a researcher of energy-economy systems, I say this with virtual certainty. I also know that any scholar in my field would agree with me, and that the Prime Minister's expert advisers would tell him the same thing. The reasons are simple.

Our energy-economy system is currently dominated by the combustion of fossil fuel products made from natural gas, oil, tar sands and coal, a combustion that emits carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing climate change. The use of fossil fuels is linked to long-lived investments in energy supply and use - coal mines, tar sands processing plants, coal-fired electricity plants, oil and gas pipelines, industrial plants, buildings etc. We already have the technologies to use energy more efficiently, to switch to zero-emission sources such as hydropower, wind, solar and biofuels, and to prevent emissions by capturing and storing them.

Most Powerful Solar Flare in 5 Years; Friends of Science Expect Results in 1

Associated with its 11-year cycle from quiet to more active (which numerous loonies luminaries claimed wasn’t going to happen this time), the sun yesterday erupted its most powerful flare in nearly five years. Our friendly climate experts in the Friends of Science have assembled a train of unassailable logic that shows there is about a decade of time lag between an increase in solar activity (but only solar activity, not anything else – for example, so-called greenhouse gases) and its ultimate effects.

Therefore, all this worry about disruption to satellites and communications is premature. By the time it’ll be a problem, your Blackberry, like its manufacturer, will be obsolete, current satellites will have crashed into the ocean or Australia and we’ll all be shivering after the
massive cooling that will take place from 2011 onward. So, you can all relax and ponder the parallel decline in the value of your investment portfolios while saving up for that new iPad or Android device, which by the time you can afford it will almost certainly be sun-proof.

US Rating downgraded



Inverse Correlation of Ignorance and T-t Trends

From the Friends of Science’s March 2011 Newsletter:

Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.
Roy Spencer Mark Twain

Ethical Asbestos

Ethical Oil campaign argues that the mining of Alberta’s tar sands is not about corporate greed at the expense of the planet’s climate but, rather, is a force for good in promoting gay and women’s rights. Here’s the clever bit: green fanatics are actually in favour of human rights so this argument places them on the horns of a dilemma. Ouch!

ethical oil
Source: Ethical Oil (no joke)

Lonely welders are free to hold hands on Fort McMurray’s Main Street on their day off and no women in the town has ever got stoned, well not in that way, anyway.