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Convenient Truths: New Report On Human Climate Impact

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Author: the Inkslinger

Here's another in our continuing series of cross-postings from Treehugger's Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Many climate change skeptics are hailing an article from last week's UK Telegraph, which proclaims "UN downgrades man's impact on the climate," as the "smoking gun" which supports their disbelief: Sen. James Inhofe, for instance,claims that the preview of the report (which will be published in February) proves his assertion that "Predictions of man-made catastrophic global warming are simply unsustainable." As DeSmog Blog notes though, that reading of the article requires some cherry-picking, as it also reports that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change "says there can be little doubt that humans are responsible for warming the planet," and that their downgrading of human impact by 25%, as well as their lowering of sea level estimates, represents "...a refinement due to better data on how climate works rather than a reduction in the risk posed by global warming":

One leading UK climate scientist, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity surrounding the report before it is published, said: "The bottom line is that the climate is still warming while our greenhouse gas emissions have accelerated, so we are storing up problems for ourselves in the future."
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Convenient Truths Contest Announces New International Prize Category!

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Author: the Inkslinger

This just in from Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at Treehugger.com…

While working to lower your personal carbon footprint is a reward in itself, the winners of Treehugger and Seventh Generation's Convenient Truths contest will receive considerably more than a warm, fuzzy feeling for their videos: the grand prize winner receives an all expense paid eco-tour for two to an Alaskan Wildlife Refuge (from Alaska Wildland Adventures), travel gear (from Patagonia), and carbon offsets (from DriveNeutral). The number two spot earns a green home makeover (from ecohome improvement), green household products (from Seventh Generation), and a full year of carbon neutrality (also from DriveNeutral), and third place snags solar bicycles (from Therapy Products), solar backpacks (from Voltaic) and a Zipcar membership.

This week, another prize package was added to the mix: the GLOBE Foundation of Canada and EPIC Vancouver have joined forces with Convenient Truths helping create the EPIC International Prize. This award will go to the contest video that:

...best address issues of conscious consumerism and its relationship to climate change. Videos can discuss various components of daily life including transportation, home and garden, clothing, work, recreation, etc., and in this, the subsequent actions being taken to reduce one's carbon footprint.
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Inspire Everyone On Earth To Chill Out!

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Author: the Inkslinger

Psssst. Over here…



Look at this! Check it out…


What do you see in the magic left hand column? It’s a new blinky button! For our new contest with Treehugger. Go ahead. Click it. (You know you want to.) It won’t bite.

Then grab your video camera. Harness your creative muse. Wake up your inner Spielberg. Make a short mini-movie about the practical, easy, and inspired ways you’ve found to reduce your carbon emissions and make the planet a cooler place.

Then follow the directions for submitting your film. Bingo! You’re a contestant.You could win! Except that by the mere act of entering you’ve already won the grandest prize of all: You’ve inspired everyone to follow your lead and save the world.

How cool is that?

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