Latest James Hansen Stories

2008-09-16 12:00:34

U.S. scientists say they've determined curbing carbon dioxide emissions from coal might avert climate danger. Researchers at Columbia University's Earth Institute said the continuing rise in the planet's atmospheric CO2 levels resulting from burning fossil fuels might be kept below harmful levels if emissions from coal are phased out within the next few decades. The researchers, including James Hansen of the U.S. space agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and climatologist Pushker...

2008-09-04 00:00:17

By Michael McCarthy Environment Editor THE Nasa scientist who first drew attention to global warming 20 years ago appeared in a British court yesterday as a key witness in support of climate change activists charged with damaging a power station. Professor James Hansen gave evidence at Maidstone Crown Court in the case of six Greenpeace members who scaled a 630ft chimney at the Kingsnorth plant in Hoo, Kent, last October in protest against plans to build new coal-fired units there. The...

2008-07-24 09:00:48

"Penn & Teller's Bull----!" 10-10:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Showtime ___ I've seen lots of things on "Penn & Teller's Bull----!," television's only investigative-journalism program run by comic magicians: Hidden-camera pranks where yuppie fools blather on about designer water that actually came from a garden hose. New Age health nuts allowing mollusks to crawl around on their faces to soak up the health benefits of slug slime. Naked people floating around in a zero-gravity chamber for...

2008-06-26 09:02:36

Scientist James Hansen says we're toast if we don't take drastic measures against global warming ("Climatologist sounds warning," June 24). Is this the top NASA scientist who doctored temperature stats, and when asked why he had lied he said it was because we need to get people's attention? Al Gore gave the same excuse for his lies, and he attained his goal. A Nobel and an Oscar are a lot of attention. Jennifer Zapata Highland (c) 2008 Deseret News (Salt Lake City). Provided by ProQuest...

2008-06-24 15:03:01

Attention: Environment Editors Today at the opening of the World Wind Energy Conference in Kingston, Ontario, New World Generation Inc. released field data on a new wind turbine technology that will make wind power more economically viable and commercially attractive. And today is 20 years to the day after climatologist James Hansen first warned the world about climate change. Hansen is now warning that the world may be reaching its "tipping point" unless more action is taken to curb and...

2008-06-23 17:45:00

On the 20th anniversary of his landmark congressional testimony, James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, appeared again before Congress today, calling for the CEOs of oil companies to be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature.  Hansen accused executives of firms such as ExxonMobil and Peabody Energy of actively spreading misinformation and doubt about climate change, and compared the CEOs to tobacco company executives who years ago tried to cloud the...

2008-05-30 00:30:00

A new climate change assessment has been released by the Bush administration that said human-induced global warming will likely lead to problems like droughts in the U.S. West and stronger hurricanes. This assessment comes four years late and was pushed forward by a court order. This comes as a surprise from President Bush, who now acknowledges that global warming is happening despite his previous denial of climate science throughout most of his presidency. Still, some watchdog groups claim...

2008-02-07 13:15:00

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that natural variability in the earth's atmosphere could be masking the overall effect of global warming in the North Atlantic Ocean.Scientists have previously found that surface temperatures around the globe have risen over the last 30 years in accord with global warming. New data, however, shows that heat stored in the North Atlantic Ocean has a more complex pattern than initially expected, suggesting that natural changes in the...

2008-01-16 11:20:54

Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2007 tied with 1998 for Earth's second warmest year in a century. Goddard Institute researchers used temperature data from weather stations on land, satellite measurements of sea ice temperature since 1982 and data from ships for earlier years. The greatest warming in 2007 occurred in the Arctic, and neighboring high latitude regions. Global warming has a larger affect in polar areas, as...

2007-10-15 09:50:00

It's October and global warming campaigner Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize. In November the U.N.'s climate scientists issue a capstone report on where the planet is headed. And in December envoys of almost 200 nations gather in Bali, Indonesia, hoping for action to head off the worst of climate change. But because of something that happened in September, their chances look slim. This has been the "year of climate," as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the scientist network...

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