A List for the end of the year because, well, it's the end of the year:
Best Bush Administration Turnaround: Climate change poses a threat to polar bears, but, not apparently, to us human beings: "Today the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act," Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne told a news conference (because of the continuing loss of their habitat as it melts.)
Best Chance for Salesmanship: You know the one about the salesman who could sell refrigerators to the Inuit? Well, they're buying air conditioners...'"Our Arctic homes are made to be airtight for the cold and do not 'breathe' well in the heat with this warming trend," [a spokesman] said. Temperatures in Kuujjuaq, home to 2,000 people, hit 88 Fahrenheit in late July.'
Highest example of Situational Ethics: The American Association of Petroleum Geologists presented its annual journalism award this year to Michael Crichton, the science fiction writer whose latest book, "State of Fear," dismisses global warming as a largely imaginary threat embraced by malignant scientists for their own ends. Larry Nation, communications director for the association, said that the book may be fictional, "But it has the absolute ring of truth." Dissenting Stanford climatologist Stephen H. Schneider said "The book is "demonstrably garbage.". Also, Real Climate has an excellent rebuttal to Chrichon's anti-global-warming spoutings: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=74
A lighthearted look at the climate science goings-on over the last year (from realclimate.org):
Best highlight of the gap between the 'two cultures':
Justice Scalia: 'Troposphere, whatever. I told you before I'm not a scientist. That's why I don't want to have to deal with global warming' .
Most bizarre new contrarian claim:
"Global warming stopped in 1998".
By the same logic, it also stopped in 1973, 1983, and 1990 (only it didn't).
Best popular book on the climate change:
Elizabeth Kolbert's "Field Notes from a Catastrophe"
Most promising newcomer on the contrarian comedy circuit:
Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Boldest impractical policy idea:
Boldest practical policy idea:
Creation of a National Climate Service, which could more effecitvely provide useful climate information to policymakers.