Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told Reuters TV that anyone who claims to be an expert will have their identities checked in the wake of the Essjay scandal. (h/t to the NYT's The Lede). Essjay claimed to be a religion professor, but was actually a 24-year-old college drop-out.
The Beeb's M. Ilyas Khan on the back story over the controversy over a proposal to ban tainted shades on vehicle windows in North Waziristan. Some excerpts: In the offices of one of the largest religious seminaries in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, Maulana Gul Ramzan of the pro-Taleban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) party [...]
From the BBC: European Union leaders at a climate change summit in Brussels have agreed to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 20% from 1990 levels by the year 2020. But a consensus on a binding target for the use of renewable fuels, like wind and solar power, has yet to be reached.
Al Gore has received a spanking lately over his prodigious power use at home. Gregg Easterbrook uses that to launch an argument over how to get the most bang from our climate-changing buck. An excerpt from the NYT: Since 1990, according to the World Resources Institute, American greenhouse emissions rose 18 percent while Chinese emissions [...]
Climate change evangelist and Oscar-winner Al Gore has a mansion in Tennesse that positively gobbles electricity. The right has cried hypocrisy!, even though Gore buys clean power and carbon offsets. A climate change author tries to defend him.
From the NYT: The director of the Fish and Wildlife Service defended the agency requirement that two employees going to international meetings on the Arctic not discuss climate change, saying diplomatic protocol limited employees to an agreed-on agenda. Two memorandums written about a week ago and reported by The New York Times and the Web [...]