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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 8 May 2008


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Global warming hysteria: the pendulum has swung

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

It has become commonplace knowledge, and is unchallenged, that global average temperature has not increased since 1998. This corresponds to a 9-year period during which the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide, in contrast, did increase, and that by almost ...

2: Prime TV: The Great Global Warming Swindle
Employers And Manufacturers Association

Prime TV: Important Viewing For Everyone Who Cares about the Planets future and our Standard of living.

3: NZ Scientists Want Names Off Climate Skeptics List
Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace says it's a sign of how desperate climate sceptics are that they've used the names of eminent New Zealand scientists to falsely back their cause.

4: Scientists To Examine World’s Weirdest Whale
Te Papa

Scientists from Australia, the United States and New Zealand have gathered at Te Papa for the dissection of a pygmy right whale Caperea marginata to study the anatomy and evolutionary relationships of this unusual species.

5: Burma Cyclone Nargis Deaths Could Exceed 100,000
VOA News

The senior U.S. diplomat in Burma said the death toll from the cyclone that hit the SE Asian country late last week could exceed 100,000. The United States is trying to press the Burmese government to admit more aid workers & supplies.

6: Heartland response to Greenpeace news release
Heartland Institute

The news release by Greenpeace New Zealand currently on your site concerning my organization, The Heartland Institute, is riddled with errors and is designed to mislead, not inform.

7: Undernews News For May 7, 2008

There's nothing in the middle of the road but a yellow stripe and a lot of dead armadillos. -- Jim Hightower

8: Burma: Cyclone Nargis OCHA Situation Report No. 3

The cyclone has caused unprecedented devastation. Buildings and infrastructure have been severely damaged, and flooding is widespread. The low-lying delta region also suffered a sizable storm surge, which is feared to have wiped out whole villages.

9: Greenpeace wrong – yet again
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

Claims by the New Zealand arm of Greenpeace that five scientists have been misrepresented in being included in a list of 500 cited in a report on global warming, beg at least two questions and two observations, according to Terry Dunleavy, secretary of the ...

10: Now the Kiwis get involved in fish plundering too
Western Sahara Resource Watch

New Zealand, a country which already is a main ally to Morocco in buying the phosphates from the occupied Western Sahara, now also proves to be involved in the distribution of the territory’s fish resources.

11: Facts for Mother's Day
Statistics New Zealand

To acknowledge all mothers' hard work and caring, Statistics New Zealand is marking Mother's Day on Sunday 11 May with some facts about mothers.

12: Greenpeace Response To Heartland PR – May 8 2008
Greenpeace New Zealand

It is perfectly understandable that the Heartland Institute is upset –it’s been revealed as completely misrepresenting esteemed scientists to make its case. But there is no need for it to take its embarrassment out on Greenpeace.

13: World’s Best Cabin Products At Singapore Airline
Singapore Airlines

The World’s Best Airline Brings The World’s Best Cabin Products To New Zealand

14: Key re-invents his own history yet again
New Zealand Government

John Key’s claim that he supported the government purchase of the rail tracks in 2004 is yet another revisionist interpretation of his own history, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.

15: Platypus genome mapping boon for researchers
University of Otago

In decoding the genome of the platypus, a team of researchers from the United States, Australia, England, Germany, Israel, Japan, Spain and New Zealand has revealed important information that will enhance our understanding of other mammals and may lead to ...

16: UK: Cannabis To Be Reclassified As A Class B Drug
UK Government

Reclassification reflects the fact that skunk, a much stronger type of the drug, now dominates the UK cannabis market, accounting for 81% of cannabis available compared to just 30% in 2002. The reclassification will take effect from early 2009.

17: Global emissions to increase from New Zealand ETS
Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd

The world's greenhouse gas emissions could potentially increase along with the revenues of offshore dairy competitors, if New Zealand's proposed Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) is not changed.

18: When do I become a Kiwi?
Victoria University of Wellington

Research examining how new migrants integrate into New Zealand society shows that becoming a Kiwi and retaining an ethnic identity are not mutually exclusive.

19: Pacific Blue Raises Domestic Fares And Misleads
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has no immediate plan to follow Pacific Blue's recent move to increase its domestic airfares by up to 10%.

20: World Vision one of few on ground in Myanmar
World Vision New Zealand

As the toll continues to rise in Myanmar, World Vision New Zealand CEO Lisa Cescon says aid relief is getting through to those in need.

21: Bush Iraq Emails Not Recoverable
Matt Renner

A late-night court filing by the White House on Monday revealed that official administration emails about the run up to the invasion of Iraq and the initial occupation may never be recovered.

22: Obsolete Mt Eden Prison to be replaced
New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Phil Goff announced today plans for the replacement of the Victorian era Mt Eden Prison. “The new prison will meet three key objectives,” Phil Goff said.

23: Employment declines
Statistics New Zealand

In seasonally adjusted terms, the number of people employed dropped by 29,000 (1.3 percent) in the March 2008 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Employment has returned to levels seen early in 2007, and follows a record high in the December ...

24: Caritas accepting Myanmar Cyclone donations
Caritas Aotearoa

Catholic humanitarian agency Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is accepting donations towards relief in Burma/Myanmar where cyclone Nargis has killed at least 22,500 people, with over 40,000 still missing.

25: Kiwis Making A Difference In Myanmar Relief Effort
NZ Red Cross

As relief operations escalate in the wake of Cyclone Nagris which devastated parts of Myanmar on 2 May, three Kiwis are working with the International Red Cross Movement to ensure aid can get into the country.

26: 5 prominent NZ scientists say global warming real
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The Heartland Institute has named five New Zealanders in a list of 500 scientists whose published research is alleged to undermine support for the idea that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, largely fossil fuel burning, is warming the ...

27: New Training/Light Utility Helicopters for Defence
New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Phil Goff today signed a contract for the purchase of new training/light utility helicopters for the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

28: Five NZ scientists say global warming is real
Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute has named five New Zealanders in a list of 500 scientists whose published research is alleged to undermine support for the idea that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, largely fossil fuel burning, is warming the ...

29: Beyond Media Revolution: Is Arab Media Truly Free?
Ramzy Baroud

On February 12, 2008, Arab League information ministers issued a communique outlining 'tough' guidelines for Arab satellite channels. The new guidelines specifically prohibited the broadcasting of negative reporting of heads of state, religious or national figures.

30: Fletcher Executives' Key Role In ETS Changes
Carbon News

The daily carbon market news service, Carbon News (, reports “highly reliable” sources as saying two senior Fletcher Building executives, Jonathan Ling and Hans Buwalda, were the key players in successfully lobbying Climate ...

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