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  • Proposed New Mexico science standards omit global warming (Libs scream "foul")

    10/17/2017 4:33:45 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 16, 2017 | AP
    SANTA FE, N.M. — A proposed overhaul of New Mexico’s state science standards for public schools came under intense criticism Monday at a packed public hearing in the state capital for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth. Comments at the hearing overwhelmingly sided against state revisions to a set of standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences. Of the 55 initial speakers, none backed the standards. Public school teachers, state university faculty, Democratic Party officials and the science chairman for a school catering to local Native...
  • Confronting climate change in Trump country

    10/16/2017 1:27:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | October 16, 2017 | By Claire Galofaro
    ... Jefferson County, Texas, is among the low-lying coastal areas of America that could lose the most as the ice caps melt and the seas warm and rise. At the same time, it is more economically dependent on the petroleum industry and its emissions-spewing refineries than any other place in the U.S. Residents seemed to choose between the two last November, abandoning a four-decade-old pattern of voting Democratic in presidential elections to support Donald Trump. Then came Hurricane Harvey. Now some conservatives here are newly confronting some of the most polarizing questions in American political discourse: What role do humans...
  • Reporters must convey the perils of climate change without paralyzing their audience

    10/16/2017 8:36:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | October 17, 2017 | By Cassandra Willyard
    According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Americans fall into six groups when it comes to climate change: alarmed, concerned, cautious, disengaged, doubtful, and dismissive. I would add a seventh category: panicked. That’s me. I’m a science journalist, so I understand and accept the problem. But I when I read articles about global warming, my anxiety soars. I have to disengage. I check Facebook for puppy videos. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that I couldn’t make it more than halfway through David Wallace-Wells’s “The Uninhabitable Earth,” published in New York magazine in July. In his 6,600-word cover story,...
  • Are flatulent shellfish really contributing to climate change?

    10/16/2017 8:27:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 17, 2017 | by Stephan Moss
    Swedish scientists have found that flatulent shellfish are creating vast amounts of greenhouse gases, leading to a predictable slew of comments about farting cockles and clams. But beneath the schoolboy humour, there is a serious point. The two gases in question – methane and nitrous oxide – are potent agents of climate change, with a warming potential 28 and 265 times greater than carbon dioxide respectively. Scientists studying the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden have found that shellfish are producing one-tenth of all the greenhouses gases released there – the equivalent to the amount produced by 20,000 cattle....
  • Pope urges world to tackle migration crisis with 'love'

    10/16/2017 7:06:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 16 October 2017 14:23 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world. In a speech to the global body’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Francis said love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and threw his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration. “Is it too much to ask to think of inserting the concept of love into the...
  • Marin Voice: Toll road is the only practical solution for Highway 37

    10/15/2017 4:16:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Marin Independent Journal ^ | September 24, 2017 | Jerry Meral
    Highway 37 began life as a private toll road, and was later converted to a state highway. But climate change and sea-level rise will doom the road unless something is done. For the short term, the ridiculous two-lane section between Sears Point and Vallejo needs to be widened to match the rest of the road, which is four lanes. Wetlands surrounding the road also need to be restored. It would be reasonable to use some toll money for wetlands restoration, in part to mitigate the effects of construction. Even with the new funding approved by the Legislature by raising the...
  • Trump Ends Obama-era War on Coal; Scraps Clean Power Plan

    10/14/2017 12:15:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Associatoin of Mature American Citizens ^ | October 13, 2017 | John Grimaldi
    WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 13 – “The ‘climate changers’ came out in full force when the EPA announced earlier this week that it was ending the Obama-era war on coal by scrapping Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan. But, America has the world’s largest reserves of coal—an asset that should not be dismissed out of hand for a variety of reasons, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].Weber says that extreme restrictions on the use of coal to generate electricity “acted like a national energy tax. They minimized the positive impact of our lowest cost and...
  • The Obama EPA’s Crooked Prosecutors

    10/14/2017 6:18:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen – at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is...
  • Now even climate-change believers count as ‘deniers’

    10/13/2017 9:47:49 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 12, 2017 | Bjorn Lomborg
    Al Gore recently had a telling altercation with a journalist. The Spectator’s Ross Clark wanted to ask him about Miami sea-level rises suggested in the new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel.” The reporter started to explain that he had consulted Florida International University sea-level-rise expert Shimon Wdowinski. Gore’s response: “Never heard of him — is he a denier?” Then he asked the journalist, “Are you a denier?” When Clark responded that he was sure climate change is a problem but didn’t know how big, Gore declared, “You are a denier.” I was recently on the receiving end of a similar rebuff...
  • Structural decomposition of decadal climate prediction errors

    10/13/2017 7:07:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | October 13, 2017
    Climatologists and statisticians of Ca' Foscari University of Venice have elaborated a method to accurately estimate systematic errors affecting decadal climate predictions. The proposed method promises great progress toward the achievement of reliable near-term climate forecasts. The numerical models currently employed in decadal climate prediction systems are affected by severe systematic errors (or biases) in key regions of the ocean and atmosphere, due to their imperfect representation of fundamental physical processes. Because of these biases, the simulated mean state of the climate can be significantly different from the observed one over large regions. As in the case of weather forecast,...
  • How climate change is "turning up the dial" on California wildfires

    10/13/2017 6:59:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | October 13, 2017 | By STEFAN BECKET
    The deadly wildfires ravaging northern California have destroyed more than 3,500 homes and businesses, leveling entire neighborhoods and forcing thousands of residents to flee the flames. Experts say fires like those burning up California wine country will be more frequent, more intense and last longer as global temperatures rise. While no single fire can be said to have been caused by climate change, variations in temperature and precipitation are already affecting the complex dynamics that determine how wildfires develop and spread. California Gov. Jerry Brown laid the blame squarely at the feet of climate change on Wednesday. "With a warming...
  • Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season

    10/13/2017 6:17:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 13, 2017
    All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in their east Antarctic colony, in a breeding season described as "catastrophic" by experts. It was caused by unusually high amounts of ice late in the season, meaning adults had to travel further for food. It is the second bad season in five years after no chicks survived in 2015.
  • Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica

    10/13/2017 6:03:19 AM PDT · by AU72 · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 13, 2017 | AFP Relax News
    Mass starvation has wiped out thousands of penguin chicks in Antarctica, with unusually thick sea ice forcing their parents to forage further for food in what conservationists Friday called a "catastrophic breeding failure".They attributed the disaster to extensive sea ice late in the summer, meaning the adult penguins had to travel further to find food, with the chicks dying as they waited.
  • Yellowstone supervolcano could blow faster than thought, destroy all of mankind

    10/12/2017 1:32:37 PM PDT · by Sopater · 123 replies
    foxnews ^ | 10/12/2017
    Arizona State University researchers have analyzed minerals around the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park and have come to a startling conclusion. It could blow much faster than previously expected, potentially wiping out life as we know it.
  • How climate change is affecting travel — and what you can do about it

    10/12/2017 11:01:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2017 | By Christopher Elliott
    When Kimberly Button drove her RV to Glacier National Park in Montana this summer, she expected relief from her muggy home town of Orlando. “We assumed that we’d have mild temperatures,” she says. “We couldn’t have been more wrong.” Instead, the Rocky Mountains baked in mid-90-degree temperatures. Button’s family camper, which didn’t have air conditioning, felt like a sweatbox. “We were looking at each other,” Button says, “and saying, “How is it this hot in Glacier National Park?” Earlier this year, Jessica Pociask, an ecologist and the founder of Wank Expeditions, a tour operator, had to cancel a tour to...
  • Climate Change And The Criminal Justice System, The cruel torture of the climate.

    10/12/2017 10:37:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Above The Law ^ | October 12, 2017 | By MATT KAISER
    One of the worse effects of sentencing someone to prison time is what it does to that person’s health. Which is why anyone on the cusp of a term of imprisonment is really much, much better off seeing a dentist and a doctor before they go in. Another problem that anyone who has spent any time in a jail or prison knows — even in a lawyer visiting room — is that prisons underspend on HVAC systems, if they spend at all. In the summer, jails and prisons are sweltering. In the winter, people in federal prisons often have to...
  • Fall Army Worm Arrives in Africa on the Heels of Climate Change

    10/12/2017 10:29:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Sierra Club.org ^ | October 12, 2017 | BY WENDY BECKTOLD
    A rapidly spreading invasive pest now threatens crops across the continent. The fall armyworm is closely related to the African armyworm, which is native to the continent. Both pests feed not just on corn, but also on other cereal crops like rice, sorghum, and wheat. Kenneth Wilson of Lancaster University has studied the African armyworm for 25 years and is now part of a working group with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization that is examining how to deal with the newly arrived pest. The fall armyworm comes at a time when farmers throughout rural Africa are grappling with...
  • UK climate change masterplan – the grownups have finally won

    10/12/2017 10:10:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 78 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 12, 2017 | by Damian Carrington, Environment editor
    The grownups have finally won and everyone in the UK, from those in cold homes to those on polluted streets and in flooded towns, will benefit. The most important aspect of the UK government’s new clean growth strategy is its unequivocal statement that tackling climate change and a prosperous economy are one and the same thing. There is no long-term, high-carbon economic strategy because the impacts of unchecked climate change destroy economies, as Lord Nicholas Stern puts it. But the Conservative party has long been swinging between the green dream and fossil-fuelled fantasies. Recent years have seen one green policy...
  • The climate-change fire alarm from Northern California

    10/12/2017 10:04:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 12, 2017 | by The Times Editorial Board
    Big deadly fires are nothing new to California, particularly during fire season when the Santa Ana or Diablo winds blow hot and dry, making tinder out of trees and bushes that have been baking all summer long. But the firestorm now raging through Northern California isn’t the typical wildfire. We don’t yet know what started the fires in Northern California, but we have a good idea of what made them so destructive. Authorities blame a combination of factors. Burning fossil fuels is not the only human activity that contributes to the destruction wrought by wildfires and hurricanes. So does the...
  • Gov. Brown: Climate Change Contributes To Catastrophic California Wildfires

    10/12/2017 8:48:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 71 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 10/11/17
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — California Gov. Jerry Brown warns that catastrophic wildfires will keep ripping through the state as the climate warms. **SNIP** He said a warming climate has contributed to catastrophic wildfires. “That’s the way it is with a warming climate, dry weather and reducing moisture.” said Brown. “These kind of catastrophes have happened and they’ll continue to happen, and we have to be prepared to do everything we can to mitigate.” The governor has positioned himself as a leader in the fight against climate change.