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  • It's Still Snowing in Eastern Canada and More Snow Is Possible...

    05/25/2018 7:18:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Weather.com ^ | 5/24/18 | Linda Lam
    Yes, it's late May and it's still snowing in eastern Canada and more snow may fall this weekend in both Canada and the U.S. An unusual out-of-season snowfall resulted in some unbelievable pictures in Newfoundland and New Brunswick this week. Although snow in May does happen here, this is a rare snowfall so late in May....
  • Climate change has left some weasels with mismatched camouflage

    05/25/2018 6:27:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Conversation - UK ^ | May 24, 2018 | by Jan Hoole, Lecturer in Biology, Keele University
    ... A new study published in Nature Scientific Reports suggests that there is a strong relationship between the quantity and duration of snow in a forest in Poland during the winter and the number of weasels wearing white the following winter. Clearly this is not a fashion decision on the part of the local weasel population. The scientists behind the study looked at two subspecies of the rather charmingly named “least weasel”, Mustela nivalis nivalis, which does change its colour in the winter, and Mustela nivalis vulgaris, which does not. When there is deep snow, weasels of both colours tend...
  • Rebooting food: Finding new ways to feed the future

    05/24/2018 1:16:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2018 | Thin Lei Win
    VIENNA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Banana trees that fit in a test tube. Burgers made without a cow in sight. Fish farmed in the desert. Robots picking fruit. Welcome to the brave new world of food, where scientists are battling a global time-bomb of climate change, water scarcity, population growth and soaring obesity rates to find new ways to feed the future. With one in nine people already short of enough food to lead a healthy, active life, supporters pushing for a Second Green Revolution argue without major changes hunger will become one of the biggest threats to national security...
  • Prelude to a Long Holiday Weekend

    05/24/2018 5:48:18 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 5-24-18 | MOTUS
    I have a few unrelated thoughts ahead of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend which for many will start tomorrow. 1. Having a child makes you a parent for the rest of your life, but that doesn’t mean you need provide room and board to said child for the rest of your life. “The Children Are Our Future” was not intended as a threat.2.  “Scientists” have now declared that if you drink just one additional glass of wine per week over and above what they’ve determined to be good for you, you will shorten your life by 30 minutes. Pretty precise...
  • Climate change could be driving antibiotic resistance across the US

    05/23/2018 11:32:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 23, 2018 | By Mollie Cahillane
    Climate change is wreaking havoc across the globe - melting ice caps, causing dangerous weather and decimating animal populations. New research has found that it could also be increasing antibiotic resistance in bacteria. A team of epidemiologists from Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Toronto have found that higher local temperatures and population densities correspond with a higher degree of antibiotic resistance in common bacterial strains. Previously, increase in resistance to common bacteria was thought to come from over-prescribing antibiotics. 'The effects of climate are increasingly being recognized in a variety of infectious diseases, but so...
  • Editorial: Climate change lessons - town by town

    05/23/2018 11:21:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 23, 2018 | Editorial Board
    Last week, a congressman from Alabama who serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology suggested in a public hearing that sea level rise may be caused by erosion - a possibility experts rate somewhere between absurd and laughable. But it’s hardly surprising. The willingness of climate change skeptics to grasp onto any alternative other than a warming planet fueled by greenhouse gas emissions (along with melting ice and oceans expanding as they warm) is commonly observed. Closer to home, the Chesapeake Bay is surrounded by towns and villages where the politically conservative residents refuse to accept scientific...
  • Earth's Shifting Crust Linked to Climate Change, Scientists Propose

    05/23/2018 11:12:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    EcoWatch ^ | May 23, 2018 | By Tim Radford
    Movements of the earth's crust may mean that global warming driven by greenhouse gases from power stations and vehicle exhausts isn't the only threat to life the world faces. About 700 million years ago, global temperatures fell so low that glaciers may have reached the equator. Snowball Earth may have all but extinguished life on the planet. But the only life at the time was microbial and dispersed in the oceans. The planet survived: volcanic eruptions may have darkened the ice and pumped more carbon dioxide and steam into the atmosphere, and the world warmed again. But, say two Texan...
  • Future Leaders Gain A Better Understanding Of Climate Change

    05/23/2018 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 22, 2018 | by Roger Trapp
    Corporate reports constantly talk about the importance to business of climate change. Yet this is not always reflected in the content of the business school courses supposedly preparing the future leaders of organizations. One institution that is trying to bridge the gap is CEMS, the global alliance of academic and corporate bodies dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of international business leaders. In fact, it has been doing it since 2009, when the University of St Gallen and ESADE in Barcelona first held a model United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to enable students to get to grips...
  • Op Ed: Public transit is key to tackling global warming

    05/23/2018 10:41:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Crain's New York Business ^ | May 23, 2018 | By John Samuelsen
    New York has a major opportunity to lead the nation in reducing emissions and to strike a blow against inequality by making significant and bold investments in public transit across the state. Transportation is now the top climate culprit in New York state, responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than power plants. While our state is ramping up investments in renewable energy, moving people cleanly and efficiently is absolutely critical too. We must address this need by expanding public transit in ways that will also create family-sustaining employment options, improved public health, safety and mobility. The climate crisis and the transportation...
  • Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

    05/23/2018 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 23, 2018 | by Damian Carrington
    Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. Most nations, representing 90% of global population, would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the research indicates. This includes almost all the world’s poorest countries, as well as the three biggest economies – the US, China and Japan – contradicting the claim of US president, Donald Trump, that climate action is too costly. The scientists used 40 global climate models...
  • Former EPA head Gina McCarthy knows why climate change activists aren’t getting their message across

    05/22/2018 12:48:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 22, 2018 | by Neil Swidey
    Now at Harvard, the Obama administration alum admits it’s been hard to watch the Trump administration take aim at the work she’s proudest of. But she hasn’t lost hope. GINA MCCARTHY STRIDES INTO the ocean-view ballroom at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, plops down her green backpack, and glances out the window. The waves are angrily advancing on this last night in April, which feels as dreary as mid-January. “The water seems way closer than it was the last time I was here,” she says. Maybe that’s because of climate change, the threat that McCarthy led the charge...
  • At UM commencement, Al Gore urges graduates 'to reclaim the integrity of American democracy'

    05/21/2018 7:14:18 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 21, 2018 | Scott Dance
    Speaking to 2018 graduates at the University of Maryland on Sunday, it wasn’t until 19 minutes into a 22-minute speech that former Vice President Al Gore mentioned President Donald Trump’s name. But his address nonetheless marked a commencement ceremony that pushed graduates to fight what both Gore and university President Wallace Loh described as challenges to American democracy. Gore, nowadays best known for his advocacy to fight global warming that earned him a Nobel Prize in 2007, urged the graduates to vote in large numbers in the coming years, suggesting that America’s “experiment” with the Trump administration should, like some...
  • Classifying frog calls for fighting climate change

    05/18/2018 7:27:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 18, 2018
    The sounds of amphibians are altered by the increase in ambient temperature, which, in addition to interfering with reproductive behaviour, serves as an indicator of global warming. Researchers at the University of Seville have used artificial intelligence to create an automatic classifier of the thousands of frog and toad sounds that can be recorded in a natural environment. One of the consequences of climate change is its impact on the physiological functions of animals, such as frogs and toads. Their mating calls, which play a crucial role in the sexual selection and reproduction of these amphibians, are also affected by...
  • Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn

    05/18/2018 7:23:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 17, 2018 | by Damian Carrington, Environment editor
    Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis. Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse would cause extremely far-reaching disruption to life on Earth, the scientists warn. Their research shows that, even with all the carbon cuts already pledged by nations so far, climate change would make almost half of insect habitat unsuitable by the end of the century, with pollinators like bees particularly affected. However, if climate change could be limited to a temperature rise of 1.5C - the very ambitious goal included...
  • Climate change is one of Australia's biggest national security risks

    05/18/2018 7:17:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 18, 2018 | by Rosie Perper
    Climate change poses a "current and existential national security risk" to Australia, according to a Senate inquiry report released Thursday. The report, compiled by the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade References Committee, reviewed the implications of climate change on Australia's national security and the insights are startling. Sherri Goodman, a climate security expert and a former deputy undersecretary of defense in the Clinton administration, told the committee that climate change poses a "direct threat to the national security of Australia," and also creates a "global existential risk." "We know that the storms that you've been experiencing in your part...
  • How the rich fuel climate change

    05/17/2018 8:44:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | May 17, 2018
    From private jets to overspending, the planet’s wealthiest may be contributing the most to its changing climate, an Oxford professor argues. Income inequality is one of the most significant challenges we face in the 21st Century. But one professor argues that it will have an adverse effect in a surprising way we may not yet have considered: the world’s wealthiest could be some of the biggest contributors to climate change. Danny Dorling, a geography professor at the University of Oxford, believes economic disparity - the gap between rich and poor - is extremely damaging for the environment. Listen to his...
  • What a 'Reproducibility Crisis' Committee Found When It Looked at Climate Science

    05/17/2018 8:31:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | May 17, 2018 | by Francie Diep
    The scientific community is working to make its predictions more accurate, but there's still a long way to go. As debate in Washington heats up over climate change and transparency in science, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine held a quiet meeting last week to discuss just how consistent the results are across climate studies. The verdict, for those who follow the science, wasn't too surprising. They are still seeing a wide range of results. "The spread has gotten tighter, but it hasn't gotten super tight," is how NASA climate researcher Gavin Schmidt puts it. Scientists have several...
  • Could reviving Woolly-Mammoth genes fight the effects of global warming?

    05/17/2018 8:21:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 17, 2018 | By Yasemin Saplakoglu
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Woolly mammoths have been extinct for more than 4,000 years, but with new gene-editing techniques, they could help mitigate the effects of a modern problem: climate change. Most of the hype so far has focused on bringing these shaggy beasts back to life using their permafrost-preserved DNA. But this time, scientists aren't aiming for a "Jurassic Park" scenario - they're not trying to bring back entire mammoths exactly as they were in the last ice age. Rather, they're hoping to mingle some of the mammoths' ancient genes with those of today's Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), to...
  • Don't Tell Anyone, But We Just Had Two Years Of Record-Breaking Global Cooling

    05/17/2018 6:00:22 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2018 | IBD Editorial Board
    Inconvenient Science: NASA data show that global temperatures dropped sharply over the past two years. Not that you'd know it, since that wasn't deemed news. Does that make NASA a global warming denier? Writing in Real Clear Markets, Aaron Brown looked at the official NASA global temperature data and noticed something surprising. From February 2016 to February 2018, "global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius." That, he notes, is the biggest two-year drop in the past century. "The 2016-2018 Big Chill," he writes, "was composed of two Little Chills, the biggest five month drop ever (February to June 2016)...
  • I Love Carbon Dioxide and You Should Too

    05/16/2018 7:32:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/16/2018 | Gregory Wrightstone
    The demonization of the “miracle molecule,” carbon dioxide, continued last week with the announcement that its concentration had reached 410 parts per million (ppm). Nearly all reporting of this noted that this was the highest level in 800,000 years and predicted a host of associated climate calamities. While the current concentration of this vital gas is about 40% higher than at the start of the Industrial Revolution, unreported is that Earth has been suffering from steadily decreasing and perilously low concentrations of CO2. Until the consumption of fossil fuels began liberating this important gas from ancient rocks , the Earth...