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  • After Brennan, 9 others face losing security clearances, too

    08/15/2018 5:28:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/15/18
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday acted on a threat and revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had retained his security clearance, as is custom, but had also become an increasingly sharp critic of Trump’s. Trump says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr. Some have been publicly critical of the president, while others are linked to special counsel Robert...
  • Climate change likely to cause more sewage leaks, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna warns

    08/15/2018 7:24:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 15, 2018 | By MIA RABSON - The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA - More than one hundred municipal wastewater systems did not report how much raw sewage overflowed from their pipes in 2017 but Environment Canada is only investigating two of them for violating federal regulations. Data provided to The Canadian Press recently showed over one trillion litres of raw sewage leaked into Canadian waterways between 2013 and 2017, including 215 billion litres in 2017 alone - a 10 per cent increase over 2013. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the government isn’t specifically looking at ways to improve reporting rates of municipalities but, if there is more to do, the federal...
  • Humans are pushing the Earth closer to a climate cliff

    08/15/2018 7:11:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 15, 2018 | by Jon Abraham
    A new paper, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received a lot of media attention. The attention is justified because the paper paints a very grim picture of the climate and what humans may be doing to it. There are many really important insights from this paper. The authors wanted to know how feedbacks in the Earth’s climate will play a role in shaping the climate in the future. By feedbacks, we mean a change in one part of the climate that then causes another change, which in turn may cause another change, and...
  • Could Climate Change Destroy the Bloody Mary?

    08/15/2018 6:50:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    New York Magazine (Grub Street) ^ | August 15, 2018 | By Clint Rainey
    At this point, we’ve all just made peace with the idea that climate change will devastate the Earth, right? As far as food is concerned, it is now easy to imagine a world without coffee, wine, bananas, avocados, chocolate, crops whose mere presence in the world’s food supply is threatened by a warming planet. But some climate-change experts stress the fact that complete extinction is less of a threat than the ways smaller adjustments will affect our food chain. “The unpredictable ways in which our food system takes up shocks and stressors is the really compelling story here and it...
  • Global Warming's Effect on Car Development

    08/15/2018 6:43:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Road and Track ^ | August 14, 2018 | BY MÁTÉ PETRÁNY
    Finland's Test World is the only place on the planet where carmakers can find perfect ice and snow tracks in the middle of summer. Every car component needs to operate flawlessly between -30ºF and 130ºF, and manufacturers go to great lengths to meet that requirement. But finding real cold in a controlled environment is not getting any easier, spawning a technological battle between frosty territories all across the planet. Due to a seemingly never-ending heatwave, fish are boiling alive in Germany's waters, Cyanobacteria-levels are critical at Polish beaches, while the ice on Sweden's highest peak, the Kebnekaise, has started to...
  • The next five years will be ‘anomalously warm,’ scientists predict

    08/15/2018 6:27:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2018 | By Chris Mooney
    The past four years have been the four warmest ever recorded - and now, according to a new scientific forecast, the next five will also probably be “anomalously warm,” even beyond what the steady increase in global warming would produce on its own. That could include another record warmest year, even warmer than the current record year of 2016. “What we found is that for the next five years or so, there is a high likelihood of an anomalously warm climate compared to anomalously cold,” said Florian Sevellec, a scientist at France’s National Center for Scientific Research. The study mines...
  • How can we address the effects of climate change on communities of color?

    08/14/2018 7:02:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | August 13, 2018 | BY ALEX HARRIS
    Climate change is a massive, complex, globe-spanning issue that affects every facet of our lives. And like most problems at its scale, it’s bound to affect the poor and people of color most significantly. How can we address that in South Florida? This week, the issues are the environment and climate change, vital topics for residents who live at “ground zero” for sea-rise threats. The most at-risk population are poor people. They have the least amount of resources to escape the effects of climate change, by buying products or services to make weathering the changes easier. There is also increasing...
  • Unexpected effects of climate change: worse food safety, more car wrecks

    08/14/2018 6:39:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | August 13, 2018 | By Susan Scutti
    On excessively hot days, there are more likely to be fatal car accidents and food safety problems, and police officers and government food inspectors tend to do less of their duties, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The MIT scientists, who analyzed data from across the United States, suggest that if the climate continues to change, by 2050 -- and in another 50 or so years beyond that -- our world may be less safe than it is today. "The crux of the idea -- which is that weather affects how...
  • UCP under fire after nomination candidate called climate change a ‘hoax’ on social media

    08/10/2018 9:07:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | August 9, 2018 | By EMMA MCINTOSH
    CALGARY - The United Conservative Party is under fire after a Calgary nomination candidate cast doubt on the legitimacy of climate change in several social media posts. Randy Kerr, who is vying for the UCP nomination to run in the provincial riding of Calgary-Beddington, is a former campaign manager for party leader Jason Kenney. Some of his posts linked to a website with connections to Breitbart News, the far-right U.S. media outlet, which is associated with the so-called alt-right and has been accused of being sympathetic to white nationalism. “My first reaction to that is, so what,” said Kerr, when...
  • Opinion: As panic about climate change sets in, I’m thinking about escape – to Canada

    08/10/2018 8:51:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 9, 2018 | by Emma Brockes
    The New York Times has devoted an entire edition of its magazine, some 30,000 words, to a terrifying piece about climate change. With 2C warming – an unlikely best-case scenario at this point, scientists were quoted as saying – the planet faces “long-term disaster”. I was having lunch with friends in Brooklyn on Sunday, in a low-lying area that will be under water when all of this comes to pass and, political analysis aside, all we could focus on was: what on earth are we going to do? More specifically, how to ensure the survival of our children, and should...
  • At 'America First Energy Conference', solar power is dumb, climate change is fake

    08/09/2018 12:40:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 9, 2018 | by Collin Eaton
    NEW ORLEANS - Pumping carbon dioxide into the air makes the planet greener; the United Nations puts out fake science about climate change to control the global energy market; and wind and solar energy are simply “dumb”. These are among the messages that flowed from the America First Energy Conference in New Orleans this week, hosted by some of the country’s most vocal climate change doubters - and attended by a handful of Trump administration officials. The day-long conference reflected the political rise of global warming skeptics in Donald Trump’s America that is occurring despite mounting scientific evidence – including...
  • Limiting Climate Change’s Temperature Warming by Just Half a Degree Could Help With Extreme Weather

    08/09/2018 10:48:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 9, 2018 | By Abbey Interrante
    To curb the effects of climate change, the Paris Agreement calls for limiting the rising temperature only 2 degrees Celsius, but a new study recommends even less. Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences studied how the weather may change if humans are able to limit climate change. The study found that by changing the goal from 2 degrees to 1.5 degrees Celsius could prevent extreme precipitation events, such as abnormally high rain or snow that can lead to severe flooding, landslides and debris flows. "As the climate warms, both the mean state and the variability of extreme precipitation are...
  • The Message of a Scorching 2018: We’re Not Prepared for Global Warming

    08/09/2018 10:36:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 9, 2018 | By Somini Sengupta
    This summer of fire and swelter looks a lot like the future that scientists have been warning about in the era of climate change, and it’s revealing in real time how unprepared much of the world remains for life on a hotter planet. The disruptions to everyday life have been far-reaching and devastating. In California, firefighters are racing to control what has become the largest fire in state history. Harvests of staple grains like wheat and corn are expected to dip this year, in some cases sharply, in countries as different as Sweden and El Salvador. In Europe, nuclear power...
  • We won’t stop California’s wildfires if we don’t talk about climate change

    08/09/2018 10:31:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 9, 2018 | The Editorial Board
    CALIFORNIA, THE nation’s most populous state and the world’s fifth-largest economy, is on fire. In a state already known for monster conflagrations, the past month has been unusually destructive. The Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco is now officially the largest in California’s history, having burned an area about the size of Los Angeles, and it is just one of the major blazes the state has had to face since last October. As much as the president might prefer to point fingers elsewhere, it is impossible to talk about California’s blazes without considering the role of climate change. Four...
  • Opinion: Trump's giveaway to Big Oil will accelerate climate change

    08/08/2018 11:46:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | August 8, 2018 | By Leah C. Stokes
    Rather than saving people money in gas costs, cleaning up the air, or dealing with the climate crisis, the Trump administration announced its plan to roll back automobile fuel efficiency standards -- proposing to freeze the policy in a few short years. Since cars and trucks are the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, the existing regulations are crucial in the effort to stop the climate crisis. Limiting pollution for cars is also important for human health, because dirty air from cars is bad for all of us. We know the public will lose from this rollback....
  • Tornadoes on the East Coast May Be a Sign of Things to Come

    08/08/2018 11:39:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 8, 2018 | By Kendra Pierre-Louis
    A tornado, albeit a weak one, touched down in New York City last Thursday, in the College Point neighborhood of Queens. A few days earlier, a stronger tornado was spotted near the town of Douglas, in central Massachusetts. The storms were far from the region in the middle of the country known as Tornado Alley, where the bulk of the nation’s tornadoes occur. In a summer already marked by simmering heat that researchers have linked to global warming, is climate change also making tornadoes more common in places where they once were infrequent? Though individual weather events are distinct from...
  • Opinion: Want to Fight Climate Change? Look in Your Fridge

    08/08/2018 11:30:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 8, 2018 | Karolina Skog , Minister for the Environment in Sweden
    Though few realize it, the contents of your refrigerator can have a greater impact on climate change than the car in your garage or the fuel that heats and powers your home. That’s why Nordic nations like mine have set out to prove that the simple act of eating may be our best tool in the fight against climate change, as well as other great global crises like public health and inequality. Globally, food systems account for some 20-30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. So let’s turn our attention to the dinner table, to the school cafeteria, and to the...
  • Blocking sunlight to cool Earth won’t reduce crop damage from global warming

    08/08/2018 11:19:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    University of California - Berkeley ^ | August 8, 2018 | By Robert Sanders, Media Relations
    Injecting particles into the atmosphere to cool the planet and counter the warming effects of climate change would do nothing to offset the crop damage from rising global temperatures, according to a new analysis by University of California, Berkeley, researchers. By analyzing the past effects of Earth-cooling volcanic eruptions, and the response of crops to changes in sunlight, the team concluded that any improvements in yield from cooler temperatures would be negated by lower productivity due to reduced sunlight. The findings have important implications for our understanding of solar geoengineering, one proposed method for helping humanity manage the impacts of...
  • CNN: Our climate plans are in pieces as killer summer shreds records

    08/07/2018 12:10:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | August 7, 2018 | By Angela Dewan
    Deadly fires have scorched swaths of the Northern Hemisphere this summer, from California to Arctic Sweden and down to Greece on the sunny Mediterranean. Drought in Europe has turned verdant land barren, while people in Japan and Korea are dying from record-breaking heat. Climate change is here and is affecting the entire globe -- not just the polar bears or tiny islands vulnerable to rising sea levels -- scientists say. It is on the doorsteps of everyday Americans, Europeans and Asians, and the best evidence shows it will get much worse. Remarkably, scientists can now work out in just a...
  • Caribbean Islands Want Donald Trump to Address Climate Change Before They Disappear

    08/07/2018 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 7, 2018 | By Cristina Maza
    Leaders from Caribbean islands are urging President Donald Trump to take climate change seriously before they disappear due to extreme weather conditions, according to reports. Hurricane season poses an existential threat to the islands as increased rainfall caused by climate change makes hurricanes stronger, experts say. Recently, leaders from the Caribbean began urging Trump to understand the gravity of global warming. “In 2017, we saw some of the most devastating and destructive hurricanes we’ve seen in our history,” Selwin Hart, Barbados’ ambassador to the U.S. told The Guardian. “This needs to be recognized.... This isn’t some scientific debate, it’s a...