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  • When Turned Into Music, Climate Change Sounds Alarmingly Beautiful

    12/17/2018 1:21:04 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    KCTS 9 - PBS Local ^ | December 17, 2018 | by Sarah Hoffman
    While doing field work in the Arctic, University of Washington doctoral candidate Judy Twedt could see the impact of sea level rise, carbon emissions and rapidly disappearing sea ice firsthand. But communicating the urgency of that data to people outside the bubble of the scientific world remained a struggle. She found the answer in music. Twedt sonifies climate data — basically, she makes iconic or meaningful data sets audible by translating each data point into a note. When CO2 rises on a graph curve, the notes react by becoming high and screechy. As sea ice disappears, one hand replicates the...
  • Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about

    12/17/2018 1:10:07 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | December 17, 2018 | By Lucy Rodgers
    Concrete is the most widely used man-made material in existence. It is second only to water as the most-consumed resource on the planet. But, while cement - the key ingredient in concrete - has shaped much of our built environment, it also has a massive carbon footprint. Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to think tank Chatham House. If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest emitter in the world - behind China and the US. It contributes more CO2 than aviation fuel (2.5%) and is...
  • Image is Everything at Climate Change Teach-In

    12/17/2018 1:01:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    UMass - Lowell ^ | December 17, 2018 | By Ed Brennen
    For all the charts and graphs that scientists use to sound the alarm on climate change, nothing gets people’s attention quite like videos of massive glaciers collapsing into the sea or images of raging wildfires consuming drought-ridden landscapes. “We know we need science to understand these problems, but we also know that science is not enough to reach people in that visceral way,” says Assoc. Prof. of Environmental Science Juliette Rooney-Varga, director of the university’s Climate Change Initiative. “And we also know from the social science research that it’s that visceral reaction that spurs action.” So this year’s David Lustick...
  • Climate change activists vow to step up protests around world

    12/17/2018 12:55:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 17, 2018 | by Damian Carrington
    Civil society groups have pledged growing international protests to drive rapid action on global warming after the UN climate summit in Poland. The summit agreed rules for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement, which aims to keep global warming as close to 1.5C as possible, but it made little progress in increasing governments’ commitments to cut emissions. The world remains on track for 3C of warming, which scientists says will bring catastrophic extreme weather. May Boeve, the executive director of the 350.org climate change campaign group, said: “Hope now rests on the shoulders of the many people who are rising to...
  • Follow the (climate change) money

    12/16/2018 4:14:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/16/18 | Stephen Moore
    **SNIP** How big is the Climate Change Industrial Complex today? Surprisingly, no one seems to be keeping track of all the channels of funding. A few years ago Forbes magazine went through the federal budget and estimated about $150 billion in spending on climate change and green energy subsidies during President Obama’s first term. That didn’t include the tax subsidies that provide a 30 percent tax credit for wind and solar power —so add to those numbers about $8 billion to $10 billion a year. Then add billions more in costs attributable to the 29 states with renewable energy mandates...
  • More Than 300 Local Officials From 40 States Call For Green New Deal, End Of Fossil Fuels

    12/16/2018 1:49:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/15/18 | Alexander C. Kaufman
    In a little over a month, the so-called Green New Deal has won endorsements from more than three dozen sitting or incoming federal lawmakers as Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) makes a high-profile bid to shift debate over climate change toward policy on the scale of the crisis. On Friday, the effort got a boost from 311 state and local officials. Forty-four mayors, 63 county and state legislators and 116 city council members were among the officials from 40 states ― including some top oil and gas producers ― who signed an open letter issuing a sweeping, full-throated call for the...
  • Obamacare ruling poses new problems for GOP

    12/16/2018 7:37:33 AM PST · by Mariner · 38 replies
    AP via Washington Times ^ | December 16th, 2018 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people. While the decision by the Republican-appointed judge in Texas was sweeping, it has little immediate practical impact because the Affordable Care Act remains in place while the legal battle continues, possibly to the Supreme Court. HealthCare.gov , the government’s site for signing up, was taking applications Saturday, the deadline in most...
  • Special Report: Scientists Expose The Truth Behind the Plastic ‘Crisis’ (trunc)

    12/15/2018 6:22:04 AM PST · by Twotone · 72 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | December 14, 2018 | Marc Morano
    “One Word: Plastics.” Yes, just 51 years after the 1967 film “The Graduate”, “plastics” just may be the future of environmental scares, eclipsing the man-made climate scare. But this “plastics crisis” attempts to make people “feel guilty and worried about a ‘crisis’ which isn’t actually real,” according to a blockbuster new report by a team of international scientists. There is evidence that some climate activists are seeking to elevate the plastic ‘crisis’ above the climate ‘crisis.’ Former Vice President Al Gore’s producer of his 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth,” — Hollywood eco-activist Laurie David — has been test-marketing the plastic...
  • Yellow vests shutdown Tower Bridge as protest rages on (UK Brexit)

    12/14/2018 12:05:01 PM PST · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 12/14/2018 | Jamie Micklethwaite
    THE yellow vest protests which caused havoc in Paris have hit the UK with London Bridge at a complete standstill. The group of yellow vest protesters, believed to be pro-Brexit, completely blocked Westminster Bridge. The group have now moved down the river and blocked traffic at Tower Bridge, causing havoc in the capital. They are seen on Facebook Live chanting: "What do we want? Brexit. "When do we want it? Now?"
  • Where's the money? China accuses rich nations of 'backsliding' on climate change aid pledges

    12/14/2018 10:04:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    National Post ^ | December 14, 2018 | by Jeremy Hodges
    China accused some of the richest nations in the world of “backsliding” on pledges to clean up pollution and provide $100 billion a year in climate-related aid by 2020. The comments at a United Nations conference on global warming in Poland spearheaded a push by a group of the 49 Least Developed Countries for clarity on when those promises will be fulfilled. Industrial nations remain about $30 billion short of their pledge to ramp-up climate-related aid to $100 billion a year by 2020. Developing nations are resisting measures that would ensure transparency in the way greenhouse gas emissions cuts are...
  • John Kerry: Forget Trump. We All Must Act on Climate Change.

    12/13/2018 9:35:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 13, 2018 | by John F. Kerry
    This week is the third anniversary of the Paris climate agreement. The Trump administration marked it by working with Russia and Gulf oil nations to sideline science and undermine the accord at climate talks underway in Katowice, Poland. While I was in New Delhi this week, where I met with solar energy advocates, a comment made thousands of miles away by the journalist Bob Woodward almost jumped off my iPad: The president, he said, “makes decisions often without a factual basis.” This isn’t a mere personality quirk of the leader of the free world. It is profoundly dangerous for the...
  • Sorry Santa - Climate Change Is Killing Reindeer

    12/13/2018 9:32:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Fortune ^ | December 12, 2018 | by Chris Morris
    Dancer, Dasher, Comet, and Vixen are getting pretty lonely these days. A new report on climate change finds the number of wild reindeer in the Arctic has dropped a startling 56% in the past two decades. The study, compiled by the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and released at an American Geophysical Research Union meeting, found the population has dropped to roughly 2.1 million from 5 million, with some herds shrinking more than 90%. Reindeer, referred to as caribou in some areas, are affected by higher temperatures, resulting in changes in vegetation and drought in some areas, according to...
  • Global warming should be called global heating, says key scientist

    12/13/2018 9:28:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 13, 2018 | by Jonathan Watts
    “Global heating” is a more accurate term than “global warming” to describe the changes taking place to the world’s climate, according to a key scientist at the UK Met Office. Prof Richard Betts, who leads the climate research arm of Britain’s meteorological monitoring organisation, made the comments amid growing evidence that rising temperatures have passed the comfort zone and are now bringing increased threats to humanity. “Global heating is technically more correct because we are talking about changes in the energy balance of the planet,” the scientist said at the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland. “We should be talking...
  • More Floods and More Droughts: Climate Change Delivers Both

    12/12/2018 1:45:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 12, 2018 | By John Schwartz
    More records for both wet and dry weather are being set around the globe, often with disastrous consequences for the people facing such extremes, according to a study published Wednesday that offered new evidence of climate change’s impacts in the here and now. Extreme rainfall, and the extreme lack of it, affects untold numbers of people, taxing economies, disrupting food production, creating unrest and prompting migrations. So, factors that push regions of the world to exceptional levels of flooding and drought can shape the fate of nations. “Climate change will likely continue to alter the occurrence of record-breaking wet and...
  • Climate change talks result in renewed pledge to cut emissions

    12/12/2018 1:41:43 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 12, 2018 | by Fiona Harvey, Ben Doherty and Jonathan Watts
    The EU and scores of developing countries have pledged to toughen their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5C rise in global warming. The promise, which follows increasingly dire scientific warnings, was the most positive message yet to come from the ongoing talks in Poland. The announcement came at the end of a day in which the UN secretary general made an impassioned intervention to rescue the talks, which have been distracted by US, Russian and Saudi moves to downgrade scientific advice. The former US vice-president Al Gore told delegates they...
  • U.N. calls on countries to urgently act to stop global warming

    12/12/2018 1:34:54 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 12, 2018 | by AP
    The head of the United Nations’ top science panel on climate change said Tuesday that the world needs to “do more and faster” to prevent global warming on a scale that would cause irreversible environmental damage and hit poor societies hard. Hoesung Lee, who chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told diplomats at the U.N. climate summit in Poland that scientists had reviewed data for their recent report on the impact of average global temperature increases. “The report shows that not just action, but urgent action is needed,” Lee said. His comments come as national leaders and ministers...
  • Sports world must join climate change crusade, says IOC

    12/11/2018 11:17:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Eyewitness News ^ | December 11, 2018 | by AFP
    <p>KATOWICE/POLAND - The world of sports must join the effort to tame global warming, and the International Olympic Committee intends to lead the way, it said on Tuesday at UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland.</p> <p>At the 195-nation negotiations, the IOC and UN launched an initiative aimed to line up verifiable commitments from sports federations and clubs to cut carbon pollution in line with the Paris Agreement.</p>
  • Ocasio-Cortez understands the promise of a 'Green New Deal'

    12/11/2018 11:12:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/11/18 | Michelle Romero, Van Jones
    (CNN) Right-wing media outlets seem to be waging a coordinated campaign to portray US Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a dimwit radical. Their efforts will backfire. She is in fact championing the smartest, most practical idea in US politics to address two urgent problems: climate change and poverty. Ocasio-Cortez, along with a growing number of Democratic colleagues, is asking Rep. Nancy Pelosi to create a select committee on a "Green New Deal" -- comprehensive legislation for a mass mobilization of people and resources toward solutions to the climate crisis. If Pelosi agrees, the congressional committee could develop a plan to improve...
  • On World Mountain Day, looking at climate change adaptation in the world's most majestic ranges (tr)

    12/11/2018 11:11:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    UN Environment ^ | December 11, 2018 | by United Nations
    Nairobi – Mountain regions occupy about one-quarter of the earth’s land surface and are home to 15% of the world’s population. Their influence extends far beyond their ranges: they provide goods and services, most notably water, to over half the global population – making them not only crucial for people living in mountains, but also for those living downstream. But while the world is becoming increasingly aware of the impact of climate change on different ecosystems, current policies offer a very limited focus on the importance of climate change adaptation in mountainous regions. Mountain societies are experiencing a disproportionately high...
  • US, Saudi, Russia 'insulted' key global warming report: Al Gore

    12/11/2018 11:00:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    France24 ^ | December 11, 2018 | by AFP
    Former US vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore on Tuesday slammed the world's top oil producers -- his own country, Saudi Arabia and Russia -- for "insulting" a key and alarming report on climate change. A bloc of 44 small island nations -- many facing an existential threat from storm surges engorged by rising seas -- had called on the UN climate body to "welcome" a UN report on limiting global warming. But the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia blocked the critical word change in the negotiating text of the COP24 summit in Poland. The text...