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  • Yes, global warming will be bad. But these scientists say it won’t reach the worst-case scenario

    01/17/2018 11:58:06 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2018 | By Chris Mooney
    Climate scientists on Wednesday suggested that they may be able to rule out some of the most dire scenarios of what would happen if greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere were to double. Unfortunately, the same scientists say the best-case scenarios are also probably unrealistic. How a doubling of atmospheric greenhouse gases would affect the climate is of tremendous importance, as humans are running out of time to avoid that outcome. With current atmospheric concentrations at 405 parts per million, as opposed to about 280 parts per million before the dawn of the industrial era, the planet is already about...
  • Scott Pruitt insincerely asked what's Earth's ideal temperature. Scientists answer

    01/17/2018 7:45:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 77 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 17, 2018 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    In an interview with Reuters last week, Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said, "The climate is changing. That’s not the debate. The debate is how do we know what the ideal surface temperature is in 2100?" Pruitt’s goal is to sow doubt on behalf of his oil industry allies in order to weaken and delay climate policies. Shifting the ‘debate’ toward ‘the ideal surface temperature’ achieves that goal by creating the perception that we don’t know what temperature we should aim for. It’s in line with recent ignorant tweet suggesting that “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that...
  • US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

    01/17/2018 7:36:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 17, 2018 | by Larry Elliott, Economic Editor
    The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community. In the run-up to the US president’s speech to its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, next week, the WEF avoided mentioning Trump by name but said “nation-state unilateralism” would make it harder to tackle global warming and ecological damage. The WEF’s global risks perception survey showed Trump’s arrival in the White House in 2017 had coincided with a marked increase in concern about...
  • 2018 could see wave of West Coast climate pollution pricing

    01/17/2018 7:32:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 17, 2018 | by Gregory Scruggs
    SEATTLE - If elected officials get their way, the entire West Coast of North America could be putting a price on pollution by the end of this year. As state legislature sessions opened this month, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee called for a carbon tax and Oregon legislators proposed a “cap and invest” system. Both policies are designed to make industrial emitters of carbon dioxide pay some of the costs of damage caused by growing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and to create incentives for them to reduce emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions are one of the major drivers...
  • Dear President Trump: Churchill would have been a climate leader

    01/16/2018 11:08:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2018 | By Sir Nicholas Soames
    There could be no starker illustration of the profound differences that exist between Washington and London -- despite alignment on many other issues -- than comments this week by our two leaders on climate change and the environment. For President Trump, the Paris Agreement is a bad deal that will close US businesses -- perhaps even has closed some already. Meanwhile, in London last week, Prime Minister Theresa May was launching the UK's 25-year Plan for Nature. Its flagship pledge is to "leave the environment in a better state than we found it". The evidence is entirely against the world...
  • Millions at Risk From Increased River Floods Triggered by Global Warming, Study Says

    01/16/2018 10:58:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | January 16, 2018 | by Pam Wright
    According to the study published last week in the journal Science Advances, researchers with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany used computer simulations to study changing regional rainfall patterns. They found that the United States, Indonesia, Central Europe and parts of India and Africa will be particularly susceptible to dangerous flooding in the decades to come. The researchers point out that the risk of river flooding will rise despite efforts to rein in climate change by curbing greenhouse emissions. They say the greenhouse gases already emitted in past decades have done irreversible harm. Should global warming exceed...
  • Now 'ice quakes' hit Wisconsin - deep booms heard as huge cracks open up in the frozen state

    01/15/2018 4:52:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/14/18
    Some strange booms have shaken residents in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. The series of explosion-like sounds rattled residents from Waupun, Campbellsport and elsewhere Tuesday and sent Fond du Lac County sheriff's deputies out looking for a cause. Geologists say the booms were likely a phenomenon commonly known as an ice quake.
  • Toronto police say scissor attack on a girl's hijab 'did not happen'

    01/15/2018 2:07:31 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 54 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1-15-18 | BBC News
    Canadian police say an alleged scissor attack on an 11-year-old girl's hijab never happened. The girl made headlines last week after she said a man came up to her and tried to cut her hijab off. Toronto police now say the incident, which they were treating as a hate crime, "did not happen". The investigation sparked a national outcry, including from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed his concern on Twitter. "After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen," the police said in a brief press release on...
  • Unchecked climate change is going to be stupendously expensive

    01/15/2018 7:38:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 92 replies
    The Week Magazine ^ | January 15, 2018 | by Ryan Cooper
    Climate change is first and foremost a threat to human society. That fact has been somewhat obscured in regular discourse, in favor of a false dichotomy portraying climate policy as an upper-middle-class noblesse oblige idea for anxious birders and other environmentalist types, and hardheaded economists who think building up yet more wealth is more important. In reality, one obvious way that threat to humanity is going to be expressed is through economic damage. In other words, unchecked climate change is going to be terrifically expensive. It drives home the fact that dawdling on climate policy, as Democrats did when they...
  • Study finds that global warming exacerbates refugee crises

    01/15/2018 7:31:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 15, 2018 | by John Abraham
    The refugee crisis – particularly in the Mediterranean area – has received large amounts of new attention in the past few years, with people fleeing from Syria and entering the European Union emblematic of the problem. There has been some research connecting this refugee problem with changes to the climate. In particular, the years preceding the Syrian refugee crisis were characterized by a severe drought that reduced farm output and led to economic and social strife there. Separating out the influences of climate change from general social instability may be impossible, because they are intimately linked. But we do know...
  • Is warming in the Arctic behind this year’s crazy winter weather?

    01/12/2018 12:29:16 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | January 12, 2018 | by Jennifer Francis, research professor at Rutgers University
    Damage from extreme weather events during 2017 racked up the biggest-ever bills for the U.S. Most of these events involved conditions that align intuitively with global warming: heat records, drought, wildfires, coastal flooding, hurricane damage and heavy rainfall. Paradoxical, though, are possible ties between climate change and the recent spate of frigid weeks in eastern North America. A very new and "hot topic" in climate change research is the notion that rapid warming and wholesale melting of the Arctic may be playing a role in causing persistent cold spells. It doesn't take a stretch of the imagination to suppose that...
  • Squatter Living In Trump Building Goes Public About Trump

    01/12/2018 10:14:51 AM PST · by gaggs · 42 replies
    This video blows the Trump is a racist talking point out of the water. A homeless woman has released a video stating that she is a “Squatter” living in Trump Tower for the past nine years. She claims that when Mr. Trump found out about her he said she could stay for free. He also makes sure that she gets three meals a day, and a delivery of fresh flowers once a week. Video link.
  • Climate Change Is Altering Lakes and Streams, Study Suggests

    01/12/2018 9:16:53 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11. 2018 | by Carl Zimmer
    To scientists who study lakes and rivers, it seems humans have embarked on a huge unplanned experiment. By burning fossil fuels, we have already raised the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 40 percent, and we’re on track to increase it by much more. Some of that gas may mix into the world’s inland waters, and recent studies hint that this may have profound effects on the species that live in them. “We’re monkeying with the very chemical foundation of these ecosystems,” said Emily H. Stanley, a limnologist (freshwater ecologist) at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. “But...
  • A bold bid for climate justice

    01/12/2018 9:08:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | January 11. 2018 | By Jeffrey Sachs
    Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 -- Harvey, Irma and Maria -- cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced climate change has greatly increased the frequency and intensity of such disasters This week, New York City showed bold leadership with decisive action for climate safety and justice. Big Oil bought the Republican Congress with massive campaign donations. Republican senators led the witless Donald Trump to pull out...
  • Climate Change in My Backyard

    01/12/2018 8:59:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11. 2018 | By LEAH C. STOKES
    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — On Tuesday morning, half an inch of water fell in nearby Montecito — half an inch in five minutes. Even in the best of conditions, this pace could cause flooding. But it wasn’t the best of conditions. Last month, we endured the largest wildfire in California history. We say the extreme rain caused this disaster. We say it was the fire. And we say that multiple years of drought didn’t help. But what caused the rain, the fire and the drought? There is a clear climate signature in the disaster in Santa Barbara. We know that...
  • Big Oil throws California’s climate change hypocrisy back in its face

    01/11/2018 2:20:38 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 11. 2018 | by Jake Novak
    Several California cities and counties are suing Big Oil for allegedly suppressing evidence of climate change dangers. But ExxonMobil's attorneys did some legwork and found something interesting in municipal bond offerings of many of the same cities and counties suing them. Those offerings include several examples of climate change threats being downplayed or even completely ignored. The Big Oil lawyers also note that: * San Francisco has twice made bond offerings for its Municipal Transportation Agency since 2014 that do not contain the words "global warming" or "climate change." * San Mateo County is suing the oil companies because it...
  • Warming set to breach Paris accord's toughest limit by mid century: draft

    01/11/2018 2:01:21 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 11. 2018 | By Alister Doyle
    OSLO - Global warming is on track to breach the toughest limit set in the Paris climate agreement by the middle of this century unless governments make unprecedented economic shifts from fossil fuels, a draft U.N. report said. The draft, of a report due for publication in October, said governments will also have to start sucking carbon dioxide from the air to achieve the ambition of limiting temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times. “There is very high risk that ... global warming will exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels,” the U.N. panel of experts wrote,...
  • Global warming puts millions at risk from river floods, study shows

    01/11/2018 9:26:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 11. 2018
    BERLIN - Global warming will increase the risk of river flooding over the coming decades, endangering millions more people around the world, according to a study published Thursday. Using computer simulations, researchers in Germany examined the impact of changing rainfall patterns by region and found that flood defenses will need to be improved particularly in the United States, parts of India and Africa, Indonesia and Central Europe. The number of people affected by the worst 10 percent of river flooding will double from 76 million to 156 million in Asia alone by 2040, said the authors at the Potsdam Institute...
  • U.S. cold snap was a freak of nature — not global warming — quick analysis finds

    01/11/2018 9:22:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | January 11. 2018 | By SETH BORENSTEIN
    Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn’t global warming but a freak of nature. Frigid weather like the two-week cold spell that began around Christmas is 15 times rarer than it was a century ago, according to a team of international scientists who does real-time analyses to see if extreme weather events are natural or more likely to happen because of climate change. The cold snap that gripped the East Coast and Midwest region was a rarity that bucks the warming trend, said researcher Claudia Tebaldi of...
  • The Only Force That Can Beat Climate Change Is the U.S. Army

    01/10/2018 10:31:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | January 9, 2018 | BY ANATOL LIEVEN
    The precise extent of human-induced climate change is unclear, but the basic science is unequivocal, as is the danger it poses to the United States. This threat comes from the direct impact of climate change on agricultural production and sea levels but equally importantly from the huge waves of migration that climate change is likely to cause, on a scale that even the world’s richest states and societies will be unable either to prevent or accommodate. Yet for two out of the past four U.S. administrations, action on this issue has been frozen due to the refusal of a large...