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  • Opinions: Climate-change deniers are a danger to our security

    12/19/2018 7:26:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2018 | by Jennifer Rubin
    Imagine during the Cold War that one political party, in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Soviet Union was engaged in espionage against the United States, had a nuclear arsenal pointed at the United States, kept Eastern Europe under its thumb and imprisoned dissenters, refused to consider the Soviet Union a danger - of any sort - to the United States or other Western democracies. And they would offer no credible evidence to the contrary, but rather assert that it was all a hoax. Besides, they’d insist (with no evidence) that it was too expensive to address the challenge...
  • Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

    12/18/2018 11:00:51 AM PST · by John W · 43 replies
    Associated Press via Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | December 18, 2018 | MICHAEL BALSAMO
    WASHINGTON – The Trump administration moved Tuesday to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March. The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine guns, according to a senior Justice Department official. Bump stocks became a focal point of the national gun control debate after they were used in October 2017 when a man opened fired from his Las Vegas hotel suite into a crowd at a country music concert below, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more in...
  • Opinion: How the courts can help in the climate change fight

    12/18/2018 6:45:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | December 17, 2018 | by Edward Waitzer
    A Quebec environmental group is taking the federal government to court. ENvironnement JEUnesse filed a class-action suit on behalf of Quebeckers aged 35 and under seeking a declaration that the government’s behaviour in the fight against climate change infringes on their human rights. The claim also seeks punitive damages. They are not alone. Similar claims have been filed on behalf of young people in other jurisdictions, including the Netherlands, the United States and Colombia. Understanding and addressing the challenges of climate change is rapidly becoming the next legal frontier. As environmental lawyer David Boyd recently noted, litigation is one of...
  • Most Americans want action on climate change. Republicans are the exception: Poll

    12/18/2018 6:37:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 88 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 17, 2018 | by John Harwood (D-NBC)
    Americans have reached consensus on the need to act in response to climate change with one conspicuous exception: Republicans. A new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll identifies that sharp break in the evolving pattern of public opinion as scientists have amplified their warnings of rising global temperatures and linked them to a range of natural disasters. Overall, 66 percent of Americans now say they've seen enough evidence to justify action, up from 51 percent two decades ago. That figure incorporates 85 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of independents, 71 percent of women, 61 percent of men and strong majorities...
  • Amazon feels heat from employees on climate change and disclosing its efforts

    12/18/2018 6:31:38 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 17, 2018 | By Benjamin Romano
    Storm-driven data-center outages, production disrupted by flooding, forest-fire smoke choking workers at the corporate headquarters — already in 2018, Amazon has experienced at least a half dozen notable disruptions to its operations connected to climate change, according to a group of employees urging the company to be more transparent with its response to the global threat. About 16 Amazon employees, who are also company shareholders thanks to stock-based compensation, have filed a shareholder resolution asking the company’s board of directors to publicly report on how the Seattle-based commerce giant “is planning for disruptions posed by climate change, and how Amazon...
  • Global warming melting UK dreams of a white Christmas

    12/18/2018 6:24:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 18, 2018 | by Stephen Moss
    It was a blazing hot day in La Quinta, California, and Irving Berlin was inspired to write a song. Not just any old tune: having completed the lyric, the composer told his secretary he “just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written”. White Christmas was not a hit initially. But in 1942, two years after it was written, the song topped the US charts, thanks in part to its popularity with American soldiers stationed overseas during the second world war. It was a hit in Britain, too, perhaps helped by the fact that, unlike swathes of the southern US,...
  • Dinesh D'Souza Says Michelle Obama's College Thesis Was 'Illiterate and Incoherent'

    12/17/2018 11:54:43 PM PST · by Zakeet · 81 replies
    Newsweek ^ | December 17, 2018 | Dan Cancian
    Dinesh D'Souza described Michelle Obama's college thesis as "illiterate and incoherent." The far-right author and filmmaker launched a scathing attack on the former first lady after she claimed that people at the most powerful organizations in the world were "not as smart" as some portrayed them to be. "Anyone who has read Michelle's college thesis - a document so illiterate and incoherent that it was written, as Christopher Hitchens put it, in 'no known language' - will chuckle heartily at this one," D'Souza wrote on his Facebook page, sharing a link to a Newsweek article that reported Obama’s remark. [Snip]...
  • Russian disinformation teams targeted Robert S. Mueller III, says report prepared for Senate

    12/17/2018 9:51:12 PM PST · by zeestephen · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 17 December 2018 | Craig Timberg, Tony Romm, Elizabeth Dwoskin
    Months after President Trump took office, Russia’s disinformation teams trained their sights on a new target: special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Having worked to help get Trump into the White House, they now worked to neutralize the biggest threat to his staying there.
  • Russia favored Trump, targeted African-Americans with election meddling, reports say

    12/17/2018 7:49:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 17, 2018 | Ken Dilanian and Ben Popken
    Russian agents who favored Donald Trump's presidential candidacy harnessed the major players of America's tech industry in a sophisticated propaganda effort that was far more extensive than originally understood, according to a detailed analysis prepared for the Senate intelligence committee. The Russian efforts included an attempt to suppress the votes of African-Americans. Researchers combed through millions of posts from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube created by the Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based firm run by a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin whose key executives have been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller on charges of defrauding the...
  • 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 · 62 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...
  • A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage...NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live...

    12/16/2018 10:49:33 AM PST · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    Real Donald Trump Twitter ^ | President Trump
    A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump floats fictions about the border

    12/15/2018 7:34:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 52 replies
    ap ^ | 12/15/2018 | CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s relationship with the truth tends to be borderline, at best, when it comes to the border.So it was this past week when he made a flurry of false or unsupported statements about immigration. He said, with no evidence, that migrants are plagued with disease. He asserted that Mexico has in effect agreed to pay for his border wall, even as he threatens a partial government shutdown if Congress doesn’t approve billions of dollars to build it. He twisted federal statistics to claim the recent arrest of 10 terrorists who don’t exist. On another front,...
  • 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...
  • 7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion

    12/13/2018 6:34:47 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 54 replies
    WP ^ | 12/13/18 | Nick Miroff and Robert Moore
    A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. The child’s death is likely to intensify scrutiny of detention conditions at Border Patrol stations and CBP facilities that are increasingly overwhelmed by large numbers of families seeking asylum in the United States. According to CBP records, the girl and her father were taken into custody about...
  • 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...