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  • Venezuela's cash crisis: You can't get $1 from a bank. I tried.

    01/18/2018 11:59:37 AM PST · by detective · 3 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 18, 2018 | Stefano Pozzebon
    This was a typical day in Caracas, Venezuela, capital of the world's most miserable economy. In most of the world, getting a little money out of the bank is an errand, something forgettable. In Venezuela, for millions of people, it is complicated, tedious and surreal, or just impossible.
  • Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

    01/18/2018 10:24:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | January 18, 2018 | By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP SCIENCE WRITER
    Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Kingdom's meteorological office on Thursday announced that 2017 was the third hottest year on record. At the same time, NASA and researchers from a nonprofit in Berkeley, California, called it the second. The agencies slightly differ because of how much they...
  • Climate Change Is Good for These Crabs’ Genitals

    01/18/2018 8:20:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Hakai Magazine ^ | January 18, 2018 | by Amorina Kingdon
    We always knew there would be winners and losers. The depressed mud crab is dealing with a lot right now. There’s climate change, pollution, and a real downer of a name. (Its scientific name, Eurypanopeus depressus, is no more cheery). But its greatest burden is probably the genital parasites. Yes, there’s a particular barnacle that latches onto depressed crab crotches, takes over the machinery therein, and co-opts it for its own reproduction. (And you thought herpes was bad.) But relief may be coming. Ocean ecologist Alyssa-Lois Gehman at the University of British Columbia has modeled how this host-parasite relationship will...
  • Humans now 'dwarf natural climate effects'

    01/18/2018 8:00:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | January 18, 2018 | by Roger Harrabin, environment analyst
    Manmade climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate, scientists say. The acting director of the UK Met Office, Prof Peter Stott, told BBC News: "It's extraordinary that temperatures in 2017 have been so high when there's no El Niño. In fact, we’ve been going into cooler La Niña conditions. "Last year was substantially warmer than 1998 which had a very big El Niño. "It shows clearly that the biggest natural influence on the climate is being dwarfed by human activities – predominantly CO2; emissions." “The record temperature should focus the minds of world leaders,...
  • 2017 was the hottest year on record without El Niño boost

    01/18/2018 7:50:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 18, 2018 | by Damian Carrington, Environment editor
    2017 was the hottest year since global records began that was not given an additional boost by the natural climate cycle El Niño, according to new data. Even without an El Niño, the year was still exceptionally hot, being one of the top three ever recorded. The three main global temperature records show the global surface temperature in 2017 was 1C above levels seen in pre-industrial times, with scientists certain that humanity’s fossil fuel-burning is to blame. The data, published on Thursday, means the last three years have been the hottest trio ever seen, with 2017 ranking second or third...
  • Venezuela’s Oil Production Is Collapsing

    01/18/2018 6:39:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 18, 2018 | Anatoly Kurmanaev and Kejal Vyas
    Venezuela’s oil output is collapsing, making it unlikely the South American country can benefit from rising global prices for oil and increasing the chances of a debt default this year that could turn its economic crisis into a humanitarian disaster.
  • California’s Poverty Rate Tops 20.6 Percent, Nearly Twice The National Average

    01/17/2018 2:34:15 PM PST · by Thalean · 31 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | Jan 17, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    According to the US Census Bureau’s Official Poverty Measure, California’s poverty rate hovers around 15 percent. But that doesn’t tell the full story. The Census Bureau measures poverty in reference to a uniform national standard, which doesn’t account for differences in living costs between states, ie. the cost of taxes, housing, and medical costs can differ greatly depending upon where you are. The Public Policy Institute of California found that, when accounting for these differences, California’s true poverty rate is 20.6 percent—the highest in America. In fact, it’s nearly twice the national average of 12.7 percent.
  • Scott Pruitt insincerely asked what's Earth's ideal temperature. Scientists answer

    01/17/2018 7:45:32 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 79 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...
  • Woman, 22, in agonising pain forced to use coat as pillow on floor for five hours as she waited

    01/16/2018 4:23:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 16, 2018 | Andy Wells
    Woman, 22, in agonising pain forced to use coat as pillow on floor of A&E for five hours as she waited for a bedA woman used a coat as a pillow as she lay on the floor of A&E in agonising pain for five hours as there were no beds available. Kyra Dew, suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and was rushed to hospital last week after collapsing at home while she recovered from an operation. The 22-year-old, from Leominster, Herefordshire, started suffering stabbing pains on 10 January and mum Sandra drove her to Hereford County Hospital.
  • 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...
  • CalObamaCare Deluges Me With Junk Mail Like AARP

    01/15/2018 9:17:38 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 10 replies
    Freep | 01-15-2018 | CharlesOconnell
    Big news that California is the poverty leader? Huh. I make $32/hr, I'm insured, I can hardly get into my mailbox for the scads of junk mail from the California branch of Obamacare. I've told them on the phone, "I'm working, I have private health insurance, I don't want it." They have kept up calling and sending me mail, for years. I throw their junk mail into the same commode-hole as the feke from AARP. AARP, an insurance black hole masquerading as a support group for elderly people--I'm 62--sends me, like all of you, scads of junk mail, complete with...
  • 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...
  • "Can a Christian be a Communist?" - Sermon by Martin Luther King Jr.

    01/12/2018 3:39:25 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 63 replies
    Martin Luther King Papers Project ^ | September 30, 1962 | Martin Luther King Jr.
    Now, let us begin by answering the question which our sermon topic raises: Can a Christian be a communist? I answer that question with an emphatic “no.” These two philosophies are diametrically opposed. The basic philosophy of Christianity is unalterably opposed to the basic philosophy of communism, and all of the dialectics of the logician cannot make them lie down together. They are contrary philosophies. Now, there are at least three reasons why I feel obligated as a Christian minister to talk to you about communism. The first reason grows out of the fact that communism is having widespread influence...
  • 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...
  • Food riots grip western Venezuela, mob reportedly slaughters cattle in field

    01/12/2018 10:10:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | Friday, 12 January 2018 03:52 GMT | By Anggy Polanco and Francisco Aguilar
    Unrest over food shortages spreads through the country SAN CRISTOBAL/BARINAS, Venezuela, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Hungry mobs ransacked a food collection center, and a supermarket in Venezuela's western Andean state of Merida on Thursday and reportedly even slaughtered cattle grazing in a field as unrest over food shortages spread through the country. An opposition lawmaker from Merida, Carlos Paparoni, said four people had died and 10 were injured in the chaos over the last two days, but he did not specify the circumstances. Four years of recession and the world's highest inflation have plunged millions of Venezuelans into poverty, and...
  • 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...
  • 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...