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  • France urges Trump not to rush on Paris climate deal

    05/25/2017 9:29:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 25 May 2017 17:51 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said he hoped US President Donald Trump would not rush into deciding what to do with the Paris climate agreement. “My wish is that the United States takes no hurried decision,” Macron told a news briefing after talks with Trump, in which the two leaders discussed Washington’s doubts over the 196-nation climate pact reached in late 2015. “I told the US president the importance of the deal for us, the importance of the commitment made by the international community,” he said. …
  • Pope to talk immigration, climate change in Wenders doc

    05/21/2017 1:04:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies ^ | 20 May 2017 12:56 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis will offer his thoughts to the camera in a new documentary by Oscar-nominated director Wim Wenders, its backers have announced at the Cannes film festival. “A Man Of His Word” will see the Argentine pontiff respond to questions submitted from people around the world, with US production company Focus Features billing the film as “the first in which a Pope addresses the audience directly, discussing topics such as ecology, immigration, consumerism and social justice”. German director Wenders, who has been nominated for three Oscars including for his Cuban music documentary “Buena Vista Social Club”, said Francis was “a...
  • Abolish Private Property in Water? California Needs Markets (Stroshane Reconsidered)

    05/10/2017 9:01:34 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 6 replies ^ | May 10, 2017 | Wayne Lusvardi
    It took some 6,000 years for persons to overcome slavery, serfdom, and oppressive rent and taxation to acquire secure property rights to farmland and to adjacent river water (riparian rights – see Joshua Getzler, A History of Water Rights and Common Law, [2004]). Enter Tim Stroshane, a former Berkeley central planner, activist and environmentalist, who proposes to abolish such property rights because farming monopolists in California allegedly fail to “share” water with the hordes of urbanites that want it. This post revisits Stroshane’s case in his 2016 book, Drought, Water Law and the Origins of California’s Central Valley Project (Reno:...
  • Spring Storm Delivers Blast Of Winter Weather

    05/07/2017 9:39:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 05/047/2017 | Craig Herrera
    A strong rain fell overnight in downtown Los Angeles. It also fell in the Grapevine, which winds through the San Gabriel and Tehachapi mountains, where temperatures flirted with freezing and conditions were slick along Interstate 5. However, the freeway remained open and there were no major accidents. Meanwhile, several inches of snow fell in the San Bernardino Mountain area of Lake Arrowhead. Caltrans was requiring chains for drivers on State Route 18 from Heaps Peak Dump to Big Bear Dam.
  • Tesla goes mega on gigafactories hype

    05/05/2017 11:09:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | 02 May 2017 | by Jon Worrel
    Starting with US, with expected transition to Europe In a TED talk published a few days ago, Tesla CEO Elon "it's coming sonn" Musk said  that in addition to the lithium-ion battery factory – or Gigafactory – under construction in Nevada, the compan will announce locations for up to four more "gigafactories" later this year. Tesla’s first lithium-ion battery production factory began construction in Reno, Nevada in the summer of 2014 after Panasonic reached a basic agreement with Tesla to invest in a factory estimated at $5 billion. Panasonic would lead the battery cell portion of the manufacturing, while...
  • Antarctic Peninsula ice more stable than previously thought

    05/03/2017 5:34:34 AM PDT · by pa_dweller · 10 replies
    University of Leeds ^ | 5/2/17 | Anna Martinez
    Glacier flow at the southern Antarctic Peninsula has increased since the 1990s, but a new study has found the change to be only a third of what was recently reported. An international team of researchers, led by the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds, is the first to map the change in ice speed. The team collated measurements recorded by five different satellites to track changes in the speed of more than 30 glaciers since 1992. The findings, published today in Geophysical Research Letters, represent the first detailed assessment of changing glacier flow in...
  • Anyone in L.A. feel that little quake? (3.0 in Pacific Palisades)

    05/01/2017 10:41:29 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 31 replies
    Mother Nature | 5/1/17 | Self
    About to watch some TV, and along came that single jolt. Hit twitter which went nuts with everyone asking I feel that was an earthquake. Yep. It was. NW of Santa Monica, around a 3.0.
  • ...Incredible moment heroes rescue a dying BABY and a toddler from a truck that flipped into a...

    05/01/2017 10:41:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 1, 2017 | Hannah Parry For
    <p>This is the dramatic moment a father and his two young children were rescued from their overturned truck as rapidly rising floodwaters surrounded the vehicle.</p> <p>Phillip Ocheltree, 25, of Wills Point, Texas, was driving home with his two kids in the backseat after tornadoes ripped the state on Saturday, when he says his truck 'hydroplaned off the highway.'</p>
  • Heat Wave Melting Record Snowpack in Northern California

    05/01/2017 9:39:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 30, 2017
    Forecasters expect at least one California river to hit flood stage later this week as a heat wave melts record snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Sunday they expect the Merced River in Yosemite National Park to go about a foot over its banks on Wednesday.
  • Canton, Texas Storms (at least 5 people killed)

    04/30/2017 7:56:58 AM PDT · by waterhill · 14 replies
    Fox Dallas ^ | 4/30/2017 | Fox4 staff
    Reserved. Privacy Policy Terms of Service Ad Choices Public File At least five killed in East Texas tornadoes By: Staff POSTED:APR 30 2017 04:29AM CDT UPDATED:APR 30 2017 09:10AM CDT CANTON, Texas - At least five deaths have been confirmed after tornadoes hit parts of East Texas Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Canton Fire Department Capt. Brian Horton said during a news conference late Saturday that "a number of fatalities" were reported after powerful storms swept through the community earlier in the evening.
  • Heavy snow forces postponement of People’s Climate March rally in Colorado

    04/29/2017 8:20:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, April 29, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    At least one of the People’s Climate March rallies scheduled for Saturday in Colorado was canceled as a result of a major snowstorm, providing climate skeptics with a good chuckle. The Colorado Springs march, one of 12 slated to take place in Colorado, was canceled late Friday after heavy snow began falling across the Front Range, with more than a foot accumulating in some areas, as reported by Western Wire. “Sometimes Mother Nature throws you a curveball!” said the Colorado Springs Council for Justice in a Friday post 350 Colorado Springs. “We know we aren’t in the business of risking...
  • Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

    04/23/2017 11:28:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2017 4:50 PM EDT | Steve Peoples
    New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump’s lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Bloomberg, who considered a presidential bid after serving three terms as New York City’s mayor, addressed his intensifying focus on climate change in an interview with The Associated Press. He said there was no political motive tied to last week’s release of his new book, “Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet,” co-authored by former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope. “I’m not...
  • Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is back to save the world (from science deniers)

    04/20/2017 11:23:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    usatoday | April 20, 2018 | Carly Mallenbaum
    Linky only.
  • 22,000 Years of History Melted After Freezer Malfunction Heats Ancient Ice Cores

    04/18/2017 10:44:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies ^ | Apr 17 2017 | Ada Carr
    A freezer malfunction caused tens of thousands of years of history to melt away, posing a threat to the future of research into the Earth’s climatic history. The incident occurred at the University of Alberta and left a portion of the world’s largest collection of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic in puddles, the Guardian reported. Part of the freezer’s cooling system malfunctioned, causing it to try to “get itself back into action and, in the process, piped hot air back into the room,” Sharp told the New York Times. Roughly 13 percent of the archive was zapped by the...
  • What “permanent drought”? New all-time rainfall record set for California

    04/17/2017 11:42:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | April 14, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    From the California Dept. of Water ResourcesNorthern Sierra Precipitation Sets Water Year Record Atmospheric Rivers Pushed Total to 89.7 Inches since October 1 SACRAMENTO – Never in nearly a century of Department of Water Resources (DWR) recordkeeping has so much precipitation fallen in the northern Sierra in a water year. DWR reported today that 89.7 inches of precipitation – rain and snowmelt – has been recorded by the eight weather stations it has monitored continuously since 1920 from Shasta Lake to the American River basin.Source:’s total surpassed the previous record of 88.5 inches recorded in the entirety of Water Year...
  • L A Times ... deceptively hides ... US massive reduction of reducction of emissions (truc)

    04/17/2017 11:15:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | April 17, 2017 | Guest essay by Larry Hamlin
    An April 16, 2017 L A Times article entitled “Climate goal in peril” presents a graph which portrays US greenhouse gas emission reductions as falling short of Obama’s voluntary and unenforceable 2015 Paris agreement pledge.The L A Times article graph very selectively presents US greenhouse gas emissions data for years 2011 through 2015 along with a projection for year 2025 versus Obama’s Paris agreement voluntary goal for that year.The graph also shows the minimal role (5%) that California Governor Brown’s massively costly and bureaucratically intrusive (imposed on tens of millions of California citizens) SB 32 greenhouse gas reduction targets play...
  • White Easter: Sweden wakes up to snow and record low temperatures

    04/16/2017 4:44:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies ^ | 16 April 2017 07:55 CEST+02:00
    Easter Sunday got off to an unusually cold start across Sweden — with three weather records broken as some towns experienced their chilliest April night in decades. Southern Sweden saw unseasonably cold temperatures, with up to 10 cm of snow in northern Skåne, Blekinge, Kronoberg, Halland and Kalmar. In Örebro, the mercury dropped to –14°C, making it the coldest April night since 1944, according to P4 Örebro. In Karlstad, Sweden’s meteorological institute SMHI said temperatures reached –9°C, meaning it was the coldest night of April since 1985. …
  • Alaska Volcano Erupts 36 Times in 4 Months, Triples in Size

    04/13/2017 11:29:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies ^ | Mar 22 2017 | Eric Chaney
    Bogoslof Island, located in the Bering Sea north of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, has nearly tripled in size due to pyroclastic fall and flow deposits. Pyroclastic flows are one of the most dangerous of volcanic phenomenon, according to the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Volcano Information Center. They are hurricanes of hot gasses and volcanic particles. No one is in particular danger from the ground flows on Bogoslof though. All of its exposed land is protected as part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Side by side comparisons highlight the rapid growth of the Alaskan island, located in the...
  • Bounce House Goes Airborne at Church Carnival, 5 Children Injured

    04/10/2017 2:51:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 10, 2017 | Heather Holeman
    A wind gust sent an inflatable bounce house and slide sailing into the air over the weekend during a church carnival, injuring five children. Springwell Church invites the community to attend its free spring carnival each year, but this year the carnival ended in tears, with church members asking for prayer. Organizers say the inflatables were anchored with stakes and tethers, yet a strong wind gust was still able to rip them from the ground and shoot the bounce house up to 30 feet into the air, where it hit some power lines before tumbling to the ground. Witnesses reported...
  • A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Climate Change

    04/08/2017 9:02:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 54 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Apr. 8, 2017 | Rhett Jones
    Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people coming into contact with a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm. Experts are blaming its sudden spread across the United States on climate change and globalization.