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  • Climate change heats devil fish that possess St. Johns River

    12/03/2022 6:31:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel via MSN ^ | December 3, 2022 | by Kevin Spear
    In another alarm of nature spiraling to hell in Florida, scientists suspect global warming has enabled devil fish to plague and ravage the St. Johns River. This summer, a team of state water and wildlife experts with the help of a commercial fishing crew cast industrial nets in a Central Florida portion of the river several miles south of Cocoa called Lake Winder. Of the estimated 40,000 pounds of many species hauled in for examination, only a small portion, less than 20 percent, was Floridian: bass, crappie, brim, catfish, bowfin and others. The rest were exotics: a type from South...
  • To address wealth gap, WA to consider $4,000 ‘baby bonds’

    12/02/2022 8:28:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 1, 2022 | By Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks
    A new proposal coming to the Washington Legislature for consideration next year aims to break the cycle of poverty that’s trapped families like Bereskin’s and lift future generations of low-income residents toward a path of financial independence. The Washington Future Fund would create a pool of money that every child born under the state’s Medicaid program, Apple Health, could access a portion of upon adulthood to use toward homeownership, education or pursuing a small business. The trusts are intended to even the financial playing field for lower-income residents by providing a chance to catch up to their wealthier peers. Beginning...
  • Should you not have kids because of climate change? It’s complicated.

    12/02/2022 5:55:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    The Washington Post via MSN ^ | December 2, 2022 | by Shannon Osaka
    When Meera Sanghani-Jorgensen was in her 30s, she and her husband began to discuss having children. They both wanted to have kids, but Sanghani-Jorgensen couldn’t shake the feeling that, by giving birth, she might be doing something bad for the earth. “I wanted to have a child, but I was also looking at the planet and thinking: ‘Well, what kind of future will we have if there’s more of the same?’ ” she said. She thought about the diapers, the party favors, the toys, and the billions of tons of carbon emissions warming the planet every year. She felt weighed...
  • Biden says climate law has ‘glitches’ after Macron criticism

    12/01/2022 11:56:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 1, 2022 | By COLLEEN LONG, SYVLIE CORBET and AAMER MADHANI
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday acknowledged “glitches” in America’s clean energy law that have raised concerns in Europe, but said “there’s tweaks we can make” to satisfy allies. Biden, who is honoring French President Emmanuel Macron with the first state dinner of his presidency on Thursday evening, said at a joint news conference that he and the French president spoke a “a good deal” about European concerns over his signature climate change law during an Oval Office meeting. Macron has made clear that he and other European leaders are concerned about incentives in the new law, known...
  • UK ambulance service struggles in winter health care crisis

    12/01/2022 8:45:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 1, 2022 | UK ambulance service struggles in winter health care crisis
    LONDON (AP) — Thousands of patients each week are being stranded for long stretches in ambulances outside overflowing British hospitals, a growing crisis that has likely contributed to scores of deaths, health care leaders said Thursday. The U.K.’s ambulance service is seizing up in some areas as the country’s health system faces an inferno of pressures, including rising demand for care after pandemic restrictions were eased; a surge in flu and other winter viruses after two lockdown years; and staff shortages from pandemic burnout and a post-Brexit drought of European workers in Britain. Thousands of hospital beds are also occupied...
  • Top Senate Republican: Slash Social Security Or We'll Wreck US Economy

    12/01/2022 4:12:57 AM PST · by JonPreston · 170 replies
    The National Memo ^ | 12/1/22 | Emily Singer
    Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the number two Republican in the U.S. Senate, said on Tuesday that the GOP plans to use the debt ceiling as leverage to make cuts to Social Security and other social safety net programs. "There's a set of solutions there that we really need to take on if we're going to get serious about making these programs sustainable and getting this debt bomb at a manageable level before it's too late," Thune said in an interview with Bloomberg News, adding that raising the retirement age is one of the solutions Republicans want to explore.
  • White butterflies are filling Johannesburg's skies earlier than usual. Climate change is to blame

    11/30/2022 11:56:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies ^ | November 30, 2022 | by Jennifer Fitchett
    Each year around mid-summer, somewhere between December and mid-January, the skies of South Africa's Gauteng province, including the city of Johannesburg, fill with small white butterflies. Some land in people's gardens, allowing a closer look at the thin brown markings on their wings. Those markings give the butterflies their name: the brown-veined white butterfly (Benenois aurota). This year, the butterflies have arrived early. That may seem unimportant. But, to phenologists like myself, it's evidence of changes in the environment that require close attention. Climate change is intangible to many people. We know it is happening, but our larger surroundings look...
  • Biden administration commits millions of dollars to relocate Native tribes threatened by climate change

    11/30/2022 11:49:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 30, 2022 | By Ben Adler
    The Biden administration announced Wednesday a $135 million commitment to helping to relocate Native American tribes whose homes are threatened by the effects of climate change. Using money from the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law, the voluntary community-driven relocation program, led by the Department of the Interior, will assist 11 tribes with adapting to climate change — or, when necessary, moving their communities altogether. “As all of you know, there are tribal communities that are at risk of being washed away, washed away by superstorms, rising sea levels and wildfires raging,” President Biden said at the White House on Wednesday, speaking...
  • No, climate change isn’t driven by solar activity and lunar phases

    11/30/2022 6:02:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    PolitiFact ^ | November 29, 2022 | By Andy Nguyen
    The consensus within the scientific community is that human activity fuels global climate change, but a video clip shared on Instagram on Nov. 13 featuring a known climate skeptic claims people aren’t to blame. In the video, Piers Corbyn, an astrophysicist, said heat waves are caused by "certain circulation patterns" from solar activity and phases of the moon. "These things are dictated by solar activity and the moon," Corbyn said in the video, an excerpt from his 2010 appearance on Russia Today, a Russian state-funded news channel. "They have nothing to do with mankind." He accused people who say human...
  • Climate's Toll On Trees Threatens The Sound Of Music

    11/30/2022 5:50:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Barron’s ^ | November 30, 2022 | By Agnès PEDRERO
    Stroking a tiny spruce sapling, Swiss forest ranger Francois Villard fears the tree will not withstand global warming and live to a ripe old age like its ancestors. The Risoud Forest, covering the border between France and Switzerland some 1,200 metres (3,900 feet) up in the Jura mountains, is filled with spruce trees which are hundreds of years old. Their wood is perfect for crafting acoustic guitars, violins and other string instruments, making it sought after by luthiers around the world. But climate change has brought drier, warmer weather, threatening the special tonal qualities of the wood. "I have never...
  • Editorial: U.N. climate fund will become a money pit if we don't stop burning fossil fuels

    11/30/2022 5:35:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Los Angeles Times via MSN ^ | November 30, 2022 | The Times Editorial Board
    The United Nations climate summit in Egypt this month broke ground with a new agreement to compensate poor nations for the effects of global warming. The creation of a loss and damage fund is an important, if overdue, step toward climate justice and one of the top agenda items at the COP27 summit. The positive news of the fund, however, was overshadowed by the disappointing lack of action by world leaders, who again failed to do what's necessary to stop the root cause of the crisis: the burning of fossil fuels. Until we move decisively to end the use of...
  • Climate Activists Deflate 900 SUV Tires — Including on a PEOPLE Editor's Car: 'There Has to Be a Better Way'

    11/29/2022 2:02:38 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    People via Yahoo ^ | November 29, 2022 | By Abigail Adams
    Climate change activists in eight countries claim they deflated tires on more than 900 SUVs in what they call their "largest-ever night of action against SUVs." Vehicles in 19 cities across the globe were apparently targeted late Monday night and early Tuesday morning by members of The Tyre Extinguishers, an international group of protesters known for deflating tires on SUVs in an effort to keep the vehicles off the streets. The group says 52 cars were hit in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of New York City, as were hundreds of others across the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland...
  • Census 2021: Data shows number of Christians in England and Wales falls below half for first time

    11/29/2022 5:10:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    SKY News ^ | November 29, 2022 | By Tim Jones
    There has been a large fall in the number of people who consider themselves as Christian, dropping below half the population of England and Wales for the first time. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest data taken from the 2021 Census, showing the changes since 2011. Some 46.2% said they were Christian, down from 59.3% in 2011. ONS data - main points: • Number of people using Romanian as their main language rose from 0.1% to 0.8% (68,000 to 472,000), which is 2nd to Polish in a list of languages used other than English and Welsh...
  • How A Wayward HOA Ruined My Second Home’s Community. ( Colorado )

    11/28/2022 7:20:39 AM PST · by george76 · 129 replies
    Blue State Conservative ^ | November 24, 2022 | Steven Sorg
    I own a second home in Pagosa Springs, CO. A couple years ago the HOA for Pagosa Lakes went full dictator and declared war on short term rentals in Pagosa Lakes. We home owners were not able to vote on this; they simply declared it with minimal input from the owners. When I sent a scathing letter that included the “damn” word I was informed of another policy they enacted without input. If they don’t like your correspondence you are subject to a $500 fine for the first offense, $10,000 for the second and $20,000 for the third. Gee, what...
  • New audiobook release: What is Industrial Democracy?

    11/27/2022 9:20:28 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 18 replies
    PGA Weblog ^ | 11/27/22
    As 2022 comes to a close, several audiobooks are all coming together around the same time. The latest is a little pamphlet written by Norman Thomas titled ""What is Industrial Democracy?Now why did I record this book? Norman Thomas is a socialist, not a progressive - and even, in this little work, he takes the time to swipe at the progressives. So what gives? Let's start with two things we all know and can easily prove in 15 seconds, and let's look at how those things are connected. First, nobody would dare call Theodore Roosevelt a socialist. But we have...
  • Climate cult meets reparations lunacy

    11/27/2022 5:46:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2022 | By Tom Basile
    OPINION: In case you’re keeping track, last week the Biden administration did something else they said they’d never do. But succumbing to pressure from Europe is expected when abdicating American leadership. Our jet-setting climate czar, John Kerry, agreed on your behalf, at a meeting of folks who specialize in bilking America, to create what amounts to a climate reparations fund. The fund is intended to compensate those nations in the developing world that have allegedly suffered the ill effects of global climate change because of productive Western economies. It seems that punishing success is more than a domestic political trend....
  • Opinion: Rich nations have promised to pay for the climate crisis – but will they?

    11/26/2022 7:02:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 26, 2022 | By Gordon Brown
    On Sunday, loud cheers from Sharm el-Sheikh greeted the announcement of a new initiative – the global loss and damage fund – to right historical wrongs by compensating climate-hit developing countries. This breakthrough brought back memories of another, the £100bn a year agreed at the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit to help poor countries mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. That money has never fully materialised. If our 13 years’ experience of the £100bn fund that never was is anything to go by, eulogies of praise will soon turn into allegations of betrayal. But there is a way forward if...
  • LIVE: The Rise of BRICS+ and the Ukraine War Fallout w/ Pepe Escobar!

    11/24/2022 11:38:06 AM PST · by Cathi · 67 replies
    The Left Lens with Danny Haiphong ^ | November 24, 2022 | Pepe Escobar
    A look at how the majority of the rest of the world sees things through the lens of Pepe Escobar. Pepe Escobar is a Brazilian journalist and geopolitical analyst. His column "The Roving Eye" for Asia Times regularly discusses the multi-national "competition for dominance over the Middle East and Central Asia." Very useful, eye opening discussion for the very intelligent freepers. I do not recommend it for the others.
  • Thanksgiving Lessons: What the Experience of the Pilgrims Taught Us About Socialism vs. Private Property

    11/24/2022 9:41:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/24/2022 | John Stossel
    Thursday, if you eat a nice meal, thank the Pilgrims. They made Thanksgiving possible. They left the Old World to escape religious persecution. They imagined a new society where everyone worked together and shared everything. In other words, they dreamed of socialism. Socialism then almost killed them. As I explain in my weekly video, the Pilgrims attempted collective farming. The whole community decided when and how much to plant, when to harvest and who would do the work.Gov. William Bradford wrote in his diary that he thought that taking away property and bringing it into a commonwealth would make the...
  • New Biden Rule Allows Socially Conscious Investing by Retirement Plans

    11/22/2022 1:38:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Reuters via US News ^ | November 22, 2022 | By Daniel Wiessner
    (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration on Tuesday reversed restrictions imposed under his predecessor Donald Trump on retirement plans considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors such as climate change and racial justice when selecting investments. The Labor Department announced a final rule first proposed last year after Biden, a Democrat, ordered government agencies to assess climate-related risk to retirement and pension investments. The rule will make it easier for retirement plans to invest in socially responsible funds and companies, though it requires investment decisions to be based on traditional financial factors. The rule, which the department said covers plans...