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  • Heat, no food, deadly weather: Climate change kills seabirds

    12/01/2021 8:40:30 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 1, 2021 | By PATRICK WHITTLE
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and extreme weather. Climate-related losses have hit albatrosses off the Hawaiian islands, northern gannets near the British Isles and puffins off the Maine coast. Some birds are less able to build nests and raise young as sea levels rise, while others are unable to find fish to eat as the ocean heats up, researchers have found. Common murres and Cassin’s auklets that live off the West Coast have also died in large...
  • Scientists to map fungal networks, determine climate role

    11/30/2021 1:42:36 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 30, 2021 | By FRANK JORDANS
    BERLIN (AP) — Scientists from the United States and Europe announced plans Tuesday to create the biggest map of underground fungal networks, arguing they are an important but overlooked piece in the puzzle of how to tackle climate change. By working with local communities around the world the researchers said they will collect 10,000 DNA samples to determine how the vast networks that fungi create in the soil are changing as a result of human activity — including global warming. “Fungi are invisible ecosystem engineers, and their loss has gone largely unnoticed by the public,” said Toby Kiers, a professor...
  • Leading climate change activist looks to mobilize older Americans

    11/30/2021 7:58:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 30, 2021 | by Ben Adler·Senior Climate Editor
    With a younger generation increasingly focused on the problem of rising global temperatures, prominent environmental activist and author Bill McKibben is launching a new grassroots movement to mobilize older Americans to combat climate change and to work on related social justice issues. McKibben, 60, has partnered with co-founders Akaya Windwood, a 65-year-old nonprofit consultant, and Vanessa Arcara, a millennial who worked at, to mobilize older Americans. Their new group, known as Third Act, is having a soft launch this week and a full-fledged rollout early next year. “Third Act is for people like me — that is to say...
  • Climate 'overwhelming' driver of Australian bushfires: study

    11/29/2021 6:55:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    France24 ^ | November 29, 2021
    Sydney (AFP) – Climate change is the "overwhelming factor" driving the country's ever-more intense bushfires, Australian government scientists believe -- directly contradicting claims by the country's political leaders. In a peer-reviewed study, scientists at state agency CSIRO reviewed 90 years' worth of data and concluded climate change was the major influencing factor behind megafires like those that ravaged Australia in 2019-2020. The experts studied a range of fire risk factors -- from the amount of dead vegetation on the ground to moisture, weather and ignition conditions -- to see what could be driving catastrophic blazes. "While all eight drivers of...
  • Opinion: Oregon needs to invest infrastructure funds in greener, more equitable projects

    11/28/2021 8:00:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    KATU Local ABC ^ | November 27, 2021 | by Sarah Iannarone
    Passage of President Biden’s long-awaited $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ("IIJA"), earlier this month set the transportation sector atwitter with words like “once-in-a-generation,” “transformative” and “climate game changer.” When added to money already coming Oregon’s way from the Feds, the IIJA means the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) stands poised to spend about $4.5 billion over the next five years. Unfortunately, what we’ve heard from ODOT thus far is too much money planned for major highway projects and far too little committed to reducing and regulating greenhouse gas emissions — projects that would align...
  • K-12: the Comintern gave us a Century of Ruthless Meddling

    11/26/2021 6:16:52 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 4 replies ^ | April 17, 2021 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    The Communists have always been on offense. They always played to win. The Communist International started its worldwide campaign of subversion and sabotage circa 1920. The goal was always the same: wage a disciplined, low-budget attack on soft targets such as foundations, unions, universities, education, and media. The MO was the Fabian three-step: take a job, work up to higher management, overthrow the country., a think tank concerned with international security, concludes: “The Communist International was a tool or weapon such as no other country possessed, and the Soviet Union never hesitated to use it when the occasion demanded....
  • Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of ban

    11/26/2021 10:28:56 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 26, 2021 | By MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to focus on areas that are most suitable for energy development and raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water. The long-awaited report by the Interior Department stops short of recommending an end to oil and gas leasing on public lands, as many environmental groups have urged. But officials said the report would move toward a more responsible leasing process that provides a better to return to U.S. taxpayers for oil and gas drilling on the nation’s...
  • Climate change causing albatross divorce, says study

    11/24/2021 10:44:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 24, 2021 | By Manish Pandey
    When relationships end it might be because the spark has disappeared, or maybe you just can't make time for one another. But can climate change cause break-ups? It might do, according to a new study which suggests albatrosses - some of the world's most loyal creatures - are "divorcing" more. Just 1% of albatrosses separate after choosing their life partner - much lower than the human divorce rate in the UK. "Monogamy and long-term bonds is very common for them," says Francesco Ventura, researcher at the University of Lisbon and co-author of the study. But in the years covered by...
  • Many environmentalists back Biden’s move to tap oil reserve

    11/24/2021 8:31:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 24, 2021 | By MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and climate activists generally supported President Joe Biden’s decision to release a record 50 million barrels of oil from America’s strategic reserve, even as the move appeared to contradict his long-term vision of combating climate change. Kelly Sheehan, senior director of energy campaigns with the Sierra Club, hailed Biden’s actions as a way to ease Americans’ energy burdens. But she said the current spike in oil prices was a reminder that “the only way to truly achieve energy security is to rapidly transition away from risky fossil fuels like oil and gas and make it easier...
  • Croatia's truffle hunters seek habitat protection amid climate change

    11/24/2021 3:51:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    France24 ^ | November 24, 2021
    Motovun (Croatia) (AFP) – The sound of paws scurrying along the forest floor echoes through Croatia's northwestern woods, where the hunt for truffles is being threatened by climate change and deforestation -- stirring fears that the country's gastronomic goldmine may be at risk. The delicate microclimate in the picturesque Istria peninsula's forests has long been famed for producing some of the finest white truffles, which this year fetched up to 2,500 euros ($2,860) per kilo. But the increase in temperatures and lower precipitation levels linked to climate change along with a shrinking water table and habitat loss could throw off...
  • The One Country That Can Replace China as the World’s Factory

    11/23/2021 9:48:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 11/23/2021 | John Mac Ghlionn
    CommentaryFor far too long, China has been the “world’s factory.” That sweater you’re wearing, check the tag. Does it say “Made in China”? Everything, it seems, is made in China—the Walmart of the World.Last year, as other countries were crippled by the pandemic, China’s manufacturing output, according to a Time report, was $3.854 trillion, “accounting for nearly a third of the global market.”As the journalist Srivatsa Krishna has noted, China’s manufacturing output is now “equal to that of the US, Japan and Germany” combined. Moreover, as the world’s largest exporter of goods, China appears to be in a much stronger...
  • The ‘progressive’ and ‘bold reformer’ DA behind Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks’ low bond

    11/23/2021 7:48:59 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/23/2021 | Emily Crane
    The district attorney facing criticism after the alleged Waukesha Christmas parade crash killer was freed on bond two days before the carnage describes himself as a “bold reformer” and has taken credit for inspiring a wave of “progressive prosecutors” across the US. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, who was elected to the position in 2007, has spent his career supporting cash-bail system reform because he argues it criminalizes poverty. Chisholm has long pushed to divert nonviolent offenders away from the prison system with alternate programs, and has spoken previously about reducing the number of incarcerations in Milwaukee County.
  • Boston mayor divests vulnerable city from fossil fuels

    11/22/2021 1:26:21 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 22, 2021 | By STEVE LeBLANC
    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu signed an ordinance Monday designed to divest the city from fossil fuels. The ordinance will prohibit the use of public funds from being invested in the stocks, securities or other obligations of any company that derives more than 15% of its revenue from fossil fuels. The ordinance also extends to companies deriving more than 15% of revenue from tobacco products or private prison industries. Wu, a former city councilor sworn in as mayor last week, said the move is the culmination of a yearslong push to distance Boston from the fossil fuels that...
  • No Gasoline Without 'COVID Papers'? It’s Already Happening in Some Parts of the World

    11/21/2021 5:44:36 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | November 18, 2021 | Jon Miltimore
    Slovenia's regulation forbidding people without 'COVID certificates' from pumping fuel shows governments are getting increasingly creative in their coercion. It’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fake on the internet these days. So when I stumbled on a Twitter post that claimed automobile drivers in Slovenia were forbidden from pumping gas without a COVID certificate, I was skeptical. All the tweets I found were screenshots of a single story published by TV N1 Zagreb, a news partner of CNN. Attempts to find information of this alleged regulation on the Slovenian government’s website didn’t go well (I don’t read Slovenian!),...
  • To stop inflation, cut government spending

    11/20/2021 5:11:09 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 20 Nov, 2021 | S.T. Karnick
    Price inflation has rapidly eclipsed COVID-19 as an economic concern, and with good reason. Price inflation has rapidly eclipsed COVID-19 as an economic concern, and with good reason. To combat the problem, it’s important to be clear about exactly what is causing it. Federal fiscal policy -- taxes and spending -- and regulation have an enormous effect on the value of money. The current situation has everyone on edge. Consumer prices rose by 6.2 percent over the past 12 months, the worst increase since 1990. Unleaded gasoline costs 57 percent more than it did a year ago. Home heating bills...
  • 'This is God's creation': Pelosi invokes religion for climate change action after U.N. summit

    11/18/2021 12:19:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 18, 2021 | by Ben Adler·Senior Climate Editor
    To emphasize the moral imperative to combat climate change, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invoked her religious beliefs in a press conference on Thursday. Pelosi said limiting the severity of climate change is “a moral obligation for us to hand this planet over to the next generation in a responsible way.” “For me, it’s a religious thing: I believe this is God’s creation, and we have a moral obligation to be good stewards,” said Pelosi, who is a practicing Catholic. Pelosi hastened to add that one need not be religious to agree with her argument. “If you don’t share that view,”...
  • Kamala Harris tries to answer a question about inflation, gas prices, supply chain and fails miserably. (54 second video)

    11/17/2021 8:44:03 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 49 replies ^ | 11/14/2021
    God help us...
  • Democrats rebrand Build Back Better bill to counter inflation concerns

    11/17/2021 11:07:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    NBC News / Comcast ^ | November | By Sahil Kapur and Julie Tsirkin
    WASHINGTON — Democrats are refocusing their message on President Joe Biden's Build Back Better bill in response to inflation concerns from voters and key centrist lawmakers as Congress moves closer to final votes on the massive spending package. The White House and Democratic leaders have rebranded the legislation as an antidote to widespread price hikes, arguing that it would lower the cost of prescription drugs, child care and overall expenses related to raising families. "Want to fight inflation? Support Build Back Better," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday. Consumer prices jumped by 6.2 percent last month, the biggest...
  • US national parks to offer look into green-friendly transit

    11/17/2021 11:00:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2021 | By HOPE YEN (D-AP)
    Americans may soon get a better glimpse into a future of green-friendly transportation by visiting a U.S. national park. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg signed a joint pledge Wednesday to test some of the newest and most innovative travel technologies on public lands and improve visitors’ tourism experience. Under multimillion-dollar pilot programs made available by the $1 trillion infrastructure law and other federal spending, visitors to national parks could see self-driving shuttle buses, along with electric scooter or bike stations and electric charging stations for zero-emission cars. In February, for instance, park officials said it would...
  • EU plans to ban food imports from deforested areas

    11/17/2021 10:49:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    France24 ^ | November 17, 2021
    Brussels (AFP) – The EU plans to bar food and wood imports from deforested areas, according to a proposal unveiled Wednesday aimed at using its trade power to drive sustainability. The draft law, which Brussels wants to turn into binding rules for all 27 European Union nations, would require companies show their soy, beef, palm oil, cocoa, coffee and wood products are certified "deforestation-free". It follows an international pledge made at the COP26 summit last week to end deforestation by 2030. "This proposal is a truly ground-breaking one," the EU commissioner for climate action policy, Virginijus Sinkevicius, told a media...