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  • Obama seeks faster phaseout of popular coolant in effort to curb greenhouse gases

    09/16/2014 4:44:42 AM PDT · by MikeinMotley · 54 replies
    wapo ^ | September 15, 2014 | Joby Warrick
    The Obama administration is preparing to introduce major steps to phase out production of a popular chemical coolant used in refrigerators and air conditioners, citing growing evidence that the substance is contributing to the warming of the planet. The White House will announce on Tuesday a series of voluntary commitments by some of the country’s largest chemical firms and retailers to move rapidly away from R-134a and similar compounds used in nearly every office, home and automobile in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort.
  • UEFA rule Atletico's on-loan Chelsea 'keeper can play against the Blues in UCL semis

    04/11/2014 5:18:24 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 4 replies
    ProSoccerTalk ^ | 2014-04-11 | Jon Prince-Wright
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  • Mysterious new man-made gases pose threat to ozone layer

    03/10/2014 9:43:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/9/14 | Matt McGrath
    Scientists have identified four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer. Two of the gases are accumulating at a rate that is causing concern among researchers. Worries over the growing ozone hole have seen the production of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases restricted since the mid 1980s. But the precise origin of these new, similar substances remains a mystery, say scientists. Lying in the atmosphere, between 15 and 30km above the surface of the Earth, the ozone layer plays a critical role in blocking harmful UV rays, which cause cancers in humans and reproductive problems in...
  • Ozone Hole Won't Heal Until 2070, NASA Finds

    12/14/2013 10:38:19 AM PST · by facedown · 54 replies
    Live Science via Yahoo News ^ | December 12, 2013 | Tia Ghose
    SAN FRANCISCO — The banning of ozone-depleting chemicals hasn't yet caused detectable improvements in the Antarctic ozone hole, new research suggests. Instead, changes in the South Pole's ozone hole from year-to-year are likely the result of natural variations in wind patterns, researchers said here Wednesday (Dec. 11) in a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The findings suggest that measuring the total size of the ozone hole says little about ozone depletion, and that it's misleading to use the hole's extent alone to measure environmental progress.
  • Ozone chemicals ban linked to global warming ‘pause’ (new propaganda)

    11/11/2013 6:35:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 November 2013 | Last updated at 13:49 ET | Matt McGrath
    A new study suggests that the ban on ozone depleting chemicals may have also impacted the rise in global temperatures. CFC gases were responsible for a massive hole in the ozone layer, but they also had a powerful greenhouse effect. The authors link a ban on their use to a “pause” or slowdown in temperature increases since the mid 1990s. The research is published in the journal Nature Geoscience. The subject of a hiatus or standstill in global temperatures rises since 1998 has been the subject of intense debate among scientists, and it has been used as a key argument...
  • China, U.S. Make Climate Deal

    06/10/2013 1:31:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    You probably missed some pretty big news over the weekend: China and the United States agreed to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. If you’re old enough to remember the ozone scare, that was mostly caused by chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. A 1987 agreement banned those, giving rise to HFCs as a replacement, which don’t cause an ozone hole but do heat up the atmosphere a lot. Why is this a big deal? On its own terms, it will do a lot to restrain global warming, eliminating perhaps half a degree Celsius of expected warming over a century. But...
  • Ozone hole above the Arctic has actually been caused by COLD Weather

    01/29/2012 9:09:19 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 22 replies · 1+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 20 Jan 2012 | Rob Waugh
    The first ozone hole above the North Pole has been aggravated by extraordinarily cold winter temperatures, say scientists. Cooling of the ozone layer enhances the effect of ozone-destroying substances such as chlorofluorocarbons - CFC. A repeated ozone hole above the Arctic is to be expected, say scientists from the KIT Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research. About a year ago, the scientists detected that ozone degradation above the Arctic for the first time reached an extent comparable to that of the ozone hole above the South Pole. At a level of around 13 miles above the ground, 80 per cent...
  • examiner.com - Federal employees can make tax deductible gun rights gifts 'till Jan. 17th

    11/29/2010 7:34:14 PM PST · by majstoll
    examiner.com ^ | November 29, 2010 | Mike Stollenwerk
    “Recognizing the needs are greater than ever, OPM granted the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area . . . an extension of the campaign solicitation period to January 17, 2011. Federal employees can pledge funds to . . . [m]ore than 4,000 local, national and international charities.” What is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)? It’s the federal government’s massive annual effort to encourage federal employees and military members to make payroll deductions to certain charitable organizations. “As always, CFC donations are tax deductible.” . . .
  • Deadly silence at the DMZ

    05/28/2010 11:36:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 716+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 5/29/2010 | Donald Kirk
    In the duel between North and South Korea, the question now is who will pull the trigger first? The answer may be neither, but don't count on it. The dueling now focuses on two quite different flashpoints. The first is the West or Yellow Sea, where North Korea has vowed to open fire against any South Korean vessel intruding in its waters. One issue there is how to define which waters are North Korean. The North refuses to recognize the Northern Limit Line, set by the United Nations Command after the Korean War (1950-1953) and challenged by North Korea in...
  • US Offers to Sell Command Bunker to S. Korea

    03/21/2010 11:09:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 531+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 3/21/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    The top American military officer here has proposed that South Korea buy a key U.S. underground command bunker on the outskirts of Seoul, as his troops will move to an area south of the Han River, relinquishing wartime operational control to Korean commanders, a source at the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said Sunday. CFC Commander Gen. Walter Sharp, who concurrently heads the 28,000-strong U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), made the proposal to South Korea during the Key Resolve command-post exercise that ended Thursday, the source told The Korea Times. The Ministry of National Defense is reviewing the offer but has yet...
  • Five Decades Of Cooling Ahead

    12/24/2009 3:44:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 86 replies · 4,041+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 24, 2009 | INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Climate Change: A peer-reviewed study by a respected Canadian physicist blames the interplay of cosmic rays and chlorofluorocarbons for 20th-century warming. The CFCs are now gone, and so is warming — perhaps for the next 50 years. Much of the nation got a white Christmas this year, some in unprecedented quantities. A record-breaking storm deposited 12 to 30 inches of snow in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Many places set records for the most snow in a single December day as more than 50% of the U.S. was covered by the white stuff. Scientists (and here we use the word...
  • Full list of every Cash for Clunkers trade in

    09/29/2009 3:12:26 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 12 replies · 1,025+ views
    Jalopnik ^ | 9/29/2009 | Matt Hardigree
    the list of all 690,114 trade-ins.
  • Some Surprised by 'Clunker' Tax

    08/25/2009 7:17:32 AM PDT · by DadOfFive · 35 replies · 1,862+ views
    Some Surprised By 'Clunker' Tax Posts The Cash For Clunkers program is adding to the activity at treasurers' offices all around South Dakota. First, people were asking for proof of ownership, so they could show they owned their vehicle for a full year, allowing them to cash it in. Now, they'll be returning to register their new vehicle. And when they do, new owners need to bring every bit of paperwork provided to them by their dealer. "That means they need their title, their damage disclosure, their bill of sale and the dealers have 30 days to get that to...
  • The Space Shuttle Tragedy's Green Connection

    08/06/2003 9:44:00 AM PDT · by Maria S · 11 replies · 703+ views
    frontpagemag.com ^ | August 6, 2003 | Jon Berlau
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, said in July that it had found the "smoking gun" that caused the space shuttle Columbia to break apart as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere on Feb. 1: a piece of foam that had peeled off the external fuel tank and struck the shuttle's wing 1 minute and 22 seconds after liftoff. But many experts looking at the tragedy that killed seven astronauts say there is a deeper cause. They say that the metaphorical smoking gun should be painted green. Because of demands that the agency help to front for...
  • Spending billions on a non-existent problem

    04/27/2009 6:03:28 PM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 449+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 27, 2009 | Dr. Tim Ball
    From error to error one discovers the entire truth.” Sigmund Freud. The Issue The US Congress is currently discussing the Obama climate change strategy and Cap and Trade. One part of the plan says, “Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.” The term “greenhouse gas emissions” is either deliberately misleading or indicates complete ignorance of the science, or both. What they really mean is CO2, yet it is less than 4% of greenhouse gases and the human portion a fraction of that. Why do they want it reduced? It is not a pollutant...
  • Bulbs Save Energy By Not Working

    03/28/2009 8:59:19 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 116 replies · 2,713+ views
    News and Observer ^ | 3/28/09 | Leora Broydo Vestel
    It sounds like such a simple thing: Buy some new light bulbs, screw them in, save the planet. But a lot of people are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple. Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts. Take the case of Karen Zuercher and her husband, in San Francisco. Inspired by watching the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” they decided to swap nearly every incandescent bulb in their home for energy-saving compact fluorescents....
  • Asthma Sufferers Victimized by UN Ozone Madness

    01/20/2009 9:53:05 AM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies · 1,343+ views
    thenewamerican ^ | William F. Jasper
    Beginning January 1, 2009, millions of asthma sufferers will no longer legally be able to obtain the low-cost albuterol inhalers that enable them to breathe. The inhalers have been outlawed by FDA regulations under the UN Montreal Protocol on Ozone Deplation.  Few things are more terrifying than being smothered, yet millions of Americans who suffer from asthma and other respiratory ailments experience this sensation on a regular basis. For many it is not just an unpleasant and debilitating experience, but a life-threatening one. For decades, these sufferers have received emergency relief from albuterol metered-dose inhalers (MDIs). These traditional MDIs, however,...
  • Science slows global warming!

    09/07/2008 12:46:03 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 432+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 07, 2008 | James Lewis
    Yes, kids, science is a wonderful thing. But not nearly as wonderful as climate modeling, which can perform supernatural miracles. Honest! Climate modeling can raise the level of the oceans (even without Obama's intervention), it can burn up the planet a hundred years from now, and Shazzam! -- the models can save us again -- all without leaving your video games, and without the benefit of the real-world data that you need for boring old regular science. At least, that's what Nature -- the oldest science journal in the world, going back to Isaac Newton -- now claims. According to...
  • Bush aide resigns for alleged wrongdoing (alleged misuse of grant money from U.S. AID)

    03/28/2008 1:02:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,931+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/28/08 | Terence Hunt - ap
    WASHINGTON - An aide to President Bush has resigned because of an alleged misuse of grant money from U.S. Agency for International Development and his former employer, a Cuban democracy organization. Felipe Sixto was promoted on March 1 as a special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affair and stepped forward on March 20 to reveal his alleged wrongdoing and to resign, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said on Friday. The matter has been turned over to the Justice Department for investigation, Stanzel said. He said Bush was briefed on the case and felt that the approriate action was being...
  • U.S., Banks Near A Plan to Freeze Subprime Rates

    11/30/2007 1:38:02 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 116 replies · 1,035+ views
    The Wall Street Journal (excerpt) ^ | November 30, 2007 | Deborah Solomon and Michael M. Phillips
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration and major financial institutions are close to agreeing on a plan that would temporarily freeze interest rates on certain troubled subprime home loans, according to people familiar with the negotiations. An accord could reassure investors and strapped homeowners, both of whom are anxious as interest rates on more than two million adjustable mortgages are scheduled to jump over the next two years. It could also give a boost to the Bush administration, which is facing criticism for inaction amid the recent housing turmoil. The plan is being negotiated between regulators including the Treasury...
  • Abortion supporters disrupt Mass at Cathedral of Managua, attempt to receive Communion

    10/02/2007 6:05:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 134+ views
    CNA ^ | October 1, 2007
    Fr. Conde denying communion to one of the abortion supporters (photo: La Prensa) Managua, Oct 1, 2007 / 11:51 am (CNA).- Just yesterday, feminists and pro-abortion supporters interrupted Mass at the Cathedral of Managua in Nicaragua and attempted to receive Holy Communion.  When they were refused, according to church law, they reacted violently and forced the celebrant to end the Mass.The decision by the celebrant, Father Bismark Conde, to deny them Communion bothered the women, some of whom are members of “Catholics for a Free Choice.”  They remained in the church and demanded to receive the Eucharist.According to the Nicaraguan...
  • VANITY - Question about NATURE.COM

    09/27/2007 2:18:04 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies · 313+ views
    09/27/2007 | Me
    QUESTION: Does anybody here on FR have a subscription at NATURE.COM? I have been furiously trying to find the article: "Chemists poke holes in ozone theory" that RUSH referenced on his show today about the OZONE depletions may NOT be caused by CFC's after all! Every Google link I find is tied back to NATURE.COM and no excerpts are found.............. If you have a NATURE.COM subscription, please post the article, if possible......
  • Pope names Brazilian cardinal to top Vatican post

    10/31/2006 10:18:31 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 317+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 31, 2006
    Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday named Cardinal Claudio Hummes, who heads Brazil's largest Roman Catholic diocese, to head the Vatican office in charge of priests around the world.Hummes, 72, succeeds another South American, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. The Vatican said Hoyos, a 77-year-old Colombian, was retiring.In addition to dealing with supervision of priests around the world, the Vatican clergy office has a watchdog role over local church finances.Hummes is considered a leading church figure in the Third World and was seen candidate for the papacy in the conclave that elected Benedict last...
  • Record ozone loss over Antarctic this year: agency (ESA)

    10/02/2006 2:19:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 640+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/2/06 | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - A satellite has detected record losses of ozone over Antarctica this year, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Monday, further damaging the shield that protects the Earth from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays. In the past decade, the level of ozone in the Earth's atmosphere has fallen by about 0.3 percent, increasing the risk of skin cancer, cataracts and harm to marine life, ESA added. The presence of a hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic was first recognized in 1985. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said earlier this month that the hole was nearing its record...
  • The Higher Cost of Breathing (More Stupidity by Regulators)

    06/01/2006 4:56:18 PM PDT · by motorcity70 · 6 replies · 273+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 05/12/06 | Andrew Pollock
    An environmental effort to protect the earth's ozone layer could mean disruptions for the nation's millions of asthma patients. A federally mandated shift to a more ozone-friendly version of the hand-held inhalers used to quell asthma attacks is creating spot shortages of the devices, because production of the older versions has declined even before producers of the new inhalers ramp up fully. The shift is also giving a few drug makers the rare chance to introduce brand-name medicine into a market long dominated by low-cost generics. The drug at issue is albuterol, the leading prescription treatment used to open constricted...
  • California Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Reintroduced - ("gut and amend" AB 651 passes CA Senate)

    06/08/2005 5:28:26 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 377+ views
    CALIFORNIA FAMILY COUNCIL.ORG ^ | JUNE 8, 2005 | Staff
    AB 651 (FORMERLY AB 654) Physician Assisted Death (Berg, D-Eureka and Levine, D-Van Nuys) Using a procedural ploy, called “gut and amend”, the authors of the physician-assisted suicide bill avoided certain defeat of AB 654 during the last week of the mid-session deadline. Instead of placing the bill before the full Assembly for a vote, authors Patty Berg, (D-Santa Rosa) and Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys) pulled the bill and took AB 651, a bill that has already passed the Assembly, gutted (removed) the language from that bill and replaced it with language from AB 654. By using “gut and amend”...
  • Sun's Temper Blamed for Arctic Ozone Loss

    03/01/2005 4:21:09 PM PST · by Dimples · 12 replies · 540+ views
    Live Science ^ | March 1, 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    A dramatic thinning of Earth's protective ozone layer above the Arctic last year was the result of intense upper-level winds and an extra dose of space weather, scientists said Tuesday. Ozone, which screens out some of the Sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation, declined by up to 60 percent in the stratosphere over high northern latitudes in the spring of 2004. Officials issued a health warning earlier this year for residents of the far North. In a new study, scientists conclude that an intense round of solar storms around Halloween in 2003 was at the root of the problem. Charged particles from...
  • The ACLU is at it again

    08/19/2004 3:00:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 519+ views
    townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2004 | Jay Bryant
    The American Civil Liberties Union, which is inclined to believe it not only invented integrity, but holds the patent, has decided it is too ethical to worry about whether or not it is subsidizing terrorism. The organization was about to get kicked off the list of charities to which Federal workers could contribute under the government's payroll-deduction donation program, which is called the Combined Federal Campaign. So it withdrew first. "You can't fire me, I quit." Through the CFC, Federal workers can select their favorite charities and designate an amount to be withheld from their checks and sent on to...
  • ACLU, Other Non-Profit Groups to Work Against New Federal Watch Lists

    08/14/2004 7:33:45 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 377+ views
    OneWorld US ^ | Aug. 13, 2004 | Jim Lobe
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug 13 (OneWorld) - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a campaign to oppose policies of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) that require some 10,000 non-profit groups that raise money through the CFC program to check their employees against federal "watch list" of terrorist suspects. The campaign, which has already drawn 15 other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Amnesty International, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Sierra Club, will pursue a variety of possible challenges to the CFC program's new requirements, possibly including a lawsuit regarding its constitutionality. "The government's 'war on terror'...
  • A.C.L.U. to Withdraw From Charity Drive

    08/01/2004 12:51:35 PM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 7 replies · 433+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 1, 2004 | ADAM LIPTAK
    The New York Times August 1, 2004 A.C.L.U. to Withdraw From Charity Drive By ADAM LIPTAK The American Civil Liberties Union withdrew from a federal charity drive yesterday, rejecting the $500,000 it expected to receive through it this year. The move was prompted, the civil liberties group said, by an article in The New York Times yesterday. The article reported that the group had signed a certification saying it would not knowingly employ people whose names appeared on several government terrorism watch lists. Since October, all of the thousands of charities that participate in the drive, called the Combined Federal...
  • ACLU rejects federal charity plan; Says Patriot Act policy violates the Constitution

    08/01/2004 7:57:54 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 387+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NEW YORK - The ACLU withdrew Saturday from a program that allows federal workers and military personnel to contribute to charities because it requires participating nonprofit groups to check their employees' names against a government watch list of suspected terrorists. The American Civil Liberties Union called the Combined Federal Campaign's policy unconstitutional and said it would reject more than $500,000 in donations from the program rather than submit to the requirement, which was instituted under the Patriot Act, said Anthony Romero, the ACLU's executive director.
  • The Skeptics vs. the Ozone Hole...Editorial from Weather Underground

    07/04/2004 5:21:55 AM PDT · by RetroSexual · 11 replies · 1,105+ views
    Wunderground.com ^ | 2004 | Dr. Jeffery M. Masters
    On June 28, 1974, Sherry Rowland and Mario Molina, chemists at the University of California, Irvine, published the first scientific paper warning that human-generated chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) could cause serious harm to Earth's protective ozone layer (Molina and Rowland, 1974). They calculated that if CFC production continued to increase at the going rate of 10%/year until 1990, then remain steady, CFCs would cause a global 5 to 7 percent ozone loss by 1995 and 30-50% loss by 2050. They warned that the loss of ozone would significantly increase the amount of skin-damaging ultraviolet UV-B light reaching the surface, greatly increasing skin...
  • Coalition Pursues Dual Missions in Afghanistan

    12/19/2003 7:37:44 AM PST · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 128+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec. 19, 2003 | By Jim Garamone
    While coalition forces will do their utmost to kill or capture terrorist leaders here, the provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan are the wave of the future, said Army Lt. Gen. David Barno. Barno, commander of Combined Forces Command, Central Asia, also said operations in Afghanistan have not been limited by the war in Iraq. "We have a robust capability here that continues to do daily work against critical targets – Osama bin Laden, Al Zawahiri, Mullah Omar, Gullbaden Hekmatyar," he said. "Those are very important targets here in the theater, and we have assets going after them on a daily...
  • They are not all charitable

    11/20/2003 6:59:28 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 7 replies · 110+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 20 Nov 03 | Not Provided
    <p>After Thanksgiving passes, the march to Christmas begins — with the Salvation Army ringing bells outside shops and television reruns of Scrooge constantly reminding all of us that the season is about giving as much as receiving. In Washington, autumn 'tis the season for the Office of Personnel Management's so-called Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Federal employees should take a second look before contributing this year.</p>
  • Earthgrains to Pay $5.25 Million Penalty and Phase Out Refrigerants That Damage Ozone Layer

    07/31/2003 9:01:11 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 172+ views
    Earthgrains to Pay $5.25 Million Penalty and Phase Out Refrigerants That Damage Ozone Layer 7/31/03 11:41:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Environmental Protection Agency, 202-564-7842, ENRD, 202-514-2007 WASHINGTON, July 31 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement that resolves significant ozone-depletion violations that occurred in the United States. With this settlement, the United States has taken a major step in protecting the ozone layer worldwide by eliminating from the earth's atmosphere harmful refrigerants, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that leak from industrial appliances and have been a major cause of...