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  • Australia Cuts 110 Climate Scientist Jobs

    02/09/2016 5:39:58 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Scientific Amerian ^ | February 8, 2016 | By Gayathri Vaidyanathan
    SUBTITLE: Because the science is settled there is no need for more basic research, the government says. With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia's federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited. As many as 110 out of 140 positions at the atmosphere and oceans division will be cut, Larry Marshall, the agency's chief executive, told staff Friday. "The situation is very bad here," the scientist said. "Eighty percent of our climate capability will be gone; it is clear that climate modeling will be cut...
  • We Can Expect More Outbreaks Like Zika As The Climate Changes

    02/04/2016 8:19:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 3, 2016 | by Lydia O'Connor
    The factors leading to the current Zika outbreak won't be clear for some time, but environmental health experts say there's a good chance such infectious diseases will become more common as the global climate warms.
  • We print money to bail out banks. Why can't we do it to solve climate change?

    01/30/2016 4:16:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | January 30, 2016 | by Matthias Kroll
    We need an estimated $1tn per year to stay below a global temperature rise of 2C. Creating new money might be the only way to meet this financial challenge. The international community has agreed on an ambitious agenda to curb climate change. Some 195 countries have decided to try and cut greenhouse gas emissions to a level that will limit the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2C. The question we now face is: how are we going to finance the changes needed to reach this goal? Quantitative easing - creating new money - might just be the...
  • Palin's Big Oil infatuation [2008 FLASHBACK, may never Snow in DC Again]

    01/22/2016 1:46:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 24, 2008 | Robert Kenney, Jr.
    ... In the 1960s, we rarely saw lightning or heard thunder on the Massachusetts coast. I associate electrical storms with McLean, Va., where I spent the school year when I was growing up. In Virginia, the weather also has changed dramatically. Recently arrived residents in the northern suburbs, accustomed to today's anemic winters, might find it astonishing to learn that there were once ski runs on Ballantrae Hill in McLean, with a rope tow and local ski club. Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don't own a sled. But neighbors came to our home at Hickory...
  • Climate Change May Spell More Traffic Fatalities

    01/22/2016 1:01:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 22, 2016 | by Emily DeMarco
    Economists find bikers, motorcyclists and pedestrians are most at risk. (Inside Science) -- When gasoline prices fall or the economy grows, people may have more money to spend, but there can be an unexpected downside. Traffic fatalities often increase because additional drivers take to the roads. Now, economists have established that another seemingly auspicious occurrence has a dark side: nice weather. That's the surprising finding from a pair of economists, who investigated how climate change may affect traffic accident rates in the United States over the next century. In their analysis, the researchers predict that as the planet warms, there...
  • If we’re going to fix climate change, we’ll have to get creative

    01/07/2016 2:16:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2016 | By Thomas Kostigen
    The developing world deserves reparations from wealthier nations as compensation for the harmful climate change effects that are mostly our fault. It's us who have tainted our global commons by emitting vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and us whose actions have led to extreme weather and other disasters in the world's most vulnerable regions. But a strictly financial mea culpa from rich nations won't be enough. Rich countries should also invest in geoengineering projects to provide solutions for those on the front lines of climate change: those who cannot afford to pay for more adaptive and resilient...
  • Earth is 'experiencing a global warming spurt'

    01/06/2016 8:16:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | January 6, 2016 | By John Upton
    Scientists say cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown Earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years. While El Niño is being blamed for an outbreak of floods, storms and unseasonable temperatures across the planet, a much slower-moving cycle of the Pacific Ocean has also been playing a role in record-breaking warmth. The recent effects of both ocean cycles are being amplified by climate change. A 2014 flip was detected in the sluggish and elusive ocean cycle known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO, which also...
  • Did Two federal Agencies Fraudulently Cook Global Warming Data

    11/26/2015 7:26:59 AM PST · by detective · 21 replies
    Oversight: A federal agency keeps stonewalling congressional efforts to access its internal communications. What's the problem here? If the agency's global warming claim was honestly arrived at, just turn over the documents.
  • Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures (Exaggerated records?)

    04/26/2015 4:58:36 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/25/2015 | Christopher Booker
    Last month, we are told, the world enjoyed its hottest March since records began in 1880. This year, according to US government scientists, already bids to outrank 2014 as the hottest ever. The figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were based, like all the other three official surface temperature records on which the worlds scientists and politicians rely, on data compiled from a network of weather stations by NOAAs Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). But here there is a puzzle. These temperature records are not the only ones with official status. The other two, Remote Sensing...
  • More Americans Trust Fox News Than Obama On Climate Change, Poll Finds

    04/03/2015 6:18:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 2, 2015 | By James Gerken
    More U.S. adults believe Fox News is a reliable source of information about climate change than believe President Barack Obama is, according to a new poll from St. Leo University. The March poll of 1,016 Americans found that 17 percent trust Fox News on climate change, while only 11 percent trust the president. Twenty-two percent of respondents said they trust print, online and broadcast media outlets, "such as CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, Associated Press, New York Times." Despite these poll results, Fox News and its hosts and commentators have received far more criticism for the accuracy of their climate change...
  • NYT Smears Scientist Willie Soon for Telling the Truth About Global Warming

    02/22/2015 6:53:53 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/21/2015 | James Delingpole
    Another day, another attack on the integrity of the Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist Dr. Willie Soon, this time in the New York Times. I first became aware of Soon in 2009 when reading through the Climategate emails. One of them was a jocular suggestion by a warmist called Tom Wigley as to how best to smear Soon and his co-author Sallie Baliunas. Might be interesting to see how frequently Soon and Baliunas, individually, are cited (as astronomers). Are they any good in their own fields? Perhaps we could start referring to them as astrologers (excusable asoops, just a typo). You might be...
  • When Science is Betrayed and What Lessons We Should Learn

    01/15/2015 7:50:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When Science is Betrayed – and What Lessons We Should Learn By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a great reverence for science in our culture. On the one hand, rightly so. Science has made enormous strides that have changed life as we know it. Profound discoveries have eradicated diseases, improved health, increased the world’s food supply, led to a computer revolution, drawn us higher into outer space and deeper into inner space, revealed hidden mysteries of nature, and produced technologies unimaginable to even our recent ancestors.On the other hand, the reverence of science has tipped perhaps too far in the direction of a...
  • Forget Climategate: this global warming scandal is much bigger

    01/31/2015 8:16:30 AM PST · by Twotone · 31 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | Jan. 20, 2015 | James Delingpole
    How can we believe in global warming when the temperature records providing the evidence for that warming cannot be trusted? Its a big question and one which many people, even on the sceptical side of the argument, are reluctant to ask.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown Touts Climate Change Fight

    01/06/2015 3:50:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Businass Daily ^ | January 6, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Environmentalism: Re-upping on delusional climate-change fantasies, "Governor Moonbeam" asked in his inauguration speech Monday for the Golden State to meet half its energy needs with renewable energy by 2030. Gov. Jerry Brown, who leads the state that hosted Solyndra, embraces bird-chopping wind turbines and builds crispy critter-producing solar panel farms, is a leading advocate of renewable energy and environmental protection. As pollution from coal-fired plants and industries in China wafted across the Pacific, he took a deep breath at his fourth inauguration as the state's chief executive and doubled down on green energy's failed promise by tasking California to fight...
  • U.N. Demands Fossil Fuel Phase Out By 2100 To Save Planet

    11/05/2014 10:30:23 AM PST · by raptor22 · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: The high priests of the climate change religion decree in a recipe for global poverty that renewable energy must generate most of the world's electricity, with fossil fuels purged by the end of this century. In a report released in Copenhagen on Sunday that Secretary of State John Kerry has called "another canary in a coal mine," the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recycled its prophecies of doom. The document is titled "Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report." The "synthesis" refers to the report's being essentially the "greatest hits" of prior climate assessment reports that...
  • Fossil fuels should be 'phased out by 2100' says IPCC

    11/02/2014 4:26:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 2, 2014 | By Matt McGrath
    The unrestricted use of fossil fuels must end soon if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change. That is the central message of a stark new report from the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC urges that by 2050, most of the world's electricity must - and can - be produced from low carbon sources. Fossil fuels, without carbon capture and storage (CCS), should be phased out "almost entirely" by 2100. It re-states many familiar positions: Warming is "unequivocal" and the human influence on climate is clear Since the 1950s the observed changes are unprecedented over decades...
  • 8 foods you're about to lose due to climate change

    10/29/2014 3:50:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 136 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 29, 2014 | by Twilight Greenaway
    As worsening drought and extreme weather devastate crops, you may begin seeing global warming when you open your fridge. According to David Lobell,deputy director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, The general story is that agriculture is sensitive. Its not the end of the world; but it will be a big enough deal to be worth our concern. Lobell has already noticed the effect of climate change on some crops. For example, he says, yield data from corn and wheat production suggests that these two staples are already being negatively affected by the changing...
  • Alcoholic drinks makers lead way on climate change adaptation

    10/17/2014 5:15:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 16, 2014 | BY JANE WARDELL
    Wine and beer lovers face an uncertain future. While climate change is a distant consideration for many global businesses, grapes and grains are on the front line. The good news for those who like a tipple is that alcoholic drinks makers are among businesses leading the way in devising technology to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Experts say such mitigation and adaptation techniques are critical for a range of companies to prepare for a future that is hotter, drier and prone to extreme weather and consequences such as flooding.
  • Say g'bye to summer hummersonce global climate warms

    10/16/2014 6:26:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Portland Tribune ^ | October 16, 2014 | by Paul Gooberstein
    For a good part of the year, the colorful rufous hummingbird can be spotted all over Portland. After nesting and breeding here in the summer and fall, these feisty hummers migrate some 2,000 miles southward to winter in Mexico. But over the next few decades, the tiny bird is expected to become increasingly rare in Portland. Climate change is likely to alter its travel plans, which include the longest annual migration of any hummingbird species. Its range is likely to shift northward, according to predictions in a new report from the National Audubon Society. The rufous, like hundreds of other...
  • Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change

    10/13/2014 7:54:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 13, 2014
    WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises. The report lays out a road map to show how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic military planning situations to...
  • Few U.S. states preparing for climate change, study says

    10/09/2014 4:40:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 9, 2014 | By NEELA BANERJEE
    Fewer than half of American states are working to protect themselves from climate change, despite more detailed warnings from scientists that communities are already being damaged, according to a new online clearinghouse of states efforts compiled by the Georgetown Climate Center. Fourteen states have plans to prepare for the effects of climate change. California, New York and Maryland are among those that have made the greatest progress toward the dozens of goals their plans set forth, such as cutting statewide greenhouse gas emissions, improving infrastructure, securing water supplies, battling wildfires or coping with rising sea levels. Even those states have...
  • Will Climate Change Make Men Extinct?

    10/08/2014 3:59:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 7, 2014 | By James West
    The world is warming. The beasts are dying en masse. The oceans are rising. The deserts are roasting. It's the survival of the fittest out there, guys. Who's going to win, evolutionarily speaking? Men or women? It turns out that warming temperatures may have a surprising gender biasin favor of women. That's the conclusion of a team of Japanese researchers who have discovered a "statistically significant" association between climate changeincluding rising temperatures and extreme weather eventsand the birth rates of boys and girls in Japan. Warmer temperatures have accompanied an increased proportion of female babies in the population, and a...
  • Mine workers protest at U.S. EPA

    10/07/2014 9:59:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    West Virginia MetroNews ^ | October 7, 2014 | By Chris Lawrence
    The rules put in place by the Obama administrations Environmental Protection Agency have dealt a severe blow to the economy of the Appalachian region. The most recent proposal could be the death knell if they are enacted. More than 500 active and retired coal miners from West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia delivered that message to Washington Tuesday. The protest is the most recent demonstration against the clean power rule which would change the rules for emissions on existing coal fired power plants in the United States. The rally, led by the United Mine Workers Union, called on the...
  • Scientists to 'fast-track' evidence linking extreme weather to climate change

    10/04/2014 8:29:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 4, 2014 | By DARREN BOYLE
    Environmental scientists want to introduce a new system to prove that adverse weather events are directly linked to climate change to counter global warming sceptics. Under the new plan, a heatwave or major storm will be linked scientifically to man made climate change immediately after the event to prevent critics from blaming it on natural variations in the weather. Scientists want to be able to provide proof of whether an event was caused by climate change within three day rather than the current system which can take up to a year. Experts claim that such a long wait for proof...
  • Why Climate Change Affects Poor Neighborhoods The Most

    10/03/2014 12:01:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    TIME ^ | October 3, 2014 | by Justin Worland
    Scientists frequently tout new evidence that climate change will drive some of the most populated cities in the United States underwater. New York, Boston and Miami are all at risk. But the impact of climate change varies even within cities, putting residents of poor neighborhoods at greatest risk of suffering from heat-related ailments, researchers say. Cities tend to be warmer, but its spatially variable within cities, says Joyce Klein Rosenthal, a researcher at Harvard who published a recent study on the impact of climate change in cities. Generally, higher poverty neighborhoods are warmer and wealthier neighborhoods are cooler.
  • Did climate change create modern man? Ancient temperature shifts made us more intelligent

    10/01/2014 3:59:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 1, 2014 | By SARAH GRIFFITHS
    Our most ancient ancestors were battling climate change to survive droughts, freezing and flooding. And now a growing number of scientists believe that shifts in the Earths climate are responsible for creating some of our most distinctive characteristics. Their research suggests that large evolutionary leaps, such as the development of our bigger brains and ability to create and use complex tools, coincided with periods of volatile climate change.
  • California drought and climate warming: Studies find no clear link

    09/29/2014 4:37:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 29, 2014 | By BETTINA BOXALL
    Global warming contributed to extreme heat waves in many parts of the world last year, but cannot be definitively linked to the California drought, according to a report released Monday. In the report, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 20 research teams explored the causes of 16 extreme weather events recorded in 2013, including torrential downpours in Colorado, heat waves in Korea and Australia and a blizzard in South Dakota. The studies overwhelmingly showed that human-caused climate change played a role in the heat waves, in some cases making them 10 times more likely. But the report...
  • Australia Heat Wave Is Tied to Climate Change

    09/29/2014 4:30:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 29, 2014 | By JUSTIN GILLIS
    The savage heat waves that struck Australia in 2013 were almost certainly a direct consequence of the human release of greenhouse gases, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made that ties a specific weather event to global warming. Five groups of researchers, using distinct methods, analyzed the heat that baked Australia for much of last year and continued into 2014. All five came to the conclusion that last years heat waves could not have been as severe without the long-term climatic warming caused by human activity. When we look at the heat across...
  • Climate change? China rebuts Obama

    09/24/2014 2:20:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 24, 2014 | By George Russell
    While President Obama challenged China at the United Nations to follow the U.S. lead in pushing for drastic reductions in national carbon emissions to save the planet from climate change, it appears that China has dramatically different ideas. As in: No. According to a document deposited at the UNFCCC in advance of a planned meeting next month, China insists that the U.S. and other developed countries endure most of the economic pain of carbon emission cutbacks, and need to make significantly more sacrifices in the months ahead. Carbon emission cutbacks by China and other developing countries, the document says, will...
  • President Obama Declares Climate Change Defining Threat of the Century

    09/23/2014 2:16:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 23, 2014 | By Devin Dwyer
    Even as he battles ISIS and Ebola, President Obama today declared climate change the threat that will define the contours of this century more than any other. Climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. The alarm bells keep ringing. Our citizens keep marching. We cannot pretend we dont hear them, Obama told delegates at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, referencing the massive demonstrations over the past few days. We have to tackle this global threat before its too late.
  • Climate Change March Out Of Step With Facts

    09/23/2014 12:19:33 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 23, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Those trying to save the planet leave trash-filled streets in advance of a U.N. climate confab that's a solution in search of a problem. Even a former administration official thinks the Earth is fine. Colorfully costumed zealots marched in New York and other cities Sunday in advance of Tuesday's U.N. Climate Summit. Once again they claimed, "The science is settled," and blamed capitalism for non-existent weather change. They barely noticed, as British climate-change skeptic Lord Christopher Monckton points out at Marc Morano's Climate Depot, the "Great Pause" in global temperatures now stands at 17 years and 11 months.
  • Audubon predicts climate change will shrink bird ranges

    09/14/2014 6:55:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | September 14, 2014 | by BRENDAN GIBBONS
    By 2080, birds like the northern saw-whet owl, the scarlet tanager and the Baltimore oriole could all but disappear from Pennsylvania. Climate change is expected to shrink and shift northward the ranges of these and hundreds of other species across North America, according to a groundbreaking National Audubon Society study. Citizen science was crucial to this report. Audubon scientists relied on tens of thousands of observations from the U.S. Geological Surveys North American Breeding Bird Survey, along with Aubudons own Christmas Bird Count. It combined these observations with historical climate data and climate changes predicted in the Intergovernmental Panel on...
  • U.N. climate agency reports carbon dioxide growing at alarming rate

    09/09/2014 4:41:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 9, 2014 | By CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere reached a record high last year and grew at the fastest rate in 30 years, the United Nations' climate agency reported Tuesday. Wendy Watson-Wanker, executive secretary of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, warned that time is running out in the mission to prevent devastating climate change. "It is high time the ocean, as the primary driver of the planets climate and attenuator of climate change, becomes a central part of climate change discussions, said Watson-Wanker.
  • Climate: EPA eyes limits on airline carbon pollution

    09/08/2014 4:56:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    Summit County Citizens Voice (CO) ^ | September 8, 2014 | By Bob Berwyn
    U.S. airlines may soon be required to at least start thinking about cutting their carbon footprint. The EPA last week started a rule-making process aimed at determining whether fast-growing carbon emissions from American aircraft endanger public health and welfare. The EPA action came a month after the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth, which is represented by Earthjustice, threatened to sue the agency for failing to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft. Conservation advocates say airlines could easily make big cuts in emissions, for example by upgrading fleets with fuel-efficient planes.
  • Climate change could lead to raging infernos: 200% rise in forest fires by 2090

    09/08/2014 4:39:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 8, 2014 | By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFART
    FULL TITLE: Climate change could lead to raging infernos throughout Europe: Scientists predict 200% rise in forest fires by 2090. Climate change is expected to contribute to a 'dramatic increase' in forest fires in Europe, according to a new study. The research claims that increased temperatures and longer droughts will create a 200 per cent increase in raging forest infernos by 2090. However, preventive fires could keep that increase to below 50 per cent, the Austrian scientists claim.
  • In Obama Power Grab, Climate Trumps Constitution

    09/01/2014 10:19:15 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 1, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    This lawless administration plans to bypass the two-thirds requirement for Senate ratification on a climate change treaty by entering into a "politically binding" hybrid agreement to "name and shame" climate scofflaws. Apparently letting the Environmental Protection Agency run amok with regulations fulfilling candidate Obama's pledge to bankrupt the coal industry, and enact a de facto cap-and-trade regime the president couldn't get through Congress, is not enough. The man who said his nomination was the moment the seas began to recede and the planet began to heal now plans to deal the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution yet another...
  • Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7...

    08/30/2014 7:20:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 17:05 EST, 30 August 2014 | David Rose
    To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, Americas biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice. The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by Nasa. These reveal that while the long-term trend still shows a decline last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres. This was the highest level recorded on that...
  • McConnell says he wouldnt allow a government shutdown

    08/28/2014 8:03:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 28, 2014
    Read his lips: No shutdown. Pushing back against a report to the contrary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wont let the government shut down if he becomes the chambers majority leader next year. Of course not, the Kentucky Republican told CNN in an interview. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns, he said. Government shutdowns like last Octobers are a failed policy, McConnell added.
  • Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty (More Treason. Yawn.)

    08/26/2014 7:20:54 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | AUG. 26, 2014 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the worlds largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio fights 'carbon monster' in new eco-documentary

    08/20/2014 2:25:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies
    Today ^ | August 20, 2014 | by Erin Quinlan
    Seems the Wolf of Wall Street has a few economic ideas for halting climate change. In a new documentary called Carbon, released online Wednesday, narrator Leonardo DiCaprio contends that trillions of dollars worth of fossil fuels are awaiting commercial extraction from the ground and that if we burn them, our planet is toast. Clocking in at under nine minutes, the short doesn't mince words: DiCaprio and climate scientists argue that coal, natural gas and other carbon-based forms of energy are a "monster" that has created catastrophic surges in the earths surface temperature. In response, some lawmakers around the world...
  • Livermore, Berkeley labs part of supercomputing effort to model climate change

    08/19/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | By Jeremy Thomas
    Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley lab researchers, along with scientists from six other national laboratories, will take part in a state-of-the-art supercomputing project designed to model, simulate and predict the effects of climate change on Earth. The 10-year Energy Department project -- Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) -- will develop and apply advanced climate system models on cutting-edge high-performance computing machines as soon as they become available, lab officials said. "The (complex scientific) challenge simulations are not yet possible with current model and computing capabilities," Livermore National Laboratory atmospheric scientist and ACME council chair David Bader said. "But we...
  • Central Valley Dems run from climate change

    08/18/2014 4:50:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2014 | By Carolyn Lochhead
    Democrats running for re-election in Californias parched San Joaquin Valley are refusing to link the states historic drought to climate change, despite the direct connection drawn by President Obama and his chief scientist, Stanford University physicist John Holdren. Politically, most Democrats have come to see climate change as the new same-sex marriage an issue moving irreversibly in their favor. But not in the Central Valley, where Republican climate-change denial apparently still holds sway. Amanda Renteria, a Democrat challenging freshman Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, told the Hill, Climate change doesnt really belong in the question, or answer.
  • Ebola and Climate Change: Are Humans Responsible for the Severity of the Current Outbreak?

    08/12/2014 3:35:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Elijah Wolfson
    ... In a study published in 2012, researchers asked national infectious disease experts in 30 different countries whether or not they thought climate change would affect infectious disease patterns in their countries. The majority agreed. Nevertheless, its unclear whether these beliefs are driven by good science, or, as Malcolm Gladwank argued way back in 1995, a guilt-driven idea of disease as a punishment for wickedness. Its true that West Africa, where the latest and most catastrophic Ebola outbreak is currently raging, has faced unequivocal environmental changes in recent years. The International Food Policy Research Institute published a report in 2013,...
  • New Study Sees Atlantic Warming Behind a Host of Recent Climate Shifts

    08/03/2014 12:48:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 3, 2014 | By ANDREW C. REVKIN
    Using climate models and observations, a fascinating study in this weeks issue of Nature Climate Change points to a marked recent warming of the Atlantic Ocean as a powerful shaper of a host of notable changes in climate and ocean patterns in the last couple of decades including Pacific wind, sea level and ocean patterns, the decade-plus hiatus in global warming and even Californias deepening drought Heres the University of New South Wales news release: Atlantic warming turbocharges Pacific trade winds. Record breaking trade winds may have led to hiatus in global surface average temperatures. New research has found...
  • Billionaire climate-change supporter pledges to spend big to beat Florida Gov. Rick Scott

    08/02/2014 3:57:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August 2, 2014 | By Marc Caputo
    The billionaire is ready to take out Floridas multi-millionaire governor. In a nationwide push to fight Republicans who deny the existence of man-made climate change, investor-turned-activist Tom Steyer has founded a Florida political committee, seeded it with $750,000 of his own money and says hell spend far more to help Democrat Charlie Crist defeat Gov. Rick Scott. Florida Democrats are buzzing about Steyer spending $10 million, which he wont discuss. Republicans say the California Democrat is a phony environmentalist, but they nevertheless worry his financial commitment could be real in Florida. Its hard to look at the map of the...
  • Shattering Myths to Help the Climate

    08/02/2014 7:44:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 2, 2014 | By ROBERT H. FWANK
    Each new climate-change study seems more pessimistic than the last. This May and June, for example, were the hottest ones on record for the planet. Effective countermeasures now could actually ward off many of these threats at relatively modest cost. Yet despite a robust scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions are at the root of the problem, legislation to curb them has gone nowhere in Congress. In response, President Obama has proposed stricter regulations on electric utilities, which some scientists warn may be too little, too late. Why arent we demanding more forceful action? One reason may be the frequent...
  • In private meetings, Jerry Brown encounters a more critical Mexico

    07/31/2014 3:37:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 30, 2014 | BY DAVID SIDERS
    Gov. Jerry Brown was about to leave Mexicos capital after four days of talks pressing on the environment, and he wasnt sure, broadly speaking, how his diplomacy might add up. Meetings held out of public view dinner with business magnate Carlos Slim and talks with the poet Homero Aridjis and Cuauhtmoc Crdenas Solrzano, a founder of Mexicos Party of the Democratic Revolution, among others were more critical on any number of issues, Brown said, than was on display at his official functions. Some of the more private guys, Brown said, were not that optimistic that people are interested...
  • Warner presses Gillespie on climate change

    07/27/2014 7:18:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 26, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie said he thinks there is enough evidence to support climate change after being pressed on the issue during a debate with incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). "I believe there is ample scientific evidence that contributes to climate change but I'm not entirely dismissive of those who have a different point of view," Gillespie said. Gillespie added, "Norfolk is dealing with rising sea levels but people can debate what contributes to that or not." Still, Gillespie said he thinks the administration's new carbon pollution rules "go to far."
  • Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

    07/25/2014 7:29:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    NPR ^ | July 24, 2014 | by BARBARA J. KING
    Here in southeastern Virginia, our biggest city, Norfolk, is saddled with an unwanted claim to fame. Norfolk is the place "where normal tides have risen 1.5 feet over the past century and the sea is rising faster than anywhere else on the East Coast." NPR notes that the Norfolk area "is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising." As we frequently discuss here at 13.7, human-caused (anthropogenic) climate change is a global problem. Surprisingly, at least to me, the evidence points to a narrative of universal blame, instead of one in which the "big countries"...
  • Kidney Stone Risk Creeps North as Climate Changes

    07/21/2014 4:01:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Scientific American ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Umair Irfan-Wanker
    ... In a study published earlier this month in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, Tasian and his collaborators reported that higher average daily temperatures increased the relative risk of forming kidney stones. The results indicate that the changing climate can directly affect human physiology. "We were looking at what is the risk of a patient presenting with stones after daily temperatures rose," he said. The researchers in this case looked at a database of insurance claims from 60,433 patients from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia between 2005 and 2011. They assessed the relative risk of kidney stone formation...