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  • 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 Mexico’s capital after four days of talks pressing on the environment, and he wasn’t 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 Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, a founder of Mexico’s 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...
  • A Reassuring American Presence Joins Talks on Climate Change With China

    07/21/2014 3:51:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By JANE PERLEZ
    The presence of John D. Podesta, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and now counselor to President Obama, at the recent United States-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing was a surprise. He is not a China expert. But the Chinese like old hands, aides with proximity to the Oval Office, and Mr. Podesta fills that bill. In addition, Mr. Podesta is passionate about climate change. He returned to the White House this year to help Mr. Obama fulfill his ambitious agenda to reduce coal consumption in the United States, and to shape a new global climate treaty...
  • 2013 State of the Climate: CO2, heat, oceans rise; glaciers retreat

    07/18/2014 3:36:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 18, 2014 | By ELIENE AUGENBRAUN
    The Earth got its annual checkup, and according to climate scientists around the globe, it looks as though its fever is continuing to rise. NOAA released the 24th annual State of the Climate report, on July 17 2014, including data compiled by 425 scientists in 57 countries. According to Thomas Karl, director of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, "The climate is changing more rapidly in today's world than at any time in modern civilization." When asked how he would rate the health of the planet, he compared it to how a person might look at unwanted weight gain over time....
  • White House Unveils Climate Change Initiatives

    07/16/2014 10:03:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    MISSOULA, Mont. — President Obama will announce a series of climate change initiatives on Wednesday. The actions, involving a variety of federal agencies, were among the recommendations of the president’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness, a group of 26 officials who have worked since November to develop the proposals. One of the projects involves shoring up the power supply during climate catastrophes, and the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday will award $236.3 million. The United States Geological Survey and other federal agencies will spend $13.1 million to develop advanced three-dimensional mapping data. The new initiatives...
  • Skeptic of Climate Change Finds Himself a Target of Suspicion

    07/15/2014 1:33:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 15, 2014 | By MICHAEL WINES
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama here, says he remembers the morning he spotted a well-known colleague at a gathering of climate experts. “I walked over and held out my hand to greet him,” Dr. Christy recalled. “He looked me in the eye and he said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Come on, shake hands with me.’ And he said, ‘No.'  ” Dr. Christy is an outlier on what the vast majority of his colleagues consider to be a matter of consensus: that global warming is both settled science and a dire threat. He...
  • People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity

    07/14/2014 8:05:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 14, 2014 | by Matthew Holehouse
    People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity than those who do not, a Government study has found. Those who say they are concerned about the prospect of climate change consume more energy than those who say it is “too far into the future to worry about,” the study commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change found. That is in part due to age, as people over 65 are more frugal with electricity but much less concerned about global warming. However, even when pensioners are discounted, there is only a “weak trend” to show that...
  • Feds doubt climate change's impact on wolverines

    07/07/2014 1:55:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 7, 2014 | By MATTHEW BROWN, AP
    A top federal wildlife official said there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the so-called "mountain devil." There's no doubt that the high-elevation range of wolverines is getting warmer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Noreen Walsh said. But any assumption about how that will change snowfall patterns is "speculation," Walsh said. She told her staff to prepare to withdraw a proposal to protect the animals under the Endangered Species Act. Walsh's comments were contained in a May 30 memo obtained...
  • Government Data Show U.S. in Decade-Long Cooling

    07/07/2014 6:44:54 AM PDT · by shove_it · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | 25 Jun 2014 | James Taylor
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming. Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor siting issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments...
  • Why Some Penguins Thrive in Climate Change

    07/06/2014 9:39:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 6, 2014 | By MARY GODFREY
    Penguins are on the front line of climate change, as rising global temperatures melt the ice the iconic and lovable creatures call home. Scientists who count the birds are finding that penguins are beginning to feel major impacts from the drastic changes to their habitat. But, perhaps surprisingly, the breeding populations of three brush-tailed species of penguins inhabiting the Western Antarctic Peninsula, where the temperatures are warmest, are not all falling as the ice is quickly melting.
  • Psychologists Warn of Climate Change “Ecoanxiety”

    07/03/2014 5:00:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 3, 2014 | by PAULA BOLYARD
    A study sponsored by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica warns that climate change, including an expected increase in the global mean temperature, will cause increased “ecoanxiety” resulting in severe psychological and sociological consequences. The study, Beyond Storms and Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change, led by College of Wooster psychologist Susan Clayton, warns that “we can expect a likely increase in mental health-related symptoms and conditions as a result of climate change.” Communities at risk include those with high levels of poverty, lower education levels, large populations of older adults, children and infants, disabled people, recently arrived immigrants,...
  • Report: Climate change confirmed in national parks

    07/03/2014 4:47:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Climate change is happening in America’s national parks, and in some cases in rapid and concerning ways, says a new report authored by the National Park Service. The changes will have implications for what visitors see and experience and will require new approaches to the protection of natural and historic resources within parks, the report says. “This report shows that climate change continues to be the most far-reaching and consequential challenge ever faced by our national parks,” says National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. “Our national parks can serve as places where we can monitor and document ecosystem change without...
  • Physicist Offers $30,000 Reward To Anyone Who Can Disprove Climate Change

    07/03/2014 4:29:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    CBS News Local DC ^ | July 3, 2014
    Physics professor and climate change expert Dr. Christopher Keating is offering a $30,000 reward to anyone who can disprove that man-made climate change is real. Keating, a professor of two decades at the University of South Dakota and U.S. Naval Academy, has challenged climate change skeptics to prove that man-made global warming is not real. Keating is prepared to offer $30,000 of his own money for the “Global Warming Skeptic Challenge,” which has an application deadline of July 31. “I have heard global warming skeptics make all sorts of statements about how the science doesn’t support claims of man-made climate...
  • NAACP Texas report: energy, climate change are civil rights issues

    06/27/2014 4:43:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | June 27, 2014 | by Adam D. Young
    A recent NAACP Texas State Conference report declares energy and climate change as civil rights issues. The report assesses energy policy in the State of Texas from a civil rights lens. In a statement, NAACP Texas President Gary Bledsoe said “The poisoning of Latino Americans and African Americans living in the shadows of oil refineries and coal fired power plants from Houston to San Antonio; the children who are flooding across our borders sent by hopeful parents who pray that these children will have better lives than their own as their crops dry up and their communities are destroyed by...
  • Health Care System Needs To Prepare For Global Warming

    06/27/2014 9:26:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | June 26, 2014 | By Lisa Gillespie
    Climate change is happening, and with that will come more deaths from heat-related illness and disease, according to a report released Tuesday. The report, spearheaded and funded by investor and philanthropist Thomas Steyer, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examines many of the effects of climate change for business and individuals. "One of the most striking findings in our analysis is that increasing heat and humidity in some parts of the country could lead to outside conditions that are literally unbearable to humans, who must maintain a skin temperature below 95°F in order to...
  • Obama attacks Republicans for appeasing climate deniers

    06/25/2014 9:54:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | June 25, 2014 | By Suzanne Goldenberg
    Barack Obama has turned up the political heat on climate deniers, making fun of Republicans in Congress for catering to “a bunch of fringe elements”. In a speech to environmental activists in Washington, Obama suggested Republicans were playing dumb on climate change to avoid a backlash from ultra-conservative Tea Party elements. Republicans actually recognised climate change was real, Obama suggested, but were afraid to admit it in public. “They ducked the question and said 'Hey I'm not a scientist,' which really translates into 'I accept that manmade climate change is real but if I say so I will be run...
  • Congress the butt of Obama's climate science jokes

    06/25/2014 9:30:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2014 | By Annika McGinnis
    ... The president mocked those who question the science behind climate change or the urgency of addressing the problem, which has emerged as a legacy issue for his presidency and a polarizing topic in November congressional elections. "In most communities and work places, et cetera, when you talk to folks, they may not know how big a problem, they may not know exactly how it works, they may doubt that we can do something about it, but generally they don’t just say, no, I don’t believe anything scientists say," he said, to laughter. He likened evidence that human activity causes...
  • U.S. to face multibillion-dollar bill from climate change: report

    06/24/2014 5:55:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 24, 2014 | BY SHARON BEGLEY
    Annual property losses from hurricanes and other coastal storms of $35 billion; a decline in crop yields of 14 percent, costing corn and wheat farmers tens of billions of dollars; heat wave-driven demand for electricity costing utility customers up to $12 billion per year. Commissioned by a group chaired by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Secretary of the Treasury and Goldman Sachs alum Henry Paulson, and environmentalist and financier Tom Steyer, the analysis "is the most detailed ever of the potential economic effects of climate change on the U.S.," said climatologist Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University.
  • The Coming Climate Crash, Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession

    06/22/2014 7:02:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 21, 2014 | By HENRY M. PAULSON Jr.
    THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage. For too many years, we failed to rein in the excesses building up in the nation’s financial markets. When the credit bubble burst in 2008, the damage was devastating. Millions suffered. Many still do. We’re making the same mistake today with climate change. We’re staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy. The warning signs...
  • Global Warming Witch Hunt Continues With Caleb Rossiter

    06/17/2014 9:44:28 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 17, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Without evidence to back up their claims, climate zealots have taken to intimidation. They're blacklisting academics who have the nerve to question the "settled science" of climate change. The latest victim of climate McCarthyism is Caleb Rossiter, who, until his op-ed challenging the "consensus" on climate change was published in the Wall Street Journal, was a Democratic academic who briefly forayed into politics but was content to crusade against U.S. support for dictators and against the use of anti-personnel land mines. In that op-ed, Rossiter called himself an "Africanist." He not only questioned the science behind climate change...
  • At Commencement, Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change

    06/14/2014 5:06:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2014 | By Mark Ländler
    President Obama, appearing emboldened after his recent move to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, on Saturday ridiculed members of Congress who deny climate change or plead scientific ignorance as an alibi for avoiding an inconvenient truth. Speaking in gleefully sarcastic terms to a commencement ceremony at the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Obama likened those who deny climate change to people who would have told John F. Kennedy, at the dawn of the space program, that the moon “was made of cheese.” He saved his most scathing words for lawmakers who say they are not qualified to judge...
  • 22 Devastating Effects Of Climate Change

    06/11/2014 2:59:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 11, 2014 | by LESLIE BAEHR
    Major negative effects of climate change are here now and they're only getting worse. We've gathered some notable effects of climate change below. 1. Climate change will be insanely expensive. 2. Hundreds of millions of people may be displaced by 2050. 3. Dengue and malaria could spread in the U.S. 4. Western wildfires could burn up to eight times as much land by 2100. 5. An additional 8% of the world population will experience water scarcity by 2100. 6. Hurricanes could become up to 11% more intense and 20% wetter by 2100. 7. Four times as many New Yorkers could...
  • Clinton: Canada trip showed dangers of climate change

    06/10/2014 3:20:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2014 | By Timothy Cama
    A 2005 Senate trip to Canada opened Hillary Clinton’s eyes to the dangers of climate change and inspired her to push for aggressive actions to fight it, the former secretary of state wrote in her book released Tuesday. Clinton described flying over the Yukon Territory with three Republican senators and seeing large areas of spruce trees that had been killed by beetles driven north temperature changes. “A tribal elder recounted how he had returned to a lake where he had fished as a boy only to find it dried up,” Clinton said in her second book, “Hard Choices.” “I met...
  • Obama on Obama on Climate

    06/08/2014 7:49:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 8, 2014 | by Thomas L. Friedman
    WHEN it comes to dealing with the world’s climate and energy challenges I have a simple rule: change America, change the world. If America raises its clean energy standards, not only will others follow — others who have hid behind our inaction — we’ll also stimulate our industry to invent more of the clean air, clean power and energy efficiency systems, and move them down the cost curve faster, so U.S. companies will be leaders in this next great global industry and American consumers will be the first to benefit. That is why the new Environmental Protection Agency rules President...
  • Seas Rise, Fla. GOP Leaders Balk at Climate Change

    06/07/2014 7:00:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 7, 2014 | By MICHAEL J. MISHAK
    Few places in the nation are more vulnerable to rising sea levels than low-lying South Florida. It's a tourist and retirement mecca built on drained swampland. Other coastal states and the Obama administration are taking aggressive measures to battle the effects of global warming. But Florida's top Republican politicians are challenging the science and balking at government fixes.
  • John Podesta: EPA carbon rule will survive next president

    06/06/2014 3:45:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | June 6, 2014 | By DARREN GOODE
    White House counselor John Podesta is “fairly confident” that proposed EPA greenhouse gas restrictions can survive scrutiny under the next president — and that Democrats can campaign on the climate change issue in races this year. “If you’re a climate denier trying to run nationally, I think you’re going to have a very hard road to go getting elected president of the United States,” he said. “There’s no doubt there’s some states where this is an issue that presents a different set of political challenges, particularly coal-producing states,” he said. “And there’s no doubt that the polluters have come after...
  • EPA administrator answers questions on reddit, has a bad time

    06/06/2014 4:34:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 6, 2014 | BY BLAKE SEITZ
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy put herself at the mercy of the Internet on Wednesday by taking part in a question-and-answer session on the popular forum reddit. "Ask Me Anything," McCarthy wrote. reddit's users obliged. The account Gina_EPA, endorsed by McCarthy's Twitter account and the EPA website as authentic, answered 15 questions over the span of two hours. Many users seemed underwhelmed by her responses.
  • Carson City leads nation in warming trend

    06/04/2014 4:23:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | June 4, 2014 | BY SANDRA CHEREB
    An Associated Press analysis of federal temperature records shows Carson City has warmed the most than any other city in the nation in the last 30 years. The average temperature in Carson City has risen 4.1 degrees since 1984. Boise, Idaho, came in second, posting a rise of 4 degrees. Las Vegas, known for its sweltering summers, was sixth, with an increase of 3.4 degrees. But it's the boost in summertime heat that really makes Carson City stand out.
  • What states are warming the fastest?

    06/04/2014 3:42:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 4, 2014
    The United States is warming fastest at two of its corners, in the Northeast and the Southwest, an analysis of federal temperature records shows. Northeastern states - led by Maine and Vermont - have gotten the hottest in the last 30 years in annual temperature, gaining 2.5 degrees on average. But Southwestern states have heated up the most in the hottest months: The average New Mexico summer is 3.4 degrees warmer now than in 1984; in Texas, the dog days are 2.8 degrees hotter. "In the United States, it isn't warming equally," said Kelly Redmond, climatologist at the Western Regional...
  • Where’s the Black Political Conversation on Climate Change?

    06/04/2014 9:47:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    New American Media ^ | June 4, 2014 | by Charles D. Ellison
    President Barack Obama might be the only black person on the planet who cares about climate change. Well, not really, but close—the ill-fated climate-change debate is as white as late-night talk shows. It’s that way for a number of reasons: from who funds either side of the heated climate conversation to allegations that environmentalists routinely dis black perspectives on the topic. Most egregious is a pervasive lack of urgent black political action on the subject. Even within the context of climate change’s devastating and disproportionate impact on communities of color, black politicos won’t follow the president’s lead on the issue....
  • For Democrats, EPA rules are as much about health as the environment

    06/02/2014 4:17:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 2, 2014 | BY SEAN LENGELL
    For many congressional Democrats, new regulations on power plants are as much about health care as they are the environment. "The destructive effect of unrestrained carbon pollution is felt not only in rising temperatures and increased, more powerful natural disasters, but also in higher asthma rates in our children," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said it was a "moral imperative that we bequeath to our children a healthy planet with clean air and water." "As a mother, I’m concerned about the detrimental effects of pollution on our children’s health," the Florida congresswoman...
  • Ahead of power plant push, Obama ties climate change to health hazards

    05/31/2014 4:42:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 31, 2014 | by Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama kicked off a campaign to promote new restrictions on U.S. power plant emissions on Saturday by tying the fight against climate change with efforts to promote better health for children and the elderly. In his weekly radio address, Obama said the United States had to do more to reduce carbon emissions so that children suffering from asthma and other related ailments did not face further problems as a result of polluted air. Obama said the new guidelines would reduce smog and soot that threaten vulnerable populations such as the young and the aged and he said up...
  • The Myth of the Climate Change '97%'

    05/26/2014 6:04:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 26, 2014 | JOSEPH BAST And ROY SPENCER
    What is the origin of the false belief—constantly repeated—that almost all scientists agree about global warming?Last week Secretary of State John Kerry warned graduating students at Boston College of the "crippling consequences" of climate change. "Ninety-seven percent of the world's scientists," he added, "tell us this is urgent." Where did Mr. Kerry get the 97% figure? Perhaps from his boss, President Obama, who tweeted on May 16 that "Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous." Or maybe from NASA, which posted (in more measured language) on its website, "Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that...
  • EPA’s next target in fight against climate change: cooking stoves

    05/26/2014 7:12:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2014 | By John Solomon
    The war on climate change may soon be moving inside the kitchen. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is set to unveil on Tuesday six federal grants to universities to fund research on clean cookstove technology. The announcement will put the EPA’s resources squarely behind a United Nations’ quest for cleaner burning stoves and an end to deadly cooking pollution. “This research will help to improve air quality, protect public health and slow climate change,” the EPA said in explaining why the agency chief will preside over the announcement on Tuesday. To make the case for why these grants are...
  • Climate Blues: How Environmentalists Chill Out in a Warming World

    05/24/2014 8:51:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 24, 2014 | BY MIGUEL LLANOS
    Studies warning of an Antarctic ice sheet collapse. A wildfire season that could shatter records. Shellfish eaten away by oceans turned more acidic due to greenhouse gases. U.N. and U.S. reports stating that climate change is advancing more quickly. Everyone gets down about their work from time to time, but for environmentalists, they can sometimes quite literally be dealing with the end of the world as we know it. “It’s hard to stay perky when scientists conclude that tragedy, such as the loss of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is inevitable,” says Denis Hayes, a veteran activist who co-founded Earth...
  • Taxpayers Paid $5.6 Million for Climate Change Games

    05/23/2014 1:07:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 23, 2014 | BY: Elizabeth Harrington
    Taxpayers paid more than $5 million to create climate change games, including voicemails from the future warning that “neo-luddites” will kill global warming enthusiasts by 2035. Columbia University’s Climate Center has received $5.7 million from the National Science Foundation for the university’s “PoLAR Climate Change Education Partnership,” to “engage adult learners and inform public understanding and response to climate change.” Based on the theory that games “motivate exploration and learning of complex material,” the school created “Future Coast,” a website that features hundreds of made up voicemails painting a dire picture of the future as a result of climate change....
  • Climate change to result in less nutritional food, report says

    05/22/2014 4:42:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 22, 2014 | by EVAN HALPER
    Climate change threatens to undermine not only how much food can be grown but also the quality of that food as altered weather patterns lead to a less desirable harvest, according to a new study. Crops grown by many of the nation's farmers have a lower nutritional content than they once did, according to the report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Research indicates that higher carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have reduced the protein content in wheat.
  • Barbara Boxer to lead big climate rally at Capitol

    05/21/2014 3:22:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Lochhead
    More than 40 members of Congress will hold a climate rally at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, part of a drum roll to the Obama administration’s impending rule to tighten emissions on existing coal-fired power plants, a major source of carbon pollution. The rally is drawing an unusual number of Democrats who are following Obama’s lead on climate change, despite serious election-year hazards that could cost the party control of the Senate. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco will lead the rally’s House contingent, which will also include Bay Area Democrats Barbara Lee of Oakland, Jackie Speier of San Mateo...
  • Scientists: U.S. historic landmarks imperiled by climate change

    05/21/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | May 21, 2014 | By Michael Martinez
    In a "wake-up call," climate change scientists contend rising seas endanger America's newest and oldest landmarks such as the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral and the first English colony at Virginia's Jamestown, portending a new century of disasters if Americans don't act. Listing 30 at-risk sites, the Union of Concerned Scientists notes how heritage sites such as Liberty and Ellis Islands have already prepared themselves for "human-induced climate change." But many historic treasures from Florida to Hawaii will be imperiled in the 21st century to bigger oceans and more wildfires and floods, the group asserted.
  • Scientists Rebut White House Global Warming Claims

    05/19/2014 8:34:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 5/18/2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    A group of independent scientists, economists, and meteorologists has issued a pointed response to the scientific foundation of the Obama administration's claims that humans are drastically changing the climate by burning fossil fuels. With expertise in multiple disciplines, including climate research, weather modeling, physics, geology, statistical analysis, engineering, and economics, the 15 signers make the case that the foundation of the White House National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a "masterpiece of marketing" that crumbles like a "house of cards" under the weight of real-world evidence.
  • Rift Widening Between Energy And Insurance Industries Over Climate Change

    05/18/2014 5:12:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 18, 2014 | by Ken Silverstein
    ... For insurers, it’s not about the political machinations but rather, it’s about the potential economic losses. If even part of the predictions hold — the ones released by the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change that ascribe temperature change to humans with 95 percent certainty — then the rate of extreme weather events will only increase and the effects would be more severe. That, in turn, would lead to greater damages and more payouts. Meantime, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services just issued a report saying that the credit ratings of sovereign countries would be affected by global warming. It pointed...
  • Krugman: GOP has reached point of no return on climate

    05/17/2014 4:03:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 111 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 16, 2014 | By Paul Krugman
    ... Think of it this way: Once upon a time it was possible to take climate change seriously while remaining a Republican in good standing. Today, listening to climate scientists gets you excommunicated - hence Rubio's statement, which was effectively a partisan pledge of allegiance. And truly crazy positions are becoming the norm. A decade ago, only the GOP's extremist fringe asserted that global warming was a hoax concocted by a vast global conspiracy of scientists (although even then that fringe included some powerful politicians). Today, such conspiracy theorizing is mainstream within the party, and rapidly becoming mandatory; witch hunts...
  • Climategate II And The Rise Of Climate McCarthyism

    05/17/2014 6:03:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    news.investors.com ^ | 5/16/2014 | Editorial
    Global Warming: A noted researcher who questioned the climate's sensitivity to greenhouse gases says his paper is not being published for ideological reasons and because it might fuel doubt in the climate change story. First the climate change zealots tried to manipulate the data. Now they are trying to control the debate they claim is over. It's not over, though, and the science is not settled as true science never is. But those, such as Swedish climate scientist Lennart Bengtsson, who dare to challenge the climate change orthodoxy are being silenced in an organized campaign.
  • Climate Change Research Axed in Australia

    05/17/2014 8:51:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | May 16, 2014 | by Lydia Bradbury
    The fallout from the new government’s budget is still being seen in Australia, but it is already obvious that climate change is a loser when it comes to funding. The budgetary facts are inescapably grim for researchers and scientists based in renewable energies and research. The funding for all government programs related to climate change is set to shrink at an alarming rate, going from $5.75 billion this year to a scant $500 million in the next four years.
  • Climate change lawsuits filed against some 200 US communities

    05/17/2014 8:42:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 17, 2014 | By Mica Rosenberg
    A major insurance company is accusing dozens of localities in Illinois of failing to prepare for severe rains and flooding in lawsuits that are the first in what could be a wave of litigation over who should be liable for the possible costs of climate change. Farmers Insurance filed nine class actions last month against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area. It is arguing that local governments should have known rising global temperatures would lead to heavier rains and did not do enough to fortify their sewers and stormwater drains. The legal debate may center on whether an uptick...
  • Former general sees climate change as ‘catalyst for conflict’

    05/15/2014 10:06:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 15, 2014 | By Dean Narciso
    Scientists have warned about climate change and its consequences for decades. Now, the military is taking a stand. “I think the days of isolation are over,” Donald Hoffman, a retired four-star general in the Air Force, said yesterday during a Columbus Metropolitan Club panel discussion. “We will be pulled into things ... because it’s the right thing to do and there’s no one else to do them.” Hoffman is one of 16 retired military leaders who contributed to a report on climate change and national security that was released this week. “The one thing we didn’t get right was the...
  • Climate change could worsen American hunger crisis

    05/14/2014 9:44:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    MSNBC ^ | May 14, 2014 | By Ned Resnikoff
    What keeps you up at night? That’s the question economist Gary Yohe, one of the architects behind the White House’s 2014 Climate Assessment report, posed to several of his co-authors during a May 6 panel in Washington D.C. Unsurprisingly, the assembled team of climate experts and other academics had no lack of answers, ranging from the possibility of more extreme weather events to the risk of climate-induced mental health degradation. But what keeps Iowa State University climate scientist Gene Wanker up at night is what climate change could do to one of humanity’s most basic needs. “I worry about food...
  • Kerry to warn of climate threats to national security in speech [extreme weather events across the]

    05/14/2014 9:22:02 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies
    Kerry to warn of climate threats to national security in speech By Laura Barron-Lopez - 05/14/14 11:43 AM EDT Secretary of State John Kerry plans to give a major speech on the connection between climate change and national security this summer. In an interview with the New York Times, Kerry said the speech would also be an opportunity to build political support for President Obama's climate agenda. “We’re going to try to lay out to people legitimate options for action that are not bank-breaking or negative," Kerry said. A central part of that agenda are regulations to curb carbon emissions...