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  • Wendell Berry: The new racism embodied in total contempt for Obama

    09/13/2015 9:05:05 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 55 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 9/13/2015 | Wendell Berry
    ...Nobody can doubt that virtually all of the president's political enemies would vehemently defend themselves against a charge of racism. Virtually all of them observe the forms and taboos of political correctness. If any very visible one of their own should insult the president by a recognized racial slur, they would all join in the predictable outrage. But the paramount fact of this moment in the history of racism is that you don't have to denominate the president by a recognized racial slur when his very name can be used as a synonym. This subtilized racism is not only a...
  • G7 leaders agree to phase out fossil fuels by 2100, Merkel says

    06/08/2015 6:34:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 104 replies
    Global News ^ | Jun 8, 15 | AP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed that the world should phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century. Merkel said Monday that the G-7 leaders committed themselves to the need to “decarbonize the global economy in the course of this century.” That is a technical term for ending the use of oil, gas and coal – but not nuclear power – and replacing them with alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar power.
  • Global Warming Helped Spur Syrian War, Study Says

    03/03/2015 12:29:12 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 2, 2015
    A drought from 2006 to 2010 was among the triggers for the current uprising in Syria, according to a new study. And climate models and the observational record suggest that the drought was amplified by a century-long, human-forced warming and drying trend.
  • Feds rile ranchers by fencing off water for cattle — to protect a jumping mouse!

    05/12/2014 8:49:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Forest Service says it's mouse habitatThe Obama administration’s crackdown on Western land use has sparked a furor over the Forest Service’s decision to fence off a creek used by thirsty cattle in drought-stricken Otero County, New Mexico. The Otero County Commission is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss whether to order the sheriff to open the gates against the wishes of Forest Service officials, who have argued that the fence is needed to protect the Agua Chiquita riparian area and habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Otero County Sheriff Benny House said he worries that the increasingly tense...
  • Eight Botched Environmental Forecasts

    Predicting the weather -- especially a decade or more in advance -- is unbelievably challenging. What's the track record of those most worried about global warming? Decades ago, what did prominent scientists think the environment would be like in 2010? 1. Within a few years "children just aren't going to know what snow is." Snowfall will be "a very rare and exciting event." 2. "[By] 1995, the greenhouse effect would be desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots…[By 1996] The Platte River of Nebraska would be dry, while a continent-wide...
  • States consider fees for hybrids to recoup lost gasoline taxes

    06/10/2013 6:25:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 6/9/2013 | Chris Kardish
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is joining a growing number of states exploring new fees for hybrid and electric car owners to help make up for revenue those drivers aren’t paying in gas taxes on their fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Federal jury in Utah convicts environmentalist

    03/04/2011 11:07:16 AM PST · by epithermal · 10 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 3, 2011 | Kirk Johnson
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man who infiltrated a sale of federal energy leases in December 2008 to protest U.S. policies about climate change was found guilty by a jury Thursday of disrupting a government auction and faces up to 10 years in prison. The defendant, Tim DeChristopher, 29, became a folk hero to some in the environmentalist movement for taking action against the leases, which provoked protests and demonstrations in the closing days of the administration of President George W. Bush because of the perceived risk to sensitive lands in southern Utah. In his four-day trial in federal...
  • Autism: Air Pollution May Be to Blame, Study Suggests

    12/17/2010 9:36:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 17, 2010 | Sammy Rose Saltzman
    What causes of autism? Researchers have blamed vaccines, hereditary factors, and certain heavy metals. And now they're adding another suspect to the list: Air pollution. That's right. A new study shows that children in families who live near freeways are twice as likely to have autism as kids who live off the beaten path. Researchers in Los Angeles looked at 304 children with autism and 259 normally developing children and found that those whose moms were living within 1,000 feet of a freeway when they gave birth had a increased risk for autism. The study was published online in...
  • Climate change deniers: A path to power? (Seattle's Best Barf)

    10/09/2010 11:19:58 AM PDT · by epithermal · 8 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | October 7, 2010 | Joel Connelly
    The event is dubbed "Breakfast of Champions" by Washington Conservation Voters, but a lot of the talk Thursday was of chumps -- lawmakers blocking good deeds in this Washington, and polluters poised for power in D.C. A scorecard highlights "Green Duds" in Olympia, legislators those who thwarted a modest tax on petroleum products, to be earmarked to cutdown stormwater runoff of toxics into Puget Sound.
  • 'Water mining' is now a prime culprit for raising sea levels (irrigation is killing us all alert)

    10/09/2010 7:57:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | October 9, 2010 | Geoffrey Lean
    Nowhere in the Maldives juts more than 10 feet above the Indian Ocean, making it extremely worried about sea level rise. Its president, Mohamed Nasheed, illustrated the point by holding a cabinet meeting under water in the run-up to last year's Copenhagen summit. But a new study shows that global warming is not the only cause of swelling seas. Much comes from "water mining" – the pumping of vast amounts of groundwater from beneath the earth, mainly to irrigate crops. This inevitably ends up in the oceans after it evaporates from farmland and comes down as rain.
  • Environmentalist horror after eating rare crayfish

    04/14/2010 4:42:51 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 26 replies · 728+ views ^ | 4-14-10 | unattributed
    An environmentalist was "thoroughly embarrassed" after he caught, cooked and ate a rare crayfish. Christopher Hemsley, 41, claimed he thought he was netting the non-native signal crayfish, which is not protected. South Lakeland magistrates fined Hemsley, from Leeds, £4,000 yesterday.
  • International day of demonstrations on climate change (Envirowacko's are saving the world today)

    10/24/2009 12:55:31 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies · 418+ views
    CNN ^ | October 24, 2009
    From seabeds to mountaintops, people around the world were staging a day of demonstrations Saturday to call for urgent action on climate change. The events were being coordinated by a group called, whose name refers to the parts per million of carbon dioxide it considers the safe upper limit for our atmosphere. The group said it wants to "inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis" ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December. Divers at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and in the ocean off the Maldives...
  • Arctic Ocean acid 'will dissolve shells of sea creatures within 10 years'

    10/04/2009 12:57:24 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 118 replies · 3,773+ views
    (London) Daily Telegraph ^ | October 4, 2009 | Matthew Moore
    The Arctic Ocean is becoming acidic so quickly that it will reach corrosive levels within 10 years, a leading scientist has warned. Waters around the North Pole are absorbing carbon dioxide at such a rate that they will soon start dissolving the shells of living sea creatures. The potentially disastrous consequences for the food chain have been highlighted by Professor Jean-Pierre Gattuso of the National Centre for Scientific Research in France. His team of oceanographers have produced startling predictions about the acidity of the Arctic Ocean after research carried out on the Svalbard archipelago, a group of islands half way...
  • Obama's green guru calls for white roofs (This is not satire alert)

    05/27/2009 9:30:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies · 1,894+ views
    President Obama's energy adviser has suggested all the world's roofs should be painted white as part of efforts to slow global warming. Professor Steven Chu, the US Energy Secretary, said the unusual proposal would mean homes in hot countries would save energy and money on air conditioning by deflecting the sun's rays. More pale surfaces could also slow global warming by reflecting heat into space rather than allowing it to be absorbed by dark surfaces where it is trapped by greenhouse gases and increases temperatures. In a wide-ranging discussion at the three-day Nobel laureate Symposium in London, the Professor...
  • 'Green' burials are the latest option (just in time for Earth Day)

    04/22/2009 1:01:49 PM PDT · by newgeezer · 72 replies · 1,713+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 04/22/2009 | Kim McGuire
    Claire Garden has lived a modest life. She once resided on a Kansas homestead that was off the grid. There, she lived in a house built of recycled materials and raised organic vegetables. Now, at 71, Garden is thinking about the end of her life and her desire to leave a minuscule footprint on this planet continues to dictate her choices. She wants to be buried on her property in Columbia, Mo., not in a casket, but a canvas shroud, like the one used to bury the character Nate in the television show "Six Feet Under." "I would happily give...
  • Talkin’ trash (From Drudge: LA Camerman keeps Trash for One Year)

    10/02/2008 3:02:03 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 7 replies · 483+ views
    News & Review Lounge (via Drudge) ^ | Oct. 2, 2008 | Melissa Daugherty
    Los Angeles cameraman Dave Chameides reduces his environmental footprint by keeping his garbage for a yearDave Chameides swears he’s not insane, but he’s not surprised some people think otherwise. For the past nine months (since Jan. 1), the lanky Hollywood cameraman has been filling his basement with every single thing he would ordinarily recycle or toss into the trash. For his scientific/social experiment Chameides keeps a running tally of his waste and documents it for all the world to see courtesy of his blog
  • America’s Environmental Policy Forces Canada To Halt Oil Drilling

    09/26/2008 10:04:05 PM PDT · by writer33 · 10 replies · 636+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 9/27/08 | Chris Davis
    Alberta, Canada—With the U.S. Economy in utter free fall, Canada has decided to take the U.S. Democratic Party’s advice and stop all drilling for oil. Despite America importing 20% of its oil from its northern neighbor, Canada has decided to turn off the tap, shipping the oil in on massive tankers. As Russia has threatened to put a stranglehold on Europe, Canada will now put a crimp in America’s lifestyle for the sake of Mother Earth and its environment. The move is likely to send American markets into a deep depression. According to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the unexpected development...
  • Oceans on the Precipice: Scripps Scientist Warns of Mass Extinctions and 'Rise of Slime'

    08/14/2008 3:28:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 632+ views
    Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world's oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, in a bold new assessment of the oceans and their ecological health. Publishing his study in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Jackson believes that human impacts are laying the groundwork for mass extinctions in the oceans on par...
  • Obama on conservation: Don't drill, inflate your tires

    07/31/2008 4:37:15 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 24 replies · 277+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | July 30, 2008 | The Editors
    You heard that right, folks. According to the anointed one, if we were all to just fill our tires properly, we wouldn’t have to do the environmentally disastrous thing and drill in pristine ANWR. Never mind that his math is inane and ANWR is a chunk of permafrost the size of a stamp on a football field that was set aside by Jimmy Carter for the purpose of drilling.
  • Switzerland Wants to Protect the Rights of Plants

    05/06/2008 2:18:25 PM PDT · by DaveyB · 92 replies · 207+ views
    FOXNews ^ | Monday, May 05, 2008 | Brit Hume
    Plants' Rights It isn't just the rights of animals that some are promoting. The Weekly Standard reports an ethics panel in Switzerland is expressing concern that the arbitrary killing of plants is morally wrong. The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology says that humans cannot claim "absolute ownership" over plants; that "individual plants have an inherent worth," and that man may not use them as he pleases.