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  • Science proves kids are bad for Earth. Morality suggests we stop having them.

    11/15/2017 11:54:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 125 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 15, 2017 | Travis Rieder
    A startling and honestly distressing view is beginning to receive serious consideration in both academic and popular discussions of climate change ethics. According to this view, having a child is a major contributor to climate change. The logical takeaway here is that everyone on Earth ought to consider having fewer children. Although culturally controversial, the scientific half of this position is fairly well-established. Several years ago, scientists showed that having a child, especially for the world’s wealthy, is one of the worst things you can do for the environment. That data was recycled this past summer in a paper showing...
  • Environmentalists take Norway to court over Arctic drilling

    11/14/2017 7:45:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 14 November 2017 13:35 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Representatives for Norway’s government appeared in an Oslo court on Tuesday after environmental groups including Greenpeace brought a case over drilling in the Arctic. Greenpeace, along with environmentalist youth group Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth), has sued the Norwegian state over licenses it awarded in 2016 for oil prospecting in the Barents Sea. The Scandinavian country is western Europe’s biggest oil producer. A third group, called the Grandparents Climate Campaign, has also joined the case against the state. The plaintiffs accuse Norway of violating the Paris Agreement on climate change and a section of the country’s constitution amended in...
  • Pruitt names more industry insiders to EPA science boards

    11/04/2017 8:27:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 2017 6:49 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has named a slate of new members to federal science advisory boards, including several who work for chemical and fossil-fuel interests. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his appointments Friday, after saying he would block scientists who receive federal research grants from serving. That change ruled out many highly qualified experts from colleges and universities, who the EPA chief said had potential conflicts of interest. […] Pruitt named Paul Gilman as the new chair of EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors. Gilman is a former EPA official who now works as a senior vice president...
  • Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members

    10/31/2017 9:51:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 31, 2017 9:40 PM EDT | Michael Biesecker
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more diverse views. In announcing the changes, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested many previously appointed to the panels were potentially biased because they had received federal research grants. The 22 boards advise EPA on a wide range of issues, including drinking water standards and pesticide safety. “Whatever science comes out of EPA shouldn’t be political science,” said Pruitt, a Republican lawyer who previously served as the attorney general of Oklahoma....
  • 15 Brooklyn public schools to offer all-veggie lunches on ‘Meatless Mondays’

    10/24/2017 5:07:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:44 PM | Jillian Jorgensen
    Brooklyn school kids, meet Meatless Mondays. Fifteen public schools in the borough will ditch meat on their Monday menus starting this spring, Mayor de Blasio announced during a visit to P.S. 1 in Sunset Park. And what’s good for the students is good for the mayor, he said. “At Gracie Mansion, we are now going to be instituting Meatless Mondays as well — and that will be for our family meals and for the events we have at Gracie Mansion and when we have guests over for dinner,” de Blasio said. […] “I am very proud of all the students;...
  • Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars

    10/13/2017 6:56:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 13 October 2017 09:42 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, on Thursday proposed a “Tesla tax” aimed at cutting a tax advantage granted to large electric cars, in a heavily criticized move. Electric cars, which have hitherto been exempted from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles, accounted for 20 percent of new registrations in the Nordic country since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented market share in the world. In a 2018 finance bill presented to the parliament on Thursday, the right-wing minority government suggested removing a one-off tax exemption for new electric cars weighing more than two tonnes. The proposal was...
  • Trump administration: Court can't suspend pipeline decision [Keystone XL]

    10/10/2017 9:06:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2017 6:50 PM EDT | Matthew Brown
    Attorneys for the Trump administration said a federal judge has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline as they seek to stop a lawsuit that would block the project. Justice Department attorneys are due in U.S. District Court in Montana on Wednesday to defend the administration’s March approval of the 1,179-mile pipeline — a lightning rod in the debate over what to do about climate change. The TransCanada proposal would transport Canadian crude oil through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with an existing system of lines to carry oil...
  • Cracker plant creates controversy (Ethane cracking, not saltines) [600 jobs in Pennsylvania]

    10/05/2017 12:28:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Pitt News ^ | October 5, 2017 | Remy Samuels
    Despite the promise of creating 600 permanent jobs, the ethane cracker plant being built about 40 minutes northwest of Pittsburgh by car continues to face scrutiny from environmental groups. Shell Chemical Appalachia decided in 2012 that Beaver County would be the site of a new $6 billion plant to manufacture plastics. Shell chose the Beaver County location because of its proximity to natural gas supplies and because the majority of North American polyethylene — the most common plastic — customers are in a 700-mile radius of Pittsburgh. In a statement published on its website, Shell said it expects to employ...
  • Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

    09/27/2017 4:03:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2017 5:05 PM EDT | Brian Witte
    Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s ozone problem originates in upwind states. Maryland petitioned the EPA in November for a finding that 36 power plant units in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are emitting air pollution affecting Maryland in violation of the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor provision.” In January, the EPA issued a six-month extension to...
  • Hurricane Irma: Pope Francis condemns climate change sceptics

    09/11/2017 6:36:31 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 63 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11th September 2017 | BBC News
    Pope Francis has warned history will judge world leaders who do not act as he blasted climate change sceptics in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The pontiff said the recent storms meant the effects of climate change could be seen "with your own eyes". There have been four major Atlantic hurricanes in less than three weeks. But US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said it was an inappropriate time to discuss what role climate change may have played. Mr Pruitt - who has previously said he "would not agree" carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global...
  • Norway electronics retailer to sell solar panels in stores

    09/18/2017 11:08:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 18 September 2017 10:44 CEST+02:00
    Solar panel units for the roofs of Norwegian homes are to be sold in-store for the first time by electronics retailer Elkjřp. The electronics chain has noticed a strong growth in demand for the solar units in its online stores, reports Dagens Nćringsliv. Now the technology will be available in physical shops for the first time. Solar panel power in Norwegian homes has tripled in the last year in terms of overall effectivity, according to the report. […] The technology developer said that he wanted to take solar power from the “niche market to the mass market”. …
  • ‘Ecosexual’ professor spurs movement: Have sex with Earth to save it

    09/13/2017 12:37:57 PM PDT · by RedMonqey · 106 replies
    The College Fix ^ | SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 | William Nardi
    WILLIAM NARDI - UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 Earth as lover, not mother Four years ago, when art Professor Elizabeth Stephens filmed the documentary “Ecosexual Love Story,” in which she and her partner licked trees, played with mud, and made love with the environment while naked, the term “ecosexuality” was still somewhat unknown. But a lot has happened since then, and ecosexuality isn’t such a mystery anymore — Google trends show interest in the term has increased exponentially over the last 12 months, seemingly exploding. That interest can be traced in part back to Stephens, a UC Santa...
  • Energy-gobbling vacuum cleaners outlawed by EU

    09/01/2017 11:51:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    EUbusiness ^ | 01 September 2017, 18:40 CET
    Vacuum cleaners sold in Europe are to be more cost- and energy-efficient, as a result of EU rules which outlaw new vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts and emitting more than 80 decibels. Updated ecodesign requirements will lower appliances’ maximum power, annual energy consumption and noise levels. The European Commission says it is is making use of latest state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that European consumers have the most energy efficient products available. They will also increase their minimum ability to pick up dust. […] For Europe as a whole, more efficient vacuum cleaners will put it in a position...
  • NYT Caught Switching Out Documents To Fix Botched Climate Change Article

    08/08/2017 1:51:42 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/08/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The New York Times has quietly updated its Tuesday front page article on a “sweeping” global warming report some scientists fear “would be suppressed” by the Trump administration. TheNYT reported they had obtained an unreleased draft copy of the National Climate Assessment (NCA), which is set for release in 2018. The paper claimed the NDA draft had “not yet been made public” and “concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now.” However, TheNYT published a “third order draft” of the NCA that’s been available online since January. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published the draft...
  • Macron: My charm may have changed Trump's mind on climate change

    07/16/2017 5:45:28 PM PDT · by Hadean · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 16, 2017
    French President Emmanuel Macron says he worked his charm on President Donald Trump during the U.S. leader's visit to Paris – so much so that he may have changed Trump’s mind on climate change. Trump and Macron -- who said his interaction with Trump was carefully calculated -- discussed their main point of contention: U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Macron told French news outlet Le Journal du Dimanche that Trump “listened” to him when the two discussed climate change, adding: “He understood the reason for my position, notably the link between climate change and terrorism.” The presidents spoke...
  • Trump regrets 'bizarre mistake' of Paris climate pullout, Branson claims [bizarre fakenews]

    07/15/2017 10:34:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Saturday 15 July 2017 20.51 EDT | Oliver Milman
    Donald Trump regrets the “bizarre mistake” of withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement, Sir Richard Branson has said. The British billionaire also urged the president to help phase out the ailing US coal industry. Speaking in Brooklyn on Friday, the Virgin Group founder said businesses and cities were firmly behind a transition to low-carbon energy, which made Trump’s decision to exit the Paris deal “very, very strange”. “With climate change, it’s America first and our beautiful globe last, and that seems incredibly sad,” said Branson. “I’ve got a feeling that the president is regretting what he did. Maybe...
  • France could close a third of its nuclear reactors, says minister

    07/10/2017 9:49:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 10 July 2017 17:27 CEST+02:00 | The Local/AFP
    France’s new environment minister said Monday nearly a third of the country’s reactors could be shut under plans to scale back the amount of electricity produced from nuclear power. In 2015, the previous Socialist-dominated parliament passed a law obliging the government to reduce the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent by 2025 compared with around 75 percent now. “We can all understand that to reach this target, we’re going to have to close a certain number of reactors,” Nicolas Hulot told RTL radio. “It will be perhaps as high as 17 reactors, but we need to look...
  • Trump plan would expand oil drilling in Arctic and Atlantic

    06/29/2017 9:54:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2017 6:07 PM EDT | Matthew Daly and Josh Boak
    The Trump administration said Thursday it is taking steps to expand oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as President Donald Trump continues to push for U.S. “energy dominance” in the global market. The Interior Department is rewriting a five-year drilling plan established by the Obama administration, with an eye toward opening areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans that now are off-limits to drilling. It’s one of six initiatives that the president unveiled Thursday in hopes of generating more energy exports and jobs. “The golden era of American energy is now underway,” Trump said in a Thursday speech...
  • Walker Battles Climate Change Believers to Reshape Department of Natural Resources

    06/26/2017 11:54:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-25-17 | Rod Kackley
    Wisconsin Democrats have demanded Gov. Scott Walker (R) join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a newly formed coalition of states that intends to move forward with the terms of the Paris climate accord after President Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement. "President Trump’s rejection of fact, science and of the Paris Climate Agreement is an act that endangers every American. Gov. Walker’s silence on this issue echoes this shared anti-environment, anti-middle class agenda,” read the letter to Walker signed by 35 state representatives and 11 senators. "Given the recent reports on Wisconsin’s dismal slump in job creation, we cannot...
  • Trees have sex, feel pain, says German forester

    06/02/2017 12:52:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.02.2017 | Elizabeth Schumacher
    Peter Wohlleben’s bestselling book claims that trees can talk to one another and have relationships and social structures. A petition started by German academics is now circulating to denounce these “fairy tales.” “Trees are very social beings,” says German forester Peter Wohlleben; “the parents, the ‘mother trees’, look after their offspring…they like to stand close together and cuddle.” They also talk to each other, have sex, form friendships and feel physical pain, he told the Canadian documentary series “Intelligent Trees.” Wohlleben’s bestselling book “The Hidden Life of Trees,” caused a stir at Britain’s Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts...