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  • Bill Gates launches effort to help the world adapt to climate change

    10/16/2018 11:05:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 16, 2018 | BY LAURA PARKER
    ... Until recently, the consequences of climate change were thought to be so far into the future that many average people, including those who live in coastal zones, declared they needn’t bother; they’d be long dead by the time catastrophe struck. No more. Climate change is here, costing billions of dollars every year to recover from destructive events. Without adapting to that new reality, the world will confront rising costs of disasters that put economic growth, health, and in some places, even survival at risk. To spur action, a coalition led by billionaire Bill Gates, former United Nations Secretary General...
  • Ex-UN leader helps launch climate ‘adaptation’ initiative

    10/16/2018 8:46:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associatied Press ^ | Oct. 16, 2018 11:35 AM EDT | Mike Corder
    Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for a sense of urgency Tuesday as he launched a new commission that aims to accelerate and expand ways the world can prepare for climate change. “Without urgent adaptation action, we risk undermining food, energy and water security for decades to come,” Ban told guests as the Global Commission on Adaptation got underway in The Hague. The commission’s mandate is to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment. Ban is leading the group with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and World Bank CEO Kristalina...
  • Are voters ready to tax pollution?

    10/16/2018 7:42:48 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/18 | DANIEL COHAN
    If states are “laboratories of democracy,” ballot initiatives in Washington and California next month will test whether voters are willing to tax pollution, and how the revenue should be spent. These experiments will provide crucial insights for shaping climate initiatives elsewhere. In Washington state, Ballot Initiative 1631, also known as the Carbon Emissions Fee Measure or the Protect Washington Act, would impose a fee on the state’s largest industrial polluters. The fee would start at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide in 2020, and rise by $2 per year plus inflation thereafter. That’s nowhere near the more than $100 per...
  • How to approach driving in the face of climate change

    10/16/2018 6:21:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | October 16, 2018 | by Andrew Clark
    Can you be an environmentalist and still drive a car? The question came to mind last week, when the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report that gave us 12 years to stave off cataclysmic climate change. If the world’s governments, businesses and people don’t act and act dramatically, global warming could rise more than 1.5 C and cause droughts, famine, floods and heat. It’s a dire prediction. As a driver, it forces you to think about your culpability. The automobile, after all, is a significant contributor to climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency maintains that cars...
  • Global warming could leave us crying in our costlier beer

    10/16/2018 6:13:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 15, 2018 | by Associated Press
    Add beer to chocolate, coffee, and wine as some of life’s little pleasures that global warming will make scarcer and costlier, scientists say. Increasing bouts of extreme heat waves and drought will hurt production of barley, a key beer ingredient, in the future. Losses of barley yield can be as much as 17 percent, an international group of researchers estimated. That means beer prices on average would double, even adjusting for inflation, according to the study in Monday’s journal Nature Plants . In countries like Ireland, where cost of a brew is already high, prices could triple. The findings come...
  • NASA Sees Climate Cooling Trend Thanks to Low Sun Activity

    10/16/2018 1:22:54 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 34 replies
    The New American ^ | Oct 1, 2018 | James Murphy
    The climate alarmists just can’t catch a break. NASA is reporting that the sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age; and Earth’s atmosphere is responding in kind. So, start pumping out that CO2, everyone. We’re going to need all the greenhouse gases we can get. “We see a cooling trend,” said Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold.” The new data is coming from NASA’s...
  • Why Do People Believe Climate Liars?

    10/16/2018 12:48:00 AM PDT · by kathsua · 33 replies
    global warming religion ^ | 10/15/18 | Reasonmclucus
    The self-proclaimed Climate Prophets who claim they can predict climate years in advance are either deliberately lying or incredibly stupid. Weather related scientists don't know enough about the factors that control daily weather to make more than approximate predictions of short term weather. How can anyone believe weather scientists can accurately predict weather decades in advance? If you look at a Weather Bureau forecast you will notice that if it predicts the possibility of rain the prediction will show the probability of rain as a percentage. The probability of rain might by 20% or maybe 60%. Meteorologists know rain can...
  • Why U.N. climate report cannot be trusted

    10/15/2018 7:42:30 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2018 | Tim Ball and Tom Harris
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate forecasts were wrong from their earliest reports in 1990. They were so inaccurate that they stopped calling them forecasts and made three “projections”: low, medium, and high. Since then, even their “low” scenario projections were wrong. Writing in 2002 about the SPM of Working Group I of the IPCC Third Assessment Report, IPCC Reviewer and independent analyst David Wojick explained the sort of problems typical of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change summary reports: What is systematically omitted from the Summary for Policymakers are precisely the uncertainties and positive counter evidence that might negate...
  • How to Ignore Climate Change

    10/15/2018 7:59:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | October 13, 2018 | by Grant Hilary Brenner MD, FAPA
    Disturbing research on how climate change is hurting our emotional well-being. Climate change is a major stressor in contemporary life. There is not a single day that we don’t read about the hazards of climate change, learn about a horrible disaster plausible connected with climate change. For those of us who accept the science, we often feel outrage at people - especially those in power - who not only refute climate change, but roll-back efforts intended to address the hazards facing our planet and species. In addition to outrage, shame, sorrow, helplessness, fear, disgust, resilience eroding cynicism, and the like......
  • In the voting booth, weigh climate change as a pro-life issue

    10/15/2018 7:39:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | October 14, 2018 | by Michael Wright
    ... As Catholic Christians, we are called to value life "in all its stages." This means we are also called to value that which sustains life, which includes things like health care, food and the environment, that is, creation. In fact, if we profess to be pro-life, we must necessarily be pro-creation. The U.S. bishops, in their document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," explain that the "culture of life begins with the preeminent obligation to protect innocent life from direct attack and extends to defending life whenever it is threatened or diminished." Clearly, this applies to environmental degradation that directly...
  • Opinion: Would you eat insects to save the planet from global warming?

    10/15/2018 7:28:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 82 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 15, 2018 | by Jessica Brown
    More people would give up meat for edible bugs if they believed they were tasty and trendy. The thought of rising sea levels and more intense heatwaves are enough to keep you up at night. But while we all know the situation is getting more serious, most of us are preoccupied with work, doctor’s appointments and paying bills – and these immediate, visceral worries win every time. Reducing our meat intake is crucial to avoiding climate breakdown, since food production accounts for about a quarter of all human-related greenhouse gas emissions, and is predicted to rise. In western countries, this...
  • Heavy snow blankets Colorado, Wyoming in early season storm

    10/14/2018 7:00:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2018 5:09 PM EDT
    Colorado and Wyoming residents woke up Sunday to find that an early season snowstorm had blanketed their homes and roadways with up to a foot (30 centimeters) of snow and sent temperatures plunging overnight. The storm caused crashes, snarled traffic and temporarily closed some major highways due to icy conditions. The heaviest snow fell in an area stretching from Boulder, Colorado, through Wyoming to Montana’s Beartooth Mountains. The National Weather Service reported snowfall measuring between 3 and 13 inches (8 to 33 centimeters) south of Sheridan, Wyoming, over the last 24 hours. About 3 inches (8 centimeters) of snow fell...
  • Al Gore warns: UN climate change report shows 'we have a global emergency'

    10/12/2018 5:37:31 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/12/18 | JUSTIN WISE
    Former Vice President Al Gore said Friday that the United Nations' new report on climate change demonstrates that the world is experiencing a "global emergency." “We have a global emergency,” Gore said in an interview on PBS NewsHour. "You use a phrase like that and some people immediately say, ‘okay calm down, it can’t be that bad.’ But it it is." "What the scientists have warned us in this recent report is that if we do not take action quickly … then consequences down the road would be far, far worse than what we’re experiencing now," Gore added, stating that...
  • Our View: U.N. climate report is our Pearl Harbor moment

    10/12/2018 7:24:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | October 11, 2018 | The Editorial Board
    The events of the last two years show that Americans know how to choose up sides and fight each other. But if we had to, could we put aside our differences and fight together? We are about to find out. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we are running out of time. This is not a hoax. It is not a theory. It is not a natural cycle of warming and cooling. It is a man-made catastrophe that demands a national effort unlike anything this country has seen since World War II. As in 1941, what’s required now...
  • Opinion: We can change course on climate change by moving from despair to action

    10/12/2018 7:00:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 11, 2018 | By Meade Krosby
    As a scientist who’s spent the past decade helping natural-resource managers in federal, state and tribal governments prepare for climate change, I’ve become used to giving terrible news. I thus often find myself feeling like an oncologist delivering a stream of devastating prognoses. Also like an oncologist, I find myself and others scrutinizing my bedside manner: am I being too cold, clinical and detached as I describe an apocalyptic future? As scientists, we are trained to present information clearly and dispassionately to avoid the appearance of bias. Unfortunately, this communication style falls desperately flat when speaking to the public, making...
  • Low-emission cows: farming responds to climate warning

    10/12/2018 6:41:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 12, 2018 | by Jonathan Watts
    From low-emission cows to robotic soil management, the farming industry will have to explore new approaches in the wake of a UN warning that the world needs to cut meat consumption or face worsening climate chaos. Cow farts are a major source of greenhouse gas, but researchers – who collect the gases in bags fitted to cows – have found there is considerable natural variation from animal to animal. If the low-emission cows could be bred with each other, this could bring down these emissions, they say. Researchers in other countries are also looking at changing feed to make cattle...
  • A last-ditch global warming fix? A man-made 'volcanic' eruption

    10/11/2018 12:41:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | October 11, 2018 | by James Rainey
    The international panel charged with reining in climate change said this week that the world needs to take "unprecedented" steps to remake its energy, transportation and agriculture systems to avoid the worst effects of global warming. What the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change did not discuss was an even more radical potential response - one that would re-engineer Earth’s stratosphere to create a massive heat shield by effectively duplicating the fallout that follows a volcanic eruption. This kind of revolutionary “solar geoengineering” - known by some as the “Pinatubo Strategy,” after a volcano whose 1991 eruption shrouded the planet in...
  • How to talk about hurricanes now

    10/11/2018 7:26:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | October 11, 2018 | By John D. Sutter
    Hurricane Michael isn't a truly "natural disaster." Neither was Harvey in Houston. Nor Maria in Puerto Rico. Yet we continue to use that term. Doing so -- especially in the era of climate change -- is misleading if not dangerous, according to several disaster experts and climate scientists I reached by phone and on Twitter. "The phrase 'natural disaster' is an attempt to lay blame where blame really doesn't rest," said Kerry A. Emanuel, a professor of atmospheric science at MIT and a global expert on hurricanes. It's not about semantics, said Ksenia Chmutina, a lecturer at Loughborough University in...
  • Oxford scientists say eat less beef to combat global warming

    10/11/2018 7:09:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    BBC "News" ^ | October 11, 2018
    A report by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food says beef consumption needs to fall by as much as 90% in western countries to combat climate change. The report's lead author, Dr Marco Springmann, told Today that individuals should aim to eat just one portion of beef, pork or lamb a week.
  • Polar Bears May Soon Feast on Whale Carcasses. Global Warming is to Blame.

    10/11/2018 7:04:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | October 10, 2018 | By Katherine J. Wu
    Climate change is bringing the heat for polar bears - and things are not looking good. The latest development? A shift in their diet, which may soon include regular gorging on blubbery whale carcasses, scientists say. And, as Craig Welch reports for National Geographic, humans are to blame. The planet’s rising temperatures are steadily melting northerly sea ice, which Arctic polar bears depend on to access their favorite seal-flavored suppers. During the warmer months, when the ice sheets shatter, some bears simply fast on land, waiting until hunting bridges freeze again. But with each passing year, the number of toasty...