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  • Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Mother Nature’s Rage’ Directed at U.S. Because of Trump

    09/07/2017 5:44:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 176 replies
    Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Mother Nature’s Rage’ Directed at U.S. Because of Trump By Kristine Marsh | September 7, 2017 5:31 PM EDT In an interview with Channel 4, a British public service television network, American actress Jennifer Lawrence blamed the recent hurricanes on Donald Trump’s voters, because they don't believe in man-made climate change. During the lengthy interview on her new movie Mother!, the conversation turned political about halfway through. After discussing the alleged pay gap between men and women, the interviewer asked Lawrence about climate change and the political climate in America. “I mean when the director was asked about...
  • The making of a climate skeptic – at University

    09/07/2017 4:03:42 PM PDT · by Twotone · 15 replies ^ | September 7, 2017 | Claire Masters
    The class was languid, most kids were on their phones, or surfing Facebook on their laptops. I sat with my notebook open in front of me, empty except for the lecture title at the top of the page. The professor put a slide up on the projector showing a chart relating CO2 and temperature over the course of a few million years, the one we’ve all seen by now. The CO2 curve lags after the Temperature one, and anyone’s first reading of the chart would probably be that temperature is driving the CO2 changes, not the other way around, if...
  • Gingrich or Santorum as speaker? House conservatives plot mischief for the fall

    09/07/2017 1:25:36 PM PDT · by gubamyster · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/07/2017 | Robert Costa and Ashley Parker
    Several influential House conservatives are privately plotting ways to use the legislative calendar this fall to push their hard-line agenda — including quiet discussions about possibly mounting a leadership challenge to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. The group has gone so far as to float the idea of recruiting former House speaker Newt Gingrich or former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum as potential replacements for Ryan (R-Wis.) should there be a rebellion. The Constitution does not require that an elected member of the House serve as speaker. While the chances that a non-House member could mount a credible threat to Ryan...
  • Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us

    09/07/2017 6:47:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies
    The Nation ^ | September 7, 2017 | By Mark Hertsgaard
    The victims of Hurricane Harvey have a murderer - and it’s not the storm. The horrors hurled at Houston and the Himalayan lowlands in late August were heartbreaking - but also infuriating. How many times must we see this disaster movie - titled Hurricane Harvey in 2017 - before we intervene and change the ending? And how long before we hold the ultimate authors of such climate catastrophes accountable for the miseries they inflict? What makes this so infuriating is that it shouldn’t be happening. Experts have warned for decades that global warming would increase these sorts of weather extremes...
  • With climate change upon us, where’s the safest place in California to live?

    09/07/2017 6:36:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 97 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 7, 2017 | By Shawn Hubler
    If climate change is a given, what’s the best place to live? Or, maybe, the least-worst? It’s not an easy question. Just asking it feels somehow simultaneously obvious and alarmist. There’s no place to hide from global warming, by definition. And until recently climate change wasn’t supposed to be a given. If you were on the right, it wasn’t supposed to exist. If you were on the left, it was supposed to be something humanity could put the brakes on. If you were in the middle, it was one of those things to worry about later, like your 401(k) or...
  • The Latest: France Calls for Fight Against Global Warming

    09/07/2017 6:26:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | September 7, 2017 | AP Staff
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron says France is "grief-stricken" by the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, and he's calling for concerted efforts to tackle global warming and climate change to prevent similar future natural disasters. Speaking Thursday during a visit to Greece, Macron said the planet's situation must be stabilized and that leaders must make take steps to combat global warming "so we can avoid such natural disasters in the future."
  • Hurricane Irma’s epic size is being fuelled by global warming

    09/06/2017 10:32:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    New Scientist ^ | September 6, 2017 | By Michael Le Page
    It’s a monster. As the eye of Hurricane Irma approached the tiny island of Barbuda this morning, wind speeds soared to 250 kph before the instrument broke. At the time of writing, all contact with the island had been lost and it is unclear how the 1600 inhabitants have fared. But already reports of severe destruction are coming in from other islands in Irma’s path. The destruction could be extreme. So why did Irma grow so strong? Most likely because climate change is making Atlantic waters ever warmer. Computer models suggest global warming is likely to increase wind shear over...
  • German Wind Energy Market “Threatening To Implode”…”Things Have Never Been This Bad”!

    09/05/2017 1:22:55 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    No Tricks Zone ^ | 30 August 2017 | P Gosselin
    While Germany likes to fancy itself as being among the “global leaders” in tackling climate change by expanding green energies, the country has in fact taken very little action recently to back up the appearances. If anything, Germany is more in the green energy retreat mode. There are good reasons for this. German flagship business daily “Handelsblatt” reported here yesterday how Germany’s wind energy market is now “threatening to implode” and as a result “thousands of jobs are at risk“. José Luis Blanco, CEO of German wind energy giant Nordex, blames the market chaos on “policymakers changing the rules“. Subsidies...
  • ‘Ecosexual’ professor spurs movement: Have sex with Earth to save it

    09/05/2017 8:29:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 84 replies
    The College Fix ^ | September 5, 2017 | by WILLIAM NARDI
    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. That interest can be traced in part back to Stephens, a UC Santa Cruz professor and one leader in the movement that melds art, sex and environmentalism, a la having sex with a tree or marrying the ocean. That interest can be traced in part back...
  • Solar farms are cropping up in Will County, ILLINOIS

    09/05/2017 8:07:23 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune Southtown ^ | Sep 5, 2017 | Susan DeMar Lafferty
    Solar farms are cropping up in Will County As harvest season approaches, some Will County farmers may already be considering alternatives to the future of their corn and soybean fields. They are learning that the sun they now rely on to produce vegetables, could be harnessed into a new cash crop. Empowered by Illinois' new Future Energy Jobs Act, solar companies have approached area farmers in recent weeks about converting a portion of their property into solar farms. Cypress Creek Renewables, which currently operates solar farms in eight states, has an agreement with a landowner in Crete Township to convert...
  • Denying Hurricane Harvey’s climate links only worsens future suffering

    09/05/2017 6:26:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 5, 2017 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    Human-caused climate change amplified the damages and suffering associated with Hurricane Harvey in several different ways. First, sea level rise caused by global warming increased the storm surge and therefore the coastal inundation and flooding from the storm. Second, the warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, which intensifies extreme precipitation events like the record-shattering rainfall associated with Harvey. Third, warmer ocean waters essentially act as hurricane fuel, which may have made Harvey more intense than it would otherwise have been. We can take some steps to adapt to rising sea levels, but denying the problem by rolling back regulations aimed...
  • Houston, We've Got A Problem. It's Called Global Warming.

    09/05/2017 6:13:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 109 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 5, 2017 | by Steven Salzberg
    Let's not dance around the issue: Hurricane Harvey was a direct consequence of global warming, which in turn is a direct consequence of human activities. It's ironic that Texas (and Houston in particular) has an economy that is dominated by on oil and fossil fuels. Burning these fuels is what got us in this mess. It's also ironic that Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is now at the front of the line asking for a federal government rescue package, is a scientifically illiterate climate change denier. Maybe with cooler temperatures, we'd have had a hurricane anyway–but it would have been...
  • Burning Man attendee jump into flames (WARNING: Disturbing Content)

    09/03/2017 11:12:07 AM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 63 replies
    Shocking photographs show how fire rescue officers chased the man trying to stop him from entering the inferno, but were unable to do so. He slipped through a safety perimeter and sprinted for the flames at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Dumb and Dumber: Foregrounding Climate Justice from Harvey to Haiti’s Matthew

    09/03/2017 6:02:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | September 2, 2017 | by K. Jessica Hsu and Mark Schuller
    Yes, to not ask questions about climate change is indeed dumb, as Senator Sanders pointed out. It is dumber to not also question the current global economic system and policies perpetuating racial inequalities. The conversation must shift toward climate justice. Climate justice explicitly confronts basic inequalities: the world’s biggest polluters are not those directly affected by climate change. The big polluters are also the biggest “winners” in this economic system. It is no coincidence that higher climate vulnerability communities are largely communities of color and disenfranchised communities within the Global South. To achieve climate justice requires making sure that communities...
  • After a devastating hurricane, Trump still picks a climate change denier to head NASA

    09/03/2017 5:46:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 98 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 2, 2017 | by Linda Stasi
    Dear Donald, Hurricane Harvey could be your defining moment; the moment that changes your presidency from the chaotic mess of threats, bitterness and bilious paranoia to one of rationality and reasonableness. You, sir, could be the President that saves the planet. There is no denying that our weather is getting more severe, that the oceans are rising, the Arctic ice is melting and hurricanes are wreaking ever-more havoc each time one pummels another part of the country. Harvey has officially brought the most destructive rainfall in our nation’s history — more than 51 inches in some areas of Houston. As...
  • POLL: Does Hurricane Harvey prove the man-made Global Warming threat?

    09/02/2017 1:46:41 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 31 replies
    Does Hurricane Harvey prove the man-made Global Warming threat? Yes - Human activity is to blame for the destruction No - Harvey was the first Category 3+ hurricane to reach the U.S. in almost 12 years I'm not sure
  • Report: Politics may shape what NY kids learn about climate change

    09/01/2017 8:51:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York ^ | September 1, 2017 | By James T. Mulder
    What New York state students learn about climate change when they return to classrooms this month may hinge on their teacher's political views more than science, according to a report by the New York School Boards Association. New learning standards being rolled out this year in New York state include climate change and the contribution of human activities to global warming. The report cited a national survey that found 33 percent of teachers teach that climate change occurs due to natural, not human-made, occurrences in nature. "Conservative political identity was the strongest indicator that a teacher would suggest that climate...
  • Pope, Orthodox leader make climate change appeal to 'heal wounded creation'

    09/01/2017 8:45:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 1, 2017 | Staff
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis and Orthodox Christian leader Patriarch Bartholomew called on Friday for a collective response from world leaders to climate change, saying the planet was deteriorating and vulnerable people were the first to be affected. The appeal comes three months after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a global agreement, struck in Paris, to limit greenhouse gas emissions. “We urgently appeal to those in positions of social and economic, as well as political and cultural, responsibility to hear the cry of the earth and to attend to the needs of the marginalized,” Francis and Bartholomew said in...
  • Sanders: It's 'pretty dumb' not to ask about climate change after Harvey

    09/01/2017 8:39:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | August 31, 2017 | by Sophie Tatum
    Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday that the unprecedented rainfall and resulting flooding from Hurricane Harvey should spark a discussion about climate change. "I think it is pretty dumb not to ask some hard questions about why more rain is now falling, and has fallen in the Houston area, as I understand it, than any time that people can have measured," Sanders told CNN's Chris Cuomo. The first priority in responding to Harvey's devastation should be saving lives and ensuring people affected have adequate and safe housing, Sanders said, but he added that the issue of climate change should also...
  • Volcanoes and ozone are missing from the climate change debate

    09/01/2017 7:45:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 9/1/2017 | Peter L. Ward
    How could carbon dioxide have become so important scientifically, economically, and politically without greenhouse-warming theory ever having been verified by experiment, a cornerstone of the scientific method? I have now completed experiments showing that air with more than 23-times normal concentrations of carbon dioxide is heated no more than 0.2 degrees more than normal air when exposed to the same infrared radiation. Air with more than 10-times normal concentrations of carbon dioxide covered Earth 400 million years ago when ice ages were common. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have been rising steadily since 1945 at ever increasing rates. These rates...