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  • Our View: Trump administration pushes science aside on climate

    04/25/2018 5:54:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel (Maine) ^ | April 25, 2018 | Editorial Board
    The Trump administration has removed mentions of climate change from federal government websites, yet the air and water continue to warm and sea levels keep rising. Data on climate change is buried on those sites where it used to be displayed prominently, and still glaciers melt and animals appear where they weren’t before. No, climate change doesn’t stop just because you ignore it — like tooth decay or that weird rattle in your car, it only gets worse, until you can’t possibly look the other way any longer. In this case, however, the stakes are much higher than a blown...
  • Foreign Office climate staff cut by 25% under Boris Johnson

    04/25/2018 5:47:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 25, 2018 | by Damian Carrington
    The number of full-time officials dedicated to climate change in the Foreign Office has dropped by almost 25% in the two years since Boris Johnson became foreign secretary, according to data released under freedom of information (FoI) rules. Johnson has also failed to mention climate change in any official speech since he took the office, in marked contrast to his two predecessors. The cutback in climate change diplomacy has come despite the prime minister, Theresa May, asserting that the UK leads the world on climate action. The UK has been praised for its past climate diplomacy, which helped pave the...
  • Billings (finally) breaks the snowfall record (106.1 inches)

    04/24/2018 5:36:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 4/23/18 | Larry Mayer
    Billings-area residents trudged through the slush Monday, but the storm brought some "good" news: The long winter of suffering has not been in vain. Shortly after 10 a.m., the National Weather Service in Billings announced that a scant 0.1 inches of snow had fallen — not enough to accumulate much on the ground or streets, but enough to break the single-season snowfall record. The measuring station at Billings Logan International Airport recorded 2.6 inches by 1 p.m., bringing the yearly total to 106.1 inches.
  • If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive?

    04/24/2018 5:49:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    forbes.com ^ | April 23, 2018 | Michael Shellenberger
    Over the last year, the media have published story after story after story about the declining price of solar panels and wind turbines. People who read these stories are understandably left with the impression that the more solar and wind energy we produce, the lower electricity prices will become. And yet that’s not what’s happening. In fact, it’s the opposite. Between 2009 and 2017, the price of solar panels per watt declined by 75 percent while the price of wind turbines per watt declined by 50 percent. And yet — during the same period — the price of electricity in...
  • Florida and Texas are expected to take the biggest economic hit from climate change

    04/24/2018 1:26:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 24, 2018 | By Ciara Linnane
    Florida and Texas are the two states expected to suffer the greatest economic damage from climate change, according to a new study from Science magazine. The study used a model that aimed to calculate the future impact on each state’s gross domestic product (GDP) from events including hurricanes, storm surges, changes in agricultural yields, changing electricity demands, changes in mortality rates, changes to the labor supply, rising sea levels and rising crime rates. The study comes amid a concerted effort by climate activists to help the U.S. meet the goals of the Paris Accord of limiting temperature change to below...
  • Winter Olympians call for action on climate

    04/24/2018 1:19:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2018 | BY MARK REYNOLDS AND MARIO MOLINA
    One of the most electrifying moments of the 2018 Winter Olympics came when American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins surged from behind in the final seconds to win gold for her and teammate Kikkan Randall in the team sprint. It was a gutsy feat. Future Olympians may not get a shot at the dream Diggins achieved in PyeongChang. That’s because climate change is warming our winters, reducing our snowpack, and shortening our seasons - all changes that make it difficult to participate in snowsports. Diggins and four other winter Olympians - Stacey Cook, Arielle Gold, Maddie Phaneuf, and David Wise -...
  • 8 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Made Around the Time of the First Earth Day In 1970.

    04/24/2018 5:13:48 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    FEE ^ | April 22, 2018 | Mark J. Perry
    In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article.
  • California to 'whiplash' between drought, floods: study

    04/24/2018 3:01:24 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 24/4/18 | Mariette LeRoux
    Paris (AFP) - California will zigzag between droughts and floods which will become more intense and more frequent in the coming decades unless global emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases are checked, researchers said Monday. The Golden State has already experienced a rapid rise in such "whiplash" events -- careering from a record multi-year drought between 2012 and 2016, to heavy flooding in the winter of 2016-17. The situation will worsen as the global climate alters due to mankind's voracious burning of coal, oil, and gas for energy, a team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. They projected that wet-to-dry...
  • Jerry Brown: 3 Billion Will Die from Global Warming

    04/23/2018 5:19:33 PM PDT · by PROCON · 115 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 19, 2018 | Melanie Arter
    (CNSNews.com) - California Gov. Jerry Brown predicted that if carbon emissions aren’t reduced, billions of people will die from “heat events,” and one billion will be subjected to vector diseases. “When you pick up the paper or turn on cable news, you’d think it’s another planet. It’s all about the nonsense of Washington, and carbon emissions are growing, and we’ve got to radically turn that around, or the migrations you’re seeing now are going to be child’s play,” Brown told reporters Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “We’re going to have widespread disruption, more conflicts, more terrorism,...
  • The Case for Climate Reparations

    04/23/2018 6:15:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    The Sierra Club ^ | April 23, 2018 | by Jason Mark
    ... The mounting price tag of extreme weather events and the prospect of greater destruction to come have brought into focus a question that has been lurking at the edges of climate change conversations: Who should pay the costs of the death and destruction caused by human-driven global warming? The debate over climate accountability is not new. The Bali Action Plan established the idea - at least in theory - that the rich countries that have built their wealth by burning fossil fuels should help the poorer nations that are suffering disproportionate harms from a distorted atmosphere. "Climate change reparations"...
  • “Climate Justice: Conversations Across Barriers and Borders” explores climate change inequality

    04/23/2018 6:09:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    UConn Daily Campus ^ | April 23, 2018 | By Gabriella Debenedictis
    Climate change experts and University of Connecticut students spoke on defining and solving climate change inequality at “Climate Justice: Conversations Across Barriers and Borders” on Friday. The event, part of UConn’s spring 2018 Metanoia on the Environment, was moderated by UConn political science professor Dr. Prakash Kashwan and featured a discussion from multiple climate change experts, along with UConn students Rebecca Kaufman, Wawa Gatheru and Evan Fritz. “Climate change is definitely the most formidable challenge that humanity has ever faced,” Kashwan told the audience. “When talking about facing the issue, we forget that both the causes and the consequences of...
  • Dear leaders: You've failed your children on climate change

    04/23/2018 5:47:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    CNN ^ | April 22, 2018 | by Jamie Margolin
    Dear leaders, You failed us. It's your responsibility to protect the youth. But when faced with the choice of fossil fuel money for your campaigns, or the wellbeing of your children, you pick fossil fuels. Today is Earth Day. Please save your phony Earth Day tweets and Facebook posts, I don't want to see them. Put those in a bag along with your toothless "thoughts and prayers" tweets for hurricane victims and dump them in the ocean just like you permit corporations to dump their waste. Because my generation is so done with your talk. I'm a 16-year-old sophomore in...
  • Michael Bloomberg donates $4.5M to U.N. climate body after U.S. cuts

    04/23/2018 5:41:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | April 23, 2018 | by Associated Press
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vowed to write a $4.5 million check to the United Nations body that oversees climate change negotiations to make up the shortfall in the agency's budget caused by U.S. funding cuts. President Donald Trump last year formally announced the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord deal, stating that it was not fair. Congress also cut funding for the Bonn, Germany-based UNFCCC from $7.5 million in previous years to $3 million this year. "America made a commitment and as an American if the government's not going to do it we...
  • Delingpole: Greenie Reveals His Inner Eco-Fascist – Unleash ‘Regulatory Hell’

    04/21/2018 7:46:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/21/2018 | James Delingpole
    Beneath the warm cuddly exterior of the bunny-hugging greenie beats the heart of a fascist. If you ever doubted it, check out this Vox interview with William T Vollmann. Vollmann is an award-winning author and war correspondent once described as the most “ambitious, audacious writer working in America today” and tipped as a plausible Nobel Prize for Literature candidate. He claims once to have been a climate change ‘denier’ but not any more. The climate change threat is so dire, he believes, that only the most drastic solutions will do: It’s not just what some consumer does at home. It’s...
  • Competition between males improves resilience against climate change

    04/19/2018 6:16:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Science Daily ^ | April 18, 2018 | by Jon Parrett PhD
    Animal species with males who compete intensively for mates might be more resilient to the effects of climate change, according to research by Queen Mary University of London. Moths exposed to increasing temperatures were found to produce more eggs and have better offspring survival when the population had more males competing for mating opportunities (three males for every female). The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests that sexual selection can provide a buffer against climate change and increase adaptation rates within a changing environment. This could improve understanding of how changing environments might affect...
  • Nova: decoding climate change

    04/18/2018 10:01:21 PM PDT · by SteveH · 46 replies
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    Anyone else watch nova this evening? It did seem to make a somewhat good case though at the same time seemed to duck confronting skeptic arguments directly or at least so it seemed to me. I am not following this at a level of detail that I feel competent to debate one way or another so I am curious for others' reactions.
  • Environmentalist and climatologist Leonardo DiCpario sets an example

    04/18/2018 7:38:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/18/2018 | Ethel C. Fenig
    While singer, dancer and all around performer Beyonce reportedly responsibly heated up Coachella with a knockout performance this past week end, renowned climatologist, environmentologist, actor and all around Concerned Citizen, Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't as thoughtful. Leaving one of his many luxurious, energy guzzling homes, he scooted to the event on his fume spewing private plane where the 40+ star enjoyed the company of various women, all well under 30. “I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.” -Glenn Reynolds It is a mark of the moral bankruptcy...
  • Cars Threaten Climate Goals in Blue States

    04/18/2018 7:57:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Scientific American ^ | April 17, 2018 | By Benjamin Storrow
    With few coal plants left to shutter, transportation is the main hurdle to meeting emissions targets. Liberal states’ carbon-cutting plans are stuck in traffic. Literally. Transportation emissions threaten to undercut blue states’ climate goals, raising questions about their ability to lead U.S. climate efforts at a time when the federal government is rolling back environmental regulations. Emissions from cars, trucks and other mobile sources are on the rise nationally. In 2016, they overtook power plants as America’s largest source of greenhouse gases. But the situation is exacerbated in blue states, where power-sector emissions have plummeted and planet-warming tailpipe pollution remains...
  • As Climate Costs Grow, Some See A Moneymaking Opportunity

    04/18/2018 7:29:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    NPR ^ | April 17, 2018 | by Christopher Joyce
    Predicting how climate change will alter the weather is becoming a flourishing business. The consumers are property owners and businesses that fear a rise in extreme weather — hurricanes, floods or heat waves, for example. Last year set a record for U.S. losses at over $300 billion. Rich Sorkin is seeking them out. Sorkin is CEO of a new company called Jupiter. "Our approach is, look, we're in the risk business." What Jupiter sells is risk assessment. How you can dodge the climate bullet? Sorkin says Jupiter has raised about $10 million in a matter of months and hired top...
  • Boulder files lawsuit against ExxonMobil, Suncor over climate change

    04/18/2018 7:22:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    FOX 31 Denver ^ | April 17, 2018 | by Joe St. George
    BOULDER, Colo. -- At a rally on Pearl Street in Boulder on Tuesday, city and county leaders announced they will be suing two major energy producers, ExxonMobil and Suncor, alleging they are responsible for climate change. "This is about fiscal responsibility, it's about climate accountability," Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones said. "Local governments simply cannot afford to foot the bill of climate change alone so we are asking for compensation for those companies who have benefited tremendously huge profits from fossil fuels." Matt Dempsey with the Western Energy Alliance, a group that advocates on behalf of oil and gas producers, called...