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  • Watch: Stevie Wonder Blames Global Warming for Aretha Franklin’s Cancer

    08/20/2018 11:45:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | August 20, 2018 | by John Nolte
    During an appearance on Friday’s CBS This Morning, and without being challenged by the pro-science “journalists” of the morning show, Wonder was allowed to spread his conspiracy theory about Global Warming being linked to cancer: "I just feel that all these various diseases that we have and all that is happening in the world in part is because there are those who don’t believe in global warming, don’t believe that what we do affects the world,” he said. “Heat affects the world and affects us. I just hope that people will grow up out of the foolishness and know that...
  • It’s simple: Global warming worsens wildfires

    08/20/2018 11:40:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 19, 2018 | by Associated Press
    As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled. Experts say the way global warming worsens wildfires comes down to the basic dynamics of fire. Fires need ignition, oxygen and fuel. And what’s really changed is fuel — the trees, brush and other plants that go up in flames. “Hotter drier...
  • Global warming can make extreme weather worse. Now scientists can say by how much.

    08/20/2018 11:36:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | August 19, 2018 | by James Rainey
    Researchers no longer hesitate to blame climate change for floods, fires and heat waves. Here's how the science works. When the heat waves, droughts, wildfires and deluges come - as they seem to with increasing regularity these days - the question inevitably arises: Did climate change play a role? The answer scientists gave for years was that greenhouse gases created by humans likely contributed to extreme weather, but it was hard to definitively tie the warming atmosphere to any single episode. But that cautious approach, repeated in thousands of news reports for more than a decade, has been changing in...
  • Progressive veterans frame climate change as a national security issue (and here we go...)

    08/19/2018 5:58:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/19/18 | Lee Harris
    Self-described "ass-kicking, motorcycle-riding, Texas Democrat" MJ Hegar, a candidate for Texas’ deep-red 31st district, has a novel approach to environmental politics: she doesn’t care if her supporters believe in man-made climate change, but says it's hard to deny the corrupting effects of petroleum dependence on American foreign policy. "Our dependence on foreign oil is just so damaging to our country on so many levels," Hegar told ABC News in a June interview. "I respect other people’s freedom to be discerning and to make their own decisions. But they can’t deny that the U.S. military pays the price for our dependence...
  • Opinion: Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks

    08/17/2018 11:49:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 17, 2018 | by Larry Elliott
    This summer’s heatwave has provided a glimpse of the future, and it is not a pretty one. On current trends, the years to come will see rising temperatures, droughts, a fight to feed a growing population, and a race against time to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The struggle to combat climate change brings out the best and worst of capitalism. Decarbonisation of the economy requires alternatives for coal and cars that run on diesel, and that plays to capitalism’s strengths. The good news is that in Beijing and New Delhi, policymakers have woken up to the idea that green...
  • How climate change will affect the trees on your Chicago block: 'It’s about to get a lot tougher.'

    08/17/2018 11:30:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 17, 2018 | by Cindy Dampier
    When you think of climate change, you might be thinking melting glaciers, massive hurricanes or polar bears on dwindling ice floes. Add this to that grim list: The trees in your own backyard. The birches in the corner of your kid’s favorite park, the towering spruce in your suburban backyard, that graceful linden on your block — all are likely to disappear from Chicago’s landscape over the next few decades, casualties of a climate that is suddenly ill-suited to their needs. Yet, at least one corner of Chicago should have a pretty good chance of retaining most of its trees...
  • Most economic forecasts have a big blind spot: Climate change

    08/17/2018 11:25:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN Money ^ | August 17, 2018 | by Lydia DePillis
    Climate change is having a real impact, not just on the environment but on the economy too. And a growing body of research by economists and climate scientists shows that extreme weather will weigh on economic growth even more so in the future. But almost no mainstream economic forecasting model takes that into account, in an omission that some economists say could affect the accuracy of economic predictions going forward. The most recent study to quantify the economic impact of the carbon emissions that spur climate change was featured last week in a brief by the Federal Reserve Bank of...
  • Climate change is helping crank up the temperatures of California's heat waves

    08/17/2018 11:20:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 17, 2018 | By BETTINA BOXALL
    California suffered through its hottest July on record, while August has pushed sea-surface temperatures off the San Diego coast to all-time highs. Are these punishing summer heat waves the consequences of global warming or the result of familiar weather patterns? The answer, scientists say, is both. Climate change is amplifying natural variations in the weather. So when California roasts under a stubborn high-pressure system, the thermometer climbs higher than it would in the past. “What we’re seeing now is the atmosphere doing what it has always done. But it’s doing it in a warmer world, so the heat waves occurring...
  • Global warming policy: Is population left out in the cold?

    08/17/2018 11:14:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Science Magazine.org ^ | August 17, 2018 | by John Bongaarts, Brian C. O'Neill
    Summary Would slowing human population growth lessen future impacts of anthropogenic climate change? With an additional 4 billion people expected on the planet by 2100, the answer seems an obvious “yes.” Indeed, substantial scientific literature backs up this intuition. Many nongovernmental organizations undertake climate- and population-related activities, and national adaptation plans for most of the least-developed countries recognize population growth as an important component of vulnerability to climate impacts. But despite this evidence, much of the climate community, notably the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the primary source of scientific information for the international climate change policy process, is...
  • Security Increased At The Boston Globe Following Threats

    08/16/2018 6:33:38 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 34 replies
    WRKO ^ | 8-16-18 | WRKO-iHeart
    -- Security is tighter Thursday afternoon at The Boston Globe headquarters. Police are stationed around the building for the rest of the day. Building management at 53 State Street sent a memo to all tenants -- saying The Globe had received several threats. The Boston Globe spear-headed an effort by more than 300 newspapers today, publishing editorials against president trump's attacks on the press. President Donald Trump tweeted that The Globe is in collusion with other papers on the issue of free press.
  • Trees are migrating west to escape climate change

    08/16/2018 1:27:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 79 replies
    Popular Science ^ | August 16, 2018 | By Marlene Cimons
    An individual tree has roots and, of course, it doesn’t move. But trees, as a species, do move over time. They migrate in response to environmental challenges, especially climate change. Surprisingly, they don’t all go to the Poles, where it is cooler. As it turns out, more of them head west, where it is getting wetter. Sure, some species, such as evergreens, are heading to the Poles to escape the heat. But others, like certain oaks and maple, are going west in search of rain. For the most part, “tree migrations are moisture related,” said Songlin Fei, associate professor at...
  • Global warming ‘will make tsunamis more common’, scientists warn

    08/16/2018 1:21:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | August 16, 2018 | by Rob Waugh
    Coastal cities could face bigger and more dangerous tsunamis thanks to global warming with even small earthquakes capable of unleashing killer waves, scientists have warned. Researchers say that earthquakes which would pose no threat today could lead to cities being swamped by water as the sea level rises. The researchers focused on the city of Macau in China, which is currently considered safe from tsunamis, despite lying in an earthquake zone. But a three-foot rise in sea level would increase the risk of tsunamis inundating the city by up to 4.7 times, the researchers found. Such a rise is predicted...
  • Meet the ‘climate kids’ suing the US government over global warming

    08/16/2018 1:15:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    New Scientist ^ | August 15, 2018 | By Fred Pearce
    They claim inaction on climate change has blighted their future - just one of many challenges now hitting the courts. And they might just succeed. HIGH-SCHOOL student Aji Piper goes snowboarding in the mountains behind Seattle – but for how much longer, he wonders. Miko Vergun fears her native Majuro atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific could soon be under water. In Alaska, Nathan Baring’s friends can no longer hunt for seals because the ice is too thin. Nine-year-old Levi Draheim, who lives in low-lying, coastal Florida, says of his president: “It’s scary having someone in the White...
  • After Brennan, 9 others face losing security clearances, too

    08/15/2018 5:28:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 8/15/18
    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday acted on a threat and revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had retained his security clearance, as is custom, but had also become an increasingly sharp critic of Trump’s. Trump says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr. Some have been publicly critical of the president, while others are linked to special counsel Robert...
  • Climate change likely to cause more sewage leaks, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna warns

    08/15/2018 7:24:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 15, 2018 | By MIA RABSON - The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA - More than one hundred municipal wastewater systems did not report how much raw sewage overflowed from their pipes in 2017 but Environment Canada is only investigating two of them for violating federal regulations. Data provided to The Canadian Press recently showed over one trillion litres of raw sewage leaked into Canadian waterways between 2013 and 2017, including 215 billion litres in 2017 alone - a 10 per cent increase over 2013. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the government isn’t specifically looking at ways to improve reporting rates of municipalities but, if there is more to do, the federal...
  • Humans are pushing the Earth closer to a climate cliff

    08/15/2018 7:11:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 15, 2018 | by Jon Abraham
    A new paper, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received a lot of media attention. The attention is justified because the paper paints a very grim picture of the climate and what humans may be doing to it. There are many really important insights from this paper. The authors wanted to know how feedbacks in the Earth’s climate will play a role in shaping the climate in the future. By feedbacks, we mean a change in one part of the climate that then causes another change, which in turn may cause another change, and...
  • Could Climate Change Destroy the Bloody Mary?

    08/15/2018 6:50:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    New York Magazine (Grub Street) ^ | August 15, 2018 | By Clint Rainey
    At this point, we’ve all just made peace with the idea that climate change will devastate the Earth, right? As far as food is concerned, it is now easy to imagine a world without coffee, wine, bananas, avocados, chocolate, crops whose mere presence in the world’s food supply is threatened by a warming planet. But some climate-change experts stress the fact that complete extinction is less of a threat than the ways smaller adjustments will affect our food chain. “The unpredictable ways in which our food system takes up shocks and stressors is the really compelling story here and it...
  • Global Warming's Effect on Car Development

    08/15/2018 6:43:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Road and Track ^ | August 14, 2018 | BY MÁTÉ PETRÁNY
    Finland's Test World is the only place on the planet where carmakers can find perfect ice and snow tracks in the middle of summer. Every car component needs to operate flawlessly between -30ºF and 130ºF, and manufacturers go to great lengths to meet that requirement. But finding real cold in a controlled environment is not getting any easier, spawning a technological battle between frosty territories all across the planet. Due to a seemingly never-ending heatwave, fish are boiling alive in Germany's waters, Cyanobacteria-levels are critical at Polish beaches, while the ice on Sweden's highest peak, the Kebnekaise, has started to...
  • The next five years will be ‘anomalously warm,’ scientists predict

    08/15/2018 6:27:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2018 | By Chris Mooney
    The past four years have been the four warmest ever recorded - and now, according to a new scientific forecast, the next five will also probably be “anomalously warm,” even beyond what the steady increase in global warming would produce on its own. That could include another record warmest year, even warmer than the current record year of 2016. “What we found is that for the next five years or so, there is a high likelihood of an anomalously warm climate compared to anomalously cold,” said Florian Sevellec, a scientist at France’s National Center for Scientific Research. The study mines...
  • How can we address the effects of climate change on communities of color?

    08/14/2018 7:02:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | August 13, 2018 | BY ALEX HARRIS
    Climate change is a massive, complex, globe-spanning issue that affects every facet of our lives. And like most problems at its scale, it’s bound to affect the poor and people of color most significantly. How can we address that in South Florida? This week, the issues are the environment and climate change, vital topics for residents who live at “ground zero” for sea-rise threats. The most at-risk population are poor people. They have the least amount of resources to escape the effects of climate change, by buying products or services to make weathering the changes easier. There is also increasing...