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  • Climate Change Sparked the Border Migration Crisis

    06/21/2018 11:39:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 21, 2018 | by TANYA BASU
    One factor causing migrants to risk everything - even potentially losing their children - to travel through the heat of summer in the dangerous desert and towards the barbed wire fences and tent cities springing up just south of the United States border: climate change. Many of the migrants being detained here now hail from what's referred variously as the Dry Corridor or the Northern Triangle, which consists of the three countries immediately south of Mexico: Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. The United Nations published a report in June 2016 that described the depth of the food insecurity crisis in...
  • Global warming's infectious Trojan Horse: Animals moving north may bring new diseases

    06/21/2018 11:27:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | June 21, 2018 | By Joan Meiners
    Rising temperatures from climate change are driving animals northward into new environments, raising concerns that pathogens hitching a ride may bring new diseases -- especially to southern U.S. states, including Louisiana. The world's warmest and wettest climates are home to some of its most worrying diseases like dengue, yellow fever and malaria. Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states could become a portal through which new diseases enter the United States, carried in the bloodstream of northward-bound species, scientists say. The warning comes as an Associated Press analysis this week of temperature data shows widespread and faster warming over the past...
  • Climate change deniers tend to be old, white and racist, study finds

    06/20/2018 1:23:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 130 replies
    Metro UK ^ | June 20, 2018 | by Rob Waugh
    There’s a ‘type’ when it comes to climate change denial it turns out – and it’s a pretty simple one: old, white and racist. Researchers found that American voters with the highest levels of racial resentment were far more likely to dispute the idea of man-made climate change. Researcher Salil Benegal at DePauw University analysed data from American National Election Studies – and found that Republicans with high racial resentment scores were 84% likely to disagree with man-made climate change. Previous Pew research has shown that climate change deniers tend to be old and white. The scores were measured on...
  • Opinion: Here’s How to Break the Impasse on Climate

    06/20/2018 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 20, 2018 | By Trent Lott and John Breaux
    As former leaders of our parties in the United States Senate, we know what it takes to achieve a bipartisan breakthrough in Congress. For all the talk of discord in Washington, we see the possibility of finding common ground on a divisive issue. As surprising as it may sound, climate change offers an opportunity for both parties to come together and deliver a victory - and cash dividends - to the American people. Congress should approve legislation to place a meaningful fee on carbon-dioxide emissions that ripples through all sectors of our economy, and return the revenues it generates to...
  • Conflict, climate change choke efforts to cure poverty, inequality: U.N.

    06/20/2018 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2018 | by Ellen Wulfhorst
    UNITED NATIONS - Climate change and conflict are forcing growing numbers of people to go hungry, flee their homes and lose critical access to water, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a look at progress in its global development goals. The number of hungry people has risen for the first time in a decade, and violence and conflict are causing food problems in 18 nations, the U.N. said in its assessment. Member nations of the U.N. adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 in a concerted effort to conquer poverty, inequality and other international woes by a 2030...
  • Trump treks to Capitol Hill as immigration firestorm rages

    06/19/2018 2:57:32 PM PDT · by Mariner · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | June 19th, 2018 | By RACHAEL BADE
    President Donald Trump heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday evening to rally House Republicans behind an immigration bill he panned just five days ago. Now Republicans have to decide: Which Trump do they believe? Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants are well aware that only the president can give conservatives cover to vote for a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers — a huge leap for those who once dismissed that idea as “amnesty.” It’s why leadership invited Trump for a rare meeting with the entire Republican conference, just days after he indicated he might veto the...
  • Climate Change a 'Man-made Problem with a Feminist Solution' says Robinson

    06/19/2018 5:45:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Voice of America ^ | June 18, 2018 | by Reuters
    LONDON — Women must be at the heart of climate action if the world is to limit the deadly impact of disasters such as floods, former Irish president and U.N. rights commissioner Mary Robinson said on Monday. Robinson, also a former U.N. climate envoy, said women were most adversely affected by disasters and yet are rarely "put front and center" of efforts to protect the most vulnerable. "Climate change is a man-made problem and must have a feminist solution," she said at a meeting of climate experts at London's Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship. "Feminism doesn't mean excluding men,...
  • Looking for signs of global warming? It's all around you

    06/19/2018 5:34:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | June 19, 2018 | By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer
    David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist. More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain. These days, plants and animals are arriving at Rocky Mountain Biological Lab a week or two earlier than they were 30 years ago. The robins that used to arrive in early April now show up in mid-March. Marmots end their winter slumber ever earlier. "If the climate weren't changing, we wouldn't see these kind of changes happen," Inouye said while standing on a bed of wildflowers that are...
  • The truth behind this photo of an ‘immigrant child’ crying inside a cage

    06/18/2018 7:55:40 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 51 replies
    WGNTV ^ | 6/18/18 | CNN WIRE
    A photo of a little boy crying in a cage is being shared on social media as seemingly another heart-rending byproduct of the White House’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which separates undocumented parents and kids at the border. There’s only one problem: The picture is being completely taken out of context — and does not show what it is purported to show.
  • New book details the inside story of Obama's birth certificate and the birth of fake news

    06/15/2018 1:50:09 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 88 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 14, 2018 | Dylan Stableford
    Dan Pfeiffer, former assistant and senior adviser to President Barack Obama, thinks he knows the exact date the modern era of fake news was born: April 27, 2011. “I had walked into the briefing room that morning with 50 copies of Barack Obama’s birth certificate,” Pfeiffer recalls in a memoir, “Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump,” set to be published next week. “So we could prove once and for all the man who was in his third year as president after winning an historic electoral landslide was an American citizen and eligible to...
  • Climate Change May Spark Global ‘Fish Wars’

    06/15/2018 6:43:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 14, 2018 | By Craig Welch
    Atlantic mackerel, a fatty schooling fish, for years has been caught by fleets in parts of Europe and sold around the world—where it gets pickled, grilled, smoked, and fried. It is among the United Kingdom's key exports. But a decade ago, warming temperatures began driving this popular fish north, into seas controlled by Iceland. Almost overnight, this seafood gold began shredding relations between some of the world's most stable governments. It led to unsustainable fishing, trade embargoes, and boat blockades. It even helped convince Iceland to drop its bid to join the EU. And that was among friendly nations. Welcome...
  • Pope Francis admits he is just making most of his theology up as he goes

    06/15/2018 1:08:21 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 21 replies
    Streitbarer Zwinglianer ^ | 21 May 2018 | Zwinglius Redivivus
    In an honest, impromptu homily delivered Monday, Pope Francis admitted he is just making most of his theology up as he goes, ignoring thousands of years of official Church doctrine in favor of “whatever pops into my head at the time.”Where past Popes have been careful in their attempts to stay in line with official Catholic teaching, Pope Francis confessed he doesn’t really know much official doctrine, stating that he’s more of a “shoot from the hip kind of guy” when it comes to weighty topics of morality, salvation, God, and eternity.“People ask me questions, and I’m not always sure...
  • Capitalism is killing the planet and needs to change, says investor Jeremy Grantham

    06/13/2018 6:09:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 13, 2018 | by Fred Imbert
    Jeremy Grantham, the longtime investor famous for calling the last two major bubbles in the market, is urging capitalists and "mainstream economists" to recognize the looming threat of climate change. "Capitalism and mainstream economics simply cannot deal with these problems. Mainstream economics largely ignore [them]," Grantham, who co-founded GMO in 1977, said Tuesday in an impassioned speech at the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago. "We deforest the land, we degrade our soils, we pollute and overuse our water and we treat air like an open sewer, and we do it all off the balance sheet." This negligence is due in...
  • Leveraging MRTI’s Christian witness to climate change

    06/12/2018 1:14:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Presbyterian Outlook ^ | June 12, 2018 | by Kerri Allen
    We live in times where moral ambiguity can have devastating and even deadly consequences. When it comes to the reality of climate change, there is no ambiguity of the disastrous impact of human degradation of the planet. Just in the past two weeks, a Harvard University study estimates that over 4,500 lives were lost as a consequence of Hurricane Maria. Well over a decade following Hurricane Katrina, white New Orleans has recovered; black New Orleans has not. See a pattern here? The devastating effects of climate change are undeniable, as is this disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable communities throughout...
  • How climate change can cause depression, anxiety: ‘We will all be affected’

    06/12/2018 1:06:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Global News - Canada ^ | June 11, 2018 | By Dani-Elle Dubé
    Canada’s climate is getting hotter and wetter and it may have an impact on your mental health. That’s what experts are warning as Canada’s climate continues to shift dramatically, causing severe flooding in many parts of the country, and even droughts and fires in parts of the Prairies and the West Coast. It’s extreme weather events like those experienced in the 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray and the 2013 floods in Toronto that can trigger mental-health disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And while some may believe these events are few and far...
  • Rising CO2 poses bigger climate threat than warming, study says

    06/12/2018 12:56:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    UPI ^ | June 12, 2018 | by Brooks Hays
    Even if global warming is curbed and the increase in global temperature is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, scientists warn rising CO2 concentrations could still trigger a dangerous increase in extreme weather. Broadly speaking, more CO2 translates to higher temperatures, but the relationship between atmosphere and climate is complex, and scientists say there are scenarios in which warming could be limited to 1.5 degrees, despite a sizable increase in atmospheric CO2. New climate models developed by researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford suggest CO2 levels, not global temperatures, are a better predictor of the most...
  • Baobab tree deaths linked to climate change

    06/12/2018 12:51:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | June 12, 2018 | By Rory Smith
    Some of the oldest and biggest baobab trees in Africa have died recently, becoming the latest possible victims of climate change, according to a study published in the journal Nature Plants on Monday. The trees -- located in Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia -- have died completely, or partly, according to the study. Some of them dated back to the times of the ancient Greeks. It's still unclear what is driving the baobab deaths. The authors believe that climate change is the culprit. "We suspect that the demise of monumental baobabs may be associated at least in part...
  • Eating your greens could become more costly due to climate change

    06/12/2018 12:46:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 11, 2018 | by Lin Taylor
    LONDON - Keeping healthy could become more costly as climate change and water scarcity cause a huge drop in the global production of vegetables and legumes, scientists said on Monday. The amount of vegetables produced could fall by more than a third, especially in hot regions like southern Europe and swathes of Africa and South Asia, said researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. By analyzing studies across 40 countries, with some dating as far back as 1975, they found that hikes in greenhouses gases, water scarcity and global temperatures lowered the amount of vegetables and legumes...
  • Commentary: How G-7 Leaders Can Push for Relief to Global Warming

    06/11/2018 2:01:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | June 11, 2018 | By Romina Picolotti , Scott Vaughan and Durwood Zaelke
    This past weekend leaders of the world's leading industrial powers – also known as the Group of Seven, or G-7 – met in Canada to discuss the global economy, trade and climate protection. A critical issue that won't go away is this pernicious cycle: Climate change is causing temperatures to rise around the world. In response, people are racing to install more air conditioners to keep sweltering populations cool. This, in turn, increases demand for electricity and contributes to warming the climate. Why is this a problem and what can be done about it? During the past four decades, extreme...
  • Swatting hoax targets #NeverAgain activists (You Won't Believe the BIZARRE Reaction!!!)

    06/08/2018 6:43:57 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 32 replies
    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel ^ | June 8, 2018 | Erika Pesantes
    They’re bogus 911 calls with real consequences— and public figures or celebrities are often the victims. This week, 18-year-old activist David Hogg in Parkland and fellow #NeverAgain student leader Cameron Kasky in West Delray were targeted by swatting calls, according to authorities in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Named after the response by police SWAT squads who respond to the calls, false 911 callers often describe emergencies involving barricaded gunmen or hostages in an attempt to draw heavily-armed officers. These fake 911 callers often spoof a victim’s phone, making it appear as though the victim is placing the emergency call.