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  • UCP under fire after nomination candidate called climate change a ‘hoax’ on social media

    08/10/2018 9:07:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | August 9, 2018 | By EMMA MCINTOSH
    CALGARY - The United Conservative Party is under fire after a Calgary nomination candidate cast doubt on the legitimacy of climate change in several social media posts. Randy Kerr, who is vying for the UCP nomination to run in the provincial riding of Calgary-Beddington, is a former campaign manager for party leader Jason Kenney. Some of his posts linked to a website with connections to Breitbart News, the far-right U.S. media outlet, which is associated with the so-called alt-right and has been accused of being sympathetic to white nationalism. “My first reaction to that is, so what,” said Kerr, when...
  • Opinion: As panic about climate change sets in, I’m thinking about escape – to Canada

    08/10/2018 8:51:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 9, 2018 | by Emma Brockes
    The New York Times has devoted an entire edition of its magazine, some 30,000 words, to a terrifying piece about climate change. With 2C warming – an unlikely best-case scenario at this point, scientists were quoted as saying – the planet faces “long-term disaster”. I was having lunch with friends in Brooklyn on Sunday, in a low-lying area that will be under water when all of this comes to pass and, political analysis aside, all we could focus on was: what on earth are we going to do? More specifically, how to ensure the survival of our children, and should...
  • At 'America First Energy Conference', solar power is dumb, climate change is fake

    08/09/2018 12:40:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 9, 2018 | by Collin Eaton
    NEW ORLEANS - Pumping carbon dioxide into the air makes the planet greener; the United Nations puts out fake science about climate change to control the global energy market; and wind and solar energy are simply “dumb”. These are among the messages that flowed from the America First Energy Conference in New Orleans this week, hosted by some of the country’s most vocal climate change doubters - and attended by a handful of Trump administration officials. The day-long conference reflected the political rise of global warming skeptics in Donald Trump’s America that is occurring despite mounting scientific evidence – including...
  • Limiting Climate Change’s Temperature Warming by Just Half a Degree Could Help With Extreme Weather

    08/09/2018 10:48:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 9, 2018 | By Abbey Interrante
    To curb the effects of climate change, the Paris Agreement calls for limiting the rising temperature only 2 degrees Celsius, but a new study recommends even less. Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences studied how the weather may change if humans are able to limit climate change. The study found that by changing the goal from 2 degrees to 1.5 degrees Celsius could prevent extreme precipitation events, such as abnormally high rain or snow that can lead to severe flooding, landslides and debris flows. "As the climate warms, both the mean state and the variability of extreme precipitation are...
  • The Message of a Scorching 2018: We’re Not Prepared for Global Warming

    08/09/2018 10:36:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 9, 2018 | By Somini Sengupta
    This summer of fire and swelter looks a lot like the future that scientists have been warning about in the era of climate change, and it’s revealing in real time how unprepared much of the world remains for life on a hotter planet. The disruptions to everyday life have been far-reaching and devastating. In California, firefighters are racing to control what has become the largest fire in state history. Harvests of staple grains like wheat and corn are expected to dip this year, in some cases sharply, in countries as different as Sweden and El Salvador. In Europe, nuclear power...
  • We won’t stop California’s wildfires if we don’t talk about climate change

    08/09/2018 10:31:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 9, 2018 | The Editorial Board
    CALIFORNIA, THE nation’s most populous state and the world’s fifth-largest economy, is on fire. In a state already known for monster conflagrations, the past month has been unusually destructive. The Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco is now officially the largest in California’s history, having burned an area about the size of Los Angeles, and it is just one of the major blazes the state has had to face since last October. As much as the president might prefer to point fingers elsewhere, it is impossible to talk about California’s blazes without considering the role of climate change. Four...
  • Opinion: Trump's giveaway to Big Oil will accelerate climate change

    08/08/2018 11:46:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | August 8, 2018 | By Leah C. Stokes
    Rather than saving people money in gas costs, cleaning up the air, or dealing with the climate crisis, the Trump administration announced its plan to roll back automobile fuel efficiency standards -- proposing to freeze the policy in a few short years. Since cars and trucks are the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, the existing regulations are crucial in the effort to stop the climate crisis. Limiting pollution for cars is also important for human health, because dirty air from cars is bad for all of us. We know the public will lose from this rollback....
  • Tornadoes on the East Coast May Be a Sign of Things to Come

    08/08/2018 11:39:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 8, 2018 | By Kendra Pierre-Louis
    A tornado, albeit a weak one, touched down in New York City last Thursday, in the College Point neighborhood of Queens. A few days earlier, a stronger tornado was spotted near the town of Douglas, in central Massachusetts. The storms were far from the region in the middle of the country known as Tornado Alley, where the bulk of the nation’s tornadoes occur. In a summer already marked by simmering heat that researchers have linked to global warming, is climate change also making tornadoes more common in places where they once were infrequent? Though individual weather events are distinct from...
  • Opinion: Want to Fight Climate Change? Look in Your Fridge

    08/08/2018 11:30:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 8, 2018 | Karolina Skog , Minister for the Environment in Sweden
    Though few realize it, the contents of your refrigerator can have a greater impact on climate change than the car in your garage or the fuel that heats and powers your home. That’s why Nordic nations like mine have set out to prove that the simple act of eating may be our best tool in the fight against climate change, as well as other great global crises like public health and inequality. Globally, food systems account for some 20-30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. So let’s turn our attention to the dinner table, to the school cafeteria, and to the...
  • Blocking sunlight to cool Earth won’t reduce crop damage from global warming

    08/08/2018 11:19:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    University of California - Berkeley ^ | August 8, 2018 | By Robert Sanders, Media Relations
    Injecting particles into the atmosphere to cool the planet and counter the warming effects of climate change would do nothing to offset the crop damage from rising global temperatures, according to a new analysis by University of California, Berkeley, researchers. By analyzing the past effects of Earth-cooling volcanic eruptions, and the response of crops to changes in sunlight, the team concluded that any improvements in yield from cooler temperatures would be negated by lower productivity due to reduced sunlight. The findings have important implications for our understanding of solar geoengineering, one proposed method for helping humanity manage the impacts of...
  • CNN: Our climate plans are in pieces as killer summer shreds records

    08/07/2018 12:10:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | August 7, 2018 | By Angela Dewan
    Deadly fires have scorched swaths of the Northern Hemisphere this summer, from California to Arctic Sweden and down to Greece on the sunny Mediterranean. Drought in Europe has turned verdant land barren, while people in Japan and Korea are dying from record-breaking heat. Climate change is here and is affecting the entire globe -- not just the polar bears or tiny islands vulnerable to rising sea levels -- scientists say. It is on the doorsteps of everyday Americans, Europeans and Asians, and the best evidence shows it will get much worse. Remarkably, scientists can now work out in just a...
  • Caribbean Islands Want Donald Trump to Address Climate Change Before They Disappear

    08/07/2018 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 7, 2018 | By Cristina Maza
    Leaders from Caribbean islands are urging President Donald Trump to take climate change seriously before they disappear due to extreme weather conditions, according to reports. Hurricane season poses an existential threat to the islands as increased rainfall caused by climate change makes hurricanes stronger, experts say. Recently, leaders from the Caribbean began urging Trump to understand the gravity of global warming. “In 2017, we saw some of the most devastating and destructive hurricanes we’ve seen in our history,” Selwin Hart, Barbados’ ambassador to the U.S. told The Guardian. “This needs to be recognized.... This isn’t some scientific debate, it’s a...
  • Opinion: Don’t despair – climate change catastrophe can still be averted

    08/07/2018 11:53:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 7, 2018 | by Simon Lewis
    This is the summer when, for many, climate change got real. The future looks fiery and dangerous. Hot on the heels of Trump, fake news and the parlous state of the Brexit negotiations, despair is in the air. Now a new scientific report makes the case that even fairly modest future carbon dioxide emissions could set off a cascade of catastrophe, with melting permafrost releasing methane to ratchet up global temperatures enough to drive much of the Amazon to die off, and so on in a chain reaction around the world that pushes Earth into a terrifying new hothouse state...
  • Scientists Have Uncovered a Disturbing Climate Change Precedent

    08/07/2018 9:45:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 6, 2018 | by PETER BRANNEN
    During the rise of mammals, Earth's temperatures spiked in a scary way that the planet may experience again soon. They were strange days at the beginning of the age of mammals. The planet was still hungover from the astonishing disappearance of its marquee superstars, the dinosaurs. But the most striking feature of this early age of mammals is that it was almost unbelievably hot, so hot that around 50 million years ago there were crocodiles, palm trees, and sand tiger sharks in the Arctic Circle. There were perhaps sprawling, febrile dead zones spanning the tropics, too hot even for animal...
  • Science briefs: Birds race to mating grounds because of global warming, arrive exhausted

    08/07/2018 9:21:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | August 4, 2018 | by News Services
    Geese have a problem. Some are arriving at their Arctic mating grounds so exhausted they’re not in the mood anymore. Shifting environmental signals are making the birds race northward on their spring migration, flying faster and skipping the stops they normally use to rest and refuel, said a study in the journal Current Biology. The finding gives new insight into the way climate change is altering the calculus of animal migration. “This is the first one I know of where a long distance migrant is increasing its travel speed,” said Matthew Ayres, a biology professor at Dartmouth. Barnacle geese spend...
  • Commentary: The 'Cause' of the Deadly Global Heatwave

    08/07/2018 9:12:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | August 7, 2018 | By Jeff Nesbit
    An unprecedented global heatwave has shattered records in nearly every corner of the planet. Death Valley set a new record. Cities in the Middle East have seen record hot days. There were days in India where it was so hot outside that conditions were nearly unlivable for human beings. Hundreds of people have died from heatstroke worldwide this summer. Heatwaves are now causing more deaths in U.S. cities than all other disasters combined. These sorts of the extreme heatwave events have been predicted for decades by scientists. We've known for some time now that extreme weather events like extraordinarily hot...
  • Study warns of looming potential for runaway global warming ('Hothouse Earth')

    08/07/2018 2:03:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/06/18 | MAX GREENWOOD
    A new study out Monday warns of the possibility of out-of-control global warming if humans fail to band together to fight the worst effects of climate change. The analysis, conducted by researchers at the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Center, among other institutions, outlines the potential for a "threshold" that, if crossed, would lead to runaway warming patterns and the advent of a "Hothouse Earth." If such a threshold is crossed, the study warns, global average temperatures could climb as much as 8 degrees Fahrenheit above current temperatures and sea levels could rise 30 to 200 feet. "Crossing...
  • Buzzfeed: QAnon A Leftist Hoax?

    08/06/2018 3:15:46 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 380 replies ^ | August 6, 2018 | ED MORRISSEY
    In 1999, Roberto Bui, Giovanni Cattabriga, Federico Guglielmi, and Luca Di Meo, writing under the name “Luther Blissett,” published an Italian novel called Q. Luther Blissett was a name regularly adopted in the ’90s by leftists, anarchists, and general troublemakers in Italy. It was used for staging all kinds of pranks. The Luther Blissetts in different cities would occasionally communicate by phone, but for the most part the project just spread organically. Think of it like an analogue Guy Fawkes Anonymous mask. That flowed from the original Q and was entirely in keeping with its leftist-anarchist context. ..the authors believe...
  • Reverend: Boys Hung Black Doll With Noose In Philly Playground To ‘Creep People Out’

    08/06/2018 9:36:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 72 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | August 2, 2018 | Staff
    A reverend says a black doll found hanging from a makeshift noose in a Philadelphia playground was apparently staged by a group of kids who wanted to “creep people out.” Police say they received a 911 call around noon after a city worker found a black doll hanging from a telephone wire with a makeshift noose around its neck at the Weccacoe Playground at 4th and Queen Streets.
  • Scientists see fingerprints of climate change all over California’s wildfires

    08/03/2018 7:41:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 93 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 3, 2018 | by Kurtis Alexander
    Much of the heat that’s gripped California and hastened the spread of deadly wildfires recently is due to a strange but familiar shift in the jet stream — one that’s haunted the West with threatening fire conditions in the past and could cause more hot, dry spells in the future, especially with a changing climate. The jet stream, the river of wind high above the Northern Hemisphere, has been weaker and wavier in the past few weeks, scientists say. Instead of pushing weather systems along as it usually does, it’s allowing the patterns to stagnate. “We’re seeing this mix of...