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  • Report: Rising sea levels could flood 1 in 200 Seattle-area homes by end of century

    10/20/2017 12:11:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 19, 2017 | By Mike Rosenberg
    When it comes to rising sea levels flooding parts of the country in the future, you might think of places like Miami and New Orleans — but Seattle could be susceptible, too, albeit on a much smaller scale. A new Zillow analysis using government climate change forecasts found that about 5,000 homes in the Seattle metro area are in danger of being underwater due to rising seas by 2100. The homes would flood if local sea levels rise at least six feet due to the warming climate. That’s roughly the midway point from a government climate science forecast that said...
  • E.P.A. Scrubs Climate Change Website of ‘Climate Change’

    10/20/2017 8:19:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 20, 2017 | By LISA FRIEDMAN
    The Environmental Protection Agency has removed dozens of online resources dedicated to helping local governments address climate change, part of an apparent effort by the agency to play down the threat of global warming. “I think it’s very alarming” said Adam Parris, who leads the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay in New York. “These are not the kind of resources that are just basic climate science. These are the kind of resources it has taken years to develop across the federal family.” Gina McCarthy, administrator of the E.P.A. under Mr. Obama, said in a statement that one of...
  • EU anti-trust investigators raid BMW headquarters in Munich

    10/20/2017 7:58:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 October 2017 16:40 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    EU anti-trust regulators have raided the offices of automaker BMW in Munich, the company said, in a fresh blow to the German car industry already hit by the Dieselgate scandal. The European Commission, which refused to confirm the company targeted, said it “can confirm that as of October 16, 2017, its officials carried out an unannounced inspection at the premises of a car manufacturer in Germany.” The inspection was related to “concerns that several German car manufacturers may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices,” a statement said. The commission added that Daimler was cooperating...
  • Is climate change Hollywood's new supervillain?

    10/19/2017 7:17:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 19, 2017 | by Graeme Virtue
    In 2004, when climate change was still called global warming, it was considered sensational enough to get top billing in The Day After Tomorrow, a city-smashing blockbuster by disaster master Roland Emmerich. In 2017, the desire to accelerate climate change – even in the name of brash, mass-market pop art – is quaint yet horrifying. The nagging feeling that humankind may already have zoomed past some sort of ecological tipping point thanks to our voracious appetites for cheap energy and consumer goods seems increasingly undeniable. Previously, we looked to the multiplex to vicariously experience the catastrophic aftermath of freak super-storms...
  • Student thespians tackle climate change in Theatre for Social Justice course

    10/18/2017 10:37:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | October 18, 2017
    If all the world’s a stage, Creighton University students in this semester’s Theatre for Social Justice course are learning ways art can help them leave that stage a little brighter, cleaner, better. Amy Lane, PhD, assistant professor and coordinator of Creighton’s theatre and dance programs, is teaching the Theatre for Social Justice class focused on climate change. It culminates in a performance of plays penned by internationally renowned playwrights and the students themselves. From sustainability in agriculture to ministering to climate refugees, the planned performances aim to touch on several different aspects of the crisis. Lane said students in the...
  • CliFi – A new way to talk about climate change

    10/18/2017 8:24:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 18, 2017 | by John Abraham
    Cli-Fi refers to “climate fiction;” it is a term coined by journalist Dan Bloom. These are fictional books that somehow or someway bring real climate change science to the reader. What is really interesting is that Cli-Fi books often present real science in a credible way. They become fun teaching tools. There are some really well known authors such as Paolo Bacigalupi and Margaret Atwood among others. A list of other candidate Cli-Fi novels was provided by Sarah Holding in the Guardian. What makes a Cli-Fi novel good? Well in my opinion, it has to have some real science in...
  • Al Gore brings global warming message to Pittsburgh, warns of its effect on Pennsylvania

    10/18/2017 8:16:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | October 18, 2017 | by Wes Venteicher
    Climate change is impacting life in Pennsylvania, and its effects will become increasingly obvious as the century progresses, former vice president Al Gore told a room of 1,300 people at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Gore tucked state-specific stats into a two-hour presentation peppered with images of melting roads, collapsing glaciers, flooded cities and other dramatic weather events scientists have linked to climate change. The presentation was part of a Climate Reality Leadership Corps meeting, the 36th in a series in which Gore trains attendees to advocate for changes that could help slow global warming....
  • Proposed New Mexico science standards omit global warming (Libs scream "foul")

    10/17/2017 4:33:45 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 16, 2017 | AP
    SANTA FE, N.M. — A proposed overhaul of New Mexico’s state science standards for public schools came under intense criticism Monday at a packed public hearing in the state capital for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth. Comments at the hearing overwhelmingly sided against state revisions to a set of standards developed by a consortium of states and the National Academy of Sciences. Of the 55 initial speakers, none backed the standards. Public school teachers, state university faculty, Democratic Party officials and the science chairman for a school catering to local Native...
  • Confronting climate change in Trump country

    10/16/2017 1:27:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | October 16, 2017 | By Claire Galofaro
    ... Jefferson County, Texas, is among the low-lying coastal areas of America that could lose the most as the ice caps melt and the seas warm and rise. At the same time, it is more economically dependent on the petroleum industry and its emissions-spewing refineries than any other place in the U.S. Residents seemed to choose between the two last November, abandoning a four-decade-old pattern of voting Democratic in presidential elections to support Donald Trump. Then came Hurricane Harvey. Now some conservatives here are newly confronting some of the most polarizing questions in American political discourse: What role do humans...
  • Reporters must convey the perils of climate change without paralyzing their audience

    10/16/2017 8:36:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | October 17, 2017 | By Cassandra Willyard
    According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Americans fall into six groups when it comes to climate change: alarmed, concerned, cautious, disengaged, doubtful, and dismissive. I would add a seventh category: panicked. That’s me. I’m a science journalist, so I understand and accept the problem. But I when I read articles about global warming, my anxiety soars. I have to disengage. I check Facebook for puppy videos. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that I couldn’t make it more than halfway through David Wallace-Wells’s “The Uninhabitable Earth,” published in New York magazine in July. In his 6,600-word cover story,...
  • Are flatulent shellfish really contributing to climate change?

    10/16/2017 8:27:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 17, 2017 | by Stephan Moss
    Swedish scientists have found that flatulent shellfish are creating vast amounts of greenhouse gases, leading to a predictable slew of comments about farting cockles and clams. But beneath the schoolboy humour, there is a serious point. The two gases in question – methane and nitrous oxide – are potent agents of climate change, with a warming potential 28 and 265 times greater than carbon dioxide respectively. Scientists studying the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden have found that shellfish are producing one-tenth of all the greenhouses gases released there – the equivalent to the amount produced by 20,000 cattle....
  • Pope urges world to tackle migration crisis with 'love'

    10/16/2017 7:06:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 16 October 2017 14:23 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world. In a speech to the global body’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Francis said love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and threw his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration. “Is it too much to ask to think of inserting the concept of love into the...
  • Marin Voice: Toll road is the only practical solution for Highway 37

    10/15/2017 4:16:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Marin Independent Journal ^ | September 24, 2017 | Jerry Meral
    Highway 37 began life as a private toll road, and was later converted to a state highway. But climate change and sea-level rise will doom the road unless something is done. For the short term, the ridiculous two-lane section between Sears Point and Vallejo needs to be widened to match the rest of the road, which is four lanes. Wetlands surrounding the road also need to be restored. It would be reasonable to use some toll money for wetlands restoration, in part to mitigate the effects of construction. Even with the new funding approved by the Legislature by raising the...
  • Trump Ends Obama-era War on Coal; Scraps Clean Power Plan

    10/14/2017 12:15:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Associatoin of Mature American Citizens ^ | October 13, 2017 | John Grimaldi
    WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 13 – “The ‘climate changers’ came out in full force when the EPA announced earlier this week that it was ending the Obama-era war on coal by scrapping Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan. But, America has the world’s largest reserves of coal—an asset that should not be dismissed out of hand for a variety of reasons, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].Weber says that extreme restrictions on the use of coal to generate electricity “acted like a national energy tax. They minimized the positive impact of our lowest cost and...
  • The Obama EPA’s Crooked Prosecutors

    10/14/2017 6:18:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen – at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is...
  • Now even climate-change believers count as ‘deniers’

    10/13/2017 9:47:49 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 12, 2017 | Bjorn Lomborg
    Al Gore recently had a telling altercation with a journalist. The Spectator’s Ross Clark wanted to ask him about Miami sea-level rises suggested in the new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel.” The reporter started to explain that he had consulted Florida International University sea-level-rise expert Shimon Wdowinski. Gore’s response: “Never heard of him — is he a denier?” Then he asked the journalist, “Are you a denier?” When Clark responded that he was sure climate change is a problem but didn’t know how big, Gore declared, “You are a denier.” I was recently on the receiving end of a similar rebuff...
  • Structural decomposition of decadal climate prediction errors

    10/13/2017 7:07:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | October 13, 2017
    Climatologists and statisticians of Ca' Foscari University of Venice have elaborated a method to accurately estimate systematic errors affecting decadal climate predictions. The proposed method promises great progress toward the achievement of reliable near-term climate forecasts. The numerical models currently employed in decadal climate prediction systems are affected by severe systematic errors (or biases) in key regions of the ocean and atmosphere, due to their imperfect representation of fundamental physical processes. Because of these biases, the simulated mean state of the climate can be significantly different from the observed one over large regions. As in the case of weather forecast,...
  • How climate change is "turning up the dial" on California wildfires

    10/13/2017 6:59:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | October 13, 2017 | By STEFAN BECKET
    The deadly wildfires ravaging northern California have destroyed more than 3,500 homes and businesses, leveling entire neighborhoods and forcing thousands of residents to flee the flames. Experts say fires like those burning up California wine country will be more frequent, more intense and last longer as global temperatures rise. While no single fire can be said to have been caused by climate change, variations in temperature and precipitation are already affecting the complex dynamics that determine how wildfires develop and spread. California Gov. Jerry Brown laid the blame squarely at the feet of climate change on Wednesday. "With a warming...
  • Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season

    10/13/2017 6:17:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 13, 2017
    All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in their east Antarctic colony, in a breeding season described as "catastrophic" by experts. It was caused by unusually high amounts of ice late in the season, meaning adults had to travel further for food. It is the second bad season in five years after no chicks survived in 2015.
  • Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica

    10/13/2017 6:03:19 AM PDT · by AU72 · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 13, 2017 | AFP Relax News
    Mass starvation has wiped out thousands of penguin chicks in Antarctica, with unusually thick sea ice forcing their parents to forage further for food in what conservationists Friday called a "catastrophic breeding failure".They attributed the disaster to extensive sea ice late in the summer, meaning the adult penguins had to travel further to find food, with the chicks dying as they waited.