User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
Category: Solutions :: Strategies
Last updated: Feb 23 2017 08:56 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 39,227    
Climate change: Apocalypse by 1000 cuts 23.2.2017 Boing Boing
Not since the Reagan era cold war with Russia has apocalyptic awareness been so forefront in the public’s mind. Disturbing incidents ranging from nuclear football Facebook selfies to alarming North Korean military activity now accrue weekly. Sometimes hourly. What can one do besides scroll through Twitter before bedtime and let the news populate our nightmares? The distractions and details are addictive: political murders via improv and a spray bottle, daily revelations of Russian infiltration in US elections and government, and today the president is yelling at Sweden. Tomorrow it might be Ireland. Who knows. We watch the global breakup like helpless children realizing that mom and dad are really getting a divorce. Right now, the sitting US president is not even welcome in the British Parliament, but he regularly tweets flattering sentiments to Russia. But there is a larger story that needs telling--and action. Lost in the noise was the recent breakage of a mile-long stretch of West Antarctica, due to ...
Also found in: [+]
Spotlight on Green News & Views: Chaffetz goes after Bears Ears; fracking spills undercounted 23.2.2017 Daily Kos
This is the 484th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here  is the Feb. 18 Green Spotlight. More than 26,480 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Desert Scientist writes— Water!  “This diary begins a series of four diaries on the old “elements.”  We know now that these are not elements. Water, for example, consists primarily of one Oxygen and two Hydrogen atoms (both of which are elements), plus various other compounds as impurities, such as the combination of salts in salt water, and in many cases pollutants. That said, the four old “elements,” Air, Earth, Fire and Water, will serve well as symbols of the required necessities of life on this planet. I start with water because as a long-time South-westerner I ...
Also found in: [+]
Hours before town hall, crowds eager to face Rep. Emmer 23.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Some people outside Emmer's meeting held signs with messages including "Universal health care Now" and "We stand with Minnesota's refugees."
Also found in: [+]
California's air regulator welcomes two lawmakers to its board 23.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporters in Los Angeles Feb. 22, 2017, 2:13 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: If...
Also found in: [+]
Loud and angry, protesters turn congressional town halls into must-see political TV 23.2.2017 LA Times: Nation

They came by the hundreds, in big cities and rural hamlets, to heckle, plead, badger and, in some instances, to protest the protests themselves.

Congress is in recess this week and a citizenry suddenly spurred to action used the opportunity to let their returning lawmakers know just how they feel...

Also found in: [+]
Congressman who complained about women being ‘in my grill’ is heckled at town hall in Virginia 22.2.2017 Washington Post
Angry participants at the meeting turned up the heat on Dave Brat, the Virginia Republican who drew notice last month for complaining that women were “in my grill no matter where I go.”
Also found in: [+]
GOP lessons from the latest round of brutal town halls 22.2.2017 Politico
As Republicans face hostile crowds at town halls nationwide, the Rep. Dave Brat offered one possible blueprint for survival.
Also found in: [+]
"Condescending and Hypocritical": An EPA Staffer Blasts Scott Pruitt's First Speech 22.2.2017 Mother Jones
Scott Pruitt may have wanted to ease Environmental Protections Agency staffers' concerns about him Tuesday, but his first remarks as head of the agency hardly mentioned environmental protection at all. With Donald Trump's EPA transition staff sitting nearby, Pruitt delivered an 11-minute speech, in which he declared, "We as an agency and we as a nation can be both pro-energy and jobs and pro-environment." He also quoted famed conservationist John Muir: "Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to pray in and play in." Pruitt did lament the "toxic environment" in the country, but it was a reference to the political climate—part of a call for a more civil discourse. The former Oklahoma attorney general never dwelled on the specifics of his or the White House's agenda for the EPA in the short address, which featured introductory remarks by recent acting administrator Catherine McCabe. Neither McCabe nor Pruitt mentioned the elephant in the room: the EPA's regulations on climate change and Pruitt's ...
Also found in: [+]
'Green News Report' - February 21, 2017 22.2.2017 BradBlog
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: What to expect from the EPA following the rushed confirmation of EPA-enemy Scott Pruitt; Three fossil fuel explosions in two weeks; Alaska officials say they can't shut off leaking natural gas pipeline; PLUS: The Midwest sets U.S. wind energy record... All that and more in today's ...
Also found in: [+]
New EPA chief to employees: ‘We don’t have to choose’ between jobs and the environment 22.2.2017 Washington Post
Scott Pruitt made clear on his first full work day that he intends to step back from what he sees as the agency's overreach during the Obama administration.
Also found in: [+]
The Daily 202: Trump’s new national security adviser literally wrote the book on Vietnam 21.2.2017 Washington Post: Politics
H.R. McMaster focused on ‘the lies that led to Vietnam’
Also found in: [+]
Paul Ryan Is Fundraising Off Health Care While Working to Kill It for Millions 21.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) holds a reporter's audio recorder that he knocked to the floor during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 16, 2017. Paul Ryan is determined to raise as much money as possible to fuel his own rise, and his party's, no matter how many people's health may suffer in the process. (Photo: Al Drago / The New York Times) No "alternative facts" here -- we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! House Speaker Paul Ryan has a reputation for policy wonkishness, which he doesn't deserve. He also has a reputation for raising boatloads of cash, which he does deserve. Care to guess which one's driving his healthcare priorities? For bonus points, name the two billionaire brothers who are glad to see him do it. Ryan did a fundraising "physicians and dentist industry" breakfast on February 1 of this year, (here's the invitation  obtained exclusively by the Center for Media and Democracy) and the ...
Also found in: [+]
Front-runner for Trump Science Adviser Post Agreed Not to Disclose Fossil Fuel Funding 21.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The rumored frontrunner for the role of Donald Trump's scientific advisor is a prominent climate sceptic who was previously caught in an undercover  Energydesk investigation  agreeing to conceal fossil fuel funding of his research.  Professor William Happer, a Princeton University physicist, met with Donald Trump in January  to discuss the role  of science advisor and says he will accept it if offered.  ProPublica  reports  that he is on a shortlist of two for the role as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House.   Read the investigation here . The Energydesk sting further revealed Happer's concerns over submitting his climate research to the academic peer review process. Happer is a leading climate sceptic scientist who believes that increased levels of CO2 will benefit the planet.  He holds positions at two think tanks that challenge the science of climate change, including a seat on the academic advisory council of the UK's  Global Warming Policy Foundation .   The ...
Also found in: [+]
Republicans make killing consumer protections a top priority 21.2.2017 LA Times: Business

There’s a lot important stuff going down that our leaders need to deal with — immigration, climate change, Russians running amok. So what are Republican lawmakers doing? They’re busy with legislation aimed at stripping Americans of consumer protections.

About a half-dozen bills take aim at various...

Also found in: [+]
Trump bobbleheads? MAGA hats? Federal workers grapple with how far they can take their opinions. 21.2.2017 Washington Post
Civil servants on both sides of the partisan divide want to know what they can do or say in what is not just any ordinary workplace but the president’s own back yard.
Also found in: [+]
Freedom Caucus maniac Jim Jordan forced to have town meeting when constituents show up 21.2.2017 Daily Kos
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) decided to skip the in-person town hall meetings this week. So his constituents figured out his schedule, and took the town meeting to him, as chronicled by Dave Weigel on Twitter . Things got heated, fast, as the crowd wanted to confront him about a variety of things, looking at all the signs in the crowd, but particularly climate change and Obamacare. x — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) February 20, 2017 He's telling the crowd "it's time to change" Obamacare, "and bring back insurance that actually empowers you, actually empowers you and not Washington, DC." He has a hard time actually getting that sentence out over the crowd's shouts of "Lies!" He was really committed to the lying part, not just telling the crowd "our plan intends to bring back insurance that's affordable" (there isn't a plan in the first place) and this one, on Medicai d  and what’s going to happen to rural ...
Also found in: [+]
Viewing Trump's Extreme Climate Denial From a Small Island Nation in Peril 20.2.2017 Truthout.com
The Rock Islands of Palau. Palau is on the front lines of the impacts of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). (Photo: August Rode / Flickr ) Global temperatures rose 0.4°C in the last three years and the impacts are evident on the small island nation of Palau in the Western Pacific. As vehement climate deniers took over the US government, the "Doomsday Clock" moved the closest it's been to midnight since the height of the Cold War. The Rock Islands of Palau. Palau is on the front lines of the impacts of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). (Photo: August Rode / Flickr ) Babeldaob Island, Palau -- The Gaia principle, formulated by chemist James Lovelock, proposes that Earth is essentially a synergistic self-regulating complex system that actively perpetuates the conditions for life on the planet. The Republic of Palau, a small island nation of roughly 22,000 people in Micronesia, in the far Western Pacific, is what I would refer to as an altar of Gaia. Here, diving into the waters, ...
Also found in: [+]
Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The consequences of Chaos 20.2.2017 Daily Kos
Amy Davidson /New Yorker: Then again, why would this Republican Party want to block Pruitt? This is the other answer: the senators pushed him through because they wanted to, for their own non-Trump reasons. He is, in many ways, more typical of where many congressional Republicans stand than Trump is, though Pruitt might express his views more crudely and with fewer circumlocutions than some. His ties to industry are, in many cases, their ties to industry, too. (Jane Mayer has covered the  influence of the Koch brothers , for example, in this regard.) When Ryan talks about dismantling the regulatory state, he is not far from Pruitt. Indeed, when asked about the influence of human activity on climate change, Ryan has said that he just didn’t know what it all added up to, “and I don’t think science does, either.” In a statement that Ryan issued in December, 2009, he accused certain scientists who did recognize the effect of using “statistical tricks to distort their findings and intentionally mislead the ...
Also found in: [+]
Open thread for night owls: In Boston, scientists rally for 'objective reality' 20.2.2017 Daily Kos
In Boston: Hundreds of scientists and their supporters rallied in historic Copley Square on Sunday, demanding that the Trump administration accept empirical reality on issues such as climate change and highlighting the centrality of objective information to making policy. “We did not politicize science,” said Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard science historian who spoke at the rally, which unfolded on a surprisingly warm February day that left the square filled with mud puddles from the melt of a recent blizzard. “We did not start this fight.” [...] The event, which covered much of Copley Square, seemed to be a promising sign for a far larger March for Science event, scheduled for April 22, Earth Day. That event has more than 800,000 Facebook group members at present and, if such momentum continues, could lead to an unprecedented demonstration by scientists against the new administration. QUOTATION OF THE DAY “The anti-suffragists can gather more statistics than any other person I ever saw, and there is nothing ...
Also found in: [+]
Two cheers for a carbon tax, but don’t expect it to fix everything 20.2.2017 Washington Post
Two cheers for a carbon tax, but don’t expect it to fix everything
Also found in: [+]
1 to 20 of 39,227