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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:11 AM

View Postbaw1064, on 12 January 2020 - 07:33 PM, said:

Well, we just had a "once in 500 years" Presidential election (at least I hope so), so why not?

I suspect you're mistaken. Rather than an aberration the past election reveals true desires, stripped off the veneer of civility, of our fellow citizens.

You hold humanity at a higher esteem than warranted.

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:20 AM

Just as 500 year floods are coming more frequently; once in 500 years elections are coming more frequently. There is climate change in the political world too. Negativity now rules the political climate.

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 01:06 PM

Negativity in the political world: NFL and NBA fans know that defense wins championships. Maybe the electorate is finally going to figure out that defense (preventing disaster) is crucial in politics as well (lookin' at you, progressives).

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 01:34 PM

View PostJackD, on 13 January 2020 - 01:06 PM, said:

(lookin' at you, pbrogressives).

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:38 PM

View PostProbabilistic, on 13 January 2020 - 11:11 AM, said:

I suspect you're mistaken. Rather than an aberration the past election reveals true desires, stripped off the veneer of civility, of our fellow citizens.

You hold humanity at a higher esteem than warranted.

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

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“Trump’s a stupid man’s idea of a smart person, a poor man’s idea of a rich person & a weak man’s idea of a strong man.”

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“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 01:57 PM

One of Murdoch's sons is pissed off that almost dead daddy's propaganda network is a major climate change denial outlet. Maybe it's tough for him to watch his nation burn as the Great Barrier Reef, a crown jewel of natural areas, bleaches and dies. Knowing that YOU'LL be living with the outcome for decades and handing off a much worse world off to your kids matters to some people. Clearly not his dad, of course.

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Rupert Murdoch, owner of media giant News Corp, is getting heat from his son James over the climate change denialism that’s being churned out by the mogul’s right-wing news outlets.

The Daily Beast reported on Tuesday that James and his wife Kathyrn, both outspoken advocates of climate action, are upset by how the news organizations controlled by News Corp, such as Fox News and especially newspapers in Australia, have cast doubt on the existence of the climate crisis as bushfires ravage Murdoch’s native Australia.

“Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” a spokesperson for the couple told the Daily Beast. “They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”

An unnamed News Corp executive told the Daily Beast that the couple is “pissing inside the tent.”

“It’s evidence of how high tensions are within the family over climate change,” he said.

The executive also asserted that a majority of New Corp employees “agree with James” on the issue.

“We are hoping this may be the tipping point,” he told the Daily Beast.

Murdoch has denied that News Corp employees do not believe in climate change.

“There are no climate-change deniers around, I can assure you,” he said at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in November.

Yet Fox News has infamously invited numerous guests who have spread misinformation about climate change and attacked climate action advocates, with one guest going as far as calling 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg “mentally ill.” Additionally, Fox’s own hosts have disparaged the scientifically proven phenomenon.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:27 AM

The corrupt Trump DOJ colluded with oil companies to help protect them from climate change lawsuits. So much for not picking winners and losers.

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In early 2018, a few months after the cities of Oakland and San Francisco sued several major oil companies over climate change, attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice began a series of email exchanges and meetings with lawyers for the oil companies targeted in the litigation.

At one point, Eric Grant, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, sent an email to Indiana's solicitor general saying that his "boss" had asked him to set up a meeting to go over a plan for the government to intercede in the cases on the companies' behalf.

The cities were arguing that oil companies should be held liable for catastrophic flooding, sea-level rise and other harmful consequences caused by climate change. The DOJ was preparing an amicus brief in support of the industry, and the Indiana solicitor general was leading the charge by Republican attorneys general from 15 states to also file a court brief supporting the industry.

In another email, an assistant U.S. attorney general referred to the DOJ attorneys and industry lawyers—many of them former DOJ environmental lawyers—as a "team."

The messages were among 178 pages of emails exchanged by government and industry from February through May 2018 as they worked together to oppose the cities' lawsuits. They were obtained by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) under a federal Freedom of Information Act request and shared with InsideClimate News.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 12:54 PM

Baby steps in cutting the legs out from under coal companies that Trump and the Republicans are trying to desperately prop up.

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When it comes to taking action on climate change, the world has entered a very strange place. Scientific results continue to indicate that the consensus on our role in driving climate change has every reason to be accepted. Several years of the predicted impacts of climate change—record-high temperatures, massive storms, and out-of-control wildfires—have left ever more of the public ignoring the few skeptics and denialists who persist. Aside from a handful of holdouts, governments have accepted that they need to do something about climate change.

Despite all that, we continue to do very little, and carbon emissions have continued to rise. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the financial markets. It's very clear that companies are assigning value to the rights to extract fossil fuel deposits, even though governments will almost certainly block some of them from being developed. And they continue to do so because governments and investors allow them to.

Divestment campaigns have started to change that, causing $12 trillion in assets to be pulled from businesses dependent upon fossil fuels. But the movement may have picked up some significant additional momentum this week as one of the largest investment firms, BlackRock, announced that it will be making sustainability, and climate change in particular, central to its strategies. Included in its announcement is that it would immediately begin pulling out of many coal investments and complete the change before the year is out.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:37 PM

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“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

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Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

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On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


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Posted 16 January 2020 - 08:09 AM

View PostLFC, on 15 January 2020 - 12:54 PM, said:

Baby steps in cutting the legs out from under coal companies that Trump and the Republicans are trying to desperately prop up.
Eventually, that will actually position Black Rock better once the tide turns, which it will. I dont see denialists getting traction too much longer. Of course, this shows how electing the wrong person can really screw things up indeed. Hopefully, only temporarily. Somebody should remove Sanders....
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Posted 16 January 2020 - 09:55 AM

On a happier note:

How Germany plans to phase out coal

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Marathon talks have produced an agreement between the government and Germany's coal-producing states on phasing out its coal-fired energy plants at the latest by 2038. Some plants will already be shut down this year.
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Posted 23 January 2020 - 11:30 AM

Steve Mnuchin goes full on snide over Greta Thunberg since she is clearly pissing Trump off. He and his minions keep screeching at her but every attack has fallen flat, something that must drive him (even more) nuts. She is publicly more clear-eyed about who is going to bear the costs of Republican climate change denialism. Mnuchin knows as much as she does if not more but he's just a greedy, self-centered piece of shit who is happy to whore himself out and push the costs onto future generations.

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The 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg truly seems to be getting under the Trump administration’s skin.

On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin took a shot at the teen during a press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland after she pleaded with world leaders to stop investing in fossil fuels.

“Is she the chief economist? Who is she? I’m confused,” Mnuchin joked.

“After she goes to college and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us,” he added.

Thunberg fired back at the Trump official on Thursday, tweeting out a graph video of the shrinking carbon budget by Carbon Brief, a climate science website.

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My gap year ends in August, but it doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up.

“So either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or explain to future generations and those already affected by the climate emergency why we should abandon our climate commitments,” she continued.

Hey, Stevie, maybe you should STFU since you work for a boss who hired Larry F***ing Kudlow as an economic adviser. And BTW in case you didn't notice you just got pwned by a teenager.


Or you could just debase yourself completely, go on TV, and flat out lie. Oh, yeah. Nice college degree you got there. Is it in mendacity?

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When the hosts of CNBC’s “Squawk Box” asked Mnuchin about his comments on Thursday, the secretary claimed the administration’s environmental policies “are misunderstood” and that President Donald Trump “supports a clean environment.”

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 12:10 PM

The smoke from Australia's fires now encircles the globe. The smoke has its own impacts.

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Smoke from Australia’s deadly bushfires has circumnavigated the planet and reached 16 kilometers (10 miles) high into the stratosphere, which could have further implications for global climate conditions.

And it’s not just smoke and fire that are tearing through the southern continent, said NASA officials in a statement. Extreme conditions associated with the devastating bushfires are leading to the formation of an unusually large number of pyrocumulonimbus (PyroCb) events, or fire-induced thunderstorms, the agency describes. PyroCB events are when aerosols – ash, smoke, and other burning material – are uplifted by heat into the atmosphere. As these materials cool, clouds behave like thunderstorms but without the accompanying precipitation. Such occurrences can create pathways for smoke to reach the stratosphere and, once there, it can continue to travel around the world to impact global atmospheric conditions.

“Aerosols absorb and scatter incoming sunlight, which reduces visibility and increases the optical depth. Aerosols have an effect on human health, weather and the climate. Aerosols are produced from many events including pollution from factories, smoke from fires, dust from dust storms, sea salts, and volcanic ash and smog. Aerosols compromise human health when inhaled by people with asthma or other respiratory illnesses,” notes the space agency. As tiny particles make their way into the upper limits of the atmosphere, they can block out or amplify the sun to either cool or warm the planet. This can help or prevent clouds from forming.

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 12:13 PM

The World Economic Forum ranks the effects of global warming as a top risk. Not that anybody in power will listen.

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its annual report on the biggest risks humanity faces given the state of the world. Extreme weather is the top risk by likelihood, while failure to address the climate crisis is the top risk in the impact category. In every category considered, environmental issues are the most common threat as determined by those surveyed by the WEF, which included multistakeholder communities, the network of its advisory board, and members of the Institute of Risk Management.

Following climate crisis inaction, the top 5 risks by impact are the use of weapons of mass destruction, the loss of biodiversity, extreme weather events, and the encroaching water crisis across the world. The top five by likelihood after extreme weather are climate action failure, natural disaster, biodiversity loss, and human-made environmental disasters.

Despite the clear and present danger the climate crisis poses, many governments worldwide continue to approach changes with little effort or care. In some regions, they see opportunities where there are instead warning bells of disaster ringing.

"States are adapting to one of the most dramatic effects of climate change – the melting of Arctic ice – not by redoubling efforts to prevent further environmental degradation, but by exploiting the region for geostrategic advantage," the report states. "A new cold war is developing as countries – including China, Norway, Russia and the United States – compete for fish, gas and other natural resources; for the use of new shipping lanes; and to establish a strategic footprint in the region."

The effect of the unfolding climate crisis clearly goes beyond the environmental impact. Even without wanting to consider the cost in human lives, biodiversity, and so on, the economic case to curbing climate change is clear. Researchers estimate that with US$ 300 billion, the world can stall emissions for 20 years, allowing us to get a handle on the crisis. Just as a comparison, the worldwide economic stress and damage from natural disasters in 2018 totaled US$165 billion.

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 12:16 PM

The ocean continues to absorb the bulk of our planet's increased heat.

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Our oceans are more than just a means of fluid transport and habitat for seafood, they are also heat stores, with more than 90 percent of the excess heat from human-emitted greenhouse gases accumulated within our seas. By measuring the increase in warmth, scientists can reveal more about our planet's rate of global warming.

"The world’s oceans (especially at upper 2,000 meters) in 2019 were the warmest in recorded human history," write an international team from 11 institutes worldwide in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences.

Last year’s ocean temperature was about 0.075°C (0.14°F) above the 1981-2010 average. That means the ocean took in 228 Zetta Joules above the 1981-2010 average and 25 Zetta Joules above 2018. Zetta is 21 zeros to that number to make it 228,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Joules of heat.

The figure is a lot to handle, so lead author Lijing Cheng compared the heat to the Hiroshima atom-bomb, which exploded with a blast energy of about 63,000,000,000,000 Joules. Around 3.6 billion Hiroshima atom-bomb explosions have been added to the world’s ocean in the past quarter-century.

"Our data shows that global warming is accelerating. In fact, the heating rate now is about 500 percent greater than it was in the 1980s and before. This is a problem that will not get better on its own. We need to work on solutions now," co-author John Abraham, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of St. Thomas in the United States, told IFLScience.

"When the Sun’s energy reaches the Earth, some of it is reflected back to space and the rest is absorbed and re-radiated by greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. This is called greenhouse effect that keeps our Earth warm," Cheng, from the International Center for Climate and Environmental Sciences at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), told IFLScience.

The heat was distributed throughout Earth’s oceans, with the Atlantic Ocean and Southern Ocean showing one of the largest warming trends compared to most other basins. Since the 1970s, it's been known the Southern Ocean is a focal point of rising heat, with 35 to 43 percent of the increase in global ocean heat content relegated to the ocean south of 30°S between 1970 and 2017.

"The overall ocean warming means the natural variability creates hot spots and marine heat waves," said Cheng. "The Blob was a notable one in 2014 and led to major consequences for all of marine ecosystems, from plankton to fish to marine mammals and birds. Over 100 million cod were lost.

A substantial marine heat wave with similar consequences for marine life occurred in the south Tasman Sea in 2015."

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 12:18 PM

So if all those thousands of climate scientists from every industrialized nation (and many non-industrialized nations) are all in on the global scam of climate change because of the money then what does this graph say about the denialists?

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 02:42 PM

Ocean acidification from our historically high CO2 levels is harming the shell formation of Dungeness Crabs.

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One of the most valuable US West Coast commercial and recreational fisheries may be under threat from climate change, according to new research. Once thought impervious, the shells and sensory organs of Dungeness crabs appear to be negatively impacted by ocean acidification (OA), say scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

When carbon dioxide is taken from the atmosphere and absorbed by seawater, chemical reactions increase the concentration of hydrogen ions in seawater which increases its acidity, reducing the pH in ocean water and decreasing carbonate ions. This can have detrimental effects on marine animals that use calcium carbonate for structural growth, like coral, crabs, oysters, and clams which pull carbonate from the water to build and maintain their calcium shells. This process is intensifying faster on the US West Coast than in the global ocean, particularly in nearshore regions and for the species that call these waters home.

Researchers analyzed samples of post-larval Dungeness crab (Metacarcinus magister) taken during a 2016 research cruise under a high-magnification scanning electron microscope. They found evidence of damage to the carapace, or upper shell, on many larval Dungeness crabs that affected portions of their legs and resulted in abnormal ridging structures and scarred surfaces, which could impact how the crustaceans feed or avoid predators.

“This is the first study that demonstrates that larval crabs are already affected by ocean acidification in the natural environment, and builds on previous understanding of ocean acidification impacts on pteropods,” said lead author Nina Bednarsek, senior scientist with the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, in a statement. “If the crabs are affected already, we really need to make sure we start to pay much more attention to various components of the food chain before it is too late.”

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 03:55 PM

We just experienced the hottest January on record. Yippee.

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Last summer, 400 all-time temperature records were broken across the globe – an achievement we certainly shouldn't be celebrating. Various months were the hottest they’ve ever been, and it seems that worrying trend has tailed us into the new year. According to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (CCCS), last month was officially the hottest January in its data record.

At 0.77°C higher than the 1981-2010 January average, January 2020 was just a smidge warmer than January 2016, surpassing it by 0.3°C. 2016 holds the accolade for the warmest year on record thanks to a combination of climate change and the El Niño climate cycle. The fact that 2020 is currently beating 2016 is a bleak reminder of the impacts that human activity is having on the world.

The past five years have been the hottest we’ve seen, and experts warn that this trend is only set to continue. Politicians must act now and act drastically to curb the planet-heating carbon emissions wreaking havoc on the world’s delicate climate.

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 05:15 PM

Antarctica just set a record high temperature.

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Antarctica has logged its hottest temperature on record, with an Argentinian research station thermometer reading 18.3C, beating the previous record by 0.8C.

The reading, taken at Esperanza on the northern tip of the continent’s peninsula, beats Antarctica’s previous record of 17.5C, set in March 2015.

A tweet from Argentina’s meteorological agency on Friday revealed the record. The station’s data goes back to 1961.

Antarctica’s peninsula – the area that points towards South America – is one of the fastest warming places on earth, heating by almost 3C over the past 50 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Almost all the region’s glaciers are melting.

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