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'Extreme and unusual' climate trends continue after record 2016

In the atmosphere, the seas and around the poles, climate change is reaching disturbing new levels across the Earth.

That's according to a detailed global analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

It says that 2016 was not only the warmest year on record, but it saw atmospheric CO2 rise to a new high, while Arctic sea ice recorded a new winter low.

The "extreme and unusual" conditions have continued in 2017, it says.

Complete picture
Reports earlier this year from major scientific bodies - including the UK's Met Office, Nasa and NOAA - indicated that 2016 was the warmest year on record.

Much more: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39329304
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Mar 23, 2017, 01:22 AM (4 replies)

Trump signs NASA funding bill, sets goal of human on Mars

President Trump on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing funding for NASA while setting a new goal to send humans to Mars.

The president signed the bill in the Oval Office flanked by authors and sponsors of the bill, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

The law, known as the NASA Transition Authorization Act, gives the space agency $19.5 billion in funding for fiscal year 2018. It also asks the agency to create a plan to send a “crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s.”

Lawmakers also require NASA to create ways to "extend human presence, including potential human habitation on another celestial body and a thriving space economy in the 21st Century.”
NASA is receiving slightly more money than Trump requested in his 2018 budget blueprint. It included $19.1 billion for the agency, which would have been a modest funding cut.

(Short article, no more at link) http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/324988-trump-signs-nasa-funding-bill-sets-goal-of-human-on-mars

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 22, 2017, 06:39 AM (11 replies)

'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87

Source: ABC News

Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87.

Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.

Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with "The Dating Game," hosted by Jim Lange. The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date. Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females. But in all cases the questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers.

Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-"Charlie's Angels" Farrah Fawcett, introduced as "an accomplished artist and sculptress" with a dream to open her own gallery.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/gong-show-creator-chuck-barris-dies-87-46292682

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2002 file photo, Chuck Barris, the man behind TV's "The Dating Game," poses in the lobby of his apartment in New York. Game show impresario Barris has died at 87. Barris, the madcap producer of "The Gong Show" and "The Dating Game," died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon, March 21, 2017, at his home in Palisades, New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 22, 2017, 04:15 AM (56 replies)

Calling Jimmy Carter!

After North Korea announced its withdrawal from the IAEA in June of 1994, Jimmy Carter went in as our negotiator. He met with President Kim Il Sung (Kim Jong Il's father) and was the first person to cross the DMZ in 43 years. Their talks went well, since President Carter treated him with respect - and he was treated with respect because of his knowledge and experience with nuclear engineering. Not only did Kim Il Sung agree to freeze their nuclear program and resume talks with the US - a dialog that continued with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright - but that agreement established a three-stage process for the elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. In return, the United States promised to move toward normalized economic and diplomatic relations and agreed to provide assistance with the construction of proliferation-resistant LWRs to replace North Korea’s graphite-moderated reactors.

Kim Il Sung died soon after that meeting, but his son agreed to abide by that agreement which held through Clinton's term as long as the US continued the "respect" that Jimmy Carter had promised. But there was a new tone after George W Bush* took office and relations began falling apart - culminating in Bush*'s "axis of evil" comments in 2002.

Negotiations with volatile regimes like this are incredibly sensitive - something President Carter knew and understood. And an experienced SOS like Madeleine Albright was certainly aware of. But now we have an administration that has managed to insult and alienate even our oldest and closest allies. I fear for our future - and the future of the world - as long as we're being represented by those without diplomacy, knowledge and a sense of history.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:39 AM (1 replies)

Climate change is making us sick, top U.S. doctors say

From increases in deadly diseases to choking air pollution and onslaughts of violent weather, man-made climate change is making Americans sicker, according to a report released Wednesday by 11 of the nation's top medical societies.

The report was prepared by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, a new group that represents more than 400,000 doctors, who make up more than half of all U.S. physicians.

“Doctors in every part of our country see that climate change is making Americans sicker,” said Mona Sarfaty, the director of the new consortium and a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

“Physicians are on the frontlines and see the impacts in exam rooms," she said. "What’s worse is that the harms are felt most by children, the elderly, Americans with low income or chronic illnesses, and people in communities of color.”

More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2017/03/15/climate-change-making-us-sick-top-us-doctors-say/99218946/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Mar 16, 2017, 12:53 AM (2 replies)

Congressman handcuffed by police after refusing to leave ICE office

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) was handcuffed by federal police Monday after refusing to leave an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Chicago.

Gutierrez, a staunch advocate of immigration reform, was at a meeting between ICE officials and immigration lawyers, activists, community leaders and other elected officials, NBC Chicago reported.

“They were asking about specific cases and about the general conduct of ICE and deportations,” said Gutierrez's director of communications, Doug Rivlin.

Gutierrez refused to leave the office after the meeting and was briefly handcuffed.

“The congressman has decided that he did not get the answers he was looking for from the ICE regional director and he’s going to be staying inside until he gets answers, even if that means risking arrest,” said Rivlin, according to NBC.

More: http://thehill.com/latino/323748-congressman-handcuffed-by-police-after-refusing-to-leave-ice-office



Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Mar 14, 2017, 07:39 AM (13 replies)

Eight Fossil Fuel Majors Seen Polluting as Much as the U.S.

Eight of the world’s largest oil companies are responsible for as much of the climate-damaging pollution spewed into the atmosphere as the entire U.S., according to a study by a London-based researcher.

Saudi Aramco, Exxon Mobil Corp., OAO Gazprom, the National Iranian Oil Co., BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc were among the eight companies whose fuel was responsible for a third of emissions from oil and gas, according to the non-profit group CDP. The companies released a fifth of all greenhouse gases outside of farming and forestry since 1988, the year most governments acknowledged man-made climate change as a risk.

The findings suggest policymakers may be better off focusing on the practices of companies instead of national environmental policies. The study’s release coincides with preparations by U.S. President Donald Trump to slash environmental regulations and possibly withdraw from the landmark Paris Agreement, which promises to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to pre-industrial levels.

“One way to really drive forward climate action is to look at the key producers of fossil fuels who are causing the globe to warm, this is what the new CDP data brings to life,” said Paul Simpson, chief executive officer of CDP, which surveys companies and collects data on sustainability issues.

More: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-08/eight-fossil-fuel-majors-seen-polluting-as-much-as-the-u-s
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Mar 9, 2017, 02:10 AM (2 replies)

Trump praises Exxon and himself for 2013 plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again citing corporate investments planned before he took office as evidence that his policies are growing jobs and business.

"We are already winning again, America!" he tweeted Monday after Exxon Mobil announced the latest details of an expansion initiative that actually began in 2013. "Buy American & hire American are the principals at the core of my agenda, which is: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS," he said in another tweet thanking Exxon Mobil for the announcement.

It's the latest in a string of corporate announcements about jobs and investments that date back to plans companies largely made when Barack Obama was president.


Trump has credited his policies for a variety of corporate announcements — by Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Intel and more — that reflect decisions made before his presidency.

More: http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2017/03/oil-and-gas-trump-praises-exxon-and-himself-for-2013-plan.html
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 8, 2017, 03:22 AM (2 replies)

He may not even understand Watergate: Former Nixon lawyer schools Trumps Obama-wiretap claim

Former White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon John Dean knows a thing or two about Watergate and he wants President Donald Trump to learn the facts. In fact-free accusations Saturday morning on Twitter, Trump alleged a new Watergate at the hands of former President Barack Obama, whom Trump said wiretapped him.

Dean called Trump’s claim this is another Watergate “way off base.”

“It shows, first of all, that Trump may not even understand Watergate,” Dean continued. “He seems to be conflicting the act of the wiretapping, which never happened — in fact, it was a bungled effort, they went in to try to repair a bungled bug, and Nixon had nothing to do with that, he’s confusing that with the cover-up, which he seems to have a little more understandings projecting himself into that situation.”

He went on to note that Trump has a history of parroting accusations others throw at him regardless of whether the label makes any sense. A glaring example was when Hillary Clinton accused Trump of being a Putin puppet and he accused her of being Putin’s puppet.

More (Includes video): http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/he-may-not-even-understand-watergate-former-nixon-lawyer-schools-trumps-obama-wiretap-claim/

'Trump may not even understand Watergate': Former Nixon lawyer schools Trump
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Mar 7, 2017, 04:47 AM (16 replies)

Joy Reid shames media with battered pundit syndrome: Theres a desperate thirst for normal

Real Time” host Bill Maher called out the media on his Friday show for fawning all over President Donald Trump exploiting the widow of a fallen soldier.

Maher quoted Katy Tur who said it was the best moment of the speech. “Actually, it was the worst moment,” he said. “Because, first, he get this guy killed ordering a raid over dinner between the appetizer and the entree. He was at dinner, right, that he decided to do this. It was because (President Barack) Obama wouldn’t do it, like, ‘Obama’s a p*ssy, so I’m going to do it.'”

Maher cited the soldier’s father who wondered why we had to have a grand display this early in Trump’s term. “That sounds right to me,” Maher said.

Joy Reid said that she believes there is a “desperate thirst for normal” that Trump can do anything that a real president might do, even down to speaking slower and people fawn over it.

Political commentator Charlie Sykes said that it is almost as if the media has “battered pundit syndrome.”

More (Includes video): http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/joy-reid-shames-media-with-battered-pundit-syndrome-theres-a-desperate-thirst-for-normal/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Mar 4, 2017, 07:36 AM (9 replies)
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