Daily Archives: September 2, 2012

The devil in the details, Ralph Reed and the GOP – Moyers and Company – Air Date- 8-31-12

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Magical Thinking – Real Time With Bill Maher – Air Date 8-24-12

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BBC News – Mitt Romney tours Louisiana town hit by Hurricane Isaac

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19443173
31 August 2012 Last updated at 21:36 ET
Mitt Romney tours Louisiana town hit by Hurricane Isaac

US Presidential Election 2012
Mitt Romney has visited an emergency centre in hurricane-damaged Louisiana, a day after accepting the Republican nomination for US president.
Mr Romney attended a Friday rally with running mate Paul Ryan in Florida before cancelling a campaign stop in Virginia and diverting to the South.
Hurricane Isaac caused heavy flooding in areas around New Orleans and damage across the Gulf Coast.

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BBC News – Desmond Tutu calls for Blair and Bush to be tried over Iraq

Tutu-on-Bush

2 September 2012 Last updated at 00:06 ET
Desmond Tutu calls for Blair and Bush to be tried over Iraq
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been a long time critic of the war in Iraq

Tony Blair and George W Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said.
Writing in the UK’s Observer newspaper, he accused the former leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction.

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Why I had no choice but to spurn Tony Blair | Desmond Tutu

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/02/desmond-tutu-tony-blair-iraq
Why I had no choice but to spurn Tony Blair
I couldn’t sit with someone who justified the invasion of Iraq with a lie
Desmond Tutu
The Observer, Saturday 1 September 2012

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An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global Warming Impacts: How We Know Inaction Is the Gravest Threat Humanity Faces

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/09/28/330109/science-of-global-warming-impacts/
An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global Warming Impacts: How We Know Inaction Is the Gravest Threat Humanity Faces
By Joe Romm on Sep 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Humanity’s Choice (via M.I.T.): Inaction (“No Policy”) eliminates most of the uncertainty about whether or not future warming will be catastrophic. Aggressive emissions reductions dramatically improves humanity’s chances.
In this post, I will summarize what the recent scientific literature says are the key impacts we face in the coming decades if we stay anywhere near our current emissions path. These include:
Staggeringly high temperature rise, especially over land — some 10°F over much of the United States
Permanent Dust Bowl conditions over the U.S. Southwest and many other heavily populated regions around the globe
Sea level rise of around 1 foot by 2050, then 4 to 6 feet (or more) by 2100, rising some 6 to 12 inches (or more) each decade thereafter
Massive species loss on land and sea — perhaps 50% or more of all biodiversity
Unexpected impacts — the fearsome “unknown unknowns”
Much more extreme weather
Food insecurity — the increasingly difficulty task of feeding 7 billion, then 8 billion, and then 9 billion people in a world with an ever-worsening climate.
Myriad direct health impacts….Read more…

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Matt Petersen: Sea Level Rise, It’s Real and No Joke (VIDEO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-petersen/sea-level-rise-its-real-a_b_1848258.html?utm_hp_ref=green
Matt Petersen
President & CEO of Global Green USA (www.globalgreen.org), and proud father.
Sea Level Rise, It’s Real and No Joke (VIDEO)
Posted: 09/01/2012 1:02 pm

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Realistically What Might The Future Climate Look Like? | ThinkProgress

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/09/01/784931/realistically-what-might-the-future-climate-look-like/
Realistically What Might The Future Climate Look Like?
By Climate Guest Blogger on Sep 1, 2012 at 11:26 am
“If we continue forward on our current path, catastrophe is not just a possible outcome, it is the most probable outcome.”
JR: The recent scientific literature makes that conclusion crystal clear (see “An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global Warming Impacts“). And that’s the basis of this piece explaining the rationale behind the 2°C (3.6°F) target.
by Dana Nuccitelli, via Skeptical Science
Robert Watson, former Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), recently made headlines by declaring that it is unlikely we will be able to limit global warming to the 2°C ‘danger limit’. This past April, the International Energy Agency similarly warned that we are rapidly running out of time to avoid blowing past 2°C global warming compared to late 19th Century temperatures. The reason for their pessimism is illustrated in the ‘ski slopes’ graphic, which depicts how steep emissions cuts will have to be in order to give ourselves a good chance to stay below the 2°C target, given different peak emissions dates (Figure 1).

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