Daily Archives: July 16, 2013

Former US journalist heading for top role at UN

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Old Redneck “I Respect ANYONE That Speaks Truth To Power” WikiLeaks And National Security

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Scientists Predict Looming Climate Shift: Will Ocean Heat Come Back To Haunt Us Once Again?

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/16/2303641/scientists-predict-looming-climate-shift-will-ocean-heat-come-back-to-haunt-us-once-again/

By Climate Guest Blogger on Jul 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

By Rob Painting via Skeptical Science. Reprinted with permission.

Key Points:

  • Despite a large increase in heat being absorbed by the Earth’s climate system (oceans, land & ice), the first decade of the 21st century saw a slowdown in the rate of global surface warming (surface air temperatures).
  • A climate model-based study, Meehl (2011), predicted that this was largely due to anomalous heat removed from the surface ocean and instead transported down into the deep ocean. This anomalous deep ocean warming was later confirmed by observations.
  • This deep ocean warming in the model occurred during negative phases of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO), an index of the mean state of the north and south Pacific Ocean, and was most likely in response to intensification of the wind-driven ocean circulation.
  • Meehl (2013) is an update to their previous work, and the authors show that accelerated warming decades are associated with the positive phase of the IPO. This is a result of a weaker wind-driven ocean circulation, when a large decrease in heat transported to the deep ocean allows the surface ocean to warm quickly, and this in turn raises global surface temperatures.
  • This modelling work, combined with current understanding of the wind-driven ocean circulation, implies that global surface temperaures will rise quickly when the IPO switches from the current negative phase to a positive phase.

 

Average sea surface temperature trends from the climate model simulations for a) ‘hiatus’ decades, i.e. decades with no warming of global mean surface temperatures, and b) ‘accelerated’ decades, i.e. decades with greater-than-average rises in global surface temperatures. The subtropical ocean gyres (green ellipses) are key players in the downward transport of heat. The stippling indicates areas where this trend is statistically significant. From Meehl (2013).

Even with Global Dimming, Still Lots of Warming Down Below

The way that global warming has progressed in the 21st century has probably been a great surprise to many people, no doubt a few climate scientists among them. Despite a strong increase in planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, warming of global surface temperatures has been rather muted. Surface temperatures have warmed, but at a slower rate than the last two decades of the 20th century. ….(read more).

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The Return of Larry Summers?

http://truth-out.org/news/item/17565-the-return-of-larry-summers
Monday, 15 July 2013 09:37 By Dean Baker, Truthout
Lawrence H. Summers, Director, National Economic Council (NEC), Executive Office of the President, USA is captured during the session “The US Economic Outlook” at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2010. (Photo: World Economic Forum / Flickr)According

to accounts in the business press, there is a campaign among Washington insiders to get Larry Summers appointed as Ben Bernanke’s replacement as Federal Reserve Board chair. This could end up being the scariest horror movie of the summer.

It is bizarre that Summers would be seriously considered as the next Fed chair if for no other reason that there is an obvious replacement for Bernanke already sitting at the Fed. Janet Yellen, the vice-chair, has in the past served as the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, a member of the Board of Governors in the 1990s and head of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers. She also has an impressive academic background, having been a professor at both Berkeley and Harvard.

No woman has ever served as chair of the Fed and Yellen would be an obvious choice to break the barrier. She also has been a consistent advocate of expansionary Fed policy focused on reducing unemployment. In terms of people who could plausibly make the short list for Fed chair, it is difficult to imagine a better choice than Yellen.

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Witness – Invisible Threat


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Published on Jul 11, 2013

In the summer of 2011, an outbreak of a new, aggressive strain of E.coli killed 45 people in Germany and sickened another 3,800. Egyptian fenugreek was eventually named the culprit, although how the seeds got infected was never proven. Some authorities believed it could have been an act of terrorism. And if it was, it echoed a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report which claimed the deliberate contamination of food as one of major global threats of the 21st century.

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Hidden Wars Of Desert Storm


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Published on Jan 16, 2013

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What level of threat was Saddam Hussein’s regime postin to the U.S. compared to the level of threat the U.S. Government has been posing to Iraq after twelve years of embargo. bombing raids and now war?

Where have the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars gone that were spent on both the 1991 Gulf War and the present war and who will win the contracts to rebuild Iraq?

What kind of oil reserves does Iraq have and how does this factor into the equation?

Why do the U.S. public and the rest of the world see such different media coverage of both wars to the point of drawing opposite conclusions as to motives and end results?

“Hidden Wars of Desert Storm” helps answer these questions by providing an easy-to-understand background on the relationship between Washington and Baghdad as well as on the origins, developement and aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War. Featuring such key-players as then Desert Storm Commander Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. UNSCOM team-leader Scott Ritter and UN Iraq program director Denis Halliday, this documentary has been broadcast all over the world but has little if any exposure in the mainstream U.S. media.

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