Daily Archives: May 7, 2014

Crossfire: Are the solutions for climate change just as dangerous? (part 1/3)


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Published on May 7, 2014

5/6/14 — Crossfire: Van Jones and S.E. Cupp debate new climate change warnings with Bill Nye, the Science Guy and Nicolas Loris from the Heritage Foundation.
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiDfy…
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_KK5…
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IeiF…

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ALEC Trying to Take Down the EPA

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Published on May 7, 2014

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch / ALEC Exposed joins Thom Hartmann. For years – ALEC – the American Legislative Exchange Council – has made most of its noise and achieved most of its successes at the state level. So why is the group now trying to influence environmental policy at the federal level.

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New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact | WGBH News

http://wgbhnews.org/post/new-report-finds-climate-change-already-having-broad-impact

8:34 am
Tue May 6, 2014 By Eyder Peralta

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:22 am

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A new U.S. government report released Tuesday finds that climate change is already having a broad impact on both weather and the economy.

NPR’s Elizabeth Shogren tells our Newscast unit the third National Climate Assessment is the most comprehensive look at climate change that the government has ever produced. It was put together by more than 300 experts “guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee.”

She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

“The report finds climate change is causing more frequent or intense heat waves and downpours. In some regions it’s causing more floods or droughts. Climate change already disrupts key parts of our economy — energy, transportation, agriculture and water supply. One of the authors, University of Arizona professor James Buizer, says the biggest change from the government’s last assessment is efforts underway to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt.

” ‘People are already starting to act, preparing for the climate that will be, not the climate that was,’ he says.

“But the report says these efforts so far are insufficient to avoid increasingly negative impacts.”

Update at 8:41 a.m. ET. Humans Causing Global Warming:

One of the differences between this report and its predecessors is that scientists have become more confident that human activity — specifically the burning of fossil fuels — has driven most of the warming in the past 50 years.

Here’s a stunning graphic that shows where temperatures would be based on natural warming versus where they are when you compound natural plus human factors:

Another graphic accompanying the report shows an impact most of the U.S. has experienced: The report finds a “clear national trend toward a greater amount of precipitation being concentrated in very heavy events, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest.”

…(read more).

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Nonprofit (Boston): Institute for Policy Studies, New England office

The Institute for Policy Studies a nonprofit based in Washington, DC that provides research and support for major social movements and policy reform that promote peace, justice and the environment. This cutting edge progressive think tank is celebrating 50 years of turning ideas into action (1963-2013), and the Boston office is leading some of its most ground breaking local projects.

Our office is based at the Jamaica Plain “Brewery” complex (near Stonybrook T Station on the MBTA Orange Line). Our Program on Inequality and the Common Good works on a variety of projects. See www.ips-dc.org/inequality for a summary of our activities.

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Stanford to divest from coal companies

Stanford Report, May 7, 2014
Acting on a recommendation of Stanford’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing, the Board of Trustees announced that Stanford will not make direct investments in coal mining companies. The move reflects the availability of alternate energy sources with lower greenhouse gas emissions than coal.

 

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The Stanford University Board of Trustees has decided to not make direct investments of endowment funds in coal-mining companies.

Stanford University will not make direct investments of endowment funds in publicly traded companies whose principal business is the mining of coal for use in energy generation, the Stanford Board of Trustees decided today.

In taking the action, the trustees endorsed the recommendation of the university’s Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing (APIRL). This panel, which includes representatives of students, faculty, staff and alumni, conducted an extensive review over the last several months of the social and environmental implications of investment in fossil fuel companies.

Stanford’s Statement on Investment Responsibility, originally adopted in 1971, states that the trustees’ primary obligation in investing endowment assets is to maximize the financial return of those assets to support the university. In addition, it states that when the trustees judge that “corporate policies or practices create substantial social injury,” they may include this factor in their investment decisions.

The analysis of investment in coal was undertaken through this policy lens. In particular, the Board of Trustees concurred with the university’s advisory panel that divesting from coal is consistent with this policy given the current availability of alternatives to coal that have less harmful environmental impacts.

…(read more).

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 7


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Published on May 7, 2014

Visit http://www.democracynow.org to watch the entire independent, global news hour. This is a summary of news headlines from the U.S. and around the world on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Visit the Democracy Now! website to read the complete transcript, search the vast news archive, and to make a donation to support our daily, non-profit news program.

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What’s a Bigger Threat: Terrorism or Climate Change? – The Takeaway

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

An abandoned farmhouse is seen on Feb. 6, 2014 in California. Now in its 3rd straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years. (David McNew/Getty)

A new report called the National Climate Assessment is sounding the alarm on climate change, but will it change the political conversation about energy use?

“Climate change is not a distant threat,” said White House Science Adviser John Holdren on Tuesday. “It is already affecting all regions of the country and key sectors of the economy.”

But according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last spring, just 40 percent of Americans say that global climate change was a major threat to their country.

Retired Brigadier General Stephen Cheney says climate change and national security aren’t two separate issues.

When it comes to environmental threats on our home soil, sometimes there is more room for debate—and it’s often politicized.

Perhaps there’s no better example of this than the Keystone XL Pipeline, the 1,200 miles of proposed oil pipeline that environmentalists and energy companies have fought bitterly over for the past five years.

“I know that there’s some environmental concerns,” said Senator Mary Landrieu [D-LA] on the Senate floor last September. “I think they’re unfounded. I think they’ve been disputed by any number of groups. What I am just here to say is this is about American jobs. This is about building our infrastructure in America for more domestic production. Let’s get over this hump and let’s get together as we can. ”

…(read more).

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Answering Counter Climate Claims – Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)


TheRealNews

Published on May 3, 2014

Mr. Robock takes on many of the arguments against the thesis that CO2 produced by industrial society is the main contributor to global warming

watch full multipart http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=832&Itemid=74&jumival=1179

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Will New FCC Internet Regulations Strengthen Monopoly Control?


TheRealNews

Published on Apr 30, 2014

Robert McChesney: In the fight between monopolies, the public doesn’t really have a dog in the race; the real question is why a cartel of private monopolies are controlling the Internet?

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Protestors To Occupy FCC To Fight For Net Neutrality

TheRealNews

Published on May 7, 2014

Organizer Kevin Zeese argues that the Internet should be treated as a basic utility like in Nashville, TN which has one of the highest internet speeds in the U.S.

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