Daily Archives: October 9, 2015

Air • Planet • People – Introduction to NCARe

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AtmosNews :: NCAR & UCAR Science on YouTube

Published on Oct 9, 2015

At the National Center for Atmospheric Research, we don’t forecast the weather. We get inside the weather, climate, and surrounding environment to understand it better. We collaborate with researchers all over the country and all over the world to study the thin layer of air that surrounds our planet and connects all of us to each other. We study the Sun, air chemistry, how the atmosphere interacts with the land and oceans, and how we change and are changed by weather and climate.

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Why aren’t Americans more concerned about GMO labeling?


RT America

Published on Oct 8, 2015

Congress is looking to push through a bill that would make it nearly impossible to require agricultural giants like Monsanto and food makers to label their food if it contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Legal and media analyst “Lionel” takes a look at why more Americans aren’t clamoring for labels on their food.

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DuPont liable for illness, deaths related to contaminated drinking water


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Published on Oct 9, 2015

A win against the DuPont Company awarded the plaintiff, Carla Bartlett, $1.6 million for negligence after she developed kidney cancer linked to the contamination of her drinking water by chemicals used in manufacturing DuPont’s Teflon products. Lindsay France speaks with Bartlett’s lawyer, Chris Paulos, about the legal strategies employed in taking on the chemical giant.

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Blood & Gore – Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century

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The Financial Case for Divestment of Fossil Fuel Companies by Endowment Fiduciaries  | Bevis Longstreth

Bevis Longstreth Former SEC Commissioner
1. Background. Rising temperatures around the globe are a reality, and so too is the primary cause: Energy-related CO2 emissions caused by human-beings. Long term energy analysis by the highly respected International Energy Agency (IEA) shows the world traveling down an unsustainable track. Very unsustainable. In 2012, CO2 emissions grew by 1.4 percent to a record high. Looking ahead, in its ‘business as usual’ scenario, the IEA shows energy-related CO2 emissions growing 1/3rd by 2035 and doubling by 2050, while global temperatures increase by up to 5.3 degrees Centigrade to 2100.

Recent disasters around the globe illustrate the growing problem with a warming planet: rising sea levels, changing rainfall patterns, more droughts, floods and heat waves, all adversely affecting ecosystems, food production and water resources. All costing immense sums of money. Consider, e. g., Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina; the wild fires and colossal floods in Colorado; the die-off of pine trees across the Rocky Mountains; the historic floods across the Midwest; deepening droughts in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma; and record heat waves in Alaska.

Unless large restrictions on carbon emissions are established around the globe, but particularly in the world’s two top emitters, China and the US, scientists predict ocean level rises of three to six feet in this century, triggering massive evacuations. What’s worse, we know scientists systematically understate the case -repeatedly discovering the globe’s climate system is more, not less, sensitive to man-made assault, whose impacts are being experienced at ever-increasing rates.

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Japan: Kids Near Fukushima 20-50 Times Higher Rates of Thyroid Cancer

In news from Japan, a new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear plant during the 2011 meltdown have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate between 20 and 50 times higher than children on average. The report will appear in the November issue of Epidemiology. Thyroid cancer in children is the one illness the medical world has definitively linked to radiation, based on studies following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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Four more carmakers join diesel emissions row

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Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi’s cars are shown to emit significantly more NOx pollution on the road than in regulatory tests

VW scandal: 3.6m European vehicles need major changes

Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi have joined the growing list of manufacturers whose diesel cars are known to emit significantly more pollution on the road than in regulatory tests, according to data obtained by the Guardian.

Wide range of cars emit more pollution in realistic driving tests, data shows

In more realistic on-road tests, some Honda models emitted six times the regulatory limit of NOx pollution while some unnamed 4×4 models had 20 times the NOx limit coming out of their exhaust pipes.

“The issue is a systemic one” across the industry, said Nick Molden, whose company Emissions Analytics tested the cars. The Guardian revealed last week that diesel cars from Renault, Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Fiat, Volvo and Jeep all pumped out significantly more NOx in more realistic driving conditions. NOx pollution is at illegal levels in many parts of the UK and is believed to have caused many thousands of premature deaths and billions of pounds in health costs.

All the diesel cars passed the EU’s official lab-based regulatory test (called NEDC), but the test has failed to cut air pollution as governments intended because carmakers designed vehicles that perform better in the lab than on the road. There is no evidence of illegal activity, such as the “defeat devices” used by Volkswagen.

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