Daily Archives: March 30, 2016

More Attorneys General Back ExxonMobil Climate Change Probe


March 30, 2016 Headlines

A coalition of attorneys general have announced a historic effort to investigate corporations that may have misled the public about climate change. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, flanked by former Vice President Al Gore and multiple other attorneys general, said her office would join efforts by attorneys general in New York and California to investigate ExxonMobil.

Attorney General Maura Healey: “It appears, certainly, that certain companies, certain industries may not have told the whole story, leading many to doubt whether climate change is real and to misunderstand and misapprehend the catastrophic nature of its impacts. Fossil fuel companies that deceived investors and consumers about the dangers of climate change should be, must be held accountable. That’s why I, too, have joined in investigating the practices of ExxonMobil. We can all see today the troubling disconnect between what Exxon knew, what industry folks knew and what the company and industry chose to share with investors and with the American public.”

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What’s Missing From The Debates: ISIS, War Profiteering, and Hillary’s Failure in Libya


The Laura Flanders Show

Published on Mar 30, 2016

Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis tells us why we need more discussion of war and peace in the race for the White House.

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Big Media Has Been Waiting For Trump Since 1987


The Big Picture RT

Published on Mar 30, 2016

The media didn’t create Trump – but he’s exactly the candidate they’ve been waiting for since 1987. t’s time for the mainstream media to start acting in the public interest – instead of their corporate interests.

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How Fox Brainwashed My Dad


The Big Picture RT

Published on Mar 30, 2016

Filmmaker Jen Senko joins Thom. If you’ve ever wondered how your father – uncle – brother – or cousin – got hooked on watching Fox so-called News and suddenly became a parrot of Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelley – you’re not alone. There’s been numerous books written about the Faux News phenomena and how the network became the second most watched network in America – second only to ESPN. But now there’s a new 90 minute documentary directed by Jen Senko called “The Brainwashing of My Dad” that explains how a “Kennedy Democrat” became a right-wing hate parrot thanks to his daily commute.

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Wages ‘flat or declining’ since NAFTA – Union boss


RT America

Published on Mar 30, 2016

Wall Street-driven companies continue to chase cheap labor around the world, the latest example being the relocation of a Carrier air-conditioning plant to Mexico. For more on outsourcing and trade deals, United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard, joins ‘News With Ed.’

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World would likely need geoengineering to meet Paris targets, but what are the risks? | Olivia Boyd – China Dialogue

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Olivia Boyd
28.03.2016

Capping global average temperatures at 1.5C or 2C might only be done by using untested geoengineering technologies, writes Olivia Boyd

Geoengineering may have to move from the fringes of the climate debate towards the mainstream if the world is to meet the climate targets included in the Paris Climate Agreement, say some policy analysts and scientists.

At the rate that the world is burning coal, gas and oil, even rapid adoption of low carbon technologies might not keep warming within 1.5C, while the 2C target, also included in the agreement, looks even further out of reach.

But geoengineering is dangerous stuff – it involves countering climate change by manipulating the planet’s weather without being able to guarantee or calibrate the outcomes. Even leading researchers who spend their lives working on the concept acknowledge that these technologies could have huge unintended, and harmful, consequences.

The idea is simple: humans can directly and dramatically intervene in the earth’s climate system, by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space or sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Proposed techniques include spraying sun-reflecting aerosols into the stratosphere, or brightening clouds to increase their ability to cool the Earth’s climate. Another idea is to drop iron filings into the oceans that would alter ecosystems and sponge up carbon dioxide, storing it in the depth of the ocean.

For geoengineering to work effectively – assuming that the science actually works – it would require strong and highly adaptive international institutions to manage these solutions for evermore.

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University of Miami and climate

In 2007 President Donna E. Shalala signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. This historical event sent a strong and unequivocal message about University of Miami’s dedication to sustainability. As part of this commitment, a Climate Action Plan was designed in 2009 (download here). The University of Miami, since then, has taken steps towards carbon neutrality and has engaged in the path of Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction.

The University of Miami’s 2014 Sustainability Interim Report follows the steps of our first Climate Action Plan. This report intends to give a snapshot of the State of Green Initiatives and achievements at UM, specifically for the campus of Coral Gables and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. It is a part of the roadmap that the University follows in its journey towards carbon neutrality. In order to fulfill long-term goals of greenhouse gas emission reductions, UM has committed to various programs, projects and policies that will be outlined in this document. Future scenarios and strategic planning for emission reductions will be the object of a separate and more comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan that we are expecting to release in 2016

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