Daily Archives: December 28, 2016

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North Pole Temperatures May Soar to 50 Degrees Above Normal – Scientific American


For the second year in a row, the Arctic is facing a late December heat wave (at least by Arctic winter standards). Temperatures are forecast to soar about 50°F above normal, which would bring them near the freezing point at the North Pole.

As isolated data points, the back-to-back winter warm-ups would be weird. But taken in the larger context, it’s part of anunsettling trend for a region that is being rapidly reshaped by climate change.

A quick recap: Arctic sea ice hit its lowest peak recorded in March (besting the record set in 2015), hit it second-lowest extent recorded in September, and started shrinking in November — at a time when ice should be growing — following a heat wave.

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The Dream Corps | love + power

Dream Corps

Published on Dec 23, 2016

The Dream Corps was founded by Van Jones in 2014 to help cutting-edge initiatives grow big enough to impact millions of lives. We work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity into a new, green economy. The Dream Corps brings people together to solve America’s toughest problems. We fight hate with Love + Power.

Zahra Hirji | InsideClimate News


Zahra Hirji is a Boston-based reporter for InsideClimate News. She covers natural gas drilling, fossil fuel divestment, renewable energy policy and climate science, among other issues. She also runs ICN’s two news aggregations, Today’s Climate and Clean Economy Wire, as well as helps with multimedia presentations, social media and website upkeep. She has a degree in geology from Brown University and a masters degree in science writing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Gretchen Goldman – Best Available Science – UCS – USA

Union of Concerned Scientists

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Gretchen Goldman

Research Director, Center for Science & Democracy
Gretchen Goldman

Gretchen Goldman is the research director for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, Dr. Goldman leads research efforts on the role of science in public policy, focusing on topics ranging from scientific integrity in government decision-making, to political interference in science-based standards on hydraulic fracturing, climate change, sugar, and chemicals.

Dr. Goldman came to UCS from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow working on statistical modeling of urban air pollution for use in epidemiologic studies of acute human health effects.

She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in atmospheric science from Cornell University.

Dr. Goldman has authored pieces for Science, The New York Times, CNN.com, and The Guardian,and has been quoted in NatureLos Angeles Times, NPR, The Boston Globe, Reuters, Politico, and Bloomberg. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

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Climate Change News from the Thomson Reuters Foundation – 28 December 2016


2016: A year of transition from talk to action on climate change

Earth’s temperature to dip but still sizzle in 2017

Temperatures around North Pole leap close to melting point

El Nino-linked cyclones to increase in Pacific with global warming -research

From a former sex slave to a climate poet: five unsung heroes of 2016


VIDEO: Savings, trainings help Burmese farmers survive extreme weather

China to cap 2017 energy consumption at 4.4 bln tonnes coal equivalent

China smog war moves to courts with range of crimes to widen

China to levy new taxes in bid to strengthen pollution fight

Beijing districts to cap population in bid to tackle smog, congestion

China’s name and shame campaign fails to deter polluters


FEATURE-Songs and sanctions help regreen Sudan’s desert villages

Traditional rainmaking ceremonies resurge in parched Zimbabwe


Brazilian conservationists develop new tool to cut illegal wood from supply chains

Obama bans new oil, gas drilling off Alaska, part of Atlantic coast


Natural resource activists are paying a heavy price

Digital media are shaking up reporting on climate change

Nature: the decisive solution for the climate change crisis

The news that wasn’t: What you missed in 2016

Bernie Sanders Tweets Quotes From Pope Francis On Christmas Day


Bernie Sanders’ Twitter account quoted Pope Francis twice during the afternoon on Christmas Day. They were Sanders’ only Christmas Day tweets.

Sanders’ first Christmas Day tweet highlighted the fact that Pope Francis stated that millions of people are dying of starvation even though the current levels of food production are sufficient.

Bernie Sanders was raised Jewish, but told The Washington Post that he is no longer “actively involved with organized religion.” Sanders’ brother Larry told The Washington Post that he and Bernie grew up learning Hebrew. Larry said that Bernie could read prayer in Hebrew, but not with a great deal of understanding.

“It wasn’t a question of, ‘Are we Jewish?’” Larry Sanders said. “It was just as uncontested as saying you’re an American.”

Still, Larry Sanders clarified that Bernie is “quite substantially not religious.” Sanders’ wife Jane was raised Catholic, but USA Today reported that Jane Sanders no longer actively participates in organized religion either. According to Jane Sanders, Bernie has his own tradition for kicking off winter. Jane Sanders told Mark Halperin on With All Due Respect that for over three decades, Bernie Sanders and one of his friends have thrown a holiday party for low income families in Vermont.

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As Populists Won 2016 Ballots, World’s Richest Made $237 Billion – Bloomberg


In a year when populist voters reshaped power and politics across Europe and the U.S., the world’s wealthiest people are ending 2016 with $237 billion more than they had at the start.

Triggered by disappointing economic data from China at the beginning, the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union in the middle and the election of billionaire Donald Trump at the end, the biggest fortunes on the planet whipsawed through $4.8 trillion of daily net worth gains and losses during the year, rising 5.7 percent to $4.4 trillion by the close of trading Dec. 27, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

“In general, clients rode through the volatility,” said Simon Smiles, chief investment officer for ultra-high-net-worth clients at UBS Wealth Management. “2016 ended up being a spectacular year for risk assets. Pretty remarkable given the start of the year.”

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What Will Happen When Donald Trump Takes Over U.S. Drone & Targeted Assassination Program?

Democracy Now!

Published on Dec 27, 2016

http://democracynow.org – In Syracuse, New York, four people were arrested outside the Hancock Air National Guard Base on Friday at a nonviolent protest against the U.S. drone assassination program. Demonstrators marked the Christmas holiday by dressing as biblical figures and erecting a 20-foot-long nativity scene at the gates of the air base, which is home to the 174th Attack Wing of the National Guard’s Reaper drone program. We turn now to look at what will happen when Donald Trump takes over Obama’s drone war program. We speak to Jameel Jaffer, founding director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. His new book is titled “The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy, and the Law.”