Daily Archives: February 8, 2017

Foreign Corporations Using Eminent Domain to Seize US Land? (w/Congressman Mark Pocan)

The Loss Of Biodiversity Matters

US anti-propaganda legislation ‘Orwellian, plain and simple’ – Lionel

Carter: Clean Energy Can Help Trump Create Jobs

Senate confirms Trump attorney general pick Jeff Sessions – BBC News

The US Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination for attorney general, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, by 52 votes to 47.

The vote follows a series of divisive confirmation hearings during which Democrats attacked Mr Sessions’ record on civil rights.

Democrat Elizabeth Warren was sanctioned after she was accused of impugning Mr Sessions’ reputation.

The Republican’s nomination process has been dogged by allegations of racism.

John Muir


Jack Striker

Published on Mar 14, 2013

Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. Founder of the Sierra Club.

or:

Biography of John Muir


AmericaSings

Uploaded on Sep 15, 2010

Produced by the National Parks Service, starring Lee Stetson as Muir.

Part 2

Uploaded on Sep 15, 2010

Short bio produced by the National Parks Service, starring Lee Stetson as Muir.

‘How To End Poverty in 15 years’ Hans Rosling – BBC News


BBC News

Published on Sep 23, 2015

15 years from now, nobody will still be living in extreme poverty anywhere in the world – that’s the pledge being made by President Obama and the Pope. Eradicating global poverty in a single generation is the number one ambition to be announced at this weekend’s Sustainable Development Summit in New York. But is it possible? Find out from the eminent statistician Professor Hans Rosling in ‘Don’t Panic, How to End Poverty in 15 Years’ on, Wednesday, 23 September at 8pm on BBC Two. In Professor Rosling’s words, “Watch the programme and you will learn a lot”.

Senate Threatens Climate With Proposal to Revoke Methane Pollution Rules | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

 

senate-methane

Oil Industry’s Voluntary Efforts Won’t Curb Dangerously Potent Greenhouse Gas

WASHINGTON – A Senate effort to repeal methane pollution standards for oil and gas operations on America’s public lands will cost taxpayers millions, accelerate climate change and increase asthma and other public-health problems. Senators will likely vote later this week on a Congressional Review Act measure that would repeal common-sense protections against these outcomes finalized last year by the Bureau of Land Management.

“It’s hard to imagine a more wasteful, ridiculous giveaway to the oil industry,” said Brendan Cummings, conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Oil companies drilling on our public lands could again flare or vent natural gas into our air just because capturing it might be inconvenient. Senators should vote down this plan to let oil companies pollute our air, damage our health and climate and waste our public resources.”

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No Data Manipulation in 2015 Climate Study, Researchers Say – The New York Times

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and its chairman, led by Representative Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas, has demanded that NOAA researchers turn over emails related to work on climate change. Credit Zach Gibson/The New York Times

By HENRY FOUNTAIN  FEB. 7, 2017

In an article that appeared online in The Mail on Sunday, a British tabloid, the journalist David Rose described “astonishing evidence” that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States had “rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris agreement on climate change.”

“Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data,” the article’s headline read.

What’s all the fuss about?

Mr. Rose, who has made climate-related claims in the past that did not hold up to scrutiny, said a “high-level whistle-blower,” John J. Bates, a recently retired scientist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, had told him that the agency “breached its own rules on scientific integrity” in publishing the study in June 2015.

According to Mr. Rose, the study, which refuted earlier work that suggested global warming had slowed in the first decade of this century, “was aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders” at the talks in Paris in December 2015 that led to the agreement by more than 190 nations to set limits on carbon emissions.

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