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- Sustainable soil management: A major step in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals August 16, 2022
- Sustainable Soil Management by Anne-Marie Steyn August 16, 2022
- Strengthening Agropastoralist Resilience Through Improved Fodder Value Chains in Somaliland August 16, 2022
- Taiwan: will there be war? August 16, 2022
- China’s Slowing Economy Prompts Mass Protests Over Mortgages, Banks | WSJ August 16, 2022
- What is the jet stream and how does it affect the weather? August 15, 2022
- Narendra Modi vows on Independence Day to turn India into a developed country within 25 years August 15, 2022
- Trump Panics: Rudy Giuliani Targeted For Indictment Over Georgia Coup Plot August 15, 2022
- Mar-a-Lago Classified Files Makes Spy Ask if Trump Foreign Asset Featuring Valerie Plame August 15, 2022
- Why August 8 Could Become A Hinge Point In U.S. History August 15, 2022
- The Psychology Of Trump’s Guilty Conscience Featuring Dr. Justin A. Frank August 15, 2022
- Water main break leaves sink hole, flooded apartments August 15, 2022
- City of Boston, “Coastal Resilience Solutions for East Boston and Charlestown (Phase II) August 15, 2022
- Antonin Scalia – On American Exceptionalism August 15, 2022
- The End of American Exceptionalism August 15, 2022
- Noam Chomsky – Foundations of World Order: the UN, World Bank, IMF & Decl. Human Rights 1999 August 15, 2022
- Noam Chomsky full length interview: Who rules the world now? August 15, 2022
- Researchers excavate slave burial in Brazil August 15, 2022
- Boston completes plans to strengthen all 47 miles of coastline against flooding August 15, 2022
- UK summers… are they getting longer? – 15/08/22 – Mostly climate – Met Office UK climate change August 15, 2022
- Noam Chomsky on George Orwell, the Suppression of Ideas and the Myth of American Exceptionalism August 15, 2022
- “Will We Become Our Enemy?”: After Salman Rushdie Assassination Attempt, See Rare Address August 15, 2022
- Trump’s “Call to Violence” Against FBI as He Faces Espionage Act Charges Is “Replay” of Jan. 6 Riot August 15, 2022
- Beyond Taiwan: Where is the South China Sea dispute headed? | News Desk August 15, 2022
- The Mosquito Factory August 15, 2022
- Surging Seas: Risk Finder – Boston, Massachusetts August 15, 2022
- Surging Seas: Risk Finder – Quincy, Massachusetts August 15, 2022
- Surging Seas: Risk Finder, Plymouth, Massachusetts August 15, 2022
- Surging Seas: Risk Finder – Hingham, Massachusetts + Plymouth + Quincy + Boston, etc. August 15, 2022
- Climate Central August 15, 2022
- Catastrophic climate change outcomes like human extinction ‘not being taken seriously’ – BBC News August 14, 2022
- Terrifying proof of global warming | 60 Minutes Australia August 14, 2022
- Scientists measure how quickly crucial Antarctica glacier is melting August 14, 2022
- Crisis as drought bakes Northeastern United States August 14, 2022
- The fight for water | DW Documentary August 14, 2022
- Our drinking water – Is the world drying up? | DW Documentary August 14, 2022
- The fight for water | DW Documentary August 14, 2022
- Ukraine farmers face challenging harvest season as grain silos already full • FRANCE 24 English August 14, 2022
- Ultimate Space Telescope | Full Documentary | NOVA | PBS August 13, 2022
- U.S. faces extreme heat and wildfire outbreaks August 13, 2022
- Burkina Faso’s interim leadership hosts talks on country’s future August 13, 2022
- Sarah Churchwell | American White Supremacy August 13, 2022
- EMERGENCY PODCAST SYSTEM: WE ARE ALL IN KANSAS! | Ep. 251 Rumble with Michael Moore podcast August 13, 2022
- Europe asks Musk: can we use SpaceX rockets? August 13, 2022
- News Wrap: Trump’s lawyer told DOJ classified documents had been returned August 13, 2022
- How a Trump-era policy that separated thousands of migrant families came to pass August 13, 2022
- “Only Love Remains” Workshop, Deerfield, Massachusetts, 26-28 August 2022 August 13, 2022
- The World of Ptolemy and the Birth of the Cartographic Atlas August 13, 2022
- Schemes of Annotation in Ptolemy’s Geography August 13, 2022
- Legends on Martin Waldseemüller’s Carta Marina of 1516 August 13, 2022
Daily Archives: September 2, 2017
In July, a new Florida state law took effect that permits any resident of the state to object to textbooks that are used in classrooms. While the law doesn’t explicitly mention science, teachers like Brandon Haught, co-founder of the non-profit Florida Citizens for Science, are concerned that the subject may get swept up in the broad legal language.
The Florida bill is the first of its kind, but there have been other attempts at passing similar ones in states across the nation. Haught and Julie Palakovich Carr, a science policy expert, talk about what the passing of this bill means for science curriculum and teachers in Florida, and other similar policies in other states.
2nd September 2017
The media avoids the subject of climate breakdown – to do otherwise is to bring the entire infrastructure of thought crashing down
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 29 August 2017
It is not only Donald Trump’s government that censors the discussion of climate change; it is the entire body of polite opinion. This is why, though the links are clear and obvious, the majority of news reports on Hurricane Harvey have made no mention of the human contribution.
In 2016, the United States elected a president who believes that human-driven global warming is a hoax. It was the hottest year on record, in which the US was hammered by a series of climate-related disasters. Yet the total combined coverage for the entire year on the evening and Sunday news programmes on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News amounted to 50 minutes. Our greatest predicament, the issue that will define our lives, has been blotted from our minds.
This is not an accident. But nor (with the exception of Fox News) is it likely to be a matter of policy. It reflects a deeply ingrained and scarcely conscious self-censorship. Reporters and editors ignore the subject because they have an instinct for avoiding trouble. To talk about climate breakdown (which in my view is a better term than the curiously bland labels we attach to this crisis) is to question not only Donald Trump, not only current environmental policy, not only current economic policy, but the entire political and economic system.
By Ashley Braun • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 13:48
With the next round of United Nations climate talks scheduled for November, eyes will be trained on how the United States chooses to engage — or not — now that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the country from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. Yesterday, Secretary of State and former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson indicated that this process will not happen through the State Department’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, because, well, he’s scrapping the position.
In a letter to Senate Foreign Relations chair Bob Corker (R-TN), Tillerson wrote, “I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission by integrating certain envoys and special representative offices within the regional and functional bureaus, and eliminating those that have accomplished or outlived their original purpose.”
“The position of climate envoy was established by Barack Obama in 2009 and was filled by Todd Stern until 2016. The envoy for Obama’s last year in office was Jonathan Pershing, who left the political appointment when the government changed in January this year.
The special envoy was the US’ diplomatic figurehead, a position Stern used to become one of the major forces behind the eventual shape of the Paris deal, right down to the 11th hour wrangling over a troublesome ‘typo’ in the text.”
State Department Scales Back on Climate
The move came as part of a larger streamlining and reorganizing of the State Department, which for months has been scaling back its focus on climate issues.
Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, the State Department’s web page for the Office of Global Change, which operates under the climate envoy, switched up its description, replacing most of the original text with more passive language.
By Connor Gibson • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – 09:55
A breakthrough study from Harvard unearths the extent Exxon has gone to in order to destroy the public’s trust in climate change science.
Last week, Harvard University researchers Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes (of Merchants of Doubt fame) published the first peer-reviewed study comparing ExxonMobil’s internal and external communications on climate change.
The abstract of the Supran and Oreskes study shows that ExxonMobil’s own scientists and executives had a much sharper understanding of climate science than the company told the public (emphasis added):
“Accounting for expressions of reasonable doubt, 83 percent of peer-reviewed papers and 80 percent of internal documents acknowledge that climate change is real and human-caused, yet only 12 percent of advertorials do so, with 81 percent instead expressing doubt. We conclude that ExxonMobil contributed to advancing climate science — by way of its scientists’ academic publications — but promoted doubt about it in advertorials. Given this discrepancy, we conclude that ExxonMobil misled the public.”
Cindy republished many of ExxonMobil’s New York Times advertorials back in 2015. This was right as investigative reporters at InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times revealed the extent of knowledge among Exxon’s own scientists that burning fossil fuels caused unnatural global warming.
With these revelations in mind, Cindy recalled a peer-reviewed study in the journal Public Relations Review on “advertorials” or “op-ads” that Mobil Oil paid to have published in the New York Times. The authors of that study, Clyde Brown and Herbert Waltzer, reviewed 819 New York Times advertorials that Mobil placed “every Thursday” from 1985 to 2000.
Using a subscription database called ProQuest, Greenpeace found that Exxon and Mobil’s op-ads went back at least as far as 1974, and continued until at least 2004. This was years after Exxon and Mobil merged to form the world’s largest non-government oil corporation in 1999. Combined with evidence published by reporters showing the degree to which Exxon and Mobil’s own scientists understood the global warming phenomenon and its root in human fossil fuel combustion, the advertorials take on new meaning.
These oil companies were not as naive or uncertain as they long pretended to be, up until the point that denying the science was no longer possible. It turns out, they knew the entire time, and they appear to have intentionally deceived the public.