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- Northeast braces for “bomb cyclone” winter storm January 28, 2022
- Justice Breyer’s retirement and the future of SCOTUS January 28, 2022
- Millions Bracing For Dangerous Winter Storm January 28, 2022
- Georgia bracing for arctic air January 28, 2022
- Bridge collapses near Pittsburgh January 28, 2022
- Scituate warning coastal residents ahead of nor’easter January 28, 2022
- New Hampshire Seacoast nor’easter forecast: Blizzard warning for Saturday January 28, 2022
- Video: Historic, impactful blizzard heading toward Massachusetts January 28, 2022
- City of Boston declares snow emergency ahead of storm January 28, 2022
- Tropical Storm Ana Devastates Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar as Hundreds of Thousands Displaced January 28, 2022
- Storm Ana: heavy floods hit southern Africa after week of torrential rain January 28, 2022
- Florida feels the freeze this weekend January 28, 2022
- Powerful Nor’easter expected to slam East Coast January 28, 2022
- Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings Issued ahead of monster storm January 28, 2022
- Snow Storm Preparedness – 1/28/22 January 28, 2022
- Dangerous storm approaches the Northeast US January 28, 2022
- Calling a Super Bubble: Front Row With Jeremy Grantham January 28, 2022
- “The Lords of Easy Money”: How the Federal Reserve Enriched Wall Street & Broke the U.S. Economy January 28, 2022
- Stephen Breyer to Retire, Giving Biden Chance to Nominate First Black Woman Supreme Court Justice January 28, 2022
- “Mega” iceberg releases 152 billion tons of fresh water as it melts into the ocean January 28, 2022
- Debate: Global Warming- Krauss, Schrag, Molina vs Lindzen, Lowson, Happer- CDI 2017 January 27, 2022
- Office hours with Professor Noam Chomsky (Dec. 2021) January 27, 2022
- SANDRA POSTEL: The #1 Water Problem in the United States January 27, 2022
- Restoring Flows to Depleted Ecosystems | Breakthrough January 27, 2022
- Sandra Postel: Troubled Waters | Nat Geo Live January 27, 2022
- SANDRA POSTEL: Why Water Means Everything to Me January 27, 2022
- TEDxMidAtalntic 2010 – Sandra Postel 11/5/10 January 27, 2022
- Sandra Postel “Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity” January 27, 2022
- Sandra Postel: A vision for fresh water, forever January 27, 2022
- Maude Barlow conversation on Fracking and Water January 26, 2022
- Maude Barlow, “The Global Water Crisis” Or What’s Missing California January 26, 2022
- Leasing the Rain January 26, 2022
- Water Rising – Full Documentary January 26, 2022
- Maude Barlow – The Council of Canadians & the World Water Crisis January 26, 2022
- American Autumn: An Occudoc January 26, 2022
- Hominid Exceptionalism and the Intrinsic Limit of Human Power in Earth’s Ecosystem January 26, 2022
- Sustainable Water Management (SWM) Program – Tufts University January 25, 2022
- David Attenborough on His Decades-Long Career | Natural History Masterclass January 25, 2022
- Chris Hedges: Mass politics must be rooted in class struggle January 25, 2022
- Post COP26: successes, lessons learnt & what… | Oxford Martin School January 25, 2022
- The East India Company, 1600–1858: A Short History with Documents (Passages: Key Moments in History): Ian Barrow January 25, 2022
- Captives as Commodities: The Transatlantic Slave Trade: Lisa Lindsay January 25, 2022
- Merchants: The Community That Shaped England’s Trade and Empire, 1550-1650: Edmond Smith January 25, 2022
- The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire: William Dalrymple January 25, 2022
- Local Heroes on Global Issues: Fighting for Climate Information and Common Sense January 25, 2022
- The Future of Water with Peter Gleick January 25, 2022
- Themes – World Water Atlas January 25, 2022
- Water’s Promise January 25, 2022
- Histoire des Baoulés January 25, 2022
- India’s Water Revolution #1: Solving the Crisis in 45 days with the Paani Foundation January 25, 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.