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- Africa, the Devastated Continent?: Man’s impact on the ecology of Africa (Monographiae Biologicae): A. de Vos November 11, 2019
- False Start in Africa: Rene Dumont November 11, 2019
- Seeds of Famine: Ecological Destruction and the Development Dilemma in the West African Sahel (Landmark studies): Richard W. Franke, Barbara H. Chasin November 11, 2019
- Climate Activists Focusing On The Impact Of Climate Change On Children And Families November 11, 2019
- The Man Who Stopped the Desert November 11, 2019
- Trailer: Resilience Rising: From Crisis Response to Recovery November 11, 2019
- Fake news and anonymous sources as ‘new normal’ for US journalism November 11, 2019
- The apostle comes from Africa – A contemporary passion story | DW Documentary November 11, 2019
- Scientific Research Reports 2019 November 11, 2019
- The most destructive hurricanes hitting more often November 11, 2019
- Extinction Rebellion protesters float ‘sinking house’ down the river Thames November 11, 2019
- Cyclone Kills 20 in Bangladesh & India; Wildfires Rage in Australia November 11, 2019
- Iran discovers 54 billion barrels of crude oil November 11, 2019
- Asleep at the Wheel | Extinction Rebellion Blocks the Department of Transport November 11, 2019
- Cecily | XR Arrestee | Extinction Rebellion November 11, 2019
- Roman | XR Arrestee | Extinction Rebellion November 11, 2019
- Every Single Being on the Planet | Extinction Rebellion November 11, 2019
- Act Now: Our House is Flooding | Extinction Rebellion November 11, 2019
- One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles November 11, 2019
- Rainwater Catchment for Reforestation & Increased Production November 11, 2019
- Preserving these ancestral agricultural systems is vital for the future of food! November 11, 2019
- Do you know where your food comes from? November 11, 2019
- This Matters: Is this the ‘climate election’? – BBC News November 11, 2019
- Florida Officials Tell Library: No “Fake News” New York Times November 11, 2019
- Action Against Desertification – Burkina Faso November 11, 2019
- Greta Thunberg on Whether She’d Meet with the President November 11, 2019
- Greta Thunberg, Swedish environmental activist, gives a speech at Charlotte Climate Strike November 11, 2019
- Missoula Floods Video | an animated illustration of one scenario November 11, 2019
- Ice Age Floods November 11, 2019
- The evaporating Mediterranean Sea | BBC November 11, 2019
- ice age sea levels November 11, 2019
- The age of Arctic sea ice November 11, 2019
- Facebook Employees Begged Zuckerberg To Stop Spreading Political Lies November 11, 2019
- Global problems need multilateral solutions, says UN official November 11, 2019
- Tomgram: Naomi Oreskes, Why Science Failed to Stop Climate Change | TomDispatch November 11, 2019
- ‘Catastrophic’ danger: Australia wildfires threaten Sydney November 11, 2019
- 2019 RSA President’s Lecture: Leading the Way Through the Climate Emergency with Emma Howard Boyd November 11, 2019
- Cory Booker Speaks at Environmental Justice Presidential Forum November 11, 2019
- Elizabeth Warren Speaks at Environmental Justice Presidential Forum November 11, 2019
- The Africa Map Circle – Learning & Teaching from Maps of Africa: Ancient and Modern | EV & N #331 | CCTV November 11, 2019
- The Africa Map Circle November 10, 2019
- Brazil’s Ex-President Lula Freed, Promises to Continue Fight for Justice November 10, 2019
- US & EU sanctions only hurt people in order to push regime change agenda – Assad to RT November 10, 2019
- Dozens of flood warnings in UK as heavy rain expected to continue November 10, 2019
- Sacred Yamuna river polluted by toxic foam in India November 9, 2019
- Oxford Africa Institute November 8, 2019
- Blame US military for climate change – Code Pink activist November 8, 2019
- Atlas of Ancient Geography c.1820 Boston Hilliard Gray Worcester w/ 5 maps Morse engraved scarce November 8, 2019
- Amsterdam Holland Netherlands city view 1794 Prospect birds-eye print w/ fascinating early repairs November 8, 2019
- President-elect Ursula VON DER LEYEN addresses the ‘State of Europe’ at the Konrad Adenau er Stifling November 8, 2019
Daily Archives: May 18, 2018
CNN Published on May 16, 2018
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to graduates of the Virginia Military Institute and promoted the values of truth and facts in American society, saying that when we “go wobbly on truth … we go wobbly on America.”
The Earth is not warming. The White Cliffs of Dover are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise. Global warming is helping grow the Antarctic ice sheet.
Those are some of the skeptical assertions echoed by Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee yesterday. The lawmakers at times embraced research that questions mainstream climate science during a hearing on how technology can be used to address global warming.
A leading climate scientist testifying before the panel spent much of the two hours correcting misstatements.
The purpose of the hearing was to focus on how technology could be deployed for climate change adaptation. But the hearing frequently turned to the basics of climate science. Many of the questions by Republicans and Democrats alike were directed to Philip Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts and former senior adviser to the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) said he was bothered that established climate science has not been questioned more by the committee, which has accused federal climate scientists of fraudulently manipulating climate data and subpoenaed their records.
“I’m a little bit disturbed by, No. 1, over and over again, I hear, ‘Don’t ever talk about whether mankind is the main cause of the temperature changing and the climate changing,'” he said. “That’s a little disturbing to hear constantly beaten into our heads in a Science Committee meeting, when basically we should all be open to different points of view.”
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the committee, entered into the record an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal yesterday that claimed sea levels are not rising because of climate change, a view that rejects thousands of scientific studies. The piece was written by Fred Singer, who is affiliated with the Heartland Institute, which promotes the rejection of mainstream climate science.
“To solve climate change challenges, we first need to acknowledge the uncertainties that exist,” Smith said in his opening remarks. “Then we can have confidence that innovations and technology will enable us to mitigate any adverse consequences of climate change.”
At one point, Smith showed a slide of two charts that he said demonstrated how the rate of sea-level rise does not equal the sharp spike in the consumption of fossil fuels. When Smith pointed out that rates of sea-level rise have only increased slightly compared with the rate of fossil fuel use, Duffy pointed out that his chart was from a single tide gauge station, near San Francisco, and that sea levels rise at different rates around the world. Smith did not show rising atmospheric CO2 levels or temperatures, both of which have climbed steadily in recent decades as emissions have increased.
“The rate of global sea-level rise has accelerated and is now four times faster than it was 100 years ago,” Duffy told Smith in response to the charts.
“Is this chart inaccurate, then?” Smith asked.
“It’s accurate, but it doesn’t represent what’s happening globally; it represents what’s happening in San Francisco,” Duffy said.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) questioned Duffy on the factors that contribute to sea-level rise, pointing out that land subsidence plays a role, as well as human activity.
Brooks then said that erosion plays a significant role in sea-level rise, which is not an idea embraced by mainstream climate researchers. He said the California coastline and the White Cliffs of Dover tumble into the sea every year, and that contributes to sea-level rise. He also said that silt washing into the ocean from the world’s major rivers, including the Mississippi, the Amazon and the Nile, is contributing to sea-level rise.
“Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise, because now you have less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up,” Brooks said.
Duffy responded: “I’m pretty sure that on human time scales, those are minuscule effects.”
Brooks added that Antarctic ice is growing. That was true a few years ago, and scientists say it does not disprove the theory of global warming because different factors affect the Arctic and Antarctic rates of melting.
“We have satellite records clearly documenting a shrinkage of the Antarctic ice sheet and an acceleration of that shrinkage,” Duffy said.
Published on May 17, 2018
https://democracynow.org – Fifty years ago today, on May 17, 1968, in the Baltimore suburb of Catonsville, Maryland, a group of Catholic priests and activists stood around a small fire, praying and singing. They had gone into the local draft board office and taken 378 draft records, for the young men in the 1-A category who were most likely to get drafted to go to war in Vietnam. They set fire to the draft records using homemade napalm, made from gasoline and laundry soap, to symbolize the U.S. military’s use of napalm on Vietnamese civilians. Video of the act of civil disobedience was seen around the world. They became known as the Catonsville Nine, and in 1970 they were given prison sentences of up to three years behind bars. We feature interviews with Fathers Phil and Daniel Berrigan, who helped organize the protest, and speak to Margarita Melville, one of the last surviving members of the Catonsville Nine, during a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a new historical marker to commemorate the action.