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- The Global Citizen: Meadows, Donella H., Meloy, Ellen June 2, 2020
- Sea Change: Is Boston Climate Ready? June 2, 2020
- Boston’s Plan to Fight Climate Change June 2, 2020
- ‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19? | Environment | The Guardian June 2, 2020
- Noam Chomsky on how to counter the reactionary international | DiEM25 June 2, 2020
- The GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots) May 31, 2020
- Good Society Forum: COVID, Climate Change and Conflict Resolution May 31, 2020
- How E.O. Wilson Can Simplify Complex Scientific Concepts: a Discussion with Dennis Liu May 31, 2020
- Education in times of COVID – Good Society Forum May 31, 2020
- School closures, government responses, and learning inequality around the world during COVID-19 May 31, 2020
- Leaked Cables Show Depth of Iranian Influence in Iraq After U.S. Invasion “Shattered” the Co untry May 31, 2020
- A Yale psychiatrist reveals how Trump’s twisted and manipulative relationship with his supporters is a form of ‘brainwashing’ – Alternet.org May 31, 2020
- Op-Ed: Amy Cooper and the Power of White Supremacy | NowThis May 30, 2020
- Managing Information – Controlling the Narrative: Manufacturing Consent Under Global Lockdown | EV & N 347 | CCTV May 30, 2020
- Top psychiatrist: Trump’s ‘mental impairment’ poses danger to world May 30, 2020
- SpaceX rocket ship blasts off into orbit May 30, 2020
- Elon Musk says SpaceX rocket launch is “a dream come true” May 30, 2020
- Clock ticks down to historic SpaceX launch from US soil l ABC News May 30, 2020
- “Dangerous moment” as senior scientists warn lockdown is being eased too quickly – BBC News May 30, 2020
- Time Asks Donald Trump’s Golf Clubs to Remove Phony Magazine Cover May 30, 2020
- A Time magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s f ake. – The Washington Post May 30, 2020
- Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story May 29, 2020
- Protests erupt across US after black man’s death May 29, 2020
- Who is Mike Pompeo? Trump’s Former CIA Director Turned U.S. Secretary of State | NowThis May 29, 2020
- Protest near White House over George Floyd’s death May 29, 2020
- Twitter warns Trump’s tweets about Minneapolis protests “glorify violence” May 29, 2020
- White House locked down as protests over Floyd’s death hit nation’s capital May 29, 2020
- We Need Justice for George Floyd May 29, 2020
- WATCH: Joe Biden speaks on George Floyd death and Minneapolis protests May 29, 2020
- America in crisis: Days of rage sweep US cities (Special report) May 29, 2020
- The Extinction Rebellion Talk: Climate Crisis + Social Science for change May 29, 2020
- The Evolution of Infectious Diseases with Justin Meyer: Lecture 16 – Influenza Evolution May 29, 2020
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — May 29, 2020 May 29, 2020
- As Pandemic Epicenter Shifts to Latin America, Gov’ts Use COVID-19 as Pretext for Police Repression May 29, 2020
- Twitter Warns Trump Tweet Glorifies Violence as He Signs Executive Order to Weaken Social Media May 29, 2020
- What the Trump vs. Twitter battle means for the future of social media May 29, 2020
- Trump threatens Twitter after fact-check link added to his tweet May 29, 2020
- Trump signs executive order targeting social media after Twitter fact-checked his tweets May 29, 2020
- President Trump signs social media executive order May 29, 2020
- Social Dynamics : Global Demographics – Vikram Mansharamani May 29, 2020
- Outfoxed • Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism • FULL DOCUMENTARY FILM exposes Fox News May 29, 2020
- Brainwashing Media Commentaries – Edward S. Herman May 29, 2020
- How Covid-19 could redesign our world – BBC Future May 29, 2020
- “No Justification”: Minneapolis Demands Murder Charges for Police Officer Who Killed George Floyd May 28, 2020
- Protests erupt across the US in wake of George Floyd’s death May 28, 2020
- Could the pandemic usher in a new era of working from home? May 28, 2020
- Covering Coronavirus: United States of Conspiracy | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site May 28, 2020
- Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford on challenges in farming during pandemic (FULL STREAM 5/27) May 28, 2020
- Will coronavirus end? Covid-19 may become endemic and last years – The Washington Post May 28, 2020
- Greta Thunberg | COP 25 High Level Event on Climate Emergency | Extinction Rebellion May 28, 2020
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.