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- Chile suffers the worst drought in 60 years July 23, 2019
- Global warming: Alaskan glaciers melt at fastest pace in centuries July 23, 2019
- Climate Scientist speaks on the current Climate Situation July 22, 2019
- Hong Kong protest: How will Beijing respond? | DW News July 22, 2019
- Hong Kong Chief Executive condemns violence from “radical demonstrators” July 22, 2019
- Arctic Amplification, Sea Ice, Jet Stream and Weather EXTENDED CLASSIC EDITION July 22, 2019
- EPA Refuses to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Linked to Brain Damage in Children July 22, 2019
- “If Not Now, When Will We Stand?” Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea July 22, 2019
- Indigenous activist on blocking Mauna Kea telescope: “If not now, when will we stand?” July 22, 2019
- After the moon: What’s next for space exploration? – BBC News July 22, 2019
- Progressive Churches Challenge the Hard-Line Conservative Evangelical Narrative on Immigration July 22, 2019
- What happens when a megacity runs out of water? | The Stream July 22, 2019
- Massive Crater Discovered Under Greenland Ice July 22, 2019
- Chandrayaan-2: India launches second Moon mission – BBC News July 22, 2019
- Can the ‘Great Green Wall’ stop desertification in China? July 22, 2019
- Why Russia Did Not Put a Man on the Moon – The Secret Soviet Moon Rocket July 22, 2019
- Inside The USSR Space Program – Space Documentary July 22, 2019
- Overpopulation: Will we run out of space? BBC News July 21, 2019
- Why Are Billionaires Investing In Space July 21, 2019
- The billionaire space race | FT Features July 21, 2019
- The Silicon Valley space race – BBC News July 21, 2019
- Sustainable farming: Can we use less pesticides for more environmentally friendly agriculture July 21, 2019
- SOS Méditerranée resumes Mediterranean migrant rescues – BBC News July 21, 2019
- Portugal wildfires: Huge operation tackles central Portugal blazes – BBC News July 21, 2019
- Greta Thunberg: ‘They see us as a threat because we’re having an impact’ | Culture | The Guardian July 21, 2019
- Green New Deal Introduced in Maine Leg.RepMaxminIntroduces July 21, 2019
- Ethical dimensions of climate change July 21, 2019
- What’s Happening to Maine Fisheries? Ted Ames 879 July 21, 2019
- Chandrayaan-2: India set to re-attempt Moon mission launch – BBC News July 21, 2019
- Hong Kong protests: Armed mob storms Yuen Long station – BBC News July 21, 2019
- NASA | Taking Earth’s Temperature July 21, 2019
- With more extreme heat, air conditioning becomes a matter of life and death July 21, 2019
- As Trump administration pushes for new space exploration, critics question its costs July 21, 2019
- Global Growth in Air Conditioning Demand is Warming the World July 21, 2019
- The Current State of Arctic PERMAFROST THAW July 21, 2019
- This is people power rising. #RiseForClimate July 21, 2019
- the evaporating Mediterranean Sea | BBC July 21, 2019
- The Crystal Reef: How Climate Change Is Affecting Our Oceans | 360 | TIME July 21, 2019
- Can We Terraform the Sahara to Stop Climate Change? July 21, 2019
- Regreening the desert with John D. Liu – Docu – 2012 July 21, 2019
- Chinese Desert Farming Miracle July 21, 2019
- 5 Useful Methods China Uses To Convert Desert Into Productive Lands Rich With Crops July 21, 2019
- Desert turns into oasis: China’s new technology July 21, 2019
- Thomas Sowell: Global Warming Manufactured by Intellectuals? July 20, 2019
- ESA and climate change July 20, 2019
- Climate Change is Devastating India With Heat Waves and Water Shortages July 20, 2019
- We Go Together July 20, 2019
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- We Go as the Artemis Generation July 20, 2019
- Climate change could become a national emergency July 20, 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.