Daily Archives: July 18, 2018

Trump Officials Say They Are FINALLY Embarrassed To Work For Trump


The Ring of Fire

Published on Jul 18, 2018

Top officials in the White House are finally willing to admit that Donald Trump is an embarrassment to the country, and all it took was for him to commit some light treason on international television with the world watching. According to interviews with top administration officials, they said they couldn’t even finish watching Trump’s press conference in Helsinki out of sheer embarrassment. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

California Hits Its Climate Goals Early


The YEARS Project
Published on Jul 18, 2018

California has some of the most ambitious climate change goals in the U.S., in terms of greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The numbers are in, and the state just learn it hit its goal…four years ahead of schedule. Sources:
[i] SFChronicle.com. California slashes emissions, hits major greenhouse gas goal years early. Jul 11 2018. https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/…
[ii] Ibid. [iii] Ibid. [iv] Arb.CA.Gov. California Greenhouse Gas Inventory for 2000-2016. June 22 2018. https://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/inventory/d…
[v] Inverse.com. Chill California Has Already Met Its Renewable Energy Targets for 2020. Jul 14 2018. https://www.inverse.com/article/47028…
[vi] UtilityDrive.com. Rising renewables, falling gas propel California past carbon reduction goal. Jul 13 2018. https://www.utilitydive.com/news/risi…
[vii] Bloomberg.com. California Must Be Doing Something Right in Trump’s America. May 29 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articl…
[viii] Ibid. [ix] EIA.Gov. California plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030. Feb 2 2018. https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/det… [x] Ibid.

Climate Change & Sea-Level Rise – Some Vulnerable Areas in China – a tool to explore selected regions through Google Earth

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Hong Kong:

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You can explore in Google Earth/Web (linked through pictures above) the cities referred to by the New York Times:

China’s Coastal Cities, Underwater – The New York Times

 

John McCain: Trump abased himself before a tyrant


CNN

Published on Jul 16, 2018

In a statement following the Helsinki summit, Republican Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s news conference “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”

Ex-CIA chief Brennan: Trump’s comments nothing short of treasonous


CNN

Published on Jul 16, 2018

Following President Trump’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, former CIA Director John Brennan tweeted that Trump’s comments were “nothing short of treasonous.” CNN panelists discuss.

Trump Sides With Russia Over Election Meddling On The World Stage At Summit Meeting


WGBH News
Published on Jul 16, 2018

In a highly anticipated, high-stakes summit with Vladimir Putin, President Trump didn’t just dodge an opportunity to publicly confront him over Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election — he came to his defense, taking his denials at face-value on the world stage. Jim Braude was joined by Martha Coakley, former state attorney general and currently a partner at Foley Hoag; and David Filipov, former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post.

Addressing Gender in Climate Change Policies for Agriculture


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on Jul 17, 2018

http://www.fao.org/in-action/naps/ Men and women often have different roles and responsibilities in society and therefore experience climate change impacts in different ways. This video shows what Viet Nam, Uganda and Colombia are doing to develop gender-responsive national adaptation plans for the agriculture sectors. This country-driven work is carried out under a global programme known as Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag), jointly coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Disclaimer: The designations employed and the presentation of the material in the maps do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO and UNDP concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers.

Global Warming’s Worst Case Projections seem increasingly likely

Climate State

Published on Jul 17, 2018

One of the most cited scholars in history, Noam Chomsky speaks at St Olaff College May 2018, discussing the epics, Anthropocene, the 6th Extinction and climate change actions.
Noam Chomsky https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Ch…
Anthropocene https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthrop…
Sixth Extinction https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocen…
St. Olaf College https://www.youtube.com/user/stolaf
Global Warming’s Worst-Case Projections Look Increasingly
Likely https://www.technologyreview.com/s/60… Watch the full lecture with
Noam Chomsky at St Olaff College – 4 May 2018 – FULL PRESENTATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDQ2f…

A Farewell To Ice – How Arctic Feedbacks Accelerate Global Climate Change – with Peter Wadhams


The Real Truth About Health
Published on Jul 14, 2018

The Arctic may be free of ice for the first time in 10,000 years. Wadhams shows how sea ice is the ‘canary in the mine’ of planetary climate change. He describes how it forms and the vital role it plays in reflecting solar heat back into space and providing an ‘air conditioning’ system for the planet.

Prof. Peter Wadhams is the UK’s most experienced sea ice scientist, with 48 years of research on sea ice and ocean processes in the Arctic and the Antarctic. This has focused on expeditions and measurements in the field, which has involved more than 50 expeditions to both polar regions, working from ice camps, icebreakers, aircraft, and, uniquely, Royal Navy submarines (6 submerged voyages to the North Pole ). His research group in Cambridge has been the only UK group with the capacity to carry out fieldwork on sea ice.

He is Emeritus Professor of Ocean Physics and is the author of numerous publications on dynamics and thermodynamics of sea ice, sea ice thickness, waves in ice, icebergs, ocean convection and kindred topics. The current main topics of research in the group are sea ice properties, dynamics, and distributions in thickness and concentration. He is also a pioneer in the use of AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) under sea ice, using multibeam sonar to map bottom features, work which he has also been done from UK nuclear submarines.

“Made in Forests” – a short story about sustainable fashion with Michelle Yeoh

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on Jul 18, 2018

Malaysian-born film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh put the spotlight on the role that clothing manufacture and consumer fashion can have for a better planet with a new video, called “Made in Forests.” “Made in Forests” highlights how conventional material choices rely predominantly on cotton and polyester – two materials with a high environmental impact.

Cotton uses large amounts pesticides and insecticides, and very large amounts of water. Polyester is made from fossil fuels: each time polyester clothes are washed they release tiny plastic microfibers that often end up in the oceans, harming marine life and polluting our food chain.

“Made in Forests” was produced by the UN Economic Commission for Europe / Food and Agriculture Organization’s (UNECE/FAO) Forestry and Timber Section together with the United Nations Television in Geneva (part of the UN Information Service Geneva / DPI) and launched at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, 16 July 2018, in New York.