Daily Archives: February 15, 2019

New Poll Shows Increased Bipartisan Desire to Act on Climate Change

The Real News Network
Published on Feb 15, 2019

The results, released in December, also show widespread bipartisan support for a Green New Deal and renewable energy

Invasion of the polar bears – BBC News

BBC News
Published on Feb 12, 2019

A remote Russian region has declared a state of emergency over the appearance of dozens of polar bears in several towns and villages in the Arctic.

Footage from the Novaya Zemlya archipelago shows the animals roaming through building and exploring populated areas.

We ask the experts why this is happening, and find out what can be done to protect humans and bears alike.

Video produced by Alex Dakevych and Emily Wolstencroft

Experts Discuss Recent Heat Waves and Atmospheric Changes

Climate State
Published on Jul 29, 2018

The impacts of global warming are now ‘playing out in real-time’. Mike Mann (Penn State), Jennifer Francis (Rutgers), and Noah Diffenbaugh (Stanford), discuss July 27th 2018 the recent heat waves around the globe, and how it connects with the jet stream pattern, moderated by Markeya Thomas of Climate Signals.
Read the conversation summary at ClimateSignals.org https://goo.gl/dK9gku
Latest article on this subject by Mike Mann, published in The Guardian https://goo.gl/p8HfdD
Further reading: Thermogeddon:
When the Earth gets too hot for humans https://barringtonstewart.wordpress.c…
Amplification of Rossby waves https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rossby_…
Polar amplification https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_a..

Are Aliens Really Out There? This Harvard Astronomer Says They Might Be

WGBH News
Published on Feb 13, 2019

A lot of people believe there’s intelligent life out there, but when a top Harvard astronomer with four books and more than 700 publications on space says he thinks so, too — it might be time to listen. Jim Braude was joined by Prof. Avi Loeb, chair of Harvard University’s Astronomy Department.

Fox News keeps forcing Trump into shutdowns

Vox
Published on Feb 14, 2019

Government shutdowns are disasters for Republicans, but right-wing media makes it almost impossible for the GOP to compromise in a budget fight.

The U.S. government has experienced three major shutdowns over the past twenty-five years. In 1995, it was a fight over programs like Medicare. In 2013, it was over an effort to defund Obamacare. In 2018, it was over funding for a border wall.

And while each crisis revolved around a different policy fight, they all followed a similar pattern: Republicans, egged on by right-wing pundits and talk radio, were pressured into forcing a government shutdown that eventually blew up in their faces. Ever since the 90s, Republicans have become dependent on right-wing outlets like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh to rally and mobilize their supporters. That’s garnered them success in major elections, but it’s also backed them into a corner.

Republicans know they can’t betray the conservative pundits who helped elect them, but those pundits are becoming more and more ideologically extreme, pressuring Republicans to shut the government down over even minor funding disputes. As long as right-wing media has a stranglehold on conservative politics, Republicans will keep finding themselves steered into crises they know they can’t win.

FAO launches $940 million appeal to meet urgent needs of food-insecure people in 30 countries


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on Feb 14, 2019

The UN agency provides life and livelihoods saving assistance to people affected by conflict and climate extremes.

Green New Deal Aims To Address Climate Change. Would It Work Without Nuclear Power? | On Point

Environmental activists occupy the office of Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the incoming majority leader, as they try to pressure Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

February 15, 2019    With David Folkenflik

You say we have to tackle climate change. Fine. But can you do it without nuclear power? It’s a hot-button issue for environmentalists. And the Green New Deal sidesteps it.

Guests

Lisa Friedman, reporter for the New York Times focusing on climate and the environmental policy. (@LFFriedman)

Gregory Jaczko, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Author of “Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator.” (@Jaczko)

Michael Shellenberger, president of Environmental Progress, an independent research organization that advocates for the expanded use of nuclear energy throughout the world. (@ShellenbergerMD)