Daily Archives: March 9, 2019

California Is Sinking — and Now Could Flood | KQED Newsroom

Food-matters

Water costs balloon in cities along the Great Lakes

Thanks To Trump, US No Longer Considered A Global Leader On Anything

Terrified Republican Operatives Launch More Fake News Sites Ahead Of 2020 Election

‘Dark money’ bill – ‘Democrat’s flagrant attempt to hang onto their thin grasp on po wer’

State Sides With Monsanto For Fewer Restrictions On Poisonous Dicamba Herbicide

The Ring of Fire

Published on Mar 9, 2019

Via America’s Lawyer: Legal Journalist Mollye Barrows joins Mike Papantonio to talk about the controversial pesticide Dicamba, which despite scientific evidence & impassioned public pleas, Arkansas decided to side with chemical giant and manufacturer Monsanto that restrictions on the weed killer should be relaxed.

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Carbon Pollution Has Shoved The Climate Back At Least 12 Million Years, Harvard Scientist Says

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Harvard Professor James Anderson, best known for his work linking chlorofluorocarbons to the Ozone Hole, warned about the irreversibility of climate change in an appearance Thursday at the University of Chicago. HARVARD

 

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People have the misapprehension that we can recover from this state just by reducing carbon emissions, Anderson said

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Carbon pollution is rapidly forcing the climate back to a state last seen in the Eocene Epoch, when there was no ice on the poles, warned James Anderson, the Harvard scientist known for linking CFCs to erosion of the Ozone Layer. Shutterstock

The level of carbon now in the atmosphere hasn’t been seen in 12 million years, a Harvard scientist said in Chicago Thursday, and this pollution is rapidly pushing the climate back to its state in the Eocene Epoch, more than 33 million years ago, when there was no ice on either pole.

“The ocean was running almost 10ºC warmer all the way to the bottom than it is today,” Anderson said of this once-and-future climate, “and the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere would have meant that storm systems would be violent in the extreme, because water vapor, which is an exponential function of water temperature, is the gasoline that fuels the frequency and intensity of storm systems.”

 

People have the misapprehension that we can recover from this state just by reducing carbon emissions, Anderson said in an appearance at the University of Chicago. Recovery is all but impossible, he argued, without a World War II-style transformation of industry—an acceleration of the effort to halt carbon pollution and remove it from the atmosphere, and a new effort to reflect sunlight away from the earth’s poles.

This has do be done, Anderson added, within the next five years.

“The chance that there will be any permanent ice left in the Arctic after 2022 is essentially zero,” Anderson said, with 75 to 80 percent of permanent ice having melted already in the last 35 years.

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