User: newstrust Topic: Global Warming
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Cable News Spent Less Than An Hour Covering Climate Change in 2016 25.3.2017 Mother Jones
Despite growing international urgency to address climate change and two presidential candidates with deeply opposing views on climate science and policy, 2016 was an abysmal year for US broadcast news coverage of the issue, according to an analysis by Media Matters. The analysis found that ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox aired only 50 minutes of total climate coverage on their evening and Sunday news programs. This is in contrast to the 146 minutes of coverage clocked in by those same networks in 2015. The significant drop in coverage certainly wasn’t for a lack of content. Several newsworthy climate milestones took place last year, including the signing of the historic Paris Climate Agreement ; the UN, NASA’s, and NOAA’s announcements that 2015 was the hottest year on record for our country and the globe ; the ongoing investigations of ExxonMobil’s decades-long cover up of research linking fossil fuel use and climate change acceleration; and extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Matthew and Louisiana’s ...
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Keystone Pipeline and other Trump energy policies could help swamp Mar-a-Lago 24.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

President Trump’s State Department early Friday signed off on a permit to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline project to cross the border from Canada, a permit the Obama administration had rejected as contrary to the national interest. But Trump is less concerned with the nation’s best interests than...

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Climate Change Forces Northwest Natives From Their Ancestral Homes 24.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
As is true in many Native communities around the world, the Quinault have borne witness to the marked signs of climate change over the past century. In Taholah -- which is home to some 825 people -- these signs are becoming increasingly impossible to ignore. Fawn Sharp grew up in Taholah village, a small community on the Quinault Reservation nestled between the mouth of the Quinault River and the Pacific Ocean. She spent her childhood summers surrounded by water, splashing in Lake Quinault on the eastern edge of the reservation, and hiking along the local beaches near the village, scouring the rocks for starfish and other treasures. In the mornings, she was often up before the sun, out fishing with her grandparents on the river. The Quinault have borne witness to the marked signs of climate change over the past century. In Taholah – which is home to some 825 people – these signs are becoming increasingly impossible to ignore. (Photo: Larry Workman) Decades after she left home for college, Sharp is back ...
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Obama's science staffers prepares for a fight 24.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Science, more than many fields, feeds on a collaborative spirit. Former staffers from President Barack Obama’s science office have taken this to heart: They are fanning out, finding jobs in academia, at nonprofits and elsewhere, but they continue to work together, largely behind the scenes. This science diaspora, as one former staffer called it, is ready to both push forward on the ambitious science-related agendas of the previous administration, and to defend against the attacks on science eman... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline 24.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.
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Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline that had stalled under Obama administration 24.3.2017 Washington Post
This decision marks one of the biggest steps taken to date by the Trump administration to prioritize economic development over environmental concerns.
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Trump administration to give green light to Keystone XL pipeline 24.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Vote on Obamacare repeal bill is delayed amid Republican revolt March 24, 2017, 6:05 a.m. Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington: House GOP leaders postponed a vote on their health plan until FridayWhite House acknowledges it doesn't yet have the votes to pass healthcare...
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Trump administration issues presidential permit to TransCanada to build Keystone XL pipeline 24.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Trump administration has issued a presidential permit to pipeline builder TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump would discuss the pipeline later Friday morning.

The State Department says that it determined...

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Why Your Local Landmark May Suddenly Go Dark on Saturday Evening 24.3.2017 Inc
The 10th annual Earth Hour to raise awareness of climate change is happening this weekend.
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Watch researchers modify caterpillars, revealing wing development inside cocoons 24.3.2017 Boing Boing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6uBSCdz35c Biologist Nipam Patel and his team at UC Berkeley study how butterflies develop wing shape and color by performing surgery on caterpillars, creating translucent windows in their cocoons . Each wing is made up of tens or hundreds of thousands of tiny scales, arranged like pixels in a digital image to produce an astounding array of colorful patterns. But not all colors are created equal. While many are derived from pigments, some, like the iridescent blue of the beautiful blue morpho butterfly, are created by the reflection and refraction of light. These so-called “structural colors” are the result of nano-scale structures on the wing scales—structures smaller than a single wavelength of light—that dictate the colors that ultimately reach our eyes. Fun fact: Lepidopterology is their field, and a person who studies or collects butterflies and moths is a ...
Rich-world agricultural subsidies ensure coca leaves are Colombia's only viable cash crop 24.3.2017 Boing Boing
With the shambolic FARC peace deal finally in place, the Colombian government is hoping to shift the country's farmers from Colombia's major cash crop: the coca leaves that are refined into the world's cocaine supply. Perhaps with the guerrillas no longer defending the crops they relied on for operating capital, Colombia can put coca behind it. But the reality is that rich countries have depressed the price of virtually every legal crop through agricultural subsidies that make it impossible to earn a living growing staples like corn, cacao or sugar. Combine that with the eminent suitability of coca to Andean farming -- it's a native plant, well suited to the soil and climate, cultivated for centuries -- and it's unlikely that Colombian farmers will give up on the crop, regardless of the law. This is not to indict all farming subsidies, but rather to point out that the benefit to US farmers from subsidies to farmers should be weighed against the costs to the USA of fighting the cocaine trade, a ruinously ...
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Trump approves Keystone pipeline 24.3.2017 The Hill
The Trump administration gave the Keystone XL pipeline its key federal permit Friday, clearing a major hurdle for the project that former President Barack Obama rejected in 2015.The State Department announced Frida...
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Steamboat briefs: Lodging barometer predicts more than 9K visitors 24.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
About 9,800 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday. The figure represents 66 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 87 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 73 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 60 percent full. Lodging is expected to dip to 8,400 visitors by Wednesday. The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings. Local residents encouraged to celebrate Earth Hour Every year since 2007, across the globe, millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside one hour to host events, switch off lights, unplug electronics and make noise for climate change action. This year, Earth ...
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Open thread for night owls: As feds retreat on climate, expect states to pick up slack 24.3.2017 Daily Kos
Basav Sen is the director of the Climate Justice Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, where Janet Redman is an associate fellow. They recently were interviewed on “The Marc Steiner Show,”  and summarized themselves in  As the White House Drops the Ball on Climate, Expect the States to Pick Up the Slack : “The consequences of these budget cuts would be vast,” IPS fellow and U.S. policy director at Oil Change International Janet Redman told the Marc Steiner Show, regarding Trump’s proposed budget cuts to federal environmental programs. Trump’s assault on the climate doesn’t stop with his proposed  cuts to the EPA. It also seeks to cut 28 percent of the State Department budget, which is how the U.S. relates internationally to climate change and energy policy, IPS Climate Policy director Basav Sen said racism and white supremacy and crony capitalism are the underlying sources of the White House’s climate policy. “People of color and poor people have paid a disproportionate price for the polluting ...
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California regulators launch new campaign against harmful climate pollutants 24.3.2017 LA Times: Nation

California opened another front in its fight against global warming on Thursday, launching a new strategy for slashing so-called super pollutants that have an outsize impact on the climate.

The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons...

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Op-ed: Students take lead on climate change because they face the consequences 24.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
During the last week of the Utah Legislature, I listened to nine courageous students give public comment to the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee. They all spoke in support of HJR018, “Joint Resolution on Economic and Environmental Stewardship.” Rep. Becky Edwards, R-Bountiful, had introduced the resolution, which called on the state of Utah to study and create solutions to “address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates.” The pub...
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No surprise. State Department will approve construction of Keystone XL pipeline, probably on Monday 24.3.2017 Daily Kos
Ben LeFebvre at Politico reports  that the Trump regime will approve the permit requested by TransCanada Corp. to build the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing President Obama’s decision to reject it: The move by the State Department comes 16 months after Obama blocked construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline, which would ship crude from Canada's western oil-sands region to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The pipeline became the subject of major lobbying efforts by both oil industry supporters and environmental groups, which turned the project into the focus of their climate change campaigns. Undersecretary for political affairs Tom Shannon plans to sign the pipeline’s cross-border permit on or before Monday, the last day for the 60-day timeline that President Donald Trump ordered in January. Secretary of State and former Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson recused himself from the process. Just days after his inauguration, Pr*sident Trump signed an executive order  to push ...
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This Climate Denying Lawmaker Has Proposed a Bill to Protect Climate Deniers 24.3.2017 Mother Jones
A Maine lawmaker has introduced a bill that will safeguard political speech—with a special focus on climate change deniers. Republican Rep. Lawrence Lockman, who told the Associated Press that whether or not human activity is causing global warming is an open question, proposed legislation that would ban the state from prosecuting people for their "climate change policy preferences." The measure prohibits the state from discriminating against climate change deniers with respect to employment and hiring, and bars any state agencies or departments from refusing to purchase goods and services, or awarding grants and contracts, on the basis of a person's opinion regarding climate change. According to NASA, 97 percent of scientists acknowledge that our planet is getting warmer due to human activity. The bill is in response the lawsuit filed by a group of state attorneys general, including Maine's Janet Mills , against Exxon Mobil in 2016. The suit alleges that the oil giant misled the public about global ...
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Trump to approve Keystone XL pipeline 24.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, senior U.S. officials said, after the State Department delivers a positive recommendation to start construction on a long-delayed project that has served as a flashpoint in the debate about climate change. Two senior officials said Tom Shannon, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, would make a recommendation on Friday that the pipeline serves U.S. national interests. Then, the White House would f... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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'Green News Report' - March 23, 2017 24.3.2017 BradBlog
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump promises to bring back coal jobs by dismantling Obama's climate policies; The world is moving swiftly away from coal, report finds; Flame retardant chemicals found in the Great Lakes; Wind energy blows past another milestone in Europe; PLUS: Across the entire country, wildfire season off ...
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