(NASA GISS Global Land-Ocean Temperature Anomaly vs the, already hotter than normal, 1951 to 1980 mean. Image source: NASA.) According to NASA's Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index, overall ...
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The Tsaeb (silent T, long a) warrior Corr Syl has discovered he hates killing and is brooding about his future when he learns that someone has kidnapped his friend and secret love, Rhya Bright. Ya Zhōu, seeking to remove threats to his power, uses Rhya as bait, unaware of the superior abilities of Tsaeb warriors. But when Corr captures his would-be assassins and Rhya overcomes a room full of guards and almost escapes, Zhōu realizes his mistake and flees with Rhya, leaving false trails and traps in his wake. Corr pursues in a mysterious old warship he borrows from a museum. Dodging bombs, missiles, and jet fighters, Corr follows Rhya and Zhōu to a fortress inside a dead volcano where the final trap awaits.
You just can't make this stuff up - a government agency like the California Department of Fish and Wildlife "celebrating" National Endangered Species Day when it appears to be doing everything it can to benefit agribusiness and other corporate interests at the expense of endangered species, along with a host of fish and wildlife species not formally listed under the federal and state Endangered Species Acts!
GR: Government hypocrisy? It's the money, of course. Most politicians and many government employees seek public office for personal gain. They do what they can to associate with money and influence.
Governments round the world will subsidise the cost of oil, gas and coal to the tune of $5.3tn this year, fuelling pollution and climate change, as they misallocate the equivalent of what is spent globally on public health, according to a new study.
The estimate published on Monday by economists at the International Monetary Fund represents their calculation of the gap between what businesses and consumers pay for energy and the “true cost” if environmental and health effects are factored in.
This interview, the fourth in a series on political topics, discusses philosophical issues that underlie recent debates about climate change. My interviewee is Dale Jamieson, a professor of environmental studies and philosophy at New York University. He is the author of “Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed — and What It Means for Our Future.” — Gary Gutting
Gary Gutting.: It’s clear that global warming is an established fact, and that a good amount of it is due to human activities. But to what extent can we reliably predict how warming will affect our lives if we do little or nothing about it, or predict the effects of various policies designed to lessen its effects? In other words, does climate science have sufficient predictive reliability to be a good guide to forming public policy?
Dale Jamieson: The difference in scale between what climate models deliver and what managers and planners need has long been a major problem. Our current models make predictions primarily expressed in terms of very abstract constructs such as “mean surface temperature” that are not very useful to decision makers. Work is advancing on regional climate models that would be more useful, but there are multiple ways of trying to build these models and they remain controversial.
From the article: "The “war on coal” is nothing more than a set of policies that require producers and consumers of coal to bear some of the costs that they now evade."
LAST year Namibia lost 24 rhinos to poaching. For the first four months of this year, 60 rhino carcasses have already been found. If that is not a crisis, what is?
We need to act now. With determination and precision.
We are dealing with something that is not just an environmental crisis but also of diplomatic concern and something that borders on economic sabotage. One in which, for instance, the Ministry of International Relations must address our concerns with countries in East Asia such as China who are known destinations of rhino horns.
It is no secret that Chinese mining companies have moved closer to rhino and elephant areas. Also, some Chinese nationals are behind bars facing charges of possession of ivory and rhino horn. This is no coincidence. It should also give us a lead on how to tackle the crisis.
We know that the demand for rhino horn is increasing in the East despite no scientific proof that it can cure illnesses like cancer or that it acts as an aphrodisiac.
Around 27bn tonnes of coal are thought to be locked under the ground of the Galilee Basin in the outback of Queensland. A huge proposed complex of coal mines is planned here, including the world’s largest thermal coal project.
So are railway lines and a massive expansion of the Abbot Point port on the Great Barrier Reef.
What will this mean for the Aboriginal community, the Great Barrier Reef and the world's climate?
The kinds of development that Australia's government wants produce both short- and long-term damages. They produce no long-term benefits. It's easy for all of us to think of the consequences of our daily, monthly, and yearly actions. It is difficult to care about consequences that apply over the course of our lifetimes. Few people care about consequences that persist for hundreds and thousands of years. But we must try.