Items tagged with: Environmentalism

My view: personifying #environmentalism will surely backfire again, just like with #algore (this one is vulnerable due to age, gender, rich country of origin; Gore rich, lavish)

Alabama ranked fifth in environmental protection

(The article also includes a map in which you can check how many toxic wastes your state omits in favour of your decreasing wealth. Just in case you're curious to see.)
Alabama had the fifth highest volume of toxic releases into waterways in 2017 with 11.2 million pounds, and the fifth most toxic substances released into the air with 27.1 million pounds.

Just in case you thought that this high ranking was good. It isn't.

The analysis was published this month in the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory, a massive collection of legal pollution reports filed with the agency from more than 21,000 industrial facilities across the country. The reports lay out how much of certain chemicals are emitted to the air, land and water from manufacturing operations, electric utilities, as well as facilities like hazardous materials landfills that accept certain toxic substances.

However, take away land releases, which include the heavy mining waste, and Alabama and other southeastern states be... Show more...

Death Valley now hosts first sea ever

“It was breathtaking! In between shooting photographs, we always steal a few seconds for ourselves and take some deep breaths out there, allowing the scene to wash over us in all its ephemeral beauty,” Elliot McGucken told AccuWeather over the phone.

“I kept planning and canceling [trips to Death Valley], but I know that as time goes on you get less and less chance for rain as you get into summer, so I figured I better go now, so I did. I was really lucky,” McGucken told AccuWeather.

“I kept planning and canceling [trips to Death Valley], but I know that as time goes on you get less and less chance for rain as you get into summer, so I figured I better go now, so I did. I was really lucky,” McGucken told AccuWeather.
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Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF #Economics #Environmentalism #newhere (

40 kilogram of plastic bags found in dead whale's stomach

“The most plastic we have ever seen in a whale. It’s disgusting,” Darrell Blatchley, a Davao City-based American marine biologist and President of D’ Bone Collector Museum Inc., posted on his Facebook page as the “final cause of death.”

Released on Saturday evening, the result of the necropsy, conducted by Blatchley and Dr. Elaine Vera Belvis of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Fishery Management Regulatory and Enforcement Division showed “all stomach compartments were full of foreign materials such as plastics of varying sizes and shapes, sacks, among others.”

On February 13, 2019, a dead a pygmy sperm whale was found in Panacan, this city. Condom and plastic wastes were recovered from its stomach. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MIndaNews)
#Environment #wildlife #MaritimeAnimals #News #Environmentalism #PlasticWaste #Toxic #EarthsDestruction #Whale #Cetacean #SpermWhale
40 kilos of plastic bags recovered from dead whale’s stomach

US, SA and Brazil derail UN resolution to regulate geo-engineering

Switzerland and nine other nations originally asked the U.N. Environment Programme for guidance on possible future governance options and analysis of the implications of geoengineering, but they agreed to substantially reduce the scope of their resolution in hopes that the United States, Saudi Arabia and Brazil would allow it to move forward.

Besides Switzerland, the motion was backed by Burkina Faso, Micronesia, Georgia, Liechtenstein, Mali, Mexico, Montenegro, New Zealand, Niger and Senegal. Other parties, including some European nations and Bolivia, argued for even stronger language for using caution in approaching geoengineering. None of them opposed the final resolution.

“It seems to me inconsistent to say, on the one hand, that global warming is the biggest problem that humanity faces, and then go on to say, on the other hand, but we shouldn’t even do research on SRM because it may pose risks,” he said. “Either climate change is the biggest ... Show more...

Google removes Patrick Moore from Greenpeace founders search result

#NotTheOnion #Google #Alphabet #FilterBubble #NarrativeControl #Greenpeace #PatrickMoore #environmentalism #CorporateControl #Leftism

Floods cause Midwestern emergency

“Many residents and communities across our state have been responding to flooding that has impacted homes, businesses, and cities and towns across Wisconsin," Evers said in a statement. "The warm temperatures and rain the last few days have caused much of the heavy snowpack and ice to melt resulting in flooding, ice jams, and rivers and creeks to rise."
#US #USA #Floods# NaturalCatastrophe #NaturalHazard #News #Trump #DonaldTrump #Nebraska #Midwest #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #Environment #Environmentalism

Norwegian lawmakers nominate adolescent climate activist Greta Thunberg for Nobel peace prize

"We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees," Norwegian Socialist Left MP Freddy Andre Ovstegard told AFP.

Three MPs for the opposition Socialist Left nominated Thunberg for the prize before the 31 January deadline, Ovstegard said, meaning her nomination is valid for the 2019 prize which will be announced on 11 October.

According to the Nobel Institute, 304 individuals and organisations have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
#Norway #Thunberg #GretaThunberg #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #News #Politics #Environment #Environmentalism #ClimateActivism #NobelPrize #NobelPeacePrize

Teen climate campaigner Greta Thunberg (16) nominated for Nobel Peace PrizeThe Swedish schoolgirl climate campaigner has inspired worldwide protests, striking a chord with younger people disillusioned by the slow progress of the adult world in halting climate change.


UN Deputy Secretary-General demands a year of transformative solution in regards to climate policies

Addressing the main topic of the Assembly – the need to shift to sustainable forms of consumption and production – the deputy UN chief reminded the audience that we are all living with negative consequences of the current “Take, Make and Dispose” global economic model.

The Deputy Secretary-General gave specific examples showing how governments, the private sector and civil society are making a positive change. She noted that several large hotel chains are committed to reducing water consumption and waste by 50%; countries including India and Costa Rica are committed to eliminating single-use plastics; and she cited a project in the Kiribati Islands, which is providing families with a unique hydroponic system to make food without soil.
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Trump's pick for World Bank chair safe to become new chairman

David Malpass, the U.S. Treasury’s undersecretary for international affairs, will interview with the World Bank’s executive directors in the coming days, the bank said in a statement.

Malpass, a Drumpf loyalist and former campaign adviser, has raised some concerns that he will use the bank to further Drumpf’s controversial “America First” agenda.

The other nations should have sent opposers as well, to actually raise some competition for this chair. Without it, a Trump loyalist is going to occupy the seat for the next few years, if not the ongoing decades.

Pledging to stay the course on climate change goals will likely win support for Malpass from board members, said Scott Morris, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a former Treasury official.
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Frankreich droht Ölpest nach Havarie italienischen Öltankers in der Briskaya

Im Einsatz sind Aufklärungsflugzeuge sowie ein Spezialschiff gegen Umweltverschmutzung, wie das Umweltministerium zuvor mitgeteilt hatte. Die Behörden fürchten eine Ölverschmutzung an den beliebten Stränden der Atlantikküste wenige Wochen vor den Osterferien.

Das Schiff hatte Gefahrgut an Bord. Der Inhalt von 45 Containern wurde von der Meerespräfektur als gefährlich eingestuft. Außerdem hatte die "Grande America" rund 2200 Tonnen Schweröl an Bord, wie der Sender Franceinfo berichtete. Das 214 Meter lange Schiff, das auch rund 2000 Fahrzeuge transportierte, hatte zuletzt starke Schlagseite bekommen. Die 27 Menschen an Bord wurden von einem britischen Kriegsschiff gerettet. Das Frachtschiff war von Hamburg auf dem Weg nach Casablanca in Marokko.
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Coke Company confeeses to produce more than 3.3 million tonnes of plastic garbage

The figures – which the company has refused in the past to disclose – reveal the amount of plastic packaging Coca-Cola produced in 2017. The company did not reveal the scale of its bottle production but when its packaging footprint is translated into 500ml PET plastic bottles, it amounts to about 108bn bottles a year, more than a fifth of the world’s PET bottle output of about 500bn bottles a year.

“We applaud the companies that are publishing this data and encourage all companies that make and use plastics to disclose their plastics footprint.”

“Ambition levels must continue to rise to make real strides in addressing global plastic pollution by 2025, and moving from commitment to action is crucial.”
#Economy #Economics #Environment #Environmentalism #News #Politics #FreeMarket #Capitalism #Corporatism #CaptialismKills #Waste #Garbage #Plastic #Wildlife #CocaCola #CokeCompany #Nestlé
Coca-Cola Admits It Produces 3 Million Tonnes Of Plastic Packaging A Year

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D - NYC) questions Wells Fargo executives about their involvement in ICE detention centres

You can hear this confrontation on the C-SPAN recordings. I heard about it on Twitter, but this one works as well. Just check it out when you are interested.
She also questions Wells-Fargo's involvement in the construction of the Dakota Pipeline, crossing the Standing Rock area, if I understood her and remember correctly.
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Greenpeace co-founder-turned-climate-change-denier rants against AOC

(I didn't read the Breitbart interview because my AdBlocker bars out such some phony sources, and I am not willing to turn it off for something like that. Instead, I use this article on him, it says a lot already. A businessman, nuclear energy consultant, a PhD in Ecology - strange combination if you ask me.)
“Pompous little twit,” he tweeted. “You don’t have a plan to grow food for 8 billion people without fossil fuels, or get food into the cities. Horses? If fossil fuels were banned every tree in the world would be cut down for fuel for cooking and heating. You would bring about mass death.”

“Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future,” the New York Democrat wrote. “The Green New Deal is about putting a LOT of people to work in developing new technologies, building new infrastructure, and getting us to 100% renewable energy.”

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For a second time, oil bulk carrier runs aground before Solomon Islands' Rennell Island

Seventeen years ago, as the then Greek-flagged “Doric Chariot”, the same vessel was hauling coal from Mackay to India when it ran aground on Piper Reef in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef north of Cairns.

An official investigation found the pilot fell asleep, leading to the ship straying off course and crushing 1500 square meters of coral before it came to a halt on the reef in Far North Queensland.

“It was now noted that from the initial assessment and unofficial conclusion that now the casualty has been damaged beyond its economic value for maintenance,” a Solomon Island National Disaster Council situation report said of the ship.
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FDP und Umweltschutz - ein Oxymoron.

Der Posterboy der AfD appelliert in Sachen Umweltschutz an die Freiwilligkeit der verantwortungsbewussten Unternehmen und an den Verbraucher, der sich dazu angehalten fühlen soll, umweltbewusst einzukaufen. Mit solchen Parteien wäre der Planet noch schneller umgebracht als es mit der GroKo der Fall ist.
#Deutschland #Umweltschutz #CL #ChristianLindner #FDP #Economy #EthicalCapitalism #Environment #Environmentalism

New Florida bill would make plastic straw ban illegal

Gruters voted in favor of legislation that would put a five-year moratorium on communities adopting or enforcing plastic straw bans while state officials study the issue. The bill — which also prohibits local bans on selling sunscreens that harm coral reefs — cleared a Senate committee Monday on a party line vote.

Babis was born without arms and drinks from straws. She said paper straws degrade too quickly when used with hot liquids. Babis said she understands the environmental concerns that are driving the straw bans, but she believes environmental advocates need to find a balance with the disability community.

Under Hutson's legislation, a local government would be fined $25,000 for enforcing a straw ban and would have to pay the attorneys fees of any entity that prevailed in a civil lawsuit seeking to enforce the state preemption.
Via @Farhad

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What AOC (D - NYC) could learn from FDR

He also added that the New Deal did not literally end the Great Depression, which is important to remember when touting its merits. The New Deal helped millions of people survive a terrible economic ordeal, and that is to Roosevelt's credit — but it did not put an end to the ordeal itself.

While Ocasio-Cortez has been criticized for posting (and then taking down) a document which defined the Green New Deal as asserting a fundamental right to economic security and a sustainable planet, these notions are no more ideologically radical than the concept that we should have the right to free speech and personal property.
#AOC #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #OcasioCortez #GreenNewDeal #HRes109 #News #Politics #Environment #Environmentalism #MarginalTaxRate #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #USA #US

AOC compared to the politicians who ended the iron curtain

She is the gift that will keep on giving in a thousand soundbites. She is in their faces with the stridency of a world they loathe, almost martial in the way she articulates the multi-cultural energy of the new generation of progressives.

She for sure has got her platform for free promotion, there will always be scribes to shovel some more coal for her train.

That kind of deliberate misallocation of meaning invoked to scaremonger is part of the putrefaction of language used by demagogues through the ages. Fear of that didn’t deter Bernie Sanders, the first presidential hopeful in recent history with the balls to invoke socialism’s true principles and urgent application.

Then, almost out of nowhere, came the true slayer of inequality and plutocracy, AOC. First, to get elected, she managed the defenestration of a primary opponent backed by a complacent big city party machine. The next they knew she was sashaying along the corridors of Congress flanked by a posse... Show more...

Dutch oil concern Shell faces criminal charges in Nigerian oil deal

Shell and Italian oil firm Eni were accused of bribery in 2017 over a $1.3 billion payment that secured an exploration licence for an oil block, known as OPL 245, in 2011. It was alleged that although the funds were paid to the Nigerian government, the money actually went to Malabu Oil and Gas — a company linked to former oil minister Dan Etete.

The DPP also confirmed to CNBC on Friday that it had summoned Shell in proceedings relating to an explosion at its Moerdijk facility in 2014, as well as charges relating to the company exceeding ethylene oxide emissions limits between 2015 and 2016.
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The oceans are being suffocated

In the past decade ocean oxygen levels have taken a dive—an alarming trend that is linked to climate change, says Andreas Oschlies, an oceanographer at the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany, whose team tracks ocean oxygen levels worldwide. “We were surprised by the intensity of the changes we saw, how rapidly oxygen is going down in the ocean and how large the effects on marine ecosystems are,” he says.

Second, as polar sea ice melts, it forms a layer of buoyant water at the sea surface above colder, more saline waters. This process creates a sort of lid that can keep currents from mixing surface water down to deeper depths. And because all oxygen enters this habitat at the surface—either directly from the atmosphere or from surface-dwelling phytoplankton producing it during photosynthesis—less mixing means less of it at depth.

Her preliminary results suggest even small drops in oxygen impair vision in some zooplankton. (This, too, happens in humans, with ev... Show more...

Private owner of largest rhino farm feared to run bankrupt

These are monitored and protected at the 8,000 hectare Buffalo Dream Ranch (BDR), near the North West province town of Klerksdorp, which is defined as a Captive Breeding Operation (CBO) under Threatened Or Protected Species (TOPS) and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulations.

Hume has regularly stated that he believes a legal trade is the only way to stop the poaching crisis, arguing that the escalating security costs for rhino owners and managers of wild rhino populations alike are unsustainable.

The huge cost of keeping his rhinos safe from poachers, as well as paying for feed, veterinary care and staff, has seemingly made it impossible to continue under the current financial model.
#Africa #Rhino #Environment #Environmentalism #FightPoachers #Ivory #News #SouthAfrica #SouthernAfrica #Hume #JohnHume
World’s largest ‘rhino farm’ at risk of collapse

California's glory hole is being filled

But recent dramatic video and photographs show the circular spillway, known by locals more colourfully as the "glory hole", flowing for the second time in two years, after the brimming lake became too big for its banks.

The compelling sight of the 22-metre-wide, 75-metre-long drain in full flow after record recent rains in the area is also reportedly inspiring locals to wax lyrical about what it reminds them of when the water's really pouring through it.

It could also simply be described as a really big plughole.
#California #MonsoonRain #News #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #Environment #Environmentalism #Rainfall #GloryHole #SteelPanther #Fetish

EPA corrupted by coal company lobbying firms

Twenty-five power companies and six industry trade groups agreed to pay the firm a total of $8.2 million in 2017 alone, according to an internal summary prepared in June of that year — less than three months before Drumpf tapped Wehrum for his EPA post.

Wehrum is certainly not the only person in Washington or the Drumpf administration to swing from lobbying to regulating. But the documents lay out an unusually clear picture of how Washington lobbyists steer a legal campaign for clients, keeping litigation churning while earning massive fees for their firms.

"Topics of interest include the Clean Power Plan, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, regional transport, regional haze, and NAAQS/NAAQS implementation. We are not asking you to address pending litigation on any of these issues. We are interested in discussing only possible future regulatory action."
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Discussion with schoolgirl upsets Sen. Diane Feinstein (D - CA)

"That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that back to whoever sent you here," she says, citing that the deal doesn't have a single Republican in favor of the proposal and "the key to good legislation is to tailor something that you write so that it can pass, and you can get a step ahead."

"We had a spirited discussion and I presented the group with my draft resolution that provides specific responses to the climate change crisis, which I plan to introduce soon."

When Feinstein tries to conclude the meeting, a woman says the children "have decades of life that they hope to still have, and your leadership is so beautifully, beautifully possible," the senator replies, "That doesn't work with me, thank you."
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US mining firms grateful for EPA - environmental damage just fine

The pollution is a legacy of how the mining industry was allowed to operate in the U.S. for more than a century. Companies that built mines for silver, lead, gold and other “hardrock” minerals could move on once they were no longer profitable, leaving behind tainted water that still leaks out of the mines or is cleaned up at taxpayer expense.

The records show that at average flows, more than 50 million gallons (189 million liters) of contaminated wastewater streams daily from the sites. In many cases, it runs untreated into nearby groundwater, rivers and ponds — a roughly 20-million-gallon (76-million-liter) daily dose of pollution that could fill more than 2,000 tanker trucks.

In mountains outside the Montana capital of Helena, about 30 households can’t drink their tap water because groundwater was polluted by about 150 abandoned gold, lead and copper mines that operated from the 1870s until 1953.
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Study message in a bottle spot on an island near Texas

Through the scuffed glass, they could make out a yellowing piece of paper—almost the color of the sand. It was wound into a tight scroll, and it bore an instruction scribbled in big, capital letters: “BREAK BOTTLE.”

Not quite. When they liberated the paper and unrolled it, they discovered that it was a postcard—still nice and dry—to be filled it out and mailed back to the U. S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. Whoever found the bottle was supposed to jot down the date and place they’d encountered it, because the office was trying to track the effect of surface currents on young shrimp moving from “offshore spawning grounds to inshore nursery grounds.” Anyone who returned the postcard would receive 50 cents for their trouble.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocks H Res. 109/"Green NewDeal"

McConnell fashions himself a brilliant political strategist when in fact — in Bob Dylan’s words — he is just the sluggish senator “blocking up the hall.”

There's a reason why they call him Bitch McCornhole. And it's of course a good reason, as you can imagine. I guess he lacks allies on both sides of the aisle.

Right now, the Green New Deal is an “ideal” — not a specific piece of legislation for anyone to pass serious judgement.

But if McConnell were truly interested in his state’s long-term future — not just his re-election bid in 2020 — he’d convey to his constituents that coal is getting its ass kicked by alternative energies and that coal seams are getting harder to mine. Embracing a cleaner economy is therefore an investment in the future — and the future generations of coal miners and their kids.

Actually, this shouldn't be up to the SML but to the concerns that r... Show more...

US-American hunter pays to shoot rare Pakistani goat

"It was an easy and close shot. I am pleased to take this trophy," he said, according to The Washington Post.

Pakistan banned all local hunting of the goats in 2011, but allowed tourists to shoot 12 male goats per season in "community conservation areas".

The hunting tactic appears to be working, in 2015 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ICUN) reclassified the goats from endangered to "near-threatened".
#US #USA #Pakistan #Wildlife #Environment #Environmentalism #News #Hunting #Trophyhunting

Jair Bolsonaro: Slayer of the indigenous people

“With Bolsonaro, the invaders are feeling more at ease,” Bitete Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, who lives on an Indigenous reserve, told The Intercept by telephone.

Last month, the image of a bullet-riddled metal plaque reading “National Indigenous Foundation, Protected Territory” made the rounds on WhatsApp, Brazil’s most popular messaging app. The sign marks the entrance to one of several villages in the vast Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous reserve, in a lawless region of the Amazonian state of Rondônia, near the Bolivian border.

Days after signing the decree, Bolsonaro tweeted a video clip of another one of his ministers who argued in a cable news interview that many of the existing Indigenous reserves were established using fraudulent documents, and called the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “spurious” and “treasonous.”
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Two comments on the Green New Deal

1. New York Times: The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Look Like

It is a technological exoskeleton for the species. Everything most of us do, we do through it: calling our parents, getting to work, moving for a job, taking the family on vacation, finding food for the evening or staying warm in a polar vortex.

Since environmental policy can happen only through economic policy, there is no avoiding decisions about what sorts of work there will be, and in which industries. It’s unsettling, but maybe a little less so when you consider that we’ve been doing it all along, usually without owning up to it.

To the left of the Green New Deal, there will be louder calls to nationalize fossil fuels in order to leave them in the ground. (A carbon tax would be compatible with any of these visions, depending on who paid it and how the revenues were spent.)
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TVA to close coal-fired plant

he decision could put 131 people out of work and will affect an additional 135 people who work in nearby coal mines that supply the plant, including one owned by a major Drumpf campaign donor.

"It is not about coal. This decision is about economics," TVA CEO Bill Johnson said. "It's about keeping rates as low as feasible."

Good luck! I already thought they were trying to derange a benevolent agenda. Good to know that they used it to show the real face of capitalism. ;-)

The decision continues the TVA's trend of retiring its aging coal-fired power plants in favor of cheaper and cleaner energy sources, including natural gas. In December, amid heavy rains and several plant outages, the TVA supplied more power from hydroelectricity and renewables than coal for the first time since the 1950s.
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#PresidentTrump wants Billions back from California! \o/

#GEOTUS #DonaldTrump #POTUS #Donald #Trump #Commiefornia #California #waste #environmentalism #BulletTrain #illegalAliens

Zur Opposition der Klimaschützer

Die Linken sollten sich den Ökodiktatur-Vorwurf der Rechten endlich zu eigen machen, statt ihn ängstlich zu widerlegen: Ja bitte! Wir stehen dazu! Denn es steht nichts weniger als „der Planet“ auf dem Spiel.

Wir können die Aktivitäten der heutigen Klimabewegung und ihrer parlamentarischen und regierungsamtlichen Fürsprecher nicht als bereits in Entfaltung begriffene Öko-Diktatur disqualifizieren. Dafür nämlich ist die real existierende Umweltpolitik viel zu inkonsistent, die Akteursgruppen viel zu fragmentiert; teilweise widersprechen die Akteure sich gegenseitig, obwohl sie sich im Konsens über das Ziel des Klimaschutzes befinden.

Tempolimit-Befürworter führen plausible wissenschaftliche Argumente für ihre Position an, verhalten sich also gar nicht diktatorisch, sondern einfach nur rational, während die Gegner des Tempolimits im Namen höherer Interessen – der Freiheit an sich – zu sprechen vorgeben; beide ... Show more...

There's no such thing as a "doctored" Green New Deal**

Ocasio-Cortez was roundly criticized last week for proposals in the Green New Deal, which she sponsored, that included eliminating all air travel and the government paying people who are "unwilling to work."

“There’s a case to be made that the criticism about ending airplanes and cows was a stretch to begin with, since the resolution didn’t mention any of that and the FAQs were not definitive on those points,” Rizzo wrote in the Post.

"That’s like citing the foxes to fact-check the hens. Here’s 4 Geppettos for your contested Pinocchios," Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter not long after the fact-check was published.

And if you would like to read the bill yourself: Here's the link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text

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On the farm of generian animals

Leshko’s photographs, collected in her book Allowed To Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries, are of old and often rather weather-beaten farm animals. You need a bit of a nudge before you see what’s unusual about them – ie they are old, whereas most farm animals are dispatched to the abattoir in their youth (and in many cases in their infancy).

A few, like the 28-year-old Appaloosa horse Buddy, have been donated when owners became unable to care for them – in Buddy’s case, painful iritis meant he had to have his eyes removed, and he needed expert care to help him get used to his blindness.

Animal products may be ubiquitous, but farm animals themselves are fairly invisible, and I’m hoping people who read the book might stop to consider these animals’ lives and recognise that they’re individuals, not commodities; that they are sentient, and have unique personalities and emotions.”

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Pelosi as the leader of the Democrats' downfall

Pelosi knows that AOC is a rising national power -- particularly among the most activist and liberal left. Given Ocasio-Cortez's profile -- and her influence among young, liberal members -- Pelosi knows she can't just ignore what the New York Democrat says and does. But she isn't going to kowtow to AOC either.

Very junior members don't have any expectation that the leadership will take up their pet issue or cause or legislation. That Ocasio-Cortez has millions of Twitter followers matters something close to not at all in Pelosi's decision-making on how to proceed on climate change legislation.

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CSU und [Verkehrsminister]Scheuer sehen Zukunft in fossilen Brennstoffen

Auch synthetische Kraftstoffe und Wasserstoff könnten künftig eine größere Rolle spielen, meinte Scheuer. BMW-Chef Krüger sagte, in China und vielen anderen Ländern werde sich das Batterie-Auto durchsetzen.

"könnten"... Nur haben sie halt keine ausdrucksstarke Lobby...

Die Nachfrage nach Diesel-Fahrzeugen in Deutschland sinkt – unter anderem wegen bereits bestehender sowie drohender Fahrverbote in mehreren Städten. Die Auto-Industrie benötigt allerdings die Diesel-Technologie vorerst, um die Klimavorgaben der EU zu erfüllen.

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Himalayan glaciers going to melt due to global warming

Such a catastrophic melt would disrupt the flow of Asian rivers, which are a crucial resource for crops for billions of people in China, India and six other countries.

Prepared over a five-year period with contributions from more than 350 researchers, the report is the first "to lay down in definitive detail the region’s critical importance to the well-being of billions and its alarming vulnerability, especially in the face of climate change,” said David Molden, director general of the development group that published the study.

#EastAsia #Himalaya #FarEast #China #News #Environment #Environmentalism #Glacier #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #FossilFuels

Green New Deal might not be as radical as predicted

_Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are expected to introduce a resolution outlining elements of the plan within days, which will include a goal for eliminating the U.S. carbon footprint by 2030, according to multiple sources.__

_Ocasio-Cortez's office said the plan's goal is still to act quickly on climate change with a range of technologies, though allowing fossil fuels to persist is “not what we’re shooting for,” spokesperson Corbin Trent said.

“It names the problem,” Das said of the forthcoming proposal. “It sort of sets ambitious goals as a resolution, but it’s left for the parties to fill in the gaps and the experts to come.”

#US #USA #Democrats #BlueWave #GreenNewDeal #DemSoc #DemocraticSocialism #AOC #OcasioCortez #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #News #Politics #Environment #Environmentalism

Trump firmly insists declaring David Bernhardt new interior secretary

“David has done a fantastic job from the day he arrived, and we look forward to having his nomination officially confirmed,” Drumpf said on Twitter.

The Interior Department, which employs more than 70,000 people and oversees more than 20 percent of the U.S. land surface, has been central to Drumpf’s “energy dominance” policy of boosting energy production.

Critics say Bernhardt’s previous work as a lobbyist could risk conflicts of interest, unless he recuses himself from certain issues, because he worked for companies that could benefit by opening up lands to development.

#Trump #DonaldTrump #Us #USA #News #Politics #MinisterOfInterior #MinistryOfInferior #Zinke #RyanZinke #Bernhardt #DavidBernhardt #Lobbyism #FossilFuel #Archaic #Environment #Environmentalism

#EPA going to continue meetings with industry under Wheeler leadership

Wheeler held or attended more than 50 meetings with representatives of companies or industry groups regulated by the EPA between April and August of last year, including a company he previously lobbied for, a CNN review of his internal schedules found. He met with three nonprofit environmental groups during that time.

Wheeler's calendars show he held meetings with lobbyists or executives from companies such as oil giant BP, electricity company Duke Energy, agriculture corporation Monsanto, petroleum refiner HollyFrontier and others.

The three non-governmental environmental groups that Wheeler's schedules included are National Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

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On the Amanita Phalloides, aka «death cap»

As he shook the mushroom free of its soil and added it to the others he’d lined up on a sheet of wax paper, he surveyed the collection and said, “Enough here to kill an entire Catholic school.”

The first serious poisoning in British Columbia was reported in 2003, and another occurred in 2008. Both victims survived. Then, in 2016, a 3-year-old boy from Victoria died after eating mushrooms found outside an apartment complex. Kroeger thought he had anticipated the worst, but he was not prepared, he said, “for a wee child to die.”

“When the liver starts to fail, you see bleeding disorders, brain swelling, multi-organ failure. It’s very, very rough,” she said.

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Interview mit der Klimaaktivistin Greta Thunberg

Die meisten Erwachsenen sind sich nicht bewusst, wie schwerwiegend die Klimakrise ist. Sie wissen, dass sich etwas verändert, aber sie wissen nicht genau, welche Folgen der Klimawandel haben wird. Die Erwachsenen müssen erkennen, dass sie die Zukunft ihrer Kinder und der Generationen danach aufs Spiel setzen, wenn sie so weiter machen. So lange das nicht passiert und wir keinen öffentlichen Druck ausüben, werden die Politiker das Thema weiter ignorieren.

Ich höre diesen Menschen zu. Doch das hier ist ein Schwarz-Weiß-Thema: Entweder besteht unsere menschliche Zivilisation fort - oder nicht. Es gibt kein Grau, wenn es um unser Überleben geht.

Die meisten haben gar keine Argumente; sie attackieren mich wegen meines Erscheinungsbildes oder der Diagnose. Aber es ist ein gutes Zeichen, dass sie über mich schreiben und mich hassen. Denn das zeigt, dass sie mich als Bedrohung ansehen.

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Insane heat in Australia, polar vortex in the #US

For the first time since records began, the country’s mean temperature in January exceeded 30C (86F), according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), which said daily extremes – in some places just short of 50C – were unprecedented.

Climate change is the long-term driver. “The warming trend which has seen Australian temperatures increase by more than 1C in the last 100 years also contributed to the unusually warm conditions,” Watkins said.

Menindee in far-west NSW had four days in a row of temperatures above 47C. This was the site of December and January’s mass fish kills on the Darling River. Hundreds of thousands of native fish, including Murray cod, golden perch and bony bream, died around the Menindee weir. The authorities blamed “thermal stratification” as sudden shifts in temperature – first hot, then cold – caused algae blooms and choked the water of oxy... Show more...

Some people would even joke when death stood right before them

It's one thing to not know the difference between weather and climate, but it's a wholly different thing to not be able to tell the difference, being the president of the (formerly) mightiest nation in the world, and even making jokes about this incapability in charge. Seriously, we need to tell Mueller to hurry up and file charges against this bastard so that one can bring him behind bars and commence earlier elections so that we can draw measurements to prevent climate change from worsening.

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Murray Energy cuts ties with Andrew Wheeler as he officially enters #EPA

The country’s largest privately held coal producer, run by the bombastic coal baron Bob Murray, appears to have ended its relationship with Wheeler’s former lobbying firm, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, according to a lobbying termination notice buried last week in Politico Influence, a newsletter tracking K-Street contracts. The termination took effect at the end of last year.

“Murray Energy has cut out the middleman,” Judith Enck, a former administrator for the EPA region that includes New York and Puerto Rico, told HuffPost in an interview Monday. “They’ve got their pro-coal guy in the driver’s seat at the EPA.”

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