Commenti su Azienda agricola nel deserto coltiva 17000 tonnellate di cibo senza terreno fertile, pesticidi, combustibili fossili e acquedotti di Ginco   
17.000 Tonnellate: 20 ettari =850 Tonnellate a ettaro all' anno; 200.000.000 di dollari diviso 20 ettari= 10.000.000 a ettaro. Periodo di ammortamento 20 anni. 10.000.000 diviso venti anni =500.000 dollari all'anno, diviso 850 ton. = 588,2 dollari a tonnellata = 58,8 dollari al quintale, solo per l'ammortamento dei 200 milioni di dollari di investimento iniziale. Oggi tutti i cereali sono sotto i 50 euro al quintale. 17.000 tonnellate di che cibo? Si può sapere?
          Tulsa World editorial: Why is a California functionary deciding how your insurance money is used? - Tulsa World   

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Tulsa World editorial: Why is a California functionary deciding how your insurance money is used?
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined with 11 other attorneys general and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin in demanding that the California insurance commissioner stop pressing insurance companies to disclose fossil fuel investments and divest from ...

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          Fossil Fuels vs. The Public Interest   
The fossil fuel industry often pretends to have the public's best interests in mind. The operative word is "pretends."
          Australia Plans to be Carbon-Neutral by 2020.   
By means of a huge new installation of concentrating solar thermal (CST) and wind-power and the electrification of its transportation infrastructure, Australia plans to have a zero-carbon economy by 2020, hence zero-use of all fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil).
          Beyond Carbon Legislation: Energy Transition   
Never mind carbon emissions. That game cannot be won. What we can do is work towards replacing fossil fuels with renewables, transitioning from liquid fuels to electricity, and making the most of every last BTU.
          Lower Gas Prices to Help North Dakota Travel Soar this Memorial Day Weekend    
By ND Commerce Tourism Division
According to AAA, motorists traveling in North Dakota this Memorial Day weekend will likely pay the lowest gas prices in six years. This bodes well for the state’s travel industry, as a majority of visitors arrive by car. Nationally, weekend holiday travel volume in 2015 is expected be the highest it has been in 10 years.

While the state’s most popular destination, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, will no doubt draw thousands of eager visitors, a number of other new and unique attractions should also see an increase in visitation.

“We are excited for the summer travel season to really kick off with Memorial Day weekend,” North Dakota Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “It is the first major travel weekend of the summer and with gas prices as friendly as they are to travelers, we are expecting to have a great turnout, especially with some of the exciting new and one-time options North Dakota has going on this year.”

2015 Vietnam Memorial Exhibit at Fargo Air Museum – through June 1
This emotionally poignant collection has been largely unseen for the last 35 years and the Fargo Air Museum is proud to be its temporary home, particularly over Memorial Day. This exhibit includes Era-specific aircraft, military vehicles and memorabilia displays, including a rarely seen art exhibition from artist, author, teacher and 101st Airborne Division Vietnam veteran Jim Fletcher.

50th Anniversary of State Parks
There are 13 unique and exciting state parks across North Dakota, all celebrating the 50th anniversary of North Dakota Parks and Recreation this summer. Visitors can choose from fun on lakes, camping in tipis or yurts, hiking trails or enjoying some of the best birding in North America. The state’s oldest park, Fort Abraham Lincoln in Mandan, will host its official anniversary celebration on Monday, May 25. Learn more

State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck
Fully-opened in November of last year, the 2015 travel season marks the first major opportunity for the museum to show off its impressive exhibits to out-of-towners. The museum features four new galleries, including impressive fossil displays and a history of the people and innovation that have come from the region. Visitation has doubled as a result of the new gallery space and exhibits hosting 200,000 in less than a year. Learn more

Fishing
North Dakota’s fishing season never closes, meaning you have unlimited access to two of the best fishing lakes in the country. Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea are both known for outstanding walleye fishing, but anglers can also catch northern pike, sauger, salmon, smallmouth bass, perch and white bass. Learn more

For more information about events throughout Memorial Day weekend and North Dakota Tourism, visit: www.ndtourism.com or call 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663. 

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          Fossilien und viel Fachsimpelei (07.02.2017, Heinz Schmitz)   
Heute in der Zeitung eine Geschichte von Jens Höhner über unsere Aktivitäten:
Wolfgang Back und Heinz Schmitz senden aus dem Hobbykeller
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          London, July 6-9: Marxism 2017   

Come to Central London, UK, to join organizers, intellectuals, and activists in a 4-day political festival of ideas, discussions, debates, art, films, and music! Speakers will include Ian Angus, author of “Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System”…… | more…


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          Vendola: «La Puglia ha la macchina contro marea nera»   

articolo tratto dalla

"Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno"
 13 MAGGIO 2010
http://www.lagazzettadelmezzogiorno.it/GdM_dallapuglia_NOTIZIA_01.php?IDNotizia=334759&IDCategoria=1

BARI - La Puglia ha un macchinario utile per ripulire la chiazza 

di petrolio che si è riversata al largo del Golfo del Messico:
 lo scrive il presidente della Regione Puglia, Nichi Vendola,
 in una nota inviata al ministro degli Affari Esteri Franco Frattini,
 all’ambasciata italiana a Washington e all’ambasciatore Usa 
in Italia, mr David Thorne.

“La società Fluidotecnica Sanseverino, con sede a Bari 

- scrive Vendola – ha brevettato un macchinario, l’Olisep Cc 
Ecology, in grado di compiere una separazione netta tra l’acqua 
e tutti i fluidi inquinanti che galleggiano”.

Il macchinario “ha la funzione di assorbire ed eliminare – 

spiega ancora Vendola – le chiazze di olio che troppo spesso
 si depositano sulla superficie del mare e che derivano dalle 
attività di navi cisterna, piattaforme petrolifere e industrie, senza 
utilizzo di alcun additivo chimico”. L’apparecchiatura è stata già
 testata da grandi aziende ed è oggetto di interesse nelle zone 
di estrazione di idrocarburi fossili, come l’Oman e la Nigeria.

“L'intero distretto della meccanica della Puglia – scrive Vendola 

– intende mettersi a disposizione per realizzare il numero di 
macchinari necessari a ripulire interamente la chiazza di petrolio
 riversatasi in mare”. “Riteniamo che la proposta - aggiunge
 Vendola – possa costituire una valida alternativa all’utilizzo dei
 solventi chimici, pericolosi per il delicato equilibrio marino e 
comunque non risolutivi”.

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          Happy Birthday To Me!   
I was lucky enough to take a class with Tim last month where he taught several techniques using the new oxides inks. This was my tag using one of the techniques which we did in last night's class, Technique Tags Tim Holtz Style at The Craft Shack.  Can you tell my birthday is this month?

The background was done by layering Tim's yummy distress oxide inks.  Smoosh the inks on a craft mat, spritz with water, drag through the inks once & dry.  Then tap into the remaining ink, dry & repeat changing your ink if necessary or adding another color.  I probably did 15 layers because each layer only covers a small area at a time.  The key is drying between layers.  Remember Tim's advice...wet on dry layers, wet on wet blends & it can create mud!

The technique is lifting the background color using a stencil & water.  Spray the stencil with water, wipe the edges of the stencil to avoid having a large strip on the background.  Lay the stencil over the tag, using a paper towel press down & blot to absorb any water in the open area.  Lift the stencil off & quickly blot off the remaining water from the tag with the paper towel.  This will lift some of the color off the tag, leaving the image of the stencil!  Isn't that cool?

It's hard to see in the photo but I think the key is lots of water on the stencil & blotting right after lifting the stencil off the tag.  Hope you give it a try!  Oh & how about that fluffy bow?  TFL!


SUPPLIES:  Surfaces-#10 manilla craft tag; Inks-distress oxides (cracked pistachio, faded jeans, fossilized amber, peeled paint, spiced marmalade, wilted violet, worn lipstick, frayed burlap), cracked pistachio paint, frayed burlap distress inkpurple twilight alcohol inkjet black arrchival; Stencils-ornate & burlap; Stamps-wildflowerscalendar 1, mini worn text, handwritten sentiments, classics #3; Misc-remnant rubsmirrored starscrinkle ribbontiny attacherclippings stickerstyped tokensdistress sprayermini blending tool.
          Grateful - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - November 2016   
Last night my friends & I got together at The Craft Shack to do Tim's November tag.  I thought it was going to be a quick one but there were a lot of steps & we loved doing every one of them!! 

After reading over both techniques, I decided to start with Technique 2 - Dimensional Coloring which is from November 2015  I thought it would be easier to make the additions to the tag first so we'd know where to place the rubs.  The maple leaf is from Autumn Blueprints stamp set using distress markers (rusty hinge, wild honey, fired brick, candied apple & carved pumpkin).  I blended the colors a bit too much so you wouldn't think I use that many colors but I do love how it turned out! Because I have a wonderful life, I decided to use the word "grateful" die cut with Tim's 1" Alpha/Numeric die set (love all the letters this set has)!  I used a #10 manila tag & the word was a little wider than the tag but I think it adds some nice dimension.  It's held on the corrugated with the smaller hex fasteners. 

Technique #1 Remnant Rub Resist is from May 2013 & is something I'll definitely do on future projects.  I used botanical remnant rubs & peeled paint, dusty concord, victorian velvet, fossilized amber & carved pumpkin stains.

I tied a dark red jute from my stash onto a quote band & added it using my tiny attacher.  I used carved pumpkin, candied apple & peeled paint stains on the crinkle ribbon & I kinda of "muddied" it up but it does look like fall. 

Only one more tag left this year & I can't wait to see what Tim has in store for us!  TFL! 


          Is Energy 'Dominance' the Right Goal for US Policy?   
Oil rig pumpjack
By Daniel Raimi, University of Michigan

In recent weeks, a new energy buzzword has taken flight from Washington, D.C., making stops in Alaska, North Dakota, Texas, Utah and more: “American energy dominance.” Taking a cue from a 2016 speech by then-candidate Donald Trump, top federal officials including Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have begun to trumpet the notion of energy “dominance.”

Although no Cabinet official has offered a precise definition, it’s a recurring theme in a set of administration events organized around energy policy, including a speech by Trump emphasizing exports of coal, natural gas, and oil.

So what does this new energy catchphrase mean, and how should we think about it?


          Atlantis represents the pre-flood world that now lies beneath the waves.   
That's why we don't find any human fossils, because they're all under the sea.

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          Report: Divestment of Pensions Could Cost Trillions   

New report finds fossil fuel divestment would cost the nation’s top 11 pension funds up to $4.9 trillion over the long term WASHINGTON, D.C. (JUNE 7, 2017) – A first of its kind study finds public pension funds could lose trillions of dollars if they...

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          RENDEZ-VOUS - Distance 12" EP - €13.00   
AV!041 RENDEZ-VOUS Distance 12" EP (2016) A1. Distance A2. Workout A3. Foreseen Death B1. Euroshima B2. Demian B3. Ignorance & Cruelty It was more than a year ago, in the grey parisian midst that we discovered the first EP of a group that we couldn't ignore any longer, Rendez-Vous. The band's first track «The Others» was heard like a traveling echo in the capital. The 4 piece band was then discovered like a secret longing to be kept, but in vain. While the expectance were heavy on the band, they kept their distance with the outside and focused on the music. So for a while they hibernated in a cave in Bastille that became the core and inspired the corrosive sound of this second EP «Distance». The mixing was entrusted to Ben Greenberg, singer and bassist of The Men also producer of Destruction Unit, Beach Fossils and other Sacred Bones Record artists. The result is a six track EP that sounds closer to the vision of the band. Supported by a procession of ghosts like Fad Gadget's, Sad Lovers and Giants, the Dance Society's or Nitzer Ebb's ones, that the band resurfaces from the underground ready to shake the dead. The EP is like a heartbreaking beautiful reunion, which is mostly the case with the best rendez-vous. Distance is out April 28 on 12" vinyl EP & digital.
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          EU Ocean Wind Now Beats Fossils W/O Supports   
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          Comment on Dash-Cam Outtake: Subaru E12 and Lincoln Continental Mark V – chalk and cheese by Snoopy Chrysler   
I still love the V, along with the III, IV, and VII. They're stylish, cool and a kick to drive. I've a Quebec "smogged" '73, and its never let me down. I added a solar strip on the dash, and hooked it to the electrical system. This way, I won't have a dead battery on either cold or hot days, plus I've made it fuel efficient, and I use it on weekends and regional trips. It's also flex-fuel, meaning I can run it on an Ethanol blend which doesn't age the engine like that disgusting Fossil Fuels do. See? I can be green AND be a big car lover too.
          Finance Manager - BFC Bank Limited - London E14   
IT/Finance project work including integration of Fossil with Olympic (core banking application) is a prerequisite.... £40,000 - £55,000 a year
From Indeed - Wed, 31 May 2017 11:36:47 GMT - View all London E14 jobs
          Nano Minerals Part 2 | Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast - Podcast #111   
When gold and platinum-group metals are transformed into the monatomic state, a fine white powder is produced. This substance was used by pharaohs and kings of the ancient world. It was also part of the secret knowledge of mediaeval alchemy and the Knights Templar. Research on this has been forging ahead, and some amazing properties of high-spin monatomic elements have now been scientifically confirmed. This has huge and potentially revolutionary implications. Humanity now has within its reach a potential cure for cancer without drugs or surgery, an environment-friendly alternative to fossil fuels, a means to transform human consciousness, the possibility of low or zero-gravity flight, space travel by manipulation of space-time, and access to other dimensions (which scientists have now proved to be real). Each week Martin Pytela and Scott Paton discuss Holistic principles for healthy living. Life Enthusiast Co-op is built on over 25 years in study, health consultations and market research in the field of holistic and alternative medicine. We deliver solid time tested expertise. We are in this business not for the money, but for the passion, we have for sharing with others what we had to learn the hard way, through experience. We focus on high quality, innovative holistic solutions. Length: 31:00 Go to iTunes and review our podcast: iTunes Life Enthusiast Reviews and 5 star ratings <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
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          Description of gravity cores from San Pablo Bay and Carquinez Strait, San Francisco Bay, California   

Seventy-two gravity cores were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1990, 1991, and 2000 from San Pablo Bay and Carquinez Strait, California. The gravity cores collected within San Pablo Bay contain bioturbated laminated silts and sandy clays, whole and broken bivalve shells (mostly mussels), fossil tube structures, and fine-grained plant or wood fragments. Gravity cores from the channel wall of Carquinez Strait east of San Pablo Bay consist of sand and clay layers, whole and broken bivalve shells (less than in San Pablo Bay), trace fossil tubes, and minute fragments of plant material.


          Younger-Dryas cooling and sea-ice feedbacks were prominent features of the Pleistocene-Holocene transition in Arctic Alaska   

Declining sea-ice extent is currently amplifying climate warming in the Arctic. Instrumental records at high latitudes are too short-term to provide sufficient historical context for these trends, so paleoclimate archives are needed to better understand the functioning of the sea ice-albedo feedback. Here we use the oxygen isotope values of wood cellulose in living and sub-fossil willow shrubs (δ18Owc) (Salix spp.) that have been radiocarbon-dated (14C) to produce a multi-millennial record of climatic change on Alaska's North Slope during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition (13,500–7500 calibrated 14C years before present; 13.5–7.5 ka). We first analyzed the spatial and temporal patterns of δ18Owc in living willows growing at upland sites and found that over the last 30 years δ18Owc values in individual growth rings correlate with local summer temperature and inter-annual variations in summer sea-ice extent. Deglacial δ18Owcvalues from 145 samples of subfossil willows clearly record the Allerød warm period (∼13.2 ka), the Younger Dryas cold period (12.9–11.7 ka), and the Holocene Thermal Maximum (11.7–9.0 ka). The magnitudes of isotopic changes over these rapid climate oscillations were ∼4.5‰, which is about 60% of the differences in δ18Owc between those willows growing during the last glacial period and today. Modeling of isotope-precipitation relationships based on Rayleigh distillation processes suggests that during the Younger Dryas these large shifts in δ18Owc values were caused by interactions between local temperature and changes in evaporative moisture sources, the latter controlled by seaice extent in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea. Based on these results and on the effects that sea-ice have on climate today, we infer that ocean-derived feedbacks amplified temperature changes and enhanced precipitation in coastal regions of Arctic Alaska during warm times in the past. Today, isotope values in willows on the North Slope of Alaska are similar to those growing during the warmest times of the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, which were times of widespread permafrost thaw and striking ecological changes.


          Biggest Banks Fueling Climate Disaster With Billions Poured Into "Extreme Fossil Fuels"   
Rainforest Action Network, Banking on Climate Change report, carbon emissions, keep it in the ground, funding climate change, bank boycott

"To keep the planet under 1.5 degrees of global warming and stop human rights violations, banks must stop financing extreme fossil fuels. Our planet just can't take it."


          L'étrange fossile de Darwin enfin identifié grâce à son ADN   
Une sorte de gros lama à trompe a longtemps prospéré en Patagonie puis a disparu, avec d'autres cousins, durant la dernière période glaciaire. Depuis leur découverte par Darwin, ces ongulés sud-américains ont déconcerté les taxinomistes. Des chercheurs ont enfin pu analyser un peu d'ADN d'un...
          re: Grimlock Rises In Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Teaser Trailer   
HELL TO THE YEAH WITH THE GRIMLOCK LOVE!!!!! Does it make sense based on the games premise and position in the timeline? No. Do I care? Not in the least, I get to play as Grimlock at some point, I'm happy. Seeing Jazz in there too gives me a smile. Couldn't believe he was missing from the last games campaigns. Multiplayers fine but I wanted him present in story. Cybertron was beautifully realized in War for Cybertron and I can't wait to see what they've added to the backgrounds. The OCD in me however is making me write this: Grimlock and the Dinobots in cartoon has already been gone over (look it up). In the comics it's much better, in the Marvel era the Dinobots and Shockwave got into a fight over prehistoric earth sometime before the Transformers crashed and wound up in suspended animation in that volcano in Washington. When they were found and revived the computer fixed them and used fossil bones to recreate an alt mode for earth. The IDW Continuity is a much better version of this story. The Dynobots were the guys who worked autonomously from the rest of the Autobots. They were humiliated by Shockwave who destroyed a huge energon cache they were defending, they followed him to prehistoric earth where he was seeding the planet with Energon in order to establish multiple planets that could provide energon (shockwave was planning ahead). The radiation of the early earth was too much and (like Beast Wars) threatened to send the Cybertonians into Stasis lock so they chose an organic skin based on the indigenous animals at that time. They attacked, the organic skin was blasted off and just before the Dynbots went into stasis lock they blew up Shockwave's ship and sent it crashing into him. Long story short, Grimlock as a earth dinosaur is way much more exciting than if he was the Cybertronian tank that he was. Again, DINOBOTS!!!!!!

          Toni Vary, a Café Musician   


Remember that time we went to...?
What was the name of that place?
Wasn't he grandpa's uncle's cousin's son?
Oh, yes, I remember now!

Why does someone save an old postcard?
How can such small photos
retain a magical power
that compels a person to preserve it?
What mysterious voice
gives it this seductive charm?
A kind of siren's call that whispers,
"Save me! Protect me!"
forcing the possessor to entomb this paper relic
into some shoe box or desk drawer.  

These are questions I often think about
as I search the websites of postcard dealers.
And the only answer that makes sense to me
is memory,

because I collect the ephemera,
the talismans, the amulets
of forgotten people's memories.



So skipping over why I would collect it,
why would someone save a photo postcard
of a smiling young man in a bowler hat?

Because he was once someone's sweetheart.

Michen's Liebling!
~

Michen's Darling!







The postcard was mailed on 29 November 1909
from Tilsit in East Prussia,
now known as Sovetsk, in the Russian oblast of Klaliningrad.
A non-postal souvenir stamp
of Tilsit's Deutsche Strasse, and Deutsche Kirche.
was affixed to the front photo.
One hundred years on, in this Russian enclave
of the Baltic States,
bordered by Lithuania and Poland,
the German population
has now nearly vanished. 

It was addressed to:
Freulein (sic) Minchen Hamacher
of Grefeld, Rheinl. (Krefeld, Germany)

                     Tilsit 29.11.09
Deine liebe karte mit bestem
Dank erhalten bin aber ganz
erstaunt, dasschau(?) mich nicht
mehr wiedersehen wilst pc s! (?)
jedoch, deshalb grüsst dich
erst recht der umseitig abgebildete
Mann.
Abs. Toni Vary   Deutschland postl.
~
Your love card received
with great thanks but am quite amazed,
(?) no longer
see me  again wilst pc s! (?)
However, that is why
the man pictured on the other side greets you.

Toni Vary

{better translations or corrections always welcome} 



The young man with the pencil mustache and wide grin was a violinist with the Original Schrammel Quartet „Fidele Geister or „Jolly Spirits”.  He and his fellow musicians, Mich'l Hüsten on accordion, Sepp'l Pessi on contraguitar, and Franz Helige on 2nd violin appeared on a promotional postcard for their group. They were available as first class artists, playing Schrammelmusik, a Viennese style of lighthearted instrumental music popular in cafés, restaurants, taverns, and wine gardens. The contraguitar, a kind of harp guitar with an added neck and mulitple strings, provided the basso continuo accompaniment to the more melodic voices of the violins.












The postcard was never mailed and is otherwise unmarked
except for a stamped imprint of the:

Orig. Schrammel'n
Toni Vary
„D'Deutschmeister”




It seems that Toni Vary was the leader of the quartet. On another postcard D' fidelen Geister posed in their traveling clothes, instruments in cases, as they get ready to board a train to their next gig..




Neither of these cards has a postmark but Toni seems about the same age 19-21, maybe even a bit younger, as he was in the first photo card of 1909.

Let's pause to have the Philharmonia Schrammeln Wien play some typical Schrammelmusik.  

***


***





A few years later, Toni Vary moved up to a elite level of salon music, changing from a quartet to a trio. Exchanging his casual Schrammelmusik folk costume for a formal white tie and evening jacket. he stands in the center without his violin, holding just a roll of music. The two other men do not have instruments but the one on the right resembles the accordionist Mich'l Hüsten from the Fidele Geister quartet. The gentleman on the left might be a cellist or a pianist.





The postcard has a printed caption on the front:

Salon–Terzett  Toni Vary





The postcard was sent from Cöln, an archaic spelling of Köln, Germany
on 6.2.12 – 6th February 1912.  




By a curious coincidence,
it was sent to Herrn Hermann Hamacher of Willich, Germany
which is just 10 km from Krefeld, the address for Minchen Hamacher.
The handwriting is very different
so I was unable to decipher the message,
but I believe the name Minchen, a diminutive of Wilhelmina,
is written in the center.
Is there a connection?



But before we answer that
let's reconsider my theme.
Why would anyone save an old faded blue postcard,
an image of three men in formal wear,
that's not even a real photo, but a half-tone print?

A century later,
after two catastrophic wars,
after divided nations,
after redrawn borders,
it's now secure
in a binder of similar postcards
on a bookshelf in my studio.
Yet in this long tumult of history,
how did these simple paper postcards manage to survive? 

Memory is a powerful force.





So why on earth
would I want to have
these postcards in my collection?





Because Toni Vary once worked with
a second violin who was a very unique musician,

a woman of color.








She is seated to his left, dressed in a frilly white blouse with embroidered vest and shiny satin pantaloons. She has a violin resting in her lap. Her costume is a folk style not unlike the female musicians of Eastern European musical ensembles from Croatia, Hungary, or Romania. Except that her complexion is distinctly darker. Surely she is not originally from a European race but is of African descent. How/why/when did she get into this little band with Toni Vary? 





Seven musicians pose in a photographer's studio, five men and two women. The men wear fancy military style band uniforms with embroidered cuffs and button braid. One man has a snare drum, another a trombone, another a double bass, and one is without instrument. The second woman is of middlish age, a bit stout, and dressed in a vaguely European folk fashion that matches the violinist. She holds a roll of music, the symbol for the piano player. Toni Vary sits in center front with his violin.

It's a photo postcard of a musical group that resembles countless other small ensembles that played in Europe's salons, restaurants, and cafés in the years before World War One. The striking difference is that one musician is a woman of color. How she got there remains a mystery.

The postcard has no marks, not even a printing logo, so I can't definitively say that it is Toni Vary's orchestra. Unfortunately I've lost the original proof which was a sale listing of the same photo which included a caption with Vary's name. But I am confident it is the same man. It's what made me go look for more corroboration. It's what made me wonder how ephemera like this gets preserved. 








This postcard is a promotional portrait of Toni Vary with violin. A typical artist's publicity shot with his name angled into the lower corner. The half-tone print has faded so I've improved the contrast. The brown color of the cheap rag stock paper is typical of postcards made during the war years.





There is no postmark
but the words
Wien Schrammel Musik
Klavier & Violine

are written in the upper right corner

And curiously the address reads:
Willich 
c/ Krefeld


The handwriting looks very similar
to the writing on the blue postcard.
Another connection?








Once upon a time,
music was a common color of urban life.
It added a dimension of sound
to a stroll in the park,
to an afternoon tea at the café,
to a evening supper after the theater.
Toni Vary's orchestra was part of that musical culture.






Here he stands on a small stage leading a chamber orchestra of seven other musicians. On the left are some string players and on the right is a flutist, a drummer, and another obscured instrument. The violinist seated just left of Vary looks like the uniformed musician standing without instrument in the septet photo. Behind Vary is a large cabinet stacked with music. In front of the stage's wooden rail are restaurant tables and chairs, and the walls are lavishly decorated. This is no cheap beer hall, but a proper high class establishment.

The postcard's back has a penciled note,  

Orchester Toni Vary im Café Grosse, Frankfurt/Main


There is no date but it's likely the photo was taken during the war years. Even though the German public endured many hardships, there was always live music in German restaurants and theaters throughout 1914-1918. Toni Vary must have been very popular there as in October 1919, nearly a year after the war ended, Café Grosse honored him with a special postcard commemorating his 350th concert at the restaurant.



Sonnabend, Den 4. OKTOBER 1919,
8 UHR Abends
Ehren = Abend
für den beliebten, genialen Geiger
nd Dirigenten Herrn Kapellmeister

TONI VARY
anläklich seines 350ten Konzerts im

CAFÉ GROSSE

Toni Varz wird an diesem Tage mit
seinem verstärkten Künstler Orchester dem
hochverehrten Publikum und Stammgästen
einen besonders genukreichen
Abend bereiten
 
Weinzwang
Besondere Getränke Karte liegt auf.
Tischbestellungen beim geschäftsführenden
Herrn Direktor, den Kellnern und am Büffet
Die Direktion
~
Saturday, the 4th October 1919
8 o'clock in the evening
Honorary evening
for the popular, brilliant violinist
and conductor Mr. Kapellmeister

TONI VARY

On the occasion of his 350th concert at

CAFÉ GROSSE

On this day Toni Varz
will be presenting a special
genius evening to the
highly esteemed audience and guests.
Wine order required
Table orders with the managing director,
the waiters and the buffet


It was a special delight to discover this bit of ephemera showing that my musician had made it beyond the devastating years of war, and the tragic Great Influenza epidemic too. The fortunes of war can be good and bad, so the implication of his 350 concerts means that for much of 1918 if not earlier, Toni Vary was playing at the Café Grosse in Frankfurt. Though it's very likely that he did army service during the war, with his talent Vary may have been assigned to a military band or orchestra. Yet even those units were not entirely safe from incurring casualties.




* * *



We started with Toni Vary's story in 1909, jumped to 1919, and now enter a fog of time. For most of the photos in my collection there is just a single moment of a camera's shutter. Sometimes I find a few more that let me measure time in years, but rarely a decade, and never more. Yet somehow the magic of memory shields ephemera from harm. Eventually a postcard dealer puts it up for sale with enough description that a photo sleuth like me can find it on the internet. 


Now we jump ahead two decades to April 1939. 




It's a modern collage of photos making a promotional postcard. A violinist in white tie and tails stands on one side, four vignettes of women's faces on the other, a pile of musical instruments – drum set, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, accordion. The caption reads:


Toni Vary
mit seinen Künstlerinnen

~
Toni Vary
with his artists (female)









The card was posted from Iserlohn, Germany and addressed to:
Café u.Konditorei
GROSSE
Steckenberg/Harz


The message is typewritten. 

Iserlohn, 26.4.39
Sehr geehrte Direktion!
Freitag 1. Juni erstklassiges Trio
2 junge fesche Damen 1 Herr
mit hervorrangender Sängerin!!!
Lieder, Arien, Stimmungsgesang
beider Damen. ganz erstklassige
Musik bis schwerstes Konzert
u(nd) mod Tanz und Stimmungsmusik !
eleg(anz) Auftreten in schwarz und
grau. größtes Notenrepertoir.
arrangieren von dekorativen
Sonderabenden, gute Reklame!
überall prolongiert, Hier im
2. Monat. Refr. die Direktion.
Mit Deutschen Gruß
Toni Vary, Iserlohn i/Wwest
Haus Schulte"


~
Dear management!
Friday June 1st first-class trio
2 young ladies 1 Mr.
with outstanding singers!!!
Songs, arias, mood songs
of both ladies. Very first-class
music to the most difficult concert
and modern dance and mood music!
Elegance appearance in black and
gray. Largest musical repertoire.
Arranging decorative specials, good advertising!
Everywhere prolonged, Here in the
2nd month. Refr. the direction.
          With German greeting
Toni Vary,
Iserlohn i/Wwest
          Haus Schulte"


Four months later
on September 1st, 1939
Germany invades Poland
and another Great War begins.




This is a story with only questions
and no real answers.
Each postcard was found separately
over several years from different dealers.
The coincidences seem as remarkable to me
as a paleontologist finding rare fossils
in unexpected geological stratas. 

I don't know if Toni Vary survived
the terrible storm that we know will
soon envelope all of Europe.
And I really know nothing at all
about his life or his family.
His music making is just a guess. 
Did he ever perform in British music halls?
Did he have a favorite café in Wien?
Did he ever learn to play
American jazz music on his violin?
Answers to these questions are locked up in time.

Yet we do know something about Toni Vary.
He was a talented musician
who looked pretty sharp in a white tie and tailcoat.
And he once played music in a Viennese style
with a female African-German violinist.
And once long ago he was Minchen's Liebling!
 
The rest belongs to memory.



* * *



For a coda I offer a video of
the Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln
playing in a café for an old woman
who knows a thing or two about the power of memory.


***


***











This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
where you can always find something good on the menu.

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2017/05/sepia-saturday-366-6th-may-2017.html





          Comment on Adani: trouble on all fronts by Ikonoclast   
<a href="#comment-279923" rel="nofollow">@Simon Fowler </a> Thanks for the insightful comments. I did write of "genuine democratic socialism, or a collapse into barbarism and environmental catastrophe." I do apprehend both (category) possibilities and of course barbarism, anarchy etc. could be any of a thousand varieties and variants so this leaves open the many possibilities you talked about. The exact form of democratic socialism is open too and will be technologically and materially molded with feedbacks both ways as these factors interact with human biology and human agency. On the matter of categories, some categories may be binary. We create categories in an attempt to understand the world. Possibilities within these categories may be boundless. Hopefully, our categories are empirically based and pragmatically useful and not simply arbitrary. Historical moral advances hold out hope that we may make more advances. State-sanctioned slavery has been abolished or largely so. This was a great advance notwithstanding the fact that other forms of slavery still exist. Rather than a "moral slippery slope" existing (where we decline from some golden age - and how was that attained?), it seems a moral ramp exists which we can slowly climb up over the centuries. I haven't given up on true socialism yet. How that "moral ramp" might exist or be made and be made operative is outside this topic of course. But the trend away from monopolisable fossil fuels - existing in natural and hard to access "fuel dumps" - and a movement to ubiquitous sunlight, easy for all to access as an energy source, may have an intrinsic socialism-favouring element to it. The air and the sunlight may be the one commons which all people resist the enclosure of by "owners", by capitalists. The movement to becoming "prosumers", "producer-consumers" would appear to be a socialism-favouring development.
          Le guide du routard en géopolitique, de l'Empire ottoman à la Turquie   
Depuis des décennies, le Moyen-Orient est déchiré par des guerres incessantes. Du point de vue géopolitique, cette région est hautement stratégique de part sa richesse en matières premières fossiles. C'est la raison pour laquelle elle est martyrisée par l'occident avec comme chef de file les États-Unis d'Amérique. Ces derniers veulent en effet contrôler les zones riches en hydrocarbure ainsi que leurs voies d'acheminement. Plusieurs conflits sont actuellement en (...) - Tribune Libre / , , , , , , , ,

          Realistic Animal Sculptor - Themed Concepts - Forest Lake, MN   
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          COP19: le financement de la lutte contre le changement climatique plonge les pays pauvres dans l’incertitude   
Français

Selon Oxfam, face au manque de transparence et à l’opacité des méthodes comptables utilisées par les pays développés, les pays en développement peinent à comprendre quels seront les financements disponibles pour lutter contre le changement climatique.

Oxfam a analysé les montants que les principaux bailleurs de fonds soutenant la lutte contre le changement climatique se sont engagés à verser entre 2013 (soit la fin de la période des financements précoces) et 2015. Les négociations des Nations unies sur le climat s’ouvrent aujourd’hui en Pologne et le financement de la lutte contre le changement climatique est un point majeur au programme.

« Les pays riches doivent indiquer clairement aux pays pauvres sur quelles sommes ces derniers peuvent compter, dès à présent et dans les années à venir, pour financer leurs efforts d’adaptation au changement climatique et de réduction des émissions, insiste Kelly Dent, porte-parole d’Oxfam sur les questions climatiques. Face à l’incertitude qui se prolonge d’une année à l’autre, les pays vulnérables ne peuvent absolument pas prendre les mesures nécessaires pour protéger leurs citoyennes et citoyens. Cette opacité ne fera qu’entretenir la méfiance autour de la table des négociations. »

Ainsi, selon les analyses d’Oxfam :

  • 24 pays développés n’ont toujours pas confirmé les montants de leur aide au financement de la lutte contre le changement climatique pour cette année. Pire, les pays qui ont fourni au total 81 % des financements précoces n’ont pas encore annoncé le niveau de leurs engagements pour 2014. Un seul pays, le Royaume-Uni, a publié son plan de financement de la lutte contre le changement climatique en 2015.
     
  • Selon les estimations d’Oxfam, le total des contributions au financement de la lutte contre le changement climatique, déclarées par les pays développés en 2013, s’élève à 16,3 milliards de dollars. Cependant, le montant net pourrait en réalité approcher les 7,6 milliards, certains pays ayant pris en compte le montant total des prêts engagés alors qu’ils leur seront remboursés. Seuls 8,3 milliards ont été officiellement annoncés dans le cadre des négociations des Nations unies sur le climat, et de nombreuses inconnues demeurent sur les montants, d’autant plus que les pays incluent désormais des contributions non comptabilisées pendant la période des financements précoces. 
     
  • Ces montants de 7,6 et 16,3 milliards de dollars se situent très en-deçà des estimations minimales du coût de l’adaptation au changement climatique pour les pays en développement, la fourchette d’estimation allant de 27 à plus de 100 milliards de dollars. À titre de comparaison, entre 2005 et 2011, les pays développés ont dépensé de 55 à 90 milliards de dollars par an afin de subventionner les énergies fossiles. Autres exemples : les Pays-Bas consacrent 1 milliard d’euros par an pour protéger des inondations leurs zones côtières de faible élévation, et l’Australie prévoit de consacrer 12 milliards de dollars à son adaptation au risque de pénurie d’eau jusqu’en 2018.
     
  • Face à la complexité et l’opacité des méthodes comptables utilisées, il est impossible de comparer les derniers engagements avec ceux des années précédentes. Les financements de la plupart des pays semblent néanmoins stagner (ex. : Pays-Bas) ou diminuer (ex. : Suède). 
     
  • Au lieu de venir s’ajouter au financement de la lutte contre le changement climatique, beaucoup de ces fonds proviennent des budgets d’aide publique au développement ou des aides au développement en matière climatique qui ne sont pas essentiellement destinées à l’action pour le climat.

L’an dernier, à Doha, les pays développés se sont engagés à indiquer comment ils augmenteront leurs financements afin de mobiliser les 100 milliards de dollars par an promis à l’horizon 2020. Seuls les États-Unis, l’Union européenne, le Japon et la Nouvelle-Zélande ont respecté cet accord. Les informations soumises apportent toutefois plus de questions que de réponses et ne donnent pas l’assurance que ces 100 milliards de dollars se matérialiseront bien.

« Les pays riches protègent leurs territoires tout en continuant à investir massivement dans des énergies polluantes qui favorisent le changement climatique », déplore Kelly Dent.

« Il faut absolument plus de transparence, plus d’obligation de rendre des comptes et un plan qui définisse comment les pays vont accroître le financement de la lutte contre le changement climatique. On ne peut pas laisser les pays riches botter en touche cette question cruciale. S’ils le faisaient malgré tout, davantage de personnes encore souffriraient de la faim, l’augmentation des émissions aggraverait le changement climatique, et une nouvelle perte de confiance risquerait d’enterrer tout espoir de parvenir à un accord mondial sur le climat en 2015. »

Main picture: 
Personnes évacuées lors d'inondations en Inde, août 2012. Photo : Oxfam
Pull quotes: 
Les pays riches protègent leurs territoires tout en continuant à investir massivement dans des énergies polluantes qui favorisent le changement climatique.
Quotee's organisation: 
Porte-parole d’Oxfam sur les questions climatiques
Notes aux rédactions: 

* Les données figurant dans la note d’information d’Oxfam intitulée After the Fast Start: Climate finance in 2013 and beyond (en anglais uniquement) portent sur les pays développés qui ont annoncé des promesses de financement à Doha ou ont fourni une part importante des financements précoces entre 2010 et 2012.

* Les chiffres fournis sont basés sur les informations disponibles au moment de la publication.

* Suivez Oxfam aux négociations sur le climat sur @oxfamatcop et @Oxfam_fr

Contact: 

Pour une interview avec un ou une porte-parole d’Oxfam à Varsovie, contactez :

Georgette Thomas, attachée de presse Oxfam : gthomas@oxfam/org.uk ou +44 (0)7824 503108 @georgetteginn (à Varsovie du samedi 9 au mardi 12 novembre)

Anna Ratcliff : +44 (0) 7796 993 288 / anna.ratcliff@oxfaminternational.org @anna_ratcliff1 (à Varsovie du mardi 19 au samedi 23 novembre)

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Summary picture: 
Personnes évacuées lors d'inondations en Inde, août 2012. Photo : Oxfam
Quotee: 
Kelly Dent

          Ancient Gap-Toothed Whale Led to Evolution of Efficient Filter Feeding   
A new fossil find, named Coronodon havensteini, helps explain the unusual eating habits of the blue whale.

via Live Science http://ift.tt/2tbSjen
          La Macrauchenia patachonica è un antico mammifero classificato grazie a un'analisi genetica   
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Un articolo pubblicato sulla rivista "Nature Communications" descrive una ricerca genetica sulla Macrauchenia patachonica, un mammifero vissuto in Sud America tra 7 milioni e 20.000 anni fa. Un team di ricercatori è riuscito a prelevare DNA mitocondriale da un fossile scoperto nel sud del Cile e ha potuto confrontarlo con quello di altri mammiferi stabilendo che quelli imparentati più strettamente [...]

Autore: NetMassimo | Categoria: Scienza e Tecnologia | Voti: 8 - Commenti: 0
          2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #26   
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. 

Editor's Pick

Mission 2020: A new global strategy to ‘rapidly’ reduce carbon emissions

Carbon Crunch from Figueres et al 2017

Figure from Figueres et al. (2017)

In April, a new global initiative called Mission 2020 was launched by Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who oversaw the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change in late 2015.

The aim of Mission 2020 is to bring “new urgency” to the “global climate conversation” with a call to begin “rapidly declining” global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Today, in a co-authored commentary published in the journal Nature, Figueres sets out further details about Mission 2020’s six central calls to action. The commentary is endorsed by 61 signatories, which include climate scientists as well as a range of NGO, religious, political and business leaders. 

Mission 2020: A new global strategy to ‘rapidly’ reduce carbon emissions by Zeke Hausfather, Carbon Brief, June 28, 2017 


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          Permanent Impermanence, or How the Fudge Did That Fossilize?   
Imagine the weather turning to stone...

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

          Commentaires sur Énergie sans limite, la révolution de Trump par nibor   
@wakrap Chaque époque son arrogance et son ignorance des limites. Le crotin aurait pu être un problème si les énergies FOSSILES n'avaient pas supplanté le cheval. Rien pour supplanter les FOSSILES à ce jour. Les FOSSILES sont l'horizon indépassable, si vous voyez ce qu'il y a au delà, faites moi signe.
          Commentaires sur Énergie sans limite, la révolution de Trump par nibor   
@wakrap zéro est effectivement le point de départ énergétique dont nous devrons repartir lorsque les énergies fossiles seront épuisées.
          SciTech Connect   

Energy related full text technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data information from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Scienctific and Technical Information  and predecessor agencies the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Includes publicly available energy and energy related literature in the disciplines of biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, fission and nuclear technologies, fossil fuels, geosciences, materials, mathematics, computing, physics and more.


          Slate Natural Stone   
Slate is an exotic and unique natural stone. This earthy stone exudes warmth.... Sometimes plant fossils are

          Finance Manager - BFC Bank Limited - London E14   
IT/Finance project work including integration of Fossil with Olympic (core banking application) is a prerequisite.... £40,000 - £55,000 a year
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          Market forces will drive climate change efforts as US exits Paris agreement   

·         US exit from COP21 won’t impact climate protection efforts
·         UAE opportunity to lead Middle East in growing renewable energy infrastructure
·         Berlin Green Investment Summit gathers financial, scientific and political leaders
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 June 2017: Following the announcement by President Donald Trump that the United States will withdraw from the COP21 agreement, leading impact investor Jochen Wermuth, Founder and CIO of Wermuth Asset Management, has said that the move will not be detrimental to climate protection efforts. Speaking at the Berlin Green Investment Summitat the offices of the Tagesspiegel on 20 June, Wermuth said that market forces will dictate the path of climate change, following the strong growth and resulting competitiveness of renewable energy and electric vehicles.
The conditions for investment in renewable energy in the Middle East are healthy. The cost of solar energy in Dubai is now approximately USD 3 cents per kilowatt. Commitments have been made by leading Middle East countries, such as the UAE, to develop solar energy production. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, for example, is a USD 13 billion project that will produce 5 gigawatts of power once completed. As a project developed in the oil-rich UAE, this is a clear example that environmental sustainability is now increasingly high on the regional economic agenda.
The global cost of energy generation from wind and solar power has continued to fall and is now offered at less than $3cent/kWh, with which oil can only compete at a price below $5/barrel. Electric vehicles are competitive, with 250 million Chinese drivers now using 100% electric cars, scooters and bikes. Meanwhile, the cost of storage is also falling rapidly. In many developed markets, renewable energy is more competitively priced than fossil fuel alternatives without the support of government subsidies, and therefore an obvious choice for forward-thinking investors.
Fossil fuel subsidies, however, remain an issue. The health costs of burning a ton of CO2 (eg. through asthma, allergies and cancer) are estimated by the IMF to be around 60/ton of CO2, with global climate change costs of around 70/ton. The total cost amounts to around 130/ton, which is what Sweden, the fastest growing OECD economy for the past 20 years, charges for CO2 emissions. According to the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), the price of CO2 emissions is as low as 5/ton, with some estimates for the price of CO2 globally as low as negative 150/ton (subsidised). In May 2017, the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices, led by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Lord Nicholas Stern concluded that an immediate move to CO2 prices of at least €40-€70/ton is required to limit further misallocation of capital and to have a chance of reaching the Paris agreement’s target of no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming.
Jochen Wermuth commented:
“Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement is not the catastrophe it seems. Mega-trends in ever cheaper renewable energy, electric mobility and storage are well established and backed by their competitiveness. As recently as a year ago, such a decision could have been detrimental, now it simply means parts of the US will be left behind. The EU and China are leading the green industrial revolution and will assume global economic leadership. The economic case for moving into renewables before the carbon bubble bursts is well understood. Market forces are now climate change’s best friends. The world of fossil fuels is slowly coming to an end, and is set to become as outdated as an unreconstructed US president attempting to extend the life of America’s coal and oil industries.”
In investment terms, major global corporates, insurers, and other institutions have shown a growing appetite, and are delivering on commitments, to divest from fossil fuels. They realize that the financial risk associated with investment in exploration for oil, coal and gas is growing. The international Divest Invest programme, which establishes commitments to investing away from fossil fuels and into environmentally-friendly alternatives, calculates that over USD 5 trillion has been withdrawn from oil, gas and coal companies by institutional and private investors globally.
Wermuth continued:

"Resource-efficient and green power companies not only contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions, but are economically attractive and therefore offer profitable investment opportunities now and in the future. Investments in companies with established business models in the areas of resource efficiency, renewable energy and electro-mobility - whether through the purchase of shares or bonds, or private equity investments - will continue to grow in importance. In this context, growth stage private equity investment is key, as many companies in the emerging technologies space will be absent from stock markets for some time. The historical comparison is striking: the champions of the last industrial revolution - the Siemens, Rockefellers and JP Morgans - were not listed from inception, but all eventually took their place as champions, eventually replacing all but one of the constituents of the first Dow Jones Index, which had been made up mainly of steam engine railway companies. The upside potential of the green industrial revolution can therefore mainly be realised by investing in growth stage private equity, which will be of critical importance for asset allocation by institutional investors, not just for the returns it offers, but also for the strategic information new technologies and business models provide for other assets, such as bonds of oil-producing nations.”

          Government of Canada and FCM announce investment of $10.3 million for 11 sustainable municipal projects in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region   

Welland, ON — Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, today joined Clark Somerville, First Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), to announce a $10.3 million investment through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) in efforts to address climate change and environmental sustainability in communities throughout Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe region. This funding supports 11 different projects in communities including Caledon, Middlesex Centre, Peterborough, Markham, Waterloo, Kitchener, Hamilton, Niagara, Oshawa and Toronto.

The announcement was made today at Birchwood Place, a social housing facility for seniors in Niagara Region that was designed to achieve LEED® Silver Certification. The 67-unit structure, which incorporates geothermal heating and cooling, as well as energy efficiency and water conservation measures, demonstrates how a community, with the support of the FCM, can improve the quality of life of its citizens by making smart housing investments that reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Other projects announced today include a feasibility study for an affordable energy-neutral housing project and fire hall in Middlesex Centre; a field test that could lead to the diversion of 114 tonnes of textiles from municipal landfill in Markham; and an abandoned industrial site in Waterloo that now houses an energy-efficient maintenance facility for buses.

Municipalities play a key role in environmental protection, and the announced investments will lead to greener communities and a better quality of life for Canadians.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities works in partnership with the federal government to deliver meaningful change in communities across Canada. FCM’s Green Municipal Fund was established through a $550 million endowment from the federal government, and supports plans, studies, field tests and capital projects that address climate protection and sustainability. To date, the Green Municipal Fund has supported over 1,000 initiatives from coast to coast to coast.

QUOTES

“These projects demonstrate the excellent work being undertaken at the municipal level to promote green technology and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are proud to support initiatives that can inspire municipalities across the country to help make their communities more sustainable and provide a better quality of life for all Canadians.”

– Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre

“These projects prove beyond a doubt that collaboration brings positive change for our communities. The financing and knowledge provided by FCM’s Green Municipal Fund lay the foundations to build cities and communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.”

– Clark Somerville, FCM First Vice-President

The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.

 

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For more information:

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Maurice Gingues, Media Relations Advisor, Green Municipal Fund

Tel.: 613-907-6399 Fax: 613-244-1515

mgingues@fcm.ca

www.fcm.ca/gmf

 

Natural Resources Canada

Media Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
Tel.: 343-292-6100

 
PROJECTS:

Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Grand River Transit North Depot Expansion at 250 Strasburg Road, Kitchener Targeted LEED® Silver

 

Capital project
GMF grant: $500,000
GMF loan: $7,500,000

To meet the demands of a growing population, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo expanded its existing fleet from 162 to 250 buses. A new facility was built to maintain the larger fleet. The new 110,000-square-foot building incorporates several passive design features and energy-efficiency technologies. It was built with the objective of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification and actually achieved LEED Gold designation.

The project’s energy-efficient design and renewable energy production result in energy cost savings of 73.9 per cent when compared to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) reference building.

The expanded transit facility contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation. In addition, it allows the Municipality to improve its transit service, helping to meet its objective of a 17 per cent transit modal share by 2031, as identified in its Regional Transportation Master Plan.

 

QUOTE:

“In response to the Regional Council’s significant investments in public transit expansion, ridership on Grand River Transit (GRT) has more than doubled since the Region assumed responsibility for transit in 2000. We needed this new facility at our GRT North Depot to maintain our expanded fleet of 250 buses, and we are very proud of its green design and energy-efficient technologies which achieve the LEED Gold standard.”

Ken Seiling, Chair, Region of Waterloo

 

Niagara Regional Housing
Niagara Region’s First Social Housing LEED® Building
Capital project — Energy
GMF grant: $109,090
GMF loan: $1,090,910

To reduce the carbon footprint of community services, address social needs and generate cost savings, Niagara Regional Housing (NRH) partnered with the Regional Municipality of Niagara to build a new, energy-efficient (LEED Silver) social housing building for seniors.

The 67-unit structure incorporates geothermal heating and cooling, as well as energy efficiency and water conservation measures. The building is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

This project is an excellent demonstration of how municipalities and their partners can address the challenge of a growing need in social housing for seniors, while meeting their environmental goals, illustrated in this case by a 51 per cent energy reduction.

Through GMF case studies and other learning vehicles, all municipalities can learn and replicate Niagara’s achievements.

 

QUOTE

“Niagara Regional Housing’s first LEED certified building, Birchwood Place, is an example of how we are striving to improve our environmental footprint. We know that making sustainable development a top priority now will in turn have a lasting, positive impact on both tenants and the community as a whole. We are pleased to have this recognized through the funding received from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.”

Paul Grenier, Board Chair, Niagara Regional Housing

 

Peterborough Economic Development
Greater Peterborough Area Climate Change Plan (CCAP)
Plan
GMF grant: $175,000

Peterborough Economic Development is preparing a Climate Change Action Plan with Sustainable Peterborough, the informal collaborative that developed the Greater Peterborough Area’s Community Sustainability Plan.

Ten municipalities are participating: the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough, Selwyn Township, the Municipality of Trent Lakes, the Township of North Kawartha, the Township of Douro-Dummer, the Township of Asphodel-Norwood, the Township of Cavan Monaghan, the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan and the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen. The Curve Lake First Nation and the Hiawatha First Nation are also part of the collaborative.

The plan will contain goals, actions and greenhouse gas emissions targets that address the needs of each municipality and First Nation. The overall goal is to:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • reduce use of fossil fuels;
  • reduce energy consumption; and
  • adapt to Canada’s changing climate.

This initiative is an exciting example of how funding from FCM’s Green Municipal Fund can be combined with support from other sources. In this case, Ontario’s Trillium Foundation provided an additional $225,000 to the project.

QUOTES

"With a strategic plan that focuses on collaboration and innovation to create sustainable economic development and improve quality of life in the Peterborough region, Peterborough Economic Development is pleased to partner on this initiative for climate change and sustainable living.”

Tom Robinson, Vice-Chair, Peterborough Economic Development Board of Directors

"We are delighted to be a part of this timely initiative. Climate change is the most pressing global issue of our time, and we are proud to share in the advancement of an increasingly sustainable future."

Daryl Bennett, Mayor, City of Peterborough 

“The County of Peterborough is so excited to be a leader in this collaborative approach to a very serious and important issue. The Climate Change Action Plan will lay the path for us to lead our region into the future and implement adaptation strategies to guide us in the right direction.”

J. Murray Jones, Warden of the County of Peterborough

 

City of Oshawa
Bruce Street Redevelopment Feasibility Study for the City of Oshawa
Feasibility study
GMF grant: $155,100

Bruce Street Developments Limited is undertaking a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) — an environmental investigation to confirm the concentration and location of contamination on a site — to support the development of a remediation and risk management plan for a 28-acre brownfield site located in the heart of the downtown Oshawa.

Once completed, the measures identified in the ESA will be implemented so that this brownfield site can be developed into a more accessible mixed-use neighbourhood that provides attractive living accommodations and business opportunities. It is estimated that the redeveloped neighbourhood has the potential to provide an increase in property tax revenues from $70,000 to $4,000,000.

Throughout the study, public input will be arranged to inform the population and collect public and stakeholder feedback on the implementation of the risk assessment recommendations and future design of the remediated site.

QUOTE

“Oshawa’s downtown revitalization strategy is underpinned by brownfields redevelopment and we have received national recognition for our leadership, innovation and environmental sustainability in brownfields redevelopment. We are extremely pleased that the development on Bruce Street has been successful in receiving funds from the Green Municipal Fund and along with the City’s contribution, the project redevelopment feasibility study will be completed. We are looking forward to having shovels in the ground as the advancement of this development will further support the Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine’s ranking that Downtown Oshawa is a Top 100 Neighbourhood.”

John Aker, Councillor, City of Oshawa and Region of Durham, Chair, Oshawa Development Services Committee


City of Kitchener

The Corporation of City of Kitchener Using Permeable Paving and Bioswales to Protect Wetlands in the Huron Natural Areas
Feasibility study and field test
GMF grant: $175,000

The City of Kitchener will conduct a feasibility study and field test in a parking lot to evaluate the effectiveness of permeable pavers and bioswales for managing impacts on water quality and quantity.

The results of the study and test will be input into the city’s Stormwater Management Master Plan. A successful field test will permit an open-ended approach to managing stormwater using permeable pavement and other innovative techniques. In addition, the feasibility study and field test will help identify constraints on the use of permeable pavement and locations where the technology could be used to enhance the existing storm water system.

Due to the warming effect of the ground, less salt will be required to keep the permeable surface ice and snow free in the winter. The study site will also be registered with the Region of Waterloo's Smart About Salt program, to further reduce salt use.

 

QUOTE

“The City of Kitchener has a proven record of innovation when it comes to stormwater. This permeable parking lot will help us understand how effective permeable pavers are for managing impacts to our water quality. We are grateful to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for helping us to test this innovation, which will also inform the Stormwater Management Master Plan we are currently developing.”

Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener 


City of Hamilton
Flood and Erosion Control Project on Stoney Creek Mountain 
Feasibility study
GMF grant: $175,000

The City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) will study the feasibility of restoring natural watercourses, wetlands and forest features in the Stoney and Battlefield Creek watersheds. The study will identify ways to control, reduce and treat stormwater runoff, and to eliminate site runoff for 90 per cent of 24-hour rainfall events.

The new 500-acre conservation area would include detention reservoirs, wetland enhancement and creation, conversion of marginal agricultural lands to forest and naturalization of existing creek channels. This conservation area would improve public health by offering more opportunities for outdoor hiking, biking and exercise.

 

QUOTE

“The East Escarpment Wetland Restoration Project is a major milestone for the Hamilton Conservation Authority, the City of Hamilton and the residents and businesses of our watershed. It not only provides the opportunity to conserve and restore the wetlands and natural heritage features of this area, but also provides the opportunity to address the hydrology of the area by improving both low and high flow conditions in the areas watercourses.”

Scott Peck, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Director of Watershed Planning and Engineering 

 
Name of Municipality: City of Toronto

Title of Project: Stormwater Management for Exhibition Place
Type of Project: Feasibility study
GMF Grant: $132,495

Exhibition Place will conduct a feasibility study of ways to control, reduce and treat storm water runoff, and to eliminate site runoff for 90 per centof 24-hour rainfall events.

Parking lot runoff contaminated with oil, fuel, lubricant by-products, material from tire wear and de-icing salts is now discharged into Lake Ontario. This damages water quality and aquatic life, and reduces recreation opportunities.

Stormwater runoff from one of the parking lots has caused numerous incidents of flooding on Lake Shore Boulevard, a major arterial road in the City of Toronto. The feasibility study will consider ways to stop this flooding, now a considerable cost to the City.

The study will evaluate all options based on sustainability, costs and execution time, and will recommend the best three solutions for implementation. Exhibition Place represents a major public stage for stormwater management, and is an excellent venue for public education on related environmental issues.

QUOTE:

“For Exhibition Place, addressing the effects of Climate Change includes addressing stormwater management. Exhibition Place is a 192-acre site next to Lake Ontario, and because of the significant hard surfaces and the increased number of severe rain events in a year, the FCM Study will provide Exhibition Place with information in order to proceed with the best solution to prevent stormwater run-off. ”

Dianne Young, CEO, Exhibition Place


City of Markham
Markham Textile and Clothing Reuse and Recycle Initiative
Field test
GMF grant: $67,100

The City of Markham will design and implement a textile and clothing diversion pilot program to reduce the amount of textiles going to landfill. The program will build public awareness of textiles —­ a small but important segment of the municipal waste stream.

The City will place ten residential textile drop-off containers at fire stations across Markham. Bins will be equipped with solar panels to provide lighting for nighttime safety and security, as well as a sensor to signal that the container is three-quarters full and ready for pick-up

The pilot reflects the goals of York Region’s Integrated Waste Management Master Plan and the Communities in Action SM4RT Living Plan. Pilot findings will be shared with other York Region municipalities and across Canada and will allow the City to build public awareness of the reuse of residential textiles by way of the tracking of textile deposits. The education component will use social media, brochures and other forms of community messaging to explain the value of diverting clothing from landfills.

The textile waste management pilot supports the main goal of Markham’s sustainability “Greenprint” plan (GMF 10002) —to achieve carbon neutrality and net-zero waste by 2050.

QUOTE

“The City of Markham has a strong history of developing and implementing innovative and successful environmental programs. The receipt of a Green Municipal Fund grant will enable us to implement our new textile recycling and clothing reuse initiative. This funding from Green Municipal Fund will bring us closer to our goal of zero waste.”

Frank Scarpitti, Mayor, City of Markham

 

Municipality of Middlesex Centre
Feasibility Studies for Proposed Net Zero Fire Hall and Affordable Net  Zero Energy Housing
Feasibility study
GMF grant: $90,090

The Municipality of Middlesex Centre will study the feasibility of building a new net zero energy fire hall and a new net zero energy affordable housing project to promote energy conservation and innovation within the municipality and provide affordable housing to residents.

The proposed fire hall will reduce municipal energy consumption, helping Middlesex Centre meet the energy reduction target of 1 per cent per annum established in the Conservation Demand and Management Plan for 2014–2019. The feasibility study will quantify the environmental benefits of the proposed net zero housing project.

 

This project will create jobs and reduce municipal operating costs. It will contribute to local tourism as well as increase the availability of affordable housing.

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“Middlesex Centre appreciates FCM's support for these sustainable projects. As a smaller municipality with somewhat limited resources, support from FCM is required to ensure we are constructing sustainable buildings that will position us well in the next few years with increasing energy costs. Middlesex Centre wants to do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Michelle Smibert, CAO, Municipality of Middlesex Centre


City of Hamilton

McMaster Innovation Park - District Energy System Expansion, Hamilton Utilities Corporation
Feasibility study
GMF grant: $175,000

Hamilton Community Energy, a subsidiary of the municipally-owned Hamilton Utilities Corporation, wishes to study the feasibility of expanding the district energy system at McMaster Innovation Park (MIP). Expansion of the MIP will involve new geothermal fields, solar thermal absorption chillers, solar PV electric-driven chillers, upgraded distribution infrastructure and additional conventional backup. The added technologies will enhance the MIP’s district energy system of solar hot water thermal panels, a solar-heated air wall, geothermal wells and conventional backup.

If successful, the expansion will supply heating, cooling and electricity for the next phase of the MIP development. The study is directly linked to the City of Hamilton's Vision 2020 Plan, its Strategic Plan and the MIP Master Plan. 

The initiative will generate estimated annual emissions savings of 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) compared to a conventional energy system.

This brightfield district energy system expansion is one of the first of its kind in Canada. 

As a result, the knowledge gained through the feasibility study and final project execution can be used by other Canadian municipalities to evaluate the viability of various renewable technologies with a district energy system.

The feasibility study has been awarded to Doherty Engineering Inc and work began in coordination with MIP in February 2016. The pre-feasibility study evaluating possible technologies and combinations of technologies to meet demands for heating and cooling for this phase of MIP’s Expansion is progressing on schedule.

 

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“MIP and Hamilton Utilities Corporation have formed a unique partnership to develop and implement innovative, renewable and cost effective energy solutions to support ongoing expansion of the McMaster Innovation Park.”

Zach Douglas, President and CEO of MIP

“HUC is very pleased in growing it’s relationship with MIP and its continued progress with implementing innovative technologies and creative solutions with strategic partners that benefit the communities we work in and the respective stakeholders.”

Dean Comand, President and CEO of HUC


Town of Caledon
Caledon Pilot SNAP (Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan)

Plan
GMF grant: $149,875

The Town of Caledon, Region of Peel, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) will work in partnership to develop a Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) in Bolton, Caledon’s urban centre. The SNAP will be an on-the-ground demonstration of the town’s Community Climate Change Action Plan, and will provide a comprehensive work plan for improving sustainability performance of homes, properties, green spaces and infrastructure. The plan will drive sustainable change within the neighbourhood across a number of environmental themes, including natural heritage, stormwater management, water, active transportation, materials management and energy. Ultimately, the Caledon SNAP will show how a small town can do something big in the testing of new approaches to the removal of sustainability barriers in mature neighbourhoods.


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“We are so thankful for the funding contribution from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund. Through this funding, we will be able to support the development of Caledon’s first pilot SNAP (Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan), which we are working on in collaboration with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the Region of Peel. This SNAP will be designed to achieve measurable environmental improvements and community renewal in a mature neighbourhood in west Bolton.”

Allan Thompson, Mayor, Town of Caledon

 


          98-year-old woman arrested at fuel pipeline protest   

Frances Crowe, a peace activist, led a group of eight pipeline opponents in staging a mock funeral for the fossil fuel age near the site of the Kinder Morgan pipeline extension project in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. Members of the Sugar Shack Alliance, an anti-fossil fuels activist group Crowe belongs to, entered a restricted area and refused to leave, Massachusetts State Police said.


          Energiewende: Speicherausbau anschieben!   
In der – ernsthaften - öffentlichen Diskussion ist inzwischen nicht mehr umstritten, dass „erneuerbare Energien“ d i e Perspektive für eine künftige Energieversorgung der Menschheit sind. Diese Einstellung galt lange Zeit als Hirngespinst. Umstritten und umkämpft sind heutzutage die Art und Weise und die Zeiträume in denen das „solare Zeitalter“ herbeigeführt werden kann und soll. Verständlich ist, dass die Vertreter des fossil-atomaren Komplexes – als Repräsentanten und ökonomische Nutznießer der bestehenden Energieversorgungsstruktur – sich mit allen Kräften gegen eine rasche Umstellung des Systems wehren. Selten wurde das Wort „Besitzstandwahrer“ treffender benutzt, als bei der Beschreibung der Aktivitäten von RWE und Co gegen den Umbau der Energieversorgung. Völlig außer Frage steht, dass eine energetische Vollversorgung neben einem Mix der Energiequellen (Sonne, Wind, Wasserkraft), einer Steigerung der Energieeffizienz und einer Änderung im Mobilitätsverhalten (weg vom motorisierten Individualverkehr hin zu Bus und Bahnen) auch der Einführung einer Speichertechnik für kurz-, mittel- und langfristige Zwecke bedarf. Die Netzbetreiber – als Vertreter der „alten Energieversorgung - behaupten, der Netzausbau habe Vorrang vor dem Ausbau der Speichertechnik. Der nachstehende Artikel des Solarförderverein Deutschland (SfV) widerlegt diese Behauptung. Fernleitungen ungeeignet zum Ausgleich fluktuierender Erneuerbarer Energien Doch derzeit 9,05 Prozent Eigenkapitalrendite für neue Stromnetze treiben den Ausbau voran Der Solarenergie-Förderverein Deutschland sieht mit Sorge, dass die Bundesregierung die Umstellung der Energieversorgung auf 100 Prozent Erneuerbare Energien durch den unnötigen Bau von Fernübertragungsleitungen verzögert und verteuert. Um den Bau der...
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          Comment on Visiting Manly Sea Life Sanctuary {with kids} by Danya   
Oh wow, how exciting! There are so many awesome activities that are age appropriate for 4-5 year olds - your kids are going to have fun! It does depend on what sea creatures they will see at the acquarium - and tailor your activities around that. (Manly sea life sanctuary contains just Sydney-based sea creatures, so they might be different to the acquariums near you). I'm always a big fan of hands-on experiences; can you set up a touch-friendly mini pool? You could have things like sea urchins, sea weed, sea cucumbers, shark eggs (kids always love hearing they are sometimes called mermaid purses!). Can you set up a hands-on sand pit? You could bury fossils and have kids discover them, and learn about the prehistoric sea. Kids always love seahorses - maybe you could do a craft based on Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle, and teach kids how sometimes fathers play a big role in the ocean? What about something to do with mammals and how they are different to sea creatures? Or how crustaceans grow out of their exoskeletons? You could look at the tides, and the role the moon plays? So many ideas!! Let me know what you end up doing!
          Is the energy revolution faltering?   
As Switzerland braces itself for yet another heated debate on its energy future, what is happening to the revolution begun by its northern neighbour? Germany’s historic 2011 decision to close all nuclear power stations by 2022 was hailed as a bold step to a cleaner future. Six years later, Germany’s greenhouse gases are still rising, and it looks like it will miss its Paris Agreement emissions targets for 2020. Switzerland is watching anxiously. The decision to hasten Germany’s exit from nuclear power has left a supply void which energy companies of all persuasions are racing to fill. One result has been a boom in clean energy - mainly wind and solar. However, an unwanted, but not unanticipated, secondary effect has been to increase dependence on fossil fuels. And of the fossil fuels, Germany is most reliant on coal, the worst of all greenhouse gas emitters, and the source of other nasty pollutants, such as those that cause smog and acid rain. Clearly, it is proving difficult ...
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          Skråplanseffekten. Fossil vs fornybar energi   
Ved å si A har du da allerede begynt å si B? De fleste forbinder aktiv dødshjelp med ekstreme unntakstilfeller. Slik var det og i Belgia og Nederland da eutanasi ble legalisert, Nå diskuteres selvmordshjelp til livstrette eldre og dødshjelp til barn og psykisk syke tillates. Ser vi nå SKRÅPLANSEFFEKTEN utspille seg? «Hvem kann lagra från sol och vind?» Utsetter vi verden for enorm risiko dersom vi kutter ut fossil energi og satser fullt på fornybar kraft før energilagringsteknologien er på plass?
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          Séisme en Suisse: le tremblement de terre a été ressenti jusqu'à Annecy   

SUISSE - Un tremblement de terre de magnitude 4,3 sur l'échelle de Richter s'est produit samedi matin près de Château d'Oex (canton de Vaud), une station de sports d'hiver dans les Alpes suisses, a annoncé le Service sismologie suisse (SED).

"Quelques dégâts sont possibles à proximité de l'épicentre pour un tremblement de terre de cette magnitude", a indiqué le SED, qui est rattaché à l'Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Zurich.

En mars, un séisme d'une puissance similaire, soit 4,6, avait été enregistré en Suisse centrale, à Linthal (canton de Glaris), le plus puissant depuis 10 ans en Suisse.

Selon les estimations de sismologues citées par l'agence ATS, les tremblements de terre représentent un danger sérieux pour la Suisse.

Le canton du Valais (sud) reste la région qui présente le risque le plus élevé, suivi de Bâle, et du canton des Grisons (est).

Le plus important tremblement de terre historiquement documenté en Suisse, d'une magnitude évaluée à 6,6, avait détruit une grande partie de la ville de Bâle en 1356.

Il avait provoqué des dégâts comparables à ceux enregistrés à San Francisco (USA) en 1906.

Des séismes d'une magnitude de 6 sont possibles tous les 50 à 150 ans, selon le SED.

Le dernier de ce type est survenu en 1946 près de Sierre (canton du Valais).

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          Renzi dichiara guerra al carbone, ma non ai combustibili fossili   
«Oggi il nostro nemico è il carbone»: ha detto il premier intervenendo agli Stati generali sui cambiamenti climatici, a Montecitorio. Il presidente del Consiglio ha aggiunto: «Si deve essere capaci di dire che le rinnovabili da sole non bastano» e che «da qui a domani mattina non finiranno né il petrolio né il gas»
             

U.S. to Be Free from Foreign Oil by 2030:

By Morgan Korn Daily Ticker

According to the company, carbon emissions will increase 28 percent by 2030, a dire forecast for those trying to reverse the effects of climate change. Moreover, renewable energy sources — such as wind and solar — will contribute less than 10 percent of global energy output in the coming years despite growing at least eight percent a year between now and 2030.

The growth in emerging economies like China and Brazil will lead to a 39 percent increase in global energy demand by 2030, BP forecasts. China will become increasingly reliant on foreign oil, importing as much as 80 percent of its oil needs in the next 20 years. But it would be second to Europe, which is expected to import 94 percent of its oil and 80 percent of the natural gas it consumes. India could very likely take in 91 percent of its crude oil from abroad.

Alternatively, the United States could become almost entirely energy independent by 2030, says BP. As the country expands its domestic natural gas production, the U.S. will buy less foreign oil, causing imports to fall to levels not seen since 1990. Natural gas production has come under intense scrutiny because of its environmental risks. The drilling process used to bring the gas to the surface is widely known as "fracking" and it involves pumping sand, chemicals and gallons of water underground to break apart the rock and release the gas. The Obama administration recently gave a stinging rebuke to the industry by rejecting the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have brought700,000 barrels per day of supply from Canada's oil sands projects to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. In last month's State of the Union Address, Obama said he supported natural gas investment but pressed for more regulations to ensure the safety of natural gas drilling.

"We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy," Obama said in his address. "Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And I'm requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk."

The U.S. has been pursuing energy independence since the 1973 Arab oil embargo forced a shortage of oil imports and caused gasoline prices to skyrocket at the pump. Bloomberg reports that the growing U.S. energy industry could fulfill the country's energy demands in 20 years. Natural gas production has increased 11 percent from 2007 to 2010 and domestic crude production has risen to 5.7 million barrels a day - its highest output in eight years, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

BP predicts natural gas will be the fastest growing fossil fuel by 2030,growing 2.1 percent per year. Energy from coal will increase by 1.2 percent each year, contributing more than 25 percent of total energy output by 2030.

Daniel Yergin, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of "The Prize" whose new book "The Quest" explores energy security, renewable sources and the world's shrinking oil supply, says the North American energy production revolution taking place could alter the marketplace forever.

You've got a Western Hemisphere that by 2030 may not be importing any oil from the Eastern Hemisphere," Yergin tells The Daily Ticker's Aaron Task in the above video.

Yergin says even as the U.S. and other North American countries reduce their imports of oil and become more energy efficient, countries like China and India are consuming more energy as their citizens enter the working class and can afford Western luxuries like a personal car.

"While they [China, India] are increasingly concerned about climate change, they're more concerned about economic growth and poverty in their countries," he asserts. "They both rely heavily on coal and will increase their consumption of coal. This growth in greenhouse gases is riding on the back of global economic growth."

          World's oldest fossils spotted by Australian researchers   

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Australian researchers claim to have spotted what are believed to be world's oldest fossils.

Along with the fossils, they have also found signs that diverse life forms lived on Earth upto 3.7 billion years ago.

The fossils were discovered in Greenland, and the Australian National University's (ANU) co-lead investigator, Associate Professor Vickie Bennett, said the breakthrough would not only give scientists a greater understanding of the history of the Earth, but remarkably could also help researchers in the hunt for life on Mars, Xinhua news agency reported.

"This discovery turns the study of planetary habitability on its head," Bennett said on Thursday.

"For the first time we have rocks that we know record the conditions and environments that sustained early life. Our research will provide new insights into chemical cycles and rock-water-microbe interactions on a young planet."

Colleague Allen Nutman from the University of Wollongong said the fossils, known as stromatolite fossils, were found in Greenland's icecap, and "predated" the world's previous oldest fossils found in Western Australia by up to 220 million years.

"This indicates that as long as 3.7 billion years ago microbial life was already diverse. This diversity shows that life emerged within the first few hundred million years of Earth's existence, which is in keeping with biologists' calculations showing the great antiquity of life's genetic code," Nutman said.

(With IANS inputs)

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          Why no alien is calling us from space   

Sydney: If the search for an alien life has not yielded any conclusive results in the last 50 years, it is probably because life on other planets was brief and has gone extinct soon after its origin owing to runaway heating or cooling on their planets, say astrobiologists led by an Indian-origin scientist.

“The universe is probably filled with habitable planets, so many scientists think it should be teeming with aliens,” said Aditya Chopra from Australian National University (ANU).

“Early life is fragile so we believe it rarely evolves quickly enough to survive,” he added in a paper published in the journal Astrobiology.

“Most early planetary environments are unstable. To produce a habitable planet, life forms need to regulate greenhouse gases such as water and carbon dioxide to keep surface temperatures stable,” Dr Chopra continued.

About four billion years ago the Earth, Venus and Mars may have all been habitable. However, a billion years or so after formation, Venus turned into a hothouse and Mars froze into an icebox.

“Early microbial life on Venus and Mars, if there was any, failed to stabilise the rapidly changing environment,” said co-author associate professor Charley Lineweaver.

“Life on Earth probably played a leading role in stabilizing the planet's climate," he noted.

According to Dr Chopra, their theory has solved a puzzle.

“The mystery of why we haven't yet found signs of aliens may have less to do with the likelihood of the origin of life or intelligence and have more to do with the rarity of the rapid emergence of biological regulation of feedback cycles on planetary surfaces,” he explained.

Wet and rocky planets, with the ingredients and energy sources required for life seem to be ubiquitous. However, as physicist Enrico Fermi pointed out in 1950, no signs of surviving extra-terrestrial life have been found.

A solution to Fermi's paradox, say the researchers, is near universal early extinction which they have named the “Gaian Bottleneck”.

"One intriguing prediction of the 'Gaian Bottleneck' model is that the vast majority of fossils in the universe will be from extinct microbial life, not from multicellular species such as dinosaurs or humanoids that take billions of years to evolve," Lineweaver pointed out.

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          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Is Renewable Energy Worth it? Can you Really Save Money and Help the Environment at the Same Time?   
EpisodeRenewable energy has been a buzz word lately, especially on the internet and talk shows. We all know that fossil fuels cause energy pollution and military conflicts around the world, not to mention unpredictable ongoing expense. All of us would like to see our society live cleaner and more peacefully. However, can solar really help us take a step forward without breaking the bank? This segment we will talk with Marty Morud about solar and its financial, environmental and political impacts. Y ...
          Agricoltura come produzione di energia   
Sia nel contesto europeo che nazionale, l’interesse verso le agroenergie ha inizialmente trovato spazio all’interno del più generale interesse verso l’individuazione di fonti di energia alternative ai combustibili fossili, si pensi in particolare alla biomassa agricola e più in generale … Continua a leggere
          Il Vero Pianeta delle Scimmie   

"Quali sono le nostre origini di primati e cosa ci possono dire di quello che siamo?"

Darwin aveva torto nel collocare in Africa le nostre origini? Il vero pianeta delle scimmie sostiene provocatoriamente che le grandi scimmie svilupparono in Europa e non in Africa le caratteristiche fondamentali della stirpe umana: mani abili e cervello di grandi dimensioni.

In questo libro, appassionante e accessibile, David Begun, uno dei maggiori paleoantropologi viventi, trasporta il lettore in epoche remote, quando la Terra era abitata da molte specie di grandi scimmie migranti. Basandosi sulle ultime straordinarie scoperte di reperti fossili e sulla propria esperienza sul campo, maturata nel corso di spedizioni in Europa e Asia, Begun traccia una storia evolutiva mozzafiato di grandi scimmie ed esseri umani. Racconta come uno dei membri più antichi del nostro gruppo evolutivo – un nuovo tipo di primate chiamato Proconsul – si sia evoluto da una condizione simile a quella dei lemuri nelle foreste primordiali d'Africa.

Begun descrive a colori forti come, nel corso di dieci milioni di anni, questi ominoidi si siano diffusi in Europa e in Asia, diventando abili arrampicatori con comportamenti sospensori, sviluppando tempi di crescita più lunghi e cervelli di maggiori dimensioni e preparando così il terreno per l'avvento degli esseri umani. Con il peggioramento del clima in Europa, circa dieci milioni di anni fa, queste grandi scimmie morirono o migrarono verso sud, invadendo di nuovo il continente africano e dando vita alle stirpi di gorilla, di scimpanzé e, alla fine, di esseri umani.

Grazie a una nuova, sorprendente interpretazione dei nostri antenati fossili, Il vero pianeta delle scimmie cambia radicalmente la comprensione delle nostre origini.


          La Storia che Verrà    

I nostri antenati, vissuti cinquemila anni fa e oltre, continuano a stupirci.

Queste pagine affrontano alcune delle tematiche più complesse della preistoria e della storia antica del genere umano: la scomparsa dell'uomo di Neandertal, il culto della Dea Madre, le remote migrazioni anche per mare, le civiltà dimenticate con le loro incredibili conoscenze. Una serie di indizi da seguire per instillare almeno il dubbio che le vicende che hanno contraddistinto la nostra razza, nel corso dei millenni prima della nostra era, possano anche discostarsi da come finora rico­struite. Perché le generazioni future possano leggere una storia diversa da quella che abbiamo letto noi.

La Storia che verrà.

Simone Barcelli

Diversi ricercatori hanno osato sfidare il punto di vista accademico circa la linea evolutiva umana, la nascita della coscienza, delle società, della scrittura e tutto quando ci rende "uomini".

Un punto di vista radicato e fossilizzato quello accade­mico, sebbene basato su teorie e ipotesi, che è stato propagandato come definiti­vo e corretto, ma che invece le stesse accademie hanno dovuto cambiare costan­temente perché forzate dai ritrovamenti che sfondavano gli argini dogmatici eret­ti dai "soloni" della cultura e della scienza, lì dove le menti di coraggiosi e arguti "rivoluzionari" studiosi non erano riusciti a fare breccia.

In effetti, nello studio della storia dell'uomo, a volte parla più l'osso di un morto che la lingua di un vivo e poiché non esiste limite alla verità, la scienza può dire di avere accesso costante alla sua penultima versione, perché la verità ultima è sempre oggetto di ricerca. È su queste basi intellettuali, da me profondamente condivise e sulle quali fondo la mia attività di ricercatore, che l'autore Simone Barcelli ha scritto e generato que­sto libro.

Un saggio che mi ha colpito ed emozionato perché va ad esplorare le zone d'ombra di ciò che siamo stati e di ciò che abbiamo costruito nei millenni bui, ma affascinanti, della preistoria, di quali vette culturali avevamo già raggiun­to intorno al 10.000 a.C, per poi precipitare come Icaro dalle ali di cera, in una nuova genesi e ricominciare daccapo, perdendo poco alla volta coscienza della nostra passata grandezza.

Adriano Forgiane Direttore Rivista mensile FENIX Enigmi e misteri della storia e del sacro


          L'errore di Darwin   
Straordinari reperti, fossili, indizi geologici e i risultati di lunghe spedizioni mettono in dubbio l'idea di un'evoluzione lenta e regolare delle specie viventi sul nostro pianeta. Paiono dimostrare, piuttosto, una coesistenza del genere umano con creature che Darwin avrebbe collocato in ere completamente diverse. L'estinzione dei dinosauri, per esempio, è da attribuire a un gigantesco cataclisma avvenuto molto più recentemente di quanto ipotizzato finora. Un evento immane, planetario, che giustifica le decine di antichissimi racconti che in tutto il mondo descrivono un diluvio universale. Nientaffatto un mito, ma la memoria di un immane disastro. La genesi dell'uomo, le cronache delle prime civiltà, l'intera cronologia del pianeta devono essere riconsiderate sotto una nuova luce. E quella luce viene da mondi lontani.
          A CHUCadeira medieval.   
Fonte (imagem): DC
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O Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra é um paradoxo. Auto-intitula-se como o(um dos) melhor(es) do país, todavia, em boa verdade, em vários aspectos ainda se conserva na idade média.
Enquanto algumas classes (que fazem questão de solicitar o tratamento por "Professor", "Professor-Doutores", "Sua Majestade" e outras vaidades anedóticas, etc.) auferem salários principescos (fruto de prémios, incentivos, pseudo-trabalho extraordinário, prevenções 24/7, etc.), o CHUC ainda tem serviços que dividem auxiliares durante a noite!!
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Ainda tem serviços onde o stock é contabilizado manualmente pelos Enfermeiros prestadores de cuidados (os Chefes preferem estar no solário). Ainda tem serviços onde os EPI's são doseados como quem doseia ração.
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É um hospital tão pobre que as batas/fardas dos Médicos nem têm bolsos para um miséro estetoscópio.
É um hospital onde uns têm privilégios de estacionamento. Os outros têm de ir deixar o carro ao mato ou no lamaçal.
É um hospital onde os quartos dos Médicos são maiores do que as salas de trabalho dos Enfermeiros.
É um hospital onde os utentes internados é que se deslocam entre edifícios para ser observados pelo Médico, como consequência de uma filosofia médico-centrista elevada ao expoente máximo.
É um hospital onde as gavetas dos Enfermeiros Supervisores não têm fundo. Muitos dos documentos (pedidos de transferências, etc.) que lá entram... não saem mais. Acabam por fossilizar.
É um hospital onde os Enfermeiros especialistas co-adjuvam o chefe (que na realidade não precisa de ajuda) e não exercem a sua área específica. Oferecem-na objectivamente às varias classes de técnicos que florescem.
É um hospital onde os Enfermeiros não tem autonomia (os Médicos até prescrevem o sabonete). Para a prescrição de um paracetamol... ou está exigida em SOS ou é necessário uma panóplia de telefonemas. Nem as dietas podem prescrever.
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É um hospital com um intrincado e pré-histórico esquema de hierarquias, castas e vassalagens. Por lá, os Enfermeiros-Chefes pouco ou nenhum poder detêm. A única forma de se sentirem um bocadinho chefes de "alguma coisa" é exercer as résteas desse pouco poder para com os Enfermeiros, limitando ou proibindo trocas e outros malabarismos. Nos momentos em que o podiam mostrar (o tal poder) em prol da classe (perante os referidos "Professores"), fraquejam das pernas, ficam gagos ou com distúrbios intestinais. O resto do tempo é consumido em reuniões estéreis.
Há excepções à regra - bons chefes, líderes, mas estão embutidos num sistema pernicioso de rodas dentadas bem lubrificadas e tendenciosas.

          Fossilized Teeth Hold Clues to Early Human Species' Diet   
Title: Fossilized Teeth Hold Clues to Early Human Species' Diet
Category: Health News
Created: 6/27/2012 4:05:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 6/28/2012 12:00:00 AM
          Fundraising Manager - Force of Nature Alliance - Vancouver, BC   
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          CHAPTER 4: FACTORS INFLUENCING MUMBAI FLOODS   
About 100 years ago, if Mumbai city were to receive a rainfall, as heavy as the one witnessed in the monsoon of 2005, its outcome would not have been as catastrophic. This is because the population of the city has grown to ten times of what it was a century ago. To accommodate this population, the city has risen vertically, open spaces have shrunken, the arterial roads cannot be widened any further and the drainage systems fail to keep pace with the ever-increasing requirements of the metropolis. Thus, this natural catastrophe that shook the Mumbai region in 2005 can be ascribed to three main factors as stated by Dr. Kelkar: (1) Unusually heavy rains and rise in sea-levels, (2) Antiquated building regulations and (3) The inefficiency of the existing drainage system, necessarily in that order. These causes are discussed in detail in the following section. What added to this disaster was the lack of a precise preliminary warning from the weather department. Moreover, the absence of post-disaster management plans on the part of the city’s governing authorities further compounded the situation.

Since the discharge of all the storm water and treated sewage is released into the Arabian Sea, tidal variation also constitutes a major component in the system of the storm water drainage (SWD). It results in excessive flooding and water retention in the event of heavy rains and the water recedes only during the low tide. This phenomenon was largely observed during the floods of 26th July 2005, when high tide forced all the drained storm water from the Arabian Sea back into the city.

1. Unusually Heavy Rains and Rising Sea-levels:
1.1. Climate Change and Heavy Rains

Heavy rains to a magnitude of more than 240mm are almost of a regular occurrence in Mumbai at the onset of the monsoons.
However, after the monsoon sets in and moves into its active phase, the situation is conducive to the occurrence of very heavy rains over Mumbai, when they are collectively a result of the following factors: “(1) Development of a low pressure belt over the sea, (2) Intensification of the monsoon trough and the development of embedded convective vortices over central India, (3) Amplification of the Arabian Sea current of the monsoon and (4) Super-positioning of a meso-scale ‘Off-shore Vortex’ over the northeast of Arabian Sea and its northward movement. All these conditions build up a synoptic situation that is conducive to the occurrence of a heavy rainfall in the area.” This phenomenon was largely observed in 2005.

Offshore Vortex: It is a rare meteorological phenomenon, characterized by a heavy but extremely localized rainfall that spreads over an area of, as little as, 30 square kilometers. Scientists and experts claim that in the case of the Mumbai floods, the phenomenon started with high velocity air currents in the Arabian Sea, which turned at 360 degrees, giving rise to a trough. The turn gave rise to a vortex, which resulted in a low pressure. In the meanwhile, powerful winds rose up in the atmosphere, leading to a heavy downpour.

However, there is a scientific explanation for the occurrence of this rare phenomenon. The reason, as Dr. R. K. Pachauri explains, is global climate change, in addition to the city’s geographic proximity to the Sahyadri Hills, that has played a significant role in the intensity of the downpour of July, 2005. Even as this research is in progress, current climatic changes worldwide have been exhibiting unexpected behavior and have been a constant cause of concern for all.

All scientific studies confirm that this “climate change is significantly anthropogenic (i.e. human induced).” One of the most predicted effects of the global climate change is extreme variations in tropical climates, including irregular rainfall patterns. An example of this phenomenon was witnessed in the form of heavy rains in Mumbai on 26th July 2005. The immense loss of life and property caused by this event are testimony to the fact that the impacts of climate change can add significantly to the vulnerability of the locations and communities that face the danger of natural disasters anyway. The human influence on climate change is caused by a rise in the concentration of the so-called greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the earth’s atmosphere. The most prominent among these is carbon-dioxide, which has been emitted, in increasing quantities, from the burning of fossil fuels, since the beginning of industrialization, in the mid-19th century. As a result, by the end of this century, temperatures would go up by anywhere between 1.4 and 5.8 degrees Celsius. This increase would have impacts in the form of erosion of the coastal areas, threats to the existing ecosystems and biodiversity and problems with the supply of water. Sea levels would rise and create further risks from storm surges for populations that inhabit small island states, low-lying coastal areas and floodplains. On the whole, the changing climate would unevenly impact the developing nations and the impoverished within all the countries with a similar geographical background as that of Mumbai. Floods are also likely to get more frequent and severe in the rest of India. All of this means that we would have to create mechanisms and infrastructure by which we would have early warning about the impeding changes in the climate. For this purpose, a modern and responsive meteorological system should be set up in the most vulnerable areas. The cost to be incurred in establishing such facilities would be “justified by the substantial reduction in the damage to property and the threat to human life.”

However, as mentioned earlier, the adverse consequences of the inundation of Mumbai were further aggravated when the rains were followed by floods. These floods were mainly a result of a rise in the sea level and an inefficient drainage system.

1.2. Rising Sea-level

A gradual rise in the city’s sea-level and a high tide were highly instrumental in the intensity of the Mumbai floods. Floods in the coastal regions usually occur when there is a rise in the water levels, as a result of heavy storms. When storm tides exhibit a continuous increase over the normal high tide, it is termed as a storm surge. “The maximum intensity of a storm surge is accompanied by a high tide; therefore, storms that persist through several high tides are most severe and these lead to severe flooding.” Mumbai, being a coastal area also experienced a similar storm surge. As Dr. Kelkar puts it, in the case of Mumbai’s inundation, “the term flooding is a misnomer to a certain extent, as it is not a result of the water spilling over from a flooded river. It was an inundation caused by the accumulation of heavy local rainfall and the inability of the drainage process to match the rainfall rate.” Additionally, as stated by Dr. R. K. Pachauri, a rise in the sea-level, which forced the storm water back onto the land, was also equally responsible in bringing about this event.

This rise in the sea level is primarily a result of the global climate change that “is unequivocal. This fact is now evident from an observed increase in the global average air and ocean temperatures and the resulting widespread melting of snow and ice” at the polar caps. In addition to the global climate change, the extensive reclamation of land from the sea has also been a cause of the rise in sea-levels. event of a heavy downpour and a high tide, residential, port facilities and various business generating sectors, located in the city would face immense flooding. Tourism would also be adversely affected, if the beaches and “tourist infrastructure like hotels and lodges” were to suffer flooding. Mumbai has a large population of fisher-folk living along the coast. Therefore, shoreline fishing would also be affected if “fish habitats in the reefs and estuaries were to be disturbed due to a rise” in the sea-level.

But again, there is another significant cause to such an alarming rise in the sea levels and this cause is primarily man-made. The explanation for this phenomenon could be traced in the rampant reclamation (Adjoining picture) that has been carried out along the coast of Mumbai as well as along the banks of the city’s natural drains. A detailed description of this development and its consequences are discussed in the following section.

1.3. Extensive Reclamation and Faulty Zoning Regulations

It is evident from the city’s planning history, discussed in Chapter 2, that in the process of housing construction and setting up industries, the waterways that allowed the accumulated rain water to drain out, have been drastically reduced. The reclamation that was carried out originally only to link the seven islands of Mumbai was eventually performed to a greater extent to accommodate the ever burgeoning population of the city Large slum colonies as well as planned constructions are being developed on the land reclaimed from the sea. However, some of this development has extended further to encroach upon the city’s existing storm water drains, in order to meet the housing demand of the city’s growing population.

According to certain officials from the city’s municipal corporation, the government has justified the rampant reclamation in the city by citing a “faulty’’ report prepared of Trivandrum-based Centre of Earth Sciences (CES). The CES in its report has obliterated many areas that were earlier in the jurisdiction of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and shown them outside the prohibitory area. Even the big patches of mangroves in this zone have gradually disappeared as a result of this plot. The report thereby made way for the rash developments, which were otherwise not permissible.

“Mangroves are known to be a vital link in the ecological chain, serving as a buffer between the land and ocean. Thus, their destruction disturbs the ecological balance.” However, developers pay little heed to this fact and ignore the coastal zone regulations to continue with their reclamation. As explained earlier in the city’s planning history in Chapter 2, these developers lobby with the local authorities to reclaim and concretize the city’s coastal areas. They end up destroying the mangroves in the process, to make way for further development. The rapid and extensive concretization of these patches of land has now led to the reduction of: (1) Infiltration rate of rainwater and (2) Availability of depression storage on the earth’s natural surface. This breach of trust with the nature has eventually led to the nature paying back in the form of disastrous floods.

However, it is the city’s inefficient drainage system that claims a lion’s share in contributing to the magnitude of the Mumbai floods. Similarly, the outdated building regulations, that have been applied to develop the city, have also been instrumental in a substantial loss of human lives and property.

2. Outdated building Regulations

Although Global climate change has been observed almost since the 1970’s, their unpleasant effects were not alarming enough for the governments and planning authorities of cities around the world, to sit and take notice of. Thus, Mumbai’s authorities were never prompted to draft new planning policies, considering the new climatic pattern. This has also been true in the case of the city authorities of Mumbai. Prior to 26th July 2005, the city’s existing zoning and building regulations, that were drafted almost three decades ago, were used to scrutinize and regulate the new developments. They regulations failed to consider the factor of the rapidly changing local climate. Mumbai, which is known to receive an annual rainfall of around 240mm, restricted only to the months of June-September, now bears a downpour of almost eight times the average expected rainfall, in addition to the untimely winter showers. However, none of these have been considered to draft new planning policies for the city that can prevent the inundation caused by these rains and the rising sea levels. Most of the new developments permit the construction of basements, underground pedestrian bypasses and habitable space at ground level. Also, numerous old and abandoned buildings are being revitalized and remodeled to be used for a different purpose. However, the change of use of buildings from “ordinary to critical functions is carried out without strengthening the building" and without considering the climatic changes in the region. In the event of the floods, these areas get water-logged, causing destruction of life and property at large. These woes are added to by an antiquated drainage system that has been serving the city since the past century. Moreover, there has also been a blatant ignorance on the government’s and planning authority’s part to promote sustainable building construction.

3. Faltering Drainage Systems:
3.1. Mumbai’s planned Storm Water Drainage (SWD) System


Mumbai’s existing storm water drainage system has largely contributed in the inundation of the city. The city’s storm water drainage system is basically a complicated system of simple drains and rivers, creeks, drains and ponds. “The network comprises of a hierarchical system of roadside surface drains (about 2,000 km mainly in the suburbs), underground drains and laterals (about 440 km in the island city area), major and minor canals (200 km and 87 km respectively) and over 180 outfalls, which discharge all the surface runoff into the rivers and the Arabian Sea (Adjoining figure).”Of these outfalls, some drain directly into the Arabian Sea, while others empty into the Mahim creek, Mahul creek or the Thane Creek. Additionally, some out-falls that drain out storm water from the western suburbs empty directly into sea while the water from the remaining ones is discharged into the Mithi River which ultimately joins the Mahim creek.

3.2. Mumbai’s Natural Drain: Mithi River
The Mithi River (Adjoining figures) constitutes a major component of the city’s SWD system. The location of the river is important from the point of view of the city as it serves as a dividing line between the city and its suburbs. Thus, its flooding has direct or indirect repercussions on the disruption of the traffic on the five transport corridors viz. Central Railways, Western Railways, Western Express Highway, Eastern Express Highway & the Harbor Railway Line. The storm water drainage of the river is encroached upon by a large number of hutments, storages, processing industries, workshops and scrap yards situated along its banks. These settlements make it difficult even to define the path of the river. Direct discharges of the untreated sewage, wastewater, trash from the unauthorized settlements and industrial effluents flow into the river’s course and choke it up, thus raising the level of water during heavy rains. Similarly, most of the other storm water drains carry sewage and dry garbage in summers which clog them and disrupt the natural flow of rain water. Moreover, illegal settlements and reclamation for future development further reduce the existing width of the river they are built on. These result in the “reduction of the river’s natural storage and aquifer recharge.”

3.3 Major Drawbacks in the Existing Drainage network

The storm water drainage system of Mumbai was built largely in the days of the British Rule in 1860, when the population of Mumbai was merely one-tenth of what it is at present. After the initial development, improving the drainage has never been a priority for the government. The system comprises of about 400 km of underground drains and laterals, built on the basis of the population and weather conditions of the times it was constructed in. This antiquated storm water drainage system is capable of handling rain intensity of 25 mm per hour at low tide. If the rain intensity exceeds 25 mm per hour and a high tide occurs, there is always a possibility of inundation. The city’s existing drainage system is designed to tackle a rainfall of normal intensity, with the assumption that there are no significant solids deposits in the drains. This is because the slope of the drains is supposedly designed to generate a self-cleaning velocity in the flow and is thus built to keep flooding relatively rare. But the fact is other wise. Most of the drains throughout the city have been found to be occupied by a substantial amount of garbage and other solid deposits.

The resulting decrease in the capacity of the city’s storm water drainage system has been proved by the disastrous effects of the inundation that hit the city of Mumbai on 26th July 2005. The city was caught unawares and un-prepared to deal with the crisis that followed the floods. It was not in the capacity of the city’s drains to let out the excess water.

3.4. Current Efforts in Maintaining the Drainage System

At present, the city authorities of Mumbai are working towards maintaining the existing drainage network with the help of certain mechanical equipment. The municipal corporation of Mumbai has a total of 63 such devices (Adjoining figure). These include amphibious dredgers, jetting and suction machines and other customized vehicle mounted equipment, among others for the de-silting and de-choking of drains. However, of the 63 devices, about 24 are over 8 years old and are rendered non-usable as per the ruling of Honorable Supreme Court/Regional Transport Office Norms. Moreover, poor workmanship and un-trained labor also result in a non-satisfactory job of cleaning the drains. In addition, there are several stretches along these drains that are lined and encroached by slums that restrict the use of such equipment. Also, the width of numerous drains is poached upon to accommodate other utilities. This further reduces the capacity of the drains to carry the storm water and the approachability for the drainage maintenance equipment.

Since the discharge of all the storm water and treated sewage is released into the Arabian Sea, tidal variation also constitutes a major component in the system of the storm water drainage (SWD). It results in excessive flooding and water retention in the event of heavy rains and the water recedes only during the low tide. This phenomenon was largely observed during the floods of 26th July 2005, when high tide forced all the drained storm water from the Arabian Sea back into the city.

In addition to the above-mentioned causes, the blame for the immense losses caused by the floods in Mumbai can be credited to the lack of proper equipment in the city’s weather bureau. The absence of modern technical tools prevented the city’s weather department from imparting precise warnings about the impending heavy rains to the citizens. Moreover, the lack of proper co-ordination amongst the various disaster management authorities in the city also delayed the relief operations, causing further damage.

Thus, a study of the most probable causes for the inundation of Mumbai city and its aftermath provides assistance to formulate the prefect strategies to mitigate each of the micro-issues originating from these causes.

However, the next chapter first scrutinizes the flood-management strategies currently adopted by Mumbai. A review of these strategies helps comprehend their drawbacks that prevented them from controlling the floods in the city.



          Norsk kortfilm vant fransk filmpris   
Den norske kortfilmen «Fuck Fossils» vant «Golden Green Award» i kategorien «Fight and adaptation to climate change», ved filmfestivalen Deauville Green Awards i Frankrike. Filmen beskriver hverdagen i Oslo i 2050. Blant skuespillerne er Thomas Hayes, kjent fra «Skam.»
          Rock / Geology Themed Birthday Party!   
Last December we had a party for Sam's 9th birthday, and being the rock hound he is, he of course wanted a ROCK theme!!  Despite the lack of rock themed party supplies available on the market, I definitely had fun with this one!!

Activities:

I set up a couple activities on the kitchen table for the kids, although the grown-ups got into it as much as the kids did! There were supplies to make pet rocks (pipe cleaners, paint, google eyes, pom poms, glue), and I also found some cool rock themed line art online to print out for coloring sheets!  We had pages of fossils, crystals, giant agates to color and a maze! Every kid also got a little geode to bust open, which Dad helped with in the garage. ;-)

Pet rocks, coloring sheets, and break-your-own geode!
Some of the many rocks made that night!

Decorations:

I did get a front loader balloon, but they just don't have "rock" balloons out there!  Being from Minnesota, the pinata is a Lake Superior agate of course! That was a simple one to make...just your classic paper mache over a balloon.  I punched it in a few places to make indentations while it was still a little wet, then added more layers to make it dry that way, and painted. 

I made the big "9 Rocks" sign and little rocks with a sheet of fluorescent poster board and some black poster board from the dollar store.  For the "Rocks" I just sprayed some random spots with silver spray paint to get a rocky texture, and then cut out the letters.  All the scrap paper I just made rock shapes, and then taped them all around the house!

Food:

For the cake I made a gold pan dipped in the water.  This was a fun one...I had some shiny gold sprinkles, and also used some yellow rock candy for gold.  For special treats I found some rock candy on Amazon, some loose crystal rock candies, and some chocolate rock candies.  I got a set of sand shovels to use as scoopers.
Edible rocks!

Goodie Bags

I can't seem to find a pic of the goodie bags.  But, each bag had a geode to break, a few cool arrowheads, some fools gold, a rubber ball that looked like a rock, Pop Rocks, and a rock candy on a stick!

It was a really fun time, and a great theme...we have a lot of rock lovers in our family!!

The following month was Toby's art themed party, which I'll blog about next! Stay tuned! :-)


          Summer is coming   
No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously. "The actions necessary to hold to 2 degrees, much less 1.5 degrees, are simply outside the bounds of conventional politics in most countries. Anyone who proposed them would sound crazy, like they were proposing, I don't know, a war or something. So we say 2 degrees is unacceptable. But we don't act like it is." *sob*
          1.5C   
By comparison to what it could have been, it's a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it's a disaster. - A historic deal has been struck in Paris to reduce carbon emissions and reduce global warming, with a ceiling of 2 degrees centigrade and a goal of 1.5C. 2015 has been the hottest year on record.
          Firecracker on "Updating my jeans capsule"   

I recall a blog post some time ago about updating one's denim capsule (and I can't find it now). At the time, I didn't feel the need to do so myself. And then, recently, I did suddenly feel I wanted some new options in my jeans wardrobe. I've been keeping an eye out, especially for inexpensive options, and I brought home a few pairs the other day. I'm pretty sure at least one, and probably two, are keepers. But I'd like your opinions!

1st pair (1-3): cropped high-rise jeans with wide cuff (Pilcro, ultra-high-rise cuffed jeans). I liked them as soon as I put them on. These feel like "my" version of cropped wide-legs. (Though they are not wide-legs.)

2nd pair: High rise cream tapered-leg jeans (Levi's Wedgie Icon jeans). I am not wearing my white boyfriend jeans this summer, and I thought this would be a fun sort-of replacement, for a change. I recall reading about the "wedgie" jeans here on the forum and thinking, "thanks, NO!" But surprise: I like them on. Maybe they feel better than they look, though.

3rd pair (7-9): High-rise mint tapered-leg jeans (Levi's Wedgie Icon jeans). Same as above, but in mint color. I think these are going back. The color is pretty, but I don't feel it's really me. If the hue were a little more muted, I would be more comfortable with it. Also, this pair feels tighter than the cream pair, even though they are the same size. Not quite as comfy.

Potential 4th pair (not pictured, but included in finds): I also have another pair of jeans coming to me from Lucky, the Sweet straight-leg jeans, in a medium blue wash. They were on sale for a great price, and I ordered them with the thought of machine-embroidering them.

And, what I wore shopping (10-11): White straight leg jeans (Lucky, Sweet jean), taupe and white scroll-print cowl-neck top (made by me), taupe oxfords (Paul Green), espresso short knitted, quilted jacket (OSKA), taupe and cream bag (Fossil).

I appreciate any comments you may have on my jeans-update-on-a-budget!


          Norsk klima-kortfilm vant pris i Frankrike (Aftenposten)   
Den norske kortfilmen «Fuck Fossils» har vunnet «Golden Green Award» ved festivalen Deauville Green Awards i Frankrike. (Aftenposten)
          Noah, Lotsa Water, an Angry God, Gay Guys, and Ignorant Pastors   
Gotta admit, the whole rainbow thing is pretty gay.
You learn something new everyday.  Turns out not only did gay people cause the utter collapse of Ancient Greece and Rome, but they also brought about the biblical "Great Flood" of Noah's day.

As if the earth needed any more insanity and fact-twisting from our good friends on the Religious Right, a conservative pastor in Alabama USA (arguably the most conservative state in the union), is claiming that same-sex marriage was the true cause of the Great Flood described in Genesis.

On the radio station American Family Radio, the broadcasting arm of the American Family Association (WTF?), Aaron Fruh, pastor of Knollwood Assembly of God Church in Mobile, AL, went on a rant against marriage equality, saying:
"Find any society in human history that ever tried that experiment [i.e. same-sex marriage] and lived to tell about it; they've all been destroyed."
We're clearly dealing with a genius here.  And really?  "Knollwood"?  That's pretty gay sounding.  By the way, the Fruh-meister has previously stated that marriage equality is "heterophobic," believing that straights are the ones being picked on.

Fruh claims that the society that existed just prior to the flood of Noah was the only one prior to the present to offer same-sex marriage.  Yawn.
"The one society in history that first offered marriage certificates to same-sex couples, you'd think would be Sodom and Gomorrah, or Rome or Greece.  It was actually the society just prior to the flood of Noah.
"God knew that the people on the earth were going to destroy themselves through same-sex marriage, and so that's why he brought the flood. [...] Civilization was destroying itself, because there would be no more procreation; there would no longer be husbands and wives having children and furthering society."

Wow, this guy is making the dudes in Dumb and Dumber look like nuclear physicists.  He seems to think that same-sex marriage automatically means opposite-sex marriage will cease to exist, and all the men of the earth will jump at the chance to dump their hapless wives in the gutter in order to marry other men.  Men and women will simply stop having sex, no babies will be born, and the planet will be a human-free wasteland within 100 years... all because approximately 7% of the population will have the right to marry the person they love.

It's so utterly ridiculous.  It's like me saying I was 100% hetero until my country enacted equal marriage rights for LGBT people, then I magically switched teams and went gay.  Well, I didn't.  I'm still straight, as is everyone else who was straight before equal marriage became law.

Back in Noah's day, God was apparently too worried and impatient to simply let mankind destroy itself through gay marriage, so he decided to speed up the process a bit and make everybody take a permanent swim -- including all the animals and insects.

These reactionary nuts are great.  Honestly I'm not quite sure if any of them know how to read.  In any case it's pretty damn obvious none of them have ever picked up a world history, archeology, or anthropology book, let alone an updated biology book.  The only book they ever pick up is the Bible, a book they treat as a literal, factual encyclopedia, which it so isn't.

Aaron Fruh
Let's crush some dreams, shall we?

The "society just prior to the flood of Noah" to which Fruh is referring was known collectively as Mesopotamia.  I'm gonna take a wild guess and say he probably doesn't even know that.  Mesopotamia comprised what today is Iraq, northeastern Syria, and southeastern Turkey, and is known as "the Cradle of Civilization."  During the Bronze Age (the time in which Noah supposedly lived), the Sumerians and Akkadians (later including the Assyrians and Babylonians) dominated the region.

Nobody really knows when (or if) Noah actually lived, but we do know that ancient Hebrews did live in Mesopotamia in the Bronze Age and were influenced by local traditions, stories, and beliefs.  One of these included the Epic of Gilgamesh, an over four-millennia-old myth describing a great deluge that impacted the region.  The myth appears to have been borne out of an actual regional flood (or series of floods) that did happen along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

Gilgamesh was a king during the Dynasty of Uruk, ca. 2500 BCE, but the evidence for two large regional floods found in the soil strata pre-date his reign by more than 1,000 years.  Regional floods, mind you, not global.

Mesopotamian societies did not issue 'marriage certificates' to same-sex couples (nor did the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, for that matter).  Have you ever noticed how Right-wingers love to feel smart and toss out random pieces of information without giving any specifics or backing up their conclusions?  The art of saying "this is true because I say it's true" is their specialty.  That's because they don't know what the hell they're talking about.  They're just babbling.

Unfortunately marriage certificates don't survive the passage of time so well, unless they're carved in stone.  They're not, by the way.  What we do have are various texts from Ancient Mesopotamia, including several Law Codes which were, in fact (glory be), carved in stone.  The Codes of the Urukagina (2375 BCE), Ur-Nammu (2100 BCE), Eshnunna (1750 BCE), and the most famous, the Code of Hammurabi (1726 BCE), essentially ignore same-sex acts even though they heavily regulate marriage.

Two laws from the Middle Assyrian Code of Assur in the 12th-century BCE mention same-sex acts in a way that is curiously most similar to another Ancient Near Eastern law code of the time:  the Holiness Code of the Old Testament book of Leviticus.  Interestingly, the Code of Assur pre-dates the Hebrew Holiness Code by roughly six-hundred years.
"If a seignior [an Assyrian man] lay with his neighbor [another Assyrian male], when they have prosecuted him and convicted him [i.e. the first man], they shall lie with him and turn him into a eunuch"  (Table A, Paragraph 20).

The situation described is one in which a man has forced sex upon a local resident or business partner, who then has the option of bringing a charge against him.  Take note that the penetrator is punished here, not the man penetrated, so the crime is clearly rape.  Apparently his punishment for raping another man is that he is himself raped by a group of men (presumably the jury of his peers who found him guilty).  Ouch.

Homosexuality itself is not condemned (because the ancients had no concept of sexual orientation as modern science has taught us today), nor were same-sex acts looked upon as immoral or disordered.  A man could visit a prostitute or sleep with another male, as long as false rumors or forced sex were not involved with another Assyrian male.

Pictorial and literary references from Mesopotamia surviving today show an acceptance of some forms of same-sex behavior while expressing a wariness of other forms.  Anal sex between men was clearly depicted in figurative art in the cities of Babylon, Uruk, Assur, and Susa, and these images show that it was usually carried out as part of religious ritual.

Cult prostitution was common throughout the Ancient Near East, involving both opposite-sex and same-sex activity.  Male and female cult prostitutes had intercourse with male worshipers in sanctuaries and temples throughout Mesopotamia, Phoenecia, Cyrpus, Corinth, etc., such as in the relief below from 2000 BCE showing a male worshiper penetrating a male priest (an assinu).   Noted sexual historian Norman Sussman states in his piece, Sex and Sexuality in History, that:

"Male and female prostitutes, serving temporarily or permanently and performing heterosexual, homosexual, oral-genital, bestial, and other forms of sexual activities, dispensed their favors on behalf of the temple.  The prostitute and the client acted as surrogates for the deities."
A manual called the Summa alu, which prognosticated the future based on sexual acts, declared that:

"If a man copulates with an assinu [a male transvestitic (eunuch) priest], trouble will leave him."
This sexual use of priests and temple prostitutes by the people groups surrounding ancient Israel was likely the main reason the Talmud (Jewish Bible, i.e. Old Testament) said anal sex was a no-no.  "Everyone else's priests get used as an act of worship to their gods, but there's no way in hell we're gonna have our priests doing that as an act of worship to Yahweh."  The ancient Jews were obsessed with being separate, different, and distinguishable from other tribes and nations, as well as obsessed with ritual purity.

As with other societies in the Ancient Near East, however, including Ancient Greece and Rome, what mattered in Mesopotamia was the role and status of a sexual partner, especially the penetrated partner, and the ramifications that may follow.  The partner's biological sex didn't matter.  Scholar and historian Dr. William Naphy, in his book A History of Homosexuality, takes note of:

"how few cultures seem to have any significant 'moral' concern about same-sex activities. ...Most cultures seemed to accept that males might have sex with other males" -- although for a male to assume the passive position in intercourse was thought to make him 'less than male,' unless he was an adolescent.
Laws banned only certain negative acts that may be connected to either heterosexuality or homosexuality, such as slander, rape, and incest.  It is known that kings had male lovers along with their wives, warriors occasionally developed romantic relationships, and ordinary men customarily had anal intercourse with male and female cultic personnel.

All this is fine and well, but does it tell us whether ancient Mesopotamians actually endorsed and sanctioned same-sex marriage?  No.  Evidence of same-sex marriage is at best indirect, but there are historical bits and pieces suggesting that certain same-sex relationships could be intimate and comparable to opposite-sex marriages.  The celebrated story of King Gilgamesh, who had such a relationship with a man named Enkidu, exemplifies this.  "I loved him, and caressed him as though a wife," the tale records Gilgamesh as saying.

Example of Hittite cuneiform tablet
Hittite Laws can be read to suggest that same-sex marriage may have been legally as well as culturally sanctioned in at least some parts of ancient Mesopotamia.  Table I of the Hittite Laws, for example, regulated marriage, specifically the husband's payment of bride-price to the wife.  Oh those were days, weren't they?  When a man could buy a woman from her father and acquire a permanent maid and baby-making machine.  Jeesh.

Although it was assumed that this regulation applied to the advantage of free Hittite citizens, special provisions in Table I afforded explicit legal authority for slaves to obtain brides in this way; otherwise, slaves apparently could not marry.

For example, section 34 provided:  "If a slave gives the brideprice to a woman and takes her as his wife, no-one shall [make him] surrender her."'  By one reading, section 36 then provided that, "[I]f a slave gives the bride-price to a free youth and takes him to dwell in his household as spouse, no-one shall [make him] surrender him."  If the quoted reading is correct, a male slave with money (the bride-price) to pay for a male spouse could do so and expect that the transaction would be backed up by law.  And, of course, if a slave were allowed to do this, it would go without saying that a free Hittite citizen could do the same.

So, there is speculative evidence for same-sex relationships (and possibly marriages) in Mesopotamia, but hard historical proof just isn't there.  It is also clear from surviving legal codes that producing offspring was an essential aspect of adulthood.  It was expected and, in some instances, required.  So while same-sex relationships may have existed here and there among the upper classes, it seems they were not widespread among the common masses.

The reason I went through this topic in some detail, is because Aaron Fruh's "objection" to marriage equality is the kind of ignorant nonsense the pro-equality side is up against everyday.  If you have the facts - as in actual historical facts - you can dismantle the regurgitated babble of the Religious Right with ease.  If you know the truth you can speak up and set the record straight, putting an end to the lies the anti-equality side love to tell.

Of course, any topic delving into God's wrath, arks, and floods, is bound to be contentious from the outset.  Scientific evidence does not point to a massive global flood ever happening at any point in Earth's history.  The original Hebrew of the book of Genesis spells this fact out as well, using the Hebrew term kol erets to refer to "the whole earth."  Kol erets is used elsewhere in the Old Testament referring to local geography, i.e. the region where the author was from.  In other words: the world known to the author/s.  Had literally the entire planet been meant, the word tebel would have been used, which means the literal planet Earth.  But tebel was not used.

Regional floods did happen quite frequently in Mesopotamia, and some were large and incredibly destructive, claiming many lives.  These can be backed up by historical records and archaeology.  It is most likely that one of these floods, or the massive Black Sea flood that occurred some 7,500 years ago, left an indelible mark on the psyche of the region's people, and was passed down through oral traditions as a parable about being good and not angering the gods/God.

Finally, based on the flood narrative in Genesis 6:1-13, same-sex marriage is simply not listed as one of its causes.  The story states that:
  1. The human race had become "wicked" and "evil."
  2. There were "giants in the land" (either as a result of breeding between fallen angels and human women, or of wicked, heathen men marrying pious women who believed in God, thereby corrupting their faith and producing wicked (demon-possessed?) tyrants as their offspring -- the exact meaning is rather ambiguous). 
  3. The rulers of the land were haughty conquerors who "were praised by all men."
  4. The peoples' thoughts were "thoughts of only evil continually" (i.e. violent and oppressive toward one another).
  5. Brutal violence, hatred, and corruption were everywhere.
  6. Men were taking wives of other faiths and other tribes purely for lustful, carnal reasons (this taps into the Hebrew forbiddance of intermarriage in order to retain purity).
  7. Polygamy is implied to have been rampant and celebrated.
  8. The population was exploding as never before.

Doesn't exactly sound like men were abandoning women for men, or that the human race was threatened with extinction.  Quite the opposite in fact, in both regards.

Granted, Fruh claims his "evidence" comes from the Mishnah (specifically the Midrash Rabbah Genesis), a 3rd-century CE redaction of Jewish oral tradition, which does mention that men married men.  But the Mishnah commentary also claims that bestiality was rampant prior to the flood; that these were the days when witchcraft and sorcery flourished; and suggests that human sacrifices weren't uncommon.  Could not these have been more damning activities in God's eyes?  Commenting that humanity "corrupted its way," as the Mishnah states, sounds far more like a result of rampant bestiality to me.

It's important, however, not to place too much weight on the Mishnah.  For starters, it's not the Bible.  It's a commentary of oral traditions (known as the 'Oral Torah'), gathered from among Jewish Sages in the late 2nd century CE and written down by one man: Rabbi Judah HaNasi.  This was at least 2,500 years after the supposed events occurred.  It's simply impossible for anyone to know the exact details of what was going on over two millennia prior, based purely on word-of-mouth stories.  The Sages were giving their thoughts and opinions based on the time and culture in which they lived.

The time the Mishnah was written down (ca. 200 CE) also happened to be a time of extreme patriarchal conservatism among Christians and Jews alike, and Israel was at that time a province of Rome.  The compiler of the Mishnah could not have avoided reading the dominant culture of the day (the Greco-Roman culture) into his narratives of Old Testament stories and regulations, nor could the Sages who past on those oral traditions.  In other words, "We despise the Romans because they're immoral and wicked, therefore if Moses said the society of Noah's day was immoral and wicked, it must have been doing the things that Roman society is doing now."

Most scholars point out that, in terms of its historical accuracy and content, the Mishnah contains extensive editorial reshaping of stories and statements, with few outside confirming texts.

Secondly, if men marrying men had been the primary cause of God's wrath, it seems the authors of Genesis would have at least mentioned it in passing as being one of the causes.  But in fact the authors say the opposite:  men were marrying women and the population was booming.  Furthermore, Jesus never mentions men marrying men (or even general same-sex behavior) as being a reason for this flood or any other tale of supposed divine judgment.

Thirdly, and most importantly, there is no historical, geographical, fossil, or archaeological evidence of a literal global flood in the first place.  The tale is likely a cautionary parable adapted from other similar Ancient Near Eastern flood stories.

I hope beyond hope that some day people will start to open other books aside from the Bible, and turn their ignorance into factual knowledge.  The world would be such a smarter place, and perhaps Aaron Fruh would stop saying such foolish things.



          Work progressing...   
    The other day I decided it was time to get out my things and make an owl.  I have been wanting to try making one of these for two years now and I finally got around to it!  It is turning out so cute.  The only problem is that I want it to be able to sit up.  I think I'll be putting one of those bead packs in the bottom or something.
    I bought a whole bunch of apples and spent a good amount of time making applesauce, apple pie filling and apple butter.  All of it tastes great to me, though one of the kids says the apple sauce is too sweet.  Oh well.
    There have been a few projects I have done with the kids.  I need to take more pictures of them when they happen.  We decided to get out the clay and make fossils.  The kids really liked this one.  It was so easy to go around the house and find little animals for them to smash into clay.  After coming out of the oven they were hard and then they could take off playing with them.  My plan is to take them to the sandbox at the park and bury them so they can dig them back up.  I may even make a few new ones for them to find as a surprise!


          Photosynthesis.   
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Photosynthesis.

Essays Biochem. 2016 Oct 31;60(3):255-273

Authors: Johnson MP

Abstract
Photosynthesis sustains virtually all life on planet Earth providing the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat; it forms the basis of global food chains and meets the majority of humankind's current energy needs through fossilized photosynthetic fuels. The process of photosynthesis in plants is based on two reactions that are carried out by separate parts of the chloroplast. The light reactions occur in the chloroplast thylakoid membrane and involve the splitting of water into oxygen, protons and electrons. The protons and electrons are then transferred through the thylakoid membrane to create the energy storage molecules adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and nicotinomide-adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH). The ATP and NADPH are then utilized by the enzymes of the Calvin-Benson cycle (the dark reactions), which converts CO2 into carbohydrate in the chloroplast stroma. The basic principles of solar energy capture, energy, electron and proton transfer and the biochemical basis of carbon fixation are explained and their significance is discussed.

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          Tacoma’s a target for fossil-fuel development. We’ve got to act now to stop it.   
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          (USA-OK-Tulsa) CONTROLS SPECIALIST   
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          Supreme Leader Submits General Policies for the Environment   

General Policies are high level strategies formulated by experts in the Expediency Council, adopted in that council and endorsed by the Supreme Leader. We were working with the Council for the past year to define the outlines and content of the major policies we need for the environment in Iran. These general policies will enable us to strengthen cross sectoral cooperation and to engage the judiciary, legislative and even armed forces to engage in implementation of environmental policies. The stategic mandate given in this directive also addresses social participation and the civil society which could be instumental for a social campaign to change current mentality and lifestyles particulaly in consumption patterns of water and energy. In addition  the emphasis on greening of the economy and supporting green technologies will give us strong incentives for investment and growth. The need to mitigate greenhouse gases and confront the detrimental effects of climate change is clearly mentioned as well.  The clear focus on environmental diplomacy is also important given the regional role with our neighbours and with the wider international community that we need to persue. The General Policies have given us a strong support in promoting the environmental agenda led by President Rouhani in the current government. These policies have also given a strong signal of committment and cooperation at the international level at the onset of COP21 negotiations on the new climate agreement. 
Iran will have an important role, as an influential and committed regional and global player, for promoting peace and environmental protection for our home, planet earth. 



Leader

Expand green economy, administer justice and raise awareness of the environment

In a letter to the heads of the three branches of government, Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, announced the general policies on the environment on the basis of the first clause in Article 110 of the Constitution. 

The following is the full text of these policies issued on November 17, 2015.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


General Policies on the Environment:
1.    Comprehensive, harmonious and organized management of vital resources (including the air, water, soil and environmental diversity) based on ecological capability and sustainability particularly by increasing capacities and appropriate legal and structural capabilities accompanied by public participation.
2.    Establishing a cohesive and national system on the issue of the environment.

3.    Improving environmental conditions with the purpose of helping society enjoy a healthy environment, administering justice and observing intra-generational rights.

4.    Preventing and prohibiting the circulation of all kinds of unlawful pollutants, recording crimes related to the environment, administering efficient and preventive punishment of polluters and destroyers of the environment and forcing them to compensate for their actions.
5.    Continuous refinement and control of air, water, soil and noise pollutants, destructive waves and rays and unfavorable climatic changes, and making compulsory the observation of environmental standards and criteria in implementing rules and regulations, development plans and spatial planning.

6.    Preparing an environmental atlas of the country and protecting, reviving, optimizing and developing renewable natural resources (such as seas, lakes, rivers, dam reservoirs, wetlands, aquifers, forests, soil, grasslands and environmental diversity particularly of wildlife), imposing legal restrictions on using these resources in line with their ecologic capability (their sustainability and resilience capabilities) on the basis of sustainability standards and criteria, the management of sensitive and valuable ecosystems (including national parks and other national environmental heritage), preserving genetic resources and developing and improving them at the level of international standards.

7.    Managing climatic changes, confronting environmental threats such as desertification, dust particles, drought and microbial and radioactive transmitters, promoting foresight and identifying and managing new environmental phenomena. 

8.    Expanding the green economy by emphasizing:

8.1. Low-carbon industries, the use of clean sources of energy and healthy agricultural and organic products, the management of waste and wastewater by optimizing economic, social, natural and environmental capacities and resources.

8.2.    The reformation of production patterns in different economic and social areas, the improvement of consumption patterns of water, various resources and materials, food and energy sources particularly through promoting those fuel sources that are in harmony with the environment.

8.3.    The promotion of green and non-fossil modes of public transportation such as electric modes and an increase in public transportation particularly in large cities.

9.    Balancing and preserving, in an optimal way, groundwater through watershed and aquifer management, managing elements that reduce groundwater utilization and evaporation and preventing the entrance of pollutants.

10.    Establishing an environmental auditing system in the country by considering environmental values and costs (destruction, pollution and revival) in national accounting.

11.    Supporting and encouraging investments and technologies that are compatible with the environment by using proper means including green taxes.

12.    Preparing an environmental behavior chart and promoting and establishing environmental behavior and culture based on constructive Iranian-Islamic values and patterns.

13.    Improving studies and scientific research, utilizing new environmental technologies, benefiting from constructive domestic experiences in the area of preserving the balance of ecosystems, and preventing the environment from being polluted and destroyed.

14.    Raising and strengthening societial awareness, knowledge and outlook about the environment, and strengthening religious culture and teachings related to social responsiblty particularly through enjoining to do good and forbidding evil with the purpose of preserving the environment at all levels of society. 

15.    Strengthening environmental diplomacy through:

15.1. Efforts to create and strengthen regional organizations with the responsibility of confronting dust particles and water pollution.
15.2. Strengthening relations and encouraging purposeful and efficient cooperation – bilateral, multilateral, regional and international cooperation – in the area of the environment.

15.3. Making efficient use of international opportunities and incentives in moving towards a low-carbon economy and facilitating the transport and development of relevant technologies and innovations.
 

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              Japan Pt6 - Tokyo Day 2: Food, Fashion, and Festivals    

    Japan Part 1   |   Japan Part 2   |   Japan Part 3   |   Japan Part 4   |   Japan Part 5

    Tsukiji Fish Market


    A lot of people suggested that we go to the Tsukiji Fish Market, which I wasn’t too sure about because let’s face it: it’s a fish market and I hardly ever go to fish markets in Malaysia anyway. But since it opened early and so many people recommended it, and we wanted to get some food, we went there the next morning, but not super early to catch the auction because that would require us to be there at 3am O.o We went around 10 am, and it was definitely more interesting than i thought it would be. Most of the time there we spent in the outdoor market, where vendors were selling all sorts of weird looking creatures/plants/things. Everything was super fresh, and surprisingly didn't smell of fish so much. I think the seafood section in Giant smells more.

    We decided to have brunch at the market, and popped into a sushi bar to have fresh sushi, and boyyy was it good! The fish was so fresh and delicious ahhhh! Energised and with happy tummies we continued walking through the market, which was full of people, both buying things, and tourists. A lot of the stalls had samples out and the vendors eagerly invited people to try their food. We tried some teriyaki scallops, which were of course delicious. Then we walked over to the wholesale market where the real pasar basah is, but since it was already late morning, most of the activity had died down and people were cleaning up after the morning’s activities.

    so fresh and so clean

    all manner of pickles

    look at that delicious slab of fish! i think its tuna

    make your own matcha

    our deeeelicious brunch

    the far left was lightly broiled tuna, sangat sedap!!

    made on the spot just for you

    the shop was called sushi zanmai, i don't know if its the same one as the branches in malaysia. 

    happy sushi eater

    souvenir shopping

    HUGE crabs

    huge fresh oysters

    teriyaki scallops testers so sedapppp

    such a beautiful shoplady. Macam dalam anime

    traditional pottery

    cute chopstick holders

    colors and patterns

    the wholesale market

    lobstaahhhh

    clams and such

    huge squid

    aftermath. le decapitated tuna heads

    Ginza, Marunouchi, and The Imperial Palace East Gardens


    We decided to take the train to Ginza just to see the glitzy side of Tokyo (yes, right after mingling with seafood :p ) Glamorous coats, dresses, and bags filled tall, shiny shop-windows. Fall fashion was starting to come in, my favourite fashion season. Of course we didn't enter any of the shops because they were the likes of Gucci, Pucci, Chanel, Dior, LV etc. We went to the Tokyo International Forum afterwards, but not before getting a bit lost trying to find it.

    felt a little bit like New York, or at least what I imagine New York to be like

    ooh la la

    fossil shop

    cute boots

    i think this was Diane von Fürstenberg. i liked the quotes

    japanese, fashionable everywhere

    we saw this building from afar and came closer to see what it was. it was a kindergarten. a freakin kindergarten. oh ginza you fancy fancy neighborhood

    kereta kecil warna merah

    buildings

    another outlet of sushi zanmai :D

    tokyo international forum. like being inside a whale, or underneath a viking ship. me like!

    none indeed. at the forum shop
    It was noon and we needed to find a place to pray, so we decided to get on the free shuttle buses that looped around the Marunouchi area and get off at the Imperial Palace East Gardens. There are two gardens that are open to the public here, the larger Honmaru Gardens and the smaller Ninomaru Gardens. Munira really wanted to see a proper Japanese garden (one we could enter, because the imperial gardens in Kyoto we could only see from a distance) so we went to Ninomaru first. It was a bit hard finding a corner to pray though, since most of the garden is quite manicured. But we found some wooded area and took turns praying there.

    Compared to the Imperial Palace gardens in Kyoto, the ninomaru gardens seemed a little sparse, but it was still very beautiful. After wandering around for about an hour we headed over to the Honmaru Gardens, which was quite empty. It looked more like an activity park because of the wide, open grass spaces. One thing that was really nice was throughout the gardens they have rest houses, which at first I thought were bathrooms, but actually they are proper rest houses. Little air-conditioned huts that sell drinks and ice cream and a small selection of souvenirs. Great for cooling down and resting after a hot sweaty walk through the gardens.

    At the exit of the gardens there was a small museum, and because it was free and air-conditioned we went in. The exhibit that was currently being held was a collection of clothes worn by the imperial prince when he was a little boy. The furisode (long sleeved kimono) were so beautiful, and cute since they were tiny :3 too bad we couldn't take any pictures there though.

    Tokyo station

    approach to the imperial palace east gardens

    roofs :)

    juxtaposed

    ninomaru japanese garden

    2 old men had huge cameras with huger lenses and were stalking these butterflies at length

    ninomaruuu

    spot the tourist

    photo by munira

    one of the many photographers that spent so long patiently photographing everything

    peace

    marunouchi business skyscrapers in the background, imperial gardens in the foreground

    yukataaa

    my sistah

    moi

    beautiful

    free but ticketed entry

    fashionable japanese ladies are fashionable

    trains, ever punctual, ever reliable

    super long paper mural on display in one of the train stations


    Asakusa surprise


    Muhsin and his friend were arriving in Tokyo that afternoon and we had arranged to meet at Sensoji temple, Asakusa, at 6pm. Asakusa is a district which is a part of old Tokyo, hence its known as the historic touristy part. We’d seen a lot of history-related things in Kyoto, so the real main reason for going to Asakusa was to check out Nakamise, the souvenir shopping street.

    We got to Asakusa station around 5pm, and the station was crowded with people. We didn't think much of it, being a weekend and all, but once we got to the ground level there were even more people! So many people lining the streets and music playing and noise and people and more people. It was very confusing. As it turns out, we had stepped right into the annual Samba Parade Festival. Haha! Totally unexpected being in the historic part of Tokyo.

    i have noooo idea

    tourist information centre that we didnt go to

    samba!
    We had an hour til we were due to meet up so we made our way to Nakamise. There were so many interesting shops selling souvenirs and delicacies but we didn't really buy anything since we already got most of our souvenirs from Kyoto. I did cave in and get a small handkerchief for myself since I really loved the traditional Japanese printed fabrics.

    Nakamise stretches for about 250m, and ends at the gate to Sensoji temple. So we walked around looking for Muhsin but we couldn't find him. None of us had internet or phone lines so we couldn't contact Muhsin, so we decided to sit down and wait. An hour later he still hadn't shown up and we were getting worried, so we backtracked twice along Nakamise but we still couldn't find him. Then I remembered the metro station had limited free wifi, so we went there and quickly asked Mushin where he was. As it turns out he just got to the hostel, since moving with super huge and very heavy baggage made their journey to the hostel much more difficult and time-consuming than we expected. But it was good to know he was safe.

    About half an hour later they arrived and we showed them around the area while looking for a place for them to eat since they hadn't eaten anything the whole day. Unfortunately it was already 8ish so most shops were closed. We did manage to find one, even though it looked like a bar, but it was the only one that had fish and plain rice, whereas other places had questionable looking meat.
    Nakamise-dori

    window shopping commence!


    pretty pretty fabrics

    selipar jepun

    hard at work making snacks


    prints and postcards

    non-foldable fans

    paper lanterns

    kawaii~!

    not so kawaii

    i loooved the fans but sooo mahal


    traditional fabric shop

    umbrelly brollies

    cute neko

    more umbrellas

    :o

    beautiful folding fans

    making red bean paste filled kuih thingies called ningyoyaki

    i was trying to look like him


    pose~


    at which point these groovy dudes were surrounded by cooing and kawaiiiiii
    the cat looked like it was high
    at the second gate, Hozomon gate
    people lining up to...pray i think?

    dusk falls, my favorite time to photograph the sky

    love the colors

    Sensoji Temple's Hanzomon gate from Nakamise-dori
    cute!

    yay jumpa! yay makan! yay orang ambikkan gambar!
     We were thinking of going to the Tokyo Metropolitan Office observation deck since it closed late, but everyone was quite tired and we didn't know if we’d make it there in time, so we ended the day just taking a relaxing stroll along the Sumida river park before heading back to our hostel.

    Tokyo Skytree, the tallest broadcasting tower in the world i think

    cak!



    Total expenses:¥1430
    Brunch: ¥730
    Souvenirs: ¥200
    Ice cream:¥100
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    [+1] Discussion by hamburger on 03/20/09 3:33 PM Replies: 9 Views: 4,246
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              GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR) | Re: In Merina commercial fossil hunters often sell   
    Hi GMATNinjaTwo

    Can you elaborate on concrete reasoning to rule out (B)

    WR,
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              ◇FOSSIL クオーツ クロノグラフ   
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              Chine : La première ville « forestière » du monde   

    La première « Forest City » du monde, bâtie pour lutter contre la pollution, est maintenant en construction à Liuzhou, dans la province du Guangxi, en Chine. Conçue par Stefano Boeri Architetti, la ville accueillera une communauté d’environ 30 000 personnes.

    Plus d’un million de plantes et près de 40 000 arbres absorberont ensemble près de 10 000 tonnes de dioxyde de carbone, 57 tonnes de polluants et produiront environ 900 tonnes d’oxygène par an ; sur le papier, cet ambitieux projet fait envie. Dans la préfecture de Liuzhou, la première ville-forêt du monde est en cours de construction avec à la baguette le célèbre architecte italien Stefano Boeri Architetti qui développe des projets du même type partout dans le monde. Environ 30 000 personnes seront logées là-bas. L’inauguration devrait avoir lieu en 2020.


    En plus de bonifier l’air environnant, ces nouvelles infrastructures permettront la création de barrières acoustiques naturelles. La ville promet également d’être autosuffisante et alimentée grâce aux énergies renouvelables telles que l’énergie solaire et géothermique. Comme dans toute ville, vous retrouverez ainsi des zones commerciales, des quartiers résidentiels, des espaces récréatifs, un hôpital et deux écoles. Forest City sera également « connecté à Liuzhou par une ligne ferroviaire rapide pour les voitures électriques », peut-on notamment lire sur ScienceAlert.


    C’est donc un projet ambitieux et bien intentionné qui pourra servir d’exemple pour la conception d’autres villes vertes ailleurs dans le pays et dans le monde.


    Considérée comme le pays du charbon, la Chine semble petit à petit prendre la mesure des enjeux environnementaux. Il y a quelques semaines, le pays inaugurait la plus grande ferme solaire du monde. Plus récemment, dans la province de Qinghai, plus de cinq millions de citoyens sont ainsi passés au 100 % énergies vertes pendant sept jours. « L’énergie propre est la solution ultime. Nous devons réduire notre dépendance à l’égard des combustibles fossiles, améliorer notre structure énergétique et réduire la pollution », avait alors déclaré Han Ti, vice-président général de la Qinghai Electric Power Corporation.

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              Realistic Animal Sculptor - Themed Concepts - Forest Lake, MN   
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              This week at progressive state blogs: Slashing OSHA's budget; SD's forced catheterization attacked   

    This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Here is the June 24 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents.

    Chris Savage at Eclectablog of Michigan writes—Trump’s Golden Goose Egg –> Killing the fastest growing energy sector: renewable energy:

    Yesterday the Trump administration put out a press release titled “President Donald J. Trump Unleashes America’s Energy Potential.” In it, the release describes how Trump has done this:

    • Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord

    • Rescinding the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan
    • Fast-tracking approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline
    • Ending the Obama Administration’s coal leasing moratorium on Federal land
    • Rescinding the Obama Administration’s Stream Protection Rule
    • Directing the Department of the Interior to reconsider the Obama Bureau of Land Management’s Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
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    Notice anything missing? The 771-word press release that describes how Trump is “achieving American energy dominance” has exactly zero references to renewable energy sources. It brags about how the energy sector employs 6.4 million Americans and how it is “a leading driver in hiring American workers,” adding 300,000 new jobs last year. It goes on and on about coal and gas and pipelines and drilling and mining.

    However, despite the fossil fuel fetishism of the Trump administration, it is renewable energy that is driving the energy sectors success.


              Commentaires sur Énergie sans limite, la révolution de Trump par leham   
    @jacques lemiere "MAIS QUE VEUT DIRE PRENDRE EN COMPTE LES LIMITES NATURELLES? " A votre avis, l'activité humaine dans son ensemble, dans le modèle de société qu'elle crée consciemment ou inconsciemment, que se soit planifié ou pas, ça ne l'est pas d'ailleurs donc ça vous convient je suppose, prend elle en compte la finitude des énergies fossiles carbonées ? voilà une limite naturelle. Les énergies carbonées sont pourtant le socle sur laquelle la société humaine se bâti. Non nous faisons COMME SI l'épuisable était inépuisable. la philosophie du "tant que je gagne, je joue" règne. Chaque jour un mur se rapproche, on en sait pas où il est avec certitude mais sans doute plus près que nous le pensons et nous agissons comme s'il n'y avait pas de mur. "Deus Market" ne voit encore rien venir car certains (moyen orient en tête) mentent sur l'état de leur stock pour mieux vendre (toujours le court termisme... "tant que je gagne, je joue"), parce que quelque crise financière passe par là et ralentit la course du développement, par moment. Les vociférations que quelques écolos ne changent rien à la marche de l'humanité. Humanité est comme téléguidée par l'intérêt individuel et le court termisme. Je "réclame" un peu de recul et un peu d'intelligence, en envisageant les limites naturelles de la finitude des stocks d'hydrocarbures sur lesquelles nous bâtissons la société humaine. Pourquoi maintenant alors que "Deus Market" est bien tranquille ? Parce quand il va se réveiller, lors de contractions sévères sur les marché de l’énergie, pensez- vous que cela n'aura aucun impact sur notre mode de vie confortable ?
              FOSSIL フォッシル 腕時計 ツイスト ME1133   
    FOSSIL フォッシル 腕時計 ツイスト ME1133
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              FOSSIL / フォッシル デルレイ クロノグラフ ステンレス CH2968 シルバー 美品 訳あり 中古   
    FOSSIL / フォッシル デルレイ クロノ…
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               Saint-Chamas : les dinosaures, vedettes de la 40e bourse aux fossiles    
    Pendant deux jours et demi, la salle polyvalente a servi d'écrin aux nombreuses pierres : améthystes, lapis lazuli, tourmaline, émeraude, quartz, citrine... Sans compter, les bijoux, les bois fossilisés, l'espace météorites, les pierres...
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              Megatrend: Cheap Clean Energy   
    Energy is the blood of the economy, but fossil energy sources are becoming scarce. They also suspected of causing global warming. They pollute the air in our cities. Fossil fuels are becoming more and more expensive, thwarting the economic progress around the world. We must – and will – solve this problem.
              Some Locations for Fossil Plants in Ohio   
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               Dinosaurs sensitive faces helped them eat, attract mates    
    Dinosaurs&#39; faces might have been much more sensitive than previously thought, helping them to pick flesh from bones to attracting potential mates, according to a study. In the study, researchers examined a 125-million-year-old fossilised skull of Neovenator salerii -- a large carnivorous land-based dinosaur -- and found that the dinosaur had an extremely sensitive snout, projecting nose and mouth of a mammal, that was previously associated only with aquatic feeders. However, nothing about the dinosaur suggests it was an aquatic feeder. Neovenator&#39;s skull revealed the most complete dinosaur neurovascular canal, highly branched, nearest the tip of the snout. This would
              "Climate, Energy, and Environmental Amendments Offered On The Continuing Resolution (HR 1)" by Richard Mercer   

    Quoting from an article to be published this month in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, by Dr. Paul Epstein on the true costs of coal.

    “The public is unfairly paying for the impacts of coal use…Accounting for these ‘hidden costs’ doubles to triples the price of electricity from coal per kWh, making wind, solar, and other renewable very economically competitive. Policymakers need to evaluate current energy options with these types of impacts in mind. Our reliance on fossil fuels is proving costly for society, negatively impacting our wallets and our quality of life.”

    “Our comprehensive review finds that the best estimate for the total economically quantifiable costs, based on a conservative weighting of many of the study findings, amount to some $345.3 billion, adding close to 17.8¢/kWh of electricity generated from coal. The low estimate is $175 billion, or over 9¢/kWh, while the true monetizable costs could be as much as the upper bounds of $523.3 billion, adding close to 26.89¢/kWh. These and the more difficult to quantify externalities are borne by the general public.”


              Fossil Női Lánc Collier nemesacél Blume cirkónia JA6394040 - Jelenlegi ára: 8 547 Ft   
    Várható érkezés: 2017. 07. 16 - 2017. 07. 21
    gyártó: Fossil ModellNr : JA6394040 Listaár: *: 29, 00 Euro állapot: Neu és vercsomagt anyag: Női Collier /Lánc nemesacélBlume,
    Blumecirkónia kirakott,
    Szín: ezüst MaĂ? e: Länge ca. 45, 00 cm,
    Blume átmérő: ca. 0, 8 cm
    Karbinerzáródás Auslieferung in Fossil Geschenkbox (Bilder doboz kann vom Bild változhat)
    Fossil Női Lánc Collier nemesacél Blume cirkónia JA6394040
    Jelenlegi ára: 8 547 Ft
    Az aukció vége: 2099-01-01 00:00
              Fossil Női Lánc Collier nemesacél Schatulle JF86444040 - Jelenlegi ára: 13 197 Ft   
    Várható érkezés: 2017. 07. 16 - 2017. 07. 21
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    mit Anhänger in forma egyr Schatullesynt. Gyöngy és cirkónia MaĂ? e: Länge ca. 43, 00 cm,
    Karbinerzáródás Auslieferung in Fossil Geschenkbox (Bilder doboz kann vom Bild változhat)
    Fossil Női Lánc Collier nemesacél Schatulle JF86444040
    Jelenlegi ára: 13 197 Ft
    Az aukció vége: 2099-01-01 00:00
              Fossil Női Lánc Collier kereszt JF00437040 - Jelenlegi ára: 9 897 Ft   
    Várható érkezés: 2017. 07. 16 - 2017. 07. 21
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    mit cirkónia kirakott,
    Szín: ezüst MaĂ? e: Länge ca. 40, 00 cm,
    Karbinerzáródás Auslieferung in Fossil Geschenkbox (Bilder doboz kann vom Bild változhat)
    Fossil Női Lánc Collier kereszt JF00437040
    Jelenlegi ára: 9 897 Ft
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              Realistic Animal Sculptor - Themed Concepts - Forest Lake, MN   
    Work with the production team in executing top-quality, realistic concrete sculptures of insects, animals, fossils, trains, airplanes, etc.... $42,000 - $45,000 a year
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              Comment on EIA’s Electric Power Monthly – June 2017 Edition with data for April by Nathanael   
    The current attack line, as seen in Germany, Australia and the UK, seems to be attempts by the fossil fuel criminals to get governments to *ban wind farms*. This has been moderately successful in Germany and the UK, but the backlash in Australia is large enough that it looks like they will fail.
              Comment on EIA’s Electric Power Monthly – June 2017 Edition with data for April by Nathanael   
    Right, bullshitters. What they did was to make up a bunch of fake, phony numbers and pretend that they meant something about solar and wind. I've seen the technique done repeatedly. Every time someone starts yammering about EROEI I check their methodology. While it's theoretically possible to do it right, these guys are fakers, and their numbers are bullshit. Speaking bluntly. It's really not even worth my time to debunk; it's a perfectly standard piece of fossil fuel propaganda and the debunkings are out there already. As a reminder, a solar panel can be produced entirely using solar energy. That is all you really need to know to know that their calculations are bunk.
              Norsk klima-kortfilm vant pris i Frankrike   
    Den norske kortfilmen «Fuck Fossils» har vunnet «Golden Green Award» ved festivalen Deauville Green Awards i Frankrike.
              Gordon the grinder digs in the for the long haul   
    Saturday column published in the Newcastle Journal, 12 January 2008

    ***

    Before going any further, I would like to make one thing clear. Unlike some fellow commentators, I am not going to spend the ten months between now and the US presidential election in November attempting to draw spurious analogies between that contest and the current state of UK politics.

    Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying American politics doesn’t affect what happens over here. Any cursory look at the history of the past decade and a half clearly shows that it does.

    It certainly did in the 1990s when Bill Clinton’s victory helped lay the ground for the success of Tony Blair and New Labour a few years later.

    And it certainly did in the current decade when a Labour Prime Minister found himself dragged into a disastrous military adventure by a neo-conservative US president – an entanglement that eventually cost him his premiership.

    But much as I’d like to, I’m afraid I just don’t buy the idea that Hillary Clinton’s dramatic comeback to win the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday provides some kind of get-out-of-jail card for Gordon Brown.

    Certain well-known pundits have spent the past few days trying to construct a “narrative” in which, because one serious, experienced politician has bounced back from adversity, the other will invariably do the same.

    Even more ludicrous was the earlier suggestion that victory for the youthful Barack Obama victory in Tuesday’s primary would have provided a boost for the almost equally youthful Tory leader David Cameron.

    I look forward to the spectacle of Cameron attempting to remain aboard the Obama bandwagon if the latter wins in November and orders an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq.

    But that said, one thing that Mrs Clinton and Mr Brown do have in common, besides experience and seriousness, is resilience.

    What we have seen from both of them this week is that, whatever the outcome, they are in it for the long-term.

    It may not guarantee either ultimate success, and it certainly does not mean their destinies are somehow joined at the hip as some commentators have sought to suggest.

    But it does mean that seeing off either of them will be a somewhat tougher task for their opponents than some recent polls might have suggested.

    Mr Brown’s New Year message certainly gave no indication of a politician who is about to throw in the towel. Rather, he is selling himself as the proven economic helmsman who can steer the ship of state through the troubled times ahead.
    As I have previously mentioned, the prospect of a serious economic downturn poses some risk to Mr Brown, in that he has been in charge of the economy for the past decade.

    Furthermore, while nearly everyone currently regards him as a successful economic manager, a Prime Minister is expected to be more than that.

    But if, in 12 months’ time, Mr Brown can indeed claim to have guided us safely through the choppy economic waters, we may well see his reputation recovering to its former levels.

    Journalists covering his monthly press conference on Monday may have mocked the Prime Minister’s repeated talk of “difficult decisions” and “long-term choices,” but at least its authentic Gordon.

    After the serial debacles of last autumn, he is committing himself to what one commentator called “a long unglamorous campaign of hard graft” to rescue his fortunes.

    His hard line on public sector pay is a case in point. Because of the nature of the jobs they do, there will always be a certain amount of public sympathy for the police and the nurses.

    But if by putting the battle against inflation once again at the top of his priorities Mr Brown can ensure a soft economic landing for the UK, his stance will have been more than vindicated.

    Thursday’s announcement of a new generation of nuclear power stations is another example of a decision which, while potentially unpopular in itself, may yield wider political benefits.

    Memories of Chernobyl may have faded, and worries about the industry’s safety record given way to concerns about the effect of burning fossil fuels, but most people still see nuclear energy as, at best, a necessary evil.

    But what it does do, once again, is send out a wider message about the government’s long-termism and seriousness of intent.

    Even Mr Brown’s opponents may have to admit to a certain grudging admiration for him for taking a decision that the Labour Party would once almost certainly have sought to fudge.

    What is clear is that, having decided there will not be an election this year or maybe even next, the Prime Minister is now digging in for the long haul.

    There is a clear political logic to this. Possession is nine-tenths of the law and as things stand, Mr Brown does not have to give up the lease on 10 Downing Street until May 2010.

    Even if he were to go on until then and lose, he will still have had nearly three years as Prime Minister in which to lay down some kind of long-term legacy, in the hope that history might judge him rather better than his contemporaries.

    And of course, there is always just a chance that he might win, if he can govern competently and sensibly enough for the public to change their mind about him again.

    Earlier this week Mr Brown was asked – by an experienced radio interviewer who should have known better – whether he was “enjoying” the job.

    Much was made of his refusal to give a straight answer, but I suspect that the reason was that, for a puritanical Son of the Manse like Gordon, the question was simply irrelevant.

    The truth is almost certainly that he is neither enjoying the job nor hating it. He is just getting on with it.

    Indeed, in the circumstances, it is the only thing he can do.

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              Visiting a National Park in the East? Watch for Lyme-Spreading Ticks   

    Transmitted by ticks, Lyme disease is a serious infection that is probably headed your way. A recent study confirms the pathogen that causes Lyme disease is now established in nine national parks in the East, including Acadia and Shenandoah National Parks. Ticks are arachnids, small members of the same class that spiders come from. With fossilized remains found encased in amber, ticks are a long-time resident of planet Earth. Afflicting humans with their blood-sucking habits for thousands of years, ticks are vectors, or carriers, of many diseases. Ticks are parasitic and need a blood meal to... more


              Comment on The Guardian: “Climate change is an energy problem, so let’s talk honestly about nuclear” by Patrick MJD   
    "Ian Macdonald July 2, 2017 at 1:44 am" Global warming driven by by CO2 emissions from fossil fuels was proposed well before her. I don't have time to find the video link.
              China taps ‘flammable ice’ for energy needs as hunt for elusive fossil fuel heats up   
    China is drilling deep into the ocean floor in the hope of tapping vast deposits of a frozen fossil fuel known as “flammable ice” but ...
              Comment on CasusGrill: This Disposable Grill Is Also 100 Percent Biodegradable by Bryan   
    So the CasusGrill is supposed to be better for the environment. It looks like a pretty "green" product, but is it? You still have to manufacture them, which use fossil fuels at the factory. You still have to deliver them, which also uses fossil fuels. Oil and gas is used heavily in the processing , manufacturing, and delivery of this grill. How is the lava rock getting to the factory?? By a big truck that uses a lot of fossil fuels. I am not criticizing the CasusGrill, I am just pointing out that it is still not the best choice for environmentally friendly uses. Instead find a quality reusable stove or grill that can truly last for 20 years or more under hard use.
              The Weak Science behind CO2 Alarmism to be Exposed   
    Washington Post reports:
    This means that the very weak scientific support of fossil fuel CO2 alarmism will finally be exposed to the world and the dooms day bubble will collapse. All poor people can now look forward to a brighter future with improved living conditions from cheap fossil fuel without dangerous climate impact. 


              Realistic Animal Sculptor - Themed Concepts - Forest Lake, MN   
    Work with the production team in executing top-quality, realistic concrete sculptures of insects, animals, fossils, trains, airplanes, etc.... $42,000 - $45,000 a year
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              Fundraising Manager - Force of Nature Alliance - Vancouver, BC   
    Experience with community organizing and electoral campaigning is an asset. _Force of Nature is a non-profit organization working to stop fossil fuel expansion... $47,500 a year
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              Careful what you wish for: Trump’s environmental attacks will harm industry   

    By Sean Wright

    In the same week Apple raised $1 billion through green bonds to invest in clean energy, and Amazon put solar panels on a million square foot processing facility, the Trump administration – at the urging of the worst elements in the oil and gas industry –proposed a two-year delay of sensible rules that would limit emissions of methane and other air pollutants.

    Natural gas, which is mostly methane, has been put forward as a cleaner alternative to other fossil fuels and as an energy resource that can play a key role in the transition to a lower-carbon future. But now more than ever, that proposition is now called into serious question.

    How will natural gas compete in a changing world?

    Every year, oil and gas operations around the country emit some 8-10 million metric tons of methane into the air. Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas, responsible for about a quarter of the climate warming we’re experiencing today – and those emissions come mingled with a host of other smog-forming and carcinogenic pollutants.

    There are cost-effective, proven ways to reduce these emissions, and leading companies are already implementing them. The problem is, many companies refuse to address the problem on their own. And now they’re looking to the Trump administration for a free pass to pollute.

    When trade associations like the American Petroleum Institute attack cost-effective policies that protect public health and the climate, it sends a signal that the natural gas industry will do everything it can to maximize short-term profits – even at the risk of damaging the reputation of the industry in the eyes of the public and jeopardizing its ability to operate over the long term.

    The question is: In an increasingly carbon constrained world, what is the natural gas industry’s plan for the future?

    We’re not arguing that gas is at risk of going away tomorrow. The United States leads the world in natural gas production, as new technologies and processes have unlocked massive, cheap reserves. But make no mistake, the transition to cleaner energy in the U.S. and across the globe is irreversible and accelerating. In this context, fighting reasonable and necessary emissions rules only magnifies risk for the natural gas industry and its investors. It’s a head-in-the-sand approach that ignores the realities of what consumers, communities and markets demand.

    Capital markets shifting to cleaner companies and forms of energy

    The Trump administration’s recent moves come at a time when environmental concerns informing investment decisions are reaching record highs. For example, investors with $10 trillion in assets under management have committed to the Montreal Carbon Pledge to reduce the carbon footprint of their portfolios, with an eye towards portfolio de-carbonization in the long run.

    As part of the shift to assets in lower emitting companies and industries, investors are demanding better carbon and methane disclosure as well as proactive environmental management. The recent watershed Exxon vote, in which 62% of investors (including industry titans like BlackRock and Vanguard) demanded better climate risk disclosure from Exxon management, showed that carbon risk considerations have hit the mainstream.

    Increasingly, investors see methane simply as a form of carbon risk in need of management, not neglect. And methane waste can be cost-effectively managed – as proven in states like Colorado where production has continued apace even as strict methane rules have come on the books.

    On top of investors’ efforts to shift portfolios towards cleaner companies, the divestment movement also continues to grow, driven by a range of environmental risks of owning fossil fuel stocks. Just recently mainstream investor CalSTRS divested from coal. Going forward, increasing numbers of investors will look carefully at the environmental record of oil and natural gas companies in determining their comfort level in continuing to invest.

    Some companies lead but no substitute for commonsense rules

    Companies like Southwestern Energy, Noble, Shell and others have led on methane emissions by setting methane targets, supporting state-based regulations, and working with the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership to disclose methane emissions. Their efforts certainly deserve recognition, and are supported by some investors who factor strong methane management into investment decision.

    Still, voluntary actions by the few are no substitute for rules and oversight that require responsible operations by the thousands of oil and gas companies operating in the United States. Some of these companies simply lack a commitment to sustainability and to operating over the long-term, and will not rein in emissions unless they are required to do so by law.

    Methane safeguards serve the long-term interests of industry and investors

    As the scientific reality of climate change and consumer demand steer the world toward a cleaner energy future, will attacks on environmental protections inflict lasting damage on the oil and gas industry? Only time will tell. It’s likely, however, that if the loudest industry voices continue to oppose rules that could guide it toward a cleaner future, the industry as a whole will suffer.  Unfortunately, that will include the more forward-leaning companies, which will be dragged down by their intransigent peers. This outcome will become all the more likely thanks to the Trump administration’s erosion of environmental safeguards that are fundamental to responsible development.

    It’s time for oil and gas operators and mainstream investors with a long-term view to take a look at what rules and regulations are needed to rein in methane emissions in their industry. And they also need decide if they want to align themselves with an administration whose policies may be unwittingly handicapping the very industry it attempts to serve.


              Norwegian short film on climate won a prize in France   

    Norwegian short film on climate won a prize in France The Norwegian short film “Fuck Fossils” has won the “Golden Green Award” at the Deauville...

    The post Norwegian short film on climate won a prize in France appeared first on Norway Today.


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              Wind Power Cost vs Fossil Fuels: Who Just Won?   

    For a very long time people have been stuck using fuels that have some serious drawbacks. Coal is dreadful; mining it is dangerous, burning it is toxic and the leftovers are radioactive. The other options aren’t much better. Our best contender for a decent fossil fuel source is natural gas, …

    The post Wind Power Cost vs Fossil Fuels: Who Just Won? appeared first on The Green Optimistic.


              4 Extinct Animals That Roamed America, From Giant Sloths To Scimitar Cats   
    The Americas are full of beautiful and diverse creatures, but many of the iconic animals that prowled the land thousands of years ago went extinct. These ancient animals may not be around, but their bones and fossils tell us what the environment may have been like early in American history, in the time when humans were first beginning to migrate into and settle the land.
              If All You See…   
    …is evil asphalt meant to support evil fossil fueled vehicles, you might just be a Warmist The blog of the day is The Last Tradition, with a post on Barack continuing to help Iran. Well, of course it is America week on IAYS.
              USA: Fotovoltaico ed eolico superano il 10% nel mix produttivo   

    A marzo e aprile, sole e vento hanno rosicchiano alle fonti fossili ben quattro punti percentuali, grazie ad un clima favorevole

    The post USA: Fotovoltaico ed eolico superano il 10% nel mix produttivo appeared first on Rinnovabili.


              Viaggia Vegan   

    "Il mondo sta vivendo una meravigliosa "vegan era" in cui ogni giorno migliaia di persone decidono di mettersi nei panni di chi non ha voce ma solo grandi occhi dentro i quali se ci fermassimo a guardare potremmo attingere a piene mani sensibilità e saggezza che farebbero di noi uomini e donne ipertecnologizzati degli individui migliori. Non possiamo appendere alla finestra la bandiera della pace se priviamo milioni di essere viventi della pace, della libertà e della vita. Non ci si possiamo definire ecologisti se acconsentiamo a mangiare carne perché la più grande ecatombe del pianeta è provocata dalla distruzione della foresta amazzonica per coltivare cereali non ad uso umano ma come mangime per il bestiame che diventerà bistecche e hamburger solo per il venti percento della popolazione mondiale! Pensate che se solo un ettaro di quelle stesse terre fosse sfruttato diversamente anziché cinquanta chili di carne frutterebbe ottomila chili di patate o diecimila chili di pomodori! "

    Paola Maugeri

    Utilizzando carta certificata e il protocollo Green Printing Light, rispetto ad una carta non certificata e ad una stampa offset tradizionale, l'impatto ambientale per la realizzazione di questa guida è stato ridotto di:

    • 1.069 kg di rifiuti
    • 162 kg di gas serra C02
    • 13.236 litri d'acqua
    • 4.132 KWh di energia da fonte fossile
    • 1.738 kg di legno non certificato
    • 38 kg di inchiostri minerali

              Found fossil in minecraft pe via /r/Minecraft   
    Found fossil in minecraft pe http://ift.tt/2udKODX Submitted July 02, 2017 at 07:58AM by drminecraft
              Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Is Renewable Energy Worth it? Can you Really Save Money and Help the Environment at the Same Time?   
    EpisodeRenewable energy has been a buzz word lately, especially on the internet and talk shows. We all know that fossil fuels cause energy pollution and military conflicts around the world, not to mention unpredictable ongoing expense. All of us would like to see our society live cleaner and more peacefully. However, can solar really help us take a step forward without breaking the bank? This segment we will talk with Marty Morud about solar and its financial, environmental and political impacts. Y ...
              Comment on Monumental, unsustainable environmental impacts by Brain James   
    Apr 21, 2016 Fossil Fuels: The Greenest Energy To make earth cleaner, greener and safer, which energy sources should humanity rely on? Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress explains how modern societies have cleaned up our water, air and streets using the very energy sources you may not have expected--oil, coal and natural gas. https://youtu.be/BJWq1FeGpCw
              Independence Days Sale FOSSIL Vintage 1954 British Tan Leather Shoulder Bag Style 75082 by ProVintageGear   

    44.10 USD

    This previously owned British Tan Vintage Fossil Brand Issue 1954 Leather Shoulder Bag has a classic vintage appearance with a well preserved figure those of us from the 50's strive for.

    This is a fashionable vintage bag for everyday use. The outside zippered pouch displays a smart brass key above a flap over coin purse. The flap on this bag smiles at bystanders setting it apart from the petulant frown of its Bonnie Cashin Coach cousin. Inside there are three separate sections with a zippered pouch in the middle. Approximate measurements are 9" L x 5.5" H x 3" W at the base. The strap is adequate to use as a shoulder bag, and depending on your size, crossbody.

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              The Next Financial Crisis Is Not Far Away   

    Authored by Gail Tverberg via Our Finite World blog,

    Recently, a Spanish group called “Ecologist in Action” asked me to give them a presentation on what kind of financial crisis we should expect. They wanted to know when it would be and how it would take place.

    The answer I had for the group is that we should expect financial collapse quite soon–perhaps as soon as the next few months. Our problem is energy related, but not in the way that most Peak Oil groups describe the problem. It is much more related to the election of President Trump and to the Brexit vote.

    I have talked about this subject in various forms before, but not since 2016 energy production and consumption data became available. Most of the slides in this presentation use new BP data, through 2016. A copy of the presentation can be found at this link: The Next Financial Crisis.


    Slide 1

    Most people don’t understand how interconnected the world economy is. All they understand is the simple connections that economists make in their models.


    Slide 2

    Energy is essential to the economy, because energy is what makes objects move, and what provides heat for cooking food and for industrial processes. Energy comes in many forms, including sunlight, human energy, animal energy, and fossil fuels. In today’s world, energy in the form of electricity or petroleum makes possible the many things we think of as technology.

    In Slide 2, I illustrate the economy as hollow because we keep adding new layers of the economy on top of the old layers. As new layers (including new products, laws, and consumers) are added, old ones are removed. This is why we can’t necessarily use a prior energy approach. For example, if cars can no longer be used, it would be difficult to transition back to horses. This happens partly because there are few horses today. Also, we do not have the facilities in cities to “park” the horses and to handle the manure, if everyone were to commute using horses. We would have a stinky mess!


    Slide 3

    In the past, many local civilizations have grown for a while, and then collapsed. In general, after a group finds a way to produce more food (for example, cuts down trees so that citizens have more area to farm) or finds another way to otherwise increase productivity (such as adding irrigation), growth at first continues for a number of generations–until the population reaches the new carrying capacity of the land. Often resources start to degrade as well–for example, soil erosion may become a problem.

    At this point, growth flattens out, and wage disparity and growing debt become greater problems. Eventually, unless the group can find a way of increasing the amount of food and other needed goods produced each year (such as finding a way to get food and other materials from territories in other parts of the world, or conquering another local civilization and taking their land), the civilization is headed for collapse. We recently have tried globalization, with exports from China, India, and other Asian nations fueling world economic growth.

    At some point, the efforts to keep growing the economy to match rising population become unsuccessful, and collapse sets in. One of the reasons for collapse is that the government cannot collect enough taxes. This happens because with growing wage disparity, many of the workers cannot afford to pay much in taxes. Another problem is greater susceptibility to epidemics, because after-tax income of many workers is not sufficient to afford an adequate diet.


    Slide 4

    A recent partial collapse of a local civilization was the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. When this happened, the government of the Soviet Union disappeared, but the governments of the individual states within the Soviet Union remained. The reason I call this a partial collapse is because the rest of the world was still functioning, so nearly all of the population remained, and the cutback in fuel consumption was just partial. Eventually, the individual member countries were able to function on their own.

    Notice that after the Soviet Union collapsed, the consumption of coal, oil and gas collapsed at the same time, over a period of years. Oil and coal use have not come back to anywhere near their earlier level. While the Soviet Union had been a major manufacturer and a leader in space technology, it lost those roles and never regained them. Many types of relatively high-paying jobs have been lost, leading to lower energy consumption.


    Slide 5

    As nearly as I can tell, one of the major contributing factors to the collapse of the Soviet Union was low oil prices. The Soviet Union was an oil exporter. As oil prices fell, the government could not collect sufficient taxes. This was a major contributing factor to collapse. The collapse from low oil prices did not happen immediately–it took several years after the drop in oil prices. There was a 10-year gap between the highest oil price (1981) and collapse (1991), and a 5-year gap after oil prices dropped to the low 1986 price level.


    Slide 6

    Venezuela is often in the news because of its inability to afford to import enough food for its population. Slide 3 shows that on an inflation-adjusted basis, world oil prices hit a high point first in 2008, and again in 2011. Since 2011, oil prices slid slowly for a while, then began to slide more quickly in 2014. It is now nine years since the 2008 peak. It is six years since the 2011 peak, and about three years since the big drop in prices began.

    One of the reasons for Venezuela’s problems is that with low oil prices, the country has been unable to collect sufficient tax revenue. Also, the value of the currency has dropped, making it difficult for Venezuela to afford food and other products on international markets.

    Note that in both Slides 4 and 6, I am showing the amount of energy consumed in the countries shown. The amount consumed represents the amount of energy products that individual citizens, plus businesses, plus the government, can afford. This is why, in both Slides 4 and 6, the quantity of all types of energy products tends to decline at the same time. Affordability affects many types of energy products at once.


    Slide 7

    Oil importing countries can have troubles when oil prices rise, similar to the problems that oil exporting countries have when oil prices fall. Greece’s energy consumption peaked in 2007. One of Greece’s major products is tourism, and the cost of tourism depends on the price of oil. When the price of oil was high, it adversely affected tourism. Exported goods also became expensive in the world market. Once oil prices dropped (as they have done, especially since 2014), tourism tended to rebound and the financial situation became less dire. But total energy consumption still has still tended to decline (top “stacked” chart on Slide 7), indicating that the country is not yet doing well.


    Slide 8

    Spain follows a pattern similar to Greece’s. By the mid-2000s, high oil prices made Spain less competitive in the world market, leading to falling job opportunities and less energy consumption. Since 2014, very low oil prices have allowed tourism to rebound. Oil consumption has also rebounded a bit. But Spain is still far below its peak in energy consumption in 2007 (top chart on Slide 8), indicating that job opportunities and spending by its citizens are still low.


    Slide 9

    We hear much about rising manufacturing in the Far East. This has been made possible by the availability of both inexpensive coal supplies and inexpensive labor. India is an example of a country where manufacturing has risen in recent years. Slide 9 shows how rapidly energy consumption–especially coal–has risen in India.


    Slide 10

    China’s energy consumption grew very rapidly after it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. In 2013, however, China’s coal consumption hit a peak and began to decline. One major contributor was the fact that the cheap-to-consume coal that was available nearby had already been extracted. The severe problems that China has had with pollution from coal may also have played a role.

    It might be noted that the charts I am showing (from Mazamascience) do not include renewable energy (including wind and solar, plus burned garbage and other “renewables”) used to produce electricity. (The charts do include ethanol and other biofuels within the “oil” category, however.) The omission of wind and solar does not appear to make a material difference, however. Figure 1 shows a chart I made for China, comparing three totals:

    (1) Opt. total (Optimistic total) – Totals on the basis BP computes wind and solar. Intermittent wind and solar electricity is assumed to be equivalent to high quality electricity, available 24/7/365, produced by fossil fuel electricity-generating stations.

     

    (2) Likely totals – Wind and solar are assumed to replace only the fuel that creates high quality electricity. The amount of backup generating capacity required is virtually unchanged. More long distance transmission is needed; other enhancements are also needed to bring the electricity up to grid-quality. The credits given for wind and solar are only 38% as much as those given in the BP methodology.

     

    (3) From chart – Mazamascience totals, omitting renewable sources of electricity, other than hydroelectric.


    Figure 1. China energy consumption based on BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017.

    It is clear from Figure 1 that adding electricity from renewables (primarily wind and solar) does not make much difference for China, no matter how wind and solar are counted. If they are counted in a realistic manner, they truly add little to China’s energy use. This is also true for the world in total.


    Slide 11

    If we look at the major parts of world energy consumption, we see that oil (including biofuels) is the largest. Recently, it seems to be growing slightly more quickly than other energy consumption, perhaps because of the low oil price. World coal consumption has been declining since 2014. If coal is historically the least expensive fuel, this is likely a problem. I have not shown a chart with total world energy consumption. It is still growing, but it is growing less rapidly than world population.


    Slide 12 – Note: Energy growth includes all types of energy. This includes wind and solar, using wind and solar counted using the optimistic BP approach.

    Economists have given the false idea that amount of energy consumption is unimportant. It is true that individual countries can experience lower consumption of energy products, if they begin outsourcing major manufacturing to other countries as they did after the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997. But it doesn’t change the world’s need for growing energy consumption, if the world economy is to grow. The growth in world energy consumption (blue line) tends to be a little lower than the growth in GDP (red line), because of efficiency gains over time.

    If we look closely at Slide 12, we can see that drops in energy consumption tend to precede drops in world GDP; rises in energy consumption tend to precede rises in world GDP. This order of events strongly suggests that rising energy consumption is a major cause of world GDP growth.

    We don’t have very good evaluations of  GDP amounts for 2015 and 2016. For example, recent world GDP estimates seem to accept without question the very high estimates of economic growth given by China, even though their growth in energy consumption is very much lower in 2014 through 2017. Thus, world economic growth may already be lower than reported amounts.


    Slide 13

    Most people are not aware of the extreme “power” given by energy products. For example, it is possible for a human to deliver a package, by walking and carrying the package in his hands. Another approach would be to deliver the package using a truck, operated by some form of petroleum. One estimate is that a single gallon of gasoline is equivalent to 500 hours of human labor.

    “Energy consumption per capita” is calculated as world energy consumption divided by world population. If this amount is growing, an economy is in some sense becoming more capable of producing goods and services, and thus is becoming wealthier. Workers are likely becoming more productive, because the additional energy per capita allows the use of more and larger machines (including computers) to leverage human labor. The additional productivity allows wages to rise.

    With higher incomes, workers can afford to buy an increasing amount of goods and services. Businesses can expand to serve the growing population, and the increasingly wealthy customers. Taxes can rise, so it is possible for governments to provide the services that citizens desire, such as healthcare and pensions. When energy consumption growth per capita turns negative–even slightly so–these abilities start to disappear. This is the problem we are starting to encounter.


    Slide 14 – Note: Energy percentage increases include all energy sources shown by BP. Wind and solar are included using BP’s optimistic approach for counting intermittent renewables, so growth rates for recent years are slightly overstated.

    We can look back over the years and see when energy consumption rose and fell. The earliest period shown, 1968 to 1972, had the highest annual growth in energy consumption–over 3% per year–back when oil prices were under $20 per barrel, and thus were quite affordable. (See Slide 5 for a history of inflation-adjusted price levels.) Once prices spiked in the 1973-1974 period, much of the world entered recession, and energy consumption per capita barely rose.

    A second drop in consumption (and recession) occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when easy-to-adopt changes were made to cut oil usage and increase efficiency. These included

    (a) Closing many electricity-generating plants using oil, and replacing them with other generation.

    (b) Replacing many home heating systems operating with oil with systems using other fuels, often more efficiently.

    (c) Changing many industrial processes to be powered by electricity instead of burning oil.

    (d) Making cars smaller and more fuel-efficient.

    Another big drop in world per capita energy consumption occurred with the partial collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. This was a somewhat local drop in energy consumption, allowing the rest of the world to continue to grow in its use of energy.

    The Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 was, in some sense, another localized crisis that allowed energy consumption to continue to grow in the rest of the world.

    Most people remember the Great Recession in the 2007-2009 period, when world per capita growth in energy consumption briefly became negative. Recent data suggests that we are almost in the same adverse situation now, in terms of growth in world per capita energy consumption, as we were then.


    Slide 15

    What happens when growth in world per capita energy consumption slows and starts to fall? I have listed some of the problems in Slide 15. We start seeing problems with low wages, particularly for people with low-skilled jobs, and the type of political problems we have been experiencing recently.

    Part of the problem is that countries with a high-priced mix of energy products start to find their goods and services uncompetitive in the world marketplace. Thus, demand for goods and services from these countries starts to fall. Greece and Spain are examples of countries using a lot of oil in their energy mix. As a result, they became less competitive in the world market when oil prices rose. China and India were favored because they had a less-expensive energy mix, favoring coal.


    Slide 16

    Slide 16 shows the kinds of comments we have been hearing in recent years, as prices have recently bounced up and down. It is becoming increasingly clear that no price of oil is now satisfactory for all participants in the economy. Prices are either too high for consumers, or too low for the producers. In fact, prices can be unsatisfactory for both consumers and producers at the same time.

    On Slide 16, oil prices show considerable volatility. This happens because it is difficult to keep supply and demand exactly balanced; there are many factors determining needed price level, including both the amount consumers can afford and the costs of producers. The bouncing of prices up and down on Slide 16 is to a significant extent in response to interest rate changes, and resulting changes in currency relativities and debt growth.

    We are now reaching a point where no interest rate works for all members of the economy. If interest rates are low, pension plans cannot meet their obligations. If interest rates are high, monthly payments for homes and cars become unaffordable for customers. Also, high interest rates tend to raise needed tax levels for governments.


    Slide 17

    All of these problems are fairly evident already.


    Slide 18

    The low level of energy consumption growth is of considerable concern. It is this low growth in energy consumption that we would expect to lead to low wage growth worldwide, especially for the non-elite workers.  Our economy needs more rapid growth in energy consumption to provide enough tax revenue for all of our governments and intergovernmental organizations, and to keep the world economy growing quickly enough to prevent large debt defaults.


    Slide 19

    Economists have confused matters for a long time by their belief that energy prices can and will rise arbitrarily high in inflation-adjusted terms–for example $300 per barrel for oil. If such high prices were really possible, we could extract all of the oil that we have the technical capacity to extract. High-cost renewables would become economically feasible as well.

    In fact, affordability is the key issue. When the world economy is stimulated by more debt, only a small part of this additional debt makes its way back to the wages of non-elite workers. With greater global competition in wages, the wages of these workers tend to stay low. The limited demand of these workers tends to keep commodity prices, especially oil prices, from rising very high, for very long.

    It is affordability that limits our ability to grow endlessly. While it is possible to argue that more debt might help raise the wages of non-elite workers in a particular country, if one country adds more debt, other currencies around the world can be expected to rebalance. As a result, there would be no real benefit, unless all countries together could add more debt. Even this would be of questionable value, because the whole effort relates to getting oil and other commodity prices to rise to an adequate level for producers; we have already seen that there is no price level that is satisfactory for both producers and consumers.


    Slide 20

    These symptoms seem to be already beginning to happen.


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              Drei Jahre nach Fukushima - Japan beschließt den Ausstieg aus dem Atomausstieg   
    Japan setzt ungeachtet der Atomkatastrophe in Fukushima auch in Zukunft auf Atomenergie. Die Stromversorgung wird damit auch zukünftig auf einem Mix aus Atomkraft, fossilen Energieträgern sowie erneuerbaren Energien basieren.
              2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #26   

    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

    Story of the Week...

    Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

    Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in Tasmania

    The Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in Tasmania. Credit: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

    CAPE GRIM, Tasmania — On the best days, the wind howling across this rugged promontory has not touched land for thousands of miles, and the arriving air seems as if it should be the cleanest in the world.

    But on a cliff above the sea, inside a low-slung government building, a bank of sophisticated machines sniffs that air day and night, revealing telltale indicators of the way human activity is altering the planet on a major scale.

    For more than two years, the monitoring station here, along with its counterparts across the world, has been flashing a warning: The excess carbon dioxide scorching the planet rose at the highest rate on record in 2015 and 2016. A slightly slower but still unusual rate of increase has continued into 2017.

    Scientists are concerned about the cause of the rapid rises because, in one of the most hopeful signs since the global climate crisis became widely understood in the 1980s, the amount of carbon dioxide that people are pumping into the air seems to have stabilized in recent years, at least judging from the data that countries compile on their own emissions.

    That raises a conundrum: If the amount of the gas that people are putting out has stopped rising, how can the amount that stays in the air be going up faster than ever? Does it mean the natural sponges that have been absorbing carbon dioxide are now changing? 

    Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize by Justin Gillis, New York Times, June 26, 2017


    Toon of the Week...

     2017 Toon 26


    Quote of the Week...

    The basics of scientists’ understanding of climate change can be communicated in five key points: It’s real, it’s caused by humans, it’s bad, the experts agree, and there’s still hope for fixing it, according to John Cook, a research assistant professor at George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication.

    “When you look at all the climate denial arguments, they’re basically the flip of all that: It’s not real, it’s not us, it’s not bad, the experts disagree or the experts are unreliable, and there’s no hope, we can’t fix it,” Cook told HuffPost. “You expect them to be moving along that spectrum.”

    Don’t Be Fooled By The Gentler Tone Of Charles Koch’s Climate-Change Denial by Alexander C Kaufman, HuffPost, June 26, 2017


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    "We have known since the 1800s that carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere. The right amount keeps the climate conducive to human life. But add too much, as we are doing now, and temperatures will inevitably rise too high. This is not the result of natural variability, as some argue. The earth is currently in the part of its long-term orbit cycle where temperatures would normally be cooling. But they are rising — and it’s because we are forcing them higher with fossil fuel emissions." 

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              STRANDBEEST EVOLUTION 2017   

    H/T @eric3579

    An earlier version of the vid had the following description:

    Numerous specimen of the Strandbeest evolution on music of Khachaturian's Spartacus.
    It open the archives of fossils. Theo Jansen's work since 1990. He tries to make new forms of live on beaches. His animals get their energy from the wind so they don't have to eat. In the future he wants to put out in herds.

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              Comment on Stupidest Track In Baku Leads To Stupidest Formula One Race Ever by Steve Hanley   
    I take your point. Any race that features Smilin" Dan on the podium is a good one. And Stroll on the podium was terrific. Valteri on the podium was a good thing too. He had a heckuva drive. I suppose part of my dislike for the event is the chaotic and semi-ridiculous rules structure. Despite all the chest thumping about the sport's focus on safety, it chooses to race on a track that compromises safety by its narrowness and lack of run off areas simply because the government is shoveling bucket loads of dollars at the sport. I annoys me that the track makes the pace c too slow to keep brake and tire temperatures high enough to make restarts safe. As soon as one ends, another begins. These idiosyncracies are acceptable at Monaco because, you know, it's Monaco. They are totally unacceptable at a venue that does not have nearly a century's worth of racing lore to its credit. And finally, it really sticks in my craw that the sport is whoring for Azerbaijan, a corrupt autocracy that is the very embodiment of the world's addiction to fossil fuels. Other than those minor quibbles, I thought the race was most entertaining!
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              Kicking and Streaming   
    SUBHEAD: Our alternative universe is an illusion on a fossil fuel diet. Time to detox.

    By Juan Wilson on 2 July 2017 for Island Breath -
    (http://islandbreath.blogspot.com/2017/07/kicking-and-sreaming.html)


    Image above: Our current alternative universe "social media" is an illusion projected at us from corporations. From (https://www.fastforwardunlimited.com/importance-of-social-media/).

    Comfy?
    We are too comfortable to face the truth at this point. We stare into the tiny colorful screens we carry all the time and see a Candy Cane illusion. We don't have to see the destruction of the living world around us.

    For many the only escape is into Cognitive Dissonance: The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.

    There are no other ways to understand the self delusion that seems to engulf America this Fourth of July holiday. The family sits at he Denny's on the highway each staring into their own personal media universe on a glistening colorful screen.

    On one hand there are those with no understanding of the resource constraints we face and no idea of the implications of our overuse of them want to claw their way back to the America of the 50's when we felt high on the hog and the envy of the world.

    On the other hand are those who understand the problems but have techno-utopian dreams of running America's 24/7/365 levels of 21st century consumption on zephyr breezes and sunny afternoon skies.

    Kicking and Screaming
    It is true that we will be making a rapid transition towards 100% renewable energy. The problem is it won't be supporting the way we live now. We face an existential dilemma. 
    A) We humans can continue living as we do at a high level of consumption of the Earth for a short while and then face extinction.

    or

    B) We humans can adjust now to a greatly reduced level of consumption of the Earth's resources for a long time into the future.  
    There are no alternatives, such as coming up with desktop fusion energy or another reachable inhabitable planet. Those are unreachable goals. Sticking with reality is important.

    What reality is  whispering in our ears is that its already too late to bring anything close the 21st century another generation... It would require destroying the Earth. I think the Earth would rather do without us.

    It is time to abandon the hopes and dreams it fostered in us and grasp the necessity for facing the storm approaching. In sailing terms that means battening the hatches, reducing sails and checking equipment and supplies.

    As more people  are realizing now, we'll be lucky to maintain a mid to late 19th century level of technology and population (that was less than 1.5 billion people). But that might be sustainable for a long time into the future.

    Remember that included the electric light bulb, photography, phonographs, motion pictures, as well as continental telegram and local telephone service. We'll just have to run those technologies not on coal but wind and solar power.

    Get with the Program
    If you are not preparing now for the end of Walmart, Amazon, Costco, Home Depot, Whole Foods and civilian commercial airline service you are betting on the wrong horse.

    I'm not saying you should not use the above mentioned services, but that you should being using them to get off your dependency on them.

    Use them to to acquire the tools and equipment you need to get off The Grid and provide local food for those you love. Build a raised bed garden, and get solar panels with some storage batteries.

    It also means getting expertise in a variety of skills needed to keep your shelter intact and personally manage the area around you flourish with life. Build your own oasis. You will need it soon

    It's not that "Winter is coming..." It's Eaarth that is coming.

    See also:
    Ea O Ka Aina: Planet Kaauai 2/26/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Oases of the future 6/28/15
    Ea O Ka Aina: The New Game 11/10/13
    Ea O Ka Aina: A case for autonomy 6/4/13
    Ea O Ka Aina: Food, Water, Energy, Shelter 1/31/13 
    Ea O Ka Aina: The Titanic or Noah's Ark 3/4/12
    Ea O Ka Aina: The Hero's Way 1/13/12
    Ea O Ka Aina: All Aboard! 12/9/09
    Ea O Ka Aina: Here's the deal 7/5/09
    Ea O Ka Aina: The American Century 12/31/08
     
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              Comment on A Family of Explorers in Search of Some of Earth’s Oldest Fossils by Nick Matzke   
    I think I wrote Nilpena Station, when I meant the pub in Parachinla...
              Comment on A Family of Explorers in Search of Some of Earth’s Oldest Fossils by Nick Matzke   
    Awesome blog! My girlfriend and I just went to Flinders Ranges, we found a scrappy-looking Dickinsonia "in the wild" under a rock ledge (and left it untouched of course...it had chalk around it so I'm sure the geologists already know about it). Also hiked to the top of Wilpena Pound. Great spot! And the food at Nilpena Station was great, as was the Ediacaran iconography everywhere!
              Curious zebra tries to eat camera at drive through zoo   
    An amusing video has emerged of a zebra "smiling" at the camera through a car window at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas, USA. Although the video was shot in 2013, it only recently emerged online.
              Comment on Qatar: Al Jazeera in the Middle by Horizon   
    Selam Abraham H, It is said that Africa is going to feed the world in the future. It has ample fertile land, and if the many river basins are harnessed properly, they can provide adequate water for irrigation farming. On top of these, the introduction of modern farming technology and automation in agriculture in the future, will help increase productivity. Climate change is going to affect many regions of the world, unless world leaders do something about it. D. Trump has already withdrawn from the Paris climate agreement, for the sake of fossil fuel billionaires, and this will have a negative impact. Ethiopia has many river basins as well, where she can develop extensive irrigation farming. What she needs is the capital and the technology. El Nino is going to visit her every 5-10 yrs, and unless she developed irrigation farming, she is never going to free herself from periods of poor food production, thus needing food aid. There is one more problem. That is if the government concentrates on exportable agricultural products instead of edible products. The country is gradually increasing the percentage of irrigated land every year, but the rate of increase does not seem satisfactory. Nevertheless, irrigation farming is the only way forward. In the future the rainfall is going to be more erratic for sure.
              Norway to ban the use of oil for heating buildings by 2020   
    'Those using fossil oil for heating must find other options by 2020,' says country's Environment Minister
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              Blue America reaches out to the world, ignoring Trump   
    Vox reports: Even before President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, it was clear that he intended to lead the US on a fossil fuel bender. He has made it crystal clear that the federal government has no interest in addressing climate change. But every action has an equal […]
              Apple is crushing the Swiss watch industry — and one brand is particularly vulnerable (AAPL, FOSL)   

    swatch wristwatch

    Smartwatches are taking over our wrists, and it's likely to get worse for traditional Swiss watchmakers, according to UBS. 

    The Apple Watch is bigger than every Swiss watch brand except Rolex, analysts at the bank said in a note on Monday. And Swatch is most vulnerable in this environment, according to Helen Brand and her colleagues. 

    Swiss watchmakers recognize the demand for wearables, but are reluctant to dive in because they would need to rely on the tech companies that make the microprocessors that replace the mechanical parts, UBS said.

    Also, the high-end companies could hurt their status when they sell wearables cheaper than they would traditional timepieces. That puts Swatch at the most risk because it leans more heavily towards entry-level products than its peers, Brand said.

    "Market share may be further eroded for the Swiss industry as smartwatches improve in functionality," Brand said. "The wider wearables market is now likely 30-40 million in volumes in total with Swiss watches industry volumes at 28m." 

    Swatch's biggest threat is from China. 

    "This has been a region where we have seen strong momentum, notably for Tissot and Longines driven by the emerging Chinese middle class," Brand said. "If this consumer prefers the Apple Watch over these brands it could be a threat to Swatch's medium-term growth prospect." 

    Bloomberg reported that Swatch was working on a smartwatch to launch around the end of 2018. 

    US watchmaker Fossil has already entered the smartwatch market, but its foray has not prevented a sales decline. Kosta Kartsotis, Fossil's CEO, cited "a watch category undergoing significant change" when the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings in the first quarter. 

    This chart shows that traditional watchmakers' sales peaked right as the first-generation Apple Watch launched in Q2 2015. 

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    More wearables are shipping than Swiss watches. 

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    A redeeming factor for Swiss watchmakers is that their products are essentially jewelry, meaning they are timeless and can hold emotional value when gifted. A smartwatch, however, would become obsolete after a few years if the battery goes flat or its maker stops providing operating-system updates.

    Also, there remains the perception that the Apple Watch is a smartphone on your wrist, which it arguably isn't. UBS' survey of nearly 8,000 smartphone users in May found that the biggest reason why people didn't want an Apple Watch was that they thought it wasn't needed. 

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    Liberal advocates genocide

    No mystery where the racism is to be found these days

    “White supremacy” is the new liberal rage.  Like “global warming” and “”misogyny,” it exists everywhere, in all places, at all times, but only they can see it.

    And now they have a plan to fight  it — by aborting all white babies.

    Nicole Valentine, writing in “Medusa” magazine, claims American society is hopelessly racist, and the only way to solve it is through the wholesale elimination of “white family units.”

    “America’s fascination with the white family unit has gone hand-in-hand with the historical proliferation of white supremacy,” says Valentine, who uses the term “white supremacy” an obsessive 17 times in a short article, but produces zero examples of an institutional belief in the debunked theory that one race is superior than the other.

    So how do racists like Valentine plan to fight perceived racism?  With actual, blood-soaked racism.

    “White women: it is time to do your part! Your white children reinforce the white supremacist society that benefits you. If you claim to be progressive, and yet willingly birth white children by your own choice, you are a hypocrite,” claims Valentine. “White women should be encouraged to abort their white children, and to use their freed-up time and resources to assist women of color who have no other choice but to raise their children.”

    Apparently as confused as she is obsessive and racist, Valentine claims the very notion of abortion itself is racist.

    “It is critical to understand that the appeal to abortions being ‘Constitutional’ reinforces white supremacy. There is no way around it. The Constitution was drafted and signed by white men, for white men…Constitutionality is often synonymous with ‘exclusively beneficial to the white race,'” Valentine rambles, adding “the notion of ‘choice’ in abortion is inherently white supremacist and ableist.”

    Instead of suggesting that Planned Parenthood be shut down for deliberately targeting minority neighborhoods and disproportionately aborting black babies, Valentine believes the group, founded on explicit racism, is her ally.

    “Women of color simply do not have the absolute choice when it comes to their bodies. It is time to stop pretending that they stand on equal footing with white women, when it has been proven that the embedded systems of white supremacy do not act impartially to all women,” claims Valentine. “Because white supremacy prevents women of color from their freedom to choose, we must level the playing field by other means.”

    By “other means,” she means killing all white babies.

    Let’s hope Valentine gets the counseling and racial sensitivity training she needs.

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    More Dishonest “Poverty” Research that Doesn’t Measure Poverty

    I periodically share data showing that living standards are higher in the United States than in Europe.

    My goal isn’t to be jingoistic. Instead, I’m warning readers that we won’t be as prosperous if we copy out tax-and-spend friends on the other side of the Atlantic (just like I try to draw certain conclusions when showing how many low-tax jurisdictions have higher levels of economic output than the United States).

    I’m sometimes asked, though, how America can be doing better than Europe when we have more poverty.

    And when I ask them why they thinks that’s the case, they will point to sources such as this study from the German-based Institute of Labor Economics. Here’s some attention-grabbing data from the report.

    The United States has the highest poverty rate both overall and among households with an employed person, but it stands farther away from the other countries on its in-work poverty rate than its overall poverty rate. The contrast between the US and three other English-speaking countries — Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom — is particularly striking. Compared to those three nations, the United States has an overall poverty rate only a little higher but an in-work poverty rate that is much higher.
    And here’s the main chart from the study, with the United States as the bottom. It appears that there twice as much poverty in the USA as there is in a stagnant economy like France.

    There even appears to be more poverty in America than there is in Spain and Italy, both of which are so economically shaky that they required bailouts during the recent fiscal/financial crisis.



    Sounds horrible, right?

    Yes, it does sound really bad. However, it’s total nonsense. Because what you read in the excerpt and see in the graph has nothing to do with poverty.

    Instead, it’s a measure of income distribution.

    And, if you read carefully, the study actually admits there’s a bait-and-switch.

    The…approach to measuring poverty is a “relative” one, with the poverty line set at 60 or 50 percent of the median income.
    Think about what this means. A country where everyone is impoverished will have zero or close-to-zero poverty because everyone is at the median income. But as I’ve explained before, a very wealthy society can have lots of “poverty” if some people are a lot richer than others.

    And since the United States is much richer than other nations, this means an American household with $35,000 of income can be poor, even though they wouldn’t count as poor if they earned that much elsewhere.

    This is like grading on a rigged curve. And if you read the fine print of the IZA study, you’ll see that the “poverty” threshold for a four-person household magically jumps by $16,260.

    For a household of four (two adults, two children) the difference between the official US threshold and the 60-percent-of-median threshold amounts to more than $16,000 ($24,000 versus $40,260). This means that the size of the working poor population in America according to the official poverty measure is significantly lower than the size obtained in studies using a relative threshold.

    In other words, you can calculate a much higher poverty rate if you include people who aren’t poor.

    By the way, since the IZA report acknowledges this bait-and-switch approach, I guess one would have to say that the study technically is honest.

    But it’s still misleading because most people aren’t going to read the fine print.  Instead, they’ll see the main chart showing higher “poverty” and assume that there is a much higher percentage of actual poor people in the United States.

    Moreover, some people may understand that there’s a bait-and-switch and simply want to help fool additional people.

    And I’m guessing that this is exactly what the authors and the IZA staff expected and wanted. And if that’s the case, then the study is deliberately misleading, even if not technically dishonest.

    I’ll close by stating that I don’t mind if folks on the left want to argue that market-based societies are somehow unfair because some people are richer than others. And it’s also fine for them to argue that we should be willing sacrifice some of our national prosperity to achieve more after-the-fact equality of income.

    But I’d like for them to be upfront about their agenda and not hide behind dodgy data manipulation.

    P.S.When you do apples-to-apples comparisons of the United States with the best-performing economies of Europe, you find that the poor tend to be at the same level, but every other group is better off in America.

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    The left's health-care rhetoric is unhinged

    by Jeff Jacoby

    The left's most popular "argument" against replacing Obamacare is the slander that Republicans want to kill people.

    REMEMBER HOW liberal politicians promised to tone down the partisan rhetoric after a heavily armed Bernie Sanders fan opened fire on GOP lawmakers taking batting practice on June 14? Remember how they signed on to a "pledge of civility?" Remember how they said they would use the near-massacre as a jolt that "brings us together"?

    You don't remember? Apparently they don't either. For no sooner had Senate Republicans released their proposed health-insurance bill last week than Democrats were once again dialing the hate speech up to 11.

    Before Representative Steve Scalise was even out of intensive care, Democrats were back to calling his party and its legislation not just "heartless" and "evil," but downright homicidal. Sanders, in a tweet he later deleted, charged Republicans with "trying to pass a bill that could kill up to 27,000" in order to "give tax cuts to the wealthy."

    Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, in her usual caustic style, said the legislation amounts to "blood money" and that "people will die" if it is enacted. Hillary Clinton added to the slander: "If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party."

    So much for dialing back the unhinged rhetoric.

    The toxic contempt that so many prominent voices on the left bring to the public discourse is by now wearily familiar. In 2009 Sarah Palin was disdained for claiming that Obamacare would empower "death panels." Yet liberals and Democrats in 2017 not only insist ad nauseam that Republicans want to kill people, they won't stop saying such things even after one of their own tries to perpetrate a massacre.

    I've no doubt that many of those playing the death card sincerely believe that rolling back Obamacare will keep thousands of Americans from getting lifesaving medical treatment. Human beings have a great capacity for convincing themselves that their opinions and prejudices are obvious truths — particularly when they have a strong political incentive to believe it.

    In my view, the keening on the left about how the GOP bills will strike people dead is sheer hysteria. For years, it has been a familiar liberal claim that if conservative policies prevail — on health care, on fossil fuels, on welfare reform, on abortion rights, on the Second Amendment, even on rent control — more people will die. The dire warnings about rewriting Obamacare are just more of the same.

    Something no advocates of Obamacare saw coming: Mortality rates in the United States are up

    But for the sake of argument, let's take the claim at face value. If changing Obamacare is a prescription for higher death rates, that must mean enacting Obamacare led to lower death rates.

    Only — it didn't.

    When Barack Obama came to office, mortality rates in the United States had been declining for decades. By the time he left the White House, deaths were on the rise. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), America's overall death rate rose by 1.2 percent in 2015 (the most recent year for which data is available). It marked the first significant increase in death rates since 1999, and it was broad-based:

    "Increases occurred among white men and women as well as black men," The Wall Street Journal reported. "Death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death," including respiratory diseases, injuries, Alzheimer's, diabetes, kidney disease, and suicide. Most ominous was the increase in deaths from heart disease, which is the nation's leading killer.

    As a result of the climbing death rate, US life expectancy shrank — something that hadn't happened since the early 1990s, when AIDS and homicide were cutting down tens of thousands of lives each year.

    It isn't clear why Americans are dying at higher rates. But this much is plain: In the aggregate, the Affordable Care Act hasn't kept more people alive. So lawmakers who supported the law should be accused of sending more Americans to their graves, right? Defenders of Obamacare should be smeared as "heartless" and "evil" and the "death party." Shouldn't they?

    Of course they shouldn't. Obamacare is a grievously flawed government program, and its implementation has coincided with higher death rates. But it would be vile to scream "Killers!" at the Democrats who passed Obamacare. It is no less vile to scream it at the Republicans who want to repeal it.

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              Comment on Unforced variations: July 2017 by mike   
    Recent Monthly Average Mauna Loa CO2 May 2017: 409.65 ppm May 2016: 407.70 ppm Week beginning on June 25, 2017: 407.71 ppm Weekly value from 1 year ago: 405.95 ppm Weekly value from 10 years ago: 385.16 ppm Needle still going the wrong direction. We might post a 2017 increase of under 2 ppm. last time we did that was 2011. Last two years we have been very slightly under 3 ppm. It seems tragi-comic to read news stories about how we only have three years to get emissions under control. There is nothing in the atmospheric CO2 record to suggest we can or will do that. Arctic ice pack heading to the low point. How low can it go this year? Larsen C iceshelf wants to flee the continent and head to open seas. Greenland melt rates? https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628144917.htm study says a little too sunny in Greenland for the past twenty years. What does the US of A want to do about all of this? How about a blue-ribbon red team to give us some perspective? I think that's fine as long as the redteam allstars agree to move all their investment holdings into fossil fuel companies and shoreline real estate. Form the red team and the red team investment fund. Let's get this going! Warm regards Mike
              New CAP Analysis Shows that Clean Energy Technologies, Not Fossil Fuels, Are on the Path to Real Energy Dominance   
    As the Trump administration’s Energy Week draws to a close, two energy experts and former Obama administration officials released a Center for American Progress analysis documenting how President Barack Obama’s policy decisions ushered in market-transforming growth and momentum in the clean energy sector.
              Behold the Cave Bear!   
    Last week, the Biblical Museum of Natural History received an astounding donation from Mr. Avraham Silverstein of Netanya - an extraordinary collection of taxidermy and other zoological artifacts. It filled some holes in our collection of Biblical animals - we finally have a leopard! And there are also some animals which, while not Biblical, help illustrate other Torah concepts, such as shofars and kashrus.

    Aside from the leopard, another important Biblical animal that was missing from our collection was a bear. Bears are mentioned on several occasions in Scripture, and lived wild in Israel until exactly one hundred years ago. But it's proven difficult to acquire a taxidermied bear for the museum. Last year we were offered a bear by one of our taxidermy suppliers, but he wanted 40,000 NIS for a specimen that was only four feet tall. I wasn't going to spend forty thousand shekels on Paddington Bear! But the Silverstein collection included a bear - sort of.


    The unquestionable highlight of the collection is the complete skeleton of an extinct cave bear! According to the information on this specimen, it was found over a hundred years ago in a limestone cave near Trieste, Italy. This skeleton, standing over seven feet tall, represents a unique specimen in that all of the bones belong to a single adult individual. Most fossil cave bear mounts on exhibit in European museums are composite skeletons from cave deposits which have preserved the remains of hundreds of bears over long periods of time; sorting for accurate anatomic assembly is virtually impossible. The cave where this specimen was found yielded only one specimen. Thus, the present specimen is a faithful anatomical example of this once great extinct species. Possessing the distinction as the first fossil cave bear skeleton to be mounted in an upright position, the specimen is virtually complete and very well preserved.

    The paleontological record indicates that this species of cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) existed almost exclusively in Europe, from approximately 300,000 to 10,000 years ago. Depictions on cave walls by Ice Age humans, and examination of its skeletal structure, indicate that the species resembled a brown bear or grizzly bear at first glance. But Ursus spelaeus was much larger on average and displayed a more domed head and a higher forehead profile. The body had a relatively long neck on a barrel-shaped torso, with limbs rather short but very powerful as compared to those of the living brown bear.

    So, it's a spectacular and historically important specimen. And it fills an important Biblical niche in the museum. But the problem is that, as I have taken pains to make clear, the Biblical Museum of Natural History is intended for audiences across the religious spectrum. We don't display anything that would offend the sensitivities of the charedi community. No dinosaurs, no talk about evolution, no talk about the world being millions of years old. So what do we do with a bear that is approximately a hundred thousand years old?

    The answer is simple. As I instructed the guides, the only thing that they need to say about the cave bear is that it is extinct (like the re'em). If necessary, they can add that it died before the mabul. There's no need to say exactly how long ago it died!

    Ironically, as much as I have tried to keep prehistoric dinosaurs out of the museum, it's some of our most charedi visitors who have brought them up. I recall one of our Israeli chassidic visitors asking me why we don't display dinosaur skeletons. And last week, in a tour group of 60 chassidic children, when I asked them to identify a certain skull, one of them excitedly shouted out, "a dinosaur!" (it was actually a lion.) "Ho ho ho," I chortled, "A dinosaur?! We don't have any dinosaurs here!"

    So, this spectacular cave bear is just being presented as a Very Old Bear. As I tell our visitors who ask about dinosaurs, I try to stay away from controversial topics!
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              13 energy-efficient home upgrades that pay for themselves over time   

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    There are very good reasons why our collective consciousness has turned to being more energy-savvy.

    Energy costs are an expensive necessity that only seem to be getting pricier, and most of the population has come around to the fact that decades of burning fossil fuels has negatively impacted the environment, making weather more volatile and endangering our future as humans living on this planet.

    Whether it’s the here and now of a high energy bill or the daunting concerns of tomorrow, millions of people are turning their attention to decreasing their own footprint.

    One of the best ways to do this is by swapping some of the energy-suckers in your house for more efficient options. You don’t have to throw yourself into the Dark Ages and rely on candles or the light coming off a burning woodpile to survive (save that for later); you can enjoy all the regular things you love but at a fraction of the energy footprint, and it’s cheaper than you’d think.

    If you want to take a look at the energy used by each appliance in your house, there’s a free calculator online here.

    Something as ubiquitous as lighting makes up about 10% of home energy costs, so if you replace all those standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, you can save up to 75% of that energy — keeping more money in your pocket without forgoing anything you need or skipping a beat.

    Some of the efficiency fixes are simple: turn off the lights if you’re not in the room, insulate your windows, wash the dishes by hand if you can, don’t do a load of laundry for a pair of socks, and unplug your devices when you’re not using them (they're likely still using a substantial amount of energy). Some fixes like smart thermostats are more expensive upfront but make up for that by how much they save both you and the planet in the long run.

    Below are 13 things that might help you cut down on your energy footprint, making your bill and environmental impact smaller without losing any convenience.

    An energy-saving power switch

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    This energy-saving power switch draws zero energy when the switch is flipped off. Plus, it declutters the kitchen from the wandering cords of unplugged devices. 

    Belkin Conserve Energy Saving Power Switch, $9.95

     



    An LED night light

    Amazon

    Lunara is UL approved and rated to last 40,000 hours. So, according to Lunara, if you use the night light for 10 hours a day, it'll last more than 10 years.

    LEDs are around 10x more energy-efficient than typical incandescent lights, so the company estimates the cost of the Lunara at $0.25 to operate.

    Lunara LED Night Light with Smart Light Sensor, Pack of 2, $14.99



    Bright, energy-efficient light bulbs

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    These Philips' light bulbs are bright and energy-saving alternatives to traditional 100W incandescent bulbs that use more energy. The company estimates you'll save $336 in energy costs. The bulb should last a little over nine years (based on three hours per day on).

    These GE 13-Watt bulbs are also a great option.

    Philips 433557 23W 100-watt T2 Twister 6500K CFL Light Bulb, Pack of 4, $9.94

     




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              Apple is crushing the Swiss watch industry — and one brand is particularly vulnerable (AAPL, FOSL)   

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    Smartwatches are taking over our wrists, and it's likely to get worse for traditional Swiss watchmakers, according to UBS. 

    The Apple Watch is bigger than every Swiss watch brand except Rolex, analysts at the bank said in a note on Monday. And Swatch is most vulnerable in this environment, according to Helen Brand and her colleagues. 

    Swiss watchmakers recognize the demand for wearables, but are reluctant to dive in because they would need to rely on the tech companies that make the microprocessors that replace the mechanical parts, UBS said.

    Also, the high-end companies could hurt their status when they sell wearables cheaper than they would traditional timepieces. That puts Swatch at the most risk because it leans more heavily towards entry-level products than its peers, Brand said.

    "Market share may be further eroded for the Swiss industry as smartwatches improve in functionality," Brand said. "The wider wearables market is now likely 30-40 million in volumes in total with Swiss watches industry volumes at 28m." 

    Swatch's biggest threat is from China. 

    "This has been a region where we have seen strong momentum, notably for Tissot and Longines driven by the emerging Chinese middle class," Brand said. "If this consumer prefers the Apple Watch over these brands it could be a threat to Swatch's medium-term growth prospect." 

    Bloomberg reported that Swatch was working on a smartwatch to launch around the end of 2018. 

    US watchmaker Fossil has already entered the smartwatch market, but its foray has not prevented a sales decline. Kosta Kartsotis, Fossil's CEO, cited "a watch category undergoing significant change" when the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings in the first quarter. 

    This chart shows that traditional watchmakers' sales peaked right as the first-generation Apple Watch launched in Q2 2015. 

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    More wearables are shipping than Swiss watches. 

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    A redeeming factor for Swiss watchmakers is that their products are essentially jewelry, meaning they are timeless and can hold emotional value when gifted. A smartwatch, however, would become obsolete after a few years if the battery goes flat or its maker stops providing operating-system updates.

    Also, there remains the perception that the Apple Watch is a smartphone on your wrist, which it arguably isn't. UBS' survey of nearly 8,000 smartphone users in May found that the biggest reason why people didn't want an Apple Watch was that they thought it wasn't needed. 

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              Meet the Activists With a Plan to Make Climate Change Matter in Elections   

    Since Donald Trump declared that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, elected officials around the country have been engaged in something they usually try to avoid: serious conversation about climate change. In fact, the leaders of 300-plus U.S. cities and 22 states have now pledged to uphold the goals of the global climate deal.

    This unlikely behavior follows a presidential election where climate change received virtually no attention -- just 82 seconds during the debates, which was actually an improvement on the 2012 debates. Despite the positive trend of recent weeks, however, climate change is still quite far from being a campaign issue for most politicians. For their part, climate activists have tended to avoid making it one, rallying around specific issues rather than candidates.

    One group of climate activists is seeking to change all that. Calling themselves Sunrise Movement, this group -- founded by a core team of eight organizers, most under the age of 30 -- plan to recruit and train a nonviolent volunteer army, hundreds strong, that will shake up the 2018 midterm elections and make 2020 the first presidential election about climate change. I spoke to co-founder Varshini Prakash about how Sunrise came together, the importance of not choosing between elections and protest, and why climate deniers don't stand a chance when you are speaking to people's needs.

    How did Sunrise come about?

    Back in 2015, a bunch of us were working in different parts of the climate movement. Some of us were leading campus-based fossil fuel divestment campaigns working to stigmatize the fossil fuel industry and revoke its social license to act. Others were figuring out how to build political power in red and purple states. And another set of us were working on place-based extraction or pollution fights. What we all had in common is that we found ourselves asking one question again and again: Are we enough? Are we building the movement we need to stop the climate crisis? Are we getting active participation by the millions? Are we winning? Clearly, the answer was no. So, a group of us coalesced around a singular objective: to build a mass popular movement capable of ending Big Oil's assault on our climate, economy and democracy.

    We met several times to figure out the parameters of this new movement, and we were well on our way to having a full plan. And then, in November, the election happened and everything changed. Like most progressives, we had entertained the thought of Donald Trump winning, but never quite got to a place of sitting down and figuring out how the world might look different, and how we would react and respond if he did. We had had a plan to focus on building popular support for climate change, anticipating that a Democratic president would be pushed to take action on climate if a majority of Americans wanted it and made enough noise. But our world had turned upside down, and there was no way that popular opinion and action would push a Republican trifecta government to care about climate change. When the dust settled we came to an important realization: we have to figure out how to win elections.

    Have you gained any insights toward that goal?

    After reflecting deeply on our wins and losses, we came up with three key principles. First, if we ignore elections and the power that's on the table, we'll lose. Second, the gains made through creative protest have been powerful, but they will only be protected if we achieve institutional, political power. And, finally, if we elect people who only care about the climate crisis in name, but are unwilling to stand up to the fossil fuel industry in practice, we'll also lose. So we must merge electoral organizing with creative protest to build, alongside others, a political force great enough to win.

    Sunrise is doing just that. We are building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good-paying jobs in the process. We will make climate change an urgent priority across America, expose the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our democracy, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and well being of all people. We see ourselves as part of a political revolution to make real the promise of a society that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent.

    By making elections a focus of your work, you will certainly be filling a gap within the climate movement. Why do you think that gap existed?

    For too long we've seen the climate movement get totally derailed by four-year election cycles, or experience them as a distant distraction. That's because many in the climate movement have not really tapped into the deep frustration about how our political system is not responding to and reflecting the concerns of everyday people. Such frustration is especially deep among our generation. We have been losing on climate for the same reasons that we have been losing on healthcare, inequality, education and racial justice -- our economy and democracy are rigged in favor of the wealthy and powerful. The climate movement must be part of the emerging political revolution that is taking on the billionaire class from many angles.

    That being said, we're not leaving behind the legacy of nonviolent protest that has won so many things for working people in this country. Marches, demonstrations and sit-ins will be a part of the plan, but so will door-knocking and candidate recruitment.

    In what ways are you planning to connect and work with other groups in the climate movement?

    The core aspects of our strategy will require us to work with a variety of groups in the climate movement. To build public support, we'll collaborate with other organizations that are really good at protest and organizing. And we know for sure we can't win elections on our own, so we plan to link up with others to contest for political power as well.

    In the end, we're ready to work with any group that's excited about our strategy and aligned with our understanding of how we make change.

    My introduction to political advocacy was in the divestment campaign at UMass-Amherst. Divestment campaigning is close to my heart. It's one of the most effective methods for eroding the power of Big Oil -- especially for college students -- and we don't see that changing.

    We hope divestment campaigners will join up with Sunrise to translate the people power they're building through divestment into the political power we'll need to end Big Oil's influence in Washington.

    Sunrise is also a logical next step for students moving on from divestment campaigning because either they win their campaign (like we did at UMass), leave school or decide it's no longer the most effective way to build power on their campus.

    What are the immediate next steps for Sunrise?

    Our strategy follows a simple pattern over the next four years, through the 2020 election: disrupt, vote, disrupt, vote. We're launching this summer and fall with a series of trainings in 10 politically significant states to build our people power. In August, when our politicians have left the halls of Congress and must answer to us at home, we'll rally young people across the country to go to their townhalls and events. We want them to ask their representatives what they're doing to end Big Oil's assault on our climate, economy and democracy. After that, we'll be engaging in primary fights between populists and establishment politicians. We'll be doubling down on bringing in as many new people to the movement as possible and taking action in myriad ways -- both domestically and internationally -- to spread our message and expose the corrupt entanglement of fossil fuel CEOs and our political system.

    All this will feed into our biggest program, which will take place next summer. We're going to bring together 300 youth for a training that prepares them to spend six months of their lives talking to people and growing our movement up to the 2018 midterms. If we do it right, by November 2018, we'll see climate as a major issue during the elections and beyond, and we'll win races to elect climate champions to office. This includes electing a people's president and Congress in 2020, alongside the many other groups that make up the political revolution.

    Were you inspired by any particular models when you built out this plan?

    Much of our foundational frameworks for Sunrise came from the Momentum model, which is a hybrid of mass protest and structure-based organizing, as described in Paul and Mark Engler's book, "This Is an Uprising." From there, we improvised and pulled together thinking from different parts of the left, especially after the election. We took direction from the Bernie Sanders campaign -- specifically its innovations on volunteer-led, decentralized teams and structures. We studied a variety of organizations -- from political parties to community groups -- that experimented with building on-ramps for mass participation. In the end, it's a process of experimentation. We're staying flexible, so that we can do more of what works and stop doing what doesn't.

    Has the approach to climate action changed with Trump's rejection of the Paris climate deal and his green lighting of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines?

    The last few months have made it clear how critical it is to translate our people power into political power. Our most prominent federal victories from the last eight years have been undone within the first few months of the Trump presidency. It's clear that social movements cannot afford any longer to be external agents railing against a hostile government that is not accountable or responsible to the majority of Americans. We have to win political power so we can defend our gains permanently and push for further action on climate and beyond.

    On a different note, the Paris rollback is galvanizing thousands to action. People are coming out of the woodwork, ready to contribute in any way they can. It's up to movement leaders to find meaningful and impactful ways for all these people to participate.

    What do you make of cities and states going their own way, post-Paris?

    One of the justifications Trump gave for pulling out of the Paris Agreement was that he was going to help Americans, saying in his withdraw speech that he was doing that because "he was elected by the voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris." Of course, Pittsburgh voted for Hillary Clinton by a huge margin, and its Mayor Bill Peduto has committed to follow the Paris Agreement. The truth is that Trump was pulling out of this agreement to benefit his fossil fuel allies, not the American people. The majority of Americans in every single state support the Paris Agreement. The groundswell of mayors and governors from across the country committing to uphold the Paris Agreement show the depth of Americans' support for decisive climate action.

    This is an important message to send to the world, and we applaud local and state leaders for taking this action. Unfortunately, these commitments only do so much, and we're still going in the wrong direction overall. The scale and speed of the transition to renewables that we need will require a large-scale mobilization from all parts of society, and the federal government is going to be a critical part of this. We need to get serious about taking back Congress and the White House.

    Climate activists have long battled fake news and climate deniers. How are you preparing to deal with them?

    We're done arguing about whether climate change is real. Americans understand that climate change is real, human-caused, and needs to be urgently addressed. Seventy-eight percent of Americans want the federal government to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and 91 percent of millennials support transitioning America to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

    Let's stop trying to convince people to "believe in climate change" and start asking them if they want to bring millions of clean jobs to this country. Let's ask if they want to breathe clean air and drink clean water. Let's ask if they want their children to live asthma free and their mountains and rivers to remain healthy and intact. Let's ask if they want America to do right by its working people, and assert that it's possible for the future to not be riddled with cancer and black lung disease.

    When we speak in terms of people's needs and dreams rather than inanimate carbon-things, deniers don't stand a chance.


              Comment on Denver Comic Con Check-in by FossilFishy   
    Having a day off. Sitting in my in-law's lounge room in front of the wood heater trying to figure out how to get out of helping with the sheep shearing tomorrow. Thanks for asking.
              Climate Tricks 62, Climate religionism of Arcy Garcia   
    Some people have deep faith in the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) or "man-made only" warming and climate change (CC), deep faith like religion. Natural global warming-global cooling cycles, or nature-made warming and CC is taboo for them, no such thing, it violates their religion and will never never accept it even if hard data and graphs are in front of them.

    Among such climate religionists is Arcy Garcia. Arcy is a friend way back in the late 80s when I was still a socialist. While we have some similar beliefs like respect for human rights and opposition to Du30's no-due-process, no rule of law and violent drugs war, his socialist and anti-capitalist angsts prevail. A typical anti-capitalist ideologue who super-enjoys facebook capitalism, youtube capitalism, google and internet capitalism, etc.

    What he does, he would tag me in fb arguing the usual UN-Al Gore hypothesis that AGW is so scary-alarming-worrying-frankensteining and the only solution is more UN, more governments to control, over-regulate and over-tax and later on kill fossil fuels, and they can "fight CC".

    Initially I engaged him, then he would run away when faced with dozens of paleo-climate data dating back to tens of thousands or millions of years ago. Then after a few days or weeks, he would tag me again and argue the same AGW alarmism and so I would show him again lots of hard data, paleo-climate data showing that global warming is not unprecedented, there were many precedents of GW.

    I would ask him and other climate alarmists of these simple questions, and they would have zero answer, or the usual sound of silence.

    1. Planet Earth is 4.6 billion years old, when was the time, what period, that there was NO climate change?

    2. What was it like before this "man-made" warming/CC -- less rain, no rain, more rains? less flood, no flood, more floods? less snow, no snow, more snow?


    3. Of the recent global warming from the mid-1800s to roughly the last decade, how much of it was man-made vs nature-made? 100-0? 80-20? 51-49?

    Then he would run away. And repeat the process --> tag, argue briefly, run away; tag, argue briefly, run away.

    Today, he did the same, posting this.


    I advised and reminded him of his lousy style. He can continue his climate religionism and alarmism in his own wall, sure he has many follower-climate religionists who will cheer him. But he puts it again in my wall with the usual plan to run away when confronted with hard data, so I told him of his climate kaduwagan at kabobohan (climate stupidity and cowardice).

    I asked him again just one question -- Planet Earth is 4.6 billion years old, when was the time, what period, that there was NO climate change?

    His slippery answer, “Masyadong malayo 4b years. Mas kapani paniwala yung unti unting pag atras.”

    Palusot pero hindi lusot. There is data for 4+ billion years but he won't accept it because it disproves their religion -- that there was no previous CC, no warming precedents, "this GW and CC is unprecedented" they argue. 

    More data here, https://wattsupwiththat.com/paleoclimate/. Zero discussion, just dozens of charts and data and their sources.

    After this, I am sure that whenever he finds another alarmist article, he will post it again in my fb wall, then he will run away again.

    But then again, AGW is religion, based on faith and belief. People who believe in a God do not ask for charts or graphs or tables or equations, they just have faith, simple. This is AGW religionism, "man-made CC only" religion and cultism. And they use governments, the UN, the foreign aid like WB and ADB, for their religion. And vice versa, governments-UN-foreign aid use the religion to extract more political power, more global ecological central planning, more multi-trillion dollars climate money from taxpayers and energy consumers so they can "save the planet."
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    See also:
    Climate Tricks 59, Trump's climate advisor to reverse US government alarmism, January 20, 2017 
    Climate Tricks 60, Alarmism by the socialists and global ecological central planners, January 28, 2017 

    Climate Tricks 61, Hysteria and tantrums over Trump's withrawal from Paris Agreement, June 02, 2017

              Antique Chinese Sterling Silver Turtle Bead - Salmon and Fossil Coral Necklace by beadartaustria   

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    I have used an extraordinary very rare antique Chinese Sterling silver bead to create this necklace.

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    The necklace is kept simple to enhance the beauty of the silver bead. I have used four natural untreted salmon colored coral beads and white bleached fossil coral of 18 mm diameter . Brass and silver beads, sterling silver clasp

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    Sieving Sands Present amongst the silica and carbonates are vestiges Tiny fossils imprinted by the expression of the ages Witnessed in the corpses of oceanic biomes Sea shells as small as sand crystals Spores, fungi, metals, gold Winds apportioning pollen on what would seem as unfertile...
              Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start   
    Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start:

    The EPA under Trump appointee Scott Pruitt is the picture of regulatory capture. Rather than working for the American people, Pruitt is a tool of the fossil fuels industry and other industries the agency is supposed to regulate.

    While the Trump Administration has otherwise gotten very little done, Pruitt has made a good start on destroying the Earth as a place where human beings can live. Under Pruitt, the EPA is encouraging global warming; polluting the nation’s waterways; made it easier for fossil fuel companies to leak methane, a greenhouse gas, from oil and gas wells; encouraged explosions and spills at chemical plants; and reversed a ban on a pesticide that the EPA’s scientists have said is linked to damage of children’s nervous systems.

    He makes his decisions not by consulting scientists, but by talking with industry lobbyists and political appointees.


              James Cromwell Speaks Out After Jail Sentence: "Anyone With a Sense of Outrage Is Compelled to Resist"   

    James Cromwell says "anyone with a sense of outrage is compelled to resist" after he was sentenced to a week in jail for refusing to pay a fine over a 2015 protest.

    The BabeStar Trek: First Contact and American Horror Story actor and environmental and animal activist was detained for taking part in a demonstration near a construction site of a power plant in upstate New York and blocking its entrance. The environmental rights group Protect Orange County said the plant uses controversial fracked natural gas and "creates unacceptable health and safety risks to the public."

    According to the plant's website, the facility "will meet the stringent limits set by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation for VOC, NOx, SO2, PM and formaldehyde to protect human health and environment."

    A judge found Cromwell and five other protesters guilty and fined each of them $250 plus a $125 surcharge in June. Three of the people, including the actor, refused to pay. On Thursday, they were sentenced to a week in county jail in July.

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    "A poisonous, misguided energy policy, driven by a rapacious, deceitful industry, and abetted by corrupt, self-serving political leadership is condemning all sentient life on this planet to a gruesome extinction," Cromwell said in a statement provided by Protect Orange County and obtained by E! News Saturday.

    "To remain silent in the face of such a cataclysm is to be culpable and complicit. The extraction of fossil fuels has become, in this compromised environment, a crime against humanity," he continued. "Anyone with a sense of outrage is compelled to resist. Any law that facilitates and justifies such a crime by stifling dissent is unjust. History will vindicate our struggle and excoriate the perpetrators. That is, if there is a history."

    Cromwell's sentence is set to begin on July 14. Cromwell's attorney told E! News that the actor stated after he was sentenced that "his conscience does not allow him to pay those who are corrupt and destroying the planet."

    In 2013, Cromwell was detained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for interrupting a Board of Regents meeting to help protest a school study that PETA had said involves "abusive experiments" of cats. The director of the college's Research Animal Resource Center called the allegations "baseless." Cromwell was later given a citation and no charges were filed against him.

     In 2001, Cromwell led a PETA protest on the roof of a Wendy's restaurant in Virginia.

    James Cromwell Speaks Out After Jail Sentence: "Anyone With a Sense of Outrage Is Compelled to Resist" originally appeared on Eonline.com
              Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start   
    In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history, according to experts in environmental law. Mr. Pruitt’s supporters, including President Trump, have hailed his moves as an uprooting of the administrative state and a clearing of onerous regulations that have stymied American business. Environmental advocates have watched in horror as Mr. Pruitt has worked to disable the authority of the agency charged with protecting the nation’s air, water and public health. But both sides agree: While much of Mr. Trump’s policy agenda is mired in legal and legislative delays, hampered by poor execution and overshadowed by the Russia investigations, the E.P.A. is acting. Mr. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, is moving effectively to dismantle the regulations and international agreements that stood as a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s legacy. “Just the number of environmental rollbacks in this time frame is astounding,” said Richard Lazarus, a professor of environmental law at Harvard. “Pruitt has come in with a real mission. He is much more organized, much more focused than the other cabinet-level officials, who have not really taken charge of their agencies. It’s very striking how much they’ve done.” Since February, Mr. Pruitt has filed a proposal of intent to undo or weaken Mr. Obama’s climate change regulations, known as the Clean Power Plan. In late June, he filed a legal plan to repeal an Obama-era rule curbing pollution in the nation’s waterways. He delayed a rule that would require fossil fuel companies to rein in leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas wells. He delayed the date by which companies must comply with a rule to prevent explosions and spills at chemical plants. And he reversed a ban on the use of a pesticide that the E.P.A.’s own scientists have said is linked to damage of children’s nervous systems. In a sign of both Mr. Pruitt’s influence in the White House and the high regard in which Mr. Trump holds him, he will take a leading role in devising the legal path to withdraw from the 194-nation Paris agreement on climate change, a job that would typically fall to lawyers at the State Department..more

               Prehistoric lizard wasn't what we thought    

    The fossilized Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi skeleton

    Back in 2003, the fossilized remains of a prehistoric armored lizard known as Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi were discovered in Italy. The skeleton was disarticulated and incomplete, plus it was found with the remains of fish and marine reptiles, leading scientists to think that the lizard was aquatic. Now, however, thanks to a marvellously-complete skeleton found in the Alps of eastern Switzerland, that's no longer thought to be the case.

    .. Continue Reading Prehistoric lizard wasn't what we thought

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               Fossilized teeth provide clues to evolution of whales    

    The fossilized teeth of Coronodon havensteini

    If you're a fan of whales, then you probably already known that some of the largest ones feed mainly on tiny crustaceans known as krill. They do so by lunging forward and filling their mouths with water, then straining the krill out of that water as they expel it, using fibrous plates in their mouth called baleen. Now, scientists claim to have come a step closer to understanding how that baleen came to be.

    .. Continue Reading Fossilized teeth provide clues to evolution of whales

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               Darwin's dilemma: Bizarre ancient animal identified through DNA    

    An artist's rendition of Macrauchenia patachonica, a bizarre mishmash creature that has just been classified through ...

    What do you get when you cross an elephant, a llama, a camel, and a rhinoceros? If you have no idea, don't feel too bad – it puzzled Charles Darwin too, when he stumbled on the fossilized bones of just such a creature in 1834. Known as Macrauchenia patachonica, the enigmatic, extinct animal has evaded classification ever since, but a new DNA study has finally found where it fits on the family tree.

    .. Continue Reading Darwin's dilemma: Bizarre ancient animal identified through DNA

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               Grunner e-bike mixes massive range with punchy performance    

    The Grunner e-bike has up to 2.2 kW of power

    E-bikes offer a way for commuters to arrive at work sweat-free, but some boosted two-wheelers are starting to offer ranges that rival bikes of the fossil fuel-powered variety. One such example is the Grunner developed by Croatia-based Mobile Vehicle Technology and Absolute Design, which boasts 2.2 kW of power and 180 km (112 mi) of range.

    .. Continue Reading Grunner e-bike mixes massive range with punchy performance

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              Konstrukteur (m/w) für die Entwicklung von Windenergieanlagen - Windrad Engineering GmbH   
    Arbeiten Sie mit uns an der Zukunft der Energieversorgung. Die Umstellung der Energieversorgung von vorwiegend fossilen auf regenerative Energien ist eine der großen Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts. Besonders die Windenergie hat sich rasant entwickelt und bietet weiterhin großes Potential...
              Comment on EIA’s Electric Power Monthly – June 2017 Edition with data for April by Boomer II   
    In some previous comments I suggested that there will be less interest in investing in fossil fuel projects and companies. There's this. Mixed energy funds invest in both fossil fuels and renewables. Even if governments print unlimited amounts of money, that in instead doesn't mean that money would go into fossil fuels. <a href="http://www.pionline.com/article/20170612/PRINT/306129997/the-delicate-balance-of-investing-in-energy" rel="nofollow">The delicate balance of investing in energy - Pensions & Investments</a>: "Mixed funds have had the most growth recently, raising $19 billion year-to-date through April 30 and $24 billion in all of 2016, compared to $1.9 billion raised by fossil-fuel funds in the first four months of 2017 and $22.3 billion in 2016. Renewable funds raised $4.8 billion this year through April 30 and $12.6 billion last year, Preqin's report shows."
              Comment on EIA’s Electric Power Monthly – June 2017 Edition with data for April by Caelan MacIntyre   
    <blockquote>"I’m hitting a nerve with the Fossil Fuel Fascists, Koch brother supporters and all the Climate Science deniers!" ~ Fred Magyar</blockquote> More asinine dichotomized garbage, apparently to make Fred feel better about himself.
              13 energy-efficient home upgrades that pay for themselves over time   

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    There are very good reasons why our collective consciousness has turned to being more energy-savvy.

    Energy costs are an expensive necessity that only seem to be getting pricier, and most of the population has come around to the fact that decades of burning fossil fuels has negatively impacted the environment, making weather more volatile and endangering our future as humans living on this planet.

    Whether it’s the here and now of a high energy bill or the daunting concerns of tomorrow, millions of people are turning their attention to decreasing their own footprint.

    One of the best ways to do this is by swapping some of the energy-suckers in your house for more efficient options. You don’t have to throw yourself into the Dark Ages and rely on candles or the light coming off a burning woodpile to survive (save that for later); you can enjoy all the regular things you love but at a fraction of the energy footprint, and it’s cheaper than you’d think.

    If you want to take a look at the energy used by each appliance in your house, there’s a free calculator online here.

    Something as ubiquitous as lighting makes up about 10% of home energy costs, so if you replace all those standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, you can save up to 75% of that energy — keeping more money in your pocket without forgoing anything you need or skipping a beat.

    Some of the efficiency fixes are simple: turn off the lights if you’re not in the room, insulate your windows, wash the dishes by hand if you can, don’t do a load of laundry for a pair of socks, and unplug your devices when you’re not using them (they're likely still using a substantial amount of energy). Some fixes like smart thermostats are more expensive upfront but make up for that by how much they save both you and the planet in the long run.

    Below are 13 things that might help you cut down on your energy footprint, making your bill and environmental impact smaller without losing any convenience.

    An energy-saving power switch

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    This energy-saving power switch draws zero energy when the switch is flipped off. Plus, it declutters the kitchen from the wandering cords of unplugged devices. 

    Belkin Conserve Energy Saving Power Switch, $9.95

     



    An LED night light

    Amazon

    Lunara is UL approved and rated to last 40,000 hours. So, according to Lunara, if you use the night light for 10 hours a day, it'll last more than 10 years.

    LEDs are around 10x more energy-efficient than typical incandescent lights, so the company estimates the cost of the Lunara at $0.25 to operate.

    Lunara LED Night Light with Smart Light Sensor, Pack of 2, $14.99



    Bright, energy-efficient light bulbs

    Amazon

    These Philips' light bulbs are bright and energy-saving alternatives to traditional 100W incandescent bulbs that use more energy. The company estimates you'll save $336 in energy costs. The bulb should last a little over nine years (based on three hours per day on).

    These GE 13-Watt bulbs are also a great option.

    Philips 433557 23W 100-watt T2 Twister 6500K CFL Light Bulb, Pack of 4, $9.94

     




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              Apple is crushing the Swiss watch industry — and one brand is particularly vulnerable (AAPL, FOSL)   

    swatch wristwatchTom Pennington/Getty

    Smartwatches are taking over our wrists, and it's likely to get worse for traditional Swiss watchmakers, according to UBS. 

    The Apple Watch is bigger than every Swiss watch brand except Rolex, analysts at the bank said in a note on Monday. And Swatch is most vulnerable in this environment, according to Helen Brand and her colleagues. 

    Swiss watchmakers recognize the demand for wearables, but are reluctant to dive in because they would need to rely on the tech companies that make the microprocessors that replace the mechanical parts, UBS said.

    Also, the high-end companies could hurt their status when they sell wearables cheaper than they would traditional timepieces. That puts Swatch at the most risk because it leans more heavily towards entry-level products than its peers, Brand said.

    "Market share may be further eroded for the Swiss industry as smartwatches improve in functionality," Brand said. "The wider wearables market is now likely 30-40 million in volumes in total with Swiss watches industry volumes at 28m." 

    Swatch's biggest threat is from China. 

    "This has been a region where we have seen strong momentum, notably for Tissot and Longines driven by the emerging Chinese middle class," Brand said. "If this consumer prefers the Apple Watch over these brands it could be a threat to Swatch's medium-term growth prospect." 

    Bloomberg reported that Swatch was working on a smartwatch to launch around the end of 2018. 

    US watchmaker Fossil has already entered the smartwatch market, but its foray has not prevented a sales decline. Kosta Kartsotis, Fossil's CEO, cited "a watch category undergoing significant change" when the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings in the first quarter. 

    This chart shows that traditional watchmakers' sales peaked right as the first-generation Apple Watch launched in Q2 2015. 

    Screen Shot 2017 06 26 at 1.26.28 PMUBS

    More wearables are shipping than Swiss watches. 

    Screen Shot 2017 06 26 at 1.53.33 PMUBS

    A redeeming factor for Swiss watchmakers is that their products are essentially jewelry, meaning they are timeless and can hold emotional value when gifted. A smartwatch, however, would become obsolete after a few years if the battery goes flat or its maker stops providing operating-system updates.

    Also, there remains the perception that the Apple Watch is a smartphone on your wrist, which it arguably isn't. UBS' survey of nearly 8,000 smartphone users in May found that the biggest reason why people didn't want an Apple Watch was that they thought it wasn't needed. 

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              Comment on Ted Nordhaus: “Demons Under Every Rock The Ever-Expanding Definition of Climate Denial” by AP   
    Yes. It certainly doesn't help the debate to repeat these untruths or irrelevancies. If people funded by fossil fuels are so bad they must be called "deniers" and ignored, then surely the equal argument applies to zealots whose funding DEPENDS on catastrophic climate change being a non-fictional possibility.
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              Der wahre Zweck der Pyramiden !!!   
    Fossilien der Götter Wir hinterfragen die eigentliche Geschichte der Pyramiden !!
              Darwin's 'strangest animal ever' finds a family   
    Charles Darwin, Mr. Evolution himself, didn't know what to make of the fossils he saw in Patagonia so he sent them to his friend, the renowned paleontologist Richard Owen. Owen was stumped too. Little wonder. An artist's impression of Macrauchenia patachonica, the creature Charles Darwin called the 'strangest animal  ever discovered' [Credit: American Museum of Natural History/Jorge Blanco via AFP]"The bones looked different from...

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              Turning the climate tide by 2020   
    The world needs high-speed climate action for an immediate bending-down of the global greenhouse-gas emissions curve, leading experts caution. Aggressive reduction of fossil-fuel usage is the key to averting devastating heat extremes and unmanageable sea level rise, the authors argue in a comment published in Nature this week. In the run-up to the G20 summit of the planet's leading economies, the article sets six milestones for a clean...

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              Comment on Why it Matters that the World thinks US under Trump is Laughingstock by super390   
    The more gas pipelines anywhere are hindered, the more that solar and wind rush in to fill the gap. Once the damn pipelines are done and pumping, the entrenched interests claim that it's unfair to strand their assets, even if solar and wind have become cheaper. Who's going to prove fossil fuels imported from the US or Russia are for the good of their people? I hope any negotiations drag out like Panmunjon.
              Carbon Monoxide News July 2, 2017, posts updated frequently   
    Every day is a carbon monoxide safety education day.
    Scroll back in time through our archives for previous CO News links.
    We can learn from others mistakes and efforts to prevent poisoning.

    Carbon monoxide safety, we are all in this together.

    “A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.” Chinua Achebe (1930-2013, bio link)

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    Daily News Links Are Below These Opening Questions And Warnings
    How much carbon monoxide are you in when in any motor vehicle?

    Did you know that many people do not measure the air they live in?
    After prevention there is no greater awareness than measurement.
     
    Awareness leads to quick thinking. Measurement leads to quick action.

    Are you in the know?
    Do I know enough about carbon monoxide and carbon monoxide poisoning to justify never knowing how much is in the air I breathe every day, everywhere I go?”

    There are some people who want to be notified of the presence of carbon monoxide at levels or concentrations as soon as the gas is present, at concentrations well below those that can instigate poor health symptoms but not be high enough levels to sound the CO alarm they own. 

    There are some people who do not want to push a button on their CO alarm to see what low, aggravating levels of the poison might be in their home, or anywhere. 

    The most recommended CO Alarm in U.S. is a high level alarm
    Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms 
    UL 2034
    1.3 Carbon monoxide alarms covered by this standard are not intended to alarm when exposed to long-term, low-level carbon monoxide exposures or slightly higher short-term transient carbon monoxide exposures, possibly caused by air pollution and/or properly installed/maintained fuel-fired appliances and fireplaces… 

    Side-by-side bag test of carbon monoxide alarms - video

    Consider low level protection for carbon monoxide and smoldering fire detection problems; don't leave anyone behind. CO Experts

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    COSA provides Carbon Monoxide safety education and training.

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    Northside man found dead in residence 
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    Shortly after 4 p.m., the Terre Haute Police Department — equipped with AEDs (automated external defibrilators) — and Terre Haute Fire Department medics arrived on the scene. Once on the scene, THFD personnel determined the victim was already deceased, and during this process, their carbon monoxide detectors began alarming and showing very high levels. The THFD evacuated the residence…

    What wildfires are doing to your family's health 
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    Even if you don't live near an active fire, a sudden worsening of allergy symptoms could be caused by a fire hundreds of miles away. Inhaled smoke can damage the lungs, especially in young children and senior adults. And the pollutants a wildfire disperses can trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes, according to the American Lung Association…

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    Please, stop diagnostic errors; start testing for carboxyhemoglobin
    Carbon Monoxide Intoxication
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    Carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication is one of the main causes of poisoning in industrialized countries and it often leads to diagnostic errors… 

    Carbon monoxide intoxication.
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    However individuals with ischemic heart disease may experience chest pain and decreased exercise duration at COHb levels between 1% and 9%. COHb levels between 30% and 70% lead to loss of consciousness and eventually death… 

    Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips
    National Fire Protection Association… If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel….

    NOTE: Listed U.L. 2034 & CSA 6.19 Carbon Monoxide Alarms 
    VISUAL DISPLAY:
    Must not display under 30PPM in normal operation
    AT 70, 150 & 400 PPM display must be accurate within plus or minus 30 Percent 

    SENSITIVITY TESTING: Resist alarming first times shown, must by second shown time
    70PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM ... [BETWEEN 60 _ 240 MINUTES]
    150PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 5PPM] ... [10 - 50 MINUTES]
    400PPM [PLUS OR MINUS 10PPM ... [4 _ 15 MINUTES]

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    We have all been CO poisoned, some more than others
    The following link takes you to a site with views from those who have been poisoned. The seriousness of carbon monoxide poisoning, the grief, suffering and disorientations experienced are clearly portrayed with the intent to help others and prevent future poisonings. With respect, please visit: 

    What is in the air you are breathing right now?
    What will you be doing today; walking into poison?
    Who will be responsible for the air you breathe?
    You may be the only person who can prevent your own poisoning. 

    We are all vulnerable to carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning.
    Everyone has been poisoned by CO and will be poisoned again. The degree of the poisoning depends upon allowing yourself to be in a situation where someone else controls the air you breathe and the mechanisms for alarming notification.

    Please read the alarm information on the package and in the instructions that come with the carbon monoxide alarm. Know that if it is a U.L. 2034 Listed product (or CSA 6.19 Listed), it is a high level alarm that has been tested to alarm no sooner than 70 PPM at the lowest (the alarm must resist for one hour when above this level) and when over 400 PPM before 15 minutes at the highest concentration, after resisting alarming for 4 minutes when over this level.

    Know when your fire department and emergency responders begin wearing their breathing apparatus and what their civilian evacuation levels are for carbon monoxide; it may be as soon as the gas is present in your presence. Pregnant women, infants & children, people with heart & respiratory struggles, those suffering depression or chronic headaches and all people of vulnerable health should be alerted as soon as the gas begins to concentrate, around 10 PPM (parts per million) or lower.

    You most likely need a low level carbon monoxide detector to sound off when carbon monoxide hazards are just beginning, not after you’ve been exposed to levels that make you have headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased tiredness, heart stresses or worse.

    Do not take risks with carbon monoxide. Take responsibility for the air you breathe and the combustion systems you are responsible for. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for others, unless you think $45.00, high level protection is good enough.

    Help prevent injuries and deaths; don’t guess about carbon monoxide. Measure carbon monoxide for safety and knowledge. The more you test the more you learn. 
    GET BUSY
    Measurement is continuing education at its best. Bob Dwyer, CSME Carbon Monoxide Safety

    CO and Air Quality News Links

    Preserve and improve Missoula's air quality by adequately funding the EPA
    The Missoulian
    In 1970, National Geographic printed a spread about Missoula’s air pollution, lumping us with the most polluted places in the country. They weren’t wrong. For decades until the early 1970s, tepee burners filled our valley with industrial wood waste smoke, and in the 1980s, residential woodstoves and fireplaces caused such dense smoke that streetlights would turn on during the daylight hours. Health studies from the 1980s showed Missoula children had decreased lung function compared to children from Montana cities with cleaner air… Missoula has come a long way. When you stand outside and breathe fresh air or admire the view, you are benefiting from decades of local vigilance and efforts spent implementing national clean air standards and reducing sources of air pollution…

    Air quality advisory issued for Staten Island, NYC on Sunday
    SILive.com
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma or heart disease, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors…

    New Study of US Residents Over 65 Underscores Link Between Air Pollution and Premature Death
    Yale Environment 360
    A study of 60 million Americans over the age of 65 estimates that thousands of people are still dying prematurely each year because they are breathing polluted air… The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said these premature deaths are occurring in areas where air pollution levels are lower than federal National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said that even a modest reduction in what are known as PM2.5 pollution particles — those measuring less than 2.5 microns — could prevent about 12,000 premature deaths annually…

    How much carbon dioxide is produced per kilowatt hour when generating electricity with fossil fuels?
    US Energy Information Administration
    Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government...

    Sit and rest a while; miss the children, prevent repeating this tragedy. 
    Corfu carbon monoxide deaths: Memorial unveiled in Horbury 
    BBC News 
    A memorial bench to two young children who died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu has been unveiled in West Yorkshire…

    To all parents everywhere; grief's pain alerts others
    Out of tragedy comes the light of love 
    Chester County Press 
    Inside, Carly and Daulton had passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning. The gas tank was empty and the ignition was still on. Fumes from the exhaust had been drawn into the car through the air vents… “One of the best things for me is to talk to parents who have also lost a child,” Donna said.

    How to use a Fire Extinguisher
    VideoNex
    In this informative and succinct video, learn how to identify and appropriately execute the use of a CO2 Fire Extinguisher…

    Cdc Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    New Movie Release 2015
    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Public domain video from CDC. Carbon monoxide (sometimes referred to as CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced ... 

    CO EXperts
    Johnson County Kansas - Continuing Education – – Video Link


    A well put together video is found with the next link, but remember: U.L. 2034 Listed CO Alarms are high level alarms. Use them for protection against acute levels, but be aware you can still experience symptoms of the poisoning even though the devices are in place.
    About Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    DailyMotion

    99.95 USD

    Egg Yolk Amber Resin Statement Bead Traditional Tibetan Antique Amber Resin Bead Rich Egg Yolk Amber Resin Bead on free choker from Nepal

    NOTE: Listing is for ONE bead on a FREE choker

    These are some FABULOUS beads last sourced from the Kathmandu region of Nepal. Big enough to stand on it's own hung from a cord or incorporated into a strand of beads of your choosing. It's made for a very comfortable "worry bead" fitting perfectly in the palm of my hand and I've been wearing one on a beige cord hanging just below my collar bone and not only does it feel good, it obviously looks good too considering all the comments I've gotten while out and about in public. It's almost as if the bead has a magnetic quality to it, drawing people in with questions and curiosity as if they just cannot help but comment on it's beauty!

    Proceeds from the sale of my imported items from the Kathmandu region will be reinvested with my on the ground suppliers who lost everything but their lives in the earthquakes that devastated so much of the area in May of 2015. These peace loving people have a long journey ahead of them,many are still without basic shelter,food,water and health services due to difficulties in accessing many of the remote villages.

    Please refer to the photos as they are an important part of the description. All weights and measures are approximate. Due to the use of a macro lens you may see details not visible to the naked eye. Colors may vary from one computer monitor to the next.

    Details:

    Bead Shape: Potato polygon bead
    Bead Color: rich deep opaque egg yolk
    Bead Size: 56mm ( 2 1/4" ) x 46mm ( 1 13/16" ) in diameter and 18mm ( 3/4" ) from hole to hole, 175mm ( 6 5/8" ) in circumference
    Hole Size: 6mm ( 1/4" )
    Weight: 34 to 37 grams per bead
    Age of beads: my "educated estimate" after doing research on beads like this one, likely to have been made circa 1900
    Condition of bead: Excellent!

    Want the bead strung on cord?? I can do that! I'm including a FREE CHOKER with the purchase of beads on this listing!!


    -------------------> A brass gauge is included in photo #3 for scale. What an INVALUABLE TOOL!!! If you're interested in acquiring this "All Important Brass Gauge For Measuring In Both Metric And English Measure To Take The Guess Work Out Of It!" click on the link below and hopefully there will still be one available, a VERY inexpensive yet Priceless investment !! Tell my sister Kathryne "Serene sent me" :)

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/231607290/all-important-brass-gauge-for-measuring?ref=shop_home_active_6


    I did the standard "static test" with this bead,rubbing it briskly for a few seconds on a piece of wool fabric and then holding the bead over a small piece of tissue paper and the bead IMMEDIATELY "attracted" the piece of paper. Amber holds a static charge whereas plastic beads do not. The bead is also warm to the touch, another sign of amber content.
    I also did repeated acetone tests on the beads and it was unaffected by this test, No loss/removal of color and no sticky feel to the beads. No doubt this is indeed amber resin, a form of reconstituted amber with resins added as a hardening agent.

    I have a note posted on my Facebook Etsy page that goes into some detail about amber and how to identify it. The link is below if you're interested in reading it. I'm not a scientist and don't have the skills to identify beyond a shadow of a doubt as to whether this strand of beads is made of reconstituted amber or a mixture of amber and other hardening substances.

    My Fair Trade vendor/supplier that I've dealt with since 2007 referred to this as Amber Resin so I am listing it just as it was sold to me.

    Beads half this size and smaller that I've found on etsy are going for double (and more) than my asking price.

    Link to note: https://www.facebook.com/notes/etsycomshoptemplestreasuretrove/facts-about-amber/368448973262934
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    Mystical Properties:
    Because amber, unlike other gemstones, is warm to the touch and often contains insect fragments, it was thought to possess life. It was sacred to worshippers of the Mother Goddess in classical times, as it was believed to contain the very essence of life itself - the animating principle.

    Due to the fact that amber is a fossil, it has associations with time, cycles and longevity. As it once was a living substance, it is related to Akasha. This is what is commonly called "The Fifth Element", which governs and binds together earth, air, fire and water, and in a sense it is the ultimate source of those elements. Akasha is also symbolic of life and living things; plants, animals and humans alike.

    All of these mysterious properties and associations make amber one of the most widely used and prized magical substances of all times and places on Earth.

    Yellow/Gold/Orange amber is said to enhance the beauty of the wearer. It is used to tap into the power of the Sun, and is good for success, abundance, healing, vitality and joy. It brings the energies of patience, protection, psychic shielding, romantic love, sensuality, purification, balance, healing and calmness to those who wear or carry it. It is considered a good luck charm for marriage.

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    Healing Properties:

    A powerful stone for manifestation, amber is also used for healing of the physical body as well. For over 7,000 years it has been used to stimulate the metabolism and treat skin ailments caused by a metabolic imbalance.
    Because of it's warmth it is used also in the treatment of asthma and allergic respiratory problems. Generally wearing amber in a necklace is the most effective for this ailment.

    Amber carries a negative electrical energy charge and therefore is good to draw power and energy into its bearer. Amber gives a soothing, light energy that is both calming and energizing at the same time. It can help manifest desires and heighten intellectual abilities, clarity of thought, and wisdom. It cleanses its environment by drawing out negativity, and relieves physical pain the same way.

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    Magical Properties:
    Energy: Projective
    Element: Fire, Akasha
    Deity: The Great Mother
    Powers: Luck, healing, strength, protection, beauty, love

    Soothing to the nerves and the spirit, as well as imparting a sense of protection, amber jewelry is appropriate to wear at any time. Said to be one of the stones in the breastplate of the high priest.

    Use amber to increase the strength of spells and to attract money. Added to the alter it will increase the strength of your magical spells.

    Ambroid (amber pressed into forms) dark red gold: calms fears and helps one keep an intellectual outlook.

    Clear, dark red: will contain or destroy negative emotions; calms the spirit.

    Clear golden brown: sharp intellectual focus; clears metal confusion; balances the 6th, or Third Eye/Brow Chakra.

    Milky golden: same as clear, but with much more inspirational energy.

    Sea Amber (or burnite, solid, dark golden brown): helps one stay neutral and realistic in difficult situations, balances the 5th, or Throat Chakra.

    Cleanse amber under lukewarm water, when you notice that it warms ever so slowly when you wear it or hold it. Negative energy can make amber cloudy. Never leave amber in the sun as it may become brittle.


    Chakra Classification:
    Healing, soothing and harmonizing...Amber helps to stabilize the kundalini and turns the intellect into more spiritual paths.

    Amber is excellent for inner child work and past life work. Amber is associated with the3rd, or Solar Plexus Chakra and sometimes the 2nd, or Sacral/Navel Chakra .

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    If you need a good excuse to purchase this piece go to the link below ;)

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/TemplesTreasureTrove/about/

    For more world wide treasures: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TemplesTreasureTrove

    Thanks for stopping by to view my Egg Yolk Amber Resin Statement Bead Traditional Tibetan Antique Amber Resin Bead Rich Egg Yolk Amber Resin Bead on free choker from Nepal on a FREE CHOKER


              Galileo Ausgrabungs-Set T-Rex   
    6,90 EUR
    Entdecke das großartige Skelett des größten Raubsauriers der Vorgeschichte! Mit dieser Experimentierbox kannst du eine hinreißende Reise in die Vergangenheit unternehmen. Mit den in der Packung enthaltenen geeigneten Werkzeugen kannst du Ausgrabungen vornehmen und antike Fossilien finden.Inhalt:HammerMeißelZiegelTierfossilien (nicht echt!)Bebildertes HandbuchGeeignet ab: Grundschule, weiterführende SchuleGeeignet für: KindergeburtstagFördert: UmweltbewusstseinAchtung!Wegen Erstickungsgefahr durch verschluckbare Kleinteile ist das Spiel für Kinder unter 3 Jahren nicht geeignet. Anweisungen aufmerksam durchlesen. Enthält wichtige Informationen.

              Vancouver Councillor pushes for fossil fuel free city, then jets to Europe to speak!   

    It’s hard to find bigger hypocrites than virtue signalling celebrities and politicians who claim the planet is in trouble while living their carbon-intense lifestyles but the worst are the Vision Vancouver councillors who are implementing their Greenest City Action Plan to end all fossil fuel use by 2050. 


              UFFICIALE EPA NUOVA ACQUA La sicurezza è un lobbista profondi legami alla pipeline DAKOTA ACCESSO | publicnews24-7   
    DENNIS LEE FORSGREN, un ex lobbista recentemente sfruttato per condurre l’ufficio Environmental Protection Agency responsabile della sicurezza in acqua, ha profondi legami con un gruppo di difesa dei combustibili fossili impegnati nella promozione del Dakota accesso Pipeline così come gli sforzi di perforazione offshore controversi. L’appuntamento segna una vittoria per gli avversari industriali di regolamenti […]
              Sulle Alpi svizzere il fossile di un rettile corazzato - Terra & Poli - ANSA.it   
    Un fossile straordinariamente ben conservato scoperto sulle Alpi svizzere ha rivelato lo scheletro completo di un antico rettile corazzato, vissuto circa 241 milioni di anni fa – (ANSA) Descritto sulla rivista Scientific Reports, è un esemplare estremamente raro chiamato Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi e ha permesso al gruppo di ricerca coordinato dall’università svizzera di Zurigo e da […]
              Permanent Impermanence, or How the Fudge Did That Fossilize?   

    There's a great many weird things to choose from, but I'll tell you what warps my mind: seeing things we normally think of as temporary preserved forever in stone. Two hundred and forty million years ago, waves left ripples in soft sands and silts.


              Darwin's 'strangest animal ever' finds a family   
    Charles Darwin, Mr. Evolution himself, didn't know what to make of the fossils he saw in Patagonia so he sent them to his friend, the renowned paleontologist Richard Owen. Owen was stumped too. Little wonder. "The bones looked different from anything he knew," said Michael Hofreiter, senior author of a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications that finally situates in the tree of life what Darwin called the "strangest animal ever discovered". "Imagine a camel without a hump, with feet like a slender rhino, and a head shaped like a saiga antelope," Hofreiter, a professor at the University of Potsdam, told AFP. Macrauchenia patachonica -- literally, "long-necked llama" -- also had a long rubbery snout and with its nostrils high on the skull just above its eyes. For nearly two centuries, biologists and taxonomists argued
              Comment on Waste From Solar Panels: 300 Times That of Nuclear Power by Bartleby   
    @oldfossil - It is great getting other people's money. You have to understand the people doing this have guns. You can take the high moral ground and pay absurd energy prices or you can take the money they're stealing from the poor and laugh all the way to the bank. I didn't vote for these folks. I've never understood the pathological fear of nuclear energy that "the poor" seem so obsessed by. But I won't be taken advantage of either. If "the poor" have a problem with me taking their money, it's on them. They vote just like everyone else. There's an old saying about getting the government you deserve, and getting it good 'n hard. That isn't my problem.
              Comment on Ted Nordhaus: “Demons Under Every Rock The Ever-Expanding Definition of Climate Denial” by willhaas   
    The Earth is finite in volume and mass hence it's resources must be finite. A few hundred years or a few thousand years is really a short time span. Advances in technology may allow us to get at more of the Earth's fossil fuel resources but eventually these resources will run out too. Actually new fossil fuel is being created but at a much shower rate then we are using it up. Before the fuel runs out mankind must switch to alternate sources of energy and must reduce our population so that the alternate sources of energy will be sufficient for our needs. Conserving on the use of fossil fuels gives us more time but it has no effect on climate.
              Comment on Do you have some interesting wildlife news? March 22, 2017 edition by Kathleen   
    Can we STOP this??? "Trump Administration Seeking Permits For Seismic Air Gun Surveys In Atlantic" We don't NEED this fossil fuel and certainly not at the expense of all this marine life! http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/05/531608746/trump-administration-seeking-permits-for-seismic-air-gun-surveys-in-atlantic
              4 Strange Extinct Animals That Roamed America   

    4 Strange Extinct Animals That Roamed AmericaDuring prehistoric times, America was filled with animals that look like they are straight out of a children’s story. These ancient animals are now extinct but their fossils show us what they were like.



              How to divest fossil fuels, for the 99 percent   
    I’m all for the fossil-fuel divestment movement, at least as a way to start a conversation about climate change and build a movement. I’m undecided about whether it makes sense as an investment strategy, at least for individuals. With that caveat, let me point you to a story that I reported for the Guardian on […]
              Turning CO2 from waste into an asset   
    It’d be nice if the world could be powered with zero-carbon energy but wishing it so doesn’t make it so. We’re going to be burning fossil fuels, for better or worse–actually, for better and worse–for many years. So we need to figure out how to deal with CO2 emissions from burning coal, natural gas and […]
              Comment on Lottie Dolls Chapter Book And Sticker Dress-up Book Review And Giveaway by Hazel Christopher   
    Fossil Hunter Lottie because I love geology and metal detecting etc - she seems kind of cool :)
              For Strange Women Botanical Hoodie printed on Organic Material featuring Bird, Florals, Mushrooms, Alchemy, Forest Magic by ForStrangeWomen   

    60.00 USD

    These women's fitted zip hoodies are produced by a company dedicated to ecological sustainability and social equity, and are made from 80% organic cotton and 20% recycled polyester. The front has a brass zipper and pockets, and the back features an illustration by our in-house artist Ash Miyagawa, a montage that combines elements of the forest with the alchemy that inspires FSW perfume.

    * Our model, Alessandra, is 5'10'' sz 4-6 and wearing a size M.

    Why organic cotton is important: It takes one-third of a pound of fertilizers and pesticides to produce the average cotton t-shirt. By working exclusively with organic farmers, we can keep millions of pounds of chemicals out of the environment, which has a positive impact on watersheds, wildlife and humans. Organic farming also has a global warming correlation; chemicals are manufactured and transported using fossil fuels, and organic farmers use less water.

    Ecological sustainability is perhaps most directly expressed in agriculture. We all have to be fed, clothed, and sheltered every day. Agricultural products – from our farms and forests – are all around us. By educating ourselves and making conscious choices about what we consume, we can join a worldwide movement towards a safer, cleaner, and healthier world.

    GMO free, sweatshop free, Garments made in Pakistan, printed in USA


              Silver Y Lariat | Y Drop Necklace | Delicate y necklace| Amber Gift necklace| Silver Lariat | Silver necklace with Pendant | Amber Cross by Senerim   

    16.50 EUR

    Silver Y Lariat necklace with yellow Baltic Amber gives you the strength and calmness every day. It is a delicate, warm and meaningful gift to your friend. Take this power of nature!

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    ♥ - - - - - - ABOUT SILVER Y LARIAT - - - - - - ♥

    • Cross and bead material: 100% authentic, natural, unpolished, fossil Baltic Amber. You will get exactly the same amber cross as in the photo.
    • Chain: 925 sterling silver. The "circle" part measures 16 in / 40 cm and the "hanging" part measures 6.7 in / 17 cm.
    • Amber cross size: ~ 0.6x0.4 in / 1.5x1 cm
    • Packaged into a GIFT BOX with a card about amber effect.
    • Can be shipped directly to recipient.
    • Ready to ship in 1-3 business days.

    ♥ - - - - - - BALTIC AMBER EFFECT- - - - - - ♥

    • Amber is one of the natural remedies for pain relief, teething.
    • Additive for pains and musculoskeletal system diseases, in the sense of growing pains.
    • Reducer of ear and throat pain.
    • A stimulant in the healing of minor wounds or bruises.
    • Useful in cases of upset stomach.
    • May make positive effects psychologically and spirituality.
    Baltic amber

    ♥ - - - - - - ABOUT BALTIC AMBER - - - - - - ♥

    Baltic Amber is fossil resin from pine trees, which was formed over 45 million years ago in the Baltic Sea region of Europe. Natural Baltic Amber contains a very special ingredient - succinic acid, which produces amber’s anti-inflammatory properties.
    This is the reason why from ancient times to the present it is used due to it’s healing and strengthening properties in the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical range. It is appreciated by those looking for natural beauty and health.

    ♥ - - - - - - WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS - - - - - - ♥

    • Please note that colours can vary from originals depending on computer monitor’s settings and lightening.

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    Visit SENERIM shop for more hand made items for babies and mothers: www.etsy.com/shop/senerim

    We are happy only if our customer is happy!
    ***** Absolutely great gift for Baptism. It's organic, unique, I really like it.

    We hope you are satisfied with your order and as you’ll get your item we would be really thankful for your 5 STAR REVIEW on Etsy. It is very important for us, our growth and our Etsy store. If you have any problems with your order, please contact us immediately before the review and we will do our best to solve the inconvenience!

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              Fossil Fighters: Frontier (mit OVP)   

    Fossil Fighters: Frontier (mit OVP) Wichtige Hinweise:HINWEIS: Gebraucht • mit OVPTypische, altersbedingte GebrauchsspurenAnleitung i.d...
    CHF 33.90


              7/3/2017: MARKETS BUSINESS: China taps frozen fuel for energy   

    CHINA is drilling deep into the ocean floor in the hope of tapping vast deposits of a frozen fossil fuel known as “combustible ice”, but it will be years before it is part of the global energy mix. Gas hydrates are found in the seabed as well as...
              Fundraising Manager - Force of Nature Alliance - Vancouver, BC   
    Experience with community organizing and electoral campaigning is an asset. _Force of Nature is a non-profit organization working to stop fossil fuel expansion... $47,500 a year
    From Indeed - Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:33:29 GMT - View all Vancouver, BC jobs
              Increased air pollution cuts victims' lifespan by a decade, costing billions   
    (Elsevier) One of the benefits to cutting fossil fuel consumption is lowering air pollution. A new study in the August issue of Ecological Indicators shows that, on average, an increase in pollution particles in the air of 10 micrograms per cubic meter cuts victims' life expectancy by 9-11 years -- more than previously thought. But the estimated economic cost of this differs wildly between the US and the EU because of the calculations used.
              4 Strange Extinct Animals That Roamed America   

    The Americas are full of beautiful and diverse creatures, but many of the iconic animals that prowled the land thousands of years ago went extinct. These ancient animals may not be around, but their bones and fossils tell us what the environment may … Continue reading

    The post 4 Strange Extinct Animals That Roamed America appeared first on RocketNews |Top News Stories From Around the Globe.


              FOSSIL フォッシル●レザーショルダーバッグ/花   
    FOSSIL フォッシル●レザーショルダーバッ…
    現在価格:2,000 円,入札数:-,終了日時:2017/07/10 21:27
              C150★ 美品 FOSSIL フォッシル レディース 白文字盤 ラインストーン 箱付き 腕時計 人気 お洒落 作動良好 税込   
    C150★ 美品 FOSSIL フォッシル レディース…
    現在価格:3,774 円,入札数:-,終了日時:2017/07/09 21:43
              ジャンク★FOSSIL フォッシル★メンズ腕時計 2点セット 【KKY03D】   
    ジャンク★FOSSIL フォッシル★メンズ腕時計…
    現在価格:1,000 円,入札数:-,終了日時:2017/07/05 22:32
              FOSSIL blue メンズ腕時計   
    FOSSIL blue メンズ腕時計
    現在価格:500 円,入札数:-,終了日時:2017/07/09 22:03
              FOSSIL/ミッキーマウス腕時計/限定品/稼動美品   
    FOSSIL/ミッキーマウス腕時計/限定品/稼動…
    現在価格:2,500 円,入札数:-,終了日時:2017/07/09 22:29
              ジャンク■FOSSIL■腕時計■JR9948■ホワイト & ピンクウォーターウォッチ【MKY03C】   
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    現在価格:900 円,入札数:-,終了日時:2017/07/05 22:44
              1円~FOSSIL 本革 レザーショルダーバッグ ベージュ   
    1円~FOSSIL 本革 レザーショルダーバッグ…
    現在価格:1 円,入札数:-,終了日時:2017/07/10 22:44
              フォッシル FOSSIL 腕時計 自動巻 ME-1000 TWIST シルバー メンズ   
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    現在価格:3,024 円,入札数:-,終了日時:2017/07/03 22:54
              Monumental, Unsustainable Environmental Impacts   

    REPLACING FOSSIL FUELS WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY WOULD INFLICT MAJOR LAND, WILDLIFE, RESOURCE DAMAGE by Paul Driessen, ©2017 (Jul. 2, 2017) — Demands that the world replace fossil fuels with wind, solar and biofuel energy – to prevent supposed catastrophes caused by manmade global warming and climate change – ignore three fundamental flaws. 1) In the […]

    The post Monumental, Unsustainable Environmental Impacts appeared first on The Post & Email.


              Part time Sales Associate - Fossil - Yorkdale, ON   
    The Sales Associate’s overall responsibility is to provide a Radical Customer Experience. Fossil Group is a global retailer specializing in the design,...
    From Indeed - Sat, 03 Jun 2017 16:05:16 GMT - View all Yorkdale, ON jobs
              World's Largest Coal Company Closes 37 Of Its Mines Thanks To Green Energy   

    The biggest coal mining company in the world has announced that it will close 37 coal mines in India, because they are no longer financially viable.

    In a country that the World Health Organisations says needs to "systematically tackle" air pollution because of the "huge burden of associated ill health" on its people, this is a victory for people and the planet.

    According to The Independent, the Coal India mines will be decommissioned as soon as March 2018. And will reportedly save around £98 million for the company who produce 82% of the nation's coal.

    The decision is all thanks to the plummeting cost of solar power; a Climate Action report from February found that If the cost of renewable energy and storage continues to fall at current rates, India could phase out coal power completely by 2050.

    There has also been heavy international investment in renewables in India, which has compounded the pressure on fossil fuel firms to move to cleaner methods of production.

    The closures, which affect 9% of India's mining sites, come as part of a series of mixed messages from the Indian government, who only earlier this year wanted to build more plants.

    In April they released proposals for 370 new coal plants and Steven Davis, from The University of California, said: "India is facing a dilemma of its own making. The country has vowed to curtail its use of fossil fuels in electricity generation, but it has also put itself on a path to building hundreds of coal-burning power plants to feed its growing industrial economy."

    Then in May the government backtracked and said it would actually not be building anymore plants after 2022, and plans for nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations were scrapped on the spot.

    For Indian citizens, the decision to decommission the plants is about more than just international pledges to go green, a recent New York Times report found that the air pollution crisis kills 1.1 million Indians annually.

    And smog in New Delhi, long considered the world's most polluted city, is now so bad that you can see it from outer space, as confirmed by a series of photos released by NASA.


              Upcoming events for the week of July 2, 2017   

    Yeah, you don't rid the world of evil doers by doing more evil than anyone could imagine. Picture came from a Facebook post.



    UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR BY DANCEWATER

    07/03/17 DINNER WITH PROGRESSIVES
    We are gathering together this Monday at Green Sage cafe in Westgate with fellow progressives because now more than ever we need to be together, learn together and work together. We ask that attendees purchase dinner, a beverage and/or dessert and RSVP so we can give our gracious friends at Green Sage a headcount. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us. Thank you.  Anyone is invited to give an announcement or ask for signatures on a petition.  Please send Cheryl a quick email to let her know how much time you need. We have two speakers for Monday - Kim Roney, Independent Progressive running for Asheville City Council and Kelly with Democracy NC - Asheville. I hope you join us on Monday to listen to what Kim has to say and to ask her questions about issues you want to know more about. Time is 5:30 to 7 PM. Contact Cheryl at ctorengo@gmail.com to RSVP and for more information. 

    07/03/17 AND 07/04/17 ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY RIGHTS ACTIONS
    Asheville Community Rights group presents: The July 4th Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels action at Lake Julian Park is less than a week away! We're working hard to make this a meaningful and fun event, and we need your participation and support to make our message heard loud and clear:  We do not want or need to build new fracked gas burning power plants in Asheville!  We can make the transition to 100% renewable energy in our community! We need boats and money! Please support this action financially, if at all possible.  Every donation helps with legal fees, boat launch fees, food and drinks, educational materials, medical supplies, transportation and printing costs. Contact ashevillecommunityrights@gmail.com for information on how to donate. If you can lend us the use of your boat, we'll take care of picking it up on Monday and dropping it back off to you on Wednesday.  It will be clearly labeled and well cared for, and your generosity in this way will help make the action a success. Monday July 3 - We will spend the day between Windhorse and Lake Julian finishing up signs, building rafts, collecting boats and tying up loose ends.  We need volunteers! Let us know if you can help. If you are bringing your own boat it is best to drop it off at the park on Monday.  Lake Julian Park has a secure shed where we can store the boats overnight.  We'll label it with your name and phone number, and get it to the launch for you on Tuesday. Let us know (reply to this email) and we'll coordinate drop-off.

    Tuesday, July 4- Declaration of Independence from Fossil Fuels at Lake Julian Park-  Park at Estes Elementary, 275 Overlook Rd., take the shuttle to the park, and follow the signs! 10:00am- Volunteer Meeting at Lake Julian Park.  There's a lot to do the day of the event! If you can help, park at Estes Elementary and take the shuttle to the park-- follow the signs to our pavilion. 11:00am-1:30pm- Boat Drop-Off- If you're bringing your own boat and can't get it to the park on Monday, be sure to arrive between 11 and 1:30.  Park at Estes Elementary, and we'll load your boat onto our trailer.  We'll put it in the water at Wild Wings (which is on the lake), and you can walk to it along the shoreline after you take the shuttle into the park:  Because of high holiday park attendance, you will not be able to drive your vehicle into the park on July 4! 12:00pm - 3:00pm - Music, Food and Fun - Musicians include Searra Gisondo, Alina Quu, Jon Handelman and a floating brass band! 3:00pm-4:00pm- Speakers- The line-up includes Rita Leadem from NC Warn; Brownie Newman, Buncombe County Commissioners Chair; Joel R Segal from NC Climate Solutions Coalition and Justice Action Mobilization Network and more. 4:00pm- Boats in the water-  Whether you're participating from the shoreline in the park or from a boat on the lake, we'll be chanting, singing, and letting Duke and everyone else know that we are declaring independence from fossil fuels!  We do not want or need new fracked gas plants in Asheville!  The Earth's health is essential to our survival, and we are ready to begin the transition to 100% renewable energy now! When we come back to shore, feel free to stay for the county's fireworks display.  If you brought a boat, pull it out of the water at Wild Wings, where you'll be able to load it onto your vehicle. The weather will likely be warm and sunny, so please be sure to wear sun screen and a hat, and to bring along a water bottle. We are so grateful for your continued support.  Please spread the word about this action, the training, and the need for boats and financial support.  Your participation in this action at any level puts us closer to avoiding a true climate catastrophe so that future generations can enjoy a healthy, thriving planet.  Truly, thank you. See you soon, The Independence from Fossil Fuels Team. For more information, contact Asheville Community Rights at ashevillecommunityrights@gmail.com.  

    07/04/17 MASS CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AT LAKE JULIAN
    Mass Civil Disobedience: Independence From Fossil Fuels & Corporate Rule! July 4, 406 Overlook Rd Ext, Arden. Come stand, paddle, swim and sit with us is a peaceful non-violent action to let Duke and the world know what we’ve had enough. This came from Frack-Free NC website. This July 4th our community will declare Independence from Fossil Fuels by demanding 100% renewable energy for Asheville and BuncombeCounty and by engaging in a non-violent canoe and kayak action on Lake Julian. A group of citizens and nonprofits have come together to take a stand and fight for our right to a livable planet for our children and grandchildren. A key to this is 100% renewable energy and the right to choose how our electricity is generated. Duke on the other hand is planning to "modernize" with about $25 billion in antiquated nineteenth century fracked gas fuels. On July 4th we claim independence from fossil fuels and corporate rule. We can no longer sit idle as corporations destroy our liberty, our community, and our right to existence in the name of greed and profit. Bring a boat or use one of ours. come even if you do not want to go in a boat on the Lake, by supporting those who can take action, or by simply enjoying the food, the music and the great company. Noon to 3 pm - Food and Live Music, 3pm Speakers, 4pm Launch boats onto the lake; action.

    07/04/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
    Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

    07/04/17 READING GROUP FOR SOCIALISM  
    Socialism! The Reading Group is a monthly discussion group for people interested in learning from and reflecting on the past, present, and future of Socialism-inspired theory and practice. Every month participants draw relevant reading material from across the spectrum, but each meeting is rooted in at least one essay from Jacobin Magazine, whose mission is to facilitate a vision for the future of Left organizing. This is not your "Grandpa Joe's Socialist reading group"... we don't seek to promulgate any ideological dogma, but to challenge it in all its forms. There is no substitute for action, but reading groups help align our directions and thereby align our actions.  Time is 6 PM and location is Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Rd, Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

    07/04/17 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION
    Every Tuesday since December 2016. The Do!scussion is a safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville. It is also a space in which we talk about what we are struggling with. Hard for you to get out of bed and get to work on dismantling the white supremacy? Come on over, and we'll talk about it. Then, we'll get to Do!ing! The six organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) Accountability through Action, 2) Mutual Interest, 3) Take Risks and Keep Going, 4) Calling in More, 5) Enough for Everyone, and 6) Growth is Good. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

    07/05/17 CITIZENS-POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
    This meeting is organized by the City of Asheville. This meeting is free and open to the public. They meet in the first floor Conference Room at the Public Works Building at 161 South Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. Call 251-1122 for more information.

    07/06/17 DEMOCRACY-NC PLANNING MEETING
    Join us for our July Planning Meeting on Thursday, July 6, at 6 p.m. to plan events for July in Asheville. This is the regular monthly planning meeting where core folks will come together to help chart-out and plan events for the next month. We'll discuss events and priorities already on the calendar and things that will be added. This meeting is for folks who want to help lead our work by contributing as planners, facilitators, etc. Location is Wesley Grant Center (285 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801). RSVP below to let us know you'll be there. For more information on how to RSVP, place contact Darlene Azarmi at 828-216-3430 or darlene@democracy-nc.org. 

    07/07/17 DEMOCRACY-NC EVENT FOR VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING
    Do you feel ready to make a real difference in the Asheville area and beyond? We've got two important ways you can get the training you need to protect the right to vote in North Carolina.  Don't worry -- no matter what your experience level, we'll make sure you are prepared! Learn Voter Registration. Do you think our democracy would be healthier if more people voted?  Then learning how to register folks to vote is the perfect first step for you to take action: Join us for a Voter Registration Training on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Asheville (YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville) to learn all the essentials. If you have questions, contact Darlene at (828) 216-3430 or darlene@democracy-nc.org.

    07/08/17 CITIZEN’S CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING
    Citizen's Climate Lobby on Sat, July 8, 12:30pm – 3:00pm. Contact Steffi Rausch at steffi@evolve.com for more information. 2nd Saturday of each month. Location is Kairos West at 742 Haywood Road in Asheville. Contact them at kairoswest742@gmail.com or 828-367-6360 for more information.

    07/09/17 ACLU CHAPTER MEETING 
    Please join our Western North Carolina chapter on Sunday, July 9, for the chapter’s annual meeting and “Celebration of Liberty” in Asheville. Our dedicated volunteer chapter will be honoring Asheville’s Women’s March with its 2017 Evan Mahaney Champion of Liberty Award and will vote to elect new board members. Karen Anderson, Executive Director of ACLU of North Carolina will be there to talk about opportunities and challenges ahead as we work to protect and advance civil liberties for all in North Carolina. The event is free and open to the public. Dessert will be provided. Cash bar for all beverages. When: 3 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017. Where: The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St, Asheville 28801. Contact: Mike Meno, ACLU of North Carolina, 919-348-9623 or mmeno@acluofnc.org. 

    07/10/17 CURRENT EVENTS BOOK CLUB
    Join host Bruce Roth for a lively discussion on topics of current interest including war and peace, the economy, the environment, and other hot political topics. This month’s book is “Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction” by Mary Ellen Hannibal. Time is 7 PM and location is Malaprops. Contact Malaprops for more information.

    07/10/17 TRANSYLVANIA NAACP MEETING
    Take action to protect our kids in our schools: We are working in the aftermath of the racial threats against a Brevard High School student. Here's the crux of the story, if you haven't seen it. And here's the WLOS follow up from our last NAACP general membership meeting on June 12. We are involved in many ways to find long-term solutions to systemic racism in our county. Join the effort by e-mailing us. Come to our next membership and executive committee meeting on Monday, July 10 at 6:15 p.m. at Bethel A Baptist Church, 290 Oakdale St., Brevard. All are welcome. No contact information, this came from an online post.

    07/11/17 OCCUPY WNC MEETING
    The non-partisan group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the Sneak E Squirrel in Sylva. The next meeting is July 11th at 7:00 PM in the restaurant’s Community Room. Supper at 6:00 PM. OccupyWNC has worked for economic and social justice in WNC since 2011. Newcomers and visitors are welcome. Contact Lucy Christopher at (828)743-9747 or lucy.christopher42@gmail.com for more information.

    07/11/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
    Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

    07/11/17 DEMOCRACY-NC EVENT FOR REDISTRICTING CANVASSING TRAINING
    Learn to Canvass for Fair Maps. We gathered over 4,000 petitions for non-partisan redistricting reform in Western North Carolina. Now we're taking the next step. We are going door-to-door to talk about redistricting in the home districts of NC House Reps who are not in support reform. Come learn how to canvass (talk with folks at the door) about this complicated issue in a simple way. We are looking for volunteers but also have some temporary paid opportunities to do this work. Join us for a Redistricting Canvassing Training on July 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Asheville (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville) to get started. If you have questions, contact Darlene at (828) 216-3430 or darlene@democracy-nc.org.

    07/11/17 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION
    Every Tuesday since December 2016. The Do!scussion is a safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville. It is also a space in which we talk about what we are struggling with. Hard for you to get out of bed and get to work on dismantling the white supremacy? Come on over, and we'll talk about it. Then, we'll get to Do!ing! The six organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) Accountability through Action, 2) Mutual Interest, 3) Take Risks and Keep Going, 4) Calling in More, 5) Enough for Everyone, and 6) Growth is Good. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

    07/13/17 DOCUMENTARY FILM  IN ASHEVILLE
    July 13th movie “FIX IT” — Health Care At The Tipping Point. Location is the Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium in downtown Asheville. 6:00 PM doors open, 6:15 – 7:15 movie, followed by Q & A. Free. Email: healthcare@indivisibleavl.org. 

    07/14/17 SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM IN ASHEVILLE
    Environmental & Social Justice Film, “Equal Means Equal”, Friday, July 14th, 7 PM, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. On Friday, July 14th, we are screening the important award-winning documentary “Equal Means Equal”, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. EQUAL MEANS EQUAL is an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. By following both real life stories and precedent setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez discovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace matters to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, the healthcare system and the legal system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws in place that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights amendment. The film screening is at 7 PM, and is open to the public. Location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville at One Edwin Place. There is no charge for viewing the film. Donations are welcome. Contact Charlie at 612-860-6628 or mnpopi@icloud.com for more information.

    07/17/17 DEMOCRACY-NC ASHEVILLE MEETING
    What is the Democracy Asheville Coalition? Our Local Coalition brings together organizational representatives and individuals who agree to work together to change and use the political system so it equips people to take action, promotes grassroots leadership, and serves "the good of the whole." We want an elections process that is accessible, fair, and secure. And we want a government "of, by, and for the people," that fosters equity, solidarity, and justice. Please join us for the next Democracy Asheville Meeting at the Wesley Grant Center (285 Livingston Street in Asheville) on July 17, at 6 p.m. Join us for our regular monthly coalition meeting for updates on the latest voting rights news and plan our next steps for our #FairMapsNC campaign for redistricting reform, including petitions, canvassing, and more. For more information on how to RSVP, place contact Darlene Azarmi at 828-216-3430 or darlene@democracy-nc.org. 

    07/18/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
    Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

    07/18/17 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION
    Every Tuesday since December 2016. The Do!scussion is a safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville. It is also a space in which we talk about what we are struggling with. Hard for you to get out of bed and get to work on dismantling the white supremacy? Come on over, and we'll talk about it. Then, we'll get to Do!ing! The six organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) Accountability through Action, 2) Mutual Interest, 3) Take Risks and Keep Going, 4) Calling in More, 5) Enough for Everyone, and 6) Growth is Good. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

    07/18/17 STANDING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE MEETING
    Tue, July 18, 7pm – 9pm. Contact David Greenson at davidgreenson@gmail.com or (718)809-2132 for more information. This is a monthly meeting- every Third Tuesday. Location is Kairos West at 742 Haywood Road in Asheville.

    07/19/17 GREEN DRINKS
    This is a Sustainability and Social Justice Meet-up. Come early for community connections and green drink specials. This happens on the third Wednesday of each month.  Socializing from 5:30 – 6PM and presentation from  6 – 7PM. Location is The Block Off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street at Asheville. Call 828-254-9277 for more information.

    07/20/17 CREATION CARE ALLIANCE MEETING 
    Creation Care Alliance Meeting. Thursday, July 20, 5:30-7pm. First Baptist Church Room MB306 Upstairs, at 5 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Please park near the playground closer to College Ave. Join us to share stories of sustainability, the Wild Goose Festival, and our ongoing work. No contact information. 

    07/21/17 WNC PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEETING
    Physicians, health personnel and everyone; all are welcomed at our monthly meetings held on the third Friday of each month. Bring a brown bag lunch around noon. This will be held at The First Congregational United Church of Christ, Room E205, at 20 Oak Street (just off College St. in downtown Asheville). Time is noon to 2 PM. Meeting starts at 12:30. Parking is available behind the church. Enter the church or ring doorbell at the glass doors on Oak Street. For more information contact Dr. Terry Clark, Chair, 633-0892 or Dr. Lew Patrie, 299-1242.

    07/22/17 SIERRA CLUB PICNIC
    Sierra Club July 22: 8th Annual  Summer Picnic. Come one, come all to the 8th Annual Sierra Club Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 22. The picnic is scheduled from noon to 4:00 p.m.  at the Blue Ridge Parkway sheltered picnic grounds located on Bull Mt. Rd. near the VA Hospital on Riceville Rd. This event is free and will be held rain or shine. Please bring a pot luck dish to share and your own place settings. Drinks will be provided.  Badminton and horseshoes will add to the festivities. Directions: Exit 7 on I-240; go east on Tunnel Rd for 2 miles; turn north on Riceville Rd; go past VA Hospital, turn left on Bull Mt. Rd. The fenced-in, sheltered picnic area is on the left about ½ mile up the road. Contact Judy Mattox, judymattox@sbcglobal.net, 828-683-2176

    07/25/17 VETERANS FOR PEACE VIGIL - BECAUSE THE WARS STILL GO ON
    Every Tuesday, Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 holds a vigil at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. Time is 5 PM. This has been happening since 2002. No matter the weather, no matter if it falls on a holiday, they are out there standing for peace. Last year, our former president dropped 26,000 bombs on seven different countries. The current president seems to be trying to match or beat that horrible record. Meanwhile we are banning refugees from those countries we have destroyed. Show you are publicly against our country's endless wars and occupations by standing with Veterans for Peace.

    07/25/17 ASURJ DO!SCUSSION
    Every Tuesday since December 2016. The Do!scussion is a safe space in which to talk about what we see that encourages us to continue to create multi-racial coalitions in Asheville. It is also a space in which we talk about what we are struggling with. Hard for you to get out of bed and get to work on dismantling the white supremacy? Come on over, and we'll talk about it. Then, we'll get to Do!ing! The six organizing principles of SURJ are: 1) Accountability through Action, 2) Mutual Interest, 3) Take Risks and Keep Going, 4) Calling in More, 5) Enough for Everyone, and 6) Growth is Good. Time is 10 AM and location is Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

    07/25/17 MEN’S DIVERSITY CIRCLE
    From circle organizer Duncan Tam: As men of color and culture, we navigate the margins of power and privilege from cradle to grave. We inherit the legacies of our ancestors and pass down our love and pain to our children. In circle, we give support, voice and strength to each other in our personal challenges with the experiences of exclusion and inclusion, and celebrate the contributions we make in our lives and in all our relations. All men of color are welcome. Time is 7 PM and location is Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Rd, Asheville. Contact Firestorm at info@firestorm.coop for more information.

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    ONGOING EVENTS
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    TUESDAY
    Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square, Vance Monument during most of the year, but after standard time kicks in, they meet at 4:30 PM. 
    Showing Up for Racial Justice Do!scussion at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 610 Haywood Road in west Asheville. 10 AM. Educating and organizing white people for racial justice. 
    Rally at historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 5 PM on the first Tuesday of the month. Organized by the Progressive Organized Women. 

    WEDNESDAY
    Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville
    French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
    Green Drinks meets at 7 PM at The Block Off Biltmore on the third Wednesday of the month.
    Sierra Club meets at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist in Asheville on the first Wednesday of the month.

    THURSDAY
    Political Prisoners Letter Writing at Firestorm Coffee & Books at 6 PM on fourth Thursday of the month. Materials provided.
    Welcome Home Tour by Homeward Bound on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Call 258-1695 for more information.
    Asheville Prison Books Program is held at Downtown Books & News from 4 to 7 PM. 

    FRIDAY
    Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the City Hall in Hendersonville.
    Standing Up For Racial Justice event is held at 10 AM at 23 Edwin Street, next to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. Educating and organizing white people for racial justice.

    SATURDAY
    French Broad Riverkeeper has a paddle-n-plant to prevent sediment erosion most Wednesdays and Saturdays. Registration required at anna@mountaintrue.org. 
    Mountain True holds urban forest workdays on the second Saturday of the month at Richmond Hill Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Call 258-8737 for more information.
    Citizen’s Climate Lobby meeting at 12:30 PM at Kairos West Community Center on second Saturday of the month.
    Food Not Bombs serves free vegan/vegetarian food every Saturday at noon at Pritchard Park.
    Dances of Universal Peace on the third Saturdays at 7:30 at 1 School Road in Asheville. 

    SUNDAY
    Asheville National Organization for Women meeting at 2:30 PM at YWCA of Asheville on second Sunday of the month.

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    ACTIONS AND READINGS
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    Article: We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves 

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/19/we-cant-fight-climate-change-if-we-keep-lying-ourselves

    We have the technology to build alternative energy and food systems, but the fossil fuel industry, the most powerful industry in the world, has blocked all meaningful attempts to curb fossil fuel extraction and reduce energy consumption. And meat, dairy and egg producers, responding to consumer demand, are responsible for the emission of more greenhouse gases than the entire global transportation sector. Livestock generates enormous amounts of methane, which is 86 times more destructive than CO2. Livestock also produces 65 percent of nitrous oxide resulting from human activity, a gas that has 296 times the “Global Warming Potential” of carbon dioxide. The massive animal agriculture industry, like the fossil fuel industry, receives billions of dollars in subsidies from the U.S. government. And corrupt and pliant politicians who do the bidding of these industries receive millions in return from lobbyists. It is legalized bribery. And it won’t stop until this political system is destroyed.

    The nonprofit Project Drawdown, which compiles research from an international coalition of scientists, says that “a plant-based diet may be the most effective way an individual can stop climate change.” Adopting such a diet should be our first act of revolt. The second should be carrying out civil disobedience to disrupt the extraction of fossil fuels, along with massively reducing our consumption of those fuels. The third, through mass mobilization, should be to overthrow the corporate state and nationalize the energy sector, the banking industry, utilities and public transportation in addition to dismantling a war machine that in waging futile and unwinnable wars consumes nearly half of all government expenditures. It is a lot to demand. But if we do not succeed, the human race will disappear.

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    Article: Another Step Toward Devastating War

    By Paul Craig Roberts

    An idiot American pilot shot down a Syrian fighter that was attacking ISIS, thus confirming that Washington is not fighting ISIS, as Washington claims, but is protecting ISIS, its agent sent to Syria by Obama and Hillary to overthrow the Syrian government. General Michael Flynn revealed on a TV interview that Obama and Hillary had, over his objection as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made the "willful decision" to send ISIS to Syria.

    Washington's pretense that Washington is fighting ISIS, rather than supporting it, is the excuse for Washington's illegal presence in the Syrian conflict. Russia and Iran are in Syria legally, invited there by an elected government. The Americans are there uninvited as war criminals. Under international law established by the Americans themselves, it is a war crime to initiate aggression against a country that has not raised a fist against you.

    So, to be in Syria, Washington has to pretend to be "fighting terrorism" rather than supporting it. The lie has been given to this claim many times, but now that an American pilot has proven that the US is in Syria to support its agent, ISIS, not even a Megyn Kelly presstitute can honestly claim to believe that Washington is fighting ISIS.

    The Russians, Syrians, and Iranians have known this from the beginning. However, these official sources are all suspect in the presstitute Western media. So with the presstitutes' complicity, Washington's lie has stood until the idiot American pilot blew the lie out of the sky along with the Syrian fighter and its pilot.

    Washington, of course, will lie through its teeth. It is the only thing Washington knows how to do. Washington will claim that it was a "coalition fighter," that is, some one else was flying the US F-18. It wasn't us. Or they will claim that the Syrian fighter was attacking women and children, or a trans-gendered compound or a maternity ward for women raped by Assad's "brutal troops." Washington will spin it in some way to make an aggressive war crime into an heroic defense of a victim group.
              Comment on Too Big to Shale: The Frightening Truth Behind Government Support for Fossil Fuels by William Bahus   
    A someone with a degree in history let me say your first paragraph has many, many errors. First, the North Africa campaign wasn't Hitlers', it was Mussolini's. Hitler was "forced" to help Italy out in their attempted conquest of North Africa. Capturing the Suez, not totally undeveloped oil fields, was the Hitlers goal. His oil came primarily from Romania when that supply was lost was when he began to have problems with oil supply, not because he couldn't conquer the middle east. This is obviously an overly simple description, but it should suffice to show what I mean.
              Comment on Too Big to Shale: The Frightening Truth Behind Government Support for Fossil Fuels by yankeeprod   
    As someone who works in the evil fossil fuels industry how about this, as libertarians we agree to end forced taxation, thereby eliminating any subsidies for anything to anyone, and removing any justification for criticizing anyone, or any industry, for taking advantage of tax deductions offered by Big Bro. As a bonus we would end the financing for foreign interventions. Then we can just let the free market decide what industries fail or succeed? Sound like a good idea? Great, I thought so.
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              Forever Stripes   
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    One of the many benefits that comes with getting older is becoming more sure of who you are.  When I hit my mid-thirties, I really started to feel comfortable in my own skin, more confident with my choices and ultimately content with the season of life that I'm in.  And, when it comes to my personal style, I feel like I'm finally hitting my stride of knowing what works for me & what I will feel my best in.  I still might take a risk here & there or try something slightly unexpected...but for the most part, I have a good grasp on what I love and I try to stick to that.

    For as long as I can remember, I've gravitated towards stripes - whether it's a classic breton tee or a more modern interpretation, stripes are one pattern that always feel like "me".  If you were to comb through my closet, it's by far the most dominant print and, truly, nothing makes me happier.  Though it doesn't happen often, I love it when I can find a new take on stripes that is completely different from the pieces I already own.

    I'm honored to be sharing with you today photos from a special partnership that I did with Zappos for a feature on their site called The Style Room.  They asked me to select items to create a head-to-toe summer look and let me tell you how hard it was to narrow down my favorites from their massive selection!  

    You all know how much I've been loving red this season, so I was instantly drawn to this striped dress.  I love that it's made from a soft stretchy material (which makes it super comfortable), but the off-the-shoulder style & shaped sleeves give it a modern feel.  If we weren't camping right now, I would definitely wear this for 4th of July with some espadrille wedges or sneakers.

    To give it a sophisticated touch, I added black accents with some fun tassel earrings & these suede sandals (that I've been wearing so much lately - see here & here).  This embellished straw bag is the perfect finishing touch (love that the strap is removable!), along with minimal gold jewelry & my favorite brand of sunglasses.  If I was dressing this up for date night, I'd swap out the flat sandals for these heels.


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    c/o Steve Madden Sandals, c/o Kenneth Jay Lane Earrings
    c/o Fossil Ring, c/o Rebecca Minkoff Bracelet, c/o Ray-Ban Sunglasses

              Dinosaur Discovery Could Hold Key to Sauropods Diet   

    Dinosaur discovery in Winton could hold key to sauropods diet

    BY NICOLE BONDUPDATED
    WED AT 12:55AM


    Source: ABC

    The almost-complete sauropod skeleton was found on a sheep station near WintonABC NEWS

    Scientists are hopeful the discovery of a fossilised dinosaur skeleton in outback Queensland will shed light on what was on the menu around 95 million years ago.

    The most complete sauropod skeleton ever found in the southern hemisphere is being dug up at a sheep station near Winton, in western Queensland.

    Third-generation grazier and field palaeontologist David Elliott said his son stumbled across the bones while mustering sheep two years ago.

    Preserved in a layer of iron stone, the dinosaur's stomach contents were also found.

    International sauropod expert Paul Upchurch said it was an extremely rare find.

    "In fact I can't think of a single valid example for sauropod dinosaur," he said.

    "If horsetails [a type of reed] are confirmed as being present as genuine stomach contents, then this gives us a glimpse of what the animals were eating."


    PHOTO The digging site on the property, which will be returned to in August to resume more bones.ABC NEWS: NICOLE BOND

    Sauropods were enormous herbivores and the species described around Winton lived in the cretaceous period.

    They are the largest animals to have walked the earth with length of up to 33 metres and a height of 18 metres.

    When they died their corpses were subjected to scavenging and their bones scattered, which is what makes an articulated skeleton unusual.

    Mr Elliott's son Bob said he first spotted just a few small bones on the ground at the start, about 100 metres away from a site where another dinosaur had been found four years prior.

    "We dug there [at the original site] first, but we didn't find a lot there, so we decided to dig at my site," Bob Elliott said.

    "I'm just ecstatic," he said.


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              The Secret, Steamy History Of Halloween Apples   
    A Halloween apple bob may seem as homespun as a hayride, but that shiny red apple has a steamy past. It was once a powerful symbol of fertility and immortality. Apple bobbing and eating candy apples are "the fossilized remnants of beliefs that ultimately go back to prehistory," British apple expert and fruit historian, Joan Morgan, tells the Salt. Morgan and I co-wrote The New Book of Apples several years back. I asked her this week for a refresher on the fruit's Halloween-specific tricks and treats. Throughout Europe, Morgan says, "apples, apple peels and even pips have long been used to peer into the romantic future." And when early European colonists brought the first apple trees to North America as seeds — also known as pips — in their pockets, these customs came with them. Bobbing for apples was one of them. In one popular version of the game, girls would secretly mark apples before tipping them into a barrel of water. Apples float, and as the girls' potential sweethearts ducked
              Comment on Mleiha Desert Safari Experience, Visit from Sharjah, UAE by neha   
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              Too Big to Shale: The Frightening Truth Behind Government Support for Fossil Fuels   

    I think one of the overlooked reasons as to why Nazi Germany and fascist Italy lost the war in Europe was the inability to win in North Africa and cut across to the Middle East for endless oil reserves that certainly could’ve helped the ground offensive against the Soviets. However, it is well known that Hitler offensives in Northern Africa […]

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              Rapid Battery Exchange (RBX) Charger Interface   
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              A feminist revolution demands climate justice   

    To change everything, it takes everyone, and to fight oppression, we must fight it in all forms, at all times. This article is part of 50.50's coverage of the 2017 Nobel Women's Initiative conference. 

    Women for Climate Justice contingent at the People’s Climate March. Women for Climate Justice contingent at the People’s Climate March. Credit: Emily Arasim/WECAN.“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives,” said Audre Lorde. She was right, of course, and this quote still resonates today. Globally movements of movements are intersecting and coalescing and working together. And this is crucial. Because it takes everyone to change everything, and we must fight oppression in all its forms, at all times.

    On 29 April, I joined 300,000 people in Washington DC for the People’s Climate March. A march for climate, justice and jobs. It was a sweltering hot day, record-breaking for this time of year. (Though, such records are now broken each year, with temperatures continuing to rise).

    I was in DC to join the march’s ‘Women for Climate Justice’ contingent, challenging, as per our statement, “a new US administration that promotes climate skepticism, the advancement of fossil fuels, an extractive economy, environmental racism, bigotry and inequitable treatment of women and girls” – and rising up for a healthy, just and thriving world.

    In 2014, the first large-scale People’s Climate March was held in New York City. Then, as now, we were mobilising women’s rights and feminist groups to participate. Making climate change a feminist issue and centering environment in the women’s rights movement has been core to the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) since its founding in 1992.

    While not immutable, binary nor universal, gender shapes expectations, attributes, roles, capacities and rights of women and men around the world. We see that environmental degradation and increasing climate chaos work to further entrench already existing inequalities. Women often have more limited access to resources and more restricted rights, including to land, mobility, and voice in shaping decisions and influencing policy.

    ...environmental degradation and increasing climate chaos work to further entrench inequalities.

    At the same time, gender roles generally ascribed to women such as informal, reproductive work often relate to caregiving for households and communities, caretaking of seeds and soils, maintaining traditional agricultural knowledge, and responsibility for natural resource management such as firewood and water.

    These roles create opportunity for developing more effective climate change interventions and policies at all levels, when women are equally engaged in decision-making and project implementation. As highlighted in a 2016 report, “There is a growing body of research highlighting the unique role of women in maintaining crop diversity in countries such as Nepal, and Bangladesh, often through saving and exchanging seeds and maintaining home gardens, serving as a source of household food security.”

    This is the context in which women are challenging our environmental crises – fighting always against multiple forms of injustice. It is also why it’s critical for feminist analysis to include a strong focus on environmental and climate justice.

    Of course, for women in communities around the world, indigenous women, land defenders and water protectors, the linkages in these multiple forms of oppression are not new.

    For years, from the Chipko movement in India, to the fights of the peoples of COPINH in Honduras and the Sioux Tribe of Standing Rock – grassroots movements have been articulating and documenting the intersectional nature of resistance. But in governance, financing and mainstream development arenas, a siloed system has often challenged the development of a more intersectional global feminist resistance.

    Indigenous Women’s Day at COP21. Indigenous Women’s Day at COP21, sharing stories on resistance and solutions to environmental struggles. Credit: Christine Irvine/ Survival Media Agency.Last year, for example, I attended the 2016 World Conservation Congress, entitled ‘Planet at a Crossroads’, held in Hawaii, USA and attended by over 8,000 conservation practitioners and scientists. The conference outcomes were to provide a blueprint for the next 30 years of conservation. Yet, despite having a very strong mandate for gender equality and women’s rights to be included in that agenda, and despite strong advocacy by groups like the Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network, not one Congress motion made mention of women or gender issues.

    From that meeting, I traveled directly to the AWID Feminist Forum in Brazil, discussing our ‘Feminist Futures’. In this progressive feminist space, real progress has been made in terms of drawing links with environmental issues, and ‘climate and environmental justice’ was one of the main umbrella themes. (This was notable as the previous edition, three years prior, had very little space for environmental issues, despite being held in parallel to Earth Day and right before the Rio+20 Earth Summit).

    There is no doubt in my mind that while this is a moment of great uncertainty, it is also a moment for great global movement-building and feminist revolution. On 13 May, I will join a group of feminist activists at the 2017 Nobel Women’s Initiative conference to discuss strategies and tactics for feminist resistance amidst the growing global backlash against women’s rights, human rights and peace. We must draw upon feminist analysis and vision to resist authoritarianism and violence – and shape our calls and work for a just, peaceful and healthy planet for all.

    Movements are becoming increasingly intersectional and this must continue. The People’s Climate March (PCM) felt transformative not because of the numbers in the street, but because of the diversity of voices. Adopting a frontlines-first approach, it was led by indigenous peoples, immigrants, grassroots organisers, people of colour, refugees, unions, and workers. Chants called for ending fossil fuels as loudly as they called for justice for black lives, indigenous rights and women’s rights. At one point, a group of anti-abortion protesters were deafened as marchers joined in unison to declare, “My body, my choice” echoed with “Her body, her choice”.

    Intersectional feminist leadership is essential to address structures, systems and values that undermine gender equality and women's rights.

    Intersectional feminist leadership is essential to address the global structures, systems and values that undermine gender equality and women’s human rights and stand in the way of transformative development justice. In a world ravaged by countless, connected crises, injustices, and inequalities, we need champions of women’s human rights and all human rights. In the past year, we have witnessed the shrinking of space for civil society, the infringement of corporate greed on the rights of people and the killings of human rights defenders.

    Feminists leading on climate and environmental justice must also be heard in spaces like the World Conservation Congress, at UN climate negotiations, summits on energy and economy, and financing mechanisms like the Green Climate Fund. Women’s full and equal participation is a basic tenant of women’s human rights, and initiatives to increase women’s leadership in politics via training and campaign skills, or in diverse sectors such as science, technology, engineering, and math should be applauded. WEDO’s own Women Delegates Fund works to improve the representation of women leaders in climate negotiations.

    Activists demanding women’s voices be heard at COP22 Activists demanding women’s voices be heard at COP22. Credit: Annabelle Avril.We must further resist the corporatisation of feminism and gender equality. After all, the crux of our climate challenge can be summed up by profit over planet and people. Whether it’s the over-consumption of the developed world in general, or inequality within countries, for a global feminist resistance to truly work and demand climate justice it must challenge a capitalist economic system and private sector initiatives which claim to be supporting women’s rights.

    For example, when UN Women chooses to partner with a corporation like Coca-Cola with the aim of women’s economic empowerment, it must equally challenge the corporation’s role in driving environmental instability, as well as impacts on health. Public-private partnerships which bolster the image of corporations while undermining political critique, and overshadowing negative environmental impacts, will not fuel the feminist revolution we need.

    Demanding climate justice means calling for systemic change.

    Demanding climate justice means we are calling for systemic change. It is not a call for individual actions to protect the environment. Protecting funding for Planned Parenthood is just as critical as ensuring the country fulfills and strengthens its commitments to the Paris Agreement, ensuring funding for developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change as both a legal and moral obligation. Feminist movements in developed countries must also tackle issues of overconsumption as part of organising for women’s rights.

    Feminist leaders, particularly indigenous women and grassroots organisers, have to be at the frontlines of climate change decision-making. Examples highlighted in the 2016 report Gender-Just Climate Solutions – including women-led clean-cookstove and solar installation projects in Tanzania, women-owned and operated energy cooperatives in Germany, and female entrepreneurial “energy shop” initiatives in Mozambique – women are already developing solutions to climate change which ensure rights and promote equality.

    These projects provide solutions to transitioning to low-carbon economies in a just way. Crucially, they can also contribute to rethinking the current sexual division of labour, promoting decent work, the revaluing and redistribution of care work and the promotion of locally-driven sustainable economic structures. As WEDO co-founder “battling Bella” Abzug often said: “All issues are women’s issues.”

    The Nobel Women's Initiative conference takes place in Germany 13-16 May. Follow 50.50's coverage of the event.

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              Galileo Das Skelett des Giganten T-Rex   
    15,90 EUR
    Ausgrabungsset mit dem Skelett des T-Rex. Zusammengebaut ist dieses unglaubliche Skelett 40 cm lang! Dank des bebilderten Anleitungsheftes lernen Kinder eine Menge über den furchterregenden T-Rex und das Zeitalter in dem er gelebt hat. Mit dem im Set enthaltenen Zubehör werden Kinder zu echten Paläontologen.Geeignet ab: Grundschule, weiterführende SchuleGeeignet für: KindergeburtstagFördert: UmweltbewusstseinInhalt:T-Rex "Fossilien"ErdblockHammerMeißelillustrierte AnleitungAchtung!Nicht für Kinder unter 36 Monaten geeignet. Enthält kleine Teile, die verschluckt oder eingeatmet werden können. Erstickungsgefahr.

              Evoluzione Umana   

    La domanda che sta alla base di tutte le ricerche, di tutti gli studi edi tutti i dibattiti (talvolta molto accesi) che nell'Ottocento hannodato origine alla paleoantropologia, è in definitiva quella che l'uomosi pone da sempre: da dove veniamo? Qual è il nostro posto nel pianetache abitiamo e nella sua storia?

    Questa disciplina, così affascinante eper sua natura eclettica, che da più di due secoli ricostruiscefaticosamente, reperto dopo reperto, le tappe della nascita edell'evoluzione dell'uomo, sta in questi ultimi anni godendo delfondamentale apporto di altri rami della scienza.

    Accanto alrinvenimento e all'analisi dei resti fossili, i paleoantropologiattingono sempre più dagli studi sul clima del passato e sulle credenzemagiche e religiose di popoli ormai scomparsi, dai progressi dellagenetica e da quelli della biologia, fino alle recenti misurazionidella geocronologia.


              L'Equilibrio Punteggiato   

    Proposto all’inizio degli anni Settanta del XX secolo da Stephen Jay Gould e da Niles Eldredge in un celebre articolo (Punctuated Equilibria. An Alternative to Phyletic Gradualism), il concetto di equilibrio punteggiato ha segnato una svolta decisiva negli studi dedicati all’evoluzione delle specie.

    Tra gli scienziati era in quegli anni predominante l’immagine del processo evolutivo come una progressione graduale e cumulativa di caratteri, un meccanismo di lento e inesorabile avanzamento. La documentazione fossile, allora in rapida crescita, sembrava però non confermare questa ipotesi; il dato empirico ricavabile dalle analisi sul campo dipingeva un quadro differente, formato da lunghi periodi di stasi, che potevano durare milioni di anni, intervallati da bruschi e rapidi eventi di speciazione, ovvero i processi biologici ed ecologici “punteggiati” che portano alla formazione di nuove specie.

    La scoperta di Gould ed Eldredge riuscì a spiegare la mancanza di reperti fossili che documentassero il passaggio necessariamente graduale tra una specie e l’altra, e a riavvicinare in questo modo i dati effettivi della paleontologia alla teoria dell’evoluzione. Gould è ritornato durante gli ultimi anni di vita su quel tema nel suo capolavoro La struttura della teoria dell’evoluzione, dedicandogli un intero capitolo.

    Ora quel capitolo rivive in una nuova edizione, arricchita da una prefazione di Telmo Pievani, come omaggio a uno dei pensatori più influenti del secolo che si è appena chiuso e alla potente intuizione che un secolo e mezzo fa portò Charles Darwin a ridisegnare e a ripensare il nostro rapporto con la Terra e con gli esseri viventi che la popolano.


              L'Universo Prima del Big Bang   
    Termini come “universo in espansione”, “big bang”, “singolarità iniziale” sono ormai entrati a far parte del linguaggio comune. L’idea che l’universo che oggi osserviamo abbia avuto origine da una grossa esplosione (big bang) è ormai ampiamente diffusa e accettata nella moderna cultura popolare, a tutti i livelli. Ma cosa c’era prima del big bang? E ha senso porsi questo interrogativo in un contesto scientifico?

    I recenti progressi della fisica teorica, e in particolare della cosiddetta teoria delle stringhe, suggeriscono una risposta a questa domanda, fornendo degli strumenti matematici capaci, in linea di principio, di ricostruire la storia dell’universo spingendosi anche oltre l’istante del big bang. Ne emerge un possibile scenario cosmologico nel quale l’universo, anziché essere “appena nato” al momento del big bang, era piuttosto nel punto di mezzo della sua evoluzione, di durata probabilmente infinita. In questo libro si cerca di illustrare tale scenario usando un linguaggio non troppo tecnico, rivolto a un pubblico anche non specializzato, e ponendo l’accento sulle osservazioni sperimentali che potrebbero rivelare, direttamente o indirettamente, le tracce fossili delle epoche cosmologiche precedenti al big bang.
              Comment on Ted Nordhaus: “Demons Under Every Rock The Ever-Expanding Definition of Climate Denial” by Pat Frank   
    Agreed. I'd like them to name names. Who were the, "<em>right-wing ideologues, many of them funded by fossil fuel companies,...,</em>"? I don't know of any. Peter Gleick claimed to know, but his evidence was a fairy tale. I searched that phrase, and found <a href="https://ejas.revues.org/10305#ftn14" rel="nofollow">The Ideology of Climate Change Denial in the United States</a> written by Jean-Daniel Collomb and published in "The European Journal of American Studies." The article is full of smug phraseology about American climate denial. Jean-Daniel's scholarly sources proving that corporations cynically fund climate deniers and that, "<em>Wealthy right-wing ideologues have joined with the most cynical and irresponsible companies in the oil, coal, and mining industries to contribute large sums of money to finance pseudoscientific front groups that specialize in sowing confusion in the public’s mind about global warming.</em>" are, ... wait for it ... Naomi Oreskes and Al Gore. Just proves that when deliberate BS is rolled down the cultural hill, it snowballs into an avalanche of mindless certainty.
              Tre anni per salvare il clima e il mondo: agire entro il 2020 per ridurre drasticamente i gas serra   

    L’articolo “Three years to safeguard our climate” su Nature  un team internazionale di ricercatori guidati dall’ex segretaria esecutiva dell’ United Nations framework convention on climate change (Unfcc) Christiana Figueres non lascia dubbi sul fatto che dobbiamo lavorare da subito, velocemente e mettendo in atto misure radicali, se vogliamo salvarci dalla catastrofe climatica planetaria occorre abbassare immediatamente il livello di emissioni di gas serra in atmosfera e ridurre aggressivamente l’utilizzo di combustibili fossili è la chiave per scongiurare ondate di caldo estreme e un innalzamento del livello del mare ingestibile.

    La Figueres e gli autori -  Hans Joachim Schellnhuber e Stefan Rahmstorf  del Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (Pik), Gail Whiteman della Lçancaster University, Johan Rockström della Stockholm University e Anthony Hobley, direttore esecutivo di  Carbon Tracker – si rivolgono ai leader alla vigilia  del vertice del G20, le economie più importanti del pianeta, indicando 6 pietre miliari per una rivoluzione industriale pulita e invitandoli a prendere forti misure a breve termine, integrate da un approccio “carbon law” a più lungo termine che è stato presentato all'inizio di quest'anno su Science da parte di alcuni dei firmatari dell’articolo pubblicato su Nature.

    Tra i co-firmatari dell’articolo pubblicato su Nature ci sono più di 60 scienziati, imprenditori,  politici, economisti, analisti e nfluencers come Sharan Burrow, segretaria generale della Confederazione internazionale dei sindacati, Paul Polman, chief executive officer di Unilever,  Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, amministratore delegato di Statkraft, e Jonathan Bamber, presidente dell’European geosciences union.

    Secondo la Figueres: «Siamo vicini a poter piegare verso il basso entro il 2020 la curva delle emissioni di gas serra, come vuole la scienza, a protezione degli obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile delle Nazioni Unite e, in particolare, per l'eliminazione della povertà estrema. Questa sfida monumentale coincide con l'apertura senza precedenti di auto-sfida da parte dei governi sub-nazionali all'interno degli Stati Uniti, dei governi a tutti i livelli al di fuori degli Stati Uniti, e del settore privato in generale. L'opportunità dataci  nei prossimi tre anni è unica nella storia». La Figueres ha con vocato Mission 2020, un’estesa campagna di base che chiede un'azione urgente, ora e subito,  per fare in modo che le emissioni di carbonio iniziano a calare inesorabilmente entro il 2020.

    Al Pik  sono convinti che sia il progresso tecnologico e la spinta politica abbiano raggiunto un punto di svolta che permette di rilanciare la «grande trasformazione della sostenibilità» e che il traguardo del 2020 sia cruciale, «Perché in quell'anno gli Stati Uniti saranno legalmente in grado di recedere dall’Accordo di Parigi».

    Ma ancora più interessante sono le considerazioni basati sulla fisica: «Recenti ricerche  spiegano ancora al Pik -  hanno dimostrato che mantenere il riscaldamento globale al di sotto di 2 gradi Celsius diventerà quasi impraticabile se ritardiamo l’azione per il clima oltre il 2020. E il superamento della linea dei 2° C sarebbe pericoloso, dal momento che un numero di elementi dei punti di non ritorno del sistema Terra, come ad esempio le banchise polari, potrebbero essere destabilizzati dai gas serra».

    Rockström dallo Stockholm Resilience Centre, sottolinea che  «Siamo stati benedetti dalla notevole tenuta del pianeta durante gli ultimi 100 anni, che è stato in grado di assorbire la maggior parte della nostra abusi climatici. Ora siamo giunti alla fine di questa epoca e dobbiamo  piegare la curva globale delle emissioni immediatamente, per evitare esiti inimmaginabili per il nostro mondo moderno».

    Secondo gli esperti sta per avvenire  un punto di svolta sociale: «La produzione di energia da eolico e solare è già in piena espansione. In Europa, per esempio, più di tre quarti delle nuove capacità energetiche installate si basano su quelle fonti rinnovabili. La Cina sta creando rapidamente un sistema di scambio di emissioni nazionali. investitori finanziari come BlackRock negli Stati Uniti sono sempre più diffidenti nei confronti dei rischi da carbonio».

    Le tappe da raggiungere entro il 2020 indicate nell'articolo su Nature sono: l'energia, spingendo le rinnovabili al 30% del totale dell'energia fornita e chiudendo  tutte le centrali elettriche a carbone; i trasporti con i veicoli elettrici che costituiscano  il 15% delle vendite globali di auto (oggi sono circa l’1% oggi) e la finanza che dovrebbe mobilitare 1.000 miliardi di dollari l'anno per l'azione per il clima.

    Schellnhuber  conclude: «La matematica del clima è brutalmente chiara: mentre il mondo non può essere guarito nel giro di pochi anni, può essere ferito a morte per negligenza entro il 2020. Agire entro il 2020 è necessario, ma chiaramente non è sufficiente: bisogna impostare il percorso per dimezzare le emissioni di CO2 ogni decennio. Analogamente alla leggendaria legge di Moore, nella quale si afferma che i processori per computer raddoppiano la loro potenza circa ogni due anni, la “Carbon law” può diventare una profezia che si auto-avvera mobilitando le innovazioni e le forze di mercato. Questo sarà inarrestabile,  ma solo se spingiamo il mondo ad agire ora».

    L'articolo Tre anni per salvare il clima e il mondo: agire entro il 2020 per ridurre drasticamente i gas serra sembra essere il primo su Greenreport: economia ecologica e sviluppo sostenibile.


              Il caldo eccezionale di giugno è legato al cambiamento climatico   

    Gli scienziati hanno confermato che il cambiamento climatico di origine antropica ha avuto un ruolo importante nelle alte temperature che a giugno hanno colpito l’Italia ma ancora più pesantemente gran parte dell'Europa occidentale nel mese di giugno.

    Il mese di giugno è stato caratterizzato da estremamente alte temperature e incendi in tutta l'Europa occidentale. In Portogallo, un incendio boschivo mortale ha ucciso almeno 64 persone e ne ha ferite più di 200. In Spagna un grande incendio boschivo ha costretto più di 1.500 persone ad abbandonare le loro case. In Francia , Svizzera e Olanda sono stati attivati i piani di emergenza contro il caldo. L’Inghilterra ha registrato il giugno più caldo dopo la mitica ondata di caldo estivo del 1976.

    La nuova analisi “European Heat — June 2017 - Record June Temperatures in Western Europe”, appena pubblicato da World Weather Attribution (Wwa) realizzata dalla coalizione di scienziati della Wwa e dai loro partner scientifici inglesi, francesi e svizzeri, sottolinea che «Il cambiamento climatico ha reso l'intensità e la frequenza di tale caldo estremo almeno il doppio più probabile in Belgio, almeno quattro volte più probabile in Francia, Svizzera, Paesi Bassi,e il centro dell'Inghilterra e almeno 10 volte più probabile  in Portogallo e Spagna».

    La Wwa,  alla quale aderiscono  University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute, Royal Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (Knmi),  University of Melbourne, Climate Centre di Croce Rossa e Mezzaluna Rossa e Climate Central, valuta le  possibili influenze dei cambiamenti climatici sugli eventi meteorologici estremi. Il team ha analizzato il recente record di caldo a giugno in 7 Paesi dell'Europa occidentale.

    Secondo Friederike Otto, dell’università di Oxford, «i risultati sono coerenti con un riscaldamento del pianeta in cui le estati sono sempre più calde e le ondate di caldo sono sempre più frequenti, intense e prima o poi possono arrivare durante la stagione estiva più che in passato. Il caldo può essere mortale, soprattutto per i giovanissimi e gli anziani. Questa analisi dell’attribuzione degli eventi estremi  chiarisce che le ondate di caldo europee sono diventati più frequenti e, nel sud d'Europa, almeno 10 volte più frequente. E' fondamentale che le città lavorino con gli scienziati e gli esperti di salute pubblica per sviluppare piani di azione per il caldo. Il cambiamento climatico sta influenzando le comunità ora e questi piani salveranno vite umane».

    Geert Jan van Oldenborgh, del Knmi, aggiunge: «Abbiamo trovato collegamenti chiari e forti tra il caldo record di questo mese e il cambiamento climatico causato dall'uomo. I record delle temperatura locali mostrano una chiara tendenza al riscaldamento, anche più velocemente che nei modelli climatici che simulano gli effetti della combustione di combustibili fossili, ma anche per la variabilità solare e per i cambiamenti di uso del suolo. I mesi caldi non sono più rari nel nostro clima attuale».

    Robert Vautard, Robert Vautard, del Laboratory of climate and environmental sciences della Wwa, conclude: «Oggi possiamo aspettarci il tipo di caldo estremo che abbiamo visto nel mese di giugno circa ogni 10 a 30 anni, a seconda del Paese. Entro la metà del secolo, questo tipo di caldo estremo a giugno diventerà la norma in Europa occidentale a meno che non prendiamo misure immediate per ridurre le emissioni di gas serra».

    L'articolo Il caldo eccezionale di giugno è legato al cambiamento climatico sembra essere il primo su Greenreport: economia ecologica e sviluppo sostenibile.


              GMAT Sentence Correction (SC) | Re: The world wildlife fund has declared that global warming, a   
    The World Wildlife Fund has declared that global warming, a phenomenon most scientists agree to be
    caused by human beings in burning fossil fuels, will create havoc among migratory birds by altering the
    environment in ways harmful to their habitats.

    Purely meaning based approach can help to solve this question pretty quickly …

    What is the cause of the global warming ?
    1. Human beings who burn fossil fuels
    2. Fossil Fuels that are burned by human beings
    3. Burning of fossil fuel by Human Beings
    ...

              Comment on “No evidence” is a useful scientific finding by Kurt   
    Stephanie: I take it that, since you've avoided my point entirely, you have nothing substantive to contribute to this discussion. I asked for some objective evidence that the climate scientists you think are experts are in fact experts. You respond, not by showing any tangible accomplishments of these so-called experts, but instead nonsensical gibberish that has no critical thought behind it. Let's take this piece by piece: 1. "Whatever science is and whatever the scientific method entails, some work scientists do leads to scientific knowledge." Sure, I can agree to this completely trivial and irrelevant assertion. Newton's efforts led to our understanding of the relationship between force and acceleration, for example. So what? 2. "Scientific knowledge is derived by experts considering all available evidence and arriving at a consensus view." If you really believe this, then you're a fool. The process you describe is how politicians and juries operate - not scientists. Do you really think, for example, that a bunch of scientists gathered around a table and hashed out among themselves the "scientific knowledge" that the acceleration of gravity at the Earth's surface is 9.8 m/s^2? Scientific knowledge is derived by experimentation followed by application. I don't need a consensus to confirm that we can get vast amounts of energy by splitting a uranium atom. That knowledge was demonstrated by several great big explosions, first over a U.S. desert and then over Japan. I don't need a consensus to tell me that light impinging on silicon produces a current - we produce solar cells that use this phenomenon to generate electricity. Scientific knowledge is demonstrated by results, not consensus; the former being real and the latter merely representing opinion, which honest scientists understand to be a corrupting influence on the scientific process (hence the use of double blind studies, for example). You're making the logical mistake in believing that, because a consensus forms around things that have otherwise been scientifically demonstrated to be true, scientific truths can be established by consensus. They can't. If you have to argue the existence of some "consensus" to convince someone that something has been scientifically proven, it most likely hasn't been. 3. "Numerous studies, and the names Cook and Oreskes spring to mind, have shown that, amongst publishing climate scientists, more than 97% accept human activity is causing global warming and climate destabilisation, and we ought to address this by reducing CO2 emissions immediately." Again, and setting aside the obvious "Who cares" response, this is utter nonsense. You either haven't read these studies or you don't understand them. Cooke et al., for example, purportedly showed that among those published papers whose abstracts expressed a view on global warming, 97% supported the view that CO2 causes surface temperatures to rise. Without even addressing the plethora of methodological mistakes in that paper, it said nothing about the amount of that warming, or that such warming was destabilizing. In fact, Cook's "consensus" was so broad as to encompass the views of the very scientists you deride in earlier posts (Christy, Spencer, etc.) And if you would have actually read the data file that they uploaded separately, after the study was released, you might have learned that only about 42% of the Abstracts of the relevant papers indicated that anthropogenic CO2 was the main cause of observed warming, with the remainder either saying that less than half of observed warming was man-made, or that it was "uncertain." The fact that Cook et al. tried to hide this little nugget tells you a lot about their integrity, doesn't it? That's the danger of babbling about a "consensus" - you wind up projecting your own opinions into this mythical "consensus" instead of critically examining it to see whether the "consensus" is a meaningful one or whether it's just some overly broad mush that says nothing useful. 4. "This is the view of the Royal Society, National Academy if Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society, American Chemical Society … and every scientific institution and society on the planet." What is it with you and opinions? It just doesn't matter what these societies think, or what their "position" is. The difference between you and me is that I'm not satisfied letting other people do my thinking for me. If I'm going to rely on the opinion of someone else as an expert, I have two preconditions; first I have to have some reason to believe that it's possible to attain expertise in that subject matter, and next I have to have some demonstration that this person is actually an expert. With respect to the first of these criteria, science is essentially a procedure, and thus to the extent scientists have expertise, it's in the scientific method. There is nothing inherent about being a scientist that gives them special insight into the things they study beyond what those procedures are capable of showing . When it comes to quantifying the effect of CO2 on climate, those scientific procedures are useless. You can't conduct a controlled experiment on the Earth's climate, turning a CO2 input knob and measuring its response. There aren't 500 Earths out in the galaxy with rising CO2 concentrations and 500 control Earths with stable CO2 concentrations to do any kind of statistical analysis. These are the only two scientific methods I know of to reliably quantify the effect that rising A has on system B. Are you aware of any others? With respect to the second of these criteria, no scientist has correctly predicted the inflection points of both rising and falling temperatures. No scientist has correctly predicted the geographical boundaries around, and the timing and severity of droughts, floods, etc. All the forecasts of increasing hurricanes. tornadoes,. fires, etc. have yet to come to pass. The scientists whose opinions you genuflect to have, in fact, been forced to grudgingly concede that the scientific data, to date, does not support the proposition that global warming is a serious problem. Instead, their opinion of dire catastrophe is based on computer models, which by definition can only implement their hypotheses - not test test them. 5. "The science is described incontrovertible, or at least overwhelming; the evidence unambiguous." Um, you haven't described any science or evidence. You've deferred to someone's opinion and just presumed that the science/evidence must support their opinions because, gosh, so many people use the word "consensus" in conjunction with their opinions. 6. "Anyone who wants to challenge that view of reality needs to produce some pretty exceptional evidence. Where is yours? Apart from the fact you don’t like the facts you don’t seem to have any." Once again, you completely reverse what a rational analysis would entail. Many people even in the United States can't afford a higher electricity bill without sacrificing other important needs, such as health insurance premiums, retirement, or a college savings fund. In other countries the need for cheap, reliable electricity is even more dire, with both adults and children dying of respiratory diseases that could be avoided by using fossil fuels like coal fired power plants or gas heating, instead of wood, animal dung etc. to heat their houses. Economic growth, and the health and standard of living improvements that go with it require copious energy usage. Before anyone should be required to pay a penny more on their electricity rates, before anyone should tell a developing country not to install a coal power plant or use natural gas for heat, before any tax dollars are spent on speculative alternative energy investments that seem to go bankrupt in droves, there needs to be "some pretty exceptional evidence" that burning fossil fuels causes more harm than the vast and undeniable good that it provides. As for "facts" - reread my last paragraph of item 4, above, No one can claim to be an expert on any system if its behavior cannot be reliably predicted. The facts above are all I need to support my view that climate scientists have no demonstrable expertise.
              Comment on Payback vs rates of return: How to judge the value of your rooftop solar by John Sheehan   
    I find IRR, NPV and breakeven point calcs leave out the benefits that matter. No CO2 emitted, no water used, no damage to health. These things are worth far more than the cost of electricity avoided. How much would electricity cost if the fossil fuel industry had to undo the damage done over 50 years? I'm trying to say that the decision to install renewables is so obvious now the mathematics is almost irrelevant.
              Apple is crushing the Swiss watch industry — and one brand is particularly vulnerable (AAPL, FOSL)   

    swatch wristwatch

    Smartwatches are taking over our wrists, and it's likely to get worse for traditional Swiss watchmakers, according to UBS. 

    The Apple Watch is bigger than every Swiss watch brand except Rolex, analysts at the bank said in a note on Monday. And Swatch is most vulnerable in this environment, according to Helen Brand and her colleagues. 

    Swiss watchmakers recognize the demand for wearables, but are reluctant to dive in because they would need to rely on the tech companies that make the microprocessors that replace the mechanical parts, UBS said.

    Also, the high-end companies could hurt their status when they sell wearables cheaper than they would traditional timepieces. That puts Swatch at the most risk because it leans more heavily towards entry-level products than its peers, Brand said.

    "Market share may be further eroded for the Swiss industry as smartwatches improve in functionality," Brand said. "The wider wearables market is now likely 30-40 million in volumes in total with Swiss watches industry volumes at 28m." 

    Swatch's biggest threat is from China. 

    "This has been a region where we have seen strong momentum, notably for Tissot and Longines driven by the emerging Chinese middle class," Brand said. "If this consumer prefers the Apple Watch over these brands it could be a threat to Swatch's medium-term growth prospect." 

    Bloomberg reported that Swatch was working on a smartwatch to launch around the end of 2018. 

    US watchmaker Fossil has already entered the smartwatch market, but its foray has not prevented a sales decline. Kosta Kartsotis, Fossil's CEO, cited "a watch category undergoing significant change" when the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings in the first quarter. 

    This chart shows that traditional watchmakers' sales peaked right as the first-generation Apple Watch launched in Q2 2015. 

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    More wearables are shipping than Swiss watches. 

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    A redeeming factor for Swiss watchmakers is that their products are essentially jewelry, meaning they are timeless and can hold emotional value when gifted. A smartwatch, however, would become obsolete after a few years if the battery goes flat or its maker stops providing operating-system updates.

    Also, there remains the perception that the Apple Watch is a smartphone on your wrist, which it arguably isn't. UBS' survey of nearly 8,000 smartphone users in May found that the biggest reason why people didn't want an Apple Watch was that they thought it wasn't needed. 

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              Гало галактики NGC 1132 «возмущено» из-за «космического ДТП»   
    Свои наблюдения американские из профессионалы из Смитсоновского Института изложили в профильном издании. Наблюдения профессионалов показали, что процесс эволюции галактик намного запутаннее, нежели считалось ранее. В новом исследовании группой ученых под управлением Донг-Ву Кима (Dong-Woo Kim) из Смитсоновской астрофизической обсерватории, США, обнаружено, что галактика так называемой «ископаемой группы» (fossil group galaxy) NGC 1132 имеет неоднородное и несимметричное горячее гало. Поэтому ученые […]
              James Cromwell finally speaks out after jail sentence   

    [USA], July 3 (ANI): After he was sentenced to a week in jail for refusing to pay a fine over a 2015 protest, James Cromwell has finally broken his silence over his punishment.

    According to E! Online, Cromwell feels that "to remain silent in the face of such a cataclysm is to be culpable and complicit."

    Adding, "A poisonous, misguided energy policy, driven by a rapacious, deceitful industry, and abetted by corrupt, self-serving political leadership is condemning all sentient life on this planet to a gruesome extinction," Cromwell said in a statement provided by Protect Orange County.

    Adding, "To remain silent in the face of such a cataclysm is to be culpable and complicit. The extraction of fossil fuels has become, in this compromised environment, a crime against humanity. Anyone with a sense of outrage is compelled to resist. Any law that facilitates and justifies such a crime by stifling dissent is unjust. History will vindicate our struggle and excoriate the perpetrators. That is, if there is a history."

    For the unversed, the Emmy-award winning star and environmental and animal activist was detained for taking part in a demonstration near a construction site of a power plant in upstate New York and blocking its entrance.

    The environmental rights group Protect Orange County said the plant uses controversial fracked natural gas and "creates unacceptable health and safety risks to the public."

    A judge found Cromwell and five other protesters guilty and fined each of them 250 USD plus a 125 USD surcharge in June. Three of the people, including the actor, refused to pay and were sentenced to a week in county jail.

    Cromwell's sentence is set to begin on July 14.

    James` attorney stated that actor's "conscience does not allow him to pay those who are corrupt and destroying the planet."

    This is not the first time Cromwell has been involved in such matter, in 2013, Cromwell was detained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for interrupting a Board of Regents meeting to help protest a school study that PETA had said involves "abusive experiments" of cats. (ANI)


              Lampade Solari a Led a ricarica fotovoltaica per battere la povertà energetica in Amazzonia   
    da una idea di : Marco Antonio Molino, Tommaso Ferraro e Leonida Bombace Supporto tecnico  Angelo Parisi e Prince Verma Luciano Manna Il mondo contemporaneo è un universo di disuguaglianze energetiche. Rifkin e Consoli ( foto)  L’attuale costoso, inquinante ed obsoleto modello energetico fossile non consentirà mai di sostenere lo sviluppo economico necessario per il raggiungimento dei […]
              NASA Discovers New Fuel: Animal Fat   
    ets usually run on high-octane oil byproducts, however, NASA has tested jets running on fuel based animal fat. In March and April of this year, researchers at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California tested biofuel made of chicken and beef waste fat in the engine of a DC-8 airplane. NASA hopes that the study makes people realize that biofuels do not necessarily have to come from plant sources. According to NASA, fuel can come from algae or rendered animal fat. NASA doesn't believe that fossil fuels are necessary as a fuel source.

    The researchers tested the new animal-based biofuel through an engine burning Jet Propellant 8 fuel, similar to the industry standard Jet-A used in commercial aircraft.
              Pour une révolution énergétique verte : Une seconde indépendance   
    « Il nous faut une 3ème indépendance qui est l'indépendance des neurones, de la science, c'est une indépendance qui fait qu'on soit une nation qui ne dépend pas des énergies fossiles, » Professeur Chems-Eddine Chitour. Dans cette interview le professeur Chems-Eddine Chitour appelle à une Algérie qui fait du Développement Humain Durable « sa boussole » pour sortir de cette addiction. » Le professeur nous explique dans cette interview comment les Algériens, gouvernement et (...) - Tribune Libre / , ,
              Hailing Donald Trump's Vision of the Future of Energy   
    Steve Moore, Washington Times
    In his latest policy speech, President Donald Trump renewed his promise of an era of American global energy dominance. He said that this energy superpower status would be gained by using all of our energy resources. He also noted that in just six months, we reduced the petroleum share of the trade deficit by 5 percent. Not bad. And what a welcome change from President Obama whose administration took every possible step to stop American fossil fuel development.
              Beach Fossils do Indie Like Hip Hop Producers   

    Beach Fossils don’t take a typical approach to writing a song. Recording individual parts as they come to them, the band went through almost...

    The post Beach Fossils do Indie Like Hip Hop Producers appeared first on Northern Transmissions.


              Volkswagen vill elektrifiera Sverige – bjuder på laddboxen   
    Ett uttalat mål från regeringen är att öka andelen fossilfria bilar. Volkswagen, som har omfattande elbilsplaner, ger nu sitt bidrag till den målsättningen när man med start 3 juli erbjuder gratis laddbox till alla som köper en eldriven bil.
              Volkswagen vill elektrifiera Sverige – bjuder på laddbox från CLEVER   
    ​Ett uttalat mål från regeringen är att öka andelen fossilfria bilar. Volkswagen, som har omfattande elbilsplaner, ger nu sitt bidrag till den målsättningen när man med start 3 juli inkluderar en laddbox inkl. installation från CLEVER till alla som köper en eldriven bil.
              Environmental Impacts   
    Worth Reading: Monumental, Unsustainable Environmental Impacts. By Paul Driessen
    Excerpt: Demands that the world replace fossil fuels with wind, solar and biofuel energy – to prevent supposed catastrophes caused by manmade global warming and climate change – ignore three fundamental flaws. 1) In the Real World outside the realm of computer models, the unprecedented warming and disasters are simply not happening: not with temperatures, rising seas, extreme weather or other alleged problems. 2) The process of convicting oil, gas, coal and carbon dioxide emissions of climate cataclysms has been unscientific and disingenuous. It ignores fluctuations in solar energy, cosmic rays, oceanic currents and multiple other powerful natural forces that have controlled Earth’s climate since the dawn of time, dwarfing any role played by CO2. It ignores the enormous benefits of carbon-based energy that created and still powers the modern world, and continues to lift billions out of poverty, disease and early death.

              Comment on June Pieces Of My Mind #3 by Birger Johansson   
    -A way to ease the workload when spotting stones that have been deliberately shaped as tools? And a boost for anthropologists searching for hominid bones among the millions of other fossils in the Olduwai ash. “New technique elucidates the inner workings of neural networks trained on visual data” https://phys.org/news/2017-06-technique-elucidates-neural-networks-visual.html Martin, if you dig up a cache of wehrmacht Pervetin you should be able to afford this kind of optronic tools.
              Indian Tertiary and post Tertiary Vertebrata. v.2 (added: 07/03/2017)   
    By:
    Foote, Robert Bruce, 1834-1912
    Lydekker, Richard, 1849-1915
    Geological Survey of India
    Publication Info:
    Calcutta :Geological Survey Office [etc., etc.],1874-1902.
    Subjects:
    India, Paleontology, Vertebrates, Fossil
    Related Titles:
    Series: Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India. Palæontologia Indica ser. 10.
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    Smithsonian Libraries
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    Biodiversity Heritage Library
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              MONUMENTAL, UNSUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS   
    Demands that the world replace fossil fuels with wind, solar and biofuel energy – to prevent supposed catastrophes caused by manmade global warming and climate change – ignore three fundamental flaws. 1) In the Real World outside the realm of computer models, the unprecedented warming and disasters are simply not happening: not with temperatures, rising seas, extreme [...]
              Les oviraptorosaures couvaient leurs œufs   

    L’analyse géochimique d’œufs fossilisés provenant de Chine a montré que les oviraptorosaures couvaient leurs œufs avec leurs corps. Comme les oiseaux d’aujourd’hui, ils les maintenaient à une température comprise entre 35°C et 40°C. Les oviraptorosaures? Oviraptorosauria forme un groupe de … Lire la suite

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              2 July- Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2   
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    So apparently this is Donald Trump's way of threatening the 1st Amendment.

    Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
    #FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017 Well that's certainly mature. But on a serious note this cannot be interpreted any other way than that the president of the United States is fomenting violence against a news outlet that has been critical of him. CNN's Brian Stelter had this response. CNN statement responding to the president: "We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his." pic.twitter.com/Gn1YRA2DRG — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 2, 2017 It is going to be a little hard to celebrate the birth of this n... more »

    U.S. Navy Warship Sails Near Disputed Island In The South China Sea

    War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
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    Big Pharma Losing Grip as Study Shows Nearly 100% Cannabis Users Give Up Rx Pain Meds

    Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
    [image: medical]A new study found that nearly 100% of respondents say they would use cannabis as a substitute to their prescription opioid medications if it was available.

    Interview With John Kiriakou And Joseph Hickman On New Definitive Book On Abu Zubaydah

    Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 13 hours ago
    The United States government initially claimed Abu Zubaydah was the No. 3 man in al Qaida. But especially since the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on CIA torture, such an assertion has become increasingly harder for government officials to make. John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer who was The post Interview With John Kiriakou And Joseph Hickman On New Definitive Book On Abu Zubaydah appeared first on Shadowproof.

    Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 2, 2017

    War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
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    Were UK Nuclear Managers-UK Parliament Really Hacked Or Was It Leaks By Foreign Contractors?

    miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 13 hours ago
    Certainly they may have been hacked. However, reading through the information below it appears clear that there are plenty of … Continue reading →

    Why the Trump U Fraud Case Is Not Done

    Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
    When Donald Trump's lawyers cut a deal to pay $25 million to keep the President of the United States from ending up in court on racketeering charges related to the systematic defrauding of thousands of Trump "University" students, the judgment promised that any plaintiffs who refused settlement could take their cases to court. When the final court documents came down, however, the agreement ignored the stipulation to sue. Long story short, one plaintiff, Sherri Simpson, has hired a top-notch legal team to take her case to court, as the original agreement guaranteed. Clips from int... more »

    MORE TRENCHANT COMMENTARY FROM HANASSHOLESOLO, SOURCE FOR THE PRESIDENT'S LATEST TWEET (updated)

    Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
    So this happened today: President Trump on Sunday tweeted a modified video of a wrestling match between himself and his media rival CNN. ... The video appears to show Trump attacking and subduing a figure whose face is obscured by a CNN logo. The video Trump tweeted is from WrestleMania 23 in 2007 when Trump competed versus WWE head Vince McMahon during a staged "battle of the billionaires" fight where each chose one wrestler to represent them.... Trump tweeted the video with the hashtags #FraudNewsCNN and #FNN.... Here's the tweet: #FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg ... more »

    MYSTERIOUS ANDREW SULLIVAN

    Anon at Aangirfan - 14 hours ago
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    Monumental, unsustainable environmental impacts

    Paul Driessen at CFACT - 14 hours ago
    CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen explains the huge costs in land and materials of replacing fossil fuels with wind, solar, and biomass fuels -- which would still require fossil fueled backup power supplies to provide continuous power during downtimes. Moreover,neither wind turbines, solar panels, nor even solar thermal installations can generate sufficient heat to melt silica, iron, or other metals and cannot supply the required power on a reliable basis to operate smelters and factories. He therefore calls forquantitative studies of the negative impacts of solar and wind po... more »

    Musings On Iraq In The News

    Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
    July 1 I was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 on the future of the Islamic State and rebuilding Mosul. I was quoted by Paul Iddon in “Islamic State’s last stand in Iraq: Who will liberate Hawija?” in Rudaw, and mentioned in "Medeniyet mirasi barbarliga kurban" by Detay Haber in Turkey's Karar. I was also cited in *The Second Cold War *by Luiz Alberto Moniz Bandiera, *The Iraqi Federation: Origin, Operation and Significance* by Farah Shakir, "Honesty and Transparency Are Not Enough" by Andrew Gelman In Chance, "Realizing an Opportunity: Limiting the Power of the Executive in the Iraqi Co... more »

    Mosul Campaign Day 258 Jul 1 2017

    Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
    Students cleaning up Mosul University campus building in east Mosul (Los Angeles Times) The ninth month of the Mosul campaign saw another day of advances. First, the Rapid Reaction Division freed Shifanorth of the Old City district along the Tigris River for the fifth time. The Iraqi forces (ISF) entered the neighborhood at the end of May and immediately got caught up in the medical complex. Iraqi propaganda obscured exactly what happened but either the hospitals were constantly changing hands or the Iraqis never cleared them completely until now. The Ibn Sina Hospital for example... more »

    Police Chief Still Collecting Paycheck After Arrest for 50 Counts of Child Rape

    Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
    [image: chief]A police chief in LaMoure South Dakota has been arrested and charged with continually raping a child under the age of 15, dozens and dozens of times.

    Feds Turn Burning Man Into a Police State, Announce Drug Tests for Attendees and Mass Spying

    John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
    [image: burning]Federal agents announced that they will be drug testing attendees who drive to this year's burning man, entirely innocent people could go to jail.

    الجيش اليمني يحبط محاولة تسلل عناصر للجيش السعودي شمالي البلاد

    Al-Masdar News at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
    لقي اثنان من عناصر الجيش السعودي المعتدي على أراضي جمهورية اليمن مصرعهما، يوم السبت، في منطقة الخنجر بمحافظة الجوف شمالي البلاد. وأوضحت مصادر عسكرية يمنية أن الجيش واللجان الشعبية تمكنوا من قتل اثنين من افراد الجيش السعودي أثناء محاولتهما التسلل إلى التبة الحمراء في منطقة الخنجر بالمحافظة. فيما نفذت مجموعة من المتمردين الحوثيين، هجوماً سريعاً وخاطفاً […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

    Последний посол США в Сирии: Мы допустили ошибку. Игра окончена. США проиграют Сирию Ирану

    News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
    Роберт Форд, последний американский посол в Сирии, с 2011 по 2014 год, сказал в интервью газете «Asharq Al-Awsat», что сирийское правительство и его союзники, включая Иран, в конечном итоге преодолеют усилия США по обеспечению влияния в стране. «Исламская Республика Иран заставит американцев отступить из восточной Сирии так же, как они заставили США выйти из Бейрута […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز
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    US Media Sells Disorder in Eastern Syria

    Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 minutes ago
    US "progress" in eastern Syria is a prelude to protracted conflict, not peace and prosperity. *July 2, 2017 *(Tony Cartalucci - LD) - The Washington Post in a piece penned by David Ignatius, attempts to showcase US progress in eastern Syria where it admittedly and intentionally created the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (ISIS) and where it now claims it is fighting and defeating it with proxies on the ground as well as an expanding US air and ground presence. Titled, "As the Islamic State falls in Syria, one city offers a preview of the country’s future," the piece attempts to por... more »

    China Testing A New-Type Of Light Main Battle Tank

    War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 minutes ago
    *Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat*:* China Tests New Tank in Tibet* A new Chinese light main battle tank has purportedly been tested on the Tibetan Plateau. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has tested a new tank on the Tibetan Plateau in western China, the Chinese Ministry of Defense announced on June 29. “Recently, a new-type of tank has undertaken trials on the Tibet Plateau. The trials were aimed to test the tank’s performance and are not targeted at any country,” PLA spokesman Colonel Wu Qian said during a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on June 29. ... more »

    Cyber-terrorism targets nuclear?

    Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 37 minutes ago
    Reuters is reporting that nuclear is being targeted by a hacking campaign. The article is exceedingly ambiguous and truncated and simply indicates that the US Dept of Homeland Security and FBI warned businesses across sectors of a hacking campaign aimed at "harvesting credentials": Jim Finkle (2017, June 30). U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms. Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-energy-idUSKBN19L2Z9 Hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, the joint ... more »

    ISIS’s hold on the Syrian desert under threat as Desert Hawks unleash new offensive: Video

    Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 47 minutes ago
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:32 AM) – The long-awaited offensive by the Syrian Army on the Islamic State-held enclave of eastern Hama has finally materialized following days of Desert Hawk units mobilizing on the Salamiya, Sheikh Hilel, and Ithriya axes. Hours after the launch of the operation, the elite Desert Hawks were able to capture Shahed 9 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

    Rebel Israeli-backed offensive ultimately fails as Syrian Army recaptures all territory

    Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 47 minutes ago
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:18 AM) – Backed by the local National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Army managed to recapture the quarries area west of Ba’ath City in Quneitra province captured earlier by the jihadist Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham during their five-day offensive on the government stronghold. Though supported by several Israeli airstrikes in Syria’s southern province, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

    ISIS snipers make Kurdish forces pay heavy price for latest gains in Raqqa city

    Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 47 minutes ago
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:05 A.M.) – The battle for Raqqa has so far resulted in the death of 74 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) by ISIS snipers alone if one is to believe an info-graphic released by Amaq Agency on Saturday. Between June 6 and June 30, the following deaths caused by snipers were […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

    Syrische Armee erobert vom IS erbeuteten Panzer zurück

    Pauline E. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 47 minutes ago
    BEIRUT, LIBANON (15:10) – Die syrische Armee hat unter Führung der Tiger Forces einen T-72 Panzer zurückgewinnen können, den der IS während der Kämpfe um Ost-Aleppo erbeutet hatte. Der T-72 Panzer wurde in der Vergangenheit bereits in mehreren Propagandavideos des IS gezeigt und wurde diese Woche von den Tiger Forces im westlichen Teil der Provinz Rakka […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

    Picture Of The Day

    War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
    Members of the Counter Terrorism Service take a selfie in front of the ruins of Grand al-Nuri Mosque, pictured after it was retaken by the Iraqi forces from Islamic State militants at the Old City in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Erik De Castro *WNU Editor: *The above picture if from this post .... *Iraqi forces close in on IS redoubt in Mosul after declaring end of caliphate* (Reuters)

    Serious quality problems in the surface temperature data sets–Ross McKittrick

    Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
    Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood When people talk about the widely reported global surface temperature record, it is worth recalling Ross McKittrick’s damning assessment of it in 2010, “A Critical Review of Global Surface Temperature Data Products”. ABSTRACT There are three main global temperature histories: the combined…

    Wind power fails in Canada – a 23 year life span not likely to be replaced

    Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
    Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the Calgary Herald and the “waiting of the government cash cow” department: Oldest commercial wind farm in Canada headed for scrapyard after 23 years By: DAN HEALING, CALGARY HERALD A line of turbines on metal lattice legs catch the breeze at the Cowley Ridge wind farm in southern…

    IEA Report Gives F’s to Most Green Tech

    Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
    Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest post by David Middleton From the “you don’t need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows” files: FOSSIL FUELS New IEA Report Delivers Failing Grades to Most Green Technologies More innovation is needed in the global energy transformation. by Eric Wesoff June 13, 2017 Say…

    Understanding multi-decadal global warming rate changes

    Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
    Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: Credit: sciencedaily.com Maybe a glimmer of recognition for natural warming from the oceans here, while still believing that alleged man-made effects on air temperatures are somehow warming the water in a cyclical fashion. Could there be a hint of strained logic here? Phys.org reports. Despite persistently increasing greenhouse gas…

    Arctic Expedition Cancelled Due to Excess “Climate Change”

    Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
    Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. By Tatiana Pichugina – P1030361, CC BY 2.0, Link Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t James Delingpole / Breitbart – University of Manitoba has a new term for excess sea ice; they now call it “climate change”. Large Canadian Arctic climate change study cancelled due…

    Stephen Wilde: How conduction and convection cause a greenhouse effect arising from atmospheric mass.

    Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
    Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: This guest post from Stephen Wilde offers a descriptive theoretical and qualitative perspective on the ‘gravito-thermal’ theory. It covers the vertical profile of the atmosphere as well as the surface temperature comprehensively quantified by Nikolov and Zeller’s latest paper. How conduction and convection cause a greenhouse effect arising from…

    Obvious science from Antarctica: ice melts in warmer temperatures thanks for El Nino

    Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
    Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the Ohio State University and the department of obvious science Widespread snowmelt in West Antarctica during unusually warm summer Strong El Nino played a major role in warming the air above the ice, researchers report COLUMBUS, Ohio–An area of West Antarctica more than twice the size of…

    Tesla Powerwall Economics

    Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
    Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public While Elon Musk has been throwing his toys out of the pram following Trump’s decision to exit Paris, let’s take a look at what his famous batteries have to offer. This is what their website offers: https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/powerwall ? If…
    Pékin - La Chine multiplie les forages dans les fonds marins à la recherche de "glace combustible", une énergie fossile prisée pour son gaz méthane, mais son utilisation concrète au niveau mondial prendra encore au moins 10 ans.
              Increased air pollution cuts victims' lifespan by a decade, costing billions   
    One of the benefits to cutting fossil fuel consumption is lowering air pollution. A new study in the August issue of Ecological Indicators shows that, on average, an increase in pollution particles in the air of 10 micrograms per cubic meter cuts victims' life expectancy by 9-11 years - more than previously thought. But the estimated economic cost of this differs wildly between the US and the EU because of the calculations used.
              Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start - The…   

    The EPA under Trump appointee Scott Pruitt is the picture of regulatory capture. Rather than working for the American people, Pruitt is a tool of the fossil fuels industry and other industries the agency is supposed to regulate.

    While the Trump Administration has otherwise gotten very little done, Pruitt has made a good start on destroying the Earth as a place where human beings can live. Under Pruitt, the EPA is encouraging global warming; polluting the nation’s waterways; made it easier for fossil fuel companies to leak methane, a greenhouse gas, from oil and gas wells; encouraged explosions and spills at chemical plants; and reversed a ban on a pesticide that the EPA’s scientists have said is linked to damage of children’s nervous systems.

    He makes his decisions not by consulting scientists, but by talking with industry lobbyists and political appointees.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/01/us/politics/trump-epa-chief-pruitt-regulations-climate-change.html?_r=0


              Energy giants back calls to cut dirty power plant subsidies   
    A coalition of thirteen energy industry firms, including Siemens, Shell and Total, have launched a new joint initiative to limit the amount of state aid subsidies that are sent to highly-polluting fossil fuel plants across the EU.
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              Une Chine affamée d'énergie mise sur la "glace combustible"   
    La Chine multiplie les forages dans les fonds marins à la recherche de "glace combustible", une énergie fossile prisée pour son gaz méthane, mais son utilisation concrète au niveau mondial prendra encore au moins 10 ans. Cette "glace" est en fait...