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« on: March 20, 2017, 07:42:10 pm »
Climate Change Is Making Kenya's Droughts More Severe
Monday, March 20, 2017
By Lyndal Rowlands, Inter Press Service | Report
United Nations—The Super El Nino of 2015 to 2016 wrought droughts and floods around the world, yet it is its sister La Nina that is now fuelling drought and hunger in East Africa.
IPS spoke with Macharia Kamau, Kenya's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and an expert on climate change and El Nino and La Nina.
"Climatic events have taken on a rather different pattern now because of climate change," said Kamau.
These events, such as the current drought in East Africa, are becoming "more severe," "less predictable" and are happening "more often," he said. "Those three things put everyone who is on the path of these climatic events at higher risk."Kenya's current severe drought, exacerbated by the recent La Nina, has left over two million people in Kenya without enough to eat.http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39860-climate-change-making-kenya-s-droughts-more-severe
« on: March 20, 2017, 07:09:27 pm »
Volcanos Producing Energy
The use of geothermal energy in Iceland must be the most inventive, progressive and eco-friendly energy system in the world.
They have five major geothermal power plants, which produce approximately 26% of the nation's energy. In addition, geothermal heating meets the heating and hot water requirements of approximately 87% of all buildings in Iceland.
Apart from geothermal energy, 75% of the nation's electricity is generated by hydro power, and 0.1% from fossil fuels.
All of this energy: hydro and geothermal, is brought online without producing any air pollution or greenhouse gases.
It has been estimated that using geothermal for space heating instead of fossil fuels saves the country of Iceland annually about 100 million US dollars in imported oil. Iceland's state-owned energy company, Landsvirkjun, is considering construction of the world's longest underwater electric cable so they can sell their vast geothermal and volcanic energy to the European market
--Bibi Farber http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/energy/geothermal-energy-in-iceland.html
« on: March 20, 2017, 07:01:25 pm »
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:37:19 pm »
Modern Money & Public Purpose 1: The Historical Evolution of Money and Debt
Published on Sep 22, 2012
Moderator: William V. Harris, William R. Shepherd Professor of History and Director, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Columbia University
Speaker 1: L. Randall Wray, Research Director of the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability and Professor of Economics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Speaker 2: Michael Hudson, President, Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends and Distinguished Research Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
About the Seminar Series:
Modern Money and Public Purpose is an eight-part, interdisciplinary seminar series held at Columbia Law School over the 2012-2013 academic year. The series aims to present new perspectives and progressive policy proposals on a range of contemporary issues facing the U.S. and global macroeconomy. Seminars will feature a mix of academics and practitioners on topics ranging from the history of debt and money and the structure of the financial system to economic human rights for the 21st century.http://www.modernmoneyandpublicpurpos
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:04:37 pm »
You can keep that cruise ship travel.
I must have drowned in a previous life.
Same here. A brother of mine took me for a ride on his sailboat (37' Westphal Dualer) once. Well, we got to the mouth of the harbor and the seas were a bit on the choppy side. THEN we experienced what sailors call an accidental jive (NO FUN AT ALL!
). The sheets were loose and the main mast was busy trying to knock us into the water.
After a few minutes of mayhem, my brother managed to start the auxiliary engine and bring us back into the harbor away from the chop and back to a level footing.
After that, I told my brother I would only ride on a sailboat again when they started making them with gimbaled cabins.
Of course nobody makes sailboats with gimbaled cabins.
I had watched the gimbaled sink remain upright while all the gyrations were going on and I thought that was kind of neat.
At any rate, give me a catamaran or a tri-maran any day over a single keel sailboat. I DO NOT like to have to lean sideways all the time.
I expect sailors to call me an old fuddy duddy. That's their problem!
« on: March 20, 2017, 05:23:12 pm »
Enjoy this timeless financial wisdom Published on Sep 24, 2015
Michael Hudson, Financial Parasites Like Libertarian Peter Schiff
« on: March 20, 2017, 04:26:21 pm »
Caught on video
March 12, 2017 5:00 pm
Footage from inside of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into a storm last year shows the scary moment 30 foot waves crash into the ship as a passenger looks out the window.
The ship was carrying more than 4,500 guests and 1,600 crew members and was heading to Port Canaveral in Florida, but it was forced to turn around and return to New Jersey due to the weather. Passengers were forces to stay in the cabins overnight while the rough winds and waves knocked items about the ship.
In the video, the passenger looking out the window says, “We’re just staying in one place, hoping not to die.”
When the waves hit, his friend says, “Jesus Christ man. We’re underwater, under the third floor.”
The ship suffered damages, and four people were injured during the storm. At times the boat was sent leaning at a 45 degree angle. The National Weather Services Ocean Prediction Center issued an alert four days prior to the cruise, but Royal Caribbean said the weather was not predicted. It was originally headed to Florida and the Bahamas, and all guests were given full refunds and discounts on future cruises.
Later that year, it was caught in another storm while on making its way to Bermuda.http://rare.us/rare-news/caught-on-video/new-footage-shows-giant-waves-crashing-into-a-cruise-ship-while-a-passenger-is-looking-out-the-window/Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: PART TWO
« on: March 20, 2017, 02:30:20 pm »
How the water bear defies death even in the vacuum of space by wrapping its cells in glass
Tibi Puiu March 20, 2017
Tardigrade - otherwise know as a water bear
Tardigrades are the toughest, most resilient animals we know of. They can survive temperatures from 1 K (−458 °F; −272 °C) to about 420 K (300 °F; 150 °C), pressures six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a human, and the vacuum of outer space. One tardigrade female was brought back to life after being frozen for 30 years then birthed 14 healthy babies. Water bear don’t care Simply put, the tardigrade, also known as the water bear, is the most extreme survivalist out there.
If there’s an animal that knows how to make it against all odds, it’s this guy and, as you might imagine, a lot of people are interested to find out what its secret weapons are.
The water bear is able to withstand such extreme conditions by going into a sort of safe mode, as it dries up into a little barrel called a tun. In this form, neither heat, cold or the wretched vacuum of space can kill it. Essentially, the tiny bear which is smaller than 1 millimeter enters a state called anhydrobiosis during which the metabolism shuts down.
Now, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found another ace up the water bear’s sleeve. During a dry spell when water is scarce anti-dehydrating proteins called tardigrade-specific intrinsically disordered proteins (TDPs) become vitrified. When this happens all the tardigrade’s dehydration-sensitive tissue and cells become protected by a glass surface. This way, sensitive proteins and other biological molecules are locked in place. They can’t fold, they can’t break apart nor can they aggregate together, which explains how the animal can survive in space and then come back to life like nothing happened within an hour.ALSO READ: We should prepare for bad surprises in the Arctic climate, new report findsThe video below shows how much the water bear shrinks when deprived of water.
The team led by Thomas Boothby intentionally subjected the tardigrades to conditions that would force them to dry out. Meanwhile, they carefully monitored the animal’s gene activity. Boothby and colleagues noticed a spike of activity in a group of genes when the TDPs were produced. When such genes were blocked through genetic engineering, the tardigrade died of dehydration.When bacteria and yeast were artificially infused with the aforementioned genes, these became much more resilient in the face of dehydration.
This remarkable experiment suggests that, at least partly, the tardigrade’s tricks can be passed down to creatures.
For instance, one interesting idea
would be to produce new genetically modified crops that carry TDP genes to help them survive droughts.
California’s worst drought in history, which is still not over and sure as heck isn’t the last, serves as a reminder that such crops are badly needed
. Previously, a 2008 study concluded that the tardigrade’s anhydrobiosis is linked to specialized sugars called trehalose.
Tree frogs use the same sugar molecules to come with dry environments as well but not everyone was convinced the water bear uses the same mechanism because the study could only find trehalose-linked processes in only one species of tardigrade. Indeed, Boothby found tardigrades either don’t make or make very little amounts of trehalose.
It’s amazing however that TDPs work much in the same way as trehalose — they both protect cells by forming literally glass structures. So, what we’re essentially dealing with is yet another textbook example of convergent evolution
— two animals (tardigrade and tree frog) totally unrelated from each other
the same adaptive trait.
Agelbert NOTE: "Convergent Evolution" is one of those Darwinian Religion Euphemisms that true Darwinian believer scientists come up with when are faced with NON-Evolution but decide to stick the word, "evolution" into a mechanism that provides ZERO evidence for it. And then they, with chins held high and a haughty look in their eye, say Creationists are closed minded. Another water bear trick involves using other proteins to shield its DNA against radiation.
A previous research found 17.5 percent of a tardigrade’s genome was comprised of foreign DNA, including genes from bacterial species that can withstand extreme pressure and heat.
Next, the researchers plan on investigating other animals and even plant seeds which seem to survive desiccation to see whether they use the same proteins. Besides drought-resistant crops, such investigations might one day lead to amazing practical applications. One immediate application could be a new medium for storing vaccines and pharmaceuticals at room temperature by using dehydration instead of refrigeration. A much farther away application might involve dehydrating people to induce a hibernation-like state
, which could be useful
in interstellar flight.Journal ref: T.C. Boothby et al., “Tardigrades use intrinsically disordered proteins to survive desiccation,” Molecular Cell, doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2017.02.018, 2017.http://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/water-bear-glass-protein/Agelbert NOTE:
I think Trump would be a great test subject for dehydration, along with Bannon and all the other trumpers.
We can worry about making the interstellar spaceship later.
However, since we probably will not be able to rid ourselves of the trumpers (i.e. the Fascists/Republicans/Libertarians) or the Democrats any time soon, perhaps it is prudent to expect that the Humble Tardigrades will Inherit the Earth, AMEN!
« on: March 19, 2017, 08:30:37 pm »
2017-03-17 - Huge swath of mangrove forest bakes to death in Australia:
Quote: "The death of mangrove forests stretched over 1000 kilometres of Australias northern coast a year ago has been blamed on extreme conditions including record temperatures. Dr Duke said scientists now know that mangroves, much like coral reefs, are vulnerable to a warming climate and extreme weather events. Until now, Australian mangroves were considered to be in relatively good condition, and there had never been such dieback recorded."
Quote: "The death of so much mangrove forest in one hit is 'unprecedented', a researcher says."
Note: So it's not 'just' the Great Barrier Reef being wiped out in Australia now, but some large areas of land-based life too..
Yep. And they certainly were warned about all these deleterious offects of Catastrophic climate Change for over 50 years.
I recently answered a confused fellow who is still sitting on the fence in regard to Global Warming and how burning fossil fuels is causing Catastrophic climate change.
"The trouble I have with the whole "climate change" discussion is why this warming trend is bad." I answered:
It's BAD because most of the effects HAVE NOT been felt. IOW, the OCEAN is a HEAT TIME BOMB that we do not have the technology to handle.
Also, the greening of latitudes near the poles will NOT compensate for the browning near the equator BECAUSE over 80% of all the land species in the biosphere (BOTH flora nd fauna) occupy the tropics.
Finally, ocean acidification, if not stopped by a MASSIVE international effort to prevent more CO2 pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, guarantees MOST of the shell forming species (which happen to be food for ALL of the larger fish species we eat) will die along with most of the Oxygen producing algae (ocean phytoplankton), which now provides HALF (or more) of the Oxygen we get. That's right, at least HALF of all photosynthesis comes from ocean algae, NOT land based plants. And then there's the deforestation on land... Do you get the picture?
The ocean CANNOT continue that massive absorption of CO2 for more than another decade or so before saturation is reached, acidification causes massive phytoplankton and shell forming species die offs. AND THEN MOST OF THE HEAT GOES DIRECTLY INTO THE ATMOSPHERE (as opposed to a mere 2.3% now).
If anybody thinks the oceans will continue to buffer our giant carbon pollution, they are living in la la land (or work for the fossil fuel industry — but I repeat myself).
EVERY POLITICIAN, be they a Democrat or Republican, that takes a nickel from the fossil fuel industry should be THROWN OUT IN 2018, OR SOONER.
In January of 2017, NASA released data confirming that globally, 2016 was the hottest year on record -- the third consecutive year this record has been broken. Even more disturbing, in the last three years alone global temperatures rose 0.4°C: an extreme acceleration of planetary warming that has been unmatched in 136 years of record keeping.
According to the reinsurance giant Munich Re, the US had more floods in 2016 than any year in recorded history with 19 different floods swamping the nation.http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39540-viewing-trump-s-extreme-climate-denial-from-a-small-island-nation-in-peril
BUT, it seems the fossil Fuel Industry has convinced the governments of the world that THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE to the fossil fuel business model...
« on: March 19, 2017, 07:55:19 pm »
March 13, 2017 | Rona Fried | Corporate Sustainability, Renewables & Efficiency
Apple Opens Solar Spaceship Headquarters in April, Amazon Also Expands Renewables
After four years of construction, 12,000 employees start moving into Apple’s new spaceship campus in April. Now called Apple Park, the 175-acre campus near Cupertino, California will be a model for energy efficiency and 100% powered by renewable energy.The building’s circumference hosts one of the largest on-site solar systems in the world – a massive 17 megawatts (MW) of solar panels!
That will supply 75% of the electricity; the rest comes from buying half the output of a nearby 280 MW solar farm and 4 MW of on-site fuel cells. As the world’s largest naturally ventilated building,
it will require No heat or air conditioning for nine months of the year
. Almost all of the materials from demolishing previous buildings at the site has been reused or recycled – virtually every piece of concrete, glass, and metal.
Worldwide, 93% of Apple’s power for offices and retail comes from renewable energy, and 100% of power for data centers. The next step is manufacturing – the source of 77% of its greenhouse gases. A 170 MW solar farm in Mongolia will begin powering China’s factories and a supplier in Japan is building 20 solar plants including one of the largest floating solar systems. In tandem with suppliers, over 4 gigawatts (GW) of renewables will be added around the world by 2020, including 2 GW in China.
“We’re switching to greener materials to create safer products and manufacturing processes. We’re protecting working forests and making sure they are managed sustainably. We’re even creating a more mindful way to recycle our devices using robots,” Apple says on its Environment page.Amazon Steps Up
Amazon.com also made a big announcement – over the next three years, it will put solar on the roofs of 50 warehouses around the world. Solar will provide as much as 80% of power at sites in California, Nevada, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware, starting this year.
The company is building the 253 MW Amazon Wind Farm Texas and a 180 MW wind farm in Ohio, adding to its wind farms in Indiana and North Carolina.
“We are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainability. By diversifying our energy portfolio, we can keep business costs low and pass along further savings to customers. It’s a win-win,” says Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations.
Last year, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft filed an amicus brief in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, now under attack by the Trump Administration.http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/apple-opens-solar-spaceship-headquarters-april-amazon-also-expands-renewables/
« on: March 18, 2017, 07:23:26 pm »
Monsanto Isn't Feeding the World -- It's Killing Our Children
Saturday, March 18, 2017
By Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association | News Analysis
"How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?" -- Dr. Jane Goodall
Two new reports published in recent weeks add to the already large and convincing body of evidence, accumulated over more than half a century, that agricultural pesticides and other toxic chemicals are poisoning us.
Both reports issue scathing indictments of US and global regulatory systems that collude with chemical companies to hide the truth from the public, while they fill their coffers with ill-gotten profits.
According to the World Health Organization, whose report focused on a range of environmental risks, the cost of a polluted environment adds up to the deaths of 1.7 million children every year.
A report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council, focused more narrowly on agricultural chemicals. The UN report states unequivocally that the storyline perpetuated by companies like Monsanto -- the one that says we need pesticides to feed the world -- is a myth. And a catastrophic one at that.Full article:http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39866-monsanto-isn-t-feeding-the-world-it-s-killing-our-children
« on: March 18, 2017, 07:00:51 pm »
How to Make Electricity in a Disused Coal Mine
A coal-mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy.
The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200 megawatt pumped-storage hydroelectric reservoir, which acts like a battery and will have enough capacity to power more than 400,000 homes, said state governor Hannelore Kraft. The town of Bottrop, where people worked the 600 meter (1,969 foot) deep mine since 1974, will keep playing a role in providing uninterrupted power for the country, she said.
Source: University of Duisburg-EssenFull article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-17/german-coal-mine-to-be-reborn-as-giant-pumped-hydropower-battery
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:35:42 pm »
Published on Mar 17, 2017http://democracynow.org
- Longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader responds to President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal to Congress, which calls for an unprecedented $54 billion increase in military spending while slashing environmental, housing, diplomatic and educational programs. "The mask is off. The fangs are now out," Nader says. "He is collaborating with what is, on the record, the most vicious, ignorant Republican Party in its history, since 1854."
Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: http://democracynow.org
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:08:32 pm »
Yes, this goes here. You will find out why in the second half of the audio program.
Economic Update: Housing Crisis in the US
Friday, March 17, 2017
By Richard D. Wolff, Truthout | Audio Segment
This week's episode discusses the Fed and interest rates, new US and China inequality data, wage stagnation, and big bankers' affinity for Trump. The episode also includes an interview with Walter South, founder of The Trust for Affordable Housing.http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39884-economic-update-housing-crisis-in-the-us
March 22, 2017, 10:37:11 pm
Human Life is Fragile but EVERY Life is Valuable
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Global Warming is WITH US
March 22, 2017, 12:50:59 pm
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Corruption in Government
March 21, 2017, 04:25:27 pm
Fossil Fuels: Degraded Democracy and Profit Over Planet Pollution
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