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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #765 on: January 16, 2017, 03:30:59 pm »

Washington, D.C. presidential inauguration weather history

By Justin Grieser

January 16, 2013

Agelbert NOTE: This article is informative, as well as being educational (before 1937 inaugurals were held in March - BUT the weather was actually COLDER than the average of January 20th inaugurals!  :o). Anyone who reads this article objectively (i.e. someone who isn't a climate denier propagandized fool or a propagandist liar working for the fossil fuel industry) and then looks at the forecast for January 20, 2017 will not fail to notice the accelerating trend of Global Warming.


What are typical weather conditions on Inauguration Day in the nation’s capital? And which years had the warmest, coldest, wettest or snowiest ceremonies?


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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #766 on: January 17, 2017, 03:12:17 pm »
Unrelenting Global Warming Sends Sea Ice to Record Low, As Scientists Feel Heat, Too

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #767 on: January 18, 2017, 12:41:52 pm »
2016 sets third consecutive record for hottest year

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year
The New York Times, Jan. 18, 2017

Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row.

The findings come two days before the inauguration of an American president who has called global warming a Chinese plot and vowed to roll back his predecessor’s efforts to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases.

The data show that politicians cannot wish the problem away. The Earth is heating up, a point long beyond serious scientific dispute, but one becoming more evident as the records keep falling. Temperatures are heading toward levels that many experts believe will pose a profound threat to both the natural world and to human civilization.

In 2015 and 2016, the planetary warming was intensified by the weather pattern known as El Niño, in which the Pacific Ocean released a huge burst of energy and water vapor into the atmosphere. But the bigger factor in setting the records was the long-term trend of rising temperature, which scientists say is being driven by increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

“A single warm year is something of a curiosity,” said Deke Arndt, chief of global climate monitoring for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “It’s really the trend, and the fact that we’re punching at the ceiling every year now, that is the real indicator that we’re undergoing big changes.”

The heat extremes were especially pervasive in the Arctic, with temperatures in the fall running 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal across large stretches of the Arctic Ocean. Sea ice in that region has been in precipitous decline for years, and Arctic communities are already wrestling with enormous problems, such as rapid coastal erosion, caused by the changing climate.

“What’s going on in the Arctic is really very impressive; this year was ridiculously off the chart,” said Gavin A. Schmidt, head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in Manhattan, a unit of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that tracks global temperatures.

But Arctic people were hardly alone in feeling the heat. Drought and starvation afflicted Africa. On May 19, the people in the town of Phalodi lived through the hottest day in the recorded history of India, 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

El Niño has now ended, and climate scientists almost universally expect 2017 to be cooler than the year before. But the scale of the heat burst has been startling to many of the experts, and some of them fear an accelerated era of global warming could be at hand over the next few years.

Even at current temperatures, billions of tons of land ice are melting or sliding into the ocean. The sea is also absorbing most of the heat trapped by human emissions. Those factors are causing the ocean to rise at what appears to be an accelerating pace, and coastal communities in the United States are spending billions of dollars to fight increased tidal flooding. Their pleas for help from Congress have largely been ignored.

The finding that a record had been set for the third year in a row was released on Wednesday by three government agencies, two American and one British, that track measurements made by ships, buoys and land-based weather stations. They analyze the figures to correct for known problems, producing an annual average temperature for the surface of the Earth. The national meteorological agency of Japan also confirmed the findings in a preliminary analysis.

The findings about a record-warm year were also confirmed by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, a nonprofit California group set up to provide a temperature analysis independent of governments. That group, however, did not find that three records had been set in a row; in its analysis, 2010 was slightly warmer than 2014.

In addition to the surface measurements, satellites are used to measure the temperature of the atmosphere a few miles above the surface. Two groups that analyze these figures showed a record-warm 2016 in data going back to 1978, though in one data set it was a record by only a small margin.

Since 1880, NOAA’s records show only one other instance when global temperature records were set three years in a row: in 1939, 1940 and 1941. The Earth has warmed so much in recent decades, however, that 1941 now ranks as only the 37th-warmest year on record.

The modern era of global warming began around 1970, after a long stretch of relatively flat temperatures, and the past three years mark the first time in that period that three records were set in a row. Of the 17 hottest years on record, 16 have now occurred since 2000.

Two of the agencies that issued Wednesday’s figures, NOAA and NASA, will soon report to cabinet secretaries appointed by President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has expressed doubt about the findings of climate science. Mr. Trump famously issued a tweet in 2012 that said: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing noncompetitive.”

Fear has erupted within the agencies about whether their data will now be subject to political manipulation. However, Mr. Trump and his cabinet nominees have given no detailed indication of what their broad climate policies are likely to be, much less how they will manage the scientific enterprise of monitoring the climate.

Some Republicans in Congress have long been hostile to the findings of climate science, and have repeatedly investigated scientists. It is not clear what will happen with these efforts in the new political era.

Beginning in 2015, for instance, the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Texas Republican Lamar Smith, issued subpoenas to NOAA, seeking to prove that adjustments the agency made to its data set were a deliberate attempt to make global warming appear worse.

But a paper recently issued by the Berkeley group confirmed the scientific validity of the changes NOAA had made. “NOAA was not cooking the books,” said Zeke Hausfather, a researcher with the Berkeley Earth project and the lead author of the paper.

Kristina Baum, a spokeswoman for the committee, said in an email that in the new Congress, Mr. Smith “anticipates fewer subpoenas because he believes that the new administration’s agencies will be more forthcoming with the committee’s requests for information.”

Democrats on the Science committee have been exasperated by what they regard as attempts by Republicans in Congress to intimidate scientists and undermine basic scientific findings.

Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Texan who is the ranking Democrat on the committee, said in a statement,
“As the world breaks temperature records seemingly every single year, we desperately need this committee’s and our country’s leadership to reject this anti-science agenda, and get serious about addressing the reality of climate change.”

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #768 on: January 18, 2017, 05:29:32 pm »
World’s Top Banks Are Making Slow Progress On Climate-Related Risks

January 17th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #769 on: January 19, 2017, 02:41:15 pm »

Sessions is a looming threat to people of color and the planet

Posted Jan. 13, 2017 / Posted by: Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of national office of Advancement Project and Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth U.S.

At few points in our generation does Congress seem poised to vote on something so colossally consequential for the wellbeing of people of color. The nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as United States attorney general presents U.S. senators with one such decision. The question is, will they step forward on climate priorities and racial equity, or will they dangerously turn their back on the progress our country has made?

With Sessions as attorney general, communities of color stand to lose significantly. Charged with enforcing civil rights laws, the Department of Justice has historically played an important role in bringing us closer to an inclusive democracy.

Whether it was filing lawsuits to end segregation, protecting organizers during the civil rights movement, fighting housing and voting discrimination or challenging discriminatory policing policies, the Department of Justice has responded to the racial justice movement over decades, helping secure protections.
Under Sessions’ leadership, immigrant families will be criminalized and police reform efforts will stop dead in their tracks, among other things. Even worse, a Sessions’ Department of Justice will probably do affirmative damage on civil rights. Further, Sessions will hurt communities of color, who are hard hit by environmental racism by eviscerating enforcement of fundamental environmental laws.

Wrapped in racial injustice, environmental abuses have harmed people of color across the country — in communities ranging from Flint, Michigan to Mossville, Louisiana. The climate change-induced flooding and oil spill pollution in the Gulf Coast have disproportionately harmed people of color and low-income communities.

Legal enforcement of governmental responsibility is often the last and only recourse in these cases. Weakening enforcement tools would be disastrous to the progress communities of color have made.

As a senator for the state of Alabama, Sessions voted against environmental protection 93 percent of the time. In 2015, Sessions said that carbon dioxide is only “a plant food and it doesn’t harm anybody.” This shows a pattern of refusing to connect scientific cause-and-effect, which makes him unfit to set polluter prosecution priorities.

Sessions would also choose a next head of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice, who will have the power to weaken consequences against those who violate the nation's civil and criminal pollution control laws. They could refuse to defend EPA and other agencies against corporations. That puts environmental programs at risk to fossil fuel interests who are pursuing ongoing legal fights over public lands and waters for Native American sovereignty. This will embolden polluters to be even more litigious to undermine environmental justice.

A look at Sessions’ record on voting rights, immigration, racial justice and civil liberties reveals not just a disregard for communities of color but he is an enemy of progress. As an attorney in Alabama, Sessions went on a witch hunt to persecute civil servants who were registering voters in historically Black counties under allegations of voter fraud that were quickly rejected by a jury. Sessions has called the Voting Rights Act, an anti-discrimination law that guarantees free and fair elections, “a piece of intrusive legislation,” a view held by supporters of Jim Crow.

Voting is the most fundamental way that communities empower themselves against polluters and the politicians that support them.

When Sessions was vetted in 1986, during a confirmation hearing to be appointed a federal judge, his history on race led to a rejection of his ways by a Republican-controlled Senate. Yet time has not improved the senator’s record, and now the 2017 Republican-controlled Congress is positioning itself to overlook it.

As recently as last summer, the courts forcefully went on record decrying rampant attempts to make it harder for people of color to vote. As the attorney general in charge of setting guidelines for which cases can and cannot be brought to court, Sessions poses a danger to voters of color as well as every American who is not white, male, straight and citizen-born. Sessions’ clear prejudices and racism make him willfully blind to some of the most pressing civil rights abuses and environmental injustices in our country.

With the stakes too high to let Sessions run unchecked with the Trump administration’s racist agenda, the choice before the Senate is clear. We cannot trust Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to serve as the top enforcer of our constitution and our laws. Senators must stand definitively on the right side of history. Our people and our planet depend on it.

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #770 on: January 19, 2017, 07:07:04 pm »
Brutal Heat Waves Crush Eastern Australia

Dr. Reese Halter

Jan. 18, 2017 11:57PM EST


A hot air mass parked over central Australia is delivering the second brutal heat wave this month. January is quickly approaching a record-breaking month Down Under.

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #771 on: January 19, 2017, 07:32:51 pm »

January 19, 2017

Frankfurter Rundschau / Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH)

Four lost years in the USA

The EU must take over America’s role and keep China and India on board with global climate protection efforts to get ahead during Donald Trump’s presidency, according to environmental organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH). The EU is a global leader in renewables and efficiency, and should offer technological partnerships to China and India, DUH co-head Sascha Müller-Kraenner told Frankfurter Rundschau in an interview.

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)

Trump has substantial potential to cause trouble on climate policy

Incoming US president Donald Trump could have many indirect effects on international climate policy, according to Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). “Trump could try to drive the export of coal,” said Edenhofer, who is also the chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). “The economic policy of the new president could also lead to rising interest rates, which would compromise the competitiveness of renewable energies.

This is because the profitability of climate-friendly technologies, in contrast to coal-fired power plants, is determined primarily by their investment costs, which are dependent on the interest rate.”


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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #772 on: January 21, 2017, 05:27:42 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Try not to get sea sick.  :P  :D THIS is ROCK and ROLL on the high seas!

AND, it's going to get a LOT worse within less than a decade.

Watch: 2.5 Hours of a Ship in Heavy Seas

January 20, 2017 by Mike Schuler

A little background here. Bigwavemaster1 works on a Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel providing support to offshore oil platforms in the North Sea – no matter how bad the weather gets. To his surprise his heavy seas videos have attracted quite a bit of interest on Youtube. But as he points, he doesn’t have the option to just close his browser and go to sleep!

A couple of people have asked me to make a long video of storm footage. Apparently it’s relaxing???    It helps them sleep ???  Not quite sure how that works since it’s the last thing that we can do!!!   


Here's my three part article that contains a lot of info on shipping and its dire future due to climate change that you may be interested in reading:

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: Three Part Article

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: PART TWO

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: PART THREE
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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #773 on: January 23, 2017, 07:08:14 pm »
  January 22, 2017

Students Plan National Day of Action Against Trump's Climate Denial

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez  and Varshini Prakash  say we need to build a movement to protect the planet for future generations.


SHARMINI PERIES: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore.

On Monday, January 23rd, two days after the Donald Trump Inauguration as President, it is slated to be a Student National Day of Action, scheduled within the first 100 hours of Donald Trump's presidency. Hundreds of students across the country are committed to walk out of their classrooms, in protest of the fossil fuel friendly Trump administration. The demonstration is a call to academic administrators to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy.

With us to discuss Monday's National Student Day of Action, and what is at stake for youth with the new Trump administration, is Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Varshini Prakash. Mr. Martinez is a 16-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist and a powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement.

And we are also joined by Varshini Prakash. She is the Senior Campaign Coach of the Divestment Student Network. She started organizing as a student campaigner, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she led her divestment campaign to a victory, in spring of 2016. She has organized for four years in the youth climate movement. I thank you both for joining us today.

VARSHINI PRAKASH: Hi. Well, thank you so much.

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ: Hey, yeah, it's a pleasure to be here.

SHARMINI PERIES: So, Mr. Martinez, let me begin with you. You have been involved in environmental activism for some time now. When did your awareness develop as an individual, in terms of knowing that you wanted to affect change, and how did you get involved in this movement?

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ: Yeah, for me, my engagement and involvement in the climate and the environmental movement began very early on, just as a, you know, young kid having a very important connection to the world, and to the nature around him. I saw that as human beings, we're having a really negative impact on the environment. I also saw that speaking up and using our voices has a positive impact on getting other people to take action as well, alongside taking action in my own life.

So, I think as I began to have awareness of my own actions, my own voice, my own words, I began to understand my importance to share that with the world. I began public speaking when I was six years old, been doing it ever since then, and I think there's just a great urgency to take action, now more than ever, as a young person, as a representative of one of the younger generations. And there's going to be more impact, especially today, with a President that has been elected in our country -- we need broad, bold, action today.

SHARMINI PERIES: Right. And your action far precedes the actions that you're planning, in terms of the Trump Presidency. You've been doing this for a long time. Give me some indication of the kinds of big campaigns you've been involved in. And I understand you're also in the midst of a court battle. Tell us a bit more about that.

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ: Yeah, so one of the biggest fights I've been a part of is the anti-fracking movement here in Colorado. Where we are working directly to, sort of, protect our water, our air and the health of the people in our communities by putting bans and moratoriums on fracking across the State, which is a harmful extraction process of natural gas and fossil fuels that is really harming our communities. And we are also involved in a lawsuit against the State of Colorado, to hold our elected officials accountable for protecting people from fracking.

The larger lawsuit that I'm a part of, that has gotten a lot of media attention is, myself and 20 other youth plaintiffs, suing the Federal government for violating our constitutional rights to life, liberty and property. By failing to take action on climate change, because of their knowledge of climate change over the last several decades, and doing nothing in our favor to protect us in any significant way. So, that's a really important lawsuit that I'm a part of.

I've been on front-line movements here in Colorado, and in my own communities, to get pesticides out of parks, to work to transition away from fossil fuels infrastructure, towards renewable energy. You know, to promote more, just healthy, sustainable, lifestyles. I've done education programs all over the world as a speaker and, you know, a public kind of spokesperson, a voice for our generation. I've spoken at the UN a handful of times. I've given TED Talks. A lot of it is about getting more young people to realize that we need more young leaders out there.

You know, it's not just about me, or just about one organization. It's about all of us being a part of a greater movement to protect the planet for future generations.

SHARMINI PERIES: That's great. I'll come back to you about the court case against the government, but before I do that, let me go to Ms. Prakash. Varshini, talk about the ways in which you got involved in this very progressive movement of the Divestment Campaign on campuses and the major successes you've had so far.

VARSHINI PRAKASH: Yeah, absolutely. I resonate a lot with what Xiuhtezcatl is saying, and I remember feeling a lot, when I was younger, just this anger and a little bit of helplessness around seeing the world around me getting destroyed. Seeing us destroying our land, polluting our water, ruining the air for generations to come. And seeing the place that young people really are put into, where our whole futures are at stake because of what the fossil fuel industry is doing to our world, and our economy.

And when I got to college, I sort of, got really invested in environmental issues, and started organizing with the Divestment Campaign at U Mass Amherst. Mostly because I saw that this was one of the most impactful ways that youth were able to come together and take action collectively. And actually push our administrations to show what real moral leadership on climate looks like, and stand up for the values that they purported. And it was one of the ways that we could actually organize and mobilize hundreds to thousands of students on our campus, and across the country, to stand up to the fossil fuel industry, right in our homes.

So, yeah, that's a little bit of how I got involved. And then I was working on my campaign for two, three years, and actually, led a series of escalations and negotiations, and talked to hundreds of people on campus. And actually culminated this past spring in a direct action, where we held an occupation for five days. Engaged over 700 students, faculty, alumni and staff. And we actually won our campaign at the end of that, and have one debt estimate for U Mass as a result... so, yeah.

SHARMINI PERIES: That's great. Congratulations. So, let me go to Xiuhtezcatl here. The Earth Guardians is involved in a landmark U.S. federal climate lawsuit, and you mentioned that. Tell us about the legal case against the U.S. government and the polluting industries.

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ: Right, so this is a lawsuit directly against U.S. federal government, for failing to adequately take action on climate change. Failing to mitigate the industries that have created this crisis, and actually creating laws in support of these very industries of the fossil fuel companies. What happened is, when we filed this lawsuit, it was immediately challenged by the U.S. government and the fossil fuel industry. They came together, one of the most powerful governments and one of the most powerful industries on the planet -- came together against 21 youth saying, "You do not have the right to file this lawsuit. You do not have the right to sue for your future."

And after this Motion to Dismiss was reviewed by two different judges. It went through the legal process, and they actually denied the Motion to Dismiss, and granted us easement to continue with our lawsuit forward. And we're actually going to be going to trial in May of 2017, of this year. So, we're very excited. I'm going to be testifying alongside a handful of our... judges, and a handful of our other youth plaintiffs, as well.

So, it's really exciting to see things have moved forward. In this first step, we have (audio skip) a multi-billion dollar conglomerate, of different fossil fuel companies, and the U.S. government. When they tried to take away our rights or use our legal system, you know, our legal system stood up for young voices. And we're kind of excited to see where, you know, this momentum takes us in the future, and can inspire other people all over the world to get involved in this way as well.

SHARMINI PERIES: Xiuhtezcatl, speaking about testifying, Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, at senate hearings for his nomination as Secretary of State -- purposefully obstructionist on the answer when he was questioned about Exxon, whether Exxon knew about climate change? And when they knew about it? Let's have a look.

REX TILLERSON: How I would deal with the past history I have, in my prior position with ExxonMobil. I've made clear in my disclosures, and I think in answers to questions that have been posed, that obviously there's a statutory recusal period, which I will adhere to, on any matters that might come before the State Department that deal directly and specifically with ExxonMobil.

Beyond that though, in terms of broader issues, dealing with the fact that it might involve the oil and natural gas industry itself, the scope of that is such that I would not expect to have to recuse myself. In any instance where there is any question or even the appearance, I would expect to seek the guidance of counsel from the Office Ethics in the State Department, and will follow their guidance as to whether it's an issue that I should recuse myself from. Yeah.

SHARMINI PERIES: So, I understand Rex Tillerson was called to testify in the Earth Guardian's legal case, as well. Why should the U.S. government and industry be held accountable for climate change? And what's your beef with Tillerson?

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ: I think the reason that the U.S. government is accountable for protecting our climate is because of the Constitution, because we have constitutional rights as American citizens to life, liberty and property. As well as the public trust doctrine, which says that our resources are to be held in trust for present and future generations, including the earth, the air, the water. We understand that the atmosphere is a resource that doesn't belong to anybody, but that affects everybody, especially because of the climate crisis in place. We are affecting our atmosphere in an unprecedented way.

So, really, we have an inalienable right to a healthy climate because inaction on climate change means a direct violation on our life, our liberty and our property.
Every one of these 21 youth plaintiffs, myself included, has stories of how they're already being impacted on climate change. My story is about the forest in my hometown, about forest fires, about floods, heatwaves, shorter winters, droughts. And every young person has a different perspective, and we are the evidence in this lawsuit that shows that American citizens are having their constitutional rights violated, because our government is failing to protect us from the impacts of climate change.

And as time continues, you know, to pass by, it's only going to get worse, unless we find real concrete solutions in the very near future. What's really cool about this lawsuit is that we are working with top climate scientists, former NASA scientist James Hansen, to formulate a very concrete, solid, climate recovery plan. So, if we win this lawsuit at a national level, it'll actually have the courts enforce climate recovery solutions all over the nation. Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by a significant amount every year.

We're not asking for money. We're not just doing this for show. We actually have a concrete plan for how to get the United States to take responsibility and accountability for their impact on the global climate crisis.

SHARMINI PERIES: All right. So, I imagine that the student action on Monday is going to also draw attention to this particular case you're doing. But let me go to you, Varshini. Tell us about the actions coming up on Monday across the country, and what you hope to accomplish with it, and the number of students you think are going to be involved in this effort.

VARSHINI PRAKASH: Yeah, absolutely. So, in the first 100 hours of the first 100 days of Trump's presidency, the Student Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement is going to be holding the first, and largest, youth-led national action of 2017. So, this coming Monday, January 23rd, 100's of students across the country will be walking out of class to resist and reject Donald Trump's dangerous policies and climate denialism. And I think we have more than enough proof to know that this next administration will be ignoring the realities of climate change, and instead, focusing on the interests of the one percent.

I mean, we've seen appointments of ExxonMobil CEO, Rex Tillerson, amongst Wall Street bankers and white supremacists and billionaires. And as young people with our futures at stake, we are demanding in this action that our institutions show what moral leadership on climate looks like. And stand up to Trump by divesting from the fossil fuel industry, and reinvesting in climate solutions that will help build a more equitable economy for all of us.

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ: Right. And just to add on to that, I think that this is really a wake-up call to Donald Trump, to show him that there are almost 75 million young people under the age of 18 that didn't vote in this last election. But we will be suffering from the consequences of climate change because of his failure to act in this next four years.

Our right to a just and livable future is non-negotiable. This is... we are here to fight for our right to live in a country, and live in a world, that is unaffected by the climate crisis, and he has a responsibility as our President to play that role as a leader.

SHARMINI PERIES: Right. So, this is going to be, as we have discussed, a very fossil fuel friendly administration. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, anti-environmental regulations from... I guess, a supporter... former Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, as head of the EPA, and Rick Perry, who is planning to dismantle the EPA altogether.

So, given... I mean, I can go on with the list. This is the most anti-environmental climate change administration we'll ever have in power. And it's ironic, because the Paris Agreement has just been signed, but there's no indication that we will tilt in that direction.

So, Varshini, let me ask you, the Monday action is one action, but as you know from your success at University of Massachusetts Amherst, it's going to take a sustained effort to topple this administration who more or less, represents the ruling elite. Which happens to be in favor... climate change denials, and favors the fossil fuel industry, like the Koch brothers and Tillersons and Exxons and so forth. So, what is going to be your plan for sustained action in this area?

VARSHINI PRAKASH: Absolutely. Yeah, I think what you're saying is really right. Young people in this country are facing a ton of uncertainty and pain. I mean, we're up to our necks in debt. Our economy is unstable. Inequality is through the roof. Black and brown kids are being incarcerated. We know that a president who picks the interests of the one percent over the interests of the people, will never be the leader that we need to face what's coming, as evidenced by all those appointments.

And that's why we need really powerful movements now more than ever. And that's why youth are saying from day one -- we're not going to lie low. They want us to be scared. They want us to be depressed. They want us to be sad. But that's not what we're going to do. We're here to fight. And I think what this means is that our generation has to be the leaders of this country, that our President will never be. And we didn't ask for this responsibility. We're also extremely ready to take this fight into our own hands and push our institutions to demonstrate what leadership looks like.

Luckily, our movement knows how to wield people power. We've seen it over and over again, on college campuses in the fight for divestment. In the fight against Keystone, at Standing Rock where Water Protectors stood with dignity in the face of police dogs and pepper spray. Like, we really know that collective action works. And young people understand that now is the time for action, not the time for retreat. So, yes this is only the beginning.

And right after the action, we're actually laying out a strategy for a wave of continuing escalations throughout the spring, from coordinated student actions, to massive marches. And calling upon millions to resist, because we know we cannot just stand by while Trump stacks his cabinet with climate deniers and white supremacists and Wall Street bankers. The very same people who've been responsible for the pain caused over the last few decades, and the same people who are standing in the way of progress now.

SHARMINI PERIES: The top 500 or so university endowments, hold nearly $400 billion, if you can get people to divest on that, that could send a real message to the administration and those who control the coal, oil and gas industries.

So, let me go to you, Mr. Martinez. As Varshini said, you know, it's really going to take the next generation to force a change here. But we're locked into this administration for the next eight years -- that means a lot of education on the ground -- and lots of mobilization.

So, let me ask you the same question. What are you planning to do in order to mobilize the young people into action?

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ: I think if you look at some of the most successful movements of our time, that have been directly towards fighting fossil fuel infrastructure, you can look at what happened in North Dakota. What is happening in North Dakota with the North Dakota Access Pipeline, where you know, the mobilization of people to protect indigenous land, indigenous rights to protect sacred water, and to kind of... the planet for future generations brought together, you know, tens of thousands of people. Millions of people supported, from all over the world, to support the stopping of this pipeline, and it's drilling across Dakota land. They're still drilling the pipeline, regardless of Obama's denial of a grant to easement, and people are still out there camping, protesting.

So, I think if we can find other ways to mobilizing and bringing people together in the way that what happened at Standing Rock, I think we're going to be incredibly successful. So, we have a series of days of divestment as well. For divesting from banks and getting, actually, different focuses of people all over the country, to pull money out of banks that are funding fossil fuel projects and that are funding pipelines, specifically all over the country.

A lot of action momentum is going to be going into these actions, as well as my own local community fighting to ban fracking. I think this year more than ever we're going to need concise, organized, undivided action from the environmental movement. We've been incredibly horrible at staying connected, and working together where, you know, if we have two different environmental organizations at the same place, you can't work together because everybody's squabbling over funding.

It's not about that. It's about the future of our planet. And it's not just about the environment anymore. It's about human rights and human lives. The climate crisis is taking human lives. We have millions of people that have become climate refugees because of the crisis at hand. And now more than ever, we have to pull our money, we have to pull our support and we have to pull our use out of fossil fuels. This is not an infrastructure that is going to be valid any longer.

Travelling to a country like Sweden showed me that, you know, they have one of the fastest growing economies in the world. And at the same time they have 50% off of fossil fuels, and plan to be 100% off of fossil fuels by 2040. It's remarkable. Like, we do not need fossil fuel infrastructures to sustain our economy, to have a healthy economy. We have to look towards the sun. We have to look towards renewable energy. We have to look towards young people, because the solutions are in our hands, and the movements will create the solutions that we need, are thought up in the minds of the youth today, with the support of every other generation.

So, we've got a lot of work to do, especially under this administration. Now more than ever it's time for people to unite. Set aside everything else that divides us and come together to protect this planet.

SHARMINI PERIES: All right, Varshini, let me give you the last word. If you were a young person out there who is just moved by what you two have just said, and want to get involved, how do they do it?

VARSHINI PRAKASH: Absolutely, join us. Wherever you are, whatever you want to do, you can find us on 350.org, or Students Divest.org, or on Facebook, I would say whatever you can, join us. Join an action. You can find those online. You can find those on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us. Join... takes like, meeting a few other people and taking action together to change the world. And I think we just need as many people to participate as possible.

So, I would just say like, no matter what, whoever you are, wherever you are, there is a place for you in this movement. There's a place for you, to fight the climate crisis, and it is possible, and we need you.

SHARMINI PERIES: Right. Varshini Prakash and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, I thank you both for joining us today.

VARSHINI PRAKASH: Thank you so much.


SHARMINI PERIES: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #774 on: January 23, 2017, 09:03:48 pm »
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Al Gore's Prediction Comes True

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« Reply #775 on: January 23, 2017, 09:59:15 pm »

Expanded photo gallery: Montpelier mobbed by women protesting Trump

Jan. 22, 2017, 11:53 pm by Anne Galloway


Police estimate between 15,000 and 20,000 people overwhelmed Montpelier on Saturday as part of the Women’s March at the Statehouse on Saturday.   Read the story. (at article link)

Hundreds of Vermonters also traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a rally of 500,000 people who were demonstrating in protest of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump’s stances on women and people of color. Find the article here. (at article link)

VTDigger interviewed Vermonters who attended Trump’s inauguration Friday. The story is here. (at article link)

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« Reply #776 on: January 24, 2017, 09:10:39 pm »

More than 100 Illinois architects publish open letter to Trump on climate change

By Nausheen Husain

January 23, 2017, 10:10 AM
More than 120 architecture and design firms from Illinois signed an open letter last week to President Donald Trump pressing the new president on climate change and energy use. The letter originated from Architects Advocate, a group started in July by four partners at Chicago-based Krueck+Sexton Architects. The group has not received a response from the Trump administration yet.

The goal of the advocacy group, according to one of the organization's founders, Tom Jacobs, is to enact meaningful legislation to mitigate the effects of climate change. For now, Jacobs said, it's important for the architect community to speak out.

"I always found it odd that it was agreed upon that climate change action was needed," Jacobs said, "but the thought was not loudly out there."

The letter advocates that the Trump administration create an even playing field among all energy sources by providing subsidies for renewable energy technologies, instead of just for the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries. It also asks that the U.S. continue its participation in the Paris Climate Agreement, from which President Trump has indicated he may want to retreat. The Trump administration's plan on energy, called An America First Energy Plan, has so far focused on the rejection of "burdensome regulations," as well as tapping domestic energy reserves to lessen the dependence on foreign oil.

Read the Letter at article link.

Illinois companies that have signed the letter:

•2 Point Perspective Inc.: Architecture + Interiors, Chicago
•2rz Architecture, Chicago
•34-Ten, Chicago
•AltusWorks, Chicago
•Antunovich Associates, Chicago
•Archeworks, Chicago
•Archimage Architects Ltd., Chicago
•Architects Advocate, Chicago
•Architecture Is Fun, Chicago
•Denise R. Arnold LLC, Chicago
•Bailey Edward Design, Chicago
•Bauer Latoza Studio, Chicago
•Lee Bey Architectural Photography, Chicago
•bKL Architecture, Chicago
•Booth Hansen, Chicago
•Boyer Architects LLC, Evanston
•Brininstool + Lynch, Chicago
•Brubaker Design, Chicago
•Brush Architects, Chicago
•Burhani Design Architects, Chicago
•CAMESgibson, Chicago
•Casagrande Architects LLC, Chicago
•Circo Architects, Riverside
•Civic Projects, Oak Park
•Cook Architectural Design Studio, Chicago
•Cordogan Clark & Associates, Chicago
•David Fleener Architects, Chicago
•Deanna Berman Design Alternatives, Chicago
•Design Smak, Evanston
•Design Team, Highland Park
•Development Management Associates, Chicago
•Dirk Denison Architects, Chicago
•Eastlake Studio, Chicago
•Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Chicago
•Ellipsis Architecture, Chicago
•Farr Associates, Chicago
•Fieldwork Design Group, Chicago
•Greater Good Studio, Chicago
•Terry Guen Design Associates, Chicago
•Harboe Architects, Chicago
•Tom Harris Architectural Photography, Chicago
•Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, Chicago
•Heitzman Architects, Oak Park
•Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape, Chicago
•HJKessler Associates, Chicago
•Holbert and Associates, Chicago
•Heidrun Hoppe Associates, Evanston
•HouseHaus, Chicago
•HPZS, Chicago
•husARchitecture Inc., Chicago
•Paul Hydzik Photography, Chicago
•JAHN, Chicago
•JDD-Architects, Chicago
•JGMA, Chicago
•Jurassic Studio, Chicago
•Edward Keegan Architect, Chicago
•Kipnis Architecture + Planning, Chicago
•Krueck + Sexton Architects, Chicago
•Kuklinski + Rappe Architects, Chicago
•Landon Bone Baker Architects Ltd., Chicago
•Latent Design, Chicago
•Lawton Stanley Architects, Chicago
•Legat Architects, Chicago
•Lenet, Chicago
•Lightswitch Architectural, Chicago
•Liv Companies, Burr Ridge
•MAS Studio, Chicago
•Mauro Crestani & Associates, Chicago
•McKay Landscape Architects, Chicago
•Dan Miller Architects Ltd., Chicago
•Morgante Wilson Architects, Evanston
•moss, Chicago
•MRSA Architects, Chicago
•Nadi Design, Chicago
•Nicholas Design Collaborative, Chicago
•Norman Kelley, Chicago
•Northlight Architects LLC, Chicago
•Nushu, Chicago
•OKW Architects, Chicago
•Pappageorge Haymes Partners, Chicago
•Carlo Parente Architect, Chicago
•Paul Preissner Architects, Chicago
•Charles Pipal, Riverside
•Prassas Landscape Studio LLC, Chicago
•Public Design Architects, Oak Park
•Vladimir Radutny Architects, Chicago
•Kathryn Quinn Architects, Chicago
•(r)evolution architecture, LaGrange
•Risinger + Associates, Chicago
•Rockford Architects Inc., Rockford
•Rockwell Associates Architects, Evanston
•Ross Barney Architects, Chicago
•Thomas Roszak Architecture, Chicago
•Rubiostudio, Chicago
•S. Conger Architects, Chicago
•Sam Marts Architects & Planners, Chicago
•scrafano architects, Chicago
•Searl Lamaster Howe Architects, Chicago
•Serena Sturm Architects, Chicago
•SHED Studio, Chicago
•site, Chicago
•SKJN Architekten Corp., Chicago
•SMNG A Ltd., Chicago
•SPACE Architects + Planners, Chicago
•STL Architects, Chicago
•Walter Street ARCHITECTURE, Chicago
•Studio Dwell Architects, Chicago
•Studio Nigro Architecture + Design, Chicago
•Suski Design, Chicago
•The Organic Garden Coach, Downers Grove
•Thirst, Chicago
•Threshold Acoustics LLC, Chicago
•Tilton, Chicago
•Topiarius, Chicago
•UrbanWorks, Chicago
•Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates Ltd, Chicago
•Vinci | Hamp Architects, Chicago
•visualizedconcepts inc., Chicago
•von Weise Associates, Chicago
•Rinda West Landscape Designs, Chicago
•Whitney Inc., Oak Brook
•Stephen J. Wierzbowski, Chicago
•Worn Jerabek Wiltse Architects P.C., Chicago
•Wrap Architecture, Chicago
•Gerhard Zinserling Architects, Chicago


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« Reply #777 on: January 25, 2017, 02:51:55 pm »
Meet the Amazing Women Fighting to Preserve the Arctic Refuge From Drilling


To oil companies in Washington D.C., the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is nothing more than a place to drill.

To the Gwich’in community of Alaska and Northern Canada, it’s their home. After 30 years of fighting to protect the area, the community is still doing everything they can to keep oil companies off their land.

Fortunately, the non-profit conservation group Alaska Wilderness League and the apparel company Patagonia have joined forces to help the community with their mission by releasing a 15-minute documentary called “The Refuge.” The film tells the story of two Gwich’in women fighting to protect their home and gives viewers an insight into the struggles of the Gwich’in. 

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« Reply #778 on: January 25, 2017, 08:32:20 pm »
After Trump issues science gag orders, government scientists begin going rogue, plan march on D.C.

@Scout_Finch on Twitter
Wednesday Jan 25, 2017 · 10:36 AM EST


Popular Science noted how dangerous this is for the public at-large, "Late Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis once wrote that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Science will suffer without transparency—and so will we."

Rogue scientists are plotting to fight back. An “alt” account popped up on Twitter with news of a scientists march on Washington after the National Park Service feeds were ordered to be shut down:


AltUSNatParkService  ‎@AltNatParkSer 

Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS.

You can take our official twitter, but you'll never take our free time!

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« Reply #779 on: January 25, 2017, 09:40:21 pm »

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Regarding the election that just took place....We all knew that if the illegal seizure of our government was successful, the future of the entire planet would end up in deep peril. Weeks of opportunity went by to legally correct and redirect this evil back to where it came from. I'm still outraged the election wasn't declared invalid. It seems not a single Dem including Obama nor our Justice dept. cared to step up and do what was right for humanity. Obama wouldn't even fire Comey.

Sure, we've turned a blind eye to election fraud before, and it got us into endless war that is still costing trillions, not to mention a crashed economy. This time however it's far more evil. The entire planet is about to get sodomized by a few bloated old wheezers/sniffers with bad hair dye, and it seems we are all just standing by and watching the assault unfold.

How many years do the Koch's have left, a couple at best? ....and how many more billions do they need?

Just in case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm sure most have....Trump has the same type of mental illness that Hitler had. Standing in his shadows are Pence, Ryan, and McConnell ... just plain old SS type dumb- asses, all totally ignorant of the magnitude of what is about to unfold.

I sure hope I'm wrong, but I'm afraid the only way to stop this now is the old fashion way. Crack open your history books...it ain't pretty.

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