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It's almost like watching a LJ debate in real time with the GOP talking point and "gotchas" and Gish-Galloping. The cringe-inducing questioning by Sessions amounted to a series of “gotchas” aimed at an EPA administrator who not only isn’t a scientist but who obviously wasn’t going to prepare for a budget hearing by memorizing responses to all possible climate contrarian arguments. McCarthy deferred on most of Sessions’s questions, saying she was happy to provide answers in writing. “Well you need to know, because you’re asking this economy to sustain tremendous cost,” Sessions responded sternly.

Video at this link. A classic example of Gish Galloping.

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Hey, here's a great way to start your weekend!

According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which each year updates the hands on a clock meant to symbolize how close we are to the annihilation of the human race, or midnight. For the last three years, the world was five minutes from the end. Today, we're three minutes away.

The two-minute move is symbolic, but it gives a sense of how grim the outlook some of the best scientific minds have for humanity. The decision to move the hands forward, said Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists executive director Kennette Benedict, came about largely due to the threats posed by anthropogenic climate change and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

"World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from catastrophe," Benedict said Thursday at an event held in the auditorium of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "Stunning governmental failures have imperiled civilization on a global scale."

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the clock in 1947 to use "the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet." The closest the hands have ever come to midnight was 11:58, in 1953, after the U.S. and the then-Soviet Union began testing thermonuclear bombs.

Which mirrors the sentiments in an episode on HBO's The Newsroom

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Germany / Denmark, with a sea level increase of 100 meters.

A big caveat:
no one is calling for such an increase by 2100, and it will likely take hundreds of years, but it will eventually happen. Meanwhile, rising sea level increases will impact low laying crop areas in China, and Southeastern Asia, and India, and South America, and some areas of the United States.
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Today, the People's Climate March was held. The event was worldwide in scope; and thousands participated in the New York City March. The event also spurred some extremely creative posters, which are behind the cut. The official website has a lot of photos of the marches (even more creativity on display!)

The Gothamist coverage of the March. The New York Times also has extensive coverage.
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New York Times: Unveiling New Carbon Plan, E.P.A. Focuses on Flexibility

The Obama administration on Monday announced one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan.

The regulation takes aim at the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, the nation’s more than 600 coal-fired power plants. If it withstands an expected onslaught of legal and legislative attacks, experts say that it could close hundreds of the plants and also lead, over the course of decades, to systemic changes in the American electricity industry, including transformations in how power is generated and used.

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This sculpture by Issac Cordal in Berlin is called “Politicians discussing global warming.”

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If the consequences weren't so dire, this National Review article would be laughable.

National Review Online article by Rupert Darwall. For some good laughs, check out the comment section, where global deniers apparently don't believe in evolution either "Evolutionism is not science."

From a New York Times article about the recent IPCC report: "Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported on Monday, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control." And The IPCC report DID include some benefits from global warming, but you know, that is completely offset by "ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or in some cases going extinct. The oceans are rising at a pace that threatens coastal communities and are becoming more acidic as they absorb some of the carbon dioxide given off by cars and power plants, which is killing some creatures or stunting their growth, the report found." 1

[1.] Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come, New York Times, by Justin Gillis, published 31 March 2014.


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