Global Warming: Recent Data

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by chownah » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:36 pm

This might be something to watch. Graphene super capacitors may be coming in a couple of years or so:
https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/06/g ... ation.html
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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:21 am

chownah wrote:This might be something to watch. Graphene super capacitors may be coming in a couple of years or so:
https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/06/g ... ation.html
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A bit of wait-and-see on this one, I think, but in principle it's great.
Wind and solar seem to have emerged from the various renewable energy technologies as clear winners. Storage for their notoriously intermittent energy is looking like the next big battle.

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:23 am

There's a nice graphic here https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environm ... -the-globe
40 countries are making polluters pay for carbon pollution. Guess who's not.
Hint: look at the space south of Canada.

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by paul » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:11 am

Bikkhu Bodhi acting for the environment :
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017 ... nd-callous

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by pulga » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:14 am

paul wrote:Bikkhu Bodhi acting for the environment :
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017 ... nd-callous
Had President Obama submitted the Paris Agreement to the Senate to be discussed, amended, then ratified it would have had the legitimacy that it deserves -- at least from an American perspective. Short of that, it's unconstitutional.

Senate must have role in Paris climate deal

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:33 pm

Whaddaya know? The Heartland Institute rides again: https://www.heartland.org/about-us/who- ... l-matthews
Just so you all know who you're reading:
Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation
"Institute for Policy Innovation" ? Who dat?? http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/In ... Innovation
IPI is an associate member of the State Policy Network (SPN), a network of right-wing "think tanks" and other non profits spanning 49 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.[2] ...
The conservative Capital Research Center ranked IPI as amongst the most conservative groups in the US, scoring it as an "eight" on a scale of one to eight.[3] IPI has received funding from corporations like Exxon Mobil and organizations like the Kochs' Claude R. Lambe Foundation, Scaife Foundations, the Bradley Foundation and others.
"State Policy Network" ? Who dat?? http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/St ... cy_Network
The State Policy Network (SPN) has franchised, funded, and fostered a growing number of “mini Heritage Foundations” [emphasis added] at the state level since the early 1990s.[1] SPN is a web of right-wing “think tanks” in 49 states, Puerto Rico and the U.K. It is an $83 million right-wing empire as of the 2011 funding documents from SPN itself and each of its state "think tank" members. Although SPN's member organizations claim to be nonpartisan and independent, the Center for Media and Democracy's in-depth investigation, "EXPOSED: The State Policy Network -- The Powerful Right-Wing Network Helping to Hijack State Politics and Government," reveals that SPN and its member think tanks are major drivers of the right-wing, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)-backed corporate agenda in state houses nationwide, with deep ties to the Koch brothers and the national right-wing network of funders.[2]
this is kinda fun, in a gruesome sorta way ...
The Koch brothers -- David and Charles -- are the right-wing billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries. As two of the richest people in the world, they are key funders of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on the Kochs include: Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity, American Encore, and Freedom Partners.
Hey! We got back to Trump!!
The Heritage Foundation (nicknamed Heritage[1][2]) is an American conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. The foundation took a leading role in the conservative movement during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, whose policies were taken from Heritage's policy study Mandate for Leadership.[4] Heritage has since continued to have a significant influence in U.S. public policy making, and is considered to be one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States. After the 2016 election of Donald Trump as U.S. President, Heritage played a major role in shaping his transition team.[5][emphasis added]
That's not SourceWatch but - just for variety - Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Heritage_Foundation

:toilet: all the way down? Looks like it.

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by chownah » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:19 pm

pulga wrote:
paul wrote:Bikkhu Bodhi acting for the environment :
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017 ... nd-callous
Had President Obama submitted the Paris Agreement to the Senate to be discussed, amended, then ratified it would have had the legitimacy that it deserves -- at least from an American perspective. Short of that, it's unconstitutional.

Senate must have role in Paris climate deal
Did you read this from the article?:
While the Supreme Court has ruled that some international agreements don't need Senate ratification
Perhaps this means that it is not unconstitutional....I don't know peronally. I would like to learn more about whether it is unconstitutional or not. Can you provide a link to the reference that you use to support the claim that it is unconstitutional? Also, isn't the question about whether some things are constitutional or not really a matter of going to the supreme court and having them write a decision? Short of this how can you be sure?
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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by pulga » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:51 pm

chownah wrote:
While the Supreme Court has ruled that some international agreements don't need Senate ratification
Perhaps this means that it is not unconstitutional....I don't know peronally.
I'm willing to grant that the deal could have been pushed through as an executive order, but in my opinion both Obama then and Trump now have abused that privilege to a worrisome degree. In spirit the agreement should have been ratified by the Senate.

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:38 am

Resettling the First American ‘Climate Refugees’
In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced grants totaling $1 billion in 13 states to help communities adapt to climate change, by building stronger levees, dams and drainage systems.

One of those grants, $48 million for Isle de Jean Charles, is something new: the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the impacts of climate change. The divisions the effort has exposed and the logistical and moral dilemmas it has presented point up in microcosm the massive problems the world could face in the coming decades as it confronts a new category of displaced people who have become known as climate refugees. ...

The Isle de Jean Charles resettlement plan is one of the first programs of its kind in the world, a test of how to respond to climate change in the most dramatic circumstances without tearing communities apart. ...

Whether to leave is only the first of the hard questions: Where does everyone go? What claim do they have to what is left behind? Will they be welcomed by their new neighbors? Will there be work nearby? Who will be allowed to join them?

“This is not just a simple matter of writing a check and moving happily to a place where they are embraced by their new neighbors,” said Mark Davis, the director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy.

“If you have a hard time moving dozens of people,” he continued, “it becomes impossible in any kind of organized or fair way to move thousands, or hundreds of thousands, or, if you look at the forecast for South Florida, maybe even millions.”
:reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/us/r ... ugees.html

And this is in one of the wealthiest countries on earth. How are the poorest going to respond?

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by chownah » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:41 am

Image
This is the road to Isle de Jean Charles. Whenever a hurricane is coming people have an immediate avenue of escape and a convenient way to return altough they may have to wait for repairs to the road.

The residents of the island are native americans (indians) and moving them is a major political and legal issue with historic roots.....this is why so much money is being spent.

Anyone interested should find out about the "trail of tears". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_of_Tears
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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:40 am

Seven more hot-spots of climate change: https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... e-hotspots
Global warming will not affect everyone equally. Here we look at seven key regions to see how each is tackling the consequences of climate change ...

The bottom line

Whether it’s faster than average warming, more vulnerable than average populations, or more severe than average drought, floods and storms, it’s clear that some places are being hit harder than others by Earth’s altered climate, and so face extra urgency when it comes to adapting to a new reality.

But the bottom line is that climate hotspots intersect, and nowhere will we escape the changes taking place. What happens in the Amazon affects West Africa; the North American growing season may depend on the melting of Arctic ice; flooding in Asian cities affected by warming on the high Tibetan plateau. And urban areas ultimately depend on the countryside.

We’re all in a hot spot now.
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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by paul » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:53 am

Are the three unwholesome roots the cause of climate change?
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politic ... -1.3295853

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by chownah » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:30 am

paul wrote:Are the three unwholesome roots the cause of climate change?
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politic ... -1.3295853
No. The main cause is carbon dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuels.
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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:57 pm

chownah wrote:
paul wrote:Are the three unwholesome roots the cause of climate change?
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politic ... -1.3295853
No. The main cause is carbon dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuels.
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I'm going to suggest you are both right. :smile:
A proximate cause is an event which is closest to, or immediately responsible for causing, some observed result. This exists in contrast to a higher-level ultimate cause (or distal cause) which is usually thought of as the "real" reason something occurred.

Example: Why did the ship sink?
Proximate cause: Because it was holed beneath the waterline, water entered the hull and the ship became denser than the water which supported it, so it could not stay afloat.
Ultimate cause: Because the ship hit a rock which tore open the hole in the ship's hull.
In most situations, an ultimate cause may itself be a proximate cause for a further ultimate cause. Hence we can continue the above example as follows:

Example: Why did the ship hit the rock?
Proximate cause: Because the ship failed to change course to avoid it.
Ultimate cause: Because the ship was under autopilot and the autopilot's data was inaccurate.
(even stronger): Because the shipwrights made mistakes in the ship's construction.
(stronger yet): Because the scheduling of labor at the shipyard allows for very little rest.
(in absurdum): Because the shipyard's owners have very small profit margins in an ever-shrinking market.
Separating proximate from ultimate causation frequently leads to better understandings of the events and systems concerned. ...
In philosophy[edit]
In analytic philosophy, notions of cause adequacy are employed in the causal mechanistic model of explanation. In order to explain the genuine cause of an effect, one would have to satisfy adequacy conditions, which include, among others, the ability to distinguish between:
1. Genuine causal relationships and accidents.
2. Causes and effects.
3. Causes and effects from a common cause.

One famous example of the importance of this is the Duhem-Quine Problem, which demonstrates that it is impossible to test a scientific hypothesis in isolation, because an empirical test of the hypothesis requires one or more background assumptions. One way to solve this issue is to employ contrastive explanations. Several philosophers of science such as Lipton argue that contrastive explanations are able to detect genuine causes.[1] An example of a contrastive explanation is a cohort study that includes a control group, where one can determine the cause from observing two otherwise identical samples. This view also circumvents the problem of infinite regression of 'why's that proximate causes create
That's all from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proximate ... _causation
In the case of climate change, we have an ultimate cause which we know could take eons to solve and a proximate cause which we can - and must - solve in a matter of decades so let's focus on reducing CO2 emissions.

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Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:13 am

Here we go: Republicans, Kochtopus and Heartland all tied up in one neat little story: https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/07/05/k ... -institute
A former Republican congressman with a history of rejecting action on climate change while accepting funding from the fossil fuel industry has been picked as the new president of the Heartland Institute.

Tim Huelskamp, a prominent Tea Party figure, will take over from current president and institute founder Joseph Bast, who said he would stay on as CEO until some time in 2018.

Despite financial backing from groups affiliated with the Koch brothers, Huelskamp lost his March 2016 primary race, ending almost 20 years in Kansas state and federal politics.

According to Federal Election Commission disclosures, the oil and gas industries and groups affiliated with Koch Industries have been among Huelskamp’s most enthusiastic financial supporters. ...
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