Trump bewilders scientists, says ice caps are "setting records"

January 29, 2018 by  
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The president of the United States raised eyebrows once again over his thoughts on climate change . In an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan on United Kingdom television channel ITV, Donald Trump said ice caps are setting records – without offering data to back up his statement. Morgan asked Trump, “Do you believe in climate change? Do you think it exists?” Trump said, “There is a cooling and there is a heating and look, it used to not be climate change. It used to be global warming . Right? That wasn’t working too well. Because it was getting too cold all over the place. The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records, okay, they’re at a record level.” Related: This map shows how uninformed Trump’s global warming tweet is There are several errors in Trump’s statement, for which he failed to offer scientific evidence. Reuters spoke with a few scientists about Trump’s claims, and World Glacier Monitoring Service director Michael Zemp told them, “ Glaciers and ice caps are globally continuing to melt at an extreme rate…maybe [Trump] is referring to a different planet.” Trump also talked about the Paris Agreement in the interview, saying, “Would I go back in? Yeah, I’d go back in. I like, as you know, I like Emmanuel,” referring to the president of France Emmanuel Macron . “I would love to, but it’s got to be a good deal for the United States.” Bloomberg pointed out Trump made similar remarks following a meeting with Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway. So what are some of Trump’s beliefs on the environment ? The president told Morgan, “I’ll tell you what I believe in. I believe in clean air, I believe in crystal clear, beautiful water, I believe in just having good cleanliness.” Via The Independent , Bloomberg , and Reuters Images via Gage Skidmore on Flickr and Pixabay

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2017 was the hottest year on record for Earth’s oceans

January 29, 2018 by  
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Last year was the hottest year on record for Earth’s oceans , according to two scientists at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP/CAS). The increase in ocean heat led to a 1.7-millimeter global sea level rise – and other consequences like “declining ocean oxygen, bleaching of coral reefs, and melting sea ice and ice shelves.” The ocean absorbs over 90 percent of the planet’s “residual heat related to global warming ,” according to the researchers, Lijing Cheng and Jiang Zhu, whose work recently came out as an early online release in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences . While they said the increase in ocean heat content for last year happened in most of the world’s regions, the Atlantic and Southern Oceans displayed more warming than the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Related: Rising ocean temperatures are cooking the Great Barrier Reef to death According to National Geographic , the two scrutinized ocean temperature data from multiple institutions, including the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists started gathering the data during the 1950’s – and in the late 1990’s, ocean temperatures started to take off, per the publication. The IAP ocean analysis reveals “the last five years have been the five warmest years in the ocean.” National Geographic pointed out people visiting the beach probably wouldn’t notice the temperature rise, but a warming ocean could still have damaging impacts. Sea ice coverage and thickness have both taken a hit. And the window to save Earth’s coral reefs is closing quickly . The researchers said in their paper, “The global ocean heat content record robustly represents the signature of global warming…The human greenhouse gas footprint continues to impact the Earth system.” + Advances in Atmospheric Sciences Via Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences , The Guardian and National Geographic Images via Deposit Photos ,  Ant Rozetzky on Unsplash and Tim Lautensack on Unsplash

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You can now buy your own Elon Musk ‘Boring Company’ flamethrower

January 29, 2018 by  
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Winter got you down? Tired of snow and ice that just won’t quit? Perhaps some shooting flames will ease your winter woes. Elon Musk ‘s The Boring Company recently announced that aspiring pyromaniacal customers can preorder a company-branded flamethrower for the cool price of $500. Described on the company’s website as “the world’s safest flamethrower,” the latest device presented by Elon Musk is the end result of a pledge that Musk made this past December, in which he promised to start selling flamethrowers if The Boring Company sold 50,000 hats. Now that the hat milestone has been reached, Musk has kept his word – and he’s already sold $4 million worth. Don’t do this. Also, I want to be clear that a flamethrower is a super terrible idea. Definitely don’t buy one. Unless you like fun. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Jan 27, 2018 at 5:29pm PST Technically, The Boring Company’s flamethrower is not what it claims to be. A real flamethrower, such as the ones infamously used during World War II , is capable of shooting intense flames up to fifty feet. Agricultural flamethrowers, used for controlled burns, are also capable of throwing fire over a distance. In contrast, The Boring Company’s flamethrower is more akin to an oversized lighter or crème brûlée torch in terms of range. Related: Elon Musk wins $50 million bet by installing world’s largest lithium-ion battery in under 100 days When the zombie apocalypse happens, you’ll be glad you bought a flamethrower. Works against hordes of the undead or your money back! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2018 Musk has humorously advertised the flamethrower as being “sentient.” He has similarly explained that the flamethrower’s safe word is “ cryptocurrency ” and that each flamethrower comes with a free blockchain. For safety’s sake, The Boring Company is also selling an admittedly overpriced fire extinguisher, with company branding of course, for $30. The Company also promises that “aspiring flamethrower aficionados will be sent a terms and conditions rhyme for review and acceptance” before they are granted the gift of fire. Whether The Boring Company intends to incorporate flamethrower technology into its tunnel-building efforts remains to be seen. Via AutoBlog and CNBC Images via The Boring Company and Elon Musk/Instagram

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Donald Trump taps fossil fuel-funded climate denier to head EPA

December 8, 2016 by  
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If there were any illusions that President-elect Donald Trump might be persuaded on climate change and clean energy after meeting with Al Gore at Trump Tower and appearing to soften his positions in an interview with New York Times reporters at the newspaper’s offices, those hopes have officially been quashed. Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency – and he’s an ally of the fossil fuel industry and a climate change denier. He has been a vocal critic of the EPA and President Obama’s climate change policies. As AG, Pruitt led the legal effort against the Clean Power Plan , Obama’s signature climate policy to reign in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Since taking office in 2011, Pruitt has used his position to try to undermine the agency he could be in charge of (if confirmed by the Senate), boasting that he “led the charge with repeated notices and subsequent lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their leadership’s activist agenda.” He has sued the EPA multiple times, fighting against air pollution standards, toxic pollutant regulations and rules to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas. Related: What Trump’s victory means for the environment (it’s not good) Writing in the conservative magazine National Review , Pruitt questioned “the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind,” adding that in the scientific community the “debate is far from settled.” Pruitt did not mention studies showing that the overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that humans are contributing to global warming. Pruitt has close ties with the fossil fuel industry. Since 2002, he has received more than $300,000 in campaign contributions from oil, gas, mining and utility interests. In 2014, The New York Times uncovered a secretive alliance between attorneys general, including Pruitt, and dirty energy firms to attack EPA regulations on fracking and air pollution. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who sits on the Environment and Public Works Committee that must confirm Pruitt, slammed Trump’s pick to run the EPA. “At a time when climate change is the greatest environmental threat to the entire planet, it is sad and dangerous that Mr. Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA,” said Sanders. “The American people must demand leaders who are willing to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels. I will vigorously oppose this nomination.” Via Huffington Post Photos by Gage Skidmore , Wikimedia , Flickr

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Climate denier David Koch steps down from New York science museum board

January 25, 2016 by  
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David Koch has left his seat on the board of directors of the American Museum of Natural History . Climate scientists have been calling for the conservative oil billionaire to get his fingers out of science museums, and people are celebrating Koch’s resignation as a victory. In 23 years on the board, Koch has made over $20 million in donations, and has dinosaur halls named after him, but he and his brother have also reportedly given over $70 million to organizations that attempt to refute climate studies. Read the rest of Climate denier David Koch steps down from New York science museum board

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Stealth snowmobiles are in the offing for the Canadian forces

August 23, 2011 by  
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Ayan Sengupta: Stealth Snowmobile Hybrid Electric Snowmobile Defense forces around the world are known to operate in harsh climatic conditions. To operate in such conditions they require specialized equipment and gears. Snowmobile is one such machine which is used by armed forces around the world to ferry goods and personnel over snowy surfaces. Now thanks to the efforts of the Canadian armed forces, the good old snowmobile will now become stealthy. Department of National Defence in Canada is planning to build stealthy snowmobiles. A tender in this regard has already been issued to the potential manufacturers. An amount of $550,000 has already been set aside by the department for development of the machine. These snowmobiles would be used by the Canadian forces in the Arctic region which is under Canadian control. These stealthy snowmobiles would greatly enhance Canadian military’s ability to undertake covert operations in the far reaches areas of the north. These stealthy snowmobiles would also be eco-friendly since they would be powered by hybrid engines instead of the conventional combustion engines that power the snowmobiles of today. These future snowmobiles would be quieter compared to the existing ones. That is where the stealth feature of the machine comes in. The noise level of the existing snowmobiles cannot be reduced and this high noise level acts as a big handicap when it comes to undertaking covert missions. Electric engines are being seen as a potential solution to this problem since it would replace the combustion engine and will be powered by a much quieter electric motor. According to the tender, the snowmobiles would have to have a range of at least 15 km with an average speed of 20 km/h when it operates in the quiet electric mode. In the gas mode, it would have to have a range of at least 100 km with an average speed of 30 km/h. The vehicle should also have a top speed of 75 km/h and a payload capacity of at least 250 kg on a sled. This tender follows a slew of measures taken by the new Conservative Government in order to bolster the fledgling Canadian military. Via: CTV

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Canadian Government Falls; What Role Will Environment Play In Election?

March 25, 2011 by  
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From upper left: Conservative Stephen Harper, Liberal Michael Ignatieff, NDP Jack Layton, Green Party Elizabeth May Canada follows the British parliamentary system, where the government must have the confidence of the majority of House of Commons. Prime Minister Stephen Harper had a minority government, so the big question was, would any of the opposition prop him up? The Opposition Leader, Michael Ignatieff, wasn’t going to; the intellectual Harvard professor sees his best chance now, while recent scandals are fresh in everyone’s mind.

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How One Kid is Combating Climate Change

March 25, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Sharon Smith This guest post was written by Sharon Smith, author of The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement . Alec Loorz first saw Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth when he was twelve years old. Inspired by the message, Alec applied to be a presenter with Gore’s The Climate Project, but was turned down due to his age

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WV Governor Shoots Down Cap & Trade Bill. Literally. (Video)

October 11, 2010 by  
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Jim Manchin is currently the governor of West Virgina, and he’s running for one of the state’s Senate seats. Though a Democrat himself, he’s no fan of Barack Obama, nor his fellow Dems. Or at least he has to make TV ads saying as much to get people to vote for him in a state where his party is currently deeply unpopular.

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The Economist’s Conservative, Level-Headed Take on Climate Science

March 23, 2010 by  
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Image via the Economist Obvious sentence alert: the rhetoric around the global warming conversation has gotten pretty heated these days. It’s become increasingly difficult to be able to find an even-keeled story on the whole of climate science–pieces on the topic have veered from defensive (I admit to getting fired up here and there) to baseless (ie the silly cold-winter-no-global-warming meme)

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