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04/23/2019 - 15:35
Based in part on reporting by the Guardian last year, a non-partisan group alleged a ‘disturbing pattern of misconduct’ Following allegations of a “disturbing pattern of misconduct” at Donald Trump’s interior department, based in part on Guardian reporting, the agency’s watchdog has opened an investigation into six top officials there. It comes in response to a 20 February ethics complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center, a non-partisan watchdog group, that alleged a culture of “skirting ethical rules” among key staff appointed in the wake of Trump’s November 2016 election victory. Continue reading...
04/23/2019 - 13:56
Michael Gove admits to feeling guilt as young activist says: your fossil fuels policy is beyond absurd Greta Thunberg took her climate message to the heart of power in Westminster on Tuesday, with a quiet but powerful message to MPs that prompted politicians to declare contrition for their failure to act. After the noise of Brexit in parliament and the disruption of Extinction Rebellion outside, the 16-year-old Swedish activist cut an extraordinarily composed figure as she arrived with her trademark braids, hand-painted placard and a speech that forced politicians to reflect on a crisis that is growing steadily worse despite three decades of political promises. Continue reading...
04/23/2019 - 13:55
Elevated concentrations of carbon dioxide in air flowing out to sea from Silicon Valley and the Salinas Valley could increase the amount of carbon dioxide dissolving in Monterey Bay waters by about 20 percent.
04/23/2019 - 13:14
Shadow health secretary pledges to make climate change a central policy focus Labour has backed the Extinction Rebellion protesters who have carried out a week of civil disobedience and occupations to highlight the ecological emergency, likening them to the Chartists, suffragettes and anti-apartheid activists. Speaking in response to an urgent question in the Commons on Tuesday, the shadow energy minister, Barry Gardiner – who also holds the international trade role – said that alongside the school strikes, the protests organised by Extinction Rebellion were reminiscent of previous memorable struggles. Continue reading...
04/23/2019 - 12:36
A new study has revealed soft tissues that cover the rocky coral skeleton promote the recovery of corals following a bleaching event.
04/23/2019 - 10:40
Carbon released into the atmosphere by the increasing loss of Arctic permafrost, combined with higher solar absorption by the Earth's surface due to the melting of sea ice and land snow, will accelerate climate change -- and have a multi-trillion dollar impact on the world economy.
04/23/2019 - 10:40
Carbon released into the atmosphere by the increasing loss of Arctic permafrost, combined with higher solar absorption by the Earth's surface due to the melting of sea ice and land snow, will accelerate climate change -- and have a multi-trillion dollar impact on the world economy.
04/23/2019 - 10:35
From Extinction Rebellion to Greta Thunberg, the message about climate change is louder than ever before. Tell us how you feel about the movement As the last Extinction Rebellion protesters were cleared from Waterloo Bridge on Sunday night, many moved on to sites at Marble Arch and Parliament Square, marking a week-long occupation in London mirrored in 33 other countries. The protests have been met with both resounding support and disapproval. Still, millions of people have now heard their call for transformative and urgent change to avoid climate catastrophe. Continue reading...
04/23/2019 - 09:29
Ocean Leadership ~ Senator Mitch McConnell                           Senator Charles Schumer Senate Majority Leader                              Senate Minority Leader U.S. Senate                                                U.S. Senate The Honorable Nancy Pelosi                      Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Speaker of the House                                 Republican Leader U.S. House of Representatives                   U.S. House of Representatives Dear Congressional Leaders: The undersigned U.S. science, engineering, and medical organizations urge you once again to prioritize federal research investments, raise the budgetary caps imposed on the discretionary budget and provide sustainable and robust investments for federal research in fiscal year 2020. The Administration’s proposed cuts to NIH, NSF, DOE, USDA, EPA, NOAA, NIST, USGS, portions of DOD and NASA, and other agencies would derail the science and technology enterprise, severely harming discovery science programs and critical mission agencies alike. As you are aware, our research enterprise is among the most powerful engines for American prosperity. This engine of discovery and innovation has been sustained by bipartisan support. One example of this bipartisan support is the final FY 2019 appropriations and omnibus bills that provided critical funding for federal R&D, and we applaud your support. As you work to craft appropriations for FY 2020, we ask you to consider the following in your deliberations: The challenges we face as a nation – emerging infectious diseases, food security, energy security, natural disasters, cybersecurity and education – demand a science and engineering solution. Unfortunately…The U.S. trails behind the top eight EU nations in science and engineering bachelor degrees awarded. The U.S. now ranks 10th in the world in research intensity, according to the OECD Science Indicators. And China is set to surpass the U.S. in total R&D expenditures, as detailed by the NSF Science & Engineering Indicators. Fortunately… A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of voters – 88 percent – from both parties believe it is important for the federal government to fund science and technology research. One of the consistent areas of bipartisan agreement over the past 70 years has been the importance of the federal government’s role in supporting research and innovation. Our members and our organizations stand ready to work with you as you craft appropriation bills for our nation’s federal research agencies. Thank you for your consideration. Read the full letter here. The post FY20 Coalition Letter Supporting Strong Science R&D Funding appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
04/23/2019 - 08:56
Kits often involve more packaging waste but factors such as the supply chain and portion size mean overall impact may be less Meal-prep kits are often more environmentally friendly than the average trip to the grocery store, according to a University of Michigan study. Researchers at the School of Environment and Sustainability found that, on average, while kits provided by companies like Blue Apron, Sun Basket and HelloFresh often do involve more packaging waste, the emissions for grocery store meals carried two kilograms more of carbon dioxide per meal than those of the meal-prep kits. Continue reading...