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Energy Department to prolong the lives of incandescent light bulbs (Cld cost 14 billion)

Washington Post
By Steven Mufson
September 4 at 4:26 PM

The Trump administration on Wednesday rolled back yet another Obama-era regulation. This time the Energy Department issued two final rules that will prolong the life of certain old-fashioned — and energy-intensive — incandescent lightbulbs invented by Thomas Edison 140 years ago. The bulbs would otherwise have been effectively phased out by Jan. 1.

The rollback will mean $14 billion a year in higher energy costs and add to the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study by the Appliance Standards Awareness Project and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

The Energy Department said phasing out the bulbs would be “a lose-lose for consumers” because of the higher cost of more efficient bulbs. And it said it would be “regulating these lightbulbs out of existence.”

...Saving energy used by lightbulbs was a goal set by Congress in 2007 when it adopted bipartisan legislation later signed by President George W. Bush. The law set high efficiency standards for lightbulbs, effectively moving the country toward more efficient compact fluorescent and LED bulbs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/09/04/energy-department-prolong-lives-incandescent-light-bulbs/

Posted by bronxiteforever | Wed Sep 4, 2019, 04:37 PM (7 replies)

Mike Pence backs Boris Johnson over Brexit in awkward Dublin visit

The Guardian
US vice-president urges taoiseach and EU to negotiate with UK ‘in good faith’
Lisa O'Carroll Brexit correspondent
Published: 10:31 Tuesday, 03 September 2019

The US vice-president and the taoiseach have clashed over Brexit, with Mike Pence urging Leo Varadkar and the EU to work with Boris Johnson to protect the “United Kingdom’s sovereignty” and limit trade chaos.

Pence also asked Varadkar to support the US in its quest for a new trade deal with the EU.

Pence made the intervention in the Brexit crisis during a two-day visit to Ireland, where his grandfather was born. In an uncomfortable press conference following a meeting in Dublin, he indicated his full support for Johnson over Brexit.

“Let me be clear: the US supports the UK decision to leave the EU in Brexit,” he told Varadkar in a prepared statement. “But we also recognise the unique challenges on your northern border. “And I can assure you we will continue to encourage the United Kingdom and Ireland to ensure that any Brexit respects the Good Friday agreement.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/03/mike-pence-backs-boris-johnson-brexit-dublin-visit?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Oh I am sure tangerine Caligula will support a peace deal brokered by the Clinton administration.
Posted by bronxiteforever | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 02:45 PM (5 replies)

As Dorian loomed, Disney left staff on its Bahamian island. Cruise line says they're safe

Miami Herald
BY MONIQUE O. MADAN SEPTEMBER 01, 2019 09:55 PM

A crew of Disney Cruise Line workers rode out the most powerful hurricane to hit the Northwest Bahamas on a private island the company calls Castaway Cay.

The company, responding to social media questions raised by the sister of one staffer, insisted that its employees were safe in a strong hurricane shelter as the eye of the 185 mile per hour hurricane passed just to the north.

“My sister is stuck in the middle of a Cat 5 hurricane. We were told they would evacuate and they didn’t. Left them behind!! Why??,” Meg Green posted on Twitter. In another tweet, she wrote: “Remember that time [Disney Cruises] left 97 employees on a tiny island in a Catagory 5 hurricane? I do.”

...A spokesperson for Disney confirmed the company evacuated all its guests but said that there was no need send away its staffers because they had a hurricane shelter on the property built to withstand Category 4 conditions and that the eye of the storm was forecast to pass well to the north, sparing the island of Dorian’s strongest winds.

More here

https://amp.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article234627417.html?__twitter_impression=true
Posted by bronxiteforever | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 10:14 PM (8 replies)

Florida's Small Cities Struggle To Defend Themselves From Rising Seas

September 1, 2019 at 8:15 am
CNN via CBS4

FORT LAUDERDALE (CNN)

Richard Wiles, the executive director of the Center for Climate Integrity, an advocacy group that calls for fossil fuel companies to pay for costs related to the climate crisis...recently released a study estimating how much it would cost to build basic structures such as seawalls to protect 22 states and the District of Columbia against sea level rise expected by 2040.

The cost? More than $400 billion. That’s more than six times the 2019 requested budget for the US Department of Education.

They found that Florida is by far the most expensive state to protect, with more than $75 billion in climate costs identified, nearly double the next most expensive state — Louisiana.

...Jayantha Obeysekera, director of Florida International University’s Sea Level Solutions Center...With sea levels projected to rise as much as six feet by 2100, Obeysekera says there could come a time when no amount of walls or pumps can keep the water from rising through the ground.


https://miami.cbslocal.com/2019/09/01/floridas-small-cities-struggle-to-defend-themselves-from-rising-seas/


Posted by bronxiteforever | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 09:03 AM (5 replies)

It Is Very Bad That Our President Reportedly Lied About Trade Negotiations With China (Slate)

Trade Negotiations With China
By JORDAN WEISSMANN
AUG 30, 2019 5:05 PM

At this week’s G-7 meeting, Donald Trump offered the world an unexpected glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, the U.S. and China might be making some progress ironing out their differences on trade. “China called last night our top trade people and said ‘let’s get back to the table,’ so we will be getting back to the table and I think they want to do something,” he said. “They have been hurt very badly but they understand this is the right thing to do and I have great respect for it. This is a very positive development for the world.” “I think we are going to have a deal,” he added.

But things soon turned murky. A spokesman from China’s foreign ministry said he was not aware that any phone calls had taken place. And by Thursday, CNN was reporting that, yeah, the president had basically made the whole thing up...he apparently fibbed to…give the markets a brief pop.

This might seem like a minor incident—just one more tuba skronk in the years-long marching band parade of fabulism that has been Trump’s presidency. But here’s the thing: Lying in public about a major economic issue is a very, very good way to make sure that the markets don’t trust a damn word that comes out of your mouth in the future. And while reasonably intelligent people should have learned by now to be wary of anything Trump says, the fact that his comments at the G-7 were taken as good news by anybody in the first place—I mean, stocks did rise—shows that investors still have (or had) some residual, if misplaced, trust in the president when it comes to basic factual descriptions regarding affairs of state. Day-to-day, it might not matter if markets can trust the president’s word, or his treasury secretary’s for that matter. If it turns out something he said about talks with China was BS, traders can adjust. It will be a serious problem, however, in a real crisis where the administration needs to assure the world that it is, say, taking steps to halt a financial panic (see: 2008) or has a plan to deal with a dangerous international incident. It’s hard to stop the world from freaking out and markets from tanking when nobody believes you.


https://slate.com/business/2019/08/trump-phone-call-china-trade.html
Posted by bronxiteforever | Fri Aug 30, 2019, 05:29 PM (9 replies)

Climate change and infectious diseases - a partnership made in hell?

BioMedCentral
August 30, 2019
By Srimathy Sriskantharajah completed a BSc in Microbiology (UCL) and a PhD in environmental microbiology/ atmospheric chemistry (Royal Holloway University of London) before joining BioMed Central. Srimathy blogs about microbiology, infectious diseases and the environment amongst other things.

Our future could very well play out like an apocalyptic Hollywood film, if two of our nemeses get together: climate change and infectious diseases. We have seen this partnership before, as climatic changes have occurred throughout history, and we are seeing already the (re)emergence of infectious diseases due to the effects of current climatic changes. What can we expect in the future? Can we predict what disease outbreaks we may come across AND prepare for them?

...Well, the spread of many bacterial and viral diseases is influenced by where their vectors (carriers, who do not themselves suffer from the infectious diseases) are to be found. Extreme weather events and warmer temperatures mean that water-borne and insect-borne pathogens have migrated further than where they were normally found. In the aftermath of hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina back in 2018 there were huge swarms of mosquitoes in the states – flooded streets became a haven for them. The mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus spread to wider geographic regions fueled by warmer temperatures, as Madeline Thomson, University of Columbia, explained in her interview with On Health.

So, what is next?
We know that there will be more outbreaks of current diseases, new emerging disease threats and the re-emergence of those threats we thought we had eliminated – this seems to be an inescapable future. What we do not know is what, when or where these will be... there are so many risk factors contributing to the potential for outbreaks. Add to this the rising political instability across the world, and it seems a concerted global effort may be difficult to coordinate.

More here ,not a very long article.
http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bugbitten/2019/08/30/climate-change-and-infectious-diseases-a-partnership-made-in-hell/
Posted by bronxiteforever | Fri Aug 30, 2019, 02:06 PM (4 replies)

Revealed: man force-fed in Ice custody at risk due to 'substandard care' says doctor

Ajay Kumar, who is on a hunger strike while detained in El Paso, is receiving ‘abysmal’ treatment, doctor said in court documents
Amanda Holpuch in New York
The Guardian
Published: 02:00 Friday, 30 August 2019


The life of an Indian asylum seeker on hunger strike in US detention is at risk because of the “abysmal” treatment he is receiving from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice), which began force-feeding him two weeks ago, a doctor warned in court documents filed this week.

Dr Parveen Parmar, chief of the division of global emergency medicine at the University of Southern California, said in an affidavit that the 33-year-old asylum seeker, Ajay Kumar, is receiving “the worst medical care I have seen in my 10 years of practice.”

Kumar is one of three Indian men on hunger strike in an El Paso, Texas immigration detention center who is currently being force-fed, an act medical bodies and human rights groups have argued it is a form of inhumane and degrading treatment.

The advocacy group Freedom for Immigrants has documented at least 1,396 people on hunger strike in 18 detention facilities since May 2015....In December and January, Ice force-fed at least six Indian men through plastic nasal tubes. Orders to allow force-feeding had been secured before, but there was no record of them being acted on until then. Four other detainees were also on hunger strike at the time in Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco.


Much longer article worth the read
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/30/ajay-kumar-hunger-strike-asylum-seeker-us-detention?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Posted by bronxiteforever | Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:29 AM (6 replies)

Spiders are threatened by climate change - and even the biggest arachnophobes should be worried

The Conversation UK
August 30,2019
By Sergio Henriques
Chair of the IUCN Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group, Zoological Society of London

Is climate change making spiders more aggressive? A recent scientific study suggests so, as the researchers link aggressiveness to tropical cyclones...However, I have studied these arachnids for more than 15 years and I am not too concerned about tropical cyclones making them more aggressive... if you are not an insect, there is no cause for alarm – their “aggression” is not aimed at humans.

But, although there is no reason to be concerned about their size or aggressiveness, you should be worried about spider survival under climate change. To take one example, just last year I was researching the beautiful ladybird spider in the western Asian highlands (I’m keeping the location secret as these animals are sought after by the illegal pet trade). Where I observed the males maturing much earlier in the year than they would normally do, thanks to an unusual hot period in winter.

For them, this was a disaster. These male ladybird spiders usually leave their nests in spring to find suitable females, but this time they would emerge into the wider world only to find no females yet available to mate, as females appear to depend on food intake to reach sexual maturity rather than wait for environmental cues, such as temperature. Like Romeo, these males died without their Juliet.

You should care about all this because spiders eat an astronomical amount of insects, many of which are agricultural pests or the carries of human diseases, their loss will become ours as it impacts future ecosystems.

More here

https://theconversation.com/spiders-are-threatened-by-climate-change-and-even-the-biggest-arachnophobes-should-be-worried-122666
Posted by bronxiteforever | Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:04 AM (1 replies)

What a Virginia wildflower can tell us about climate change

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
August 29,019

...In a study to be published Thursday in the journal Evolution Letters, researchers at the University of Virginia and Washington State University reveal how the colonization of new environments after the last ice age, about 15,000 years ago, fundamentally altered the American bellflower, a wildflower native to Virginia.

Laura Galloway, a UVA professor of biology and co-author of the study...found that populations with the longest expansion routes - those farthest from their area of origin -evolved the ability to self-fertilize, but also accumulated mutations that can be harmful to the well-being of the species over time.

"These combined changes - self-fertilization and detrimental mutations - provide strong evidence that while colonizing new environments causes plants to adapt to the absence of mates in those environments - and that's why they can now self-fertilize - at the same time, it creates genetic change that reduces overall vigor," Galloway said.

"Biologists think that current climate change means species will either adapt, die or migrate," Galloway said. "While migration is often viewed as a means for species to proliferate in new environments, in this research we find that there also are inherent perils of expansion, such as a shallow gene pool. While migration will lead to individuals that are better able to reproduce in the small populations expected in new habitats, it may also cause genetic change that limits their ability to survive in the long term."

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-08/uov-wav082919.php

Posted by bronxiteforever | Thu Aug 29, 2019, 12:48 PM (0 replies)

Heatwaves in the Mediterranean Sea Are Bigger, Hotter and Last Longer (Haaretz)

Water temperature anomalies can cover half the Mediterranean basin and last for weeks, decimating animals and fish – but in deep water, it’s even worse, a new study shows
By Ruth Schuster Aug 28, 2019

Climate change is cooking our fish before they even leave the sea. Marine heatwaves on the surface of the Mediterranean are breaking records for temperature and duration. Surface heatwaves are affecting as much as half the Mediterranean basin and are wreaking ecological havoc, according to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that looked at the period between 1982 and 2017.

...In 2003, terrestrial Europe experienced deadly heat that killed tens of thousands of people. At the same time, the Mediterranean Sea experienced a large-scale heatwave that decimated sponges, algae, and coral. It warmed the top 15 meters of the water, but was also detectable at 23 meters too.

...In early 2011, at the height of summer in the southern hemisphere, the west coast of Australia experienced a catastrophic heatwave that raised the ocean temperature from 2 to as much as 5 degrees Celsius (that at a depth of 10 meters!). At the time, it was the highest-magnitude warming event on record. The warming persisted for more than two and a half months, killing fish and bottom-dwelling invertebrates en masse. The seaweed canopy was devastated.

The role of global warming in the increasing frequency and intensification of marine hot spots is unproven but glaring. “Yes, indeed. It is very likely that global warming has an important role to play in the increase in the frequency, duration and intensity of the marine heatwaves,” said Sofia Darmaraki of Meteo France. “It has been shown in similar studies of marine heatwaves around the world.”

https://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium.MAGAZINE-heatwaves-in-the-mediterranean-sea-are-bigger-hotter-and-lasting-longer-1.7763657
Posted by bronxiteforever | Wed Aug 28, 2019, 10:37 PM (0 replies)
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