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We’ll Never Solve Immigration If We Don’t Solve Climate Change
« Reply #13095 on: June 19, 2019, 08:45:03 AM »

Southeast of Guatemala City, Lake Atescatempa has dried up due to drought and high temperatures. Trump is cutting aid to Central America, where climate change plays a crucial role in driving migrants to the U.S.

In the recent standoff between the U.S. and Mexico, the Trump administration commingled the issues of trade and immigration. This is the wrong approach, and it ignores one of the root causes of the migration challenge: a rapidly warming planet.

Climate change and immigration have become more inextricably linked than ever. As of the end of May in fiscal year 2019, almost 150,000 migrants from Guatemala traveling with family members had been apprehended at our southwest border. That represents roughly 1% of the country’s total population. While there are a number of reasons driving this migration, including violence, poverty, and corruption, researchers now believe that climate change represents a significant underlying factor. In Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, 2.2 million people have lost their crops due to excessive rain and drought, according to the World Food Programme. These are also some of the world’s most susceptible countries to drought.

Rising temperatures have severely impacted weather patterns, rainfall, soil quality, and crops’ vulnerability to disease, and thus have had a significant negative effect on farmers and local economies. Since 1950, the average temperature in Central America has increased by 0.5 degrees Celsius, and it is projected to climb another 1 to 2 degrees by 2050. More broadly, data also shows that global migration due to climate change will only grow in the years ahead. According to the World Bank, climate change could displace as many as 140 million people by 2050 in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.

There is no doubt climate change also severely impacts our economy. Violent weather is increasing in frequency and comes with a hefty price tag: In 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates there were $91 billion in costs from weather and climate disasters. What’s more, the damages associated with global warming could total $54 trillion across the world by the end of the century.

These numbers are equally staggering and frustrating. What’s heartening, however, is that virtually every CEO and business leader I speak with is either working on solutions or willing to do more. Now, our political leaders in both parties must do the same.

Here are some ideas to move us forward:

First, the U.S. must address climate change as the true national and world emergency that it is. As one of the world’s leading carbon emitters, America has an inherent responsibility to act aggressively. We can and must rejoin the Paris climate agreement, as our global leadership is vital.

We must also embrace a robust national strategy to mitigate our carbon output and double down on sustainable innovation in energy production, transportation, construction, resource management, and other areas. We can create new jobs and economic growth while serving as responsible stewards of our environment; it’s a false choice that we can’t do both.

In recent weeks, a significant number of American companies have formed innovative new alliances to spur action in the climate debate. For example, the sustainable nonprofit Ceres has pulled together more than 75 firms—from Tesla to Salesforce to Johnson & Johnson—to lobby Congress to set more aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gases. Another effort is the CEO Climate Dialogue, comprised of more than a dozen major corporations and four environmental groups, which is urging Congress to act on mitigating emissions and to make the necessary investments to do so.

Make no mistake, our businesses are paying attention to the fact that Americans desire change. A recent survey found that 75% of U.S. voters want the government to limit carbon emissions, and 80% want the solutions to be bipartisan.

Second, we must tackle the issue of immigration reform head-on. Our immigration system is broken. Federal policy leaders must put inflammatory approaches aside to fix the system, as lives and our economy depend on it.

A comprehensive solution must include real protections for the roughly 700,000 Dreamers who have built their lives in the U.S. over the course of decades and who are American in every way—except on paper. They contribute to our nation as soldiers, doctors, and police officers, and drive almost $42 billion annually to GDP and pay $4 billion in taxes. We should also provide needed resources at the border to keep families together, strengthen border security, and fix an outdated processing system.

We must also address our skilled workforce needs with smarter policies that draw talented people to our shores. Currently, we cause many to locate just over the Canadian border to take advantage of our northern neighbor’s more creative and practical immigration laws. We should also bring the estimated 11 million undocumented individuals who are already living here and contributing to our economy out of the shadows.

Finally, we must address the root causes of this migration and double down on support at its source in Central America. The Obama administration had a robust assistance strategy for these nations to increase economic opportunity and stem violence and corruption. These efforts were making progress, yet the Trump administration has decided to cut this funding lifeline. That is a tragic mistake.

If we don’t act on climate change or immigration now with the bold, comprehensive remedies necessary, our challenges will only get worse in the decades to come.

Progress is possible. It just requires taking a hard look at the data and a willingness to roll up our sleeves, put partisanship aside, and embrace innovative solutions. Both tests represent a moral obligation and an economic opportunity for all of us.

http://fortune.com/2019/06/18/central-america-aid-climate-change/
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Re: We’ll Never Solve Immigration If We Don’t Solve Climate Change
« Reply #13096 on: June 19, 2019, 09:00:03 AM »
Sure we will.  There's no population overshoot problem that can't be solved by a lot of Dead Pople.



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Re: We’ll Never Solve Immigration If We Don’t Solve Climate Change
« Reply #13097 on: June 19, 2019, 09:33:15 AM »
Sure we will.  There's no population overshoot problem that can't be solved by a lot of Dead Pople.



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We must also address our skilled workforce needs with smarter policies that draw talented people to our shores.

That identified where the author of the article is really coming from.  Talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing!  I was with the author up to where Penny Pritzker gave herself away.  Then you realize the article was published in Fortune.  Pay them bills, chuck those bales.  We are going to see a lot more of this because doom is going mainstream.  Management propaganda is going to try and managed doom now as opposed to suppressing it as they have in the past.  Buckle your seat-belts.

And Penny obviously believes talented people are worth more than untalented ones to the point where talented people should be able to move around the globe at will.  I think Penny means first class for the most 'talented' too but the 'talented' she is thinking about mostly flies economy and they can't quit their jobs or they go back.  One bitches' most talented could be another dogs globalist asshole I think.

Or she could mean everyone is talented as long as she is in the class which has tax breaks.  The class that goes to Guatemala with air conditioning.

Truth is management always is trying to get a better deal on the skilled workforce.  They don't have to pay benefits to a foreign skilled workforce and when enough foreign skilled workforce fill cubes next to you guess what?

You don't get bennies either.
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Re: Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users
« Reply #13098 on: June 19, 2019, 09:44:55 AM »
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook already rules daily communication for more than 2 billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too.

The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to Bitcoin for global use, one that could drive more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms.

But the effort, which Facebook is launching with partners including PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Visa and Mastercard, could also complicate matters for the beleaguered social network. Facebook is currently under federal investigation over its privacy practices, and along with other technology giants also faces a new antitrust probe in Congress .

Creating its own globe-spanning currency — one that could conceivably threaten banks, national currencies and the privacy of users — isn’t likely to dampen regulators’ interest in Facebook.

“It’s a bold and strategic move that has clear risks as well as opportunities tied to it,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives. “This could raise further yellow flags as more regulators focus on Facebook.”

David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s cryptocurrency operation, said in a tweet Tuesday that Facebook is creating a separate subsidiary, Calibra, to handle the new currency. He said feedback from customers has been “loud and clear” about keeping social media and financial data separate.

“We understand we will have to earn your trust,” he wrote.

The digital currency, called Libra, is scheduled to launch in the next six to 12 months. Facebook is taking the lead on building Libra and its underlying technology; its more than two dozen partners will help fund, build and govern the system. Facebook hopes to raise as much as $1 billion from existing and future partners to support the effort.

Company officials emphasized that Libra is a way of sending money across borders without incurring significant fees, such as those charged by Western Union and other international money-transfer services. Fees typically start at a few dollars but can be much higher when paying with a credit card. Shares in Western Union fell 2% in morning trading.

Libra could also open up online commerce to huge numbers of people around the world who currently don’t have bank accounts or credit cards.

“If you fast forward a number of years, consumers all over the world will have the ability to access the world economy,” Marcus said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Facebook also could use its own currency to drive more people to make purchases from ads on its social media sites, said Gartner analyst Avivah Litan, who based her comments on press reports about Libra that preceded Facebook’s formal announcement. “This is about fostering more sales within an ad to get more business from advertisers to make ads more interesting on Facebook,” she said.

Backing by familiar corporations might also make Libra the first Bitcoin-like currency with mass appeal. Such “cryptocurrencies” have generally failed to catch on despite a devout following among curious investors and innovators. Bitcoin itself remains shrouded in secrecy and fraud concerns, not to mention wild value fluctuations, making it unappealing for the average shopper.

Libra will be different, Facebook says, in part because its value will be pegged to a basket of established currencies, such as the U.S. dollar, the euro, the yen and others. Each purchase of Libra will be backed by a reserve fund of equal value held in real-world currencies to stabilize Libra’s value.

Wedbush analyst Ives said how well it is received will boil down to execution and “how comfortable consumers feel around Facebook and cryptocurrency.”

To be sure, recent history reminds us that many big Facebook announcements never really take off. Two years ago, for instance, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that ”augmented reality ,” in which phones and other devices project digital images into real-world surroundings, would be a major focus for the company. Such AR applications remain all but invisible today. Same goes for the online shopping chatbots that Zuckerberg unveiled a year earlier, saying they would revolutionize e-commerce in its Messenger app.



Facebook won’t run Libra directly; instead, the company and its partners are forming a nonprofit called the Libra Association, headquartered in Geneva, that will oversee the new currency and its use. The association will be regulated by Swiss financial authorities, Facebook said.

“No single company should operate this,” Marcus said. “It should be a public good.”

Facebook’s new Calibra subsidiary is developing a digital wallet app to make it easier for people to buy, send and use Libra.

Libra partners will create incentives to get people and merchants to use the coin. That could range from Uber discounts to a Libra bonus paid when users set up a Calibra wallet, although the companies haven’t laid out specifics.

Many privacy questions remain unanswered, though. Cryptocurrencies such as Libra store all transactions on a widely distributed, encrypted “ledger” known as the blockchain. That could make the Libra blockchain a permanent record of all purchases or cash transfers every individual makes, even if they’re stored under pseudonyms rather than real names. Facebook said people can keep their individual transactions from appearing on the blockchain by using Calibra’s wallet app, though in that case, Calibra would have your data instead.

Calibra pledges that it won’t share transaction data from details of Libra user’s financials with Facebook unless compelled to do so in criminal cases. Still, if people are using Facebook products to buy things and send money, it’s possible Facebook will be able to track some data about shopping and money transferring habits.

Calibra won’t require users to have a Facebook account to use Libra. And it will allow people to send Libra back and forth on two of Facebook’s core messaging apps — WhatsApp and Messenger. Instagram messages won’t be included, at least at first.

Earlier this year, Zuckerberg announced a new privacy-focused vision for the company after months of backlash for its treatment of personal customer information. Zuckerberg’s vision — which has mostly not been detailed publicly — will rely heavily on privacy-shielded messaging apps in an attempt to make the services more about private, one-to-one connections.

Many analysts believe Zuckerberg wants to create a U.S. version of the Chinese service WeChat, which combines social networking, messaging and payments in a single app. Libra would take Facebook a step closer to that end.

https://apnews.com/bf65691428d24af7b9fc1f0707d433b4
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Re: Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users
« Reply #13099 on: June 19, 2019, 09:50:39 AM »
I sure would like Eddie's take on this one...

Indeed.  His Walkabout has gotten quite long.

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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #13100 on: June 19, 2019, 09:54:59 AM »
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A Horrific Discovery in a Park Turns Bizarre: It Was a Doll, Not a Baby
« Reply #13101 on: June 19, 2019, 12:49:36 PM »
More than 20 emergency responders took hours to determine that a lifeless baby in a “Crawling Dead” shirt was a fake.


A lifelike doll was mistaken for a dead infant for several hours after being found Tuesday morning in a Queens park.

The horrifying news came in just as New York City was waking up on a routine Tuesday morning: A jogger in a Queens park had spotted a lifeless baby in the grass and called the police.

Dozens of police officers quickly arrived to find a discolored infant on its stomach in Crocheron Park in Bayside.

It was lying next to a wall, raising the prospect that perhaps someone had thrown the infant over the wall and fled.

The authorities began releasing details — 3-month-old baby found, no heartbeat — and set up a crime scene as news crews arrived.

As the morning wore on, New Yorkers became collectively horrified that an innocent baby could be discarded like so much litter. But more than two hours after the police arrived, there was another news development: The dead baby was actually a doll.

It was not until 10:45 a.m. — a full three hours after the emergency medical technicians first declared it a dead infant — that a team from the city’s Medical Examiner’s office made the doll determination, a delay that prompted a second round of outrage and story updates.

A photo made the rounds of the synthetic baby with a blue hue perhaps meant to simulate bruising, a lack of oxygen or decomposition. The doll wore a diaper and a T-shirt with the words “Crawling Dead,” suggesting that the whole thing might have been a ghoulish prank.

While the city seemed to collectively exhale in relief, another question arose: How could dozens of responders mistake a doll, one that looked like a prop out of the “Walking Dead,” for a real baby.

While city officials said on Tuesday that they were still looking into the matter, the answer seemed to involve the responding paramedics, who were unable to detect a heartbeat and declared the baby dead at 7:45 a.m.

That being established, they were apparently reluctant to disturb the supposed victim further, and simply allowed crime scene investigators to begin carefully collecting evidence from the perimeter and work their way toward the doll.

When they finally reached the doll, investigators turned it over and noticed no bruising under the T-shirt. It was then that they read the words “Crawling Dead” and pronounced the baby a fake.

The police said they were looking for security camera video taken in the area, and contacting the 911 caller, to try to determine who left the doll and why.

A Fire Department spokesman said the doll initially “appeared to be a baby with discoloration consistent with signs of prolonged death,” and that its Bureau of Emergency Medical Services would “conduct a medical review of the incident.”

“The community was really up in arms that somebody would have the gall to leave a baby in the park,” said Jack Fried, president of the local 111th Precinct Community Council.

A strict adherence to protocol may have hobbled responders from immediately determining that it was a doll, he said.

“Any time a child is involved in any kind of crime, the Police Department goes crazy, so they all come running,” Mr. Fried said. “Once it becomes a major crime scene, you have so many departments and everyone gets blocked off.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/nyregion/dead-baby-doll-park-queens.html

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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #13102 on: June 19, 2019, 01:01:04 PM »
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Re: Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users
« Reply #13103 on: June 19, 2019, 01:27:28 PM »
I sure would like Eddie's take on this one...

Indeed.  His Walkabout has gotten quite long.

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Re: Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users
« Reply #13104 on: June 19, 2019, 01:32:59 PM »
I sure would like Eddie's take on this one...

Indeed.  His Walkabout has gotten quite long.

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He told you explicitly what he was going to do, in so many words.
It is not his problem you didn't. believe him.

After the debacle of the napalm contest you 2 engaged in, it was always a possibility.  What I believed is irrelevant.  What is his problem is that he's not here to answer questions about crypto.

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EPA defies climate warnings, gives coal plants a reprieve
« Reply #13105 on: June 19, 2019, 04:59:56 PM »
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite scientists’ increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration ordered a sweeping about-face Wednesday on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicted would revitalize America’s sagging coal industry.

As miners in hard hats and coal-country lawmakers applauded, Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler signed a measure that scraps one of President Barack Obama’s key initiatives to rein in fossil fuel emissions. The replacement rule gives states more leeway in deciding whether to require plants to make limited efficiency upgrades.

Wheeler said he expects more coal plants to open as a result. But one state, New York, immediately said it would go to court to challenge the action, and more lawsuits are likely.

The EPA move follows pledges by candidate and then President Donald Trump to rescue the U.S. coal industry, which saw near-record numbers of plant closings last year in the face of competition from cheaper natural gas and renewables. It’s the latest and one of the biggest of dozens of environmental regulatory rollbacks by his administration.

It came despite scientists’ cautions that the world must cut fossil fuel emissions to stave off the worst of global warming and the EPA’s own analysis that the new rule would result in the deaths of an extra 300 to 1,500 people each year by 2030, owing to additional air pollution from the power grid.

“Americans want reliable energy that they can afford,” Wheeler declared at the signing ceremony, with White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney alongside to underscore Trump’s approval.

There’s no denying “fossil fuels will continue to be an important part of the mix,” Wheeler said.

Lawmakers and industry representatives from coal states blamed federal regulation, not the market, for the decades-long trend of declining U.S. coal use, and said Wednesday’s act would stave off more coal plant closings.

“We’re not ready for renewable energy ... so we need coal,” declared Rep. David McKinley, a West Virginia Republican.

But rather than a sensible economic move, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the change as a “dirty power scam” and “a stunning giveaway to big polluters.” She called climate change “the existential threat of our time” and said the administration was ignoring scientific studies and yielding to special interests.

Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan is currently stayed by the Supreme Court while challenges play out from more than two dozen states that contend it exceeded authority under the federal Clean Air Act.

Environmental advocates and Obama-era EPA officials involved in drafting the now-repealed plan said Trump’s replacement rule will do little to cut climate-damaging emissions from coal-fired power plants, at a time when polls show Americans are increasingly paying attention to global warming.

“I can’t think of a single rule that would do more to set back the effort to do what we need to do to address the critical threat of climate change,” said Joe Goffman, who helped draft the repealed Clean Power Plan.

The Obama plan aimed at encouraging what already had been market-driven changes in the nation’s electrical grid, pushing coal-fired power plants out and prodding utilities to rely more on natural gas, solar, wind and other lower- or no-carbon fuels.

Obama EPA head Gina McCarthy said Trump officials had “made painfully clear that they are incapable of rising to the challenge and tackling this crisis. They have shown a callous disregard for EPA’s mission, a pattern of climate science denial and an inexcusable indifference to the consequences of climate change.”

Burning of fossil fuels for electricity, transportation and heat is the main human source of heat-trapping carbon emissions.

Trump has rejected scientific warnings on climate change, including a dire report this year from scientists at more than a dozen federal agencies noting that global warming from fossil fuels “presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life.” Administration officials argue climate science is imperfect, and that it’s not clear climate change would have as great an impact as forecast.

Democrats pledge to make combatting climate change a major issue in the presidential race. They condemned Wednesday’s act.

Presidential contender Elizabeth Warren called for broad action to reduce emissions, saying “the climate crisis is endangering our country, our health, our economy and our national security.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James quickly tweeted a pledge that her state would sue, an early signal of what environmental groups said would be more court challenges.

Wheeler told reporters after the signing that he expected new coal plants to open as a result.

“We’re leveling the playing field” in terms of regulations on various energy sources “to allow that investment to occur,” he said. “We are trying to address climate change, but we’re doing it with the authorities we have.”

The Trump administration also is proposing to roll back an Obama-era mileage rule requiring tougher mileage standards for cars and light trucks. Environmental groups promise court challenges there, too.

An Associated Press analysis Tuesday of federal air data showed U.S. progress on cleaning the air may be stagnating after decades of improvement. Despite Trump’s repeated false claims that America’s air is the cleanest it’s ever been, there were 15% more days with unhealthful air both last year and the year before than on average from 2013 through 2016, the four years when America had its fewest number of those days since at least 1980.

https://apnews.com/d48562a8d7ee4df1bceec0990205e5b3
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US beekeepers lost 40% of honeybee colonies over past year, survey finds
« Reply #13106 on: June 19, 2019, 05:06:59 PM »
Study marks worst winter on record for beekeepers, despite intensive push to stem losses

Beekeepers across the US lost four in 10 of their honeybee colonies over the past year, as the worst winter on record for tracked bee populations raised fresh concerns over the plight of the crucial pollinators.

Over the past winter, 37% of honeybee colonies were lost to beekeepers, the worst winter decline recorded in the 13-year history of a nationwide survey aimed at charting bees’ fortunes. Overall, 40% of colonies died off over the entire year to April, which is above the 38% average since the survey began.

Researchers said the numbers were concerning given the intensive efforts to stem the loss of honeybees, which pollinate an estimated $15bn in US crops each year, enabling the farming of foods including apples, melons, cherries, almonds and blueberries.

Alarm over honeybee numbers has grown since 2006, when a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder became widely known. This problem, in which the majority of worker bees abandon the colony, has since receded but beekeepers are now faced with more general die-offs linked to disease, pesticide use and habitat loss.

“It’s disconcerting that we’re still seeing elevated losses after over a decade of survey and quite intense work to try to understand and reduce colony loss,” said Geoffrey Williams, assistant professor of entomology at Auburn University.

“We don’t seem to be making particularly great progress to reduce overall losses.”

Williams is a co-author of the annual honeybee survey conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, a not-for-profit group led by the University of Maryland. The survey has been conducted since 2006 as part of a broad effort by researchers, beekeepers and the US government to understand and reverse colony loss.

In response to the widespread losses during wintertime, beekeepers have been splitting healthy colonies to duplicate them. This results in a spike in colony numbers in summer, only for major crashes to occur in winter.

The latest survey included data from 4,700 beekeepers from all 50 states, capturing about 12% of the US’s estimated 2.69m managed colonies. Researchers behind the survey say it’s in line with findings from the US Department of Agriculture, which keeps data on the remaining colonies.

Honeybees are an introduced species to the US and are intensively managed for their pollination services. The bees are routinely packed in trucks and sent to hotspots such as California to help cultivate crops, such as almonds, that are entirely dependent upon them to propagate.

Native wild bee species, such as the American bumblebee, are also thought to be in sharp decline. The troubles faced by bees are part of a broader trend of stunning drops in insect abundance around the world, although the exact contours of this crisis are obscured by a lack of data in many places.

The entomologists behind the Bee Informed Partnership said a number of factors were likely to have caused the deepening losses of colonies, including varroa mites, which are lethal parasites that have been spreading for several years in the US.

“We are increasingly concerned about varroa mites and the viruses they spread,” said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland and president of the Bee Informed Partnership.

VanEngelsdorp said that the products used by beekeepers to remove the mites seemed to be becoming less effective.

As bee-friendly habitat is razed and turned into monocultural farms and housing, bees are deprived of nutrition-rich pollen sources and exposed to a range of potentially harmful pesticides. A growing concern is the role of climate change, with rising global temperatures and increasingly extreme weather events, such as wildfires and storms, posing a looming threat.

“Beekeepers have to be very dynamic in their response to weather and environmental conditions,” said Williams.

“If it is a cold, long winter, beekeepers need to be very diligent and make sure they have enough food for their bees to survive. On the other hand, warm winters can create favorable conditions for varroa mites, which means beekeepers need to know how to manage them properly.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/19/us-beekeepers-lost-40-of-honeybee-colonies-over-past-year-survey-finds
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Oregon removes assisted suicide wait for gravely ill people
« Reply #13107 on: June 19, 2019, 05:11:30 PM »
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate has sent the governor a measure amending the state's assisted suicide law by removing the waiting period for people who have less than 15 days to live.

Those seeking life-ending medications under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act currently must wait 15 days before obtaining a prescription. But senators voted 35-22 Tuesday to make an exception for those with less than two weeks to live.

Opponents raised concerns that removing the waiting period takes away critical safeguards in current law. They say terminally ill patients need the time to be sure of their decision.

Affected patients would still need to wait 48 hours before accessing lethal medications.

More than 1,450 assisted suicides have occurred in Oregon since the state implemented the law in 1997.

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Himalaya's glaciers are melting TWICE as much now as in previous years...
« Reply #13108 on: June 19, 2019, 05:38:34 PM »
...as global warming continues, declassified cold war satellite image study reveals.

The melting of glaciers in the Himalayas has doubled over the last two decades because of global warming, a study has warned.

Rising temperatures have seen the area lose the equivalent of 3.2million Olympic swimming pools of water every year.

Since the turn of the century, glaciers in the world's highest mountain range have lost an average of 20 inches (51cm) of ice each year - double the amount between 1975 and 2000.

The study, based on satellite observations across India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, over 40 years, found that the melting is consistent in time and space, and that rising temperatures are to blame.

Some of the images used were captured by military satellites in the 1970s during the Cold War, which took thousands of pictures worldwide before ejecting film recovery capsules and parachuting them to Earth over the Pacific. 

Study lead author Joshua Maurer, a PhD candidate at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in the US, said: 'This is the clearest picture yet of how fast Himalayan glaciers are melting over this time interval, and why.'

While not specifically calculated in the study, he said the glaciers in the region - described as the Third Pole - may have lost as much as a quarter of their enormous mass over the last four decades.

The effect of climate change on the Himalayas could threaten water supplies for hundreds of millions of people downstream across Asia.   

Previous studies have suggested that the glaciers are melting but, up to now, observations have been fragmented, producing sometimes contradictory results.

The new study, published in the journal Science Advances, combines data from across the region, stretching from early satellite observations to the present.

The findings indicate that the melting is consistent in time and space, and that rising temperatures are to blame.

Temperatures vary from place to place, but from 2000 to 2016 they have averaged 1°C (1.8°F) higher than those from 1975 to 2000.

The research team analysed repeat satellite images of some 650 Himalayan glaciers.

The researchers found that from 1975 to 2000, glaciers across the region lost an average of about 10 inches (25cm) of ice each year in the face of slight warming.

Following a more pronounced warming trend starting in the 1990s, in 2000 the loss accelerated to about 20 inches (50cm) annually.

Most individual glaciers are not wasting uniformly over their entire surfaces, he noted; melting has been concentrated mainly at lower elevations, where some ice surfaces are losing as much as 16ft (five metres) a year.

Mr Maurer said that, overall, temperature is the 'overarching' force behind the meltdown.

To confirm this, he and his colleagues compiled temperature data during the study period from ground stations and then calculated the amount of melting that observed temperature increases would be expected to produce.

They then compared those figures with what actually happened. They matched.

Mr Maurer said: 'It looks just like what we would expect if warming were the dominant driver of ice loss.'

He said ice loss in the Himalayas resembles the far more closely studied European Alps, where temperatures started going up in the 1980s.

Glaciers there started wasting shortly after that increase, and rapid loss of ice has continued since then.

The Himalayas are generally not melting as fast as the Alps - but the general progression is similar, according to the researchers.

The study shows that 'even glaciers in the highest mountains of the world are responding to global air temperature increases driven by the combustion of fossil fuels,' said Dr Joseph Shea, a glacial geographer.

Dr Shea, of the University of Northern British Columbia who was not involved in the study, added: 'In the long term, this will lead to changes in the timing and magnitude of streamflow in a heavily populated region.'

Dr Etienne Berthier, a glaciologist at France's Laboratory for Studies in Geophysics and Spatial Oceanography, said of the findings: 'It shows how endangered the Himalayas are if climate change continues at the same pace in the coming decades'.

HOW DOES GLACIERS MELTING EFFECT THE WORLD?

As greenhouse gas emissions increase and cause the Earth to warm up, glaciers across the world in Antarctica and Greenland are melting.

These melting glaciers contribute to rising sea levels which in turn erodes coastlines and puts cities from Shanghai to London at risk of flooding. Although the effect will obviously not be uniform across the world, an analysis of U.S. properties in at-risk areas found that 300,000 homes could be frequently flooded by 2045.

As well as this, melting glaciers will destroy ecosystems in cold areas as animals such as penguins and polar bears struggle to find food and shelter.

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Robert Baldwin and Sam Little (L) are accused of giving nearly 50,000 Ugandans bleach as a 'miracle cure' ( Genesis 2 Church (screengrab) )

An American pastor has been accused of distributing a poisonous “miracle drink” to thousands of Ugandans, including infants.

Robert Baldwin – founder of a Christian non-profit based in New Jersey – was providing a bogus “miracle cure” to almost 50,000 Ugandans, according to a report by The Guardian.

In conjunction with Sam Little, a supposed British clairvoyant, Baldwin was promoting the substance as a cure for many diseases, including cancer, malaria and HIV/AIDS.

The cure? Known as “miracle mineral solution,” or MMS, the substance consists of sodium chlorite and citric acid, which combine to create chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleach.

The US Embassy in Kampala on Monday condemned the distribution of the substance.

In an interview with NJ Advance Media, Baldwin denied distributing the “cure” and said he had to shut down his operations because of the hate coming his way.

The pastor, who does not appear to be affiliated with a church, disabled his social media accounts and his website, Global Healing Christian Missions. He could not be reached by The Washington Post.

Baldwin, who is not a medical practitioner, trained roughly 1,200 Ugandan clerics to administer the “miracle cure,” and they then gave the concoction to members of their congregations, The Guardian wrote.

The news organisation also contends that the drink was given to infants as young as 14 months old.

“America and Europe have much stricter laws so you are not as free to treat people because it is so controlled by the FDA. That’s why I work in developing countries,” Baldwin said, according to The Guardian.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public warning against MMS in 2010, when the promotion of the purported health benefits of the drink was spreading in the United States. The FDA urged people who had MMS to “stop using it immediately and throw it away”.

Reports of health injuries after the use of the product included severe nausea, vomiting and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration, according to the FDA’s warning. MMS has been banned in Canada and Ireland.

Baldwin acknowledged that he did not want to draw attention to his use of MMS, according to The Guardian. “You have to do it low key. That’s why I set it up through the church,” he said.

At least one expert in Christian missions said organisations such as Baldwin’s should not be confused with legitimate outreach.

“This is not missionary work,” said Jonathan Bonk, director of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

Mr Bonk, who grew up in Ethiopia, is also the executive director of the Overseas Ministries Study Centre at Boston University. He said roughly 85 percent of Ugandans are Christian, many of them devout.

Operations like Baldwin’s often promote themselves as missionary work because it plays better to American supporters, Mr Bonk said.

“America has a long tradition of believing they have a lot to offer the world,” he said. “It gives it a kind of legitimacy. They can show pictures of fairly extreme situations to register potential donors.”

But Mr Bonk warns that most of these organisations, like Baldwin’s, are bogus.

“These are really, really poor people who are sick and they believe they’re going to get better,” Mr Bonk said. “Where people are desperate for medical care, they place their faith in miracles.”

Stephen Barrett, a retired psychologist, has operated a website tracking health-related fraud since 1997. He wrote about the dangerous effects of MMS in 2016.

“The world isn’t well equipped to handle people who insist on selling worthless products,” Mr Barrett said.

He said that consumer protections against harmful health products should be prioritised and that the FDA should take proactive action against people who promote them.

“It’s up to the Ugandan government to stop it now,” Mr Barrett said.

In a tweet published on Monday, the US Embassy in Uganda said it was aware of an American pastor providing MMS to churches in Uganda.

“We strongly condemn the distribution of this substance, which is extremely dangerous and is NOT a cure for any disease,” the tweet read.

Fiona O’Leary, who has been campaigning against illegitimate medicine and MMS for six years, said Baldwin and others show up in Uganda with “the Bible in one hand and bleach in the other”.

Ms O’Leary, who recorded a phone conversation with Baldwin that was excerpted in the Guardian article, said she wants him prosecuted.

“They go to third-world countries because they know they can get away with it,” she said.

Mr Bonk says wanting to believe in miracle cures is not unique to one country or one group of people.

“As humans, we are a gullible species,” he said.

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