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Swan Lake Fire update: Crews to minimize overall fire spread
« Reply #13830 on: August 24, 2019, 07:32:27 AM »


ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Swan Lake Fire is still 20% contained and acreage is at around 144,132.

Fire officials say the goal for Friday is to minimize overall fire spread south of the Sterling Highway, southeast towards Cooper Landing, and southwest towards Sterling.

At last check, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities says the Sterling Highway is open from milepost 53 to milepost 75. DOT says drivers should be prepared for possible delays due to fire activity or smoke impacts.



Fire officials say easterly winds that were experienced on the fire Thursday will shift out of the northwest by Friday afternoon. As a result, there may be some improvements with smoke and visibility for the day towards Sterling, while Cooper Landing will likely experience heavier smoke Friday.

A total of six boats will be used to shuttle crews across the Kenai River to work in the Surprise Creek area, and crews will continue their work northeast along the Resurrection Trail. The Kenai and Russian rivers will rise over the next four days due to a jokulhaups (glacial outburst flood).

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory in effect through Friday afternoon for the Susitna Valley and Kenai Peninsula

To see where smoke is heading, check out this useful tool, click here.

https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Swan-Lake-Fire-update-Crews-to-minimize-overall-fire-spread-558017791.html
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Watch again: Anti-G7 protests in Hendaye near France-Spanish border
« Reply #13831 on: August 24, 2019, 07:49:46 AM »
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As world leaders gather in Biarritz for a G7 summit, those opposing it have been holding a protest further down the French coast.

They set off from Hendaye, near the French-Spanish border, on Saturday morning.

You can watch coverage of the march in the video player, above.

The protest comes after three days of a counter-G7 summit, which has included conferences, talks, and workshops tackling issues such as the environment, capitalism, feminism, and immigration.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/08/24/watch-live-anti-g7-protests-in-hendaye-near-france-spanish-border
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Atheist friendly policy overturned
« Reply #13832 on: August 24, 2019, 07:57:21 AM »


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A federal appeals court is reversing a lower court decision and ruling that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ policy barring atheists from delivering invocations doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution.

Friday’s decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds House Speaker Mike Turzai’s policy of limiting prayers at the start of legislative sessions to guest chaplains who believe in God or a divine or higher power.

It reverses last year’s decision by a district judge, who sided with atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists in ruling that the restrictions violated constitutional prohibitions on making laws that establish a religion.

The appeals court’s 2-1 majority says the policy fits within the “historical tradition of legislative prayer” and it counts as government speech that’s protected from a free speech or equal protection challenge.

https://www.abc27.com/news/local/harrisburg/atheist-friendly-policy-overturned/
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12-year-old boy shot at Georgia elementary school
« Reply #13833 on: August 24, 2019, 05:29:57 PM »


A 12-year-old boy has been wounded in a shooting at an elementary school in Georgia and another child is in custody.

Rockdale County sheriff's deputies say deputies responded to Peek's Chapel Elementary School in Conyers at about 6:35 p.m. Friday and found the boy with a gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital. His condition was not known Saturday afternoon.

It's unclear how many other students were on campus at that hour.

Deputies say a boy was taken into custody and has been charged in connection with the shooting. The exact charges and details about the shooting have not been released.

Neither child's name has been released because of their age.

According to sheriff's office, the incident remains under investigation.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/12-year-boy-shot-georgia-elementary-school-65171116
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Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to transgender inmate
« Reply #13834 on: August 24, 2019, 05:35:44 PM »
BOISE, Idaho — The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the state of Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to Adree Edmo, an inmate housed at the Idaho Department of Corrections, according to Boise State Public Radio.

That means Edmo will be the first transgender inmate in the country to receive the surgery through a court order.

Based on Edmo's diagnosed gender dysphoria, a panel of judges agreed with Federal District Judge B. Lynn Winmill's ruling in Edmo's favor. They argued that not providing the surgery would be a violation of the Eighth Amendment.

As we previously reported, Idaho attempted to appeal the ruling — an action led by Idaho Gov. Brad Little during his first weeks in office.

“The hard-working taxpayers of Idaho should not be forced to pay for a prisoner’s gender reassignment surgery when individual insurance plans won’t even cover it,” Little said. “We cannot divert critical public dollars away from our focus on keeping the public safe and rehabilitating offenders."

Edmo, who has been living in a men's prison, was born male but identifies as a woman. She is incarcerated at Idaho State Correctional Center, a 2,166-bed men’s prison south of Boise.

Edmo is serving a sentence of three to ten years for sexual abuse of a child under 16 years of age in Bannock County. The sentence will be satisfied July 3, 2021.

Little issued the following statement Friday in response to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision:

“The court’s decision is extremely disappointing. The hardworking taxpayers of Idaho should not be forced to pay for a convicted sex offender’s gender reassignment surgery when it is contrary to the medical opinions of the treating physician and multiple mental health professionals. I intend to appeal this decision to the U.S Supreme Court. We cannot divert critical public dollars away from the higher priorities of keeping the public safe and rehabilitating offenders.”

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Two Ohio mothers separately raised concerns about something their kids were asked to do by a youth football league: sell tickets to raffle off an AM15 rifle.

Sari Brittain says her 4-year-old daughter, a new New Richmond Junior Lions Football league cheerleader, was asked to participate in the team's fundraising event by selling 10 raffle tickets. The prize was a semiautomatic rifle, CBS affiliate WKRC reports.

Brittain was shocked that such a weapon would be part of a youth fundraiser. She was concerned about her daughter asking adults if they wanted a chance to win a gun.

"We live in a world where you don't know if Bob down the street is OK with guns. So why would I take my 4-year-old daughter down the street to meet Bob who's not OK with it? And now he knows my face and my daughter's face," Brittain told WKRC.

While the cheerleaders' raffle prize was an AM15, the football team is selling raffle tickets for a Glock 9 mm. Club president Robert Wooten told WKRC all the media attention actually resulted in an increase in ticket sales.


"Say one of the kids in the high school got a hold of it — got the AR-15 or AM15 and shot up a school with it, and I'm the one that sold the raffle ticket to his dad?" concerned mom Heather Chilton said.

The father of five said the organization has been raffling rifles for four years. Parents were allowed to opt-out of the rifle raffle this year, and Brittain said she did.

CBS News asked Brittain if she would like to comment and she said: "Not at the moment. The league resolved all of my issues, and we peacefully agreed to be content on where we all stand."

At least one other mother complained about the gun raffle. Heather Chilton told local TV station WXIX she was excited for her 7-year-old daughter to join the cheer squad, but now she's fired up that a semiautomatic weapon was part of the team's fundraiser.

"This is absurd, you're having elementary kids sell your AR-15. Why?" Chilton told WXIX. "I highly doubt that something would happen with the gun — but say it did. Say one of the kids in the high school got a hold of it — got the AR-15 or AM15 and shot up a school with it, and I'm the one that sold the raffle ticket to his dad?"

"I can't see them selling some type of semi-automatic rifle when we have all these mass shootings going on, going door to door," the mother of three daughters said.

Chilton also spoke to WCPO, and revealed she is gun owner herself — but that's not the point. "The point is that our little girls should have nothing to do with it, period. They should be cheerleaders," she said.

The New Richmond school district told WKRC they are not affiliated with the raffle sale, even though the team plays on the high school's football field. CBS News has reached out to the district for comment.

https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/elementary-school-cheerleaders-asked-to-sell-raffle-tickets-with-a-semiautomatic-weapon-as-the-prize/
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Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires
« Reply #13836 on: August 24, 2019, 05:44:17 PM »
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry.

President Jair Bolsonaro also tried to temper global concern, saying that previously deforested areas had burned and that intact rainforest was spared. Even so, the fires were likely to be urgently discussed at a summit of the Group of Seven leaders in France this weekend.

Some 44,000 troops will be available for “unprecedented” operations to put out the fires, and forces are heading to six Brazilian states that asked for federal help, Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said. The states are Roraima, Rondonia, Tocantins, Para, Acre and Mato Grosso.

The military’s first mission will be carried out by 700 troops around Porto Velho, capital of Rondonia, Azevedo said. The military will use two C-130 Hercules aircraft capable of dumping up to 12,000 liters (3,170 gallons) of water on fires, he said.

An Associated Press journalist flying over the Porto Velho region Saturday morning reported hazy conditions and low visibility. On Friday, the reporter saw many already deforested areas that were burned, apparently by people clearing farmland, as well as a large column of smoke billowing from one fire.

The municipality of Nova Santa Helena in Brazil’s Mato Grosso state was also hard-hit. Trucks were seen driving along a highway Friday as fires blazed and embers smoldered in adjacent fields.

The Brazilian military operations came after widespread criticism of Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis. On Friday, the president authorized the armed forces to put out fires, saying he is committed to protecting the Amazon region.

Azevedo, the defense minister, noted U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer in a tweet to help Brazil fight the fires, and said there had been no further contact on the matter.

Despite international concern, Bolsonaro told reporters on Saturday that the situation was returning to normal. He said he was “speaking to everyone” about the problem, including Trump, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and several Latin American leaders.

Bolsonaro had described rainforest protections as an obstacle to Brazil’s economic development, sparring with critics who say the Amazon absorbs vast amounts of greenhouse gasses and is crucial for efforts to contain climate change.

The Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries who believe Bolsonaro has neglected commitments to protect biodiversity. Protesters gathered outside Brazilian diplomatic missions in European and Latin American cities Friday, and demonstrators also marched in Brazil.

“The planet’s lungs are on fire. Let’s save them!” read a sign at a protest outside Brazil’s embassy in Mexico City.

The dispute spilled into the economic arena when French leader Emmanuel Macron threatened to block a European Union trade deal with Brazil and several other South American countries.

“First we need to help Brazil and other countries put out these fires,” Macron said Saturday.

The goal is to “preserve this forest that we all need because it is a treasure of our biodiversity and our climate thanks to the oxygen that it emits and thanks to the carbon it absorbs,” he said.

In a weekly video message released Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Group of Seven leaders “cannot be silent” and should discuss how to help extinguish the fires.

Bolivia has also struggled to contain fires that swept through woods and fields. A U.S.-based aircraft, the B747-400 SuperTanker, is flying over devastated areas in Bolivia to help put out the blazes and protect forests.

On Saturday, several helicopters along with police, military troops, firefighters and volunteers on the ground worked to extinguish fires in Bolivia’s Chiquitanía region, where the woods are dry at this time of year.

Farmers commonly set fires in this season to clear land for crops or livestock, but sometimes the blazes get out of control. The Bolivian government says 9,530 square kilometers (3680 square miles) have been burned this year.

The government of Bolivian President Evo Morales has backed the increased cultivation of crops for biofuel production, raising questions about whether the policy opened the way to increased burning.

Similarly, Bolsonaro had said he wants to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms. Brazilian prosecutors are investigating whether lax enforcement of environmental regulations may have contributed to the surge in the number of fires.

Brazil’s justice ministry also said federal police will deploy in fire zones to assist other state agencies and combat “illegal deforestation.”

Fires are common in Brazil in the annual dry season, but they are much more widespread this year. Brazilian state experts reported nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018.

More than half of those fires occurred in the Amazon region.

https://apnews.com/526be768cbab450c9dabc394e662cb32
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Thousands gather at G7 protests
« Reply #13837 on: August 24, 2019, 05:47:41 PM »

Protesters march in Hendaye, 30 kilometers south of the G7 gathering in Biarritz.

Thousands of protesters marched at G7 protests near the French coastal resort of Biarritz to demand action from world leaders.
Protesters descended on the town of Hendaye -- on the French border with Spain -- to protest against economic and climate policies pursued by the world's leading industrial nations, Reuters news agency reported.
Anti-globalization protesters, environmental activists, yellow vest protesters and Basque separatists were among those in attendance, Reuters reported.

G7 summit protest organizers estimate 15,000 people took to the streets, according to a joint statement by umbrella protest organizers Alternatives G7 and G7Ez.
A spokesperson for the Prefecture des Pyrénées Atlantiques, however, told CNN they calculated an estimated 9,000 protesters at the height of the demonstration between the Hendaye and Irun areas.
The leaders of the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States) began three days of talks in Biarritz on Saturday.

The G7 represents the world's major economies, and has long been a regular stop on the US President's calendar. The membership includes the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom. In small group sessions, with only the leaders and few aides present, the world's major economic and geopolitical problems are discussed at length.
Police told CNN they had no figures yet on arrests on Saturday, but 17 protesters were detained the day before after undeclared demonstrations near Hendaye near where the G7 meeting is taking place.

Mortar fire and other projectiles were hurled at police and four officers were injured on Friday, the Prefecture of Pyrénées Atlantiques also said.
Police responded with flash grenades after warning protesters, local authorities added.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/24/europe/g7-protests-intl/index.html
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Thousands protest in Germany against racism, discrimination
« Reply #13838 on: August 24, 2019, 05:54:06 PM »

People take part in a protest rally of the 'Unteilbar' (individable) movement for democracy and human rights in Dresden, Germany, Aug. 24, 2019.

 Thousands of people attended a protest against racism and discrimination in the German city of Dresden on Saturday, a week ahead of two state elections in the country's east in which the far-right Alternative for Germany party is expected to make gains.

Saturday's "Indivisible" demonstration in Dresden — the capital of Saxony, one of the states that holds elections on Sept. 1 — follows a protest under the same title in Berlin in October. Organizers said the Berlin protest drew more than 240,000 people.

News agency dpa reported that up to 20,000 people gathered for the beginning of Saturday's protest, and organizers later said it drew at least 35,000. Those who showed up included Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, a leading figure in Germany's center-left Social Democrats, who said "there is a great willingness to show that we must do something" and stand up for democracy.

 Saxony has for years been a stronghold of Alternative for Germany, and the anti-migration group PEGIDA — short for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West — rose to prominence with weekly protests in Dresden.

Saturday's organizers said that "Dresden is much, much more than PEGIDA."

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thousands-protest-germany-racism-discrimination-65168172
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Democratic National Committee members on Saturday voted down a resolution that would have resulted in single-issue debates among candidates -- including on the issue of the climate crisis.
The language that was rejected -- inserted at the behest of climate change activists during a contentious Resolutions Committee meeting on Thursday -- said the DNC, "will continue to encourage candidates to participate in multi-candidate issue-specific forums with the candidates appearing on the same stage, engaging one another in discussion."
Democratic presidential candidates are barred from appearing together on stage outside of DNC-sanctioned debates.
The committee's approved language from Thursday "essentially lifted the ban on candidates being unable to appear together on a stage at a forum or a candidate gathering," Washington State Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski, a leader in the effort, told CNN. DNC members defeated the move to lift such a ban Saturday in a 222-137 vote. There were multiple observers from both sides who monitored the vote count.

Prior to the voting, DNC Chairman Tom Perez set up a system for members on both sides to speak about their reasoning.

The text approved in committee also conflicted with the resolution itself because it stated, "the DNC concluded that it should not hold debates devoted to one specific topics, nor can it agree to requests for such debates by individual presidential candidates."
It goes on to call for the DNC and "its partners and organizations to organize climate-specific forums and invite all candidates to attend and speak at such forums."
CNN will host one of those forums on September 4, when all ten candidates who qualified for the next debate will participate in individual town halls on the climate crisis.
Some Democratic presidential candidates voiced their concerns with the vote's outcome. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke called out the DNC over its decision, specifically regarding a debate devoted solely to the climate crisis.
"This decision is as baffling as it is alarming," he tweeted. "Our planet is burning— the least we can do as a party is debate what to do about it."
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also voiced support on Twitter for a climate-focused debate on Thursday night before the DNC's vote.
"Climate change is an existential crisis that threatens all of us—and we need to take bold action now to stop it before it's too late," she wrote. "That's why we need to have a #ClimateDebate."
A resolution that called for a Climate Crisis debate outright was also rejected in committee on Thursday. It had the support of more than 60 DNC members.
The intensity over the debate language came to a head in San Francisco, where activists -- many of whom from the Sunrise Movement, which has strongly advocated for a Green New Deal -- attended the DNC meeting to continue their months-long demand for a climate change debate among the Democratic presidential candidates.
Members from the group held signs in support of a debate and interrupted the normally-quiet committee meeting on Thursday. A couple of protestors went up to the dais to confront the committee co-chairs.
Symone Sanders, a senior adviser on the Joe Biden 2020 campaign who worked for the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign, was hissed and booed for not supporting the calls for the debate. She pointed to climate forums candidates are participating in to show they take the issue very seriously.
That did not quell the frustrations of the activists in the room, many of whom left in frustration after the debate was rejected.
Podlodowski, looking to seize on the language that was approved, organized a group Friday night to collect signatures of DNC members to present to Perez asking him to allow such an event. She hoped to have more than 100 signatures by Saturday morning, including more than 60 people who sponsored the original resolution.

Supporters of the DNC decision to not allow single-issue debates voiced strong concern that special interest groups for issues the Party supports like veterans, race, and poverty would feel slighted if their issues were excluded from sanctioned debates. And officials at the DNC have so far held firm in their decision, expressing concern that changing the rules now so long after the presidential race began would be unfair to the candidates.
On Saturday, as the vote was underway, protesters directed chants of "failure of leadership" at Perez, who himself voted to keep the DNC rules the same. The announced vote, though, was not met with any major response from the crowd.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/24/politics/democrats-2020-debate-climate-dnc-summer-meeting/
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Hitting the Books: We can engineer the Earth to fight climate change
« Reply #13840 on: August 24, 2019, 06:03:01 PM »
But we're going to need to move quickly if it's going to work.




End Times: A Brief Guide to the End of the World
by Bryan Walsh
Grow out your apocalypse beard and strap on your doomsday sandwich board, we're all gonna die! Humanity has always lived on knife edge, our species perpetually one war, one plague, one eruption, one meteor strike away from extinction. But should our species kick the bucket during the 21st century, it may well be through our own actions.


End Times by Bryan Walsh takes an unflinching look at the myriad ways the world might end -- from planet-smashing asteroids and humanity-smothering supervolcanoes to robotic revolutions and hyper-intelligent AIs. In the excerpt below, Walsh examines the work of environmental researcher Klaus Lackner and his efforts to combat climate change by sucking carbon straight from the air.

It might be the German accent, but Klaus Lackner has a way of speaking that lends an air of authority to his statements, even when what he's suggesting seems to be science fiction. "If you asked me fifteen years ago," Lackner told me from his lab in Tempe, Arizona, "I would have said we need to figure out how to stabilize what we're doing to the atmosphere by reducing carbon emissions. Now I'm telling you we're way past that. We have to change carbon levels directly."

Lackner is the director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University and an academic leader what will be one of the most important fields of the future: carbon capture. Lackner is working to build machines capable of capturing and storing carbon dioxide in the air, a process called carbon sequestration. While most climate policy focuses on cutting future carbon emissions by replacing fossil fuel energy consumption with zero-carbon renewables or even nuclear power, Lackner aims to reduce current levels of carbon dioxide directly by sucking the gas out of the air. If it can be done -- and if it can be done affordably -- it would be nothing less than a technological miracle. And as Lackner himself says, we're at the point where we need miracles.

Emissions of greenhouse gases lead to warming because over time they add to the carbon concentration in the atmosphere. During humanity's pre-industrial history -- when the climate was like Little Red Riding Hood's last bowl of porridge, not too cold and not too warm -- carbon levels were around 280 parts per million (ppm). By 2013 they had passed 400 ppm and will only continue to rise. Even if future emissions are vastly reduced, the time lag of man-made climate change means that carbon concentrations will continue to grow for a while, and the climate will continue to warm. But if Lackner's invention works, we could bring carbon levels down, perhaps closer to that original 280 ppm -- even if it proves politically and technologically difficult to reduce carbon emissions from energy consumption.

This would be geoengineering in action -- using technology to manually fine-tune the climate, the way we might adjust the picture quality on a television. And in some form it will be necessary. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has considered more than a thousand scenarios for future climate change. Of those, only 116 actually see us keeping warming below the 3.6 F red line -- and of those 116, all but eight require carbon removal, or what's also called negative carbon emissions. That's in part because we've already baked so much future warming into the climate with the carbon we've already emitted, and in part because the fossil fuel habit is so hard to break, especially for those parts of the developing world that depend on rapid economic growth and the energy use that accompanies it. The only way to square that fact with the equally pressing need to keep warming below 3.6 F is to bake in a technology that doesn't yet exist commercially.

In 2011, a team of experts reported that pulling CO2 from the air would cost $600 a ton, which would make the bill for capturing the 37 billion tons of CO2 emitted in 2017 -- one year's worth -- a cool $22 trillion, or more than a quarter of total global GDP. But progress is being made -- in June 2018 a team of scientists from Harvard and the start-up Carbon Engineering published research indicating they might be able to bring that price of capturing a ton of CO2 down to between $94 and $232. That would mean it might cost between $1 and $2.50 to capture the CO2 generated by burning a gallon of gasoline, less than the amount of fuel taxes British drivers currently pay. Lackner believes that if he could get 100 million of his carbon capture machines running, he could reduce carbon levels by 100 ppm, taking us out of the danger zone.

If that price keeps going down -- a big if -- we might be able to save ourselves. And effective and cheap carbon sequestration would have the added effect of sweeping away many of the moral and political conflicts around climate change. If emitting the carbon that causes climate change is a crime, then we are all criminals. But if carbon dioxide is just another form of waste that can be disposed of safely, then we wouldn't feel any worse for emitting carbon than we would for producing our garbage bag full of household trash. Treating carbon emissions as waste to be removed defuses the psychological dissonance that can hinder climate policy -- the guilty gap between all that we know about climate change and the little that we actually do about it.

"I would argue by making carbon emissions a moral issue, by saying that the only way to solve the problem is by donning a hair shirt, you actually invite people to resist you," said Lackner. "They just stop listening to you."

Let's hope that carbon capture becomes a reality, although a recent study in Nature Communications estimated that it could take a quarter of the world's energy supply in 2100 to power enough air carbon capture machines to keep warming below dangerous levels. And that's assuming that carbon capture ever becomes a feasible product -- many would-be world-changing technologies have expired in the valley of death between the lab and the market. We'll need to continue developing low and zero-carbon sources of energy to reduce the risk -- including the existential risk -- that climate change presents.

Yet I believe we have no choice but to move full steam ahead on air carbon capture, for the simple reason that the strategy fits who we are. We are not a species that plans deeply into the future. We are not a species that is eager to put limits on ourselves. We are a species that prefers to stay one step ahead of the disasters of our own making, that is willing to do just enough to keep going. And we are a species that likes to keep going. Carbon capture won't answer the question of what we owe the future, or prove that we've somehow matured. But it will provide an insurance policy against the worst, most catastrophic effects of climate change, that fat-tail risk that could bring extinction in its wake. It will prove we're just smart enough, even if that means we might yet prove too smart for our own good.

https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/24/hitting-the-books-end-times-bryan-walsh/
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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #13841 on: August 24, 2019, 08:45:09 PM »
Carbon capture is a crock.
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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #13842 on: August 25, 2019, 12:43:44 AM »
Carbon capture is a crock.

Carbon capture.  Can we all say CROCI

Carbon Returned on Carbon Invested.  CROCI.  More carbon would be released than collected in any attempt thus making the CROCI less than one from the starting line and it would not get any better after that.  Nobody even knows how to do it.

Biochar is the answer if anybody really cares, which they do not!
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Re: 12-year-old boy shot at Georgia elementary school
« Reply #13843 on: August 25, 2019, 05:26:30 AM »


A 12-year-old boy has been wounded in a shooting at an elementary school in Georgia and another child is in custody.

Wonder if the shooter used a weapon he won in a school raffle?
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US companies tell Apple and Amazon to put planet before profits
« Reply #13844 on: August 25, 2019, 05:17:53 PM »
Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Danone and others take out full-page ad in New York Times addressed to business leaders

The bosses of some of the world’s biggest companies, including Apple and Amazon, have been told to put the planet before profits – not by environmental campaigners but by other multinationals, including Danone’s US arm, and a unit of Unilever.

A group of more than 30 American business leaders, including the heads of outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, The Body Shop owner Natura, Ben & Jerry’s (part of Unilever) and Danone’s US business, have taken the extraordinary step of taking out a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of the New York Times to champion a more ethical way of doing business. The advert is aimed at members of the influential Business Roundtable (BRT) lobby group, which represents 181 of the US’s biggest companies.

The letter – addressed to the powerful group that includes Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, and Tim Cook, the boss of Apple – is designed to capitalise on the BRT’s recent landmark decision to change its definition of the “purpose of a corporation” from making money for shareholders to include broader goals such as caring for staff and the environment.

“We are part of a community of certified B Corporations who are walking the walk of stakeholder capitalism,” said the open letter. “We are successful businesses that meet the highest standards of verified positive impact for our workers, customers, suppliers, communities and the environment. We operate with a better model of corporate governance – which gives us, and could give you, a way to combat short-termism and the freedom to make decisions to balance profit and purpose.”

Billed as a fair trade label for companies, the B Corp movement describes itself as a “global movement of people using business as a force for good”. B Corps commit to focusing as much on social and environmental concerns as they do on profits – the so-called “triple bottom line”.

Andrew Kassoy, the co-founder of B Lab, the charity tasked with growing the B Corp movement, said the BRT statement had been a “moment to celebrate”.

He said: “It’s a significant cultural shift and represents some of the biggest multinationals in the US recognising the problem with shareholder primacy [making as much money as possible for investors]. That it is not producing the right kind of economic progress or addressing inequality or climate change in the way we would like it to.”

The radical change to the mantra of corporate America comes after decades of following Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman’s philosophy, which dates from 1970, that “the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits”. Kassoy said the shift was good news. He said: “The ad is challenging them [BRT] to take action and go beyond the words in the statement.”

The B Corp movement is gaining momentum as the climate crisis coupled with rising inequality has made business leaders question what success looks like in the 21st century. So far more than 3,000 companies globally have become B Corps after completing a certification process, with chef Jamie Oliver recently revealing the ambition to turn his business empire into a B Corp.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/25/us-companies-tell-apple-and-amazon-to-put-planet-before-profits
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