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1 dead, 3 injured in Missouri store shooting
« Reply #18330 on: April 11, 2021, 05:32:20 AM »
One person was killed and three others were injured in a shooting Saturday at a convenience store in Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed to The Hill that one 28-year-old suspect is in custody over the shooting, which took place in Koshkonong, a town near the border with Arkansas.

The conditions of the three injured people were not immediately clear, but authorities confirmed that one of them was airlifted to an area hospital.

Oregon County Sheriff Eric King also confirmed to The Associated Press that the suspect, who used a handgun in the shooting, knew at least one of the victims.

The attack is the latest in a string of mass shootings that have rocked the nation.

After a reprieve from mass shootings during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, there have been several in the past two months, including in Atlanta; Boulder, Colo.; Orange, Calif.; and Wilmington, N.C.

The Congressional Research Service defines mass shootings as incidents involving four or more victims.

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/547522-1-dead-3-injured-in-missouri-store-shooting
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Mass Shootings since 3/28/2021
« Reply #18331 on: April 11, 2021, 05:51:59 AM »
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Rewilding 18 acres : Pics from this morning
« Reply #18332 on: April 11, 2021, 07:35:40 AM »
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Ever Given ship forbidden to leave Suez until its owners pay R15bn
« Reply #18333 on: April 11, 2021, 08:05:39 AM »


While the giant Even Given container ship might have been freed from the banks of the Suez Canal, it still finds itself stuck, embroiled in a row of who should pay for dislodging it from the waterway.

Egyptian authorities said that they wouldn't release the massive ship, which was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week until its owners agree to pay up to $1 billion (R14.6 billion) in compensation.

"The vessel will remain here until investigations are complete and compensation is paid," Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, who leads the Suez Canal Authority, told a local news station on Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"We hope for a speedy agreement," he said, adding that the "minute they agree to compensation, the vessel will be allowed to move."

Rabie said that Egyptian authorities would demand $1 billion (R14.6 billion) to cover the costs of freeing the vessel.

The figure will cover the expense of the equipment and machinery used to clear the way, damage to the canal itself by the dredging, and compensate around 800 people who worked to release the 200,000-ton (181 million kilogram) ship, Rabei said.

It will also refund the costs from the blocking of the canal, which ended up causing an epic traffic jam of more than 400 ships on either side of the channel.

Rabie did not say how exactly he arrived at that figure.

According to London-based financial firm Revenitiv, the Egyptian state lost transit fees worth $95 million (R1.4 billion) because of the blockage.

It is also still unclear who will pay for Egypt's demand for compensation. Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., the Japanese owner of the Ever Given, told the Wall Street Journal that it hadn't officially heard from the Egyptian authorities.

Eric Hsieh, the president of Evergreen Marine Corp, the charterer of Ever Given, said that the company is "free of responsibility from cargo delays" because "it will be covered by insurance," Bloomberg reported.

The 1,300-foot (396 meter) Ever Given made headlines on March 23 when an unexpected wind storm caused it to steer off course and get lodged in the sandbanks of the Suez Canal, disrupting global trade. It was freed six days later.

Egypt has since opened a formal investigation into how the vessel got stuck in the first place.

The ship, its cargo, and the 25-person Indian crew of sailors will remain at anchor in Egypt's Great Bitter Lake until the investigation is over. Earlier this month, authorities told Insider that the crew of the ship is safe and will continue getting paid.

Rabie said that he would prefer to settle the matter of compensation outside of court, although he didn't rule out a lawsuit.

"We could agree on a certain compensation, or it goes to court," he said, according to CNBC. "If they decide to go to court, then the ship should be held."

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/ever-given-forbidden-leave-suez-canal-until-owners-pay-compensation-2021-4
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Fear of exodus over $4B in tax hikes as New York hammers out budget deal
« Reply #18334 on: April 11, 2021, 08:11:56 AM »
The key issues separating the sides included a plan to legalize sports betting and whether to dole out benefits to illegal immigrants and ex-cons.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators were poised Monday night to impose $4 billion in new taxes as they tried to hammer out the final details of New York’s s overdue, roughly $200 billion budget.

The key issues separating the sides — who’ve blown past an April 1 budget deadline — included a plan to legalize sports betting and whether to dole out benefits to illegal immigrants and ex-cons.

But lawmakers appeared ready to wallop New York’s higher earners and big businesses with an array of new taxes — despite a $12.6 billion infusion of cash from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus measure that US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said is enough to balance the budget.

Andrew Rein, president of the Citizens Budget Commission, called the planned tax hikes “economically risky and fiscally unnecessary” given the federal bailout and higher-than-expected tax receipts during the past fiscal year.

“The simple truth is we have $22 billion more than the state expected when the budget was proposed in January — $22 billion over the next two years,” he said.

“That’s almost $1 billion a month.”

Rein also said the tax plan made a mockery of the state’s official, Latin motto, “Excelsior.”

“I look at this as a budget worthy of our state motto … which means ‘upward’ — both on spending and on taxes,” he said.

Democratic mayoral candidate Ray McGuire, a former Citigroup executive, also warned Monday, “What the state is considering will push companies and higher-income families out of the city, which will cost us tax revenue and jobs.”

“If we needed to raise taxes to balance the budget, I would agree that people like me who have done well should pay more to help our city,” he said.

“But thanks to billions in aid from the federal government, we don’t need to raise taxes.”

Another Democratic mayoral candidate, current front-runner Andrew Yang, has warned that higher taxes could lead people to “actually vote with their feet and head to Florida.”

The budget proposal would levy a new “millionaire’s tax” that raises the combined state and local rate for wealthy Big Apple residents to between 13.5 percent and 14.8 percent — surpassing California to create the highest income tax rate in the country.

Individuals who earn more than $1 million and couples earning more than $2 million would see their rates increase from 8.82 to 9.65 percent through at least 2024.

Two new tax brackets would also be created, one taxing income beyond $5 million at 10.3 percent and another in which income more than $25 million would be taxed at 10.9 percent.

Another measure would raise the state’s corporate franchise tax from 6.5 percent to 7.25 percent through 2023.

“The legislature is about to pass the largest spending budget in New York’s history, funded by substantial tax increases on business and the relatively small number of households that already generate most of the state’s income tax revenues,” said Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the New York City Partnership, the advocacy group for the Big Apple’s top corporations.

“The best one can say is that it could have been worse, but this is small comfort to the affected taxpayers. There is no question that spending on those who have suffered the greatest losses during the pandemic is a worthy objective, but it remains to be seen whether the revenues will be realized as taxpayers reflect on their location options.”

During a conference call with reporters, Cuomo said a bill to allow legal, online sports betting in New York would be part of the budget and could open the floodgates to billions of dollars in wagers that are projected to eventually generate $500 million in annual revenues for the state.

“We have a conceptual agreement on all issues,” he said.

The major sticking point involves who would handle the action, with the governor favoring a single, app-based bookmaking operation and the Legislature favoring several.

The Legislature also wants to allow sports betting on Native American reservations and at the state’s “racinos.”

Lawmakers who oversee gambling legislation objected to Cuomo’s top-down approach to mobile sports betting, but said they may not be able to stop it.

“This is the first I’m hearing that the Cuomo model [for mobile sports betting] is a done deal,” Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee Chairman Gary Pretlow (D-Mount Vernon) said.

“I’m not really keen on his model.”

Another vexing issue has been the creation of an “excluded workers fund” to provide unemployment insurance and other benefits to illegal immigrants and paroled prisoners.

The $2.1 billion proposal has strong support among progressive New York City lawmakers but more moderate, upstate Democrats have raised objections, called the idea of rewarding people who don’t pay income taxes a “gift” to Republicans who will hammer them with it during next year’s elections.

“The excluded workers fund is what got people shook up,” said a Democratic close to the budget talks. “They’re trying to clean it up.”

The spending plan has sparked vigorous debate among Democrats who control both the Assembly and Senate.

“There’s been discussion about it. I’ll leave it at that,” said Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), who supports the workers fund.

Other spending plans likely to be included in the budget include a $1.4 billion increase in aid for needy school districts, funding for statewide pre-K programs and a tuition assistance program for SUNY and CUNY students.

Also expected is a deal on $2.3 billion in rent relief for tenants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to Albany getting $2 billion in federal funds. Sources say additional state aid could be added but no final amount has been released.

Cuomo said this year’s budget process has “been complicated” by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prevented officials from meeting in conference rooms in the state Capitol to hash out their differences.

https://nypost.com/2021/04/05/concern-4b-in-tax-hikes-in-ny-budget-deal-will-cause-exodus/

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Maryland lawmakers override Hogan vetoes of police accountability legislation
« Reply #18335 on: April 11, 2021, 08:18:47 AM »


Maryland's Democratic-controlled legislature on Saturday voted to override Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes of police accountability legislation.

Why it matters: Maryland is the first state to repeal its Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, the Washington Post notes.

Catch up quick: Hogan on Friday vetoed three of the five bills in the police accountability package, claiming the legislation would "result in great damage to police recruitment and retention, posing significant risks to public safety throughout the state."

    By Saturday evening, the state legislature had voted to override all three vetoes.

Details: The legislation outlines a new procedure for disciplining officers accused of wrongdoing that would replace the powerful police bill of rights, according to the Post. Civilians would play a role in the process.

    The measures also include changes to the state's use-of-force guidelines, a mandate for the use of body cameras statewide and limits on the use of no-knock search warrants, among other reforms.
    The state legislature also voted to override Hogan's veto of a bill that allows individuals sentenced to life in prison as juveniles to become eligible for parole.

What they're saying: State Delegate Gabriel Acevero (D) on Saturday called Hogan a "coward" for vetoing the measures.

    Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary (D) said Friday night, "this is not anti-police legislation; this is equality and fairness legislation," per the Post.
    Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police President Clyde Boatwright earlier Saturday thanked Hogan for the vetoes the measures, saying the legislation, if enacted, would "further erode morale, community relationships, and public confidence."

The big picture: Following last year's racial justice protests after the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black people, Maryland Democrats prioritized passing the comprehensive police accountability legislation, per the Post.

    One of the bills was named "Anton's Law," in honor of Anton Black, who died in 2018 after police in a rural town on Maryland's Eastern Shore pinned the 19-year-old down for several minutes.

https://www.axios.com/maryland-override-hogan-veto-police-accountability-d5dfcbe1-caa6-4641-a1e1-909337f57e52.html
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South African variant can ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine
« Reply #18336 on: April 11, 2021, 08:37:27 AM »
Israeli study shows Pfizer-BioNTech shot less potent against B.1.351 variant than other COVID-19 mutations.

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a study in Israel found.

The South African coronavirus variant managed to penetrate the protection offered by two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to some degree, though it remains unclear just how much efficacy is lost, it said.

The research, released on Saturday, compared nearly 400 people who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks or more after they received one or two doses of the vaccine, against the same number of unvaccinated patients with the disease.

It matched age and gender, among other characteristics.

The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1 percent of all the COVID-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider, Clalit.

But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant’s prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated – 5.4 percent versus 0.7 percent.

This suggests the vaccine is less effective against the South African variant, compared with the original coronavirus and a variant first identified in Britain that has come to comprise nearly all COVID-19 cases in Israel, the researchers said.

“We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared with the unvaccinated group. This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine’s protection,” said Tel Aviv University’s Adi Stern who led the study.

However, the researchers cautioned that the study only had a small sample size of people infected with the South African variant because of its rarity in Israel.

They also said the research was not intended to deduce overall vaccine effectiveness against any variant, since it only looked at people who had already tested positive for COVID-19, not at overall infection rates.

Pfizer and BioNTech could not be immediately reached for comment outside business hours.

The companies said on April 1 that their vaccine was about 91-percent effective at preventing COVID-19, citing updated trial data that included participants inoculated for up to six months.

With respect to the South African variant, they said among a group of 800 study volunteers in South Africa, where B.1.351 is widespread, there were nine cases of COVID-19, all of which occurred among participants who got the placebo.

Of those nine cases, six were individuals infected with the South African variant.

Some previous studies have indicated the Pfizer-BioNTech shot was less potent against the B.1.351 variant than against others of the coronavirus, but still offered a robust defence.

While the results of the study may cause concern, the low prevalence of the South African strain was encouraging, according to Stern.

“Even if the South African variant does break through the vaccine’s protection, it has not spread widely through the population,” said Stern, adding the British variant may be “blocking” the spread of the South African strain.

Almost 53 percent of Israel’s 9.3 million population has received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Israel has largely reopened its economy in recent weeks as the pandemic appeared to recede, with infection rates, severe illness and hospitalisations dropping sharply.

About one-third of Israelis are below the age of 16, which means they are still not eligible for the shot.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/11/s-african-variant-can-break-through-pfizer-vaccine-study-says
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A leak at an abandoned fertilizer plant is just the latest development at a site that has polluted the area since it was built


Effluent spews from a pipe into a ditch at Port Manatee, where a breach in a nearby wastewater reservoir on the site of a defunct phosphate plant forced an evacuation order.

It’s been a week since a significant leak at a long-abandoned fertilizer plant in the Tampa Bay area threatened the surrounding groundwater, soil, and local water supplies.

Last weekend, officials ordered more than 300 families living near the 676-acre Piney Point plant site in Manatee county to evacuate. The sheriff even emptied out his jail’s first floor of inmates in case a “20-foot wall of water” came rolling their way.

By Monday, local officials said they thought the crisis had been averted; they lifted evacuation orders on Tuesday afternoon. But what they meant was that imminent catastrophe had been postponed. The long-term, slow-moving crisis of toxicity, decades in the making, remains – and is echoed at dozens of radioactive ponds across the state.

“We’re nowhere near out of the woods yet on this – there’s a long way to go,” says Glen Compton of ManaSota-88, an environmental non-profit that has been urging officials for decades to do something about the industrial waste pile.

Piney Point has a long history of polluting the water and air around it, dating to when the plant was built in 1966, Compton says. Just two years later, in 1968, Compton founded ManaSota-88 to oppose the site’s phosphate mining. (“The 88 stood for 1988 because we were supposed to solve all the problems within 20 years,” Compton says. “So now, the 88 stands for 2088.”)

Within a year of Piney Point being built, its original owners – a subsidiary of Borden, the glue and milk company – were caught dumping waste into nearby Bishop Harbor, a marine estuary that flows into Tampa Bay. The plant repeatedly changed hands throughout the years, all the while continuing causing numerous human health and environmental disasters and incidents.

In 1989, for instance, a 23,000-gallon leak of sulfuric acid from a holding tank forced the evacuation of hundreds of people.

After the owner went bankrupt, the Piney Point fertilizer plant was shut down in 2001. But the waste from more than three decades of phosphate mining still sits in massive piles at the site – the environmental equivalent of a ticking time bomb. An intense storm could easily send overflow, for instance.

Before phosphate can be used to help crops grow in fertilizer, it goes through a polluting chemical process. Phosphate ore mined from the soil is treated to create phosphoric acid – a main component of fertilizer. Phosphogypsum is the radioactive waste left over. For every ton of desirable phosphoric acid produced for fertilizer, more than five tons of phosphogypsum waste remains.

The fertilizer industry that produced that waste then dumps it in large piles known as “gyp stacks” – mountains hundreds of feet tall and hundreds of acres wide. And at the top of these mountains are huge lagoons, containing hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater that is highly acidic and radioactive with heavy metal contaminants. A breach at another stack in the state after a 2004 hurricane led to millions of gallons of polluted water being spilled into Tampa Bay.

This toxic industry has plagued the state for decades. Central Florida is the phosphate capital of the world; the state produces 80% of the phosphate mined in the US, as well 25% of the phosphate used around the world. An estimated 1bn tons of phosphogypsum is housed in about two dozen stacks that dot the Florida landscape, some looming as high as 200ft, each with its own pond of acidic wastewater on top. And every year, about 30m more tons are added to them.

“Florida can’t keep ignoring the catastrophic risks of phosphate mining and its toxic waste products,” says Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “No community should have to suffer the consequence of this toxic legacy for some corporation’s short-term financial gain.”

According to Compton, what happens at Piney Point sets a precedent in Florida regarding industrial waste from phosphate mining. “Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong here,” he says.


A view of a wastewater holding pond in Piney Point, Florida, in October.

About 223m gallons remained in the leaking pond at Piney Point on Friday, according to the Florida department of environmental regulation; so far, about 215m gallons of wastewater have been pumped into Tampa Bay. Still, environmental advocates fear how the plant’s toxic stew might affect water quality: on Wednesday, the state agency said there were elevated levels of phosphorous detected where wastewater was being discharged.

Two additional stacks with wastewater containment ponds remain at Piney Point, and officials fear an unaddressed breach could lead to a sudden rush of water out of the other two stacks, which are more toxic and acidic. If that were to happen, Compton says, “we’d expect to see major impacts to Bishop Harbor, which is one of the prettiest places in the state of Florida”.

Should either of those stacks fail, he adds, the harbor “would be totally annihilated. It is really not too strong a term to use.” The nutrient-laden water could fuel algae blooms, endangering already vulnerable marine life.

At the end of Wednesday, with pumps still gushing out millions of gallons of wastewater, state senators passed an amendment that would allocate $3m – what appears to be the first tranche of funds in a $200m plan to close and clean up the site – to dispose of the wastewater.

Compton says the plan entails building a well injection in order to get rid of the wastewater – an idea facing opposition from surrounding residents, national organizations, and anybody who has an interest in agriculture in the area. “When you put wastewater into the ground, you really have no idea where it goes next. There’s no 100% foolproof way to monitor which way the aquifer flows and where it ultimately ends up.”

The Piney Point site is shaping up to be a costly environmental catastrophe, and Compton thinks the fertilizer industry should be accountable for disposing of its waste, rather than passing the cost on to taxpayers. But even with talks of the fertilizer plant’s cleanup and closure on the horizon, he’s not optimistic the threat of pollution from its wastewater will soon disappear.

“There’s a local saying that if you go to a Manatee county commission meeting 50 years from now, there’s two things that’ll be on the agenda: sewage spills and Piney Point,” Compton adds. “This isn’t going away anytime soon.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/11/florida-piney-point-fertilizer-plant-toxic-leak
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A call for racial equity: Boston's new mayor makes history
« Reply #18338 on: April 11, 2021, 08:57:35 AM »
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The winners of 2020 - [Global Capitalism]
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Las Vegas pushes to become first to ban ornamental grass
« Reply #18342 on: April 12, 2021, 05:52:40 AM »


LAS VEGAS (AP) — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on.

Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to get people to replace thirsty greenery with desert plants, and now they’re asking the Nevada Legislature to outlaw roughly 40% of the turf that’s left.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority estimates there are almost 8 square miles (21 square kilometers) of “nonfunctional turf” in the metro area — grass that no one ever walks on or otherwise uses in street medians, housing developments and office parks.

They say this ornamental grass requires four times as much water as drought-tolerant landscaping like cactus and other succulents. By ripping it out, they estimate the region can reduce annual water consumption by roughly 15% and save about 14 gallons (53 liters) per person per day.

Las Vegas might be known for splashy displays like the Bellagio fountains on the neon-lit Strip, but officials say residents of bedroom communities and sprawling suburbs embrace conservation measures, including aggressive monitoring of sprinklers and leaky irrigation systems.

“The public perception outside of Las Vegas is certainly much different — and has been for a long time — than the water conservation ethic within the community,” said Colby Pellegrino, Southern Nevada Water Authority water resources director.

California imposed a temporary ban on watering ornamental grass during last decade’s drought, but no state or major city has tried to phase out certain categories of grass permanently.

“The scale of this is pretty unprecedented in terms of a full ban on this nonfunctional turf,” said John Berggren, a water policy analyst at Western Resource Advocates.

The proposal is part of a turf war waged since at least 2003, when the water authority banned developers from planting green front yards in new subdivisions. It also offers owners of older properties the region’s most generous rebate policies to tear out sod — up to $3 per square foot.

Those efforts are slowing. The agency says the number of acres converted under its rebate program fell last year to six times less than what it was in 2008. Meanwhile, water consumption in southern Nevada has increased 9% since 2019.

Last year was among the driest in the region’s history, when Las Vegas went a record 240 days without measurable rainfall. And the future flow of the Colorado River, which accounts for 90% of southern Nevada’s water, is in question.

The waterway supplies Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming and Mexico. As drought and climate change decrease what the river provides, the amount allocated to Arizona, California and Nevada is projected to be cut further.

Justin Jones, a Clark County commissioner who serves on the water authority’s board, doesn’t think ripping out ornamental turf will upend people’s lives.

“To be clear, we are not coming after your average homeowner’s backyard,” he said. But grass in the middle of a parkway, where no one walks: “That’s dumb.”

“The only people that ever set foot on grass that’s in the middle of a roadway system are people cutting the grass,” Jones said.

The agency has different regulations for yards and public parks. Based on satellite imaging, it believes banning ornamental grass will primarily affect common areas maintained by homeowner associations and commercial property owners.

Jones said the proposal has drawn resistance in some master-planned communities, but water officials say years of drought-awareness campaigns and policies like the rebates have cultivated a cultural change.

Southern Nevada Homebuilders’ Association lobbyist Matt Walker said consumer preferences have reached the point that potential homebuyers from wetter regions aren’t turned off from neighborhoods that have parks but no ornamental grass.

Conservation frees water, reduces per capita consumption and strengthens builders’ arguments that the desert can accommodate more growth, Walker said. “And the benefits are the ability to keep doing what we do, which is building homes.”

“We’ve really gotten a comfort level that buyers are very much willing to go along with responsible development practices when it comes to water use,” he added.

Other desert cities aren’t so sure. Salt Lake City has an ordinance that requires a certain amount of yard and median greenery. Phoenix, where some neighborhoods remain lush from flood irrigation, has never offered grass removal rebates.

Water officials elsewhere are loath to compare their policies to southern Nevada. Particularly in cities where water consumption per person is high, they say there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for a drier future.

Las Vegas, for example, mostly ignores toilets, showers and dishwashers because the water authority is able to treat and recycle indoor wastewater and let it flow through a natural wash into Lake Mead — the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam. It is filtered again for reuse.

A draconian anti-grass policy might not work in downtown Phoenix, said Cynthia Campbell, water resources adviser for the nation’s fifth-largest city. Trees and grass blunt public health dangers of “ urban heat islands ” — areas lacking green landscaping to offset heat through evaporative cooling.

Regional water officials understand future consumption will have to be reduced but fear the preparation and perception could backfire if the community doesn’t buy in.

“There comes a point when people’s demands start to harden,” Campbell said. “They’ll say, ‘This is the point of no return for me.’ For some people, it’s a pool. For some people, it’s grass.”

The Southern Nevada Water Authority isn’t sure the idea of banning grass will spread to other cities. But Pellegrino, the water resources chief, said other places will have to make changes.

“Particularly every community that relies on Colorado River water.”

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A carbon registry leaves polluters with nowhere left to hide
« Reply #18343 on: April 12, 2021, 05:57:57 AM »
No one yet knows which country will extract the last barrel of oil equivalent, gas therm, or coal seam. But the turmoil has begun. There is reason to believe that every country has the “right” to continue mining fossil fuels, and others need to deal with the climate crisis.

In the Middle East, oil producers can argue that mining costs are low. In Canada, they market human rights records. Norwegians trumpet the low carbon intensity of their activity. And in the United States under Donald Trump, they promote the virtues of “free gas” and “export liquefied natural gas.”Molecule of freedom“.

The government dilemma is that if one country stops producing fossil fuels domestically, another will intervene to gain market share. Therefore, the obligation to contain emissions set forth in the Paris Agreement is at risk of being compromised by special appeal.

In the UK, anger is New coal mine plan In Cambria, the year in which countries host the United Nations Climate Summit shows that many countries are in opposition. We are facing one direction in which the government says it is working on climate change. But looking at the other, we agree not only to continue the extraction, but also to support and subsidize the expansion of production.

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Countries need to reduce oil, gas and coal production to maintain warming below the Paris Agreement limit of 1.5 ° C 6 percent a year Next 10 years. Worryingly, they are instead planning a 2 percent increase each year, the United Nations says. By 2030, this course will be overproduced and will not be able to keep the temperature rise below 1.5 ° C. Climate calculation doesn’t work.

One of the problems in trying to track fossil fuel production is the lack of transparency in both governments and businesses as to how much CO2 is embedded in the reserves that may be developed. That is. This is the last “in the world”Carbon balanceBefore exceeding a temperature threshold such as 1.5C.

Governments need tools to establish the extent to which a normal business exceeds the “capacity” of carbon. Renewable energy costs are competitive and risky, so corrective action is needed. Leftover energy assets, Not stopping the government Large subsidy for fossil fuels.. During the pandemic Stimulation dollar Dumped in the fossil fuel sector, regardless of the fossil fuel sector Steady fiscal decline, A staggering pile of debt and a declining number of jobs.

That’s why my initiative and the non-profit Global Energy Monitor are developing a global registry of fossil fuels. This is a public database of all reserves on the ground and in production. This allows civil society organizations, including governments, investors, researchers, and the general public, to assess the amount of CO2 embedded in coal, oil, and gas projects around the world. This is a standalone tool that can provide a model for potential UN host registries.

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With it, the country of origin cannot hide anywhere.It helps counter the lack of mechanics United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change To curb the spread of nationwide deprivation of fossil fuel production.

Countries, communities and businesses cannot do it alone. But the government can draw from the lessons of nuclear non-proliferation. First, they have to stop adding to the problem. Exploration and expansion into new reserves must be completed. This must be accompanied by “global disarmament” — running out of stockpiles and shutting down production.Finally, access to renewable energy and low carbon solutions is comprehensive and Fair transition plans.

The choice is to phase out fossil fuels and quickly track low-carbon solutions or contain economic, health and climate catastrophes. Fossil fuel registration helps governments and international organizations plan for the future low-carbon world.

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White Evangelicals’ Un-Christian Attacks on Raphael Warnock Says It All
« Reply #18344 on: April 12, 2021, 06:03:36 AM »
A religious ideology that actively works against political change to maintain white power can’t stomach Black theology, let alone a Black reverend in the U.S. Senate.

It would be charitable to call the white religious right’s continuous attacks on Rev. Raphael Warnock, beginning from the moment he launched his successful bid to become the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia, merely un-Christian.

Most recently, Georgia Baptist minister and Donald Trump loyalist Doug Collins, who once claimed Warnock’s stance as a “pro-choice pastor” is an oxymoronic “lie from the bed of hell,” blamed the senator’s condemnation of Georgia’s new voting restrictions—but not the racist law itself—for MLB’s decision to relocate its All-Star Game from the state, crying that “woke” Warnock “spread lies” about the legislation. Just a week ago, a now-deleted tweet from Warnock’s account—which stated that the “meaning of Easter is more transcendent than the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are Christian or not, through a commitment to helping others we are able to save ourselves”—so enraged very-online white evangelicals that they spent the holiest day in the Christian calendar casting judgment, labeling Warnock a “heretic,” a “narcissistic heretic,” and an “actual heretic.” Leading the charge was Jenna Ellis, an attorney for Trump’s failed coup d’état and proponent of the racist Kamala Harris birther lie. Beyond branding Warnock a “heretic,” Ellis voiced the real ideological truth underlying the attacks on the Georgia senator.

“He should delete Reverend in front of his name,” Ellis tweeted about Warnock, a doctoral graduate of Columbia University’s theological seminary. “People who don’t know Jesus pretend he was a soft-spoken philanthropist… If Warnock’s church were truly biblical and Christian, he would not be a pastor. His theology and practice is inconsistent with the Bible.” She was backed up by gun enthusiast and Christian podcaster Allie Beth Stuckey, who compared the senator’s faith to a kind of “social justice moralism” in which “Jesus is not a savior but a ‘liberator’—and not from sin, but from ‘systems’... Jesus/Christianity is a means to their political and social activist ends, which they like to categorize as ‘helping others’ (what they typically mean is government programs).”

Warnock’s church, which Ellis dismisses as insufficiently godly, is Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist, one of the oldest Black churches in the country and the former pulpit of Martin Luther King Jr. It is perhaps too on-the-nose that white Republican evangelicals who publicly assert that delegitimizing Black votes is doing God’s work and believe “All Lives Matter” is a Christly rebuff against assertions of Black humanity—and who, of course, selectively cite the de-radicalized MLK of white comfort and apathy—attack not only MLK’s pastoral heir, but the Black church writ large and the theology that springs from it.

Those attacks are at their core about the fundamental conflict between white evangelical Christianity in America, which is both steeped in and deeply protective of the white supremacist capitalist status quo, and the traditional Black Christian church, a site of transformative racial justice.

In his book White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, Robert P. Jones traces the development of white American Christianity, demonstrating the foundational centrality of white supremacy to the early white Christian church. He highlights the split between both Northern and Southern Methodists and Baptists in 1845 over the issue of Black enslavement, the Catholic Church’s tradition of brutal global colonialism “justified by the conviction that white Christians were God’s chosen means of “civilizing” the world,” and the Native genocide of this country’s white settler colonizers. Across denominations, those churches in America—including those that argued against slavery—espoused a gospel of white supremacy and Black subordination.

"As the dominant cultural power in America,” Jones writes, the white Christian church has “been responsible for constructing and sustaining a project to protect White supremacy and resist Black equality. This project has framed the entire American story. American Christianity’s theological core has been thoroughly structured by an interest in protecting white supremacy… not only among Evangelicals in the South but also along mainline Protestants in the Midwest and Catholics in the Northeast.”

“White evangelicals are the political quasi-religious heirs of the antebellum church,” I was told by Joseph Darby, senior pastor of Nichols Chapel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and president of the city’s NAACP chapter. “The antebellum Southern church said that slavery was moral because they were teaching Black people about Jesus and giving them an industrious life. You had people who called themselves Christian who owned human beings. How do you justify that? Well, you justify it by saying, "They're not really people like us. They are a different kind of people, and you need to be careful with them because they can be a dangerous kind of people." So there's been a cultivated racism that still drives white evangelical Christianity in large measure.”
The black church was born fighting for freedom, and freedom is indeed its only reason for being.

White enslavers not only imposed Christianity on those they held in bondage, but held up the Bible as documentary evidence that Black enslavement was divinely ordained. The counter to this white Christian theology of Black debasement was the Black church, which arose to become what Henry Louis Gates describes as a “redemptive force to shine a line on the hypocrisy at the heart of their bondage.”

Enslaved Black folks, both surreptitiously and by remodeling the warped gospel they had been given, forged a Christianity that offered “human dignity, earthly and heavenly freedom, and sisterly and brotherly love (as) the Black Church and the religion practiced within its embrace acted as the engine driving social transformation in America, from the antebellum abolitionist movement through the various phases of the fight against Jim Crow, and now, in our current century, to Black Lives Matter,” as Gates writes.

And as Warnock writes in his book The Divided Mind of the Black Church, “The black church was born fighting for freedom, and freedom is indeed its only reason for being.”

“The whole ethos of the Black church is different. Most Black churches came into being as a way for there to be Black excellence, Black identity, a place for Black folks to worship freely, to work freely and to build on the way that some plantation preachers preached,” Rev. Darby told me. “Even though folks wanted them to preach that they’d be blessed in “the great by and by,” they went to Exodus, and the story of Moses, and that laid the basis of what James Cone called “Liberation Theology”—that God stands most closely with the oppressed, and that God actively works to free the oppressed. If we love God, then we have to do the same thing. So that's woven into the Black church. There's a rejection of rugged individualism, and a sense that we have to make sure that everybody's OK. And if that means fighting for justice and fairness and equity, you have to do that. It ain't about ‘the sweet by and by,’ it's about what you're going to do while you're here.”

Warnock was a mentee of Cone’s, and he has described Black theology as “a new and self-conscious form of God-talk, a sophisticated apologia for a faith formed in slavery and in defense of a Black liberationist trajectory that continues to bear witness against the sins of a nation that is at once putatively Christian and profoundly racist.”

Indeed, white Christianity retains the attitudes of its founders. A 2018 study by the Public Religion Research Institute found most white Christians across the board—53 percent of white evangelicals, 52 percent of white Catholics and 51 percent of white mainline Protestants—believe “socioeconomic disparities between black and white Americans are due to lack of effort by black Americans.” Those groups were also most likely to support Muslim travel bans and to believe that “recent killings of black men are isolated incidents.” White evangelical Protestants were the only group that said the U.S. “becoming a majority-nonwhite nation in the future will be mostly negative.”

This is the core of the difference between Warnock’s faith and that of the white evangelicals who criticize and question the religious validity of the Black theology he espouses. They embrace a religious ideology that is fundamentally selfish, one which actively works against political change to ensure the maintenance of white power even as it pretends to be apolitical. It casts a Christianity that demands economic, racial and social equality as religiously un-American, perhaps not consciously recognizing that they are confirming the continuing anti-Black and capitalist devices that motivate their own faith.

When they attempt to malign the Jesus of the Black church as “a soft-spoken philanthropist” and a “liberator,” they prove Jones’ thesis that “for nearly all of American history the Jesus conjured up by most white congregations was not merely indifferent to the status quo racial inequality; he demanded its defense and preservation as part of the natural, divinely ordained order of things.”
It's a kind of self-centered religion that's wrapped up in politics, that God and guns thing.

As the MLK they refuse to cite wrote in his 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “I have watched white churchmen stand on the sideline and mouth pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities” while they inflict harm on the most vulnerable and promote a version of Christianity that not only abides, but justifies that harm.

“One of my seminary professors said something way back that made perfect sense,” Darby told me. “He said the church fathers who shaped our concept of sin tend to put more emphasis on sins of the flesh than sins of the spirit because they were all old men who could no longer partake in sins of the flesh. So those became the worst sins, but they were less invested in the morality of how we treat other people.”

“That's how you can get caught up in opposing abortion, fighting against transgender restrooms or transgender sports teams, because there's this warped morality,” Darby added. “How about that part about loving your neighbor as yourself? Where can I find the part that says, ‘Thou shalt own an AR-15 so that thou can smite, if need be’? It’s a kind of self-centered religion that’s wrapped up in politics, that God and guns thing. That they have to be the ones who are politically right, and they’re the arbiters of who is right politically. That’s how you can have questions about Barack Obama's faith but you can make Donald Trump almost your Messiah. That's evangelical Christianity.”

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