It is worse than we thought – by region
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"Monaco's Prince Albert II and his South African wife Princess Charlene have announced they are expecting their first child.The Daily Mail's take
In a short statement, the couple - who married in July 2011 - expressed their "immense joy" at the news.
The statement said the birth was expected before the end of the year, but gave no further details."
The federal government cut CSIRO’s funding by $111 million over four years, which will result in 500 job cuts dddt the nation’s peak scientific organisation....
The directions statement, marked commercial-in-confidence, says as research and development in unconventional gas – such as coal seam and shale gas – has the potential to ‘‘create significant value for our nation’’ CSIRO will increase research in the area. It will also implement its new mining strategy focusing on activities ‘‘that help to significantly enhance the productivity of this vital sector’’.But in low emissions energy technologies the statement says: ‘‘To adjust to the more difficult operating environment, we will stop our geothermal work and reduce other activities, especially in CO2 capture and efficient energy management.’’
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" The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for April 2014 tied with 2010 as the highest on record for the month, at 0.77°C (1.39°F) above the 20th century average of 13.7°C (56.7°F). "So I'm thinking that even if the El Niño ends up being a normal-sized one (as some are now forecasting), not a super-sized one (as some had previously forecast), any extra heat it contributes will be added to what is already shaping up to be a near-record or record year. So that, I would think, would insure a true hottest year ever. And we need that to happen (more on that later). Meanwhile, California and the desert Southwest needs El Niño for the rain and snow that is desperately needed.
“The Qatar technical report indicated clearly that it is too hot in summer, but the executive committee with quite a big majority decided all the same that the tournament would be in Qatar,” he added.
Asked whether the World Cup was likely to be held in the European winter, the 78-year-old replied: “It’s probable, yes. In fact, it’s more than probable.”
But if Rubio doesn’t believe the scientists, perhaps he might believe . . . himself. As the Miami Herald recounted, “As the leader of the Florida House in 2008, Rubio presided over a unanimous vote in favor of directing the state Department of Environmental Protection to develop ground rules for companies to limit their carbon emissions.” The following year, Rubio described a cap-and-trade system as “inevitable” and pronounced himself “in favor of giving the Department of Environmental Protection a mandate that they go out and design a cap-and-trade or a carbon tax program.”GOT THAT RIGHT, MARCO!!
According to the Herald, Rubio “hired a leading climate change expert” — eek, a scientist! — “from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to advise lawmakers.”
Rubio claimed the following year that he was actually engineering a plan to stop cap-and-trade, but that was hardly a credible explanation for a convenient flip-flop as he ran in the Republican primary against then-Gov. Charlie Crist, a cap-and-trade advocate.
Since then, Rubio has moved from disclaiming scientific expertise to deriding it. “I’m not a scientist. I’m not qualified to make that decision,” Rubio told the Herald in December 2009 when asked whether climate change was the result of human activity. Climate change, by the way, isn’t the only issue on which Rubio punted to scientists: When GQ asked in 2012 how old the Earth is, Rubio demurred, “I’m not a scientist, man.”
"Maryland’s oyster population has more than doubled since 2010 due to high oyster survival over the past few years and strong reproduction in the Chesapeake Bay, according to the state’s 2013 fall oyster survey. The survey released by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said the oyster population is at its highest point since this type of monitoring began in 1985."