The government just shut down. Now what?
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"Many hoped that the Green Climate Fund was their best chance to do just that.
As negotiators were hashing out a final climate pact, Republicans vowed to block American contribution to the fund, an international pool of public and private money directed to help poorer nations prepare for the effects of climate change.
But the omnibus spending deal passed this week allows Obama to find funding elsewhere in the federal budget, effectively taking the matter out of Congress’s hands."
"Pine beetles have declined more than 90% in Colorado over the last three years, after brainless experts blamed them on increasing CO2."I asked him for a reference, but he didn't reply. I suspected I knew why this might be happening, but wanted to confirm.
"Meanwhile, the mountain pine beetle epidemic slowed dramatically, likely because the pine beetle has run out of live trees to infest."Funny how in his March 10 tweet, he said just this:
"Another climate alarmist fantasy up in smokeContext is everything, eh? But I want more confirmation. Let's learn some more.
"the mountain pine beetle epidemic slowed dramatically"
"They ate themselves out of house and home," said Joe Duda, deputy state forester for the Colorado State Forest Service.
In other words, the beetles have gradually run out of available, stressed pine trees to eat, and their numbers are declining. While that is good news, the damage is done."
"Some efforts are being made to stanch the beetle’s spread. Forest Service officials in the Black Hills have proposed treating 248,000 acres of recently infested tree stands in hope of slowing or halting the advance of the beetles. A drought-ending change in the weather could also tamp down the infestation in some areas. But for the most part, the infestation is expected to run its course, abating when the beetles have consumed most of their preferred host—mature pine trees."So, the expectation is that when you nearly wipe out their host (the trees), the beetle population will decline. Makes sense. And Colorado has been very hard-hit. So the decline that SteveSGoddard posted about is probably real, and being real, it's not good news.
"In 2014, the area affected by mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) declined to its lowest level since 1996. A total area of 15,000 acres with active infestation were mapped during the annual aerial forest health survey.
Most of these acres (approximately 10,000) were in Larimer County, in the vicinity of Red Feather Lakes. Infestations also continued along the eastern slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range and on Miller Mesa near Ridgway.
The decline in area with active infestation is primarily due to the death of suitable host trees during previous years of the outbreak. Since 1996, almost 3.4 million acres of lodgepole, ponderosa and five-needle pines have been affected by this bark beetle.
For more information about insects and diseases impacting Colorado’s forests, read the 2014 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests and the 2014 Insect and Disease Update."
"But I have doubted that, without major breakthroughs in energy technology, we can do much about warming. The addiction to fossil fuels will triumph."
"Actual choices are harder. For example, Bryce argues that only an expansion of nuclear power could replace significant volumes of fossil fuels. But greater reliance on nuclear poses its own dangers, including the disposal of atomic waste, operational accidents and vulnerability to terrorism."
"We know what’s needed: cheaper and safer nuclear power; better batteries and energy storage, boosting wind and solar by making more of their power usable; cost-effective carbon capture and storage — making coal more acceptable by burying its carbon dioxide in the ground."
|by Postcards from Paris blog|
"Most conservative energy on climate change over the last quarter-century has gone into questioning the validity of climate science. Conservative intellectuals have invested enough of their reputations into this form of scientific kookery that it cannot be easily abandoned."
"The development comes after a protracted negotiating process with the new investors that has taken almost a year and a half.Next up for the Palace in the BPL: Stoke City, featuring Peter Crouch, Abbey Clancy's husband. (I mentioned her in a previous post today. )
It means plans to improve and extend Palace's Selhurst Park ground will soon be put in place, with the new money enabling work to begin quickly."
|This is a frame from early in the video, before it heats up - as if this wasn't hot enough|
- "Just ask the Senate colleagues who join in remarkable, scarcely contained bipartisan loathing of the man."Ted Cruz is more dangerous than Donald Trump
- "The fact that senators of both parties despise him has tended to obscure the substantive threat he poses to the country."
- "In fact, Cruz is by far the more doctrinaire and ideologically extreme." [than Donald Trump]
"And his [Speaker Paul Ryan] big promise: “We want all Americans, when they look at Washington, to see spending going down, taxes going down, debt going down.”
"Palau is the ferry terminal for ferries serving the Arcipelago di la Maddalena and the national park encompassing those islands. The lighthouse is located on rocks just off a promontory northwest of the harbor of Palau."
"If someone is on record as a) making threats, b) attempting or indicating a desire for suicide, c) expressing a desire to harm or injure another person, d) being a professed member of a group or groups that advocate violence toward a different group, e) having a psychological condition or having a family member with a known psychological condition, and f) writing a rambling manifesto expressing threats, endangerment, or hate for other people or groups -- their name should go on a basic "no gun" list. It means they can't buy guns and they can't have guns. If they have guns, they get taken away until they can show that they or the individual associated with them (with the psychological condition) pose no danger to the community."Well, it seems like Speaker Paul Ryan is expressing a similar idea following the shootings in San Bernardino (which it appears didn't really have a mental health component, but look at my (d) above):
"Ryan said U.S. mental health laws are outdated and that people with mental illness should not be able to buy guns.So, yeah, there's some similarity of thought.
Congress, Ryan said, is currently looking at whether there are gaps in enforcing laws that need to be filled. "We have to think these things through before we just have knee-jerk reactions," the speaker added, and noted that it was important for Congress not to infringe on the rights of citizens.
Ryan is a major proponent of the Murphy bill, which he said would address "people with mental illness that are getting guns and are conducting these mass shootings." Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.) introduced the bill after conducting extensive research in the wake of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School."
" "It could be warming and it's going to start to cool at some point," Trump said in a September radio interview. "And you know in the 1920s people talked about global cooling. I don't know if you know that or not. They thought the Earth was cooling. Now it's global warming. Actually, we've had times where the weather wasn't working out so they changed it to extreme weather and they have all different names, you know, so that it fits the bill."Here's how they ranked:
" The agreement, which was first announced in early October at the Our Ocean 2015 conference in Chile, commits the two countries to collaborating on science, outreach and education regarding “sister” marine protected areas.
Scientists and other officials from the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service and Cuba’s National Center for Protected Areas will initially focus their efforts on Guanahacabibes National Park and its offshore San Antonio Bank in Cuba, the Flower Garden Banks and Florida Keys National Sanctuaries in the United States along with the Dry Tortugas and Biscayne National Parks."
"Each of the single-molecule, 244-atom submersibles built in the Rice lab of chemist James Tour has a motor powered by ultraviolet light. With each full revolution, the motor’s tail-like propeller moves the sub forward 18 nanometers.
And with the motors running at more than a million RPM, that translates into speed. Though the sub’s top speed amounts to less than 1 inch per second, Tour said that’s a breakneck pace on the molecular scale."
"Rice’s [University] researchers hope future nanosubs will be able to carry cargoes for medical and other purposes."What about cancer tumor cell torpedoes?
"A small light was first set up at St. Catherine's in about 1323 by Walter de Godyton. He erected a chapel and added an endowment for a priest to say Masses for his family and to exhibit lights at night to warn ships from approaching too near this dangerous coast, both purposes being fulfilled until about 1530 when the Reformation swept away the endowment. Neither the present lighthouse tower lighted in March 1840, nor the chapel of which the ruins remain, held these ancient lights. The present tower was constructed in 1838 following the loss of the sailing ship CLARENDON on rocks near the site of the present lighthouse. The lighthouse was built of ashlar stone with dressed quoins and was carried up from a base plinth as a 3 tier octagon, diminishing by stages."And some pictures of it: