IN THE TANK – CLIMATE “CONTRARIANS” BLACKLISTED?
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"Bananas across Africa are now said to be infected with the 'streak virus' which can destroy entire plantations. ...
The Cavendish banana, the main variety eaten around the world, is unaffected by the streak virus but is affected by a fungus known as Tropical Race 4.
Breakthroughs with CRISPR are encouraging signs that scientists will be able to protect the edible banana from extinction.
Cavendish fruits are sterile so the only way to incorporate resistance to diseases is through gene-editing."
"But many nuclear experts say that Gates is the wrong messenger and that his company is pursuing a flawed technology. They say that any new nuclear design is likely to come at a prohibitive economic cost and take decades to perfect, market and construct in any significant numbers."Why not go with a proven technology - like that used on nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines - instead of something unbuilt and untried ?
"For all nuclear designs, both new and old, the colossal expense of nuclear construction and the absence of a carbon tax remain obstacles."
On Thursday, more than 200 years since his death, archaeologists announced they believe they’ve finally found Flinders’s remains beneath a site behind Euston Station in London — almost exactly where historians, Australians and Brits believed the explorer had likely been reburied.
Archaeologists were able to identify Flinders’s remains because of a lead breastplate found on top of his casket, the inscription still legible, according to a release from HS2 on the U.K.’s transportation department website.
Flinders, a cartographer by trade, completed his two-year epic journey around the coast of Australia on the HMS Investigator in 1803.
"It is painfully clear we have a president who degrades everything he touches, a person who does not understand (or care?) that his duty is to defend our democracy. Meanwhile, those who should be providing the balance our Founding Fathers intended, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), are instead choosing partisan politics, blind loyalty and extreme, outdated ideologies."Well said, and obviously I agree with that statement.
The irony here — or is it karma? — is that Trump’s biggest cheerleaders in the right-wing media (e.g. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity) and his hardcore anti- immigrant adviser Stephen Miller who egged him on are now responsible for the worst political debacle of his presidency, one that has erased any residue of presidential power. He’s now trapped, waiting for a permission slip from the right-wing media chorus to capitulate — or watch his support and any hope for legislative accomplishments evaporate.
|Townsend scores! (Note ball at right)|
"Only after Christmas did administration officials begin realizing the full scale of the logistical problems a prolonged shutdown would cause. Aides said Trump has been largely uninterested in the minutiae of managing government agencies and services."Not only that, he isn't interested in the minutiae of the millions of people being hurt by his shutdown. And it is only going to get worse.
"Former Obama administration officials rejected Pompeo's assertions as petty, political and weak. They said the speech pandered to authoritarian leaders and ignored rights violations that Obama had called out.
'That this administration feels the need, nearly a decade later, to take potshots at an effort to identify common ground between the Arab world and the West speaks not only to the Trump administration's pettiness but also to its lack of a strategic vision for America's role in the region and its abdication of America's values,' National Security Action group, a group of former officials, said in a statement."
"Climate models have predicted the snowpack would diminish earlier in the season and melt more gradually as the planet warms. [Amato] Evan affirmed those projections through an analysis of data from 1982 through 2017.And the problem is, seeing it means that it's happening, and quibbling over temperature data is not going to change the FACT that it is happening.
“There are theoretical models that say as the planet continues to warm, this is what should happen; snow melts earlier in the year, and doesn’t melt as fast as it does in the springtime,” he said. “We went back to the mathematics, and said, that’s actually exactly what we’re seeing.”
|Note the Fresnel lens|
|Deadman's Point - not an easy stroll|
|And it's a long way down|
"On Friday, the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) team announced they’d reached Lake Mercer after melting their way through an enormous frozen river with a high-pressure, hot-water drill. The multi-year effort to tap into the subglacial lake—one of approximately 400 scientists have detected across Antarctica—offers a rare opportunity to study the biology and chemistry of the most isolated ecosystems on Earth."
"Those very logical arguments aren’t countenanced by the most prominent defenses of Trump. Instead, leading voices in the GOP seem to be arguing that tribalism is the end goal — that the ends justify the means. The party of values and morality is increasingly arguing that such ideals are mere speed bumps on the way to conservative policy goals. And they’re saying it publicly."