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Climate Change Week in Review: Week Ending December 8, 2017

Climate Change Week in Review: Week Ending December 8, 2017

There was a time, not too long ago, when “no nukes” was a mantra among those who considered themselves friends

Energy

Nigerian Oil Union PENGASSAN Threatens Nationwide Strike

Nigerian Oil Union PENGASSAN Threatens Nationwide Strike

ABUJA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), one of the country’s two main oil unions, threatened on Thursday to stage a nationwide strike from Dec. 15 over a “mass sacking of workers”.
The union said in a statement that it disputed the treatment of its workers by domestic oil and gas companies and marginal field operators.
There had been “an apparent failure of relevant authorities of government to call to order these recalcitrant organisations,” it said.
If the government fails to force the management of those companies to recall union members who had been laid off, PENGASSAN workers would go on strike, the union said.
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Organic Living

Here’s How a Cast Iron Skillet Could Be Beneficial to Your Health

Here’s How a Cast Iron Skillet Could Be Beneficial to Your Health

Your trusty cast-iron skillet doesn’t just deliver mouthwatering caramelized crusts and a perfectly rustic presentation.
(Check out these 5 simple meals you can make in a cast iron skillet.)
Compared to cooking in nonstick pans, you can get as much as 16 percent more iron from cooking in cast iron, according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pediatrics.
However, other research shows that not all foods end up getting the same iron boost.
“Acidic foods absorb the most iron, likely because vitamin C enhances iron absorption,” says registered dietician Jessica Cording.
And the iron in tomato sauce, another acidic food, increased by more than 5 milligrams.
Liquid-based foods and ones that are cooked longer—like tomato-based stews—tend to absorb more iron than drier foods or ones that are cooked quickly—like quick-cooking rice.
“The longer you cook something in the pan, the more iron it will absorb,” Cording explains.
In other words, a brand-new skillet will imbue your meal with more iron than your grandmother’s 50-year-old cookware that’s still kicking because you know how to season a cast-iron skillet like a pro.
Ditto if you’re on medications that make it harder for your body to absorb iron (like antacids or calcium supplements),or if it’s that time of the month—since women tend to lose more iron when they have their periods.

Wellness

Why these stunning wall hangings are basically art-therapy for your soul

Why these stunning wall hangings are basically art-therapy for your soul

Now, she’s also created a series of workshops around the globe that have been bringing women together to make beautiful pieces, and also to relieve some much-needed stress.
While on maternity leave from her job as an art teacher, the On the Loom: A Modern Weavers Guide author stumbled upon her first loom and started playing around with it, by testing out new techniques and materials.
“It was a bit like the wild west,” she admits.
Now, her work has become a way for Moodie to get in touch with her emotions, which serve as inspiration for her designs.
“I try to be in tune with what I am feeling and channel it into my work,” she explains.
Now, her work has become a way for Moodie to get in touch with her emotions, which serve as inspiration for her designs.
Through her weaving, Moodie has gotten the whole “DIY as self care” thing down to an art (pardon the pun).
Another amazing aspect of Moodie’s presence is that she’s been leading workshops, where women come together and make wall-hangings themselves.
For those looking to get texturally active, Moodie offers tutorials on her website to help inspire your next good-for-the-soul art project.
Here, we’ve compiled some serious inspiration from her Instagram feed.

Organic Living

10 New Eco Startup Websites for Inspiration for your New Business

10 New Eco Startup Websites for Inspiration for your New Business

For eco startups, designs need to be draw attention, educate target audiences, build credibility, and standout from well-known brands.
Here are some great examples of eco startup websites that are doing all the right things.
Instead of dressing up their web design, they use a simple white background and let their photos speak for themselves.
They start off their website presentation with a powerful video.
The design is really impressive as it does a great job of educating, engaging and guiding the visitor.
They start out with a powerful photo that shows the impact of their product.
They have a powerful cause behind their company and they make sure that this is reflected in their web design.
The have smartly used a white background to help create contrast photos of their products in action.
While their background is mostly white, they make up for this by creating contrast with their photos.
They purposely use vibrant colors like red, orange, pink, teal and yellow to create contrast in their design and bring attention to the various products.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Claim: Peeing in the Shower will Help Save the Climate

Claim: Peeing in the Shower will Help Save the Climate

Do something about it and start peeing in the shower According to science, you could actively help to save the planet by peeing in the shower.
And we have Colbert to back us up.
The average flush of a modern toilet takes about six litres of water, and the average adult pees about seven times every day.
I suspect that number rises during Oktoberfest, but you get the general idea.
The point is, you’re using 42 litres of water every single day just to flush your pee.
Multiply that by however many adults on the planet use a toilet every day and you get a very worrying scenario.
… Read more: https://www.techly.com.au/2017/12/06/worried-climate-change-something-start-peeing-shower/ The Techly article includes a Brazilian Government video which provides the same advice; I can’t fault their logic.
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Alternative Energy

Tesla Installs Six More Battery Systems in Puerto Rico in ‘Humanitarian Effort’

Tesla Installs Six More Battery Systems in Puerto Rico in ‘Humanitarian Effort’

Tesla’s Powerpack system paired with solar, like the one shown here in Hawaii, helps provide sustainable energy around the clock.
Tesla After deploying a solar and battery system to a children’s hospital in San Juan this October, Tesla has installed six more similar systems to help power the hurricane-wrecked islands of Vieques and Culebra in Puerto Rico.
In a statement to Bloomberg, Governor Ricardo Rossello’s office said that Tesla installed the new units as “a humanitarian effort.”
More than two months have passed since Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s already weakened electric grid.
Restoration of power has been set back by frequent outages and mired in controversy (i.e. Whitefish Energy).
As reported by Electrek, Tesla’s Powerpack systems on Vieques and Culebra will act as microgrids until the main grid connected via underwater cables switches back on.
The systems are installed at key areas, including a sanitary sewer treatment plant, the Arcadia water pumping station, the Ciudad Dorada elderly community, the Susan Centeno hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques.
Rosselló said, according to Elecktrek’s translation of a radio interview.
“In addition,” Rosselló noted, “when the electrical system comes back into operation in Vieques and Culebra, Tesla’s battery systems can help stabilize the network to avoid interruptions and reduce the cost of energy for businesses and residents.”
Rosselló wants the U.S. territory to boost its use of wind and solar electricity to provide for as much as 25 percent of the island’s electricity.

Conservation & Sustainability

No Shame, No Future

No Shame, No Future

Donald Trump considers himself exceptional and, on this one thing, he’s absolutely correct.
His gift for unprincipled pandering to exploitative greed has no peer.
It would be by far the largest elimination of protected areas in U.S. history, and it would undercut the principle of permanent protection that underpins the security of all America’s wildlife refuges, national monuments, and national parks.
If Trump succeeds in this action, it might be the worst act of vandalism ever committed on our public lands.
The moment for discouragement came and went a year ago, when Trump lost the popular vote but won the electoral college and his party kept control of Congress.
Since then, the only productive responses have been persistence and resistance, and that doesn’t stop today.
As for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, there’s still time to pressure lawmakers to take it out of the tax bill (get out your phone and call 202–730–9006), and we have ways to keep fighting even if they don’t.
Looking down the road, we now are less than a year away from midterm elections that could dramatically alter the balance of power in Washington.
Just one of those many benefits is that no longer will we need to defend our public lands from the fossil fuel barons who want to plunder them.
And this week it might seem like we’re farther away than ever.

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No Shame, No Future

No Shame, No Future

Donald Trump considers himself exceptional and, on this one thing, he’s absolutely correct.
His gift for unprincipled pandering to exploitative greed has no peer.
It would be by far the largest elimination of protected areas in U.S. history, and it would undercut the principle of permanent protection that underpins the security of all America’s wildlife refuges, national monuments, and national parks.
If Trump succeeds in this action, it might be the worst act of vandalism ever committed on our public lands.
The moment for discouragement came and went a year ago, when Trump lost the popular vote but won the electoral college and his party kept control of Congress.
Since then, the only productive responses have been persistence and resistance, and that doesn’t stop today.
As for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, there’s still time to pressure lawmakers to take it out of the tax bill (get out your phone and call 202–730–9006), and we have ways to keep fighting even if they don’t.
Looking down the road, we now are less than a year away from midterm elections that could dramatically alter the balance of power in Washington.
Just one of those many benefits is that no longer will we need to defend our public lands from the fossil fuel barons who want to plunder them.
And this week it might seem like we’re farther away than ever.

Conservation & Sustainability

Four Crazy Ways Cool Creatures Survive Cold Winters

Four Crazy Ways Cool Creatures Survive Cold Winters

Black bears take a nap and recycle their pee.
Black Bears: Recycling Urine Conserves Strength Imagine dropping into a deep sleep after surgery or an accident and waking up four months later healed, with little muscle mass missing.
They also don’t lose much muscle mass and strength.
What they lose in muscle mass is recycled.” It also heals.
“Only when they’re starving and really cold.” Harlow and other researchers once gathered both species of prairie dogs and placed them in a confined area in the fall with proper bedding and turned on the air conditioning.
How can a mammal spend most of its day walking on a sheet of ice with nothing more than the pads on its paws?
The former prevents cold from circulating throughout the animal’s body, and the latter prevents the critter’s feet from turning black from frostbite.
The cool blood then circulates back through your feet and legs and insides to your heart, eventually cooling your body.
Ken Storey, a professor at Carleton College in Alberta, Canada, who studies freeze tolerance, explains it best: “Water outside of the cells is frozen and it leaves behind really concentrated goop.
“Another sugar would do, glycerol would do, but the frogs don’t build that up.

Conservation & Sustainability

In Massachusetts, Protesters Balk At Pipeline Company’s Payments To Police

In Massachusetts, Protesters Balk At Pipeline Company’s Payments To Police

― When Karla Colon-Aponte arrived at the Otis State Forest on the morning of Oct. 25, she intended to join her fellow protesters praying beside energy giant Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion Project line, a four-mile-long natural gas pipeline that runs in a loop through the town of Sandisfield in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.
She was one of five people arrested that day, and one of the more than 100 who have been arrested protesting at the pipeline this year.
But Kinder Morgan footing the bill for state police protecting this one four-mile loop of pipeline has the local activist community questioning how fair the officers on site can be to protesters when some of their income comes, albeit indirectly, from the pipeline’s operator.
“We are committed to nonviolent direct action resisting the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure,” said Ferla.
Hinds also has concerns about how the state police have treated protesters at the site.
“Kinder Morgan should not interfere with peaceful protests,” said Warren.
The documents Kristofferson obtained show that state police officers were paid overtime rates for the Kinder Morgan work, rather than the salaries they would get for covering their regular detail.
“I don’t care if they want to get side jobs,” Kristofferson said.
“But they should do it in Kinder Morgan shirts and gear, not with cruisers and weaponry purchased by the commonwealth.” Now that the pipeline is in operation, the alliance is figuring out how much protest presence to maintain at the site, Ferla said.
“One of our goals in resistance is to bring attention to fossil fuel projects,” said Ferla.

Conservation & Sustainability

The Keystone pipeline has leaked way more often than TransCanada said it would.

The Keystone pipeline has leaked way more often than TransCanada said it would.

A report from Reuters found that the conduit has spilled more oil, more often, than the company’s official risk assessments initially indicated.
Keystone has sprung three major leaks since it began operating seven years ago, including a 210,000-gallon spill this month.
Two of the leaks happened in South Dakota, where TransCanada estimated the line would spill “no more than once every 41 years.” Over the entire pipeline, the company had predicted that a 2,100-gallon leak would not occur “more than once every seven to 11 years.” The pipeline resumed operations on Tuesday after TransCanada shut down a section for cleanup after the Nov. 16 leak.
If a South Dakota commission probing the recent spill finds that the company violated requirements for pipeline inspection and other environmental safeguards, it could revoke TransCanada’s permit to operate in the state.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for TransCanada.
A Nebraska commission approved a route for the northern leg of the Trump-revived Keystone XL project last week — but it wasn’t the one TransCanada wanted.
And the alternate course could welcome new lawsuits and land negotiations that may take years to resolve.

Conservation & Sustainability

Tracing the Wild Origins of the Domestic Turkey

Tracing the Wild Origins of the Domestic Turkey

What are the wild origins of our domestic turkey – and who did the domesticating?
The South Mexican Wild Turkey As I was reading about the deep roots of our dinner table turkeys, I came across references to the “south Mexican” wild turkey.
eBird reports some sightings in mountainous areas within the bird’s former range, but these could be domestic birds or reintroductions of other subspecies.
All of our modern-day domestic turkeys originate from the tamed Aztec birds from southern Mexico.
And the wild progenitor of these birds was the sixth “South Mexican” subspecies.
Anasazi-bred domestic turkeys from the Four Corners region had their roots in the Eastern and Rio Grande subspecies.
It was once thought that the Merriam’s subspecies might be a feral form of the Anasazi domestic breed, but the genetic evidence doesn’t support this idea.
Fortunately, a 16th century Franciscan monk, Bernardino de Sahagún, gave us a sense of what turkey recipes were like.
In his book A History of Food in 100 Recipes, William Sitwell compiles Bernardino de Sahagún’s culinary accounts of turkey.
After Leopold’s book, subsequent authors fleshed out the original range of the South Mexican subspecies to span across south-central Mexico.

Conservation & Sustainability

The FAA Can’t Stop People From Throwing Live Turkeys Out Of Planes

The FAA Can’t Stop People From Throwing Live Turkeys Out Of Planes

The Federal Aviation Administration has found no violations with an infamous Arkansas event that involves dropping live turkeys from a plane ― but that may be because no one ever thought they’d need a rule about that.
“This does not mean we endorse the practice.” The Associated Press and WREG reported last month that the FAA would be looking into possible laws or regulations broken during the annual Turkey Trot festival in Yellville, Arkansas.
This year’s Turkey Trot took place on Oct. 14.
Though the fall festival includes many events, it’s best known for the “turkey drop,” in which live turkeys are dropped from a plane 500 feet in the air.
Festivalgoers chase and catch the surviving turkeys.
Even if the turkeys survive, however, the noise of the plane and the drop itself would be terrifying, Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton, a poultry science professor, said last year.
The FAA spokesman explained to HuffPost that the agency has no power when it comes to animal welfare issues.
“Our regulations only cover ‘objects,’ and specify that they can be dropped from aircraft as long as they don’t pose a danger to people or property on the ground,” he said.
Unfortunately for the turkeys, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen anytime soon.
Marion County Sheriff Clinton Evans told the Democrat-Gazette this week that Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kenford Carter would not be pursuing any charges related to the turkey drop.

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Climate Change Week in Review: Week Ending December 8, 2017

Climate Change Week in Review: Week Ending December 8, 2017

There was a time, not too long ago, when “no nukes” was a mantra among those who considered themselves friends

Climate Change & Global Warming

Claim: Peeing in the Shower will Help Save the Climate

Claim: Peeing in the Shower will Help Save the Climate

Do something about it and start peeing in the shower According to science, you could actively help to save the planet by peeing in the shower.
And we have Colbert to back us up.
The average flush of a modern toilet takes about six litres of water, and the average adult pees about seven times every day.
I suspect that number rises during Oktoberfest, but you get the general idea.
The point is, you’re using 42 litres of water every single day just to flush your pee.
Multiply that by however many adults on the planet use a toilet every day and you get a very worrying scenario.
… Read more: https://www.techly.com.au/2017/12/06/worried-climate-change-something-start-peeing-shower/ The Techly article includes a Brazilian Government video which provides the same advice; I can’t fault their logic.
Material on this website is copyright © 2006-2017, by Anthony Watts, and may not be stored or archived separately, rebroadcast, or republished without written permission.
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The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party

The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking.
These Republican economic contradictions make no sense, but they’re familiar to those of us who follow climate change news.
On taxes, the Republican argument is cuts pay for themselves by stimulating economic growth and creating jobs.
But the economic literature is far from clear about whether tax cuts necessarily spur economic growth at all, let alone enough to pay for themselves.
Gary Cohn asks.#WSJCEOCouncil pic.twitter.com/TD2oAlN27S When presented with the nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation analysis concluding the bill would increase the national debt by over $1tn even when accounting for associated economic growth, Republicans immediately rejected the results.
Starting with the brief rise of the Tea Party in 2010, that all changed, and the intellectual rot of the GOP has accelerated under President Trump.
At the time, 55% of Americans including 75% of Republicans reported watching Fox News.
In fact, the entire Republican case for their tax plan was based on lies.
Money and power – the root of all evil The Republican tax plan and the party’s obstruction of climate policies are nevertheless both unpopular positions.
Just 25% of Americans support the tax plan, though that includes 60% of Republican voters.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Climate Change Week in Review Week Ending December 1, 2017

Climate Change Week in Review Week Ending December 1, 2017

This week began with an extraordinary call for direct action against oil pipelines (non-violent sabotage) published on the opinion page

Climate Change & Global Warming

Climate Change Week in Review Week Ending November 24, 2017

Climate Change Week in Review Week Ending November 24, 2017

  On this week, which includes Thanksgiving in the U.S., climate activists can find developments for which they can be

Climate Change & Global Warming

Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’

Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’

The rich are ‘renegotiating’ the Paris climate deal by trying to limit access for middle income countries to climate finance, it has been claimed Rich countries are blocking climate finance projects in middle income countries without justification, a powerful developing world group has claimed.
Brazil, China, India and South Africa – which makes up the Basic negotiating group – and the G77 coalition of 133 developing countries have accused rich countries of trying to “unilaterally apply new eligibility criteria” to the Global Environmental Facility (Gef) and Green Climate Fund (GCF).
During the last board meeting of the Gef in Addis Ababa in October, developed countries proposed middle income countries should have access to grants blocked.
In a statement, the Basic group told delegates to climate talks in Bonn: “These attempts have no legal basis and, in our view, are tantamount to renegotiating [the Paris Agreement].
Marcondes said the moves were “an attempt to rewrite the Paris Agreement”, adding that differentiating the developing world would make the funds work like the World Bank.
Bolivia’s chief negotiator Ivan Zambrana told Climate Home News the GCF should make the countries’ pledges to the Paris deal “more effective”.
For instance, there has been a bigger institutional effort towards loans than concessional transfers”, said Zambrana.
Espinosa said that, while it is understandable why the developing countries have raised the issue, the UN talks talks were not the appropriate place to discuss the funds.
“GEF and GCF have their own boards, where decisions are taken.
It’s important that the countries act through their representatives in these boards,” she said.

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