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How I Budget In Medical School (Plus Your Questions Answered!)

How I Budget In Medical School (Plus Your Questions Answered!)

Medical students are in a unique situation where we get our loan payments only twice per year, and then have to make that money last for 6 to 8 months.
So here’s how I budget: I make an excel spreadsheet.
Expenses: My expenses section is split into the months I need to budget for.
If I know of any flights, gifts, or other school expenses coming up I will include those, too.
With this method I have to go back into my budget and adjust and edit it semi-regularly.
I estimate a lot of my expenses, but that works for me.
I do, however, put any extra personal income into savings when I can.
Your Questions Answered Do I need to take out extra loans early on to save up for fourth year?
How to budget for fourth year away rotations?
I very much recommend finding a flexible way to make some extra money while in school!

Energy

Anti-fracking and fossil fuels motion passed

Anti-fracking and fossil fuels motion passed

CITY councillors supported a call to withdraw investments in fossil fuel and fracking companies from a multi-billion pension fund.
The Oxfordshire Pension Fund is run by Oxfordshire County Council but is used by more than 200 employers.
Richard Howlett, a Labour councillor, took through a motion originally proposed by his party colleague John Tanner on Monday.
Mr Howlett said fracking in particular was an ‘appalling idea viewed at many angles’.
Blasting through rocks to force them open and extract oil and gas in the fracking process is a ‘short-termist and dangerous way’ of investing pensions, he added.
Mr Tanner, the council’s former leader, was at another meeting that evening.
His motion, to ask the pension fund to remove its savings, was supported by 38 councillors at Oxford Town Hall.
Another two councillors abstained from the vote.
Employers in the pension fund include free, primary, comprehensive and international schools, Oxford Brookes University and councils.
But also included are A2 Dominion, a housing association which has development across Oxfordshire, Citizens Advice bureaus and Skanska, which carries out roadworks for the county council.

Food & Water

Detroit public school district shuts down water supply at all schools amid lead fears

Detroit public school district shuts down water supply at all schools amid lead fears

After test results evaluating all water sources, from sinks to fountains, for 16 schools showed higher-than-acceptable levels of the chemicals last month, the Detroit public schools community district announced it was turning off the water at all its schools.
The latest results come on the heels of previous tests from 2016 and spring 2018 that revealed elevated copper and lead levels, bringing the total number of schools with water quality issues to 34 out of the 106 Detroit currently operates.
That doesn’t make sense for ensuring the safety of children.” The shutdown of water fountains doesn’t apply to charter schools, but Detroit’s mayor, Mike Duggan, intends to initiate “the same level” of water quality testing at those schools, Vitti said.
Flint water crisis: Michigan’s top health official to face trial over deaths Read more Water testing in schools is currently not required by federal law or Michigan state law.
The Detroit Federation of Teachers, the local arm of the American Federation of Teachers union, supported the superintendent’s decision.
Older drinking water fountains are “a known source of lead exposure”, said Stuart Batterman, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.
Detroit public schools have suffered from years of underfunding.
Vitti said: “The infrastructure of the public school system has been neglected, and this is an example of it.
“After 10 years of emergency management, there is a lot of work to be done, across, let’s say, 90% of our school buildings to get ceiling tiles, basic heating and cooling,” she said.
“This is not a new problem,” said Batterman, adding that it had been a known issue since the 1991 Lead and Copper Rule, which requires public water suppliers to monitor drinking water for lead.

Organic Living

Livable Housing — for the Birds

Livable Housing — for the Birds

Brightly colored, upcycled birdhouses are among the most charming forms of garden art.
But if you want a birdhouse that’s actually for the birds, you need to consider a lot more than human aesthetics in your design.
Birds will only use nesting boxes that mimic the ones they build or find in nature.
They usually have specific requirements about size, shape, and placement of entry.
Specificity It’s obvious once you think about it, but different kinds of birds have different nesting needs, so it helps to know which bird you are building a house for.
Many Audubon Society chapters provide building designs for bird species that are local to their area and likely to appreciate a well-designed birdhouse.
Fish and Wildlife Service maintains a partial list of bird species that can be attracted to nest boxes and explains their housing requirements.
Porches and doors make a big difference in a home’s curb appeal.
But those cute little perches by the door of traditional bird houses are more helpful to predators than to the birds, so leave them off of any birdhouse.
No matter how protective the roof, some rainwater is bound to get into any birdhouse; include drainage holes to keep chicks dry.

Organic Living

Tips for generating a slogan for your green business

Tips for generating a slogan for your green business

If you are creating a new slogan for your eco business, you must make sure it is memorable.
There is nothing better than creating a slogan that people can actually remember with ease.
For this reason, make sure that you have created something that represents the sustainable values of your company and is easy to remember.
We are going to look as the best tips to creating a slogan for your eco business.
It should be created from what you company believes in.
If you want your slogan to make sense to you and to your audience, don’t be generous with words.
It should be simple enough to be remembered but strong enough to carry the message.
What if they had added in some more words and said, “Everything you do while in Las Vegas should not be shared across the boundary”?
A short slogan with a simple language Consistency The aspect is consistency that fails many companies when generating a logo.
Focus on your uniqueness When creating a slogan, you can still get ideas from your competition – the other eco-mined business out there.

Conservation & Sustainability

Eat more pollock and less squid to save fish stocks, urges charity

Eat more pollock and less squid to save fish stocks, urges charity

Warning of a lack of clear labelling on packaging as well as menus, it also advises shoppers to ask their fishmonger, supermarket fish counter or restaurant whether their choice is sustainable.
Quick guide The MSC’s best and worst rated fish Rated 1: “Best choice” Pollock – Alaska/Walleye Native oysters (sail and oar) European hake (gill or fixed) Herring/sild (MSC-certified) Coley/saithe (MSC-certified) Haddock (from Rockall or MSC-certified) Rated 5: “Avoid” Seabass (caught at sea) Dover Sole (from the Irish sea and pulse trawled) Plaice (from south-west Ireland and caught using pulse trawls) Sturgeon (wild-caught) Squid (common or European squid caught in the English Channel with fishing gear other than jigs) Was this helpful?
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Using the Good Fish Guide will point people in the right direction and start the sustainability conversation with the fishmonger or restaurant.
If consumers can start asking ‘Is that sustainable?’, seafood suppliers will need to have an answer.” Squid, a popular fixture on many restaurant menus and widely available on seafood counters and in supermarket freezer sections, is described as a “mixed bag” when it comes to consumer choice.
Haddock from the North Sea and west of Scotland has improved from 3 to 2, meaning it can again be considered a “good choice” after fishing pressure has continued to reduce and stocks have increased.
Meanwhile, consumers who fear that a fish burger may be nothing more than the scrapings off the factory floor may be reassured.
Eat herring and mackerel to support UK after Brexit, urges charity Read more Dover sole, often regarded as an upmarket fish, is rated 2 when it comes from the western Channel or Cornwall, or is MSC-certified from the North Sea.
In March the charity said less popular UK species such as dab, hake, herring and mackerel should be Britons’ fish supper of choice in order to support the UK fishing industry and help the seas.
For the first time it suggested a “post-Brexit” UK top 10 including species of fish that are not household names.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Labor says Australia can remain energy ‘superpower’ – but only if climate wars end

Labor says Australia can remain energy ‘superpower’ – but only if climate wars end

The shadow assistant minister for climate change and energy will use an appearance at a renewable energy conference on Thursday to argue that Australia can remain an energy export “superpower” during the transition to low-emissions energy – “it just won’t be fossilised carbon, instead it will be wind and solar power”.
Conroy says in his speech that thermal coal exports will “decline significantly over the next few decades” but Australia will continue to export metallurgical coal, “which makes up 65% of our coal exports by value, for a long time to come, as there is no other way of manufacturing steel at an industrial scale”.
Australia’s emissions data would shame the Coalition, if such a thing were possible | Greg Jericho Read more He says that, with the right policy settings, Australia can replace thermal coal exports with renewable energy exports, and also develop the hydrogen economy.
Some critics of renewables – such as the former prime minister Tony Abbott – contend that a high take-up of low-emissions technology will lead to the de-industrialisation of Australia.
“As the world decarbonises its electricity supply, the nations that can transform into manufacturing powerhouses are those with the cheapest energy, which will be the nations with the best renewable energy resources.” He says the opportunity is twofold.
Conroy says Australia is also well positioned to “be the capital of mining and processing of key inputs for the renewables revolution”.
He says the zones will be central to developing new industries such as hydrogen, direct electricity export and new energy intensive manufacturing facilities.
“In a similar vein, if we source local steel for the wind farms that will be built to meet Labor’s 50% renewable energy commitment, this would need 423,000 tonnes of Australian steel.
Labor is yet to determine its final position on the future of national energy guarantee – the policy developed by the Coalition to promote reliability and emissions reduction in the electricity sector – before being dumped by the new Morrison cabinet.
But while the opposition’s position is not yet final, the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, has sent a number of public signals over the past month that the ALP is likely to keep the Neg mechanism with a higher target for emissions reduction.

Alternative Energy

Environmental Negligence vs. Civil Rights: Black and Hispanic Communities Get More Pollution, Fewer Jobs

Environmental Negligence vs. Civil Rights: Black and Hispanic Communities Get More Pollution, Fewer Jobs

One of President Donald Trump’s stated justifications for rolling back environmental regulations has been to bring back jobs in highly-polluting industries like coal. “The share of pollution risk accruing to minority groups generally exceeds their share of employment and greatly exceeds their share of higher paying jobs.
In aggregate, we find no evidence that facilities that create higher pollution risk for surrounding communities provide more jobs,” the study concluded.
By the numbers, black Americans hold 10.8 percent of the jobs at industrial facilities, but suffer 17.4 percent of the exposure to air pollution.
Monday’s study comes a little more than six months after a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study found that race and not poverty was the greatest predictor of exposure to certain air pollutants from the oil industry.
Despite such findings, the EPA has severely reduced the size of its Office of Environmental Justice under the Trump administration.
Monday’s study was also published the same day as an in-depth report by Stateline for the Huffington Post looking at the individual consequences of this kind of environmental racism.
The report focused on the town of Uniontown, Alabama, where its 2,300 low-income, majority black residents are exposed to a landfill that accepts coal ash, a cheese factory that emits a noxious smell and dumps waste into a local creek and wastewater from a catfish processing factory that contributes to an overburdened sewer system that leaks fecal matter into streams and rivers. “Look at every black community or poor community,” resident Esther Calhoun who has been involved with several lawsuits against the offending polluters told Stateline.
Pollution, Race and the Search for Justice https://t.co/OMWQS2NkNg @greenpeaceusa @foodandwater @ClimateReality @YEARSofLIVING — EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) 1520265171.0

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Eat more pollock and less squid to save fish stocks, urges charity

Eat more pollock and less squid to save fish stocks, urges charity

Warning of a lack of clear labelling on packaging as well as menus, it also advises shoppers to ask their fishmonger, supermarket fish counter or restaurant whether their choice is sustainable.
Quick guide The MSC’s best and worst rated fish Rated 1: “Best choice” Pollock – Alaska/Walleye Native oysters (sail and oar) European hake (gill or fixed) Herring/sild (MSC-certified) Coley/saithe (MSC-certified) Haddock (from Rockall or MSC-certified) Rated 5: “Avoid” Seabass (caught at sea) Dover Sole (from the Irish sea and pulse trawled) Plaice (from south-west Ireland and caught using pulse trawls) Sturgeon (wild-caught) Squid (common or European squid caught in the English Channel with fishing gear other than jigs) Was this helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Using the Good Fish Guide will point people in the right direction and start the sustainability conversation with the fishmonger or restaurant.
If consumers can start asking ‘Is that sustainable?’, seafood suppliers will need to have an answer.” Squid, a popular fixture on many restaurant menus and widely available on seafood counters and in supermarket freezer sections, is described as a “mixed bag” when it comes to consumer choice.
Haddock from the North Sea and west of Scotland has improved from 3 to 2, meaning it can again be considered a “good choice” after fishing pressure has continued to reduce and stocks have increased.
Meanwhile, consumers who fear that a fish burger may be nothing more than the scrapings off the factory floor may be reassured.
Eat herring and mackerel to support UK after Brexit, urges charity Read more Dover sole, often regarded as an upmarket fish, is rated 2 when it comes from the western Channel or Cornwall, or is MSC-certified from the North Sea.
In March the charity said less popular UK species such as dab, hake, herring and mackerel should be Britons’ fish supper of choice in order to support the UK fishing industry and help the seas.
For the first time it suggested a “post-Brexit” UK top 10 including species of fish that are not household names.

Conservation & Sustainability

Civic Environmental Virtue

Civic Environmental Virtue

Just: Will you vote?
Which is to say, environmentalists who vote.
“All the messaging we test is simply focused on one thing: What will increase the likelihood of voting?” EVP founder Nathaniel Stinnett says.
And they’ll push for laws and policies that reflect your beliefs.
“Climate change is not a small issue — it’s an existential crisis,” Stinnett says.
It targeted voters on behalf of the AFL-CIO, and later consulted for other politically progressive organizations, including the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign (more on that shortly.)
There are predictable and consistent reasons that people vote, Rogers and other social scientists found: We don’t want to disappoint our peers, family, and friends.
Recent elections suggest the first step of the EVP approach is working.
“If we want to make better decisions or do things in our society’s self-interest, we need to be tricked into doing them,” he says.
Like the voters they target, they have made pledges to themselves.

Conservation & Sustainability

One Year After Harvey, Houston Awaits The Next Flood

One Year After Harvey, Houston Awaits The Next Flood

She lost everything except computers and some important files she’d stored high off the ground.
Then this past July 4th, 8 inches of rain fell on Houston, swamping streets, stranding unlucky motorists, and nixing the city’s Fourth of July party.
Of course, there was Harvey.
So many people, like the majority of the business owners and workers in this Meyerland strip mall, are staying put.
According to one survey along Armand Bayou, southeast of the city, the maps failed to predict 75 percent of flood claims from five recent floods.
“We will still have problems.” Reconciled to a future of floods, business owners in this little strip mall are coming up with their own ways to manage the risk.
“There are people who aren’t back in their homes yet.” When it poured this year on July 4, DeOssio feared the worst, he says: “I started to really think, are we going to have a relapse?” Even if nothing disastrous happens, sales drop off as the rains keep customers at home.
He watches the water levels at the edge of the strip mall, where two roads meet at a low point, as an indicator of how bad it will be in the neighborhood.
As was the case with Darlene Wilkens, Ousley-Nevarez also found her fridge lying sideways in water once Harvey passed.
“We knew were going to flood,” she says of that storm.

Conservation & Sustainability

Nurseries Restore Staghorn Coral in the Florida Keys

Nurseries Restore Staghorn Coral in the Florida Keys

It’s beautiful!” Despite spending a year helping to restore staghorn coral in the Florida Keys, this was the first time my snorkeling partner, Christina, from Coral Restoration Foundation had seen a huge staghorn colony in the wild.
We were snorkeling at Pulaski Shoal, one of the largest known thickets of staghorn remaining in Dry Tortugas National Park.
She was joining me on a week-long expedition focused primarily on transferring staghorn corals grown in The Nature Conservancy’s nursery to the reef.
The effort quickly expanded to include partners all along the reef, from Fort Lauderdale through the Dry Tortugas.
Genetically-distinct colonies are placed at each site to increase the likelihood of cross-fertilization and successful recruitment of larvae within and between restoration sites.
We outplant about 1,000 corals each year to sites within park boundaries.
Given the distance and the day-long transit just to get there, once there, we have to make do with what we’ve brought.
We had an ambitious schedule to outplant to a new site, spend some time cleaning the nursery and preparing it for another year of grow-out, collecting new stock, and setting up a test outplant site where the public has access and can view our work.
As the staghorn restoration program moves forward, the Conservancy and our partners are working diligently to explore other avenues of restoration and answer important questions to increase our effectiveness and efficiency at restoring ecosystems and their functions.
Bonefish Grill has committed $175,000 to help fund the Conservancy’s coral nurseries and coral restoration efforts in Florida and the Caribbean.

Conservation & Sustainability

Washington’s last chance to save the endangered orcas – but is it too late?

Washington’s last chance to save the endangered orcas – but is it too late?

Seattle’s orcas are dying.
First was Tahlequah’s calf.
Then came news Thursday that another young orca, Scarlet, appeared to be dying.
Grieving orca mother carries dead calf for days as killer whales fight for survival Read more “This is what they have told the world – it is human actions that are responsible for the dead and stillborn calves, the sick and starving adults and the declining condition of the environment in which they live,” Solien said before calling for a moment of silence for Tahlequah and her calf.
Three years have passed since an orca calf born in the region survived.
In the past 20 years, 40 orcas have been born into the group while 72 have died.
I don’t believe we have another chance Phil Anderson The work of saving the orca in Washington has fallen to the Puget Sound Partnership, a taskforce of leaders from state agencies, interest groups and tribal governments.
“My first great grandchild was born this year,” Sanchez said.
Dams, pollution and fishing have depressed Pacific north-west stocks of Chinook, which often appear in supermarkets as king salmon.
Phil Anderson, a fisheries negotiator with the Pacific Salmon Council, said a proposed treaty with Canada will reduce the salmon catch if both governments approve it.

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In defense of using ‘the new normal’ to describe climate change

In defense of using ‘the new normal’ to describe climate change

“All that is the ‘new normal’ that we will have to face.” Why on earth is the word normal being thrown around to describe such extraordinary times?
The new normal is a catchy phrase, and one you’ve probably heard before — if not from Brown, then perhaps from the New York Times.
“It sounds like we left the old normal, the old conditions, and arrived at a new normal, a new stasis,” Crystal Kolden, a fire scientist at the University of Idaho, tells me.
When people invoke the “new normal,” Stamper says they’re not referring to an unchanging, static condition, but rather “a measure of uncertainty and worsening danger.” In other words, the cliche conveys exactly the message that climate scientists want to convey.
“I hear what the climate scientists are saying — you don’t want to say bad hurricanes are the new normal, and we should just get used to them,” Stamper says.
“Delaware can’t afford a future where climate change and sea level rise are the new normal.” There are valid fears about complacency in the face of radical climate change — that we’ll forget the way that things used to be, become blind to the environmental destruction happening around us, and fail to act to save what’s left.
It’s a concern with climate change, too, he says.
“We’re in the middle of a shift that can destroy what we hold dear, and to call this normal is absurd.” Stamper has some advice for scientists, like Pauly, who hate the phrase.
“Do they think normal is a static point?
Because linguistically, we can show that what people call ‘normal’ changes constantly.” In fact, reporters are already approaching the phrase this way in climate reporting, which suggests that we might be able to have the phrase and use it too, exactly in the manner scientists would want — even if they still hate the term.

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Labor says Australia can remain energy ‘superpower’ – but only if climate wars end

Labor says Australia can remain energy ‘superpower’ – but only if climate wars end

The shadow assistant minister for climate change and energy will use an appearance at a renewable energy conference on Thursday to argue that Australia can remain an energy export “superpower” during the transition to low-emissions energy – “it just won’t be fossilised carbon, instead it will be wind and solar power”.
Conroy says in his speech that thermal coal exports will “decline significantly over the next few decades” but Australia will continue to export metallurgical coal, “which makes up 65% of our coal exports by value, for a long time to come, as there is no other way of manufacturing steel at an industrial scale”.
Australia’s emissions data would shame the Coalition, if such a thing were possible | Greg Jericho Read more He says that, with the right policy settings, Australia can replace thermal coal exports with renewable energy exports, and also develop the hydrogen economy.
Some critics of renewables – such as the former prime minister Tony Abbott – contend that a high take-up of low-emissions technology will lead to the de-industrialisation of Australia.
“As the world decarbonises its electricity supply, the nations that can transform into manufacturing powerhouses are those with the cheapest energy, which will be the nations with the best renewable energy resources.” He says the opportunity is twofold.
Conroy says Australia is also well positioned to “be the capital of mining and processing of key inputs for the renewables revolution”.
He says the zones will be central to developing new industries such as hydrogen, direct electricity export and new energy intensive manufacturing facilities.
“In a similar vein, if we source local steel for the wind farms that will be built to meet Labor’s 50% renewable energy commitment, this would need 423,000 tonnes of Australian steel.
Labor is yet to determine its final position on the future of national energy guarantee – the policy developed by the Coalition to promote reliability and emissions reduction in the electricity sector – before being dumped by the new Morrison cabinet.
But while the opposition’s position is not yet final, the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, has sent a number of public signals over the past month that the ALP is likely to keep the Neg mechanism with a higher target for emissions reduction.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Extreme Ultraviolet and its Impact on Our Planets Surface

Extreme Ultraviolet and its Impact on Our Planets Surface

Only about half of the sunlight makes it to the surface, so we’re down to 0.14 W/m2 change from peak to trough, less than a twentieth of a percent.
They’re right … … but they’re also wrong.
To start with, here’s the breakdown of the strength of the solar radiation by wavelength.
Wavelengths shorter than that are ultraviolet (UV).
And way over on the left, at 10 – 24 nm wavelength between the vertical red lines, is the tiny amount of extreme ultraviolet (EUV).
Even though it varies on a percentage basis more than the TSI, the EUV represents such a small part of the sun’s energy that it cannot be even seen at this scale.
The second problem is that the variation in EUV is much, much smaller in absolute terms than the variation in TSI.
As you can see, the variations in the EUV are very small compared to the variations in the visible spectrum.
In fact, the only reason that the percentage variations in EUV are greater than the percentage variations in TSI is that changes in EUV start from almost zero … so even a tiny absolute change in EUV is a large percentage change in EUV.
DATA: I’ve used the solar data recommended here for use in the CMIP6.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Dyson expands facility to boost electric-car tests

Dyson expands facility to boost electric-car tests

Coming despite severe warnings over lost jobs and investment from no-deal Brexit, his technology company is spending about £200m to expand the testing facility on a former second world war airfield at Hullavington, near Malmesbury in the west of England.
Electric cars exceed 1m in Europe as sales soar by more than 40% Read more The investment comes a year after Dyson announced plans to create an electric vehicle to propel his high-tech household goods company to become a rival to Tesla, the carmaker started by the US billionaire Elon Musk.
Dyson’s expansion plans for the research and development site, which is already home to about 400 workers, include planning applications for more than 10 miles of vehicle-testing tracks with high speed sections, hills and off-road routes to put its new electric cars through their paces.
Although only recruiting about 300 more automotive workers at present, planning details show the 45,000-square-metre site will ultimately have space for more than 2,000 people.
Dyson has yet to make a decision on whether it will mass-produce its electric vehicles in Britain once testing is complete.
The company employs more than 12,000 people around the world with about 4,800 in the UK, centred around Malmesbury.
Alongside its vacuum cleaners, hand dryers and car development, the company is working on battery technologies, high-speed electric motors, vision systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Despite difficult trading conditions facing many firms after the Brexit vote amid heightened political uncertainty, Dyson has not changed his view that leaving the EU would be best for the country.
“Brexit can supercharge British technology and refocus minds on global trade if only we grab the opportunity with both hands – the government must embrace it and support British businesses,” he told the Guardian.
Economic growth has slowed since the referendum, while households are more than £900 worse off, according to the governor of the Bank of England.

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Germany’s retreat from Paris Climate Accord goals

Germany’s retreat from Paris Climate Accord goals

But Merkel said such calls, most recently from the European Commission’s climate chief Miguel Arias Canete, for swifter cuts to harmful carbon dioxide emissions would be counterproductive, adding that setting new goals made little sense when European countries were already struggling to meet their cuts targets.
Full story h/t to Charles the Mod Guest essay by Eric Worrall Greens have reacted with fury at Trump Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke‘s suggestion that opposition to sensible forestry management is exacerbating fire risks.
Wildfires seem unstoppable, but they can be prevented.
Ryan Zinke, Opinion contributor Published 6:00 a.m.
ET Aug. 8, 2018 Actively managing our forests benefits the… By Javier A most remarkable climate phenomenon is taking place under our very noses without anybody paying attention to it.
As nearly everybody knows, the planet is warming.
Therefore, periods of… From the “worse than we thought” department comes this new climate model, but at least they acknowledge the pause.
Researchers have developed a mathematical model to predict how average global surface air temperatures will vary over the next few years.
Climate Change Impacts ‘No Longer Subtle,’ Scientist Says … Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Michael Mann (@MichaelEMann), distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State… Guest commentary by David Middleton Big Oil’s carbon capture tax credit betrayal BY JOHN NOEL, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 07/30/18 09:30 AM EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL Instead of finding ways to responsibly reduce production, the fossil fuel industry has decided carbon capture is the… Guest essay by Eric Worrall Our favourite identity thief Peter Gleick, who stole documents from Heartland while serving as chairman of the AGU ethics committee, has written a deliciously confused piece in which he urges people not to give up, despite the inevitability of serious climate change.
The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB),… Guest bewilderment by David Middleton Interior Secretary Ken “Boot” Salazar in 2010… Tough-Talking Admin Officials Keep ‘Boot on Neck’ of BP By MIKE SORAGHAN of Greenwire Published: May 3, 2010 BP used to stand for “British Petroleum.” Now the company wants people to think “Beyond Petroleum.” But in the eyes of the Obama administration it’s… How the Southern Ocean may explain Holocene warming The oceans are the planet’s most important depository for atmospheric carbon dioxide on time scales of decades to millenia.

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Trump’s Dirty Power Plan is much worse for kids’ health than for climate change

Trump’s Dirty Power Plan is much worse for kids’ health than for climate change

Last October, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency would repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.
The rule’s costs in worsening public health far exceed its monetary benefits.
Dirty Power Plan’s climate impact is small Many news stories about the Dirty Power Plan exaggerated its climate impact due to confusion about various points of comparison.
For example, the Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce carbon pollution from US electricity generation 32% below 2005 levels by 2030.
The Dirty Power Plan will encourage coal plants to operate more efficiently, which the EPA estimates will reduce emissions about 1% more than simply repealing the Clean Power Plan.
That happened without the Clean Power Plan ever going into effect – we basically didn’t need it, because coal was replaced anyway just for being too expensive.
1/ August 21, 2018 The EPA’s new analysis found that under the Clean Power Plan, carbon pollution from US electricity generation would have fallen 29% below 2005 levels by 2030, and under the Dirty Power Plan, it would fall 26% below 2005 levels by 2030.
Both appear to be extremely conservative estimates – remember, US power sector carbon pollution already fell 25% below 2005 levels by 2016 – but the point is that the climate difference between the plans is relatively small.
The EPA estimates that US coal production will be just 8% higher in 2030 under the Dirty Power Plan than it would have been under the Clean Power Plan.
The silver lining is that Trump can’t save the dying dirty coal industry, and his EPA’s pollution plans will be reversed by the next administration in 2021.

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Climate Change Week in Review: Week Ending August 17, 2018

Climate Change Week in Review: Week Ending August 17, 2018

A thoughtful story in Bloomberg BusinessWeek this week discussed the impact for Japan’s economy of the “gradual demise of the

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