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Climate Change Is All Most of Us Have Ever Known

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:06

“Undeniable” might be a useful descriptor, but let’s frame climate change differently: how this reality manifests itself within the human experience, and how politics are being shaped by that experience. In 2015, the global median age was just below 30, so a changing climate is the only thing most people on Earth have known. Different age groups have contrasting views of a climate of constant change and volatility. A recent Gallup poll separated Americans into three climate change cohorts: "Concerned believers" are highly worried about global warming, think it will pose a serious threat in their lifetime, believe it's the result of human activity, and think news reports about it are accurate or underestimate the problem.


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Facebook Gains on Crypto Pact, Hire Reports Ahead of Rollout

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:05

The Wall Street Journal reported it had signed up a number of major companies -- including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Uber -- to back the project. Bowles's new title at Facebook will be public policy director for Northern Europe, according to a person familiar with the situation. The cryptocurrency plan ``may prove to be one of the most important initiatives in the history of the company to unlock new engagement and revenue streams,'' RBC analyst Mark Mahaney wrote in a June 13 note.


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White House physicist sought aid of rightwing thinktank to challenge climate science

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:40

William Happer contacted Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that fossil fuels cause global heating William Happer at Trump Tower in New York, New York on 13 January 2017. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images A member of the Trump administration’s National Security Council has sought help from advisors of a conservative thinktank to challenge the reality of a human-induced climate crisis, a trove of his emails show. William Happer, a physicist appointed by the White House to counter the federal government’s own climate science, reached out to the Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that burning fossil fuels is causing dangerous global heating, in March. In the messages, part of a group of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Happer and Heartland adviser Hal Doiron discuss Happer’s scientific arguments in a paper attempting to knock down the concept of climate emergency, as well as ideas to make the work “more useful to a wider readership.” Happer writes he had already discussed the work with another Heartland adviser, Thomas Wysmuller. The emails from 2018 and 2019, received by the Environmental Defense Fund and provided to the Associated Press, also show Happer’s dismay that Jim Bridenstine, the Nasa administrator, had come round to accepting the science of climate breakdown. In May 2018, an exchange between Happer and Heartland’s Wysmuller called Bridenstine’s change of heart “a puzzle” and copied in the Nasa administrator to urge him to “systematically sidestep” established science on temperature increases and sea level rise that the duo call “nonsense.” This was followed by a February 2019 email in which Happer relays a complaint to James Morhard, Nasa’s deputy administrator, about climate crisis information on the space agency’s website. “I’m concerned that many children are being indoctrinated by this bad science,” said the email that Happer forwarded. Happer has argued that carbon dioxide emissions actually benefit the planet rather than drive harmful climate disruption, once claiming that carbon dioxide has been demonized much like “the poor Jews under Hitler.” The physicist is previously a leader and co-founder of an advocacy group called the CO2 Coalition that received money from far-right organizations and fossil fuel interests such as the Mercer Family Foundation and the Charles Koch Institute. Earlier this year the Trump administration launched an NSC initiative in which a panel would challenge the well-established findings of the government’s own agencies, including Nasa, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as international climate scientists, that human activity is causing the planet to dangerously heat up. The Trump administration has recently ramped up its efforts to muzzle its own scientists from acknowledging the reality of the climate crisis. Last month, the White House barred a state department official from giving written testimony to Congress that the climate emergency was “possibly catastrophic”. The testimony of the official, Rod Schoonover, was critiqued by Happer but the state department refused his suggestions to remove references to harm caused by global heating. “These people are endangering all of us by promoting anti-science in service of fossil fuel interests over the American interests,” Michael Mann, a Pennsylvania State University climate scientist, told the AP.


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A Patient’s Fecal Transplant Went Horribly Wrong After Developing a Deadly Infection

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:33

The antibiotic-resistant bacteria was a form of E.coli.


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Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:55

Some of the world's major oil producers committed Friday to supporting "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a Vatican climate summit and a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations. The CEOs, as well as leaders of major asset managers such as BlackRock and BNP Paribas, also called for companies to provide investors with clarity about the risks climate change poses to their businesses and how they plan to transition to cleaner energy sources. The joint statement was issued at the end of a closed-door summit in the Vatican gardens, the second time the Holy See has convened the world's petroleum leaders for private talks on climate change and the moral imperative to save God's creation.


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Is Your Memory Loss Normal For Your Age...Or An Early Sign Of Alzheimer's?

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:30

I'm misplacing my keys a LOT.


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Jack Dorsey Hints at How Square Crypto May Help With Bitcoin Development

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:22

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has revealed more details about the role Square Crypto might play in boosting bitcoin development.


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KBR Fortifies Government Unit With $200M NASA Contract Win

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:17

KBR's $200-million NASA contract win boosts the government business.


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Climate change: Arctic permafrost now melting at levels not expected until 2090

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:11

Permafrost hs begun thawing in the Canadian Arctic more than 70 years early because of climate change, according to new research. A "series of anomalously warm summers” has dramatically accelerated melting rates at three sites despite average annual ground temperatures remaining low. Ponds and hillocks have formed as a result. It had been thought that the permafrost - ground that remains frozen for at least two years - would remain until at least 2090. But the study found thawing levels were above 150 to 240 per cent above historic levels. Researchers called this a “truly remarkable amount". Mould Bay on Prince Patrick Island was the worst-affected site, according to the study, published on the journal Geophysical Research Letters. There, permafrost thawing levels were 240 per cent higher than historic levels and the ground sank 90cm over the course of the study which ran for over 12 years, between 2003 and 2016.Researchers also recorded thawing at depths not expected until air temperatures rose to levels that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted it would reach in 2090.Along with Mould Bay, researchers observed thermokarsts - a type of land surface that occurs when the ice melts in permafrost, characterised by uneven ground with low rounded hills and small ponds - at three siites along the 430 mile section of the high Arctic in Canada they were monitoring. When permafrost thaws, it releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases stored in or beneath it into the atmosphere. There in turn, cause temperatures to rise and create a perpetual cycle where more permafrost melts.


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New Oregon lab, seed certification bring standards to hemp

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:10

A global hemp research lab announced Thursday in Oregon, coupled with a nascent national review board for hemp varieties and a handful of seed certification programs nationwide, are the first stabs at addressing those concerns — and at creating accountability by standardizing U.S. hemp for a global market. "If you look at a lot of financial markets, they're all saying, 'People are investing in this, and we have no idea what to divide it by," said Jay Noller, head of Oregon State University's new Global Hemp Innovation Center.


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Broadcom Slides as Wall Street’s Hopes for a Recovery Grow Dim

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:00

(Bloomberg) -- Broadcom Inc. shares tumbled on Friday after the chipmaker cut its full-year sales outlook, citing the impact of the trade war between China and the U.S.


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The Latest: Oil firms commit to 'meaningful' carbon pricing

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:54

Some of the world's major oil producers have committed to supporting "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes at the end of a Vatican summit on climate change. The CEOs, as well as heads of major asset managers such as BlackRock and BNP Paribas, also called for oil companies to provide clarity for investors about the risks climate change poses to their businesses and how they plan to transition to cleaner energy sources.


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German railways to stop using glyphosate on tracks

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:36

German state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn is to stop using glyphosate on its tracks and is looking for substitutes to replace the controversial weedkiller, one of its board members said in an interview Friday. "We want to set up a research project to find effective ways to operate our 33,000 kilometres (20,500 miles) of network without glyphosate to be environmentally friendly," infrastructure chief Ronald Pofalla told the weekly business magazine WirtschaftsWoche. The rail operator is Germany's largest user of glyphosate and buys nearly 65 tonnes of the herbicide per year to stop weeds from propagating on its tracks.


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Burial of Ugandan Ebola victim shows flash of confrontation

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:34

At last the pickup truck carrying the Ebola victim's coffin arrived. The second-worst Ebola outbreak in history has spread this week from eastern Congo into Uganda , and the brief confrontation as one of the first victims was buried late Thursday was a flash of the community resistance health teams have faced for months over the nearby border. In Uganda, health workers had long prepared in case the virus got past the screening conducted at border posts.


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Zoom's Stock Surge Vaults Founder Into Ranks of World's Richest

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:03

The Zoom Video Communications Inc. founder has jumped into the ranks of the world’s richest people as shares of the company soared 180% since their market debut in April. “We’re just getting started,” Yuan, 49, said in a phone interview. Shares of Zoom closed Thursday at $100.95, giving the San Jose, California-based company a market value of $27.5 billion.


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First-ever Lexus space jet idea has specs you've never heard of, until now

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:50

Lexus is really taking transportation concepts to new heights with its latest announcement: A spacecraft designed for the 'Men in Black' franchise.


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Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:46

Pope Francis said on Friday that carbon pricing is "essential" to stem global warming - his clearest statement yet in support of penalising polluters - and appealed to climate change deniers to listen to science. In an address to energy executives at the end of a two-day meeting, he also called for "open, transparent, science-based and standardised" reporting of climate risk and a "radical energy transition" away from carbon to save the planet. Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of using the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming, and to spur investment in low-carbon technology.


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Carbon pricing 'essential' to stem global warming, pope tells energy leaders

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:46

Pope Francis said on Friday that carbon pricing was "essential" to stem global warming, his clearest statement to date in support of the practice. In an address to energy executives at the end of a two-day meeting, he also called for "open, transparent, science-based and standardised" reporting of climate risk and a "radical energy transition" away from carbon to save the planet. Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of using the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming, and to spur investment in low-carbon technology.


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Pharma Stock Roundup: MRK Buys Small Cancer Biotech, RHHBY, MRK Drugs Get FDA Nod

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:42

Key developments of the week include Merck's (MRK) deal to buy Tilos Therapeutics and FDA approval for Roche's (RHHBY) polatuzumab vedotin and Merck's Keytruda.


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What It's Like Living With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, the 'Suicide Disease'

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 06:36

A woman with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), sometimes called "the suicide disease," describe what it feels like to live with.


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