When a chemical leaked at a facility in Charleston, West Virginia, lawmakers at the State Capitol were close enough to smell it. It was one of the most serious incidents of chemical contamination of drinking water in American history.
Brachystelma gerrardii (Gentianales - Apocynaceae) is a South African plant exceptionally rare, with subpopulations usually consisting of no more than 10 mature individuals. Locally it is considered a threatened species .
There are black and blue-green metallic color forms of Brachystelma gerrardii flowers. This black one is common in the more northerly reaches of the distribution area .
The skull-shaped Snapdragon Flower Dragon(Antirrhinum majus) seed pod. The Antirrhinum, commonly known as the snapdragon has been a popular garden plant for many years. Also known as the dragon flower, its common name derives from the resemblance of the flower to a dragon’s head.Yet once the flower has died, leaving behind the seed pod, something a little more macabre appears. The dragon – just a visual metaphor after all – appears to have a skull.
Report finds shift from attacks against universities to attacks against researchers
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States, put out a report on animal rights tactics and gave advice for “mitigating” their activities.
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Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change published its latest report onImpacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. The full report is over 2500 pages long, which means that even people who are very interested in this will only read the 44-page Summary for Policymakers that was produced by the final Working Group meeting in Yokahama, just hours before the full report was released.
That’s better than reading nothing, but unlike the main report, the Summary is written and edited by politicians and bureaucrats, and their priorities aren’t necessarily scientific. Over the years, the Summaries have consistently been more conservative, more cautious, than the Reports they summarize.
That being so, it’s very significant that the latest Summary includes very blunt warnings about the dangers that climate change poses. The situation is so serious that even government do-nothings can’t hide it.
BUT … as the following comments show, very important material was omitted from the Summary. The author is a professional writer who lives on the west coast of the U.S., who writes for AmericaBlog under the pen name Gaius Publicus. These are excerpts from his April 2 post.
A great deal of the impact of global warming will be felt by the poorest nations on earth, for example, low-lying Bangladesh. Keep in mind that the poorest nations on earth never caused the crisis. The perps are rich Western nations, like the U.S. and Europe, with our high-consumption, high-waste lifestyles, and the emerging nations, like India and China, who are burning carbon as fast as they can, to catch up to us.
The poor nations are just along for the ride in most cases. With that in mind, here’s all you need to know:
- Poor nations are innocent victims of climate change now, and will be even more victimized in the future.
- To fix their vulnerabilities, it will require a transfer of money from rich nations in the neighborhood of $100 billion per year, according to the World Bank.
- According to the large IPCC report (the 2500-page report), the first two statements above are included as part of the data for consideration.
- Those statements (1 and 2) also appeared in the SPM, the executive summary, up until the very last draft, which was discussed for final approval in Yokohama.
- At that meeting, the need for $100 billion in crisis funds to aid poor nations was removed from the 48-page Summary, the only document that will be read outside the scientific community.
- The U.S. led the push to remove the statement.….
Your three take-aways from this material should be:
- There will never be international cooperation, because the rich will never pay a dime to offset anyone’s cost to deal with this crisis. Believe it. Anyone who goes down that path — bless their heart — is chasing a dream that human souls live inside the monsters who are keeping this crisis going. If the rich wanted to fix this, it would be fixed years ago. They will never want to fix this.
- Any nation can embark on a Zero Carbon energy economy the minute it wants to. It doesn’t need permission (or help) from any other uncooperating nation. Denmark can do it alone. France can do it alone. The U.S. can do it — yes, alone. Abandoning the hunt for the unicorn of international cooperation is freedom from the veto of other nation’s rich people….
- The rich will have to be moved aside to solve the climate crisis. And by that I mean forcefully. They will never surrender, never meet us halfway. They will only delay us while they cash their next checks and sell more carbon.
This sculpture by Issac Cordal in Berlin is called “Politicians discussing global warming.”
Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing? …
After waging a brutal war on poor communities of color, a drug war that has decimated families, spread despair and hopelessness through entire communities, and a war that has fanned the flames of the very violence it was supposedly intended to address and control; after pouring billions of dollars into prisons and allowing schools to fail; we’re gonna simply say, we’re done now? I think we have to be willing, as we’re talking about legalization, to also start talking about reparations for the war on drugs, how to repair the harm caused. …
At the end of apartheid in South Africa there was an understanding that there could be no healing, no progress, no reconciliation without truth. You can’t just destroy a people and then say ‘It’s over, we’re stopping now.’ You have to be willing to deal with the truth, deal with the history openly and honestly.