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05/27/2015 - 08:58
Oil giant is wrong on climate policy and on the progress that will be made in renewables over next 20-30 years, says influential economist Nick Stern Shell is asking investors to bet against the world taking action on climate change or in renewables displacing fossil fuels, says influential economist Nick Stern. Speaking at a Guardian debate on divestment last night, Lord Stern said Shell and other hydrocarbon companies were getting it wrong on the potential of renewables technology and that people will insist on policies to hold global warming to 2C. Related: Working for Shell didn’t stop me having morals or accepting climate change Related: Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF Continue reading...
05/27/2015 - 08:45
Oil firm Shell is wrong on climate policy and the progress that will be made in renewables, says Nick Stern. Speaking at a free Guardian Membership event on Tuesday, at Kings Place, London, he says people will insist on policies to hold global warming to two degrees. The event was organised in partnership with the British Academy and the Doen Foundation. Click here for the full report Continue reading...
05/27/2015 - 08:05
New evidence shows that catastrophic climate change probably destroyed 96% of species at the end of the Permian period. It could happen again Do you want to know the real reason for the advances by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria? Changing lightbulbs in America. This is the explanation given by John McCain, Republican chair of the Senate armed services committee. At the weekend he blamed Barack Obama’s inability to magic away Isis on the president’s belief that climate change is “the biggest enemy we have”. Never mind the role of the Iraq war – which McCain supported – in destabilising the region, destroying the Iraqi army and creating the opportunities Isis has exploited. Never mind the propagation of Salafi doctrines by Saudi Arabia, which McCain bravely confronts by grovelling before its tyrants. It’s the Better Buildings Challenge and the Solar Instructor Training Network that allowed Isis to capture Ramadi and Palmyra. Related: Barack Obama: climate deniers pose serious threat to US security This catastrophe wiped out not just species within the world’s ecosystems but the ecosystems themselves Continue reading...
05/27/2015 - 08:00
The frontrunner for the Republican presidential ticket exhibited Stage 2 climate denial last week Continue reading...
05/27/2015 - 07:26
To support the Hawaii Ocean Time-series and other related oceanographic research projects, we are seeking a sea-going data specialist to collect, process, catalog, and archive data sampled at Station ALOHA. The candidate should have working knowledge of Matlab as well as MySQL, Java, HTML/xHTML and CSS, Perl, Python, or other scripting language as well as experience working with websites and relational databases. Closing date of this position is 15 June 2015. Full details of the job can be found at www.rcuh.com. Click on “Employment”; select “Apply”; and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job” and search for Job Opening ID No. 15320. RCUH is an EEO/AA employer
05/27/2015 - 06:46
As snowpack levels decline with the warming climate, many streams will experience less water flow, especially during summer months, potentially exposing more fish to predation by birds and other animals.A new study has found that providing adequate shade and cover in small streams may reduce predation on trout by as much as 12 percent, from just one species of bird – the kingfisher. The findings, based on a study at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center in the Alsea River basin, are being published in the journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish.
05/27/2015 - 06:08
The Keep it in the ground campaign has surpassed 210,000 supporters from more than 170 countries. You’ve written letters to the Wellcome Trust. You’ve filled inboxes and made videos. There have been regular tweet-storms. The scientists among you wrote notes to the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust. Through this, we got to know a bit about you. Here’s your opportunity to meet each other. Continue reading...
05/27/2015 - 06:06
The reach of our Keep it in the ground community has been wide and your commitment has been deep. We’ve got to know a bit about you. Here’s your opportunity to meet each other. Provide a photo and answer a few questions, and we’ll add you to our interactive Continue reading...
05/27/2015 - 05:50
Rex Tillerson has a history of sparring with activist shareholders Father Michael Crosby and Sister Pat Daly, but external pressure this year could add extra spice The chief executive of the world’s largest oil company will on Wednesday face two of the firm’s most persistent environmental activist shareholders – a nun from New Jersey and a friar from Milwaukee. ExxonMobil boss Rex Tillerson has a long history of civil but strained sparring with Father Michael Crosby and Sister Pat Daly at its annual shareholder meetings. Crosby is leading a group of investors calling for Exxon to give a seat on its board to an eminent climate expert, while Daly is pressing for emission targets that would set the company on the the path away from fossil fuels. Continue reading...
05/27/2015 - 05:27
Can the cheaper items match the most expensive? And does Peter Walker dare to don some matching jersey-and-shorts combos? We put dhb, Twin Six, Rapha, Café du Cycliste, Howies, Morvélo gear to the test • The best women’s summer cycling gear tested What do you want from a men’s sumer cycling jersey and shorts? My estimable colleague, Helen Pidd, reviewed the women’s offerings from these same six companies on Tuesday, and much the same applies for me: I want lightweight fabric, breathability, long-distance comfort, enough pockets, a fit that’s snug without being lung-squeezing. As Helen explained, our secondary brief was, as far as possible, to be provided with some, well, fun. Patterns were good, matching shorts and jerseys all the better. Tasteful pastel tones are all very well, but arguably a bit ubiquitous for men’s bike clothes at the moment. The final result was a bit mixed on this front, but maybe I didn’t explain myself so well. Continue reading...