Trump Has “Extremely Interesting” Meeting With Al Gore on Climate Change

On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump met with Al Gore to discuss climate change at Trump Tower in New York.

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“I had a lengthy and very productive session with the President-elect,” Gore told reporters following the meeting. “It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the President-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”

Gore was originally set to meet only with the president-elect’s daughter Ivanka, 35, who is set to serve as climate czar in the Trump administration. The soon-to-be First Daughter is planning to move from New York City to Washington, DC.

“Ivanka wants to make climate change — which her father has called a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese — one of her signature issues,” Politico reported on Monday.

Donald Trump has long been critical of climate change, publically calling it a hoax on multiple occasions, but sources close to the family have revealed that they hope her efforts will give an olive branch of sorts to the left.

“The issues she’s talking about are ones she’s always talked about,” a source close to Ivanka told Politico. “These are totally consistent with what she’s developed with her brand. She is playing a critical role in being able to have issues that moderate and liberal women care about — and creating a bridge to the other side.”

Recently, the president-elect told the New York Times that he does believe that there is “some connectivity” when asked about carbon dioxide produced by humans having an effect on climate change.

Gore, the 45th Vice President of the United States, is an environmental activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. His documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” focuses on global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.

Republicans, for the most part, have not been warmly receptive of Gore’s stances.

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In only 50 Years Humans Are Close To Killing Off Two-Thirds Of All Wildlife

Two-thirds of wild animals will vanish by 2020, largest mass extinction since dinosaurs.

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“At some point the earth is going to say ‘enough.”

A damning new report from the World Wildlife Fund has found a precipitous decline in the world’s animal populations as thousands of species scramble to survive against a sole enemy: humans.

The 2016 version of WWF’s biennial Living Planet Report, published Thursday, found a 58 percent overall decline in vertebrate populations from 1970 to 2012, the latest year with available data. The nonprofit warned that if current trends continue, the world could lose more than two-thirds of wildlife by 2020.

“As humanity continues to demand more and more of the earth and puts pressures on our natural capital, what we’re seeing is the fraying of wildlife,” said Colby Loucks, senior director for the WWF’s Wildlife Conservation Program.

Humans have affected the entire spectrum of vertebrate life ? fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, the report says. The document’s warning of vanishing wildlife refers to total population size, not the number of species that will go extinct. That’s an entirely different problem.

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Loucks linked wildlife losses to what he called the “five horseman” of the environmental apocalypse: habitat loss, over exploitation, pollution, invasive species and climate change. Those factors have undercut the 3,706 species documented by the WWF on land and in ocean and freshwater habitats.

Freshwater species have been hit hardest, with populations declining 81 percent, according to the report. The freshwater biome covers less than a 0.01 percent of the planet’s surface, but holds about 1 in 10 known wildlife species.

“There’s less of the cuddly panda phenomenon going on there, because humans need water to survive, to grow crops,” Loucks said, noting that “oftentimes we see freshwater for human use,” and not for conservation.

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Why are there massive die offs of different species of animals around the world ?

Humanity has expanded so much ? clear-cutting rainforests, poaching big game, overfishing the seas ? that it now requires the equivalent of “1.6 earths to provide the goods and services we use each year,” the report says.

WWF ranks what it calls the “ecological footprint” of this consumption ? basically the amount of resources a human lifestyle requires in a defined region. Rich nations, including the United States, Canada and Australia, have some of the biggest footprints in the world.

“I don’t think people really know the extent of these declines,” Loucks said. “Ultimately, we’re going to need collective action to try and maintain both humans and what we need, as well as the natural world.”

Freshwater species have been hit hardest, with populations declining 81 percent, according to the report. The freshwater biome covers less than a 0.01 percent of the planet’s surface, but holds about 1 in 10 known wildlife species.

“There’s less of the cuddly panda phenomenon going on there, because humans need water to survive, to grow crops,” Loucks said, noting that “oftentimes we see freshwater for human use,” and not for conservation.

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Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone – fish, birds, … Humanity decimating planetary wildlife as global wildlife stocks predicted to fall twothirds by 2020 ~ The Daily Telegraph


WWF ranks what it calls the “ecological footprint” of this consumption ? basically the amount of resources a human lifestyle requires in a defined region. Rich nations, including the United States, Canada and Australia, have some of the biggest footprints in the world.

“I don’t think people really know the extent of these declines,” Loucks said. “Ultimately, we’re going to need collective action to try and maintain both humans and what we need, as well as the natural world.”

Other major endeavors this year documenting animal populations have revealed similarly shocking declines. The first full census of African elephants found a 30 percent drop across the continent in just seven years. Wide swaths of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have become a coral graveyard. Even the loneliest frog on Earth died, a symbol of “the extinction crisis.”

The WWF report says there’s still time to stop mass extinction. Major worldwide initiatives to halt climate change and recent shifts toward renewable energy ensure we are not “starting from scratch,” the report says.

“The facts and figures in this report tend to paint a challenging picture, yet there is still considerable room for optimism,” the report reads. “If we manage to carry out critically needed transitions, the rewards will be immense.”

Changes should include a revamped food system that balances human need with planetary capacity.

“Sustainability and resilience will be achieved much faster if the majority of the Earth’s population understand the value and needs of our increasingly fragile Earth,” the report says. “A shared understanding of the link between humanity and nature could induce a profound change that will allow all life to thrive.”

Loucks noted that such changes are “really, really hard” and mandate long-term thinking.

“When we’re going to start seeing impacts more locally, your favorite lake dries up or your favorite species is no longer there, maybe at that point you start thinking longer term,” he said. “Each individual is going to have their threshold when they’re going to start saying, ‘Wow, I care.’

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“But at some point the earth is going to say ‘enough.’ And that’s going to be catastrophic.”

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Is The Government Making Up Information About Hurricane Matthew ?

Is The Government Manufacturing Information About Hurricane Matthew?

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As Hurricane Matthew has begun to come ashore in Florida, many people are beginning to ask some rather serious questions. Namely: Where is all the damage and cataclysmic loss of life? We should be happy, of course, at the low loss of life in Haiti (284 reported at time of posting). The damage expressed in pictures certainly isn’t the idea some of us may have had involving a category 4 storm. Again, we should feel fortunate, right?

The final death toll in Katrina was 1,836, it hit landfall in two modern American cities at a category 3 level on the sapphire-Simpson scale. Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hits the island of Haiti, which is impoverished and vulnerable, and leaves behind only a few hundred deaths?

A Florida Man Crashes Live Hurricane Coverage to Declare ‘Dicks Out for Harambe’

The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, shut down half of Florida at the advice of weather officials. Early indications of the storm are images of people surfing and playing on the beaches of South Florida. The Hurricane was just off shore. A powerful category 4 just off shore and people went to the beach? Officials are saying this is due to the “weak side” of the storm’s interaction with South Florida. That may be true, but things are starting to seem a little odd.

South Carolina Governor Calls for Mandatory Evacuation before Hurricane.

In this now viral video Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Hurricane Matthew says: “you and everyone you know are DEAD and your kids DIE too”. Shepard Smith absolutely fear-mongering warns of Matthew. “and your kids die, too’.

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The Fox News anchor proclaims to those in Hurricane Matthew’s path the hurricane “will be dead because you can’t survive it”. The full broadcast avail [here].

Across the south eastern United States shelves are empty as people flood the stores to stock up encase of a major catastrophe, or market shut down.

Is Hurricane Matthew really a category 4, or is this all a ruse to make a point about climate change?

Matt Drudge posted some Tweets that has got the internet buzzing.

 

[Cover photo The first outer bands of rain from Hurricane Matthew pass over downtown Orlando, Fla.]

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Intense Floods Sweep Through Maryland and Delaware VIDEO

Severe Flash Flood Hits Maryland/Delaware Over the Weekend

Unbelievable video shot by Dave Arditti during Saturday night’s flash flood in Northern Maryland. Watch as he and several other men rescue a woman from her car floating down Main St right in front of  their family business, Still Life Gallery, located in Ellicott City, MD. at about 8:30pm July 30th. Dave was the one at the top of the human chain holding onto the next man’s hand while filming with the other.

“The man who got washed away was incredibly lucky to make it” Said Sara Arditti 

The historic storm struck hardest just north-west of Baltimore County. Very close to home with over 5 inches of rain falling where I live in Salisbury,Md. In other areas thunderstorms dropped 8-9 inches of rain in under 3 hours, resulting in massive flash flooding; “another thousand-year flood.” People from all over the South and South East of America have experienced similar floods recently. A 1.5 °F warmer atmosphere may not sound like much, but it means there’s 6 percent more water overhead, and that is more fuel for extreme summer rains like this one.


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Ever heard of a rain bomb? Also known as a microburst? Nope? Nah, me neither! Rain bombs are a rare weather phenomenon where hot, dry air rises and mixes with heavy rain-bearing clouds. The hot air then evaporates the water droplets in the cloud, causing a swift cooling of the air around them, which starts to sink. The descending cool air pulls the remaining raindrops with it, creating the mother of all downpours.


The massive burst of precipitation sent a wave of floodwaters cascading down the hillsides in the historic downtown area where it turned into a wall of water smashing it’s way through Main Street, sweeping cars, trees, signs all downhill, sending restaurant-goers scurrying for higher ground and carving away the road and sidewalks, leaving behind debris and massive sinkholes.

Two people in cars that were swept away died in the floods, according to officials in Baltimore County, where their bodies were found nearly two miles down the Patapsco River.

Records are not kept for rainfall in Ellicott City specifically, though residents used to moderate flooding events said this one was the worst in recent memory. The last major flood to hit Ellicott City was in 2011, and this one was about 3 feet higher, said Jason Elliott, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington forecast office. These extreme rain events are way up over the last 50 years across the Northeast U.S. and the fact that the oceans are the warmest on record is not something to over look. The warmer ocean temperatures are “an obvious factor” according to on air meteorologist Dan Satterfield

1 in 1,000 Year Rainfall Event. So says NOAA;  with nearly 6″ of rain falling in 90 minutes, rainfall totals approaching 10″ north and west of Baltimore Saturday night.

Based on records for a gauge five miles away in Woodstock, there is a less than 0.1 percent chance of such intense rainfall happening in any given year, Elliott said — making this a once-in-1,000-years storm.

“We were in an extremely moist air mass leading up to this, and to some extent, still are,” Elliott said. “Every bit of moisture there was to wring out of the atmosphere after this heat wave we’ve had all came out mainly over that one hour.”

The difference for Ellicott City was that it was caught in an area where, as one storm system moved off to the east, another developed right behind it. Other parts of the region saw a single 30- or 45-minute burst of heavy rain, instead, Elliott said.

The storm also stacks up with record-breaking rainfall events around the region in recent years.

Warming Waters. So far we haven’t seen a significant uptick in hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, but the Pacific (bigger and even warmer) has seen record numbers of extreme category 5 hurricanes and typhoons in recent years. Graphics above: Climate Central.

Conditions may be ripe for a future Tropical Storm Earl, currently aimed at Mexico’s Yucatan.

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Oregon school board bans books that question climate change

Oregon school-board bans books that question climate change – Nazi-Style Censorship.

 The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution this week that bans textbooks and other teaching materials that deny climate change exists or cast doubt on whether humans are to blame.

The resolution, introduced by school board member Mike Rosen, also directs the superintendent and staff to develop a plan for offering “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice” in all Portland public schools, the Portland Tribune reported.

In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.

“It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”

The resolution passed Tuesday evening calls for the school district to get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible. The resolution also directs the superintendent and staff to develop an implementation plan for “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools.”

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“It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux said during board testimony Tuesday. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”


Bill Bigelow, editor of the ReThinking Schools online magazine and co-author of a textbook on environmental education, worked with several environmental groups to present the resolution, the Tribune reported.


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“A lot of the text materials are kind of thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise,” Mr. Bigelow said. “We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.”

He took particular issue with teaching materials that used iffy language when discussing climate change, like “might,” “may” and “could.”

Asked if the resolution will force the district to buy new textbooks, such as his book, “A People’s Curriculum for the Earth,” Mr. Bigelow said ReThinking Schools is a nonprofit, not a money-maker, the Tribune reported.

“What we’re asking for is not: Buy new stuff,” he said. “What we’re looking for is a whole different model of curriculum development and distribution.”


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