Richard Branson “Baffled” By President Trump’s Paris Decision

Richard Branson “Baffled” By President Trump’s Paris Decision.
Guest essay by Eric Worrall Richard Branson is so shocked by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris, he’s putting his own money into renewables R&D.
My question – isn’t this how Capitalism is supposed to work?
Richard Branson: Business leaders are ‘baffled’ by Trump on climate change ritish billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.
But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that companies are now even more driven to invest in clean energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Of course, if anyone is unhappy their tax money is no longer being spent on green R&D, they are free to use their own cash to join Branson’s crusade to save the world.
But people are also now free not to contribute to green R&D.
Talk about win / win.
Dilbert creator, Scot Adams, was the first to notice and promptly tweeted his reaction.
Our resident cartoonist, Josh, noticed and replied: inspiring, now all bad weather can be blamed on @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/ZlKZj56mUS — Josh (@Cartoonsbyjosh) June 2, 2017 Solar cycle 24 has seen very low solar activity thus far, likely the lowest in 100 years.

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El Niño WATCH cancelled; ENSO neutral likely for 2017

That reverses a June 6 report that showed four models predicting temperatures may exceed El Nino thresholds during the second half of 2017.
The bureau canceled its El Nino watch “after an easing of climate model outlooks, and a reversal of the early autumn warming in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean,” it said.
Far eastern Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures, which were above normal near the Peruvian coast in March and April, cooled during May and June, according to the weather bureau.
Note the Tropics recorded a rise, but not enough to offset declines in both hemispheres and globally.
Note that higher temps in 2015 and 2016 were first of all due to a sharp rise in Tropical SST, beginning in March 2015, peaking in February 2016, and steadily declining back to its beginning level.
Secondly, the Northern Hemisphere added two bumps on the shoulders of Tropical warming, with peaks in August of each year.
Full post Trump was 100% right (not just 97%) to show real leadership and walk away from Paris President Trump has rejected and exited the Paris climate treaty – walked America away from the Mad Hatter tea party that was the entire multi-decade, often hysterical and always computer model-driven UN climate process.
My article this week explains… Guest essay by Eric Worrall Greens are inventing elaborate fantasies of shadowy right wing conspiracies to explain President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Treaty – but still refuse to consider the possibility they are wrong about global warming.
In this post, we will present two more reconstructions, one for the Southern Hemisphere mid-latitudes (60°S to 30°S) and another for the tropics (30°S to 30°N).
By “Upper Atmosphere” we mean the region above the surface and below 100,000 feet.

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This Innovative Artist Uses Trash to Create Sculptures That Show Plastic Taking Over Our World

Around the world, 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year.
Of this figure, only an estimated 12 to 15 percent is recycled, which stands in stark contrast to the 88 percent recycling rate for steel, and the 63 percent rate for paper.
The majority of plastic is sent to landfill, where it frequently cause grave environmental problems for local people, animals, and ecosystems.
Meanwhile, an estimated 8.8 million tons of plastic waste escape landfills every single year and make their way into the oceans.
Approximately 270,000 tons of plastic debris are located on the surface of our oceans alone, while 700 marine species are at risk of extinction due to the volume of waste that we throw into the oceans every year.
A growing number of artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and everyday people are taking action to end the crisis by repurposing plastic waste in truly incredible ways.
Robson has explained to Inhabitat that she views her work as “a wonderful opportunity to give people space to reflect on their behavior and on their relationship to matter and material that they come across in their daily lives.” She hopes that her decision to use discarded plastic to create beautiful artworks will cause people to consider how they can be more cautious about the plastic they use in their everyday lives, and to think twice before simply throwing it out.
She is part of a growing number of artists who are helping to change the public’s perception of plastic use through their artwork.
For more information, and to view more samples of her work, visit her website.
You can also learn how to reduce your impact on the planet by checking out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic Campaign.

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Summer Vacation Saving

Summer Vacation Saving.
I think most can agree that the biggest setback when planning a vacation is figuring out how to actually get there without blowing through the money you’ve set aside for your trip.
Using sites such as CheapOair.com and Hipmunk.com (my personal favorites) help you find the cheapest flights while comparing different airlines.
While of course these are the most undesirable times, they are also the cheapest, and will help you save big!
Don’t waste money on flying into small airports that have limited flight options – they are high in demand and very pricy!
When prioritizing saving, you can’t always have it all- but you can always find a balance!
Saving Hacks: Choose 2-3 Priorities.
If you want to go shopping or do fun excursions- prioritize that, but then downplay some other aspects.
This will not only save you money, but also cut the amount of time spent waiting in line for big amusement parks!
Another great way to save is by staying close to home.

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First Food For Babies: Get the White Out!

Written by Amanda Queen, DrGreene.com Have you always heard of rice cereal being recommended as the first food for babies?
to our babies as their first food.
Your own pediatrician may even suggest starting baby on rice cereal somewhere around four to six months.
After a few days, we started giving small amounts of roasted sweet potato or banana.
When to start feeding baby?
I strongly recommend waiting until six months to start baby on solids.
Babies truly don’t need anything else.
Please discuss the latest guidelines for introducing foods with your Pediatrician, but the evidence suggests that after six months theress not really any reason to delay particular food groups for most families.
If there is a strong familial history of allergy to a specific food I recommend consultation with your pediatrician or an allergist.
Check with your Pediatrician if your baby should have iron levels checked or take an iron supplement.

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Planned gas investments will blow 1.5C climate target, say analysts

Planned gas investments will blow 1.5C climate target, say analysts.
Report by Climate Action Tracker warns that overly bullish gas demand forecasts will lead to stranded assets or an unsafe future climate To prevent dangerous climate change, natural gas will have to be phased out faster than in most official forecasts, according to a new report.
If countries are serious about the Paris Agreement aspiration of limiting the long-term world temperature rise to 1.5C, then many of the proposals to increase gas production and distribution will be unnecessary.
New terminals and pipelines will never be fully used and will become stranded assets.
Climate weekly: Sign up for your essential climate news update The report says part of the problem is that governments, guided by projections from the International Energy Agency (IEA), are overestimating the need for natural gas, both to replace coal and to act as emergency back-up when supplies from intermittent renewables falter.
IEA annual reports have consistently underestimated the speed of growth of renewables and failed to grasp the increasing role of other technologies like bio-gas, battery storage and hydrogen to even out any intermittency in supplies of electricity from solar and wind, it says.
“One example is China, where in 2016 the IEA projected renewables would rise to 7.2% of the power supply by 2020 – but by the end of 2016 they had already reached 8%.
Additionally, India and the Middle East are also seeing renewables rising much faster than mainstream projections,” said Niklas Höhne from NewClimate Institute.
Already many of the very expensive pipelines for transporting gas are under-utilised, and expensive ports and facilities to export liquid petroleum gas will never be used at full capacity, the report claims.
“This over-investment in natural gas infrastructure is likely to lead to either emissions overshooting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C and 2C goals – or a large number of stranded assets as the shift to cheaper renewables takes place, “ said Andrzej Ancygier of Climate Analytics.

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Tory attempt to prevent complete EU ban on bee-killing pesticides thrown out by MEPs

Tory attempt to prevent complete EU ban on bee-killing pesticides thrown out by MEPs.
An attempt by a Conservative politician to prevent a full ban on pesticides blamed for harming bees has been thrown out by MEPs.
One major 18-year study, published in the prestigious journal Nature, concluded use of the chemicals was associated with “large-scale population extinctions” of wild bees in areas where it was used.
However the National Farmers Union has argued the pesticides, or similar “plant protection products”, are required to produce “wholesome, affordable food”.
A partial ban on three neonicotinoids has been in place across the EU since 2013 and the European Commission is expected to extend this to all crops later this year.
The news was welcomed by environmentalists.
Sandra Bell, a nature campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “We’re delighted MEPs are backing our bees and have overwhelmingly rejected this attempt to oppose a complete ban on bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides.
“There is mounting scientific evidence supporting the European Commission’s proposal to extend the ban to more crops, and this should now be backed by national governments.” There are concerns that the UK will ditch legislation designed to protect wildlife after Brexit, despite pledges to the contrary by the Conservatives.
Matt Shardlow, chief executive of insect charity Buglife, accused the Government of failing to live up to its own rhetoric.
“We hope Michael Gove will listen to the experts and provide reassurance that in the UK and the EU action will be taken to ensure that the huge pollinator declines caused by pesticides never happen again.” In a statement, Ms Girling said the European Commission’s proposal was “disproportionate”.

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3 Lessons I Learned Managing Earth911’s Recycling Database

I learned more about the recycling industry than I ever thought possible.
They just couldn’t find the information.
A chunk of the information on the Earth911 database comes from city websites.
Brands also need to do a better job informing their customers how to recycle their products.
For years and years, people purchased CRT TVs.
Recycling is a business (more on this later), and as such, if it isn’t making the recycling company money, they aren’t going to do it.
The TV is made with fewer screws and more snap-on components, making it possible to disassemble in less than 10 minutes.
Electronics, of course, aren’t the only product with this issue.
In order for most recycling programs to be profitable, they also have to charge the city or county for recycling.
There is always a solution, and fortunately, there are many talented people who are working on it.

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Record-Breaking Heat Wave In Southwest Reportedly Claims 4 Lives

Record-Breaking Heat Wave In Southwest Reportedly Claims 4 Lives.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four people, including a homeless person and two hikers, have died from the record-breaking heat in the U.S. Southwest, media reports said, where triple-digit temperatures have driven residents indoors and canceled airline flights.
The first two fatalities recorded in the three-day heatwave took place on Monday in Santa Clara County, California, south of San Francisco, and included a homeless person found in a car, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
The victims were identified only as a 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman.
“Hyperthermia and heat stress happen when a body’s heat-regulation system cannot handle the heat.
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The extreme heat, brought on by a high-pressure system parked over the Four Corners region where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona meet, has boosted temperatures well above normal across much of the Southwest.
The bodies of a 57-year-old father and his 21-year-old son from Corpus Christi, Texas, were found earlier this week in the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, where they were hiking, media reported.
New Mexico State Police told an NBC affiliate in New Mexico that the scorching temperatures, which were over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), contributed to the deaths of the men.
The National Weather Service and local authorities issued heat advisories and warnings, urging residents to stay indoors and to drink plenty of water if they were outdoors.

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Austin Street Center garden feeds some of Dallas’ most vulnerable homeless people

Austin Street Center garden feeds some of Dallas’ most vulnerable homeless people.
The shelter recently broke ground on the New Hope Garden, a sustainable growing system with in-ground plots full of vegetable seedlings, raised beds with herbs, plants for pollinators and even an innovative aquaponics system.
Soil for the soul Daniel Roby, executive director of Austin Street Center, is a member of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas class of 2017.
The residents will maintain the garden, be exposed to fresh air and exercise, and then reap the benefits of eating the fresh produce they harvest.” Sustainable, urban solutions Two other members of the Leadership Dallas class helped conceptualize and design the garden: Lenny Hughes, a landscape architect with Halff Associates in Richardson, and Scot Sanders, a civil engineer with Jacobs Engineering who spent 22 years in the Navy. “We were looking for more green, sustainable solutions that are viable in an urban environment,” Sanders says.
“Raised beds use more material, which can be an expense, so we also used the traditional in-ground method to show people what could be done.” What’s growing There are about 200 plants growing in the garden right now — cantaloupes, squash, zucchini, tomatoes and herbs.
“So this garden is our answer for how we supplement that.” “We wanted to provide produce to them — berries, peaches, fresh fruit to eat,” Hughes says.
There’s nothing like a fresh peach or fresh strawberry.” The center currently has a kitchen and cooking staff, but it recently purchased an adjacent brick building that will house a larger kitchen and dining space.
A volunteer nutritionist will teach clients about the qualities of the food, Roby adds.
Sanders and Hughes also want to expand the concept of the system to other shelters and community groups in southern Dallas.

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