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China moves decisively on global warming

By on June 15, 2021

first_imgChina is the most populous country in the world, with 1.3 billion people. In little more than a generation, its rapid industrial development has made it the world’s second-largest economy. Over the past three decades, this has made it possible to lift 500 million Chinese out of extreme poverty.This transformation in the lives of the people took place as China became the factory of the world, producing everything from clothing and digital devices to machine tools, giant construction cranes and merchant ships. But to power that factory required a tremendous increase in its ability to generate electricity.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, by 2012, China had surpassed the U.S. in total electricity generation — 4,768 terawatt hours versus 4,048 TWh for the U.S. By 2014, China’s electric output had risen even further, to 5,523 TWh. China has little oil or gas, but it has a lot of coal. In 2014, about three-quarters of China’s electric power still came from burning coal, even though the country had risen to first place in the world in installed wind power and second place in solar power. Thus, the tremendous increase in China’s productive capacity came at a great price to the environment. Burning coal resulted in serious air pollution, especially in China’s eastern cities, where the majority of the people live. It also released CO₂ gases into the atmosphere. Around 2007, China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. However, historically and also per capita, the U.S. remains by far the biggest contributor to global warming.These are some of the factors that have made the leaders of China commit to the most ambitious program of developing nuclear power of any country in the world today.Graphic: popatomic.orgNuclear power produces zero greenhouse gases. Unlike solar and wind — which only generate power when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing — nuclear energy is a constant, not intermittent, producer of power around the clock.  In November of last year, China’s State Council published an “Energy Development Strategy Action Plan” for the period 2014 to 2020. The plan aims to cut the country’s reliance on coal and promote the use of clean energy. It calls for the “timely launch” of new nuclear power projects on the east coast and for feasibility studies for the construction of inland plants. It also calls for substantially increasing the installed generating capacity of hydro, wind and solar power.Among the various agencies in the world that monitor economic activity, this action plan is not seen as a mere wish list, subject to the whims of elected officials. It is taken seriously, since the Chinese government has consistently carried through with its previously published plans for development, often exceeding its goals.China goes further for COP21For 12 days, beginning this Nov. 30, the 21st United Nations climate change conference — known as COP21 — will convene in Paris. So far, 140 countries have submitted their national climate change commitments. It is China’s pledge that has the environmental movement buzzing.Wrote one news source that focuses on renewable energy: “China, a major powerhouse for renewables, has pledged to reduce the carbon intensity of its economy by 60 percent, peak its emissions and generate a fifth of its electricity from clean sources by 2030.“Clean energy investment in China already marked a 32 percent jump last year to hit the staggering USD 89 billion (EUR 78 billion), more than any other country in the world, according to estimates of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.“China plans to boost installed capacity of wind power to 200 gigawatt and solar power to around 150 GW by 2020, up from around 100 GW and 35 GW respectively, last reported in June.” (SeeNews, Oct. 15) This very specific pledge was received with much enthusiasm by climate scientists around the world, as it showed that China, a huge country that is trying to entirely eradicate poverty, is building protection of the environment into its plans for development.Even as China invests billions of dollars in hydroelectric, wind and solar power, and improving the grid that brings electricity from areas with more wind and dams to areas with more people, it still finds it necessary to greatly expand its nuclear capacity if it is to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. U.S. nuclear plants: old and profit-drivenIn the United States, more than two-thirds of the electric power is produced by burning fossil fuels — mainly coal and natural gas. For years, the energy giants financed campaigns to belittle and even deny that climate change exists. Nevertheless, popular awareness of the dangers of global warming has grown. In September 2014, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City, calling for  phasing out fossil fuels. At the same time, there has been much popular opposition to nuclear power. Unlike in the rest of the world, nearly all the nuclear plants in the U.S. are privately owned by for-profit corporations, and there is the justifiable fear that they will skimp on safety costs in order to boost their profits. No new nuclear power plants have come online in the U.S. for almost 20 years. The last one was Watts Bar 1 in Tennessee in 1996. Some, like Shoreham on Long Island and Vermont Yankee, have been forced to shut down after large protests.The average age of a U.S. nuclear power plant is now 36 years. Many of these old plants have dubious safety records; all use earlier and more dangerous types of nuclear technology than what is now available in the world.After 40 years, the owners of these plants are required by law to seek a new license from the federal government or shut down. However, at least one such reactor at Indian Point, within 35 miles of New York City and close to a geological fault, is now more than 40 years old, yet is still operating, even as a political struggle goes on between state and federal officials over whether a new 20-year license should be issued.Climate catastrophes worsenMeanwhile, the terrible dangers to the world resulting from global warming continue to multiply. Many more lives have already been lost to hyperstorms, floods, landslides, drought and extreme heat than to all the nuclear accidents. Species are going extinct. Oceans are warming and fish are disappearing. The Greenland ice cap is melting — and could add many meters to existing sea levels in a relatively short period of time.Many scientists are looking to newer third- and fourth-generation nuclear power as an indispensable part of the answer to global warming. One of them is James Hansen, who began warning Congress about climate change in 1988, when he was head of NASA and had access to satellite data showing the melting of the polar ice caps and mountain glaciers. Hansen ultimately resigned his NASA position in order to campaign for safer technologies. In November 2013, Hansen and three other scientists wrote an open letter calling for sharply reducing the burning of fossil fuels. In it they said: “Global demand for energy is growing rapidly and must continue to grow to provide the needs of developing economies. At the same time, the need to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions is becoming ever clearer. … We understand that today’s nuclear plants are far from perfect. Fortunately, passive safety systems and other advances can make new plants much safer … and solve the waste disposal problem by burning current waste and using fuel more efficiently.” They concluded, “With the planet warming and carbon dioxide emissions rising faster than ever, we cannot afford to turn away from any technology that has the potential to displace a large fraction of our carbon emissions.” Ironically, the new technology these scientists refer to was first developed in the U.S. at the Argonne National Laboratory between 1984 and 1994. But the Integral Fast Reactor program was shut down by the U.S. Congress just two years before completion. Today, China has made this fourth-generation nuclear reactor a reality.Part 1: Global warming, nuclear power and ChinaPart 2: China moves decisively on global warmingPart 3: Coal miners in crisisPart 4: What can be done about rising sea levelsFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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July 9th, the information blackout in Italy : “A foretaste of what could happen in Italy…”

By on June 12, 2021

first_img News Prison sentences could also be imposed on journalists who are not members of registered journalists’ associations and who use hidden cameras or audio recorders in the course of their reporting. Organisation ItalyEurope – Central Asia RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia “We hail this protest by the Italian media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It shows that the protests raised against the bill are not motivated by any irresponsible caprice or desire to defend the interests of a profession. The newsstands will be empty, news websites will hardly be updated and Italians will be only partially provided with news on 9 July. This atypical situation is a foretaste of what could happen in Italy if the Chamber of Deputies fails to do its duty. Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Italy In an interview posted online, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard has voiced support for all the Italian journalists and media workers who will be on strike on 9 July in protest against a proposed reform law of phone taps and video interceptions under which they could be jailed for two months and fined up to 464,700 euros for publishing extracts of phone taps after a judge has ordered their destruction.Under the proposed law, which has been approved by a senate commission, the same sanctions could be imposed for the publication of certain public documents. The bill would also ban all news media from publishing any information about a judicial investigation until it has been completed and the case has been brought to trial. ItalyEurope – Central Asia “We reiterate our appeal to all the members of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies to refuse to vote for this bill. We hope that the parliament’s democratic culture will prevail. We also appeal to the European Parliament, which is holding a plenary session in Strasbourg, to intervene in this matter. A section of the MEPs have curiously refused to hold a debate on the press freedom situation in Italy. It seems that a bit more attention needs to be paid to the problems, which are persisting and broadening.”center_img News “This bill’s impact is not limited to Italy. It is vital that Italy’s parliamentarians take account of the international repercussions it could have in questioning the role of court reporters. The legalisation of censorship by means of an increasingly sophisticated legislative arsenal is growing. Foreign dictatorships have learned to imitate the ambiguities of European laws. Let us not offer them, under the false pretext of defending privacy, a new opportunity to justify their abuses. “As a founder member of the European Union, Italy has a permanent responsibility in the defence of civil liberties. This bill must not be allowed to undermine this commitment. If Italy turns its back on one of the bases of press independence, how can Europe expect to make its voice heard on the subject of media freedom? What credibility will the European Parliament be able to maintain if it rightly condemns the repressive practices in other countries while tolerating them in one of its own? November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF_en to go further July 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 July 9th, the information blackout in Italy : “A foretaste of what could happen in Italy…” Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News November 19, 2020 Find out more “This bill is attacking judicial investigation. If the Italian parliament is ready to change what is the basis of a fundamental press right, why will it stop there? What are we to think of the bill that would require Web TVs to be licensed? How can it be acceptable for state TV stations to be unable to organise political debates during an election campaign? The Italian government is clearly not defending the public interest as regards news and information. We hope that this is not also the case with the parliament, and that Italians will not have to turn to the European Court of Human Rights to obtain protection for their right to free and independently reported news. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross UDPS police officer retires

By on June 2, 2021

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleBurritos for BadgesNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Drive like you care about the lives of others admin Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Facebook James Davis ALPINE James Davis has ended his 41-year law enforcement career on his March 31 retirement from Sul Ross State University.Davis, a police officer for the University Department of Public Safety, spent a total of seven years at Sul Ross, but also has extensive duty with city and county law enforcement agencies in Alpine, Brewster County, Presidio County, the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico.“Working for the university is a different type of police work,” he said. “At Sul Ross, I have been more of a peace officer than a law enforcement officer. I interact with students here to help them succeed. I am here to keep the peace and provide some guidance.”“With a county or city agency, you don’t have that obligation; your job is more focused on protecting the community,” he said.Davis has enjoyed his Sul Ross experience. “I have made some good friends and working at a university gives you a chance to advance your education. Even if you don’t have time to attend classes, you can learn a great deal from exposure to an educational environment.”Davis, a native of Hahira, GA, moved with his family to New Mexico at a young age when his father went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department in Roswell. Later, when his father worked as a game warden in New Mexico, Davis became acquainted with the Hollywood movie scene.“They filmed a lot of westerns there, and as a kid, I met a lot of stars,” he said. While working as an apprentice chef in Brazos Lodge, he cooked a trout dinner and was later called out to the dining room.“I thought, ‘Oh, oh, I did something wrong,’” Davis recalled, but to the contrary, the diner — comedian/actor Bob Hope — wanted to compliment him on the quality of the meal. He has stayed in touch with the Hollywood scene, working security at a number of movie sets, as well as playing some small bit roles.Davis began his law enforcement career in 1977, and over the years, has worked as a city marshal, chief of police, police officer, sheriff’s deputy and university officer.“There have been great changes in technology during my career,” he said, citing the present speed of obtaining information compared to more tedious processes when he began.“It was a great time to start in it (law enforcement) and now is a great time to end it.”Upon retirement, he and his wife, Malinda, will move to Jessup, Ga., where his mother and aunt live, with other family members in the area. His daughter, Monica Garcia; stepdaughter Elizabeth Constancio; two granddaughters and a grandson live in Friona, Texas.“My father left me his gunsmith shop on the back of Mom’s property, and I plan to re-open,” Davis said. “My boat is also in the backyard and there is good fishing in the river a mile and a half away.”In addition, he plans to pursue other interests including target shooting, leather crafting and refurbishing a motorhome to take his mother and aunt on trips. He noted that their travel has been limited due to health problems, but riding in a motorhome will enable them to fulfill an ever-growing list of sites.“Malinda has been down in Georgia for several months caring for my mother and aunt, and that has re-invigorated their lives,” he said. “I could not be more grateful to any one person for caring for two of the most important people in my life.” GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross UDPS police officer retires Twitter Twitter Local News WhatsApp By admin – April 5, 2018 last_img read more

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Sex assault suspect who binds, possibly stalks victims on the run: Police

By on May 18, 2021

first_imgHouston Police(HOUSTON) — Houston authorities are searching for a man linked to three sexual assaults and who’s believed to be on the run.Brandon Jay Carter, 28, is accused of three aggravated sexual assaults from June 2019 to January, police said.Carter is “very brutal to his victims,” Houston police Detective Reagan Daniel said at a news conference Tuesday.Armed with a gun, he covers victims’ eyes and “uses ties to bound them during the sexual assaults,” Daniel said. “He also takes property.”“He’s very, very methodical about not leaving evidence at the scenes,” Daniel said. “However, in most cases, there’s a mistake. And that’s how we got the lead.”With one victim, Carter allegedly caught her as she was leaving her apartment and then — at gunpoint — forced her back inside where he “made her cover her head,” Daniel said.Carter allegedly sexually assaulted her, Daniel said. He then allegedly took her property and used a debit card, which Daniel said gave police a lead.Police believe Carter may be stalking victims, Daniel said.In another attack, Carter allegedly broke into a woman’s home while she was asleep and woke her up at gunpoint, police said. He blindfolded blindfolded her, bound her with zip ties and demanded money before sexually assaulting her.The attacker forced at least one victim to shower afterward, police said.Carter has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and credit card abuse, and other charges are expected, police said. He’s believed to be armed and dangerous.Anyone with information about Carter’s whereabouts is asked to call the Houston police at 713-308-1180 or at 713-222-TIPS.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Female staff encouraged to work on public bodies

By on May 12, 2021

first_imgEmployers are being urged to encourage female staff to apply for nationalpublic appointments in an effort to improve diversity in public bodies and helpemployees learn new skills. Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt, speaking at a Women and PublicAppointment seminar, said employers can play a key role in society if theyencourage staff to take up public appointments on some of the UK’s 1,000 publicbodies. Currently, women make up just one-third of public appointees, and black andAsian women make up less than 2 per cent. The Government hopes women will hold 45 to 50 per cent of publicappointments by 2005. Hewitt told delegates at the seminar, which was organised by the Women andEquality Unit, that employees who work on public bodies, such as the Health andSafety Commission, also learn new skills and bring these back to the business. “We are absolutely clear that our public services need to reflect thewhole of the community they serve and are funded by,” she said. “Women make up half the population. If our public bodies are to servethe consumer properly they must reflect this – only then can they be trulyrepresentative of all sections of the community.” Hewitt said the skills and experience that women on public bodies broughtback to business would ensure their company’s service delivery reflects theneeds of the community. HR consultant Janet Rubin, who has held senior HR positions at a number oftop UK companies, said her work with public bodies had advanced her career andtaught her many skills. “You pick up best practice wherever you can,” she said. www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk   www.thewnc.org.ukBy Quentin Reade Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Female staff encouraged to work on public bodiesOn 9 Jul 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Historical SAM variability. Part I: Century-length seasonal reconstructions

By on May 9, 2021

first_imgSeasonal reconstructions of the Southern Hemisphere annular mode (SAM) index are derived to extend the record before the reanalysis period, using station sea level pressure (SLP) data as predictors. Two reconstructions using different predictands are obtained: one [Jones and Widmann (JW)] based on the first principal component (PC) of extratropical SLP and the other (Fogt) on the index of Marshall. A regional-based SAM index (Visbeck) is also considered. These predictands agree well post-1979; correlations decline in all seasons except austral summer for the full series starting in 1958. Predictand agreement is strongest in spring and summer; hence agreement between the reconstructions is highest in these seasons. The less zonally symmetric SAM structure in winter and spring influences the strength of the SAM signal over land areas, hence the number of stations included in the reconstructions. Reconstructions from 1865 were, therefore, derived in summer and autumn and from 1905 in winter and spring. This paper examines the skill of each reconstruction by comparison with observations and reanalysis data. Some of the individual peaks in the reconstructions, such as the most recent in austral summer, represent a full hemispheric SAM pattern, while others are caused by regional SLP anomalies over the locations of the predictors. The JW and Fogt reconstructions are of similar quality in summer and autumn, while in winter and spring the Marshall index is better reconstructed by Fogt than the PC index is by JW. In spring and autumn the SAM shows considerable variability prior to recent decades.last_img read more

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Sri Lankan Navy Arrests 22 Indian Fishermen Poaching in Mannar Seas

By on May 4, 2021

first_img Share this article View post tag: Arrests View post tag: Naval Naval vessels P 012 and P 215 attached to the North-central Naval Command assisted by P 483 of the Northern Naval Command arrested 22 Indian fishermen and 05 Indian fishing boats poaching in the seas off Mannar on 25th February 2012.The arrest was made during a routine patrol on observing poaching in Sri Lankan waters violating the IMBL at several locations with the first detection made at 2130hrs and the last fast mid-night around 0215 hrs. The arrested fishermen and their fishing boats were handed over to Mannar Police for onward action.Sri Lanka Navy conducts routine patrols to protect the Sri Lankan waters and its fisheries resources. Poachers and violators of the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) are arrested and handed over to law enforcement authorities for legal action.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 27, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: $22 View post tag: Sri View post tag: Fishermen View post tag: Lankan Sri Lankan Navy Arrests 22 Indian Fishermen Poaching in Mannar Seas View post tag: Poaching Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lankan Navy Arrests 22 Indian Fishermen Poaching in Mannar Seas View post tag: Navy February 27, 2012 View post tag: seas View post tag: Mannar View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Indianlast_img read more

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City commits to considering pay-to-play and ethics legislation

By on May 2, 2021

first_imgIn September of 2018, I called for pay-to-play legislation, essentially banning political donors from landing City contracts. Back in September, a Bayonne spokesperson said the City’s law department was “reviewing the matter.” In February, the City Council finally agreed to consider the reforms.I think this is a great victory for the citizens of Bayonne. Donors shouldn’t have more political clout than taxpayers, and addressing pay-to-play scenarios would help alleviate the overwhelming tax burden we see in the City. I commend City Council President Sharon Nadrowski for acknowledging that there is a problem, and I welcome the opportunity to help implement pay-to-play and other ethics reforms.Our work is far from done. We must make sure the City Council takes real steps to fix our broken political system. We’re going to see pay-to-play legislation through to completion and fight for other ethics reforms such as term limits for the mayor’s office and the creation of community boards, so Bayonne residents can have a say in what gets built in their neighborhoods. The Bayonne Center for Progress will continue to fight to make our government better, fairer, and more accountable to taxpayers.Michael EmbrichFounder, Bayonne Center for Progress To the Editor:After repeated written attempts to contact the City, I approached the Bayonne City Council at their February meeting to request in person that they consider pay-to-play legislation, which Council President Sharon Nadrowski agreed to do.last_img read more

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Official Statistics: Sex ratios at birth in Great Britain: 2013 to 2017

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgThis report analyses male to female birth ratios in Great Britain for the period 2013 to 2017, alongside a breakdown by mother’s country of birth and ethnicity of the child.The report should be read alongside the complete data set.This analysis will show whether any group is found to have a birth sex ratio that is different from the naturally expected range, to indicate evidence or absence of evidence of sex selection occurring in Great Britain.last_img

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Dead & Company Debuts A Pigpen Classic, Celebrates The ‘U.S. Blues’ In Colorado [Full Audio/Videos]

By on March 2, 2021

first_imgDead & Company brought their jamming wares back to Folsom Field last night, playing the second of a two night run at the Boulder, CO venue. The band took the opportunity to debut some new material, but relied heavily on some old favorites to celebrate July 4th in style.The show opened with “Feel Like A Stranger,” but it was their cover of Junior Parker’s “Next Time You See Me” that was the night’s biggest surprise. The Pigpen-sung blues number had not been played by Dead & Company, and they made it their own with some smooth guitarwork from John Mayer. The show had a bluesy feel with “Samson and Delilah” and “West L.A. Fadeaway,” before looping into a cover of Jerry Garcia’s own “Bird Song.” From there it was back to the bluesy bounce of “New Speedway Boogie” to close off a short but sweet first set.Feel Like A Stranger/Next Time You See MeThe second set rocked with classics like “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider” and “He’s Gone,” as well as a great cover of “Smokestack Lightning.” Bob Weir led the vocals of the Howlin’ Wolf blues number with a passion. After a soulful “Let It Grow,” the band went into “Drums/Space,” before settling into “Dark Star” and “Morning Dew” to close out the set. Finally, it was “Brokedown Palace” and a July 4th-friendly “U.S. Blues” that closed out the set with style.Check out video highlights, audio, and a full setlist below.New Speedway BoogieChina Cat Sunflower/I Know You RiderU.S. BluesFull Show Audio (taped by Jeff Frank)SetlistEdit this setlist | More Dead & Company setlistslast_img read more

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