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‘Wake up and face facts’ : Greta Thunberg pleads with politicians to lead fight against climate crisis – as it happened

That’s it from the Liveblog for today. Greta Thunberg capped her visit to Capitol Hill with a rallying message, urging action on climate change. “This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced and we need to treat it accordingly.”…

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Extinction Rebellion activists target London fashion week

Not long ago, high drama at London fashion week meant a battle over hemlines or between designer egos. But as the climate crisis challenges fashion’s fundamental viability as an industry, the stakes, and tempers, have been raised. Hours before the…

Greenpeace Activists Hang From Houston Bridge To Protest Oil Shipping

Twenty-two Greenpeace USA activists created a blockade on the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas, early Thursday ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in Houston. Eleven of those climbers are dangling over the side of the bridge, an activist…

2020 Dem Candidates Need A Dose Of Ice-Cold Reality

CNN recently hosted a seven-hour climate bore-athon. That climate cataclysms are real and already devastating our planet was not open to discussion. So host Wolf Blitzer and ten Democrat presidential contenders vied to make the most extravagant claims about how…

Scientists find biology’s optimal ‘molecular alphabet’ may be preordained

(Tokyo Institute of Technology) Life uses 20 coded amino acids (CAAs) to construct proteins. This set was likely evolutionarily ‘standardized’ from smaller sets as organisms discovered how to make and encode them. Scientists modeled how the adaptive properties of the CAAs evolved over time. They found that sets containing even only a few CAAs were better than an enormous choice of alternatives, suggesting each time a modern CAA was discovered, it bootstrapped the set to include still more CAAs.

Ages of the Navajo Sandstone

The Navajo Sandstone is known for its beautiful red and tan crossbedded sandstones that grace many of the national parks and monuments in the southwest USA. The sands were deposited in dunes within the largest known sand sea (erg) in Earth’s history during the Early Jurassic. These deposits show a record of desertification — the process by which fertile lands become desert. How did this landscape lose its water bodies, vegetation, and animals?

Leading Economist: Only Sure Way To Lower ‘CO2 Emissions Is To Make People Poor’

In an interview with flagship German business daily Handelsblatt here, Danish economist Björn Lomborg warned of the “inefficiency in climate protection” and says Germany is a “deterrent example” in this respect. “Gigantic costs” He told the Handelsblatt that the once highly praised…

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #35, 2019

Posted on 3 September 2019 by doug_bostrom 62 articles, with 11 freely available Nearer and dearer Emerging research on “psychological proximity” and climate change appears to be identifying relationships of physical and temporal distance of human thinkers to climate change…