Daily Archives

Texas: City Manager Recommends Stopping Water Fluoridation

KBTX – For years the City of College Station has been putting fluoride in the water to help fight tooth decay, but it’s a practice they might be stopping. Using water from the faucet, either drinking or brushing, sometimes can be hard to avoid. Read article

Australia – Kimberley heritage listing declared

Australian – The site of Woodside’s $30 billion proposed liquefied natural gas hub in Western Australia won’t be included in the heritage listing of the west Kimberley. Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke announced near Broome today that more than 19 million hectares of the west Kimberley will be given national heritage listing. Read article

Missile hit Pentagon on 9/11

PressTV – On the verge of the 9/11 tenth anniversary, leaked videos confirm eye-witnesses’ accounts that the attack was made by a cruise missile rather than a passenger plane, an editor told Press TV’s US Desk.Read article

Malema supporters clash with police


Reuters – South African police use stun grenades and a water cannon to disperse supporters of controversial ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, who faces a party disciplinary hearing Rough Cut Read article

It’s business as usual for merchants of death

Morning Star – A huge surge in British arms exports to the Middle East and north Africa shows that for all its talk it is “business as usual” for the government, campaigners said today. The Foreign Office has pledged to revoke export licences to regimes where they may have been used to suppress democratic protest during the “Arab spring” uprisings. But the most recent figures show that arms exports between February and June increased by almost 30 per cent on the same period the previous year. Read Article

Parts of Britain suffer coldest summer for nearly two decades

Telegraph – Much of Britain suffered the coldest summer for almost two decades, Met Office   statistics show. As Britons return to work today after a soggy Bank Holiday weekend, official   weather data reveals that average temperatures were significantly down on   recent years. Read article

US – Energy Department panel to endorse shale gas exploration

Washington Post – A key Energy Department advisory panel will issue a qualified endorsement of shale gas exploration Thursday, saying that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” can continue safely as long as companies disclose more about their practices and monitor their environmental impact. Read article

Ireland, August was coldest in 25 years

Independent.ie – ONE of our coldest summers ever has been followed by the coldest August in 25 years. Following an “unspectacular summer” of the coldest June in nearly 40 years and the coldest July in 50 years, this month is now one of the coldest since
records began in 1851. Read article

Alert level lowered on remote Alaska volcano

Physorg – The Alaska Volcano Observatory has lowered the alert level for a remote Aleutian Islands volcano from “watch” to “advisory.” Satellite data over the past two weeks indicates that growth of the Cleveland Volcano lava dome has paused or stopped. Read article

GMO corn falls prey to bugs it was supposed to thwart

Physorg – A voracious pest which has long plagued corn farmers is devouring a widely-used variety that was genetically modified to thwart the rootworms, raising fears of a new superbug. Read article

Central Bankers Worry Economy Still in Peril

WSJ – After four years of fighting crises and pumping money into the financial system, the world’s central bankers are concluding that the global economy is still in a precarious position and the policy apparatus is ill-equipped to help. The mood here in the Grand Tetons, where central bankers and private economists from around the world gather each August, was distinctly gloomy. Read Article

Judge Wall, the secrecy rules, and another stinging attack

Telegraph – Some of my readers may have been puzzled last week to see such lurid headlines as “Racehorse trainer lied that her ex was a child molester”, over stories about Vicky Haigh, who has featured several times in this column. They were prompted by an unprecedented broadside launched by Lord Justice Wall, head of the Family Courts division, against Miss Haigh – who, as I have reported here, escaped to Ireland in April to pre-empt her newborn baby being seized by Nottinghamshire social workers. Read Article

Mysteries of Ozone Depletion Continue 25 Years After the Discovery of the Antarctic Ozone Hole

ScienceDaily  — Even after many decades of studying ozone and its loss from our atmosphere miles above Earth, plenty of mysteries and surprises remain, including an unexpected loss of ozone over the Arctic this past winter, an authority on the topic said in Denver Colorado on May 29. She also discussed chemistry and climate change, including some proposed ideas to “geoengineer” Earth’s climate to slow down or reverse global warming. Read article

Global study finds newborns struggle to survive

Reuters – Fewer newborn babies are dying worldwide, but progress is too slow and Africa is being left behind, said a global study led by the World Health Organization (WHO). While investment over the last decade in health care for women and children has paid off in rapid declines in maternal death rates and deaths of children under five, improvement in the survival of babies in their first four weeks of life has been slower. “Newborn survival is being left behind despite well-documented, cost-effective solutions to prevent these deaths,” said Flavia Bustreo, a WHO expert in family, women’s and children’s health who worked on the study. Read article

Finland wants Luxembourg agency to hold Greek assets

Reuters – Finland has proposed that Greek state assets be transferred to a Luxembourg-based holding company and held as security for new loans to Athens, according to an internal document obtained by Reuters. Read article

Pre-war Iraq ‘not threat to UK’, former MI5 boss says

BBC – Iraq posed no threat to the UK when then prime minister Tony Blair took Britain to war in 2003, former MI5 boss Baroness Manningham-Buller has said. In a Radio Times interview, Baroness Manningham-Buller said the service advised war was likely to increase the domestic threat and was a “distraction” from the pursuit of al-Qaeda. But she said it was “for others to decide” whether the war was a mistake. She also said she “assumed” there would be another terrorist attack on Britain. Read Article

Sicily’s Mount Etna erupts again

Telegraph – Italy’s Civil Protection agency said the nation’s geophysics and volcanology   institute registered increased explosive activity by Etna, eight days after   the latest eruption began. Read article

Fancy Batteries in Electric Cars Pose Recycling Challenges

New York Times – Hoboken, Belgium — With fleets of electric cars starting to hit the roads, the next big mother lode for salvage companies is expected to be the expensive, newfangled batteries powering them. Read article

Keiser Report 177

RT – This week Max Keiser and co-host Stacy Herbert discuss Anonymous joining #occupywallstreet while President Obama does dirty banker deal. In the second half of the show, Max talks to fund manager Dan Collins about how the Chinese “redback” may displace the ever devaluing American “greenback” in world trade.

-Since 2007, government bailouts have exceeded $17 trillion.

-$1.2 Trillion given to bankers, ‘off-the-cuff’!

 

 

Lionfish Threaten Coral Reefs Near Florida.

NPR – The coral reefs off Florida have become infested with another invasive species: lionfish. Originally from the Pacific Ocean and popular as aquarium fish, lionfish are colorful and sport venomous spiky tentacles. Read article

Climate Fact Of The Day – Major flaw found in Arctic temperature reanalysis – exaggerates warming

American Meteorological Society

Erroneous Arctic Temperature Trends in the ERA-40 Reanalysis: A Closer Look.

Authors: James A. Screen and Ian Simmonds, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Abstract
Atmospheric reanalyses can be useful tools for examining climate variability and change; however, they must be used cautiously because of time-varying biases that can induce artificial trends. This study explicitly documents a discontinuity in the 40-yr European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Re-Analysis (ERA-40) that leads to significantly exaggerated warming in the Arctic mid- to lower troposphere, and demonstrates that the continuing use of ERA-40 to study Arctic temperature trends is problematic. The discontinuity occurs in 1997 in response to refined processing of satellite radiances prior to their assimilation into the reanalysis model. It is clearly apparent in comparisons of ERA-40 output against satellite-derived air temperatures, in situ observations, and alternative reanalyses.

Decadal or multidecadal Arctic temperature trends calculated over periods that include 1997 are highly inaccurate, particularly below 600 hPa. It is shown that ERA-40 is poorly suited to studying Arctic temperature trends and their vertical profile, and conclusions based upon them must be viewed with extreme caution. Consequently, its future use for this purpose is discouraged. In the context of the wider scientific debate on the suitability of reanalyses for trend analyses, the results show that a series of alternative reanalyses are in broad-scale agreement with observations. Thus, the authors encourage their discerning use instead of ERA-40 for examining Arctic climate change while also reaffirming the importance of verifying reanalyses with observations whenever possible. Read Paper

Bahrain troops attack protesters

PressTV – Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have attacked anti-government protesters after the demonstrators took to the streets across the Persian Gulf sheikdom to protest a speech by the Bahraini king. Thousands of anti-regime protesters took to the streets across Bahrain on Sunday shortly after the country’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa delivered a televised speech calling for national unity in a bid to bring normality back to the country. Read Article

US scientists ‘knew Guatemala syphilis tests unethical’

BBC – US government scientists who infected Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhoea as part of a study knew they were violating ethical rules, a US presidential panel has said. The researchers infected hundreds of prisoners, psychiatric patients and sex workers during the 1940s to study the effects of penicillin. None of the Guatemalans was informed. Read article

UK: Quango bosses double their pay

Telegraph – Britain’s highest-paid quango bosses are almost doubling their salaries with six-figure bonuses, special allowances and pension windfalls, an investigation by The Daily Telegraph has found. Read article