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SCIENTISTS: IPCC Report Should Serve as “Wake-Up Call”

Submitted by adminx on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 08:42

ABC News September 29, 2013 by Liz Fields via World News

The new U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report should serve as a "wake-up call" to governments and society about the role of humans in global warming, scientists say.

"It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century," the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report, which was published Friday, found.

The Current US Government Funding Issues and the Keystone Pipleline, the Side Fight You Are NOT Supposed to Watch...

Submitted by Lawrence on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 21:38
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The White House just announced that it would not go along with a Republican proposal authorizing completion of the Keystone oil pipeline running from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico as part of a debt limit increase bill.
Will Obama have to give this one to the Republicans and Canada to keep the US government Running?
Will this side fight be over so fast that the environmental movement won't be able to mobilize its A team's counter leverage in time. Does the environmental movement even have enough leverage left to overcome this to counter this "end around" tactic?
Stay tuned to upcoming Keystone Government Funding battle. Keystone, the republicans and Canada will do their best to keep this a low and vague sidebar fight and, under the media radar until a deal is nearly done in the very last stages of the government funding negotiations. 

ANALYSIS: Why a Government Shutdown (Probably) Won’t Happen

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 09:14

CNN September 26, 2013 by Lisa Desjardins
Looking plainly at the political chess board and listening to sources on Capitol Hill, there is plenty of reason to think that a shutdown of the federal government won't happen, at least not next week.
Here's why:
Politics. And blame. And 1996.
"Let's put it this way," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told CNN. "I'm not about to shut down the government and have Republicans take the blame for it. It's just that simple."

STUDY: Climate Change Pumps up Risk of Severe Storms

Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:58

USA Today September 24, 2013 by Doyle Rice
Springtime severe thunderstorms could increase by as much as 40% over the eastern USA.
Deadly and destructive thunderstorms -- and the violent tornadoes they produce -- are forecast to see a "robust" increase across parts of the U.S. in upcoming decades because of climate change, says a new, first-of-its-kind study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Submitted by adminx on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 09:41

NPR September 23, 2013 by Adam Wollner

In seven days, the federal government runs out of money.

While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday that keeps the government funded through Dec. 15, the measure also defunded President Obama's signature health care law — which means it has virtually no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate.

If a budget resolution doesn't hit President Obama's desk before Oct. 1, that's a big problem: The government will be forced to close its doors.


Submitted by adminx on Mon, 09/23/2013 - 08:51

Reuters Sunday September 22, 2013

A 16-year-old transgender girl said on Sunday she experienced "ultimate joy" when it was announced she would be crowned homecoming queen at her Southern California high school.

Cassidy Lynn Campbell, who was born biologically male but identifies as female, won the popular vote for homecoming queen at Marina High School in Huntington Beach on Friday.

Campbell took the crown just over a month after the state's governor signed a law to aid transgender youth in public schools.


Submitted by adminx on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 19:42

USA Today September 22, 2013 by David Jackson and Kelly Kennedy

President Obama said Sunday that last week's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard "echoes other recent tragedies" that has devastated families across the nation.

WASHINGTON -- President Obama called Sunday for a "transformation" of the nation's gun laws, saying last week's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard echoes too many other killings across the United States.


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