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The Climate Swerve Photo AMERICANS appear to be undergoing a significant psychological shift in our relation to global warming. I call this shift a climate “swerve,” borrowing the term used recently by the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt to describe a major historical change in consciousness that is neither predictable nor orderly. The first thing to say about this swerve is that we are far from clear about just what it is and how it might work. The experiential part has to do with a drumbeat of climate-related disasters around the world, all actively reported by the news media: hurricanes and tornadoes, droughts and wildfires, extreme heat waves and equally extreme cold, rising sea levels and floods. This sense of the climate threat is represented in public opinion polls and attitude studies. Falsification and denial, while still all too extensive, have come to require more defensive psychic energy and political chicanery. This takes us to the swerve-related significance of ethics.

Skeptoid The UN's New York climate summit is guilty of a major sin of omission | David Miliband | Environment On Tuesday, the UN headquarters in New York is hosting the largest gathering of world leaders ever to address climate change. It is an enormously important event, intended to catalyse action ahead of next year’s Paris conference – where leaders have pledged to reach a new global climate agreement, and a great credit to secretary general Ban Ki-moon and his team. But the summit is guilty of a major sin of omission: the ocean, over two-thirds of the planet, is completely absent from the programme. It is neither one of the eight “action areas” on which governments and other key players are invited to announce bold new commitments, nor one of the “thematic sessions” where states and stakeholders will share solutions. The Global Ocean Commission is dismayed that the ocean appears to have been relegated to the status of an afterthought, something to bring up occasionally in the context of other, apparently more essential, concerns.

FFR Foundation China, Russia and Canada win big in a warmed world and India and Africa lose big [Ludwig Maximilians University] Russia, Canada and China are projected to gain farmland this century as the world warms up due to climate change, even as global crop-growing capacity may decline, a German study showed. Climate change could add 5.6 million square kilometers (2.2 million square miles) of land for crops in the 2071-2100 period compared with 1981-2010, mainly in the Northern Hemisphere, according to researchers at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Because land suitable for triple cropping may be reduced, the net effect would be a loss of 7.8 million square kilometers of land for farming, the study found. The study, Russia is set to gain 3.1 million square kilometers of land suitable for agriculture, Canada farmland would expand by 2.1 million square kilometers and China would gain 0.9 million square kilometers. PLOS One - Global Agricultural Land Resources – A High Resolution Suitability Evaluation and Its Perspectives until 2100 under Climate Change Conditions

Debating a Christian – The Atheist Handbook | Atheism Resource Email by Jeremy L. Moran, JT Eberhard, Adam Brown, and other contributors Part 1. Opening Statements. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6: Philosophical Quotes. Credits. This culmination of knowledge is put together in the hopes that both theist, and atheist alike would be able to take something from it & improve upon the human they are. There is no greater debate then that between faith and fact. For the sake of clarification, if & when I state IF god…this, or IF god…that. Memorize some of these to remember when you hear “Religion is good!” For a simple breakdown in 12 arguments against “god”, JT Eberhard gives you: ARGUMENT #1 – Biblical Prophecies / ARGUMENT #2 – Miracles / ARGUMENT #3 – Design / ARGUMENT #4 – Fine-Tuning For a deeper knowledge base, Jeremy Moran gives you a plethora of source (academic and otherwise): Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7: Philosophical Quotes. There is much debate about what it means to be an atheist. Atheism Definition Links: Proper definition:

Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change Photo The savage heat waves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made tying a specific weather event to global warming. Five groups of researchers, using distinct methods, analyzed the heat that baked Australia for much of 2013 and continued into 2014, briefly shutting down the Australian Open tennis tournament in January when the temperature climbed to 111 degrees Fahrenheit. All five research groups came to the conclusion that last year’s heat waves could not have been as severe without the long-term climatic warming caused by human emissions. “When we look at the heat across the whole of Australia and the whole 12 months of 2013, we can say that this was virtually impossible without climate change,” said David Karoly, a climate scientist at the University of Melbourne who led some of the research. Myles R.

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