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climateadaptation:

Interesting to think that the GOP “debates” are backfiring.

From Reuters:

More Americans than last year believe the world is warming and the change is likely influenced by the Republican presidential debates, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Thursday.

The percentage of Americans who believe the Earth has been warming rose to 83 percent from 75 percent last year in the poll conducted Sept 8-12.

Republican presidential candidates, aside from Jon Huntsman, have mostly blasted the idea that emissions from burning fossil fuels and other human actions are warming the planet.

The current front-runner, Texas Governor Rick Perry, has accused scientists of manipulating climate data while Michele Bachmann has said climate change is a hoax.

As Americans watch Republicans debate the issue, they are forced to mull over what they think about global warming, said Jon Krosnick, a political science professor at Stanford University.

And what they think is also influenced by reports this year that global temperatures in 2010 were tied with 2005 to be the warmest year since the 1880s.

This year has been a record year for the kind of costly weather disasters — including Hurricane Irene, which raked the East Coast — that scientists have warned would be more frequent with climate change.

The United States suffered 10 natural disasters in 2011 with economic losses of $1 billion or more, according to the National Weather Service.

Check out the rest of the article here.

(Image credit: NOAA)

(Source: plantedcity)

Posted at 7:53pm and tagged with: USA, climate change, denial, energy, extreme weather, human activity, human behaviour, news, politics, record breaking, science, skepticism, technology, trends, science, gop,.

climateadaptation:

Portland is nationally recognized as a leader in the movement to create bicycle-friendly cities. About 7 percent of commuters here travel by bike (the national average is under 1 percent) and the city has an ambitious plan, adopted last year, to increase that proportion to 25 percent by 2030.

Until recently, Portland’s bike initiatives focused on improving the transportation infrastructure, said Roger Geller, the city’s bicycle coordinator. But as businesses awaken to the purchasing power of cyclists, “bicycle-supported developments” are also beginning to appear around town, Mr. Geller said. These are residential and commercial projects built near popular bikeways and outfitted with cycling-related services and amenities.

“The change is coming from the private sector,” Mr. Geller said. “Cyclists are a great potential market for businesses that want people traveling at human-scale speed and will stop and buy something.”

Some 3,000 riders a day pass by Mr. Ettinger’s new brewpub, which he calls the Hopworks BikeBar. It has racks for 75 bicycles and free locks, to-go entrees that fit in bicycle water bottle cages, and dozens of handmade bicycle frames suspended over the bar areas.

nytimes, 20.09.11.


Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) in SE Portland.

Source: NYTimes Business

(Source: citymaus)

Posted at 6:32am and tagged with: PDX, biking, cycling, cyclists, development, infrastructure, news, oregon, portland, cities, economy, jobs, planning, infrastructure, transportation,.

Bastrop Cty., Texas, where wildfire has wrecked ~500 homes since Sunday, has seen population quadruple since 1970. 

Andy Revkin notes that huge population growth in the Bastrop area along with a propensity to live in the midst of a bunch of dry pine trees is a serious risk to the population, especially when combined with drought and global warming projections.

Hazard x ( Vulnerability / Resilience ) [ x Exposure ] = Risk -> Impact

Posted at 10:31am and tagged with: bastrop, climate, disasters, drought, fire, news, texas, wildfire, fire, habitat, cognitive dissonance, fema, revkin,.



Bastrop Cty., Texas, where wildfire has wrecked ~500 homes since Sunday, has seen population quadruple since 1970. 

Andy Revkin notes that huge population growth in the Bastrop area along with a propensity to live in the midst of a bunch of dry pine trees is a serious risk to the population, especially when combined with drought and global warming projections.

Hazard x ( Vulnerability / Resilience ) [ x Exposure ] = Risk -> Impact

climateadaptation:

Forget the blimp and pay attention to the key phrase: “Arctic mines and oil rigs.” The Arctic will be drilled.

To resupply Arctic mines and oil rigs, roads are expensive (if not simply out of the question). A new company is building fast and efficient helium-fueled blimps to get the needed supplies to workers up north. Read more.

Posted at 7:21am and tagged with: Discovery Air Innovations, air blimp, blimp, design, news, tech, arctic, drilling, oil, gas, russia, denmark, canada,.

climateadaptation:


Forget the blimp and pay attention to the key phrase: “Arctic mines and oil rigs.” The Arctic will be drilled.

To resupply Arctic mines and oil rigs, roads are expensive (if not  simply out of the question). A new company is building fast and  efficient helium-fueled blimps to get the needed supplies to workers up  north. Read more.

climateadaptation:

Chinese environmental groups claim that Apple manufacturers have been releasing harmful pollutants into the environment. A report by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and other non-governmental Chinese environment groups cited, for example, that an Apple factory in the city…

Posted at 10:33am and tagged with: apple, ibtimes, business, economy, jobs, china, pollution, taxes, free market, libertarian, news, hazards, cognitive dissonance, denial, regulations, human health, health, rivers, toxic, environment, environmental law, law,.

In a bid to “supercharge” the Android operating system, Googleannounced on Monday morning that it’s acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. “This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform,” Google CEO Larry Page wrote in a blog post. “Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business.”

In instant reactions, Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal called the move a “game changer,” noting that Google now “competes directly with Apple as well as the various other handset makers who currently use Android.” Techcrunch’s Robin Wauters noted the passage in Page’s post saying that it will “enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.” ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley also wrote that “Google execs cited patents as a key reason it is seeking to purchase Motorola.”

Posted at 6:44am and tagged with: apple, motorola, news, tech, technology, economic,.

soupsoup:

How local news is going mobile.

Read the larger version here.

Posted at 4:43pm and tagged with: media, local, mobile, news,.

soupsoup:

How local news is going mobile.
Read the larger version here.

futuramb:

Milestone: The Web (Finally) Surpasses Newspapers As Source for Americans’ News

According to the survey, 46% of people now say they get their news online at least three times a week, surpassing newspapers (40%) for the first time. Only local television is more popular among Americans, with 50% indicating that’s their regular source for news.

Posted at 10:05am and tagged with: online, news, trends,.

futuramb:

Milestone: The Web (Finally) Surpasses Newspapers As Source for Americans’ News
According to the survey, 46% of people now say they get their news online at least three times a week, surpassing newspapers (40%) for the first time. Only local television is more popular among Americans, with 50% indicating that’s their regular source for news.