As disasters multiply, Trump kicks environmental destruction up a notch

first_imgMarch 25 – President Donald Trump signed an executive order March 24 clearing the way for building the Keystone XL Pipeline. The State Department promptly issued the necessary permits. This pipeline, which was resisted by environmental activists and Native nations, will make it cheaper to transport Canadian crude oil mined from tar sands in Alberta to Gulf-state refineries in the southern United States.Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon/Mobil and currently secretary of state, deflected criticism by recusing himself from the decision, but an under secretary had no problem issuing the permit. Given the current low price of crude oil and how expensive it is to extract oil from tar sands, some articles in the business press questioned the economic justification for this pipeline.But the Trump administration, increasingly under attack, needed to nail down its support from Big Oil and corporate profiteers. This decision goes along with its encouragement of coal mining, even though the market for coal is being sharply undercut by competition from other energy sources like natural gas and wind and solar alternatives.It lines up with the administration’s easing of requirements that would improve mileage for automobiles and trucks. That supports the oil and automobile profiteers, as does removing emission standards.Along with his giveaways to the energy corporations, Trump has moved to unleash the Pentagon by giving the generals even more leeway to launch air attacks throughout the oil-rich region of North Africa and the Middle East.This endless warfare instigated by U.S. and NATO regime-change agendas has already displaced millions. Their situation is made even worse by climate change, which has superheated the region, threatening the water supply and agriculture in already arid lands.All this runs counter to any efforts to rein in global warming. It would be difficult for Trump to formally renounce the guidelines put in place by the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate, but he is making an end run around them in his quest to make the U.S. even more profitable for big business.China leads in curbing fossil fuelsChina has long had a major problem with smog and industrial pollution from steel plants and coal-fired power plants. Now, due to global warming, changing wind patterns have weakened the winds in northern China that would blow this smog and particulate pollution away.New research points to the melting of the Arctic Ocean’s ice cover, combined with a resulting increased snowfall in Siberia, as the main factors leading to stagnant air over northern China.However, as the March 25 New York Times pointed out, “As the Trump administration hints that it might move away from international efforts to cut emissions, environmentalists are looking to China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, to play a leading role in curbing the use of fossil fuels.”With four times the population of the U.S., China’s per capita CO2 emissions are much lower than here. However, China is already the world’s leading producer of solar and wind power technology. Its economic plans are built around a steady move away from fossil fuels.Arctic ice cover changes impact planetAccording to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which has used satellites for 38 years to map sea ice, the extent of the Arctic ice cover is now the lowest on record. The ice is also much thinner, meaning it is more likely to melt over the summer.Thin ice makes the traditional harvesting of whales and seals by the Inuit people of the Arctic more difficult. These sea animals make up a major portion of their sustenance.With less ice covering, the Arctic Ocean heats up more, driving up   temperatures throughout the Arctic — and worldwide.  This winter there were long spells of above-average temperatures over the Arctic Ocean, promoting the melting of shore-line glaciers in Alaska and Greenland and raising ocean levels worldwide.Floods in Peru harm poorest peopleWhile it is hard to definitively pin particular weather events on global warming, the fact that water temperatures off the northern coast of Peru have risen 5 to 6 degrees Fahrenheit has produced a local El Niño, with flooding throughout Peru. By March 20, according to the National Institute of Civil Defense, 643,216 people had been affected by it, with more than 100,000 injured, 78 dead and 141,149 houses affected.San Miguel in Piura province has received 10 inches of rain since Jan. 1; its average annual rainfall is usually 2 inches. Further inland, Morropón generally gets 4 inches of rain by early March; this year it has received 43 inches.Damages have come not only from flooding but also from mudslides. Peru had suffered from a drought until the rains started. Poor people who built their houses on river banks and low-lying spots lived with occasional floods.  But the mud slides, which carry much debris as well as mud, along with the extraordinarily heavy rains, have washed these houses away.With water supplies heavily damaged, most water systems in Peru are having trouble functioning.  Cholera is spreading.  Standing water facilitates the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, the zika virus and chikungunya.Deadly famine in East AfricaEast Africa has suffered from a severe drought for several years. Food production has been sharply cut. War, drought and a collapsed economy have brought Somalia to the edge of famine, with young children and the elderly dying of hunger.  Some local officials say they are digging mass graves because they fear large numbers of people will die quickly.It is easy to see the direct U.S. role in the conflict in Somalia. Since 2001, the U.S. has carried out extensive covert operations involving reconnaissance missions, bombings and capturing Al-Shabaab militants, the jihadist group vying for power in Somalia.Kenya and Ethiopia, two U.S. allies, have also invaded Somalia.Oil-rich South Sudan became a new country in 2011 after decades of a war for separation from Sudan supported by the U.S., which had imposed sanctions on the Sudanese government. Once separation was achieved, most of Sudan’s oil resources passed to the new country, which was then wracked with civil war. Now its agriculture has collapsed and a famine has been declared.It is easy to blame the weather for the famines, deaths, injuries and loss of infrastructure and economic production that come with flooding and other catastrophes.   However, in reality they are caused by imperialist wars and capitalism’s voracious appetite for profit, that overrides all human considerations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Campaign intensifies for new footbridge at Bunbeg

first_img Campaign intensifies for new footbridge at Bunbeg Previous articleSinger Natalie Cole laid to rest with music and laughterNext articleDonegal truck driver killed in Monaghan collision is named admin Facebook WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Facebook By admin – January 12, 2016 Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme center_img Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published The possibility of a proposed footbridge at Bunbeg is back on the table with Minister Joe McHugh saying his department will make official contact with Donegal County Council in the coming days to discuss the issue.It’s been claimed the bridge there poses a safety risk to both motorists and pedestrians and there have been numerous calls in the past for a footbridge to be constructed alongside it.The footbridge would cost between €120,000 and €150,000.Cllr Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig says he’s hopeful the funding can be found, but stressed there are no guarantees…….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/michchbridge.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Professor to publish book following lives of veterans

first_imgProfessor Michael Messner was inspired by his grandfather and father’s services in World War I and World War II, respectively. (Photo from YouTube)Michael Messner, a USC professor of sociology and gender studies, will be publishing a nonfiction book titled “Guys Like Me: Five Wars, Five Veterans for Peace” on Nov. 9. His book will be released in time for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and aims to shed light on the life-changing experiences of American veterans.The book focuses on five multigenerational men who fought in five different wars, including World War II, the Gulf War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. Messner’s inspiration for this book stemmed from his grandfather’s service in World War I and his father’s efforts in World War II. “The way I grew up was being really fascinated by World War I but like a lot of veterans, [my grandfather] didn’t really want to talk about it,” Messner said.  “It’s very common for veterans of wars to feel that they really would rather not talk about it and to me that’s kind of part of a pattern [of] what I call ‘manly silence.’ It’s men learning … to hold things in and not show your vulnerability. So a lot of veterans … feel a sense of guilt or shame [for] things that they’ve experienced and [for] things that they’ve done.” Messner remembers wishing his grandfather a happy Veteran’s Day more than 30 years ago. He was surprised to hear his grandfather respond, noting that the holiday used to be called Armistice Day. Politicians had changed the name so they could keep having more wars, his grandfather said. Armistice Day, however, symbolized the end of all wars and the promise of lasting peace. To some veterans, like Messner’s grandfather, the holiday’s 1954 name change was an insult and indicates that the U.S. was founded on war, according to Messner. “He was very saddened by that and angry about it, and that’s one of the roots of my interest,” Messner said. “I mean obviously that was 30 or 40 years ago when that happened, but I’ve always kind of held on to that story.”Due to the misconception, Messner wanted to write a book to uncover the truths behind war, including the personal experiences of veterans and the trauma of war on their bodies, through mental illnesses like PTSD.  Messner said he interviewed veterans from Veterans for Peace, a nonprofit organization for U.S. veterans, to collect a variety of anecdotes for his book. “There [are] a couple [of] other people that I interviewed who aren’t among the five that I really profiled in the first chapter,” Messner said. Messner spoke to a female veteran and said that the woman’s anecdote was an important addition to the story since the female military experience is portrayed far less than men’s. Another anecdote in Messner’s book is from Ernie Sanchez, a World War II veteran. Messner said that Sanchez left the war because he was suffering from PTSD after he killed around 50 to 100 Germans in the line of duty. “[Sanchez] carries that with him for his whole life, and this sort of shame of having killed what he called ‘brothers, sons and people who were loved by others,’” Messner said. Messner also said that people’s active participation in war affects the way they view peace. “In the United States, most of us are so separated from the experiences of the military and war that we sort of think of ourselves as being at peace and we’re not,” he said. “We’re actually in permanent warfare right now in the world.” Messner hopes this book will share the stories of different veterans who were wounded physically and mentally by war. He said that many of these men are on a path to find peace and to separate themselves from the idea of endless war. “I want people to understand the experience of these veterans and hear their voices…” Messner said.  “We have these people who we’re sending over in our name… and they’re paying the price for our sense of complacency. These are guys who have come out of that place of silence and trauma and are speaking out for what they see as peace and justice.”last_img read more

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Cheeseman vs. Garcia: Fight date, time, price, how to watch, live stream

first_img“For this fight, it’s a European title, he’s highly ranked with the world governing bodies and the thing is once you win a European title, there’s only one other step after that,” Cheeseman said.If victorious, Cheeseman knows that the winner of Anthony Fowler and Scott Fitzgerald, who fight in March, will be knocking on his door.”They are both obviously confident in winning, but right now if I go and win on Feb. 2, I will be the ace card, and the pair of them have got a pair of jokers,” he added.Join DAZN and watch 100+ fight nights a yearCruiserweight star Lawrence “The Sauce” Okolie (10-0) is also fighting on the undercard. In his last bout, The Sauce battled to a unanimous decision victory over Matty Askin for the BBBofC British cruiserweight title, when the pair fought on the Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin undercard in September.When is the Cheeseman vs. Garcia fight?Ted Cheeseman vs. Sergio Garcia will take place on Saturday, Feb 2. The fight card is scheduled to begin at 2:30 ET.How do I watch Cheeseman vs. Garcia?The Ted Cheeseman vs. Sergio Garcia fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Instead, fans can take advantage of a 30-day free trial to watch the fight online with DAZN.MORE ABOUT DAZN•  Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service•  What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?•  How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?How much does the Cheeseman vs. Garcia fight cost?A new subscriber to DAZN gets the first month of service free, which means you wouldn’t have to pay a penny to watch the Cheeseman vs. Garcia fight. If you have previously signed up for DAZN, the fight is included as part of your $9.99 monthly subscription cost.A subscription also includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live news reports. Where is the Cheeseman vs. Garcia fight?Ted Cheeseman and Sergio Garcia will fight at the O2 Arena in London. The O2 Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena and has a capacity of 20,000 — the second-highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the United Kingdom. Ted Cheeseman record and bioName: Ted “The Big Cheese” CheesemanNationality: BritishBorn: Aug. 20, 1995Height: 5-10 Total fights: 15Record: 15-0 with 9 knockoutsSergio Garcia record and bioName: Sergio “El Nino” GarciaNationality: SpanishBorn: Oct. 12, 1992Height: 5-11½Total fights: 28Record: 28-0 with 13 knockoutsCheeseman vs. Garcia Fight cardSergio Garcia 28-0 vs. Ted Cheeseman 15-0Jake Ball 12-1 vs. Craig Richards 13-1Lawrence Okolie vs. Tamas LodiFelix Cash vs. Rasheed Abolaji for the vacant Commonwealth middleweight title The EBU European super welterweight belt will be on the line when Ted “The Big Cheese” Cheeseman takes on the titleholder Sergio Garcia at the O2 Arena in London on Feb. 2,  live and exclusively on DAZN.Cheeseman is undefeated with a record of 15-0 with 9 KOs. The 23-year-old is looking to move up to world title honors, but knows he must become a European champion first. Scott Fitzgerald vs. Radoslav MitevJohn Docherty vs. Przemyslaw BiniendaDana Zaxo vs. Tayar Mehmedlast_img read more

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