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Global warming? 2018 year of ‘lost summer’ for Arctic

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Global warming? 2018 year of ‘lost summer’ for Arctic

So much for global warming.

A report from Scientific American said there are problems this year for the species of shorebirds that each year descend on the Arctic to mate and raise chicks.

It’s because the reproduction happens during the summer, and because of extensive July snow this year, there’s been no summer.

The report said the frozen precipitation “sealed the birds off from food and nesting sites.”

“Without these key resources avian migrants to the region will not reproduce in 2018, experts say.”

The report elaborated that snowmelt usually allows shorebirds to begin nesting on eastern Greenland’s treeless tundra during the first half of June.

But Jeroen Reneerkens, an avian ecologist at the University of Groningen, said when he arrived there this year on June 14, he found a particular species of shorebirds absent.

“The tundra was 100 percent covered in snow, and it was a very deep layer,” he says, estimating an average depth of about one meter. “It was a big shock to see the place like that.”

That kind of development is why activists largely have stopped using the term global warming – which hasn’t been detected for two decades – to climate change.

Marc Morano at Climate Depot said Reneerkens reported never having come across such circumstances before.

“He is uncertain how this ‘disastrous’ incident will affect the overall populations of these shorebird species. But ‘given the scale that this happening [on],’ he says, ‘I do expect that this will have large consequences.’”

Morano pointed out that other areas also are experiencing unusual circumstances.

He cited, from the article, the fact that the region’s tundra still was covered 80 percent with snow as of July 12.

WND recently reported a United Nations official is calling for an “ark” to save the world from global warming.

Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of U.N. Climate Change, was speaking at a recent conference at the Vatican hosted by Pope Francis.

Morano noted Espinosa urged the world “to make the fundamental, transformative changes necessary” to fight “global warming.”

The Vatican’s International Conference was titled “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth.”

“If we truly want to make the fundamental, transformative changes necessary to combat climate change, perhaps what we need then is not a physical ark, but an ark of ambition for #climateaction,” she said on social media.

Espinosa echoed former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, reported Morano.

Figueres called for “centralized transformation” that will make things “very different” for life on the plant.

Espinosa said: “I want to begin by discussing a narrative that is common to many cultures and faith communities throughout the world. It’s the story of a great flood that took place long ago. While different cultures tell it in different ways, most outline how humankind not only had warning that rising waters were coming, but that those warnings were ignored. Now, let me be clear: I don’t propose we begin building an ark—at least not a physical one—but it’s hard to ignore some parallels with today. Every day we are seeing evidence of climate change and its devastating impacts on populations around the globe.”

She said climate change and the world’s response to it “raises larger questions about who we are, why we’re here, and where we’re collectively going.”

“Climate change is about morality: who are we to willingly destroy the ancient and intricate beauty of the world? Climate change is about legacy: who are we to leave a debt of neglect to an unborn generation?”

WND reported last year when Figueres was in Germany for a climate summit and laughed off questions about her call for a globally centralized planning structure.

Morano said he asked her about her message to President Trump and her own calls for a U.S. “centralized transformation” that “is going to make life of everyone on the planet very different.”

Her comment:

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Morano: “What about [your call for U.N.] ‘centralized transformation’? What about people who might be afraid the U.N. is essentially going to be a climate central power?”

Figueres: Loud laugh.

Morano: “That is your response?”

Figueres: “Now that is real humor.”

She continued to laugh as she got into the waiting car.

But it wasn’t so long ago that she made the proposal.

According to the Tom Nelson blog, it was in 2012 when she said of her work, “It is the most inspiring job in the world because what we are doing here is we are inspiring government, private sector and civil society to [make] the biggest transformation that they have every undertaken.

“The Industrial Revolution was also a transformation, but it wasn’t ‘a guided transformation from a centralized policy perspective.’ This [U.N. climate change action] is a centralized transformation that is taking place because governments have decided that they need to listen to science. So it’s a very, very different transformation and one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different.”

WND reported when Al Gore used the extreme results of “Superstorm Sandy” to support his contention that sea waters are rising significantly.

The claim is in the sequel to his 2006 movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”

The original movie wasn’t without controversy, as a judge in the United Kingdom said it could be shown to schools only if they alert students to nine statements “that are not supported by current mainstream scientific consensus.”

In the promotions for “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” critics have found yet another misstatement by Gore.

According to the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters, Gore claims in his film that the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy at the site of the Twin Towers memorial in New York City is a fulfillment of his prediction in his original movie that a rise in the ocean level would flood the site.

But that isn’t what happened.

In his 2006 film, he said, illustrated by an animation, “If Greenland broke up and melted, or if half of Greenland and half of West Antarctica broke up and melted, this is what would happen to the sea level in Florida.”

Then he showed animations of what he believed would happen to San Francisco, the Netherlands, Beijing and other places.

Turning to Manhattan, he said, “This is what would happen to Manhattan; they can measure this precisely.”

The animation shows water reaching the 9/11 memorial.

But Newsbusters argued Gore has twisted his original words to make it appear his prediction about Manhattan came true.

In a newly released clip from the movie, he said: “Ten years ago when the movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ came out, the single most criticized scene was an animated scene showing that the combination of sea level rise and storm surge would put the ocean water into the 9/11 memorial site, which was then under construction. And people said, ‘That’s ridiculous. What a terrible exaggeration.’”

The movie then shows news footage of Superstorm Sandy water reaching the memorial site.

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Newsbusters pointed out the original prediction “was not about extenuating circumstances of a storm like Sandy slamming into New York or any ‘storm surge’ at all.”

The report noted the latest maps show that Greenland still has ice 11 years after Al Gore’s prediction of catastrophic melt.

Even scientists dispute Gore’s contention that Superstorm Sandy was the product of “manmade climate change.”

Gore also told an audience in 2009, for example, that “the entire north polar ice cap during some of the summer months could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years.”

He also predicted increasing temperatures would cause Earth’s oceans to rise by 20 feet, a claim many scientists say is utterly without rational basis.

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Legile Justiţiei au devenit cel mai dezbătut subiect public de când PSD este la guvernare, iar calitatea legiferării este foarte proastă, a afirmat joi preşedintele Klaus Iohannis.

“Legile Justiţiei au devenit cel mai dezbătut subiect public de când PSD se află la guvernare, ceea ce spune totul despre priorităţile acestui partid. Au început cu celebra Ordonanţă 13 şi au continuat cu modificările legilor în Parlament. Suntem într-o situaţie delicată şi asta numai şi…

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In an interview with CBS on Wednesday, Donald Trump complained that all the coverage of his meeting with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin had not been “fair.” All the networks and papers had focused on his fumbling, fawning appearance at the press conference, his inability to stand up to Putin, and “a few statements” he made throwing his own country under the bus. When it was suggested to Trump that the media had provided wall to wall, accurate coverage of everything said at the conference, his response was telling.

TRUMP: I don’t care what they covered. They don’t, they didn’t cover my meeting. The important thing, frankly, was the meeting that lasted for two and a half hours, or almost two and a half hours. And in that meeting, we discussed many, many things that were very, very positive for both countries.

But of course there’s a reason why the press hasn’t covered the contents of the meeting. We don’t know the contents of the meeting. Trump has provided only shifting, and vague claims about what was said. The press conference was supposed to tell the world what had happened in the meeting, but it turned into a showcase of Donald Trump showing his preference for Putin over America. Which, for all anyone knows, is exactly what happened in the discussion we didn’t see. Only, as the Washington Post reports, someone is coming forward to talk about that private meeting. It’s not Trump. It’s the Russian ambassador making claims about what Trump promised his country when no one was looking.

“Important verbal agreements” were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements, major bilateral arms control treaties whose futures have been in question. Antonov also said that Putin had made “specific and interesting proposals to Washington” on how the two countries could cooperate on Syria.

Preserving the arms limits under New START would seem to be a good thing, only … we don’t know if that’s true. We don’t know anything. Except that the US military should not be scrambling to discover what happened in this meeting by listing to the Russian ambassador speak in Moscow.

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SUA: Aleşi democraţi vor ca translatoarea lui Trump la discuţiile cu Putin să depună mărturie..

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SUA: Aleşi democraţi vor ca translatoarea lui Trump la discuţiile cu Putin să depună mărturie..

Mai mulţi politicieni democraţi din SUA au cerut ca translatoarea preşedintelui american Donald Trump din timpul summitului de la Helsinki cu omologul său rus Vladimir Putin să depună mărturie în faţa unei comisii a Congresului, relatează joi BBC.

Principalul ales democrat din comisia pentru relaţii externe a Senatului SUA, Robert Menendez, a cerut ca Marina Gross să compară în faţa acestei comisii, pe fondul controverselor apărute după summit şi mai ales după conferinţa de presă comună a celor doi şefi de stat, în timpul căreia Trump, după cum a susţinut el ulterior, s-a exprimat greşit.

Cei doi lideri au discutat tete-a-tete timp de circa două ore în capitala finlandeză, mai fiind de faţă doar translatorii. Trump a ţinut ca discuţiile să aibă loc în pofida anchetelor în desfăşurare privind presupusa ingerinţă rusă în alegerile prezidenţiale din SUA din 2016, câştigate de el. Confuzia legată de poziţia lui Trump s-a adâncit după ce liderul american a părut să respingă sugestiile că Rusia ar putea încerca din nou să influenţeze alegerile din SUA, ceea a atras o dezminţire promptă din partea Casei Albe.

Democraţii susţin că, fiind singurul oficial american prezent în încăpere în afară de Trump, dna Gross poate şi trebuie să furnizeze detalii privind cele discutate de cei doi preşedinţi.

“Vrem ca translatoarea să vină în faţa comisiei”, a declarat senatorul Menendez pentru postul MSNBC. “Vrem să vedem notele. Vom depune un efort masiv pentru a înţelege ce s-a întâmplat”.

La rândul său, reprezentantul democrat Bill Pascrell a afirmat că, având în vedere “concesiile” făcute public de Trump lui Putin, “Congresul şi opinia publică americană au dreptul să afle detaliile convorbirilor lor private”, iar dacă dna Gross refuză să vină în faţa comisiei, va trebui să fie citată. “Avem nevoie de mărturia publică a singurului cetăţean american prezent la întâlnire pentru a ne asigura că Trump nu a subminat şi mai mult comunităţile noastre de informaţii sau de aplicare a legii”, a explicat Pascrell.

Totuşi, notează BBC, ar fi foarte neobişnuit ca un translator să fie interogat de Congres. În mod normal, translatorii sunt cvasiinvizibili la summituri, iar Marina Gross este angajată a Departamentului de stat cu mulţi ani de experienţă în interpretare la cel mai înalt nivel, a indicat CNN.

Preşedintele republican al comisiei pentru relaţii externe a Senatului, Bob Corker, a declarat că va lua în considerare citarea dnei Gross, dar a exprimat dubii faţă de o asemenea idee. Translatorii “nu sunt oameni politici”, a explicat el pentru France Presse. “Pe viitor, li se va mai permite oare translatorilor să facă note la întâlniri, dacă se începe cu astfel de lucruri?” – a menţionat Corker.

Şi şeful comisiei pentru afaceri externe a Senatului rus, Konstantin Kosacev, a apreciat că ideea de a chema un translator să depună mărturie creează un precedent periculos, care ameninţă “întreaga idee de diplomaţie”, a relatat Associated Press, citată de BBC.

Tot un precedent periculos a evocat şi Gamal Helal, translator de arabă şi înalt consilier pe lângă patru preşedinţi americani şi şapte secretari de stat, care a afirmat pe CNN că nu ţine minte să fi existat în trecut o astfel de situaţie. “Ar fi un precedent oribil ca un preşedinte să nu fie liber să vorbească tete-a-tete cu un alt şef de stat”, a spus acesta. “Dacă ar vorbi în engleză, Congresul nu ar putea afla ce a spus decât întrebându-l pe preşedintele însuşi, sau pe Putin”, a adăugat el. AGERPRES/(AS – autor: Mihaela Toth, editor: Mariana Ionescu, editor online: Simona Aruştei)

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