- Written by H David Tattershall H David Tattershall
- Published: 30 January 2017 30 January 2017
Due to my youth with those who went to war who could have obtained deferments and certain experiences in my family I have a deep afinity for those who risk their lives so that we are free. I find what occurred this weekend utterly offensive particularly since Trump obtained deferments from the Vietnam War with a supposed heel spur shortly after he had claimed he was 'the best' baseball player (not for his age and not excluding professionals) in New York State. So he could run the bases but couldn't turn up to fight when called upon! I would characterize that as a self-defined coward.
And so I have posted the following letter on the White House web site:
Due entirely too colossal mismanagement you have:
Embarrassed this country around the world; it may have escaped your attention that the US borrows in excess of $4 billion/day from the rest of the world and you have made it very clear that the US can no longer be relied on the keep it’s word even when non-Americans were prepared to put their lives, and the lives of their families, on the line for this country.
Provided ISIS with a solid case for both increased recruitment and to dissuade those who would formerly have risked their lives to assist this nation to not consider this under any circumstance; “They (read the US) don’t keep their word, here is the proof!”
I would bring your attention to the inimitable words of President Harry Truman, “The buck stops here!”
The fact that you chose not to obtain the best advice available, from existing and more than adequate experienced sources, confirms utter incompetence as a manager.
What occurred that is so disturbing?
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an interpreter who worked for more than a decade on behalf of the United States government in Iraq, was released. After nearly 19 hours of detention, Mr. Darweesh began to cry as he spoke to reporters, putting his hands behind his back and miming handcuffs.
“What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on,” Mr. Darweesh said. “You know how many soldiers I touch by this hand?”
If a parallel situation had occurred in your business I doubt that you would have not summarily fired the manager responsible; for instance let us juxtapose this as an episode of ‘The Apprentice’.
I sincerely hope that those who have served this nation, and therefore understand the bravery of Hameed Khalid Darweesh, or those with even a shred of decency, will judge your actions as disgraceful and unbecoming of anyone representing this nation; particularly the President.
My sage advice is therefore to acknowledge you are unfit for the office you hold and resign forthwith. A failure to do this will undoubtedly lead to further incompetence and ever-increasing damage to this nation.
H. David Tattershall
The window of opportunity is closing… but the price of failure is still too high!
The rate of ecological destruction is now so bad that the fate of our civilisation literally hangs in the balance. The loss of the Arctic polar ice cap, the melting from above and below of Antarctica, the culling and collapse of forests and dying oceans, failing ecosystems, our atmosphere burdened with hundreds of billions of tonnes of extra greenhouse gases, and still each week scientists report more broken links in the chains of interconnectedness that sustain each one of us, rich and poor, on this planet. Despite all this, the great human enterprise built on a foundation of carbon, rumbles on in search of new fixes.
Peter Wadhams has achieved many accolades and held positions such as Director of the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge Uk, among a great many others. He has been on more than 50 research trips to the polar regions and, of special interest to those studying the demise of the Arctic ice cap, he has been under the ice on 6 submarine expeditions.
In this serialised interview with co-founder of the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA), Adrian Tait, we explore different aspects of the psychology that has become a key theme in discussions around how we cope with climate change information and also how we disseminate that information.
The scope of global fossil fuel divestment has doubled over the past 15 months, with institutions and individuals controlling $5.197 trillion in assets pledging to divest. The announcement comes on the first anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Speaking at COP22, outgoing Secretary of State and one of the world's most vocal champions of action to tackle the manmade climate crisis, John Kerry, delivered a cautiously optmistic but realistic address to the press at COP22 in Marrakesh. This speech was in contrast to Kerry's upbeat speech in Paris at COP21 a year earlier when the nightmarish reality of a Republican administration in the US was unimaginable. The world has changed and in this excerpt Kerry identifies the challenges and the realities of what we are facing.
- Written by Nick Breeze Nick Breeze
- Published: 25 September 2016 25 September 2016
“The current expected climate trajectory… effectively dooms the ice sheet!”
Spelte Glacier loses “Manhattan Island” sized chunk of ice
Professor Jason Box, a glaciologist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, describes how the “largest ice shelf in Greenland has a northern tributary… and now this Manhattan Island sized ice shelf fragment has broken away” in what he calls a “spectacular event”.
- Written by Nick Breeze Nick Breeze
- Published: 12 September 2016 12 September 2016
These two experts about the risks posed by climate change and the urgency with which we need to respond.
This call is hosted by Nick Breeze of Envisionation.co.uk and covers the topics of climate science, political response and the need for a wider understanding of the huge threat humanity faces from abrupt climate change.
- Written by (Reposted) PIK (Reposted) PIK
- Published: 30 August 2016 30 August 2016
A forest with greater diversity of plants can better adjust to climatic stress. Now for the first time, a team of scientists can show this in computer simulations of the Amazon region by accounting for its amazing diversity of trees. Biodiversity can hence be an effective means to mitigate climate risks and should not only be seen in the context of nature conservation.
- Written by PIK PIK
- Published: 26 July 2016 26 July 2016
Climate disasters like heat-waves or droughts enhance the risk of armed conflicts in countries with high ethnic diversity, scientists found. They used a novel statistical approach to analyze data from the past three decades. While each conflict is certainly the result of a complex and specific mix of factors, it turns out that the outbreak of violence in ethnically fractionalized countries is often linked to natural disasters that may fuel smoldering social tensions. This finding, to be published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences, can help in the design of security policies – even more so since future global warming from human-made greenhouse-gas emissions will increase natural disasters and therefore likely also risks of conflicts and migration.
By Damian Chalmers and Anand Menon
For Open Europe
A ‘three step’ Brexit solution, including an ambitious transitional arrangement, is key to meeting the aspirations of the British people and reaching a mutually beneficial long-term relationship with the EU, argues a new briefing authored by Professors Damian Chalmers and Anand Menon published today by Open Europe.
Anthony Hobley: Vote Leave would result in "A bonfire of environmental regulations in this country!"
- Written by Nick Breeze Nick Breeze
- Published: 19 June 2016 19 June 2016
In a Vote leave scenario, Anthony Hobley, financial analyst, The Carbon Tracker, says: “I don’t think it is far fetched to imagine a bonfire of environmental regulations in this country!”
- Written by Envisionation Envisionation
- Published: 13 April 2016 13 April 2016
Bill McKibben, co founder of 350.org:
“This is a company that wilfully and deliberately sought to delay, dismantle or destruct climate action. Perhaps if they had spent more time and money diversifying their business rather than on lobbying against climate action and sowing the seeds of doubt about the science, they might not have joined the long (and ever growing) list of bankrupt global coal companies.”
Ilmi Granoff, Attorney and Senior Researcher at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). P: +1 212 729 8123
“We know their playbook. As coal majors like Peabody lose out to cleaner technologies in their home markets, they pitch their industry as the solution to poverty. But increasingly developing economies - from Ethiopia to China - aren’t buying the pitch. Cleaner technologies are delivering better on everything from household energy access to national energy security.”