UN should account for doomsday forecast 30 years agoFirst word At the time, I was serving as editor in chief and associate publisher of the daily newspaper Philippine Daily Globe. The work kept me awake all day to follow what was happening in the country and the world.In 1989, the tumult behind the Iron Curtain burst out in earnest; it would culminate in the color revolutions in all of Eastern Europe and in the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1990. The collapse of communism meant also the end of the Cold War. In the movies, James Bond suddenly became old. In December 1989, then-Col. Gringo Honasan staged his nearly successful coup against the government of President Corazon Aquino, which plunged the Philippines for a time into darkness and confusion.In 1989, the United Nations (UN) quietly detonated its forecast that planet Earth had only 10 years to go before it imploded on account of global warming. In doing so, the world body rained down grim tidings on … [Read more...] about UN should account for doomsday forecast 30 years ago
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NEW YORK — In the middle of West 69th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, behind some scaffolding and a green wooden wall, stand a few precarious inches of facade. It is a Potemkin-like sop to local landmark laws, all that remains of two brownstones from an earlier Gilded Age that were leveled unceremoniously last summer. A few years from now, this remnant will be grafted onto a mansion that may well cost $100 million by the time it’s finally finished. But for now, all they’re doing is digging. Every morning at 8 o’clock sharp, the jackhammering begins. All day long, the drilling and banging and beeping go on. Only on weekends and the holidays of the politically potent — Christmas and Rosh Hashana, for example, but not Martin Luther King Jr. Day — does it cease. It was supposed to end last December, then in February, then this month. Now, they say, it could last all summer. Manhattan has countless monuments to outrageous wealth, … [Read more...] about That noise? The rich neighbors digging a basement pool in their $100 million Manhattan brownstone
In June of 2007, a group of 18 Minnesota legislators convened a panel with an ambitious title and an aspirational goal: they were “The Commission To End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020.” Eighteen months, four public hearings, a 10-stop statewide listening tour and numerous meetings later, the commission issued a report that aimed to do just what it said: end poverty in just 10 years. “The Commission’s overall mission and vision are captured in both its name and its guiding principles, which were first articulated in the Minnesota faith community,” read the summary. “The consensus in the faith community is that the existence of poverty, and our acceptance of it, counters the most basic values of justice.” To reach their goal, commission members called for an increase in the minimum wage; expanded working family tax credits; more child care help; and credits for small businesses. They wanted increased state and federal spending on affordable … [Read more...] about 12 years ago, the Legislature set out to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020. How’s it going?
Clouds blanket 70% of the planet. These floating collections of ice crystals and water droplets also serve as natural shade for the Earth, reflecting sunlight to keep air and ocean temperatures down. Stratocumulus clouds are particularly important to shading the open ocean, especially in the subtropics. Researchers used a simulation to show that, if greenhouse gas emissions continue to warm the planet unabated, these clouds could disappear in the next 150 years. The absence of these clouds could lead to another 14 degrees Fahrenheit increase in global temperatures, creating a ‘hothouse Earth’ climate. If you’re sailing the subtropical open ocean and look up, it’s likely that you’ll be floating under swaths of lumpy, grey, and occasionally drizzling stratocumulus clouds. These large bands of clouds – called cloud decks – help shade the Earth from the sun’s rays and increase the planet’s albedo, or its ability to reflect the … [Read more...] about Rising emissions could one day trigger a tipping point that causes certain clouds to disappear, creating a ‘hothouse’ Earth scenario
Jan 22, 8:44 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Micah Ong 01/22/19 AT 7:42 PM Saturn's rings are much younger than we initially thought, with scientists saying that they may have formed when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.In a new study published in the journal Science, scientists analyzed data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and found that Saturn's iconic rings may have only started existing between 10 million and 100 million years ago. Based on this timeframe, the rings could be much younger than the dinosaurs, who ruled the Earth for around 175 million years before they were wiped out about 66 million years ago.Saturn's rings were initially believed to have formed with the planet itself about 4.5 billion years ago, perhaps as a result of the icy debris left in orbit around it during the early years of our solar system's formation. It was later discovered that Saturn's rings were younger than the planet, … [Read more...] about Saturn’s Rings Actually Formed While Dinosaurs Roamed Earth, Scientists Say