A hardly known story from Nova Scotia about a unique climate change research - this is what an educator and scientist who died 90 years ago left behind for today's researchers. Alexander Mackay, the superintendent of education for Nova Scotia for 35 years, was interested in what a changing climate might mean for his region and followed the latest scientific research throughout his life. In 1896, he started a program, involving thousands of Nova Scotia schoolchildren, who reported their findings in nature as they walked to and from school. He published these findings for long years and left the records to a museum so that they could be used in the future by “students of climate.” Today, the more than 100-year-old data is used by scientists as well as students at Northern Kentucky University, who made some of their research based on these findings. "I think it just shows that you don't have to be a scientist to be aware of these things and possibly make a difference. I … [Read more...] about What could children find out about climate change 100 years ago?
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Gallery: Many Appalachian residents don't believe climate change is real or caused by humans. Why, and how are scientists so certain? +10 more photos Paul Barys stood in front of a TV camera. Behind him, a green screen tracked ominous weather patterns. Five-day weather forecasts were largely unpredictable at the time, but the lean, bearded meteorologist knew something major was about to happen. It was 1993, and he'd been in the city for just eight years. His bosses were giving him the leeway afforded a veteran of nearly a decade, but he hadn't fully built the trust and credibility a 30-year career would later bring. But he stood there that night about to make a bold claim — one that, if he was wrong, could cost him that trust and derail his career. "It's going to be the worst storm in the history of Chattanooga," he told viewers that March night. His news manager was furious. "'Why did you say that?' he told Barys. 'You're sticking your neck way out. You're going to get it … [Read more...] about Many Appalachian residents don’t believe climate change is real or caused by humans. But why?
At the end of last year, POLITICO Magazine asked historians if 2017 had been the craziest year in American politics. That was before 2018, when several of President Donald Trump’s onetime cronies were indicted for financial crimes, when rapper Kanye West delivered a soliloquy in the Oval Office and when an accidental alert had Hawaii residents convinced nuclear missiles were inbound for a full 38 minutes. That was before one midterm election and three government shutdowns, before the Trump administration ordered migrant children be separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and before the president’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It was before the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and before 13 federal agencies issued a dire report on climate change that the White House attempted to bury. How will history remember this wild year? Which events were significant and which were distractions? POLITICO Magazine asked the smartest historians we know … [Read more...] about What Will History Books Say About 2018?
Erik Larson Bloomberg Published 3:32 PM EDT Oct 24, 2018 Lawyers for Exxon Mobil Corp. stood before a New York judge in August and told the state’s attorney general to “put up or shut up” after spending three years investigating the company’s public disclosures about climate change, saying authorities should sue the energy giant or move on. On Wednesday, New York chose to strike. Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a fraud lawsuit against Exxon in state court in Manhattan, accusing the company of misleading investors about how future regulations could impact its business. The complaint capped a tumultuous investigation that reached the highest levels of Exxon’s leadership, including former Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson. Central to the probe and the lawsuit are Exxon’s use of so-called proxy costs for carbon to calculate the financial impact of future regulations on the business. The costs are supposed to assure long-term investors … [Read more...] about NY sues Exxon for deceiving investors on climate change
Although Exxon is based in Texas, New York officials often take action against major corporations since its jurisdiction includes the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market. Underwood's office also pointed out that the New York State Teachers Retirement System and New York State Common Retirement Fund have a combined $1.5 billion investment in Exxon.The company lost a lawsuit in March that sought to have the investigation stopped. Exxon has long argued the case was politically motivated, having been coordinated behind the scenes with other Democratic-led states and environmental groups hostile to oil producer. The state in June accused Exxon of failing to comply with subpoenas for cash-flow projections reflecting how it used so-called proxy costs to calculate the financial impact on its assets from future regulations. New York said it wants to know exactly how the proxy cost for greenhouse gas emissions has been used in making investment decisions, corporate planning … [Read more...] about New York sues Exxon, says Irving company built a ‘facade to deceive investors’ about climate change