Friday, July 25, 2014

It's Friday, July 25th, 2014 and This Is In The News

America is Divided: Everyone Knows We Have Problems But There Is Very Little Agreement On Solutions

A house divided against itself will surely fall. America is more divided today than it has been in decades, and the deep divisions that are tearing us apart continue to get even worse. In fact, a newly released Rasmussen Reports national survey discovered that 67 percent of voters believe that America is even more divided now than it was four years ago. We are angry, we are frustrated and we love to fight with one another, but none of this strife and discord is getting us anywhere. What most Americans can agree on is that we are facing tremendous problems as a nation. One average of recent polls found that only 26 percent of Americans believe that this country is heading in the right direction and 63.8 percent of Americans believe that this country is heading in the wrong direction.

Unfortunately, there is very little agreement on what the solutions to our problems are. That is where the division is. As a nation, we no longer have a shared set of values or principles that provides a foundation for our decisions. Everyone just kind of does whatever is right in their own eyes, and the result is chaos. At a minimum, the U.S. Constitution was supposed to bond all of us together, but it has become clear that very few of our lawless politicians have any respect for that document at this point. And the American people must not have too much respect left for the Constitution either, because they keep sending the very same politicians back to Washington over and over again. Unless a miracle happens, everyone is going to keep pulling in different directions, and that is going to continue ripping our country to shreds….To Read More….

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Climate Change: New Material Posted on the NIPCC Web site

A Global Fire History of the Past Century (22 Jul 2014)
What does it reveal about the relative roles of climate change and direct human impacts? Based on the results of this study, it is crystal clear that mankind’s various activities constitute by far the most important single factor among the many that have resulted in a net century-long history of ever-decreasing global burned area...
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High Temperature Stress vs. High CO2 Relief in Kentucky Bluegrass (22 Jul 2014)
According to climate alarmists, high temperatures due to climate change in the future will negatively impact plants. This study evaluates that possibility, finding the opposite is likely to be true as more enhanced root growth relative to shoot growth by elevated CO2 could facilitate water and nutrient uptake by the root system to support plant growth and survival under high temperature stress...
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The Medieval Warm Period in the Alpine Regions of Europe (22 Jul 2014)
The MWP was  pronounced period (A.D. 900-1200) with few dry extremes, where greater warmth was often associated with greater wetness, the implications of which point to beneficial conditions for agriculture and human well-being...
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Cave-Air CO2 and Forest Growth: Some Interesting Correlations (22 Jul 2014)
Even below ground - in caves - there is strong evidence for the significant increase in forest and other vegetative growth that has occurred in concert with the historical and still-ongoing increase in the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration, as well as during the earlier portion of this period when Earth’s air temperatures were also rising...
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Changes in Coccolith Calcification in Stable Ocean CO2 Conditions (23 Jul 2014)
What else may cause them to precipitate more or less carbon? ... and what are the implications?...
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Surface Albedo Feedback in Eleven CMIP3 Climate Models (23 Jul 2014)
How well is the phenomenon currently being replicated? Not very well. The models are not yet at the point where their outpu
t can be given much credence when it comes to simulating surface albedo feedback... Read More

The Values and Virtues of Protected Reef Fish Communities (23 Jul 2014)
Protection from fishing buffered fluctuations in biodiversity and provided resistance of colonization from invasive species, and may provide a means for adapting to potential climate-induced changes in these parameters in the future...
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