That is the ultimate version of Evening Owls, a themed open thread
that has appeared at Each day Kos since 2007. 

Bob Berwyn at Inside Local weather Information writes—Climate Change is Weakening the Ocean Currents That Shape Weather on Both Sides of the Atlantic. The change in the principle ocean warmth pump may convey extra warmth waves to Europe, enhance sea degree rise in North America and power fish to maneuver farther north:

Because the finish of the final ice age, a swirling system of ocean-spanning currents has churned persistently within the Atlantic, distributing warmth power alongside the ocean floor from the tropics towards the poles, with heavy, chilly water slowly flowing again towards the equator alongside the underside of the ocean.

Collectively generally known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, the currents performed a key position in shaping the local weather of japanese North America and Western Europe, and thus the event of civilizations there. However within the twentieth century, the circulation has weakened greater than at some other time throughout at the least the final 1,000 years, new analysis exhibits.

Along with other studies exhibiting that international warming is driving the weakening, the brand new findings counsel that the circulation will lose much more power within the many years forward. That would trigger warmth and chilly extremes in Europe and fast sea degree rise alongside the East Coast of america. Because it weakens, swimming pools of heat water kind. That may result in ocean heat waves, with increasing evidence that overheating oceans are linked with droughts and warmth waves on close by land areas. […]

“If we proceed to drive international warming, the Gulf Stream System will weaken additional, by 34 to 45 p.c by 2100 in response to the most recent technology of local weather fashions,” stated co-author Stefan Rahmstorf, a local weather scientist with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.  […]

It’s additionally necessary to think about how the adjustments will have an effect on ocean ecosystems, he stated. Among the currents related to the overturning circulation are necessary for dispersing coral larvae, and since adjustments to the present additionally have an effect on temperature and salinity, they’re prone to shift the manufacturing of plankton, the inspiration of the ocean meals chain.  […]


Returning to the Paris Agreement is a Start, Now We Need New Internationalism on Climate, by Lori Steichen

Hedge Funds to Newspapers: Drop Dead, by Ross Barkan. After greater than 20 years, New York’s storied tabloid, the Each day Information, lastly has a workers union once more. However with the paper’s sale to Alden World Capital, a rapacious hedge fund infamous for crushing newsrooms, the union goes to have its work lower out for it simply retaining the paper alive.

Biden Could Hire Jobless Oil and Gas Workers to Plug Abandoned Oil Wells, by Leanna First-Arai. Tens of 1000’s of oil and gasoline staff are shedding their jobs. The Biden administration may rent them tomorrow.





The environmental motion may do a greater job incorporating the message in regards to the connection between poverty and environmental degradation, and constructing that message on the grassroots degree. That may assist environmental advocates see the human face of environmental points —internationally in addition to domestically—and perceive how that connection shapes priorities. As an illustration, understanding what poor populations worth within the setting (which will not be what’s deemed “globally invaluable” by supporters within the international north) or the problem poor folks face when attempting to stability quick must feed a household and the medium and long-term want to guard environmental assets. When a baby is ravenous, a household will not be in a position to consider long-term sustainability or harm to ecosystems that help endangered species. You possibly can assist the environmental motion see that dilemma so we are able to come collectively round international and native options that deal with quick time period challenges as nicely.”
          ~~Helene D. Gayle


On this date at Each day Kos in 2009The Truth, Yes, But Hold Back the Cop Out, Please:

“Reality and reconciliation” has a pleasing, post-partisan, get-it-all-behind-us attract to it. With its ties to these icons of resistance and justice Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, the idea comes outfitted with heavy armor towards anybody who would dare criticize it. However the proposed commission of inquiry introduced as we speak by Senator Pat Leahy to analyze the detention, switch and remedy of detainees by america ought to not be referred to as, as Leahy has instructed, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, with all such a reputation conjures.

Torture Fee resonates succinctly. Or title it for whomever is picked as co-chairs.  

To make sure, the reality should be uncovered. Or, quite, we should add to the truths we already find out about what occurred and who ordered it to happen. However it’s untimely – at greatest – to wed reality and reconciliation earlier than even calling the primary witness in what needs to be a relentlessly thorough investigation. Let no matter is finally uncovered within the probe decide what needs to be the correct course of subsequent motion.

Proof already well-known demonstrates conclusively that the Cheney-Bush administration violated the Geneva Conventions and dedicated conflict crimes. That this was achieved below the colour of “authorized” memos which more than likely had been crafted not independently by the Workplace of Authorized Counsel however quite with the complete connivance of these whom the memos sought to guard makes it all of the extra crucial that no T&R-style pardon be granted earlier than the Torture Fee’s microphones are even turned on. […]