Even in its twilight days, Trump regime is still sticking climate science deniers in sensitive posts

first_imgSaid Jane Lubchenco, a professor of marine biology at Oregon State University and head of NOAA under President Barack Obama: “He’s not just in left field—he’s not even near the ballpark.” And Michael Mann, climate scientist at State University, emailed to National Public Radio to say that Legates has, throughout his career “misrepresented the science of climate change, serving as an advocate for polluting interests as he dismisses and downplays the impacts of climate change.”- Advertisement – “I think [Legates] can make messes that the Biden people are going to have to clean up, especially with respect to personnel appointments and author nominations and assignments,” said a former scientist with the research program, who stressed that new leadership could reverse any changes implemented by Legates. The fifth such assessment is now in the works. The two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment were released in 2017 and 2018. As I reported then, the assessment noted that climate change isn’t some far-in-the-future problem, but is already happening, inflicting “substantial damages” on communities, and it’s going to get worse. Denier-in-Chief Trump didn’t like the assessment, and claimed he didn’t believe it. The only surprise is that he didn’t move sooner to screw things up with the next assessment. The Post notes: The move [to appoint Legates] has rattled rank-and-file scientists at NOAA, the lead agency working on the climate assessment, according to people inside and outside the organization. For much of Trump’s tenure, there has been little political interference at NOAA, the notable exception being Trump’s hand-drawn alteration of an official hurricane forecast, an incident known as “Sharpiegate.”center_img Legates has signed the Oregon Petition, which caught a lot of well-deserved flak for trying to pretend it was something it was not—a peer-reviewed study. The petition states:“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”In testimony to Congress last year, Legates said, “Climate has always changed and weather is always variable, due to complex, powerful natural forces. No efforts to stabilize the climate can possibly be successful. […] The current emphasis on climate change abatement will do far more harm than good.”Legates is one of the many Trump appointments who ought to be out the door before the sun goes down Jan. 20. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Me And Sourav Have Got Similar Ideas: Ricky Ponting

first_imgKolkata: They were once part of one of the biggest rivalries in world cricket, but Ricky Ponting now enjoys Sourav Ganguly’s company and is more often than not on the same page as the former India captain, as they try to end Delhi Capitals’ dry run and help them capture their first Indian Premier League title.Ganguly was roped in as Delhi’s advisor at the start of the season, raising a few eyebrows regarding conflict of interest as he is also the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) president.Ganguly swept those issues under the carpet and is expected to be in the ‘away’ team’s dugout when Delhi take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League game here.Asked how it feels to work with Ganguly, Delhi’s head coach Ponting said it’s fun.”We have got very similar ideas and views on the game which has made us work well together. I love working with him,” the former Australia captain said.”We’ve always going on well since our playing days. Since we’ve retired, we’ve caught up a couple times a year at least.”I’ve always enjoyed his company. I think all the boys have enjoyed it as well.”Ricky Ponting said Ganguly is very passionate about Delhi and his inputs will be key on Friday at Eden Gardens, a ground he knows like the back of his hand.”He’s very passionate about Delhi Capitals and the success that we’re hoping to bring to the team so we’re working well together.”He’s said all along that he expects it to be a very good pitch.”I think the reason they have been so good as the curators decided to leave it just a little bit more grass and they haven’t sort of spun as much. It has pretty good pace and bounce and the ball tends to swing a bit here as well because of the humid conditions,” Ricky Ponting elaborated on the pitch.All eyes were on Ganguly on the eve of the match as the celebrated southpaw was seen helping left-handers in the side get a hang of the surface.The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram and Rahul Tewatia are the left handers in the side and Ganguly spent a lot of time with them.According to reports, Ganguly is likely to depose in person before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman regarding conflict of interest as Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain might just want to hear him out before taking the final call.Three Kolkata based fans — Bhaswati Santua, Ranjit Seal and Abhijeet Mukherjee — in a letter to the BCCI Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Jain alleged that Ganguly’s dual role is a case of conflict of interest, and they fear he might have it his way with the pitch curator ahead of the game.Ganguly, however, in his written reply to the Ombudsman’s notice, has categorically denied the charge. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Buitendag runner-up in Roxy Pro Gold Coast

first_img12 March 2014South African surfing star Bianca Buitendag claimed a career-best runner-up finish in the Roxy Pro Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks in Queensland, Australia on Tuesday, and then promptly pledged to give her prize money to charity.“I’m so overwhelmed by this experience,” Buitendag said after the final. “It’s a first time for me and I didn’t quite know what to expect.“It’s a bit like a dream for me. I’m giving my prize money to charity. We are so lucky and we have so much already. It goes a long way.”First finalThe 20-year-old from Victoria Bay in the Western Cape posted a convincing victory over the USA’s Lakey Peterson in their semi-final match-up, which was held in excellent one-to-1.5 metre waves, to reach the final of a World Championship Tour (WCT) event for the first time in just her second year at the top level of women’s surfing.Buitendag, who was crowned the 2013 ASP Women’s Rookie of the Year, had her hopes of fairy tale maiden victory dashed in the final by five-time ASP Women’s world champion and Snapper Rocks local Stephanie Gilmore, who won her fifth Roxy Pro title with a dominant showing.‘The best feeling in the world’“I haven’t felt this feeling in a while,” Gilmore said. “It’s the best feeling in the world to have all your friends and family around and high five everyone.Buitendag’s confidence-boosting run to the final, during which she also defeated 2013 ASP number two Tyler Wright of Australia in the quarter-finals, Alessa Quizon of Hawaii in round four and Australia’s Laura Enever in round two, lifted the South African to number two in the 2014 Women’s WCT rankings going into the next event, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia, which starts on 2 April.Men’s winnerThe Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, stop number one on the Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT, which ran alongside the women’s competition, was won by Gabriel Medina, who became the first Brazilian winner of the event and the first goofy-footed surfer (rides with right foot in front) to clinch the title since 2004.He scored a sensational come-from-behind victory over home-town favourite and 2012 ASP world champion Joel Parkinson, who had led throughout the 35-minute final after opening his account with a ride of 9.0 (out of 10).As he had done against Australia’s Taj Burrow in the semi-finals and three-time ASP world champ Mick Fanning in the quarters, Medina kept his challenge going until the final seconds of each heat, scoring buzzer-beating victories on each occasion.South African resultsSouth Africa’s Travis Logie finished 13th overall after defeating Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence in round two before falling to Burrow in round three.Jordy Smith, who ended 2013 ranked fourth in the world, was uncharacteristically eliminated early in the event and finished equal 25th.RESULTSWOMENFinalStephanie Gilmore (Aus) 15.80 def. Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 10.47 Semi-Finals Stephanie Gilmore (Aus) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (Haw) 13.40Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 15.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50 MENFinal Gabriel Medina (Bra) 16.33 def. Joel Parkinson (Aus) 16.27 Semi-Finals Gabriel Medina (Bra) 14.13 def. Taj Burrow (Aus) 14.10Joel Parkinson (Aus) 18.70 def. Adriano de Souza (Bra) 9.67 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Hey IoT developers — it’s time you knew your rights

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Ahead of the IoT World conference in Santa Clara, California, today, IoT network firm Silver Spring Networks, laid down a marker and published their “Know your Rights” white paper, pointing out what IoT developers should require from network providers.Issues around the best network options for the growing world of IoT are critical right now, and everyone from wireless carriers to hardware makers wants a hand in this game.Silver Springs’ rights read a little like the Ten Commandments, but the market needs that kind of direction.In case you’re wondering, here’s the list:1. The Right to ubiquitous coverage.2. The Right to a solution based on open industry standards.3. The Right to persistent safeguards from unauthorized access and detection.4. The Right to leverage a large and diverse ecosystem of providers.5. The Right to consistent performance for every device, everywhere.6. The Right to power-efficient devices that communicate as often as you need them.7. The Right to use a platform that has been proven at scale.8. The Right to guaranteed service levels.9. The Right to massive scalability.10. The Right for your network to live long (and without failure).The company will be demoing an expansion of its developer program at IoT WorldThe white paper comes at a time where IoT networks are fragmented and there are plenty of options available for customers. Wi-SUN, LoRaWAN and NB-IoT are three major network architecture choices, each suited for different needs.See Also: 5 questions for IoT about what we could learn from the WannaCry hack“While the IoT market is vastly complex, with standards and types of devices ever-evolving, what is certain is that the network technologies over which IoT services will be hosted are well defined, even as they continue to evolve,” said Silver Spring Networks chief technology officer, Don Reeves. “Our goal with publishing these Rights is to provide customers guideposts on which to make a mission-critical decision that must meet their requirements today and well into the future.” Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Currycenter_img Follow the Puck Tags:#5G#Internet of Things#IoT#IoT World#LoRaWAN#NB-IoT#Silver Spring Networks#smart grid Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

How to Help Your Blustering Boss

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now When someone in leadership role resorts to yelling, screaming, cursing, stomping their feet, and banging things around in order to get something done, it is an indication that they lack influence, lack real authority, and lack resourcefulness.When someone loses their ability to persuade, they resort to force. They (incorrectly) believe that raising their voice and using harsh language will frighten the target at whom they’ve directed their ire into taking action. When they don’t get what they want by raising their voice, they move to stomping their feet and slamming things to produce a more physical threatening behavior.This behavior comes at a very high price.These tactics produce resistance in the person on the receiving end because it violates the relationship. There is no amount of deposits you can make in a relationship that allow you to make massive withdraws of trust and caring. When trust and caring are gone, so is influence.These tactics also reduce the blustering boss’s moral authority (it’s most powerful form). All the loud histrionics are proof positive that the person is frustrated, that they have trouble managing their own state (let alone the states of the people working for them), and that they have a serious lack of resourcefulness.I am not going to be the one to tell you to quit your job and leave your frustrated boss (although I have done it a couple of times in my life, to good end, too). I have no idea what your position is. But here’s an idea as to how you can help.As soon as your boss finishes their angry tirade about some result you were supposed to be producing, ask this question: “Can I share an idea with you?” If your angry boss blows up, just wait until he or she finishes their tirade and say this again, “I have an idea that might help I’d really like to share it with you.”Then share your ideas with your frustrated, unresourceful boss. Tell him what you need to get the job done, and tell him you’re on it. He may blow up again because he doesn’t like your idea or the necessary investment, but give it your best anyway.P.S. If you are this angry, blustering boss, just stop it.last_img read more