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

This personal alert wearable is what you want in an emergency » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – This personal alert wearable is super easy to use. Once you get it, simply create an account on the SOS app. Then, enter your emergency contacts onto the list. In the event of an emergency, press the button on the front of the band. It sends one-click GPS and elevation coordinates to your contacts immediately. And the best part is, you don’t even need to have your phone on you to use this device. The SOS will cover you no matter your phone’s status. So it sounds like a practical gadget pretty much anyone would want to include in their EDC.SOS Band global personal alert wearable SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person outdoorsDoes this gadget track your movements?While this personal alert wearable can pinpoint your location when you need help, it doesn’t keep a log of your movements. It only works when you activate it, keeping your movements private and personal. So this is one device, at least, that won’t ask you to rate the bakery you passed during your last bike ride.SOS Band global personal alert wearable– Advertisement – The beauty of this personal alert wearable is that it works globally. So you can wear it while you jog in your neighborhood or hike while you’re on a business trip. For now, the SOS Band works in over 213 countries, and more are being added all the time. Check the list before you head out.SOS Band global personal alert wearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person rock climbingCan I wear this emergency wristband in the rain?The makers of the SOS Band know that when you’re outside, rain and splashes happen. That’s why they’ve given their wristband a completely sealed design so that it can go with you pretty much anywhere. It’s even saltwater proof, so you can wear it while you’re wakeboarding or doing any other watersport in the ocean. It’s definitely a product you’ll want to take with you on your next beach vacation.SOS Band global personal alert wearable WearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person paddlingDoes this product take the environment into account?According to the company’s Indiegogo page, this personal alert wearable promotes sustainability since its battery is so long lasting—this cuts down on the use of batteries compared to similar products. Also, the durable material stands up to heavy use. This means you shouldn’t have to replace the band for over ten years. It also means there’s less material manufacturing, putting a smaller load on the planet’s raw materials.SOS Band global personal alert wearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person throwing a ropeThe SOS Band personal alert wearable is a great gadget for people who exercise alone outdoors. This device is easy to use and provides a truly great service, sending your location’s coordinates to your emergency contacts. And with the millions of sporting accidents that occur in the US each year, it’s a wearable that could prove to be a lifesaver. So it’s a gadget you’ll want to consider getting for yourself and loved ones.The SOS Band global personal alert wearable costs $75, and you can preorder yours on Kickstarter.What other gadgets are you crazy about for your solo adventures outdoors? Let us know in the comments :).SOS Band global personal alert wearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person walking through the forest SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person rock climbingHow long does the battery last?You won’t have to worry about running out of batteries with this sports wearable. That’s because the SOS Band‘s batteries last for ten years. That’s right; you won’t need to change the batteries on this wristband for a decade. This is a huge improvement over the typical wearable’s battery life, which only lasts a few days before needing a recharge.SOS Band global personal alert wearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person huntingWhere does this location-sharing wristband work?- Advertisement –center_img Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. You love exercising in the great outdoors but know it can be dangerous out there. Breathe a little easier with the SOS band. This emergency wearable is easy to use and sends your location’s coordinates to your contacts if you’re in trouble.If you bike or run solo, you know how important it is to stay connected to emergency contact while you’re out. And luckily, today’s wearables are making that easier than ever, especially the SOS Band global personal alert wearable. In the event of an emergency, this wristband shares your coordinates with your contact list. All you have to do is press a button.The SOS Band looks like a sturdy smartwatch or fitness tracker. It has the company’s logo engraved on the front and has a rugged, durable quality. In fact, this wearable is dust, impact, and water-resistant with an IP-69 rated housing case. Overal, it’s a personal safety gadget that looks like it was meant to be worn outdoors, and you’ll feel quite stylish wearing it.How does this alert wristband work?- Advertisement –last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Blue Jackets have a nine-game point streak after beating the Panthers, 1-0 on Zach Werenski’s goal against former Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) 1:54 into overtime. Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LIH’-kihnz) had 32 saves in picking up his fourth shutout of the season, helping the Jackets move to 8-0-1 in their last nine games. The Panthers lost for just the second time in their last nine games.— Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) capped his two-goal night by scoring 2:52 into overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 win over the Stars. Dallas led 3-2 until Mathew Barzal (bahr-ZAL’) notched a power-play goal late in the third period. Kieffer Bellows made his NHL debut and registered an assist against the team his father, Brian, spent most of his career.— Shootout goals by Ondrej Kase (KAH’-shah) and Rickard Rakell (rah-KEHL’) gave the Ducks a 3-2 victory at Ottawa. Kase also scored in the second period and Rakell assisted on Nick Ritchie’s first-period goal.— The Canadiens erased a 3-0 deficit and knocked off the Devils, 5-4 on Ilya Kovalchuk’s (KOH’-vul-chuhks) shootout goal. Montreal’s Charlie Lindgren had 20 saves filling for an ailing Carey Price. Kyle Palmieri scored two-power-play goals for New Jersey, including the game-tying tally with 20 seconds left in regulation.COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS — Lamar Stevens had 24 points and Myreon Jones made a career-high six 3-pointers while scoring 20 points as No. 22 Penn State earned a 75-70 win over No. 16 Michigan State. Stevens hit five free throws over the final 16 seconds to help the Nittany Lions wrap up their fifth consecutive win. Michigan State’s Cassius Winston scored 25 points but could not convert on chances to pull into a tie twice in the closing seconds.NHL-SCHEDULEOvechkin leads Caps’ comebackUNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) is two away from becoming the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals.The Washington Capitals trailed 2-1 with just over six minutes left before the left winger scored three times in lead a 4-2 triumph over the Kings. Ovechkin tallied twice in a 70-second span to put the Caps ahead before completing his 27th career hat trick with an empty-netter. The Chargers also say Shane Steichen will remain the offensive coordinator after taking over midway through the season.In other NFL news:— The Jaguars have hired former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke as their director of player personnel. Baalke replaces Chris Polian, who was fired last month after seven seasons in Jacksonville. Baalke spent the last three years working for the NFL as a football operations consultant.— Jacksonville announced that it will play consecutive home games in London next season. The Jaguars have played a home game at Wembley Stadium every year since 2013 and expect to extend a contract that runs through 2020.— The NFL has suspended Jaguars defensive tackle Carl Davis without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Davis’ contract is set to expire when the new league calendar begins in March. John Carlson scored a goal and set up two others, giving him league-highs for defensemen with 51 assists and 65 points.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask picked up his third shutout of the season and 48th of his career by making 25 saves in the Bruins’ 4-0 victory over the Canucks. Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist as Boston earned its fourth straight win. Brad Marchand, David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) and Karson Kuhlman (KOOL’-muhn) also tallied for the Bruins, who remain one point behind the Capitals for the top total in the Eastern Conference.— Steven Stamkos tipped in his 24th goal of the season in the third period to send the Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Golden Knights. Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 28 saves and extended his streak of consecutive games without a regulation loss to 16 games, matching the franchise record set by Nikolai Khabibulin (hah-bee-BOO’-lihn) in 2002-03. Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli also scored, and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) had two assists for Tampa Bay.— Andre Burakovsky (bur-ah-KAHF’-skee) collected a career-high four points on one goal and three assists as the Avalanche mauled the Sabres, 6-1. Burakovsky tied a career high with his 17th goal and ran his point streak to five games. Valeri Nichushkin (nih-CHOOSH’-kihn) had a goal and two assists for Colorado, which scored six times in its first 14 shots. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh) delivered 34 points on 12 of 17 shooting and had 17 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks topped Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans, 120-108. Williamson finished with 20 points, but he shot just 5-for-19 and had seven rebounds in his first meeting with Antetokounmpo.Khris Middleton had 20 points for the Bucks, who took control by outscoring the Pelicans 42-24 in the third quarter.The outcome leads Milwaukee with an NBA-best 42-7 record.NBA-NEWSKnicks dump president Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEBucks down PelicansUNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s reigning MVP got the better of the league’s No. 1 pick last season. — The league is changing the format to this season’s 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece. That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25. Competitors will now get 70 seconds to finish their shots instead of the customary 60.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEMilestone win for Coach KUNDATED (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) has hit another milestone in his Hall of Fame coaching career.Krzyzewski picked up his 500th ACC victory as Vernon Carey Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead seventh-ranked Duke to a 63-55 win at Boston College. Carey made a layup and then hit two free throws with about six minutes left during a 10-0 run that put the Blue Devils ahead to stay. February 4, 2020 Associated Press Tre Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help Krzyzewski improve to 500-200 in all ACC regular season and tournament games.Duke missed its first 10 shots in allowing the Eagles to race out to a 12-2 lead.In other top-25 men’s basketball action:— No. 9 Maryland trailed by five before opening the second half on a 14-4 spurt to pull ahead in a 56-51 victory against Rutgers. Jalen Smith had 14 points and 15 rebounds to help the Terrapins move to 13-0 at home. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 17, including three free throws that put the Terps ahead, 52-49 with 2:12 remaining.— Samir Doughty scored 23 points, including hitting two free throws in the final seconds of overtime, to send 11th-ranked Auburn past Arkansas, 79-76. The Tigers closed the second half on a 15-4 run before improving to 16-6. The Razorbacks lost despite Mason Jones’ 40 points for the Razorbacks.center_img Golf rulers says increased distance must be slowedPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Golf’s governing bodies have released a two-year project showing that golfers at all levels keep hitting the ball so far that it’s hurting the game.The R&A and USGA plan to stop the cycle of golf courses expanding to accommodate the long ball of the modern game. The governing bodies are looking at equipment standards for clubs and golf balls.The report says it will not consider other factors like athleticism and training and swing technique. When such changes will occur is unclear.  With feedback and research, it could take more than a year to find a solution.VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Michigan State’s Dantonio announces retirementUNDATED (AP) — Michigan State’s winningest football coach has stepped down.Mark Dantonio has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won three Big Ten titles and he became the school’s winningest coach. Dantonio went 114-57 as the Spartans’ coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He won at least 11 games five times in that six-year span — the first time a Big Ten coach had done that.The 63-year-old Dantonio called his decision a difficult one while noting the nonstop demands of the job.Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel will be the acting head coach while Michigan State seeks a replacement. UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks are changing team presidents once again.The Knicks have dismissed Steve Mills with the team about to miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. Mills took over the post less than three years ago following Phil Jackson’s three-year run at the helm. The move came two days after the NBA trade deadline, and two months after head coach David Fizdale was dismissed.The Knicks entered Tuesday with the NBA’s fourth-worst record at 15-36. They’ve lost at least 50 games each season since 2013-14.General manager Scott Perry will take control of the basketball operations while the team seeks a permanent replacement for Mills.Also around the NBA: NFL-NEWSChargers’ Lynn gets extensionUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have announced a contract extension for head coach Anthony Lynn.Lynn is 27-24 in three seasons with the Chargers. He guided the team to a 12-4 mark and a berth in the AFC divisional round in 2018, but the Chargers fell to 5-11 this past season.Lynn had one year left on his contract. Update on the latest in sports: — Braves reliever Shane Greene has become the first player to go to salary arbitration this year. The 31-year-old right-hander asked a three-man panel for a raise from $4 million to $6.75 million, while the Braves countered with $6.25 million. Greene was a first-time All-Star last year and compiled a 2.30 ERA in 65 appearances with the Braves and Detroit, striking out 64 and walking 17 over 62 2/3 innings.— Outfielder Jon Jay and pitcher Edwin Jackson are among four players signed by the Diamondbacks to minor league contracts. Arizona also worked out minor league deals with John Hicks and outfielder Trayce Thompson.— The Phillies will retire the late Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay’s No. 34 on May 29, 2020, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Marlins. Halladay was 40 when he was killed in a plane crash in November 2017.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.— The lone baseball writer who did not vote for Derek Jeter for the Hall of Fame chose to keep his or her ballot private. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America released the ballots of 315 Hall voters, and all public ballots included the longtime New York Yankees captain. Jeter was on 396 of 397 ballots in voting announced Jan. 21.GOLF NEWS MLB-NEWSBryant loses grievance attemptUNDATED (AP) — An arbitrator has denied the grievance filed by Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant, according to a person who has read the unreleased document of the decision. Mark Irvings ruled the players’ association did not prove the team’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant hit .425 with nine homers in 40 at-bats during 2015 spring training and was held in the minors until April 17, one day after he would have been eligible for a full year of service time.In other Major League Baseball news:— The Astros have introduced James Click as their new general manager. He takes over for Jeff Luhnow, who was suspended for a season by Major League Baseball before being fired in the wake of Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. The Astros last week hired 70-year-old Dusty Baker to take over for AJ Hinch as manager. Turner resigns as Vanderbilt ADNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Malcolm Turner has resigned as Vanderbilt athletic director after one year on the job.Turner was president of the NBA G League when hired in December 2018 by Vanderbilt to replace David Williams. He started Feb. 1, 2019.Turner fired Bryce Drew as men’s basketball coach last spring and hired Jerry Stackhouse.Candice Storey Lee has been named interim athletic director effectively immediately.last_img read more

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw ‘fine’ as he reflects on third straight loss

first_img“I’m fine,” Kershaw said. “It never feels good to lose but, I mean, yeah, I’m fine. It’s OK.”In the three losses, Kershaw has given up a total of seven earned runs. He’s actually lowered his ERA slightly (from 3.21 to 3.20) in the process. Saturday, the Marlins scored three runs against Kershaw: one on an overthrow from right field, one on a wild pitch (for which catcher Yasmani Grandal took responsibility), and another on a dropped line drive in center.“He may show frustration at the time,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Kershaw, “but when he gets away from it, I think he knows he pitched really well.”Surgery for Rodriguez Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MIAMI >> Clayton Kershaw has reached a new low. As is always the case with the Dodgers pitcher, that’s never as bad as it sounds.Kershaw allowed three runs in seven innings against the Miami Marlins on Saturday. Only one run was earned, the byproduct of two Dodger errors, but he was stuck with the loss nonetheless.It marked the first time Kershaw has lost three consecutive starts since he debuted as a 20-year-old in 2008.center_img Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodriguez will have arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove loose bodies in the back of his left elbow. He is expected to miss approximately 8-10 weeks. Rodriguez, who was already on the 15-day disabled list, has known for weeks that he had a bone spur in the elbow (a bone spur can become a loose body) that would eventually require surgery. But he was able to pitch four scoreless rehab innings over four games recently with Triple-A Oklahoma City, leaving open the possibility that Rodriguez could return to the majors right away. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly even said Friday that Rodriguez would join the team in Phoenix, where the Dodgers begin a three-game series Monday. Now that Rodriguez is at least two months away from competition, his season might be in jeopardy. Mattingly said he “would think” Rodriguez could return in time to pitch for the Dodgers in the playoffs should their season get that far.The manager mentioned left-handers Daniel Coulombe and Ian Thomas as possible replacements on the Dodgers’ bullpen depth chart. “Depending on what our situation is,” Mattingly said, “there’s another couple guys we could use.”Anderson on Stanton: ‘I feel his pain’Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson said he noticed something unusual when he struck out Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the sixth inning of Friday’s game.“The last at-bat, the second time he struck out, I threw a 2-0 pitch, a fastball away,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if he winced but it didn’t look like a normal Giancarlo Stanton swing.” Stanton also appeared to wince during his ninth-inning strikeout against Pedro Baez. Anderson, who’s missed most of the last four seasons with injuries, could relate. “I did that last year; I broke my index finger hitting against Matt Cain,” Anderson said. “I feel his pain.”AlsoYasiel Puig will return to the Dodgers’ starting lineup after missing four straight games because of an exposed callus on his left palm. “I know we have a day game (Sunday), I want to play him for that. I figure give him one more day,” Mattingly said. … Puig pinch-hit for the second consecutive day Saturday against the Marlins and grounded out in the seventh inning. … Minor league pitcher Julio Urias, who had cosmetic surgery on his left eye in May, is making progress in his throwing program at the Dodgers’ training facility in Glendale, Arizona. The 18-year-old is now projected to return to Double-A Tulsa in mid-to-late July.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: 8 crazy USWNT facts to know

first_img⭐️ RUN ⭐️ THE ⭐️ WORLD ⭐️RT if you with us. #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/iuqtO6dKoQ— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) May 2, 20198 facts to know heading into the World CupThe United States’ 112 games are the most in the tournament of any country. The USA’s goal differential of +77 is also the best in the history of the World Cup.Carli Lloyd has seven goals at the World Cup, which is the most of any player on the U.S. squad. Only two other players on the U.S. roster have multiple goals in the tournament — Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, with three each.If Lloyd scores two goals at the World Cup this year, she would tie for the ninth-most goals scored at the tournament with nine.The USWNT has finished in the top three of every Women’s World Cup with three victories, one runner-up and three third-place finishes. There hasn’t been another nation to finish in the top three more than three times. Germany has had two wins with one runner-up finish, while Sweden has finished second once and in third place twice. The most frequent matchup at the Women’s World Cup has been between the United States and Sweden. Both sides have already played each other five times before the 2019 tournament. The U.S. and Sweden will meet again June 20 in the final Group F match in France, marking their sixth meeting and the fifth straight tournament in which the two have faced off.Lloyd holds the record as the oldest player to have scored a hat trick at the World Cup, which she did against Japan at the 2015 World Cup at 32 years and 354 days old. The USWNT has the two keepers with the most shutouts in World Cup history as Hope Solo and Briana Scurry have 10 each. The U.S. has more clean sheets than any team in the competition’s history with 23.If Tierna Davidson, 20, or Mallory Pugh, 21, score a goal at the World Cup, they would join the top five youngest U.S. players to score at the tournament. Davidson would be third, while Pugh would be fourth.Mia Hamm was 19 years and 18 months old when she scored her first World Cup goal. Debbie Keller was 20 years, 2 months and 17 days old.Cindy Parlow reached her first World Cup goal when she was 21 years, 1 month and 17 days.Cat Whitehill was 21 years, 7 months and 18 days old.Alex Morgan scored her first goal when she was 22 years and 11 days old. As the U.S. women’s national team prepares to embark on the eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup, we bring you eight intriguing facts to know before the Americans open play Tuesday in France.From looking at the USWNT’s dominance on the World Cup stage to Americans who have scored multiple goals at the tournament, we dive into the stats you need to know provided by Opta.last_img read more