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first_imgA Harvard researcher is pointing toward a new reason to worry about the effects of climate change — national security.A new report co-authored by Michael McElroy, the Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies, and D. James Baker, a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, connects global climate change, extreme weather, and national security. During the next decade, the report concludes, climate change could have wide-reaching effects on everything from food, water, and energy supplies to critical infrastructure and economic security.“Over the last century, the trend has been toward urbanization — to concentrate people in smaller areas,” McElroy said. “We’ve built an infrastructure — whether it’s where we build our homes or where we put our roads and bridges — that fits with that trend. If the weather pattern suddenly changes in a serious way, it could create very large problems. Bridges may be in the wrong place, or sea walls may not be high enough.”Possible effects on critical infrastructure, however, only scratch the surface of the security concerns.On an international scale, the report points to recent events, such as flooding in Pakistan and sustained drought in eastern Africa, that may be tied to changing weather patterns. How the United States responds to such disasters — whether by delivering humanitarian aid or through technical support — could affect security.“By recognizing the immediacy of these risks, the U.S. can enhance its own security and help other countries do a better job of preparing for and coping with near-term climate extremes,” Baker said.The report suggests that climate changes could even have long-reaching political effects.It’s possible, McElroy said, that climate changes may have contributed to the uprisings of the Arab Spring by causing a rise in food prices, or that the extended drought in northern Mexico has contributed to political instability and a rise in drug trafficking in the region.“We don’t have definitive answers, but our report raises these questions, because what we are saying is that these conditions are likely to be more normal than they were in the past,” McElroy said. “There are also questions related to sea-level rise. The conventional wisdom is that sea level is rising by a small amount, but observations show it’s rising about twice as fast as the models suggested. Could it actually go up by a large amount in a short period? I don’t think you can rule that out.”McElroy and Baker found that changes in weather patterns may already be under way.“One novel thing we did was to do an analysis of just how unusual the recent weather has been, based on the longest historical database we have,” McElroy said. “The net conclusion is that weather is changing dramatically in specific regions, and the nature of the change is that we’re seeing more record high temperatures and many, many fewer low-temperature records.”Other potential effects, McElroy said, are tied to changes in an atmospheric circulation pattern called the Hadley circulation, in which warm tropical air rises, resulting in tropical rains. As the air moves to higher latitudes, it descends, causing the now-dry air to heat up. Regions where the hot, dry air returns to the surface are typically dominated by desert.The problem, he said, is that evidence shows those arid regions are expanding.“The observational data suggest that the Hadley circulation has expanded by several degrees in latitude,” McElroy said. “That’s a big deal, because if you shift where deserts are by just a few degrees, you’re talking about moving the southwestern desert into the grain-producing region of the country, or moving the Sahara into southern Europe.”The report is the result of the authors’ involvement with Medea, a group of scientists who support the U.S. government by examining declassified national security data useful for scientific inquiry. In recent decades, the group has worked with officials in the United States and Russia to declassify data on climatic conditions in the Arctic and thousands of spy satellite images. Those images have been used to study ancient settlement patterns in the Middle East and changes in Arctic ice.“I would be reluctant to say that our report is the last word on short-term climate change,” McElroy said. “Climate change is a moving target. We’ve done an honest, useful assessment of the state of play today, but we will need more information and more hard work to get it right. One of the recommendations in our report is the need for a serious investment in measurement and observation. It’s really important to keep doing that, otherwise we’re going to be flying blind.”“The bottom line is that our national security depends on our ability to sustain and augment our scientific and technical capacity to monitor unfolding events and forewarn of important changes,” Baker said. “The imminent increase in extreme events will affect water availability, energy use, food distribution, and critical infrastructure — all elements of both domestic and international security.”The study was conducted with funds provided by the Central Intelligence Agency. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the CIA or the U.S. government.last_img read more


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first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hope Stays Alive for BombshellAfter the Bombshell concert’s Broadway triumph earlier on this week, the question on everyone’s lips is: when is the show, with songs by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, coming to the Great White Way for real? “What we start with is one of the greatest scores that’s been written for the theater in I don’t know how many decades,” mega producer Neil Meron told The Los Angeles Times. His producing partner Craig Zadan added about the possibility of the show hitting the Main Stem: “We always thought that it might be or we wanted it to be or we hoped it to be, but there was never any movement whatsoever about making it into a Broadway show…We don’t quite know what’s going to happen in the next couple of months or year.” Well we know what we HOPE will happen—that the team brings in a book writer to shape Marilyn’s story for the stage! In the meantime, we’ll take Wittman’s dream to tide us over: “I would love to do this at the Hollywood Bowl…Marilyn comes home.”Matthew Broderick Teams Up With Chloë SevignyMatthew Broderick, who has just completed a run on Broadway in It’s Only a Play, is heading back to the screen. According to Deadline, the Tony winner will star alongside Chloë Sevigny as the parents to newcomer Shannon Tarbet in the dramatic comedy Look Away. Production began this week in New York’s Hudson Valley.Ron Moody Dead at 91Sad news from the U.K…Ron Moody, who scared generations of children as Fagin in the movie Oliver! and on Broadway, has died at the age of 91, reports The New York Times. Moody received an Oscar nod for his performance and a Tony nomination for reprising the role on the Great White Way in the 1984 revival of the classic tuner. Join us in raising a glass of gin to the great man singing “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two” below.last_img read more


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first_imgIt seems like I’ve heard a lot of writers brag in their ramblings about how they type on typewriters because real writers don’t need the backspace button, just the trash can.  I need a backspace and a spellchecker because I can’t keep events straight at this point.  I’ve been busy, but I’ve been fitting in rides, and a few races, and with three weeks until the Transylvania Epic, which I’ve been thinking about for 4 months, its time to really focus.  I’ve honed a system of getting in shape that seems to work consistently for me and it seems to be coming together again as far as I can tell.  I felt my fibers ticking in Pisgah this weekend for the Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race, they were honed, there for that extra kick on the slick moves and snapping back after a few seconds rest.  I can feel fitness on the downhill’s as well as the ups, when I’m on form I have confidence and a reserve of strength for the surprise around the corner, the downed log, or the washed out drop.  “That’s why I love this,” I thought, riding squirrel in the wet, and feeling good.There is no race that more accurately captures the spirit of Pisgah then PMBAR.  In PMBAR you make your own course.  The riding is raw, steep, sometimes primitive, and sometimes wet.  This time it was really wet, and cold, 36 F on the top of Laurel Mountain on May 4th.  We love Pisgah but we almost hate it.  It’s rugged and it’s almost too hard.  When it’s wet the difficulty goes to the point where a lot of hotshot sponsored pros will be throwing their bikes.  Pisgah is too hard to be cool.  We don’t ride Pisgah to be cool, we just ride it because we can, and because when we’re done, and the aches subside, nostalgia takes hold and you only remember the goods.This year was the third year racing PMBAR with my longtime friend and riding partner Jacob McGayhey.  Most mountain bikers understand some mechanics, those that don’t end up running.  For those so inclined, it is possible to take your understanding of bicycle mechanics to the highest of levels.  To those folks we should all be grateful because these are the ones that are developing the gear that has been steadily advancing our sport.  I get a bit of special enjoyment out of riding the latest redesign of the Industry Nine wheels.  The trail 24 is a Jacob McGayhey brainchild with detailed refinements achieved through an absolute commitment to perfection and an attention to detail that is almost unmatched.  I love to see Jacob’s talents being channeled in such a fitting way and also love the fact that an Asheville company is making the best wheels on the planet.  Racing has a way of rewarding obsessive-compulsive behavior, and PMBAR fits the bill.  All options need to be analyzed, evaluated, and perpetually reprocessed.  You don’t have to do all that but it just may be what wins the race.  Eric Weaver did a masterful job of shuffling the deck this year and throwing out an array of checkpoints that left no clear path.  The options were numerous and the cost/benefits ultra close.  We nailed a route and skipped the bonus checkpoints of slate rock and Daniel Ridge.  It almost didn’t seem right to be able to win without riding the most miles.So two weeks to ride hard and a week to rest then seven days of heated competition.  Nothing is more fun then a race when you are feeling really good.  While I’m here let me not forget to give a big shout out on the megaphone to Bruce Dickman and Progold for helping get me to the TSE.  Thanks!last_img read more


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first_imgEarlier this week, Pam Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida, and Mr. Lewandowski attempted to hold a celebratory news conference after obtaining a favorable court order in Pennsylvania. But a local D.J. blasting Beyoncé completely overpowered Ms. Bondi, who was forced to simply hold up the order as most of the media gathered nearby could not hear her speaking. – Advertisement – “Lawyers News Conference Four Seasons, Philadelphia. 11:00 a.m.,” President Trump tweeted Saturday morning, before issuing a corrective and explaining that he did not mean the luxury downtown hotel near the city’s convention center and was referring instead to a business called Four Seasons Total Landscaping.The correction quickly met with derision and glee among many blue-checkmark Twitter users, who assumed the campaign had accidentally booked the wrong venue. The landscaping business, after all, was situated near a porn shop, Fantasy Island Adult Bookstore, and a crematorium. The apparent mishap went viral, with celebrities weighing in. “Four Seasons Total Landscaping is also my secret code name for a bikini wax,” the actress Emmy Rossum tweeted Saturday evening.- Advertisement – Dan Scavino, the keeper of the presidential Twitter feed and a deputy White House chief of staff for communications, eventually tweeted out the corrective, people familiar with the event said, while White House officials overall were rolling their eyes and dismissing the entire embarrassing episode as another “Rudy special.”The campaign declined to comment, as did the White House.On Saturday evening, while Mr. Biden was addressing the country in his first remarks as president-elect, Mr. Lewandowski tweeted: “All great Americans in PA use Four Seasons Total Landscaping. They love this country and are American Patriots. Thank you!!” The actual hotel issued its own corrective. “To clarify, President Trump’s press conference will NOT be held at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia,” the corporate account tweeted. “It will be held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping— no relation with the hotel.”In reality, the mistake was not in the booking, but in a garbled game of telephone. Mr. Giuliani and the Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski told the president on Saturday morning their intended location for the news conference and he misunderstood, assuming it was an upscale hotel, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.But the campaign had always intended to hold the news conference in a friendlier part of town. The president’s team had struggled with news conferences in this Democratic stronghold all week. Since Wednesday, the streets outside of the Convention Center have been filled with pro-Biden protesters chanting, “Count every vote!” On multiple occasions, the Trump campaign surrogates were drowned out and surrounded by the much larger pro-Biden crowd.- Advertisement – Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, was standing in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping in far northeast Philadelphia, as close to a Trump enclave as a decidedly Democratic city gets, highlighting alleged examples of voter fraud when the networks called the presidential race for Joseph R. Biden Jr.The surroundings were humble for such a seminal moment — a podium set up in front of a closed garage door decorated with a campaign poster — especially after a presidential tweet in the morning had advertised something that sounded a lot more upscale.- Advertisement –last_img read more


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first_imgONE News 10 June 2013An advocate of voluntary euthanasia says that it is “inevitable” that the practice will become lawful in New Zealand.Melbourne-based urological surgeon Dr Rodney Syme believes that choosing when and how a person dies is a human right and says that he expects physician-assisted death to be made legal within the next decade.Syme, who is visiting New Zealand for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society’s annual conference, admits helping hundreds of people to end their lives on their own terms.…He told TV ONE’s Breakfast this morning that he thinks the practice has international support.“It is inevitable, it has happened around the world, in a number of countries. Public support for it is overwhelming.“I estimate that certainly within a decade, and hopefully long before then, we will have sensible law that protects human beings and human rights to die with dignity on their own terms,” he said.Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland and in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont and Montana.In New Zealand, euthanasia and assisted suicide remains illegal, as set out under Section 179 of the Crimes Act.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/voluntary-euthanasia-inevitable-in-nz-advocate-5460191last_img read more


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first_imgILOILO City – The motorcycle they wereriding crashed against a pickup in Barangay Pulot-an, Pototan, Iloilo. According to police investigation, thevictims were navigating the road when a pickup driven by Richard Causing, 39,of Barangay Espinosa, Ajuy, Iloilo hit them on Tuesday night. But it was notimmediately clear what circumstance led to the accident. Causing was detained in the lockup cellof the Pototan police station, facing charges.PNcenter_img Killed of head injuries was motorcycledriver Lifedin Pari-an, 25, of Barangay Tumay, Mina, Iloilo. His two backriders Renhniel Resano, 18, and Jenwill Camiro, 30, received treatment at the IloiloProvincial Hospital in Pototan for minor injuries.last_img


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first_imgLauren Hill begins hospice care, her family said via Facebook.LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Lauren Hill is now receiving hospice care, her family announced Tuesday on Lauren’s Fight for Cure Facebook page.The Lawrenceburg graduate is battling inoperable brain cancer and her story has spread around the world, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research.Hill, 19, is a freshman at Mount St. Joseph University and made her college basketball debut on November 2.The family said they originally planned to enter hospice by late October or early November.“Overall she has been in good spirits this week and staying busy with special projects,” the family said on Facebook.On Monday, the Dearborn Community Foundation announced the establishment of the Lauren Hill Make A Difference Fund.last_img read more


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first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — An Ivy Tech Community College professor has returned from an overseas deployment with the U.S. Army Reserves.Dr. Shelly Eisert, who has taught nursing at the Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Campus for 10 years, was deployed to the Middle East for five months. She returned this spring.“We are proud of Dr. Eisert and sincerely thankful for her service to our country,” Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Chancellor Mark Graver said. “Dr. Eisert is an invaluable member of our faculty, and we are very happy she returned safely to continue her important role in our excellent Nursing Program.”Eisert has served in the Army Reserves for 10 years and holds the rank of Captain. Her deployment this year was her second overseas.She was assigned to the 75th Combat Support Hospital in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Spartan Shield). She served as a nurse practitioner at United States Army Health Clinic Kuwait (USAHC-K) in support of 25,000 U.S. and foreign service members, U.S. Department of Defense civilians, and contractors assigned, attached, or transitioning through Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Additionally, she served as the Officer in Charge of a medical clinic in Jordan.Dr. Eisert earned an Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in Kuwait and Jordan and a Combat Patch for her service in Jordan.“I am passionate about military service and nursing,” Eisert said. “Having the opportunity to serve as a nurse practitioner overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Spartan Shield) is an honor and a privilege.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Cardinals fell short against Jac-Cen-Del 25-13, 25-11.  Cora Roth served for 3 points, Ashley Hunter and Jaelyn Owens had 2 points each, and Kalli Obermeyer, Rachel Suttmann and Lucy Abplanalp had 1 point each. Sophia Hohenstein passed the ball well to help setup the offense. Cora Roth and Lucy Abplanalp with 2 hits and Ashley Hunter with 1 hit.   The St. Louis 8th Grade Volleyball team worked hard to pull out a win against Jac-Cen-Del in 2 sets 25-17, 25-21. The Cardinals was able to serve strong to stay on top for the whole match. Isabelle Wonnell led the Cardinals with 10 points followed by Catherine Streator 6 points, Kate Weber and Ella Moster 5 points each, Rhea Miller 2 points and Lilly Schebler 1 point. Ingrid Tuveson, Maggie Beiser and Ava Owens moved around the court very well to pass the ball to the setter so the offense could be set up. Kate Weber and Isabelle Wonnell had 2 kills each along with Catherine Streator and Claire Saner was able to put down 1 kill each. Claire Saner was strong at the net on defense with tipping several times to get the easy point.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more


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first_img The Italian’s statement continued: “This is a historic, proud and ethical club and to read and hear some of the vicious and personal accusations is painful. I am an honest man, my values and principles come from my family and my upbringing. “I feel that I should not have to continually justify myself to people who do not understand this, however I will say one thing only – I am not the man that some people like to portray. I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone. “I am a football man and this and my family are my focus. Now I will speak only of football.” The furore over Di Canio’s failure to renounce fascism reached new heights when The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the Dean of Durham, wrote an open letter saying he was struggling to stay loyal to the club and that he found Di Canio’s “self-confessed fascism deeply troubling”. Sadgrove, the child of a Jewish war refugee, said in his letter: “I believe that unless you clearly renounce fascism in all its manifestations, you will be associated with these toxic far-right tendencies we have seen too much of in this region.” He added: “Please tell me that I have misunderstood, or missed some fundamental issue here. I am simply telling you with a heavy heart that it feels hard at the moment to stay loyal.” Di Canio blasted the furore over his appointment as Sunderland manager as “ridiculous and pathetic”. His appointment led to the resignation of the club’s vice-chairman David Miliband, former foreign secretary, and the Durham Miners’ Association has asked the club to return a symbolic banner which is kept at the Stadium of Light if Di Canio remains. The statement followed the Dean of Durham becoming the latest public figure to voice disquiet over Di Canio’s appointment and questioning why he had not renounced fascism at a news conference on Tuesday. But the 44-year-old’s statement appears designed to draw a line under the controversy. In a statement issued by the club, Di Canio said: “I have clearly stated that I do not wish to speak about matters other than football, however, I have been deeply hurt by the attacks on the football club.” Sunderland finally responded to continuing uproar over their appointment of Paolo Di Canio as manager by releasing a statement from the Italian insisting he is not a racist and that he does not support “the ideology of fascism”.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more