climate coverate

Donald Trump has a fake “Time” cover of himself hanging at his golf courses

  • President Donald Trump has hung a fake Time cover dated March 1, 2009, and touting The Apprentice as a “television smash!” at at least four of his golf courses, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
  • The cover in question, which Time confirmed to the Washington Post was not legitimate, borrowed headlines from real issues of time like “Obama’s Next Move: Can He Cut Health-Care Costs?”
  • Funny enough for a president noted for his consistent refusals to acknowledge the near-universal scientific consensus on climate change, the cover also includes the cover line “Global Warming: A New Age of Extinction.” Read more (6/27/17)
Applying Earth Observations Data to the Real World

In our DEVELOP Program, participants work on Earth science research projects and are mentored by science advisors from within the agency and from partner agencies, and extend research results to local communities. 

This year, our partners ran the gamut from NASA centers to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) to the University of Georgia to state and local governments. The one thing all have in common: using data from our Earth-observing satellites to inform such topics as disaster relief, preserving watershed and marshlands, working municipalities to provide health and study. The program also helps future scientists develop research and presentation skills.

Annually, the participants gather at NASA Headquarters to present their findings. From more than two dozen, we’re highlighting a cross section whose projects covered climate and invasive species in Alaska; health and air quality in Las Cruces; disaster preparation in the Philippines; and air quality in the Shenandoah Valley.

The projects demonstrate to community leaders how our science measurements and predictions can be used to address local policy issues. This year, DEVELOP features more than two dozen projects covering Earth science topics from all corners of the globe. 

DEVELOP projects apply Earth observations to agriculture, climate, disasters, ecological forecasting, energy, health and air quality, oceans, water resources and weather. These projects highlight NASA Earth observation capabilities relative to environmental issues and concerns for enhanced policy and decision-making to improve life here on Earth.

DEVELOP projects apply Earth observations to agriculture, climate, disasters, ecological forecasting, energy, health and air quality, oceans, water resources and weather. These projects highlight NASA Earth observation capabilities relative to environmental issues and concerns for enhanced policy and decision-making to improve life here on Earth.

Visit the Develop Project page to learn more about the program and how to apply.

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hellototalfantrash  asked:

So this is a bit of a sad headcanon, but I always figured that Seto wore so many heavy clothes to hide scars (from Gozaburo). I mean, in Battle City, most of the characters are in t-shirts, tank tops, and shorts or skirts, and here he is in a long-sleeved turtle-neck, long pants, high boots and a trenchcoat (all black, even). Even when he goes to Egypt, a country known for its desert climates, he covers up. Idk, ever since I read the manga, which explicitly shows abuse, it just made sense.

Yeah, that makes sense. There’s no way that Seto would have gotten out of that unscathed. So he would definitely wear anything to cover up the marks he left. He doesn’t want to show signs of weakness to anyone, no matter how distantly in the past he got them.
And maybe Mokuba knows he has scars, but he doesn’t know just how many.


“In fact, it’s in that spirit that we have made progress these past seven years possible. That’s how we recovered from the worst economic crisis in generations. That’s how we reformed our health care system, and reinvented our energy sector. That’s how we delivered more care and benefits to our troops and veterans. That’s how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love.” —President Obama on America’s unique spirit as a nation

RICO for climate deniers

*At the rate things are going, these wicked old men might be glad to be in a nice safe white-collar prison instead of a climate-crisis refugee camp.

The following is the text of a letter written by a number of scientists asking for a federal investigation of climate science denial under the RICO statute.

Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren

September 1, 2015

Dear President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren,

As you know, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are convinced about the potentially serious adverse effects of human-induced climate change on human health, agriculture, and biodiversity. We applaud your efforts to regulate emissions and the other steps you are taking. Nonetheless, as climate scientists we are exceedingly concerned that America’s response to climate change – indeed, the world’s response to climate change – is insufficient. The risks posed by climate change, including increasing extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increasing ocean acidity – and potential strategies for addressing them – are detailed in the Third National Climate Assessment (2014), Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The stability of the Earth’s climate over the past ten thousand years contributed to the growth of agriculture and therefore, a thriving human civilization. We are now at high risk of seriously destabilizing the Earth’s climate and irreparably harming people around the world, especially the world’s poorest people.

We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool – recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change, as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change. The actions of these organizations have been extensively documented in peerreviewed academic research (Brulle, 2013) and in recent books including: Doubt is their Product (Michaels, 2008), Climate Cover-Up (Hoggan & Littlemore, 2009), Merchants of Doubt (Oreskes & Conway, 2010), The Climate War (Pooley, 2010), and in The Climate Deception Dossiers (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2015). We strongly endorse Senator Whitehouse’s call for a RICO investigation.

The methods of these organizations are quite similar to those used earlier by the tobacco industry. A RICO investigation (1999 to 2006) played an important role in stopping the tobacco industry from continuing to deceive the American people about the dangers of smoking. If corporations in the fossil fuel industry and their supporters are guilty of the misdeeds that have been documented in books and journal articles, it is imperative that these misdeeds be stopped as soon as possible so that America and the world can get on with the critically important business of finding effective ways to restabilize the Earth’s climate, before even more lasting damage is done.


Jagadish Shukla, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Edward Maibach, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Dirmeyer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Barry Klinger, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Paul Schopf, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
(continued on page 2)
Letter to President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, and OSTP Director Holdren
David Straus, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Edward Sarachik, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Michael Wallace, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
William Lau, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
T.N. Krishnamurti, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Vasu Misra, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Ben Kirtman, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Robert Dickinson, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Michela Biasutti, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Mark Cane, Columbia University, New York, NY
Lisa Goddard, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, NY
Alan Betts, Atmospheric Research, Pittsford, VT

Blog Assignment: Comparative Anatomy - Part 2

Analogous Structures

Also known as Convergent Evolution.
Knowing how different structures can meet similar circumstances is immensely helpful to creature concept artists. If you’re required to concept an alien beast capable of flight or swimming or surviving in a hot climate, Nature’s got you covered.

Flight is a feature that has been replicated throughout the animal kingdom by many different animals, each with their own take on it.

Another good example is animals built to live in water. Penguins, fish, seals, whales, crocodiles, and a bunch more have all adapted their own unique form for spending their lives in water. They all have streamlined bodies, but their method of propulsion differs. Crocodiles swish their enormous tail left to right to force their way through water and steer with their hind legs, whales push their tails up and down to move forward and use their flippers to steer. Penguins have evolved wings that closely resemble flippers and use them to “fly” through the water, seals in the same respect have hands similar to flippers and flap through water too. Fish differ among species but most flick their tail left to right, with their fins controlling speed and direction.

Sometimes these differences aren’t environment based. Horns are a good example of that. Horns and antlers all serve the same purpose, fight other animals and attract a mate, but they differ a LOT between species. For example:

The Bighorn Sheep, endemic to North America.

And the Markhor, endemic to the mountainous regions of the middle east.

Decorative features are almost a “Get out of jail free” card for concept artists. You can be as obscure and over the top as you like.


I think people have analyzed Frozen’s character stuff to death, so I’m gonna just write about something I haven’t seen covered.


I spent probably a 4 months of the year surrounded by the white stuff that Disney spent millions animating - snow.  And yes, the snow and ice looked really gorgeous. But I feel like Disney forgot that the word “frozen” actually means very, very cold.

Snow is cold.Ice is cold.

When baby Anna and Elsa were playing with the snow in the palace, Anna should have been bundled up and wearing gloves.  Because snow is cold.

When Elsa froze the town and Anna was outside in her sleeveless summer dress, she shouldn’t have just tossed on a cloak and rode out.  She should have gone “Shit, this is cold, I’m gonna go and put on something warm."  Because snow is cold and she would have felt that immediately.

Dressed as she was, Anna would have died of exposure relatively quickly.  When she fell into the cold stream, she should have gone into shock and likely dipped dangerously into hypothermia by the time she’d walked to the shop.

The whole movie was like this.  I got that Elsa didn’t feel the cold, but every other warm-bodied human should have been hunched over, drawn up against the cold.  The body language of cold was missing.  It’s not just rubbing your arms or clasping your hands together - when it’s cold, people hold their bodies differently.  Watching the movie, I never got the impression that all that beautiful snow was actually cold.

The blowing snow was very pretty, but the physics of some of it was questionable.  It was pretty much all uniformly powder, which is what happens in the coldest snow.  The reality is that snow has many textures based on temperature and other conditions - you can’t build a snowman or a snowball with the really fine, crystalline powder.  It has to warm up enough to stick.  I feel like the snow should have been lighter and fluffier and more clumpy at the beginning and turned finer and more powdery as it continued to get colder and colder.And then end… when they were on the harbor.  It got colder, which somehow made the crust of ice break?  What?  No.  When it gets colder, the ice gets thicker.  So everything stabbing around and breaking up was very dramatic, but made no sense.I guess it just feels stupid that they’re all like "every snowflake is generated and is different!” but they can’t get across the actual feeling of cold.

I don't often get terribly personal on here,

but I’ve got an appointment with my cardiologist today. As some may know, I have a heart condition that fluctuates between inconvenience and hospitalization. Over about the last two weeks, I’ve taken a turn for the not so good. I’m not dying, by any means, but I’m not at all comfortable and, though this heart thing doesn’t usually bother me, I’m starting to get a little scared.

There’s a terribly simple surgical fix for what I have, but for reasons that are probably pretty obvious in America’s current political climate, I am not covered under my wife’s medical insurance. Today I’m going to talk with my doctor, and his staff, about trying to do something about this even without insurance.

So, if you wouldn’t mind, I’d appreciate any and all good juju, thoughts, and energy you have. I wouldn’t usually ask, as I like to keep things light, but today is a heavy day.

Thanks, friends.