The King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, has died at the age of 90, weeks after being admitted to hospital with a lung infection.
His half brother and heir to the Saudi throne, Prince Salman, is 79 years old and is also in very poor health – meaning Saudi Arabia will be back in the same spot in a few years. Within hours of acceding to the throne, the newly appointed King Salman, vowed to maintain the same policies as his predecessors. “We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment,” he said in a speech on state TV. So… intolerance of free speech, gender discrimination and multiple beheadings?
The US Senate passed an amendment on Wednesday saying climate change is real and not a hoax – because the only way to decide if something is a scientific fact is by having politicians vote on it. The measure, stating that “climate change is real and is not a hoax”, passed by a margin of 98-1. The lone dissenter was Senator Roger Wicker from Mississippi. Sigh… Although to Mississippi’s credit, their other state Senator, Thad Cochran, voted yes – possibly because he’s old enough to have witnessed all the cyclical trends since the last ice age. The whole climate science squabble broke out during debate over amendments to the bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Democrats wanted Republicans to admit that climate change is real and that human activity plays a role. But while Republicans were willing to admit that climate change isn’t a hoax, many refused to admit that human activity is a factor. Two other amendments (which needed 60 votes to pass) failed: “human activity significantly contributes to climate change” failed 50-49 and “human activity contributes to climate change” failed 59-40. Still, progress…? The Hill
Scientists have put out a new global warning about global warming. Spoiler alert: it exists!
According to a new landmark report from hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists, there is a 95 to 100 percent chance that humans have been the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s.
In the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s previous assessment in 2007, they said it was “very likely” that global warming was man-made. The UN-sponsored panel has now upgraded to “extremely likely.”
“Human influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea level rise, and in changes in some climate extremes,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change wrote in the report.
First, duh. Second, is this a thing we’re still debating? Apparently yes, because climate-change deniers have been out and about promoting the idea that because temperatures have risen at a slower pace in the past 15 years, humans are clearly not responsible for global warming.
The UN’s climate panel say that’s a bunch of baloney and a pause in warming over the past 15 years is too short to reflect long-term trends. And now they’ve got something no one can dispute: physical evidence – in the form of a report! The report is a 30-page synopsis of a larger, 900-page report that will be released next week on the physical science of climate change. The gist of the report is that humans are totally causing global warming and we have many things to look forward to:
- a rise in sea levels of 26-82 cm by the end of century (goodbye Maldives!)
- a rise in global average temperature by 0.3 to 4.8 degrees Celcius by the end of the century (have fun in Dubai!)
- an increased urgency for emission cuts (I’m looking at you China体彩手机在线怎么下载…)
Climate activists said the report should spur governments to action, and for once the US seems to be on board. And I’m not just talking about crazy ole environmentalist Al Gore – here’s what John Kerry had to say:
“This is yet another wakeup call: Those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire,” the U.S. Secretary of State said. “Once again, the science grows clearer, the case grows more compelling, and the costs of inaction grow beyond anything that anyone with conscience or common sense should be willing to even contemplate.”
Now let’s see if the US government has any common sense…. oh dear.