Trump World Grab-Bag--A Collection

Monday, September 8, 2014

Climate Sunday: The Round-up

In a piece of good news, it appears BP will be paying for some additional part of their culpability in the major 2010 gulf oil spill over and above the initial damage claims and clean-up. They've been found guilty of gross negligence. Halliburton will also be paying damages, to the tune of $1.1 billion.

I can't swear the parties involved won't be back in court over this, since events like the Exxon Valdez spill became entirely about the ability of the oil companies to invest in lawyers to try and tire out the argument in favor of their actually fixing things, but I dunno. Maybe they'll just pay this time.

I know I've written about ISIL a bit this week or so, but you know what--they aren't as threatening as climate change could be. Check Juan Cole out if you haven't before--he writes about foreign policy in the Middle East mostly, but he's also sterling on climate issues.

I'm looking forward to reading Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything going by this.

There are many more stories out there, but these were the ones that got me thinking this past week. You might also be interested to hear this summation of the Mann Defamation trial by a writer for the Union of Concerned Scientists.  It seems to me that the National Review editors should have very seriously considered whether they needed to have a scientist exonerated by many reviews of his work compared to a child molester. As an analogy, it sucks. As a slur, it's inflammatory. But the page views aren't worth the magazine's integrity, surely?  They will find out.

1 comment:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I recommend Jim H.'s This Week in Water.

Sample: Satellite analysis is showing that Earth's two largest ice sheets—in Antarctica and Greenland—are being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles per year.