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Nobel Laureate Says Carbon Tax Will Help Us In The Long Run Nobel Laureate Says Carbon Tax Will Help Us In The Long Run
- October 10, 2018

He showed that "the most efficient remedy for problems caused by greenhouse gases is a global scheme of universally imposed carbon taxes". Nordhaus was recognized for his pioneering work in applying economic analysis to climate change forecasts. (more...)
Where is Jamal Khashoggi? Saudi Arabia denies abduction of missing journalist
- October 10, 2018

The Washington Post released on Tuesday what appears to be the last-known photograph of Khashoggi , walking into the Saudi consulate from which he apparently never left. Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. Mr Khashoggi, who was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. (more...)
Time Is Running Out To Control Climate Change, U.N. Report Says
- October 10, 2018

More than ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries contributed to the findings which were launched in Incheon in South Korea on October 8 in front of all 195 signed on parties of the Paris Agreement . From the beginning of next year, a new global pact will take effect that could have a profound impact on climate change, cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions by amounts that could help stave off some of the worst impacts predicted by the IPCC . (more...)
United Nations Climate Report Warns Miami Basically Screwed United Nations Climate Report Warns Miami Basically Screwed
- October 10, 2018

When the target was put into the Paris Agreement , relatively little was known about the climate risks that would be avoided in a 1.5C warmer world compared with a 2C warmer world, or about the action needed to limit temperature rises to that level. (more...)
South African finance minister quits cabinet over Gupta links South African finance minister quits cabinet over Gupta links
- October 10, 2018

Ramaphosa, a former deputy president, brought Nene back into the Cabinet after replacing the scandal-tainted Zuma, who resigned in February. Nene has also been praised by commentators for standing up to Zuma. Until the latest revelations, Mr. Nene was widely seen as a hero of the resistance to corruption. Five months after refusing to sign a letter of guarantee that would have given the project to Russia's state-controlled nuclear energy company, Mr. (more...)
Israeli firm pitched social media manipulation to Trump campaign Israeli firm pitched social media manipulation to Trump campaign
- October 10, 2018

There is no evidence Trump's campaign acted on any of the proposals by Psy-Group, a company staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, the Times reports, citing interviews and copies of the proposals the paper obtained. Then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks as then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. (more...)
Nikki Haley Resigns As UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Resigns As UN Ambassador
- October 10, 2018

The former SC governor was chosen by President Trump soon after his inauguration and confirmed to serve as United Nations ambassador just four-days after he took office. Haley, who called herself a "lucky girl", said she was leaving because she needed to take time out after an intense six years as governor of SC - which included a hurricane, a major flood and mass shootings - directly followed by two years at the United Nations. (more...)
Rare 375-pound white tiger reportedly mauls zookeeper in Japan Rare 375-pound white tiger reportedly mauls zookeeper in Japan
- October 09, 2018

Japanese police are investigating the death of a zookeeper killed in an apparent attack by a white tiger. Japan Today reports that keepers are forbidden from entering display cages before tigers have been moved to their sleeping chambers, prompting questions about health and safety at the zoo. (more...)
Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist
- October 09, 2018

Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards but his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out. "The delegation is there to assist in the investigations regarding the disappearance of the Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi". (more...)
Cuomo: Limo in crash that killed 20 failed inspection last month Cuomo: Limo in crash that killed 20 failed inspection last month
- October 09, 2018

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spoke about the development, as federal transportation authorities started what will be a lengthy investigation of the vehicle, the driver and other factors related to an intersection that many consider to be unsafe. (more...)
Kim Jong Un 'wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea' Kim Jong Un 'wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea'
- October 09, 2018

Pompeo said he's "hopeful" global inspectors would soon be allowed on select sites associated with North Korea's missile and nuclear program, and didn't comment on Pyongyang's insistence that inspectors would be allowed into the Yongbyon site only if the USA took corresponding measures. (more...)
Sara Netanyahu's fraud and breach of trust trial begins in Jerusalem Sara Netanyahu's fraud and breach of trust trial begins in Jerusalem
- October 09, 2018

According to rules, meals can not be ordered from the prime minister's residence when a cook is employed. The Netanyahus have hit back, calling reports grossly unfair smear attempts; Sara Netanyahu has in the past said that her "blood has been spilled publicly". (more...)
Confirmed deaths near 2000, still more likely in Indonesia Confirmed deaths near 2000, still more likely in Indonesia
- October 09, 2018

Relief supplies from Japan, including tents and generators, have arrived at Indonesia's Sulawesi Island, which was devastated by a magnitude-7.5 quake and tsunami on September 28th. People attend a mass prayer for Palu at Talise beach one week after the tsunami hit Palu, Indonesia , October 5, 2018. Indonesia has often been reluctant to be seen as relying on outside help to cope with disasters. (more...)
Major fire, explosions at Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick Major fire, explosions at Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick
- October 09, 2018

Kevin Scott, Irving Oil's chief refining and supply officer, told reporters at an afternoon briefing that the company was "very grateful today - and being Thanksgiving, I think it's appropriate". AT, with four separate sources of water being poured on the blaze. Geoffrey Downey, spokesperson with the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, said there were only "couple minor injuries at this point, but nothing serious". (more...)
Pakistan to seek International Monetary Fund loan to avert meltdown Pakistan to seek International Monetary Fund loan to avert meltdown
- October 09, 2018

Finance ministers and central bankers from numerous IMF's 189 member nations are meeting in Bali this week with talk of rising protectionism taking centre stage. Some energy-rich emerging market countries have fared better due to higher oil prices, with Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation receiving upgrades to growth forecasts. (more...)
Second Sergei Skripal 'poisoner' identified as Russian military doctor Second Sergei Skripal 'poisoner' identified as Russian military doctor
- October 09, 2018

On Monday, Bellingcat reported that the real name of "Petrov" is Dr. Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin , " a trained military doctor in the employ of the GRU ". "Until early September 2014, Mishkin's registered home address in Moscow was Khoroshevskoe Shosse 76B - the address of the headquarters of the GRU", Bellingcat's investigation concluded. (more...)
Indonesia quake: Death toll exceeds 1700, as many as 5000 missing Indonesia quake: Death toll exceeds 1700, as many as 5000 missing
- October 09, 2018

Oxfam had sent water treatment units and purification kits to Palu and Swiss aid teams on the ground were providing drinking water and emergency shelter, both said in statements Saturday. Even if they give up, we won't. " Palu's ordeal is grief for all of us and that's why everyone is lending a hand to help", he said. "We don't agree with giving up". (more...)
Saudi Arabia denies 'baseless' reports of Turkish ambassador's expulsion Saudi Arabia denies 'baseless' reports of Turkish ambassador's expulsion
- October 09, 2018

Though wary of each other, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have traditionally tried to avoid public spats. "We are aware of the latest reports and are working urgently to establish the facts, including with the government of Saudi Arabia", the representative said. (more...)
United Nations panel urges fast action to avoid climate catastrophe United Nations panel urges fast action to avoid climate catastrophe
- October 09, 2018

A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests we are on our last lap, and the homestretch is even shorter than we thought. Former George Tech atmospheric-sciences professor Judith A. Curry described the report's conclusions as the "same old, same old", based on questionable climate models and not "new science or better ways of assessing uncertainty". (more...)
Susan Collins: The Old Republican Establishment's Finest Hour Susan Collins: The Old Republican Establishment's Finest Hour
- October 09, 2018

When another Obama official tweeted asking who would challenge Collins in the 2020 Senate election, Rice said she'd rise to the occasion replying "Me", stirring surprise on the internet. "I do believe that she was assaulted ". Collins said today that crowdsourced funding targeting her was tantamount to "a bribe, or extortion". But Republicans are aware that her position could make her vulnerable. (more...)
Governor: Limo that crashed, killing 20, shouldn't have been on the road Governor: Limo that crashed, killing 20, shouldn't have been on the road
- October 09, 2018

She added that the state Department of Transportation has banned heavy trucks from the intersection but there are constant smaller crashes. Four sisters, two brothers and at least three young couples were among the dead. Mary Dyson was a coach at a Crossfit gym in Watertown, New York . Before Amanda Halse received her sister's reply, she died in the crash. "You just can't", Barbara Douglas, Tom King's sister, said. (more...)
Explosion and fire at Canada's largest oil refinery
- October 09, 2018

Irving Oil said it would release more information when it became available. "I heard a loud bang that shook our house and rattled the windows", said Gordon Dalzell, who lives in Saint John near the refinery. He added when he walked outside he saw thick black smoke billowing so he hopped in his auto to take a closer look. "Thank you to all first responders who are working in response to this incident", it tweeted. (more...)
Landmark UN global warming report carries life-or-death warning Landmark UN global warming report carries life-or-death warning
- October 09, 2018

The report highlights a number of climate impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5 °C compared to 2 °C, or more . For example, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 centimeters lower with global warming of 1.5 C compared with 2 C. (more...)
Protesters disrupt final vote to confirm Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice Protesters disrupt final vote to confirm Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice
- October 09, 2018

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh. Sen. But the supplemental FBI investigation was flawed from the beginning with Republicans limiting who agents could speak to and what evidence they could gather to corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh, including refusing to let agents interview Ford. (more...)
Latvia election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top Latvia election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top
- October 09, 2018

The pro-Russia party Harmony, which is supported by ethnic Russians who make up a quarter of the population, took 19.9% of the vote but will find it nearly impossible to be part of any government. "The Latvian president can not but allow Vyacheslav Dombrovsky to set up a new cabinet of ministers", Nils Usakovs wrote on his Facebook page, voicing confidence that the ruling coalition is impossible without the Harmony party. (more...)
How are you fighting climate change? How are you fighting climate change?
- October 09, 2018

The week-long meeting in Incheon, South Korea - already deep into overtime - deadlocked on Saturday when oil giant Saudi Arabia demanded the deletion of a passage noting the need for global Carbon dioxide emissions to decline "well before 2030". (more...)
Bucking party, Murkowski charts her own path on Kavanaugh Bucking party, Murkowski charts her own path on Kavanaugh
- October 09, 2018

Manchin said while he had "reservations" due to sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh and his temperament, he said "I believe he will rule in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution". "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". In announcing her support for Kavanaugh, Collins effectively ensured that he would be confirmed to the Supreme Court. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins: Broadsheet October 8 Brett Kavanaugh, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins: Broadsheet October 8
- October 09, 2018

Kavanaugh emphatically denied the allegations , which weren't tested in court . Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , who has railed against Kavanaugh's critics, said he was "proud" of his colleagues while Vice President Mike Pence, who presided in the Senate during the vote, called it a "historic day for our country". (more...)
Kavanaugh Hires Court's First All-Female Team of Clerks Kavanaugh Hires Court's First All-Female Team of Clerks
- October 09, 2018

Justice Kavanaugh - who vehemently denies the sexual assault allegations against - is due to take his seat in the Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear arguments about longer prison terms for repeat offenders. "What I told you is what the history of the Senate has been", McConnell replied. "I don't think that works politically". The climactic 50-48 roll call vote on Saturday (local time ) on Mr Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881. (more...)
On Columbus Day, Donald Trump Praises 'Courage, Willpower, and Ambition' On Columbus Day, Donald Trump Praises 'Courage, Willpower, and Ambition'
- October 09, 2018

City offices will close instead on Veterans Day , which falls on November 12 this year . All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler. More and more of the present-day United States is realizing that Columbus isn't the hero that gradeschool texts once told of. In recent years other cities, such as Austin, Los Angeles , Denver, Santa Fe, Portland, Oregon , St Paul, Seattle and dozens of others, have done the same. (more...)

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