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Humans, we’ve got a problem.
After a century of gains in the war against infectious diseases, we’re losing ground. Common bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi are developing widespread immunity to some of our best weapons. Imagine a world where an uber-resistant staph infection could mean death by a paper cut.
Responsible Investor — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Schapiro have been appointed chair and vice chair respectively of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the not-for-profit body which promotes sustainability standards for US listed companies.
The appointments were announced in a statement and represent a major coup for San Francisco-based SASB, which already has Schapiro’s successor as SEC chief, Elisse Walter, on its board.
When a tornado ripped through Tupelo, Mississippi, this week, local weatherman Matt Laubhan suddenly realized the studio where he works might take a direct hit. On live TV.
"You’ve got to be in your tornado safe place,” Laubhan warns on a live WTVA broadcast. “This is a tornado ripping through the city of Tupelo as we speak, and this could be deadly." You can watch the tape here.
George Will, the syndicated columnist and political commentator, responded to a question about climate change the other day with this take:
“The whole point of global warming is it's a rationalization for progressives to do what progressives want to do, which is concentrate more and more power in Washington, more and more Washington power in the executive branch, more and more executive branch power in independent czars and agencies, to micromanage the lives of the American people. Our shower heads, our toilets, our bathtubs, our garden hoses -- everything becomes involved in the exigencies of rescuing the planet.”
InsideClimateNews.org — Jeff Tollefson will be reporting from the Brazilian Amazon for the next eight weeks and exploring Brazil's efforts to protect the world's largest rainforest — and the earth's climate. This is the first blog post in a series.
As Portland recedes into the distance, my thoughts drift from my home in Oregon to the Amazon. There's a moment, as the urban grid gives way to rural farms and then forests, when these landscapes could be mistaken for one another; anybody who has peered out the window of an aircraft has witnessed this transition. But Oregon and the Amazon are worlds apart. Even setting aside their physical, biological and ecological characteristics, I'm leaving a land governed by laws that are more or less enforced, or at least feared. The world's largest rainforest, rivaling the contiguous United States in size and generating 20 percent of the world's freshwater, is a vast battleground where humans have yet to sign a meaningful accord with nature or each other.
Bloomberg BNA — The research records of climate scientist Michael Mann are exempt from disclosure under Virginia's Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled April 17.
“Because we do not attribute to the General Assembly an intention to disadvantage the Commonwealth's public universities in comparison to private colleges and universities, we hold that the higher education research exemption's desired effect is to avoid competitive harm not limited to financial matters,” Justice Donald W. Lemons wrote for the court.
Bloomberg BNA — Canada's National Energy Board released its final report April 24 detailing continued noncompliance findings in an audit of Keystone XL proponent TransCanada Pipelines Limited's environmental protection, emergency management, safety management, third party crossings and public awareness programs.
The regulator's February report, “National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations, 1999 (OPR-99) Final Audit Report for Integrity Management Programs,” said the company was noncompliant in hazard identification, risk assessment and control, operational control in upset or abnormal operating conditions, inspection, measurement and monitoring, and management review.
Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads
Why is Google putting $100 million into financing rooftop solar power in the U.S.?
There are two answers. The first is simple enough. The company has made a strategic commitment to invest in renewable energy. It will help the company to secure its own reliable energy sources, develop new products and services around energy-use data, earn tax credits and cut carbon pollution.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper missed the signs of growing opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, Bloomberg reporters describe in a behind-the-scenes investigation today. It took just one phone call with President Obama, on Nov. 10, 2011, to bring him up to speed.
By the time Harper hung up… he had sized up the potential economic calamity for Canada and its oil ambitions. (Read the full story here.)
That the oil-hungry U.S. couldn’t be counted on for limitless consumption “came as a shocking epiphany” to the Canadians, write Edward Greenspon, Andrew Mayeda, Rebecca Penty and Theophilos Argitis, drawing from interviews with more than 75 people.