Jay Ambrose: Time for Trump to consider honor
All right, that’s enough. President Donald Trump has said MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, persistently critical of him, may have been involved in murdering a woman almost 19 years ago. There is no evidence of any such thing, and it was little short of horrendous to say so.Scarborough himself is hardly Mr. Rodgers singing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” and MSNBC makes Fox News look bipartisan. It doesn’t matter. To have the president of the United States spew this kind of noise degrades the White House, the federal government and America. Kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner”? It is nothing compa...
Tribune News Service
Will Bunch: Minneapolis is on fire. But is America's 911 call enough to change our country's racism?
America went to bed Wednesday in a fitful state of mourning — as the death toll from coronavirus sprinted past the 100,000 mark, miles ahead of any other nation — and befuddlement over a president who was too busy golfing and rage-tweeting baseless murder accusations at a TV host to even notice the grim occasion until hours and hours later.The nation woke up Thursday to one of its great cities on fire.There was a grim inevitability to the bright-orange glow of Thursday’s Minneapolis dawn, the second night of an uprising that was prompted by the video of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, who’...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Washington state aims to regulate water temperature at federal dams, wading into controversy
SEATTLE — The Columbia is the great river of the West, winding from the north to meet its largest tributary, the Snake in Eastern Washington, then dividing the states of Oregon and Washington on its push to the sea. Big and powerful, its wild energy has been tamed to engineered stair steps controlled by locks and dams.But what has worked well for navigation and carbon-free hydropower production has been a killer for salmon, as its now-lazy reservoirs heat up in summer. When the water gets hot enough for long enough, salmon stop migrating, and even die of stress and disease.Today Columbia and S...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: COVID-19 offers lesson on risk of ignoring climate change
The coronavirus offers important lessons on the need to reduce the threat of climate change.For starters, we’ve learned there is a heavy price to be paid for ignoring repeated warnings from scientists with expertise in their field of study.Researchers at the Global Carbon Project on Tuesday published a report revealing that the Earth can expect a drop of 7% in carbon dioxide emissions this year as a result of the pandemic. It’s the largest decrease in at least 75 years. That’s the good news. But the plunge in carbon emissions shouldn’t be perceived as a silver lining. The decline is temporary....
The Mercury News
Climate change helped produce San Diego's huge ocean heat wave in 2018, researchers find
SAN DIEGO — University of California, San Diego researchers have confirmed that climate change helped produce the historic 43-day ocean heat wave that drew big crowds to San Diego beaches during the summer of 2018.The finding was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, in a paper that says the phenomenon could not be solely attributed to natural variations in the weather.The average summer water temperature at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla is 70.7 degrees. But in 2018, ocean readings surpassed 73 degrees on every day of the heat wave, which lasted from July 19 to Aug. 30. And t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Is the COVID-19 pandemic good news or bad news for renewable energy?
SAN DIEGO — The unprecedented scope of the coronavirus outbreak has led to an equal measure of uncertainty in the renewable energy sector.Will the depth of the pandemic slow down investment in solar, wind and other cleaner energy projects? Or will the economic tumult that the virus has wrought on the oil and gas segments provide an opening for renewables to fill?The answer appears as murky as so many other predictions about the virus have proven to be.“This is unprecedented, so we simply don’t have good models that tell us what happens,” said David Victor, professor of international relations ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Climate change, pollution impacts hurricane formation in the Atlantic, NOAA study says
MIAMI — In the last 40 years, the East Coast, including Florida, has been hit by dozens of hurricanes.New NOAA research suggests human pollution may have increased the likelihood of those Atlantic basin storms, but not in the way you might expect.A decrease in aerosol pollution over the last 40 years, along with a couple of volcanic eruptions, played the largest role in the increase in hurricanes, said lead author Hiroyuki Murakami, a climate researcher at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.Climate change also played a role, although it was “outperformed” in the Atlantic basin specif...
Dennis Anderson: Pandemic holds up DNR's push to get lead out of tackle boxes
MINNEAPOLIS — Instead of being inundated with news about coronavirus this spring, Minnesota’s more than 1 million anglers were supposed to hear and read messages about switching from lead fishing tackle to nontoxic alternatives made of tin, steel and tungsten, among other materials.Such was the plan of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) after receiving a million-dollar payout from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill.Minnesota had been awarded $1.2 million as part of a multibillion-dollar legal settlement with British Petr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
With recycling's dirty truths exposed, Washington works toward a cleaner, more sustainable system
SEATTLE — In 2017, about three-quarters of the stuff Seattleites dumped in their blue recycling bins — from grocery store ads and crumpled cracker boxes to shampoo bottles and yogurt tubs — was shipped to China. These days, virtually none of it is. The majority of the material is being recycled much closer to home — at facilities across North America and, increasingly, right here in the Pacific Northwest.It’s a transformation that would have once seemed unthinkable. For more than two decades, China eagerly sought out the world’s paper and plastic waste and paid handsomely for it. Then, in 2018...
The Seattle Times
On anniversary of Earth Day and BP spill, coronavirus reveals planet not so resilient
ORLANDO, Fla. — The first Earth Day was an uprising for humankind to do better than smother its coasts with crude-oil blowouts, poison wildlife with factory and farm chemicals, and irradiate the atmosphere by testing nuclear weapons.Nearing the 50th anniversary on Wednesday, amid the death toll, economic mayhem and stay-at-home orders of the coronavirus outbreak, Earth Day may have never been so relevant for a planet more vulnerable than previously thought.COVID-19 is a warning, environmentalists say, that even in times of soaring stocks, accelerating technology, plentiful consumer goods and g...