Were the Left's "blizzards Mean Global Warming" Claims Yesterday the Sign of a Religion in Its Death

Were the left's "blizzards mean global warming" claims yesterday the sign of a religion in its death throes?

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Who has more motivation to mislead the public on the realities regarding climate change an our role in it?

We need carbon dioxide to live. So that would be Al Gore. claim: Melting in Greenland or West Antarctica will cause sea levels to rise up to 20 feet in the near future. The truth: The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change concluded that sea levels might rise 20 feet over millennia - and it waffled on that prediction. The IPCC envisions a rise of no more than 7 inches to 23 inches by 2100. Gore's claim is "a very disturbing misstatement of the science," John Day, who argued the British case, says in Not Evil Just Wrong. The judge said Gore's point "is not in line with the scientific consensus. 2.The claim: Polar bears are drowning because they have to swim farther to find ice. The truth: Justice Burton noted that the only study citing the drowning of polar bears (four of them) blamed the deaths on a storm, not ice that is melting due to manmade global warming. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, furthermore, found that the current bear population is 20,000-25,000, up from 5,000-10,000 in the 1950s and 1960s. Day says in Not Evil Just Wrong that the appeal to polar bears is "a very clever piece of manipulation." 3.The claim: Global warming spawned Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The truth: "It is common ground that there is insufficient evidence to show that," Burton wrote in his ruling. A May 2007 piece in New Scientist refuted the Katrina argument as a "climate myth" because it's impossible to tie any single weather event to global warming. 4.The claim: Increases in temperature are the result of increases in carbon dioxide. The truth: Burton questioned the two graphs Gore used in An Inconvenient Truth. Gore argued that there is "an exact fit" between temperature and CO2, Burton said, but his graphs did not support that conclusion. Recent data also do not support it: The global temperature has been declining for about a decade, even as CO2 levels continue rising. 5.The claim: The snow on Mount Kilimanjaro is melting because of global warming. The truth: The melting has been under way for more than a century - long before SUVs and jumbo jets - and appears to be the result of other causes. Justice Burton noted that scientists agree the melting can not be blamed primarily on "human-induced climate change." 6.The claim: Lake Chad is disappearing because of global warming. The truth: Lake Chad is losing water, and humans are contributing to the losses. But the humans in the lake's immediate vicinity, rather than mankind as a whole using fossil fuels, are to blame. Burton cited factors like population, overgrazing and regional climate variability. 7.The claim: People are being forced to evacuate low-lying Pacific atolls, islands of coral that surround lagoons, because of encroaching ocean waters. The truth: By their very nature, atolls are susceptible to rising sea levels. But Burton said pointedly in his ruling, "There is no evidence of any such evacuation having yet happened." 8.The claim: Coral reefs are bleaching and putting fish in jeopardy. The truth: In his ruling, Burton emphasized the IPCC's finding that bleaching could kill coral reefs - if they do not adapt. A report released this year shows that reefs already are thriving in waters as hot as some people say ocean waters will be 100 years from now. Burton also said it is difficult to separate coral stresses such as over-fishing from any changes in climate. 9.The claim: Global warming could stop the "ocean conveyor," triggering another ice age in Western Europe. The truth: Once again, Gore's allies at the IPCC disagree with that argument. Burton cited the panel in concluding that "it is very unlikely that the ocean conveyor ... will shut down in the future." The fact that the scientific understanding of how the conveyor belt works remains unsettled further exposes the flaw in Gore's claim.

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Climate change: is the glass half full or half empty?
Climate change: is the glass half full or half empty?
Feike Sybesma, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM NVThis article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual MeetingThere are many hopeful signs that the world is getting serious about climate change. The One Planet Summit in Paris in December confirmed unprecedented government and private sector support for climate action. Almost all countries in the world have agreed to take action. Despite this momentum, in 2017 global CO2 emissions rose for the first time in four years and we must conclude that we are not on track to achieve the climate treaty agreed in 2015 in Paris.We can and need to do better. Unfortunately despite all efforts, things could get worse. The capacity of the oceans to absorb CO2 is declining and research suggests that tropical forests are now releasing, rather than absorbing, carbon dioxide. The melting of the permafrost could trigger a runaway reaction.Already, millions of people are confronted with the effects of climate change; think about the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef and the impact on ocean life, the increased typhoon impact and the floods around the world.For people in the south of Bangladesh it has become almost impossible to grow their crops due to the floods; it is the same in the Horn of Africa but due to droughts. This could lead to a large increase in climate refugees, which is causing concern at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. The Bank of England has warned that climate change can lead to financial instability and risks. There are many reasons to take bold action now. Many companies and countries are cutting their own emissions. This, of course, matters, but it is not enough. We need a fundamental change, not just at the level of individual businesses or countries, but across the economy and society. We need new ideas and new behaviours that will help create a low-carbon economy.Putting a price on carbon would help enormously. By doing so, we anchor doing well for the climate into our own economic system and create a financial incentive to address climate change. It unlocks the potential for investors as well. It will help speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy and shift the social and economic costs of our carbon emissions from the public to the polluter.During the World Economic Forum in Davos last year, CEOs agreed that a price of around $40 per tonne or more would be enough to facilitate this change. The good news is that this incentive will be introduced sooner rather than later.Countries like China are introducing a carbon price and others, such as Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, and the states of California and Washington, are working together by linking their carbon pricing systems. In addition, the European Union agreed to reduce access to allowances in the coming years, which will ramp up the prices of the EU Emissions Trading System to a more meaningful level. We also need a shift in mindset and ambition. Companies are increasingly expected to care about things beyond the bottom-line. Society is asking what are you doing for us? So are some investors. Larry Fink, CEO and founder of worlds largest asset management company BlackRock, was clear in his letter earlier this month: companies need to contribute to society as well. Business leaders need to adapt and reinvent their companies. What is the companys purpose? Can its current business model survive into the future? Is it set up to thrive in a low-carbon economy? Does the portfolio align well with the circular economy of the future or the current (but dated) linear model of make-use-dispose?Having a clear purpose will help answer these questions. It will also help public companies pursue long-term strategies. The sole focus on the short term is counterproductive. Moreover, research shows that emphasis on short-term earnings leads to value-destroying behaviour. As leaders, we must strike a better balance between short-term performance and long-term value creation. For example, we can design compelling long-term strategies with new performance metrics and engage investors in the process. There are lots of shareholders who should be or even are interested. Pension funds and insurance companies, which have a very long-term focus, represent about 70% of money invested in the stock market.Leaders who focus on the long term can reinvent their companies with the future in mind. They have more latitude to depart from old models and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, circular economy. This is one of the things that executives will discuss this week when the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders who believe the private sector has a responsibility to cut greenhouse gas emissions convenes at the World Economic Forum in Davos. I will co-chair this group who believe the private sector has a responsibility to cut greenhouse gas emissionsWe have issued a report with examples of how companies are already leading the way. It is a valuable source of information for others who want to address climate change through their business. I am proud to see that a growing number of companies want to take bolder steps.There isnt much time. According to the Paris Agreement, global emissions must peak by 2020 then start declining if we want to keep average global temperature increase under 2 Celsius.The new low carbon economy is an enormous business opportunity for those who embrace it. The glass is half full. 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Why Do Some People Seem so Intent on Fixing Climate Change even Though We Don't Really Have Any Idea
That is the right question to ask. The science has been unsettled with weather prediction for quite some time. EG forever1. Does it seem like white liberals are intent on pushing us into a race war?Yes. They are raging purple that too few of their progressive and socialist (they are not liberals, see below) policies are adopted and the ones that are too often fail to have the results they dream. They are exploiting black people -- like their "carpetbagger" predecessors exploited ex-slaves -- to force in their fairy tale dream programs. Today in the US most progressives and some socialists fraudulently call themselves "liberal." Below are accurate definitions. True liberalism advocates: individual freedom, weak government, and free markets. Progressives advocate: social concern, omniscient government, and controlled markets. Socialism advocates: social responsibility, omnipresent government, and collective markets. Conservatism advocates: moral responsibility, strong government, and protected markets ("neo-cons" with international businesses have adopted freer market policies).2. What to say in 30 day written notice of intent to vacate?This Site Might Help You. RE: What to say in 30 day written notice of intent to vacate? I am giving my landlord my 30 day notice today, in writing, but I am not going to drop my rent check off until Saturday. How would I explain this in the note? The reason being is because payday falls on Friday and he gives us until the 5th at the latest. thanks.3. Do those with NPD usually assume other peopleu2019s intent?Hmmm..... Let me put on my spy glass and go ask him. BRB!ok, I am back! I asked him the question word for word but without using NPD- I asked: "Do you usually assume other people's intent?" He gave me a side look, (he was probably wondering why I was talking to him cuz I usually do not and....we hate each other but anyway) He had to consult his 2 selves (does not help he's a Gemini, so he has FOUR selves to wrestle with!!) then he asked:"What does that mean?" Sigh. I re-phrased the question down to a 4 year olds comprehension level and SLOWLY asked: "Do. You. Think. About. What. Other. People. Are. Going. To. Do?? I am writing a book and I need your opinion."(my b*llsh*t manipulation tactic)He quickly answered a: "No. " - There's your answer! Straight from the Narcs mouth.They have no insight to people's intentions. They do not even know their own intentions. They are 2 year olds that reach up to a glossy blue glass lamp, pull on the cord and it comes crashing down on them. They start crying - saying "the sky is falling! The sky is falling!" They did not learn a thing. Tomorrow, They repeat the same F up again. Will the Lord please take away their repeat button and....f it. Just take all their buttons away!4. I'm Christian and drew a sigil/charm/amulet. Although I did it with Christian intent, should I get rid of it?It's not magic it's like any prayer amulet. It's a prayer or hope for those things. Not witchcraft5. Was it Mrs. Weasley's intent to publicly shame the whole Weasley family by sending Ron a howler?The Weasley family was probably already publicly shamed. There was an article in The Prophet describing the flying car incident and with the subsequent investigation on Arthur Weasley for inadequate usage of magic on Muggle artifacts, which we can assume was also published, since breaking the International Statute of Secrecy is no small issue.The Prophet article:But a moment later, he understood, as Snape unrolled today's issue of the Evening Prophet. 'You were seen,' he hissed, showing them the headline: FLYING FORD ANGLIA MYSTIFIES MUGGLES.Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Chapter Five: The Whomping WillowAnd the howler sent by Mrs. Weasley:... ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED, YOUR FATHER'S FACING AN INQUIRY AT WORK, IT'S ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT AND IF YOU PUT ANOTHER TOE OUT OF LINE WE'LL BRING YOU STRAIGHT BACK HOME.Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Chapter Six: Gilderoy LockartAnd as other have said, Ginny being sorted into Gryffindor is not something private. The whole school already knows that, since everyone attends the Sorting Ceremony.6. Why does the Toronto media seem so intent on wanting the NHL to fail?I am glad you brought this up. I was not aware since I do not go to the Toronto G&M site often enough. But the points you bring up can explain why so many "un-Regulars" post questions that exude the same attitude about the same subjects. To answer your question, I think it is a simple matter of justifying their existence. In a way similar to those tabloid television shows that stalk celebrities for all the salacious stories to air on television while ignoring important things that are going on in Tinseltown (as if anything important does go on there). These subjects about the fate of teams and the league are the "sexy" things that sell to a willing market. Of course, it is not like the Maple Leafs provide them with anything to get excited about. (To all Maple Leaf fans, they are my favorite Canadian team and I would love to see them win a Cup or two - not to mention the Flyers too - before it's time for me to play for the great hockey league in the sky. I ai not bashing them.) LITY - I, for one, would love to see the Montreal Maroons get revived.
Editorial: Level with Us on B.C.'s Climate Plan
Premier John Horgan says he wants B.C.'s greenhouse-gas emissions reduced by 40 per cent by 2030. Former premier Gordon Campbell promised a 33 per cent reduction by 2020. But that target was not met, hence the new date.Beyond that, Horgan is promising a 60 per cent reduction by 2040 and 80 per cent by 2060.While his plan is well-intentioned, the question is how these objectives are to be met. As tends to happen with this government's policy announcements, the new legislation that lays out the targets is long on promises and short on details. There are also no penalties for failure.Nevertheless, we can envisage the scope of changes that might be required. B.C. emits slightly more than 60million tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. A 40 per cent reduction would mean cutting that figure by about 25million tonnes.By way of perspective, the global total of GHGs emitted annually is 36,060 million tonnes. That means if the government meets its 2030 target, we will have reduced global emissions by less than one-10th of one per cent. Surely that can be managed?The reality, though, is formidable. The two main sources of GHG emissions in B.C. are transportation (mainly cars, buses and trucks) and heating buildings, homes included.The province cannot come near its emissions targets without imposing radical changes on both these aspects of our lives. What might that mean?Cars emit an average of five tonnes of GHGs a year. In purely mathematical terms, we would have to take several million gasoline powered cars off the road to meet the target. Put another way, huge numbers of natural gas furnaces would have to be converted to either an electric heat pump, or 100 per cent renewable fuel.While no one is proposing such extreme, indeed unachievable, measures, it brings the challenge into perspective. And Horgan has said that he anticipates "government directed innovation on things like transit and giving people incentives to improve their own footprint in their houses." So some degree of compulsion seems imminent.To date, most of the climate-change policies that have been enacted were modest. The province has gone some way to reducing GHGs by increasing the carbon tax, electrifying oil and gas operations, and adopting federal rules on heavy-duty vehicle emissions.But forcing homeowners to convert their heating systems is hugely expensive. The average cost to install a heat pump is between $4,000 and $7,000.And how are owners of gasoline-powered cars to be compensated if their vehicles are either forced off the road or converted to clean energy?Does anyone know how many small businesses, or large ones for that matter, would be affected? And the elephant in the room: How much will all of this cost?So far, every European country has failed to meet its climate-change target, and for reasons that are apparent. GHG-emitting technologies are deeply entrenched in our society and have been for generations. It has proved far more difficult - and expensive - to root them out than anyone expected.So if Horgan intends to proceed with this strategy, he first owes us some answers.How will the reduction targets affect individuals and businesses? How much will these impacts cost? And how much of that cost will be underwritten by the government?No sensible person disputes the underlying argument - that we can and must take better care of our planet. However, when governments announce new policies but offer few details, it means one of two things: Either they have no details, or they are afraid to tell.In either case, this plan will fail unless the government levels with us, and more than that, recruits our willing support.
Canada Should Be Legally Bound to Its Climate Promises
Passing the 2009 Climate Change Accountability Act could close the gap between our country's ambitions and its actions.During the recent House of Commons emergency climate debate, spurred by an alarming new UN climate change report, there were many politicians talking about the need for Canada to rise to the challenge of climate change. Many of these same politicians acknowledged that, right now, Canada's policies aren't enough to line up with what scientists are saying we need to do.That's around the time that Edmonton-Strathcona MP Linda Duncan rose to speak, calling for "climate change accountability."It might have just been a clever turn of phrase, but it reminded me of the last time I was in the House of Commons watching Question Period. I was there supporting legislation that, if brought back, could close the gap between Canada's climate promises and our climate policy.For me, this story started on Oct. 26, 2009. I was in the House of Commons gallery with around 100 other young people from all across Canada. Most of us had spent the morning meeting with our Members of Parliament, and were hopeful that our presence following the PowerShift Canada conference that weekend, where hundreds of youth from across the country had come to the nation's capital to rally for climate action would spark some action from our elected leaders.It didn't. Question Period droned on as if we weren't there, as if the Copenhagen climate summit wasn't a few weeks away and as if the existential threat of a scorched earth wasn't waiting in the wings.Eventually, a few among us got fed up and started chanting. Most of us joined in, echoing call and response chants about climate justice, stopping tar sands expansion and, most germane to the business in that chamber, calling for the passage of Bill C-311, known as the Climate Change Accountability Act.The bill was remarkably simple. It aimed to enact legislation that would legally bind the Canadian government to meet the targets our country had agreed to in the latest United Nations climate deal at that time, the Kyoto Accord. By law, the prime minister and their cabinet would need to bring legislation to the House to meet our climate targets, and if we weren't meeting them, they would have to bring forward new legislation to change that.In short, it would legally force us to keep our promises exactly the kind of legislation we need now.Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the most terrifying text ever assembled about climate change. With input from scientists around the world, the report concluded, in essence, that we have less time to do more when it comes tackling climate change. If we don't, the report explains, the planet will face devastating consequences sooner than anyone previously thought possible.And, it made it crystal clear that we need not only to ensure countries meet the commitments they made under the Paris Agreement, but that we far exceed them.That means Canada's plans, including the recently announced carbon price backstop, are still coming up short, according to a March 2018 report, we're on track to miss our 2020 Paris targets by at least 20 per cent.On top of that, our government keeps backing massive fossil fuel projects, like the TransMountain pipeline, that scientists from the IPCC, from Canada's universities, and some from both keep telling us make it all but impossible to meet those goals.As Catherine McKenna told the House of Commons the day after the emergency debate, "it's easy to have a target, but it's harder to have a plan to do it."The problem is that there's nothing holding our government accountable to their climate promises, but something like the Climate Change Accountability Act could change that. Not only that, it could force future governments to keep the promises of previous one's, helping us to deal with the fact that climate change solutions need to be implemented over decades, while politicians typically think in four-year increments.What's more, back in 2010, the Climate Change Accountability act was supposed to become a law, in part thanks to the support of now Prime Minister/then rookie MP Justin Trudeau.After the dust had settled on the disruption in the House of Commons, sit-ins rolled out all across Canada echoing the demand to pass Bill C-311. Climate activists in cowboy hats occupied Stephen Harper's Calgary office. Toronto residents put on their Sunday best and chained themselves to the reception desk in the late Jim Flaherty's office. All across Canada the protests continued for two weeks as the Copenhagen climate talks began. Near the end of the two weeks, I was thrown out of the House of Commons for the second time, one of six young people who staged a sit-in during a meeting of the House Environment Committee where C-311 was being discussed.Justin Trudeau was on that committee. The next day, he and the other opposition committee members sent Bill C-311 back to the house without amendment.The bill didn't make it to a vote in time for the Copenhagen negotiations, but on May 5, 2010, the Climate Change Accountability Act passed third reading and went to the senate for approval. There, that November, Canada's unelected, Conservative-dominated Senate killed the bill.Shortly after that, Stephen Harper won a majority government and climate legislation in Canada was all but dead for the next five years.Now, nearly a decade later, Justin Trudeau is continuing with Canada's unfortunate legacy of prime ministers that come up short on climate. And, as Catherine McKenna told HuffPost Canada's Althia Raj after the emergency debate, the government has no plans to scale up our climate ambition.In the United Kingdom, the U.K. Climate Change Act requires governments to scale up their climate plans at least every five years following the best available science. We need something similar in Canada, and the good news is that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party have already voted for it once.Passing a new Climate Change Accountability Act in Canada could be just what Canada needs. It would give people a tool to help our government raise ambition on climate change and it would help lock in climate policies, like Justin Trudeau's carbon price, from politicians like Andrew Scheer, who don't think we should be doing anything on climate.The recent IPCC report made it clear that we need to do more on climate. That starts with setting a real bottom line that, as a country, we keep our global climate promises. The 2009 Climate Change Accountability Act would have done that. It's past time to try and do it again.Have you been affected personally by this or another issue Share your story on HuffPost Canada blogs. We feature the best of Canadian opinion and perspectives. Find out how to contribute here.Also on HuffPost:
Climate Crisis: Bleak Tour of the Future | City Press
World Environment Day was this week, so it is a good time to reflect on how the climate crisis could affect our tourism industry and what it will mean for you. Mandi Smallhorne investigates.The temperature gauge registered 40C as I left Skukuza on a hot February day a few years ago. I was heading to another camp in the Kruger National Park in an air-conditioned rental car. When I arrived at about 3pm and opened the car door, it was like plunging into a warm bath.At most, it took me five minutes to walk to the reception desk. The receptionist puzzled me by asking: Had a bit too much sun?In my room, I discovered why shed said that the bathroom mirror showed my face had turned bright red. I pushed the bed under the blast of cold air from the air-con and slept in a sopping wet T-shirt.Many overseas tourists squeal with joy over temperatures that were not so enamoured of. Isnt the weather just glorious! theyll say, slapping sunscreen on to their usually pale skin thats already the colour of rare roast beef from the unaccustomed sun. But there are limits. If the climate changes just a little bit as it has been doing (a heatwave here, a drought there, a wildfire lapa side) it can put tourists off. And tourism is one of South Africas gems as its been growing pretty steadily and reliably for more than two decades.JOBS, JOBS, JOBSBetween 2014 and 2017, tourism created just over 64 000 net new jobs, outperforming larger industries such as transport and communication, mining, utilities [electricity, gas and water] and manufacturing, reports Stats SA. The tourism sector made up 2.8% of South Africas gross domestic product in 2017 that sounds low, but picture this: its higher than agriculture, forestry and fishing put together. In 2017, one in every 22 employed people in South Africa were working in the tourism sector, totalling 722 013 individuals. This represents 4.5% of the 16.2 million people in South Africas workforce. One in 22 employed people? Thats a lot! Tourism has grown more than tenfold since the birth of the new South Africa in 1990, we welcomed about 1 million tourists; last year, the numbers were close to 13 million. The bulk come from greater Africa; the rest are overseas visitors. Professor Gijsbert Hoogendoorn, the head of the geography, environmental management and energy studies department at the University of Johannesburg, says: Tourism is seen by a lot of politicians and policymakers as the goose that will lay the golden egg.People desperately need jobs and tourism is one industry that could oblige. Having seen how the industry can transform places, from inner-city Cape Town to Clarens in the Free State and Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, every single local municipality has a plan for tourism, Hoogendoorn says.But then the impact of the climate crisis starts to be felt and the whole picture changes. The prospect of losing some of those precious jobs and valuable income looms large.CHANGE IN THE WEATHERDr Jennifer Fitchett, a climate researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand, like Hoogendoorn, has focused on the climate crisis and tourism. Theyve looked at the tourism climatic index to model the ideal climate for tourism, which is a function of temperature and humidity . rainfall, sunshine hours and wind speed, Fitchett explains. At the moment, South Africa has what is classified as an ideal climate, but temperature is one of the factors that is most likely to reduce the suitability.Drought, of course, is another big factor. As Hoogendoorn points out, overseas visitors often pay big money for a luxurious experience, and they dont want to be bothered by pernickety little notices asking them to limit their showers to five minutes and hang up their towels instead of chucking them on the floor to be washed after being used once. Changes in our rainfall patterns could also affect tourists decisions. While much of southern Africa is getting drier, some parts are going to experience more rain often in the form of extreme weather events.This would prevent tourists from engaging in popular outdoor activities, from hiking and skydiving to whitewater rafting, says Fitchett.An increase in tropical cyclones hitherto a phenomenon largely affecting countries north of us along the east coast of Africa is on the cards.Few have affected us thus far; but remember Domoina in 1984, which hit us with floods not seen in 100 years and caused massive damage in KwaZulu-Natal? Recently, weve had more of these events now imagine what they could do to our tourism industry (never mind everyone else).In one paper, Fitchett notes that cyclones roaring across the Indian Ocean have been showing a tendency to move poleward south. Although the South African coastline is currently protected from tropical cyclones by Madagascar, this southward trajectory has the potential to heighten the proportion of storms tracking south of this island nation.South Africans have tended to leave anxiety about rising oceans to Florida in Miami, Venice, London and Bangladesh, but sea level rise is threatening our sandy shoreline beaches and poses a flood risk to shorefront guesthouses and second homes, says Fitchett. With Hoogendoorn and another scientist, she looked at the possible impact on St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape, and assessed the risks as significant in terms of things like storm surges into low-lying areas (St Francis Bay saw considerable damage from such surges in 1996 and 2007).Researchers from the universities of Salford and Hull in the UK believe flooding of this kind could impoverish natural landscapes, one of the great drawcards for South African tourism. They looked at two great cyclone-driven flooding events in the Kruger National Park in 2000 and 2012. The flooding stripped plants and sediment from rivers, damaging wildlife habitats and turning them into barren moonscapes. Continued progressive loss of habitat diversity will fundamentally, and for all intents and purposes irreversibly, alter our riverine landscapes, and this will be accompanied by a catastrophic loss of species that will be unable to adapt to the new environments, they warned.BYE BYE, BOKKIEPerhaps most heart-wrenching of all to bush lovers is the impact on wildlife. The climate crisis, says Fitchett, influences the timing of annual events such as plant flowering, animal hibernation and hatching, the range of animal migration and plant distribution, and eventually animal and plant mortality. As we are so reliant on nature-based tourism, this is a significant threat to our tourism income. The Big Five, already threatened by poaching, are not the only animals at risk. The Kruger National Parks website says: In the Kruger National Park, a temperature increase of between 2.5C and 3C could lead to the extinction of 24% to 59% of mammals, 28% to 40% of birds, 13% to 70% of butterflies, and between 21% and 45% of reptiles. Two-thirds of all animal species in the park could disappear. The north is likely to become much too dry to support large animals like elephants.WHAT CAN YOU DO?The industry has, to some extent, already engaged in efforts to influence policy in terms of mitigation and adaptation, says Fitchett, but far more work needs to be done, particularly in South Africa, where a large number of accommodation operators are small to medium-sized enterprises that independently lack the capital to invest in long-term adaptation.TOURISM OPERATORS NEED TO:. Read up on the effects of the climate crisis, and appreciate how fast change is already happening and how it is affecting their businesses now;. Be proactive about adapting (anything from water harvesting and controlling interior temperatures to shifts in seasonality);. Engage with tourists to understand what they need and want; and. Become effective lobbyists (band together for this purpose if necessary) for assistance from government as well as policy action.ALL OF US NEED TO:. Vote! Vote for the party that has detailed, practical and workable policies on climate change mitigation and adaptation on water, land regeneration and energy.Depending on how proactive we are, Fitchett says that we could potentially do very well if we adapt effectively and market ourselves proactively for both the current and changing climate, and in relation to other regions that would also necessarily be experiencing climate change. TALK TO US Are we all doing enough to safeguard our environment? Do you think those around you care enough? 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Let's Talk About the Application of Thermal Conductive Silica Gel in LED Lighting Industry
Thermal conductive silica gel sheet is a widely used thermal conductive interface material. It is in the form of sheet, high pressure shrinkage, high reliability, high temperature resistance, excellent thermal conductivity and insulation, with viscosity on the surface, simple and convenient construction. It can be die-cut and punched according to the size and shape of heating devices.Heat conductive silica gel sheet is a kind of heat conductive medium material made by calendering with silica gel as the base material and adding various auxiliary materials such as metal oxides. It is usually called heat conductive gasket, heat conductive silica gel gasket, heat conductive silicon film, soft heat conductive gasket, heat conductive silica gel pad, etc. it is specially produced for the design scheme of using the gap to transfer heat and can fill the gap, It not only completes the heat transfer between the heating part and the heat dissipation part, but also plays the roles of insulation, shock absorption and sealing. It can meet the design requirements of miniaturization and ultra-thin equipment. It is a good heat conduction filling material with manufacturability and usability, and has a wide range of thickness and Application.Led thermal conductive silicon film is mainly used between aluminum substrate and heat sink, between aluminum substrate and shell, etc. Today, we mainly introduce the successful application of thermal conductive silica gel sheet in LED industry: there are many kinds of LED lamps. For indoor LED lamps, thermal conductive silica gel sheet with relatively low thermal conductivity is generally used, which can reduce the cost of the product and meet the needs of the product itself. For some outdoor high-power LED lamps, such as street lamps, the power is much higher than other indoor lamps, In order to better heat dissipation of lamps and improve the service life of lamps, thermal conductive silica gel sheets with relatively high thermal conductivity are generally used.The inherent viscosity of the heat-conducting silica gel sheet facilitates the construction. If the customer needs the heat-conducting silica gel sheet to have strong viscosity to replace the screw fixation, he can also choose to give one-sided or double-sided adhesive backing to the heat-conducting silica gel sheet. If the heat-conducting silica gel sheet needs to lock the screw, please remember to choose the heat-conducting silica gel sheet containing glass fiber cloth, which has the properties of anti puncture and anti tear. In short, the heat conductive silica gel sheet can be customized according to customer requirements to meet customer needs. It can be die-cut and punched according to the size and shape of heating devices.
7 Tips to Help You Sell Your Farm Fresh Eggs for More Money
The continuing trend of raising backyard chickens has had an unintended negative effect on those selling their extra eggs. Due to a steady supply of fresh eggs from backyard flocks and small local farms at markets, roadside stands and feed stores, egg prices are being kept artificially low. But there are some things you can do to help you sell your fresh eggs for a bit more money. When you begin to calculate your expenses - including egg cartons, labels, business cards, feed, supplements, supplies, the chickens themselves, plus their coop and run, not to mention a little something for your time, and gas to get to the market - it's often hard to sell a dozen eggs for a high enough price to simply break even. Many times, local eggs are sold for about the same price as store-bought eggs, despite being fresher and more nutritious AND laid by happy hens. And when you sell your eggs, you are not only competing against the low grocery-store prices, but also against other local sellers. Studies have shown that buyers will more likely make a purchase when you engage more than one of their senses. So by enticing potential shoppers' sense of touch, sight, sound and possibly even taste, you have a better chance at making that sale. Here are some tips to engage the senses, get your eggs to stand out from the crowd and possibly even fetch a premium price. If you are selling at a farmers' market or fair, crack an egg into a bowl to show potential buyers how great your eggs look. Eggs from chickens that eat a lot of herbs, grass and weeds will naturally have more vibrant yolks and look fresher than store-bought eggs from caged chickens. But you can bump up the wow factor of your chickens' egg yolks even more by feeding foods high in xanthophyll, a carotenoid with a naturally orange pigment. Some foods rich in xanthophyll include basil, carrots, corn, marigolds, parsley, pumpkin, red cabbage and the leaves of most green plants. Adding a pop of color to your cartons can entice buyers to your table. Raise some chickens that lay blue, green or cream-colored eggs to create some eye candy in your cartons! Chicken eggs can be a dime a dozen because of the large supply available, but there are other types of poultry that lay eggs. Duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs and thought to be to be better for baking due to their higher fat content. Tiny quail eggs are considered a delicacy and are often pickled or used by five-star chefs to top burgers or salads due to their smaller size and relative rarity. There might also be a market for turkey and goose eggs in your area - and you will likely be able to set your own price. Studies show that someone is more likely to purchase an item if they have touched or held it. Consider putting out a basket of eggs on your table and handing an egg to anyone who stops at your table. Give out free samples - let people take home an egg to try it for themselves. Hopefully, that will compel them to come back the next week to buy - if they do not buy a dozen eggs on the spot. Make your packaging unique. Instead of simply packaging your eggs in cartons and stacking them on the table, why not tie a pretty ribbon or some baker's twine around the carton and attach a wildflower or sprig of herbs? Maybe even tuck a simple egg recipe in. Or fill large baskets or metal pails with eggs and let your buyers hand select a dozen to put in their carton. And do not forget to pass out business cards. Sending each customer away with your contact information is a must to make it easy for them to locate you when they are ready to reorder. Studies have shown that chickens raised on pasture produce more nutritious eggs than chickens that never see the light of day or step foot on grass. Pasture-raised chickens have access to a more diverse diet, including a variety of forages and insects, which can lead to increased levels of vitamins A and E and omega-3 fatty acids. Other studies have shown that chickens raised on grass lay eggs that are lower in cholesterol than those raised on a commercial feed-only diet. Share this information with your potential customers by printing out a nutritional comparison on cards or handouts that they can take home with them - and be sure the handout has your contact information on it too! If possible, play a recording of chickens softly clucking with an occasional rooster crowing at your booth. The sound of happy chickens in the background will work to engage yet another sense and hopefully give your buyers the urge to bring home some farm fresh eggs! And back to sight for a minute, photographs of your chickens or a large poster showing them happily roaming a field can help reinforce the positive image of your farm and your eggs - you are putting faces and even names to the producers! Using a little creativity will give you a leg up on your competition and hopefully fetch higher prices for your delicious, fresh eggs! Also check your state Department of Agriculture's egg laws or cottage-food regulations, so you are aware of egg grading, handling and storing requirements, rules about the reuse of cartons and carton labeling regulations - including the use of such terms as organic, free-range and pasture-raised. Your local extension service should be able to point you in the right direction to get that information or you can find it online. Egg laws vary state by state.Where do they sell jacuzzi?Jacuzzis R us Sells pretty good ones ay low prices Or craigslist Has one for free in LA Go quick
Need Help Finding Kitchen Items and Sofa?
The daybed and the island appear custom made to me. Any of the kitchen redesigners should be able to replicate the island without difficulty. The "tiles" on the floor are flagstone and any slab or rock yard has them, but to use on subflooring you need them guaged so that they all lay even. You really should go to a granite yard to look at the slabs because every yard calls their granite colors by something different with a few exceptions that are industry wide (like absolute black granite because it comes from only one mine in India)1. dog urine on my sofa?I just bought this product last week. It takes EVERYTHING out. It's called Folex and you can find it at Walmart. It's cheap too2. Is my sofa ruined? Help!?!?Just in case scratch it all over. Apply the oil to make it match. This is creativity. You just might like the new look3. Bernhardt sofa back support fallen off internally. Springs OK. Any ideas how to fix the sofa?Well, hubby fixed ours by opening it up, finding the broken piece and replacing it with fresh wood and screws and like the guy earlier stated, problem solve--then he used his staple gun to put the upholstery back in place. Worked quite well and looked professional4. Is buying a sofa from Walmart a good idea?Well even Target does not sell quality furniture. We bought a 5 piece dining room table a year ago and it's scratched up. We do not use it daily, it definitely was not worth $225 and likely can not sell it. I would suggest Garage Sale, Estate Sales, Dock 86, Secondhand shops, or Slumberland had a pretty decent sale on the July 4th, I am sure they will have a great sales weekend Labor Day, We bought a chocolate chenille couch for $580 normally $900. Free Delievry.5. how can i get rid of an unwanted sofa?Place it for free on the Craiglist in the free items section. Depending on where you live someone will be there in a snap to pick it up. If you have a digital camera take pictures also and upload them on the listing. Good Luck.6. How can I save my sofa?Get a strong piece of plywood and cover it with foam batting and stick it underneath the couch cushions. It should give enough support until you can replace it. Congrats on the new home.7. how to get candle wax out of upholstry [ sofa ] ?ummm...sarah has a point...but with something that is as fragile as micro-fiber I think personally I would allow the wax to completely harden and pull up as many pieces as I could as carefully as I could . Just so you do not over stretch the fabirc and cause raised spots. you could gently scrape away the rest. If there is still some in the couch...look up the manufacturers recommendations with water. If its okay with water, then use an ice cube to freeze more of it off. Or, you could even just put the ice in a ziplock bag and just do it that way. I would not take an iron to the couch...microfiber is a bit too satin-y for that. Just work slowly and carefully...and keep at it. Good luck.8. How to make Sofa seats "higher"?You could raise the sofa by placing concrete blocks under all 4 corners. Then get some boards & cover them in fabric or paint them or stain them & place them like a "skirt" under the 3 sides of the sofa. You could even give it an industrial look by using metal sheets or gridwork. As for the cushions, you do not say if they are attached or loose. If they are loose, hopefully they are zippered. In which case you will go to a fabric store & buy some dacron sheets & wrap the cushions with the sheets using a spray glue so it does not shift. Use a dry cleaning bag over the cushion to get it to slide easily back into the cover. Using dacron will probably be a lot less expensive than buying new foam cores, but look into that also - just find an upholstery outlet in your area. You can also just put boards under your cushions, but that will just feel firm, not more comfortable. If your cushions are attached there is not much you can do. You can always look for a sofa on craigslist, but just be sure that you disinfect it.
Can I Heat an Outside Chicken Coop with an Underground Heating System?
Can I heat an outside chicken coop with an underground heating system?go too: Heatinghelp.com (it might be .net or ? but try that) You want to find a place called, "The Wall" it is a place just like this where you can post your question. Simply: Yes you can.. but it depends on your heat source to heat the water? Existing boiler? Wood stove etc... I think it would be a great idea to do. YOu could even run a line under their nests if they are off the ground... not too hot now.. just enough to warm the toosh on those reall cold nights! I have seen dog houses heated etc.... You can use Pex pipe, circulator, expansion tank... basic fittings... you will have too have a basic knowledge to put it together and you can find the information at that sight. Just incase they have changed another search point or name would be: Dan Holohan, Hydronic heat, Wethead,,,,, any one of those should pull his site up. Good luck, great idea... it may cost a bit but why not ..— — — — — —What Is a Radiant Floor Heating System?Radiant heat is not exactly a new idea. Turkish and Roman baths were often constructed on raised floors so warm air could circulate underneath and keep things comfortable. Incorporating radiant heating systems into modern dwellings did not become popular, however, until the mid 20th century. Radiant heat has many advantages over other central heat systems, such as forced air, but installation cost is not one of them, especially if you want to add radiant heat to an existing structure. This can be an expensive alternative. However, radiant heat can be one of the most environmentally friendly heating options when used in conjunction with solar heating panels. What Is Radiant Heat? Hydroponic Radiant Floors Unlike in a Turkish bath, the radiant heat in a modern system comes from pipes or electric heating elements embedded in the floor or installed in the joists underneath. In a hydronic system, water circulates through a boiler, which maintains it at a temperature warm enough to heat the floor. This type of system is less costly to operate than an electric system, especially if you supplement the energy source needed to heat the water by using solar panels. The pipes that carry the heated water in a hydronic system are often embedded in concrete, because concrete is a good thermal conductor. The pipes in older systems are usually copper, but newer systems employ polyethylene (PEX) tubing, which is more versatile and easier to install. PEX tubing can even be installed in existing joists, so it is possible to have radiant heat under your hardwood or tile floor without having to tear it up. Electric Radiant Heat The elements in an electric radiant heat system are typically embedded in mats that go between the subfloor and the floor covering. The best time to install these is when you are replacing the floor covering. If your floor is not due for replacement anytime soon, you can also buy mats that fit between the joists and install them from underneath the floor. Three Types of Hydronic Systems You can choose from three different hydronic heating systems: closed, open or heat exchange. Closed system. The boiler is dedicated to the heating system. The main advantage of this type of system is that you can use antifreeze instead of water as the circulating fluid. Antifreeze is less corrosive than water, which is good for the boiler, and it's also more efficient at transferring heat. Open system. The boiler supplies hot water to bathrooms and kitchens as well as the heating system. You save money because you only need one water heater. Heat exchanger. A heat exchange system combines the benefits of both open and closed systems. The pipes that supply the radiant heat system pass through the main water heater, but they are sealed and usually circulate antifreeze instead of water. And you can get creative with a heat exchange system and tie it to a solar heating panel. The pipes from the panel can circulate antifreeze through the water heater as well as the floor, lowering your water heating costs while also providing heat for the house. Pros and Cons of Radiant Heat On the plus side, a radiant heating system puts the heat exactly where you need it-under your feet. As the warm air rises, the room quickly becomes uniformly and comfortably warm without the drafts and convection currents associated with forced air. Another advantage over forced air is that a radiant system has fewer moving parts. The only components you have to service are the boiler-which can double as a hot water heater for the bathroom in a pinch-and the circulation pump, which is a relatively inexpensive item. You will be happy you have radiant heat when the power goes out during a winter storm, because the floor retains heat for a few hours. The main drawback of radiant heat is its installation cost. This probably is not a problem if you are already building or renovating. But if you are not , the cost, which can approach $9.00 per square foot in a smaller house, can definitely be a factor. Another disadvantage is that a radiant heating system does not work well as a cooling system. If you need both heating and cooling, it's usually best to go with a forced air system. As far as electric radiant heat is concerned, it's best suited as a supplement to your existing heating system. It consumes too much electricity to make it practical as a stand-alone heating system for the entire home. Compatible Floor Coverings Not all floor coverings conduct heat well enough to work with radiant heating systems. The best choice is ceramic tile, which conducts heat as well as concrete. Laminate and stone flooring, as well as solid and engineered hardwood, are also suitable. Carpeting and vinyl flooring, however, are not good choices. These materials are poor conductors of heat, and are more likely to trap heat than to allow it to radiate into the room. Should I Go with Radiant Heat? If you are building a new house or you are considering a major renovation, radiant heat should definitely be on your list of options, particularly if the house has high ceilings. The best time to install a radiant heat system is when you are building the floors. Adding radiant heat to an existing structure is more labor-intensive and expensive, but it might make sense if you already have a large, underused water heater in good condition. Keep in mind that you do not need radiant heat in every room. You will probably want it in the bedrooms, bathrooms and living room, but hallways, closets and laundry rooms do not need the extra warmth. If you are on the fence, you can always give radiant heat a test run by purchasing an under-carpet heating mat. This provides the same type of warmth you would get from an actual radiant heating system, and the installation costs are zero.
How Can I Get My Foundation Brush Clean?
You will need not just water but also facial foam as well. Apply a dab of your usual facial wash to your palm and swish the wet brush in the hand in circles. You will see the facial foam changing colour to your foundation. Keep adding and washing off the facial wash until the water runs clear. Leave your brush to dry overnight naturally1. best MAC foundation brush that.....?150. It's fluffy enough to actually pick up the powder and be gentle on your face, but it's dense enough to actually deposit color without making you look like you just dunked your face in a bowl of powder. I totally feel where you are coming from here. I had a 187 and a kabuki brush for a really long time, so if I needed that medium amount of coverage, I was kind of screwed. Haha, for a while, I would use my kabuki, but only put powder on half of it. It worked pretty well, if you want to give that a try. But then I bought a 150, and it's just about all I use now. I use my 187 for Mineralize skinfinishes and blush now. Hope this helps!2. Please answer! How do I apply liquid foundation with an essence of beauty foundation brush without streaks?That results in streaks. You need to use a light hand. Use a feathary technique3. Does anyone know a good foundation brush?Mac has some good brushes and why dont you just check em out over line and get the prices4. How do you apply foundation with a brush on forehead?If you are using liquid foundation, one way to do it would be to dot your forhead with foundation and blend it in a downward motion to your nose. Make sure to use light steady strokes of the foundation brush. I hope you like this method and hope it works out for you.5. I have 2 URGENT questions....?1) It would probably be best if you did not . Lip gloss stays gooey and it might run into your eyes. Trust me, just go without until you get a new tube of mascara. 2) Basic brushes to own: Foundation brush, powder brush, blush brush, and fluffy eyeshadow brush. That should keep you covered until you decide you want to do something a bit more complex with your makeup. Good luck!6. How can I clean my MAC foundation brush?Foundation Brush Mac7. When you apply foundation with a brush does it change the coverage?Brush can give you thicker coverage whilst blending in the foundation, using your fingers you get a lighter coverage. If you decide to use a foundation brush I really like MACs 190 Brush, it is expensive put worth it.8. How do you clean a foundation brush?i use shampoo on mine as for the drying you need to blot out as much water as possilbe and then leave it to air dry. Mine are normally dry the next morning. Plus I only wash my once a week. That is what my makeup consultant told me9. Has anyone out there purchased MAC make-up?yeap..most of their items are sold separately...but sometimes(once in a blue moon,rather..) they sell it in a set...which is much much cheaper compared to wen u buy the exact items separately..(eg.studio fix foundation compact powder foundation brush - in a cute cosmetic pouch).. so u have to keep a look out for it..or call & enquire the MAC counters abt it. i dun noe if they hav it in ur country..but they hav it in Singapore. =) cheers.10. I really need a good liquid foundation brush!!?Mac brushes are the best!!11. What is the best way to apply cream makeup?I am going to disagree quite a bit here, and this is going to make sense if you use a pricey cream foundation. By using a sponge or beauty blender, you will waste quite a bit of product. My advice is to apply with clean fingers, and use a sponge, beauty blender or foundation brush to blend in the edges, if necessary.12. What's the best liquid foundation/concealer? And what's the best foundation brush?You might like this one Coastal Scents Professional Camouflage Concealer Palette. * 10 Concealers * Can be used by all ages and skin tones * Cream concealers * Very blendable
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