From the Department of We-Will-Pay-For-Climate-Change-One-Way-Or-Another: Miami-Dade Could Ask Developers to Pay for Climate Change Costs. Georgetown University law professor J. Peter Byrne says:
"If that discourages the developers from building, that's OK. They can try to build it in a manner or location in which there's less climate harm," Byrne says. "We don't view it as really draconian or a severe regulation.... If I had to guess, I'd say this would become a fairly common tool in the future.""By the way, the long-term linear trend in sea level at Key West is, I find, 2.4 mm/yr. (The global average is now 3.4 mm/yr.) But it's accelerating upward, and it's the nonzero acceleration that dominates projections. (12 months ago SLR was 3.3 mm/yr. But the El Nino is probably to a higher than average recent of rate of SLR, because the accelertion of the entire Aviso dataset is now 0.037 mm/yr2. That seems tiny, but the difference between the quadratic and linear projections to the year 2100 is 17 cm. (Forewarned: I might be doing nothing but numerology here; I'm certainly not doing physics.)
America is becoming Afghanistan: a brutal comment in the NY Times.
This says the recent flooding in West Virginia was a 1000-year event. They were the third deadliest floods in West Virginia. I don't know how to adjust that for improvement in infrastructure and the capabilities of emergency response.
Stupid: The US Senate just voted to require labeling of foods containing GMOs. The House is expected to pass it as well. 107 Nobel Laureautes just sent a letter giving Greenpeace grief for their unscientific anti-GMO stand.The left can be just as anti-science as the right (GMOs and fluoridation of drinking water immediately come to mind).
"Evolution May Have Moved at a Furious Pace on a Much Warmer Earth":
University of North Carolina researchers show that rates of spontaneous DNA mutation could have been 4,000 times higher than they are now, thanks to a hotter planet billions of years ago. (Newswise)
Also from Newswise: "Warming Pulses in Ancient Climate Record Link Volcanoes, Asteroid Impact and Dinosaur-Killing Mass Extinction"
Question: Why do the police have to ask for registration and insurance in this day and age? Why isn't the information immediately available via car-computer or a simple phone call after they stop someone and go back to their patrol vehicle?
I'm not exactly sure what this means, but on first glance it doesn't sound good: "...'around a third of all developed-country government debt—or more than $7 trillion, in terms of market value—is now trading at negative yields,' meaning that buyers are willing to pay more for these bonds than they will eventually get back if they hold them to maturity."