November, 2018

Good news! U.S. already leads the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Good news! U.S. already leads the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. natural gas and oil industry is meeting the climate challenge head-on, investing in high-tech innovation, efficiency improvements and cleaner fuels.

The U.S. leads the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions in the United States have plunged to their lowest level in a generation, while CO2 emissions around the globe have risen 50 percent since 1990.

By Kyle Isakower - Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

Taxpayers Federation stands with Ontario as it challenges Ottawa’s carbon tax in court

Taxpayers Federation stands with Ontario as it challenges Ottawa’s carbon tax in court
TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is standing with the Ontario government as it challenges the federal government’s proposed carbon tax at the Court of Appeal.

“Premier Doug Ford is standing up for Ontario taxpayers by taking Ottawa to court to block a federally imposed carbon tax,” said Christine Van Geyn, the CTF’s Ontario Director. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t provide evidence to show a carbon tax will help the environment. But we do know that this new tax will give the government more power to suck money out of the wallets of Ontario families and businesses, and this is a tax that will keep going up over time.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director- Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

California fire crews drink water pulled from thin air

  California fire crews drink water pulled from thin air  
A victim of Hurricane Michael in Florida receiving water from a Watergen unit, October 2018. Photo courtesy of Watergen USA

An emergency response vehicle (ERV) carrying an innovative Israeli machine that pulls pure drinking water directly out of ambient air is on its way to California, to provide hydration to police and firefighters dealing with the aftermath of two massive wildfires that have taken at least 87 lives and destroyed over 10,000 homes and businesses.

The vehicle and the GEN-350 atmospheric water generator were sent by Watergen USA, the American subsidiary of the Israeli company that invented the system.

By ISRAEL21c -- Abigail Klein Leichman- Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

Popular Analysis of the National Climate Assessment Misleads the Public on the Economics of Climate

Popular Analysis of the National Climate Assessment Misleads the Public on the Economics of Climate
The Executive Branch’s recently released Volume II of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a massive document that is being cited as yet further evidence that the U.S. government should act quickly and boldly in the fight against climate change. The coverage in the New York Times was typical: “All told, the report says, climate change could slash up to a tenth of gross domestic product by 2100, more than double the losses of the Great Recession a decade ago.”

By Institute for Energy Research - Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

Sharing benefits of digitized DNA

Sharing benefits of digitized DNA
Today, scientists can sift through quadrillions of genetic sequences in open-access databases, searching (free-of-charge) for new ways to engineer crops, develop medicines or even create synthetic organisms. But a controversial proposal that aims to share the benefits of digitized DNA could affect scientists’ ability to use these data, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

Authenticating the geographic origin of hazelnuts

Authenticating the geographic origin of hazelnuts
Hazelnuts, like olive oil, cheese and other agricultural products, differ in flavor depending on their geographic origin. Because consumers and processors are willing to pay more for better nuts — especially in fine chocolates and other delicacies — testing methods are needed to reliably authenticate the nuts’ country of origin. Researchers now report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that NMR analysis could fill the bill.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

Checking water quality at the tap

Checking water quality at the tap
When consumers turn on a faucet, they expect the drinking water that gushes out to be safe. A new report in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology found that U.S. public-supply tap water generally meets all enforceable standards. However, routine testing for most prospective contaminants is carried out before water is distributed, not where it’s used, and the report indicates some consumers are exposed to contaminant mixtures that aren’t commonly monitored.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

What’s the difference between relative humidity and dew point?

WASHINGTON—Meteorologists often report the amount of moisture in the air as relative humidity or dew point. These measures can be confusing to people who are just trying to determine if the weather outside will feel comfortable. Both relate to the chemistry of water dissolving in air, but in different ways. In this video, Reactions decodes these weather terms to help you make sense of the forecast: .



By American Chemical Society - Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

Buying a used car? Here’s Part Two of some tips on how to negotiate

Buying a used car? Here's Part Two of some tips on how to negotiate
Last week, I wrote part one of this series on buying a vehicle, outlining some of the things you can and should do before going to the dealer or private seller. This week, I’ll outline a few dickering/haggling tips that I’ve used successfully for vehicle purchases (and other things) that might help you in your quest for new wheels.

Remember, these comments are based on my personal experience and may not work for everyone – haggling does require a bit of nerve, after all, and you also need to be willing to stand up and walk away from a deal with which you aren’t comfortable.

By Jim Bray - Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

Uncovering Corruption in the Mueller Inquisition

Government corruption doesn’t end with a change in administrations. The DOJ is protecting the Mueller probe–and Mueller is operating without proper oversight. That’s where Judicial Watch comes in…

 

By Judicial Watch - Friday, November 30, 2018 - Full Story

Barry’s Ponderous Pinocchio Nose

Barry's Ponderous Pinocchio Nose
During a recent speech, Barry Soetoro, AKA Barack Obama, said, “Suddenly America is the largest oil producer, that was me people. Say thank you.” Not only does Barry hold the title for the worst president in U.S. history, he also holds the title of the biggest prevaricator in U.S. political history. He’s the goof who opposed oil pipe lines, off shore drilling, opening up new oil fields, fracking and coal mining, and now he’s trying to take credit for President Trump’s oil boom. Barry opposed every effort to expand America’s oil producing capacity. In his own words, “unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe.”

By Charles Wills - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - Full Story

Time To Investigate How Bogus Russian Collusion Story Really Got Started

Time To Investigate How Bogus Russian Collusion Story Really Got Started
File the photo-shopped picture going viral from Drudge depicting most of the bad apple political perps working overtime to claw back Election 2016, with the caption:  “Now that Russian Collusion Is A Proven Lie, When Do The Trials for Treason Begin?”, under ‘W’ for ‘Wishful Thinking”—because that’s all it really is.

Millions are looking longingly at Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Bill Clinton pressed up against prison bars, with Hillary and Huma among others looking on from the back, some of them even praying, “Please, God, make it happen.”

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - Full Story

Donkey Discovered In Muddy Field With Hooves So Long He Could Barely Stand Up

Donkey Discovered In Muddy Field With Hooves So Long He Could Barely Stand Up
No one knows exactly how long a donkey abandoned in a muddy field in Ireland suffered pain just from standing on his own four feet, but from the look of his twisted and overgrown hooves it must have been many months, if not years.

It was just after Christmas last year when Echo’s saviors brought him to The Donkey Sanctuary’s rescue center Ireland. Here, the abandoned donkey was given a full medical exam.—More…



By News on the Net - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - Full Story

The Israel-Europe Pipeline. The Geo-Political and Strategic Umbilical Cord.

The Israel-Europe Pipeline. The Geo-Political and Strategic Umbilical Cord.
After fairly rapid negotiations, Israel has agreed with European nations to supply Europe with its future natural gas needs. The project will turn Israel into a significant fuel-exporting nation.

Construction will begin on the longest and deepest underwater fuel pipeline in the world. 1,305 miles in length and lying 1.86 miles under the Mediterranean Sea. The $7 Billion project will take five years to complete.

By Barry Shaw - Thursday, November 29, 2018 - Full Story

From Springfield, Il to Our Hearts

From Springfield, Ill to Our Hearts
True life is not only often stranger than fiction, it’s once in awhile, also more beautiful than anything turned out in fiction.

The following is a true story about how a friend in Decatur, Illinois, without even being aware of it, brought back to me the life and times of the late great Daniel T. Zanoza, originator of the now 11-year-old Springfield Nativity Scene—once the only such display to ever stand in any state capitol building in any state across the entire United States.

Through thick and thin Zanoza’s legacy lives on through his wife, Julie, board chair of the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) since 2011.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - Full Story

On-demand biologics

Making biologics on demand
Many life-saving medicines, including insulin, antibodies and vaccines, are derived from living cells. These “biologics” can be difficult to obtain and store on the battlefield or in remote areas. That’s why scientists are trying to develop portable systems that can quickly manufacture small batches of protein therapeutics on demand, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - Full Story

Rainforest vine compound starves pancreatic cancer cells

Rainforest vine compound starves pancreatic cancer cells
Pancreatic cancer cells are known for their ability to thrive under extreme conditions of low nutrients and oxygen, a trait known in the cancer field as “austerity.” The cells’ remarkable resistance to starvation is one reason why pancreatic cancer is so deadly. Now researchers have identified a compound from a Congolese plant that has strong “antiausterity” potential, making pancreatic cancer cells susceptible to nutrient starvation. They report their results in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - Full Story