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How did the Great Barrier Reef reach ‘terminal stage’?

Posted on April 11th, 2017 at 17:52 by John Sinteur in category: News


Back-to-back severe bleaching events, caused by warming oceans, have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. Climate change is not the only challenge – runoff-affected water quality, reef-killing crown of thorns starfish and the destruction of Cyclone Debbie also threaten the reef’s health. Scientists are warning that Australia has little time left to act on climate change and save the world’s largest living structure.

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  1. Some canary. Some coal mine.

  2. Trump “I am going to fix it, it will be huge, you are going to love….hey Bannon – make sure those power plants meet our coals…errhhh goals”

  3. Political posturing. I don’t think the power companies are going to build coal power plants when they cost a lot more than natural gas plants.

    The environmental regulators in each state are still charged with controlling emissions even if the EPA backs off. Trump doesn’t control the states.

British visitors to US may be asked for passwords and phone contacts at airports

Posted on April 11th, 2017 at 0:02 by John Sinteur in category: News


British visitors to the US may be asked for social media usernames and passwords and their phone’s address book under new border checks being considered at US airports.

The Trump administration is considering “extreme vetting” scenarios in which even tourists from US allies such as the UK, France and Germany are subject to intense security checks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We will do it when we think there’s a reason to do it,” US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a US Senate committee hearing last week. “The vast majority of people will not be questioned in that way.” However, he did not elaborate on the plans.


The US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) told The Guardian: “All international travellers arriving to the US are subject to CBP inspection. This inspection may include electronic devices such as computers, disks, drives, tapes, mobile phones and other communication devices, cameras, music and other media players and any other electronic or digital devices.

“Keeping America safe and enforcing our nation’s laws in an increasingly digital world depends on our ability to lawfully examine all materials entering the US.”

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