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maximus otter

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Glacier National Park Quietly Removes Its "Gone By 2020" Signs

May 30, 2019. St. Mary, Montana

Officials at Glacier National Park (GNP) have begun quietly removing and altering signs and government literature which told visitors that the Park’s glaciers were all expected to disappear by...2020



The centerpiece of the visitor center at St. Mary near the east boundary is a large three-dimensional diorama showing lights going out as the glaciers disappear. Visitors press a button to see the diorama lit up like a Christmas tree in 1850, then showing fewer and fewer lights until the diorama goes completely dark. As recently as September 2018 the diorama displayed a sign saying GNP’s glaciers were expected to disappear completely by 2020.

But at some point during this past winter (as the visitor center was closed to the public), workers replaced the diorama’s ‘gone by 2020’ engraving with a new sign indicating the glaciers will disappear in “future generations.”



The ‘gone by 2020’ claims were repeated in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other international news sources. But no mainstream news outlet has done any meaningful reporting regarding the apparent stabilization and recovery of the glaciers in GNP over the past decade. Even local Montana news sources such as The Missoulian, Billings Gazette and Bozeman Daily Chronicle have remained utterly silent regarding this story.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-10/glacier-national-park-quietly-removes-its-gone-2020-signs

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Summary: In February 2004, headlines in The Guardian and other news media told us of a secret DoD report predicting a climate catastrophe by 2020:

"Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters.

A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020.

The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies."

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2004/feb/22/usnews.theobserver

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The October 2003 Schwartz & Randall report can be downloaded (PDF) at:

https://eesc.columbia.edu/courses/v1003/readings/Pentagon.pdf

Or you can get it directly from DoD's Defense Technical Information Center (where it's apparently been available all along with no indication it was ever classified):

https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a469325.pdf

It's a scenario description based on a worst-case scenario involving a sudden collapse analogous to a previous (pre-)historical event and a focus on the (mainly Atlantic) ocean conveyor issues which were becoming more popular at the time.
 
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Bad PR move by Amazon. If this was Google or Twitter they would welcome the move by their employees and promise to make (totally cosmetic) changes.

A group of Amazon employees has said the company has threatened to fire some of them for speaking out on environmental issues.

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice said the workers were told they were in violation of company policies. It comes after employees joined calls for the e-commerce giant to do more to tackle climate change. The company said its policy on employees making public comments is not new and covers all of its workers.

In a Twitter post, the group said some employees had been contacted by Amazon's legal and human resources teams and questioned about public comments they had made. The statement went on to say: "Some workers then received follow-up emails threatening termination if they continue to speak about Amazon's business."

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50953719
 

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Bad PR move by Amazon. If this was Google or Twitter they would welcome the move by their employees and promise to make (totally cosmetic) changes.

A group of Amazon employees has said the company has threatened to fire some of them for speaking out on environmental issues.

Amazon Employees for Climate Justice said the workers were told they were in violation of company policies. It comes after employees joined calls for the e-commerce giant to do more to tackle climate change. The company said its policy on employees making public comments is not new and covers all of its workers.

In a Twitter post, the group said some employees had been contacted by Amazon's legal and human resources teams and questioned about public comments they had made. The statement went on to say: "Some workers then received follow-up emails threatening termination if they continue to speak about Amazon's business."

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50953719
The "Amazon doesn't care about the Amazon" headlines write themselves.
 

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Summary: In February 2004, headlines in The Guardian and other news media told us of a secret DoD report predicting a climate catastrophe by 2020:

"Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters.

A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020.

The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies."

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2004/feb/22/usnews.theobserver

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Siberian climate? We didn't even get a White Christmas.

The findings will prove humiliating to the Bush administration, which has repeatedly denied that climate change even exists.
Yep, the "findings" certainly are humiliating...
 

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Siberian climate? We didn't even get a White Christmas.
We rarely get a white Christmas. We haven't had a white anything so far. (Touch wood. Painfully aware there's still time for me to be working in the snow this year.)

Climate science has moved on, of course. Because science does.
 
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An upside on the uplands.

Vegetation is expanding at high altitudes in the Himalayas, including in the Everest region, new research has shown.

The researchers found plant life in areas where vegetation was not previously known to grow. A team used satellite data from 1993 to 2018 to measure the extent of plant cover between the tree-line and the snow-line. The results are published in the journal Global Change Biology.

The study focused on the subnival region - the area between the tree-line (the edge of the habitat at which trees are capable of growing) and the snow line (the boundary between snow-covered land and snow-free land). Subnival plants are mainly small grasses and shrubs.

"The strongest trend in increased vegetation cover was between 5,000 metres and 5,500 metres altitude," said Dr Karen Anderson, from Exeter University, lead author of the report. "At higher elevations, the expansion was strong on flatter areas while at lower levels that has been observed on steeper slopes."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51050456
 
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