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September 09 2013

Md. Rep. Chris Van Hollen speaks from 1988 Iraq gas experience in backing Syrian strike - The…

Md. Rep. Chris Van Hollen speaks from 1988 Iraq gas experience in backing Syrian strike - The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-rep-chris-van-hollen-speaks-from-1988-iraq-gas-experience-in-backing-syrian-strike/2013/09/07/1544cb92-174c-11e3-804b-d3a1a3a18f2c_story.html?hpid=z2

“I have always found it cruelly ironic that the United States and the world did nothing when Saddam Hussein actually used chemical weapons against his people, and then wrongly went to war more than 15 years later when Saddam Hussein did not even have any chemical weapons,” Van Hollen said.

Today, Van Hollen wants to make sure Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad doesn’t escape punishment as Saddam did in 1988. He is helping to lead the effort to round up congressional support to authorize President Obama to carry out air and missile strikes to deter Syria — and others — from using poison gas again.

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Even Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler refrained from using chemical weapons on the battlefield.

“I’m well aware of the argument that this was a bloody civil war in which over 100,000 people have already been killed. Some people ask, ‘What’s the difference?’ ” Van Hollen said.

“But there is a reason that the international community for almost 90 years has banned the use of poison gas. That’s because it’s a weapon of mass destruction that kills indiscriminately,” he said.

He noted that last month’s gas attack killed more people at one time than any other assaults during the Syrian fighting.

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“I strongly believe that if the United States and the international community had taken some action [in 1988], then it would have reined in Saddam Hussein early on, that the failure to act emboldened Saddam Hussein to take reckless action, including the invasion of Kuwait,” Van Hollen said.

#WMD #gas #ADM #Syrie #Irak #Saddam

September 05 2013

Science Podcast - failed stars, numerosity in the brain, a North Korean volcano, and more (6 September 2013)

Richard Stone surveys science diplomacy at the foot of a volatile North Korean volcano, Trent Dupuy discusses the link between the coldest brown dwarfs and gas giants planets, and Ben Harvey talks about new evidence for a numerosity map in the brain.

April 26 2011

New Weaver Book a Gift for the Climate Confused

Canadian readers should keep an eye out for Generation Us, a tiny climate change primer by University of Victoria Professor Andrew Weaver, the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis.

Subtitled The Challenge of Global Warming, Generation Us is like a climate change CliffNotes. Published by Raven Books as part of a "Rapid Reads" series, this is a short, succinct, clear and readable rendering of the science - followed by a passionate appeal for us all to move from "Generation Me" (which really seems to have outlasted its stylishness) to Generation Us, in which we start taking seriously the opportunity we have to mitigate the climate damage that we have already inflicted on future generations.

Actually, if you're looking for an informed tour through the science, I might recommend Weaver's earlier book even more highly. In Keeping Our Cool, Weaver drilled down into the topic a bit more thoroughly, even explaining precisely how scientists such as Lonnie Thompson torture 650,000-year-old oxygen isotopes to get them to admit what the temperature was on the year they were frozen into the Antarctic plains.

But for someone coming to this topic without any science background, GenUs is a perfect introduction - and as such is an important addition to the climate library.<!--break-->

March 04 2011

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Natural Gas Industry Attacks Oscar-Nominated Film “Gasland” for Chronicling Devastating Impact of Hydraulic Fracking - Democracy Now 2011-03-04

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The environmental contamination and human health risk associated with the extraction of natural gas using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” was little known across the United States for years, until a documentary film brought the issue to the national stage. Josh Fox directed the film Gasland, which chronicles the devastation affecting communities where fracking is taking place and the influence of the natural gas industry over regulation of the techniques and chemicals used in the process. The industry aggressively attacked the film, especially when it was nominated for an Academy Award this year. [includes rush transcript]


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Josh Fox, director of the documentary film Gasland.



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February 25 2011

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Natural Gas Industry Rhetoric Versus Reality

   
As the recent natural gas industry attacks on the Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland demonstrate, the gas industry is mounting a powerful PR assault against journalists, academics and anyone else who speaks out against the dangers of hydraulic fracturing and other threats to public health and the environment from shale gas development. DeSmogBlog has analyzed some of the common talking points the industry and gas proponents use to try to convince the public and lawmakers that fracking is safe despite real concerns raised by residents living near gas drilling sites, whose experiences reveal a much more controversial situation

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August 07 2009

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With this fait accompli Russia and Turkey give the destabilisation politics of the neocons in the Middle East and Eastern Europe a sound geopolitical slap (@russiatoday PK & discussions, worth to listen as a whole, specially the 2nd part). The engagement of Russia in Turkey and Iran is touching traditional regions of interests of the US. The Nabucco pipeline is now a questioning endeavour and Austria & EU will have to see (@Stratfor), whether the liability of partners and countries the Nabucco Pipeline is passing through may be really guaranteed. Btw. the great loser: the Ukraine, the winners: Italy and Bulgaria, and Russia & Turkey of course, and there is still another Russia Turkey project: the Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline to supply the demands of the eastern mediterranian region (by Bloomberg), plus projects on nuclear energy plants & exchange of huge amounts of agricultural products (listen Putin's explication in the press conference).

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June 04 2008

TERRA 431: Crazy Dream PREVIEW

Steve Titus has what he calls a 'hobby gone awry.’ His solo garage project, self-funded and self-improvised, is to change the world by designing the ‘Solar Bug’ – a prototype for a combination ATV and solar electric car. Steve joins a long lineage of tinkerers, experimenters, and resourceful inventors who have pioneered ideas in their backyard pursuit of a more sustainable and society. The ultimate message is this: if you are passionate about an idea, start today, don’t hold back, and leave your naysayers in the dust.
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