How one butterfly can change the weather

This 11 July 2019 video says about itself:

How a Butterfly’s Wingbeat CAN Change the Weather

You may have heard of the butterfly effect, where butterflies flapping their wings somehow cause tornadoes. Although it seems pretty unlikely, butterflies can affect the weather, just not in the way you might think.

I mention the butterfly effect in the About of this blog; how it may apply to blogging.


Stop US corporate Democrat climate debate ban

This 25 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Candidates and activists are pushing for a Democratic presidential debate on climate change. The DNC [Democratic National Committee] says no. What gives?

Apparently, the establishment DNC is scared that in a debate on the extremely important climate change issue, it would turn out that left-wing candidates like Bernie Sanders have better policies than the corporate right-wing candidates with their links to fossil fuel Big Money; like 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had.

Inadvertently, the Wall Street DNC Democrats by their ban show how important the subject of global warming is.

By Jane Kleeb, Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party in the USA, 12 July 2019:

There is NO debate — the climate crisis is here and is impacting communities across the world. Whether you live in a rural or urban town, climate change impacts your water, livelihood and health. What used to be a 100-year flood happens every few years, and across the nation extreme summer heat is putting lives at risk.

That’s why Our Revolution is calling on the Democratic National Committee to hold a debate focused solely on the climate crisis. We know the current debate format does not allow in-depth conversations on ideas or solutions, and we can’t afford to keep ignoring a crisis that puts every living being on earth at risk.

Click here to sign on if you agree that there should be a climate debate, and send us a note in your own words on why you want DNC members in your state to vote to make it happen. We will then directly deliver your name and comments to your state party leaders so they know how much you care about climate change and why you want the DNC to lead on this issue.

Tell the DNC: Host a debate on the climate crisis! The majority of presidential contenders agree that we need to hold a climate debate, so it makes no sense that the DNC is ignoring both candidates and grassroots voters.

Demonstrators demand climate change debate, photo Sarah Silbiger / Getty Images

As the Democratic Party Chair here in Nebraska, I respect the DNC as an institution of Democratic leaders across our country who do work every single day to build up the grassroots and get local Democrats elected. I am also committed to fighting for reforms within the DNC to make sure our party reflects the will of the people.

When we run to get elected as a party leader or a public official, we do so because we want to make our party and communities stronger — and part of that is ensuring that the climate crisis is thoroughly debated so that the American people can make an informed decision.

Add your name to demand that the DNC move forward with a climate debate!

In Solidarity,

Jane Kleeb
Chair, Nebraska Democratic Party & Our Revolution Board Member

A Science Group Is Offering $100,000 To Host A Democratic Climate Change Debate Despite A DNC Ban: here.

One more problem is that the Democratic National Committee has not just banned a party organised climate change debate. It has threatened to punish candidates for participating in a climate change debate organised by others as well.

So, what will happen around the debate announced here below?

From Tiernan Sittenfeld, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, League of Conservation Voters in the USA, 12 July 2019:


LCV is joining The New Republic and Earther for their climate change summit for the Democratic presidential candidates on September 23 in New York City. It’s critical that climate change be front and center in upcoming debates, but this is a great opportunity to get the candidates to discuss climate in an in-depth way. Want to be involved? Sign up to be updated on the latest details, including which candidates will be there, opportunities for YOU to submit questions, and more.


A climate summit will give us the chance to hear directly from Democratic presidential candidates about how they would confront the climate crisis. Add your name to receive updates about the summit.

I’m thrilled to let you know that LCV is joining The New Republic and Earther for their climate change summit for Democratic candidates. This event is sure to be a unique opportunity to engage candidates in extended discussions about their plans to confront the climate crisis.

During the first debates in Miami, with a combined 240 minutes of discussion, climate received only 15 minutes. Ironic, being that the event took place in a city poised to sink into the ocean.

Poll after poll shows that voters see climate change as a top issue in the presidential primary. At this summit, the moderators can really dig into questions like ending our dependence on fossil fuels and what that means for society. We can see candidates putting the communities most damaged by the climate crisis at the center of the discussion, where they belong. And climate change can receive the urgency and attention it deserves.

It’s imperative to get these discussions in motion now, because climate change is the defining issue of our time, and the 2020 presidential election is our last, best chance to stop the crisis.

That’s why we’re thrilled to be joining The New Republic and Earther in their climate change summit. LCV is proud to play an integral role informing the moderators and hosts on the candidates’ environmental records and climate change plans. And we want you to be a part of the summit, too.

We want to keep you updated on the latest details, including which candidates will be there, opportunities for YOU to submit questions, and more. Sign up now.

We have less than 12 years left to make a real impact in the climate crisis, and we must make sure the next president is ready to tackle climate change on day one.

Thanks for fighting this fight with LCV.

Tiernan Sittenfeld
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
League of Conservation Voters

P.S. Check out this article from The New Republic and Earther for more information on the climate summit

From U.S. News and World Report, July 2, 2019:

Mounting pressure from climate change activists appears to be working on the Democratic National Committee, which has taken up consideration of proposals that could allow a presidential debate on the topic.

The DNC executive committee gathered over the weekend and referred two resolutions regarding climate change discussions to a committee. The committee has scheduled a vote on the measures on Aug. 23, according to activist group Sunrise Movement. A DNC official confirmed Tuesday that the next phase of the resolution process will begin in late August.

Activists said that last week’s debates proved a conversation focused solely on climate change is necessary. Roughly 15 minutes of the pair of two-hour debates were focused on the issue.

Noam Chomsky on fascism, war, climate, Assange

This 5 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More

On April 12, 2019, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky’s speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.

Britain: AN angry protest by supporters of Julian Assange yesterday morning denounced a Tory government conference titled ‘Defend Media Freedom’. Maxine Walker from the Julian Assange Defence Committee told News Line: ‘We are here because this is a fraudulent conference organised by the Foreign Office and hosted by Jeremy Hunt, who has already said he wants to extradite Julian Assange. ‘We are here to tell delegates there is no media freedom while Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are in prison’: here.

UK government holds “media freedom” conference while imprisoning Assange: here.

Plastic kills sharks, rays

This 2016 video is called The Secret World of Sharks and Rays (Nature Documentary).

From the University of Exeter in England:

Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic

July 4, 2019

Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world’s oceans, new research shows.

University of Exeter scientists scoured existing published studies and Twitter for shark and ray entanglements, and found reports of more than 1,000 entangled individuals.

And they say the true number is likely to be far higher, as few studies have focussed on plastic entanglement among shark[s] and rays.

The study says such entanglement — mostly involving lost or discarded fishing gear — is a “far lesser threat” to sharks and rays than commercial fishing, but the suffering it causes is a major animal welfare concern.

“One example in the study is a shortfin mako shark with fishing rope wrapped tightly around it,” said Kristian Parton, of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation on Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

“The shark had clearly continued growing after becoming entangled, so the rope — which was covered in barnacles — had dug into its skin and damaged its spine.

“Although we don’t think entanglement is a major threat to the future of sharks and rays, it’s important to understand the range of threats facing these species, which are among the most threatened in the oceans.

“Additionally, there’s a real animal welfare issue because entanglements can cause pain, suffering and even death.”

Co-author Professor Brendan Godley, co-ordinator of the university’s marine strategy, added: “Due to the threats of direct over-fishing of sharks and rays, and ‘bycatch‘ (accidental catching while fishing for other species), the issue of entanglement has perhaps gone a little under the radar.

“We set out to remedy this. Our study was the first to use Twitter to gather such data, and our results from the social media site revealed entanglements of species — and in places — not recorded in the academic papers.”

The review of academic papers found reports of 557 sharks and rays entangled in plastic, spanning 34 species in oceans including the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. Almost 60% of these animals were either lesser spotted dogfish, spotted ratfish or spiny dogfish.

On Twitter, the researchers found 74 entanglement reports involving 559 individual sharks and rays from 26 species including whale sharks, great whites, tiger sharks and basking sharks.

Both data sources suggested “ghost” fishing gear (nets, lines and other equipment lost or abandoned) were by far the most common entangling objects. Other items included strapping bands used in packaging, polythene bags and rubber tyres.

The study identified factors that appear to put certain species more at risk:

  • Habitat — sharks and rays in the open ocean appear more likely to get entangled, as do those living on the sea floor, where materials such as nets loaded with dead fish sink and attract predators, which in turn get stuck.
  • Migration — species that cover long distances appear at more at risk of encountering plastic waste.
  • Body shape — sharks seem to be at greater risk than rays. Species with unusual features — such as manta rays, basking sharks and sawfish — are also at more risk.

U.S. NAMED ONE OF WORST TRASH OFFENDERS The U.S. is one of the world’s top offenders when it comes to its creation and management of solid waste, according to an alarming new study. The report found that the U.S. produces 12% of global municipal solid waste, despite it representing just 4% of the world’s population. [HuffPost]