David Suzuki Says Canada Cannot Dig Its Way Out Of The Fossil

first_imgEnvironmentalist David Suzuki recently lamented on the typical political perspective on fossil fuels.“Rather than focusing on short-term economic and corporate priorities,” Suzuki says, “politicians should first consider the long-term health and well-being of the people they’re elected to represent. When it comes to climate change and fossil fuels, many aren’t living up to that.”Canada’s national carbon pricing initiatives alone will not meet the country’s Paris Agreement commitment, and the Paris Agreement alone will not solve global warming.“It’s difficult to take a government seriously,” says Suzuki, “when it approves or supports expanding fossil fuel infrastructure and development while the world continues to break warming records with increasingly dire consequences.”Even with no new development, current oil and gas fields will take the planet beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. And yet here’s what’s in the lineup:• A liquid natural gas project within British Columbia’s critical salmon-rearing territory (and without First Nations’ approval) • Three more bitumen pipelines to support oil sands expansion, at least one of which is likely to be approved by the Canadian government • Continued subsidies (currently $3.3 billion/year in tax breaks and handouts) to the fossil fuel industry“Saskatchewan has Canada’s best wind and solar resources, but the government focuses on expensive and unreliable schemes like carbon capture and storage,” says Suzuki. “It’s all a form of denial. Conserving energy, shifting to cleaner sources, reducing automobile use by improving transit and bike and pedestrian infrastructure, protecting and restoring carbon sinks such as forests and wetlands, and getting a handle on agricultural emissions are all possible, and would create numerous jobs and economic opportunities.“As Oil Change International says, ‘If you’re in a hole, stop digging.’”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

The Cardinals Develop Young Pitchers The Cubs Dont Which Team Is Going

Nearly three years ago on a rainy November night in Cleveland, it seemed as though the Chicago Cubs were poised to begin a dynasty. But that promise is gone. The Cubs had an optimistic 69 percent playoff probability on Sept. 17, but a four-game sweep at the hands of their archrivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, all but ended their hopes, and they were eliminated from postseason contention on Wednesday night. And as the Cubs collapse, the Cardinals are headed back to the postseason for the first time since 2015.While Cubs manager Joe Maddon is oft-cited as a possible culprit, he is a useful scapegoat: There is plenty of blame to be shared. And perhaps the most consequential area separating the Cubs and Cardinals is pitching. No team has been more productive in drafting pitchers than the Cardinals have been since 2012 — and few clubs have been worse than the Cubs.Since Theo Epstein was hired to lead the Cubs baseball operations in October 2011, the Cardinals’ drafts lead baseball in pitching wins above replacement produced (29.2 WAR from 117 pitchers drafted and signed), while the Cubs rank 25th (2.2 WAR from 105 pitchers drafted and signed), according to Baseball-Reference.com data analyzed by FiveThirtyEight.1WAR totals include all major league WAR produced by pitchers, not just for the team that drafted the player. A significant part of the Cubs’ rebuilding strategy was to use their premium picks, the spoils of tanking, on position player prospects — and then fill in pitching gaps via free agency with their big-market dollars and through trades. But Chicago produced zero pitching WAR — or worse — to date from six of the seven drafts from 2012 to 2018, placing substantial pressure on the organization to fill the voids externally. Free agency is an inherently risky vehicle to improve a team, especially as players are getting younger, and the Cubs have the oldest collection of pitchers in the majors with an average age of 31.1 years.No club has spent more payroll dollars on pitching this year than the Cubs ($128.4 million), and with a modest return from that investment: The Cubs are just 11th in wins above replacement from pitchers. External additions of Yu Darvish, Craig Kimbrel, Cole Hamels and Tyler Chatwood each have pedestrian fielding-independent pitching marks; none has a mark better than 4.18 on the season. Epstein’s quest to “find pitching,” words he scrawled on an office white board in 2016, has also cost the Cubs treasured prospects in Gleyber Torres2Sent to the Yankees for a half-season of Aroldis Chapman. and Eloy Jimenez.3Sent to the White Sox in the José Quintana trade.Today’s model organizations don’t just tank to successfully rebuild (see the Houston Astros) — and many don’t even have to tank (see the Yankees, Rays and Dodgers). They’re creating draft-and-develop success stories. Those clubs have proven that they can draft well without having to pick near the top of the draft, and they can get more out of the big-league pitchers they acquire, like Houston has done with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.The Cardinals, with only one losing season this century, haven’t needed to resort to tanking. They’ve used their drafts to select quality arms — and the value of their homegrown pitching was on display last weekend in Chicago.On Thursday, Jack Flaherty helped St. Louis to a series-opening win with eight dominant innings. Flaherty — drafted by the Cardinals with the 34th overall pick in 2014 — has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball in the second half of the season, owning a 1.00 ERA over his last 15 starts. Michael Wacha, one of the Cardinals’ first-round picks from 2012, started Friday’s game and allowed one run over four innings. Then, rookie Ryan Helsley, a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft, picked up the win with a scoreless inning in relief. Helsley has a 2.23 ERA through 36 1/3 innings this season. And on Saturday, 2016 first-round pick Dakota Hudson (16-7, 3.45 ERA this season) started a wild back-and-forth affair.On the other side of that Saturday seesaw was Kimbrel, signed for $43 million in June to help Chicago’s struggling bullpen. With his team up 8-7, Kimbrel came in for the ninth inning and immediately allowed back-to-back home runs — a devastating sequence for the Cubs. Kimbrel owns a 6.53 ERA on the season.The Cubs are well aware of their homegrown pitching deficiency and have taken steps in recent years to improve their draft-and-development capabilities. Prospect Brailyn Marquez is an early success story. Darvish has been excellent in the second half of this season, though he’s expected to be an ace, given his $126 million contract. But other clubs like the Dodgers, Cardinals and Astros have gotten ahead of, or have been ahead of, the Cubs.While this group of Cubs will always be remembered for delivering a title, fans may be more focused today on the dynasty that might have been, had they followed the model of the rival Cardinals in drafting and developing pitchers.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Silva impressed by Yerry Minas performance

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva is happy with the man-of-the-match performance of Yerry Mina in his first start at Stamford Bridge.Everton signed Yerry Mina signed from Barcelona in August, and he made his Premier League debut as a sub just last weekend due to a foot injury, but he replaced Kurt Zouma and played fulltime.Sky Sports named Mina man of the match as he kept Chelsea’s attack at bay in their goalless draw at Stamford Bridge and Silva was happy with his contribution.“He did everything I expected,” Silva told Sky Sports.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It was his first official match in maybe three or four months and he showed his quality.“He is very good on the ball and he is a player who will give us quality on the ball. Even without the ball, he did what we planned, our defensive organization and process.“I think he did really well.”last_img read more

Supreme Court hearing on union dues

first_img February 27, 2018 Posted: February 27, 2018 Steve Bosh 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA decision from the Supreme Court is expected by June on whether requiring workers to pay union fees is unconstitutional.If that happens, it will be a major threat to labor’s membership, financing and political power.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has the story. Supreme Court hearing on union dues Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Study highlights differences between cities planning efforts for global warming

first_img As the planet warms, cities are beginning to feel the pressure of protecting the people that live in them and the assets that keep them running. But to date, the authors note, little research has been done to find out just how much effort is being taken by city planners, as measured in money spent on mitigation projects or how much difference there is between major cities. The authors sought to partially remedy that situation by combing through documents that detail city planning, expenditures and other measures taken by 10 mega-cities across the globe, during the years 2009 to 2015, to deal with environmental problems likely to be caused by global warming, e.g. flooding, water scarcity, increased rates of disease.In looking at the data and analyzing the results, the team was able to generate numbers that represented how much was being spent by different cities along with percentages of GDP for those cities on mitigation efforts, which allowed them to compare and contrast the different efforts between the cities under study, which included New York, Mumbai, London, Addis Ababa, Paris, Beijing, Sao Paul, Mexico City, Jakarta and Lagos.The team reports that it was no surprise to learn that cities in more developed countries have been spending more on such efforts than those in developing countries—the surprise was how huge the differences between them was. They found for example, that New York City spent approximately a hundred times as much as Addis Ababa last year. There were also differences in the amount spent compared to population size—Paris for example, spent approximately 397 Euros per person, whereas Addis Ababa spent just 4.7.The team also reports that though it is difficult to measure, there appears to be a bias towards protecting capital assets over the people that live in the cities and not enough effort is being put into research to determine which threats individual cities face so that funds for mitigation efforts can be allocated more wisely. On an optimistic note, they found that all of the cities in the study were spending more each year on mitigation efforts. © 2016 Phys.org The Manhattan skyline at night. Credit: Michael Mase Explore further More information: Lucien Georgeson et al. Adaptation responses to climate change differ between global megacities, Nature Climate Change (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2944 Stanford scientist examines ways to put stormwater to use in big citiescenter_img Citation: Study highlights differences between cities planning efforts for global warming (2016, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-highlights-differences-cities-efforts-global.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A small team of researchers with University College London and kMatrix Ltd, Greetham House has conducted a study of urban preparedness efforts by ten major cities around the world in an effort to learn more about how resources are being allocated to deal with changes coming due to global warming. The group has published the results of their efforts as a LETTER article in the journal Nature Climate Change. Journal information: Nature Climate Changelast_img read more

Nepal Opp to hold up constitution drafting via majority votes

first_imgA meeting of the 19-party alliance led by UCPN (Maoist) on Sunday decided to strongly retaliate if the new constitution is bulldozed through majority votes without considering the rights of minorities including the Madhesis.The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)-led alliance has accused the ruling parties, Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN- UML, of conspiring to promulgate new constitution on January 22 by mobilising the army, police and government employees. It has also decided to oppose the promulgation of constitution through any such process. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenUCPN (M) Chairman Prachanda proposed the defiance accusing the ruling alliances of trying to adopt the procedural way to draft the constitution without forging consensus among political parties.The political parties have been trying to find common grounds on the key contentious issues such as federalism, judiciary, electoral process and forms of governance in the constitution.They have set January 22 deadline to draft the new constitution. Meanwhile, pro-Hindu Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal has demanded to reconvert the country into a Hindu nation. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanNepal was declared a secular state through Parliament declaration in 2008 when monarchy was abolished after Maoists came to power.At a function organised here to mark the National Unity Day coinciding with the birth anniversary of late Prithvinarayan Shah, who unified smaller states into a bigger country two and half a century ago, party president Kamal Thapa ruled out the possibility of drafting a new constitution by the stipulated deadline. He said his party will organise protests if the country is not re-converted to a Hindu nation in the new constitution.Former Home Minister Thapa also claimed that national unity and sovereignty of the country have weakened and his party is launching a campaign to strengthen it. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, attended the function.last_img read more

Elixir 18 released with new features and infrastructure improvements

first_imgIn a blog post yesterday, Elixir 1.8 was announced. It comes with a variety of infrastructure level improvements, faster compilation time, common patterns, and added features around introspection of the system. Elixir is a functional general-purpose programming language that runs on top of the Erlang virtual machine. Custom struct inspections with Elixir 1.8 Elixir 1.8 has a derivable implementation of the Inspect protocol. This makes it simpler to filter data from existing data structures whenever they are inspected. If there is a user struct containing security and privacy sensitive information inspecting a user via inspect(user), will include all fields. This can cause information like emails and encrypted passwords to appear in logs or error reports. Defining a custom implementation of the Inspect protocol avoided this behavior. Elixir v1.8 makes it easier by allowing users to derive the Inspect protocol. Due to this, all user structs will be printed while all remaining fields are collapsed. Passing @derive {Inspect, except: […]} will keep all fields by default and exclude only some. Custom time zone database support Elixir v1.8 defines a Calendar.TimeZoneDatabase behaviour that allows developers to add their own time zone databases. An explicit contract for time zone behaviours are defined, as a result, Elixir can now extend the DateTime API. This allows addition of functions like DateTime.shift_zone/3. The default time zone database in Elixir is Calendar.UTCOnlyTimeZoneDatabase which can only handle UTC. In other Calendar related improvements, Date.day_of_year/1, Date.quarter_of_year/1, Date.year_of_era/1, and Date.day_of_era/1 are added. Speedy compilation and performance improvements Improvements to the compiler have been made over 2018 which makes Elixir v1.8 compile code about 5% faster. The Elixir compiler also emits more efficient code used for range checks in guards, charlists with interpolation, and when working with records via the Record module. EEx templates are also optimized and emit more compact code which also runs faster. Better instrumentation and ownership with $callers The Task module is a way to spawn light-weight processes to perform concurrent work. When a new process is spawned, Elixir annotates the parent process via the $ancestors key. Instrumentation tools can use this information to track the relationship between events occurring within multiple processes. But many times tracking only $ancestors is not sufficient. Developers are recommended to start tasks under a supervisor, as it gives more visibility and control of task termination when a node shuts down. The relationship between code and the task is tracked via the $callers key present in the process dictionary. This aligns well with the existing $ancestors key. In Elixir 1.8 when a task is spawned directly from code without a supervisor, the parent process of the code will be listed under $ancestors and $callers. This feature allows instrumentation and monitoring tools to better track and relate the events in the system. This can also be used by the Ecto Sandbox which enables developers to run concurrent test against the database. It uses transactions and an ownership mechanism in which each process explicitly gets a connection assigned to it These were the major changes, for full list of improvements and bug fixes, you can take a look at release notes. Read next Elixir Basics – Foundational Steps toward Functional Programming Erlang turns 20: Tracing the journey from Ericsson to Whatsapp Python governance vote results are here: The steering council model is the winnerlast_img read more