Earth Day evolves with knowledge

first_imgThat’s when the really bad projections could come true. At that point, wildfires would become 55percent more frequent. Los Angeles would suffer through 100 more 90-degree-plus days each year. The Sierra Nevada spring snowpack would decrease by as much as 90percent. The sea level would shoot upward. Wine grapes would die. “The economic impacts are going to be huge if we don’t do something,” said Kassie Siegel, climate program director for the nonprofit conservation group Center for Biological Diversity. “It’ll be much, much cheaper to mitigate the effects of global warming than to adapt to it. There’s moral arguments, there’s ethical impacts, but just look at the economic impact.” Jerry Taylor does – and he doesn’t care. Taylor is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, a Washington-based public policy think tank, and he dismisses the debate about global warming as hysteria. Not long after Earth Day celebrations began, he notes, there was a scare about global cooling, and that turned out to be nothing. “The only people who paint a bleak picture are political activists with an ax to grind,” Taylor said. “It’s very difficult to find big disaster scenarios because very little of the U.S. economy is affected by the weather.” The sector that matters to Mike Conroy, however, is directly affected by the weather. He’s a strawberry farmer with Conroy Farms Inc. who tends 150acres of crops in Camarillo and Oxnard. Conroy is keenly aware of the frost earlier this year and then Friday’s long-awaited rain. If it gets hotter, he said, farmers will find a way to adapt. Trading in his pickup for a Toyota Prius, he figures, won’t make much of a difference. “If I started trying to speculate about whether we have global warming or not, I’d be a basket case,” he said. “I don’t see that it would be that radical in my period of time. I’ve got five years left, so I don’t know, but it’s not something I stay awake worrying about.” There are plenty of people who do, though. Siegel envisions a world that increasingly relies on energy-efficient appliances, solar panels on every house, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. People would live closer to their offices, telecommute more often and eat locally grown food. “There’s different ways this story can go,” she said. “In the scenario I want to see, we can have some changes and adaptations. … In another scenario, we don’t start reducing emissions, and in another 10 years, we’ll … see 20-foot sea level rise and a die-off of a third of the world’s species. “We will have massive, unacceptable impacts to human life and our economy.” All this talk of disaster could drive someone to drink – perhaps a cabernet or petite syrah from Paul Dolan’s Mendocino Wine Co. Dolan has been in the wine business all his life and heads the Wine Institute, an advocacy group for California vintners. He also very much believes in global warming. “It’s going to get warmer here,” Dolan said. “We’re going to run out of territory where we can grow grapes. My sons are fifth-generation winemakers, and I think that in their lifetime, they may have to find new crops to grow.” And so, partially out of concern for the planet, partially out of concern for his family business, he’s going carbon neutral. Next week, he’ll begin converting his operation to rely on solar panels and biodiesel fuel. “Global warming is probably the single most significant event in our lifetime,” he said. “If there should be a war on something, it should be on global warming. It’s going to affect everybody on the planet in some way.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the future, a spring ski trip to Mammoth could find no snow. California zinfandel grapes could shrivel into raisins. Zuma Beach could become Zuma Seafloor. On the first Earth Day, celebrated 37 years ago, global warming was not a hot topic. People drove big, V-8 cars, burned leaves in their yards and tossed out bottles and newspapers. Recycling was for hippies, and future technology would solve whatever problems came along. Today, people drive hybrids, tote their bottles and cans to the recycling bin and nod approvingly as Al Gore hefts his Oscar for spreading the word of a world growing warmer. Environmentalism has become somewhat hip, and global warming – or its less-politically loaded cousin, climate change – has entered popular consciousness like never before. But scholars warn that’s not enough. “Global warming is not a problem of tomorrow,” said Amy Luers, a climate scientist with the nongovernmental policy group Union of Concerned Scientists. “It’s a problem of today.” Luers’ group projects that the average temperature in California will rise about 1to 2.3degrees Fahrenheit in the next few decades no matter what. If we cut down on emissions, the temperature will still continue to go up another 3to 5.5degrees by the end of the century. But if we only curb emissions somewhat, the temperatures are predicted to rise by about 5.5to 8degrees by 2100. And if we continue down the path to higher emissions, stoked by a growing population and continued reliance on fossil fuels, temperatures could climb an average 10degrees. last_img read more

Abdallah ready to fight for senior team chance

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars forward Abdallah Hassan celebrates his goal against Sudan during the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 11, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 13 – Bandari FC winger Abdallah Hassan says he is yearning to fight for a place in the senior national team after starring so far at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda where he has scored two goals in as many matches.The Bandari FC winger scored Kenya’s lone goal in the 1-0 win over Tanzania on match day one and stepped off the bench to score the equalizer in the 2-1 win over Sudan in the second Group A match on Tuesday. Speaking to Capital Sport the winger says he will keep working hard at the tournament and hopes he can do enough to convince head coach Francis Kimanzi to hand him more chances after only managing a handful substitute appearances for the senior team.“I am ready to step up if the coach gives me a chance I am ready. I want to work harder in this tournament to show that I should get that chance. Before the tournament the coach told us that this is our platform to prove ourselves so that we can be considered for the AFCON qualifiers next year,” stated the midfielder.He added; “I have never scored a goal for the national team and it gives me so much joy that I have scored two so far. It is not the end, but a challenge for me to keep working and hopefully score more in the remaining games.”Harambee Stars forward Abdallah Hassan in action against Sudan during the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 11, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHaving failed to get off the group phase of the club competition with Bandari earlier in July, Hassan says he is determined to right the wrongs and win a regional title with the national team.“It will be a huge achievement for me and the team. We came here as the defending champions and we have to go home with the trophy intact. That is our primary objective,” noted the winger.Stars will finish off their group phase matches with a tie against Zanzibar on Saturday afternoon and will only require a point to finish top of Group B and set up a semi-final tie against the team that finishes second from Group B.But, Abdallah says the team will be going for victory against the islanders in what will be a repeat of the 2017 final where Kenya won on penalties after a 2-2 draw in regulation time.“We need to keep our winning momentum to top the group and we will not relax in this match. They are a good team and they are also looking for a win to qualify so we know it will not be an easy match,” added the winger.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kings to begin food drive tonight

first_imgThe Los Angeles Kings will begin their annual food drive at tonight’s game against the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center. Non-perishable food items and money will be collected at all entrances to Staples Center. The drive will benefit the Midnight Mission, which provides the homeless with goods and services. Fans making donations will receive a raffle ticket for every item or dollar donated for a drawing for a team-autographed replica jersey. The drive will conclude at Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre last_img read more

Quotes from Fergie

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “D Squared. They’re designers that I really love. I put them in my video. They’re fierce.”— Fergie on who designed her dress black mini dress for the red capet.“I think I was having a nervous breakdown. I was in this business for a long time. I was a little girl with big dreams. And tonight, one of those big dreams came true.”— Fergie on the surprise of her win as pop-rock female artist.last_img read more