Consumption of large bathyal food fall, a six month study in the NE Atlantic

first_imgWe deployed 2 porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) carcasses at bathyal depth (2555 to2710 m) in the Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic for periods of 1 wk and 6 mo respectively. Consumptionrates of 0.085 and 0.078 kg h–1 were similar to those observed at abyssal depths in the Atlantic,and 1 order of magnitude slower than at bathyal depth in the Pacific. A distinct succession of scavengingspecies was observed at both carcasses: the abyssal grenadier Coryphaenoides armatus andthe cusk eel Spectrunculus grandis numerically dominated the initial phase of carcass consumptionand, once the bulk of the soft tissue had been removed (by Day 15), were succeeded by the squat lobsterMunidopsis crassa. The blue hake Antimora rostrata and amphipod numbers were unexpectedlylow, and consumption was attributed largely to direct feeding by C. armatus. The interaction of acrustacean prey species (M. crassa) and cephalopod predator (Benthoctopus sp.) was observed for thefirst time, revealing that large food falls also attract secondary predators that do not utilise the foodfall directly. The staying time of a single parasitised C. armatus (18 h) greatly exceeded previous estimates(≤8 h). This study describes the first large food fall to be monitored at high frequency over a6 mo period, and the first observations of a large food fall at bathyal depth in the NE Atlantic. Itenables direct comparison with similarly sized food falls at abyssal depth, much larger megacarrionfalls, and similar studies differing in geographic location, in particular those carried out under Pacificwhale migration corridors.last_img read more

UK Coast Guard, Royal Navy responding to dredger explosion

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK Coast Guard, Royal Navy responding to vessel explosion off Cornwall Authorities October 4, 2017 UK Coast Guard, Royal Navy responding to vessel explosion off Cornwall View post tag: RFAcenter_img Share this article View post tag: UK Coast Guard The UK Coastguard on October 4 said it was responding to an explosion aboard a dredging vessel two nautical miles South of Dodman Point, Cornwall.Several persons were injured in the explosion, according to the UK Coast Guard.The service only said the vessel in question was a dredger without providing more specific information. It is believed that a compressed air cylinder exploded.A Royal Navy Fleet Auxiliary ship and a Fishery Protection vessel are also on scene assisting while the Newquay Coastguard helicopter and the Falmouth Lifeboat Station are currently on scene evacuating the casualties to Derriford Hospital.The service said more information would be available once the ongoing operation is concluded.last_img read more

AUGUST 25, 2017 “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that todays “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel it was wise for the Vanderburgh County Council to increase the wheel tax?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Everybody Invited to Compete in 47th Annual Ocean City Surf Fishing Tourney on Saturday

first_imgTournament Chairman Kieth Van Laarhoven points out the stretch of beach where the 47th annual Ocean City Fishing Club Surf Fishing Tournament will take place on Oct. 18 in Ocean City, NJ.The Ocean City Fishing Club (OCFC) is extending a broad invitation for anglers to participate in its 47th annual Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18.“This is an opportunity for anyone interested in fishing to come out and have fun competing in our tournament,” said Tournament Chairman Kieth Van Laarhoven, of Ocean City and Browns Mills. “This event is open not only to members of the fishing clubs throughout our area but also to individuals and families.”Fishing will take place along a swath of beach from 15th Street south, with 200 feet separating each position. On the day of the tournament, registration will be held from 5:30 am to 7 am at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 18th Street and Bay Avenue. The first fishing session will be from 7 am to 9:30 am, followed by a half-hour break and a second fishing session from 10 am to 12:30 pm.At the end of the second session, participants will return to the Intermediate School for a free lunch, door prizes, and presentation of awards to the winning teams and individuals. The fee is $60 for teams of up to six members. Individuals can sign up for $15 per person. The tournament, under the aegis of the Association of Surf Angling Clubs, is co-sponsored each year by the Ocean City Department of Recreation.The Ocean City Fishing Club is celebrating its 101st year as the oldest, continuously operating fishing club in America. For more information about the Oct. 18th surf fishing tournament, contact Kieth Van Laarhoven at (609) 893-5916 or [email protected]— By George Ingram for the Ocean City Fishing Clublast_img read more

Free Lecture Series Continues Feb. 12 With Birders Pat and Clay Sutton

first_imgBIOGRAPHIES:Clay and Pat Sutton are a husband and wife team of naturalists and writers whose careers and names are synonymous with their home town of Cape May, New Jersey, a place that has been aptly called the migration capitol of North America.  This migratory crossroads is famous for its hawk, owl, songbird, shorebird, and Monarch butterfly migration.  They have keenly studied the natural world for over 30 years.  Pat Sutton was for 21 years the Program Director at the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory (1986 to 2007).  Prior to that, she was the Park Naturalist at Cape May Point State Park.  Pat is a founding board member of the North American Butterfly Association.  Pat is an Honorary Director of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes and a Team Member of Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens, where you can find her post the 18th of each month.Clay is a life-long resident of Cape May, where he has worked as an environmental planner, environmental program administrator, vice-president of an environmental consulting firm specializing in threatened and endangered species, and for the past decade as a self-employed environmental consultant, naturalist and field biologist.  Migration in all its forms remains his captivating interest.Clay and Pat today are free-lance writers, photographers, naturalists, lecturers, tour leaders, and were long-time instructors for the American Birding Association’s Institute for Field Ornithology.  Clay is a co-author, with Pete Dunne and David Sibley, of the classic Hawks in Flight (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1988; 2nd Edition August 2012), and Clay and Pat together have co-authored How to Spot Butterflies (1999), How to Spot Hawks & Eagles (1996), and How to Spot an Owl (1994), all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Articles and photography by Pat & Clay have appeared in New Jersey Audubon, Peregrine Observer, New Jersey Outdoors, Sanctuary, American Butterflies, Wild Bird, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birder’s World, Birding, Living Bird, Defenders, and others. Their latest book, Birds and Birding at Cape May (Stackpole Books, 2006), is the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the Cape May area that they so love.  This landmark book is a complete guide to birds and birding for the Cape May region, covering what to see, when, where, and how to go, as well as the storied ornithological history of the Cape.  For more information go to Pat and Clay’s website: www.patandclaysutton.com— News release from the Ocean City Environmental Commission Snowy egret photographed by Clay and Pat Sutton Ocean City’s Environmental Lecture Series will continue 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in the Ocean City Free Public Library’s Chris Maloney Lecture Hall with a presentation by Cape May birders Clay and Pat Sutton.center_img PROGRAM INFO:“Birds and Birding in Cape May County” is a program based on the Suttons’ landmark book, Birds and Birding at Cape May, (Stackpole Books, 2006, 568 pages) and is the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the hometown that they so love. Their program will share the storied history of birds and birding in Cape May County – a place where bird studies in the Americas in part began.Cape May County’s ornithological history is unparalleled in North America, and over the years such titans as Alexander Wilson, John James Audubon, Witmer Stone, Edwin Way Teale, and Roger Tory Peterson have all worked and studied at Cape May. Clay and Pat will share the rich history of Cape May birding – from these early days until the emergent exciting discoveries of today.  Expect a walk through time as they share images over the past 30 years and earlier, a journey that offers a unique perspective of both “Old Cape May” and the opportunities available today.Cape May County, at the southern tip of New Jersey, is one of the most famous and most visited birdwatching destinations in all of North America, visited by over 100,000 birders annually. It can be counted among the top birding areas and attractions in the world. Cape May’s fame as a birding Mecca is based on a unique combination of factors — its location and geography; the diversity, quality, and extent of the natural habitats found there; and the many protected natural areas available to birds and birders. Cape May is a major migratory bottleneck, “the neck of an hourglass,” where birds are funneled to the tip of the Cape May peninsula. Here, birders enjoy numbers and a variety of birds found at few other places.  Over 444 species of birds have been found in the Cape May region.  The program covers “Greater Cape May” — north up the Atlantic Coast to places like Forsythe NWR and Barnegat, and west up the incomparable rural Delaware Bayshore into Cumberland County and beyond.Expect a walk through the seasons, detailing major phenomena like the autumn raptor migration, the internationally-known spring shorebird gatherings, as well as the waterfowl, seabird, wader, owl, and songbird possibilities throughout the changing seasons.Clay and Pat Sutton are veteran naturalists who have lived and worked at Cape May throughout their entire careers. They will share their insiders’ understanding of all that makes Cape May great. “Birds and Birding at Cape May” is the migration story both explained and brought alive by first-hand knowledge, lively anecdotes, and stories of both yesteryear, today, and the bright future.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Christian Slater Set for Spamalot & More

first_img View Comments Midsummer Nights Dream | Trailer | Julie Taymor from Ealing Studios on Vimeo.Brian d’Arcy James & Christian Borle Get Their Tap OnThe cast of Something Rotten! will of course be performing on the Tony telecast THIS Sunday, however headliners Christian Borle and Brian Brian d’Arcy James stopped by The View on June 5 to talk about the show and provide a sneak peek of their tap dancing skills. Check the video out below (Borle’s guyliner just gets better with each appearance) and then the Tony nominated tuner at the St. James Theatre. Happy Tony weekend, see you on Sunday! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Christian Slater Set for SpamalotStage and screen star Christian Slater has boarded the cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl, starring the previously reported Eric Idle, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more. Slater, who was last seen on Broadway in 2005’s The Glass Menagerie, will play Sir Galahad in the tuner, the role originally played on the Great White Way by Christopher Sieber. California will be looking on the bright side of life on July 31, August 1 and August 2!Watch Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamTony winner Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is coming to a movie theater near you from June 22! The adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic by The Lion King director, stars Tina Benko (The Avengers) as Titania, Max Casella (Blue Jasmine) as Nick Bottom, David Harewood (Homeland) as Oberon and Kathryn Hunter (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) as Puck, and was filmed in 2014 at the Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. Check out the trailer below!last_img read more

Syria’s Other Chemical War – The Real Reason Behind a U.S. Strike

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The more deadly and confusing the situation in Syria becomes, the further away we travel from addressing the true reason the world’s superpowers have suddenly taken great interest in the safety and security of the Syrian people. Thus far, it has been estimated that more than 100,000 Syrians have lost their lives during this civil war and the refugee situation has become dire. Yet despite such heavy civilian losses, it wasn’t until the world learned of a chemical weapons attack outside of Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013 that this war presented an imminent policy decision for the United States and other stakeholder nations in the Middle East.The keen interest in Syria on the part of the U.S. that the mainstream media has largely overlooked has its roots in the unsuccessful occupation of Iraq. Chemical weapons might be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, but U.S. policy is being dictated by opportunities squandered over the past decade. Once again, all roads lead back to Baghdad.As far as the attack itself, the nonprofit organization Human Rights Watch released a report on September 10 concluding: “telltale evidence… suggests that Syrian government troops launched rockets carrying chemical warheads into the Damascus suburbs.” However, there have been conflicting reports from the region that indicate the weapons may have been of Saudi origin and deployed by rebel fighters.The fog of war combined with limited access for journalists in the region and the subsequent jockeying for diplomatic supremacy between the U.S. and Russia will likely leave this question unanswered for quite some time. At a minimum, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was forced to admit that his government is indeed in possession of chemical weaponry, though it maintains that none was used in this conflict. And because it was Russian President Vladimir Putin who stepped in with the winning diplomatic solution of the moment, the American news cycle now is focused on whether or not the United States just lost a major psychological and tactical battle to Russia.The chemical weapons debate and renewed tensions between Russia and the United States obscure the chemical war the United States truly cares about: the petrochemical war. Sarin gas might have been President Obama’s “red line” to intervene in the Syrian conflict, but natural gas is the underlying reason.Taking a step back from Damascus reveals a much wider and more complicated picture with several important players. The U.S. and Russia are now primary actors in the Syrian conflict, but so too are Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Western Europe and China.Consider this timing for a moment. Less than a month before the Assad regime purportedly employed the use of chemical weapons, it entered into a potentially lucrative contract with neighboring Iran and Iraq. OilPrice.com, an online trade publication for the energy industry, reported that a deal struck on July 25 between the three nations for “the construction of what would end up being the largest gas pipeline in the Middle East, running gas from Iran’s South Pars field to Europe, via Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea.”The economic importance of this potential transaction cannot be overstated for two reasons. The first is that oil and gas companies in the United States are preparing an intense push into the natural gas export market. And because Europe remains the largest trading partner of the United States and several European countries are aggressively converting to natural gas as the energy source of choice, any competition represents a significant loss of market share. A pipeline carrying oil and natural gas from both Iraq and Iran directly to the Mediterranean makes far more logistical sense than gas traveling across the Atlantic. The second reason is that the U.S.-based energy companies are no longer in the position to participate in any newfound profits in Iraq, as they ceded this advantage almost entirely to the Chinese.Stony Brook professor Michael Schwartz, who authored the book War Without End: The Iraq War in Context, gave a lecture at this year’s Left Forum at Pace University, where he argued, “China is reaping the benefits of the new Iraq oil boom.” During his talk he described the frustrations experienced by U.S. oil companies that attempted to cajole the Iraqi workforce into complying with U.S. demands. In the decade that followed the U.S. invasion into Iraq, the historically strong Iraqi unions essentially beat American oil giants into submission. Chinese oil companies were all too happy to take advantage of this opening by agreeing to incredibly unfavorable terms in order to access Iraq’s abundant supply of crude oil and natural gas. As Schwartz explained, the U.S. government can no longer “get Exxon to take one for the team.”In a 2003 article that appeared on CommonDreams.org, Schwartz highlighted “Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz’s pre-war prediction that the administration’s invasion and occupation of Iraq would pay for itself.” But experts such as Schwartz knew then that the U.S. had greatly overestimated its ability to find a cooperative workforce and knew that the invasion would stoke ethnic and religious tensions in a way that we were unprepared for. Understanding the social, political and economic structure of Iraq, Schwartz concluded the article saying, “the Bush administration’s ‘capture of new and existing oil and gas fields’ is likely to end as a predictable fiasco.”Schwartz was prescient to say the least. Dr. Naser AL-Tamimi, A UK-based Middle East analyst, wrote an article for Alarabiya.net in March 2013 describing the partnership between China and Baghdad. In the article AL-Tamimi notes that, “Iraq is estimated to have the fifth largest proven oil reserves and the 12-largest proven gas reserves in the world,” and that “current trends suggest that China will soon overtake America to become Baghdad’s top trade partner.” This prediction proved true as well, as Chinese oil companies continued to sew up contracts in Iraq over the summer and its government made the critical move of forgiving 80 percent of Iraq’s outstanding debt owed to the Chinese.The U.S. might have fought the battles in Baghdad, but China won the war.One can’t help but be struck by how the U.S. military, after wasting billions of dollars to secure Iraq’s most precious commodity and killing tens of thousand of Iraqi civilians in the process, was ultimately done in by unions.With China ravenously gobbling up the remaining contracts for Iraqi oil and gas, America’s options in the region are closing off faster than anyone might have predicted. Russia and China clearly have the upper hand in the battle for fossil fuel hegemony in the next century, which brings our interest in the Syrian conflict more clearly into focus.U.S. allies in the Middle East, specifically Israel and Saudi Arabia, can ill-afford a lucrative alliance between their major oil producing neighbors. The Russians have a significant stake, both militarily and economically, in the Assad regime staying in power. And because the Chinese have significant entrée into the Middle East oil and gas market, it does as well.Now play the scenario out even further. If Russia and China are successful in negotiating on behalf of the Assad regime and the American and Saudi-backed rebels are ultimately defeated, an economic alliance will be forged between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Jordan, a barren nation dealing with much of the fallout from the Syrian refugee situation, will likely fall in line with this coalition. The United States and its corporate oil interests become the odd men out in this scenario.Traditionally, the U.S. has been able to rely on ethnic tensions between the Sunni and Shi’a populations in these countries to level the playing field, especially when stoked by U.S.-supported dictators. But since the U.S. overthrew Saddam Hussein and Iran has since elected a reformist government, it has fewer options to wage proxy fights along ethnic lines. Ethnic and religious differences that might otherwise be an obstacle to an alliance between these nations would likewise become a unifying determinant in the face of military threats from the United States. It’s why the political calculus in Washington is so complicated and severe. And it’s also why an episode as dangerous and offensive as a chemical weapons attack is the only plausible case the United States could make for an intervention.Further complicating the U.S. position on chemical warfare is the stubborn fact that the U.S. supplied Iraq with chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War and did nothing when they were deployed against the Iranian people. Moreover, the U.S. was forced to admit that it used both white phosphorous and napalm against Iraqis during the Iraq War. While napalm is clearly outlawed, white phosphorous is not banned because it is used to illuminate the night sky during battle. However, it has the same effects as a chemical agent when used as a weapon. It was the latter use that the U.S. military admitted to—after initial denials—in operations called “shake and bake” whereby white phosphorous was used to flush Iraqi fighters out of buildings and trenches.These admissions are conveniently omitted from the U.S. narrative on chemical warfare, but are hardly lost on foreign nations. Therefore, President Obama’s chemical weapon “red line” is dubious at best, particularly when the use of it occurs in a civil war.All of the above factors continue to demonstrate U.S. foreign policy ignorance with respect to the Middle East. U.S. occupations have been an unmitigated and costly disaster that have ultimately inured to the economic benefit of rival nations such as China and Russia. An Arab allegiance in the form of a pipeline from Iran to the Mediterranean would have been almost unimaginable only a decade ago. But it was made possible by the U.S. occupation in Iraq and its failure to seize upon the unwholesome opportunity the war created.Ultimately, somewhere in the scorching desert sun of the Middle East, the world might be witnessing the rebirth of the Cold War.last_img read more

Different Approach for Pennsylvania: Governor Wolf’s Budget Cuts Costs, Protects Education and Seniors

first_img February 07, 2017 Budget News,  Press Release,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf outlined a different approach for Pennsylvania’s budget by tackling a $3 billion deficit without raising taxes on families, while protecting schools, seniors, and resources used to battle the opioid epidemic, in addition to creating new tools for manufacturing and small businesses.The governor’s budget eliminates the deficit by identifying cuts and savings initiatives in excess of $2 billion, imposing a severance tax, and closing corporate loopholes. Additionally, this budget bolsters education at all levels by increasing support by $209 million, expands efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, protects programs for seniors and individuals with disabilities, and makes new investments in job training.“I’m offering a budget proposal that represents a responsible solution to our deficit challenge – and a different approach from the way things have been done in Harrisburg for almost a generation. Let’s start here: In my proposed budget, there are no broad-based tax increases,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “At the same time, my budget protects the investments we’ve made in education, in senior services, in fighting the scourge of opioids, and in growing Pennsylvania’s economy.“This proposal also closes corporate loopholes that have helped big companies avoid paying their fair share. I have nothing against successful businesses. I used to run one. But Pennsylvania families are already paying too much to help fund our government. And when big corporations get special treatment, Pennsylvania families and small businesses wind up shouldering more of a burden than they can bear.”Finding Savings, Cutting Bureaucracy and Eliminating WasteSince his first months in office, Governor Wolf has focused on finding savings in state government, eliminating waste and bureaucracy in Harrisburg and shrinking the size of state government so that we can provide better services to Pennsylvanians and protect families and seniors. This budget takes on tax loopholes and corporate handouts, rather than asking middle class families for more of their hard-earned money.“By identifying specific programs that could be working more efficiently – and others that are no longer working at all – this budget proposes reforms that, altogether, will save taxpayers more than $2 billion,” Governor Wolf said.The governor’s $2 billion in cuts and savings rely on reforming government, eliminating waste and modernizing and improving state services for customers by getting rid of red tape and bureaucracy – not slashing important programs. This budget would also put the commonwealth back on a path of long-term fiscal stability by growing the rainy day fund from only $245,000 to nearly $500 million in five years.Investing in our Children’s FutureFair and increased education funding for all Pennsylvania schools continues to be one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities in the budget to ensure students are college and career ready.“Over the past two years, we’ve taken a different approach – instead of allowing schools to become the first casualty of our budget deficit, we’ve made them our first priority,” Wolf said.  “We’ve undone nearly two-thirds of those short-sighted cuts to our public school system and we’ve made a historic investment in education for the commonwealth.”The governor’s budget proposal includes a $100 million increase in Basic Education Funding, a $25 million increase in Special Education Funding, a $75 million increase in high-quality early childhood education, and $8.9 million increase for the 14 universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.Creating Jobs that Pay for the Middle-ClassThe governor’s budget includes $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant partnership and creates a new apprenticeship grant program funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to commitments for job creation under economic development programs.Additionally, this plan would generate $95 million in revenue annually by raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $12.00 per hour, while tying it to inflation to maintain its purchasing power over time. Governor Wolf’s budget also creates a one-stop shop for small businesses in DCED to consolidate functions across departments and make it easier for businesses to start and grow.Investing in What Matters Most to PennsylvaniansFor many years, the commonwealth has faced grave budget challenges. The previous administration, when faced with these challenges, slashed funding for schools and our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians while employing shifty accounting maneuvers that only worsened our shortfall in the long run.By creating a new, unified Department of Health and Human Services by merging four separate agencies, Pennsylvania will be able to provide more streamlined services to older Pennsylvanians. This will result in less confusion and easier access as constituents and their families seek services and will bolster resources for seniors seeking prescription drug assistance and care in their own homes.Governor Wolf has taken a different approach in order to protect services that matter most to Pennsylvanians. The 2017-2018 budget continues to invest in battling the opioid epidemic by placing significant emphasis on expanding access to treatment and diverting those suffering from substance use disorder away from the criminal justice system and into supportive programs. This budget also provides $26.2 million to move individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism from the waiting list and protects the lottery fund and programs that seniors depend on.The transcript of the budget address as prepared is available here.Pennsylvanians can find out more about Governor Wolf’s budget at governor.pa.gov/budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Different Approach for Pennsylvania: Governor Wolf’s Budget Cuts Costs, Protects Education and Seniorslast_img read more

New York loses climate change lawsuit against oil majors

first_imgOffshore Energy Today Staff A United States district judge has dismissed a climate change lawsuit filed earlier this year by the City of New York against five oil majors Chevron, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, and Shell. The judge acknowledged the reality of climate change effects but said it was not something to be resolved in court.New York City skyline: Image Source: Pixabay under CC0 licenseThe City of New York sought the oil and gas quintet be held liable for the emissions that result from their worldwide production, marketing, and sale of fossil fuels, and the negative effects to the City.However, in its ruling dismissing the lawsuit, Judge John F. Keenan has said while the climate change is a fact of life, the serious problems caused by it are not for the judiciary to ameliorate, adding that the global warming and solutions must be addressed by the two other branches of government.What is more, Judge said City’s claims against the oil companies doing business internationally, is something to be resolved by international agreements, including—although the United States has expressed its intent to withdraw—the Paris Climate Accords.Judge Keenan said: “The Court recognizes that the City, and many other governmental entities around the United States and in other nations, will be forced to grapple with the harmful impacts of climate change in the coming decades. However, the immense and complicated problem of global warming requires a comprehensive solution that weighs the global benefits of fossil fuel use with the gravity of the impending harms.“To litigate such an action for injuries from foreign greenhouse gas emissions in federal court would severely infringe upon the foreign-policy decisions that are squarely within the purview of the political branches of the U.S. Government. Accordingly, the Court will exercise appropriate caution and decline to recognize such a cause of action.”Sea level risingIn its lawsuit, the plaintiff said the New York City was exceptionally vulnerable to sea-level rise due to its long coastline and its large floodplain that is home to more than 218,000 New Yorker. It said that five oil companies’ ongoing conduct continued to exacerbate global warming and cause recurring injuries to New York City.It sought damages for “for the past and permanent injuries inflicted,” as it said it had been forced to make climate resiliency investment on constructing levees and sea walls, elevating facilities and streets, and waterproofing and hardening infrastructure.“In addition, the City must promptly take more robust measures to make New York City more resilient and protect the public and City property from climate change, including enlarging existing storm and wastewater storage facilities and installing additional new facilities, as well as associated infrastructure and pumping facilities, to prevent flooding in low-lying areas that are vulnerable to rising seas or increasingly severe downpours,” the lawsuit read, among others.Read the full ruling here – PDF (New York vs Oil Companies Ruling)last_img read more

Drunken man shot dead

first_imgILOILO City – A man who wasapparently intoxicated was shot dead in Barangay Calmay, Janiuay, Iloilo. Police investigators said the incidenthappened around 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 19. Village watchmen Federico Marbebe wastagged suspect. Marbebe was detained in the lockup cellof the Janiuay police station. Charges will be filed against him./PNcenter_img Marbebe was pacifying Japlit when thelatter suddenly went berserk and attack the former using a bolo. This promptedMarbebe to shot Camacho using a 12-gauge shot gun. Camacho died on the spot. Resident Jessie Camacho died of agunshot wound on the stomach, police said. last_img read more