Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 08:38:32 PM EST
Of course ... domestic terror!
Revealed: US listed climate activist group as 'extremists' alongside mass killers | The Guardian |
A group of US environmental activists engaged in non-violent civil disobedience targeting the oil industry have been listed in internal Department of Homeland Security documents as "extremists" and some of its members listed alongside white nationalists and mass killers.
The group have been dubbed the Valve Turners, after closing the valves on pipelines in four states carrying crude oil from Canada's tar sands on 11 October 2016 which accounted for about 15% of US daily consumption. It was described as the largest coordinated action of its kind and for a few hours the oil stopped flowing.
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They have since been dubbed the "Valve Turners", profiled in the New York Times magazine and featured in a recent documentary titled The Reluctant Radical. Their trials have also tested the willingness of courts to allow climate activists to make use of the necessity defense - the idea that a criminal action is justified if it helps to prevent greater future harm - as part of a legal strategy.
In a recent intelligence bulletin evaluating domestic terrorism threats between 2018 and 2020, the department included the Valve Turners and described the group as "suspected environmental rights extremists".
The document also listed two of the group's members alongside violent white supremacists and other extremists who have engaged in mass killings, including the man behind the racist 2015 slaying of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. [But not the group of White Supremacists and Our Dear President who considers these people his backbone of support - Oui]
The document obtained by the not-for-profit Property of the People through a Foia request defines domestic terrorism as "any act of violence that is dangerous to human life or potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key resources" and that is intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or government body.
[All links added in article are mine - Oui]
Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates | The Guardian |
The heat in the world's oceans reached a new record level in 2019, showing "irrefutable and accelerating" heating of the planet.
The world's oceans are the clearest measure of the climate emergency because they absorb more than 90% of the heat trapped by the greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel burning, forest destruction and other human activities.
Hotter oceans lead to more severe storms and disrupt the water cycle, meaning more floods, droughts and wildfires, as well as an inexorable rise in sea level. Higher temperatures are also harming life in the seas, with the number of marine heatwaves increasing sharply.
The most common measure of global heating is the average surface air temperature, as this is where people live. But natural climate phenomena such as El Niño events mean this can be quite variable from year to year.
"The oceans are really what tells you how fast the Earth is warming," said Prof John Abraham at the University of St Thomas, in Minnesota, US, and one of the team behind the new analysis. "Using the oceans, we see a continued, uninterrupted and accelerating warming rate of planet Earth. This is dire news."
○ ORAS4 -- ocean temperature measurements re-analysis
○ What is Argo?
Argo is a global array of 3,800 free-drifting profiling floats that measures the temperature and salinity of the upper 2000 m of the ocean. This allows, for the first time, continuous monitoring of the temperature, salinity, and velocity of the upper ocean, with all data being relayed and made publicly available within hours after collection.
Increasing intensity of trade winds cools surface temperature in Pacific Ocean - moving water westward ... causes difference in increasing water level from the America's to Asia and Australia.
○ Non El Niño Years