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Monday, 3 August 2015

Ask the Goats

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Two stranded dogs on the roof of a flooded building in Kale township, Myanmar: photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA, 3 August 2015

Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through  flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar on Monday. Myanmar president  declared four regions (Sagaing, Magway Regions and Rakhine, Chin States) as disaster zones on 31 July 2015. Heavy monsoon rains caused floods around Myanmar with dozens deaths being reported as thousands are fleeing their homes in several regions across the country. In Myanmar monsoon starts at the beginning of June and ends in September.

Locals use makeshift raft and rubber inner tube as a means of getting through flooded road in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar on Monday. Myanmar president declared four regions (Sagaing, Magway Regions and Rakhine, Chin States) as disaster zones: photo by Lynn Bo Bo/EPA, 3 August 2015


Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz compared global warming believers to ‘flat-Earthers’: photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters, 2 August 2015

Ask the goats

Ted is right.
Zed is dead.

The earth is flat.
Its head is square.

It has a wee
wistful

oily malevolence, and will
eat an insect

for money.
American Geek

is a lying language.
Ask the dogs

if the weather's
the same

as it ever was.
Ask the goats.


Rocky fire in Northern California

Goats run away from their pen after firefighters freed them as the Rocky fire approaches, in Lower Lake: photo by Justin Sullivan via Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2015

Ted Cruz expresses 'full out denial' of global warming during forum: Republican presidential candidate said the debate was a device used by liberals to appease ‘environmentalist billionaires and their campaign donations’: Ben Jacobs in Washington for The Guardian, 2 August 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has stated that he doesn’t believe in the science behind global warming. In a forum hosted on Sunday evening by Freedom Partners, a key cog in the political network of the Koch Brothers, the Texas senator stated that “the data and facts don’t support” that global warming is occurring.

The moderator of the forum described Cruz’s stance as “full out denial”. The Texas senator did not disagree with that characterisation. Cruz has previously compared those who believe in global warming to “flat-Earthers.”

Cruz also criticised the new regulations, set to be unveiled by the Obama administration on Monday, to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. To the Republican presidential candidate, these new rules were a sign that the Democratic party had abandoned union members for “California environmentalist billionaires and their campaign donations”, in a clear reference to hedge fund mogul and environmentalist Tom Steyer.

In denying global warming, which Cruz saw as a Trojan horse used by liberals to impose “massive government control” on the economy, the Texas Republican distinguishes himself from many others in the GOP field. Earlier, 2016 rival Marco Rubio also attacked the new regulations, although the Florida senator was loth to address the science behind global warming. In contrast, other Republicans, like former Florida governor Jeb Bush, have acknowledged that the planet is getting warmer.

However, Bush did have some fierce words for the Obama administration’s plans on Sunday. “I think it’s a disaster. It’s typical of the Obama administration, taking the power he doesn’t have,” he told the audience at the Freedom Partners forum. He added that he thought the regulations were both “unconstitutional” and “a job killer”.

Research by the federal government shows that the rate of global warming has been steady and unchanging in recent years and that 2014 was the warmest year on record.


Wildfires in droughty California threaten thousands of acres, #RockyFire only 5% contained. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty): image via reportedly @reportedly, 3 August 2015

Rocky fire in Northern California

Flames from the Rocky fire approach a house on Friday, in Lower Lake: photo by Justin Sullivan via Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2015


Over 10,000 villagers washed out in Irrawaddy Division #Burma #Myanmar: image via he Irrawaddy @IrrawaddyNews, 3 August 2015


#Myanmar UN warns Myanmar flood toll to increase as rains lash region. Photo @ye_aung_thu #AFP
: image via AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto, 2 August 2015
 

#Myanmar UN warns Myanmar flood toll to increase as rains lash region. Photo @ye_aung_thu #AFP
: image via AFP Photo Department @AFPphoto, 2 August 2015
 

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Picture of the day: Deadly floods hit #Myanmar: image via euronewst @euronews, 3 August 2015
 

UN warns: #Myanmar flood toll
likely to incr | Disaster in Rakhine, Chin, Magwe, & Sagaing: image via The Myanmar Times  @TheMyanmarTmes, 3 August 2015
 

#Myanmar: Hundreds dead, millions displaced as monsoon rains heap misery on Asia Photo @ye_aung_thu #AFP: image via Stephanie Beauge @sbeaugeafp, 3 August 2014

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#Myanmar: Hundreds dead, millions displaced as monsoon rains heap misery on Asia Photo @ye_aung_thu #AFP: image via Stephanie Beauge @sbeaugeafp, 3 August 2014

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As fires ravage CA the most concerning is the #rockyfire: image via Christina Salvo @ABC7Christina, 3 August 2015


#Wildfires rage across swathes of California. Photo Josh Edelson #AFP: image via Stephanie Beauge @sbeaugeafp, 2 August 2014
 

President Barack Obama set the stage on Sunday for the release of the nation’s most ambitious environmental regulation in decades — a crackdown on power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions that the administration hopes will put the U.S. in striking distance of achieving a global agreement to combat climate change: photo by AP, 2 August 2015