Saturday, January 12, 2013

House Science Chairman Lamar Smith puts climate change assessment on agenda | Trail Blazers Blog
“I believe climate change is due to a combination of factors, including natural cycles, sun spots, and human activity. But scientists still don’t know for certain how much each of these factors contributes to the overall climate change that the Earth is experiencing,” Smith said through an aide. “It is the role of the Science Committee to create a forum for discussion so Congress and the American people can hear from experts and draw reasoned conclusions. During this process, we should focus on the facts rather than on a partisan agenda.”
BBC News - Afghan children succumb to harsh winter weather
Last winter, more than 100 children died in the cold weather in the numerous refugee camps that surround the Afghan capital. Twenty-six of them died in the same camp where Janan lived.
China Shivers Through Coldest Winter in Decades - YouTube
Apparently, iPads and other Apple products take an extremely long time to charge at low temperatures. Although Apple employees explain that this is normal, desperate users have reported smothering their iPads in blankets, heating them with hot water bottles, and blasting them with hairdryers to speed up the charging process.
BBC News - Bushfires rage on in Australia 'helped' by climate change
Six people have been treated for heat exposure, but nobody has died.
Welcome To Green Europe: Greeks Raid Forests In Search Of Wood To Heat Homes | The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF)
Tens of thousands of trees have disappeared from parks and woodlands this winter across Greece as the crisis-hit country’s impoverished residents, too broke to pay for electricity or fuel, turn to fireplaces and wood stoves for heat.

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