“The Leader of the Free World Meets Donald Trump: Angela Merkel, whether she wants the job or not, is the West’s last, best hope.”
“Their styles reflect their vastly different backgrounds. Merkel, Germany’s first and only female chancellor, was raised by a pastor in communist East Germany, where she earned a doctorate in physical chemistry. Although she is the longest-serving and most powerful leader in Europe, she is unfailingly modest, competent and consensus-oriented. Trump’s all-about-me mentality, Queens upbringing and brash, tabloid-and-reality-TV personality couldn’t be more different.”
“One indicator of a real breakthrough between Trump and Merkel would be a recognition that he is hearing out her concerns about Putin. Merkel is the wisest leader now in office in assessing the danger from Russia, and the most experienced in dealing with Putin himself. She’ll likely urge him to cool his enthusiasm for rapprochement with Moscow—will he listen?
The Russia question will play out over many months. In the meantime, those who care about Western values can continue to look to Merkel, but now with a small dose of optimism. For while this week’s election in the Netherlands may not be a permanent setback for Europe’s neo-nationalists, it should give comfort to those who worried that Trump’s victory in America would be contagious and that continental Europe was sure to catch the disease.”
can we just skip to the UN Trial for crimes against humanity?
and maybe there might still be some?
Stress on the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef structure, supporting a huge array of marine life off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The reef’s designation as a marine park helps protect it from some human pressures, such as local water pollution and overfishing. But park protection cannot prevent the heating of ocean water—the main stressor on this coral system and the reason for its bleaching.
The bright colors (and food source) of healthy coral come from the microscopic algae that live inside coral tissues. But the symbiotic relationship is compromised when the water gets too hot. Warm temperatures drive out the algae, and corals turn a pale white—the so-called bleaching that leaves corals vulnerable to disease and death. Fortunately, scientists have ways to monitor the reef. And they can do so remotely.
The map above, based on data from NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch, shows areas with varying levels of heat stress. The amount of heat stress is an indicator of bleaching and its potential intensity. This map shows the maximum stress reached during the seven-day period from February 21-27, 2017. Tan indicates a bleaching watch, meaning that the area may have been exposed to heat stress. Orange indicates a bleaching warning, meaning that bleaching is possible. Red indicates a bleaching alert level 1 (bleaching is likely), and dark red indicates alert level 2 (mortality is likely).
Coral Reef Watch produces maps like this for ocean areas around the world. The level of stress is based on measurements of sea surface temperature, which is derived from multiple satellites including Suomi NPP. But to figure out when conditions are deviating from normal, scientists first had to define normal. Defining this “climatology” is where the Pleiades supercomputer at NASA’s Ames Research Center contributed.
As the map shows, many areas in late February were far from normal; some level of heat stress was present almost everywhere in the waters east of Australia. According to Mark Eakin, coordinator of Coral Reef Watch, the current bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is part of a global bleaching event that started in June 2014 and has been ongoing. It is the third global coral bleaching event since the 1980s.
“Unlike past global bleaching events (in 1998 and 2010) that lasted less than twelve months, this event is in its 33rd month and shows no sign of stopping,” Eakin said. “It has been the longest, most widespread, and most damaging coral bleaching event ever recorded.”
The reef appears small on this map, and even smaller on global maps. But providing data only over reefs would exclude the bigger picture. “The conditions in surrounding ocean waters is very informative when trying to understand what is and may soon be happening on reefs,” Eakin said.
Scientists are making progress in gaining that understanding thanks to a combination of this satellite-derived information and some recent aerial and underwater surveys of the Great Barrier Reef. In new findings published in Nature on March 15, 2017, researchers showed that severe heat stress and bleaching spanned the northern 1,000 kilometers of the Great Barrier Reef during the severe bleaching of 2016. In contrast, earlier events in 1998 and 2002 severely bleached the reef farther south. At one time or another, bleaching has affected almost the entire span of the reef.
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies noted in a statement about the new study: “Coral bleaching events should no longer be thought of as individual disturbances to reefs, but as recurring events that threaten the viability of coral reefs globally.”
“Populism can be stopped, says jubilant Dutch GreenLeft leader: Jesse ‘the Jessiah’ Klaver celebrates Netherlands poll wins with pro-refugee message before possible coalition deal”
“GreenLeft was the big winner in Wednesday’s poll, leaping from four MPs to 14 in the 150-seat parliament, topping the bill in Amsterdam and overtaking the stricken social democratic PvdA to become the largest party of the left nationally.
It is far too early to say whether Jesse Klaver’s GreenLeft will be a party of government for the first time in its history. But for the 30-year-old leader of a political party, the Netherlands’ youngest ever, it was not a bad election.
As traditional left and centre-left parties suffer across Europe in countries including Italy, France and Britain, the Dutch GreenLeft, formed 25 years ago by a merger of communists, pacifists, evangelicals and radicals, is growing fast.
A large part of its success is down to Klaver, a boyish figure in jeans, open-necked shirt and rolled-up sleeves who was first elected as an MP at the age of 24 and took over the leadership of GreenLeft in May 2015. Since then, under the “Jessiah”, as he is nicknamed, the party has gained 7,000 new members, nearly half of them under 30.
Something of a throwback to classic 1970s Dutch ideals of openness and radicalism, Klaver has a Moroccan father and a mother of Indonesian descent. The far-right populism of Geert Wilders, rather than Muslim immigration, is the real threat to Dutch culture and traditions, he has repeatedly said.
Properly leftwing parties in Europe had to fight the rise of the far right by standing up for their ideals, he said on Wednesday.
“What I would say to all my leftwing friends in Europe: don’t try to fake the populace,” he said. “Stand for your principles. Be straight. Be pro-refugee. Be pro-European. We’re gaining momentum in the polls. You can stop populism.””
Feb 10, 2012 – Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, once thought to be tilting this … United States, is viewed as distinctive and a model for other nations, …
America Before Trump: We saved the world from Germany; After Trump: America is defending Germany…rilly?
given that the nations that the original Nato was created to fight against are now in Nato dot dot dot eh.
One big happy family with the US carrying them all on its back. Lovely arrangement.
America needs to spend less on military and stop inventing wars. The rest of the world invites you to mind your own internal problems.America’s president doesn’t understand contracts or treaties and cannot be deemed a bargainer in good faith.
Merkel is very happy with the arrangement….”protection” for next to nothing. Who among the “rest of the world” extended that invitation?“doesn’t understand”, “cannot be deemed a bargainer”??? Rather subjective and opinionated, I’d say!
4 bankruptcies and failure to pay contracts as a business practice. As if your opinion is somehow non-partisan? if you think Trump is a credible adult, then you are not one either.
ell, it is obvious that your opinion IS partisan. So who do you consider to be “a credible adult”, yourself? Looks like you are avoiding answering my questions.
have 13 years in the Federal Public service; which is why I do consider Trump, The Republicans and their supporters as dangerously unqualified for public service.ask a real question, not insults, and you might get an answer. I don’t do zero sum dom/sum circle jerks, which is pretty much what passes for interaction for Americans
You are a waste of time. You make wild, subjective, opinion-based assertions and cannot explain them. I think this, I think that. I consider this, I consider that. Trump is this, Trump is that. American interaction bla, bla, bla. You are the insulting one and are too lame brained to even realize…not that it has any impact on me, other than to dismiss you and your opinions.Nothing here…just a waste of time with a loony, spouting unwanted opinions. Have a good day – I got better things to do.
and yet, you do not understand why the world dislikes America. Seriously, learn to listen instead of waiting for lips to stop moving so you know you get to continue.