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A source has leaked a draft of the second installment of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The draft document of the IPCC's Working Group II, which focuses on "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability," was leaked to a blog run by Donna LaFramboise, a Canadian who promotes climate-change denial and argues that there is no consensus among scientists about global warming. The IPCC report will not be finalized until March and may undergo substantial editing before then. LaFramboise claims it's good to see the draft before it is "re-written/sanitized/torqued line-by-line by diplomats, politicians, and bureaucrats."
An international scientific panel has found that climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially reducing output and sending prices higher in a period when global food demand is expected to soar.
That finding is by far the starkest warning that the United Nations-appointed group, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has ever issued regarding the food supply. Its last report, in 2007, was more sanguine, essentially finding that climatic warming and the rising level of carbon dioxide in the air would boost agricultural production across large areas, though that report did cite some risks. [...]
If the report proves to be correct, global food demand might have to be met – if it can be met – by putting new land into production. That could entail chopping down large areas of forest, an action that would only accelerate climate change by sending substantial amounts of carbon dioxide into the air from the destruction of trees.
Lawrence Lewis has a discussion about the report here.
Reid asked the Senate to go into special session on intelligence—that is, a closed session—to discuss prewar intelligence. This mostion, along with a second (provided by Durbin), requires all Senators to report to the Senate floor. It is a non-debatable motion.
Cue in lots of histrionics from Frist and company. Republicans whined that this was a violation of Senate tradition. This coming from the gang that wants to eliminate the judicial filibuster. Frist whined that he wasn't consulted. As though Democrats have had a seat at the table in this Congress. They want to play hardball? Fine. Reid sent notice that he can play that game as well.
Frist whined, "Senator Daschle never did anything like this." Damn right. A new sheriff is in town.
Now, this is more than a temporary stunt. The Democratic leadership has promised to call a special session in the Senate every single day until Republicans allow for a real investigation.
To anyone who has eaten less than four mini-candy bars today, we salute you. — @LOLGOP
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Kos nailed it on Huntsman a year ago! Greg Dworkin brought us a greatFriday roundup: amazing Q&A from an Alabama GOP primary, a bonkers Hallmark move to take "gay" out of "Deck the Halls" and ACA "winners and losers." More crazy? How about a teen shot for TP-ing a house? Mysterious "Google barges." Fournier sees Rs 2x as unpopular as Obama, so they're both the same. Grassley makes his amendment look even dumber. Plus, Rs who voted in favor of allowing the debt ceiling hike, then voted to disapprove of their own votes. And out of a Tennessee courtroom, the gov't (i.e., prosecutors) formally object to being called "the government."