The American captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and a 29-member international crew are being held at gunpoint by Russian authorities who stormed the ship on Thursday following protest against oil drilling.
The ship remained under Russian control in the Arctic as of Friday morning, and the latest updates said it was being stirred toward Russian territorial waters.
"The safety of our activists remains our top priority and we are working hard to establish what is facing them. They have done nothing to warrant this level of aggression and have been entirely peaceful throughout. In our last phone call with the ship, the crew said that their spirit remains high and they have been boosted by messages of support from thousands of people who stand with them to oppose dangerous Arctic oil drilling," said Ben Ayliffe, head of Greenpeace International's Arctic oil campaign. more >>
Climate Week NYC 2013, taking placing from September 23-30, is pushing for a "clean revolution" and gathering together world leaders to discuss how innovations in clean technology can create jobs and boost the economy, and will also look at why Christians should be engaged in pressing matters affecting the planet.
Leading organizations such as The Climate Group and The Weather Company are partnering in Climate Week efforts, bringing together a major global forum taking a look at climate change and how a low carbon economy could prove to be successful in today's world.
"We are delighted to be partnering with The Weather Company for the fifth Climate Week NYC. Their commitment to analyzing the topical issues of climate change and low carbon leadership, and the consequential impacts on America's economic opportunities and energy security is to be admired," Amy Davidsen, The Climate Group Executive Director said in a press release. more >>
Some people think belief in God and belief in manmade global warming are incompatible. Two evangelical climate scientists rightly corrected that in The Christian Post, pointing out that they believe in God and in global warming. But they went on to make serious mistakes of their own.
We, too, are evangelical climate scientists. We, too, believe in manmade global warming. But, unlike Katharine Hayhoe and Thomas Ackerman, we believe natural climate variations might far outweigh human-induced variations and that attempts to control future global temperature by reducing greenhouse gas (especially carbon dioxide—CO2) emissions will cause more harm than good to the poor for whom Hayhoe and Ackerman express concern. Like them, "We are also evangelical Christians who believe that God created the world in which we live."
Like them, "We are … atmospheric scientists who study climate change, having earned advanced degrees in our respective fields and having devoted our lives to increasing knowledge through scientific research." Like them, "We know climate change is real." more >>
An angry swarm of bees living inside an abandoned house sent a group of firefighters and paramedics running for cover and stung a total of eight people including an elderly man who was hospitalized after being stung more than a hundred times.
"There was probably like 100s of bees. I have never seen that many bees, it was like the cartoons when you see a swarm of bees," Elizabeth Garcia one of the bee sting victims told CBS.
Richard Harrison, a Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman, told CBS that the attack occurred in the 3700 block of Galvez Avenue in a northeast Fort Worth, Texas, neighborhood. more >>
A growing number of Catholics have been flocking to the St. John's Cathedral in Fresno, Calif., to worship under a Crape Myrtle tree said to be weeping a miraculous healing liquid from God, but scientists say those "tears" are just a steady stream of bug poop.
Despite what the scientists say, however, the faithful maintain the liquid is a touch from God for believers.
"They can say it's this theory, that theory, the tree does this every year, it's odd when it happens when there is bunch of people praying. When you are asking the Holy Spirit to reveal itself and then it happens all of a sudden and it's still here," said Janine Esquivel-Oji told My Fox Philly. more >>
Nineteen firefighters died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer. Curiously, almost no one is talking about why it happened, only that it was a tragedy. Arizona Deputy State Forestry Director Jerry Payne has been the only one to speak out about the cause, and he backtracked immediately afterwards, apologizing for what he said. He claimed that the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots violated wildlife safety protocols while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013, 60 miles north of Phoenix.
According to Payne, the superintendent's violations allegedly included not knowing the location of the fire, failing to have a spotter serve as a lookout, and leading his crew through thick, unburned vegetation near a wildfire. There wasn't a proper escape route in case the fire changed direction; the firemen would have to bushwhack through thick brush to retreat. The firefighters lost their lives when the fire suddenly changed direction and came at them, traveling 12 miles an hour. The fire destroyed more than 100 of the roughly 700 homes in Yarnell, burning 13 square miles. Flames shot up to 20 feet in the air.
The account given by Payne is not the whole picture. Firefighting today is not what it was 20 years ago. Fires 20 years ago moved slowly, at 2-3 mph. Today they move at speeds of 10-12 mph. There are three reasons for this. First, people are building more homes near or within forests. In the past, no one dared to build a house in the forest, because there weren't fire departments everywhere. As one retired firefighter told me, "Try to find a photo of a house in the middle of the forest from 100 years ago. You can't." more >>