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Midday open thread: 314 Action wants to elect scientists; study—sea levels will rise for centuries

Today’s comic by Matt Bors is Trump’s intelligence briefing:

Cartoon by Matt Bors -- Trump's intelligence briefing

AME church where Dylann Roof killed nine opposes the death penalty.

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Study: Short-lived greenhouse gases will keep raising sea levels for centuries:

In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers report that warming from short-lived compounds—greenhouse gases such as methane, chlorofluorocarbons, or hydrofluorocarbons, that linger in the atmosphere for just a year to a few decades—can cause sea levels to rise for hundreds of years after the pollutants have been cleared from the atmosphere.

314 Action group formed to launch scientists into elected office:

The group—named 314 Action after the first three digits of the number pi—has a mission to encourage politically engaged scientists to run for office at all levels of government, to connect them with traditional sources of campaign funding, and to get as many scientists elected during the 2018 campaign cycle as possible. The hope is that with more politician scientists speaking sense on issues such as climate change, they will serve as a counterbalance to the anti-science policies that have arisen mainly on the right.

“Running for Congress in 2014 as a chemist and a breast cancer researcher, I felt like I was locked out of a lot of the traditional networks of Democratic donors,” Shaughnessy Naughton, the board president of 314 Action, told me. “It’s a hindrance for people coming from nontraditional political backgrounds.”

Scientists get male silkmoths to drive tiny “cars” in search of female silkmoths.

Bill McKibben says Tillerson can do immense damage as secretary of State:

All in all, it’s hard to imagine a single hire that could do more damage to the planet (though the rest of Trump’s cabinet will doubtless give him a run for his money). Making this man secretary of state rewards climate denial, further warps our foreign policy towards oil and does it at the precise moment when every bit of data screams that we should be going in the opposite direction.

The only consolation is that it removes all the window-dressing. Big Oil will run our foreign policy, right out in the open.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin & Armando comment on today’s “number one” story, the cabinet confirmation hearings, and Trump’s dependence on laundering Russian mob money. Plus, it turns out you’re not officially in Congress until you take the oath. Who knew? You did!

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