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Black women helped a Democrat win in Alabama. Now they're running for office.

24.03.2018 13:11

They're fueled by Democrat Doug Jones' stunning upset Senate win, the #MeToo movement, opposition to Trump and a desire to carry on Obama's legacy.

From: www.nbcnews.com

Historic non-stop flight between Australia and UK ready for take off

24.03.2018 12:12

Passengers were preparing for the first direct flight between Australia and London on Saturday, passing a major milestone by reducing to 17 hours a trip that once took 12 1/2 days. The 9,000-mile flight from Perth, one of the world’s most isolated cities, marks the first direct passenger service between the continents. Qantas Airways' inaugural service between the Australian city of Perth and Heathrow will touch down in London at 5.05am on Sunday before departing for the return trip at 1.15pm that afternoon. Passengers will be on board the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for 17 hours as they make the 9,009-mile journey. This is 24% further than the UK's existing longest route of 7,275 miles, operated by Garuda Indonesia between Heathrow and Jakarta. Everything you need to know about the first non-stop flights from Britain to Australia The new link with Perth will be around three hours quicker than routes which involve stopping in the Middle East to change planes or refuel. It will also enable faster journeys to Sydney and Melbourne than flying via Dubai. Travel firm Flight Centre has recorded "high demand" for the new Qantas flights. Its head of aviation, Justin Penny, said: "Flight Centre definitely feels that long-term the new route is viable and we will see additional services being launched from Europe to Australia in the coming years." Top 10 | The world’s longest flights Lisa Norman, the flight's captain, said  "we have been working towards (this) for the past three years and it’s very exciting”. “When I joined Qantas not in my wildest imagination would I have thought this possible,” she told the West Australian. Capt. Norman says she will be “absolutely exhilarated” when the plane touches down in London. “It’s like when a painter puts the final brush stroke on the work.” Alan Joyce checks in for the first Perth to London direct flight. Possibly the most filmed check in ever at @PerthAirport@7NewsPerthpic.twitter.com/KjKhpbfbdu— Rob Scott (@Rob7Scott) March 24, 2018 Aviation consultant John Strickland said the launch of the flights was a significant moment for the airline industry. He told the Press Association: "It will be a further test of how successful airlines can be with ultra long-haul flying and whether this delivers sufficient profitability to justify the investment in aircraft. "Qantas will certainly be hoping to attract a higher proportion of premium customers due to the speed advantage combined with the 787's better cabin atmosphere." The Dreamliners on the Perth-Heathrow route will have 42 business class flat-bed seats, 28 premium economy seats and 166 economy seats. The aircraft boasts a number of advantages over other models, including lower cabin noise, larger windows, improved air quality and technology to reduce turbulence. History is being made today. Our new international terminal will open and all @Qantas services will operate from T3/T4. Check your itinerary for your terminal number. The first non-stop flight from Perth to London will depart this evening. ��— Perth Airport (@PerthAirport) March 24, 2018 They are also heralded for their fuel efficiency, although the impact of this will be reduced by the weight of the fuel needed to fly between the UK and Australia without stopping. The world's longest regular passenger flight is operated by Qatar Airways between Doha and Auckland, at 9,025 miles. For Qantas, the Perth connection is a high-profile test for a planned ultra long-haul network that the airline hopes will span the world by 2022.  “You have the resources sector on both sides, you have banks, you have lawyers that all want to fly fast and reliably and comfortably,”’ said Rico Merkert, professor of transport and supply-chain management at the University of Sydney’s business school. “And I think they’re prepared to pay the premium.” flight board is live! Perth-London non-stop - last two continents to be connected by direct air service. Care to guess exact flight time (scheduled 17hrs, 20min)? I’m tipping 16.59 pic.twitter.com/i3fOk73O9i— Andrew Parker (@ajamesparker) March 24, 2018 Mining companies in Western Australia dig up more than a third of the world’s iron-ore and bring in some of the largest hauls of gems and rare earths. The sector also supports financial-services firms such as Hartleys Ltd., whose Perth-based director of corporate finance Steve Kite is booked on Sunday’s flight -- the second in the new service to London -- for just a four-day trip. “It’s effectively an overnight flight for me and that feels like I’m saving a lot of time,” Mr Kite said. Not everyone is convinced of the route’s commercial future. Aircraft leaving Perth for London will need feeder passengers from around Australia, said Volodymyr Bilotkach, author of the book “The Economics of Airlines.” But flying from Sydney to London via Perth saves little time over a transfer in Asia or the Gulf, he said. Historic flight Perth-London direct tonight with @Qantas Dreamliner making the first 17-hour non-stop service. Glad to be a part of last night's launch. Sure beats four days and 9 stops in 1947. Great boost for WA tourism and investment. pic.twitter.com/BpqLJY8Ueq— Michael McCormack MP (@M_McCormackMP) March 24, 2018 Andrew McGinnes, a spokesman for Qantas in Sydney, said bookings on the new route “have been strong” and corporate clients in eastern Australia have indicated they’ll stop in Perth for meetings on their way to London. “It’s a very competitive market but this is a unique flight,” Mr McGinnes said. An analysis of flight times and prices highlights the challenges Qantas faces. Flying business class from Perth to London with Qantas in mid-June would cost A$6,614 (£3,600). Opting for Singapore Airlines via Singapore would take an extra 2 1/2 hours but cost just A$4,843 (£2,600), according to fares on Webjet. Qantas has challenged Boeing and Airbus to build a jet by 2022 that can fly fully loaded from Sydney to London without a break. Success on the Perth-London service would lay the foundations for even longer routes to Europe. “It’s really just the beginning,” said Merkert at the University of Sydney.

Fueling the UConn-Duke Rivalry, a Player Who Played for Both

24.03.2018 11:21

Azura Stevens’s transfer to Connecticut from Duke in 2016 created tension between two successful women’s basketball programs that were to meet on Saturday in the N.C.A.A. tournament.

From: www.nytimes.com

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drop baby hint during trip to Belfast

24.03.2018 7:50

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry fuelled rumours that they are planning for a family when they joked about baby products during a visit to a tech hub in Belfast .

From: www.standard.co.uk

Trump’s impulses put White House credibility on the line

24.03.2018 1:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s the White House’s word worth? Days of conflicting and misleading statements from President Donald Trump and his top aides have fueled new questions about the White House’s credibility, sowing mistrust and instability within the West Wing and leaving some congressional Republicans wondering if they have a good faith negotiating partner in [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

In court, oil company admits reality of human-caused global warming, denies guilt

23.03.2018 23:11

On Thursday, in a packed federal courthouse in San Francisco, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup donned a space-themed tie and listened as scientists and lawyers formally presented the fundamentals of climate science. The hearing, dubbed a "tutorial" by Judge Alsup, marked the first time a judge has ever asked for and heard a presentation of climate science for the purposes of deciding a court case. The case Alsup is presiding over involves several fossil fuel companies and two major cities — San Francisco and Oakland. The cities are suing the world's oil giants — Chevron, BP, Shell, and others — for extracting and selling fuels that the companies knew would stoke climate change and sea level rise.  Adapting to these changes requires massive infrastructure undertakings, such as building formidable concrete sea walls, and the coastal cities want Big Oil to pay. SEE ALSO: What you learn by giving 200 Senate speeches on climate change Judge Alsup gave each side two hours to present charts, data, and research on both the history of climate science and "the best science now available on global warming, glacier melt, sea rise, and coastal flooding."  Although Alsup made clear from the outset that the event was not a trial of climate science — but a climate lesson for himself — the evidence provided likely foreshadows the arguments both sides will make during the actual trial. While admitting the reality of human-caused global warming, lawyers for Chevron (the other oil giants have two weeks to tell Alsup if they agree with Chevron's science presentation) presented outdated science and repeatedly emphasized uncertainties about how fossil fuel emissions will affect global warming. They also presented climate change as a global problem requiring a global solution, foreshadowing a defense strategy of arguing that no single company should be held liable for climate change-related damages. "Oil companies basically went from a climate deniers playbook," said Kassie Siegel, director of the Climate Law Institute , in an interview . "They overemphasized and overstated really narrow issues of uncertainty about the effects of global warming." Glad I got here early! Big crowd for climate science hearing in SF today #ClimateTrial pic.twitter.com/5YvwUI0D9J — Amy Westervelt (@amywestervelt) March 21, 2018 For instance, the oil companies' lawyer, Ted Boutrous, cited a U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report from 1990, which stated that the observed increase in global temperature could just be due to natural shifts in the planet's climate.  Nearly three decades have since passed, however, and confidence has grown about tying increasing temperatures to fossil fuel burning. A federal climate report published in late 2017, for example, found that there is no natural explanation for recent global warming.  "This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century," the report said. "For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence." As Don Wuebbles, a former White House climate science advisor and atmospheric scientist, said during the tutorial, 17 of the last 18 years have been the warmest years on record. The instrumental climate record began in the late 1800s, although researchers have far longer climate timelines gleaned from tree rings, ice cores, and other so-called "proxy" sources. While three climate scientists presented climate science basics for the plaintiffs, the defendants relied exclusively upon Boutrous, who has previously defended both Walmart and the Standard Fire Insurance Company before the U.S. Supreme Court, to inform the judge about the nuances of climate science. "I don’t know if Ted Boutrous has a background in climate science, but he has a background in spin," Siegel said. Alsup grilling Chevron on rate of change of sea level rise. Chevron says sea level has been rising for centuries, nothing new. Plaintiffs’ experts presented evidence that it’s dramatically increased in recent years, fueled by climate change. #ClimateTutorial @ClimateLawNews — Amy Westervelt (@amywestervelt) March 21, 2018 Chevron and the other oil companies may have a difficult time finding scientists who will, in a federal court, make scientific statements about climate change that oil companies find agreeable. "The oil companies are now in a real pickle," said Siegel, noting that climate scientists have previously made false or misleading statements on behalf of oil companies. Publicly, most of these companies now admit that climate change is occurring, even if they continue to sell more oil and gas that contributes to the problem.  "It's a lot harder to lie to the court under penalty of perjury," said Siegel. Richard Wiles, Executive Director of the Center for Climate Integrity, agrees. "The fact that Chevron’s lawyer, rather than an actual climate scientist, provided the court with its version of climate history suggests that the industry could not find a scientist willing to carry its water," Wiles said in a statement.  NASA satellite data observations showing sea level rise from 1993 to the present.Image: nasaOnly scientists, however, presented evidence for the plaintiffs. Along with Wuebbles, geoscientist Myles Allen, who leads Oxford University's Climate Dynamics Group, and Gary Griggs, a professor of earth sciences at University of California at Santa Cruz, presented climate science information to Alsup.  Griggs noted that significant sea level rise has been measured just miles from the courthouse near the San Francisco shore, and Allen delivered quotes from Svante Arrhenius, a scientist who in 1895 noted that carbon dioxide emissions could have a warming effect on the Earth. As for what comes next, the oil companies have filed a motion asking Alsup to dismiss the case. If this were to happen, there would be no trial, said Michael Burger, executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, via email.  But if things proceed, the next step will likely be discovery, wherein plaintiffs and defendants exchange information that will be used as evidence in the trial. During the past few years, as climate change-related litigation has increased, oil companies have gone to great lengths to avoid the discovery process, since it could reveal what oil companies knew about climate change, when they knew it, and what they told the public and their shareholders about it. The tutorial event may have been unprecedented, but the case is just one of many current lawsuits against oil companies. Across the country, New York City is also suing the same oil companies for damage caused by human-caused climate change.  “Taxpayers around the country should ask themselves whether they want to foot the bill for climate impacts that scientists now attribute directly to the oil and gas industry or demand that polluters pay for the damages they’ve caused," Wiles said. WATCH: 'Supercolony' of 1.5m penguins discovered in Antarctica  

Trump signs massive spending bill, but not before a little drama

23.03.2018 20:10

The president’s unhappiness was fueled Friday morning how it often is, with Trump in the residence watching “Fox and Friends.”

From: www.washingtonpost.com

Moves on CAFE could just bring uncertainty

23.03.2018 20:00

The Trump administration finally will tip its hand this week about how it intends to treat fuel efficiency rules in place for early next decade, but clear answers on potential changes likely will take several months.

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From: www.autonews.com

EPA poised to side with automakers' calls to ease fuel rules

23.03.2018 18:45

The EPA has concluded that a landmark Obama-era effort to cut vehicle emissions is too aggressive and agrees with automakers that the standards should be revised, sources told Bloomberg.

From: www.autonews.com

Is crazy weather caused by vanishing Arctic ice?

23.03.2018 18:12

Arctic sea ice is disappearing, and some climate scientists believe the drop is fueling Nor-easters, drought and other extreme weather.

From: www.nbcnews.com

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