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Judith Curry, a Georgia Institute of Technology climate scientist who often clashes with mainstream scientists, said she found Mora’s approach to make more sense than the massive report that came out of the U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last month.

Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann said the research ‘may actually be presenting an overly rosy scenario when it comes to how close we are to passing the threshold for dangerous climate impacts.’

‘By some measures, we are already there,’ he said.

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“We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Thank God for that. Maybe a little Styrofoam. Maybe. A little Styrofoam. The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas. A surface nuisance.”

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I also find myself smiling when I describe the same things to friends. Over the decades of watching things unfold I’ve come to accept what’s happening, and I still see no political movement to do anything about where we’re going – and I don’t expect it. This particular video didn’t mention the changes to the food production, the effects from migrating insects, displacements, or other items that I’m sure were in the minds of the presenters.

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Climate Departure: This map shows the cities irrevocable climate change will hit first and what year it will begin if nothing is done to stabilize carbon dioxide emissions

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Judith Curry, a Georgia Institute of Technology climate scientist who often clashes with mainstream scientists, said she found Mora’s approach to make more sense than the massive report that came out of the U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last month.

Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann said the research ‘may actually be presenting an overly rosy scenario when it comes to how close we are to passing the threshold for dangerous climate impacts.’

‘By some measures, we are already there,’ he said.
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…..item 1)…. Apocalypse Now: Unstoppable man-made climate change will become reality by the end of the decade and could make New York, London and Paris uninhabitable within 45 years, claims new study …

… Mail Online – Daily Mail … www.dailymail.co.uk/news/

… Research from the University of Hawaii claims that man-made global warming is now inevitable
… The Earth is going to dangerously heat up over the next 50-years
… The tropics will bear the brunt of the disastrous temperature increases of as much as seven-degrees-centigrade
… Millions of people will be displaced, millions of species will be threatened with extinction
… Major cities such as New York and London will fight to survive the rise in temperatures the likes of which humans have never experienced before

By JAMES NYE
PUBLISHED: 21:08 EST, 9 October 2013 | UPDATED: 07:23 EST, 10 October 2013

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The Earth is racing towards an apocalyptic future in which major cities such as New York and London could become uninhabitable because of irreversible man-made climate change within 45-years according to a sobering new study published this week.

Humanitarian crisis’ could unfold, as hundreds of millions of global warming refugees pour illegally across borders fleeing the consequences of the temperature rises which might leave entire regions of the planet extinct of life.
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Hot Topic of Research: Camilo Mora and his team predict that in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently, Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043 as global warming takes hold.

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And while the doomsday clock is ticking, with the first signs of change expected at the end of this decade, researchers of the study claim that it is too late to reverse and mankind needs to prepare for a world where the coldest years will be warmer than what we remember as the hottest.

Indeed, the study from the University of Hawaii published online Wednesday in the journal Nature predicts that even if we utilized all resources to stop and halt our current carbon emissions, the changes are irrevocable and can only be postponed.

All things remaining the same, New York City will begin to experience dramatic, life altering temperatures by 2047, Los Angeles by 2048 and London by 2056.

However, if harmful greenhouse emissions are stabilized, New York would be able to stave off the inevitable changes until 2072 and London until 2088.

The first U.S. cities to feel the changes would be Honolulu and Phoenix, followed by San Diego and Orlando, in 2046. New York and Washington will get new climates around 2047, with Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Austin and Dallas a bit later.
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Climate Departure: This map shows the cities irrevocable climate change will hit first and what year it will begin if nothing is done to stabilize carbon dioxide emissions

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Apocalyptic Future? By 2046 New York and Washington will get new climates around 2047 – Eventually, the coldest year in a particular city or region will be hotter than the hottest year in its past

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Abandoned Trafalgar Square in London: By 2043, 147 cities, more than half of those studied, will have shifted to a hotter temperature regime that is beyond historical records according to the study

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Study leader Camilo Mora calculated that the last of the 265 cities to move into their new climate will be Anchorage, Alaska — in 2071. There’s a five-year margin of error on the estimates.

By 2043, 147 cities — more than half of those studied — will have shifted to a hotter temperature regime that is beyond historical records – in what is known as Climate Departure.
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… Ancient forest revealed 1,000 years after being ‘entombed’ in gravel as Alaskan glacier melts

The current projections from the team led by biologist Mora predict that the epicenter of global warming will be at the tropics which will bear the brunt of the initial changes, with temperature rises beginning in or around Manokwari, Indonesia by 2020.

However, if the current emissions were stopped today, Manokwari, which is directly on the Equator, would still experience temperature changes in 2025.
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Epicenter: Mora forecasts that the unprecedented heat starts in 2020 with Manokwa, Indonesia

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‘We are used to the climate that we live in. With this climate change, what is going to happen is we’re going to be moving outside this comfort zone,’ said Camilo Mora, the study’s lead author, to
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‘It is going to be uncomfortable for us as humans and it will be very uncomfortable for species as well.’

The study claims that by 2050 between 1 and 5 billion people will live in areas with an unprecedented climate, said study co-author Ryan Longman, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii.

‘Countries first impacted by unprecedented climate change are the ones with the least economic capacity to respond. Ironically, these are the countries that are least responsible for climate change in the first place,’ he said.

‘By expanding our understanding of climate change, our paper reveals new consequences for biodiversity and highlights the urgency to take action now.’
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Frightening Projections: Mora forecasts that the unprecedented heat starts in 2020 with Manokwa, Indonesia. Then Kingston, Jamaica. Within the next two decades, 59 cities will be living in what is essentially a new climate, including Singapore, Havana, Kuala Lumpur and Mexico City.

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Future Planet: These projections of global temperature change based on two different climate scenarios show the world from 1986-2005 and what could unfold at the end of this century with a rise in average temp from 32 to 39 degrees centigrade

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The study from Mora and the University of Hawaii, Manoa, shifts the way in which climate scientists have been examining the implications of greenhouse emissions.

While most have focused on the rapidly warming climate in the Arctic and the effects on wildlife such as polar bears and also sea levels, Mora’s team are concerned with the effects on people – specifically the tropics – where the majority of the world’s population lives and whose citizens have contributed the least to global warming.

It is in the already warm tropics that an increase of only a couple of degrees can alter the balance of life, crippling crops, spreading disease and leading to mass migration away to cooler climes.

‘The warming in the tropics is not as much but we are rather more quickly going to go outside that recent experience of temperature and that is going to be devastating to species and it is probably going to be devastating to people,’ said Stuart Pimm, a conservation biologist at Duke University, to
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Mora and his colleagues collated global climate models and built an index of estimates on when a given spot on the globe will change beyond temperatures experienced on Earth over the past 150 years between 1860 and 2005.
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Lost Forever: A new study on the timing of climate change calculates the probable dates for when cities and ecosystems across the world would regularly experience never-seen heat environments based on about 150 years of record-keeping

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To arrive at their projections, the researchers used weather observations, computer models and other data to calculate the point at which every year from then on will be warmer than the hottest year ever recorded over the last 150 years.
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Climate Departure: The Tipping Point for Global Warming

… Climate departure is how scientists monitoring global warming measure when the environment has actually changed forver

… A city or nation hits climate departure when the average temperature of its coldest year from that point on is predicted to be hotter than the average temperature of its hottest year measured over the past 150 years.

… According to the new study for example, New York City’s climate departure date is 2047.

… That means every year after 2047 will be warmer than New York’s hottest date on record from 1860 to 2005.

… The University of Hawaii’s study predicts that Planet Earth’s climate departure date is 2047

… This indicates how rapidly the globe and mankind is set to feel the effects of man-made climate change – at least according to the new study

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For example, the world as a whole had its hottest year on record in 2005. The new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, says that by the year 2047, every year that follows will probably be hotter than that record-setting scorcher.

Eventually, the coldest year in a particular city or region will be hotter than the hottest year in its past.
‘On average, the tropics will experience unprecedented climate change 16 years earlier than the rest of the world, starting as early as 2020′ in Manokwari, Indonesia, Mora said in a briefing with reporters on Tuesday.

He added that if mankind continued to burn fossil fuels, the threshold for the planet as an average globally is 2047 – with temperatures rising by as much as seven degrees centigrade.

If greenhouse gas emissions are stabilized, this date is delayed only by 20 years, as an average.
But, those extra 20 years bought through emissions cuts would could prove crucial for many species’ survival, Mora said.

‘Imagine you are on a highway, and you spot an obstacle in the road up ahead,’ Mora said.
‘Should you step on the gas, or hit the brake?’

‘Hitting an obstacle at a slower speed will minimize the damage to the car and its occupants, in much the same way as hitting a climate threshold at a slower speed would reduce the ramifications for biological systems.

‘The speed at which you face that obstacle is going to make a huge difference.’
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Climate Change Refugees: The changing temperatures could render some nations uninhabitable and lead to uncontrollable migration across borders

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Mora admits that his study is subject to geographic variables, saying that the changes he is predicting will not occur at the same time across the world.

However, he has narrowed down his projections to a 5-year margin of error either side, which he calls ‘remarkable’, given that the study used 39 different models from 21 teams in 12 countries.

Skeptics such as Eric Post, a biologist at Penn State University, said that while he disagree with the precision of Mora’s study, as with all climate change work, the public and politicians must take note.

‘If the assessment by Mora et al. proves accurate, conservation practitioners take heed — the climate change race is not only on, it is fixed, with the extinction finish line looming closest for the tropics,’ he wrote in Nature magazine.

Mora’s research has led him to the conclusion that all the species in any of the regions affected by adverse temperature rises have three stark choices.

Either they move to a cooler climate, adapt to the warmer climate or become extinct.

However, this is where conflict could arise amongst nations as desperate and starving people try to migrate en-mass north or south to escape the arid land they have come to live in.

‘We have these political boundaries that we cannot cross as easily. Like people in Mexico — if the climate was to go crazy there, it is not like they can move to the United States,’ said Mora to NBC News.
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Too Late To Stop: The 2047 date for the whole world is based on continually increasing emissions of greenhouse gases from the burning of coal, oil and natural gases. If the world manages to reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases, that would be pushed to as late as 2069, according to Mora.

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The Mora team found that by one measurement — ocean acidity — Earth has already crossed the threshold into an entirely new regime. That happened in about 2008, with every year since then more acidic than the old record, according to study co-author Abby Frazier.

Of the species studied, coral reefs will be the first stuck in a new climate — around 2030 — and are most vulnerable to climate change, Mora said.

Judith Curry, a Georgia Institute of Technology climate scientist who often clashes with mainstream scientists, said she found Mora’s approach to make more sense than the massive report that came out of the U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last month.

Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann said the research ‘may actually be presenting an overly rosy scenario when it comes to how close we are to passing the threshold for dangerous climate impacts.’

‘By some measures, we are already there,’ he said.
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Read more:
… Original report
… The timing of new climates
… ‘Uncomfortable’ climates to devastate cities within a decade, study says – NBC News.com
… Up to Five Billion Face ‘Entirely New Climate’ by 2050 | Climate Central
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Perspective is a funny thing. Earlier this week, I mentioned it when I wrote about what the reaction to Nelson Mandela’s passing means for our own legacies, and I find myself thinking of it again now. This time, though, I’m thinking of it for a different reason.

That reason can be put in one word: Pollution. But it’s not just any pollution that has me thinking about perspective; I didn’t see someone toss a wrapper on the ground and immediately have an existential crisis. The pollution news that got me thinking about perspective was a series of links and photos of the extreme air pollution present in China right now.

Shanghai has, apparently, been struggling with pollution levels for a while. I remember that while taking a class on northast Asian politics last spring, many of the current event articles brought in for extra credit were covering the increasingly bad situation in many Chinese cities.

And when I read a few days ago that the situation in Shanghai was so bad that it was 31 times higher than recommended levels, the children and elderly had been advised to stay indoors, cars were being ordered off the streets, and the levels of pollution were literally off the charts, I got to thinking.

What I thought about was how lucky I am to be attending a university in a relatively small town where it’s a very rare day when no blue sky is visible. Sure, Florida gets its hurricanes and daily afternoon thunderstorms in summer, but even those don’t take away blue sky for days at a time.

A great example of perspective on pollution comes from my roommate, Carrie, who is an international student here at Florida State. Earlier this semester, while chatting in the kitchen about how China is different from the U.S. and how they are also alike, she said something that really surprised me. She said that if I ever see a Chinese student staring at the blue sky, or taking a picture of it, it’s because they don’t get to see such blue skies with the regularity that we do.

I take it for granted though, that I can look up at the sky on any day of the week, even just look out my window, and see the usual: puffy white clouds on a background of light blue. For me to be shocked when told that is a rarity in other parts of the world shows how limited our perspectives can be.

Even if you’re an International Affairs major who has been to over half a dozen countries, some multiple times, as I have, it’s easy to forget that the way you have it isn’t the way everyone has it. It seems unthinkable, but what I’ve started calling “the desolation of smog” is an unfortunate reality in cities like Shanghai.

The photos tell a much better tale than I ever could, like the pictures of traffic cops wearing masks and white gloves while surrounded by a gray haze. Or the photos of Chinese citizens, also wearing masks, as they ride down an escalator while the silhouettes of high-rises can be seen in the background. Or, better still, the photo of a Chinese woman in a mask taking a selfie with the wall of pollution in the background.

So, amid finals week and other stresses, I think it’s more important than ever to try to keep some perspective. Whether it’s air pollution in Shanghai versus Tallahassee’s, or the light pollution on campus versus the light pollution at a campsite in Arizona, the different situations around the world are there, waiting to be looked at. How we get exposed to them is up to each of us, and Florida State tries to help with its equivalent of the Dead Poets Society’s stand-up-on-your-desk moment: Studying abroad.

We can’t all do that, as I learned last spring. But it’s still just one option among the many that are out there, and perspective is a useful tool for happiness building. So I will keep making an effort to stand on my desk, and urge each of my fellow Seminoles to do the same.

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Subscribe if you like this video. I have made other film tributes including ones for "The Shining" and "Evil Dead".

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2018 Michigan Municipal League Convention – Friday
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More than 1,000 mayors, managers, community planners, locally elected officials and guests from throughout Michigan will descend on Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sept. 20-22 for the joint 2018 Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) convention. This is the first time ever the League and MAP have joined forces to combine their two annual fall conferences (the League’s Convention and MAP’s Planning Michigan Conference) into a single massive gathering. And it’s all happening during the 2018 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Most convention education sessions and trainings will take place in Amway Grand Hotel and DeVos Place, but there also is an extensive series of mobile workshops throughout the area that will put a spotlight on the positive things happening in the community.
The Convention is the League’s premiere annual event and a chance to inform and highlight community accomplishments. The League is especially excited to be in Grand Rapids this year with MAP because the west-Michigan community has a lot of the placemaking assets the League has identified as making up vibrant communities, including walkability and physical design, arts and culture, economic development, entrepreneurship, strong education base and much more.
Both the League and MAP serve the education and advocacy needs of elected and appointed leaders and the staff that support them: managers and administrators, professional planners, and other city, village and township leaders that make up the teams that work in tandem to create vibrant, successful, and healthy communities. Because the League and MAP are collaborating on this event, we’ll have double the power to bring more of what our members want. Attendees have more breakout sessions, more topics, and more mobile tours to choose from than ever before.
The event View the Convention program here: blogs.mml.org/wp/events/files/2014/06/2018-Convention-Pro….
Other Convention highlights include:
– The official launch of the next phase of the SaveMICity municipal finance reform effort.
– The selection of the 2018 Community Excellence Award (CEA) winner. The CEA is the League’s most prestigious community award. The 12th annual CEA competition started earlier this year and is down to four final projects. The finalists will give presentations Thursday and Convention attendees will vote, with the winner announced Saturday (Sept. 22) morning. Go here to read a press release about the four finalists: www.mml.org/newsroom/press_releases/2018-8-6-Community-Ex… and checkout the CEA website here: cea.mml.org/.
– Michigan Municipal Executive (MME) Colloquium: Empowering Communities to Set Their Own Destinies with keynote general session speaker Patrice Frey, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center – 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.
– Great Place to Live Townhall general session featuring Phil Power and the Center for Michigan’s Truth Tour – 11 am -12:15 p.m. Thursday.
– The New Localism: Utilizing Public, Private, and Civic Partnerships to Become a Change Engine general session featuring Bruce.Katz,.Co-Author, The New Localism, noon-1:45 Friday, Sept. 21
– Closing General Session about Civic Engagement Strategy: Inclusivity for the Win moderated by Carla Gribbs, Regional Manager, DTE Energy; and featuring Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana; 1st Vice President, National League of Cities, 10:30-noon Saturday, Sept. 22
– Michigan Green Communities (MGC) Awards Lunch and Workshop, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday
– Selection of the 2018-19 new League board members and board president and vice president, Friday, Sept. 21.
– Michigan Municipal League Foundation fund-raising event, Friday evening
– Michigan Association of Mayors breakfast and annual meeting, Friday morning.
– Michigan Women in Municipal Government meeting and breakfast, Friday morning.
– Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials meeting and breakfast, Friday morning.
– Amazon: Michigan’s Wake Up Call or the Beginning of the End featuring the League’s Anthony Minghine and Khalil Rahal, assistant county executive, Wayne County, 2-3:15 p.m.Thursday.
– HR Up in Smoke: The Intersection between Marihuana legislation and empowerment law featuring Charles Mitchell, Senior Assistant City Attorney, City Attorney’s Office, Denver CO; Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, State and Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League, 1:45-3:15 Thursday.
– Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act: Back to the Basics featuring Anne Seurynck, Attorney, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC, 2-3:15 p.m. Thursday
– Hit Them with Your Best Shot: Attracting Businesses and Developers featuring Katharine Czarnecki, Senior Vice President, Community Development, MEDC; Nicole Whitehead, Director, Sales & Service Operations, MEDC, 2-3:15 p.m. Thursday
– Mobile workshops: Envision Ada: Transforming a Suburban Strip Commercial Center into an Integral Part of an Historic Village; All Around Downtown, Uptown, Eastown; New Urbanism in Practice; Viva la Avenida: Planning for a Cultural Corridor, all 2-5 p.m. Thursday
– Unleash the Power of Small-Scale Manufacturing with Ilana Preuss, Recast City LLC, 2-5 p.m. Thursday
– Creating Sustainable Retail Districts featuring Bobby Boone, AICP, LEED AP, Small Business Retail Manager, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; Martha Potere, AICP, Strategy and Special Projects Manager, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Thursday
– Host City reception by Urban Metro Mayors and Managers at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Thursday
– Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and the Blue Economy with speakers Tyler Kilfman, Planner, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG); Kevin Vettraino, AICP, Plan Implementation Manager, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), 9-10:15 a.m. Friday
– Fostering an Inclusive Community Environment Hosted by the Michigan Black Caucus with speakers : Lois Allen-Richardson, Councilmember, Ypsilanti; President, MBC-LEO; Oronde Miller, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Stacy Stout, Assistant to the City Manager, Grand Rapids; Howard Walters, Program and Evaluation Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 9-noon Friday
– Mobility: The Community Conversation with speakers Sarah Latta Rainero, Regional Director, Community Assistance Team, Community Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Tyler Bevier, Transportation Planner, Bay Area Transportation Authority; Adela Spulber, Transportation Systems Analyst, Center for Automotive Research, 9-10:30 am Friday
– CNU Rules for Great Places: The Project for Code Reform featuring Mary Madden, AICP, Principal, Ferrell Madden; Richard Murphy, Program Coordinator, Civic Innovations, Michigan Municipal League; Heather Seyfarth, AICP, Community Engagement Specialist, Ann Arbor; Vice President, Michigan Association of Planning, 9-10:30 am Friday
– More mobile workshops: Explore: ArtPrize10; From Grand Rapids’ Downtown to Your Town: Idea Tour for Building Reuse; Vital Streets in Action Bike Tour; The Modern Orchard at Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery, all are 9-noon Friday
– Master Planning: The Critical Role of Elected Leaders and the Planning Commission with speakers Adam Young, AICP, Senior Project Manager, Wade Trim; Chris McLeod, AICP, City Planner, Sterling Heights; Mark Vanderpool, City Manager, Sterling Heights, 10:45-noon Friday
– Social Media Pitfalls and Upsides for Communities with speakers Amy Snow-Buckner, Acting Managing Director of Communications, Grand Rapids; Matt Bach, Director, Communications, Michigan Municipal League; Jim Thorburn, Detective/Social Media Director, Allen Park Police Department, 10:45-noon Friday
– We Need More Parking! (But Do We Really?) with Tom Brown, Principle, NelsonNygaard; Bradley Strader, AICP, PTP, Transportation Planner, MKSK; Nicole VanNess, Manager, Traverse City DDA, 10:45-noon Friday
– Even more mobile workshops: Frederik Meijer Gardens; Terra Square and the Seeds of a New Downtown in Hudsonville; Under, Over, and All Around, all are 2-5 p.m. Friday
– Improving the Tone and Quality of our Civic Discourse with speakers John Bebow, President & CEO, The Center for Michigan/Bridge Magazine; Melanie Piana, Councilmember, Ferndale, Vice President, Michigan Municipal League Board, 2:15-3 p.m. Friday
– The Keys to Putting Ethics into Action with Christopher Johnson, General Counsel, Michigan Municipal League; Marlon Brown, Mayor Pro Tem, Mason; Michael McGee, Chief Executive Officer, Miller Canfield; Eleanor Siewert, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Assignment: Effective Procedures, 2:15-3 p.m. Friday, 2:15-3 p.m. Friday
– Smart, Accessible, Connected – this high-level panel discussion covers the future of cities in the context of advanced mobility technologies, including connected and automated vehicles, ridesharing, carsharing, ridehailing, mobility-as-a-service, and microtransit with speakers Adela Spulber, Transportation Systems Analyst, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Speakers: Kelly Bartlett, Senior Policy & Legislative Advisor, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT); Zahra Bahrani Fard, Transportation Systems Analyst, Center for Automotive Research; Dr. Jonathan Levine, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, 2:15-3 p.m. Friday
The Power of the Wind: A Michigan Story with a focus on renewable energy featuring speakers Sarah Mills, Senior Project Manager, University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy; Emily Palacios, Principal, Miller Canfield, 2:15-3:45 p.m. Friday
– The Sky’s the Limit: Big Data, Drones, and the Internet of Things with Daniel Brooks, Co-Founder, Quantifly; Adrianna Jordan, AICP, Co-Founder, Quantifly; Zachary Halberd, Co-Founder, Quantifly, 3:45-5 p.m. Friday
It’s Budget Time. Do you Know Where Your Revenue Is? With John Hoppough, Mayor, Greenville; Jacob Kain, City Planner, Mount Pleasant; Richard Murphy, Program Coordinator, Civic Innovations, Michigan Municipal League, Eilis Seide, Assistant to the City Manager, East Lansing, 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
Short Term Rentals: Trends, Impacts & Options with speakers Robert Monetza, Councilmember, Grand Haven; Ulrik Binzer, CEO, Host Compliance; Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday
And yes even more mobile tours: Farmers Markets and Food Halls as Catalysts for Business and Real Estate Development; Restoring the Rapids: A Tour of Grand River Restoration Efforts, both 9-noon Friday
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Morialta barns. Norton Summit.
, Brazilian sunflower  …  January 2016 .. George Carlin – Arrogance of Mankind  ..
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Norton Summit and Morialta Estate.
The District Council of East Torrens based in Norton Summit was proclaimed in 1853. Three state Premiers lived here- Thomas Playford Senior, Sir John Baker and Sir Thomas Playford Junior. These Council Chambers were built in 1903 and used until 1980 when new Council Chambers were opened nearby. The East Torrens Council merged into the Adelaide Hills Council in 1997. The old Council Chambers are now the museum and the Post Office. St Johns Anglican Church was built in1872 and financed by Sir John Baker. The stone carvings by the door are Sir John and his wife. The church has an unusual octagonal tower. The early part of the Scenic Hotel was built in 1866 and the larger two storey part was added in the 1880s. Norton Summit Baptist Church opened 1882 but the first Baptist services were held at Grassy Flat from 1876.The Playford family worshipped here and along with other locals they were buried in the cemetery near the church. The original Norton Summit School operated from 1851 but a new school was built in 1875 and then taken over by the Education Department 1876. The headmaster’s house and an extra two classrooms were added in 1908.

Sir John Baker was Premier of South Australia albeit briefly in 1857. He built Morialta House as a grand two-storey house of 17 main rooms with an attic floor for servants in 1847. Unusually the house had a flat roof. It also had cellars beneath and a fine cedar staircase in the entrance hall. It had magnificent views to St. Vincent Gulf and walks down to the Morialta waterfalls. Baker grew vines on the estate and had fruit orchards mainly apples and pears. He also built solid stone two storey barns, a dairy, pig sheds, store rooms etc. They are now heritage classified and listed on the SA heritage register. Since the grand days of the house it has been converted to a youth religious camp. A new third floor has been added in recent years and the old grand house is hard to recognise except for the French doors onto the veranda. A few of the large trees of the impressive old garden are still left.

Baker took up 2,000 acres at Norton Summit. He was a successful and at times mean spirited pastoralist with major properties at Narrung- Lake Albert station and Terlinga near Tungkillo. Both these huge leasehold properties were taken out around 1842. On Terlinga he established an early dairy herd in 1842 which ate out the native Kangaroo grass in that district. When the grass was gone in the 1850s the dairy was closed down and it became a sheep property. The Terlinga dairy produced cheese for the Adelaide market. Terlinga was sold by Richard Baker in 1899. By the time of his death in 1872 Sir John Baker had 11,000 acres of freehold land near Lake Albert as well as leasehold land along the Coorong. Baker was antagonistic towards George Taplin and the establishment of the Point McLeay Aboriginal Mission there in 1857. As the leaseholder of land adjoining Point McLeay he objected to Taplin’s choice of location for an Aboriginal Mission as it would be “prejudicial to his interests”. The government intended making a grant for the Mission from the leasehold lands of his Lake Albert station. To try and prevent it from happening and as a state politician he initiated the first Royal Commission by an SA government into the conditions and welfare of Aboriginal people. He had hoped to have Taplin and the Aboriginal Friends’ Association ousted from his land. But this was not the outcome of the Royal Commission which looked at issues across SA, not just around the lower lakes and the Commission found no reason to relocate the Taplin Mission. In one sense Baker had one justifiable point- the Point McLeay Mission had insufficient land to provide a satisfactory livelihood for all the Aboriginal residents. They could fish the lakes and the Coorong, they could work on the pastoral properties such as Poltalloch and Campbell Park, they could grow their own vegetables, but they had insufficient land to crop or to pasture sheep or cattle on to provide sufficient income for a whole community of people. The land at Point McLeay might have provided income for one family but not dozens. This lack of land and income was an ongoing problem with the Mission. Baker’s other claims that Taplin only wanted the salary and was not interested in aboriginal welfare, that he was lazy and that he bribed the Ngarrindjeri to attend church were all patently false. Baker was clearly a mean spirited man yet he donated lands and money for the erection of the Anglican Church at Norton Summit. But he was also vain as he had a sculpture of his head carved into the stonework beside the front door. Baker died before the church was finished but his son Richard continued to worship there and his sisters.

Baker was a horse breeder, Master of the Adelaide Hounds and a businessman and investor. He was a director of the Bank of Australasia, a director of the Savings Bank, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and a director of the Adelaide Mining Company. Apart from Morialta, Lake Albert and Terlinga stations he had pastoral properties in the Flinders Ranges and in NSW. He was elected to parliament in 1851 and served as a Legislative Council Member for Mount Barker from then until his death in 1872. He died in Morialta House and was buried where he worshiped at Saint Georges Anglican church Magill. His parliamentary career was marked by strong opposition to many proposals including the 1857 railway from Adelaide to Gawler, and he wanted members of the Legislative Council to be elected for life. He was a conservative who fought for the rights of the wealthy pastoralists over other colonial interests. When he disliked the Governor Sir Richard MacDonnell he went to London twice to try and have him dismissed. Consequently Baker was shunned by Government House and never received the knighthood that he longed for. On the positive side Baker helped select the site of and offered support to the Botanic Gardens and he served as President of the Agricultural and Horticultural Society and was a member of the Royal Geographical Society.

After Sir John Baker’s death in 1872 the house was inherited by his son Richard Baker, later Sir Richard Baker. Richard Baker lived in Morialta House until his death in 1911. Sir Richard Baker also was a politician and he was in the parliament for most but not all of the period from 1868 to 1901 when he stood for the Federal Senate and was elected. He remained in the Australian Senate until ill health forced him to resign in 1906. Sir Richard Baker was fiery in his opposition to bills and change like his father and it was he who was challenged to a duel in Victoria Square by the then Premier of South Australia, Charles Cameron Kingston in 1889. After Sir Richard’s death and the finalisation of his estate Morialta House was sold and it became Morialta Children’s Home from 1924 to 1974. The Morialta Home for Orphans and Children of Distress operated for fifty years in Morialta House with 2,500 children living there at some time. Unlike other South Australian orphanages Morialta had dormitories for babies, girls and boys so that brothers and sisters would not be separated when they entered an orphanage. Sir Richard Baker’s sister Bessie established a hospital as a charity in North Adelaide in the 1880s. She eventually decided to travel to England to live and do her charity work and so she sold the hospital in North Adelaide to the Little Company of Mary sisters in 1900. They called the hospital Calvary. Morialta House is now owned and run by Youth With a Mission. Previously a winery operated from the property.

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