U.S senators question Amazon on concerns it tracks employees limits unionization. The White House “certainly” didn’t tell Bezos. “Of course there was no political objection to, you know, the information you receive from sources that are accurate,” Amazon’s vice president of public affairs Anne Rhoades said in a statement.
His statement also described the products it picks as “US brands” and “things that people choose” as Amazon’s “things that people choose.”
However, some lawmakers have called for Amazon to pull out of “this chapter.”
One such bill is introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., which would prohibit Amazon employees from buying software from any company with ties to the retail giant. Goodlatte previously signed a bill in May which included language saying Amazon must “trust your local franchise partners to make sure the best is available.”
A spokeswoman for Goodlatte said both bills were opposed by the National Retail Federation, Amazon’s lobbying arm.
“We welcome Amazon’s willingness to bend to political pressures” to avoid a conflict, spokeswoman Karen Nussbaum said in an email. “We firmly support a Walmart worker strike, and want to see Amazon fully engage in the movement as soon as possible.”
Updated at 10:15 a.m.: In an email, Amazon gave HuffPost its most extensive overview yet of the proposed changes.
“We believe that a single, consumer-centered, adhered to a franchise would be safer than a networked, network-expressed, corporate actor in a Walmart store setting,” the company said. The company has also called for an ad-sorting system that would limit the number of workers the company typically uses to bring in product.
“We understand your concerns that this idea might hurt local businesses and prevent employees from participating in retail,” Amazon said in the email. “This proposed rule changes the way Amazon has proposed it to ensure, in the future, that we all have the right to use our local stores.”<|endoftext|>A new study by researchers from McGill University shows that the global temperature rises of the past 14 years have been matched by an even stronger El Niño in the global temperature record. The finding suggests that climate feedbacks, known as El Niño, are influencing the strength of Earth’s existing global temperature record, with which the world is getting warmer.
The research could pave the way for a rapid increase in global average temperatures due to climate change, according to Canadian researchers who conducted the largest study of these effects on global temperatures in the United States. Using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, they examined three scenarios of climate change that included El Niño and La Niña of the Pacific Ocean, with the latter predicting that nearly a third to a fraction of the effects would be felt in the northern hemisphere over the next two decades.
The study appeared in Physical Review Letters on September 13, when the researchers examined the global temperature loss from 1981 to 2005 with an unprecedented level-wide temperature spike of just 1.8% (see video from the study’s start page). The rate of warming is increasing rapidly and beyond any point in the past century, but it is unlikely to exceed 2 °C without global warming, and the increase would be even more dramatic if not unprecedented.
“The study was only able to confirm these findings and explain why this is so important in this new study,” said the study’s lead author Dr. A. Rudolf Steiner-Wilcox from McGill University, who was not part of the study. “It provides great clues that the warming of the past 35 years is largely due to El Niño but does not result in even more El Niño warming.”
For the rest of the paper, the study included data from the Greenland Ice Sheet, which accounts for about a fifth of the global warming of 2008-2012. It found that most of these global warming scientists believe the observed warming in the Arctic is less than the IPCC’s previous assessment of the amount of warming the Arctic experienced since the late Carbon Cycle kicked off in 1973.
The researchers studied two groups of scientists, one from the Norwegian Geomat Ocean Institute, and one from the University of Colorado at Boulder. They found that when examining the emissions of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, the Arctic climate is being modified by more than 1.2% — similar to that in the 1930s — in ways that increase greenhouse gas emissions temporarily.
This research was published in Physical Review Letters, a journal of the Society for the Study of Environmental Chemistry and Geophysics (CSIRO), but was conducted by researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Environmental Research, NEP and the University of Alaska.
“This data reinforces the conclusion that climate change in Norway is moderating the warming of past glacial and terrestrial ocean temperatures over the past 14 to 17 per century,” said Wilcox.
“From this research, we also made clear that during both the 1980s and 2013, the Arctic Ocean warming has increased the temperature of the Arctic Ocean,” he told the paper.<|endoftext|>(Photo via Se
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