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by on December 17, 2013

This was published back in May but I am now just discovering how the 97% of climate scientists agree that AGW is happening.

“. Among abstracts expressing a position on AGW, 97.1% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming. In a second phase of this study, we invited authors to rate their own papers. Compared to abstract ratings, a smaller percentage of self-rated papers expressed no position on AGW (35.5%). Among self-rated papers expressing a position on AGW, 97.2% endorsed the consensus. For both abstract ratings and authors’ self-ratings, the percentage of endorsements among papers expressing a position on AGW marginally increased over time. Our analysis indicates that the number of papers rejecting the consensus on AGW is a vanishingly small proportion of the published research.”

http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/2/024024/article

 

As I was researching for my paper on unions I had read that Germany was blocking Amazon from coming into their country because of their anti-union stance.  It appears what I read was dated, because they are there and creating some horrific working conditions.

Amazon workers in Germany strike over sweat shop conditions.

“Workers said they were forced to endure brutal heat inside the sprawling warehouse and were pushed to work at a pace many could not sustain. Employees were frequently reprimanded regarding their productivity and threatened with termination, workers said. The consequences of not meeting work expectations were regularly on display, as employees lost their jobs and got escorted out of the warehouse.

During summer heat waves, Amazon arranged to have paramedics parked in ambulances outside, ready to treat workers.”

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/12/amazon-warehouse-workers-strike-germany-pay-sweatshop-conditions.html

Still more productivity and a declining and/or stagnant wage growth.

” According to every major data source, the vast majority of U.S. workers—including white-collar and blue-collar workers and those with and without a college degree—have endured more than a decade of wage stagnation. Wage growth has significantly underperformed productivity growth regardless of occupation, gender, race/ethnicity, or education level.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/16/1263101/-Productivity-growth-rises-to-four-year-high-Wages-don-t

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