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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #1095 on: October 06, 2017, 08:54:12 pm »
 


October 6th, 2017 by Guest Contributor

The widespread devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria is still being assessed, as communities continue to endure health impacts in the wake of these massive storms. But one thing is crystal clear — climate change intensifies hurricanes.

Hunter Cutting, director of the Climate Signals project, explains how climate change has amplified the damage done by hurricanes by increasing both the reach of storm surge and the volume of rainfall and by lifting the power ceiling of storms.

https://cleantechnica.com...nsifies-hurricanes-video/


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« Reply #1096 on: October 06, 2017, 09:15:34 pm »
A Storm of Silence: Study Finds Media Is Largely Ignoring Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Change


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Published on Sep 12, 2017

https://democracynow.org - "A Storm of Silence." That’s the title of a new report by the watchdog group Public Citizen that looks at the media’s failure to discuss climate change in its wall-to-wall hurricane coverage. While all the television networks commented on the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey and "extreme weather," virtually none explained how warmer ocean temperatures lead to heavier winds, warmer air causes more precipitation, and higher sea levels exacerbate storm surges. The report examined 18 media sources’ coverage of Hurricane Harvey—looking at 10 major newspapers, three weekly news magazines and national programming from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News over the course of eight days’ worth of Hurricane Harvey coverage. The report concludes, "Many failed to discuss the issue [of climate change] much or failed to cover important aspects of it. ... Two of the three major broadcast networks, ABC and NBC, did not mention climate change at all in the context of Hurricane Harvey." We speak to David Arkush, managing director of Public Citizen’s Climate Program.

Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: https://democracynow.org

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« Reply #1097 on: October 06, 2017, 10:59:03 pm »
Arctic Sea Ice: Everything You Need to Know

Paul Beckwith

Published on Oct 5, 2017

Every summer now, there are many people anxiously monitoring the seasonal melt-back of the Sea Ice that covers the Arctic Ocean. One of these summers, likely within the next 5 years we will end up with no sea ice left at the end of the summer. This "blue-ocean" event will change our climate & lives, in numerous ways.

I give you the knowledge & links to see for yourself what is happening to the Arctic Sea Ice over the 2017 melt season, and discuss what happens next.

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« Reply #1098 on: October 08, 2017, 11:02:07 pm »


A Response To “A Call For Help For Puerto Rico”   

October 8th, 2017 by George Harvey

Together, We Can Make Things Better

I should start this off with a disclosure. I know Joseph Mangum personally. However, I am not profiting in any way from this message, aside from the feeling I get from being able to spread it here. I can say I believe that Joseph’s message is true, precisely as he presents it.

After publishing “A Call for Help for Puerto Rico” in CleanTechnica, I got this message from a local Brattleboro solar installer:

Message from Joseph Mangum of Sunnyside Solar of Brattleboro, VT:

https://www.gofundme.com/...enerators-for-puerto-rico

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. My wife, Rosemary, is from the island and half of our family is there. With great patience and perseverance, they have struggled over the last two weeks. There is no power where they are at (6% of the island is re-powered) nor is there safe water to drink.

We were delayed in prompting this fund raiser until the logistics of getting supplies delivered were sorted. The infrastructure is in ruins and gasoline incredibly difficult to come by. We have successfully navigated both gas and vehicle problems so this project is ready to go.

We are building solar generators and delivering water pump purifiers for the hardest hit areas.

Solar generators have myriad uses. Medical needs such as refrigeration for insulin and power to phones for communication and information are two of the largest concerns.

This is a personal plea. If I had the funds I would already be there. I may not be Puerto Rican by blood, but a large part of my spirit is there. Rosemary’s whole family is there and she has been solidly strong through it all but not being able to help right away has been extremely emotional.

We humbly ask for your support in either donating, spreading this campaign far and wide or even better both.

No matter what you do, thank you for reading this.

Joseph Mangum

Here is an opportunity to help people stand up to a president who makes light of disaster by throwing out paper towels. That was a moment I believe is right up there with “Let them eat cake.” But we are all in this together, and together, we can make things better.

Please help Joseph, Rosemary, and their family.

Thanks,

George Harvey

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« Reply #1099 on: October 09, 2017, 10:28:18 pm »

Above: Firefighters assess the scene as a house burns in the Napa wine region of California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to ravage the area burning structures and causing widespread evacuations. Image credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images.

California Firestorm: More than 1500 Structures Lost, Mass Evacuations from Napa to Anaheim

Bob Henson  ·  October 9, 2017, 6:03 PM EDT

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Hot, dry winds across the length of California triggered one of the most destructive and widespread fire days in state history on Monday. At least one person was killed, at least 60 were injured, and at least 1500 homes and other structures were lost by midday in nine Northern California counties, reported SFGate.com. The destruction puts Monday’s fires into the top five most damaging wildfire events in in California history, according to Steve Bowen (Aon Benfield)

The fires kicked off Sunday night as strong easterly winds (called “diablo” winds in Northern California, after Mt. Diablo) pushed hot, dry air across the California wine country. On Monday, the easterlies began to weaken in the Bay Area, while they intensified southward into the LA-San Diego area, where they’re known as Santa Ana winds (after the Santa Ana mountain range). By Monday afternoon, some 1000 homes were threatened in the Anaheim Hills neighborhood of eastern Anaheim, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Full article with fire destruction pictures:

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« Reply #1101 on: October 10, 2017, 07:07:43 pm »
Electric cars win on energy efficiency vs hydrogen, gasoline, diesel: analysis  ;D

SNIPPET 1:

Oct 10, 2017

If you want to drive the absolute cleanest car possible – and if you’re reading this site, we’re willing to wager that you do – then you need to calculate the total well-to-wheels energy use of the car and everything you put into its tank or battery.

When it comes to comparing types of vehicles – hydrogen, standard gasoline and diesel, or battery electric – then a full accounting of the averages reveals that electric cars are the total efficiency winners.    

At least, they are in a new study from the UK-based Transport & Environment.

The results are not even close.

Starting with all renewable energy for either charging or to process the gasoline or hydrogen, all-electric vehicles managing an overall efficiency rating of 73 percent, compared to 22 percent for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and just 13 percent for standard fossil fuel vehicles using gasoline made with the Fischer Tropsch process.

DON'T MISS: Two words the Trump Administration can't say: climate change

SNIPPET 2:

UK's Transport & Environment says that electric cars are the most efficient.


SNIPPET 3:

... when you look at the averages, you’re most likely going to be better off plugging in  than gassing up.    If anyone says otherwise, ask them to show you the math.

Full article:

http://www.greencarreport...-gasoline-diesel-analysis


Agelbert NOTE: Fossil Fuel Industry reaction to the above study:

   

Agelbert reaction to the above study:

The issue stopped being "energy efficiency" around 1970. That is around the time that human civilization GUARANTEED MORE than 1.5 degrees centigrade of baked in Global Warming. IOW, AFTER THAT, we entered the existential threat territory.


This is a war for survival. No country, when they are in a WAR FOR SURVIVAL, says they must surrender to the enemy because the machines they need to build to SURVIVE are not efficient enough. Business as usual is a stupid, irrational and totally unnecessary surrender to the Climate Change enemy of the biosphere in general, and our species in particular.

Most fossil fuelers and/or doomers have made up all sorts of magical thinking fairy tales about "supply and demand", collapse from "peak this, that and the other" which will "make the environment hunky jake again" and other amazing bits of pretzel logic.

They are off their rockers. We transition out of polluting fuels or we will perish, PERIOD. 

These videos briefly (VERY briefly) explain what fossil fuelers  and many doomers    are in brain dead denial of in regard to the irrefutable facts about WHAT CAUSES Climate Change and the consequent degradation of our biosphere:

How do Greehouse Gases REALLY work?

A demonstration of carbon dioxide absorption of infrared radiation by Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth:

The animation from Rasmus Benestad‘s article about his new paper at RealClimate:

Agelbert NOTE: In the next video, Physics Professor Ray Pierrehumbert explains WHY the atmospheric expansion portrayed above (Adiabatic Lapse Rate - i.e. temperature decrease per kilometer of elevation is radically altered causing the surface average temperature to radically rise) in the gif is so great with a tiny amount in parts per million of Greenhouse gases.

An explanation of the greenhouse effect by  Ray Pierrehumbert, current Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, in both text:Infrared radiation and planetary temperatureand video:



Read more: 


http://greatwhitecon.info...ouse-effect-explanations/

The San Francsico area TODAY (October 10, 2017) is even HIGHER than the above at 502 PPM CO2!https://earth.nullschool....,1092/loc=-122.660,38.427

The Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
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« Reply #1102 on: October 11, 2017, 04:05:33 pm »
 


Aerial view of the Weddell polynya. Credit: Jan Lieser.

Gaping hole larger than the Netherlands opens up in icy sea off Antarctica

LAST UPDATED ON OCTOBER 11TH, 2017 AT 8:14 PM BY TIBI PUIU  E-mail author

SNIPPET 1:
An incredibly large area of ice has opened up in the Weddell Sea east of the Antarctic Peninsula, for the second time in 40 years. The phenomenon was previously observed in the same location in the 1970s when satellite imaging was barely making its first baby steps. It’s not clear ;) at this point if the ice hole is influenced in any way ;) by climate change.

 

SNIPPET 2: (from the scientists who are reality based)
Such ice-free areas are called ‘polynya’ (Russian) by polar scientists. These occur in the Arctic and Antarctica, typically around the coast. This gaping polynya, which measures an area equivalent to the Netherlands, opened right in the middle of a sea which would have otherwise been completely covered in thick ice.

It’s not that it’s not cold. Temperatures are in their usual frigid range for this time of year. Instead, the Weddel Polynya can be pinned to water stratification in the Southern Ocean , according to scientists at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research who closely following its development.


Satellite image of the polynya. Credit: MODIS-Aqua via NASA Worldview

SNIPPET 3:
“The fact that now a large, ice-free area can be observed in the Weddell Sea confirms our theory and gives us another data point for further model studies,” said Dr. Torge Martin, meteorologist and climate modeler at GEOMAR.

“Global warming is not a linear process and happens on top of internal variability inherent to the climate system. The better we understand these natural processes, the better we can identify the anthropogenic impact on the climate system”, said Professor Latif.

full article:

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate/antartica-polynya-043242/

Agelbert NOTE: WHERE in God's good Earth do these overly scared of their own government shadow scientists get the AMAZING idea that water stratification in the Southern Ocean is not a DIRECT EFFECT of Global Warming from Climate Change? ???

Just look at this graphic of today's SSTA (sea surface Temperature Anomaly) in the Southern Ocean:



HELLO scientists saying this amazingly UNscientific statement:

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It’s not clear ;) at this point if the ice hole is influenced in any way ;) by climate change.

HOW do these scientists think that the OCEAN SST GOT TO THESE levels in the early SPRING in Antarctica?



Yes, of course, let's do more and more  research so we can be COMPLETELY CERTAIN that, uh, we are TOAST! Climate Change is uh, happening at a measured pace that we must monitor and do more research to determine what we should do about that by 2100, or, uh, maybe later, depending on the "needs" of the "economy". We must not 'rush to a judgement' that could undermine the fossil fuel energy producing "saviors of mankind"...

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"We can’t have a healthy business on a sick planet.”--  Ashley Orgain, manager of mission advocacy and outreach for Seventh Generation, Burlington, Vermont

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« Reply #1103 on: October 11, 2017, 08:38:41 pm »
Susan Nugent: Puerto Rico is canary in coal mine for climate change


Damaged solar panels and destroyed vegetation are seen at a farm in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. [AP Photo/Gerald Herbert] (picture at article link)

Posted Oct 10, 2017 at 2:00 AM

Updated at 2:56 PM
     
How long do we need to know that more and more extreme weather events are occurring before we do something? In 2011, Kevin Trenberth of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research pointed out, “Global warming is contributing to an increased incidence of extreme weather because the environment in which all storms form has changed from human activities.”

A systemic change is occurring. Our temperatures are warmer and moister than previously. Ocean waters further exacerbate the issue of increased heat. Such changes in temperatures result in storm changes.

Puerto Rico has long been dealing with the effects of climate change. Shorelines have eroded, second stories have been added to buildings to keep them livable, and sea levels have continued to rise. But we did nothing to help prepare them for the present disaster.

Puerto Rico has often been called the canary in the coal mine for climate change. Many references to its infrastructure being susceptible to flooding occurred prior to this past month’s catastrophe.

Danica Coto’s article for the Puerto Rico-based Pasquines news organization in August 2013 leads with, “Environmental officials and scientists warned ... that Puerto Rico is dangerously vulnerable to the effects of global climate change ...” In June 2017, Darmy Cortes alerted further, “Puerto Rico will be largely affected by climate change, the consequences being largely humanitarian and economic, and the government must take steps to ensure the safety of its citizens and the businesses in the archipelago.”

Puerto Rico didn’t need outsiders to realize its fragility. One of its efforts has been to increase renewable energy on the island, by encouraging both companies and individuals to install solar panels.

Puerto Ricans also see this as a time to move forward with sustainable energy.  Politician Ramon Luis Nieves, formerly head of the island’s energy committee, sees now as the time to upgrade the grid to accommodate more renewable energy.

Tesla has just stepped forward with humanitarian efforts, sending both battery systems and solar panels to help restore power on parts of the island still without electricity. Bloomberg reports, “The company has employees on the ground to install them and is working with local organizations to identify locations.”

Other companies and nonprofits such as Green Industries are joining this effort to expand solar power in Puerto Rico. A renewable-friendly grid would replace the antiquated one, providing energy as quickly as possible and also pointing to a green future.

Power, though, is not the only climate change problem that Puerto Ricans will have to handle. Health issues already cause concern. No clean drinking water leaves people vulnerable. Plugged sewer systems lead to cholera, dysentery and E. coli.

Even when access to clean water returns, these U.S. citizens will have to fight the diseases mosquitoes carry. Last year’s Zika issue already has asserted itself in the Caribbean with pregnant cruise passengers cancelling trips. Although Puerto Rico had announced that the epidemic had ended, increased mosquito populations may increase chances of contact with this virus.

With their loss, how many of these 3.4 million U.S. residents will become part of the climate refugees, those seeking a new home in a less vulnerable place? Scientific American suggests that the storm could result in one of the largest mass migrations in recent years. That would change both what happens in the U.S. territory as well as here.

Massachusetts has started preparing for refugees. With 300,000 Puerto Ricans living in Massachusetts, the state is discussing ways to accommodate refugees in schools, work force and health services. Florida also can expect refugees from the island.

For those who decide to stay in Puerto Rico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s work there adds more costs to what our own state and Texas have already presented to U.S. taxpayers. One million meals delivered by FEMA won’t begin to feed the people there.

Puerto Rico faces so many climate-change problems that looking to the future only projects more questions. What we can determine is that we must face the challenge of climate change as a nation, realizing that all of us are potentially affected.

The Florida Keys are facing similar decisions. So are we in Gainesville. The problems for our nation don’t end in Puerto Rico.

Susan Nugent is a Climate Reality Project leader from Gainesville.

http://www.gainesville.co...l-mine-for-climate-change
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« Reply #1104 on: October 11, 2017, 09:22:43 pm »
Time for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands to Go All Green

OCT 06, 2017

by Harvey Wasserman 

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Tesla’s Musk helped green nearly the entire energy supply of American Samoa, as well as much of Hawaii’s island of Kauai. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are far larger. But advanced collectors and battery storage systems, along with a new generation of wind turbines, are poised to quickly replace the islands’ rickety, obsolete energy supply system with a green network of storm-proof micro-grids—and a showcase for global change.

The Caribbean is also fertile ground for biofuels to power the region’s automobiles. Brazil runs a very large portion of its vehicular fleet by turning bagasse, a byproduct of growing sugar, into an alcohol-based fuel that’s far cheaper and more efficient than imported gasoline.

And the islands could use a massive influx of LED lights, along with other energy-efficient technologies to streamline demand.

But micro-gridding will be key. The islands are mountainous, with many remote villages. Most could be made self-sufficient quickly with local networks powered by rooftop panels, small wind arrays and homegrown biofuels.

Full EXCELLENT article:

https://www.truthdig.com/...-virgin-islands-go-green/

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« Reply #1105 on: October 11, 2017, 10:56:48 pm »
Climate Apocalypse? 


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Published on Sep 26, 2017

Professor Peter Wadhams ScD, Professor of Ocean Physics / Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group-Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK RE: A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic. We could be just eighteen years away from a climate apocalypse...

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« Reply #1106 on: October 13, 2017, 02:09:28 pm »
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“Wall Street’s business-as-usual approach to relief and recovery has led to land-grabs and riches off the misfortune of vulnerable communities. If we act with a clear vision for a Just Recovery, Puerto Rico can serve as a model for areas suffering the same climate injustice.”

Our Power Puerto Rico For A Just Recovery & Resilient Rebuild   

October 13th, 2017 by Carolyn Fortuna

The relief package must include debt relief, the repeal of the Jones Act, transparency in distribution of resources, an assessment of infrastructure, and additional provisions detailed in an online petition that will be delivered to US representatives the day of the mass actions. Angela Adrar, Executive Director of CJA, explains why action is needed now to help Puerto Rico develop a sustainable and pragmatic approach to recovery.

“Wall Street’s business-as-usual approach to relief and recovery has led to land-grabs and riches off the misfortune of vulnerable communities. If we act with a clear vision for a Just Recovery, Puerto Rico can serve as a model for areas suffering the same climate injustice.”

What are you doing today for the National Call to Action? In Washington D.C., Our Power Campaign will begin its Congressional Visit tour and drop petitions off to provide #JustRecovery for Puerto Rico and a lift to the Jones Act.  You can follow their progress on Twitter: @CJAOurPower.


This map shows the devastation that Hurricane Maria wreaked upon Puerto Rico.

On September 20th, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds, struck Puerto Rico full force only days after the Irma storm. Two weeks later, Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are suffering intensely in what has quickly become a major humanitarian and environmental justice disaster.

Hurricane Maria attacked Puerto Rico with devastating winds, drenched the island with destructive flooding, crippled communications, decimated buildings, and damaged a dam that placed  downstream residents at risk of catastrophe. But help has been slow to come to communities where the destruction is described as “apocalyptic,” officials and residents argue.

A systemic change in relief and response is needed, as well as an engineering vision for sustainable infrastructure that can withstand category 5+ storms, which are predicted by scientists to become more commonplace as a consequence of the changing climate.

Advocates for a Just Recovery in Puerto Rico

Many influential community advocates, writers, scientists, and climate activists have joined in to the call to gather together and attest that no longer will the US governments’ blase approach to Puerto Rico’s devastation be accepted.

Naomi Klein, international best-selling author and award-winning journalist.“Standard responses to disasters leave behind more pollution, more debt, less democracy, and a weaker infrastructure. In contrast, a Just Recovery would reduce pollution, reduce debt, challenge systemic racism, deepen democracy, and leave behind a sturdier, more resilient public sphere.”

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE and Steering Committee Co-Chair of Climate Justice Alliance: “Puerto Rico today is a living, breathing, suffering symbol of climate injustice. The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Maria is the culmination of centuries of colonialism, extraction, and repression. As Puerto Rico rebuilds, it must revolutionize the society’s decaying systems of survival and confronting the dominant political and financial institutions that have profited from this decay.”

Cindy Wiesner, Executive Director of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance: “In my community in Miami, I witnessed first-hand what happens when people show up for each other during a climate crisis. Frontline communities across the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast and the US South are responding to each other’s needs and bearing the brunt of the recovery with little to no resources. It’s a crime against humanity how the government has chosen to respond. This government owes Puerto Ricans full debt relief and a long-term investment in their survival.”

Sarah Shanley Hope, Executive Director of Solutions Project: “The lives and livelihoods lost as a result of Hurricane Maria exacerbate injustices borne for centuries by frontline communities. We have an opportunity to respond in this time of human crisis with immediate relief and intentions for a long-term regenerative economic transformation. It’s imperative that frontline leadership determines the path for recovery that provides a just and sustainable future. We support the coordinated efforts of CJA as they center the needs of those most impacted and therefore with the greatest vision for what comes next.”

Anthony Rogers-Wright, US Coordinator, The Leap: “Climate exacerbated storms like Hurricane Maria further elucidate the cycle of colonization that is afflicting the island and people of Puerto Rico. Systemic racism, bigotry and economic injustice are only a sample of variables that contributed to this humanitarian crisis. The people cannot afford an anemic recovery effort superficial in nature. These efforts must be led by the people in a way that benefits those who were impacted first and worst by a crisis they had little to do with creating. The Leap is honored to stand with the Climate Justice Alliance, Uprose Brooklyn and other groups who are leading the efforts for a people-powered recovery in Puerto Rico.”

Jovanna Garcia Soto, Solidarity Program Officer for Latin America at Grassroots International: “We as Puerto Ricans and people of color in the USA need to stand up in solidarity and work side-by-side with the people of Puerto Rico towards a Just Recovery and a sustainable, resilient rebuild that prioritizes autonomy, food sovereignty, climate and social justice, respect to the Mother Earth, and the human rights of all people in the Island. We need to take the lead of the courageous Boricuas organizing a regenerative people’s project on the ground with the goal of decolonizing Puerto Rico.

Saulo Araujo, WhyHunger: “Thousands of families are still in desperate need of clothing, water, food, housing, and health care. Here from the US, communities are mobilizing to provide support and amplify the voices of our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. The solutions will come from them and it is imperative that we stand with the people of Puerto Rico to the rebuild their livelihoods and sovereignty.”

Mateo Nube, Movement Generation: “The people of Puerto Rico require our full support: there can be no sacrifice zones. The time to step up is now. Our children and grandchildren will look back at this pivotal moment in history and judge us by the choices we made. Climate change is real. Transition has become inevitable. Justice however, is not. It is upon all of us to bring about a Just Recovery for the people of Puerto Rico; to make this a Just Transition for all.”

Jacqui Patterson, Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP: “Citizens of the wealthiest nation in the world are living in squalor and lives are threatened and lost daily as the situation persists. Circumstances are deteriorating with untreated illnesses and simple infections become fatal. The US government is duty-bound to address this crisis but long-term redevelopment must be by the people of Puerto Rico with locally elected officials empowered to reject the interests of the mono-focused wealth building agenda the government and corporations that have caused the island to a pay the price of catastrophic climate change impacts.”

Jose Bravo, Executive Director, Just Transition Alliance: “A just recovery has to start by taking responsibility for the double standard and colonial mentality of the United States towards Puerto Rico. Secondly, a just recovery must put those in harm’s way and those that have disproportionate impact first. Lastly, a just recovery is possible only if the grassroots people of Puerto Rico are the ones leading and holding the efforts accountable. A just transition for the people, by the people, with local economies, and sustainable production is needed.”

Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA: “There’s no doubt that extreme-weather hurricanes are enhanced by human-caused climate change. We humans need to work together to address global warming and rebuild devastated communities right. Greenpeace is honored to work with climate justice allies to support a #JustRecovery for Puerto Rico that includes renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, and community-led planning.”

Dawn Phillips, Executive Director, Right To The City Alliance: “In the wake of Hurricane Maria and decades of environmental, structural and colonial racism, neoliberal austerity, and land-grabs by private equity funds and Wall Street banks, we must all stand with the people of Puerto Rico to support and fight for a long-term just recovery. A Just Recovery calls on us all defend the right and leadership of the people of Puerto Rico to self-determination, and to democratic control and autonomy over the resources, land, water, and food in Puerto Rico. We must fight against the attempts by Wall Street and government to further privatize and colonize the island for profit and exploitation. We stand arm-in-arm with the people of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Diaspora across the globe leading the efforts for just, sovereign and sustainable Puerto Rico.”

Join a group of individuals who will no longer take No for an answer to social and ecological injustice us as they take to the streets on October 11th, 2017 and speak out on behalf of Puerto Rico’s citizens. Frontline communities have been at the forefront of the solutions and are pushing for a Just Recovery for all communities hit by climate disasters, including Puerto Rico.

https://cleantechnica.com...covery-resilient-rebuild/

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« Reply #1107 on: October 15, 2017, 03:00:26 pm »
When Irish Eyes Ain't Smilin' (see: Catastrophic Climate Change)
Ophelia Hits Category 3; Destructive Winds On Tap for Ireland

Bob Henson  ·  October 14, 2017, 2:43 PM EDT

Above:  Terra/MODIS visible satellite image of Hurricane Ophelia from Saturday, October 14, 2017. The Azores are outlined at center top. Image credit: NASA/EOSDIS WorldView.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season continued to astound on Saturday morning with the unexpected ascent of Hurricane Ophelia to major-hurricane status. Based on a very impressive satellite signature, the NOAA/NWS National Hurricane Center brought Ophelia’s peak winds up to 115 mph at 11 am EDT, making it a low-end Category 3 storm. The wind estimate may be conservative, said NHC forecaster Lixion Avila in the NHC forecast discussion. Ophelia was located about 220 miles south of the Azores, moving northeast at 25 mph. Ophelia is expected to pass within 100 miles of the Azores’ southeasternmost island, Santa Maria. The island will be on the hurricane’s weaker left-hand side, but winds could reach tropical-storm force, and squally weather is likely. Much bigger impacts from Ophelia are expected in Ireland (see below).


To call Ophelia unusual would be an understatement. For one thing, it became a major hurricane at longitude 26.6°W, further east than any other formation of a Category 3 in the Atlantic. The former record-holder was Frances (1980), which became a Category 3 at 12.8°N, 29.8°W. Ophelia’s achievement is even more impressive when you consider its latitude: 34.8°N. In data going back to 1851, no other major hurricane is known to have formed anywhere close to as far northeast as Ophelia. The runner-up at Ophelia’s latitude range, Michael (2012), developed some 900 miles further west (see Figure 2 below).

Ophelia also extends this year’s count of major Atlantic hurricanes to six, a tally last achieved in 2004. Only two years have notched seven major Atlantic hurricanes: 1961 and 2005.

Figure 2. Formation locations of all major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger) in the NOAA database from 1851 though 2016. Hurricane Michael (2012) was the previous record-holder for easternmost major hurricane formation in the 30°-40°N latitude range. Image credit: Sam Lillo (University of Oklahoma) and Philippe Papin (University at Albany, SUNY).


What’s a major hurricane doing in a place like this? ???


By conventional standards, one wouldn’t even expect Ophelia to be a hurricane, much less a major one. Sea surface temperatures beneath Ophelia are around 25°C (77°F), which is roughly 1°C below the traditional benchmark of SST levels warm enough to support tropical development. However, these waters are about 2°C (3.6°F) above average for the location and the time of year, and upper-level temperatures near the top of Ophelia are several degrees C below average. The result is enough instability to support well-organized showers and thunderstorms (convection), even though the convection is less intense than it would be in a warmer environment. A 2015 study led by Ron McTaggart-Cowan (Environment Canada) showed that a better threshold for systems like Ophelia that are transitioning away from the tropics would be based on potential instability between lower and upper levels of the hurricane, rather than on SSTs alone. Ophelia meets this threshold, according to Philippe Papin (University at Albany, SUNY).

Other things are also working in Ophelia’s favor. A strong outflow jet at upper levels on Ophelia’s west side is helping to ventilate the hurricane, and the 12Z Saturday run of the SHIPS model showed that wind shear on Saturday was in the light to moderate range (about 10 – 15 knots). The shear will begin to increase rapidly by Saturday night, heralding a change to come in Ophelia’s structure.

Figure 3.  Probability of tropical-storm-force winds (sustained at 39 mph or more) along Ophelia’s track. The probabilities exceed 50% over all of Ireland and Northern Ireland and are as high as 90%+ in southwest Ireland. Strong winds may sweep across Scotland as well. Image credit: NOAA/NWS/NHC.

Ireland braces for a major windstorm
 
on Monday


With Ophelia strengthening even more than predicted, a destructive windstorm in Ireland on par with some of the most damaging in the nation’s history is becoming increasingly likely. This weekend, Ophelia will be picked up by an approaching upper-level trough and will accelerate east-northeast and then north-northeast. As it does so, the hurricane’s structure will take on more and more characteristics of a very powerful midlatitude winter-type storm, although it’s possible Ophelia will retain an eye-like feature as part of what’s called a warm seclusion. Models strongly suggest that the upper-level dynamics will be potent enough to bring Ophelia’s central pressure by Monday to an even lower value than the 960 mb reported in NHC’s 11 am EDT Saturday.

Regardless of whether it is still classified as a hurricane or not, Ophelia is predicted to approach Ireland on Monday with top winds somewhere near hurricane strength, plus an expanding field of gale-force winds. Our top track models are in close agreement that Ophelia’s center will sweep along or near Ireland’s west coast on Monday, putting most of the country on the storm’s more dangerous right-hand side. The GFS model has a particularly worrisome track, bringing Ophelia squarely across western Ireland and onward as a rapidly weakening storm through Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Figure 4.  The 12Z Saturday run of the GFS model predicts that Ophelia will be at the southwest tip of Ireland at around 1 PM local time (12Z) on Monday, October 16, 2017. The central pressure of 958 mb would be even lower than its central pressure on Saturday morning, October 14. Winds shown are in knots; multiply by 1.15 for miles per hour. Image credit: tropicaltidbits.com.

As Ophelia reaches Ireland, we can expect winds of 50 – 70 mph to be slamming into Ireland’s southwest coast, and sustained winds of 40 – 50 mph will likely extend well inland. One concern for Ophelia’s impact on Ireland may be the potential for the ex-hurricane to develop a “sting jet.” This is a current of extra-strong jet stream winds that start out about 3 – 4 km above the surface, then descend over a 3 – 4 hour period. Rain falling into the jet evaporates and cools, causing the winds in the sting jet to accelerate as they reach the ground.

Ophelia is expected to complete the transition to an extratropical storm just off southwest Ireland on Monday morning. As this process unfolds, the wind field of Ophelia will expand, and Ophelia promises to be a damaging wind event for Ireland. Expect widespread tree damage and uprooted trees, damaged roofs, power blackouts, mobile phone coverage interruptions, and flying debris. Met Eireann, the Irish meteorology service, has a “status red” alert in effect for the southwestern counties of Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry, where sustained winds above 80 km/hr (50 mph) and gusts topping 130 kph (80 mph) are expected. Ireland’s National Emergency Coordination Group will meet on Sunday to discuss storm preparation, according to the Irish Times. The UK Met Office is warning of possible power loss and building damage across Northern Ireland.

There may be coastal flooding from Ophelia’s high surf and battering wave, and localized storm surge is possible, but Ophelia’s rapid motion will help limit the surge threat, according to storm-surge Dr. Hal Needham.

Ophelia could bring up to 2” of rain over higher terrain in Ireland. Heavy rains from a decaying Ophelia (perhaps 2” or more) may extend all the way to western Finland.

Hurricane history of the UK and Ireland

We don’t often talk about Europe when discussing hurricanes, and Ophelia is likely to be one of the top ten most notable Atlantic ex-hurricanes to affect Europe over the past 50 years. Hurricanes that transition to powerful extratropical storms hit the UK or Ireland several times per decade, on average. Some recent examples:

The extratropical version of Hurricane Katia skirted the northern coast of Scotland on September 12, 2011, two days after transitioning from a hurricane to an extratropical storm south of Newfoundland, Canada. According to Wikipedia, a maximum wind gust of 158 km/h (98 mph) was recorded on Cairn Gorm, Scotland as Katia impacted the region, with a peak gust of 130 km/h (81 mph) observed at a non-mountain station in Capel Curig, Wales;  these observations marked the strongest impact from a tropical cyclone since Hurricane Lili in 1996. Waves up to 15 meters (49 ft) battered the western coastline of Ireland, and fallen power lines temporarily disrupted DART services. Approximately 4,000 households were left without power across the country. A catering marquee was blown into the air on a set for the television series Game of Thrones, causing one injury. In County Durham, United Kingdom, a man was killed after a tree fell on the minivan he was driving. Damage estimates in the United Kingdom alone topped £100m ($157 million 2011 USD). The remnants of Katia produced damage as far east as Estonia and Russia. In St. Petersburg, wind gusts up to 45 mph (75 km/h) damaged buildings and left roughly 1,500 residents without power.

Figure 5. Waves break over the sea wall along Portstewart harbour in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, as the remnants of Hurricane Katia hit the British shores, on September 12, 2011. Image credit: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images.

Extratropical storm Bill of 2009, which hit Ireland on August 25 with sustained winds of 45 mph, had been a Category 4 hurricane northeast of the Lesser Antilles five days prior. Bill brought heavy rain and severe gales to the UK.

Extratropical Storm Alberto of 2006, which had been a strong tropical storm that hit the Florida Panhandle, hit northern Ireland and Scotland as an extratropical storm with 35 mph winds.

Extratropical Storm Gordon hit Ireland on September 21, 2006, with sustained winds of 65 mph. Gordon brought record warm temperatures as tropical air pushed north across the UK, and also strong winds that brought down power lines in Northern Ireland. Wind gusts to 60 mph (97 km/h) occurred in the Isles of Scilly off the southwest coast, and 81 mph (130 km/h) on the mainland.

Extratropical Storm Helene hit Northwestern Ireland on September 27, 2006, with sustained winds of 45 mph.

Extratropical Storm Lili moved across Britain on October 28 – 29, 1996. Ex-Hurricane Lili brought gusts in excess of 90 mph, and caused widespread impacts across the UK and significant disruption.

There is officially one fully tropical hurricane that has hit Europe: Hurricane Debbie of 1961, which tracked through the western Azores as a Category 1 hurricane, then arced northeast and brushed the west coast of Ireland on September 16, also as a Category 1 hurricane. However, there is evidence that Debbie transitioned from tropical to post-tropical (extratropical) cyclone before hitting Ireland (see also this discussion at Irish Weather Online.) Debbie passed close enough to Ireland to produce major destruction. Wind gusts reached 106 mph at Ballykelly and 104 mph at Tiree and Snaefill, and coastal radio stations reported the airwaves were jammed with calls for help from small ships and fishing craft. Eleven people were killed and 50 injured in the storm. The only other tropical cyclone recorded to have hit Europe since 1851 was Hurricane Vince of 2005, which hit southern Spain as a tropical depression on October 11, 2005. Historical documents also suggest a hurricane hit Spain on October 29, 1842.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 is the 30th anniversary of one the most talked-about weather events in UK history, the ‘Great Storm’ of 1987. See the UK Met Office article on this weather event, whose 100-mph winds gusts killed 22 people and caused around £1 billion worth of damage. It has gone down in history as one of the worst UK storms since 1703 and will obviously be remembered for Michael Fish’s now-legendary television broadcast.

Figure 6. Infrared GOES-16 satellite image of 92L at 2:00 pm EDT Saturday, October 14, 2017. Image credit: NASA/MSFC Earth Science Branch. GOES-16 images are considered preliminary and non-operational.

92L near the northern Leeward Islands may affect Bermuda next week

A disturbance near the northern Leeward Islands on Saturday, dubbed 92L, could become the Atlantic’s next tropical cyclone next week, although the odds are mostly stacked against it. SSTs of 28-29°C (81-84°F) are more than warm enough for development, and the environment around 92L is sufficiently moist (mid-level relative humidity around 60-65%). Wind shear is strong, though—around 25 knots—and the shear is expected to remain in the 20 – 35 knot range throughout the next five days, according to the 12Z Saturday run of the SHIPS model. In their 0Z Saturday runs, none of the GFS ensemble members develop 92L, and only about 10-15% of the European ensemble members produce a tropical storm from it. If 92L does develop, it could track near Bermuda around Tuesday or Wednesday as a depression or weak tropical storm. Before then, 92L will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to the hurricane-hammered northern Leeward Islands over the weekend and to Puerto Rico on Sunday and Monday.  :(  :P

California’s prolonged fire calamity

The death toll has risen to 35 from the ongoing week-long fire disaster in California, and fire weather continues to be problematic this weekend. See our Friday evening post for more details. We’ll be back with a new post by Sunday afternoon.

Dr. Jeff Masters contributed to this post.

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/ophelia-hits-category-3-destructive-winds-tap-ireland

Agelbert Note: This news is slightly dated. Ophelia is moving so fast (38 mph!) that it is rapidly weakening. Nevertheless, this hurricane going all the way to Ireland is more evidence that Global Warming is with us and business as usual fossil fuel polluting piggery CANNOT continue if human civilization is to endure. AT any rate, it will be instructive to read the heartfelt sympathetic comments for those impacted by Ophelia by those here who were mute during and after Puerto Rico was devastated by Maria. Both RE and Surly showed concern and empathy for those in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. I expect these good men to do the same for Ireland.

However, I will consider any concerns shown for Ireland by those who showed none for Puerto Rico to be bigoted and hypocritical. Have a nice day.
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« Reply #1108 on: October 15, 2017, 05:18:12 pm »


Why the 25th Amendment Won't Save Us

Sunday, October 15, 2017

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

SNIPPET:

This may only be a minor accent in the vast symphony of outrage we are confronted with on a daily basis, but it is worthy of note. You are aware, I'm sure, of the ongoing shouting match Donald Trump is having with the NFL over players standing for the national anthem. Well, Trump found himself last week at the Air National Guard Base in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with Fox fiend Sean Hannity. By tradition, "Retreat" was bugled on the base as the flag was lowered for the day.

The same tradition requires all military personnel and civilian leadership to stand at attention out of respect for the flag. Neither Trump nor Hannity stood, flouting that tradition. Laughing as the bugle call filled the air, Trump asked Hannity, "Are they playing that for you or for me?" Referring to Hannity's show, Trump then addressed the crowd with, "They're playing that in honor of his ratings."

Remember when President Obama once saluted a member of his Marine guard with a coffee cup in his hand, and people like Sean Hannity reacted as if Obama had just offered the Sixth Fleet to Kim Jong-un as a birthday present? I do, and once upon a time, such brazen, televised hypocrisy would have captured my full attention. You're going on and on about the football players and the flag but just insulted your own armed forces, and on a base no less?

Once upon a time, yeah.

Those days are over. When the president of the United States of America tells all the residents of Puerto Rico he's basically sick of hearing about them being wet, hungry and in the dark all the time, when he threatens to cut them off completely despite the fact that the island was thoroughly scourged by a massive hurricane, and oh, by the way, they are also US citizens, it's hard to get worked up over "Retreat-gate" in the proper fashion.

This is what he said in a string of tweets before dawn on Thursday morning:

Quote
"Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making." says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend. We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!

Got that, everyone? The storm was Puerto Rico's fault. This US territory with no voting power in Congress seems to have quite the influence over earth, wind and fire these days, not to mention infrastructure and debt. The president sure thinks so, anyway.

This from the guy who was throwing rolls of paper towels at storm victims last week while lowballing the death toll as he talked about "a real disaster like Katrina." For the record, the current official number stands at 36, but the people running Puerto Rico's funeral homes know different. The people who buried their parents days after the storm passed because there was no power for their life support machines know different. The uncounted dead know different.

From the Guardian last Wednesday: "Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) say that the government and its partners are only providing 200,000 meals a day to meet the needs of more than 2 million people. That is a daily shortfall of between 1.8 million and 5.8 million meals. 'We are 1.8 million meals short,' said one senior FEMA official. 'That is why we need the urgency. And it's not going away. We're doing this much today, but it has to be sustained over several months.'"

Not if the president has his way about it. Sure, the US government enjoys Puerto Rico when the Navy needs to test its ship-to-shore firepower and showers Vieques with artillery, the remnants of which are likely to blame for the region having the highest disease rates in the Caribbean. What's a little depleted uranium, cardiovascular disease and cancer between fellow citizens, right?

full article:

http://www.truth-out.org/...h-amendment-won-t-save-us
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« Reply #1109 on: October 15, 2017, 10:41:18 pm »
Eden Is Broken

Posted on October 11, 2017, by Radio Ecoshock



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