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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 20, 2018, 06:16:35 pm »

Sixth Mass Extinction Ushers In Record-Breaking Wildfires and

BY Dahr Jamail Truthout

PUBLISHED August 20, 2018 

https://truthout.org/articles/sixth-mass-extinction-ushers-in-record-breaking-wildfires-and-heat/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:29:57 pm »


Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth 🌍

AUG 19, 2018

By Chris Hedges —  Climate change is not simply an environmental problem—it is a planetary transition. We will survive only if we rapidly evolve to create new forms of civilization.

Read more:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/saying-goodbye-to-planet-earth/

It REALLY WAS a good ride, not for you and me, but for TPTB. So expect them to do WHATEVER to prolong their RIDE, against all scientific evidence that EXPLOITATION WITHOUT REFLECTION OF FELLOW EARTHLINGS OF ALL SPECIES (not just humans) AND THE BIOSPHERE FOR PROFIT OVER PLANET is deleterious (i.e. SUICIDAL/abysmally STUPID) to the Homo SAP species.




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 18, 2018, 07:17:50 pm »

Global Temperature Projections Could Double As the World Burns (w/guest Dahr Jamail) 


Thom Hartmann Program   
 
Published on Jul 18, 2018

Should we be focusing on surviving? Is it too late to save world? Dahr Jamail

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 18, 2018, 06:47:08 pm »


Is Climate Change Killing More People Than George W Bush Ever Could?


Thom Hartmann Program   
 
Published on Jul 31, 2018

Short answer yes, it already has, and partly because of his wars he started we still have to do something and the question is what?



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2018, 07:54:26 pm »



Glacier National Park Is on Fire 🔥

Brian Kahn

August 13, 2018 Monday 11:35amFiled to: WILDFIRE SEASON IS YEAR ROUND NOW 🚩 😓

A night view of the Howe Ridge Fire on the shores of Lake McDonald. Photo: Glacier National Park

Weeks after Yosemite Valley closed due to wildfires for the first time in decades, parts of Glacier National Park in Montana have been evacuated thanks to an explosive fire.

The Howe Ridge Fire “grew significantly” on Sunday according to a Facebook post by the park, the same day Glacier hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in recorded history. The blaze has led the park to close portions of the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road from Apgar to Logan Pass, and to evacuate Lake McDonald Lodge and Avalanche Creek Campground around 9 p.m. local time on Sunday.

The park also evacuated private home inholdings and park ranger housing. According to the Missoulian, the park has requested a structure protection team to hold back the flames. There are at least two other fires currently burning in the park, all likely sparked by lightning.

So far, firefighting efforts have consisted of planes dumping water, smokejumpers parachuting in, and attempts to access the fires on foot, but the blazes continue largely uncontained for now. Earther has reached out to Glacier National Park for more information on the size of the fires, firefighting efforts, and how long evacuation orders will remain in place or if they’ll expand.

Smoke continues to obscure views and fill the sky with noxious fumes. As ash and other particulate matter falls from the sky, it could also add insult to injury for Glacier’s glaciers. Rising temperatures have caused the glaciers to recede and disappear over the course of the park’s history. The dark particles from wildfire smoke will absorb more sunlight, acting as a dark blanket that could cause the glaciers to melt even faster.

Not only has it been hot, it’s been dry. According to the National Weather Service, Missoula—located about 130 miles south of Glacier—has gone 40 days without a lick of measurable rain. If the streak continues for seven , it will set a record for the longest dry stretch. Records go back to 1893 and the current record was set in [checks notes] 2017. Well then.

“There are some places where if you dropped a match on the ground, it would catch on fire,” Nicky Ouellet, the Flathead Valley reporter for Montana Public Radio, told Earther. “It’s an accumulation of dried grass, dried twigs that would act as kindling.”

Western Montana is under a number of fire restrictions due to the hot, dry weather. Glacier is under a Stage I ban, which essentially means folks need to be more vigilant about campfires, smoking, fireworks, and off-roading. To the south of Glacier, a Stage II burn ban is in place, which means no fires, fireworks, smoking outdoors, or off-roading.

I feel like a broken record saying this, but it bears repeating that we are witnessing a new era of wildfires in the West. Rising temperatures have lengthened wildfire season by drying out fuels and melting out snowpack earlier. The increasing heat also ups the odds of explosive fires like what we’ve seen from California to Montana to British Columbia. And it’s going to get worse.

Update 3:00 p.m. ET: Glacier National Park is reporting that an unknown number of structures have burned on the north shore of Lake McDonald. In addition, a Stage II burn ban will go into place for the park starting at midnight tonight, which means no s’mores for a midnight snack.

Update 5:40 p.m. ET: The first estimates are in for the Howe Ridge Fire. It grew from 20 acres on Sunday to an estimated 1,500 acres by Monday.


https://earther.gizmodo.com/glacier-national-park-is-on-fire-1828300641

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2018, 07:36:20 pm »



Aerial Photos Reveal the True Horror of the Carr Fire 😱

Brian Kahn

August 10, 2018 Friday 12:00pm Filed to: CARR FIRE 🔥

SNIPPET:

The pictures from the ground of the Carr Fire showed devastation on a human scale. But new aerial imagery released by the city of Redding puts the massive wildfire in a landscape context, revealing the both the power and capriciousness of one the most destructive fires in California history.

Firefighters and sheriffs used drones to better assess the damage wrought by the fire and to piece together the history of what happened two weeks ago when it stormed Redding, a city of 90,000, overnight. The blaze has killed at least eight, burned 178,752 acres, and razed 1,599 structures. As of Friday, it was 49 percent contained.

The fire swept in from the west of the city where it burned largely in tracts of forest around Whiskeytown Lake. The images from there show charred trees and denuded hillsides.

Whiskeytown Lake. Photo: City of Redding


Full article with several pictures:👀

https://earther.gizmodo.com/aerial-photos-reveal-the-true-horror-of-the-carr-fire-1828251981
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:52:58 pm »

GLOBAL CITIZEN



There Are More Trees 🌲🌳🌴 Today Than There Were 30 Years Ago: Study

But that’s not necessarily a good thing.

By Joe McCarthy  and  Erica Sanchez

AUG. 13, 2018

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Why Global Citizens Should Care
Trees are critical in protecting the ecological health of the planet and counteracting climate change. The United Nations’ Global Goals calls on countries to promote forest growth. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

Forty football fields worth of tropical forest are lost every minute, but it appears that the world actually gained trees between 1982 and 2016, according to a comprehensive study published in the science journal Nature.

After studying more than 30 years worth of satellite images, a team of researchers concluded that global tree cover had increased by 7%, or 864,868 square miles, approximately the combined size of Alaska and Texas.

The finding might seem to contradict other reports that show staggering levels of deforestation over the past century. For instance, the World Resources Institute recently came up with that startling football field statistic in an annual report on tropical forests.

But the two reports aren’t actually in conflict with each other. As the world loses unsustainable levels of tropical forests, tree growth is rising in previously inhospitable places like deserts, tundra areas, and in cities.

Some of that tree growth is simply due to humans planting seeds in soil. Pakistan, for instance, has been able to plant billions of trees in recent years. Another part of the growth comes from trees reclaiming land abandoned by humans.

The biggest driver of tree growth, according to the report, is climate change. As the world warms, landscapes are changing and trees are able to take root in new areas.

Trees are critical in the global fight against climate change, but they’re also highly vulnerable to the phenomenon.

Brazil Replanting Rainforest Amazon Image: CIFOR / Flickr

Read More: This Scientist Is Using Photography to Save Animals From Extinction

As a result, the new study isn’t entirely good news, especially because it shows how tree growth on its own can’t counteract the accumulation of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

It also shows how rapidly the planet is changing.

In recent months, record-breaking forest fires have broke out in California and throughout parts of Europe. Glaciers throughout the Arctic, Greenland, and elsewhere, are disintegrating, destabilizing water networks around the world. And warming oceans are rearranging fish populations in ways that are undermining transnational treaties.

A motorists on Highway 101 watches flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. As many as five fires have closed highways, schools and museums and cast a hazardous haze over the region. Image: Noah Berger/AP

Read More: This Site Helps You Plant a Tree Every Time Trump Tweets Something Wrong About Climate Change


 To reverse this ecological decline, there’s only one real solution — reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through the Paris climate agreement, countries are asked to keep global temperatures from rising from more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels, a goal that seems increasingly out of reach.

If we go beyond that number, then trees will continue appearing in places that once seemed impossible and vanishing from places that once seemed ideal.

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/tree-growth-increasing-world-climate-change/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:51:23 pm »


Quote
Global warming, also referred to as climate change, is the observed century-scale rise in the average temperature of the Earth's climate system and its related effects. Multiple lines of scientific evidence show that the climate system is warming. Wikipedia

What Do We Do When the Science Gets Scary 😨: Climate Change and the End of Civilization? 

20,980 views


Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Aug 2, 2018

What do we as progressives do when it is no longer hyperbole but the science predicting catastrophic civilization ending climate change scenarios?

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 10, 2018, 04:44:56 pm »


Truthout

August 9, 2018

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In all those years, I have never, ever experienced as many pounding, vicious tropical downpours as I have this summer, and it’s barely August. I watched shingles getting blasted off my neighbor’s roof the other day by a microburst that came roaring out of the maelstrom during maybe the 25th thunderdump flood-bomb we’ve seen in the last few weeks alone. This past March, we got c r a c k e d with three howling Nor’easters in the span of 11 days, with a fourth that followed soon after. Again, unprecedented in my experience.

We’re not on fire here — these wildly uncharacteristic monsoon rains put that possibility snugly to bed — but there’s nothing at all normal about this. This isn’t the Amazon rainforest. It’s not even North Alabama. It’s not the North Pole, either. This is New England, and I have never seen the like. There is too much water in the atmosphere, and it is coming down hard. Tack on the extraordinary heat and saturating humidity, and these are strange days indeed.

I am not alone in my perceptions. Far from it, in fact.

Read more:

https://truthout.org/articles/the-coming-thunder-of-the-climate-change-voter/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 10, 2018, 02:21:51 pm »

"There is a terrible desperation to the increasingly pathetic rationalizations from the climate denial camp. This comes as no surprise if you take the long view; every single undone paradigm in history has died kicking and screaming, and our current petroleum paradigm 🐉🦕🦖 is no different. The trick here is trying to figure out how we all make it to the new ⚡ paradigm without dying ☠️ right along with the old one, kicking, screaming or otherwise." - William Rivers Pitt

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William Rivers Pitt  is a senior editor and lead columnist at Truthout . He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know, The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America’s Ravaged Reputation. His fourth book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail , is available now on Amazon. He lives and works in New Hampshire.

https://truthout.org/authors/william-rivers-pitt/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 09, 2018, 11:16:26 pm »


August 9, 2018

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout:

The Coming Thunder of the Climate Change Voter

There is a terrible desperation to the increasingly pathetic rationalizations from the climate denial camp, and a political price will be paid for these filthy paroxysms of deceit, perhaps much sooner than some might think.

A large majority of Americans believe climate change is real, and nearly half believe they have already experienced its effects.

Trump 🦀 can blame the trees, but climate voters   may find a more accurate target for their ire come November.

Read the Article:

https://truthout.org/articles/the-coming-thunder-of-the-climate-change-voter/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 09, 2018, 09:21:27 pm »

EcoWatch

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 07:37

By  Lorraine Chow

More Than 70,000 People Hospitalized 👀 😨 Amid Record-Breaking Heat in Japan 😓

An ongoing heatwave has sent a record 71,266 people to hospitals across Japan between April 30 and Aug. 5 with 138 people dying from heat-related illnesses, The Japan Times reported, citing the nation's Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

The busy capital of Tokyo saw the highest number of people taken to hospitals, at 5,994. Osaka followed with 5,272. About 40 percent of the total tally consists of elderly people.

The number of people hospitalized in just the past three months far exceeds the previous record of 58,729 recorded from June 1 to Sept. 30 in 2013.

Last month, the city of Kumagaya in the Saitama prefecture reached 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit), an all-time high for the country, prompting the national meteorological agency to declare the extreme heat a "natural disaster."

What's more, the heat is expected to continue. The Disaster Management Agency has urged the public to take caution and to drink enough water and use air conditioners.

Meanwhile, the scorching conditions has government officials considering whether to introduce daylight saving time for the Olympic Games in 2020, which will be hosted in Tokyo.

Yoshiro Mori, the head of the organizing committee for the summer games, said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered officials from his Liberal Democratic party to gather public opinion on whether clocks should jump ahead, Reuters reported.

The plan being considered would move clocks two hours forward. For instance, marathon runners would set off at 5 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. to avoid sweltering conditions during their races.

Advocating for the plan, Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said in a statement to Reuters that the move would "also help protect the environment and realize a low-carbon society in Japan."

However, people took to social media to complain that the change would be difficult to adjust to and they could risk losing sleep.

"It's way too easy to imagine that we'll start work two hours earlier and finish the same in the dark, meaning long days," a commenter said, according to Reuters.

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https://www.ecowatch.com/people-hospitalized-amid-record-breaking-heat-in-japan-2593621193.html


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:38:34 pm »


Climate Change Is Forcing Earth Toward a 'Hothouse' Point of No Return 🚩 😓 ☠️

By Joe McCarthy

AUG. 7, 2018

SNIPPET:

Now a group of scientists is warning that the Paris climate agreement goal of keeping global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is not aggressive enough to protect the planet from catastrophic consequences. The reason, according to the Guardian, is because even more powerful feedback loops will be triggered upon reaching this temperature threshold.

In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors map out a range of anticipated climate feedback loops.

For example, as the oceans continue to warm, coral reefs and all the environmental benefits they provide will continue to disappear, causing marine ecosystems to further deteriorate. As precipitation patterns shift, some regions are getting more rainfall, inundating forested areas to the point where they can no longer absorb as much greenhouse gas emissions. And as ice sheets melt, more sun is being absorbed by surrounding oceans, leading to warming waters and more ice melt.

Image: Maria-Jose Viñas/NASA

Full article:

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/climate-change-earth-hothouse-extreme-weather/



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 08, 2018, 09:44:48 pm »

 

Geoengineering the Earth against climate change might do as much harm as good

LAST UPDATED ON AUGUST 8TH, 2018 AT 3:28 PM BY MIHAI ANDREI

Injecting aerosols into the atmosphere could mitigate some of the effects of climate change — but it would do just as much damage, a new study found

Full article:

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate/geoengineering-climate-change-nope-08082018/


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 08, 2018, 09:34:36 pm »


 

We can limit global warming to 1.5°C — but we need to change how we travel, heat homes, and use devices

LAST UPDATED ON AUGUST 8TH, 2018 AT 10:14 AM BY MIHAI ANDREI

SNIPPET:

Quote
Overall, the 1.5°C scenario could be achieved if we reduce energy demand by 40%. By combining this reduction with the electrification of cars and a continuous expansion of renewable energy, the objective could be reached with existing technology.

Full article:

https://www.zmescience.com/ecology/global-warming-objective-04062018/


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 07, 2018, 01:41:40 pm »


By Dana Nuccitelli

Mon 6 Aug 2018 06.00 EDT

The GOP and Big Oil can't escape blame for climate change

SNIPPET 1:

The New York Times magazine blames ‘human nature ,’ but fingers have already been pointed at the true culprits 🐉🦕 🦖

SNIPPET2:

In the key 1983 press briefing, Nierenberg basically lied about the climate report’s findings, claiming it found no urgent need for action. Nierenberg’s false summary made headlines around the world and stymied climate policy efforts for years to come. Only after 1985 when the discovery of ozone depletion captured worldwide attention was climate change able to ride its coattails back into serious policy discussions.

Full article:



https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/aug/06/the-gop-and-big-oil-cant-escape-blame-for-climate-change-dana-nuccitelli



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!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:17:33 pm »



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August 1, 2018


China to be Hit by Deadly Heat: China's most densely populated--and most agriculturally prosperous--region could see regular "unsurvivable" heat waves by the end of the century, according to new research. A study published Monday in the journal Nature Communications finds that heatwaves in the fertile and densely populated North China Plain region, which includes capital Beijing, could kill people in hours by 2070 if emissions continue at current rates. Many of the region's 400 million inhabitants are agricultural workers, with little alternative to working outside. "This spot is just going to be the hottest spot for deadly heat waves in the future, especially under climate change," MIT's Elfatih Eltahir, who led the study, said in a statement.

http://news.trust.org/item/20180731192925-14kbn/



Hoosier Agriculture in Trouble: Climate change will have a big impact on Indiana's $31 billion agriculture industry, according to new research. The fifth installment of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center's research, released Tuesday, ties each 1 degree F increase in average overnight temperature to a two percent drop in corn yields, leading to a decrease in yields of up to 20 percent over the next 30 years. Heat will also impact agricultural workers and animals, while increased diseases may mean more pesticide use. Indiana is one of the top five most productive US states for crops, and nearly 80 percent of its farmland is dedicated to the production of corn and soybeans--which will also take a hit by midcentury.

https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/report-highlights-climate-changes-impact-indiana-agriculture-153127/


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:57:00 pm »

Scientists said that the figures point to the threat of an Ecological Armageddon 😱

Entomologists have estimated that there are 200 million insects for every human being on Earth, but some recent research has suggested a dramatic and potentially catastrophic change of course for their population. Scientists studying nature reserves in Germany discovered that the number of flying insects there had plunged by 75 percent in just 25 years.

Extrapolating the results, the scientists said that the figures point to the threat of an "ecological Armageddon" that would have a profound impact on all life on the planet. While the reason for the sudden decline has not been determined , possible factors include loss of wilderness, advancements in pesticides, and global warming.

Regardless of the cause, continuing to lose such large numbers of the little creatures would devastate human society and all of the animal kingdom, which relies on insects as pollinators, food sources, and agricultural catalysts.

Inside the insect world:

There are more than 300,000 species of beetles in the world, accounting for 40 percent of all insects.

Insects live on every continent, although only one -- a wingless midge -- manages to survive in Antarctica.

Approximately 15,000 new species of animals and plants are discovered every year, half of which are insects.


https://www.wisegeek.com/are-insect-populations-on-the-decline.htm






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!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 04, 2018, 06:07:23 pm »




Hottest Rain on Record: Rain Falls at 119°F in Imperial, California


Dr. Jeff Masters  ·  August 2, 2018, 3:28 PM EDT


Above: Summer rain showers fall over the desert region about 40 miles northeast of Imperial, California, as seen from Belle Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, at 12:15 pm PDT July 19, 2017, when the temperature was 100°F (38°C). Image credit: National Park Service.



 :o Full article:

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Hottest-Rain-Record-Rain-falls-119F-Imperial-California?cm_ven=hp-slot-2
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:30:09 pm »


Extreme Heat Could Make One Third of Planet Uninhabitable

August 1, 2018

Climate scientist Michael Mann says that, under a business-as-usual scenario, the mass displacement of vulnerable populations could trigger an unprecedented national security crisis


https://therealnews.com/stories/extreme-heat-could-make-one-third-of-planet-uninhabitable


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 06:43:45 pm »




With 1.2 Billion Members, the Catholic Church Can Lead on Climate Action. Here Are 3 Ways How.

by Kitty van der Heijden Kitty van der Heijden and Alberto Pallecchi - July 26, 2018

SNIPPET:

3) Carbon Neutrality in its Operations and Properties

If you walk the talk, you should also look at your footprint. The Catholic Church has many opportunities to reduce its carbon impact, considering the large amount of properties it manages, including about 223,000 parishes, 140,000 schools, 1,200 universities, and 1,000 healthcare facilities. Furthermore, it owns a considerable amount of land, estimated to be around 180 million acres 👀.

A clear, concrete commitment from the global Catholic Church itself during one of the upcoming climate action convenings, such as committing to a science-based greenhouse gas reduction target, would show how the Church itself translates Laudato Si ambitions into action, and could inspire its faith community, as well as other communities, to be equally ambitious.


To effectively measure and mitigate emissions and enforce carbon-neutrality for the large, globally-scattered holdings of the Church won't be an easy task. It would require the establishment of a GHG emissions inventory, a roadmap for action and close monitoring through tools, reporting and analysis for climate action. But if there was ever a moment to showcase what can (and should) be done in practice to realize the vision and ambition of Laudato Si, it is now.

Full article:

http://www.wri.org/blog/2018/07/12-billion-members-catholic-church-can-lead-climate-action-here-are-3-ways-how
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 06:24:59 pm »



While Puerto Rico’s People Still Suffer the Effects of Hurricane Maria, its Forests Are Faring Much Better

by Thailynn Munroe Thailynn Munroe, Nancy Harris and Tamara Heartsill Scalley - July 31, 2018

         
While Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, El Yunque National Forest has largely rebounded. Photo by Jami430/Wikimedia Commons

Puerto Rico is no stranger to extreme events. Throughout recorded history, the island has been in the eye path of more than 50 tropical storms. It’s still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Maria as the 2018 hurricane season brings mounting concerns for more storm-related damages.

However, there is one part of the island that is made for resilience— forests.

How Were Puerto Rico’s Forests Affected by Hurricane Maria?

Hurricane Maria passing over Puerto Rico. El Yunque National Forest is highlighted in green.

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane, with sustained wind speeds just below 155 mph, gusts of 175-195 mph, and rainfall of up to 38 inches in some areas. The entire island suffered more than $90 billion in damages, the third-costliest hurricane in U.S. history.

The eye of the storm traveled southeast to northwest across the island, placing some of the strongest winds in the storm over Puerto Rico’s largest forest, El Yunque National Forest, also known as the Luquillo Experimental Forest. The forest sits atop a mountain, making it more vulnerable to high winds and landslides after torrential downpours. Data from Global Forest Watch show a 10 percent loss of tree cover in 2017, compared tree cover in 2000; more than 50,000 hectares were affected.


Loss was especially pronounced over areas of higher elevation, as shown in the comparison below.


Immediately after Hurricane Maria hit, El Yunque exhibited de-greening that can be seen clearly in the high-resolution composite satellite images below, collected by Planet. Satellite images also show how quickly the forests have since rebounded. A composite of images from April to June 2018 shows significant regrowth just seven months after the hurricane hit.

 
satellite of images of El Yunque before (left) and after (right) Hurricane Maria. Satellite images via Planet.

How Do We Know Puerto Rico’s Forests Will Recover?

The United States Forest Service (USFS) recently completed a field survey of permanent plots, which they’ve been doing every five years since 1988. Preliminary results this year indicate that while Hurricane Maria blew off foliage and canopy (which registered as tree cover loss on Global Forest Watch), 87 percent of tree trunks are still standing. Though most of the leaves are stripped and many branches snapped, only a small proportion of trees were uprooted or completely felled.

 
photo of El Yunque in 2016 (left), before Hurricane Maria, and 2017 (right), after Hurricane Maria. Photo credit: Sajyasingh/Wikimedia Commons and Mark Davis/US Fish and Wildlife Service

Tropical forests have shown their resilience to severe storms time and again in Puerto Rico and other areas of the world. The Luquillo Experimental Forest in El Yunque is the longest continuously measured tropical forest in the world, with up to 75 years of observations at some sites. Before Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Hugo in 1989 was the most intense storm to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 57 years, with wind speeds of 126 mph and a maximum rainfall of 17 inches. Within just five years of Hugo’s landfall, observations from USFS showed that vegetation health indicators, like aboveground biomass, were similar to readings before the storm. In 10 years, stem density values surpassed those observed before the hurricane.

When Hurricane Georges made landfall in 1998, the forest was still in recovery mode after Hurricane Hugo.  Even still, scientists were hard-pressed to find measurable effects of the storm on the forest structure, other than some branch loss and defoliation in the canopy.

Stripped leaves and fallen branches after a hurricane also create a new layer of rich, organic matter that encourages new tree growth. While the Global Forest Watch platform currently reports only annual tree cover loss, upcoming data on annual tree cover gain, scheduled for release in the coming year, will allow monitoring of regrowth and re-establishment of the tree canopy in El Yunque.

Healthy Trees 🌳 🌴: A Growing Trend in Puerto Rico

Healthy forests provide a multitude of ecosystem services to an island like Puerto Rico, including decreasing the intensity of floods, providing habitats for biodiversity, filtering water, and providing sites for eco-tourism attractions, raw materials and cultural importance. Over the past century, there has been a trend towards reforestation in Puerto Rico. Forests covered just 6 percent of the island in the late 1940s, as trees were cleared to make way for agriculture. But as people emigrated from rural to urban areas and to the U.S. mainland, forests began to flourish again. By 2010, trees covered nearly 50 percent of Puerto Rico. Although we might see short-term damage to trees from storms and other natural disturbances, increasing overall forest cover helps to lessen the severity of extreme events and decreases the amount of time it takes for treesand people—to recover.

http://www.wri.org/blog/2018/07/while-puerto-ricos-people-still-suffer-effects-hurricane-maria-its-forests-are-faring-much-better
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 02:43:12 pm »

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Climate  By Olivia Rosane

Jul. 30, 2018 01:41PM EST


537 Dead in India Monsoon 😟

Flooding and heavy rains associated with India's monsoon season have killed 537 people so far, The Times of India reported Saturday.

The number of deaths was reported by the country's National Emergency Response Center, which recorded 139 deaths in Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, 126 in the southwestern state of Kerala, 116 in West Bengal in the northeast, 70 in Uttar Pradesh, 52 in Gujarat and 34 in Assam.

The total number of deaths for the country are likely higher, since deaths in other states are yet to be tallied and some deaths, especially in rural areas, are not reported, according to Sky News.

At least 58 people died this weekend, as heavy rains Thursday and Friday in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh flooded land and caused houses to collapse, The Associated Press reported Saturday.

India's monsoon season started more than two weeks ahead of schedule on June 29, Reuters reported at the time.

The monsoon season typically lasts until October, according to The Associated Press.

So far, the 2018 season has also displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

In Kerala, 11,750 homes have been damaged and 143,000 people have sought shelter in 1,770 relief camps, The Times of India reported.

In West Bengal, 162,000 people have been impacted and 7,256 houses damaged, while, in Assam, 217,000 displaced people have sought shelter in 270 camps.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 43 teams to help regional emergency workers in the affected areas.

In the country's capital of Delhi, more than 3,000 people living in the Yamuna River's floodplain were evacuated after the river rose passed a danger mark, Sky News reported.

In once incident, flooding brought both water and fish into the intensive care unit of the Nalanda Medical College Hospital in the city of Patna in Bihar, The Times of India reported Sunday.

Heavy rains in Bihar began Friday and are expected to continue through August 1.

More than one hundred thousand people have died in floods in India between 1953 and 2017, Sky News reported, and the problem is only expected to get worse with climate change.

Last August, unusually heavy monsoon flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal killed at least 1,200 ☠️.

Despite the heavy rains, India is also suffering the worst water crisis in its history, partly because of pollution, waste and mismanagement, but partly also because of changing rainfall patterns linked to climate change.

The two, flooding and drought, are not as contradictory as they initially sound.

"This is the new, turbulent nature of our monsoon," journalist Raghu Karnad wrote for The Guardian after 2017's catastrophic floods, "that we are receiving more and more of our rainfall in extreme doses (which causes floods), and less in between the major deluges, which is when fields are fed and water tables recharged. For India, more flooding and more drought are not two possible futures. Both are here together, already."

https://www.ecowatch.com/537-dead-in-india-monsoon-2591222095.html

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 01:23:26 pm »

King Penguin

July 31, 2018

World's largest king penguin colony has declined by 90% 😨

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/world-largest-king-penguin-colony-declines-90-percent-180731135557250.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 01:07:44 pm »


July 31, 2018


Floods 🌪 🌧 💦 Ravage Myanmar

Flooding in Myanmar has killed at least 11 people and forced more than 100,000 to evacuate, government officials said Monday. The flooding, exacerbated by poor infrastructure, inadequate preparations and deforestation, is part of a series of heavy floods during this year's monsoon season in the region, including during last week's dam failure in Laos.

Evacuees say official warnings of this week's floods came as waters had already inundated some regions of the country. A 2017 WWF report on the impacts of climate change on Myanmar projects that the intensity of rainfall in the country will increase during monsoon season, while the country's minister of social welfare, relief and resettlement blamed climate change in part for the severe rains.

https://earther.gizmodo.com/in-myanmar-rains-displaced-119-000-in-earths-latest-cl-1827968149

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 31, 2018, 12:33:15 pm »



July 31, 2018

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Farmers’ association 🌡️ calls for emergency aid due to heat wave and drought

German Farmers’ Association President Joachim Rukwied is calling for government assistance totalling one billion euros to be distributed to farmers, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The aim of Rukwied’s proposal is to help farmers, whose harvests are more than 30 percent below the average of recent years, according to the association. Federal agriculture minister Julia Klöckner is expected to inform her cabinet colleagues on 1 August of the challenges facing farmers due to the extreme weather conditions, with a decision on the merits of further assistance not due to be made until after the end-August harvest balance, the article says.

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/mehr-wirtschaft/duerre-bauern-wollen-eine-milliarde-hilfe-vom-staat-15714342.html


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 30, 2018, 09:02:33 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: In this video you will learn about the several Antarctic penguin species and how their populations are declining from Climate Change. :(

There are also some spectacular views of the ice formations as the wind swirls around them. ✨

New vegetation has been discovered, while excessive ultraviolet radiation coming down through the North America sized Giant ozone hole is causing blindness in seals.😨 Marine species are threatened by increased temperatures. 👎

Don't let anybody tell you Antarctica is not getting warmer. Anyone peddling that Hydrocarbon Hellspawn 🦕🦖 propaganda should be forced to watch this video.

An enormous waterfall gushes off the Nansen Ice Shelf. Credit: Jonathan Kingslake

The Antarctica Challenge - A Global Warning | Full Documentary


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Published on May 27, 2017

This award-winning documentary reveals many startling new scientific revelations such as penguin suicide, new vegetation growing in the world’s largest desert, diminishing populations of land animals and marine life and the dangerously increasing melting of Antarctica’s land ice.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 29, 2018, 10:05:13 pm »

Deserts in Asia – Destroyers of Civilization Pt. 1 | Full Documentary

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hazards and catastrophes

Published on May 12, 2017

According to estimates of the United Nations, more than 2.6 billion people in 110 countries are directly affected by progressive desertification. Deserts now cover more than a third of the entire surface of the earth, thus 65% of arable lands. More than three billion cattle, sheep and goats chomp their way through pastures faster than they can be regenerated. This program shows how desertification is changing the balance of the earth and affecting two continents in particular: Asia and Europe.

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Agelbert NOTE: I hope China can avoid massive desertification due to Catastrophic Climate Change. They are trying. However, their efforts may be too little too late.  The following book is a cautionary tale of what WILL happen if human civilization does not stop burning hydrocarbons for energy very, very soon:



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: July 29, 2018, 08:53:06 pm »


2018 Global 🌍 🌎 🌏 Heat 😓 So Far

Published: July 18th, 2018

By Climate Central

With the release of the monthly global temperature analysis from NOAA today, it is a good opportunity to compare temperatures so far this year to their historical levels. And as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere, the heat goes on both globally and here in the U.S.

Globally, the past four years have been the hottest four years on record, and 2018 so far is coming in as the 4th hottest. All-time record heat has peppered the Northern Hemisphere this summer. Here a few stats compiled by Weather Underground:

Glasgow, Scotland had its hottest day on record, reaching 89°F on June 28.

Montreal, Canada set a new all-time high, reaching 98°F on June 29.

Ouargla, Algeria had the highest temperature on record in Africa, reaching 124°F on July 5. This is believed to be the hottest temperature reliably measured in Africa.

Tianxiang, Taiwan had the hottest temperature on record in Taiwan, reaching 105°F on July 10.

According to the WMO, 2018 has been the hottest La Niña year on record, with La Niña years today consistently warmer than El Niño years from 30 years ago. Consensus forecasts are trending toward a new El Niño before the end of the year, meaning 2018 will probably finish as one of the 10 hottest years on record globally.

To better reflect how much temperatures have warmed since the early industrial era, we combined the global NOAA and NASA monthly temperature analyses to determine how much warming has taken place relative to a 1881-1910 baseline.


Methodology: U.S. and global temperature rankings referred to in the text above are calculated by NOAA/NCEI.  Monthly global temperature analyses are also independently calculated by NASA. Climate Central combines the NOAA and NASA information to re-baseline global temperatures using an earlier pre-industrial baseline of 1881-1910 in response to the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

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