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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 18, 2018, 05:26:33 pm »

About Ed Hawkins 👨‍🔬 👍😎

Climate scientist in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) at the University of Reading. IPCC AR5 Contributing Author. Can be found on twitter too: @ed_hawkins

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Climate stripes for the UK

September 17, 2018 observations, visualisation Ed Hawkins

Following the ‘warming stripes‘ graphics for different locations around the world, this post focusses on the UK. The Met Office makes easily available long-running climate data from a small number of locations*. The visualisations below show the common changes in temperature and rainfall for the five longest climate monitoring stations in that set – Stornoway, Armagh, Durham, Sheffield & Oxford – which all have data for 1883-2017.

For temperature, the trends and variations are remarkably similar. Warmer and cooler years line up in the data from these independent weather stations spread across the country. This image paints a clear picture of the long-term warming in the UK – the total change has been just more than 1°C.

For rainfall, the overall trends are far smaller than for temperature and individual years can be very different across the UK. For example, 2012 was very wet for the three locations in England, but not for those in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Stornoway shows a multi-decadal wet-dry-wet pattern, presumably related to variations in the North Atlantic Oscillation. The other locations all show a relatively dry period before around 1910.

[*Note: there are far more locations where the climate has been monitored in the UK for long periods, but these are the most easily available.]

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 17, 2018, 12:15:33 pm »

Windows of a commercial building damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut on Sept. 16, 2018, in Hong Kong. City officials raised the storm alert to T10, its highest level, as Typhoon Mangkhut landed on Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images).

Typhoon Mangkhut Causes Heavy Damage in Hong Kong, China, and Macau

Dr. Jeff Masters  ·  September 16, 2018, 9:25 PM EDT


Mangkhut made landfall in China at the Guangdong city of Taishan at 5 pm Sunday local time (9Z or 5 am EDT). At the time of the 6Z advisory, three hours prior to landfall, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) rated Mangkhut a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds. Given the large amount of destruction Mangkhut caused during this landfall, the typhoon was likely stronger than that: the China Meteorological Agency (CMA) put Mangkhut’s maximum sustained 2-minute average winds at 6Z at 108 mph (48 m/s); this is equivalent to a borderline Category 2/Category 3 hurricane with 1-minute-average sustained winds of 110 – 115 mph. China’s Xinhua news service reported the storm had winds of 100 mph (162 kph) at landfall.

Dramatic videos and photos!    :o


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:34:56 pm »

Some people talk about NIMBY, means not in my backyard. We’ve got to change NIMBY to NOPE, not on planet earth.

Video and transcript:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 16, 2018, 03:27:13 pm »

September 12, 2018 NASA photo of Hurricane Florence churning towards North Carolina

September 16, 2018: Cross in cemetary in Grifton, North Carolina

Look What Florence Has Done to the Carolinas

556 😲 Images 👀 from the deadly storm on everyone's mind.



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:50:53 pm »

Sep 16, 2018 | 200 views | by ABC11

Steve Stewart has the latest update on Tropical Depression Florence https://abc11.com/4229794/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:25:42 pm »

Sep 15, 2018 | 24,984 views | by ABC News

Active search and rescue missions continue to be carried out in areas with severe flooding.

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Sep 16, 2018 | 19,104 views | by Guardian News

Flooding and storm damage is seen in aerial footage shot on Saturday over New Bern and Nags Head in North Carolina.

Agelbert RANT:
 The ONLY reason Florence is parked with hardly any movement, as Harvey did in Texas last year, is because of Catastrophic Climate Change, compliments of the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn Fossil Fuel Fascists. Don't expect those evil, lying bastards to own up to there TOTAL LIABILITY for this increasingly more deadly biosphere degradation. Like the Trump 🦀 TOOL they own, they will lie 24/7 to avoid paying the fine or doing the time for their Climate Trashing CRIME.

 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: September 15, 2018, 10:45:32 am »

Philippines Braces for Super Typhoon Mangkhut

September 14, 2018 by Reuters

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a Category 5, on track to hit the Philippines.


Mangkhut might slightly weaken after landfall but could still be “very destructive,” said Rene Paciente, assistant chief at the weather bureau.

Crop damage in a worst-case scenario could reach about 157,000 tonnes of paddy rice and about 257,000 tonnes of corn, worth 13.5 billion pesos ($250 million), the agriculture ministry said.

Full article: 


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 14, 2018, 01:49:13 pm »

Here's What We Know About All That Bottled Water Abandoned in Puerto Rico [Updated]

By Yessenia Funes

September 12, 2018

Filed to: WHAT A WASTE

The government’s mismanagement of the crisis Hurricane Maria wrought on Puerto Rico was once again thrust into the spotlight this week, when photos of a large number of bottled water pallets sitting derelict outside an airport in Ceiba went viral on social media.

But while the public outcry was swift after CBS News Correspondent David Begnaud broadcasted the photos of what he said looked like “millions” of bottles of water on his Twitter account Tuesday night, what really happened may be a bit more complex than a simple failure to deliver relief supplies.

The photographer who took these images, Abdiel Santana, works for the Puerto Rican Joint Forces of Rapid Action, a federal law enforcement agency. He told Begnaud he had noticed these loads of water in October or November of last year, according to CBS. After flying over the region again recently, Santana told Begnaud he noticed the bottles were still there and uploaded the images to Facebook Tuesday. Earther has reached out to Santana for comment and we will update if we hear back.

Puerto Rican General Services Administration (GSA) has a somewhat different account of the events. In a press release shared with Earther, the agency explained the Puerto Rican government was eager to receive some of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “excess water inventory” and claimed about 20,000 pallets in May 2018. But after delivering over 700 pallets, the agency received “several complaints” about their smell and taste. That’s why the rest of the bottles are still sitting unused, per the agency.

On Thursday, FEMA told CBS News it had moved the water outside in January to save money before transferring it over to the Puerto Rican government in April.

FEMA 👹 was initially quick to distance itself from the story. On Wednesday, the agency told Earther that the water was handed off to the GSA, and, from there, the water was its responsibility. Looks like the administration is clapping back at FEMA, however, with claims that the water wasn’t fit to drink by the time they got it. Now, the Puerto Rican government is coordinating water tests with FEMA and the Department of Health.

“I always had food and water to give the people, sometimes two cases of water for families.”
“The Municipality of Barceloneta and the Corporation for Public Dissemination expressed these complaints,” said GSA Administrator Ottmar Chávez, in the press release.

All of this is news to Ceiba Mayor Angelo Cruz Ramos, who told Earther he had no idea these pallets of water were sitting within his municipality. He found out about it Tuesday night like the rest of us. He doesn’t have access to the area where the water is, he said, because it’s run by FEMA.

However, Cruz Ramos said his municipality had enough water and food at the height of the crisis. Around 700 to 800 people would visit a local distribution center to pick up water and food every day in the aftermath of the storm, and the mayor would also hit the streets to give out further water. Once power returned to the region in March, he ended relief supply distribution efforts.

“I’m thankful to FEMA and the U.S. government,” he told Earther. “I always had food and water to give the people, sometimes two cases of water for families.”

The same can’t be said for other remote parts of the island where water distribution centers were something out of a fairy tale. Still, Cruz Ramos made a good point that once this water was left in the sun even for a day or two, it was no longer safe to drink. The Caribbean sun is no joke, and researchers caution against drinking bottled water that’s been left out in the garage or a car all day during the summer because of the chemicals that can leach from the plastic into the water. In Puerto Rico, summer never ends.

This entire mess comes on the heels of President Donald Trump 👹 calling the U.S. response to Hurricane Maria an “unsung success.” Whoever’s at fault, thousands of water bottles abandoned on an island where people have been struggling for months to access clean water isn’t exactly what success looks like.

Updated: 9/13/18, 2:30 p.m. ET: After a day of outrage, FEMA 👹 admitted to CBS News it had left the water bottles out since January as a cost-saving measure. It then went on to give the General Services Administration the water in April. The story has been updated to include this new information.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:05:58 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 12, 2018, 02:37:06 pm »

Hurricane Florence pictured September 11, 2018. Photo: NOAA

Florence Destruction May Be Worse Because of Climate Change

September 11, 2018 by Bloomberg


Florence Destruction May Be Worse Because of Climate Change
September 11, 2018 by Bloomberg

By Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Eric Roston (Bloomberg) — As Hurricane Florence barrels toward North Carolina, it’s being strengthened and guided by a one-two punch of climate factors scientists have been tracking for years.

Florence, which threatens to be the most severe storm to hit North Carolina in more than 60 years, is being steered by a high-pressure ridge associated with unusually warm ocean temperatures. That’s discouraging it from turning north or east, a shift that could spare coastal communities the storm’s worst. Meanwhile, a weakened jet stream means that Florence is more likely to linger, raising the specter of devastating flooding.

Read more:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:47:13 pm »

30,000 March for Climate Justice in San Francisco

September 10, 2018

Ahead of Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit, protesters demand leaders prioritize frontline communities over profit

Story Transcript

DHARNA NOOR: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in San Francisco to demand an end to new fossil fuel projects, and demand investment in policies that immediately reduce fossil fuel emissions and create green jobs.

SPEAKER: To hurt the earth is to hurt who we are as a people.

SPEAKER: The climate crisis is making life more difficult for all people, including working people, and that the transition to community-owned renewable energy needs to be one that creates good union jobs; that allows people to support their families and their communities.

SPEAKER: We have got to stop fossil fuel production. We have got to stop digging. We’ve got to stop fracking. We’ve got to move on to renewable energy, because our planet is dying. And if we don’t do that, we’re all in big trouble.

SPEAKER: My name is [Ninawa Hunikui] and I’m from the state of Acre in the Brazilian Amazon. I’m here to unite with other indigenous peoples of the world to defend mother earth.

SPEAKER: All across the country communities are coming together and figuring out how to hold our elected officials accountable to address climate change.

DHARNA NOOR: Almost all scientists agree that climate change is human caused, and that if we don’t curb fossil fuel emissions now, we’ll usher in effects like deadly extreme weather and mass species die-off. Globally we’re already seeing effects like historic floods, heat waves, and melting ice caps. And Californians are seeing effects like forest fires that killed seven people this summer.

SPEAKER: California is burning. We still have several fires going on. And that’s a, that’s a result, right, of this climate catastrophe that we are seeing.

SPEAKER: We have firefighters who are out putting out the fires and some of them not coming home because of the effects of climate change.

SPEAKER: Here we are on a bay. We’re bordered on three sides by water. And a lot of the Bay Area will be flooded and unlivable in the decades in the future. And that would put a huge strain on San Francisco itself, like, the taxpayers would be paying for all utility damage that will be happening.

DHARNA NOOR: And since climate change is a global problem, people all over the world are rising up in places from France to Uganda.

SPEAKER: There are events in over 240 communities across the nation in almost every state. From town halls, to rallies, to trainings, tens of thousands of people are coming together today everywhere to work for climate, jobs, and justice.

SPEAKER: On September 12-14, California Governor Jerry Brown will convene civic leaders from around the world, who will gather at San Francisco’s Global Climate Action Summit. But some think the summit won’t do enough.

SPEAKER: Market-based solutions don’t work because they don’t center place-based solutions; solutions that come from communities that are highly impacted, and those that have been fighting on the frontline of the extractive economy.

DHARNA NOOR: So they’re rallying to say we need policy that prioritizes frontline communities.

SPEAKER: You keep saying it’s supply and demand. Well, listen to our demands. What we’re demanding. Let us have back our grassroots communities where we want to have community-scale gardening, where we want to have small-scale solar and wind that’s distributed. We don’t want this corporate control anymore.

SPEAKER: We really need to take a more cooperative approach towards our economy, and one that gives back to the earth, just as it’s been giving to us for many thousands of years. Under a green economy we need people to build green infrastructure, we need people to maintain the infrastructure, and we need people trained for this new economy. And so there’s a whole new sector that’s rising. It’s happening. And we really want to see it supported, financed, and accessible for all.

SPEAKER: Not providing permits for people, for oil industry to keep digging.

SPEAKER: There’s enough money in this city. We have more billionaires in this city than anywhere in the world in this city and elsewhere to make it a just transition for all of us.

DHARNA NOOR: Stay tuned for more Real News coverage from the Bay Area this week, where thousands are holding actions to demand decisive policy. With Will Arenas, this is Dharna Noor, San Francisco.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:27:05 pm »

Top News of the Day... view past news   Last update Tue, 11 Sep 2018 02:21:57 UTC

NHC issuing advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Helene and Hurricane Isaac
NHC issuing advisories for the Eastern Pacific on TS Paul
CPHC issuing advisories for the Central Pacific on Olivia


Atlantic Wide View
GeoColor  Image – Loop – Animated GIF


Agelbert NOTE: Yup. Just like last year around this time.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 09, 2018, 01:15:52 pm »

Top News of the Day... view past news   Last update Sun, 9 Sep 2018 17:07:49 UTC 

NHC issuing advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Florence, TS Helene and TS Isaac
NHC issuing advisories for the Eastern Pacific on TS Paul
CPHC issuing advisories for the Central Pacific on Olivia


Atlantic Wide View
GeoColor  Image – Loop – Animated GIF


Agelbert NOTE: Hmmm. This reminds me of last year around this time.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 03, 2018, 04:33:33 pm »


French environment minister quits during live interview — says we’re not doing enough



When Nicolas Hulot, the French environment minister, went on a radio breakfast show, no one was expecting anything like this. As the interview went on, Hulot spoke more and more about the failures of his cabinet — lamenting that France has not done enough on any environmental front.

“Have we started to reduce our CO2 emissions? No. Have we started to reduce our use of pesticides? No. To prevent the erosion of our biodiversity? No,” Hulot explained.

As the discussion continued, it seemed that Hulot reached a striking moment of self-awareness. Saying that he felt “alone” in a cabinet which took “insufficient” action to tackle environmental challenges, he foreshadowed his resignation.

“I can’t lie to myself anymore,” he said. “I don’t want my presence in the government to give the illusion that we’re facing up to such stakes,” he said on public radio France Inter.

Neither President Emmanuel Macron nor any other ministers were made aware of this decision beforehand. In fact, when Marlène Schiappa, Macron’s secretary of state for equality heard the news while being live on another radio station, she asked the presenter if he was joking.

Read more:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 03, 2018, 04:15:08 pm »

Global warming

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.

Peter Wadhams - After 50 Trips to the Arctic and Antarctic. What are the Conclusions? - Offstage Int

The Real Truth About    Health

Published on Aug 29, 2018

The Arctic may be free of ice for the first time in 10,000 years. Wadhams shows how sea ice is the 'canary in the mine' of planetary climate change. He describes how it forms and the vital role it plays in reflecting solar heat back into space and providing an 'air conditioning' system for the planet.

Prof. Peter Wadhams is the UK’s most experienced sea ice scientist, with 48 years of research on sea ice and ocean processes in the Arctic and the Antarctic. This has focused on expeditions and measurements in the field, which has involved more than 50 expeditions to both polar regions, working from ice camps, icebreakers, aircraft, and, uniquely, Royal Navy submarines (6 submerged voyages to the North Pole ). His research group in Cambridge has been the only UK group with the capacity to carry out fieldwork on sea ice.

He is Emeritus Professor of Ocean Physics and is the author of numerous publications on dynamics and thermodynamics of sea ice, sea ice thickness, waves in ice, icebergs, ocean convection and kindred topics. The current main topics of research in the group are sea ice properties, dynamics, and distributions in thickness and concentration. He is also a pioneer in the use of AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) under sea ice, using multibeam sonar to map bottom features, work which he has also been done from UK nuclear submarines.

He began his research career at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, where he rose to become Director. He moved to DAMTP in 2001. He has also held visiting professorships in Tokyo (National Institute of Polar Research), Monterey (US Naval Postgraduate School), Seattle (University of Washington) and La Jolla (Green Scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography).

He was the coordinator of several European Union Arctic flagship projects (ESOP, GreenICE, CONVECTION, and others) and is currently on the Steering Committee of the EU ICE-ARC project as well as a major US Office of Naval Research initiative in the Arctic. He served eight years on the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency and had served on panels of the National Academy of Sciences (USA).

In 1990 he received the Italgas Prize for Environmental Sciences, and he has also been awarded the Polar Medal (UK) (1987) and the W.S. Bruce Prize of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. As well as being Professor at Cambridge he is an Associate Professor at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, run by Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and is a Professor at the Università Politecnica Delle Marche, Ancona. He is a Member of the Finnish Academy and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

His most recent book, “A Farewell to Ice”, documents the ways in which the retreat of sea ice in the Arctic generates feedbacks which impact the entire global climate system, accelerating the rate of warming, the rate of sea level rise, the emission of methane from the offshore, and the occurrence of weather extremes affecting food production. He contends that catastrophic consequences cannot be avoided without making an all-out effort to develop ways of directly capturing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 01, 2018, 01:58:58 pm »

This Video of a Lab Simulated Rogue Wave Will Make Your Palms Sweat

August 30, 2018 by Mike Schuler

It’s a sailor’s worst nightmare. A monster wave that comes out of nowhere, two to three times bigger than the others. In certain cases, waves like this are capable of swallowing a ship whole. Yet to this day we still don’t know much about rogue waves or how they form. Actually, most of what we do know about these freak waves comes from actual experience. We know they’re out there, and many of you could probably share a sea story or two of your own.

But researchers at the Aalto University in Finland say they are now able to recreate the phenomenon in realistic oceanic conditions inside a laboratory, which is helping them learn more about how and why these mysterious and sometimes deadly waves form.

Check it out:

Professor Amin Chabchoub from the Aalto University explains:

“Potentially extremely dangerous realistic rogue waves can now be controlled and generated at will in laboratory environments, in similar conditions as they appear in the ocean. This will help us not only to predict oceanic extreme events, but also in the design of safer ships and offshore rigs. In fact, newly designed vessels and rig model prototypes can be tested to encounter in a small scale, before they are built, realistic extreme ocean waves. Therefore, initial plans may change, if models are not resistant enough to face suddenly occurring freak waves.”

According to the researchers:

The birth of rogue waves can be physically explained through the modulation instability of water waves. In mathematical terms, this phenomenon can be described through exact solutions of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, also referred to as “breathers”.

[These breathers describe the dynamics of unstable water waves that become rogue: the instability arise from a calm state. As a result, now we know how rogue waves may appear in realistic oceanic conditions.]

For a couple of years, the research team around Professor Chabchoub has already been able to create steered rogue waves in laboratory wave flumes. However, this has only succeeded in perfect regular wave conditions. In nature, this is rarely the case.

The results of their findings were published today in the Physical Review Letters 2016. Here are some more photos from the lab:

Photos courtesy Aalto University


Agelbert NOTE: Here is a photo series from my article on Predicted Ocean Wave Activity showing what happens to a modern huge crude oil tanker when at least one of these giant waves (that are predicted to be increasingly more common from Catastrophic Climate Change) hits the ship:

To give you a better idea of the huge threat a giant wave or three is to a large tanker or cargo vessel,  I took some screenshots from a video of a wave laboratory testing the effects of 72 ft. waves on a modern supertanker. I'm sure Big Oil is paying attention, regardless of what they say in public.  ;)

3D simulation by Agelbert of tanker model is below the wave tank screenshot

5: The above is catastrophic for a tanker. 6: Supertanker scale model in scale 72 ft. waves is rolled and sinks.

The tanker completely capsized. In a real world situation, this is a death blow to the crew because it happens too fast to get survival gear on or reach the lifeboats, even if they are the emergency egress sealed type you saw earlier. That is why both tanker and cargo ships do everything they can to avoid being broadsided. In the real world, when the engines are lost in these types of seas, the only way to survive is to immediately abandon ship on a free fall enclosed life boat capsule.

If the above series of screen shots are not convincing enough to the reader of the threat shipping faces from giant waves, the following video series will leave no doubt in your mind that world shipping is incapable of handling the routine 30 to 35 meter waves that the Hansen et al June 2015 paper predicts for a ΔT = plus 2C (and beyond) world.

Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: Part 3 of 3 parts

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 29, 2018, 11:56:43 am »

The Atlantic

The Global Rightward 🐉🦕🦖😈 👹 🏴‍ ☠️ 🚩 Shift on Climate Change

President Trump 🦀 may be leading the rich, English-speaking world to scale back environmental policies.


AUG 28, 2018


At a basic level, this pattern holds up, well, everywhere. Every country except the United States supports the Paris Agreement on climate change. But no major developed country is on track to meet its Paris climate goals, according to the Climate Action Tracker, an independent analysis produced by three European research organizations. Even Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom—where right-wing governments have made combatting climate change a national priority—seem likely to miss their goals.

Simply put: This kind of failure, writ large, would devastate Earth in the century to come. The world would blow its stated goal of limiting atmospheric temperature rise. Heatwaves 🌡️ might regularly last for six punishing weeks, sea levels could soar by feet in a few short decades, and certain fragile ecosystems—like the delicate Arctic permafrost or the kaleidoscopic plenty of coral reefs—would disappear from the planet entirely.

Full article:


Agelbert NOTE: Excellent article. The Hydrocarbon Hellspawn 🐉🦕🦖😈👹 never stop corrupting governments all over the world.

One day somebody will ask (while they take one of these Big Oil Cretins to prison for life), "What part of the FACT that CO2 is a pollutant that can wreak havoc on the biosphere in mere Parts Per Million do you NOT understand?".

Earth with and without GHG:

The last time CO2 was this high:
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 29, 2018, 11:20:56 am »


Republican congressman 😈 uses climate change as excuse for possible campaign violation

Rep. Culberson’s staff says he purchased collectible fossils with campaign funds "as research material on paleo-climatology."  


AUG 28, 2018, 1:08 PM

Call it “the climate change defense” or, maybe, “the climate science denier defense.”

Texas Rep. John Culberson (R) has come up with a novel argument against complaints that he has used more than $50,000 in campaign funds to buy collectibles such as Civil War memorabilia and even fossils.

The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that “Culberson’s aides explained the purchase as research material on paleo-climatology, a subject that would help him understand climate science,” which he supposedly needs to do since he’s on a committee that oversees funding for NOAA — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “They said the materials helped give him a better understanding of the changing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

This defense from Culberson, a long-time denier of climate science, is particularly laughable when you go to his campaign’s Federal Election Committee filing, which reveals the purchases come from the Black Hills Institute of South Dakota.

The Institute’s motto, “Always the finest in fossils, fossil replicas, and service,” along with its Tyrannosaurus rex 🦖 logo, suggest this may not be the best place for researching climate science. ;D

The Institute is “most famous for excavating and selling replicas of some of the most complete” T. rex specimans, as Wikipedia explains.

The Institute’s website features “STAN, the largest and most complete (65% real bone) T. rex available to science,” and explains, “Cast replicas of STAN’s magnificent skeleton, skull, teeth and claws are available for sale or rent from the Institute.”

In their complaint about how Culberson has been spending his campaign funds, Texas Democrats write, “It is very unlikely that a congressional campaign committee needs to buy or rent fossils to win a federal election. Thus, these expenditures also appear to be personal use of campaign funds.

It seems even more unlikely that fossils — or potentially fossil replicas — would give the Congressman much insight into climate science.

That’s especially true because Culberson is a long-time climate science denier who  rejects the overwhelming scientific consensus that human emissions, primarily from burning fossil fuels, are the dominant cause of recent warming.

In 2015, he told the L.A. Times, “I’m confident humans have had some effect on the climate. We just don’t have enough data or accurate data to say with certainty what that effect has been.”

Climate change made every stage of Hurricane Harvey more horrific

He repeated that mantra to the Texas Tribune in its Tuesday story on how Hurricane Harvey has become a major point of contention in Culberson’s race with Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher: “I’m confident humans are having an impact; my focus is on getting good, accurate, objective data to tell us what’s driving the changes in the climate.”

This is the same tired talking point that Trump administration officials have been using — namely, that humans play some role in climate change, but darned if we know what it is

This talking point has been so thoroughly debunked that when former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt tried it on Fox News last summer, host Chris Wallace pounced. “Mr. Pruitt, all kinds of studies contradict you,” he said.

Even Fox News slams EPA chief’s climate denial: ‘All kinds of studies contradict you’

Given the Congressman’s rejection of the overwhelming conclusions of modern climate science, he probably won’t be using some fossils or fossil replicas for research into paleoclimatology.

It’s up to voters this fall whether they want to retire a Congressman who loves fossils but hates the science of fossil fuel-caused climate change.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:11:05 pm »

Record Low Water Levels on the Danube Hinders Shipping in Hungary

BUDAPEST, August 22, 2018 by Reuters


FILE PHOTO: Alluvial wood lies on a gravel shoal in the middle of the Danube river during the period of low water level near Esztergom, Hungary, August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo

Water levels on the Danube dropped to record lows on three sections of the river in Hungary on Wednesday due to a recent drought, hindering passenger cruise ships and causing losses to freight shipping companies.

In Budapest the Danube receded to 0.61 metres, just above the record low of 0.51 meters recorded in 2003, the National Water Authority said in a statement.

Tourists and locals flocked to the bottom of the pillars of the historic Margaret bridge to capture a unique view of the Hungarian capital city from the riverbed, with Parliament and the Royal Castle facing each other on the two riverbanks.

But waterways shippers were desperately waiting for rainfall, forecast for the coming days in Austria and Germany, which they hope could help raise water levels in Hungary as well.

Full article:


Agelbert NOTE: Another Climate Change "gift" brought to you by the Profit over People and Planet Hydrocarbon Hellspawn 🦕🦖 .   

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 21, 2018, 02:58:41 pm »

5 Graphs Show Just How Unusual This Year’s Wildfires Are

by Susan Minnemeyer Susan Minnemeyer - August 20, 2018


California’s 2018 fire season started earlier and ramped up faster than previous years. Photo by Daria Devyatkina/Flickr

This time of year always brings wildfires. But what’s unusual this fires season is where and how the blazes are burning—and it could be a warning sign of what’s to come.

Hotter-than-normal temperatures and drought across much of northern Europe and North America in June and July have resulted in wildfires burning in what are typically wetter, cooler regions. England’s peatland moors, Ireland, Sweden, Scandinavia and even areas north of the Arctic Circle experienced significant fires over the past two months.

According to data displayed on Global Forest Watch Fires, Sweden, Finland and Latvia experienced more fires in 2018 than they have any other year since at least 2012, when the collection of such data began. 🕵️

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 20, 2018, 11:06:04 pm »


Common Dreams

Aug. 20, 2018 06:31AM EST

Flames of the Simi Valley fire ravage a Southern California mountain side on Oct. 29, 2012. U.S. Air Force / Senior Master Sgt. Dennis W. Goff

'Hothouse Earth' Co-Author Says 'People Will Look Back on 2018 as the Year When Climate Reality Hit'

By Jessica Corbett


Amid a flurry of "breathless headlines" about warnings in a new study that outlines a possible "Hothouse Earth" scenario, one co-author optimistically expressed his belief that "people will look back on 2018 as the year when climate reality hit."

In an interview with the Guardian on this past Friday, Stockholm Resilience Center executive director Johan Rockström declared, "This is the moment when people start to realize that global warming is not a problem for future generations, but for us now." Rockström's study has received an "unprecedented" amount of global attention in the past week—270,000 downloads and counting.

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


Sixth Mass Extinction Ushers In Record-Breaking Wildfires 🔥 and Heat 🌡️  🚩

BY Dahr Jamail Truthout

PUBLISHED August 20, 2018 

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.

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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.


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 🔥


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

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 15, 2018, 03:52:58 pm »


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

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.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:51:23 pm »

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? 


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 »


August 9, 2018

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.

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