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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:59:10 pm »

Departures from the 20th-century global average temperature for October, 1880-2017. The four warmest Octobers on record have all occurred in the last four years. Image credit; NOAA/NCEI.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:15:41 pm »

October 2017: Earth's 4th Warmest October on Record

Dr. Jeff Masters  ·  November 17, 2017, 11:17 AM EST

SNIPPET 1:


Above: The deadliest disaster of October was Tropical Depression 23W, which made landfall over central Vietnam on October 10, triggering multiple days of torrential downpours. At least 98 people were dead or missing, with 18,000 homes damaged throughout the north of the country. Image credit: Nhan Sinh/Vietnam News Agency via AP.

SNIPPET 2:

Global ocean temperatures last month were the fourth warmest on record for any October, according to NOAA, and global land temperatures were the eleventh warmest on record.

Global satellite-measured temperatures for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were the warmest for any October in the 39-year record, according to the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) and Remote Sensing Systems (RSS).

SNIPPET 3:

Hurricane Harvey, U.S., 8/25 – 9/2, $90 billion, 84 killed
Hurricane Irma, Caribbean/Bahamas/SE U.S., 9/5 – 9/12, $60 billion, 124 killed
Hurricane Maria, Caribbean, 9/18 – 9/21, $20+ billion, 98 killed
Wildfire, U.S. (California), 10/8 – 10/30, $8+ billion, 43 killed
Flooding, China, 6/22 – 7/5, $7.5 billion, 141 killed
Flooding, China, 7/13 – 7/17, $4.5 billion, 20 killed
Typhoon Hato, Macau/Hong Kong/China, 8/23 – 8/24, $3.5 billion, 22 killed
Severe Weather, U.S. Rockies/Plains, 5/8 – 5/11, $3.25 billion, 0 killed
Flooding, Peru, 1/1 – 4/1, $3.1 billion, 120 killed
Severe Weather, U.S. Plains/Southeast/Midwest, 3/26 – 3/28, $2.75 billion, 0 killed
Drought, China, 5/1 – 8/31, $2.5 billion, 0 killed
Tropical Cyclone Debbie
, Australia, 3/27 – 4/5, $2.4 billion, 14 killed
Drought, Italy, 1/1 – 7/31, $2.3 billion, 0 killed
Severe Weather, U.S. Midwest/Plains/Southeast, 3/6 – 3/10, $2.1 billion, 0 killed
Severe Weather, U.S. Midwest, 6/11, $2.0 billion, 0 killed
Severe Weather, U.S. Midwest/Plains/Southeast/MS Valley, 4/28 – 5/01, $2.0 billion, 20 killed
Drought, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, 1/1 – 3/31, $1.9 billion, hundreds killed
Severe Weather, U.S. South, 2/27 - 3/2, $1.9 billion, 4 killed
Severe Weather, U.S. South, 1/18 - 1/23, $1.3 billion, 21 killed
Typhoon Lan, Japan/Philippines, 10/18 – 10/23, $1.0 billion, 17 killed
Tropical Storm Nanmadoll Japan, 7/4 – 7/6, $1.0 billion, 37 killed
Severe Weather, U.S. Plains/Midwest/Northeast, 6/27 – 6/30, $1.0 billion, 0 killed
Winter Weather, U.S. Plains/Midwest/Southeast/Northeast, 3/13 – 3/15, $1.0 billion, 11 killed
Severe Weather, U.S. Plains/Rockies, 6/12 – 6/14, $1.0 billion, 0 killed

Full article with several grapics:

 https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/october-2017-earths-4th-warmest-october-record
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:34:43 pm »

NASA releases atmospheric simulation of this year’s hurricane season

LAST UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 16TH, 2017 AT 8:04 PM BY ALEXANDRU MICU


Full article:

https://www.zmescience.com/other/shorties/nasa-atmosphere-sim/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:46:15 pm »

]

Top Spots Of Climate Change Performance Index 2018 Remain Unoccupied With No Paris-Compatible Countries
November 16th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill

SNIPPET:

Unsurprisingly, the United States’ freefall to 56th position was due primarily to the Trump Administration’s backwards policies, causing the country’s ranking in the policy section to fall to “very low.” Thankfully, “A ‘high’ ratedgrowth rate of renewables over the course of the past years led to a slightly more positive rating in the renewables category compared to the other index categories.”

Full article:

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/16/top-spots-climate-change-performance-index-2018-remain-unoccupied-no-paris-compatible-countries/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:07:29 pm »


SNIPPET from Video:

Quote
It's not a slogan to say another world is possible. It's not a slogan. It's part of our imagination. We believe that it's possible. If it is indeed possible, if we continue to resist, we have not been defeated, but I still feel that this might be the last president of the United States, and I say that on two levels.

The first level is, and I think Larry Wilkerson said it as well at lunch, I'm not sure if this country's façade of democracy is going to last. I think the façade might disappear sooner than the planet is destroyed, and so this might very well be the last president under the façade of democracy, and I think we should think about that a little bit, not pessimistically, not hopelessly, not in fear, but in order to sharpen our sense of what we need to do.

This might be the last president because they might annul formal democracy. This might also be the last president because this president is not a Republican. He's not even necessarily an imperialist. This president is an annihilationist. He is an annihilationist.

Not only is this president, in other words, the last president, this last president, not only is he committed to fully destroy the planet through this carbon civilization that we live in ... I quite agree. There is no such thing called climate change. There is capitalist planetary destruction. We are facing capitalist planetary destruction, not climate change.

Climate change somehow suggests that the climate has decided to change, that somehow the winds in the Atlantic Ocean have decided, "Let's spin a little faster. Let's provide more dangerous hurricanes." God might be involved in this. Dispensationalism. The dispensation might be producing some sort of shift.


This is not climate change. This is engineered by the carbon civilization required by capitalism. This is capitalistically-produced planetary destruction. He wants to speed up capitalistically-engineered planetary destruction by increasing the carbon civilization.



The Last U.S. President

November 8, 2017

Vijay Prashad: 'The Only Way to Confront a War Economy is to Confront a Culture of War'

The culture of war is a celebration of death , which is what President Trump is promoting and which we must confront, argues Vijay Prashad at the Code Pink Summit


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20321


I will agree with you here. We are witnessing the last prez. of U.S.A. Inc.
We have yet to the witness the President of the Republic of the United States of America.
The swamp in D.C. most likely will turn into a cesspool with oceans rising for all intensive purposes.
Philly should be the new capital. However if Philly goes under, then I would think Denver will be the
new home of the Republic.


 

All this has a source. All this has a root cause. You and I do not agree on the root cause.  ;)  ;D

But for the sake of non-argument, do you agree that the following is a BIG reason (somewhere down the chain af causation from the root cause) that we cannot get anything good and decent (i.e. No CFS* in the US gooberment) accomplished in this God Forsaken, Polluter OWNED country?  :P

Agelbert NOTE: The polluters AGAIN find a way to KEEP POLLUTING while they CONTINUE to shaft mostly the poor and people of color with greenwashing baloney cap and trade.



November 15, 2017

Is Carbon Trading Just a License to Pollute?

Market-based pollution credit schemes undermine environmental laws and disproportionately affect lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color, says Food & Water Watch's Scott Edwards


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20461%27%20style=%27color:#000;
*NOTE: CFS is an acronymn for Common F'n Sense


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:27:07 pm »

 




Quote
It's not a slogan to say another world is possible. It's not a slogan. It's part of our imagination. We believe that it's possible. If it is indeed possible, if we continue to resist, we have not been defeated, but I still feel that this might be the last president of the United States, and I say that on two levels.

The first level is, and I think Larry Wilkerson said it as well at lunch, I'm not sure if this country's façade of democracy is going to last. I think the façade might disappear sooner than the planet is destroyed, and so this might very well be the last president under the façade of democracy, and I think we should think about that a little bit, not pessimistically, not hopelessly, not in fear, but in order to sharpen our sense of what we need to do.

This might be the last president because they might annul formal democracy. This might also be the last president because this president is not a Republican. He's not even necessarily an imperialist. This president is an annihilationist. He is an annihilationist.

Not only is this president, in other words, the last president, this last president, not only is he committed to fully destroy the planet through this carbon civilization that we live in ... I quite agree. There is no such thing called climate change. There is capitalist planetary destruction. We are facing capitalist planetary destruction, not climate change.

Climate change somehow suggests that the climate has decided to change, that somehow the winds in the Atlantic Ocean have decided, "Let's spin a little faster. Let's provide more dangerous hurricanes." God might be involved in this. Dispensationalism. The dispensation might be producing some sort of shift.


This is not climate change. This is engineered by the carbon civilization required by capitalism. This is capitalistically-produced planetary destruction. He wants to speed up capitalistically-engineered planetary destruction by increasing the carbon civilization.




The Last U.S. President

November 8, 2017

Vijay Prashad: 'The Only Way to Confront a War Economy is to Confront a Culture of War'

The culture of war is a celebration of death , which is what President Trump is promoting and which we must confront, argues Vijay Prashad at the Code Pink Summit


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20321
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2017, 08:14:55 pm »

 

November 13, 2017
US People's Delegation Defies Trump at Bonn Climate Summit

Thanu Yakupitiyage of 350.org and Katia R. Aviles-Vazquez of It Takes Roots report from Bonn, Germany on the People's Climate Summit, and how grassroots groups are confronting the U.S.'s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2017, 08:06:45 pm »

 

 

Humanity gets its second Warning: We’re crippling the planet

LAST UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 AT 7:59 PM BY ALEXANDRU MICU 

SNIPPET:

Over 15,000 scientists from 184 countries around the world have signed the second ‘Warning to Humanity,’ urging for decisive action to preserve the planet that keeps us alive.

Over the last 25 years:

The amount of available freshwater per capita has gone down by 26%.

The number of ocean dead zones has increased by 75%, almost doubling over this time.

Almost 300 million acres of forest were lost in the same time window.

CO2 emissions have increased by 62%.

Global temperature has increased by 29%.

Vertebrate wildlife abundance has dropped by 29%.


Full article:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/second-warning-scientists-earth/

Agelbert NOTE: Another data point that may interest you (see below) is that over the past 25 PLUS years, Big Oil has LIED 24/7 about what they KNEW was coming, even as they used all their profit over planet money to finish destroying democracy in the USA.  Have a nice day.




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: November 13, 2017, 02:03:05 pm »


11 Dangerous Signs of Climate Change

Talltanic

Published on Apr 18, 2017

From storms hitting harder and more dangerous from warming temperatures, drought, to facts about climate changing rapidly.

Subscribe to Talltanic http://goo.gl/wgfvrr

4 - Change in Seasons

Several of the effects of climate change have already begun to disrupt our cycles of seasons ranging from spring to fall especially. The increase in the carbon dioxide levels has led to spring arriving approximately 11 days earlier than it did back in 1960. And with winter as well, the frost season now seems to come progressively later inside the Northern hemisphere since 1840. Lakes and river average freezing 9 days later and ice cover begin melting 10 days sooner than it used to base on records from 150 years ago. A study from 2003 showed that these changes have led to earlier blooming of plants, breeding egg-laying and migration patterns in animals. On the East coast of the United States winters are getting noticeably shorter and on the Southern ends, summers are lasting longer, the rising temperatures are becoming more obvious as they are beginning to be felt by all no matter their location. 

3 - The Rise in Temperatures

Research groups for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, Britain's Hadley Center and Climatic Research Unit and Japan's Meteorological Agency have all agreed that global temperature trends are on the rise, and there has been a particularly rapid increase in the past few decades. According to all of their statistics, since 1901 the global average surface temperature for the planet have risen at an average rate of 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit per decade. However, the United States has warmed at nearly twice that global rate since the 1970s. Sea surface temperatures have also begun to rise higher than ever before, over the last 30 years these temperatures have risen at a rate of 0.21 Fahrenheit degrees per decade.

2 - Feeling the Heat

Forecasts in Earth's weather patterns are now saying that there will be an increase of approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century, at least. In Texas for example, the July heat index is predicted to rise by 25 degrees Fahrenheit over this coming century. The United Kingdom is also feeling the heat, during the summer of 2002 a ravenous heat wave spread viciously through Europe and India, over 50,000 were hospitalized due to heat related illnesses and injuries, 20,000 people in Europe and 1,500 in India didn't make it through the devastating increase in temperatures. Urban areas are said to be are far greater risks for these kinds of heat related problems, all that black cement, asphalt and tar roofs effectively act as a giant conductors for the already extremely high temperatures. It's called a heat island effect and nearly every major city across the world is due to feel the effects as the temperatures continue to rise worldwide. The elderly and the young are said to be especially vulnerable to these raising patterns of heightened heat. The United Nations weather agency says that large cities can expect to suffer twice as many injuries, illnesses and deaths as a result from heat waves by the year 2020.

1 - Sea Levels Rising

Core samples, tide gauge readings and satellite measurements all have the same results, the Global Sea level is rising and fast! Over the past century, the Global sea level have risen by 4 to 8 inches, over the past 20 years, the annual rate has been 0.13 inches a year, which is roughly twice the average speed of the previous 80 years. When water heats up, it expands, warmer oceans occupy more space. Even a small increase can have devastating effects such as erosion, flooding, soil contamination, loss of habitats for fish, birds, plants and even people. Hundreds of millions of people live within areas which are vulnerable to flooding, these higher sea levels could force many to abandon their homes and lose their domiciles forever. Low-lying islands are theorised to possibly disappear completely within only a few years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has stated that they expect the oceans to rise between 11 and 38 inches by 2100, enough to swamp entire cities lingering along the United States East Coast. The direst of estimates maintains that if the ice sheets continue to melt effectively making sea levels rise even faster, than the sea level could rise up to 23 feet, which is enough to submerge London.

Collaborator Wacky Universe
Category Science & Technology
License Standard YouTube License
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:51:48 pm »

The Story of Climate Change


Climate State

Published on Apr 20, 2017

Bill McKibben from http://350.org Jim Hansen, Katharine Hayhoe and others give us an update on the science and solutions to climate change.

Notice there is a typo, the chart at around 10:03 should read 1880 1900, not 1880 1990.

 




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:34:55 pm »

Climate Change: What Happens If The World Warms Up By 2°C?

118,609 views


Two degrees is the target for limiting the global temperature increase. But even that limit will have a dramatic effect on the world's climate.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2017, 01:22:53 pm »


Animation: How temperature has changed in each country since 1900


Carbon Brief

Published on Aug 2, 2017

How has temperature changed in each country over the last century? This data visualisation shows temperature anomaly – the departure from the long-term average – by country from 1900-2016. Visualisation by Antti Lipponen (@anttilip) of the Finnish Meteorological Institute based on GISTEMP data (CC BY 2.0).

http://carbonbrief.org

Music credit: Into Infinity artists Unrecognisable Now, Naohito Uchiyama, Languis (CC BY-NC 3.0 US).

Category News & Politics
License Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)
Source videos View attributions





Fossil Fuel (Trump, Pruitt, Tillerson, Zinke, etc. et al) Government/Industry Reaction to the above Irrefutable Data:
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:28:55 pm »

Flash Storm lasting "two intense minutes" devastates an Australian town without warning blowing washing machines and dryers down the street  :o

Tuesday, 7 November 2017


Photo theherald.com.au

IT lasted barely two minutes but felt 'like a typhoon' when 100km/h winds tore through the Hunter Valley town of Kurri Kurri.

Dozens of buildings on the main street were badly damaged with the town library, pub and public school bearing the brunt as the ferocious storm hit at about 2pm.

Two women had to be rescued by police after becoming trapped when the roof of the library collapsed.

The pair was taken to Maitland Hospital with minor injuries.

A lightning strike ripped a hole in the roof of the Kurri Kurri Hotel and did it so rapidly that patrons didn't even have time to get off their stools.

"It happened really quickly, the chimney blew over.

It's a heritage building so it's going to be really hard to get it back to what it was," publican Jim
Sullivan said, describing the storm as a mini typhoon. Mark Roberts said he had "never seen anything like it".

"There were hailstones coming in. You could barely see out the window," Mr Roberts said.

Baker Cheryl Baker said the whole town was "devastated" by the "flash storm" which brought trees and power lines down.

"Washing machines and dryers from the second-hand shop got picked up and have been flying down the road with the storm," she said.

"There are trees down on cars and it is raining really heavy. The lightning struck the pub and there is now a hole in its roof. The library roof has also fallen onto the power lines over the Centrelink building. We've got no electricity at all."

The roof of the ambulance hall, which housed an after-school childminding service, was ripped off, while at Kurri Kurri Public School huge trees came down and the playground was covered in debris. Central Hunter Police Superintendent Craig Jackson described the storm as "two intense minutes" that struck the town without warning.

"The storm has taken roofs of various businesses in the town centre of Kurri, taken off awnings and we've had two women rescued from a partially collapsed building,"

Supt Jackson said. "It's one of the more powerful storms I've seen, there is quite a lot of damage. There was no warning for the intensity.

It has taken everyone by surprise. "Between the emergency services, it's going to be a busy night." At the height of the storm, there were almost 2300 homes without power in Kurri Kurri, Weston and Mulbring. State Emergency Service spokeswoman Sue Pritchard said the SES had close to 100 calls for help in the Kurri Kurri area.

"There are so many jobs but the worst has been roofs of houses, an office block affected, leaking roofs, fences down on driveways and generally quite a lot of damage," she said.

"We are expecting the winds to keep continuing and we are asking people to protect their properties because this is just the start of a few months of the storm season."

The SES responded 500 calls for assistance across NSW. Illawarra recorded up to 150mm of rain and Sydney had 70mm.

Hail the size of golf balls fell at Narrabri, and 10cm of snow was recorded at Perisher.

Posted by  Gary Walton  at  10:09 am

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2017/11/flash-storm-lasting-two-intense-minutes.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:22:53 pm »


VUW professor warns of “remarkable” increase in global warming

November 12, 2017

Wellington.Scoop

Professor James Renwick of the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, said this week that the recent rate of change of warming globally has been really remarkable.

He was commenting on a statement from the World Meteorological Organisation which said 2017 is set to be in the top three hottest years on record, with record-breaking extreme weather.

“We now appear to be well and truly through the 1 degree of warming (compared to pre-industrial) barrier, heading for 2 degrees,” said Professor Renwick. “What’s really striking is that this year is coming in as probably the second warmest year on record, after the big El Niño-influenced 2016. The fact that we have such warmth this year without an El Niño, and in fact with a slightly cooling La Niña developing in the Tropical Pacific, tells me that the background warming trend (from greenhouse gas increase) is really becoming apparent.

“The main way we experience climate change is through extreme events, and this year has seen extraordinary extremes around the world. From record floods and fires in North America to record monsoon rains in Bangladesh and India, to heatwaves in many parts of the globe, 2017 has already been exceptional.

“Here in New Zealand, we have seen several major flood events, including Edgecumbe in April and the eastern South Island from Dunedin to Christchurch in July. While the analysis has yet to be done, it is very likely that these events have a climate change ‘fingerprint’, as a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, making heavy rain events more frequent. Sea levels continue to rise, and the latest science shows that we may see considerably more than 1 metre this century, with many more metres to come, unless we cap greenhouse gas emissions urgently.

“The Bonn ‘COP23’ meeting is on this week and now is the time for countries to demonstrate action on climate change. To stay below the 2 degree Paris limit, the world economy needs to be carbon-free within 50 years. A huge ask, but the costs of inaction or failure are almost incalculable. Rather than a burden, this is a real opportunity for government and business to lead the way into the green economy.”

http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=104791
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:50:36 pm »

MV Ever Smart Arrives in Los Angeles with Toppled Containers

November 10, 2017 by gCaptain


MV Ever Smart alongside in Los Angeles on November 9, 2017.

The MV Ever Smart arrived at the port of Los Angeles on Wednesday showing clear evidence of the dozens of containers which were lost from the vessel during its voyage across the Pacific.

As gCaptain reported previously, the British-flagged Ever Smart lost 42 containers overboard approximately 700nm east of Japan on October 30, 2017. The UK MAIB has launched an investigation into the incident.

The incident occurred as the ship was underway from Taipei, Taiwan to the Port of Los Angeles.

Although the MAIB investigation will seek to determine the cause of the accident, on the day the containers were lost, meteorologists were tracking a powerful hurricane force low-pressure system over the northwestern Pacific.



http://gcaptain.com/mv-ever-smart-arrives-in-los-angeles-with-toppled-containers/

Agelbert NOTE: Catastrophic Climate Change will eventually make blue water cargo shipping impossible (details below).

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 10, 2017, 08:22:52 pm »

 

November 10, 2017
Empire Files: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge
 

After a flurry of media attention, the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey faded from public view. But after unprecedented floods and widespread destruction, the story is far from over. In Part 1 of her investigation, Abby Martin travels to Houston one month later


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20406%27%20style=%27color:#000;
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 09, 2017, 11:09:03 pm »



EcoWatch

Moyers and McKibben: What to Do When Time Is Running Out for the Planet

By Bill Moyers

SNIPPET:

Moyers: For me the question now is how much time do we have? When it comes to global warming, all signs suggest we are running out of time.

McKibben: The question of time is the question that haunts me. I remain optimistic enough to think that in general human beings will figure out the right thing to do eventually, and Americans will somehow get back on course. Of course, there'll be a lot of damage done in the meantime. But with climate change in particular—the gravest of the problems we face—time is the one thing we don't have. It's the only problem we've ever had that came with a time limit. And if we don't solve it soon, we don't solve it. Our governments so far have not proven capable of dealing with this question. They simply haven't been able to shake off the self-interest and massive power of the fossil-fuel industry. It's going to take a lot of work and a lot of effort to get us onto renewable energy quickly and everywhere. It's doable technically; the question is whether it's doable politically or not. There I don't know.

Full Interview Transcript: 


https://www.ecowatch.com/moyers-mckibben-interview-2508046318.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 08, 2017, 01:23:14 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: ANOTHER "gift", compliments of the Fossil Fuel Industry. The "gifts" will increase in frequency and duration. We, not the fossil Fuel Industry, will be billed for the damages. We are screwed. Have a nice day.

November 2017

Storm Herwart Sweeps Across Germany, Czech Republic, Poland

History in ruins - In Oldenswort in Schleswig Holstein, a historic windmill fell victim to storm Herwart. Windmill Catharina was built in 1786 and was a huge draw among tourists, who could rent a room inside the historical structure.


Under the water - The Elbe River breached its banks in Hamburg, flooding a nearby parking lot. Fire fighters in the city have received 500 calls to deal with emergency situations.


Berlin: state of emergency - The Berlin fire brigade declared a state of emergency early Sunday as Herwart roared over the German capital. One person was seriously injured when scaffolding from a construction site fell on him.


Flood of calls - The Berlin fire brigade said it had received 100 emergency phone calls between 4 a.m. (0300 GMT) and 7 a.m. It has requested all volunteer fire fighters to report for duty


Trees uprooted - The storm has uprooted several trees in the affected regions. No casualties or injuries have been reported in Germany so far due to falling trees.

More info and graphics:

http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/environment/s-11798]http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/environment/s-11798
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:33:51 pm »


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:17:25 pm »

Radio Ecoshock

November 1, 2017

THIS ISN’T NORMAL!  :o

“Normal” TV weather casting sucks so badly. We just had amazing record heat in California at the end of October. When it’s over 100 degrees day after day in California, it’s way too late to deny climate change is real. Then we have very strong storms (can you say “extreme weather event”) in New England. And of course the American press doesn’t even bother reporting even stronger storms in Germany and Eastern Europe. In the port of Hamburg the seas were more than a meter above normal, flooding the fish market. Millions lost power, with flooding all over. It’s NOT NORMAL!!

Thank you for listening this week, and my thanks to everyone who supports this show. Many of you did make donations, or signed up as subscribing listeners. Frankly, I got enough to cover the costs of producing and distributing the program, but not enough to actually pay me any kind of wage for doing this. Oh well, I love the opportunity you give me to talk with such brilliant people. Plus, I just can’t quit while a series of threats are so plainly developing. On with the show!

If you can still help, please find out how here.

Please tell your friends and your electronic friends about Radio Ecoshock. That helps get the word out too.


https://www.ecoshock.org/2017/11/expect-a-sudden-sea-level-event.html
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 04, 2017, 06:30:19 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 04, 2017, 04:10:07 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:50:54 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Whatever is in ice anywhere om Earth will soon be totally exposed because of Catastrophic Climate Change.  :(

Top 10 Mysterious Things Found Frozen In Ice

5,355,064 views


Published on Oct 14, 2017

10 Strange, creepy and shocking things found on the ice:

Global warming opens the veil of secrecy over unique finds that have been buried in the ice for centuries and centuries.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:01:59 pm »

House questions FEMA over Puerto Rico power contracts

Roberta Rampton, Jessica Resnick-Ault 4 MIN READ   

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-puertorico-power/house-questions-fema-over-puerto-rico-power-contracts-idUSKBN1D15WB
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 31, 2017, 07:33:22 pm »

Bulk Carrier Goes Aground During Deadly Storm in Germany

October 30, 2017 by Reuters


The photo provided by Germany’s Central command for maritime emergencies shows the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam which ran aground off the shore of the German island of Langeoog on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Germany was hit by a heavy storm on Sunday.

SNIPPET:

BERLIN, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Shallow waters off a North Sea island complicated efforts on Monday to dislodge a large freighter that ran aground as Germany began cleaning up after a storm that killed at least six people there and in Poland and Czech Republic.

Railway operator Deutsche Bahn continued to deal with “significant damage” from downed trees on some rail routes. Service will be limited in parts of northern Germany, DB said, after being suspended in large parts of the north and centre of the country on Sunday, stranding thousands of travellers.

The non-profit environmental group World Wildlife Fund said the oil on board continued to pose a significant risk to the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and renewed its call for a worldwide ban on heavy oil for use as ship fuel. 

The Wadden Sea is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. Including sand banks, salt marshes and dunes, it stretches from the Netherlands to neighbouring Germany and Denmark.

“Numerous wading birds, ducks and geese that are resting there at the moment would be endangered by the oil” if the ship broke up, Hans-Ulrich Rosenberg, a mud flat expert with WWE, said in a statement.
 
Elsewhere in Germany, Deutsche Bahn said rail traffic on a number of key routes – including the heavily travelled line from Hamburg to Berlin – would resume on Monday afternoon.

Thousands of travellers were stranded on Sunday, with some seeking shelter in special sleeping cars provided at stations. Trains that resumed service on Monday were crammed so full that some passengers had to disembark. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by Mark Heinrich)

Full article with link to more photos:

http://gcaptain.com/freighter-aground-deadly-storm/


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:00:46 pm »



 

There hasn’t been this much CO2 in the air in 3 million years. We have to stop, UN warns
LAST UPDATED ON OCTOBER 31ST, 2017 AT 8:45 PM BY ALEXANDRU MICU


SNIPPET 1:

CO2

It doesn’t look pretty. Overall, the document reports, in 2016, atmospheric concentrations of CO2 hit 403.3 parts per million (ppm), up from 400ppm in 2015.

Quote
“It is the largest increase we have ever seen in the 30 years we have had this network,” Dr Oksana Tarasova, chief of WMO’s global atmosphere watch programme, told BBC news.

“The largest increase was in the previous El Niño, in 1997-1998, and it was 2.7ppm; and now it is 3.3ppm. It is also 50% higher than the average of the last 10 years.”

SNIPPET 2:

Methane (CH4)

One more worrying trend seen by the WMO is a currently-unexplained increase of atmospheric methane  , also larger than the average over the past decade. Growth was strongest in the tropics and subtropics, and carbon isotope analysis has revealed the growth is not released by burning fossil fuels; it’s not clear where it is coming from. The worst-case scenario, researchers fear, is that we’re looking at the start of a feedback mechanism.



full article:

https://www.zmescience.com/science/wmo-report-gas-bulletin/

Agelbert NOTE: Guess what tiny colony living insect, with a GIGANTIC total biomass on earth, which also just happens to THRIVE on HOT WEATHER (i.e. they live mostly in the tropics and subtropics which just happen to be getting a lot hotter because of Global Warming) produces a LOT of methane (MUCH more than cows, pound for pound) as part of their normal metabolic process?

Termite Metabilism

But there is more to this story that is severely lacking in big picture analysis of cause and effect. The Fossil Fuel Industry is NOT off the hook, though the article on methane wants to make it look that way.

WHY is the Fossil Fuel Industry the main culprit here? Isotope analysis of methane means the type of carbon isotope in the methane, because the isotopes of hydrogen are the ones the nuclear bomb makers (see "heavy" water) and nuclear power plants (see tritium and deuterium) control rather effectively.

So, how do they "know" the carbon isotope in the CH4 is not from burning fossil fuels?


12C & 13C:

These two stable isotopes of carbon are found naturally on Earth. Living matter (i.e., bacteria and plants) takes up carbon through CO2 in the atmosphere. This matter is often isotopically selective, generally preferring to break the weaker, light-isotope bonds. Fractionation is constrained to definable ranges for relatively stable environmental conditions. Measuring this fraction, 13C/12C or d13C, enables the research scientist to determine a variety of factors regarding a particular sample.
http://web.sahra.arizona.edu/programs/isotopes/carbon.html

Logically, the assumption the scientists quoted in the article must have made is that the extra CH4 in the tropics and subtropics is from living metabolic processes because it mostly contains the weaker, light-isotope bond carbon atoms.

But the Fossil Fuel Industry rampant burning of fossil fuels, which causes global warming, is the reason MORE metabolic activity from gut baccteria in the tropics and subtropics is occurring.

Also, I am flabbergasted by the article's silence on the massive increase in methane now occurring in the arctic due to thawing permafrost and thawing clathrates on the sea bed. I mean, they write an article making it rather clear that we are in a horribly dire runaway greenhouse and decide NOT to talk about the rapid increase in methane emissions in the arctic? 

And what about all those leaking, recently tapped out fracked wells. that produce methane? Are they trying to avoid discussing the increase in methane in the USA and Canada because, conveniently, the EPA REFUSES to measure it? It sure looks that way.  >:(



So, yeah, methane producing gut (and ground) bacteria are very happy with increased average global temperatures. And, yeah, methane in that ground is going to be mostly the light carbon isotope type. But the methane from fracked wells is proportionately increasing as more fracking is done. Anybody that has a shred of scientific objectivity must assume that there is MORE methane being released now that there are MORE fracked wells out there, both active and inactive, contributing to the methane problem. Methane is 86 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than CO2. so you don't need a lot of it to goose global warming.

I am rather sick of these articles that go out of there way to let the fossil fuel polluters off the hook. The fossil Fuel Industry is THE CAUSE of all the warming. They need to be held responsible for the increased bacteria producing methane as well as as the increased fracked gas methane.

But the article does provide a great tallking point to knock down one of the fossil fuel industry's favorite duplicitous claims. They claim that CH4 (i.e. methane) from fracked wells and also the refining of crude oil is "natural" gas. It is, CLEARLY, because of its carbon isotope content, NOT NATURAL (i.e. not from bacterial metabolism). Only methane from cows, pig poop, human poop, tundra thawing anaerobic processes, termites, etc. is NATURAL gas. Tell them that methane from fossil fuel industry activity is UNnatural gas. Tell them that carbon isotope ratios prove that. Tell them they are full of baloney when they claim their crap polluting product is "natural" gas. Tell them they should stop lying to people about that.

Then ignore the verbal effluent they spew out.




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: October 31, 2017, 01:22:58 pm »

Hurricane Maria Damaged Houses in Puerto Rico



NASA photo of Puerto Rico

On The Ground In Puerto Rico

October 31st, 2017 by George Harvey

About three weeks ago, readers of CleanTechnica were introduced to my friend, Joseph Mangum in the article, “A Response To “A Call For Help For Puerto Rico.” That article was about a Gofundme campaign he had set up, looking for donations to set up solar systems on the island.


Interior of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. US Customs and Border Protection photo.

Three weeks later, Joseph has used the first $5,000 raised by the campaign to build five solar systems, each complete with inverter, battery, and charge controller. And he has taken those systems to Puerto Rico to set them up himself.

I got the first email from Joseph telling me of his plans to deliver the systems in an email on October 26. It read:

Quote
I leave for Boston tomorrow, Friday (Oct 27) and for San Juan bright and early Saturday morning (Oct 28). We are bringing 5 solar generators with us, but also other things:

2 high volume water purifier pumps

150 life straws

20,000 seeds to replant agriculture

20 individual food bags that consist of 5 lbs of rice, 1 lb of dried beans, 1 lb of dried lentils, 4 packages of instant mashed potatoes, 2 cans of tuna, and a small bag of dried fruit.

I wish we could bring down so much more on this plane ride down.

The current itinerary is to get the generators delivered during the week. We are going into the mountains in the central of the island and the going will be tough. So we are quite prepared for on-the-fly decision making. [Absence of communication] outside of San Juan also makes everything more complicated as well.

We are supposed to be meeting with both the mayors of Comerio and Jayuya, but we’ll see. With [communications] down and no set date for our arrival in either town.

When he gave me a few details of the facts, I was amazed. These five systems, at a combined cost of $5,000, each had a capacity of one kilowatt. They had been put together at the unheard of price of $1 per watt, including inverter, charge controller, and battery backup.
 
 

Of course I had to know how he could do that. “Well, I can tell you, ” Joseph said with a chuckle. “We aren’t making any money doing this.” I hope donors understand how effectively their contributions have been spent. (The Gofundme campaign is still going on. You can visit it at www.gofundme.com/solargens4pr.)

Joseph is a solar installer in Brattleboro, Vermont. He is going with a friend, Mark Lamoureux, also a solar installer, who works in Keene, New Hampshire. They are taking everything they can on a commercial flight to San Juan. This includes the food, seeds, water purification equipment, and components of the solar systems. What they cannot carry down, Joseph has already arranged to pick up in San Juan. My guess is the main thing they need to get in Puerto Rico is batteries, which cannot be carried on a commercial aircraft.

Joseph has a lot of connections in Puerto Rico, and they helped him find the best places to set up the solar systems. They are all going to communities in the interior of the island. Most of them are in the hills, and at least one is completely cut off, leaving Joseph unsure how he will get there. None have power now, and these systems will benefit a lot of people.

One of the systems will be installed in a building near the home of one of Joseph’s relatives. A local handyman is helping a lot of people who need repairs because of storm damage, but his work is restricted to doing what he can without power tools.

From there, Joseph is traveling to other communities to set up the other four systems. All four are in the mountains, without power or telephone connections. Some have no water. In each of these communities, Joseph will set up a system at an emergency shelter. The systems will each provide a small amount of ventilation at night in a room where a lot of people sleep. This can be a real life saver in a tropical environment.   


During the daytime, each system will provide access for charging cell phones, four at a time. In addition, each will power a wifi system with a satellite connection. They will provide lifelines to a large number of people who have been cut off. 

I have been amazed that he could put together these systems at such a low cost, even if he is not making any money. I asked him whether a deal could be made at the Gofundme site as an incentive, possibly offering a system set up in Puerto Rico and a second system to the donor, for a donation large enough to cover both. “These systems use panels designed for the tropics,” he said. “They are rated for temperatures of 60 to 100 degrees. They might not work well in Vermont.” He also told me that the panels are very inexpensively made. He believed that they might not be working in ten years. :(

The issue in Puerto Rico is very pressing right now. My feeling is that Joseph made some pretty good choices on the systems, addressing the short-term needs of a large number of people, rather than trying to address a long-term solution.

I made Joseph promise to send me emails whenever he can, so I can get the word out on what is going on in the outback areas of the island. I have received one so far from him in Puerto Rico, telling me that he was setting up to go on his journey. It is possible that I will not get another until he gets back, but I have hope things will go better than that. I will keep you posted.

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/10/31/ground-puerto-rico/

Trees Stripped by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 Credit: Michael Jimanez / GoFundMe
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:54:05 pm »

NASA | The Coldest Place in the World


NASA Goddard

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Published on Dec 9, 2013

What is the coldest place in the world?  It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night -- colder than the previous recorded low temperature.
Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center made the discovery while analyzing the most detailed global surface temperature maps to date, developed with data from remote sensing satellites including the MODIS sensor on NASA's Aqua satellite, and the TIRS sensor on Landsat 8, a joint project of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The researchers analyzed 32 years of data from several satellite instruments that have mapped Antarctica's surface temperature. Near a high ridge that runs from Dome Arugs to Dome Fuji, the scientists found clusters of pockets that have plummeted to record low temperatures dozens of times. The lowest temperature the satellites detected -- minus 136 F (minus 93.2 C), on Aug. 10, 2010. 

The new record is several degrees colder than the previous low of minus 128.6 F (minus 89.2 C), set in 1983 at the Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica. The coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth is northeastern Siberia, where temperatures dropped to a bone-chilling 90 degrees below zero F (minus 67.8 C) in the towns of Verkhoyansk (in 1892) and Oimekon (in 1933).

Agelbert NOTE: Antarctica is not just losing a steady amount of ice each year; the ice loss is accelerating each and every year.








 



2017: An enormous waterfall gushes off the Nansen Ice Shelf. Credit: Jonathan Kingslake

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 28, 2017, 04:00:31 pm »

Arctic Sea-Ice is much THINNER
Than we Thought


Paul Beckwith Published on Oct 27, 2017

The thickness, and thus volume of remaining Arctic sea-ice is much less than we think. In late winter, what we thought was 3 ft thick ice is actually only about 2.8 ft thick; 2 ft thick ice is really only about 1.5 ft thick. Ice volumes are lower by 11% to 25% depending on the overall thickness patterns. Terribly significant news, since sea-ice loss means broken persistent jet streams and many more, severe, longer duration extreme weather events.

Arctic on THIN(NER) Ice: Brainstorming


Paul Beckwith Published on Oct 27, 2017

In my previous video I explained that seasonal (first year) Arctic sea ice that we thought (last week) was about 3 feet (or 2 feet) thick is really only about 2.7 feet (or 1.5 feet) thick this week. This is huge, with enormous implications. In this video, I brainstorm on how this error affects volume, how it varies over the melt season, and how it affects ice regrowth in the fall. Bottom line: Complete loss of Arctic sea ice is even sooner than we thought.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 27, 2017, 09:01:32 pm »

Peter Ward Turbulence Podcast: Mass Extinction, Evolution, Climate Change

Climate State

Published on Sep 24, 2017

In this episode of Turbulence (Sep 15, 2017), Jake speaks with Peter Ward about the mass extinction events throughout Earth's history, the pressing issue of climate change, the future of evolution, the future of the human race, and other topics.

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