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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: Today at 07:25:12 pm »

Image by Andrea Booher / FEMA

Over $2 Billion In US Fire Suppression Costs From This Year’s Wildfire Season

September 19th, 2017 by James Ayre


That figure represents a substantial increase from the previous record year of 2015, which saw the agency spend $1.7 billion on fire suppression efforts.

To be clear here, these figures relate solely to US Forest Service costs and don’t include figures from federal, state, or local firefighting agencies.

Altogether, 2017 has been an unprecedented year in the US (and in many other parts of the world as well) with regard to forest fires. At this point, it should be clear that the predictions that wildfires will become increasingly common and severe over the course of the century as a result of anthropogenic climate change have something substantial to them.

Full article:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: Today at 02:41:54 pm »

Figure 2. Hurricane Hugo caused severe damage to Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rain forest on September 18, 1989. Image credit: NOAA Photo Library.

Above: Infrared GOES-16 image of Hurricane Maria as of 10:51 am EDT Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Image credit: RAMMB / CIRA@CSU.

Maria Headed for Catastrophic Hit on Puerto Rico, St. Croix
Bob Henson  ·  September 19, 2017, 11:41 AM EDT


After a direct hit on the small Lesser Antilles island of Dominica on Monday night, followed by a brief weakening, Hurricane Maria reintensified to Category 5 strength with winds of 160 mph on Tuesday morning. Maria will likely be a catastrophic Category 5 or high-end Category 4 storm when it hits the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning. Preliminary reports out of Dominica indicate that Maria likely did catastrophic damage there. The northern eyewall of Maria also grazed the southwest corner of Guadaloupe Island on Monday night, and heavy damage was reported there. The core of the hurricane missed Montserrat, Saba, and St. Kitts and Nevis, but these islands have been experiencing sustained tropical storm-force winds and heavy rain squalls.

Maria’s encounter with Dominica bruised the storm slightly, with the top winds falling to 155 mph and the central pressure rising from 924 mb to 934 mb between 11 pm Monday and 5 am Tuesday. This took the storm briefly down to a Category 4 rating. However, an Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft on Tuesday morning found a falling pressure and rising winds. Maria’s central pressure was down to 927 mb, and the winds were back up to 160 mph as of 11 am EDT Tuesday. Maria passed just east of Buoy 42060 late Tuesday morning; the buoy reported a pressure of 956 mb and sustained winds of 74 mph, gusting to 94 mph, at 11:10 am EDT Tuesday.

Unfortunately for the islands in its path, Maria’s appearance on satellite imagery is truly spectacular, and the outer spiral bands of the hurricane are already lashing the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as seen on long- range radar and CatherineHope’s Webcam on St. Croix.

Figure 1. GOES-16 visible image of Maria at 10:15 am Tuesday, September 19, 2017. At the time, Maria was a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds, a central pressure of 927 mb, and a small "pinhole" eye with a diameter of 10 nautical miles. Image credit: NOAA/RAMMB. GOES-16 data is considered preliminary and non-operational.

The dreaded "pinhole" eye  

Maria developed a tiny “pinhole” eye during its rapid intensification burst on Monday, with a diameter of 8 nautical miles (nm). The hurricane has maintained a small eye so far on Tuesday, with the diameter fluctuating between 7 nm and 10 nm (10 nm = 11.5 miles). Hurricanes that develop pinhole eyes often intensify into some of the strongest storms we observe, since they concentrate their wind energy around a narrow ring surrounding the tiny eye. These small eyes tend to be unstable, resulting in an eyewall replacement cycle (ERC) shortly after the pinhole eye is observed. Some other examples of tropical cyclones with pinhole eyes with a diameter less than 10 nm (thanks go to Michael Cavaliere, Howard Diamond, and Boris Konon):

Hurricane Wilma - 2005 (175 MPH / 882 MB) - Western Caribbean - 1.5 nm
Hurricane Iris – 2001 (140 MPH / 950 MB) - Western Caribbean – 3 nm
Hurricane Beta - 2005 (115 MPH / 962 MB) - Nicaragua - 5 nm
Hurricane Dennis - 2005 (120 MPH / 930 MB) - Florida - 4 nm
Hurricane Charley - 2004 (150 MPH / 941 MB) - Florida - 2.5 nm
Hurricane Opal - 1995 (150 MPH / 919 MB) - Florida - 5 nm
Hurricane Andrew - 1992 (165 MPH / 921 MB) - Florida - 6 nm
Typhoon Forrest - 1983 (165 MPH / 883 MB) - Philippines - 4 nm
Cyclone Tracy - 1974 (125 MPH / 950 MB) - Australia - 7 nm

Full article with videos, more graphics and much more


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:22:43 pm »

Six Storms Bracket North America: 3 hurricanes, a tropical storm, depression & a disturbance

Paul Beckwith

Published on Sep 17, 2017

At this moment we have three hurricanes (Jose, Maria, & Otis), a tropical storm (Norma), a tropical depression (Lee) and a tropical disturbance (yet unnamed) surrounding North America.

I discuss the latest projections, and teach you the tools to track these storms yourself. Hurricane Jose is expected to curve northward off the US coast, while Hurricane Maria is likely to rapidly strengthen and bring pain to many Caribbean Islands hurt severely by Hurricane Irma.

Please donate at http://paulbeckwith.net to support my videos, and suggest topics that you want me to cover in future videos:)

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 18, 2017, 05:01:24 pm »

Climate Change in the Arctic and Model Projections (2017)


Climate State

Published on May 22, 2017

This video with scope on permafrost melting, highlights some of the new developments of our understandings, of what happens in the Arctic due to global warming.

The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), at the University of Alaska Fairbanks May 11, 2017. Professor of Geophysics Vladimir Romanovsky discusses the impact of Arctic permafrost thaw.

Greenland Petermann Ice Shelf Melting at Unbelievable Rate

Tom Messenger

Published on Jan 9, 2017

New scientific data convinces a once skeptical scientist to believe. This amazing documentary reveals the plight of Greenland's Ice Shelf in depth.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 18, 2017, 12:57:48 pm »

Above: GOES-16 view of Hurricane Jose, Tropical Storm Maria, and Tropical Depression Lee at 10:45 am EDT September 17, 2017. Image credit: NOAA/RAMMB. GOES-16 data is considered preliminary and non-operational.

Maria Threatens Leeward Islands; Jose's Surf Will Batter Northeast U.S. Beaches

Bob Henson  ·  September 17, 2017, 12:48 PM EDT


There is nothing obvious in Maria’s environment to prevent strengthening through Wednesday afternoon, when interaction with Puerto Rico and/or Hispaniola may disrupt the storm. Both the HWRF and COAMPS-TC models predicted in their Sunday morning runs that Maria would be a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon, and Maria will most likely be at Category 3 or 4 strength when making its closest approach to Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

The Rapid Intensification Index from the 12Z Sunday SHIPS model run gave Maria a 42% chance of gaining 65 knots of intensity over the next three days, which would bring Maria to the threshold of Category 4 strength by Wednesday.

full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:54:26 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Published 7 years ago but more important than ever!

Global Warmimg: How HOT can it get? 

Global warming: how hot can it get?

Peter Carter

Published on Mar 29, 2010

The climate change damage to human human population health and survival will depend on the extreme of the heating (not the average), but this is virtually ignored.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:23:29 pm »

Emergency Climate Crisis is upon us



Published on Apr 28, 2017

Dr. Peter Carter and others are warning the planet and all of humanity is in peril due to the consequences of the industrial age.  Host Jack Etkin blames the media for not informing the public just how grave the danger has become.

This is the complete interview.  Edited versions were shown on ShawTV Victoria and Vancouver.  See more of our shows on


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 17, 2017, 03:00:21 pm »

Time lapse global temperature increase by NOAA:

Jan 17, 2017

2016 Officially Warmest Year on Record

2016 is officially the new warmest year on record, edging out previous record holder 2015 by 0.07°F, according to NOAA. It is the third year in a row that global average surface temperature set a new record, and the fifth time the record has been broken since the start of the twenty-first century.

This animation shows annual temperatures each year since 1880 compared to the twentieth-century average, ending with record-warm 2016. Because of global warming due to increasing greenhouse gases, the maps from the late 1800s and the early 1900s are dominated by shades of blue, indicating temperatures were up to 3°C (5.4°F) cooler than the twentieth-century average.

By the 1980s, the maps take on shades of yellow, with a few large cooler-than-average spots shifting around from year to year. By the 2000s, most of the planet is orange and red—up to 3°C (5.4°F) warmer than the long-term average, with only a few isolated cool spots from year to year.

Climate experts have long known that global warming due to increasing greenhouse gases won’t necessarily mean that each year on Earth will be warmer than the last. Even as the planet warms over the long-term, natural variability will continue to make some years warmer or cooler than their nearest neighbors. So the string of three record-breaking years in a row is unlikely to continue in 2017, especially because La Niña—the cool phase of the major natural climate pattern “ENSO”—developed in late 2016 and continued into early 2017.

For more stats and information on global climate in 2016, read the summary from the National Centers for Environmental Information.

About these maps

The official NOAA global surface temperature product does not interpolate over the Arctic, the Antarctic, or parts of Africa where there are no observations. In an interpolation, a computer algorithm estimates some missing values using statistical inferences. This animation is based on an interpolation of the official NOAA global temperature monitoring data set (the Merged Land and Ocean Surface Temperature data). In this case, we’ve interpolated across some of the missing data areas to minimize the visual distraction that results from the areas of missing data jumping around from map to map over time. The official maps are available from the NCEI website.
Download High Resolution Version

Terms of Use:   Please credit NOAA

Keywords:   global, surface, temperature, NCEI, 1880, 2016
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 17, 2017, 02:14:44 pm »

Depicting the Strength of Irma's Winds with the RTMA 

Sep 15, 2017

This data visualization from NOAA's Visualization Laboratory shows the maximum wind gusts from Hurricane Irma from September 7 to September 10, 2017. Note how the strongest wind gusts are on the north side of the storm track (the faint dotted line). According to the NOAA's National Hurricane Center, Irma's maximum sustained winds ranged from 110 (on 9/10) to near 180 (on 9/7) miles per hour during this period.

This graphic was created with data from the RTMA, or Real-Time Mesoscale Analysis model, which uses surface observation data to create a highly accurate gridded analysis of past weather conditions. The data covers only the Continental United States and coastal areas, so areas of the storm further to the south and east, where Irma was at maximum intensity, are not visible. To see satellite imagery of Irma, visit our image gallery. For information about the 2017 Hurricane Season thus far, check out our Hurricane Tracker.
Referral:   National Hurricane Center's archive of Hurricane Irma advisories
Terms of Use:   Please credit NOAA
Keywords:   hurricane, Irma, RTMA, 2017.09.15


Sand Disturbed by the Passing of Hurricane Irma

Sep 13, 2017

Hurricane Irma didn't just impact land. As seen in these before-and-after true-color images captured by the VIIRS instrument on the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite September 7, 2017 (top) and September 11 (bottom), the storm altered the distribution of sand around the coast of Florida. The light blue color shows sediment suspended in the water, kicked up by the intensity of the storm. According to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, damage to natural resources in the region could be significant.

Although true-color images like this may appear to be photographs of Earth, they aren't. They are created by combining data from the three color channels on the VIIRS instrument sensitive to the red, green and blue (or RGB) wavelengths of light into one composite image. In addition, data from several other channels are often also included to cancel out or correct atmospheric interference that may blur parts of the image.

Referral:   Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Terms of Use:   Please credit NOAA/NASA
Keywords:   hurricane, Irma, turbidity, NPP, VIIRS, 2017.09.11


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 17, 2017, 12:59:29 pm »

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 16, 2017, 09:46:10 pm »

Mind-bending Climate Strikes

Posted on September 13, 2017, by Radio Ecoshock
Inhuman heat predicted by new science from Europe. Lead author Simone Russo explains 55 degree C (131 F) heat for U.S., India & China. From Ottawa, climate scientist Paul Beckwith walks us through the forces behind record storms, fires, and floods. Radio Ecoshock 170913

Record-breaking Harvey, followed by the largest hurricane ever seen in the Atlantic, with Hurricane Jose right behind. Add the West engulfed in fire, millions flooded out in Asia – who can keep up in a destabilized climate? We’re going to try this week on Radio Ecoshock. We start with critical new science from Italy about the incredible heat to come. Then our regular guest scientist Paul Beckwith paints the big picture missing in the media. It’s radio that tries hard, in trying times.

Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:42:09 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 16, 2017, 06:50:06 pm »

Photo sott.net

Thursday, 14 September 2017

More very strange weather: Hurricane winds of nearly 100mph kills 3 in Germany as Storm Sebastian heads south!

At least three people have been killed in a large windstorm that swept across Germany. Hurricane-force winds downed trees and toppled scaffolding, with officials warning residents to stay at home. Windstorm Sebastian wreaked havoc across northern and northwestern Germany on Wednesday, killing three people and causing power outages.

Wind gusts of up to 150 kilometres (93 miles) per hour were recorded in the northern Harz mountain range, according to the German weather service (DWD).

The North Sea saw gusts of up to 140 kilometres per hour, as residents in northern Germany battled driving downpours.
Three people have been killed as a result of the storm.

A man in a wheelchair died after falling into the Elbe River in the northern city of Hamburg, local firefighters said.

Witnesses saw the man fall into the water where he later drowned despite a rescue effort that included a boat, divers and a helicopter.

Also in Hamburg, a pedestrian died after being hit by scaffolding that fell from the seventh floor of a building, police said.

The man later succumbed to his injuries after being taken to a hospital.
And in the western German spa town of Brilon, a 53-year-old man was killed after he was crushed by a falling tree.

A 20-meter (65-foot) spruce tree fell on the man while he was working in the forest, local police said. Falling trees also caused train delays in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, while the wind caused significant damage to cars and buildings.

The DWD expects the storm to continue battering eastern Germany into the night, with parts of southern Germany expecting hurricane-force winds as well.

Several regions have warned residents to stay at home while emergency services attempt to clear the roads of fallen branches and repair power outages.

Florida Hurricane Irma footage below:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 16, 2017, 02:03:27 pm »

Dangerous PTC 15 headed for Eastern Caribbean; Hurricane Jose Headed Towards New England
Above:  MODIS view of Potential Tropical Cyclone 15 on Saturday morning, September 16, 2017. Image credit: NASA.

Dr. Jeff Masters  ·  September 16, 2017, 11:46 AM EDT


A strong tropical wave located at 11 am EDT Saturday about 755 miles east of the Lesser Antilles Islands was headed west at about 22 mph, and was designated Potential Tropical Cyclone 15 (PTC 15, formerly 96L) by NHC. Tropical storm watches were hoisted for the islands of St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Dominica, and PTC 15 has the potential to be a hurricane by the time it passes through the Lesser Antilles Islands on Tuesday morning. In their 8 am EDT Saturday Tropical Weather Outlook, NHC gave PTC 15 2-day and 5-day odds of development of 90%.

PTC 15 had very favorable conditions for development on Saturday morning. Wind shear was light, 5 - 10 knots, SSTs were a very warm 29 – 29.5°C (84 - 85°F), and relative humidity at mid-levels of the atmosphere (as analyzed by the 12Z Saturday run of the SHIPS model) was moderately moist--about 60%. Satellite loops showed that PTC 15 had a good deal of spin, and heavy thunderstorm activity was steadily increasing and growing more organized, with several curved low-level spiral bands forming. There was no obvious surface circulation center, but is likely to form by Saturday evening. The first hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate PTC 15 on Sunday afternoon.

Figure 3. GOES-16 view of Hurricane Jose at 11 am EDT September 16, 2017. Image credit: NOAA/RAMMB. GOES-16 data is considered preliminary and non-operational.

Hurricane Jose headed towards New England

Detailed article:


Agelbert NOTE: Jose, can you see D.C.? I certainly hope so. May God guide Hurricane Jose to the DOOR of all those Fossil Fuel Industry bought and paid fors in D.C. 

The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Psalm 9:16-20 King James Version (KJV)

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 15, 2017, 01:51:26 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Considering what is in store for ocean wave activity due to Catastrophic Climate change, this is prudent behavior:

September 14, 2017 by gCaptain

Transas survival craft simulator eliminates drill risks

Transas has introduced a new Survival Craft Simulator (SCS) to prepare crew for the multitude of possible scenarios that can occur during lifeboat drills, aiming to address one of the most notorious sources of accidents in shipping without exposing personnel to physical danger.

Effective survival craft training is essential to prepare crew for a disaster at sea but practical lifeboat drills have a troubling track record for causing fatalities. By shifting some elements of training to a simulated environment, the risks are minimized and the crew can focus on the procedures that will increase safety when operating the real lifeboat equipment in an emergency.

IMO expert investigations have focused mainly on the complex quick-release hooks that typically suspend enclosed lifeboats from their davits, which are designed to hold tons of mass securely for years at a time and then come free quickly when the lifeboat is lowered. The Maritime Safety Committee expects new guidelines to enter into force on 1 January 2020, addressing longstanding issues including the need for uniform and documented standards for hook servicing.

However, a failure to follow correct procedures and lack of proper training have also been cited as contributory factors in incidents. The Transas Survival Craft Simulator allows such training to be conducted either at a training centre or on-board in a benign environment, allowing trainees to learn essential procedures, such as the preparation of survival craft, its launch and boarding, but without the risk.

At the heart of the new simulator is a highly detailed virtual model of a totally enclosed davit-launched, self-righting lifeboat. It is supported by a functional model to simulate the hook-release gear, wire lashings and gripes, and for boat securing onto a davit. Instruction on using the release handle, a safety pin, and hydrostatic interlock level can be delivered either virtually or with a physical device connected to the simulator.

“No one doubts the importance of effective survival craft training,” said Frank Coles, Transas Chief Executive Officer. “Guidance issued by insurers reaffirms that crew should be capable of operating lifeboat systems and understanding the mechanics and procedures, but training itself cannot be the source of risk. The majority of the maritime industry stakeholders still have some way to go to fully embrace the use of simulation to enhance and improve competency in shipboard operations. This tool is further evidence of that competence can be raised safely and efficiently without endangering lives. The time for platitudes is over; resources and recurrent training save lives and enhance safety.”

Survival Craft Simulator was created to function under Transas Academy, the seafarer competency development component of THESIS. In the future, this oversight will enable data collected during exercises to feed into and inform other aspects of vessel and fleet operation.


Climate Change, Blue Water Cargo Shipping and Predicted Ocean Wave Activity: PART 1 of 3
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:25:55 pm »

This happened on our Earth September 11-13, 2017
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:18:14 pm »

Excellent Video of Hurricane Irma

Article with several amazing graphics:

NOAA’s New Weather Satellite Captured Stunning Images of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

September 12, 2017 by Mike Schuler

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:05:35 pm »

Irma Makes Its Mark in Weather Records
Bob Henson  ·  September 12, 2017, 9:23 PM EDT

Above: Eric Ward, the bartender at Key Largo's Snappers, inspects the damage from Hurricane Irma at the popular restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Key Largo, Fla. Florida is cleaning up and embarking on rebuilding from Hurricane Irma, one of the most destructive hurricanes in its history. Image credit: Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP.


Irma’s highest winds and heaviest rains

Here are peak wind gusts and top rainfall totals from Irma observed across the Southeast U.S., as reported by the NOAA/NWS Weather Prediction Center in its final statement on Irma as a post-tropical cyclone, issued at 5 pm EDT Monday. Many of these readings are unverified, so we’ll have to wait for more in-depth analysis to find out which of Irma’s peak rain and wind reports make it into the final record.

Heaviest total rainfall from Irma in each affected state

Florida:  15.91” (Ft. Pierce/St. Lucie County Intl. Airport)
Georgia:  10.12” (St. Marys River, 5 mi SSE of Kingsland)
South Carolina:  8.65” (5 mi WNW of Charleston)
North Carolina:  6.05” (Busick)
Alabama:  4.70” (West Point)
Mississippi:  1.21” (8.2 mi SE of Abbeville)

Strongest wind gust from Irma in each affected state

Florida:  142 mph (2 mi ENE of Naples)
South Carolina:  76 mph (6 mi E of Parris Island)
Georgia:  70 mph (Fort Pulaski)
Tennessee:  66 mph (Clingmans Dome Tower)
North Carolina:  56 mph (2 mi WNW of Highlands)
Alabama:  45 mph (Troy)

Full article with more graphics:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 13, 2017, 02:23:43 pm »

We Need a Super Storm of Caring Folks to Fight Against Systemic Injustice

By Dr. Jason von Meding and Heidi Harmon


Naomi Klein, talking about climate change, argues that, "Talking honestly about what is fueling this era of serial disasters—even while they're playing out in real time—isn't disrespectful to the people on the front lines. In fact, it is the only way to truly honor their losses, and our last hope for preventing a future littered with countless more victims."

Honest discourse is urgently required. However, a narrow focus on climate change may actually obscure a deeper political malaise that keeps the most marginalized in society perpetually at risk.

U.S. Democracy —A Political Disaster

In the U.S., an entrenched two party system has long embraced neoliberal policies as beyond reproach. These policies are demonstrably devastating for the most marginalized in society.

Whether regarding health care, immigration or the minimum wage, both parties have kept the downtrodden in servitude for decades. The Democratic Party claim incremental change—but at this stage, is less bad really good enough?

In 2016, Bernie Sanders threatened to turn the system on its head. The establishment colluded to make sure that this didn't happen. In recent weeks, he has been widely smeared for daring to run against Hillary Clinton in the primaries. This is how the establishment protects itself—Ralph Nader's character assassination is a prime example.

Full article:


Louis Lombardo  · Bethesda, Maryland

Thank you for this wonderful article! See a brief summary of how we arrived at this situation - legally and politically.

Agelbert NOTE: The above article should be required reading for all Americans above the age of reason.  The inevitable consequences of our corrupt leaders continuing to support the present suicidial trajectory are clearly stated by Chris Hedges in the following quote:

"The damage suffered by Houston, Tampa and Miami is not an anomaly. It is the beginning of the end. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee." - Chris Hedges
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 13, 2017, 12:58:17 pm »

House in Houston during Hurricane Harvey


The Great Flood


The damage suffered by Houston, Tampa and Miami is not an anomaly. It is the beginning of the end. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.


Dmitri  • 10 hours ago

"How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethally intensified by global warming? At what point, surveying the devastation and knowing more is inevitable, will we walk away, leaving behind vast coastal dead zones? Will we retreat even further into magical thinking to cope with the fury we have unleashed from the natural world? Or will we respond rationally and radically alter our relationship to this earth that gives us life?"

How many times will Hedges repeat his "sinners-in-the-hands-of-an-angry-god" pronouncements, ravaging readers with his storms of doom and gloom? At what point will he walk away from behind his lectern, leaving behind a verbosity that all too often leads to little more than the dead end of despair? Will he retreat even further into an intellectual career of magically thinking his mere verbiage makes a difference to people who, unlike him, struggle on the ground with issues of survival such that we don't have time to listen to, much less take seriously, his self-important rant? Or will he - and other like members of the professional class - radically alter their own paid positions in relation to a capitalist social system which turns the earth into trash while they live atop the heap, preaching to others beneath them on the errors of our ways?

How many times will we keep turning to hot air talking heads rather than getting to work with others, on the ground, to organize revolutionary movements to truly take on the hot air of the earth and all the polluted causes and effects of this sick social system? At what point will we turn our backs on the chattering class, who traffic in vain, self-serving commentary on what others live far more harshly than they, and walk away from their cultured dead zones to reclaim our own agency in challenging and changing the relations of power by which authorities speak to us and for us but never with us? Will we retreat even further into our assigned roles as mere spectators to our own demise, magically thinking others, presumably more knowledgeable and capable than us, mean what they say when they profess their outrage over social conditions which confer upon them the privilege of such professionalism? Or will we radically alter our subject status and assume our own words and deeds to still risk, even against the odds at this late hour, remaking this world in the earth's image, among all our relations, as an egalitarian ecology of life?

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:49:53 pm »

  View: U.S. Should Prepare to Face More Hurricanes

September 11, 2017 by Editorial

A GOES satellite image taken Sept. 8, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. EST shows Hurricane Irma, center, in the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean, and Hurricane Katia in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Navy Photo


By The Editors (Bloomberg View) — Beyond inflicting epic destruction and suffering, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have brought the U.S. face to face with the catastrophic flood dangers posed by climate change.

Fed by deeply warmed ocean waters, the storms turned violent as climate-change models have predicted. Higher sea levels have intensified flooding.

Yet if history is a guide, no matter how great the losses, Harvey and Irma will not dampen Americans’ enthusiasm for living and working along coastlines vulnerable to hurricanes. The cycle of building, flooding, rebuilding — and then ignoring the problem — plays out repeatedly in every region that experiences big storms. And the costs just keep rising.

The U.S. needs to rethink the way it prepares for and responds to great storms. This will require measuring the risks better, pricing them more realistically, and getting states, local governments and property owners to bear their share.

Full article:


Agelbert NOTE: Let us hope that, along the way to pricing the costs, they do not forget to assign the appropriate LIABILITY to the Fossil Fuel Industry for degrading the biosphere and destabilizing our climate.

Sep. 11, 2017 4:30 pm

Thom Hartmann brings up Republican blocks to real world solutions to climate change leading to huge disasters! Money in politics means that their profits are worth more than your lives!

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:07:11 pm »

September 11, 2017

Is the Military Prepared for Climate Crisis?


The effects of climate change will increase inequality and create conflicts across borders, while the U.S. military will to have to spend more money and resources on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, says Col. Larry Wilkerson.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:23:52 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: The following quote from a peer reviewed book is of extreme importance to all Americans:

Dilworth (2010-03-12). Too Smart for our Own Good (pp. 399-400). Cambridge University Press. Kindle Edition.

"As suggested earlier, war, for example, which represents a cost for society, is a source of profit to capitalists. In this way we can partly understand e.g. the American military expenditures in the Persian Gulf area. Already before the first Gulf War, i.e. in 1985, the United States spent $47 billion projecting power into the region. If seen as being spent to obtain Gulf oil, It AMOUNTED TO $468 PER BARREL, or 18 TIMES the $27 or so that at that time was paid for the oil itself.

In fact, if Americans had spent as much to make buildings heat-tight as they spent in ONE YEAR at the end of the 1980s on the military forces meant to protect the Middle Eastern oil fields, THEY COULD HAVE ELIMINATED THE NEED TO IMPORT OIL from the Middle East.

So why have they not done so? Because, while the $468 per barrel may be seen as being a cost the American taxpayers had to bear, and a negative social effect those living in the Gulf area had to bear, it meant only profits for American capitalists. "

Note: I added the bold caps emphasis on the barrel of oil price, money spent in one year and the need to import oil from the Middle East.

This totally unjustified profit, never mind the needless lose of lives, then increases the power of the fossil fuel corporations to perpetuate a biosphere harming dirty fuel status quo. How? By "funding" politicians with rather large "donations" to keep renewable energy from competing with dirty energy.

If all this was just about power politics, I might not be that concerned. Humans, particularly the overly ambitious and aggressive ones, have always fought and schemed to control and fleece the population at large.

But now we know the future of our biosphere is at stake. Now we know the entire edifice of dirty energy is a knife in the back of the biosphere that will destroy our species and many others.

The system, as defined by the fossil fuel fascist dystopia that currently runs most of the human affairs among the 1 billion population in the developed world that is saddling the other 6 billion, who are totally free of guilt for causing it, with this climate horror we are beginning to experience, IS quite stubborn and does not wish to change the status quo.

Mother nature will force it to do so.

Whether it is done within the next two decades or not (i.e. a switch to 100% PLUS bioremediation Renewable Energy steady state economy) will dictate the size of the consequent die off, not only of humans but thousands of other species as well.

We are now in a climate cake that has been baked for about 1,000 years according to atmospheric, objective, proven with experimental data, science.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 12, 2017, 02:21:44 pm »

Global warming will kill a third of the world’s parasites, and that’s not even a good thing


The evil you know

The first concern is that as some parasites are killed off, their place will be taken by others, and this will almost certainly lead to invasions from the surviving ones. They also keep other creatures in check and fill in some very important links in the food chain. If they go away, other creatures which dine on these parasites will be left without their favorite food and this can propagate on the food chain, much like a domino effect.

In order to reach this conclusion, researchers across eight countries spent years pinpointing the habitats, needs, and current environmental situation of 457 parasite species. They also analyzed the collection of 20 million parasites held at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of National History in the US to map their distribution.

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 12, 2017, 01:59:30 pm »

September 12, 2017

Dear Anthony,

WOW! I'm so impressed with the smart, insightful questions supporters like you sent in to ask our scientists.

We're so grateful to have so many people standing with The Nature Conservancy who share our passion for leveraging science to find real, actionable solutions to our planet's most pressing problems.

Here are your answers to just a few of the top questions we received:

What ways can an individual help decrease the carbon footprint besides recycling?
Michelle M., California

"The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do—from everyday choices you make to bigger investments. The most important thing you can do to reduce..."
See the full answer from Jon Fisher, Senior Conservation Scientist

Have you seen any evidence of plants or animals beginning to evolve to cope with the change in climate? I'm worried that they will become extinct rather than change.
-- Collen M.

"We share your concern. Unfortunately, current rates of extinction, due to climate change, habitat loss and other human activities, are estimated to be tens to hundreds of times higher..."
See the full answer from Nick Wolff, Climate Scientist

Is deforestation no longer a threat to our world's forests? What is driving deforestation today and what is being done to control it?
- Meg G., Virginia

"Deforestation continues to be a one of the biggest threats that forests face today. There are a variety of drivers of deforestation that vary from place to place. For example..."
See the full answer from Trisha Gopalakrishna, Geospatial Analyst

Thank you again for your commitment to the Conservancy's science-based conservation solutions. The work of our 600 scientists around the globe, wouldn't be possible without support from friends like you.

With gratitude,

Sarah Bradley
Online Community Manager
The Nature Conservancy

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:22:56 pm »

Miami Mayor: 'If This Isn't Climate Change, I Don't Know What Is'
Hurricane Irma churned over southwest Florida Sunday, leaving over half the state without power, causing at least five deaths and creating widespread flooding and destruction. While the storm has weakened since making landfall and avoided directly hitting Miami and Tampa, the National Hurricane Center still advises "life threatening" conditions along the Florida coastline.

Despite Florida Gov. Rick Scott's vociferous involvement in preparing the state for Irma and publicly urging evacuations, his past climate change denial and avoidance of climate-related preparations before Irma has drawn criticism. Other officials, including Miami mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado and French president Emmanuel Macron, have directly linked the storm to climate change.

"This is the time to talk about climate change,"
Regaldo told the Miami Herald. "This is the time that the president and the EPA and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change."

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 09, 2017, 12:41:02 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Excellent article with video describes quite accurately what much of Florida is about to experience.

This is what Catastrophic Climate Change due to the continued burning of fossil fuels looks like. It will get worse.

In Hurricane Irma’s Ruinous Wake: ‘I Feel Like I’m on the Moon’



Cars were tossed in the air. Roofs were ripped off houses as families sheltered inside. And at least 20people have died because of the storm: nine in the French Caribbean, four in the United States Virgin Islands, three in Puerto Rico, one on the Dutch side of St. Martin, one in Barbuda and one in Anguilla.

Here is what the destruction looked like on some of the islands directly in the storm’s path.


Florida, you are next:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:11:29 pm »


The West Keeps Burning

An intense and deadly fire season continued to exhaust Western firefighters this week as drought envelops the region. Officials reported Wednesday that more than 1 million acres total have burned during Montana's fire season.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency last week, calling this “one of the worst fire seasons” in the state's history. As the Guardian reports, fires and drought are stunting crop yields and endangering cattle in one of the country's most important agricultural areas.

Climate change is intensifying drought conditions in the West: an exceptionally warm spring and summer helped to dry out the landscape after a wet winter.

High temperatures and dry conditions increase the chance of a fire starting and can help an existing fire spread.

Agriculture: The Guardian. Climate change: The Atlantic, AP.
Background: Climate Signals backgrounder on increased drought risk, Climate Signals backgrounder on increased fire risk.


The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible imagery of northern California and southern Oregon on August 31, 2017. Excessive heat warnings and advisories, and air quality alerts are in place along the entire west coasts of California and Oregon, exacerbated by the multiple wildfires plaguing both states.    NOAA National Weather Service Credit NOAA/NASA


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 08, 2017, 02:39:30 pm »

A GOES satellite image taken Sept. 7, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. EST shows Hurricane Irma, center, and Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean, and Hurricane Katia in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Navy Photo

How Irma Became Irma: A Monster Storm Six Months in the Making

September 7, 2017 by Bloomberg

By Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) — Irma has ripped a path of misery through the Caribbean and is aiming at Florida, but the first seed for its monster size and force was planted on the other side of the world more than six months ago.

It happened innocently enough, when a widely anticipated El Nino failed to materialize over the Pacific Ocean. In time, that cleared a path for a hurricane to form in the Atlantic that grew to the size of the state of New York with winds topping 185 miles per hour.

“The odds of getting an Irma in an El Nino year are really low,” said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of Colorado State University’s seasonal hurricane forecast. Peruvian fishermen back in the 1600s gave the recurring meteorological event its name, Little Boy or Christ Child in Spanish, when they noticed the tropical Pacific warming around Christmas in some years.

El Nino occurs when the Pacific heats up and flusters the atmosphere, setting off a chain reaction that causes wind shear across the Atlantic. Shear is wind blowing in different directions or speeds at various altitudes, and it can be Kryptonite for hurricanes. As powerful as they are, tropical cyclones have delicate structures. Shear can tear them apart. A budding storm can’t get started and an established storm can’t get strong.

Beasts like Irma churn out from one of the tropical waves that slide off the coast of Africa. These troughs of low pressure, sometimes just a ragged collection of thunderstorms, begin to roll off the continent in late spring. That’s a reason the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

The waves are the seedlings, said Rick Knabb, hurricane expert at the Weather Channel in Atlanta and until last year director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. “Hurricanes don’t just pop out of nowhere.”

Atmospheric Boost

They need warm water for fuel, which this summer has provided. The water in the tropical Atlantic, from the Leeward Islands to Cape Verde, has been about 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1 Celsius) higher than normal in the area where Irma is prowling, Klotzbach said.

Irma also got a boost from a deep, moist atmosphere. Earlier in the summer in the Northern Hemisphere, dry air usually blows off Africa’s Sahara Desert, sometimes carrying dust that can be seen from space and can give the Miami sky a hazy cast. That wraps into storms, sapping them of strength.

“Around Aug. 20, the dust tends to die down,” Klotzbach said. And then hurricane season begins, building to its Sept. 10 statistical peak, according to the National Hurricane Center.

All the ingredients combined to create one of the strongest storms ever to rise out of the Atlantic Ocean and the most powerful to form outside of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

For those keeping score, however, Irma still can’t be called the most intense ever recorded in the Atlantic. That honor is held by 1980’s Allen, which packed winds of 190 miles per hour.

But the season isn’t over. Normally, the 11th named storm doesn’t show up until Nov. 23, according to the hurricane center. Irma is No. 9, and 10 and 11, Jose and Katia, are already here.

© 2017 Bloomberg L.P


Pleasure craft lie crammed against the shore in Paraquita Bay as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed Tortola, British Virgin Islands September 6, 2017. Courtesy of Ron Gurney/Handout via REUTERS.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 08, 2017, 02:10:57 pm »

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