SNOWSTORMS AND RAGING WILDFIRES IN THE SAME REGION ON THE SAME DAY: WELCOME TO GEOENGINEERING...

Sep 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] September 24th, 2016 By Dane Wigington Guest writer for Wake Up World Climate engineers are increasingly desperate to hide the accelerating planetary meltdown with short term chemically nucleated cool-downs. Engineered cool-downs have been a major component of the climate engineering assault for many decades. The chemical cool-downs create the headlines the power structure needs to continue the population’s confusion and division in regard to the true state of the climate. Yellowstone National Park is the latest example of chemically ice nucleated deception. (The photo above was taken in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, September 12, 2016.) The Yellowstone event is not unique, a chemically nucleated “snowstorm” in South Dakota that occurred on October 4th of 2013 killed up to 100,000 cattle. This event occurred while it was 85 degrees and raining in Chicago and...

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WHO PUMPED MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER DURING CALIFORNIA’S DROUGHT?...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Google, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, U.S. Census Bureau Wet prince of bel air Who pumped millions of gallons of water during California’s drought? By Michael Corey and Lance Williams   GRIST This story was originally published by Reveal and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Los Angeles officials have steadfastly refused to identify the Wet Prince of Bel Air, the homeowner who pumped an astonishing 11.8 million gallons of water during a single year of California’s crippling drought. The city said naming water-wasting customers wasn’t in the public interest, even after Reveal found last fall from The Center for Investigative Reporting that 100 residents of wealthy neighborhoods on the Westside of L.A. were pumping millions of gallons of water apiece, drought or no. And one household in...

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THE LAST TIME SUMMER WAS THIS HOT, HUMAN BEINGS HADN’T YET LEFT AFRICA (VIDEO)...

Sep 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Juan Cole / Informed Comment  @ TRUTHDIG Summer of 2016 was not only hotter than any summer on record, i.e. since 1880.  We have enough proxies for global average temperature to know that it was hotter than any summer since at least 1016, when Genoa launched a campaign against Muslim Sardinia and Norway not only got a new king but it mattered in global affairs.  But that “at least” is a trick.  Eminent climate scientist Michael Mann says there is “tentative but compelling evidence” that it was hotter this past summer than it has been at any point in 100,000 years.  In 100,000 before present, the great human migration out of Africa of 60,000 years B.P. had not yet occurred.  (A few small bands went to the Middle East in the...

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‘A Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’: Experts Describe Bayer-Monsanto Merger...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food A scary future for farmers around the world. By Katherine Paul / AlterNet NEW YORK CITY – MAY 23 2015: environmental activists joined a global day out against Monsanto’s GMO programs & demanding that foods be labeled. Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com It’s been about a week since Monsanto and Bayer confirmed their intention to say “I do”—ample time for media, lawmakers, consumer and farmer advocacy groups, and of course the happy couple themselves, to weigh in on the pros and cons. Reactions poured in from all the usual suspects. Groups like the Farmers Union, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and others didn’t mince words when it came to condemning the deal. (Organic Consumers Association tagged it a “Marriage Made in Hell” back in May, pre-announcement, when the two mega-corporations were still...

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Institutions worth $2.6 trillion have now pulled investments out of fossil fuels...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Coalition of 2,000 individuals and 400 institutions are shifting assets from coal, oil and gas companies to tackle climate change Leonardo DiCaprio on a climate change march in New York in 2014. The actor has committed to divesting his money from fossil fuels. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters Damian Carrington and Emma Howard   THE GUARDIAN   Leonardo DiCaprio and over 2,000 individuals and 400 institutions are now committed to pulling their money from fossil fuel companies, together representing a remarkable $2.6tn of investments, it was revealed on Tuesday. A new analysis shows the value of the funds committed to selling off their investments in coal, oil and gas companies has rocketed in the last year, rising 50-fold. Major pension funds and insurance companies have joined the universities and churches that founded the divestment movement, all...

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GHOST FORESTS ARE EERIE EVIDENCE OF RISING SEAS...

Sep 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock coastal ghosts By John Upton GRIST Cross-posted from Climate Central Jennifer Walker stepped off her kayak into a wall of riverside grass. She steadied herself and stooped to scoop soil into a jar, then disappeared into the thicket for more. Analysis of amoeba fossils in the researcher’s samples may help to explain why, jutting above the head-high marsh grass a couple hundred feet further back, a cedar forest was dead. Bare trunks of dead coastal forests are being discovered up and down the mid-Atlantic coastline, killed by the advance of rising seas. The “ghost forests,” as scientists call them, offer eerie evidence of some of the world’s fastest rates of sea-level rise. ghost-forest-2 Ted Blanco/Climate Central Forests provide habitat and protect against global warming, but they’re declining worldwide because of land clearing,...

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HOW TO STOP CAPITALISM’S DEADLY WAR WITH NATURE...

Sep 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Paul Street  TRUTHDIG   So far, 2016 is the hottest year on record. So was 2015. So was 2014. (John McColgan / U.S. Department of Agriculture) Earth scientists now know that the history of our planet has been set for some time in our current geological age, the Anthropocene. According to leading experts Will Steffen, Paul Crutzen and John McNeill, in this era, “human activities have become so pervasive and profound that they rival the great forces of Nature and are pushing the earth into planetary terra incognita. The Earth is rapidly moving into a less biologically diverse, less forested, much warmer, and probably wetter and stormier era.” We are living in a “no-analogue state” in which “the Earth system has recently moved well outside the range of natural variability.” The...

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Record-smashing August means long-awaited ‘jump’ in global warming is here...

Sep 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THINK PROGRESS Every month of 2016 has set a temperature record. NASA temperature analysis for August: “Another month, another record.” Credit: NASA We appear to be in the midst of the long-awaited jump in global temperatures. And that means “The kinds of extreme weather we have seen over the past year or so will be routine all too soon, but then even worse records will be set,” as Kevin Trenberth, one of the world’s leading climatologists, told me. NASA has reported that last month was not merely “the warmest August in 136 years of modern record-keeping,” it tied with this July 2016 for the “warmest month ever recorded.” And for 11 straight months (starting October 2015), the world has set a new monthly record for high temperature. So even though 2014 set the record at...

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THE WESTERN UNITED STATES FACES AN EXPLOSION OF WILDFIRES...

Sep 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Kieran Cooke / Climate News Network       A wildfire in California’s Sequoia National Forest last month forms a smoky backdrop for charred landscape nearby. (Lance Cheung / U.S. Department of Agriculture via Flickr) CLEAR LAKE, California—The blackened tree stumps stand out against a clear blue sky. The land is burned, and there is a smell of charcoal and ash in the air. People in this area are used to wildfires, but as California and much of the western US endures its fifth year of severe drought, residents are wondering when there will be any respite from the flames and smoke. Mike Mohler, a battalion chief with the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says that although there was substantial rainfall in northern California earlier this year, those five drought years...

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A clear contrast of sustainable and unsustainable farming practices — in 20 seconds!...

Sep 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] GRIST … till proven guilty Of course, there are scores of variables when it comes to sustainable farming, but this little video shows the huge difference between no-till and conventional farming: The video starts on a no-till field — one that isn’t ever plowed. Instead of tilling, or turning over the soil to kill weeds, farmers plant directly into the thatch of grasses and usually use an application of herbicide to knock down weeds. When farmers leave fields bare, like in the other field, soil washes away and local waters are polluted. Ground cover protects the soil and dramatically reduces erosion. People often think sustainable farming means no chemicals, but sometimes judicious use of chemistry allows for more environmentally friendly options — like keeping the ground covered. Want to learn more? Here are one, two, three stories...

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TEMPERATURES RISE, AND WE’RE COOKED...

Sep 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Ed Columnist Nicholas Kristof   NYTIMES ONE of Donald Trump’s 100 wackiest ideas is that climate change is a hoax fabricated by China to harm America. “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing uncompetitive,” Trump once tweeted. He later said, unconvincingly, that he had been kidding about China, but he has emphasized that he does not believe in climate change and would end serious efforts to prevent it. That obstinacy confronts a new wave of research showing that climate change is much more harmful than we had imagined. Until now, the focus has been on rising seas, more intense hurricanes, acidification of oceans, drought and crop failures. But new studies are finding that some of the most important effects will be directly on...

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167 Tiny Maps Tell the Major Story of Climate Change...

Sep 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] nvironment Together, they show unequivocally how much our planet has warmed over the past three decades. By Brian Kahn / Climate Central  VIA ALTERNET A city showing the effect of Climate Change Photo Credit: kwest/Shutterstock Climate change just got another telling visual courtesy of the famed temperature spiral creator. But rather than a graph, it’s a series of 167 maps. Alone, they each tell the story of whether a year was mostly hot or mostly cold or mostly average. Together, they show unequivocally how much our planet has warmed since the 1850s, including the rapid rise over the past three decades. Credit: Ed Hawkins Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading, is responsible for the latest visual. You may remember him from the temperature spiral that went viral earlier this year. Turns out he’s still...

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HOPES RISE FOR UNDERGROUND CARBON STORAGE SCHEME...

Aug 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     A cold-water geyser from an unplugged oil exploration well in Utah. (Mike Bickle / Cambridge Centre for CCS) LONDON—Geologists have resolved one great problem about the capture of carbon dioxide from coal-fired or gas-fired power stations and its sequestration deep in the Earth, with what appears to be the prospect of rock-solid carbon storage. Once there in the right rock formations, there’s no reason why it should escape. That is, it won’t react with groundwater, corrode the rocks around it and dissolve its way back to the surface in 10,000 years—or even 100,000 years. And scientists report in Nature Communications journal that they can say this with confidence because they have identified natural reservoirs of CO2 at least 100,000 years old, deep...

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Report: Deadly ‘Smoke Waves’ Will Inundate the West as Wildfires Grow...

Aug 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY Climate change is accelerating fires that produce dangerous levels of pollution. A firefighter pulls a hose while battling flames in the Sand Fire in Placerita Canyon in Santa Clarita, California, on July 24. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012.   As wildfires ravage California and other parts of the American West, a new study warns that choking “smoke waves” from fires will become more frequent, severe, and long lasting as climate change warms the atmosphere. The study includes an interactive map of 561 Western counties that allows the public, scientists, and policy makers to view recent and projected smoke waves—defined as two or more consecutive days with high levels of particulate matter...

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U.K. Approves World’s Largest Wind Farm...

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK The U.K. government on Tuesday approved phase two of the world’s largest wind farm, adding 300 turbines to a project 55 miles off England’s shore, in the North Sea. The Hornsea Two project will provide 1.8 gigawatts of generating power, in addition to the first phase’s 1.2 gigawatts. In all, the 3 gigawatts provided by Hornsea is enough to power 2.5 million average (U.S.) households. At that size, the combined project is roughly equivalent to a nuclear power plant. CREDIT: DONG ENERGY “Offshore wind is already on course to meet 10 percent of the U.K.’s electricity demand by 2020,” said Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure at The Crown Estate, the government’s asset management firm. “Major developments of Hornsea Project Two’s scale will pave the way for its...

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HERE ARE 7 TERRIFYING CHARTS THAT SHOW EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE DOING TO THE PLANET...

Aug 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Scientists have some bad news for Earth. Oliver Milman MOTHER JONES Bernhard Staehli/Shutterstock This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea levels reaching historic highs and carbon dioxide surpassing a key milestone, a major international report has found. The “state of the climate” report, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with input from hundreds of scientists from 62 countries, confirmed there was a “toppling of several symbolic mileposts” in heat, sea level rise and extreme weather in 2015. “The impacts of climate change are no longer subtle,” Michael Mann, a leading climatologist at Penn State, told...

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A Former Governor Admitted He Put Economics Ahead Of Safety When Approving Fracking Projects...

Aug 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell speaks during a news conference in Harrisburg, Pa. in 2010.   Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who presided over the state’s fracking boom of the mid-2000s, admitted the state’s fracking regulations favored economics over environmental safety during much of his tenure. “I made a mistake in the rush to get the economic part of fracking delivered to Pennsylvania,” said Rendell during an event at the Democrat National Convention Wednesday, State Impact reported. “We didn’t regulate well construction and….frack water as well as we should. We cured that in 2010 and we haven’t had any significant incidents since.” Rendell, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, governed Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011. That was right when improvements...

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The Front Lines of Climate Disruption: Alaskans Witness Collapsing Mountains, Shattered Lives...

Aug 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | News Analysis Helicopters ferry water to drop on a wildfire just south of Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo: Dahr Jamail) The impacts of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) across Alaska are devastating to witness. In late June, due to glaciers melting at unprecedented rates, the side of a mountain nearly a mile high in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, which had formerly been supported by glacial ice, collapsed completely. The landslide released over 100 million tons of rock, sending debris miles across a glacier beneath what was left of the mountain. This is something that has been happening more often in recent years in the northernmost US state. While Alaska’s local conservative media often tend to feign ignorance of the cause of such phenomena, what’s causing it is all too...

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Cooling measures are big and getting bigger: The global impact of air conditioning...

Jul 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] More AC means billions of tons of increased carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere Lucas Davis, The Conversation  VIA SALON.COM This article was originally published on The Conversation. With a heat wave pushing the heat index well above 100°F (38°C) through much of the United States, most of us are happy to stay indoors and crank the air conditioning. And if you think it’s hot here, try 124°F in India. Globally, 2016 is poised to be another record-breaking year for average temperatures. This means more air conditioning. Much more. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), Paul Gertler and I examine the enormous global potential for air conditioning. As incomes rise around the world and global temperatures go up, people are buying air conditioners at alarming rates....

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An Oil Pipeline Nearly As Long As Keystone XL Has Been Fully Approved...

Jul 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Nati Harnik Pipes for the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline, that would stretch from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Patoka, Ill., are stacked Saturday, May 9, 2015, at a staging area in Worthing, S.D. The proposed oil pipeline will traverse North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)   Despite several months of heavy opposition, an oil pipeline slated to cut through four Midwestern states has all the regulatory permits it needs for full build-out. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave the final blessing to the Dakota Access pipeline on Tuesday. Developers now have the last set of permits they need to build through the small portion of federal land the line crosses, which includes major waterways like the...

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Humanity’s Plunder of Nature’s Resources Is Intensifying...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Alex Kirby / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG Landscape deeply scarred by an open-cut coal mine in Hunter Valley, Australia. (Max Phillips, Jeremy Buckingham MLC via Flickr) LONDON—Humans’ appetite for gnawing away at the fabric of the Earth itself is growing prodigiously. According to a new UN report, the amount of the planet’s natural resources extracted for human use has tripled in 40 years. A report produced by the International Resource Panel (IRP), part of the UN Environment Programme, says rising consumption driven by a growing middle class has seen resources extraction increase from 22 billion tonnes in 1970 to 70 billon tonnes in 2010. It refers to natural resources as primary materials, and includes under this heading biomass, fossil fuels, metal ores and non-metallic minerals. The increase in their use, the...

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PLEDGES MADE AT PARIS CLIMATE TALKS WILL NOT CONTAIN GLOBAL WARMING...

Jul 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     The agreement at the Paris climate conference was signed by 195 nations. (jmdigne via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—National promises made late last year to contain carbon dioxide emissions will not be nearly enough to meet the global warming target agreed last December by 195 nations, according to a new assessment. The signatories to the historic agreement at the UN conference on climate change in Paris pledged to limit global warming to below 2°C and to aim for no more than 1.5°C rise above pre-industrial levels. The planet has already warmed by 1°C in the last century. But, climate scientists say, the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted before the meeting imply global warming of between 2.6°C and...

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PINK SNOW LOOKS AWESOME, BUT IS ANOTHER CLIMATE CHANGE INDICATOR...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] GREEN It’s caused by a red algae, and it’s bad news for the Arctic.     Lydia O’Connor  The Huffington Post    <!– TAG START { player: “Embed Player”, owner: “Embed Company”, for: “Embed” } –><div class=”vdb_player vdb_5688f66de4b040e17d9912265688f5c1e4b0f2c97f395156″ vdb_params=”m.refbcid=56000e19e4b0e4e194b84b31&m.refpid=5668ae6ee4b0b5e26955d6a6″><script type=”text/javascript” src=”//delivery.vidible.tv/jsonp/pid=5688f66de4b040e17d991226/vid=576bf81fe4b08ecd3806c18b/5688f5c1e4b0f2c97f395156.js”> Some call it pink snow, some call it watermelon snow — and now, a new study is calling it yet another symbol of the drastic melting in the Arctic. The appearance of the so-called pink snow, which Arctic explorers have observed for centuries, is the result of a red algae that likes to bloom in the frozen water. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications, researchers found that those algal blooms are causing the ice to melt faster, and the algae is likely to grow more rapidly as climate...

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THOUSANDS OF CITIES FROM SIX CONTINENTS JUST AGREED TO WORK ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP   Thousands of cities from six continents united Wednesday to create the largest global coalition committed to battling human-caused climate change and pushing the world into a low-carbon economy. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy unifies 7,100 cities encompassing more than half a billion people, the group said in a statement. Created some six months after the Paris accord, this global alliance aims for greater collaboration between cities and increased funding to support sustainable energy development. As more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas, cities are now major generators of greenhouse gas emissions. About 75 percent of global CO2 emissions come from cities, and most of those emissions are attributed to transportation and...

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RACE IS ON TO FEED A WARMING WORLD...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Millions throughout Africa depend on maize, but new crop varieties can barely keep pace with the warming climate. (Kate Holt / AusAID via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—It can take up to 30 years to improve a crop variety, test it and persuade farmers to adopt it. That means the speed of climate change in Africa could make a new variety of maize useless even before the first harvest, according to new research. But two separate studies that address the challenge of food security in a rapidly warming world suggest that the answers may lie not just in future weather but in today’s soils. One says that better soil data can be used to predict...

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WILDLIFE NEEDS NEW CORRIDORS TO ESCAPE RISING HEAT...

Jun 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     An otter tries to cross a road. Hard times are ahead for species that can find no safe passage to habitat. (Mandcrobertson via Wikimedia Commons) The piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—US scientists worried about what global warming and climate change may do to wildlife have come up with the ultimate in creature-friendly versions of road maps or highway patrols. They want to see natural corridors that link safe habitats and ecosystems, so that as conditions change, plants and animals—and the continental US is home to 800 species of bird, more than 400 kinds of mammal and more than 600 reptiles and amphibians—get a chance to migrate. And, they report, only 2% of the eastern US offers the climate connectivity—their word...

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MULTIPLE WESTERN STATES ARE ABLAZE WITH WILDFIRES...

Jun 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila FragosoCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Mark Nunez/Los Padres Forest Aviation/KEYT-TV via AP This photo provided by Los Padres Forest Aviation and KEYT-TV shows a wildfire burning in Los Padres National Forest, north of Santa Barbara, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Goleta, Calif. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Refugio Canyon, Venadito Canyon and Las Flores Canyon, which includes an Exxonmobil refinery.   One injury has been reported and evacuations are underway in multiple western states Thursday as wildfires have grown in size, burning thousands of acres. Massive firefighting efforts are happening in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, according to multiple reports. Here are the details on the states’ fires: Utah In Utah, one firefighter was injured while battling a fire near Cedar...

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WELCOME TO THE FUTURE, WHERE IT’S SO HOT THE ROADS ARE BUCKLING...

Jun 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock Bumpy ride By Katie Herzog   GRIST Talk about a hot dish.A heat wave in Minnesota last week saw temperatures reaching into the mid-90s. And while Minnesota is no stranger to extreme weather, the rapid temperature rise caused roads in the scorched state to buckle under the sun and send unsuspecting vehicles airborne, as CityLab reports.A Minnesota Department of Transportation camera caught the action on Highway 36 this weekend: The pavement can expand under hot conditions, and when this happens quickly — as it did on Highway 36 and Interstate 90 — segments of the road smash together and the roadway buckles. Last week’s spike in heat caused the surface temperature of the road to hit between 120 and 125 degrees, according to the state DOT — plenty hot enough to stress out the roadways in Minnesota and neighboring South Dakota, which...

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A CURIOUS COLD SPOT IN THE ATLANTIC HAS SCIENTISTS THINKING THEIR WORST FEARS HAVE COME TRUE...

Jun 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Cat DiStasio  INHABITAT View Slideshow Scientists have observed record high temperatures around the world all summer long. People everywhere are suffering from the intense heat, and the higher temps have contributed to the increasing western drought, wildfires, and all manner of environmental destruction. All points on the globe seem to be hitting new peaks on the thermostat, except for one. There is a curious cold spot in a map of ever-warming ocean waters, showing a “blob” of cooler-than-expected water in the northern Atlantic Ocean, and it has climate scientists more than just a little freaked out. climate change, global warming, melting glaciers, glacial melt, warming oceans, record high temperatures, noaa, atlantic ocean, atlantic circulation The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported data from the first eight months of the year...

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THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA’S CLIMATE MALPRACTICE...

Jun 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed A storm front rolls into Portarlington, Australia, on December 2, 2010. (Photo: mrpbps) A state of disaster has been declared in 31 flooded Texas counties as rivers in the region are cresting at historic highs. Six people have died, up to four more people are missing and hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Houston as the Brazos River reached over 54 feet in Fort Bend County. On the East Coast, the National Hurricane Center declared that Tropical Depression Bonnie, which caused significant flash flooding in the US Southeast over Memorial Day weekend, has “revived” off the coast of North Carolina. It’s not just remarkable that Bonnie “revived” itself as a Tropical Depression — it’s remarkable that 2016 is...

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