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  • States face flooding, other problems in Midwest amid storms

    02/21/2018 10:29:24 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 2/20/2018 | AP
    MATTAWAN, Mich. — Sandbags were holding back floodwaters in parts of Michigan as a storm system moved across several Midwest and Great Plains states on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain, snow and ice to the region. The weather has already been blamed for hundreds of car crashes and several fatalities, including the deaths of four people in a crash along a slippery interstate in Nebraska.
  • Pacific island thought to be sinking is actually growing

    02/10/2018 7:16:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/10/2016 | Rick Moran
    "Save Tuvalu, save the world" was the battle cry at the 2015 climate conference in Peru.  The prime minister of that tiny Pacific island nation begged the conference to keep his country from "disappearing." Independent: Enele Spoaga arrived in Brussels on Monday to call on [E.U.] leaders for support ahead of the next [U.N.] climate change summit in Paris in December. The group of islands, home to just 10,000 people, is under direct threat by rising sea levels due to climate change as it is no more than 4m above sea level at its highest level. "If this island disappears...
  • Report: Climate change 'worst-case scenario' ruled out

    02/09/2018 8:42:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2018 | Rick Moran
    The most cataclysmic scenarios for global warming have been ruled out, according to a new report from the University of British Columbia. But the report also warns that the climate will still destabilize, wreaking havoc on the planet. According to the report, it all comes down to a reduction in the use of coal. Bloomberg: The researchers contend that current goals of reducing coal, oil[,] and gas consumption may be closer than we think, thus allowing us to set the bar even higher in our efforts to reduce pollution.  The bad news is that this is good news in the way a...
  • Our Sun is about to get unusually cool, researchers predict

    02/07/2018 10:12:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    It’s what scientists have termed a ‘grand minimum’ — a particularly low point in what is otherwise a steady 11-year cycle. Over this cycle, the Sun’s tumultuous heart races and rests. At its high point, the nuclear fusion at the Sun’s core forces more magnetic loops high into its boiling atmosphere — ejecting more ultraviolet radiation and generating sunspots and flares. When it’s quiet, the Sun’s surface goes calm. It ejects less ultraviolet radiation. Now scientists have scoured the skies and history for evidence of an even greater cycle amid these cycles. It’s what scientists have termed a ‘grand minimum’...
  • PHOTOS: Bioluminescent Phytoplankton Bloom Illuminates the Pacific Ocean Near Big Sur.

    02/07/2018 5:00:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Pacific Ocean near Big Sur has been illuminated for a few nights with a neon blue glow, bringing photographers out at night to document the bioluminescent phytoplankton bloom. Steve Haddock, a senior scientist with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, says the glow is caused by single-cell organisms called dinoflagellates that drift around the ocean. “They grow into large numbers by their cells dividing,” says Haddock. “When a predator, like a shrimp, swims by to eat them, the dinoflagellates glow to shock the predator—like turning on a flashlight on a burglar. It also warns other organisms of the predator’s...
  • At least 2 dead in magnitude 6.4 quake in Taiwan — premier

    02/06/2018 12:13:37 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/6/2018 | Reuters
    TAIPEI — A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the coastal city of Hualien in Taiwan late on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing at least two people and causing several buildings to collapse. The quake struck about 22 kilometers (14 miles) northeast of Hualien shortly before midnight, and the epicenter was very shallow at just 1 kilometer, the USGS said. "Two people were unfortunately killed, and 114 have suffered light or severe injuries," Taiwan's Premier William Lai told an emergency government meeting. A number of aftershocks hit the area, but there was no word of any tsunami warning. Hualien...
  • No Children Because of Climate Change? Some People Are Considering It

    02/05/2018 12:56:44 PM PST · by PROCON · 72 replies
    NYSLIMES ^ | Feb. 5, 2018 | MAGGIE ASTOR
    Add this to the list of decisions affected by climate change: Should I have children? It is not an easy time for people to feel hopeful, with the effects of global warming no longer theoretical, projections becoming more dire and governmental action lagging. And while few, if any, studies have examined how large a role climate change plays in people’s childbearing decisions, it loomed large in interviews with more than a dozen people ages 18 to 43. A 32-year-old who always thought she would have children can no longer justify it to herself. A Mormon has bucked the expectations of...
  • Discovery Channel storm chaser Joel Taylor dies aged 38: Mystery surrounds his cause of death

    01/24/2018 8:23:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | 01/24/2018 | By Abe Hawken For Mailonline
    Full Title: Discovery Channel storm chaser Joel Taylor dies aged 38: Mystery surrounds his cause of death as friends say they are devastated Joel Taylor, 38, was a star in the reality TV documentary series Storm Chasers His co-star and 'storm chasing friend' Reed Timmer revealed he passed away He wrote online that he 'wishes they could have one more storm chase together' Doctors are trying to determine his cause of death, but it's not related to chasing Taylor's last post on his Facecbook page says his first niece had been born
  • France fails to meet targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions

    01/23/2018 12:01:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 23 January 2018 09:58 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France failed to meet its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, the government said Monday, just a month after President Emmanuel Macron warned that “we are losing the battle” against global warming. The environment ministry said the country emitted 463 tons of greenhouse gases, measured as carbon dioxide equivalents, or 3.6 percent more than its goal. It attributed the slip in part to lower oil prices, which can prompt people and businesses to consume more in areas such as transportation or heating. But emissions were down 15.3 percent from 1990 levels. […] … [T]he disappointing 2016 results show...
  • Major Grass Fires In North Texas; Some Evacuations Ordered

    01/22/2018 1:15:47 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 8 replies
    cbs local ^ | 01/22/2018 | cbs
    PARKER COUNTY AND FLOWER MOUND, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Crews are fighting a string of grass fires in North Texas that’s now led to evacuations in some areas. As of 2:50 p.m. a third grass fire is burning south of Highway 199 and west of Ross Lane in extreme north central Parker Co, between Poolville and Springtown, according to the National Weather Service. Evacuations are being ordered. The second grass fire, is a big one just east of Willow Park in Parker County has burned at least 1,000 acres according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. The agency said there has...
  • Worst-case global warming scenarios not credible: study

    01/21/2018 10:48:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study released Wednesday which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions. A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet’s temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature. “Our study all but rules out very low and very high climate sensitivities,” said lead author Peter Cox, a professor at the University of Exeter. How effectively the world slashes CO2 and methane emissions, improves energy efficiency,...
  • John Coleman, The Weather Channel Founder, Dies at Age 83

    01/21/2018 7:21:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies ^ | 1.21/17
    The Weather Channel co-founder and original “Good Morning America” meteorologist John Coleman passed away Saturday. His wife, Linda, said he passed away at their home in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reports. He was 83 years old. A Texas native, Coleman had controversial views on climate change and insisted global warming is a hoax. He got his first TV job while studying at the University of Illinois and went on to work at several local stations in the Midwest before joining GMA when it launched in 1975, according to AP. After helping launch The Weather Channel in 1981, he served...
  • California Coast Big Waves Hike

    01/20/2018 1:40:51 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 63 replies
    Self ^ | January 20, 2018 | ProtectOurFreedom
    I haven't posted any "Hiking California" threads in a while. I joined a couple of local MeetUp hiking groups and these folks move at a good clip, so not much time for photography. But it's great fun getting out with others with similar interests and very motivational. When I went to bed on Thursday (Jan 18, 2018), the local news said that there were 55 to 60 foot waves at Mavericks north of Half Moon Bay (this is not far south of San Francisco). So, when I woke yesterday morning and saw we had a glorious morning, I decided I...
  • Montreal Artist Expertly Pranks Police With Fake Car Made of Snow

    Well, it does if you're 33-year-old Montreal machinist and artist Simon Laprise of L.S.D. Laprise Simon Designs. A resident of the borough Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Laprise spent his Sunday afternoon molding the recently fallen snow into a DeLorean DMC-12, as made famous by the movie Back to the Future. Laprise's finishing touch was masterfully placing a reject windshield wiper on the car's faux windshield, as if it were the only part of the car left exposed. Laprise found the lone wiper blade across the street while sculpting his creation. The solid snow jalopy took around 4 hours to create from start to...
  • Winter isn’t coming in Alaska, and people are dying

    01/19/2018 8:47:39 AM PST · by SMGFan · 36 replies
    NYPost ^ | January 19, 2018
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Winter is off to a late start in parts of the nation’s largest — and usually coldest — state. Months of higher-than-normal temperatures in parts of rural Alaska have opened dangerous gaps in frozen rivers that residents use to travel from village to village and to hunting grounds, since there are no roads. One troublesome ice highway is the half-mile-wide Kuskokwim River, where a man died New Year’s Eve after he and five family members — traveling on a snowmobile and sled — fell into a gaping hole. The others survived.
  • Update on restoration of utility and road systems to affected mudslide areas (CA)

    01/19/2018 6:21:14 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 1 replies
    KEYT ^ | 01/18/2018 | Newsroom staff
    Barring weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it is anticipated that most major utilities as well as County roads will be back in service in the areas of Montecito outside the areas impacted by the flood and debris flow. These are areas bounded by Montecito Creek, San Ysidro Creek and Romero Creek. Areas impacted by the flood and debris flow will require extensive efforts to provide utilities and road access. Once the utilities are restored in the other areas, decisions will be made on the rapid return of residents to their homes wherever possible.
  • Disruptions to summer, winter rain made 2017 dry year

    01/19/2018 5:18:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | David Rookhuyzen
    SIERRA VISTA — A combination of bad meteorological luck did more than ensure that 2017 was drier than usual. It made it the least wet year in this millenium. According to data from the National Weather Service, last year’s rainfall is almost half the annual average and more than six inches below 2016. Information from January 2017 is missing, due to a transfer between computer systems, but the total from February to December show a total of only 7.06 inches. Ken Drozd, with the weather service in Tucson, said from what the service does know about January’s rainfall it’s highly...
  • Ice Chokes Connecticut River in Haddam, Causing "Emergency Condition"

    01/18/2018 12:31:17 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 10 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 01/18/2018 | Matthew Ormseth
    Ice dams and flooding pose a danger to Haddam residents, the town’s top elected official said, prompting her to declare that an “emergency condition” exists in the riverside town. First Selectwoman Lizz Milardo made the emergency declaration Thursday. The proclamation will be forwarded to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in hopes he will proclaim that the town is in a state of emergency so the town may get state and federal assistance for any damage. “The First Selectman has declared that an emergency condition exists throughout the said Town…It has now been found that local resources are unable to cope with...
  • Darkest December: Moscow got 7 minutes of sun in final month

    01/16/2018 11:22:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    TASS ^ | January 16, 2017 | Ilya Pitalev
    Muscovites witnessed one of the darkest months in history in December 2017 when they saw sunlight for just six or seven minutes, head of Russia’s Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Roman Vilfand said on Tuesday.
  • Oymyakon: Coldest settlement on earth hit -62C - then the thermometer broke

    01/16/2018 7:41:20 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 50 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 15, 2018 | Claire Toureille
    This Siberian village's thermometer broke last night because of how cold it was. Oymyakon, in the Siberian region of Yakutia, is the coldest inhabited village on Earth. Each winter, it records some of the world's lowest temperatures and the town seems frozen in time. On 14 January, Oymyakon got so cold, its brand new thermometer broke after reaching a mind numbing -62C, reports the Siberian Times. In comparison, the only other places to get this cold or colder are unpopulated areas of Antarctica. But locals have reported temperatures far colder than the official -62C on their properties, thanks to their...