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  • Study: Climate change could kill your internet in 15 years

    07/17/2018 5:50:36 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 85 replies
    Fast Company ^ | July 17, 2018 | Melissa Locker
    Want to get a whole bunch of people to really, really care about climate change and rising sea levels? Tell them their internet is at risk. In a new study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Oregon found that thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable are at risk of drowning under the rising seas. This isn’t something that will happen in the distant future, but could be a reality in just 15 years, the study suggests. Better backup your Tumblr. The peer-reviewed study combined data from the Internet Atlas, the map that keeps track...
  • This Week in Weather Hurricane Season 2018

    07/17/2018 5:34:56 AM PDT · by Qiviut · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/17/2018 | Wxrisk
    The Wxrisk.com site is run by a local meteorologist in Virginia, Dave Tolleris, aka "DT". He does commercial forecasting for clients, with his 'products' being European Grain and Energy weather... Overseas (China Ukraine Russia India) Daily weather... Overseas weekly and 30 day reviews... US Grain forecasts... HDD and CDD forecasts...30 day forecasts... South America daily weather... 6-10 day and 11-15 energy forecasts... The Winter storm newsletter. DT contributes to the community with non-commercial forecasting for our local weather with his famous (because they're accurate!) snow forecasts and pointing out when it would be wise to pay attention to the weather...
  • Brain Study Finds People Actually Get Dumber During A Heat Wave

    07/12/2018 1:49:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 45 replies
    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/ ^ | 7/12/18 | Brain, Chris Melore
    BOSTON, Mass. (CBS Local) – With many states dealing with record-high temperatures and massive heat waves, many people are probably sick of summer already. A new study says that your brain may hate the heat more than you do. Researchers at Harvard University have discovered that a person’s brain works 13 percent slower when it has to operate in extreme heat. According to their report in PLOS Medicine, scientists studied 44 college students living in Boston during a 2016 heat wave. That July heat wave was reportedly one of the hottest in the city’s history. 22 of the students lived...
  • Thailand cave rescue: ninth boy rescued as mission to free others continues – live

    07/10/2018 2:45:43 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 10 | Matthew Weaver
    Reuters has a little more detail: A tenth person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, raising hopes all 13 would be out by the end of the day.
  • U.N. official calls for 'ark' to save world from global warming

    07/07/2018 5:34:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 43 replies
    WND ^ | July 7, 2018 | Bob Unruh
    A United Nations official is calling for an “ark” to save the world from global warming. Climate-change skeptic Marc Morano of the Climate Depot site noted Espinosa urged the world “to make the fundamental, transformative changes necessary” to fight “global warming.” The Vatican’s International Conference was titled “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth.” “If we truly want to make the fundamental, transformative changes necessary to combat climate change, perhaps what we need then is not a physical ark, but an ark of ambition for #climateaction,” she said on social media. Espinosa echoed former U.N. climate...
  • Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage

    07/06/2018 2:21:50 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 6, 2018 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis urged governments on Friday to make good on their commitments to curb global warming, warning that climate change, continued unsustainable development and rampant consumption threatens to turn the Earth into a vast pile of “rubble, deserts and refuse.” Francis made the appeal at a Vatican conference marking the third anniversary of his landmark environmental encyclical “Praise Be.” The document, meant to spur action at the 2015 Paris climate conference, called for a paradigm shift in humanity’s relationship with Mother Nature. n his remarks, Francis urged governments to honor their Paris commitments and said institutions like the IMF and...
  • 2 Atlantic storm systems have 'medium' chance of development

    07/04/2018 5:21:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 3 replies
    https://www.nola.com/ ^ | 7/4/18 | Greg LaRose
    The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday evening (July 4) that two areas of tropical weather in the Atlantic Ocean have a "medium" chance of developing into more organized systems over the next two to five days. An area of low pressure west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, a few hundred miles south of Bermuda, features disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Conditions favor the formation of a tropical depression before the end of the week as the system moves west-northwestward and then northward between Bermuda and the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. Chances for the system to organize...
  • Video shows Thai boys, trapped in cave, smiling and joking with rescuers

    07/04/2018 12:21:05 PM PDT · by BBell · 34 replies
    MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) -- Their skinny faces illuminated by a flashlight, the Thai soccer teammates stranded more than a week in a partly flooded cave said they were healthy on a video released Wednesday (July 4), as heavy rains forecast for later this week could complicate plans to safely extract them. The 12 boys and their coach are seen sitting with Thai navy SEALs in the dark cave. The boys, many wrapped in foil warming blankets, take turns introducing themselves, folding their hands together in a traditional greeting and saying their names and that they are healthy. The video,...
  • Iran thinks Israel has been stealing its clouds to cause a drought

    07/03/2018 10:36:31 PM PDT · by righttackle44 · 44 replies
    Metro News ^ | July 3, 2018 | Georgia Diebelius
    An Iranian general has accused Israel of ‘manipulating weather’ to prevent rain over the Islamic republic – aka, stealing the country’s clouds. Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation, alleged that his country was facing cloud ‘theft’ during a press conference. However he was later contradicted by the nation’s weather chief.
  • Experts now predict a 'below-average' 2018 hurricane season

    07/03/2018 10:46:42 AM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies
    https://www.nola.com/ ^ | 7/2/18 | Laura McKnight
    Experts are now forecasting a "below-average" Atlantic hurricane season based on unusually cold temperatures in portions of the Atlantic Ocean, according to updated projections released Monday (June 2) by Colorado State University. The new predictions call for a total of 11 named storms to develop this season, a drop from the original prediction of 14. The 11 storms include Subtropical Storm Alberto, the one named storm that has already occurred this season. Of those 11 storms, four are expected to become hurricanes, including one major hurricane. The original forecast, released in April, included seven hurricanes, three of them major hurricanes....
  • Top 10 Tips: Keep Your Parked Car Cool This Summer

    07/01/2018 12:55:34 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 54 replies
    The heat of summer can make this otherwise beautiful season downright unpleasant. For drivers who don’t enjoy intense heat, getting into a car that has been parked in hot weather can feel like being roasted alive. Stay cool and get more out of your summer by using these tips to keep your car cooler when parked. 1. Use a sunshade or window visor. This tried-and-true method of keeping your car cool should be your go-to option to counteract hot interior temps throughout the summer. Put up a sunshade or window visor every time you exit your car for more than...
  • Hottest Night in Recorded History Just Logged in Oman

    06/29/2018 7:20:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Live Science ^ | June 29, 2018 | Rafi Letzter
    The day of June 26 was a scorcher in the town of Quriyat, Oman. Temperatures in the town, which is weathering a miserable heat wave, peaked at 121.6 degrees Fahrenheit (49.8 degrees Celsius) during the day, according to Weather Underground. That's just shy of the Omani record-high temperature of 123.4 degrees F (50.8 degrees C), set on May 30, 2017. But anyone in Quriyat hoping for an evening respite from the extreme heat would have been disappointed: Temperatures fell to a low of just 108.7 degrees F (42.6 degrees C). That's a world record: the highest "low" temperature ever recorded...
  • Magical Wind Power: Illusions versus Reality

    06/20/2018 8:14:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/20/2018 | John Droz Jr.
    The number-one challenge of our times is to separate the wheat from the chaff. To assist in this task, we are blessed with more information than ever before – but we are also simultaneously burdened with more misinformation than any prior generation has ever had to deal with. We look back and wonder how trusting citizens were so easily victimized by snake oil salesmen, but today, in the golden age of cons, we are being duped on a daily basis. As a representative matter (and a national issue of great significance), let's look at what's happening with industrial wind energy....
  • Antarctica is melting faster, and we're not ready for the sea level rise that's coming (tr)

    06/17/2018 11:07:27 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 107 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 16, 2018 | Kevin Loria
    In the future, seas will rise far higher than they are today. The question is whether it happens quickly or slowly. There's enough ice stacked on top of Antarctica to raise seas around the globe by almost 200 feet. While it takes time for major changes to occur with that much ice, Antarctica is melting faster than we thought, according to a study recently published in the journal Nature. The melting rate has been speeding up significantly in recent years. Between 1992 and 2017, Antarctica lost more than 3.3 trillion tons of ice, causing sea levels around the globe to...
  • Enjoy This Soothing Video of Port-a-Potties Being Ripped from the Earth

    06/15/2018 7:52:57 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 32 replies
    VICE ^ | Jun 15 2018, 4:25pm | Lauren Messman
    One of man's most wretched creations gets its karmic comeuppance. Using a port-a-potty is about as enjoyable as brushing your teeth with gravel. Half outhouse, half torture chamber, the rudimentary bathroom option is usually weirdly hot, emits a revolting smell, and induces claustrophobia. Port-a-potties have also provided the setting for one too many horror stories. We all know this, and yet we're still forcing human beings to use the plastic poop prisons in various public places. They are, if nothing else, unnecessarily vile creations, which is why watching some get swept away in a wind storm is both terrifying and...
  • Sea creatures fall from the sky after being 'sucked by a waterspout and carried into city(tr)

    06/15/2018 2:01:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 31 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 6/15/18 | GEORGE MARTIN
    It's raining octopus! Sea creatures fall from the sky after being 'sucked from the ocean by a waterspout and carried into coastal city' during powerful storm in ChinaThe pictures were taken in Qingdao city in east China's Shandong Province Qingdao Meteorological Administration posted images of the sea creatures An octopus, mollusks, shellfish and other marine life can be seen in the images The hurricane-force wind speeds generated during the storm set a new recordIncredible photos have emerged from China that show octopus and other sea creatures raining from the sky after being sucked out of the ocean by a violent...
  • S**t! Horrendous moment freak gust of wind sends portable toilet 100ft into the air as it sprays

    06/15/2018 1:22:27 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 07:06 EDT, 15 June 2018 | By Rod Ardehali
    Full Title: S**t! Horrendous moment freak gust of wind sends portable toilet 100ft into the air as it sprays 'liquid' on screaming crowd below ____________________________________________________________________________ This is the moment a freak gust of wind sent two Porta Potties flying into the air People were forced to dive for cover after the gust in Commerce City, Colorado Liquid from the two Porta Potties spilled out of the cabin showering those below The freak wind comes months after a wind storm killed a man in the same area
  • Germany to miss 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target

    06/14/2018 11:01:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.13.2018 | amp/sms (Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    Germany is set to miss its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target by 8 percent, according to German weekly magazine Der Spiegel. The German government set itself the goal of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions until 2020 by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels, but a draft government report estimates that the country will only be able to reduce emissions by 32 percent. Officials had previously estimated a shortfall of 5 percent to 8 percent. The document blames “unexpected economic developments and unexpected population growth” for the failure to meet the target. Increased economic activity and strong population growth generally cause...
  • Lava from Hawaii volcano destroys up to 700 homes, and there's no end in sight

    06/12/2018 1:15:10 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 62 replies
    USA Today/MSN ^ | 6/12/2018 | Trevor Hughes
    <p>Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has destroyed about 600 to 700 homes since it began flowing early last month and there's no sign of it stopping anytime soon, officials said Monday.</p> <p>Punctuating that point, Kilauea again erupted early Tuesday with a blast similar to a series of explosions that have sent towering columns of ash high above the island. A 5.3-magnitude earthquake accompanied the latest eruption.</p>
  • If We’re Lucky, This Innovation Will Nuke Climate Change Scaremongering

    06/11/2018 11:00:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/11/2018 | David Harsanyi
    A team of scientists at Harvard University and a company called Carbon Engineering announced this week that they’ve figured out a low-cost, industrial-scale method of pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Needless to say, it sounds like an exciting technology, which would, as The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer notes, “transform how humanity thinks about the problem of climate change.”To be fair, though, plenty of humans have argued that innovation, rather than widespread state-compelled behavior modification or top-down economic regimes like the ones the Left has proposed over the years, would eventually deal with climate change. This conviction was based...