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  • 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 · 15 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 · 62 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...
  • Rockets Red Glare? (Vanity)

    01/14/2018 8:21:18 PM PST · by Hatteras · 19 replies
    Me | Me
    Any Freepers on the Delmarva know about rocket launches scheduled for this evening. I’m sitting here on my porch high atop Chapel Hill, NC with a view to the north from east to west. I just saw what appeared to be a rocket ascend from the horizon up to about 20 degrees and fade out. It was followed by 3 more, each appearing shortly after the previous ones disappeared. Unlike the airliners I can see from 30 or 40 miles out, these were all glowing red and followed similar paths. Figured the closest launch facility was at Wallops (I have...
  • Keep Our Mountains Free. And Dangerous.

    01/14/2018 9:01:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 13, 2018 | Francis Sanzaro
    Last August, after several accidents and deaths among climbers on Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest and most treacherous mountain, Jean-Marc Peillex, the mayor of the French town of St. Gervais-les-Bains, issued an order: Anyone attempting to climb the nearby Gouter route up the mountain must now have specified gear including a harness, rope and headlamp. Those who do not take these precautions are to be fined. On the face of it, the order is common sense. Mont Blanc, known among climbers as the White Killer, is 15,774 feet high, and as the recent spate of casualties make clear, its ascent...
  • 2 killed in Southern California deluge as rivers of mud wipe out homes

    01/09/2018 9:38:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | January 9 ,2018 | ason Hanna, Stella Chan and Paul P. Murphy
    Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California on Tuesday morning -- leaving at least two dead, destroying homes and spurring rescues as the flooding forced heavily traveled roads to close. At least six homes near the coastal community of Montecito were "wiped away from their foundations" by mudflow and debris, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.
  • Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday, threatening burn areas with runoff

    01/07/2018 5:54:27 PM PST · by Signalman · 25 replies
    Reading eagle ^ | 1/7/2017 | Brittany Mejia
    Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain expected in some burn areas, forecasters said. Almost four inches of rain is expected in eastern Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County over 12 hours from Monday evening through Tuesday morning, forecasters said. The Thomas fire, which was centered in these two counties, burned more than 281,000 acres in that area last month, making it the largest fire on record in California. “Unfortunately it’s centered almost exactly where the Thomas fire was,” said Kathy Hoxsie,...
  • Louisiana Woman Uses Bank Canister to Deliver Husband's Lunch in Cold Weather

    01/07/2018 3:50:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    WDSU ^ | Jan 4, 2018
    You know it's cold in Louisiana when people have to seek extreme measures to avoid the frigid temperatures. That's the case for one WDSU viewer who shared a video of her lunch delivery for her husband with WDSU anchor Scott Walker. "Viewer Colleen Loria found a unique way to deliver her husband's Popeye's lunch when it's too cold to get out of the car," Walker posted on Facebook. Colleen can be seen placing her husband's lunch in a canister of a bank's pneumatic tube system and the food shooting up into the tube. "Lunch is served," she says. Watch the...
  • Is It Safe to Skate on Icy Ponds?

    01/06/2018 6:20:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    NBC12 ^ | Friday, January 5th 2018 | Andrew Freiden
    Have you seen this video of a guy skating on Fountain Lake in Byrd Park? Megan Wise and I decided to check for ourselves if it was safe to walk on the ice in Central Virginia. I emailed Jeremy Hoffman at the Science Museum to pick his brain: This is a picture of Dr. Hoffman doing something very important. He pointed us to Minnesota - they know their ice there! While ice is never 100 percent safe, we now had a goal - to see if we could find ice 4-5 inches thick on Fountain Lake in Byrd Park. Although...
  • Planes Collide on Tarmac at JFK Amid Airport Chaos: Officials

    01/06/2018 8:22:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    nbc ^ | 01/06/2018
    The right wing of a China Southern plane hit the tail of a Kuwait airliner, damaging both aircrafts, the Port Authority said. No one was injured and all the passengers got off safely, according to the Port Authority, which manages all three NYC-area airports.  The China Southern flight was being towed when the planes collided shortly after midnight, the FAA said. Both planes are Boeing 777s.  Kuwait Airways said on Twitter that Flight 118 from New York to Kuwait was struck by the Chinese plane as it was parked before takeoff. The passengers were taken to hotels as they waited...
  • Seymour Police Department Issues Warrant for 'Frozen' Star

    01/05/2018 11:49:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Half Moon Bay Patch ^ | Jan 5, 2018 | Rebecca Bream
    'Frozen' star Queen Elsa is wanted on an arrest warrant by the Seymour Police Department due to the freezing temperatures.She's quite familiar thanks to the hit Disney movie "Frozen," and thanks to the bitterly cold temperatures outside, Seymour Police Department have issued an arrest "warrant" for Queen Elsa, who is wanted for "maintaining a common nuisance." The Seymour Police Department posted a call out for the public's help Thursday evening on the department's Facebook page, asking for help in "serving a warrant issued for Queen Elsa, who is described as a 21-year-old woman with blonde hair and blue eyes, weighing...