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  • Why Antarctica's sea ice cover is so low (and no, it's not just about climate change)

    01/17/2019 12:42:29 PM PST · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | January 17, 2019 | Julie Arblaster, Gerald A Meehl, Guomin Wang, The Conversation
    Sea ice cover in Antarctica shrank rapidly to a record low in late 2016 and has remained well below average. But what's behind this dramatic melting and low ice cover since? Our two articles published earlier this month suggest that a combination of natural variability in the atmosphere and ocean were to blame, though human-induced climate change may also play a role. What happened to Antarctic sea ice in 2016?Antarctic sea ice is frozen seawater, usually less than a few metres thick. It differs from ice shelves, which are formed by glaciers, float in the sea, and are up to...
  • 'Blockbuster' storm heads east; could drop 40 inches, Arctic blast will freeze 200 mil [Tr]

    01/17/2019 11:24:17 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 62 replies
    MSN Weather ^ | January 17, 2019 | John Bacon
    After hammering California with rain and snow, a 'blockbuster' winter storm is taking aim on the East, where as much as 40 inches of snow could fall. After the storm rolls through, bitterly cold air straight from the Arctic will roar in, bringing below-freezing temperatures to 200 million Americans. "Freezing rain, heavy snow, and heavy rain are expected in association with the storm system through the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days," the National Weather Service warned. On Friday, the heaviest snow Friday will hit South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa, AccuWeather said. Then, the...
  • California set to seize 1,100 miles of coastline

    01/16/2019 9:10:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2019 | Chriss Street
    The California Coastal Commission is set to empower local government to take thousands of properties through eminent domain along 1,100 miles of coastline to prepare for sea level rise. Despite California being battered by 4-8 inches of torrential rain and flooding from an El Niño weather cycle, E&E News reported that the State of California in late January will authorize eminent domain authority for local jurisdictions to implement a “managed retreat” policy that will allow taking and demolishing coastal homes and businesses. […] CCC retreat guidance is expected to also entail dismantling and relocating of dozens of wastewater treatment and...
  • The top 12 climate change 'facts' debunked in 2018

    01/16/2019 7:04:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/16/2019 | Rick Moran
    You'd never know it from media coverage of the climate change issue, but over the past year, several "facts" about global warming have been debunked entirely or were radically altered. Almost all Democratic candidates who ran in the mid term elections tried to push climate change as a major issue. It didn't work, but time after time, Democrats repeated the same half truths and myths that have been used for years to push a radical gobal warming agenda.  The Global Warming Policy Forum, a London-based think tank, supports "open and skeptical" science and policy research, as well as a...
  • French ski resort workers are killed in an explosion while trying to clear an avalanche...

    01/13/2019 9:41:41 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | | Updated: 12:29 EST, 13 January 2019 | By Chris Dyer and Rod Ardehali For Mailonline and Ap
    Full Headline: "French ski resort workers are killed in an explosion while trying to clear an avalanche and three skiers die in the Austrian alps as the worst snowfall in 30 years continues to batter Europe" Two employees at a ski resort in the French Alps died today when the avalanche-control charges they were trying to set accidentally went off. Three German skiers were also killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps - and a fourth is missing, as the worst snowfall in 30 years continues to batter Europe. The pair of French workers were carrying out a controlled...
  • Parts of Austria, southern Germany sink deeper into snow

    01/10/2019 8:05:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2019
    Heavy snowfall continued Thursday in parts of Austria and southern Germany, with several places cut off and the bad weather expected to persist. Snow was causing problems in other parts of Europe, even in Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago. Austrian police said that a 16-year-old boy from Australia was killed in an avalanche in St. Anton am Arlberg as he was skiing with his family on Wednesday. In neighboring Slovakia, the mountain rescue service said a 37-year-old Slovak man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains. That brought to at least 16 the number of weather-related deaths reported...
  • Winter storm blasts Europe; 13 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

    01/08/2019 9:40:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 8, 2019 | Kirsten Grieshaber
    Deadly winter weather blasted Europe for yet another day Tuesday, trapping hundreds of people in Alpine regions, whipping up high winds that caused flight delays and cancellations and raising the risks of more deadly avalanches in the mountains. At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related accidents in Europe over the last week, most of them from avalanches. In Norway, attempts to find the bodies of four skiers were again put on hold due to poor visibility and heavy snowfall. A 29-year Swedish woman and three Finns, aged 29, 32 and 36, were presumed dead after a 300-meter (990-foot)...
  • Hundreds of federal scientists miss conferences in shutdown

    01/07/2019 3:12:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2019 | Claire Galofaro
    The world’s largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the “Super Bowl of Astronomy” could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe. But conference-goers will not be able to see NASA’s space-exploring plane. Its visit to the 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was canceled, one of a growing list of scientific casualties of the partial government shutdown now stretching into its third week. Along with the plane, hundreds of government scientists are also no longer...
  • It Snowed in the Arizona Desert, and the Photos Look Otherworldly

    01/04/2019 7:50:49 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 42 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | January 3, 2018 | Maddie Stone
    The deserts of the southwestern United States have a spare, ethereal beauty, and it turns out a light dusting of snow only cranks up the enchantment. Residents of the southwest were treated to some unusual snowfall this week, with wintry scenes emerging from Albuquerque to Tucson to the Grand Canyon. In the Sonoran desert, powder coated scrubby vegetation and topped those famous saguaro cactuses over New Years. Those who decided to visit the Grand Canyon to ring in 2019 in spite of—or perhaps because of—the government shutdown got to see the park’s majestic red cliffs in rare, snow-capped form. The...
  • No violent tornadoes reported in US in 2018, first time since 1950

    01/02/2019 10:49:04 AM PST · by ETL · 15 replies ^ | Jan 2, 2019 | Travis Fedschun | Fox News
    Tornadoes are rated on a scale from EF-0 to EF-5, with 5 being the strongest with winds of over 200 mph and "incredible," damage, according to to the National Weather Service. In order to be classified as a "violent tornado," the ranking must be an EF-4 with winds between 166 and 200 mph, or an EF-5.No violent tornadoes ended up touching down in 2018, which made it the first since modern record-keeping began in 1950 that no violent twisters were reported, according to FOX23. The Washington Post noted that it was a quiet year for tornados overall
  • Industrial Waste From Ants Emits Potent Greenhouse Gas

    01/02/2019 10:36:47 AM PST · by sasherm13 · 32 replies
    New research shows that garbage piles produced by leaf-cutter ants emit significant amounts of nitrous oxide—a potent greenhouse gas. Chemical reactions within the organic waste piles produced by leaf-cutter ants create copious amounts of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, according to new research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. These industrious insects aren’t contributing to global warming on the scale of human activities, but their behaviors are fundamentally altering the composition and function of tropical forests—including the way nutrients are transported and recycled.
  • How Do Wildfires Start

    01/01/2019 9:00:44 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 27 replies
    Live Science ^ | December 28, 2018 | Donavyn Coffey
    As the smoke settles from fires at the close of the year, it serves as a stark reminder of the raging wildfires that have plagued California and the rest of the American West. But how do such wildfires start in the first place? In the United States, 84 percent of the 1.5 million wildfires reported from 1992 to 2012 were human-caused, while 16 percent were sparked by a lightning strike However, ignition is only the beginning. And because of climate change, dry conditions are lasting longer and, in turn, causing longer fire seasons. Though it's been a record-breaking year in...
  • 75 Dead After Powerful Storm Sweeps Through the Philippines

    12/31/2018 10:27:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    The tropical depression, locally named Usman, brought heavy rains on Saturday, causing catastrophic flooding and triggering deadly landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management agency said Monday. In its latest official update, the agency said the death toll had climbed to 75 with a further 12 people injured. At least 16 others are still missing in the regions of Bicol and Eastern Visayas, officials said. The storm affected nearly 190,000 people, officials said, with dozens of areas facing power outages as a result of infrastructure damage. As many as 69 houses were damaged, with 41 of those totally destroyed....
  • Rose Parade Spectators To Brave Bone-Chilling Temperatures

    12/30/2018 8:29:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 86 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 12/30/2018 | markina brown
    CBS Los Angeles, reports that a cooler airmass and light winds will stick around into New Year’s Eve. On Sunday, temperatures throughout the Southland ranged between 20s and 30s to 40s by 8 a.m., with the day’s highs into the 60s. Freeze warnings and frost advisories were issued for parts of Southern California but were expected to expire. Come Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of revelers were expected to line the streets of Pasadena for the Rose Parade. Despite the cold, bonfires are not permitted along the parade route, and small, professionally manufactured barbecues are permitted so long as they are...
  • LCRA to begin lowering lakes LBJ and Marble Falls after October flood in Texas

    12/30/2018 7:15:51 AM PST · by bgill · 14 replies
    kvue ^ | Dec. 30, 2018 | Shawna Reding
    Homeowners along lakes LBJ and Marble Falls will finally have a chance to start rebuilding after the October flood. Crews with the Lower Colorado River Authority will begin lowering the lakes on Sunday, Dec. 30 so residents can make repairs. Lake LBJ will be lowered 4 feet while Lake Marble Falls will be lowered 7 feet.
  • Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama mercury regulations

    12/29/2018 4:59:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 29, 2018 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Trump administration has targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama administration rule, called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, led to what electric utilities say was an $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. Overall, environmental groups say, federal and state efforts have cut mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by 85 percent in roughly the last decade. Mercury causes brain...
  • Despite climate change predictions of worsening storms, no major tornadoes in US this year

    12/28/2018 7:51:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/28/2018 | Rick Moran
    The Washington Post reports that, with just a few days left in the year, 2018 will be the first year with no violent tornadoes since records began to be kept in 1950.  This year is also vying to be a record for lowest number of fatalities from tornadoes. It has been predicted that, due to climate change, storms would become more frequent and more violent.  In the United States, this appears not to be the case – and not just for this year. This year's goose-egg may seem to fit a recent pattern. In simple terms, there have been downtrends in...
  • Germany: Nine homeless deaths due to cold since October

    12/28/2018 6:59:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.24.2018 | ap/jm (KNA, AFP)
    At least nine homeless people have died across Germany due to low temperatures since October, the German body that tracks homelessness (BAGW) said on Monday. “We know of nine people who died at night for no fault of their own,” Werena Rosenke, the association’s managing director told the newspaper Rheinische Post. “In some cases, forensic medical examinations are still ongoing, but we assume that the victims had no dwelling and froze to death due to low temperatures.” Four of the deaths were reported in the port city of Hamburg, two in Düsseldorf and one each in Cologne, Essen and the...
  • Germany mulls crackdown on social media bots

    12/16/2018 2:14:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.16.2018 | dj/rc (AFP, dpa)
    Many German lawmakers were flooded with messages during the recent debate on the UN migration pact, in what appeared to be the work of social media bots, said Ralph Brinkhaus, the head of the parliamentary group of the ruling conservative CDU party. The emails “often had same blocs of texts”, Brinkhaus told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in an interview published on Sunday. “But most of all, this wave of untruths and defamation was unleashed online and on social media,” he added, urging a series of measures to fight disinformation. On social media, a “bot” is a label used for automated programs...
  • Detroit TV meteorologist Jessica Starr commits suicide after .. Lasik eye surgery

    12/13/2018 6:45:56 PM PST · by george76 · 112 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Dec 13, 2018 | Rachel DeSantis
    Detroit TV meteorologist Jessica Starr commits suicide after sharing 'struggles' caused by Lasik eye surgery. ( Full title). A Detroit meteorologist whose final social media posts highlighted her lingering struggles after getting Lasik eye surgery committed suicide Wednesday. She was 35. ... She underwent Lasik SMILE eye surgery in October and was forced to take time off of work, a struggle she addressed in a Facebook video in early November. I’m still healing… (but) I’m ready to get back to my life,” she said, noting that doctors told her it would take about three months before she felt 100% again....