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20:23 // 4 months ago
February 23, 2014
This is what the East Coast of the United States could look like in a few hundred years, according to a graphic artist who put together a map of the world after 260 feet of sea rise. Go see what your region of the world would look like - Another writer and artist put together images of what your city would look like if it were drowned. 

This is what the East Coast of the United States could look like in a few hundred years, according to a graphic artist who put together a map of the world after 260 feet of sea rise. Go see what your region of the world would look like - Another writer and artist put together images of what your city would look like if it were drowned. 

13:31 // 6 months ago
January 4, 2014
We usually don’t call something ‘life threatening.’ But yes, we want people to know that this is very much a life-threatening event.
Ken Simosko, meteorologist from Bismarck, North Dakota • Commenting on the intense so-called “polar vortex” reportedly working its way down through the US, funneling freezing North Pole air as far south as the Gulf Coast. Areas in North Dakota and Minnesota are forecasted to sustain a ghoulish wind chill of around minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which is, as Simosko emphasized, a dire condition for public health — such temperatures could, he said, cause the onset of frostbite in a mere five minutes. If you’re in the throes of this awful cold tonight, tomorrow, or going into the future, especially throughout the northeast and midwest, please take every precaution to keep yourself safe from the elements. source
20:46 // 7 months ago
November 11, 2013
climateadaptation:

What’s the connection between Super Typhoon Haiyan and climate change? Despite the conflicting headlines connecting climate change to massive storms, the science really is unclear. And this is a problem that science writers need to be clear about.  Tom Yulsman of Discover Magazine rounds up some very controversial and frankly terribly dishonest headlines about climate change and typhoons. Check it out if you have a chance.

Very, very interesting. "There are, in fact, conflicting reports about Haiyan’s strength at landfall. Remote sensing by satellites indicated peak wind speeds of 190 to 195 miles per hour, prompting Jeff Masters, director of Meteorology at Weather Underground, to say it was the ‘strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history.’ Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration pegged the storm’s peak gusts at 171 miles per hour."

climateadaptation:

What’s the connection between Super Typhoon Haiyan and climate change? Despite the conflicting headlines connecting climate change to massive storms, the science really is unclear. And this is a problem that science writers need to be clear about.  Tom Yulsman of Discover Magazine rounds up some very controversial and frankly terribly dishonest headlines about climate change and typhoons. Check it out if you have a chance.

Very, very interesting. "There are, in fact, conflicting reports about Haiyan’s strength at landfall. Remote sensing by satellites indicated peak wind speeds of 190 to 195 miles per hour, prompting Jeff Masters, director of Meteorology at Weather Underground, to say it was the ‘strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history.’ Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration pegged the storm’s peak gusts at 171 miles per hour."

13:30 // 9 months ago
October 12, 2013

Cyclone hits eastern Indian coast, spurring thousands of evacuations

  • 800,000people evacuated from the eastern coast of India Saturday evening, displaced by a cyclone which caused broad flooding in homes throughout the area. The storm actually proved less severe following landfall than U.S. observers had warned — an outcome closer to what Indian officials had themselves forecast, which has caused a little tension. Said the vice chairman of India’s National Disaster Management Authority: “We are not trying to downplay the intensity of the cyclone. In fact, U.S. authorities are overplaying it.” source
20:58 // 10 months ago
July 9, 2013

nationalpost:

Record-breaking Toronto storm drops 126mm of rain, causing blackouts, flooding and transit chaos
Monday evening’s record-breaking rainfall continues to wreak havoc on Toronto’s morning commute with subway and GO train delays, road closures, and power outages in the west end of the city Tuesday.

By midnight Pearson airport had officially seen 126 mm, a single-day record for Toronto. The previous single-day record for rainfall was set at 121.4 mm in 1954. The average rainfall for the entire month of July in Toronto is only 74 mm.

“We had 90 millimetres of rain within an hour and a half at the airport,” said Peter Kimbell, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, who said the storm ranked among the most intense rainfalls the city has ever seen.

Photos: Tony Hicks for National Post; Tyler Anderson/National Post; Michelle Siu for National Post; Peter J. Thompson/National Post; THE CANADIAN PRESS/Winston Neutel; THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Some 70,000 have been left without power since the deluge hit, with Mayor Rob Ford urging reduced electricity consumption, saying Toronto’s hydroelectric system is “hanging on by a thread right now.”

17:45 // 1 year ago
May 18, 2013
nbcnews:

‘I couldn’t stop screaming’: Witnesses describe Texas tornadoes
(Photo: Ralph Lauer / EPA)
Survivors of the tornadoes that devastated two towns in Texas on Wednesday night described their terror as the violent storm tore apart their homes, killing six people and injuring dozens more.
Read the complete story.

The spate of extreme, hazardous weather we’ve seen over the last year or so has been truly disturbing, which is not to say the people of Texas aren’t in the know about tornado threats. Regardless, though, the damage and human toll here is deflating. Our thoughts are with the victims, stripped of their homes, and for some, their lives.

nbcnews:

‘I couldn’t stop screaming’: Witnesses describe Texas tornadoes

(Photo: Ralph Lauer / EPA)

Survivors of the tornadoes that devastated two towns in Texas on Wednesday night described their terror as the violent storm tore apart their homes, killing six people and injuring dozens more.

Read the complete story.

The spate of extreme, hazardous weather we’ve seen over the last year or so has been truly disturbing, which is not to say the people of Texas aren’t in the know about tornado threats. Regardless, though, the damage and human toll here is deflating. Our thoughts are with the victims, stripped of their homes, and for some, their lives.

14:52 // 1 year ago
April 27, 2013
nasdaq:

Apple’s data centers now use 100% renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal energy — the company no longer powers any of its operations with coal or other fossil fuels. In fact, last December, Apple powered up a 100-acre solar farm adjacent to a North Carolina data center. Using fuel cells made by Bloom Energy Corp., which generates energy from biogases, Apple is able to generate 60% of all the energy it needs to run the data center onsite. Read more about it from Bloomberg, here. 

The news can be harrowing these days for environmental advocates working on climate change issues, of which this is obviously a thoroughly tiny aspect. This stuff is important enough, though, that even modest good news and developments should keep making the rounds.

nasdaq:

Apple’s data centers now use 100% renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal energy — the company no longer powers any of its operations with coal or other fossil fuels. In fact, last December, Apple powered up a 100-acre solar farm adjacent to a North Carolina data center. Using fuel cells made by Bloom Energy Corp., which generates energy from biogases, Apple is able to generate 60% of all the energy it needs to run the data center onsite. Read more about it from Bloomberg, here

The news can be harrowing these days for environmental advocates working on climate change issues, of which this is obviously a thoroughly tiny aspect. This stuff is important enough, though, that even modest good news and developments should keep making the rounds.

16:16 // 1 year ago
March 9, 2013

New scientific study rates our dire place in climate history

  • 4000year high for global temperatures, according to a new research study headed by climatologist Shaun Marcott of Oregon State University. The study utilized the most in-depth reconstruction of climate information from over the last 11,300 years, virtually the entire Holocene era, and was released in the academic magazine Science earlier this week. source
17:14 // 1 year ago
February 12, 2013
Now is not the time to gut these new job-creating innovations… today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy. After years of talking about it, we’re poised to finally control our own energy future. …But for the sake of our children, we must do more to combat climate change.
President Obama, segueing from praising increases in American oil and gas production, to speaking more solmenly of the dangers of climate change. Obama cited the recent glut of hottest years on record, and referenced numerous, unusually forceful weather incidents – Superstorm Sandy among them – as reasons he will seek to wield executive power to act on climate reforms, even if congress passes.
21:39 // 1 year ago