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It's a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly | Michael E Mann | Opinion | The Guardian
https://theintercept.com/2017/08/28/harvey-didnt-come-out-of-the-blue-now-is-the-time-to-talk-about-climate-change/ - There is a simple thermodynamic relationship known as the Clausius-Clapeyron equation that tells us there is a roughly 3% increase in average atmospheric moisture content for each 0.5C of warming. Sea surface temperatures in the area where Harvey intensified were 0.5-1C warmer than current-day average temperatures, which translates to 1-1.5C warmer than “average” temperatures a few decades ago. That means 3-5% more moisture in the atmosphere. &! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/29/how-did-climate-change-worsen-hurricane-harvey https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/29/houston-harvey-new-orleans-katrina-survivors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0TCrGtTEQM
Hurricane  Harvey  Sandy  Katrina  climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  flash  flooding  drought  rising  sea  level  temperature  science  Klimakatastrophe  climatecatastrophe 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Neue Klima-Studie - Hitze und Dürre werden zunehmen
Die jüngsten Waldbrände in Portugal haben gezeigt, wie verheerend die Kombination aus Hitzewellen und langer Trockenheit sein kann.
drought  extreme  weather  global  warming  gloablwarming  climatechange  climate  change  Jetstream  flash  flood  flooding  soil  erosion  coastal  heat  wave  heatwave  Hitzewelle  public  health  wildfire 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Europe's extreme June heat clearly linked to climate change, research shows | Environment | The Guardian
Human-caused climate change dramatically increased the likelihood of the extreme heatwave that saw deadly forest fires blazing in Portugal and Spain, new research has shown.

Much of western Europe sweltered earlier in June, and the severe heat in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland was also made significantly more likely by global warming. Such temperatures will become the norm by 2050, the scientists warned, unless action is taken to rapidly cut carbon emissions.
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
(1487) Shane Smith Investigates The True Cost of Climate Denial (VICE on HBO: Season 5, Episode 1) - YouTube
same tactics in tobacco, meat, climate = seeding doubt & creating a debate about scientific consensus. "doc merchants of doubt" // climate change cost will be astronomical! // public attitude //
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june 2017 by asterisk2a
Climate change: Advisers warn of climate change domino effect
In a 2,000-page report, the Climate Change Committee says flooding will destroy bridges - wrecking electricity, gas and IT connections carried on them.
The committee also warns that poor farming means the most fertile soils will be badly degraded by mid-century.
And it says heat-related deaths among the elderly will triple by the 2050s as summer temperatures spiral.
The projections are based on the supposition that governments keep promises made at the Paris climate conference to cut emissions - a pledge that is in doubt.
The committee says if emissions are allowed to spiral, London summer temperatures could hit 48C (118F) in an extreme scenario, although the advisers say they don't expect that to happen.
The report from 80 authors is the most comprehensive yet on the potential impact of climate change on the UK.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate change deal: 'Zero carbon' laws promised by government - BBC News
Under current law, emissions must be cut by 80% by 2050 - but ministers have said this does not go far enough. Following the climate deal in Paris, it is clear the UK must not increase CO2 at all because the warming threat is so severe, they added. No details of the law change have been given - and critics said the UK was failing to meet even current targets. [...] However, many in the energy sector will be baffled by what they see as a schizophrenic attitude to climate change from the government. While pledging their allegiance to very demanding CO2 cuts, ministers have made a slew of policy changes that are predicted to increase emissions. [...] government has failed to secure any new nuclear stations, scrapped a competition for carbon capture and threatened cuts in the offshore wind budget unless costs radically fall. [& turned back on] onshore wind and large scale solar energy
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
March 2016's shocking global warming temperature record.
A daily analysis of global temperatures shows that the Northern Hemisphere likely exceeded 2 degrees Celsius above "normal" around March 1, 2016, when measuring from pre-industrial levels.* [...] That mark has long been held (somewhat arbitrarily) as the point above which climate change may begin to become "dangerous" to humanity. It's now arrived—though very briefly—much more quickly than anticipated. This is a milestone moment for our species. Climate change deserves our greatest possible attention. [...] So what’s actually happening now is the liberation of nearly two decades’ worth of global warming energy that’s been stored in the oceans since the last major El Niño in 1998. //&! - bit.ly/1R34X8p
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
After the floods, York’s residents try to piece their lives back together | Money | The Guardian
And, to add insult to injury, some are now likely to be told their insurer has decided not to renew their policy. [...] // bit.ly/1GjRCCu - UK flood fund in £2.1bn reinsurance deal. Flood Re insurance sheme is subsidies by government [...] Flood Re is being launched because the UK insurance industry has said it ... >> government-backed flood insurance subsidies fund // on.ft.com/1T6gCmN &! bit.ly/1QkZNP1 &! bit.ly/20P14oY - An agreement between UK insurers and the Government to develop a not-for-profit company – Flood Re – to allow insurers to pass the flood risk element of a home insurance policy into a fund that will pay any subsequent flood claim. It is designed to enable high flood risk households to obtain affordably priced flood insurance. //&! bit.ly/1GjRCCu industry is putting in 10m to set it up, but the eventual payouts go out of public finances!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
West Coast Main Line closed to Carlisle until March - BBC News
The West Coast Main Line is to remain closed until the beginning of March amid further delays to repair a crucial viaduct in South Lanarkshire. [...] Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance said: "The damage caused by Storm Frank to the Lamington Viaduct has been very serious. "Our engineers have been in a race against time to get the structure stabilised and prevent it from collapsing into the Clyde. "Only now that we have won that race can we really see the full extent of the damage."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Storm Desmond: Flooded rivers broke flow records - BBC News
Three rivers in the north of England had the largest flow ever recorded in the country because of Storm Desmond.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four, What’s going on with our weather right now?
Strom Desmond, Strom Eva, Storm Frank // Adam Rutherford and Roland Pease explain the science behind why we have been experiencing all this rainfall recently, and it's not just because of El Niño. // weather system tangled, forecasted was wet winter, ... the warmth of tropical pacific changes location (over to central to west pacific) like a bouncy castle - changes stratosphere, still to understand all the dynamics of changes due to El Nino and global warming, see also Polar Vortex and Jet Stream (which is cutting edge of climate science). El Nino was not the only thing that changed the Jet Stream but also the Atlantic temperature. // Cumbria: floods - made worse by "atmospheric river" long ribbon of moisture = long periods of rainfall over one particular place. // Global warming will make winters more extreme. More water vapour in atmosphere due to global warming. + Unusual weather pattern (El Nino + Atlantic temps) = double whammy for extreme and unusual weather.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Environment Agency chairman Philip Dilley resigns over job demands | Environment | The Guardian
Dilley quits weeks after coming under fire when it emerged he was on holiday in Barbados as floods hit northern England. [...] In a statement, Dilley said he was resigning in part because expectations of the role had expanded, to require him to be available at short notice throughout the year, which he found “inappropriate”. [ like Zero Hour Contract? ... We are all in this Together, right. ] He denied giving any untrue or misleading impression about his whereabouts during the floods, after the EA initially said he was at home with his family.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Weather records: December was 'wettest month for UK' - BBC News
Storms propelled by the jet stream were mainly to blame, it says, with contributions from the El Nino weather phenomenon and man-made climate change. December was something of a freak month, it acknowledges. Climate change has raised UK temperatures by around 1C (1.8F) so far, so it will be many decades before this level of extreme weather becomes the new winter norm, it says. Other scientists say that with climate change, there will be no "normal" weather. //&! Storms Desmond and Eva flooded 16,000 homes in England - bbc.in/1O4iNTC + Frank mainly in Scotland. //&! Collapsed Tadcaster bridge repairs 'to cost £3m' - bbc.in/1VGKjcE //&! York flood victims to get £500 payment for clean up //&! More government money promised for flood-hit councils - bbc.in/1OxmC5e //&! Plan for temporary road in wake of Aberdeenshire flooding - bbc.in/1IPAAPn //&! Flats in Dundee evacuated after storm damage - bbc.in/1PLNTSi
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Storm Frank: What have we done to make the flooding worse? - BBC News
[Strom Eva, Desmond, Frank, ... building code has to be reviewed. new buildings have to be raised, first floor ~1m above ground. no basement. also, roofs have to resist gale winds easily ] Policy-makers are often keen to see brownfield land used for residential development, but these areas are often most vulnerable to flooding. Demand from buyers has fuelled this growth, too. You might assume that there would be huge drops in property prices after highly publicised floods. But in places like Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and Cockermouth, Cumbria, which experienced heavy flooding in 2007 and 2009 respectively, prices have remained largely unaffected in the long run. [...] "We've tended to straighten rivers, to canalise them, to embank them and all that rushes the water down to the nearby urban pinch point," explains environmentalist and writer George Monbiot, adding that the flow of water should be slowed down and the rivers lengthened instead.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
UK floods: 'This could be the end for our business' - BBC News
[ Desmond hit Cumbria and Co. ] [Storm Eva hit Manchester, York, Lancashire region and Co plus Cumbria again. ] [ Storm Frank, Scotland bore the brunt, even Franks eye wasn't even near British Isles ] He told the BBC the firm had not been able to get flood insurance due to its proximity to the water and he now felt "this could be the end" of the business. //&! Manchester City Centre - bbc.in/1Tst39u - &! River Ouse - bbc.in/1JMkS2i //&! Communities along River Ouse - bbc.in/1PzzBnP //&! Clean-up and Frank - bbc.in/22B2o0t & Frank@Scottish Borders - bbc.in/22B2C7O //&! UK floods: David Cameron pledges £280m for Yorkshire flood defences - bbc.in/1PzRjWh - Bellwin scheme adds to budget deficit - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellwin_scheme //&! York's efforts to prevent flooding - bbc.in/1Ji7Gr8 //&! Cumbria region flooded three times - bbc.in/1YRW7xW //&! Roads washed away - bbc.in/1R24aEb A93 Scotland, Storm Frank. &! bbc.in/1NV0Qa0 Royal visit to Ballater &! bbc.in/1Tsutkw
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Storm Frank hits UK: Latest updates - BBC News
[as Strom Frank batters UK. And the eye of the Strom wasn't even over or very near British Isles. ] A former civil service boss Lord Kerslake - who was the chief executive of Sheffield City Council when the area was affected by flooding in 2007 - says Britain needs to accept the weather it's dealing with. He told BBC Radio 4's The World at One: "Where I think we perhaps haven't learnt enough is because I think we are thinking too much about these as freak events.  "I think we are now part of a pattern where this is going to be the way things are - and we have to plan our infrastructure accordingly.  "We need to invest more in flood defences."
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
North of England flooding: Latest updates - BBC News
[ After Storm Desmond ... Storm Eva. Frank Coming 1 1/2 days later: bbc.in/1mfDcw6 - Analysts estimate the cost of flooding across northern England could exceed £1.5bn. So Far, 2015. ] Council pledges to help flood victims in Rochdale - Posted at 12:16 - Rochdale Council is offering a one-off payment of £500 to help flooded households recover, as well as business tax relief for companies forced to leave their properties. Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, says: "There are many people facing extremely challenging circumstances after the terrible flooding that affected parts of our borough."  Meanwhile, Rochdale Council skips have been placed in affected areas to help people clear debris from their homes, and there's been a warning that mud from the floods could be contaminated with raw sewage. // Guardian Live Coverage: bit.ly/1OiuLdJ & bit.ly/1NNmvka //&! issue should be taken ‘out of party politics’ to ensure experts’ recommendations - bit.ly/1YPuCjg
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
UK floods: Storm Frank threatens more misery - BBC News
A fresh storm threatens to bring more misery to parts of the UK, including areas already hit by severe flooding. Storm Frank is due to sweep in from Tuesday evening, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland at most risk. There are nine severe flood warnings - meaning "danger to life" - in England and Wales, mostly centred on York which was badly hit by flooding on Saturday. David Cameron has defended government spending on flood defences after the devastation across northern England. Floods minister Rory Stewart told the Today programme that the government was open to the idea of an external review being held. The Environment Agency said on Monday there would have to be a "complete rethink" of flood defences. December has seen communities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire swamped by rising waters. Storm Frank poses a new threat in the wake of what Storm Eva brought over the Christmas weekend. [...] costs could exceed £1.5bn. [ Eva, Desmond, Frank ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
UK Floods: Stories from the devastation in Cumbria - BBC News
Storm Desmond. // people can't seem to make the long-term connection or even imagine that it will get worse and worse and worse. their actions. and what is happening again and again and again. it's like an addict who take it as granted sleeping rough, beschaffungskirminalitaet, ... and what comes with it. //&! bit.ly/1TG4Jkf //&! Floods bring people together, but they also wash away trust. - If I were David Cameron, I would fast-track flood defences ahead of HS2, and say: ‘These are the people’s priorities – I get it’ - bit.ly/1OVkqop
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ignoring watersheds, ignoring climate change: flooded by our ignorance | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
Storm Desmond’s floods expose the utter madness of government policies, both in the hills and at the Paris talks. It’s as if it had come to remind us of what’s at stake. While the climate negotiations in Paris trudge their dreary road, Storm Desmond takes a great boot to our backsides. Yet still we fail to make the connection. The news records the spectacle and ignores the implications. //&! On Monday, experts called for new measures to be implemented –such as raising new buildings a metre above ground – to help cope with global warming-induced flooding. - bit.ly/1YVeQ8r //&! Flood defences failed; bit.ly/1LZTcGN //&! Labour attacks £115m fall in flood management spending - bit.ly/1NCldJY //&! bit.ly/1loVcU9 - 45k homes without power. //&! Pictures w Cameron visiting flooded homes; bit.ly/1QbA7JD //&! Guardian Editorial - bit.ly/1PShdr9 &! bbc.in/1iatrb6 &! bbc.in/1PTFMnG &! bbc.in/1Qc4Vd7 &! bbc.in/1HRT1mb - Vegan as Long-term investment against extreme weather, duh. makes men cry.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Surge-hit Hemsby worried about winter - BBC News
The campaign group Save Hemsby Coastline raised funds to pay for a trial sea defence, but it only covers a short stretch of coastline. Norfolk County Council said sea defences were not its responsibility. [...] An Environment Agency spokesman said it was spending £2.3bn over the next six years to protect 15,000 properties from coastal erosion, but it had not received an application for funding from Hemsby. [[[ >> // taking money away for renewables, and will have to put it and 10x more into extreme weather defences and repairs. does not include economic damage. - Re first big strom this winter Strom Desmond breaches several once-in-100 years flood devences. and winter is supposed be harsh with el ninio powering it and exceptionally cold atalantic bc of greenland iceshield cooling gulf stream ]]] //&! bbc.in/1HQd7Nr
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Storm Desmond: Homes flooded and travel disrupted as river levels peak - BBC News
Electricity North West said flood defences upgraded five years ago to cope with a "one-in-a-hundred years flood" were breached late last night. - bbc.in/1N2N04I [...] Cumbria, Carlisle hit heavy //&! In parts of the country, rain worth a month fell within 24-hrs. Some more to come. //&! Scotland - bbc.in/1R2Jjjo //&! And the interesting thing was, Strom Desmond only brushed UK, wasn't over UK - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Desmond //&! Live ticker from Sunday the 6th as residents wake up to day 2 and the full extent of flooding - bbc.in/1N2N04I //&! post-2009 response/flood protections breached, [ duh climate change; and you ppl still eat meat and don't recycle ] - bbc.in/1PLV2mw & bbc.in/1HOzkvw & bbc.in/21GvX0e //&! bit.ly/1RxFodU & bit.ly/1IxoeuU - Guardian Liveticker & Video - bit.ly/1Q7aI3C & Pictures - bit.ly/1lkZOKY //&! bbc.in/1RxQ2kQ &! bbc.in/1PQ3MYW & bbc.in/1PRqlMM - she still eats meat and does not recycle & bbc.in/1NRQb2L & bbc.in/1N5Gnib - will get worse!
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
The rainforests hold the key to taming El Niño's destruction | Environment | The Guardian
Healthy forests protect our climate and moderate our weather. As the ‘Godzilla’ El Niño builds in the weeks ahead of Paris talks, it is a timely warning that deforestation is partly to blame for its impacts
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
SEASPIRACY: What You Should Know About Fish, The Ocean, and More! - YouTube
fish pellets (heavy metals) are fed to on land livestock. ... do you know what is fed to your beef? fish pellets?! GMO crop!? what you piece of meat has been treated with (antibiotics, medication, supplements, etc)?! no. no disclosure. no transparency. no accountability. //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=fish
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Uno-Bericht: Falsche Landwirtschaft könnte Billionen Euro kosten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Vereinten Nationen warnen vor der falschen Nutzung von Böden: Millionen Menschen seien gezwungen, ihre Heimat zu verlassen. Die wirtschaftlichen Verluste beliefen sich auf viele Billionen Euro.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nasa-Forscher befürchten deutlichen Anstieg des Meeresspiegels - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Zusammengefasst: Die Nasa hat eine neue Datenauswertung zum Anstieg der Meeresspiegel vorgelegt, die Pegel der Weltmeere dürften demnach um mindestens einen Meter in den kommenden 100 bis 200 Jahren steigen. Rund ein Drittel des Anstiegs kommt durch schmelzende Gebirgsgletscher zustande, ein weiteres Drittel durch die Eisschilde in Grönland und der Antarktis - und das letzte Drittel dadurch, dass sich das bereits vorhandene Wasser durch höhere Temperaturen ausdehnt. Der Meeresspiegelanstieg ist allerdings weltweit sehr unterschiedlich verteilt.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Our environmental deficit is now beyond nature’s ability to regenerate | Environment | The Guardian
We are heading fast in the wrong direction despite the world gearing up to approve new sustainable development goals and a new climate accord [...] The world enters ecological ‘overshoot’ this year on 13 August, six days earlier than last year. All the world’s production and consumption for the rest of the year, this suggests, then runs up an environmental deficit beyond nature’s ability to regenerate itself and safely absorb our economic waste. It’s a highly conservative estimate, based on the best data available. // no amount of profits/money can't buy us a 2nd earth in 30 years. // Stop burning fossil fuels now: there is no CO2 'technofix', scientists warn - bit.ly/1UiJmqB - Researchers have demonstrated that even if a geoengineering solution to CO2 emissions could be found, it wouldn’t be enough to save the oceans
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms - San Jose Mercury News
And now supercomputers at NOAA, NASA and other world-leading scientific institutions are projecting the temperatures in that ocean region by November will hit close to that -- 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit -- the warmest since 1997. // via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9862154 // different/opposite for Australia - http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/updates/articles/a008-el-nino-and-australia.shtml // &! not much known for Europe. may affect jet stream position ... again. // Paper Source: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.html - Synopsis: There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 80% chance it will last into early spring 2016. // drought also in Africa // bit.ly/1mGL2ar - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/elnino
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
This Legendary Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change | Mother Jones
This accounting firm confirms what we've been saying for a while. We don't have to choose between the the environment and the economy. In fact, we can't afford NOT to stop climate change. [...] We're 20 years away from catastrophe, says PricewaterhouseCoopers. [...] Overall, PricewaterhouseCoopers paints a bleak picture of a world that's rapidly running out of time; the required effort to curb global emissions will continue to grow each year. "The timeline is also unforgiving. [...] The pressure will be on the world's governments to come up with a solution to this enormous challenge at the much-anticipated climate talks in Paris next year. [ Capitalism/Corporations is playing a Game of Chicken. + Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything. ]
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Wetter und Klima im Sommer 2014: Bilanz von Sonne und Regen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der DWD registriert eine verdächtige Wandlung: Seit Mitte des vergangenen Jahrhunderts würden regenreiche Tiefdruckgebiete um ein Fünftel häufiger auftreten. Verzeichneten die Meteorologen in den fünfziger Jahren noch acht bis zehn pro Jahr, zogen in den letzten Jahren neun bis 15 der wolkigen Ungetüme über Mitteleuropa. Unsichere Prognosen Der Grund sei der globale Klimawandel, vermutet der Wetterdienst. Niederschläge wie im Juli dürften sich im Zuge des erwarteten Klimawandels häufen, prophezeit der DWD. Simulationen hätten gezeigt, dass in einer wärmeren Welt Ende des Jahrhunderts 10 bis 17 Tage pro Jahr von den regenreichen Tiefdruckgebieten geprägt sein könnten, berichtete der Vize-Präsident des DWD, Paul Becker, am Montag in Berlin. Dieses Jahr waren es bereits jetzt schon mehr als 17.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event
In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. [...] And while previous extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated to human activity, a situation that the lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford, designates an era of "Anthropocene defaunation." // Book http://bit.ly/M47bEd "our own downfall at our own hands. Domino's are falling." - Guardian Series: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/sixth-extinction || http://bit.ly/1jzy1Ol Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Zerstört der Klimawandel unsere Denkmäler? | Zwischen Spessart & Karwendel | BR - YouTube
- rising temperatures also inside buildings, historic buildings. micro climates in buildings. further - the extreme winds and storms in the future; steep pitched roofs from the past, especially old ones from historic buildings, can't hand that kind of force that is coming. those historic pitched roofs have to be refitted with diagonal ?battens? ... further - historical buildings have to be refitted with climate control systems to keep humidity low during summer days to prevent mould not only on walls, but also on paintings and other stuff inside of historical buildings.. another expense.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
The ocean is swallowing up Virginia so rapidly that its leaders are forgetting to bicker about climate change - Quartz
That’s probably because Virginia is more vulnerable to storm-surge destruction than anywhere else on the US’s east coast. Problems are particularly acute in Norfolk, Virginia’s second-biggest city and home to the world’s largest naval base; sea levels there are now 14.5 inches (37 cm) higher than they were in 1930—so high that parts of Norfolk flood when the moon is full. Sea levels are rising faster there than anywhere else along the coast, due to the vagaries of ocean currents:
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Tackling climate change would grow global economy, World Bank says | Environment | theguardian.com
New report from the World Bank (yes, the World Bank) put to rest claims that the world could not afford to act on climate change. Their president said “These policies make economic sense. This report removes another false barrier, another false argument, not to take action against climate change.” Please remember this when our government claims that they will not take action on climate change if it hurts the economy. [...] “This modelling shows that smart choices that will also improve local and global economies,” Kim said. The findings are also a step forward from the work of economists such as Lord Stern who have focused on the costs of delaying action on climate change. The World Bank report was the first off the blocks of a number of economic studies meant to further the case for taking action on climate change ahead of a critical meeting at the United Nations in September. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has invited world leaders to the UN to try to build momentum in th
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
New White House report: Climate change is here and action needed now - CNN.com
+ U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/science/earth/climate-change-report.html || + http://www.vox.com/2014/5/6/5686770/nine-maps-that-show-how-climate-change-is-already-affecting-the-us Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US >> 1) Most of the country is getting hotter + 2) The heaviest storms are getting wetter + 4) The Southeast is getting more 95°F days + 5) Snowpack is dwindling in the Southwest — putting water supplies at risk ++ http://grist.org/climate-energy/our-alarming-food-future-explained-in-7-charts/ ( Wine grapes, nuts, and other perennial California crops will be hard-hit. [...] And even if they can get enough water, heat stress and other climate effects will likely knock down yields of some crops. )
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Climate report: Creating a sense of urgency or alarm?
the IPCC outline "five integrative reasons for concern" summarising key risks across sectors and regions. These include the risks faced by unique and threatened ecosystems, extreme weather, and the risk of large scale singular events. + !! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26824943
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march 2014 by asterisk2a

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