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Amidst Disasters Around the World, Top Scientists Declare Links Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Amidst Disasters Around the World, Top Scientists Declare Links Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
But it is in the North Atlantic that the influences of human-forced climate change upon the weather are starting grow most starkly clear. There the impact of El Nino is far less obvious. During a typical strong El Nino year, storms tend to form more-so over Iceland. And we’ve seen that. But in the past, El Nino years have also tended to bring colder weather to Scandinavia as the Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream strengthened and locked cold air into the higher Latitudes. However, this year, as in recent years, the Barents Sea has been freakishly warm. This region, which during the 20th Century featured much more sea ice than today, is now mostly ice free. And this broad section of open water vents heat into the atmosphere, warming Scandinavia and providing a weakness in the Jet Stream for warm air invasions of the Arctic.Today The New York Times is calling it Climate Chaos, The Washington Post — Freakish Weather. But what we are really seeing is the start of the extreme climate disruption experts and scientists have been warning us about all along. A disruption resulting from a severe warming of the globe’s atmosphere, oceans, and ice. One that some tried to deny was happening at all but that is now, as likely as not, wreaking havok in their own hometowns. Given the dismal state of affairs, one has to honestly ask the question — why didn’t we listen? Why didn’t we act early to stop this horrendous mess? And following this question, an assertion — we would be insane to not work as hard as we can to prevent this abysmal situation from further worsening.
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GR:  Forecasters believe that next week California and the Southwest will begin to feel the impact of this El Nino on climate-change steroids.

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Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU. Surprised?

Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU.  Surprised? | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  The human efforts to destroy the Earth are like the moves of a chess grand master--always catching us by surprise. Marlowe Hood:  "Palm oil produced on tropical plantations that drive deforestation has become a major biofuel for vehicles in the European Union, industry figures released Tuesday by an environmental group revealed. "In 2014, nearly…
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Extreme weather increasing level of toxins in food, scientists warn | The Financial Express

Extreme weather increasing level of toxins in food, scientists warn | The Financial Express | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

GR:  With increasing levels of pesticides and natural toxins, the Earth factory farm won't be producing healthy food.  Shortened life spans in the human future?

"As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical compounds that can cause health problems for people and livestock who…GR:  With increasing levels of pesticides and natural toxins, the Earth factory farm won't be producing healthy food.  Shortened life spans in the human future?

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Sierra Club Releases 2016 Report Card for Arizona Legislature and Governor | Sierra Club

Sierra Club Releases 2016 Report Card for Arizona Legislature and Governor | Sierra Club | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Phoenix, AZ – The 52nd Legislature’s focus was on limiting safeguards for much of what makes Arizona special. Legislators sought to further weaken water laws, promoted unaccountable special taxing districts to accommodate unsustainable developments, clouded the future of rooftop solar, and passed bills to hinder protection of public lands via national monuments and via the…
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Dishonest Donald Denies The Ongoing California Drought as Lake Mead Hits New All-Time Record Low | robertscribbler

We now find that under the current amount of warming, the probability of a severe drought year has approximately doubled. — Park Williams, assistant research professor at Columbia University’… Source: Dishonest Donald Denies The Ongoing California Drought as Lake Mead Hits New All-Time Record Low | robertscribbler
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Homeowners kept in dark about climate change risk to houses, says report | Environment | The Guardian

Homeowners kept in dark about climate change risk to houses, says report | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  Efforts by governments to support development by hiding important information from consumers is rampant in the U. S.  I am not surprised that this is true in Austrailia as I assume that it is true worldwide. Guardian:  "The risk that houses in some areas of Australia are likely to become uninsurable, dilapidated and uninhabitable…
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Pharmaceutical pollution widespread in Southeast U.S. streams | Summit County Citizens Voice

Pharmaceutical pollution widespread in Southeast U.S. streams | Summit County Citizens Voice | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  We have known about this for at least 20 years, but nothing has been done because of the high cost of filtering urban waste water.  Large corporations and stock holders avoid taxes, and what the rest of us pay is insufficient for more than a tot-lot or two and more roads to support further…
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Disappearing West

Disappearing West | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
  Construction Eliminating Plants and Animals Every 2.5 minutes, the American West loses a football field worth of natural area to human development. This project maps a rapidly changing landscape, explores what is being lost, and profiles a new movement for conservation that is gaining ground. Natural areas in the West are going fast. With…
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Excellent review of the loss of natural areas to construction.
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Peace park proposed for Karen State, Myanmar- DVB Multimedia Group

Peace park proposed for Karen State, Myanmar- DVB Multimedia Group | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Proposed Nature Sanctuary/Park in Myanmar KESAN hopes the introduction of the Salween Peace Park will also stop logging concessions in the area, which cause irreparable damage to wildlife and the environment.  Source: Peace park proposed for Karen State- DVB Multimedia Group Click for Photo Source  
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Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360

Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360 | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Ninety-nine percent of the planet's freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world's populated coastal…
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Electric aircraft Sun Flyer – Business Insider

Electric aircraft Sun Flyer – Business Insider | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A small Denver, Colorado, manufacturer has rolled out the first prototype of a new all-electric aircraft, suggesting that the same revolution currently sweeping through the auto industry may soon become airborne.  Source: Electric aircraft Sun Flyer - Business Insider
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Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting | robertscribbler

Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting | robertscribbler | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
A multi-day siege of severe thunderstorms morphed into a major flash flood event in parts of Texas, Kansas, and other states late Thursday into Friday, and more severe weather is expected into Friday night.

NOAA weather forecasts earlier this week had identified some risk of severe rainfall over this region. But the forecasts had only predicted around 3 inches of rainfall in the most heavily affected areas. The forecast therefore undershot Thursday rainfall intensity by 14-16 inches. And this makes it look like the current weather models are having some serious difficultly keeping up with the human-forced atmospheric changes that are now fully in swing. Combine this with current weather media’s near complete blindness (there are noted exceptions — Weather Underground included) to factors related to human-caused climate change and we have what could best be described as a hazardous degree of under-reporting on climate related risk factors. And the result is a great underutilization of a vast array of weather sensors and scientific talent that would be capable of providing helpful and life-saving information if only they were enabled to. But media-wide, we’re still living and acting as if climate change doesn’t affect the weather. Source: Multi-Day ‘Siege of Storms’ Follows Exxon Shareholder Meeting | robertscribbler
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GR:  Forcasting in the time of climate change.
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'Insane Damage': Activist Accuses Logger of Breaking Disclosure Law | The Tyee

'Insane Damage': Activist Accuses Logger of Breaking Disclosure Law | The Tyee | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Ministry says Vancouver Island cuts are okay but citizen demands to see plans.
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife targets illegally stocked pike in Green Mountain Reservoir with a bounty for anglers | Summit County Citizens Voice

Colorado Parks and Wildlife targets illegally stocked pike in Green Mountain Reservoir with a bounty for anglers | Summit County Citizens Voice | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Non-native predators could threaten endangered species in Colorado River. Colorado wildlife managers will try to curb expansion of non-native northern pike in Summit County’s Green Mountain Reservoir by paying anglers a $20 bounty for each fish they deliver to the Heeney Marina. The illegally introduced fish are taking a toll on trout in the reservoir…
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Human-introduced invasive species are the second most environmentally destructive human activity after direct habitat destruction by roads and buildings. And I guess we will soon have to modify that by placing global warming in first or second place.
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NASA looks at ‘snow-killing’ atmospheric river storms | Summit County Citizens Voice

NASA looks at ‘snow-killing’ atmospheric river storms
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New Extreme Climate to Hurl More Rain Bombs at Texas, Light off Another Record West Coast Heatwave | robertscribbler

More Severe Storms.  They call them rain bombs. A new breed of severe storm fueled by a record hot atmosphere. One capable of dumping 2-4 inches of rainfall an hour and generating voracious flash floods that can devour homes and cars in just minutes. And in southeast Texas, the rain bombs have been going off…

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Record Rain Events a Global Pattern | Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Record Rain Events a Global Pattern | Climate Denial Crock of the Week | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

GR:  As predicted by scientists more than 30 years ago, the storms are growing stronger.  As the Earth's atmosphere and oceans warm, the storms will continue to grow.

Climate denial:  "This weekend’s record flooding in Germany was a reminder of one of the most basic, first-order-physics predictions of climate science – warmer air holds more…

Climate denial:  "This weekend’s record flooding in Germany was a reminder of one of the most basic, first-order-physics predictions of climate science – warmer air holds more…."

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Philippines New President Duterte Supports Population Control

Philippines New President Duterte Supports Population Control | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Philippines Population Control Needed GR:  Joe Bish of the Population Media Center points out that "the advocacy group Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) have voiced support of improved implementation of the RH Law, while sensibly tacking away from a 3 child policy. It is likely that the RH Law, as written, contains a…
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How fracking can contribute to climate change | Environment | The Guardian

How fracking can contribute to climate change | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
One of the justifications for fracking is the use of natural gas as a bridging fuel between coal and a low-carbon future. However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3%.…
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Fire in the Sky — More Than 330,000 Lightning Strikes Hit Europe in Just Eight Hours | robertscribbler

Fire in the Sky — More Than 330,000 Lightning Strikes Hit Europe in Just Eight Hours | robertscribbler | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
“Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward.” — Paul Douglas. A cold, unstable air mass aloft. A record atmospheric moisture load due to human-caused climate change. Add in 80 degree or warmer…
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One-fifth of world’s plants at risk of extinction: study | The Japan Times

One-fifth of world’s plants at risk of extinction: study | The Japan Times | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The survey by Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21 percent of species are under threat. The report, the first of its kind, is intended to become a global reference point for the study of plants. The study, which estimates there are a total of 390,900 plants known to science, found farming to…
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We tend to focus on animals. However, plants are the primary producers upon which all animals, including humans, depend. This study gives us an extremely valuable starting point for evaluating the status of plants. I suspect that further analysis will show that there are more plant species at risk than the 21% indicated here. I think this is because the effects of climate change are not yet fully understood by many scientists. For instance, several recent studies (here's an example) found that most forest trees will disappear this century. With them will go many of the understory plants and, of course, the animals.
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The number one thing we can do to protect Earth’s oceans | Ensia

The number one thing we can do to protect Earth’s oceans | Ensia | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Protecting Earth's Oceans By Liza Gross When New England fishers complained of working harder and harder to catch fewer and fewer fish, Spencer Baird assembled a scientific team to investigate. Though a fishery failure would once have seemed inconceivable, Baird wrote in his report, “an alarming decrease of the shore-fisheries has been thoroughly established by…
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, May 29, 5:49 PM
A very nice piece on the Law of the Sea.
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This Is The Side Of The Great Barrier Reef The Government Doesn’t Want You To See – BuzzFeed News

This Is The Side Of The Great Barrier Reef The Government Doesn’t Want You To See – BuzzFeed News | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Australia Coral Reef Deception:  BuzzFeed News: Photos and text from: Rob Stott, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia Take a quick look at the Tourism Australia website and social media channels and you’ll find all of the things you’d expect from the Great Barrier Reef: glossy photos of divers, happy turtles, and coral. Lots of coral. But…
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Meteorologists are seeing global warming’s effect on the weather | Paul Douglas | Environment | The Guardian

Meteorologists are seeing global warming’s effect on the weather | Paul Douglas | Environment | The Guardian | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it

GR:  Read my last post to see how forecasters failed to predict the extreme rainfall and flooding that hit Texas today.


"Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose Symphony of…GR:  Read my last post to see how forecasters failed to predict the extreme rainfall and flooding that hit Texas today. "Whatever happened to normal weather? Earth has always experienced epic storms, debilitating drought, and biblical floods. But lately it seems the treadmill of disruptive weather has been set to fast-forward. God’s grandiose Symphony of…

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Agreement turns I-35 into pollinator haven | Finance & Commerce

Agreement turns I-35 into pollinator haven | Finance & Commerce | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
GR:  It is definitely time to get serious about pollinator protection.  Unfortunately, this agreement is not binding and it does not mention mowing or herbicides, the principal roadside vegetation management tools of departments of transportation.  If I-35 roadsides start to become wild and rough, it will be a sign that the effort to aid pollinators…
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Ethics and nuclear power – theme for May 2016 « nuclear-news

Ethics and nuclear power – theme for May 2016 « nuclear-news | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
I have been managing this site for 9 years. With viewers, the most popular posts and pages have been on ETHICS. Isn’t that extraordinary, in this world where money, growth, and material consumption are generally seen as the top priorities! There is nothing ethical about the nuclear industry. It began with making weapons of mass murder,…
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