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  • Antarctica is melting faster, and we're not ready for the sea level rise that's coming (tr)

    06/17/2018 11:07:27 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 101 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 16, 2018 | Kevin Loria
    In the future, seas will rise far higher than they are today. The question is whether it happens quickly or slowly. There's enough ice stacked on top of Antarctica to raise seas around the globe by almost 200 feet. While it takes time for major changes to occur with that much ice, Antarctica is melting faster than we thought, according to a study recently published in the journal Nature. The melting rate has been speeding up significantly in recent years. Between 1992 and 2017, Antarctica lost more than 3.3 trillion tons of ice, causing sea levels around the globe to...
  • Enjoy This Soothing Video of Port-a-Potties Being Ripped from the Earth

    06/15/2018 7:52:57 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 32 replies
    VICE ^ | Jun 15 2018, 4:25pm | Lauren Messman
    One of man's most wretched creations gets its karmic comeuppance. Using a port-a-potty is about as enjoyable as brushing your teeth with gravel. Half outhouse, half torture chamber, the rudimentary bathroom option is usually weirdly hot, emits a revolting smell, and induces claustrophobia. Port-a-potties have also provided the setting for one too many horror stories. We all know this, and yet we're still forcing human beings to use the plastic poop prisons in various public places. They are, if nothing else, unnecessarily vile creations, which is why watching some get swept away in a wind storm is both terrifying and...
  • Sea creatures fall from the sky after being 'sucked by a waterspout and carried into city(tr)

    06/15/2018 2:01:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 31 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 6/15/18 | GEORGE MARTIN
    It's raining octopus! Sea creatures fall from the sky after being 'sucked from the ocean by a waterspout and carried into coastal city' during powerful storm in ChinaThe pictures were taken in Qingdao city in east China's Shandong Province Qingdao Meteorological Administration posted images of the sea creatures An octopus, mollusks, shellfish and other marine life can be seen in the images The hurricane-force wind speeds generated during the storm set a new recordIncredible photos have emerged from China that show octopus and other sea creatures raining from the sky after being sucked out of the ocean by a violent...
  • S**t! Horrendous moment freak gust of wind sends portable toilet 100ft into the air as it sprays

    06/15/2018 1:22:27 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 07:06 EDT, 15 June 2018 | By Rod Ardehali
    Full Title: S**t! Horrendous moment freak gust of wind sends portable toilet 100ft into the air as it sprays 'liquid' on screaming crowd below ____________________________________________________________________________ This is the moment a freak gust of wind sent two Porta Potties flying into the air People were forced to dive for cover after the gust in Commerce City, Colorado Liquid from the two Porta Potties spilled out of the cabin showering those below The freak wind comes months after a wind storm killed a man in the same area
  • Germany to miss 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target

    06/14/2018 11:01:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.13.2018 | amp/sms (Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    Germany is set to miss its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions target by 8 percent, according to German weekly magazine Der Spiegel. The German government set itself the goal of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions until 2020 by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels, but a draft government report estimates that the country will only be able to reduce emissions by 32 percent. Officials had previously estimated a shortfall of 5 percent to 8 percent. The document blames “unexpected economic developments and unexpected population growth” for the failure to meet the target. Increased economic activity and strong population growth generally cause...
  • Lava from Hawaii volcano destroys up to 700 homes, and there's no end in sight

    06/12/2018 1:15:10 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 62 replies
    USA Today/MSN ^ | 6/12/2018 | Trevor Hughes
    <p>Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has destroyed about 600 to 700 homes since it began flowing early last month and there's no sign of it stopping anytime soon, officials said Monday.</p> <p>Punctuating that point, Kilauea again erupted early Tuesday with a blast similar to a series of explosions that have sent towering columns of ash high above the island. A 5.3-magnitude earthquake accompanied the latest eruption.</p>
  • If We’re Lucky, This Innovation Will Nuke Climate Change Scaremongering

    06/11/2018 11:00:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/11/2018 | David Harsanyi
    A team of scientists at Harvard University and a company called Carbon Engineering announced this week that they’ve figured out a low-cost, industrial-scale method of pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Needless to say, it sounds like an exciting technology, which would, as The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer notes, “transform how humanity thinks about the problem of climate change.”To be fair, though, plenty of humans have argued that innovation, rather than widespread state-compelled behavior modification or top-down economic regimes like the ones the Left has proposed over the years, would eventually deal with climate change. This conviction was based...
  • Lower 48 States Just Had the Warmest May on Record

    06/06/2018 5:49:18 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 84 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | June 6, 2018 | Chris Dolce
    At a Glance: May 2018 was the hottest in 124 years of May records across the Lower 48. Eight states broke warmth records and no state was colder than average. Two states had their wettest Mays. May 2018 was the hottest of any May in 124 years of recording keeping for the continental United States, eclipsing the extreme heat of that month in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl era. The average temperature for the Lower 48 states last month was 65.41 degrees Fahrenheit, 5.21 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1901-2000 average, according to the state of the climate report released...
  • Watch in Real Time as American Airlines 1897 Tries to Escape a Hail Storm From Hell

    06/06/2018 9:52:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | June 6, 2018 | Joe Pappalardo
    American Airlines Flight 1897 met a storm from hell on Sunday. Strong updrafts tossed the aircraft and thick hail battered its body. The incredible pictures of the plane's destroyed nose captured the world's attention. Meanwhile, though, observers on the ground captured another wild visual: the flight's meandering real-time path as pilots tried to navigate around the worst of the monster storm.
  • The Big One could leave 250,000-400,000 quake refugees in California. Where will they go?

    06/04/2018 11:36:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 71 replies
    L A Times ^ | Jun 03, 2018 | 6:00 AM | Rong-Gong Lin II and Sarah Parvini
    In the San Francisco Bay Area, more than 400,000 could be displaced in a magnitude 7 earthquake on the Hayward fault, which directly runs underneath cities like Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward and Fremont, said Ken Hudnut, the U.S. Geological Survey’s science advisor for risk reduction. And it’s possible that more than 250,000 people in Southern California could be forced out of their homes after a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault, Hudnut said. Not everyone will need to stay in public shelters — many will stay with relatives, friends and hotels. Still, more than 175,000 people may have no other...
  • The Big One could leave 250,000-400,000 quake refugees in California. Where will they go?

    06/03/2018 8:43:58 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 76 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 3, 2018 | RONG-GONG LIN II and SARAH PARVINI
    When a catastrophic earthquake hits California, buildings will topple and potentially hundreds could be killed. But what gets less attention is the wrenching aftermath of such a huge temblor, which could leave whole neighborhoods torched by fires uninhabitable and hundreds of thousands of people without a home. Officials are grappling with where all these quake refugees would go. In the San Francisco Bay Area, more than 400,000 could be displaced in a magnitude 7 earthquake on the Hayward fault, which directly runs underneath cities like Berkeley, Oakland, Hayward and Fremont, said Ken Hudnut, the U.S. Geological Survey’s science advisor for...
  • Hurricane myths: What you should not believe

    05/31/2018 5:46:06 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 15 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 5/31/18 | David Fleshler
    The most dangerous element of the storm is wind: For all the focus on wind speeds and hurricane categories, the real killer is water. Storm surge, the temporary rise in sea level caused by the storm’s winds, causes more fatalities than any other part of the storm. A study of tropical storms and hurricanes from 1963 to 2012 by Edward Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center, found that 49 percent of deaths were caused by storm surge, 27 percent by rain and 6 percent by surf. Wind accounted for 8 percent of deaths and tornadoes for 3 percent....
  • WYFF News 4 anchor, photojournalist tragically die when tree falls on SUV

    05/28/2018 6:25:39 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 40 replies
    http://www.wyff4.com ^ | May 28, 2018 | Unknown
    The accident happened on Highway 176 in Polk County while they were covering the impact of heavy rain in that area. Video: Polk County authorities give update on accident Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant said the engine of the SUV was running and the transmission was in drive when authorities arrived at the scene about 2:30 p.m. He said the tree that fell on the SUV was about 3 feet in diameter and had stood back off the road. Tennant said the ground was saturated and the tree's root system failed.
  • Sub-Tropical Storm Vs. Tropical Storm… What’s The Difference?

    05/27/2018 6:55:38 AM PDT · by BBell · 30 replies
    Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a statement announcing the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season. Subtropical Storm Alberto had formed in the northeastern Caribbean, just off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico. Most of us are familiar with the term “Tropical” storm. But what exactly is a “Sub”tropical storm? A subtropical storm is actually a hybrid of an extratropical storm, and a tropical storm. So we’ll identify all three types of storms. EXTRA-TROPICAL STORM An extratropical storm has a cold core at its central point. It is often associated with frontal zones, such...
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto - slightly stronger, moving faster

    05/27/2018 6:09:33 AM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 5/27/18 | Robert Rhoden
    Subtropical Storm Alberto is picking up a little speed and getting slightly stronger as it continues moving north in the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said in a 7 a.m. update Sunday (May 27). The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving north at 15 mph, the report said. It was located about 165 miles southwest of Tampa, Fla. A turn toward the north-northwest at a slower forward speed is forecast Sunday night. A north-northwestward to northward motion is expected Tuesday through early Wednesday, the Hurricane Center said. On the...
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, hurricane forecasters say

    05/25/2018 9:50:01 AM PDT · by BBell · 41 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 5/25/18 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, hurricane forecasters said at 9 a.m. Friday. Alberto is the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, and has formed ahead of the traditional hurricane season which begins June 1. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and rip currents to the Gulf Coast through Memorial Day weekend. Here's the current forecast cone for the storm:The main difference between a subtropical storm and tropical storm is core temperature, according to Shawn O'Neil, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Slidell. Subtropical storms have slightly lower core temperatures than...
  • Tropical depression has 80 percent chance of forming this week in Gulf, forecasters say

    05/24/2018 7:54:32 AM PDT · by BBell · 25 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 5/24/18 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    A low pressure system heading for the Gulf of Mexico has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression this week, the National Hurricane Center said in its Thursday morning forecast (May 24). The system called Invest 90L is gradually becoming better defined, forecasters said, and is expected to bring heavy rains to the Gulf Coast during Memorial Day weekend. Rip currents also are a threat from Louisiana to Florida. A tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeast Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said. If it strengthens to a tropical storm, it will be called...
  • UPDATE: Tropical disturbance has 40 percent chance of development

    05/22/2018 12:53:14 PM PDT · by BBell · 17 replies
    The National Hurricane Center increased the chances that a mass of clouds and storms in the Caribbean could become something tropical, designating it the first “invest” of the year. So called invest 90-L has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical or sub tropical system as it moves north into the Gulf of Mexico over the next five days.The word invest is short for investigation – an area to look more closely at for potential development. The hurricane center numbers them 90 to 99 with the letter L, which stands for Atlantic. Another update on invest 90-L will be...
  • Tropical disturbance heading for Gulf could mean wet Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans

    05/21/2018 6:17:05 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    https://www.nola.com/ ^ | 5/21/18 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    Hurricane forecasters on Monday (May 21) were tracking a weather disturbance they say has a low chance of developing into a tropical depression this week in the Gulf of Mexico. It has the potential to make things wet in New Orleans for Memorial Day weekend. As of 7:30 a.m. Monday, the weather disturbance was in the Caribbean Sea and extended across Cuba and the Florida peninsula. It's expected to move into the central or eastern Gulf of Mexico over the next several days.What does it mean for New Orleans? The National Weather Service office in Slidell said the system could...
  • Don't Tell Anyone, But We Just Had Two Years Of Record-Breaking Global Cooling

    05/17/2018 6:00:22 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 45 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2018 | IBD Editorial Board
    Inconvenient Science: NASA data show that global temperatures dropped sharply over the past two years. Not that you'd know it, since that wasn't deemed news. Does that make NASA a global warming denier? Writing in Real Clear Markets, Aaron Brown looked at the official NASA global temperature data and noticed something surprising. From February 2016 to February 2018, "global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius." That, he notes, is the biggest two-year drop in the past century. "The 2016-2018 Big Chill," he writes, "was composed of two Little Chills, the biggest five month drop ever (February to June 2016)...