Daily Archives: June 11, 2013

Bloomberg proposes $20 billion NYC hurricane protection plan

http://newyork.newsday.com/news/new-york/bloomberg-proposes-20-billion-nyc-hurricane-protection-plan-1.5454938

Originally published: June 11, 2013 7:23 AM
Updated: June 11, 2013 6:05 PM
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Photo credit: Getty Images | New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to be known as “The Green Mayor” and has stated he thinks climate change may have been a reason for Hurricane Sandy. (Jan. 18, 2013)

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Removable floodwalls would be erected in lower Manhattan, and levees, gates and other defenses would be built elsewhere around the city under a nearly $20 billion plan proposed Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to protect New York from storms and the effects of global warming.

The plan — which would also include the building of marshes and the flood-proofing of homes and hospitals — is one of the biggest, most ambitious projects ever proposed for defending a major U.S. city from the rising seas and severe weather that climate change is expected to bring.

It was outlined seven months after Superstorm Sandy drove home the danger by swamping lower Manhattan and smashing homes and businesses in other shoreline neighborhoods.

“This is urgent work, and it must begin now,” Bloomberg said in a speech at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, acknowledging that much of the construction would extend beyond the end of his term this year.

“Piece by piece, over many years and even decades, we can build a city that’s capable of preparing better, withstanding more and overcoming anything.”

A roster of environmentalists and real estate interests hailed the $19.5 billion proposal as far-reaching and comprehensive. Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner commended Bloomberg for “leading the way in finding creative and sustainable strategies for cities to become more resilient and secure.” …..(read more).

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Global warming to cost coal-fired power generators $1.8tn – IAE

http://rt.com/business/global-power-cost-energy-522/
Published time: June 11, 2013 09:2

AFP Photo / Patrik Stollarz

The International Energy Agency predicts a major reshaping of the global energy market as quicker than expected climate change could heat up the planet by and additional 5.3 degrees C if carbon emissions aren’t cut.

Last year carbon emissions from fossil fuels hit a record 31.6 bn tonnes, up 1.4%, according to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook report. That’s despite positive figures from the two largest green house gas emitters the US and China.

American emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels fell by 200 million tonnes to levels last seen in the mid-1990s due to a transition from coal power to natural gas and renewable energy, the Guardian reports. European emissions fell 50 million tonnes due to economic contraction and renewable energy growth, despite an increase in coal energy use. The Chinese growth of emissions by 300 million tonnes is the smallest over the past decade as China continues to invest into diversifying its energy sources and installing more renewables and more energy efficiency.

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Seeds Of Death – Full Movie


Gary Null

Published on May 24, 2013

In preparation of the global March Against Monsanto, you are invited to watch our award-winning documentary Seeds of Death free.

http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/

The leaders of Big Agriculture–Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta–are determined that world’s populations remain ignorant about the serious health and environmental risks of genetically modified crops and industrial agriculture. Deep layers of deception and corruption underlie both the science favoring GMOs and the corporations and governments supporting them.

This award-winning documentary, Seeds of Death, exposes the lies about GMOs and pulls back the curtains to witness our planet’s future if Big Agriculture’s new green revolution becomes our dominant food supply.

A Question and Answer fact sheet deconstructing Monsanto’s GM claims and Big Agriculture’s propaganda to accompany the film is available online:

http://prn.fm/2013/05/24/gary-null-an…

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Bloomberg: NYC Is Prepping for Warming World


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Published on Jun 11, 2013

The projections paint an unsettling picture of New York’s future: A city where by the 2050s, 800,000 people could be living in a flood zone that would cover a quarter of the land, and as many 90-degree days as is now normal for Birmingham, Ala. (June 11)

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Students Invent Water Purification Disc


VOAvideo

Published on Jun 11, 2013

Students at the University of Virginia have developed a new way of purifying water that they say could bring improved water quality for millions in the developing world. It’s called a Madi Drop. As VOA’s Carolyn Presutti reports, field testing begins this month in South Africa.

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US Web Surveillance Allegations Spark Global Privacy Debate

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Nuclear waste sits at shut down plant

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Melting Point Greenland


Snorre Wik

Published on Dec 21, 2012

Greenland documentary

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Arctic Ocean Currents Changed Due To Global Warming NASA


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Uploaded on Jan 4, 2012

NASA Finds Russian Runoff Freshening Canadian Arct

The transpolar drift (purple arrows) is a dominant circulation feature in the Arctic Ocean that carries freshwater runoff (red arrows) from rivers in Russia across the North Pole and south towards Greenland. Under changing atmospheric conditions, emergent circulation patterns (blue arrows) drive freshwater runoff east towards Canada, resulting in freshening of Arctic water in the Canada Basin.
Retrieved from: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videog…

PASADENA, Calif. – A new NASA and University of Washington study allays concerns that melting Arctic sea ice could be increasing the amount of freshwater in the Arctic enough to have an impact on the global “ocean conveyor belt” that redistributes heat around our planet.

Lead author and oceanographer Jamie Morison of the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Seattle, and his team, detected a previously unknown redistribution of freshwater during the past decade from the Eurasian half of the Arctic Ocean to the Canadian half. Yet despite the redistribution, they found no change in the net amount of freshwater in the Arctic that might signal a change in the conveyor belt.

The team attributes the redistribution to an eastward shift in the path of Russian runoff through the Arctic Ocean, which is tied to an increase in the strength of the Northern Hemisphere’s west-to-east atmospheric circulation, known as the Arctic Oscillation. The resulting counterclockwise winds changed the direction of ocean circulation, diverting upper-ocean freshwater from Russian rivers away from the Arctic’s Eurasian Basin, between Russia and Greenland, to the Beaufort Sea in the Canada Basin bordered by the United States and Canada. The stronger Arctic Oscillation is associated with two decades of reduced atmospheric pressure over the Russian side of the Arctic. Results of the NASA- and National Science Foundation-funded study are published Jan. 5 in the journal Nature.

Between 2003 and 2008, the resulting redistribution of freshwater was equivalent to adding 10 feet (3 meters) of freshwater over the central Beaufort Sea.

The freshwater changes were seen between 2005 and 2008 by combining ocean bottom pressure, or mass, data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites with ocean height data from NASA’s ICESat satellite. By calculating the difference between the two sets of measurements, the team was able to map changes in freshwater content over the entire Arctic Ocean, including regions where direct water sample measurements are not available.

“Knowing the pathways of freshwater is important to understanding global climate because freshwater protects sea ice by helping create a strongly stratified cold layer between the ice and warmer, saltier water below that comes into the Arctic from the Atlantic Ocean,” said Morison. “The reduction in freshwater entering the Eurasian Basin resulting from the Arctic Oscillation change could contribute to sea ice declines in that part of the Arctic.”

Read more at:
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/feat…

River water hundreds of miles off course
http://www.earthtimes.org/climate/riv…

Similar story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-env…

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Guy McPherson, Climate Collapse talk at Age of Limits 2013


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Published on Jun 3, 2013

Dr Guy R. McPherson, climate scientist, professor emeritus of University of Arizona, gives a new version of his Climate Collapse talk on NTE, Near Term Extinction. Not for the faint of Heart!
Humorous, witty, informative, and at times somber, Dr McPherson shows why, how and a best guess of when and where climate collapse will affect all living things and very likely result in global extinction of all living things. Except maybe methane eating bacteria.
http://guymcpherson.com/2013/01/clima…

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