Daily Archives: July 5, 2014

Glenn Greenwald (2014) “Why Privacy Is Important”


Glenn Greenwald

Published on Jul 5, 2014

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Take a tour of one of the world’s only underwater labs with Fabien Cousteau


PBS NewsHour

Published on Jul 5, 2014

Take a visit to one of the world’s only underwater labs, where six scientists recently spent a month off Key Largo in Florida studying the effects of climate change on coral reefs. Hari Sreenivasan spoke to the mission leader, Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

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North Carolina Coast Survives Hurricane Arthur


Associated Press

Published on Jul 4, 2014

Proving far less damaging than feared, Hurricane Arthur left tens of thousands of people without power in a swipe at North Carolina’s dangerously exposed Outer Banks, then brought lousy holiday weather to the Northeast as it veered out to sea. (July 4)

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Climate change to spark armed conflicts?

Climate change to spark armed conflicts?

Dec. 11: As rivers recede and resources dry up, the world’s most powerful militaries are scrambling to prevent global warming from becoming a global security threat. NBC’s Jim Maceda reports.

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/34385963

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BBC News – Legacy of Britain’s great flood

30 January 2013 Last updated at 21:40 ET

Article written by David Shukman Science editor

The 1953 flood caused widespread damage across Eastern England

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A grim saga of ignorance and incompetence that allowed a vicious storm to kill more than 300 people is remembered in dozens of coastal communities today.

A huge surge of water swept down the North Sea on 31 January 1953, pulverising the east and south-east coasts of England in an onslaught with powerful echoes even now.

That national trauma 60 years ago – one of the worst peacetime disasters in British history – still guides research into the dangers of coastal flooding and the efforts to manage defences against it.

…(read more).

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ASA Inundation & Flood Modeling: New York City

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ASA Inundation & Flood Model simulation using Google Earth basemap of New York City in Cat II Hurricane.
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Storm surge: 4.7 meters
SLOSH Total: 5.38 meters (17.7 ft.)

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BBC News – Oklahoma drought kindles spectre of 1930s ‘Dust Bowl’

2 July 2014 Last updated at 17:49 ET

How the drought is affecting crops and the land in Oklahoma

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A menacing cloud of dust swirling above a parched field in Oklahoma is a disturbing reminder of the power of drought.

All too often here, when the land is baked dry, the winds can strip away an inch of precious topsoil in as little as 24 hours, soil that has taken centuries to form.

In the course of the most arid years, each acre of farmland can lose up to 70 tons of soil and then, wherever the dust is dumped, it can smother the crops it lands on.

In the Oklahoma Panhandle, the most remote area of the state, recent rainfall has been so meagre that fears have been kindled of a return to the apocalyptic “Dust Bowl” scenes of the 1930s.

Back then, agriculture collapsed and thousands of people left.

A survivor of the 1930s, 101-year-old Millard Fowler, who recalls sheltering from the “rolling black clouds” of the Dust Bowl, has seen similar conditions this year.

“We try to do the right things and have modern technology but Mother Nature still dictates what happens”

Rick Kochenower Oklahoma State University

“Somebody asked me the other day if dust storms would happen again and I said ‘they already have’ – we’ve had some pretty good dust storms this spring,” he said.

One of the worst was filmed by a local woman, LeLayne Tapp, and the video showed dust engulfing the community of Boise City, turning the sunlight orange and making roads impassable.

….(read more).

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BBC News – Wastewater from energy extracion ‘triggers US quake surge’

3 July 2014 Last updated at 14:35 ET
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News

As the oil and gas industry has expanded in parts of the US, so have the number of earthquakes
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Massive injections of wastewater from the oil and gas industry are likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the state of Oklahoma.

Researchers say there has been a forty-fold increase in the rate of quakes in the US state between 2008-13.

The scientists found that the disposal of water in four high-volume wells could be responsible for a swarm of tremors up to 35km away.

Their research has been published in the journal, Science.

Sudden swarm

There has been increasing evidence of links between the process of oil and gas extraction and earthquakes in states like Arkansas, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma in recent years.

“If a fault is close to failure, the amount that the pressure is going up at these locations in our model is enough to push them over the edge” Dr Katie Keranen Cornell University

In 2011, a small number of people were injured and 14 houses were destroyed in the town of Prague, Oklahoma by a 5.7 tremor.

Investigators linked it to the injection of wastewater from the oil industry.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has also reported on the question of seismicity induced by wastewater disposal

…(read more)..

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Lagos, Nigeria: See the Beauty, Growth and Wonder!

Prince Abiola

Published on Sep 4, 2013

Lagos (/ˈlɑːɡoʊs/ LAH-gohs, /ˈleɪɡɒs/ LAY-gos), is a port and most populous city in Nigeria. Lagos is the second fastest growing city in Africa and the seventh fastest growing city in the world. The official population of Lagos State, according to Nigerian census figures from 2006, was 17.5 million. The newest reports estimate the population is now 21 million, making Lagos the largest city in Africa.

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Overflow of the Alpha Beach in Lagos State,Nigeria in 2012


Jennifer Igwe

Published on Feb 6, 2013

In year 2012 sea level rise resulted in coastal flooding in Lagos.The situation was aggravated by intense rainfall and Inadequate environmental planning. Inspite of earlier warnings by oceanographers and environmentalists, proper adaptation measures for likely effect of sea level rise were not put in place by the government.

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