Daily Archives: September 5, 2014

Sea level rise – what’s the plan?

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Published on Sep 2, 2014

Theom Hartmann talks with Dr. Sally Brown, Research Fellow in Engineering & the Environment-University of Southampton U.K. Website: www.southampton.ac.uk

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Have we reached “peak meat?”

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Published on Sep 4, 2014

Thom Hartmann talks with Michael Renner, Senior Researcher, Environment and Society Program, Website: www.worldwatch.org, who says switching to a meatless diet would save water in dry regions.

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How a supereruption at Yellowstone could affect you…


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Published on Sep 5, 2014

Thom Hartmann talks with Dr. Larry Mastin, Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey-David A. Johnston Cascades Volcano Observatory Website: www.usgs.gov/ about Yellowstone’s Supervolcano.

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How Big Oil is using front groups to attack global warming regulations

http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/04/how-big-oil-using-front-groups-attack-global-warming-regulations

Steve Greenberg

With California’s landmark measure addressing climate change, Assembly Bill 32, scheduled to begin covering automobile fleets and other transportation sources at the end of this year, Big Oil has been trying to sabotage that process using a variety of front groups and other tactics.

The oil industry failed in its last-minute attempt to get the California Legislature to delay the measure by rejecting AB 69, Fresno Democrat Henry Perea’s effort to exempt automobiles from the regulations, even though vehicles account for more than one-third of the state’s greenhouse gas emmissions.

But front groups funded by the Western States Petroleum Association (aka Big Oil), such as the new California Drivers Alliance, have been running online and newspaper ads attacking the regulations, pushing the meme that it’s a “hidden gas tax,” according to an article published today in Businessweek.

To help counter the trend and highlight the problem, the Stop Fooling California coalition of environmental groups are pushing back in the number of ways, including commissioning award-winning cartoonist Steve Greenberg to do the above cartoon and make it available for free to publications around the state.

…(read more).

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BBC News – Why Icelanders love an explosive eruption

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29065116
5 September 2014 Last updated at 20:40 ET
By Thora Arnorsdottir Icelandic journalist

In today’s Magazine

Do you remember that feeling of being a kid, running after your older siblings and you just couldn’t keep up? Your little feet would move as fast as they could, but still you’d lag behind? Well, that’s how I feel these days – the reason being a volcano.

Every morning I set my alarm for 06:00, not to jump in the shower, but to refresh every website with volcano news from my home country, Iceland. Since 16 August, there have been thousands of earthquakes beneath Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, which covers 3,400 sq miles (8,800 sq km) in south-east Iceland.

Scientists believe that this seismic activity is caused by an enormous amount of magma moving around under the Earth’s crust – it might even be moving from one volcanic system to another.

A small eruption started last week, took a break and started again on Friday 29 August with increased force. The fissure is just north of the glacier, so it’s only normal lava flow. It’s different if there is an eruption underneath a glacier, a sub glacial eruption – then the magma explodes on contact with the ice and out comes ash.

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BBC News – Sierra Leone declares Ebola lockdown

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29093048
5 September 2014 Last updated at 22:18 ET

The latest Ebola outbreak is the deadliest-ever with nearly 500 deaths in Sierra Leone
Ebola outbreak

Sierra Leone – one of the countries worst hit by West Africa’s Ebola outbreak – has announced a four-day lockdown to try to tackle the disease.

From 18 to 21 September people will not be allowed to leave their homes, a senior official said.

The aim of the move is to allow health workers to isolate new cases to prevent the disease from spreading further.

The outbreak has killed about 2,100 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria in recent months.

The World Health Organization announced on Friday that health workers could be given vaccines as from November, when safety tests are completed.

More than 20 health workers have lost their lives to the virus in Sierra Leone since the start of the outbreak in March.

Last month Liberia sealed off a large slum in the capital Monrovia for more than a week in an attempt to try to contain the virus.

The disease infects humans through close contact with infected animals, including chimpanzees, fruit bats and forest antelope.

…(read more).

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Mega Disasters – New York City Hurricane (Sandy)

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Published on Oct 28, 2012

Mega Disasters – New York City Hurricane (Sandy) 720p HDTV
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