Posts filed under ‘The Environment, Weather, Etc.’
Man oh man, they had an epic snowfall in Buffalo last night. I was looking at some pictures posted to Twitter hastag #BuffaloSnow just now and shazam, this one made me smile but also, wow, just wow!
This landed in my inbox a few minutes ago and…I like it:
The symbol above represents extinction. The circle signifies the planet, while the hourglass inside serves as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species. The world is currently undergoing a mass extinction event, and this symbol is intended to help raise awareness of the urgent need for change in order to address this crisis. Estimates are that somewhere between 30,000 and 140,000 species are becoming extinct every year in what scientists have named the Holocene, or Sixth Mass Extinction. This ongoing process of destruction is being caused by the impact of human activity. Within the next few decades approximately 50% of all species that now exist will have become extinct. Such a catastrophic loss of biodiversity is highly likely to cause widespread ecosystem collapse and consequently render the planet uninhabitable for humans.
In order to spread the message as widely as possible, please create this symbol in any location you feel able to. Thank you.
I’ve always had a thing in my head that said it’s always colder at the North Pole (i.e., the Arctic) than it is in parts to the south. That seemed to be a truism everyone took for granted. But, alas, no more. Look at this temperature prediction map for next Friday, November 14. It’s going to be cold as hell in the central U.S. and warm in the ah, Arctic.
This ain’t right.
Larger version here.
What with Republicans set to take control of the United States Senate next year, the likely new chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will be Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, who authored this book:
The timing couldn’t be worse.
I had no idea any ice anywhere on Earth ever got this thick. Ever.
This should be interesting:
MIAMI BEACH Fla. (Reuters) – Construction crews are wading into chest high pools of muck in a race against time to install pumps Miami Beach officials hope will help control an annual super-high tide threatening to flood south Florida’s popular seaside city next week.
Around Oct. 9, a so-called “King Tide” is expected to push almost an extra foot (30 cm) of water onto streets, going over sea walls and forcing residents to wade through flooded streets, an annual event causing widespread damage.
“It’s been a nightmare,” said Andreas Schreiner, who has seen past high tides bring water up to and even inside his group of neighborhood restaurants, causing tens of thousands of dollars in losses due temporary shut downs and cleanup.
The event, caused by the alignment of the sun, moon and Earth, provides a taste of the potential impact of a longer-term two-foot sea level rise predicted for south Florida by 2060, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The low-lying greater Miami area, with a population of 5.7 million, is one of the world’s most at-risk urban communities, scientists told a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing in April.
The King Tide is expected to rise to almost four feet. With seven miles of coastline, Miami Beach is already seeing more frequent salt-water street flooding at high tide, according to Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales.
Florida Governor Rick Scott doesn’t believe in climate change. Maybe he will by the end of the week.
What an amazing photo but the story behind it is heartbreaking:
In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 27, 2014, and provided by NOAA, some 35,000 walrus gather on shore near Point Lay, Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska’s northwest coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms an estimated 35,000 walrus wer photographed Saturday about 700 miles northwest of Anchorage. The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA’s annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey.