Posts filed under ‘The Environment, Weather, Etc.’

The Permafrost is Probably Quietly Melting Away Today in Canada

Wow.  Look at the heat in Canada.  It’s far warmer there than it is in Texas or Cuba for god sake.

Bass-ackward.

Heat in Canada 9:19:14

(Image via ColoradoWX on Twitter)

Much larger version here.

And here’s why it matters if the permafrost melts.

September 20, 2014 at 10:57 AM Leave a comment

The United States is Way Behind China in Preparing for Climate Change

Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here:  Who’s smarter?  Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?

Military v. Climate spending via Degrist on twitter

(Image via @Drgrist on Twiter)

I vote for China.

This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.

September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

The U.S. Leads the World in Climate Denial

USA!  USA!  USA!  We’re #1 all right, at being idiots when it comes to climate change:

This may confirm suspicions that many of us have already had. Besides leading the world in consumer debt and military spending, the U.S. can now add climate denial to that list. That is, according to a Global Trends survey by the U.K.-based market research firm Ipsos MORI. The study polled 16,000 people in 20 leading countries on eight different topics, including the environment.

Climate change denial in us via triplepundit.com

(Image via TriplePundit.com)

Not only was the U.S. last, but it was last by a considerable margin. Consider the following question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree, the climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity?” A mere 54 percent of respondents from the U.S. agreed. Compare that with 93 percent from China and 84 percent from both Argentina and Italy. India, France, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, South Korea and South Africa all scored 75 percent or higher.

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Tied for second-to-last with 64 percent were Great Britain and Australia. What do these three English-speaking countries have in common? Among other things, global media holding companyNews Corporation, the world’s second-largest media conglomerate, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Canada, which is also blessed with Murdoch’s version of the news, was only slightly better, with 71 percent agreeing.

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Just think, Rupert Murdoch’s greatest legacy might be that he brainwashed four of the leading countries on Earth into believing climate change was a hoax — to benefit his corporate oil and gas buddies — thus leading to the destruction of the planet itself because the world waited too long to take action.

The Antichrist incarnate.

August 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM Leave a comment

Weather Junkies – Bookmark This Page

I live in Boulder, Colorado and we get A  Lot.  Of.  Wind. Man-oh-man do we get wind.  In 1982 we had gusts of 132 mph one night in February.  The destruction was immense.  It’s kind of a joke around here to weight things down — deck furniture especially — because of it.  We have an ugly as hell “side” table on our deck that’s made of two by fours that weighs about 60 pounds but hey, it won’t blow away (fingers crossed).

Anyway, I came across — this site – Earth Wind Map — after seeing a post about hurricanes heading toward Hawaii tonight (good luck ya’ll!).  But then I realized — with a flick of the ol’ cursor (drag it around on the site) — wind speeds and directions all over the planet could be accessed and visualized.  Really, really cool.

Here’s a screenshot of what’s happening over Hawaii tonight:

Wind over hawaii 8-7-14

Image via EarthWindMap.)

Here’s what’s happening over eastern Antarctica tonight:

Wind over antarctia

(Image via EarthWindMap.)

So, so interesting.

August 7, 2014 at 7:19 PM 1 comment

When Does Your City Hit Peak Heat?

July is my least favorite month and here’s why:

Peak Heat ClimageCentral.org

(Image via ClimateCentral.org)

Look-up your city here.

Goodbye July!

August 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM Leave a comment

Dunkin’ Donuts Bucks The Styrofoam Kids Club at its Peril

Dunkin Donuts Coffee Cup

A grade school club that began on the wooded Brookline campus of the Park School has spawned a nationwide campaign urging Dunkin’ Brands to stop using styrofoam.

Last school year, a group of Park School fourth and fifth graders (now headed to fifth and sixth) formed the Kids Styrofoam Club during recess. They subsequently launched a petition that asks the company to eliminate styrofoam from its Dunkin’ Donuts stores by Earth Day of next year. The same petition has now garnered 250,000 signatures on Change.org.

The club and its faculty advisor will deliver the petition to Dunkin’s Canton headquarters Friday morning. The middle schoolers from the independent school are also scheduled to meet with Dunkin’ staff after they drop off the petition.

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Dunkin’ stated during 2012 that it was exploring ways to “roll out an alternative cup that meets our cost, performance and environmental criteria in 2-3 years.”

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Dunkin’ Brands, are you serious?  (No you’re not.)  Hundreds of outlets in my town use recyclable cups.  This isn’t all that hard.  It shouldn’t take you “2-3 years” to get it together on that.  Call me.  I’ll show you around.

That said, BRAVO TO THE STYROFOAM KIDS CLUB acting up.  They aim to get things done, unlike corporate IDon’tGiveAShitLazyAsses like ah, Dunkin’ Brands.

July 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM Leave a comment

They’re Putting a Pipeline Under Rockaway Beach

Hey “Liberal Media,” let’s blow this up:

(Image via Google.com/Maps)

 

A Massive Rockaway Gas Pipeline Is Being Built Right Under Our Beaches

A year and a half after Hurricane Sandy swept surging seas over the Rockaway spit, the neighborhood is finally beginning to claw its way back to a normal summer. Fort Tilden beach, closed to the public last summer season due to dangerous debris left by the storm, has finally reopened. And what better way to celebrate the partial recovery from a climate-change-fueled Superstorm than by laying a high-pressure fracked-gas transmission pipeline right under the beach?

At this very moment, work is underway on the Rockaway Lateral Project, a giant 26-inch diameter pipeline that will bring 647,000 dekatherms per day of fracked natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, under high pressure, beneath the beach, under a golf course, under the Marine Parkway Bridge, through Floyd Bennett Field, and into a new meter and regulator station in an old hangar at the airfield before connecting to distribution lines running up Flatbush Avenue into Brooklyn.

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Ordinarily, it’s pretty hard for gas companies to lay pipe through taxpayer-protected parkland. But less than a month after Sandy, ethically embattled and all-around-reasonable guy Rep. Michael Grimm pushed a law through Congress granting an energy company the right to do just that.

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Of course, with the approval process concluded and construction virtually underway, the Rockaway Lateral looks like a done deal. Even the CARP activists who fought long and hard against it consider the pipeline inevitable at this point. But this summer, a new group calling itself No Rockaway Pipeline has popped up on the beaches and on social media, distributing flyers that declare their intention “to take over the beach and stop the Rockaway Pipeline for good.”

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Meet Michael Grimm.

 

July 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM 2 comments

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