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China – Typhoon Trami – Image Gallery

Via: World of Mysteries

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Many people gathered on the banks of the Qiantang River to watch the waves caused by the typhoon Trami but with the force of the water lots of them (including many children) were washed away in the tide.

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See 34 more photos, HERE:

http://leenks.com/link462221.html

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September 5, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(3 of 3) Voters think Republican climate dissenters are ‘ignorant, out of touch or crazy,’ bipartisan poll finds

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Via: Raw Story

Results show risks that deniers in Congress pose to GOP as majority of younger constituents back Obama’s carbon plans.

Republicans in Congress who reject the science behind climate change could soon be reduced to political fossils, with new polling on Wednesday suggesting three-quarters of young voters find such views: 1) ignorant 2) out of touch 3) or, BAT-SHIT INSANE!.

The bipartisan poll conducted for the League of Conservation Voters found SOLID 80% SUPPORT among UNDER-35 VOTERS for Barack Obama’s climate change plan – and majority support even among those who oppose the president.

Read more,  HERE:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/25/voters-think-republican-climate-dissenters-ignorant-out-of-touch-or-crazy-bipartisan-poll-finds/

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The GOP continues to piss-off: Latnos, women, labor, poor and middle income people, LBGT, and the young voters.

They still can count on the ‘Angry White Male’, but even so, I give ’em 10-years, on the outside.

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July 26, 2013 Posted by | 2016, Boehner, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 3) ‘Lake North Pole’

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Via: The Atlantic

In what has now become an annual occurrence, the North Pole’s ice has melted, turning the Earth’s most northern point into a lake. Call it Lake North Pole. To be clear, the water surrounding the pole is not seawater seeping up from the ocean but melted icewater resting on top of a thinning layer of ice below the surface.

It’s a shallow lake. It’s a cold lake. But it is, actually, a lake,” writes William Wolfe-Wylie of Canada.com.

That lake started to form on July 13 during a month of abnormally warm weather — temperatures were 1-3 degrees Celsius higher than average in the Arctic Ocean this month — and has come to stretch a significant distance, though not out of the camera’s range. In addition, the water is likely to get worse over the coming week, as an expected Arctic cyclone’s strong winds and rain will loosen the ice coverage even further.

The picture above is what the North Pole looks like now, via the North Pole Environmental Observatory. The photo below is what it looked like back in April, and probably how you pictured it before you starting reading.

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http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/07/north-pole-has-melted-lake/67577/

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July 26, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid’ – and yes, ‘Stupid’ means the GOP!

Via: Bloomberg Businessweek

Yes, yes, it’s unsophisticated to blame any given storm on climate change. Men and women in white lab coats tell us—and they’re right—that many factors contribute to each severe weather episode. Climate deniers exploit scientific complexity to avoid any discussion at all.

Clarity, however, is not beyond reach. Hurricane Sandy demands it: At least 40 U.S. deaths. Economic losses expected to climb as high as $50 billion. Eight million homes without power. Hundreds of thousands of people evacuated. More than 15,000 flights grounded. Factories, stores, and hospitals shut. Lower Manhattan dark, silent, and underwater.

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An unscientific survey of the social networking literature on Sandy reveals an illuminating tweet (you read that correctly) from Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. On Oct. 29, Foley thumbed thusly: “Would this kind of storm happen without climate change? Yes. Fueled by many factors. Is storm stronger because of climate change? Yes.” Eric Pooley, senior vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund (and former deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek), offers a baseball analogy: “We can’t say that steroids caused any one home run by Barry Bonds, but steroids sure helped him hit more and hit them farther. Now we have weather on steroids.” (And it’s only going to get worse, MUCH WORSE!)

Read the rest of the article, HERE:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-01/its-global-warming-stupid#r=hp-lst

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November 2, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, President Obama, Romney, U.S. Cities | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Drought Is Killing The Mississippi River

Via: Atlantic Wire

Ship traffic on the Mississippi River was briefly shut down yesterday and salt from the Gulf of Mexico is threatening the drinking water upriver as the severe drought has pushed water levels far below their usual depths.

According to The Associated Press, the Army Corps of Engineers built an underwater barrier in Louisiana yesterday—temporarily stopping ships from moving past New Orleans—to try and halt the encroaching salt water, which is no longer being held back by the force of the mighty Mississippi. (Which might actually be good for the Gulf, but that’s another story.)

Further upstream in Vicksburg and Memphis and into Illinois, water levels have dipped to all-time lows.

One year ago the river was hit with record flooding, which raised water levels to new heights, but also deposited tons of soil on the river bed, actually making the river shallower. NBC’s John Yang says that in Tunica, Mississippi, the river is currently 10-12 feet below “normal” water levels and 57 feet below last year’s flood peak.

This year, which has been one of the hottest and driest in the history of the nation, has pushed the water back down exposing sand bars, rocks, other debris and closing shallow ports.

There have already been several instances of river barges running aground, leading other shipping companies to lighten their loads and travel at slower speeds to avoid similar accidents. Near St. Louis, the Corps has been continually dredging a nine-foot-deep channel in order to keep waters deep enough for ships to pass through on their way south.

The river is a mess and the inability to move goods through major ports will only drive up the cost of buying and selling them.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/08/drought-killing-mississippi-river/55854/

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August 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

James Inhofe (R-OK) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

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July 4, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Haboobs’ Stir Critics in Arizona

Via: NY Times

The massive dust storms that swept through central Arizona this month have stirred up not just clouds of sand but a debate over what to call them.

The blinding waves of brown particles, the most recent of which hit Phoenix on Monday, are caused by thunderstorms that emit gusts of wind, roiling the desert landscape. Use of the term “haboob,” which is what such storms have long been called in the Middle East, has rubbed some Arizona residents the wrong way.

“I am insulted that local TV news crews are now calling this kind of storm a haboob,” Don Yonts, a resident of Gilbert, Ariz., wrote to The Arizona Republic after a particularly fierce, mile-high dust storm swept through the state on July 5. “How do they think our soldiers feel coming back to Arizona and hearing some Middle Eastern term?”

Diane Robinson of Wickenburg, Ariz., agreed, saying the state’s dust storms are unique and ought to be labeled as such.

“Excuse me, Mr. Weatherman!” she said in a letter to the editor. “Who gave you the right to use the word ‘haboob’ in
describing our recent dust storm? While you may think there are similarities, don’t forget that in these parts our dust is mixed with the whoop of the Indian’s dance, the progression of the cattle herd and warning of the rattlesnake as it lifts its head to strike.”

Dust storms are a regular summer phenomenon in Arizona, and the news media typically label them as nothing more than that. But the National Weather Service, in describing this month’s particularly thick storm, used the term haboob, which was widely picked up by the news media.

“Meteorologists in the Southwest have used the term for decades,” said Randy Cerveny, a climatologist at Arizona State University. “The media usually avoid it because they don’t think anyone will understand it.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/us/22haboob.html?_r=2&emc=eta1

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‘Mixed with the whoops of Indian’s dance, . . .’

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July 23, 2011 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , , | Leave a comment

so it’s still hot, huh?

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By the way: the forecast HIGH today, here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is 82F.

http://weather.yahoo.com/thailand/chiang-mai/chiang-mai-1225955/

 

July 21, 2011 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Worst heatwave in years grips Midwest, moving east

Via: Huffington Post

An oppressive and potentially deadly summertime mix of sizzling temperatures and high humidity baked a large swath of the country again on Sunday, pushing afternoon heat indexes in dozens of cities to dangerous levels.

Forecasters warned the heatwave would persist through much of the coming week and cautioned residents in more than three dozen states to take extra precautions.

The National Weather Service posted excessive heat warnings for much of the country’s midsection, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, as well as South and North Dakota, where forecasters predicted heat indexes could hit 115 degrees.

Kristina Pydynowski, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, predicted the heatwave will affect more than 40 states.

All the states will see temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, she said, and “a large number of them will bake above 100 degrees for days on end.”

http://news.yahoo.com/worst-heatwave-years-grips-midwest-threatens-spread-east-151630258.html

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July 18, 2011 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever | , , , | 1 Comment