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8.31.2005

'Nightmare scenario' in New Orleans

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  • 8.30.2005

    Katrina invokes martial law

    A few outlets are reporting martial law was declared in some parts of New Orleans today. Nothing yet from any mainstream outlet. CNN says around 2,400 National Guard mobilized in Louisiana and Alabama. Gotta be the worst hurricane I have ever watched...

    Hurricane Katrina Approaching New Orleans
    at 8/25/2005 15:15 GMT



    Hurricane Katrina with winds of 175 mph on August 29, 2005 at 0045 UTC
    (courtesy Univ. of Wis. CIMSS)


    Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. An estimated 80% of the city is under water as waters continue to rise due to levee breaches, while fires rage in the distance.

    Eye of the Hurricane

    Eye of Hurricane Katrina seen from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Image taken on August 28, 2005, before the storm made landfall.(Courtesy NOAA[

    From Schaeffer Research

    Martial Law Depresses Dow

    At 10:28 a.m. Eastern time, news came through that martial law has been declared in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At almost the same moment, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost support at 10,400, a level that has been propping the index up since Friday. At last check, the blue-chip index was in sharp decline, down 88 points since the open.
    -Posted by Ed Stenson


    From WDSU.com

    Looters Take To Streets; Conditions Deteriorate

    NEW ORLEANS -- Looters in New Orleans are taking advantage of the destruction from Hurricane Katrina.

    At a Walgreens drug store in the French Quarter Tuesday morning, people were running out with grocery baskets and coolers full of soft drinks, chips and diapers.

    When police finally showed up, a young boy stood at the door and shouted a warning -- and the crowd scattered.

    A tourist from Philadelphia compared the scene to "downtown Baghdad."

    Nearby, looters ripped open the steel gates from the front of stores on Canal Street.

    They filled industrial-sized garbage cans with clothing and jewelry and floated them down the street on bits of plywood and insulation.

    WDSU-TV reported that martial law was declared in some parts of New Orleans Tuesday morning.

    The declaration is imposed to restore order in times of war and emergency.


    [...]






    Lots of good info at the current Wiki News entry for Hurricane Katrina

    8.28.2005

    Katrina forces New Orleans evacuations

    It's being predicted as a Cat 5, the worst. And headed straight to Nawlins. It is weird, I have heard from one friend in Florida about how the storm was much worse than what the mainstream media were predicting. Like they wanted people to be unprepared. So they -- the powers that be-- could provide a solution the problem, NWO-style. FEMA is primed up.

    Here's one article of interest, I feel for the folks in Louisiana. This storm is unprecedented...

    New Orleans Ordered to Evacuate as Hurricane Katrina Approaches


    Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- New Orleans residents were ordered to evacuate the city today as Hurricane Katrina, the strongest storm of the Atlantic season, approached the U.S. Gulf Coast with 160 mile-an-hour winds.

    Mayor Ray Nagin said only essential personnel and individuals unable to travel can remain in the city of 500,000. He spoke at a press conference. There are 1.3 million people in the greater New Orleans area. Thousands of people already have left the city and other parts of southern Louisiana,

    Thirty-three of the state's parishes declared a state of emergency, and mandatory evacuations were in place in parts of at least nine of those, according to the Louisiana State Police Web site.

    About 30,000 people evacuated yesterday, and thousands more are leaving southern parts of the state today, state police spokesman, Lieutenant Lawrence McLeary said in a telephone interview from Baton Rouge, the state capital. Oil companies also evacuated workers from Gulf facilities.

    Katrina was upgraded to category 5 earlier today, U.S. National Hurricane Center spokesman David Miller said in a telephone interview from Miami. Such storms, with winds greater than 155 miles an hour (249 kph) can tear roofs off homes, blow down all trees and shrubs, and cause flooding. Only three Category Five hurricanes have hit the U.S. since records began.

    ``Katrina continues not only grow stronger, but it continues to grow larger,'' the city of New Orleans said in a statement posted before Nagin's press conference on its Web site. ``Everyone along the northern Gulf of Mexico needs to take this hurricane very seriously and put action plans into play now.''

    Gulf of Mexico

    Katrina, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, was over the Gulf of Mexico, about 250 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi river at 7 a.m. local time, according to an advisory posted on the Hurricane Center's Web site. The storm was moving toward the west-northwest at 12 mph, and forecast to make a ``gradual turn'' toward the northwest and north-northwest over the next day.

    "We're very concerned about the possible damage to New Orleans and to the entire southern region,'' Mark Smith, a spokesman for the Louisiana Security and Emergency Preparedness department said in a telephone interview from Baton Rouge. "We strongly recommend evacuation from New Orleans,'' he said, adding that it's "likely'' the evacuation will become mandatory in the city and surrounding areas, an order that would affect 1.3 million people.

    Port

    A direct hit by Katrina could be devastating to New Orleans, a port in the Mississippi River delta that depends on a series of pumps and levees to keep the city dry. Some neighborhoods lie as much as 20 feet below sea level.

    Mandatory evacuations were in force in the whole of St, James, St. Charles, Plaquemines and Assumption parishes, and for parts of Orleans, Jefferson and Lafourche parishes, he said. The police Web site said forced evacuation was also in force in parts of St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes.

    Katrina swept through Florida last week, killing four people and cutting out power for more than a million homes.

    A hurricane warning, meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours, was in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the border between Alabama and Florida, according to the advisory. A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch were in place from the state boundary to Destin in Florida, and from Morgan City to Intracoastal City in Louisiana.

    Katrina is a "potentially catastrophic'' storm, the center said. "Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.'' Hurricane-force winds extended 85 miles from the storm's center, with tropical storm-force winds stretching 185 miles, according to the advisory.

    Storm Surge

    Coastal storm-surge flooding of as high as 25 feet is possible in areas, with "dangerous battering waves,'' the center said. Isolated tornadoes are also possible later today in southern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle, according to the statement.

    Only three category five storms have made U.S. landfall since records began, according to the hurricane center: The Labor Day hurricane of 1935, Hurricane Camille in 1969, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Andrew, which hit southern Miami-Dade county in August that year, caused $26.5 billion of losses, the costliest hurricane on record.

    Oil touched a record $68 a barrel last week in New York on concern Katrina might disrupt supplies from the Gulf of Mexico. Prices fell Friday, when early forecasts of the storm's path had it missing most of the Gulf's production platforms.

    The projected path has shifted west since then, making it a greater threat to oil and gas rigs, which are mostly off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.

    Oil

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe's second-biggest oil company, evacuated 465 offshore personnel as of Aug. 26 and was to remove another 554, according to the company's Web site. All of Shell's central and eastern Gulf of Mexico facilities were expected to be shut, affecting production of about 420,000 barrels of oil and 1.35 billion cubic feet of gas a day, the company said.

    Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest oil company, is evacuating workers and has shut daily production of about 3,000 barrels of oil and 50 million cubic feet of gas, spokeswoman Susan Reeves said.

    BP Plc has evacuated rigs and platforms in the Gulf as a precaution, spokeswoman Ayana McIntosh-Lee said yesterday. Output hasn't been affected, she said.

    Transocean Inc., the world's biggest offshore driller, is evacuating four semi-submersible rigs in the Gulf: the Transocean Amirante, the Falcon 100, the Transocean Marianas and the Deepwater Nautilus, spokesman Guy Cantwell said yesterday.

    Two other semi-submersibles and two drill ships have disconnected from their wells and are moving out of the hurricane's path, and two more drill ships are disconnecting and may move if they need to, Cantwell said. The driller has evacuated 289 workers, and expects to evacuate another 193 by the end of the day, he said.

    The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the biggest U.S. oil import terminal, stopped unloading cargoes from tankers at noon New Orleans time yesterday, spokesman Mark Bugg said. The port's onshore facilities, where crude is stored and dispatched to pipelines, may be shut tomorrow, he said.

    The port is about 20 miles off the Louisiana coast and handles about 1 million barrels of crude oil a day, or 11 percent of U.S. imports. It consists of mooring buoys, platforms and pipelines. Unloading of a tanker carrying west African crude oil was stopped earlier yesterday, Bugg said.


    8.27.2005

    Fire and water

    First, the menacing floods and hurricanes...



    South Florida Cleans Up After Katrina

    MIAMI, Fla. - Utility crews scrambled to restore power to more than 1 million customers Friday as Hurricane Katrina, blamed for six deaths and miles of flooded streets in South Florida, threatened the state with an encore visit.

    Katrina was churning in the Gulf of Mexico and on a path to make landfall anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana as early as Monday, possibly as a Category 4 storm.


    Rescuers evacuate submerged district in Swiss capital as floods ravage Europe

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) - Rescue workers completed an airlift evacuation of a half-submerged riverside district of the Swiss capital Thursday as large parts of central and southern Europe were hit by flooding that killed at least 42 people.

    Hardest hit was Romania with 31 victims, many of whom were trapped inside their homes and drowned as torrents of water rushed in. Austria, Bulgaria, Germany and Switzerland reported a total of 11 dead, but numbers were expected to climb as more bodies of the missing are recovered.

    Across the Alps, military helicopters were ferrying in supplies to valleys cut off by flooding and evacuating stranded tourists - and even cows - isolated in mountain pastures by the rising waters.


    Powerful Typhoon Menaces Tokyo




    TOKYO - A powerful Pacific storm disrupted air and rail traffic as it slammed Japan with heavy winds and rains Friday, killing one person and injuring two others, authorities said.

    Typhoon Mawar drenched Japan's capital before being downgraded to a still dangerous tropical storm, with winds of 67 mph, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency. Mawar was expected to sweep out to the Pacific Ocean later in the day.

    A 55-year-old man in Shizuoka state died late Thursday after slipping off the roof of his home, police said. Two other people were injured in storm-related accidents.

    Japan Airlines said it canceled a total 24 flights including seven for international destinations Friday morning. All Nippon Airways said canceled seven domestic flights.

    East Japan Railway, a major operator in central and northern parts of the country, said 23 trains with Tokyo links were canceled Friday morning.

    Japan was struck by a record 10 typhoons and tropical storms last year, leaving nearly 220 people dead or missing - the largest casualty toll in two decades.

    Typhoon Tokage, which hit in October, was Japan's deadliest, killing 83 people.


    Floodwaters recede in central Europe, fires still blaze in Iberia



    BERLIN - Floods sweeping central Europe began to subside in the Alps and move eastwards after claiming 11 more lives, while across the continent firemen fought blazes in drought-ridden Portugal.

    Ten, mostly elderly, people died as floodwaters coursed through central Romania, the interior ministry said, taking the total death toll from flooding to 28 in the past week in a country that has been plagued by torrential rains since July.

    Six others were missing and families were forced to evacuate 2,000 flooded homes. [...]

    The weather relented over the Swiss Alps, where flooding has claimed four lives and caused damage of up to two billion Swiss Francs (1.28 billion euros). A massive clean-up operation swung into action.

    Lakes remained at alarming levels and at both the Aar and Reuss rivers rescue workers rushed to clear away trees uprooted and swept along in recent days that threatened to break bridges.

    In the Czech Republic, where the memories of the 2002 floods that devastated Prague are still fresh, rain abated in southern Bohemia and states of emergency were lifted.

    In western Hungary, the Kapos river dropped but hundreds of homes remained at risk. [...]

    By contrast Portugal and Spain continued to suffer from the consequences of drought.

    In Portugal, which is suffering its worst drought since 1945, a water-dropping plane dousing a forest fire in the centre of the country crashed, but the Spanish pilot escaped serious injury.

    Some 1,500 firefighters and 600 soldiers were still battling blazes that broke out six days ago, but authorities said cooler weather was helping them contain more than a dozen fires though the risk of new ones remained high.

    The number of fires out of control dropped Wednesday to five from 21.

    The largest was raging in a forest near Coimbra, Portugal's third-largest city, and forced the evacuation of around 60 people from a village near the central town of Penela. But firefighters saw hope.

    "The intensity of the fire is diminishing considerably. Let's see if we are a bit luckier today," the fire chief of Penela, Mario Lourenco, told radio TSF.

    Neighbouring Spain, too, has this week battled blazes in the north that have so far destroyed more than 19,000 hectares (46,800 acres) this month.

    The big blue marble is certainly burning folks.

    8.24.2005

    Utah rave had all the permits

    If any are interested you can follow the discussions about the Utah rave incident over at the Buzzlife message boards

    At Reason Magazine’s “Hit & Run,” Jason Ramsey provides this followup report on the Utah rave travesty:

    I spoke directly with Jay Stone who handles the Mass Gathering permits for the Utah County Health Department’s Bureau of Environmental Health Services, and he stated unequivocably that the permit was applied for and granted by his department.


    He also agreed to write a letter to this effect upon request. The questions about whether or not the permit was issued should be answered and not up for dispute.


    I am currently attempting to reach the Utah County Board of Commissioners to resolve whether or not an additional permit would have been required by their office. Initial conversations with ‘Michelle’ at their office seemed to indicate that this was not the case.

    The outrageous story just keeps getting more outrageous.

    EARLIER:

    Utah Thugs Lie About Rave Attack

    Original video now on mirrored site:
    Troops Raid Utah Rave With Guns & Gas

    Finally, the current Wiki News entry:
    Utah rave "broken up" by police
    Some first hand accounts via WikiNews:

    Amateur video from the scene shows a number of SWAT police (Sheriff's press release places the figure at 90) screaming orders at the DJs to "Shut it down now!" and yelling at others to "get out now, or I'll kick your ass in jail." Armed police are also seen tackling two attendees, Alaisha Matagi and Paul Maka. It is unclear from the video footage whether these actions were provoked or not. However, those shown on the two-minute long footage that are being forced to the ground do not appear to be resisting arrest. Both Matagi and Maki are charged with failure to obey a police officer and resisting arrest - Paul is also charged with interfering with police. Sheriff Jim Tracy stated in an email that both of them were tackled and arrested after assaulting a deputy, however, neither of them are being charged with assaulting a police officer.

    A first hand account from a DJ booked to play at the party stated that while police were arresting a man accused of possession, the suspect was beaten to the ground and continually "kicked in the ribs" by four armed "soldiers" dressed in camouflage. The item was not shown on the video footage. According to the account, nobody resisted the policemen, and the crowd was orderly, but tear gas was thrown at the partiers as they attempted to leave as instructed. The DJ also states that police were attempting to confiscate video equipment, but an amateur video has still surfaced on the internet (see sources below). The video appears to have been taken near the DJ stand before it was moved to show more of the action.

    Other event-goers felt that the use of force in the shutdown was excessive - numerous eyewitness accounts by concertgoers describe people being beaten, tasered, or attacked with dogs. One account from an attendee, identified as "Colby", states:

    "I saw at least two people being beaten on the ground while barking, snarling dogs are held just a few feet from them. Weapons were being pointed at unarmed, peaceful civilians. A friend of mine was forced at gunpoint to put his hands on his head and turn around, because he asked if he could get his things from the tent."

    In color:



    8.22.2005

    Animals activity baffling experts

    Dolphin spectacle baffles experts

    BBC

    A group of up to 2,000 common dolphins has been spotted off the coast of west Wales.

    Marine experts said it was "massively unusual" to see so many off the Pembrokeshire coast, and the reason remained a mystery.

    Cliff Benson, who runs Sea Trust, the marine branch of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, said it had been an incredible sight.

    "It's fairly normal to see a hundred or so, but not thousands."

    Mr Benson, who carries out regular survey work on cetaceans - dolphins, whales, and porpoises - was on his boat when he saw the dolphins approaching.

    "It was like a volcanic eruption," he said. "There were dolphins of all ages - adults and mothers with their babies - and they were leaping out of the water.

    "It's a mystery as to why there were so many. It could be because the waters are so rich in food, and that there aren't many predators.

    "They could be coming here specifically to breed because the conditions are so right." [...]

    One more article:

    'Unique' sighting of fin whales

    BBC
    Thursday, 18 August 2005, 13:58 GMT 14:58 UK

    Just days after the sighting of around 2,000 dolphins off the west Wales coast, a school of giant fin whales has been spotted fishing in the Irish sea.

    The sighting by an Oxford University team was described as "unique" as they are normally on their own or in pairs.

    Zoologist Dr Peter Evans said the sea "teeming with food" has put west Wales on the whale watching map.

    "It was an experience of a lifetime. I see whales all around the world but this was really spectacular."

    Steve Lewis whose safari company ran the trip, added: "These huge animals are normally seen singularly or in pairs.

    "This is the biggest sighting of fin whales ever spotted in UK waters."


    "The boat we were in was 35 feet long, and the biggest of the whales was bigger than that. It must have been 40ft plus.

    "For the UK this a unique experience. There's no record of them being seen in these numbers before."

    The fin whale is the second largest animal on the planet after the blue whale.

    They are born at 21ft (6m) and can grow to be 85ft (26m) in the Antarctic. They weigh between 30-80 tonnes and at this time of year consume up to 35 grams of food for every kilogramme of body weight - every day.

    Experts say it is that which holds the key to their arrival off the coast of west Wales.

    Dr Evans, from the zoology department of Oxford University, leads the Sea Watch Foundation expeditions to Pembrokeshire.

    Describing the Irish Sea as "teeming with food" this summer, he explained that it was large schools of mackerel and herring which are attracting the unusual numbers of larger visitors.

    "Everywhere you look there are fish," he said.

    "When we were out we were surrounded by thousands of sea birds, gannet and Manx shearwaters, all feeding in the same area."

    The fin whales have been the third unusual marine sighting reported in West Wales in two weeks.

    At the weekend a group of up to 2,000 common dolphins was spotted, which marine experts described as "massively unusual."

    And last week two humpback whales were seen, 100 metres off the beach at Llangranog.

    "We have seen unusual numbers of minke whale too," he said. "We often get one or two, but this week we've have seen up to 10.


    "The increased wildlife may be because of changes in the currents off our coast," he added. "The reverse change is taking place in Scotland where the spawning grounds for sand eels and sprats are failing."

    It is the sand eels that attract the mackerel and herring and the mackerel, herring and plankton that form the diet of the fin whales.


    Me: Birds are falling from the sky in India, male snakes are hibernating several months early in Arkansas, and now a couple of thousand dolphins and an abnormally large number of whales are swimming like mad off the coast of west Wales - and no one really knows why. It seems there is a strange pattern emerging.

    8.16.2005

    The Stones' anti neocon song

    Pretty awesome lyrics, from what I've read. First, the article from MSNBC...

    Jagger: ‘Neo Con’ song isn't anti-Bush

    NEW YORK - The Rolling Stones’ upcoming album contains a song seemingly critical of President Bush, but Mick Jagger denies it’s directed at him, according to the syndicated TV show “Extra.”

    “It is not really aimed at anyone,” Jagger said on the entertainment-news show’s Wednesday edition. “It’s not aimed, personally aimed, at President Bush. It wouldn’t be called ’Sweet Neo Con’ if it was.”

    The song is from the new album, “A Bigger Bang,” set for release Sept. 6. There is no mention of Bush or Iraq. But it does refer to military contractor Halliburton, which was formerly run by Vice President Cheney and has been awarded key Iraq contracts, and the rising price of gasoline.

    “How come you’re so wrong? My sweet neo-con, where’s the money gone, in the Pentagon,” goes one refrain.

    The song also includes the line: “It’s liberty for all, democracy’s our style, unless you are against us, then it’s prison without trial.”

    “It is certainly very critical of certain policies of the administration, but so what! Lots of people are critical,” Jagger told “Extra.”

    Me:
    If mainstream bands are willing to come out with songs that are critical of politics, safe to say many of us Internet warriors are having an effect, an unseen one maybe, but even the word neocon is a sign. Even a few years ago, that word was not at all commonplace. Now it has entered the very friendly confines of popular culture, care of Jagger and Co. An important point in the battle versus the lies and the liars who tell them, methinks.

    More lyrics:

    "You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite/You call yourself a patriot, well I think you're full of shit/How come you're so wrong, my sweet neo-con.

    8.12.2005

    Warming hits 'tipping point'

    Siberia feels the heat It's a frozen peat bog the size of France and Germany combined, contains billions of tonnes of greenhouse gas and, for the first time since the ice age, it is melting

    Ian Sample, science correspondent
    Thursday August 11, 2005
    The Guardian

    A vast expanse of western Sibera is undergoing an unprecedented thaw that could dramatically increase the rate of global warming, climate scientists warn today.

    Researchers who have recently returned from the region found that an area of permafrost spanning a million square kilometres - the size of France and Germany combined - has started to melt for the first time since it formed 11,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age.

    The area, which covers the entire sub-Arctic region of western Siberia, is the world's largest frozen peat bog and scientists fear that as it thaws, it will release billions of tonnes of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere.

    It is a scenario climate scientists have feared since first identifying "tipping points" - delicate thresholds where a slight rise in the Earth's temperature can cause a dramatic change in the environment that itself triggers a far greater increase in global temperatures.

    The discovery was made by Sergei Kirpotin at Tomsk State University in western Siberia and Judith Marquand at Oxford University and is reported in New Scientist today.

    The researchers found that what was until recently a barren expanse of frozen peat is turning into a broken landscape of mud and lakes, some more than a kilometre across.

    Dr Kirpotin told the magazine the situation was an "ecological landslide that is probably irreversible and is undoubtedly connected to climatic warming". He added that the thaw had probably begun in the past three or four years.

    Climate scientists yesterday reacted with alarm to the finding, and warned that predictions of future global temperatures would have to be revised upwards.


    "When you start messing around with these natural systems, you can end up in situations where it's unstoppable. There are no brakes you can apply," said David Viner, a senior scientist at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

    "This is a big deal because you can't put the permafrost back once it's gone. The causal effect is human activity and it will ramp up temperatures even more than our emissions are doing."

    In its last major report in 2001, the intergovernmental panel on climate change predicted a rise in global temperatures of 1.4C-5.8C between 1990 and 2100, but the estimate only takes account of global warming driven by known greenhouse gas emissions.

    "These positive feedbacks with landmasses weren't known about then. They had no idea how much they would add to global warming," said Dr Viner.

    Western Siberia is heating up faster than anywhere else in the world, having experienced a rise of some 3C in the past 40 years. Scientists are particularly concerned about the permafrost, because as it thaws, it reveals bare ground which warms up more quickly than ice and snow, and so accelerates the rate at which the permafrost thaws.

    Siberia's peat bogs have been producing methane since they formed at the end of the last ice age, but most of the gas had been trapped in the permafrost. According to Larry Smith, a hydrologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, the west Siberian peat bog could hold some 70bn tonnes of methane, a quarter of all of the methane stored in the ground around the world.

    The permafrost is likely to take many decades at least to thaw, so the methane locked within it will not be released into the atmosphere in one burst, said Stephen Sitch, a climate scientist at the Met Office's Hadley Centre in Exeter.

    But calculations by Dr Sitch and his colleagues show that even if methane seeped from the permafrost over the next 100 years, it would add around 700m tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere each year, roughly the same amount that is released annually from the world's wetlands and agriculture.

    It would effectively double atmospheric levels of the gas, leading to a 10% to 25% increase in global warming, he said.

    Tony Juniper, director of Friends of the Earth, said the finding was a stark message to politicians to take concerted action on climate change. "We knew at some point we'd get these feedbacks happening that exacerbate global warming, but this could lead to a massive injection of greenhouse gases.

    "If we don't take action very soon, we could unleash runaway global warming that will be beyond our control and it will lead to social, economic and environmental devastation worldwide," he said. "There's still time to take action, but not much.


    "The assumption has been that we wouldn't see these kinds of changes until the world is a little warmer, but this suggests we're running out of time."

    In May this year, another group of researchers reported signs that global warming was damaging the permafrost. Katey Walter of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, told a meeting of the Arctic Research Consortium of the US that her team had found methane hotspots in eastern Siberia. At the hotspots, methane was bubbling to the surface of the permafrost so quickly that it was preventing the surface from freezing over. [...]


    Comment: "...it will lead to social, economic, and environmental devastation worldwide." So what are our governments doing to prepare for the coming cataclysmic changes? Why, they're rewriting all the laws so that they will have dictatorial control over all of us when things get really rough. Oh, and they built some underground bunkers for themselves...

    Many psychopathic leaders no doubt view the coming changes as an opportunity to empower and enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of us. You can't really blame them, though. After all, someone needs to maintain the status quo through the coming turmoil, right?

    Weather balloons' 1970s design caused climate spat

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A dispute over whether global warming is really happening may have been caused by the placement of sensors on weather balloons when studies were done in the 1970s, researchers said on Thursday.

    Very few scientists now dispute that the Earth's temperature is rising, and that this is caused by human activity, including burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil.

    But there have been some discrepancies that have troubled experts. For instance, some measurements show that atmospheric temperatures have been unchanged since the 1970s, while temperatures at the Earth's surface are rising.

    "Even though models predict a close link between atmospheric and surface temperatures, there has been a large difference in the actual measurements," said Steven Sherwood, an associate professor of geology and geophysics at Yale University in Connecticut, who led the study.

    "This has muddied the interpretation of reported warming."


    Working with a team at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Sherwood and colleagues said they found the key to the differences lay in where the sensors were placed on equipment.

    With exposed sensors used in earlier designs, measurements taken in daylight read too warm. Later equipment reduced this effect.

    "It's like being outside on a hot day -- it feels hotter when you are standing in the direct sun than when you are standing in the shade," Sherwood said in a statement.

    "We can't hang our hats on the old balloon numbers."

    Writing in the journal Science, Sherwood and colleagues said this helps explain why temperatures in the troposphere -- the lower atmosphere -- appear not to have risen.

    After taking this problem into account, they estimate there has been an increase of 0.2 degree Celsius (0.36 degree F) in the average global temperature per decade for the last thirty years.

    "Unfortunately, the warming is in an accelerating trend -- the climate has not yet caught up with what we've already put into the atmosphere," Sherwood said. "There are steps we should take, but it seems that shaking people out of complacency will take a strong incentive."

    LINK

    8.09.2005

    Broad Environmental Damage Seen From Shuttle

    Found this over at Signs of the Times

    HOUSTON - Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned on Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources.

    Her comments came as NASA pondered whether to send astronauts out on an extra spacewalk to repair additional heat-protection damage on the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster.

    Discovery is linked with the International Space Station and orbiting 220 miles above the Earth.

    "Sometimes you can see how there is erosion, and you can see how there is deforestation. It's very widespread in some parts of the world," Collins said in a conversation from space with Japanese officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

    "We would like to see, from the astronauts' point of view, people take good care of the Earth and replace the resources that have been used," said Collins, who was standing with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi in front of a Japanese flag and holding a colorful fan.

    Collins, flying her fourth shuttle mission, said the view from space made clear that Earth's atmosphere must be protected, too.

    "The atmosphere almost looks like an eggshell on an egg, it's so very thin," she said. "We know that we don't have much air, we need to protect what we have." [...]

    8.04.2005

    Nicaragua warns of eruption of Concepcion Volcano

    From China View

    MANAGUA, Aug. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- Nicaragua's disaster prevention agency on Wednesday warned of an impending eruption of the country's Concepcion Volcano.

    A recent series of seisms in Ometepe Island in Nicaragua Lake could be a sign that Concepcion Volcano "has awaken" pending an eruption, according to the Disaster Prevention and Management System (SINAPRED).

    The condition of Concepcion warrants "special attention" because the quakes are "a symptom of the start of an eruption process," said SINAPRED Executive Director Cristobal Sequeir.

    Claudio Gutierrez, of Nicaraguan Territorial Studies Institute (INETER), also warned that some 10 earthquakes measuring above 4.0 on the Richter scale and 20 minor ones "could mean there is an eruption coming." The official said "never before have we had so strong earthquakes close to the volcano."

    NETER recorded the first of the tremors at 4:27 local time (0927 GMT), measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale. The strongest jolt measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurred at 6:03 local time (1103 GMT), with its epicenter located 100 km southeast of Managua.

    The Concepcion Volcano unleashed several explosions last week and expelled ashes spreading over 24 km to its west. The 1,620-meter volcano, 120 km southeast of Managua, is one of the most active in Nicaragua and has had permanent, low-intensity activity with small seismic tremors, constantly releasing gases and creating small explosions in the crater.

    A total of 17 eruptions have been recorded since 1883. Moderate eruptions from the volcano in the 1970s and 1980s caused lava flows. The latest eruption took place in 1999.

    Comment:
    This is not the only unprecedented act to happen of late, their is the Antarctic Ice shelf collapse that was the biggest in 10,000 years, a study has found.

    Research by scientists from Hamilton College in New York, based on the scrutiny of six ice cores from the vicinity of the ice shelf, found that a collapse of this size had not happened during the period since the end of the last Ice Age.

    8.01.2005

    Earth shakin round the world

    Add to this list yesterday's Mount St. Helens 3.3-magnitude earthquake. It's not all "out there", the earth changes. Many people will shrug all the below off, since it is not in front of there faces. Grrrr!!

    From The New Zealand Mail and Guardian

    It's been a shaky weekend for several countries around the world, with moderate earthquakes reported in Turkey, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia and New Zealand. No serious injuries or property damage has been reported.

    Turkey
    An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the open-ended Richter scale shook north-western Turkey early on Sunday, seismologists said, but there were no reports of casualties or major damage.

    The quake was centred on a rural area in the Bala district of Ankara province and struck at 9.45pm GMT on Saturday, the Kandilli seismology centre in Istanbul said.

    It was followed by a series of aftershocks.

    Authorities quoted by the Anatolia news agency said there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.

    Earthquakes are frequent in Turkey, where about 20 000 people were killed in two massive tremors in August and November 1999.

    Japan
    An earthquake measuring 4,7 on the Richter scale shook central Japan on Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    The quake occurred at 5.53am GMT in Yamanashi prefecture, about 95km west of Tokyo, with its focus located 20km underground, the agency said.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries or any property damage.

    On Saturday, an earthquake measuring 4,7 on the Richter scale also shook northern Japan, but there was no risk of a tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    The quake occurred at 8.50am GMT in Iwate, about 450km north of Tokyo, with its focus located 50km below the seabed, the agency said.

    There were also no immediate reports of injuries or property damage.

    Taiwan
    An earthquake measuring five on the Richter scale rocked Taiwan on Sunday, seismologists said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

    The quake struck at 2.45am GMT, with an epicentre 17km north-east of the eastern Hualien county. It originated 22km underground.

    Taiwan, lying near the junction of two tectonic plates, is shaken regularly by earthquakes. The country's worst, measuring 7,6 on the Richter scale, struck in September 1999 and left 2 400 people dead.

    Indonesia
    A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Hong Kong seismologists said on Sunday. No damage or injuries were reported.

    The tremor struck late on Saturday and was recorded in Hong Kong at 3.18pm GMT on Saturday, the Hong Kong Observatory said in a statement. It was centred off the coast of northern Sumatra, about 100km west-southwest of Banda Aceh, the statement said.

    Indonesia has been repeatedly rocked by quakes since the massive temblor on December 26 that produced a deadly tsunami. The Indian Ocean disaster killed more than 200 000 people in 11 countries, and left about 50 000 missing and hundreds of thousands homeless.

    New Zealand
    The top of New Zealand's South Island has been shaken by two moderate earthquakes but no damage was reported, officials said on Saturday.

    The earthquakes were centred on the prime grape-growing region of Blenheim.

    The first tremor of 4.1 on the Richter scale occured on Friday and was followed by a jolt of 3,8 on Saturday, the Department of Geological and Nuclear Sciences said. -- Sapa-AP, Sapa-AFP

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