Hurricanes: The New Normal

Hurricane Sandy NASA Satellite ImageThis has been one of the busiest seasons (2012) on record with 19 storms so far being named in 2012, 10 of which have become hurricanes including Hurricane Sandy. In 2010 and 2011, we also saw 19 storms, the record was set in 2005 with an astounding 27 storms. The weather is getting wilder so let's take a much closer look at hurricanes.

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Hold on folks… the times they are a-changin’

By Paul Beckwith

Paul BeckwithFrankenstorm Sandy is a scary beast. A hybridization between a tropical hurricane and a mid-latitude cyclone, her behavior is not natural at all. Moving northward off the east coast, Sandy is turning left toward land instead of right toward the sea. Sandy’s being blocked from moving north by a high pressure area of enormous magnitude, and being sucked west by a low pressure region of very exceptional (and highly unusual) strength. Thus the designation “Frankenstorm”.

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An Epic Bark Beetle Feeding Frenzy

Epic Bark BeetleOne of the most visible and unintended consequences of global warming are bark beetles. Drought beget beetles. The U.S. is experiencing its worst drought in more than 50 years. The first 9 months of 2012 have been the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous U.S. These warm temperatures are fueling the largest tree-killing, bark beetle epidemic ever recorded throughout western North America.

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Is death by lead worse than death by climate? No.

 

Is death by lead worse than death by climate? That depends on your perspective. If you are the person dying then death by climate most likely means death by starvation. Or by dehydration. Or by painful vomiting and diarrhea from drinking contaminated water. It seems to me that this slow, painful death by climate would be much worse than catching a lead projectile from afar most likely with little or no warning.

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Honeybee hive a perfect food service model

DR REESE HALTERRecently, students from University of South Florida’s Patel School of
Global Sustainability asked me what natural system could they examine and readily learn from. I replied, the honeybee hive.

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The Mother Of All Ponzi Schemes

Planet Earth is coming under severe pressure as we rapidly degrade the lands, ocean and atmosphere. The demands of 7 billion people are stretching the environment well beyond that which it can presently sustain. Our consumerist, polluting society is building up a massive and unsupportable debt for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children’s futures. On our current course it is questionable if they have one at all!

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More posts by Nick Breeze

Addressing a wine industry on the frontline of climate change, Former President Obama said: “We are speeding our car towards the cliff at a very fast rate”. The audience and former president were invited to the launch of this new initiative by 326yr old port company CEO, Adrian Bridge, who is calling for solutions, saying “what we need to do is stop talking and start doing!” Nick Breeze reports.

 

A three day hearing at the High Court is in process that will decide whether an injunction be granted, effectively preventing any campaigning that might negatively impact the economic interests of UKOG and their associated companies.

 

The Climate Change Act 10 years on: does it matter? Is it fit for purpose? Are our politicians fit for purpose? Chris Rapley speaks candidly about our preparedness for an ever-rising tide of climate impacts that are already having a disastrous effect on nearly all regions of the world.

 

The jet stream is responsible for what kind of weather we experience and it’s behaviour is changing. Dr Jennifer Francis, a research professor at Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, explains how a combination of factors are going to drastically impact agricultural systems in Europe and Eurasia.

It is easy to look at the fires in southern Europe and think that “global warming” is a regional problem often on someone else doorstep. This misconception could not be further from the truth because the “global” bit refers only to global mean temperature. As scientists start to look at what is happening around the world, it becomes very clear that the interconnected global system is changing for all.

 

Dr. Saleemul Huq Director International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at the Independent University, Bangladesh. In this short interview Dr Huq talks about his work and explains how those most vulnerable to the effects of manmade climate change are seeking recompense from the worlds greatest polluters.   

 

In 2014 Marks & Spencer became the only retailer in the world with carbon neutral operations. This huge undertaking across over 1400 stores has been rewarded with international recognition by the UNFCC winning Momentumn For Change award for carbon neutrality.