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WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says it is insensitive to discuss climate change in the midst of deadly storms...Read more
STOP TALKING RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. IT’S HERE; IT’S HAPPENING. BILL MCKIBBEN...
Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas 31 August 2017. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images
Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, flash fires, droughts: all of them tell us one thing – we need to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fast...Read more
Map of sea level rise: North America (USA and Canada). By: Kees Veenenbos.
As Hurricane Irma, whose destructive power has been amplified by rising sea levels and warmer oceans associated with climate change, charged its way through the Florida peninsula this weekend, here’s a reminder: The official voted into power not so long ago has gone to work undoing efforts by his predecessor to begin considering the consequences of a warming world...Read more
The 2014 El Portal fire burning near Yosemite National Park, California. Scientists have warned that rising global temperatures will lead to more wildfires in Yosemite and elsewhere. Photograph: Stuart Palley/EPA
In an extract from his book Ends of the World, Peter Brannen examines mass extinction events and the catastrophic outcome of rising temperatures for all the world’s population...Read more
In this image released by the National Oceanic and Hurricane Irma rips across the Caribbean, headed toward South Florida. | NOAA via AP
Twelve years ago, Hurricane Katrina killed 1,833 people in Louisiana and caused $160 billion in property damage. The federal government spent $120 billion to put survivors back on their feet...Read more
bayside marketplace in downtown miami as hurricane irma approaches, sept. 8, 2017. credit: ap photo/wilfredo lee
"This is the time to talk about climate change."Read more
Hurricanes Irma (left) and Jose move across the Atlantic Ocean. Photograph: NOAA/Reuters
The president’s dismissal of scientific research is doing nothing to protect the livelihoods of ordinary Americans...Read more
Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, barrels toward the Florida coast on Sept. 7, 2017. Credit: NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images
6 Questions on Hurricane Irma, Harvey and Climate Change...Read more
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For much of this week and last, devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean has grabbed front-page headlines. But wildfires in the West have been wreaking destruction of their own, though it has attracted less attention. Vast swaths of land have burned, choking the air with ash and smoke...Read more
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Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history, looks set to hit the continental United States in the coming days. If we are lucky the storm will veer back out to sea, but the National Hurricane Center’s forecast shows the hurricane bearing down on South Florida. Even if it only sideswipes the state, it will wreak havoc...Read more
Residents in a neighborhood near the Barker Reservoir return to their homes to collect belongings August 31, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The neighborhoods surrounding the reservoir are still experiencing severe flooding due to the accumulation of historic levels of rainfall. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Milder floods that refill reservoirs are decreasing as severe floods become more common...Read more
The country was struck by an 8.2-magnitude quake, the strongest in decades, killing at least 30 people and leveling areas in some southern states.By CAMILLA SCHICK on Publish Date September 8, 2017. Photo by Luis Alberto Cruz/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video »
As Hurricane Irma left Antigua and Barbuda's usually pristine reef-ringed beaches with the pink and white sand, islanders struggled to grasp the destruction to Barbuda's schools, churches and the homes that many had used their life savings to build...Read more
As Hurricane Irma is about to arrive in South Florida, it is instructive to reread my comments on this blog posted about one year ago (see https://ericgrimsrud.org/2016/08/10/state-aided-deception-continues-in-florida/)...Read more
BELIEVING GEO-ENGINEERING OR NEW TECHNOLOGIES WILL SAVE US FROM IRREVERSIBLE GLOBAL WARMING IS A DEADLY DELUSION!
In spite of the grand promises new technologies may offer in helping us reach 100% global green energy generation faster, there are critical warnings about any rushed or desperate implementation of new and unproven technologies...Read more
Across the world, many if not most climate activists and advocates are falling victim to the Tinkerbell-Effect (TE)...Read more
HURRICANE IRMA LIKELY TO BE FOLLOWED BY MORE EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS SO WE SHOULD PREPARE FOR HORROR OF GLOBAL WARMING NOW, SAY EXPERTS...
NOAA satellite imagery of Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose. credit: NOAA
We are heading quickly towards unprecedented and unequal levels of human suffering, say climate and resilience experts...Read more
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WASHINGTON — The last time a Category 5 hurricane ripped through Florida, it was so destructive that meteorologists retired its name forever. That storm, Hurricane Andrew, made landfall southwest of Miami in 1992, killing 65 people, destroying 63,000 homes and inflicting $26.5 billion in economic losses...Read more
A wildfire burns in the Lolo national forest in Montana in August. The severe drought has served as ideal conditions for continued fires. Photograph: Rion Sanders/AP
It came without warning, and without equivalent. Now a flash drought is fueling fires and hurting the lives of those who work the land...Read more
A emergency operations committee official monitors the trajectory of Hurricane Irma in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photograph: Ricardo Rojas/Reuters
Destructive force of Irma and Harvey has Trump expressing awe, but those in power should focus on the environmental causesRead more
Men cover the windows of a car parts store in preparation for Hurricane Irma in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 5, 2017. Photo by Alvin Baez/REUTERS
Less than a week after Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas and Louisiana, causing at least 60 deaths and billions of dollars in damages, Hurricane Irma appears ready to make U.S. history...Read more
The study was limited to abandoned offshore wells but so-called fugitive emissions could also be a problem for onshore and working offshore wells. [Shutterstock]
Thousands of tonnes of methane could be leaking into the North Sea every year from disused offshore oil and gas wells, according to a landmark new study that looked at three abandoned wells...Read more
Hurricane Irma packed 185 miles per hour winds Tuesday as it barreled north. NOAA via Associated Press
The rapid succession of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey is unusual, say scientists, who add warming oceans are likely to make such storms increasingly common in the coming decades...Read more
VIIRS infrared image of Hurricane Irma taken at 1:35 am EDT Wednesday, September 6, 2017. At the time, the island of Barbuda was in the eye, and Irma was a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds. Image credit: UW-Madison/CIMSS.
Hurricane Irma smashed into the small Lesser Antilles islands of Barbuda (population 1,638), Saint Barthelemy (population 9,000), Anguilla (population 15,000), and Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (population 8,000/33,000) early Wednesday as a mighty Category 5 hurricane with 185 mph winds. As the front southwestern eyewall of Irma hit, Barbuda reported sustained winds of 118 mph, gusting to 155 mph, before the instrument failed. The minimum pressure in the eye was 916 mb on Barbuda and St. Barthelemy. Preliminary reports from these islands indicate heavy wind and storm surge damage occurred. On Saint Martin, storm surge flooding to rooftop level was observed. Irma brought a storm surge of 7.95 feet (2.42 meters) to Barbuda, according to a Wednesday afternoon blog post by storm surge scientist Dr. Hal Needham. Barbuda has not been heard from yet...
Winds of 151mph recorded before monitoring equipment is destroyed by the storm, as eye of hurricane passes over Barbuda and neighbouring Antigua...Read more
Houston’s petrochemical industry has leaked more than 2,700 tons of extra air pollution in connection with Hurricane Harvey. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP
Communities face surging toxic fumes and possible water contamination, as refineries and plants report more than 2,700 tons of extra pollution...Read more
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Scientists and other experts see Hurricane Harvey as one of the most horrific teachable moments in modern history to show how climate change is affecting us now. These moments are the exception on an issue that consistently ranks at the bottom of what most Americans worry about...Read more
A Texas flag flew over floodwaters in La Grange, Texas, Monday. Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP
Homes are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Sugar Land, Texas. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images
The variables in the climate change formula are mitigation, adaptation, and suffering. Denying the problem loads up on the suffering...Read more
Infrared-wavelength [or visible-wavelength] GOES-16 satellite image of Category 5 Hurricane Irma as of 9 am EDT Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Image credit: RAMMB / CIRA@CSU.
Hurricane Irma intensified into an extremely dangerous high-end Category 5 storm with top sustained winds of 180 mph on Tuesday morning, putting it among the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever observed...Read more
Visible-wavelength satellite image of Hurricane Irma as of 15Z (11 am EDT) Monday, September 4, 2017. Image credit: RAMMB / CIRA @ CSU.
Dangerous Hurricane Irma was intensifying as it approached the northern Lesser Antilles Islands on Monday morning, and island residents in the path of Irma need to rush preparations to completion as the storm heads west-southwest at 14 mph...
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Climate change is pushing more water into the atmosphere—with bizarre consequences...Read more
SAN FRANCISCO SETS ALL-TIME HEAT RECORD DOWNTOWN AT 106 DEGREES DURING STATE'S HOTTEST RECORDED SUMMER...
Lilly Santiago, 5, left, cools off with her mother, Lupita, 56, after playing basketball at Lanark Park on Thursday. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
In almost 150 years of record keeping, it has never been as hot in San Francisco as it was on Friday...Read more
Twelve years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005. The struggle to rebuild from that storm’s catastrophic damage suggests Houston’s road to recovery may also last more than a decade. (Photo: Tom, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)
Though Hurricane Harvey’s record rainfall flooded the rich and poor alike, recovery is much harder for the disadvantaged, as Texas Southern University Professor and environmental justice scholar, Robert Bullard, and host Steve Curwood discuss...Read more
A Century and a half of Texan Oil fueled Harvey.
Science informs us that Texas oil fueled Hurricane Harvey...Read more
As rains fell and floodwaters rose in Houston, President Trump took to Twitter with an “oh, gosh” tweet: “Wow - Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!”Read more
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Twelve years ago, when Hurricane Katrina put much of New Orleans under water, it touched off a massive dispute among scientists about the relationship between hurricanes and global warming.Read more
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Imagine that after the 9/11 attacks, the conversation had been limited to the tragedy in Lower Manhattan, the heroism of rescuers and the high heels of the visiting first lady — without addressing the risks of future terrorism...Read more
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STANFORD, Calif. — Like most Americans this week, we have been transfixed by the still unfolding disaster in Houston and coastal Texas, described on the airwaves as “unprecedented” and “beyond anything experienced.”
Many roads in the Houston area, such as highway 288, have been deeply flooded by Hurricane Harvey. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / Getty Images
Photos of water-covered neighborhoods and families riding floating refrigerators to safety have made clear the scale of Hurricane Harvey’s wrath. But the risks that coastal Texans faced before the storm hit — and the probability that others will be dealt a similar fate — are still a confusing mess...Read more
As the remnants of what was once Hurricane Harvey move mercifully away from Texas, forecasters are already eyeing another monster storm...Read more
Antarctic sea has a species-rich environment but global warming could make some species dominant with devastating implications for marine life. Photograph: STAFF/Reuters
Global warming doubles growth rates of Antarctic seabed's marine fauna – study...Read more
Officials give conflicting accounts of whether to avoid emissions after it was flooded by waters from tropical storm Harvey...Read more
12 YEARS AFTER KATRINA, HURRICANE HARVEY PUMMELS GULF COAST AND ITS CLIMATE SCIENCE-DENYING POLITICIANS...
The abandoned Press Park housing project in New Orleans 12 years after Hurricane Katrina. Credit: Julie Dermansky
As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey (now a tropical storm) continue to flood Houston — just days before the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — I visited Shannon Rainey, whose house was built on top of a Superfund site in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Rainey is worried about family members in Houston. She knows all too well how long it can take to get back what is lost in a storm. “I still live with Katrina every day,” she told me...Read more
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople after delivering a blessing in Istanbul in 2014. (Credit: CNS/Paul Haring.)
Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew released a joint statement to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sept. 1. They both say that they’re convinced there’s no sincere and enduring solution to the ongoing ecological crisis unless “the response is concerted and collective, unless the responsibility is shared and accountable, unless we give priority to solidarity and service.”...
(Job One Editor's note: They can "cross the aisle". Why can't our Government?)Read more
Homes are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Orange, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi August 25, has dumped nearly 50 inches of rain in and around areas Houston. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
As we watch the flooding tragedy in Houston – and now Louisiana – unfold we know this: The cost to rebuild will be massive and pressure on Congress to act quickly to approve funding will be intense...Read more
As Harvey continues to wreak havoc in the Southeast, one issue is starting to emerge as a growing threat to public health and safety: Houston’s vast oil, gas, and chemical production landscape. We’ve already seen accidental releases of chemicals at facilities owned by ExxonMobil, Chevron, and others. Now we are seeing explosions at Arkema’s Crosby facility 20 miles northeast of Houston, due to power failures and flooding. And there remains a threat of additional explosions...Read more
First responders, neighbors, volunteers, city, county, state, national and international institutions, businesses, and people around the world are heeding the call to help save lives and provide resources for keeping people safe throughout the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey and aftermath. Even as the storm slipped back offshore of Texas and then like a pinwheel spun back over to Louisiana and is now moving further inland on a northeast trajectory, questions are already being asked:Read more
Matthew Koser looks for heirlooms in his grandfather's flooded house after Hurricane Harvey deluged the Houston area this week. Credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty
From water contamination to diseases to mold in the walls, dangers continue long after the hurricane. These sorts of risks accompany climate change...Read more
The US Coast Guard patrols flooded streets in Friendswood, Texas (Pic: Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki)
A sari-clad woman wading through waist-high water. A highway turned into a river. A townscape where only the rooftops are visible in a sea of brown...Read more
This NOAA-NASA GOES East satellite handout image taken 1300 UTC and released August 30, 2017 shows storm activity in the US Gulf region. (Photo by AFP)
Scientists say the devastating intensity of hurricanes such as Harvey is consistent with global warming trends, rising seas, warming oceans, hotter air, and warn of "bigger and stronger" storms to come...Read more