Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Unprecedented Super Hot Summers Lie Ahead

Future summers could be hotter than any on record


Reducing carbon emissions could cut risk of record-breaking summertime heat in half

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
In 50 years, summers across most of the globe could be hotter than any summer experienced by people to date, according to a study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo.
If climate change continues on its current trajectory, the probability that summers between 2061 and 2080 will be warmer than the hottest on record stands at 80 percent across the world's land areas, excluding Antarctica, which was not studied.
If greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, however, that probability drops to 41 percent.
"Extremely hot summers always pose a challenge to society," said NCAR scientist Flavio Lehner, lead author of the study. "They can increase the risk for health issues, and can also damage crops and deepen droughts. Such summers are a true test of our adaptability to rising temperatures."
The study is part of an upcoming special issue of the journal Climatic Change that will focus on quantifying the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The research was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

John Pilger on the Threat of World War Three

Under Obama Nuclear warhead production is greater than under any post cold war president.



Britain secretly upgrading its nukes without asking Mps 

The Mark 4A warhead modification programme will allow Trident nuclear warheads to remain in service until the middle of this century, and plenty of money is being spent to pave the way for developing a new generation warhead 



Obama Slams Door In Putin’s Face

The US will be able to launch a surprise nuclear attack against Russia with missiles that will annihilate retaliation. The only Russian response would be the nuclear contamination of the entire northern hemisphere, and global nuclear winter. Some strategists say this would be worth the elimination of Russia.


Pity the Poor Central Bankers: Playing Masters of the Universe Is No Longer Fun

It was fun playing Masters of the Universe when expectations were low.
Ah, the good old days, when a simple, completely empty promise to do whatever it takes could move the world. It was fun being a central banker back in the good old days--back then playing Master of the Universe was wondrously good fun.
Now--not so fun. Now that interest rates are drifting below zero, there's not much room for fun left in that sandbox.
As for mortgage rates: they're so low, some countries are effectively paying people to take out a mortgage, and the resulting bubbles and market distortions are no fun.

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