"Plunge is far faster than in Arctic and may lead to more global heating, say scientists" 'Precipitous' fall i...
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
"Large areas of central and southern Russia have seen a major decline in their bee populations in recent months."
Monday, July 29, 2019
"Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said"
Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues
Friday, July 26, 2019
"Even with more than a week left until the end of the month, experts are already anticipating that the current record from July 2017 will fall."
July is on track to become Earth's hottest month on record, climate scientists say
By Denise Chow
July is on track to become the hottest month in recorded history, climate scientists say, after heat waves blanketed North America and the Arctic saw warmer than usual temperatures. It’s the latest sign that the planet’s overall climate is warming, and that human activities are causing extreme events such as heat waves to become more likely and more intense, the scientists say.
Even with more than a week left until the end of the month, dozens of experts are already anticipating that the current record from July 2017 will fall.
“It's looking like there's a strong likelihood that we will end up with the warmest month ever,” said Brian Brettschneider, a climate researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (In this case, "ever" means since modern record-keeping began in 1880.)
In July 2017, when the previous record was set, average global temperatures were 2.16 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 20th century average for July of 57.8 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which collects climate data and tracks temperature records. This July is expected to narrowly surpass the average temperatures from two years ago, scientists who study climate patterns say.
CRISIS KEEPS BREAKING RECORDS
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
All-time records in Germany and Luxembourg could also fall in continent-wide heatwave
All-time temperature records are set to be broken in major cities across Europe
On Thursday temperatures could exceed the all-time record of 38.5C, recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003
Highest temperature record broken on Wednesday. Code orange extreme temperature warning issued
Highest temperature record broken on Wednesday. Code red warning issued for entire country
Bordeaux saw its highest ever temperature since records began of 41.2C on Tuesday
Record temperature of 42C possible for Thursday. Current record of 40.4Chas stood for more than 70 years
Golfech nuclear power plant
Two reactors shut down in an effort to limit the heating of water used to keep reactors cool
Code red warning issued in Zaragoza region, hit by its worst wildfires in 20 years last month
Netherlands and Belgium record highest ever temperatures
By Jon Henley
The Netherlands and Belgium have recorded their highest ever temperatures as the second extreme heatwave in consecutive months to be linked by scientists to the climate emergency advances across the continent.
The Dutch meteorological service, KNMI, said the temperature reached 39.1C(102F) at Gilze-Rijen airbase near the southern city of Tilburg on Wednesday afternoon, exceeding the previous high of 38.6C set in August 1944.
In Belgium, the temperature in Kleine-Brogel hit 38.9C, fractionally higher than the previous record of 38.8C set in June 1947. Forecasters said temperatures could climb further on Wednesday and again on Thursday.
“The most extreme heat will build from central and northern France into Belgium, the Netherlands and far-western Germany into Thursday,” said Eric Leister of the forecasting group AccuWeather, with new all-time highs also possible in Germany and Luxembourg.
RECORD HEATWAVE STRIKES EUROPE
Monday, July 22, 2019
"The American dispatch of troops, Patriot missiles and a squadron of F-22 warplanes to Saudi Arabia looks like yet another ratcheting up of the confrontation"
Iran: Spectre of war looms as tit-for-tat tanker seizures plunge relations with UK to low not seen in decades
Relations between Britain and Iran seem to be the bleakest they have been for decades with the confrontation over the tankers and rising accusations and recriminations.
At the same time there is increasing sabre-rattling in the wider arena of the region with Donald Trump‘s administration sending troops back to Saudi Arabia and Washington and Tehran raising the tempo of mutual insults and threats.
In London the cabinet emergency committee, Cobra, met until the early hours of Saturday morning and in the evening came the news that British Airways was cancelling flights to Cairo for a week as a security precaution. It was not immediately clear if this was related to the situation in the Gulf, but the development added to the uncertainly and trepidation.
UK WARNS OF SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES
Friday, July 19, 2019
The following June OPEC data is based on the latest July OPEM Monthly Oil Market Report and is in thousand barrels per day.
OPEC 14 crude only production was down 68,000 barrels per day in June.
ALL OIL RESERVES GONE IN 50 YEARS, OR SOONER?
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Latest list shows extinction now threatens a third of all assessed species, from monkeys to rhino rays
IUCN red list reveals wildlife destruction from treetop to ocean floor
From the tops of trees to the depths of the oceans, humanity’s destruction of wildlife is continuing to drive many species towards extinction, with the latest “red list” showing that a third of all species assessed are under threat.
The razing of habitats and hunting for bushmeat has now driven seven primates into decline, while overfishing has pushed two families of extraordinary rays to the brink. Pollution, dams and over-abstraction of freshwater are responsible for serious declines in river wildlife from Mexico to Japan, while illegal logging is ravaging Madagascar’s rosewoods, and disease is decimating the American elm.
UN SAYS ONE MILLION SPECIES FACE EXTINCTION
Monday, July 15, 2019
"It's up to all of us to ensure young people's voices are heard and their interests protected, but it's the people who have the power to shape policy for young people - all of you - that must champion them at the highest levels."
The Prince of Wales has warned global leaders they have 18 critical months to solve climate change and restore the balance of nature, ensuring the survival of the human race.
SPEAKING OUT ON CLIMATE
Friday, July 12, 2019
"The richest 1 percent of the Romans during the early Republic was only 10 to 20 times as wealthy as an average Roman citizen."
Following in Rome's Footsteps: Moral Decay, Rising Inequality
Here is the moral decay of America's ruling elites boiled down to a single word.
There are many reasons why Imperial Rome declined, but two primary causes that get relatively little attention are moral decay and soaring wealth inequality. The two are of course intimately connected: once the morals of the ruling Elites degrade, what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine, too.
I've previously covered two other key characteristics of an empire in terminal decline: complacency and intellectual sclerosis, what I have termed a failure of imagination.
Michael Grant described these causes of decline in his excellent account The Fall of the Roman Empire, a short book I have been recommending since 2009:
There was no room at all, in these ways of thinking, for the novel, apocalyptic situation which had now arisen, a situation which needed solutions as radical as itself. (The Status Quo) attitude is a complacent acceptance of things as they are, without a single new idea.
THE FALL OF ROME