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California Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency amid extreme heat 

 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Thursday to address power grid concerns as the western U.S. faces a potential triple-digit heat wave.

Newsom and state utility leaders were widely criticized during a heatwave last summer when more than 200,000 Californians suffered two days of rolling power outages – the first time residents had to deal with such issues in nearly 20 years.

California’s main power grid operator issued a statewide "Flex Alert" earlier in the day, asking residents to do their best to conserve power by setting their thermostats above 78 degrees and avoiding using washers, dishwashers and other major appliances.

California Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency amid extreme heat

Request to conserve energy shows year-round vulnerability of Texas grid

Heat wave in West enters Day 6 as entire state of Arizona soars to record highs

Tags: Environment, Heat, Power, Safety, Shutdown, Warning, Weather

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18-Jun-2021


Monster alligator prowls Florida golf course during Tropical Storm Eta 

 

Oh snap!

Jaws dropped when a massive dinosaur-like alligator was caught prowling the lawn of a Florida golf club during Tropical Storm Eta.

The mammoth emerald beast, with legs longer than a dog’s and a hulking, meaty torso, was caught on video taking a stroll through the Valencia Golf & Country Club in Naples as the downgraded hurricane battered Florida’s Gulf coast Wednesday.

Monster alligator prowls Florida golf course during Tropical Storm Eta

Tags: Animals, Environment, Evolution, Nature, Safety, Social Distancing, Survival, Weather

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13-Nov-2020


'Past a point of no return': Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero still won't stop global warming, study says 

 

Even if human-caused greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced to zero, global temperatures may continue to rise for centuries afterward, according to a scientific study published Thursday.

"The world is already past a point of no return for global warming," the study authors report in the British journal Scientific Reports. The only way to stop the warming, they say, is that "enormous amounts of carbon dioxide have to be extracted from the atmosphere."

The burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas release greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, causing global temperatures to increase and sea levels to rise.

The scientists modeled the effect of greenhouse gas emission reductions on changes in the Earth's climate from 1850 to 2500 and created projections of global temperature and sea level rises.

'Past a point of no return':

Tags: Discovery, Environment, Future, Lifestyle, Nature, Neglect, Overpopulation, Parental Crime, Retribution, Science, Statistics, Survival, Weather, World

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12-Nov-2020


STIGMA STRUGGLE Vinnie Jones says he’s treated like an axe murderer due to his mental health problems 

 

Vinnie, 55, admitted he has struggled since his wife Tanya, 53, died last year from cancer.

He told the BBC Headliners podcast: “I hate this word mental health because I think it scares blokes — especially around my age because you’re a bit old school.

“I just don’t like, ‘Oh I’ve got mental health problems’.

"People stand back even now — ‘Oh really, what kind?’, ‘Well mine’s grief’, ‘That’s all right then, you’re not an axe murderer’.

"So I think that's quite a hard thing for blokes especially to say, 'I've got mental health problems, I'm seeing a psychologist'."

STIGMA STRUGGLE Vinnie Jones says he’s treated like an axe murderer due to his mental health problems

Many in Britain are dreading winter. Society needs a radical shift if we are to address the underlying reasons for poor mental health

Tags: Environment, Mental Health, Nature, Psychology, Support, Weather

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13-Sep-2020


Beaches reach capacity, coronavirus testing sites are shut down for safety and millions of Americans are told to stay inside as a scorching heat wave sweeps the US - and forecasters warn dozens of cities will hit 100F tomorrow 

 

Scores of Americans flocked to beaches on Sunday as a heat wave caused COVID-19 testing sites to close Washington D.C., left New Yorkers to face air quality advisories and at least 10 states recorded heat index temperatures in the triple digits.

A heat wave that hit the United States on Friday and continued into the weekend prompted dozens of quarantine-fatigued citizens to catch some sun - despite several excessive heat and regular heat advisories in place.

The National Weather Service listed dozens of areas under the heat advisories and advised more than 100 million to stay indoors.

In fact, 14 states had feel like temperatures that surpassed 100F, as other places recorded well into the upper 90s.

Daily Mail

Kentucky couple are put under house arrest and forced to wear ankle monitors for refusing to sign a self-quarantine order despite testing positive for coronavirus after a trip to Michigan

Tags: Arrest, Coronavirus, Environment, Etiquette, Health, Quarantine, Safety, Social Distancing, Weather

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19-Jul-2020


Why Warmer Weather Probably Won’t Stop COVID-19 

 

COVID-19 is not the flu. But amidst the ongoing pandemic, many people hold out hope that the two diseases have something crucial in common: a seasonality that will loosen the global grip of SARS-CoV-2 as the weather warms.

Many infectious diseases wax and wane with the changing months. Some, like flu, spike when the weather turns cold, while others, like cholera, thrive during warm, rainy summers. Whether such a pattern applies to SARS-CoV-2 is unclear. With spring just barely sprung, scientists haven’t had the time to suss out SARS-CoV-2’s annual schedule—if it sticks to one at all.

Disentangling the drivers of these patterns is a complex pursuit. Some factors are obvious: Infections caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses that must be ferried from host to host by an insect vector like a mosquito will inevitably ebb and flow with the natural breeding seasons of their buggy chauffeurs. In other cases, the environment can have a direct effect on the pathogen, Ogbunu says. Some viruses—including influenza and SARS-CoV-2—are packaged in a fragile, fatty outer layer called an envelope that’s both necessary for infection and sensitive to harsh conditions, including heat and the ultraviolet rays found in sunlight. High humidity can weigh down the infectious, airborne droplets needed to ferry the virus from person to person, preventing the microbes from traveling as far.

Smithsonian Magazine

Tags: Coronavirus, Science, Weather

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22-Mar-2020


 

The Earth needs, on average, about 10 million years to recover from a mass extinction of the planet's species, far longer than most scientists thought, according to a new study by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University.

Tags: Children, Choices, Environment, Interference, Overpopulation, Parental Burden, Parental Crime, Responsibility, Science, Waste, Weather, World

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26-Feb-2020


“Climate Apartheid” Is Imminent. Only the Rich Will Survive. 

 

“Climate Apartheid”

If our global climate change catastrophe continues unchecked, vast swaths of the world will likely become harsher and far less hospitable for humanity.

When that happens, an even greater rift will appear between the global haves and have-nots, as many people will be left without the means to escape the worst effects of the climate crisis, according to a new report published Tuesday by the U.N.’s Human Rights Council that describes an impending “climate apartheid.”

While the rich hire private firefighters or move to more expensive habitable areas, the report predicts that 120 million people will be pushed into poverty by 2030 by climate change. Many more will die.

Futurism

Tags: Awareness, Environment, Exclusivity, Future, Hypocrisy, Inhumanity, Lifestyle, Nature, Population, Poverty, Safety, Science, Superficiality, Survival, Weather, World

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27-Jun-2019


New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean 

 

When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast in 2012, New York City was devastated. Winds blew in at 80 mph, and storm surges pushed the ocean more than 9 feet above normal levels in Staten Island. Homes were leveled, subways flooded, and coastlines destroyed; 2 million people were left without power. Of the 43 lives lost in New York, more than half were residents of Staten Island.

Seven years later, many of the homes destroyed by the storm on Staten Island still sit empty. Government buyouts were able to relocate many people, but another major storm could bring the same or worse levels of devastation. With superstorms only becoming more common and sea levels rising faster each year, it’s likely to happen again. It’s too late to stop the storms, but can we design away future damage?

Vox

Tags: Environment, Health, Nature, Protections, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Weather

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13-Jun-2019


Rising temperatures will help mosquitos infect a billion more people 

 

Mosquitoes are unrelenting killers. In fact, they are among the most lethal animals in the world. When they carry dangerous viruses or other organisms, a bite can be unforgiving. They cause millions of deaths every year from such infectious diseases as malaria, dengue, Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, and at least a dozen more.

But here's the really bad news: climate change is expected to make them even deadlier. As the planet heats up, these insects will survive winter and proliferate, causing an estimated billion or more new infections by the end of the century, according to new research.

Popular Science

Tags: Disease, Environment, Insects, Killer, Nature, Pests, Study, Weather

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29-Mar-2019


Humans have been messing with the climate for thousands of years 

 

Thousands of years ago, ancient farmers grew oats, corn and wheat, just as they do today. They also cultivated rice and raised livestock. But a millennia ago, they cleared much more land than modern day farmers do, despite having fewer people to feed. That’s because farming was far less efficient. Mechanized harvesters didn’t exist, and growers had yet to develop crops that could be planted in tightly packed rows, yielding more food from less space.

The scientists used a computerized climate model to simulate the climate nearly 777,000 years ago. The climate back then looked more or less what the climate today would look like if not for the warming caused by carbon pollution from ancient farming and modern industrialization, he said. This climate model offered higher resolution than previous models used by the team.

Popular Science

Tags: Chemicals, Dedication, Ecology, Environment, Humanity, Nature, Population, Study, Terraforming, Treatment, Weather, World

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19-Sep-2018


Pests to eat more crops in warmer world 

 

Insects will be at the heart of worldwide crop losses as the climate warms up, predicts a US study.

Scientists estimate the pests will be eating 10-25% more wheat, rice and maize across the globe for each one degree rise in climate temperature.

Warming drives insect energy use and prompts them to eat more. Their populations can also increase.

This is bound to put pressure on the world's leading cereal crops, says study co-author Curtis Deutsch.

BBC

Tags: Ecology, Environment, Food, Health, Insects, Nature, Pests, Population, Science, Survival, Weather, World

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01-Sep-2018


It’s time to level with people about climate change 

 

More companies are taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment. Earlier this year, Ceres released an excellent comprehensive view of which companies are taking what actions (and what more needs to be done). The upside is that 64 percent of the 600 largest U.S. companies have commitments in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As I’ve noted here before, many companies actually have concrete, science-based targets for reductions in waste and energy and water use — so much so that companies all sound the same when they talk about their goals. I’ve urged corporations to set the appropriate targets but to hone in on one environmental or social issue they can own — that they can be known for and solve. It’s what consumers want companies to do, and being known for leading on an issue is fully leverage-able from a brand-building standpoint.

But I think it’s time to go further.

It’s time to level with people.

Green Biz

Tags: Business, Choices, Dedication, Environment, History, Irony, Nature, Opinion, Perception, Population, Safety, Science, Survival, Weather, World

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29-Aug-2018


This carbon-sucking mineral could help slow down climate change 

 

In a field in northern British Columbia, a white mineral covering the ground–magnesite, also called magnesium carbonate–has slowly been sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere since the last ice age. That’s very helpful: We need to sequester more carbon. But the small crystals of the mineral, made by taking CO2 from the air, can take hundreds of thousands of years to grow, and we need fixes that work faster than that. In a Canadian lab, researchers recently demonstrated that they could speed up the process to 72 days.

Fast Company

Tags: Choices, Clean, Environment, Health, Inspired, Nature, Science, Study, Survival, Treatment, Weather, World

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20-Aug-2018


How Humans Have Made Wildfires Worse 

 

Burning since late July, Northern California's Mendocino Complex and Carr Fire are among the biggest blazes in state history.

The Washington Post

Secretary Zinke Says Climate Change Is Not Responsible for California Wildfires, Blames Environmentalists

Tags: Environment, Humanity, Irony, Nature, Overpopulation, Reckless, Respect, Science, Self Interest, Study, Survival, Terraforming, Toxic, Tragedy, Treatment, Waste, Weather

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15-Aug-2018




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