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It’s happening !!!

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…how i said in my post Flash Floods 2010
https://lacobral.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/flash-floods-2010/

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…in the post Global Economy (crisis)
https://lacobral.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/global-economy-crisis/

that, poverty and militancy will start around the world

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It’s happening !!! in Pakistan now

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see more Flash Floods in pictures — Big Picture — by Boston.com

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Current extreme weather

Current extreme weather

Several regions of the world are currently under severe weather-related events: flash floods and widespread flooding in large parts of Asia and parts of Central Europe while other regions are also affected: by heatwave and drought in Russian Federation, mudslides in China and severe droughts in sub-Saharan Africa.

While a longer time range is required to establish whether an individual event is attributable to climate change, the sequence of current events matches IPCC projections of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming. The Monsoon activity in Pakistan and other countries in South-East Asia is aggravated by the la Niña phenomenon, now well established in the Pacific Ocean.

According to Roshydromet, the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, July 2010 is the warmest month ever in Moscow since the beginning of modern meteorological records, 130 years ago.

The World Meteorological Organization coordinates the global collection of climate data for long-term scientific research. The Organization, with its partners, is working towards a Global Framework for Climate Services, decided upon in 2009 by World Climate Conference-3, to provide information and services for adapting to climate change.

Read more: Unprecedented sequence of extreme weather events

Extreme Weather News by
WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION

Droughts 2010

Russian Wildfires

Heat wave over central and western Russia causing more than 500 wildfires continue to burn out of control. The capital city Moscow is shrouded in a cloud of poisonous smoke, and the morgues are overflowing as the nationwide death rate jumps 50%. The wildfires has also caused billions of dollars in damage.

The heat wave first started alarming authorities in June, when local officials recorded abnormally high fatalities on Russia’s beaches. At the same time, a devastating drought was withering Russia’s crops. As of July 30, some 25 million acres (about 10 million hectares) of grain had been lost, an area roughly the size of Kentucky — and growing. Then last week, fires that had been ignored for days by local officials began spreading out of control. By Aug. 2, they had scorched more than 300,000 acres (121,000 hectares) and destroyed 1,500 homes in more than a dozen regions, some of which declared a state of emergency. Scores of people have been killed in the fires, and in the outskirts of Moscow, burning fields of peat, a kind of fuel made of decayed vegetation, periodically covered the city in a cloud of noxious smoke, making it painful to breathe in parts of the Russian capital. Read more >

” Last month, Russia endured the hottest July ever recorded since records began 130 years ago. The intense heat and drought affecting central Russia has been drying out trees and peat marshes, which have been catching fire recently, burning forests, fields and houses across a massive region. To date, wildfires continue across over 300,000 acres.”  See more big pictures from boston.com Temperature has exceeded the long-term average by 7.8° C in Russia (compared to the previous record in July 1938 with 5.3° C above average). Record high temperatures varying between 35° C and 38.2° C were registered for more than 7 consecutive days end July, with the heatwave continuing into August. The daily temperature of 38.2° C on 29 July was the highest ever in Moscow (compared to a long-term average of approximately 23° C). The minimum temperature of nearly 25°C (recorded during the night before sunrise) also scored a significant increase compared to the historical average of about 14° C. Those temperatures are characteristic for a heatwave of a rare intensity and duration.
For related information: Research on reactive gases
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Those droughts are also a part of our future and the future of planet Earth.

Global Economy (crisis)

AP Photo/Shakil Adil - yahoo.com

Already an anemic economy is expected to weaken in Pakistan and increasing the poverty that is a factor in the militancy wracking the country. Flooding in Pakistan has affected nearly 14 million people and left 1,500 people dead.

Pessimism over the US economy is rising. Nearly six in 10 of those surveyed said the country is headed in the wrong direction. Republicans must gain 39 seats in the House and 10 in the Senate if they want to win majorities in both chambers. If they do take control of one or both chambers in Congress, it would slam the brakes on Obama’s legislative agenda. Read more at yahoo.com >

All three major indexes posted their worst percentage drop since July following the Federal Reserve’s bleaker assessment of the economy on Tuesday. The U.S. central bank said it would take steps to hold down borrowing costs. However, some traders questioned how effective these measures would be.

The United States racked up a $165.04 billion budget deficit during July, 8.7 percent below the year-ago gap as economic stimulus. The shortfall between the government’s income and its spending totaled $1.169 trillion, smaller than last year’s record 10-month deficit of $1.267 trillion.

Obama administration trimmed its full year fiscal 2010 deficit forecast by $84 billion to $1.471 trillion — a level that still represents a record. And in a sign that deficits will remain stubbornly high for some time, the White House raised its fiscal 2011 deficit forecast by $149 billion to $1.42 trillion.

July’s deficit marked a 22nd straight month of red ink for the U.S. government, the longest string on record, due to heavy spending aimed at pushing the economy out of a prolonged slump, coupled with weak tax revenues.

The United States is selling fewer products around the world and spending more on cheap imported goods, an imbalance that hurts the job market at home and means the economy is even weaker than previously thought. The trade deficit of nearly $50 billion for now and is the biggest in almost two years.

The U.S. dollar slid to a 15-year low against the Yen , dragged down by the anemic recovery in the world’s biggest economy. Dollar quoted at 84.71 Yen, the lowest since 1995. Investors stepped up selling of dollars after the Federal Reserve announced Tuesday 10.8.2010 additional monetary easing steps in a bid to shore up the flagging U.S. economy. The central bank also downgraded its assessment of the economy’s prospects. Yen’s recent rise against the dollar has punished shares of Japanese exporters, as it makes their products less competitive in overseas markets. It can also reduce the value of profits made overseas when they are returned to Japan.

It just confirmed that the U.S. economic recovery is slowing.

And ofcourse they have they own (latest) US floods.

And what about this opinion? ZEITGEIST – Addendum
Just keep this in the mind..

Zeitgeist 2 is out
read more

People Cause Global Warming

And your opinion?

It’s middle of August and if i look few months back, it’s been a summer of climatic havoc across the planet, with flash floods in Europe and Asia, droughts, wildfires in Russia.

And now an island of ice more than four times the size of Manhattan is drifting across the Arctic Ocean after breaking off from the Petermann glacier in Greenland last week. It is the biggest Arctic ice island in half a century. A 100-square- mile (260-sqare-kilometer) chunk of ice breaking off Greenland’s vast ice sheet, a reservoir of freshwater that if it collapsed would raise global sea levels by a devastating 20 feet (6 meters).

Potentially in the path of this unstoppable giant are oil platforms and shipping lanes — and any collision could do catastrophic damage. In a worst case scenario, large chunks could reach the heavily trafficked waters where another Greenland iceberg meet the Titanic in 1912.

Since 1970, temperatures have risen more than 4.5 degrees (2.5 degrees C) in much of the Arctic — much faster than the global average. In June the Arctic sea ice cover was at the lowest level for that month since records began in 1979, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

All what is happening this year, symbolize a warming to this world like no other.

..and by the way, some facts:

Global warming is the increase in the average temperature of Earth’s near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation. According to the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global surface temperature increased 0.74 ± 0.18 °C (1.33 ± 0.32 °F) during the 20th century.

Most of the observed temperature increase since the middle of the 20th century was caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases, which results from human activity such as the burning of fossil fuel and deforestation. Global dimming, a result of increasing concentrations of atmospheric aerosols that block sunlight from reaching the surface, has partially countered the effects of greenhouse gas induced warming.

Global surface temperature is likely to rise a further 1.1 to 6.4 °C (2.0 to 11.5 °F) during the 21st century. An increase in global temperature will cause sea levels to rise and will change the amount and pattern of precipitation, probably including expansion of subtropical deserts. Warming is expected to be strongest in the Arctic and would be associated with continuing retreat of glaciers, permafrost and sea ice.

Other likely effects include changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, species extinctions, and changes in agricultural yields. Warming and related changes will vary from region to region around the globe, though the nature of these regional variations is uncertain.

Wikipedia

Scientists projected an increase in intensity and frequency of extreme weather events

The occurrence of all these events at almost the same time raises questions about their possible linkages to the predicted increase in intensity and frequency of extreme events, for example, as stipulated in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report published in 2007. The Report stated that “…the type, frequency and intensity of extreme events are expected to change as Earth’s climate changes, and these changes could occur even with relatively small mean climate changes.

More links:
Climate by World Meteorological Organization

Oceans by World Meteorological Organization

Coral Disease Mapping

The Importance Of Rainforest Ecosystems

Forest for Climate

United Nations Environment Programme

Flash floods 2010

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Global warming is very real ..
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Disasters prove that global warming is happening..
Not only floods but also droughts bow down countries.

The simultaneous catastrophes of flooding in Pakistan and Europe,
wildfires in Russia and landslides in China are evidence that,
global warming predictions are correct, according to experts.

The death toll from landslides in northwestern China more than doubled.
Global landslides monitoring by Professor David Petley.

Flooding in Pakistan has affected and is still affecting
nearly 20 million people across an area bigger than England. 

Already an anemic economy is expected to weaken in Pakistan and increasing poverty what is a factor in the militancy wracking the country. The United Nations appealed on Wednesday for $459 million in aid for flood-hit Pakistan, warning of a second wave of death among sick and hungry survivors unless help. http://www.canada.com/news/…


World, August 2010


Pakistan – After devastating northwest Pakistan – Balochistan and 10 districts including Katchi Bolan, Sibi, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Kohlu, Barkhan, Loralai, Ziarat, Killa Saifullah, Zhob, Cheen, Eisazai, Talaodaman, Bakhtiar Khan, Babogan, Haji Karez, Didama and others; flood waters on Tuesday 3.8.2010 surged into the central Punjab province. While submerging dozens of villages even rescue teams  struggled to rush aid to the many million people hit by the worst floods in eight decades. See more in pictures — Big Picture — by Boston.com

Heavy and persistent rainfall has been recorded since July causing severe flash floods and widespread flooding. The event affected first the north-western part of Pakistan and later extended to large parts of the country, with Khyber-Pakhtonkwa, Punjab and Sindh among the most affected provinces. The province of Khyber-Pakhtonkwa received nearly 180 % excess of total July rainfall compared to the monthly long-term average.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has been issuing warnings since the onset of the pre-Monsoon season in mid-June and issues continuous weather and flood advisories and warnings to assist in emergency relief.

Thailand – Apart from Mae Hong Son, the Meteorological Department warned flash floods may hit Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Phayao, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, Uttaradit, Tak, Phetchabun, Chanthaburi and Trat. Currently, heavy downpours are drenching many parts of the country, especially in these provinces. Read more: news.asiaone.com

Philipppines – The fourth storm to enter the country has intensified into a tropical storm as it merges with a low pressure area in Batanes on Wednesday. The storm has enhanced the southwest monsoon that will generate moderate to rough seas as well as bring rains, which may also trigger flash floods and landslides in other areas of the country. Read more: sunstar.com.ph

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Europe, August 2010


14. – 17.08. – Czech Republic & Slovakia hit by severe thunderstorms

Czech republic

Prague
Firefighters in the capital, drove for more than a hundred cases related to the liquidation of damage associated with severe storm and heavy rains accompanied by hail during this period. See this video.

Liberec region
Dozens of people in the Liberec region, the north-west region in Czech republic, found themselves without jobs due to flooding from the previous weeks. Flash floods, which struck more than a quarter of the town and destroyed roads, bridges and houses caused damage estimated to exceed five billion Czech crowns. In Liberec has been evacuated around 2,000 people, 200 of them still could not return home. Meanwhile, farther north Bohemia troubling from thunderstorms with hail and strong winds which follow from Plzen to the north. Water is missing about 3780 people from Heřmanice, where high water completely destroyed the water network.

Usti region
Damage, which caused by the flooding during August, continues to rise. Now the region estimated at least 1.5 billion. Only damage to the roads of 524 million eur, the initial cost of repairing the damage is estimated at 100 million eur.

Decin region
Abundant rains rised up levels of some rivers in Decin and through the Czech-German border some reaching the third flood stage.

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Slovakia
Flooding caused by violent thunderstorms and torrential downpours in Central Slovakia.

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May – Jun – July – August 2010
Slovakia & Czech republic
– Thunderstorms and heavy rains
Pakistan – worst floods in decades.
Floods in SouthWest France.
China – floods and landslides.

May 2010
Central Europe floods
Poland , Slovakia, Hungary – worst floods in 1,000 years.
Austria and Czech Republic also partly flooded.

April 2010
Worst rains in Rio de Janeiro history.

February – March 2010
Western Europe floodsmorebbc.co.uk
France
Sarkozy aid pledge for flood damage,
after violent storms left at least 50 dead and thousands homeless along the country’s Atlantic coast.

Madeira floods (.video) from bbc.co.uk – and in pictures.

Mexico – storms and floods bring death and chaos.

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Flash floods in Europe 2010 pictures by boston.com

Flash floods in Europe 2002 article by guardian.co.uk

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US floods 2010

August

12.8.2010
Flooding in Iowa
Three nights of heavy rainfall caused Iowa creeks and rivers to swell, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.The flooding forced the city to shut off water to its roughly 55,000 residents and left Iowa State University’s basketball arena under 4 to 5 feet of water. The flooding in central and eastern Iowa on Wednesday 11.08.2010 followed three straight nights of strong thunderstorms. Storms dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain on central and eastern Iowa overnight Wednesday, with 6 inches in some spots.

Pikeville – More than 1,200 Pike Countians have applied for individual disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $4.3 million in grants has been approved to help people repair damage from deadly flash floods on July 17. Read more: kentucky.com

Denver, Colorado – The Southwest monsoon season could bring slow-moving storms, heavy downpours and flash flooding to southern, central and eastern Colorado tonight, the National Weather Service said this afternoon.

Vermont – Torrential overnight rains triggered flooding across far northern Vermont, closing roads and prompting some evacuations. Read more: burlingtonfreepress.com

Panguitch – U.S. Forest Service officials say heavy rains have left many mountain roads and trails rutted and washed out in southern Utah. Read more: deseretnews.com

Farmington – Rainfall similar to that which occurred here happens on average once every 200 years in the area. Read more: daily-times.com

Chicago (July/August) – Flash floods during summer in Chicago and surrounding areas, the pictures and full story. A flash flood warning remains in effect for parts of the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. Indiana Flash Flood Watch for Blackford; Cass; Fulton; Grant; Huntington; Jay; Miami; Pulaski; Wabash; Wells; White; Benton; Jasper; Newton. Read more: suntimes.com

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2009
Storms in Spain and France (.video) bbc.co.uk

Flash floods in Europe 2002 article by guardian.co.uk

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010

This is real disaster, world's worst accidental marine oil leak.

On Google, about 32,700,000 search results (0.21 seconds) and
about 4,870,000 image search results (0.47 seconds)
This don’t need a comment, or? Any?

Oil had been pouring out at a rate of 62,000 barrels a day
- more than 12 times faster than BP originally admitted.
If BP is found guilty of negligence, the flow rate means,
it could face up to 21 billion dollars in fines,
fines of up to $1,100 for each barrel of oil spilled.
If BP is found guilty of willful misconduct,
the civil fine could be up to $4,300 per barrel.

2010.08.12Permanent Kill continues
Bad weather has delayed massive effort to permanently kill BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, an realy costly operation. The officials are beginning to scale back their response to one of the worst offshore oil spills in history. A temporary cap has kept oil from spewing and now they prepare for the “bottom kill,” which involves pumping mud and cement from a well deep underground for a permanent seal.

2010.08.04 BP had succeeded in the Static Kill
106 days after
explosion aboard Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20, 2010

2010.08.04Static Kill to stop the oil spill
pumping heavy drilling fluid (mud) into the busted well.

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from the links quantum out there,
here are some of the links:

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Pictures – for your to imagine

Maps & Graphics – for you to understand

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  1. How Much Oil Has Leaked Into the Gulf of Mexico?
  2. Timeline Map – by esri.com & esri Resources
    | animated map showing the locations of the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico for each day since April 25, when the slick was first measured.
  3. “a timeline” – by deepseanews.com
  4. Latest News – by nola.com
  5. National Geographic Daily News
  6. Gulf of Mexico oil spill captured by NASA
  7. Hurricanes and the Oil Spill leaflet (.pdf)
    | Oil Spill Response by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
  8. Health Surveillance on the coast
  9. Workers from the US Cleanup Operations
  10. US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
  11. BP & Gulf of Mexico – BP’s response to this ecological disaster

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The worst-case scenario

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Wiki articles
to know more…

Offshore oil production platforms

Largest oil spills

List of oil spills

Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon explosion

Deepwater Horizon oil spill