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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.

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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The future of planet Earth


If the world remains as it is, with our destructive environmental trends, then the quality of everybody’s life will rapidly deteriorates.

The most important negative trends nowadays are overpopulation; deforestation; desertification; air, water and land pollution; and subsequently climate change. Global warming is now widely accepted as a reality not only by scientists and those who are a little smart, but even by governments and industry leaders.

But is not a bit too late?

It’s later than we think!

Everybody have to accept, that our planet’s prospects for environmental stability are even worse than before. People cause global warming. It is no matter how much civilization slows or reduces its greenhouse gas emissions – global warming and sea-level rise will continue for centuries. This is not something we can just stop. We’re just going to have to live with it.

”The point here is to highlight what will happen if we don’t do something and what will happen if we do something,” said another author, Jonathan Overpeck of the University of Arizona. I agree with Mr. Overpeck. “I can tell you if you decide not to do something the impacts will be much larger than if we do something.”

Scientists predicts the global average temperature could increase by 2 to 11 degrees by “2100” and that sea levels could rise by up to 3 feet. They even speculated that a slight increase in Earth’s rotation rate could result, along with other changes, in glaciers to disappear. Longlasting floods will hit some areas, while intense drought will hit other areas. Humans will face water shortages, while famine and disease will also be everywhere. Earth’s landscape will radically transform and a quarter of plants and animals will face the risk of extinction.

It is not happening already?

Slowly but surely, this becomes a reality, because these changes can be seen today.

More of the world’s population now lives in cities than in rural areas, changing patterns of land use. The world population surpasses 6.8 billion todays. In developing countries, the urban population will soon more than double  and the urban populations of developed countries may also increase and world population can easy reach 7 billion people by 2012 or even 8 bilion by 2020.

Global oil production can reach the top soon and once this peak (Hubbert’s Peak) is reached, the global oil production will begin irreversible decline, possibly triggering a global recession, food shortages and conflicts between nations over dwindling oil supplies.

Flash floods will very likely increase across all parts of Europe. Less rainfall could reduce agriculture yields by up to 50 percent in some parts of the world. Heat-related nad and cold-related deaths, Diarrhea-related diseases and HIV will likely increase everywhere and not only in low-income parts of the world.

World coral reefs will likely be lost as a result of climate change and other environmental stresses. Warming temperatures will cause temperate glaciers to disappear. The Arctic Sea could be ice-free in the summer, and in winter the ice depth may shrink drastically. Small alpine glaciers will very likely disappear completely, and large glaciers will shrink or could be gone as well.

As glaciers disappear and areas affected by drought increase, electricity production for the world’s existing hydropower stations will decrease. Hardest hit will be Europe, where hydropower potential is big. Warmer, drier conditions will lead to more frequent and longer droughts, as well as longer fire seasons, increased fire risks, and more frequent heat waves. While some parts of the world dry out, others will be inundated. A combination of global warming and other factors will push many ecosystems to the limit, forcing them to exceed their natural ability to adapt to climate change.

Interesting links:

Debra Costner’s article celebrating “40 years after the start of Earth Day”

Eco + Logical = Ecological

Eco + Logic = Ecologic – Ecological
Simple like nothing else. Do you agree with that?

And while some people can’t think logical, global warming is very real, and our future not very bright.