Wednesday, 30 December 2015

El Niño brings Christmas chaos

From Paraguay to the US, Australia to Spain, El Niño brings Christmas chaos 



Weather and climate are, of course, very different things. But the sheer concentration of extreme weather events around the world over the Christmas period has lent yet more weight to the idea that the world’s climate is changing, even if the effects are currently exacerbated by the effects of El Niño.

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The Tornadoes in the US >>>

Floodings in the South Americas >> 

Monday, 28 December 2015

Also a Deltaplan for the UK ?

[From the Guardian] 
When more than 1,800 people died in the wake of the 1953 North Sea flood in the Netherlands, the national reaction was: never again. The resulting Delta programme to close off the south-western river delta from the sea was so bold that its name became synonymous with dealing with a crisis. 

For the Dutch, water management goes to the core of their national identity.The Netherlands has adapted to the changing nature of the threat. Today, the biggest danger is not the sea swallowing the land but the rain overwhelming it. The main focus no longer is building higher dykes and bigger dams, like they did after the 1953 flood. Instead, the Dutch have spent the past decade deepening and widening rivers, creating new side canals that provide extra capacity, and setting aside land as dedicated flood plains. More about "these projects" >>

Some people say the UK needs now also a Dutch-style national response, with the necessary funding. The British landscape demands it even more than the Dutch flat countryside. With heavy rainfall flowing down the hills into lower-lying areas, those places need investment in rivers and landscapes able to absorb that water, transport it away from homes quickly or temporarily store it on empty flood plains. We need to stop building in at-risk areas, setting those places aside as buffers to protect existing homes.

Different types of  Measures alongside the Dutch Rivers (Maas, Rijn, Waal, IJssel )


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Saturday, 26 December 2015

The other Christmas Island and El Nino

Except from the "Australian Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean there is also one in the Pacific. This Christmas Island sits about as close to the middle of the Pacific as you can get.

The main island of Kiribati, a small island nation, is 3,300 miles from San Francisco, 3,800 miles from Brisbane and just 140 miles north of the equator. Its closest neighbor of note is Hawaii, which is still 1,250 miles away.

Some might say it’s as close to the middle of nowhere as you can get. But it’s at the center of one of the biggest climate events in decades. A super El Niño has raised water temperatures to unprecedented levels and it’s causing a massive coral die off.

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Volcanoes on a Webcams


In the USGS Volcano Hazards Program Webcams you are able to follow several US Volcanoes by webcam.

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Monday, 14 December 2015

Population of the World

The 10 Most Populous Countries in the World (2100) India - 1,659,786,000 China - 1,004,392,000 Nigeria - 752,247,000 United States - 450,385,000 Congo - 388,733,000 Pakistan - 364,283,000 Indonesia - 313,648,000 Tanzania - 299,133,000 Ethiopia - 242,644,000 Niger - 209,334,000 Via metrocosm.com

Friday, 11 December 2015

Nearly Half of Americans Exposed to Potentially Damaging Earthquakes

More than 143 million Americans living in the 48 contiguous states are exposed to potentially damaging ground shaking from earthquakes. When the people living in the earthquake-prone areas of Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories are added, this number rises to nearly half of all Americans.



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Monday, 7 December 2015

Mount Etna erupts again

Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted in spectacular fashion, filling the sky above Sicily with flame, lightning, and a gigantic ash cloud.


Mount Etna has been mostly quiet for two years, but after intensifying volcanic activity in recent weeks, things came to a head with the dramatic eruption you can see in the video below.

   
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Heavy smog in Beijing

While the governments of more than 190 countries met in Paris last week for the UN climate change conference to set targets on reducing carbon emissions China’s capital and many cities in the northern part of the country recorded the worst smog of the year with air quality devices in some areas unable to read such high levels of pollutants. Levels of PM 2.5, considered the most hazardous, crossed 600 units in Beijing, nearly 25 times the acceptable standard set by the World Health Organisation. The governments of more than 190 countries met in Paris last week for the UN climate change conference to set targets on reducing carbon emissions


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