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States of Emergency Declared in Mexico due to Deadly Mudslides

Posted by feww on October 20, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS & MUDSLIDES
MAJOR DISASTERS
MASS DISPLACEMENT
SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111, 070, 066, 047, 027, 023, 022, 09, 03, 02
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Mudslides kill at least 6, displace thousands in Mexico

Mexico has declared states of emergency in 36 municipalities after mudslides killed at least 6 people and left more than 4,000 displaced.

Torrential rains brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm TRUDY unleashed widespread flooding and mudslides in southern Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca that left at least six people dead.

Schools have been ordered shut ” for an area stretching from the tourist resort of Acapulco to the border with Oaxaca,” AP reported.

 

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EREs Kill Dozens, Displace 36,000 in Nicaragua

Posted by feww on October 19, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS & MUDSLIDES
MAJOR DISASTERS
MASS DISPLACEMENT
SCENARIOS 888, 444, 111, 070, 066, 047, 027, 023, 022, 03, 02
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EREs kill dozens, destroy thousands of homes, displace tens of thousands in Nicaragua

Extreme rain events (EREs) since September have unleashed deadly floods in Nicaragua killing at least two dozen people,  destroying or damaging thousands of homes and leaving more than 36,000 people homeless.

The rains have severely affected 17 departments in the country, and have impacted El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to local reports.

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Hailstorm Destroys Crops in Colorado

Posted by feww on October 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
HAILSTORM
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS  444, 178, 111, 066
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Crop Disaster Declared for Colorado Counties due to Hailstorm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared crop disasters for six counties in the state of Colorado due to damages and losses caused by a hailstorm that occurred on July 16, 2014.

Those counties are Otero, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Las Animas and Pueblo.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,667 counties across 41 states. Most of those designations are due to  drought.

Those states are

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on October 15, 2014.

Latest/ Recent Crop Disaster Declarations

 

 

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Drought Destroys Crops in Georgia, Florida

Posted by feww on October 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS  444, 111, 100, 03, 02
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Drought Crop Disaster declared for 19 counties across two states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared crop disasters for an additional  19 counties across two states—Georgia and Florida—due to the losses and damage caused by recent drought.

Those counties are:

  • Georgia. Baker, Decatur, Mitchell, Colquitt, Grady, Thomas, Brooks,  Dougherty, Seminole, Calhoun, Early, Tift, Cook, Miller and Worth.
  • Florida. Gadsden, Jackson, Jefferson and Leon.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,661 counties across 41 states. Most of those designations are due to  drought.

Those states are

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on October 15, 2014.

Latest/ Recent Crop Disaster Declarations

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TY VONGFONG Batters the Radioactive Islands

Posted by feww on October 14, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
TYPHOON
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
STORM SURGES, COASTAL FLOODING, FLASH FLOODS, MUDSLIDES
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS  444, 111, 088, 070, 066, 033, 025, 024, 023, 022, 09, 02
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VONGFONG  kills at least two, injures 100 in Japan

After the Mt Ontake debacle, Japanese officials left nothing to chance issuing evacuation orders and advisories for up to a million people in at least 7 prefectures as the typhoon swept the along the radioactive islands.

VONGFONG ["the wasp" in Cantonese,] which was a super typhoon before striking Okinawa, landed near Makurazaki in Kagoshima Prefecture at about 8:30 AM local time on Monday, and was later downgraded to a severe tropical storm.

The typhoon caused substantial damage to property in numerous areas due to flooding and storm surges. Torrential rains brought by the storm triggered flash flooding and mudslides, inundating many homes and businesses.

[Note: Failure by the Japanese authorities to issue a warning before Mt Ontake eruption late September, despite the enhanced seismic activity at the volcano, led to at least 56 fatalities with 7 others still missing.  —Editor]

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – October 12, 2014

Posted by feww on October 12, 2014

MAJOR CATASTROPHES
EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
VERY SEVERE CYCLONIC STORM
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODS
SCENARIOS  444, 111, 080, 078, 071, 066, 047, 027, 025, 024, 023, 022, 09, 05, 02
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Cyclone HUDHUD Batters India’s East Coast

Cyclone HUDHUD is hammering eastern Indian coast, causing widespread damage and prompting the evacuation of about 400,000 people.

The “Very Severe Cyclonic Storm,” packing winds of more than 200km/h, has killed at least14 people in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, uprooting thousands of trees, knocking down power lines and destroying or damaging thousands of hectares of crops.

The cyclone could severely affect more than 10 million people along its path.

In its latest bulletin issued at 17:00 IST, INDIA METEOROLOGICAL DEPARTMENT (IMD)  said:

The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over westcentral Bay of Bengal moved west- northwestwards, crossed Andhra Pradesh coast over Visakhapatnam between 1200 and 1300 hrs ISTand lay centered at1430 hours IST of 12th October 2014 near latitude 17.8ºN and longitude 83.0ºE, about 30 km west-northwest of Visakhapatnam. It would move northwestwards and weaken gradually.

HUDHUD is forecast to dump up to 245mm of rain on some areas, said IMD, warning that storm surge of about 1 meter above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh by 20:00 IST.

 

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Major Disaster Declared for Montana

Posted by feww on October 11, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 101, 066, 064, 027, 023, 02
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Federal Disaster Declared in Montana due to Damage by Extreme Weather Events (DR-4198)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the the state of Montana in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of  August 21 – 25, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the extreme weather disasters include Blaine, Carter, Musselshell, Petroleum, and Valley counties and the Fort Belknap Reservation within Blaine County.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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Drought Decimates Water Reserve in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Posted by feww on October 11, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
STATE OF EMERGENCY
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS  444, 219, 111, 100, 090, 03, 02
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Brazil’s biggest city running out of water after 9 months of exceptional drought

The governor of Sao Paulo has asked the federal government for permission to siphon the remaining water out of the main reservoir that supplies water to millions of residents in Sao Paulo city, AP reported.

More than 95% of the water in Sao Paulo’s main reservoir, the Cantareira system, has already gone.  The reservoir provides water to about 6.7 million residents.

The drought, said to be Brazil’s worst ever, has also affected at least 30 other  cities in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.

The affected regions  received  less than 30 percent of the normal rain during Brazil’s wet season that runs from December to February.

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Destructive Wildfire Threatens 1,000 Homes NE of Sacramento, Calif.

Posted by feww on October 10, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
HISTORIC DROUGHT
STATES OF EMERGENCY
RISING TEMPERATURES
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 080, 071, 070, 03, 02
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Major wildfire threatens more than 1,000 homes, forces mass evacuations NE of Calif. state capital

The so-called Applegate Fire wildfire, which started as multiple fires along Interstate 80 near Applegate (about 65km NE of Sacramento) on Wednesday, forced the authorities to issue mass evacuation orders for multiple communities, according to Cal Fire.

Mandatory Evacuations are currently in effect for:

Pinecone Peak, Hummingbird Hill, Panorama, High View Ln, Margaret Ann, Montana, Arrora Nova, Easy Ln, Sunny Hill Dr, Sun Valley, Ponderosa to Poppy lane, Swanson Lane, Ponderosa Way to State Parks Line, Bridge Trail Way, Brushy Ridge, Hidden Ridge, Cross Road, East Ridge, Weaver Hill Lane, Weaver Hill Rd, Sundance Place, Dundee Ct, Douglas Drive, Dunvegan Dr, Heather Glen Drive, Hotchkiss Dr and Sinclair Ct.

Applegate Fire Incident Information:

Last Updated: October 9, 2014, 8:30 pm PDT
Date/Time Started: October 8, 2014 1:30 pm
County: Placer County
Location: on the eastside of Interstate 80 in the Applegate area
Acres Burned – Containment: 420 acres – 25% contained
Structures Threatened: 1,000 homes
Structures Destroyed: 6 homes & 4 outbuildings
Cause: Under Investigation

Total Fire Personnel: 1,419
Total Fire Engines: 137
Total Fire crews: 42
Total Helicopters: 11
Total Dozers: 18
Total Water Tenders: 22

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Crop Disasters Declared in Five States

Posted by feww on October 10, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
SEVERE FREEZE, HAIL
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
FLOODING
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 444, 178, 177, 157, 111, 023, 02
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Extreme weather and climate disasters destroy crops in 22 counties across five U.S. states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared crop disasters for an additional  22 counties across five states—Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah and  Washington—due to the losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events that have occurred during the 2014 crop year, so far.

Losses and damages  caused by heavy rains, flooding and hail that occurred from Aug. 22, 2014, through September 24, 2014

Posted by feww on October 4, 2014

  • Montana. Phillip, Blaine, Fergus, Garfield, Petroleum and Valley counties.

Losses and damages caused by severe freezes that occurred from December 4, 2013, through May 15, 2014

  • Colorado. Delta, Mesa, Montrose,  Garfield, Gunnison, Ouray, Pitkin and San Miguel counties.
  • Utah. Grand and San Juan counties.
Crop disasters caused by heavy rains, flooding, freeze and hail that occurred from  from December 7 through December 9, 2013
  • Oregon. Gilliam, Morrow, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties.
  • Washington. Klickitat County.

Latest/ Recent Crop Disaster Declarations

 

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Hazardous Smog Shrouds Beijing, North China (AGAIN)

Posted by feww on October 9, 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL HOLOCAUST
DEADLY AIR POLLUTION
PROLONGED SMOG
SCENARIOS 797, 699, 444, 404, 402, 222
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BEIJING AQI tops 460 and rising

Beijing authorities issued a yellow alert for air pollution on Wednesday amid rising air pollution levels, with smog forecast to continue through weekend, official Xinhua reported.

Northern China’s Hebei province (population: 75 million) and Tianjin (a northern metropolis and one of the five national central cities in China; population: ~ 16 million) and have also issued yellow alerts, the second highest on the national air pollution scale.

Air quality index (AQI) in downtown Beijing reached 462 (extremely hazardous) on Thursday at 19:00UTC, and was rising, according to http://aqicn.org

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Lava Flow from Kilauea Advancing AGAIN on Big Island Communities

Posted by feww on October 7, 2014

VOLCANIC HAZARDS
KILAUEA JUNE 27TH LAVA FLOW
STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
CROP DESTRUCTION
SCENARIOS 989, 900, 797, 787, 707, 444, 070, 047, 017, 07, 02
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Kilauea Lava Flow:  June 27th lava flow continues to advance NE at 120 m/day

The lava flow out of the continuously erupting Kilauea Volcano is slowly advancing downslope toward the town of Pāhoa (population: ~1,000) on the Big Island.

About 4,500 people could be affected by the lava flow in the coming days.

Tuesday Oct0ber 7, 2014 (UTC). Civil Defense Message: “This morning’s assessment shows that the flow front continues to be active and has advanced approximately 150 yards since yesterday.  The narrow flow front is moving along the tree line and the burning activity is producing a significant amount of smoke.  There is no brush fire threat at this time and the burning is limited to the edges of the flow only.  Due to a light southwest wind this morning the vog and smoke conditions were moderate to heavy across lower Puna to Hilo.”

[Note: Vog, a type of air pollution, is formed when sulfur dioxide and other gases and particles emitted by an erupting volcano react with oxygen and air moisture in the sunlight.]

Flow front continues advancing northeast, triggers brush fire. The June 27th lava flow remains active, and the flow front continues to advance towards the northeast along the forest boundary. Today, the flow front consisted of a narrow lobe moving through thick forest. The flow front was 1.7 km (1.1 miles) upslope of Apaʻa St., and 2.7 km (1.7 miles) from Pāhoa Village Road. The lava flow also triggered a brush fire that was active north of the flow front Monday afternoon local time [HAST= UTC -10 hrs.]

Kilauea Status Reports

Issued: Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:42 PM HST (Tuesday, 2014/10/07/04:42UTC)
Source: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
Notice Number: 2014/H13
Location: N 19 deg 25 min, W 155 deg 17 min
Elevation: 4091 ft (1,247 m)
Area: HI Hawaii and Pacific Ocean
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Volcanic Activity Summary: The June 27th flow remains active, with a narrow flow about 115 m (230 ft) wide moving downslope about 120 m/day (390 ft/day) since October 3.

At the average rate of advancement of 120 m/day, the lava could reach Apa`a St. in about 16 days. The advance rate of the June 27th flow has varied significantly during the past month, meaning this projection is subject to change. HVO’s next overflight is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8.

Recent Observations by HVO: The lava flow has continued to advance northeast since October 3 at about 120 m/day (390 ft/day). The leading edge is now about 1.7 km (1.1 mi) straight-line distance from Apa`a St.

Hazard Analysis by HVO: The lava flow from the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent is active, and lava is being supplied to the flow front, which is slowly advancing downslope toward Pāhoa town, which is located  in the Puna District of the County of Hawai`i.

Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: There was little net change in ground tilt at Pu’u O’o over the past day. Glow was visible overnight above several outgassing openings in the crater floor. The most recent sulfur-dioxide emission-rate measurement for the East Rift Zone was 550 tonnes per day (from all sources) on September 25, 2014. Seismic tremor is low and constant.

Summit Observations: Deflationary tilt at Kīlauea’s summit continues this morning along with a decrease in the lava lake level at the summit vent. There was no major change in seismicity on Kilauea over the past day; seismic tremor at the summit remained low and varied with changes in spattering on the surface of the lava lake. GPS receivers spanning the summit caldera recorded about 5 cm (2 in) of extension between early May and early July. Since then, little significant extension or contraction has occurred. During the week ending on September 30, 2014, the elevated summit sulfur-dioxide emission rate was measured at 3,600–5,200 tonnes/day (see caveat below), and a small amount of particulate material was carried aloft by the plume.

Remarks [Source: HVO] : The Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent in the East Rift Zone of Kīlauea Volcano began erupting on January 3, 1983, and has continued erupting for more than 31 years, with the majority of lava flows advancing to the south. Over the past two years, lava flows have issued from the vent toward the northeast. The June 27th flow is the most recent of these flows and the first to threaten a residential area since 2010-2011. On June 27, 2014, new vents opened on the northeast flank of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone and fed a narrow lava flow to the east-northeast. On August 18, the flow entered a ground crack, traveled underground for several days, then resurfaced to form a small lava pad. This sequence was repeated three more times over the following days with lava entering and filling other cracks before reappearing at the surface, in two of the cases farther downslope. Lava emerged from the last crack on September 6, forming a surface flow that initially moved to the north, then to the northeast, at a rate of 400 m/day (1,300 ft/day). The flow slowed thereafter and, between September 12 and 19, the rate of advancement varied, averaging 225 m/day (740 ft/day). The flow front stalled by September 22, but new breakouts behind the flow front began to push forward, overtaking the stalled front on September 29 and advancing 120 m/day (390 ft) between October 3 and 6. [Source: HVO]

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Do You Have the Legal Right to a Healthy Atmosphere and Stable Climate?

Posted by feww on October 6, 2014

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Critical Climate Change Lawsuit Brought before the United States Supreme Court by America’s Youth Washington, D.C

Background: Federal Lawsuit. Five individual teenagers, and two non-profit organizations representing thousands more young people, Kids vs. Global Warming and WildEarth Guardians, partnered with OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST to file this federal lawsuit (lawsuit filed in May 2011) now pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. The youth seek to require the federal government to immediately plan for national climate recovery according to the scientific prescription of Dr. James Hansen and other leading international climate scientists that will restore our atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 by the end of the century and avoid the disastrous scenarios of 2°C of warming. This lawsuit relies upon the long-established legal principle of the Public Trust Doctrine, which requires our government to protect and maintain survival resources for future generations.

Youth Climate Advocates File Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court

On October 3, 2014, youth represented by OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST’s legal team filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court to confirm the federal government’s obligation to protect essential natural resources for the benefit of future generations.

This Petition is in response to a decision in the youths’ federal case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Despite outstanding support for the youths’ case from 111 individual law professors, scientists, national security experts, government officials, environmental, human rights and labor NGOs, indigenous community members, and faith-based organizations, all of whom signed powerful amici curiae (“friends of the court”) brief, the Court of Appeals held that there is no “federal constitutional foundation for [the public trust] doctrine.” We believe the Court’s holding is erroneous and in conflict with the decisions of other Circuit Courts and those of the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, the federal government itself, and several District Courts, have for years also relied upon the very federal public trust doctrine the Court of Appeals said does not exist at all.

The Court of Appeals relied on a narrow U.S. Supreme Court decision written by Justice Kennedy as support for its expansive ruling. PPL Mont., LLC v. Montana, 132 S. Ct. 1215 (2012). That decision was specifically limited to a very different legal doctrine (the Equal Footing Doctrine) than youth relied upon in their case (the Public Trust Doctrine). Nowhere in the two paragraphs of dicta referencing the public trust doctrine does the U.S. Supreme Court find in PPL Mont., as the Court of Appeals determined in our case, that the long-standing public trust doctrine does not exist in federal law or apply to the federal government.

The Supreme Court generally disfavors expansive interpretations of its narrow decisions. Supreme Court justices strive to ensure that their decisions are limited only to the facts at hand and that those decisions are not misapplied to different sets of facts. We expect that the Court would not want their narrow PPL Montana decision about the Equal Footing Doctrine, as narrowly applied therein to state obligations involving water resources located within state borders, broadly applied in our case to federal obligations involving atmospheric resources that cross state borders. Thus, we believe the Court will be inclined to remedy the Court of Appeals’ expansive interpretation of their narrow PPL Montana decision and will reverse the Circuit Court. As well, we believe that the majority of the Supreme Court justices are climate believers who will be invested in preserving potential governmental remedies for climate recovery in face of the narrow window in which science tells them they have to do so.

Read the Petition for Writ of Certiorari here and Press Release here.

PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI

QUESTIONS PRESENTED

The questions presented are:

  1. Does the public trust doctrine apply to the federal government?
  2. Do Article III courts have jurisdiction to enforce the public trust against the federal government?

Petitioners (appellants below) are Alec L., by and through his Guardian
Ad Litem Victoria Loorz; Victoria Loorz; Madeleine W., by and through her Guardian Ad Litem Janet Wallace; Janet Wallace; Garrett S., by and through his Guardian Ad Litem Valerie Serrels; Grant S., by and through his Guardian Ad Litem Valerie Serrels; Valerie Serrels; Zoe J., by and through her  Guardian Ad Litem Nina Grove; Nina Grove; Kids vs. Global Warming, a project of Earth Island Institute, a non-profit organization; and WildEarth Guardians, a non-profit organization.

Respondents (appellees below) are Gina McCarthy in her official capacity as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency; Sally Jewell in her official capacity as Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior; Thomas James Vilsack in his official capacity as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture; Penny Pritzker in her official capacity as Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce; Ernest Moniz in his official capacity as Secretary of the United States Department of Energy; Chuck Hagel in his official capacity as Secretary of the United States Department of Defense; the United States Environmental Protection Agency; the United States Department of Interior; the United States Department of Agriculture; the United States Department of Commerce; the United States Department of Energy; and the United States Department of Defense.

Critical Climate Change Lawsuit Brought before the United States Supreme Court by America’s Youth Washington, D.C

Press Release

On October 3, 2014,  a Petition was filed with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a group of young Americans, seeking a decision that the federal government is obligated to protect essential natural resources. The Petition arises out of a  lawsuit filed in May 2011 by five teenagers against six U.S. federal agencies under the Public Trust Doctrine to require the federal government to immediately implement a science-based climate recovery plan to protect our nation’s atmosphere.

“This case relies on a foundational principle of government—the Public Trust Doctrine,” said Julia Olson, attorney for the Youth Petitioners and Executive Director of Our Children’s Trust. “Public trust principles go back to the Emperor Justinian, the Magna Carta, and our Country’s founding documents. Our Petition asks the Supreme Court to determine whether, under this long-standing doctrine, the federal government must act to protect essential natural resources.”

The youth are appealing a decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The decision held that the federal government has no obligation to protect any natural resource under the Public Trust Doctrine, and that any such obligation lies only with the individual states.  The Court of Appeals ruling is in conflict with decisions issued by courts throughout the world, including multiple U.S. courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

“There is enormous national importance for the Supreme Court to decide the issues in this case now, because of the narrow window left to address global climate change,” said renowned constitutional law scholar and professor Erwin Chemerinsky, who recently joined the team of attorneys representing the Youth Petitioners in their case. “We hope the Supreme Court will understand the extreme implications of the D.C. Circuit’s opinion,  specifically the consequences of the federal government’s inability to assert its public trust authority in the future concerning essential public resources.”

Climate change is the greatest threat to our constitutional rights and liberties that humanity has ever seen. The lower court in the District of Columbia agreed: “This is a very important case, this is an important issue, and it raises serious questions.” In the three years since the complaint was filed, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have risen from 390 parts per million (ppm) to 397 ppm, and those levels are still rising. The maximum level of carbon dioxide the earth’s atmosphere can tolerate if there is to be any hope of reversing catastrophic global warming is 350 ppm.

“Establishing climate justice is different from other civil rights struggles,” declared Phil Gregory, attorney for the Youth Petitioners and a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy. “In many civil rights cases, the next generation could always remedy the wrongs of prior generations. With the limited window left to fix the climate crisis, for the first time in human history, future generations will not have the opportunity to repair the serious problems we have created. The science is indisputable: our generation is the only one who can restore a stable climate system for future generations.”

The Supreme Court Petition contends the federal government has the power and obligation to address this catastrophic deterioration of the nation’s atmosphere, but has refused to do so. The Petition urges that global climate change is accelerating at an alarming pace that will soon escape the reach of corrective measures. The Petition states, in part: “The narrow window of time left to address global climate change and the significant consequences to the welfare of our nation’s children and future generations add urgency to the legal issue. The D.C. Circuit’s complete refusal to recognize the public trust doctrine turns a blind eye to the federal government’s responsibility to future generations and undermines the federal government’s ability to assert its

public trust authority in the future to conserve public resources.” The Petition concludes that the federal officials named as defendants in the action have the power and obligation to address this catastrophic deterioration of the nation’s atmosphere, but have refused to do so.

“Climate change is the largest intergenerational justice issue in the world,” said Alec Loorz, one of the Youth Plaintiffs and founder of Kids vs. Global Warming and iMatter. “We are running out of time. If our government does not act now, we endanger the lives of our youngest generations and generations to come. Without a comprehensive plan for climate recovery by the U.S. government, we cannot achieve the scientifically necessary restoration of our atmosphere. We are asking the Supreme Court to do what is right for all of us, our children, and our children’s children.”

To learn more about this case, visit: http://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/US/Federal-Lawsuit. To watch A Climate of TRUST, the newest film in the 10-part award-winning documentary series Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery, visit: http://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/trust-films/AClimateOfTRUST. Support the youth taking legal action by signing their pledge here: http://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/sign-our-pledge-support.

Our Children’s Trust is a nonprofit advocating for urgent emissions reductions on behalf of youth and future generations, who have the most to lose. OCT is spearheading a federal, state, local and international human rights and environmental justice campaign to establish the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate. We use law, film, and media to elevate the compelling youth voice seeking enforceable science-based Climate Recovery Plans. http://www.ourchildrenstrust.org

For inquiries or interview requests, please contact:

  • Phil Gregory (650) 697-6000
  • Julia Olson (415) 786-4825

NOTES:

The public trust doctrine is the principle that certain of our planet’s resources are preserved for public use, and that the government is required to maintain them for reasonable use by the public.

“Atmospheric CO2 concentrations passed the level that Amici Scientists consider a safe initial target [of 350 ppm] in, approximately, 1988.”

 

 

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Typhoon PHANFONE Battering Japan

Posted by feww on October 5, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
POWERFUL TYPHOON
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
MAJOR STORM SURGES
COASTAL FLOODING
MUDSLIDES
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS  444, 111, 088, 070, 066, 033, 025, 024, 023, 022, 09, 02
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Powerful typhoon heads north after buffeting Kyushu region

PHANFONE (TY 18W) is expected to make landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu Monday.

The typhoon is dumping up to 125mm of rain per hour over areas along the Pacific coast from western to northeastern Japan, while generating large storm surges along the coastal areas.

At14:59UTC on Sunday typhoon PHANFONE (TY 18W) was located near 32.2N 134.6E, according to JTWC.

The powerful storm was tracking northeastward at about 20km/h [according to local information] packing sustained winds of about 170km/h with wind gusts exceeding 205km/h [Fire-Earth Models.]

Maximum significant wave height was 13 meters (42 feet), according to JTWC.

Multiple Warnings

Local authorities have issued multiple warnings for destructive winds, major storm surges, flooding and  mudslides along the typhoon’s predicted path.

Typhoon VONGFONG (TY 19W)

Typhoon VONGFONG (TY 19W), which is following PHANFONE, could become a super typhoon within the next few days, according to various models.

Position at 14:59UTC on Sunday, October 5, 2014: Near 14.1N 145.9E [JTWC]
Tracking  west-northwestward at 25 km/h
Max sustained wind: 175km/h
Max wind gusts: 240km/h
Max significant wave height: 11m (33feet)

The Most Powerful Typhoon Ever Recorded?

VONGFONG, should favorable conditions continue, could become one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on earth, with maximum sustained winds of up to 300 km/h [Probability: 0.65  as of posting —FIRE-EARTH Models.]

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Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in New England

Posted by feww on October 4, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
EXCESSIVE COLD, FROSTS, FREEZES, HAIL
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 666, 444, 187, 178, 177, 157, 111, 02
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Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters Destroy Crops in 27 Counties across 4 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared multiple crop disasters for an additional  27 counties in four states—New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont—due to the losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events that have occurred during the 2014 crop year, so far.

Designation #1

Damages and losses caused by extreme temperature fluctuations, excessive cold, frosts, freezes and hail that occurred from Dec. 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014

  • New Hampshire. Belknap, Grafton, Rockingham, Carroll, Hillsborough, Strafford, Cheshire, Merrimack, Sullivan and Coos counties.
  • Maine. Oxford and York counties.
  • Massachusetts. Essex, Franklin, Middlesex and Worcester counties.
  • Vermont. Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties.

Designation #2

Damages and losses caused by extreme fluctuations, freeze and hail that occurred on May 22 through May 25, 2014

  • New Hampshire. Cheshire, Hillsborough and Merrimack counties.
  • Massachusetts. Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,620 counties across 41 states. Most of those designations are due to the drought.

Those states are

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on October 1, 2014.

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PHANFONE Meanders Toward Japan

Posted by feww on October 3, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
POWERFUL TYPHOON
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
MAJOR STORM SURGE
COASTAL FLOODING
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS  444, 111, 088, 070, 066, 033, 024, 023
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Typhoon PHANFONE  (18W) to Impact Coastal Japan

Typhoon PHANFONE (TY 18W) was positioned near 26.0N 133.0E at 14:00UTC on October 3, 2014 packing sustained winds of about 225km/hr with maximum wind gusts of up to 270km/hr, according to FIRE-EARTH models.

Typhoon 18W
Typhoon PHANFONE. VIS-SWIR [FIRE-EARTH Enhancement] Satellite Image at 13:32UTC, Ocober 3,2014. Source of original image: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC

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Multiple Crop Disasters Occur in 11 States

Posted by feww on October 3, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
DROUGHT
LIGHTNING, EXTREME RAIN EVENTS, FLOODING, FLASH FLOODING, HAIL
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 888, 800, 311, 444, 178, 111, 100, 066, 027, 025, 023, 03, 02
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Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters Destroy Crops in Areas across 11  U.S. States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared multiple crop disasters for an additional  61 counties in 11 states due to the losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events that have occurred during the 2014 crop year, so far.

Disasters caused by ongoing drought

  • Oregon. Union, Baker, Grant and Umatilla counties.

Damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from Aug. 15, 2014, and continues

  • New York. Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties.
  • New Jersey. Passaic and Sussex counties.
  • Pennsylvania. Pike County.

Losses and damages caused by excessive rain, flash flooding and hail that occurred from July 25, 2014, through Sept. 1, 2014

  • Idaho. Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Bonneville,  Butte,   Camas, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Fremont, Jefferson, Jerome,   Lemhi, Lincoln,  Madison, Minidoka, Oneida, Power, Teton, and Twin Falls  counties.
  • Montana. Beaverhead County.
  • Nevada. Elko County.
  • Utah. Box Elder County.
  • Wyoming. Lincoln and Teton counties.

Crop disasters caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, lightning and hail that occurred during July 28 through July 31, 2014

  • New York. Ontario, Livingston, Seneca, Wayne, Monroe, Steuben and Yates  counties.

Losses and damages caused by hail that occurred on Aug. 7, 2014

  • Massachusetts. Barnstable, Dukes and Plymouth counties.

Crop disasters caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from July 3, 2014, and continues

  • North Carolina. Jones, Onslow,  Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Lenoir and Pender counties.

Crop disasters caused by excessive rain that occurred during April 22, 2014, through Sept. 1, 2014

  • New York. Orleans, Genesee, Monroe and Niagara counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,593 separate crop disasters across 38 states. Most of those designations are due to the drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on October 1, 2014.

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Tens of Thousands of Walruses Run Out of Sea Ice

Posted by feww on October 2, 2014

SPECIES EXTINCTION
COLLAPSE OF BIODIVERSITY
SCENARIOS 998, 900, 444, 222, 114, 04, 02, 01
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Mass walrus haulout on Alaska shore as ice vanishes

The adult walruses, which can weigh about 1,225 kilograms, need sea ice as haulout platforms to rest, give birth, nurse and protect their young.

Pacific walruses have been hauling out on land in Alaska since 2006, as summer sea ice retreats, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

“The walruses are hauling out on land in a spectacle that has become all too common in six of the last eight years as a consequence of climate-induced warming. Summer sea ice is retreating far north of the shallow continental shelf waters of the Chukchi Sea in U.S. and Russian waters, a condition that did not occur a decade ago.  To keep up with their normal resting periods between feeding bouts to the seafloor, walruses have simply hauled out onto shore,” said USGS.

Hauling out refers to the behavior associated with seals and walruses of temporarily leaving the water to gather on land or ice. Watch a video.

walruses in ak
About 35,000 walruses (~ 15 to 20 percent of the Pacific walrus population), hauled out on a beach in the Chukchi Sea near the village of Point Lay, Alaska, some 1130km (~ 700 miles) northwest of Anchorage because of lack of sea ice in this September 2014 photo taken by Corey Accardo / NOAA/NMFS/AFSC/NMML.

Onshore haulouts endangers female walruses and their calves, which can be trampled and killed during frequent stampedes.

Additionally, the walruses may be adversely affected hauling out on shore and using nearshore feeding areas, rather than their preferred behavior of using the ice as a haulout platform, on which to rest while remaining near rich feeding grounds, said USGS.

“One of the differences between this haul out and other ones is the sheer size and number of animals coming to shore,” said an ecologist with the USGS.

Arctic sea ice reached its minimum for the year on September 17, reported the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC). This year’s retreat was “the sixth lowest extent in the satellite record and reinforces the long-term downward trend in Arctic ice extent.”

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Major Disaster Declared for Kentucky

Posted by feww on October 2, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING
LANDSLIDES, MUDSLIDES
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 101, 066, 027, 023, 022, 09, 02
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Kentucky Declared a Federal Disaster Area after Extreme Weather Damage  (DR-4196)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides  during the period of August 18-23, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters include Floyd, Johnson, Knott and Pike counties.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

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Half of Global Wildlife Lost in 40 Years: WWF

Posted by feww on September 30, 2014

PLANETARY-SCALE  DISASTERS
SPECIES EXTINCTION
COLLAPSE OF BIODIVERSITY
SCENARIOS 998, 900, 444, 222, 114, 04, 02, 01
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Populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish drop 52% since 1970

Global populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have plunged 52 percent, says the 2014 Living Planet Report released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

“There is a lot of data in this report and it can seem very overwhelming and complex,” said  the chief scientist at WWF. “What’s not complicated are the clear trends we’re seeing—39 percent of terrestrial wildlife gone, 39 percent of marine wildlife gone, 76 percent of freshwater wildlife gone—all in the past 40 years.”

The Gross ‘Misunderstatement’

Then comes the understatement of the Anthropocene, or even Era Vulgaris:

“We’re gradually destroying our planet’s ability to support our way of life,” said president and CEO of WWF.

Gradually, indeed!

After all, the oldest traces of life on earth dates back about 3.7 billion years, and in a mere 40-year period, the wildlife populations have been annihilated.

The Worst Decline

The WWF’s “Living Planet Index” is based on trends among 10,380 populations of 3,038 wildlife species.

The worst decline has occurred among populations of freshwater species, which plunged by 76 percent during the report period (1976 – 2010).

Both the terrestrial and marine (species in decline include sea turtles, many sharks, and large migratory seabirds like albatross) numbers have declined by 39 percent.

The average 52 percent decline was nearly TWICE larger than the previous figure reported by WWF two  years ago, which put the loss at 28 percent for the period  1970 – 2008.

Ocean Greenery Under Stress

According to a study on phytoplankton decline, which was published in 2010, the average global phytoplankton concentration in the upper ocean was declining by about 1% per year. Between 1950 and 2000, “algal biomass decreased by around 40%, probably in response to ocean warming—and the decline has gathered pace in recent years.”

[Isn't it interesting to see how everyone is re-adjusting their "extinction clocks?" —Editor]

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Significant Quakes Strike Iceland

Posted by feww on September 28, 2014

VOLCANIC HAZARDS
SEISMIC HAZARDS
MAIN SCENARIOS 707, 017, 08, 07, 02
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Significant earthquakes strike near Bardarbunga volcano

At least 8 more earthquake measuring 4.0Mw or greater have occurred near Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland since Friday.

4 of the quakes measured 5.0Mw or greater, including three  shocks that registered 5.2Mw, according to the data provided by the Icelandic Met Office (IMO).

Meantime, IMO has issued the following warnings

  • Warning: Fissure eruption continues in Holuhraun lava field, north of Vatnajökull (Vatna Glacier).
  • Warning: Today (Sunday) volcanic gas emissions are expected to drift east and later to the northeast of the eruption site. Tomorrow (Monday) the pollution will affect areas to the north and northwest.

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Major Disaster Declared for Michigan

Posted by feww on September 28, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MAJOR DISASTERS
SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING
FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 101, 066, 027, 023, 02
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Michigan Declared a Federal Disaster Area after  Severe Storms, Flooding (DR-4195)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Michigan in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of August 11-13, 2014.

Areas worst affected by the disasters include Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

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Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in 10 States

Posted by feww on September 25, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
CROP DISASTERS
DROUGHT
FROST, FREEZE
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
HAIL, FLASH FLOODING, FLOODING, STANDING WATER
LIGHTNING
TORNADOES, HIGH WINDS
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 888, 800, 797, 311, 555, 444, 187, 178, 177, 157, 111, 097, 088, 066, 064, 027, 023, 03, 02
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Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters Destroy Crops in 147 Counties across 10  States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared multiple crop disasters for an additional  147 counties in 10 states due to the losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events that have occurred during the 2014 crop year, so far.

Losses caused by freeze that occurred from Feb. 1, 2014, through April 30, 2014

  • New York. Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware and Tioga counties.
  • Pennsylvania. Susquehanna and Wayne counties.

Damages and losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, high winds and hail that occurred from April 1, 2014, through July 8, 2014

  • New York. Albany, Allegany, Bronx, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming and Yates counties.
  • Connecticut. Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
  • Massachusetts. Berkshire County.
  • New Jersey. Bergen County.
  • Pennsylvania. Bradford, Potter and Tioga counties.

Damages and losses caused by the combined effects of frost and drought that occurred from Jan. 1, 2014, through Aug. 12, 2014

  • Tennessee. Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox and Sevier counties.

Damages and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain that occurred from June 29, 2014, through July 9, 2014

  • Tennessee. Chester, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Madison, McNairy,  Shelby and Tipton counties.
  • Mississippi. Alcorn, Benton, Marshall and Tippah counties.

Damages and losses caused by tornadoes, high winds, hail and lightning that occurred from July 27, 2014, through July 28, 2014

  • Tennessee. Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties.
  • Virginia. Bristol, Scott and Washington counties.

Losses due to the combined effects of heavy rainfall, flooding, ground saturation, standing water and colder than normal temperatures that occurred from May 1, 2014, through July 1, 2014

  • Minnesota. Aitkin, Anoka, Beltrami, Benton, Blue Earth, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Grant, Hennepin, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Nicollet, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Rice, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Wilkin and Wright counties.
  • Wisconsin. Burnett, Douglas and Polk counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,532 separate crop disasters across 38 states. Most of those designations are due to the drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on September 24, 2014.

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Second Round of Flood Disasters in a Month Hits India

Posted by feww on September 23, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
DEADLY FLOODING
MASS DISPLACEMENT
SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 078, 070, 066, 023, 02
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Floods and landslides kill dozens in northeast India

Severe floods and landslides triggered by extreme rain events have killed dozens of people in India’s remote northeast, said reports.

At least 21 people have lost their lives and another 24 are missing and presumed dead in flood affected areas of Garo Hills region in Meghalaya, said state government officials, reported Times of India.

In Meghalaya, dozens of villages were inundated by flash floods, as forecasters warned of more rains through Thursday.

Floods have killed at least 14 others in Assam, where multiple districts inducing Gauhati, the state capital, were inundated.

At least 300,000 people have been affected by the latest round of disasters, including about 30,000 displaced.

Floods killed hundreds of people and left tens of thousands homeless in Indian-controlled Kashmir and Pakistan earlier this month.

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The 600th Sinkhole Opens Up in Seoul

Posted by feww on September 22, 2014

GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS
SCENARIOS 010, 09, 08, 02
.

South Korean Capital Plagued by Hundreds of Sinkholes

Some 600 sinkholes have plagued the South Korean capital, Seoul, so far this year, private sources say.

In August, officials discovered 6 cavities under a highway in Seoul’s Songpa, the area with largest number of sinkholes, with the larger ones measuring up to 83-meters long.

Residents in Songpa neighborhoods surrounding the construction site of the 555 meter (1,821 feet) Lotte World Tower, world’s sixth tallest building, first reported on social media the appearance of sinkholes on at least two nearby roads, AP reported.

“With about 70 of its 123 floors completed, the Lotte World Tower is now undergoing a review by experts and has put on hold the opening of adjacent low-rise buildings that form part of its complex.”


A sinkhole in the middle of a road in Songpa, southern Seoul, is being filled by the City employees.  The sinkhole may have been caused by construction at the Second Lotte World Tower nearby. —Yonhap

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