Fire Earth

Mass die-offs from human impact and planetary response to the assault could occur by early 2016

Selected Headlines

Selected Environmental @ News Headlines

July 2013

Former CIA official: Communication companies help surveillance

http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20130715/100161.shtml

Ray McGovern, a former CIA official, told CCTV News

“What’s happened here is the U.S. companies have become joined in a way with United States Government in such a way that you have the corporations, the government, the media and the congress and judiciary all pretty much joined in a complicit attempt to circumvent the constitution of the United States. There’s zero concern on the part of the communication companies to violate the law. They know that they’ll be protected, even if it’s ex post facto…”

June 2012

France and Finland about to approve world’s first permanent nuke waste storage sites

January 2012

  • [The link and following comment were submitted by a reader] No Need to Panic About Global Warming
    • “Increasingly the establishment is forced to reveal the identity of its ‘science house concubines’.  A letter to WSJ linked to above was signed by the following 16 ‘scientists’”
    • Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris; J. Scott Armstrong, cofounder of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting; Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University; Roger Cohen, fellow, American Physical Society; Edward David, member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences; William Happer, professor of physics, Princeton; Michael Kelly, professor of technology, University of Cambridge, U.K.; William Kininmonth, former head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT; James McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Technical University; Rodney Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences; Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne; Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator; Nir Shaviv, professor of astrophysics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Henk Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service; Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva.
    • [JCW, it's interesting that none of the listed mercenaries seem to be a climatologist. Moderator]

December 2011

November 2011 was the 321st consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below average temperatures was February 1985, NOAA reported.

It was 12th warmest November since records began in 1880. Arctic sea ice extent was the 3rd smallest extent on record for November at 11.5 percent below average.

November 2011

Ron Fouchier, a researcher at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam,  and his team  have created a highly contagious mutation of the avian flu virus, H5N1.

A lethal virus even before the highly contagious mutation was engineered, the H5N1 has infected about 500 people in recent years, killing about 60 percent of them, a report said.

October 2011

  • October 15th Call to Action Posted Oct. 14, 2011, 1:07 a.m. EST by Over the last 30 years, the 1% have created a global economic system – neoliberalism- that attacks our human rights and destroys our environment. Neoliberalism is worldwide – it is the reason you no longer have a job, it is the reason you cannot afford healthcare, education, food, your mortgage.Neoliberalism is your future stolen.Neoliberalism is everywhere, gutting labor standards, living wages, social contracts, and environmental protections. It is “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”It is a system that ravages the global south and creates global financial crisis – crisis in Spain, in Greece, in the United States. It is a system built on greed and thrives on destablizing shocks.It allows the 1% to enrich themselves by impoverishing humanity.
    This has to stop!We must usher in an era of democratic and economic justice.
    We must change, we must evolve.On October 15th the world will rise up as one and say, “We have had enough! We are a new beginning, a global fight on on all fronts that will usher in an era of shared prosperity, respect, mutual aid, and dignity.”
    Actions in NYC

September 2011

It can’t happen here, can it?

June 2011

MAY 2011

February 2011

The economy helped push carbon emissions up 5.56 percent to 2.42 billion metric tons in 2010, a report said.

September 2010

April 2008

Environment Links

Indigenous Environmental Network [+] The United Nations System-wide Earthwatch [+] National Geographic News [+] Earth (and moon) View [+] Earth Observatory [+] Ozone Hole Watch [+] Visible Earth [+] Environment News Service [+] Envirolink News [+] Nature.com [+] Independent UK [+] Society of Environmental Journalists

Global Warming

Global Warming [+] [Global Warming Portal [+] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [+] Woods Hole Research Center

Ecosystems

Millennium Assessment Reports [+] The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

Health Safety

Public Citizen [+] Rachel’s Democracy and Health New

Others

Cold Weatherand Climate Tipping Points: The Threat to the Planet (PPT) by James Hansen

2008 NESDIS News - 

Caution: All technical information and scientific data provided by US Government agencies (e.g., NASA, EPA…) are subject to sudden variation because of political expediency.

This caution also extends to the fidelity of the information provided by UN organizations (e.g., FAO, WHO…).

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