Posted by feww on April 30, 2013
3 varieties of butterflies native to south Florida now extinct
An entomologist who surveyed butterflies native to south Florida for six years says three varieties of the lepidopterans have become extinct.
“These are unique butterflies to Florida. This is our biological treasure. Each unique species that we lose, we won’t ever get that back again,” Marc Minno, who conducted the survey for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, told Reuters.
The extinction of butterflies is an indication of the degradation of south Florida’s environment, he said.
“It’s indicating there are major problems, environmental harm to Florida. And this is an indication that quality for people is also degrading and people should be worried about that,” Minno said.
Miami Blue, Hemiargus thomasi, basking on twig (dorsal view of male)
Photo by David L Lysinger. Image source: Miami Blue Chapter
Additionally, two other native butterflies have left Florida for the Caribbean, and two more face extinction, he said.
- The three extinct varieties are the Florida Zestos Skipper, the Rockland Meske’s Skipper, and the Keys Zarucco Skipper, Minno said.
- The two that have moved from Florida to the Caribbean are the Bahamian Swallowtails and the Nickerbean Blues.
- The other two that are expected to become extinct are Shaus’ Swallowtail and the Miami Blue.
Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events
Severe flooding in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Floods and landslides triggered by extreme rain events have killed at least a dozen people, displacing tens of thousands of others and affecting about 1/2 million people in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
- More than 12,000 hectares of farmland have been devastated by floodwaters and hundreds of houses destroyed, Xinhua reported.
Israel plagued by hundreds of wildfires
Numerous wildfires have raged across Israel since Saturday forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of people.
“We have been putting out over 600 fires that have erupted since Saturday,” the Fire Fighters’ department told Xinhua.
“The cause of these fires are mainly the combination of extreme heat, strong winds, a problematic humidity situation and bonfires held as part of the holiday.”
A bomb killed at least 13 people and injured more than 70 others in central Damascus on Tuesday
At least two dozen people were killed and more than 100 others injured in car bomb attacks across Iraq on Monday.
DISASTER CALENDAR – April 30, 2013 —
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,047 Days Left
Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,047 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on June 21, 2011
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WARNING: About 20 percent of the global population could perish by 2016
FIRE-EARTH’s population model shows mass die-offs resulting from human impact on the planet and the planetary response to the anthropogenic harm could occur by early 2016.
- RANDOM. The mass die-offs would occur randomly.
- UNSTOPPABLE. Once triggered, the chain-reaction created by the dynamics of mass die offs would burst out of control.
FIRE-EARTH Climate Models show climate change forcings and feedbacks switching global weather patterns onto “primordial tracks.”
The extreme weather events triggered by anthropogenic climate change have a four-prong impact on humans over the next 50 months. FIRE-EARTH models forecast:
- Average decline of 22% in the global agricultural output
- Loss of topsoil and worsening of soil quality
- Increases in the size and occurrence of dead zones
- Large decline in marine food sources
Spread of Disease
- Substantial increases in the spread of diseases
- vector borne
- Air borne
- water borne
- food borne
- Increase in the spread of human immunodeficiency
- Significant decline in air quality (and corresponding increase in chronic respiratory diseases)
- Worsening of water pollution
Major increases in the number of deaths and injuries, as well as large scale displacements due to the loss of shelter and livelihood caused by extreme weather and geophysical events including:
- Storms and Extreme Weather
- Flash Flooding
- Drought and Deluge
- Extremes of Temperature
- Loss of “Seasons”
- Volcanic activity*
The Combined Effect
Social upheaval, regional conflicts and wars caused by mass migrations and scarcity of basic resources resulting from the combined effects of the above.
[June 21, 2011] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,730 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
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Posted by feww on August 22, 2008
More Serious Pollution Anyone?
Warren Buffet and Bill Gates reportedly visited the $9 billion Canadian Natural Resources Horizon oil sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Monday. Horizon Oil is scheduled to start operations October 2008.
The visit by two of the world’s richest persons [and biggest producers of CO2] pushed up Toronto stock market by almost 300 points as speculators snapped up energy stocks.
Horizon Oil Sands Project, Alberta, Canada
Construction site being cleared for the Horizon Oil Sands Project. (Source: hydrocarbons-technology). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
Horizon Oil Sands will begin operations October 2008. (Source: hydrocarbons-technology). Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!
In a news conference held in Madrid, Spain ( May 21, 2008), Warren Buffet declared:
“If the world were falling apart I’d still invest in companies.”
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