...and the news ain't good: "Evidence for climate change abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans. This evidence has been compiled by scientists and engineers from around the world, using satellites, weather balloons, thermometers, buoys, and other observing systems. The sum total of this evidence tells an unambiguous story: the planet is warming."
Overview letter is here
, Executive Summary is here
, and the full download is here
. [WARNING: Full download runs to 147MB).
posted by BillW
on Jan 13, 2013 -
October 2012 is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature. If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average. State of the Climate: Global Analysis October 2012
(NOAA). While $50 billion Sandy has had the spotlight, the biggest natural disaster of 2012 (in the US) has been the Great Drought
still ongoing which is expected to cut America's GDP by 0.5 to 1% for the year. The death toll from the heat waves that accompanied this year's drought will exceed that of Sandy. This Sunday and Monday, Ken Burns premiers his new documentary "The Dust Bowl"
, on PBS. (via
posted by stbalbach
on Nov 16, 2012 -
Georgia's going dry -- and we're not talking liquor stores.
Record temperatures in Georgia and a long drought have left many Georgia cities wondering when the taps will run dry. Some towns
have only a few weeks of water left, while rivers
near Athens have nearly dried up. A broken water main
hasn't helped the problem, and some fear that the University of Georgia campus there may shut down
for lack of water. What's more, Atlanta
itself is already feeling the pressure, as Lake Lanier, a water source for 3 million residents, falls
by 1.5 feet per week and has only a three month supply remaining. While there have been more severe
(pdf) droughts in Georgia's history, rising population numbers have increased demand to now unsustainable levels.
posted by InnocentBystander
on Oct 13, 2007 -
"California has a decision to make. We either brace ourselves for long-term [water] cuts that threaten our economy and our very way of way of life, or we invest in a solution to fix the [San Francisco Bay] Delta
and expand our water toolbox
so we can meet future challenges head-on.” [more inside]
posted by salvia
on Sep 16, 2007 -
From far away they came to toil under the scorching Outback sun, and their hardy dispositions and tireless labor helped to create the central Australian railway and telegraph
are the Camels [NPR story w/ audio]
, and today they are free (well, okay, feral
), and they are many (700,000 strong, at least.) While they're no cane toads
, they're becoming a bit of a pest. What to do with all those dromedaries? Well, you can race 'em
, or you can eat 'em
, or maybe you can even try milking 'em
. Just get 'em before they get you
posted by maryh
on Dec 9, 2006 -
Global warming approaching point of no return...
Climate change: report warns point of no return may be reached in 10 years, leading to droughts, agricultural failure and water shortages. The possibilities include reaching climatic tipping points leading, for example, to the loss of the West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets (which, between them, could raise sea level more than 10 metres over the space of a few centuries), the shutdown of the thermohaline ocean circulation (and, with it, the Gulf Stream), and the transformation of the planet's forests and soils from a net sink of carbon to a net source of carbon. Countdown to global catastrophe
posted by y2karl
on Jan 24, 2005 -
Santa Ana Speeds the Spread of So Cal Fires
Five separate fires are burning in San Diego County, including several densely populated suburban areas. Dozens of homes have been burned. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar has been affected, including an FAA air traffic control installation. 16,000 people in the South Bay lost electricity when a major distribution line went down. Many San Diego firefighters went up to Camp Pendelton yesterday. (1
posted by rschram
on Oct 26, 2003 -