Monday, June 27, 2016

Hot House Gases Rocket 3.7 Parts Per Million Over 2015


CO2’s Vertigo-Inducing Rate of Rise — In First 5 Months of 2016 Hothouse Gas Concentration Rocketed 3.7 Parts Per Million Above 2015


Perhaps the most worrisome threat is that because the Arctic is warming so much faster than the globe as a whole, the permafrost — soil that remains frozen year-round — is thawing. As it does, organic matter which is trapped within can decay, and when it does it releases CO2 into the atmosphere, except those places where instead of releasing CO2 it releases CH4.” — Tamino.
With the Northern Hemisphere Pole warming at a rate 2-3 times faster than the rest of the globe, there’s a risk that we start to set off a kind of runaway warming feedback. We may be near that threshold now… God help us if we’ve crossed it…
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Prior to 2015, the highest annual rate of atmospheric CO2 increase occurred in 1998 at 2.9 ppm. This record was broken in 2015 when atmospheric CO2 levels climbed by 3.05 ppm. But so far this year, the rate of increase for this heat-trapping gas is a stunning 3.68 parts per million above comparable monthly averages seen during 2015. That’s nearly four times the rate of atmospheric accumulation since the early 1960s. A level of increase that almost guarantees that 2016 will shatter 2015’s record for CO2 gain and set a new ominous benchmark for a ramping accumulation of hothouse gasses. 


Deadly, record-breaking heat and wildfires sweeping across US are a clear sign of manmade climate change

The high temperatures have hampered firefighters' efforts to put out blazes that started before the heat set in. In New Mexico, the North Fire has grown to cover over 36,000 acres,


It Felt Like 71 C in India on June 13th
Some of the highest hea values ever recorded on earth. The delay of India’s monsoon is a pretty big deal. It reduce the amount of moisture necessary for the provision of life-giving crops for this country of 1.2 billion, and it increases life threatening heatwaves.



Greenland Hits Record 75°F, Sets Melt Record 


 

Climate Emergency Declaration

Australian Parliament must declare a climate emergency. the alarming spike in global temperatures as in the bleaching of the Reef. Insist our leaders stop playing political games and stand together to draw a line in the sand. 


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Brexit May Well Never Happen



The “Leave” campaign won an unexpectedly decisive majority in Thursday’s referendum on Britain’s EU membership. So why do Brexit’s biggest backers already seem so discombobulated? 


Commenters described “Leave” icon and possible next prime minister Boris Johnson as “rather pale” and “uncharacteristically subdued” the morning after. Nigel Farage, the leader of the U.K. Independence Party, spent Friday morning distancing himself from the “Leave” campaign’s promise that Britain’s EU funds would be redirected to the National Health Service; and Tory European Parliament member Daniel Hannan admitted that renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the EU wouldn’t actually decrease immigration. Sorry, “Leave” voters who wanted to either curb immigration or fund the NHS! (That’s pretty much all of them.)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

EYE on the World - "Turn, Turn Turns ... Upside Down"

 

  "Stories Going Beyond The Mainstream"   

      Turn, Turn, Turns... Upside Down  


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Carbon Emissions Highest In 66 Million Years 




Carbon emission release rate ‘unprecedented’ in past 66m years 
Researchers calculate that humans are pumping out carbon 10 times faster than at any point since the extinction of the dinosaurs

Humanity is pumping climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere 10 times faster than at any point in the past 66m years, according to new research.
The revelation shows the world has entered “uncharted territory” and that the consequences for life on land and in the oceans may be more severe than at any time since the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Heat Records Soar For 13th Straight Month 


 


The hottest May in modern history: Earth breaks heat record for 13th month in a row


  • Record May heat put global average at 60.17 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 1.57 degrees above the 20th-century average says NOAA

  • If you live in Arizona, California or Nevada, watch out for temperatures as high as 120 degrees in the next few days.

  • That is not a typo 

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 Brexit "HUGE VICTORY" For  UK Democracy, Liberty and Sovereignty 


World Markets Roiled by Brexit as Stocks, Pound Drop; Gold Soars


Global markets buckled as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union drove the pound to the lowest in more than 30 years while sparking demand for haven assets from U.S. Treasuries to gold. 
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 587 points, or 3.4 percent, erasing gains for 2016 as bank shares plunged. European stocks bore the brunt of the carnage, with the Stoxx 600 Index sliding 7 percent in its worst day since October 2008. The yen briefly strengthened past 100 per dollar for the first time since 2013. Treasury yields had their biggest drop in more than four years and gold rallied above $1,300 an ounce. Volatility surged, with the CBOE’s measure of anxiety jumping 30 percent.

WARNING: Canadian Housing Crash Could Impair BIG Banks' Equity 

 

Housing crash in Canada could cost mortgage lenders almost $12 billion, Moody’s warns 

There are “systemic vulnerabilities” in the Canadian mortgage market that would be exposed if the country were hit by a U.S.-style housing meltdown, according to a report from Moody’s Investors Service.
A crisis on that scale could result in combined losses of more than $17 billion for the Canadian banks and mortgage insurers, with house prices falling by as much as 35 per cent, the ratings agency said in the report, published Monday.
Among the vulnerabilities cited in the analysis 

Banks' Stress-Tests Are A Joke - "The Name's Tucker, Not SUCKER" 

 

The 33 Biggest Banks Beat the Fed's Stress-Test Minimums for 2nd Straight Year 

For the second straight year, the biggest U.S. banks all had sufficient capital to withstand a severe financial downturn, according to results of the Federal Reserve's annual stress tests. 
It was a close call for some, including Morgan Stanley (MS) , BMO Financial (BMO) , Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and KeyCorp (KEYThe tests are the first phase of the review and will be followed by scrutiny of how the companies' plans for dividends and stock buybacks would affect their balance sheets. 

Beautiful Orcas Starving 


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The Orcas Are Starving


Vancouver photographer Mark Malleson took this photograph of the Southern Resident killer whale known as J-34, or Doublestuf, breaching while he was in the interior waters of the Salish Sea this spring. It’s a remarkable and frightening photo for orca lovers, because the male orca’s ribs appear to be protruding prominently.
That’s abnormal, especially for a resident killer whale at this time of year, when the orcas are typically well fed after a winter of preying on Chinook salmon. And so Malleson’s photo set off a number of alarm bells in the Northwest whale-watching community as it circulated on social media.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Beautiful #Orcas Facing Starvation


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The Orcas Are Starving


Vancouver photographer Mark Malleson took this photograph of the Southern Resident killer whale known as J-34, or Doublestuf, breaching while he was in the interior waters of the Salish Sea this spring. It’s a remarkable and frightening photo for orca lovers, because the male orca’s ribs appear to be protruding prominently.
That’s abnormal, especially for a resident killer whale at this time of year, when the orcas are typically well fed after a winter of preying on Chinook salmon. And so Malleson’s photo set off a number of alarm bells in the Northwest whale-watching community as it circulated on social media.
Subsequent photos taken of J-34 and his pod from a scientific drone suggested that, while the whales weren’t particularly plump, their girth was within their normal range. Nonetheless, veteran whale scientist Ken Balcomb is blunt about what he is seeing for the Southern Residents long-term: “These whales are starving,” he says. “There simply aren’t enough salmon out there for them to eat.”

Is The “Official 9/11 Story” Coming Apart At The Seams?

It seems that Washington is clearly setting the Saudis up to take the fall should the 9/11 cover-up start to unravel. The Saudis can already see the guns being pointed at its direction. This has the potential to bring an end to the strategic alliance between Washington and Saudi Arabia. 


Saudis Exert Pressure to Escape UN Blacklist

If they were not removed from the annex to the UN’s annual report on children and armed conflict, the Saudis had threatened to cut off millions of dollars in humanitarian funding.


Mass Exodus of Oil Companies From the Arctic

With the departure of a Spanish oil company from the Chukchi Sea, only Shell still holds a drilling lease in U.S. Arctic waters. Here’s why an Arctic oil boom never happened and why it probably never will.


The Cost of Proposed Offshore Drilling $180 Billion 

The net increase in global carbon emissions from those leases over their lifespans would be 850 million metric tons of C02 = the annual emissions of 3.6 million vehicles over fifty years. 


World Markets Roiled by Brexit as Stocks, Pound Drop; Gold Soars 




Global markets buckled as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union drove the pound to the lowest in more than 30 years while sparking demand for haven assets from U.S. Treasuries to gold.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 587 points, or 3.4 percent, erasing gains for 2016 as bank shares plunged. European stocks bore the brunt of the carnage, with the Stoxx 600 Index sliding 7 percent in its worst day since October 2008. The yen briefly strengthened past 100 per dollar for the first time since 2013. Treasury yields had their biggest drop in more than four years and gold rallied above $1,300 an ounce. Volatility surged, with the CBOE’s measure of anxiety jumping 30 percent.
“This is going to take a large number of trading days, if not weeks, to iron through,” said Stephen Wood, who helps manage $237 billion as chief market strategist for North America at Russell Investments in New York. “‘There were a lot of surprise positions that had be unwound very, very quickly -- that’s been a significant phenomenon. Some of that will probably be re-traced. Initial reactions tend to be more extreme than long-term averages.”

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Previous Climate Events Provide Eye On Future

94-million-year-old climate change event holds clues for future

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A major climate event millions of years ago that caused substantial change to the ocean's ecological systems may hold clues as to how the Earth will respond to future climate change, a Florida State University researcher said.
In a new study published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Assistant Professor of Geology Jeremy Owens explains that parts of the ocean became inhospitable for some organisms as the Earth's climate warmed 94 million years ago. As the Earth warmed, several natural elements -- what we think of as vitamins -- depleted, causing some organisms to die off or greatly decrease in numbers.
The elements that faded away were vanadium and molybdenum, important trace metals that serve as nutrients for ocean life. Molybdenum in particular is used by bacteria to help promote nitrogen fixation, which is essential for all forms of life.
"These trace metals were drawn down to levels below where primary producing organisms, the base of the ocean food chain, can survive," Owens said. "This change inhibited biology."
The warming of the Earth during this time period took place over millions of years. At the time, the world was a drastically different place. Palms were found in Canada and lily pads dotted the Arctic Circle, while dinosaurs existed on land.
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Why the insane spike in temperature?

Rapid Polar Warming causes a dramatic transition in which El Nino has lost the power to influence climate and become a slave to a heat-sucking engine at the pole. It heralds death to winter. The extra heat in the system that scientists are now pretty concerned about appears to be coming from a ramping Northern Hemisphere polar amplification.


To understand the role of the Jetstream




 Which Corporations Control The World?

FASCINATING … A surprisingly small number of corporations control massive global market shares. How many of the brands below do you use?



Battle royale brews over battery storage and control of energy markets

Large energy users, battery storage developers and some small energy retailers are pushing for a change in energy market rules that could have dramatic consequences for the industry – levelling the playing field for battery storage


George Osborne's shame as Britain's debt tops £1.6TRILLION amid borrowing spiral




THE Chancellor has been left red-faced after Britain's debt surged to £1.606 TRILLION last month, as the Government continues to borrow billions more than expected, figures revealed today.


Despite pledging to get Britain's finances back on track, George Osborne continues to oversee state spending outpace income by billions of pounds, according to estimates from the Office for National Statics (ONS).

The Government borrowed a staggering £17.9billion in the two months since the start of the financial year in April - even more than the same time period last year. 

It meant Britain's gigantic debt as a share of the economy edged up again in May to 83.7 per cent, with the state now owing an extra £49.6 billion compared to May 2015. 

The jump in this year's borrowing also puts the Chancellor firmly on track to spectacularly blow his election promises.


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