Sunday, April 29, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Italy is one of the locations where a Super Volcano is going to go off ... the other super volcanoes are in Indonesia & USA (Yelowstone) ... stay on look out for further activity ...
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Residents of Banda Aceh evacuate after a tsunami warning. (AP)
Indonesia is where one of the 3 super volcanoes is supposed to go off ... not a good sign ... are you prepared ?
A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering immediate tsunami warnings for the region--and fears for an area devastated by an earthquake eight years ago.
According to U.S. Geological Survey, the 8.6 magnitude earthquake struck 270 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, at a depth of 14 miles.
Two hours later, a strong, 8.2 magnitude aftershock also struck off the coast of the Sumatra island.
According to CNN, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean. According to the New York Times, the earthquake could be felt in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Fearful residents in Banda Aceh fled to higher ground after the quake and several aftershocks could be felt there.
According to Reuters, power was down in Aceh province.
"The electricity is down, there are traffic jams to access higher ground," a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster management agency told the news service. "Sirens and Koran recitals from mosques are everywhere."
There were no immediate reports of damage, injuries or fatalities, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on local television.
In 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake killed an estimated 230,000 people in the region.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been so warm in the United States this year, especially in March, that national records weren't just broken, they were deep-fried.
Temperatures in the lower 48 states were 8.6 degrees above normal for March and 6 degrees higher than average for the first three months of the year, according to calculations by the. That far exceeds the old records.
The magnitude of how unusual the year has been in the U.S. has alarmed some meteorologists who have warned about. One said it's the weather equivalent of a baseball player on steroids, with old records obliterated.
"Everybody has this uneasy feeling. This is weird. This is not good," said Jerry Meehl, a climate scientist who specializes in extreme weather at thein Boulder, Colo. "It's a guilty pleasure. You're out enjoying this nice March weather, but you know it's not a good thing."
It's not just March.
"It's been ongoing for several months," said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at's in Ashville, N.C.
Meteorologists say an unusual confluence of several weather patterns, including La Nina, was the direct cause of the warm start to 2012. While individual events can't be blamed on global warming, Couch said this is like the extremes that are supposed to get more frequent because of manmade climate change from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
It's important to note that this unusual winter heat is mostly a North America phenomenon. Much of the rest of the Northern Hemisphere has been cold, said NOAA meteorologist Martin Hoerling.
The first quarter of 2012 broke the January-March record by 1.4 degrees. Usually records are broken by just one- or two-tenths of a degree. U.S. temperature records date to 1895.
The atypical heat goes back even further. The U.S. winter of 2010-2011 was slightly cooler than normal and one of the snowiest in recent years, but after that things started heating up. The summer of 2011 was the second warmest summer on record.
The winter that just ended, which in some places was called the year without winter, was the fourth warmest on record. Since last April, it's been the hottest 12-month stretch on record, Crouch said.
But the month where the warmth turned especially weird was March.
Normally, March averages 42.5 degrees across the country. This year, the average was 51.1, which is closer to the average for April. Only one other time — in January 2006 — was the country as a whole that much hotter than normal for an entire month.
The "icebox of America," International Falls, Minn., saw temperatures in the 70s for five days in March, and there were only three days of below zero temperatures all month.
In March, at least 7,775 weather stations across the nation broke daily high temperature records and another 7,517 broke records for night-time heat. Combined, that's more high temperature records broken in one month than ever before, Crouch said.
"When you look at what's happened in March this year, it's beyond unbelievable," said University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver.
NOAA climate scientist Gabriel Vecchi compared the increase in weather extremes to baseball players on steroids: You can't say an individual homer is because of steroids, but they are hit more often and the long-held records for home runs fall.
They seem to be falling far more often because of global warming, said NASA top climate scientist. In a paper he submitted to the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and posted on a physics research archive, Hansen shows that heat extremes aren't just increasing but happening far more often than scientists thought.
What used to be a 1-in-400 hot temperature record is now a 1 in 10 occurrence, essentially 40 times more likely, said Hansen. The warmth in March is an ideal illustration of this, said Hansen, who also has become an activist in fighting fossil fuels.
Weaver, who reviewed the Hansen paper, called it "one of the most stunning examples of evidence of global warming."
So Climate Change isn't real ??!!
AFP reports the warmest month of March on record in the United States happened in 2012. Since record keeping began in 1895. Cities across the Eastern Seaboard to the South and Midwest smashed records for warmest days in March and the warmest Month on record. Climate forecasts for theNational Weather Service are predicting continued warmer-than-normal heat into April for states east of the Rocky Mountains.
Some of the numbers associated with the March heat are astounding.
15,272: The number of high temperature records broken across the United States in 31 days of March. 7,755 of those were daytime highs and 7,517 were nighttime records. Every state had at least one day of record high temperatures.
21: The number of overnight low temperatures that were as warm as or warmer than some daily high temperature records. The sun wasn't even in the sky when those 21 records were broken.
25: Thethat had all-time high average temperatures for March. Fifteen states saw marks in the top 10 all-time. Alaska, which was not counted into the average, had the 10 coldest March on record.
223: The number of preliminary tornado reports in March. Usually, there are only 80 tornadoes reported in any given March. The outbreak of March 2-3 caused over $1.5 billion in damage.
153: The number of years between the warmest months of March in Albany, N.Y. Reuters states the previous warm record for March in Albany was 1859 with an average temperature of 44.4 degrees. The new record set this year is 45.9 degrees.
51.1: The number of the average temperature for March in degrees. The old record was 50.6 degrees set in 1910. The departure from average 20th Century temperatures was 8.6 degrees higher.
1,407: The number of months the Archives of precipitation can be accessed online back to January 1895, over 117 years.has kept uniform records across the country.
4.25: The number of inches in diameter a hailstone was measured in Hawaii during a freak tornado March 9. The EF-0 twister was spotted in Lanikai and Kailua on Oahu. The width of the hailstone was a state record.
25: The number of states that had their warmest first quarter on record. January through March saw an average temperature of 42 degrees, six degrees above the norm. The lower 48 contiguous states set an all-time record the warmest first three months of a year.
1: The number of states that had the driest March on record. Colorado had its driest March ever. Wyoming had its second driest. Yet states such as Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas all had top 10 wettest months for March.
William Browning is a research librarian.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
They are off by about 18 years as the collapse is on pace for this year ... 2013 the latest (be prepared either way if you want to live - no need to fear death tho) But this is an indication that smart people everywhere simply have to enter numbers into a computer to get the answer ... we have been living an unsustainable life for too many years ...
Quote from article - "There is a very clear warning bell being rung here," Turner said. "We are not on a sustainable trajectory."
A new study from researchers at Jay W. Forrester's institute at MIT says that the world could suffer from "global economic collapse" and "precipitous population decline" if people continue to consume the world's resources at the current pace.
Smithsonian Magazine writes that Australian physicist Graham Turner says "the world is on track for disaster" and that current evidence coincides with a famous, and in some quarters, infamous, academic report from 1972 entitled, "The Limits to Growth."
Produced for a group called The Club of Rome, the study's researchers created a computing model to forecast different scenarios based on the current models of population growth and global resource consumption. The study also took into account different levels of agricultural productivity, birth control and environmental protection efforts. Twelve million copies of the report were produced and distributed in 37 different languages.
Most of the computer scenarios found population and economic growth continuing at a steady rate until about 2030. But without "drastic measures for environmental protection," the scenarios predict the likelihood of a population and economic crash.
However, the study said "unlimited economic growth" is still possible if world governments enact policies and invest in green technologies that help limit the expansion of our ecological footprint.
The Smithsonian notes that several experts strongly objected to "The Limit of Growth's" findings, including the late Yale economist Henry Wallich, who for 12 years served as a governor of the Federal Research Board and was its chief international economics expert. At the time, Wallich said attempting to regulate economic growth would be equal to "consigning billions to permanent poverty."
Turner says that perhaps the most startling find from the study is that the results of the computer scenarios were nearly identical to those predicted in similar computer scenarios used as the basis for "The Limits to Growth."
"There is a very clear warning bell being rung here," Turner said. "We are not on a sustainable trajectory."