BP DOES IT AGAIN WITH AN OIL WELL BLOWOUT IN ALASKA
The folks who brought you the worst oil spill in history are confronting another awkward incident in Alaska's North Slope as another well blows out and spring a double leak. They "don't know" how much oil and gas is spraying in Prudhoe Bay and can't actually get near enough to the blowout to do anything about it. On account of the high winds and cold, because: the Arctic. Reports say the well has risen up three to four feet above its normal level.
In addition to their fine work in the Gulf of Mexico (2012), BP can claim two other spills in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska: 2014 and 2006.
New Research Indicates That Global Warming is Causing Weather Patterns to Get Stuck
According to the latest research from global warming pioneer Michael Mann, global warming is changing the flux of weather patterns on a planetary scale. When air flow patterns such as the Jet Stream get messed with, weather events and trends become jammed, causing extreme droughts, heat waves and heacy rainfall to persist.
Peru's Devestating Drought Is Followed By Unprecidented Storms, Flooding and Landslides.
"We are confronting a serious climatic problem!" - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
"Abnormal" temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are blamed for a severe weather event in Peru last week, which caused apocalyptic flooding and landslides. Bridges collapsed, schools were closed and up to a hundred people were killed. In the classic drought - flood - drought pattern that characterizes global weather patterns, the Andean nation had been devastated by a prolonged drought and ferocious wild fires over the past couple of years.
3 MONTH PIPELINE LEAK IN ALASKA'S COOK INLET CONTINES TO SPEW METHANE
Even as the Trump administration slashes regulations, it seems that the government is powerless to stop a full scale methane leak in Cook Inlet, which is home to endangered beluga whales. The 56 year old pipeline has been leaking hundreds of thousands of cubic feet per day since December (that we know of. Hilcorp, the operator, more or less doesn't feel like shutting it down cause is will cost money. Overregulation indeed.
RUNNING OUT OF WATER IN MEXICO CITY: AQUIFERS EMPTY AS THE CITY SINKS FASTER
As Mexico City drills ever deeper for more water, the ancient clay lake beds grow weaker and city building continue to lean and crumble.
STARVATION IN MADAGASCAR: DROUGHT AND FAMINE
Families in southern Madagascar have resorted to eating fruits and berries as an extended drought has caused crop failures and a virtual collapse of the regional economy. Approximate 1 million people - about half of the population face famine if humanitarian aide does not arrive.
DON'T WORRY: METHANE PIPELINE LEAK IN UPSTATE NEW YORK WILL BE FIXED IN JANUARY
Franklinville, NY - When an upstate NY hunter called in a leaking gas pipeline to operator National Fuel, the company told him they knew about the leak and it would be repaired in January. They advised him to leave the area. The company has since clarified that it's a Type 3 leak and is not a high priority. Cause it's only, like, methane.
Quote from the hunter: "This is what happens when you don't know how to weld and you get a government contract."
WORLD'S HIGHEST SKI RESORT CLOSES AS ANDES GLACIERS COLLAPSE ABD WATER SUPPLIES DRY UP
Bolivia's only ski resort is now closed due to global warming. Scientists measured the Chacaltaya glacier in the 1990s and gave it about twenty years, but their predictions turned out to be obtimistic. The 18,000-year-old glacier is pretty much gone and the resort closed in 2012. The retreat of the Andes glaciers is also threatening water supplies in the region, as the government declares a water emergency. The three glaciers that feed reservoirs for La Paz have collapsed, leaving much of the region without fresh water.
ARCTIC NEWS SHOWS ALARMING TEMPERATURE ANOMOLIES CONTINUING
Forecast for November 19, 2016: The Arctic will be as much as 7.42°C or 13.36°F warmer than it was in 1979-2000.
DOWNPOUR COMES FROM NOWHERE TO FLOOD JOHANESBURG
Hundreds of cars were buried in floods that came from nowhere in a sudden thunderstorm that took South Africa's capital by surprise.
SECOND OIL PIPELINE IN ALABAMA KILLS ONE, BURNS 5
One worker was burned to death and five more severely burned as another pipeline blew up in Alabama - the second explosion in two months on the Colonial Pipeline. The pipeline continues to burn November 1.
MASS STARFISH WASTING DISEASE CONFIRMED AS CAUSED BY RISING OCEAN TEMPS
A new study now officially links the mysterious West Coast die-off of "Pisaster" - commonly known as starfish - with the rapidly rising water temperatures. The bizarre affliction has killed off a huge percentage of the Pacific starfish population.
DEATHS FROM FLESH EATING BACTERIA SLOWLY CLIMBING
You'll never go in the water again. As the oceans warm, incidents of humans dying horrible deaths from flesh-eating bacteria - Vibrio vulnificus - are increasing. While not usually fatal, the nasty microscopic beasties cause fever, chills, septic shock and the horrifying blistering skin lesions that give them their name. While fatal events from vibrosis remain relative rare, a recent study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicated that "rising ocean temperatures related to global warming is strongly associated with spread of vibrios."
TOXIC CHEMICAL PLUME CAUSES EVACUATIONS IN KANSAS
Somebody at the MGP Ingredients planet in Atchison, Kasnas mixed the wrong chemicals together and created a cloud of toxic gas that enveloped the town. One high school was evacuated and classes were cancelled at a local college. Residents were told to stay inside, but the nature of the gas was not immediately revealed.
TASMANIA'S MARINE FOREST COOKED BY HOT OCEAN CURRENTS
Eastern Tasmania's oceans are warming two to three time faster than "normal", a process that has already killed off an iconic 10,000 years old underwater ecosystem.
LEAD & ARSENIC POISONING CRISIS CAUSES EMERGENCY RAZING OF INDIANA NEIGHBORHOOD
The West Calumet Housing Complex in Indiana will be torn down immediately and the 1,100 residents left homeless due to an ongoing lead AND ARSENIC poisoning crisis decades in the making. While the mayor of East Chicago ordered the residents to leave, he most definitely didn't find them somewhere else to live. Meanwhile, Jesus' own anti-woman warrior and Indiana Governor Mike Pence is off looking for evidence to get his new boss off the hook for some awkward accusations.
Aral Sea: One of the Planet's Worst Environmental Disasters
The Aral Sea has been drying up and shrinking since the Soviets diverted the rivers that fed it in the 1960s' It is now 10% of its original size and supports virtually no life. Fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides deployed over the course of 50 years have accumulated in the dry sea bed, whence they are spread across Central Asia in the form of toxic dust.
Groundwater Removal Sinks Mexico City 3 Inches A Year
Mexico City was originally built on an island in the middle of a lake to begin with, so when you begin extracting massive amounts of water from the underground caverns in the region, the porous substrate begins to compress and the buildings begin to sink. Not to mention the giant earth cracks that meander at will across the valley.
Weakening Ocean Conveyor Will Fundamentally Change Northern Hemisphere Climate
Most people know that the Gulf Stream is responsible for keeping Northern Europe and the northern Western Hemisphere temperate. It is the driving component of a planetary current system known as the Great Ocean Conveyor Belt or more obtusely, the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC).
The current conveys warm water from the lower latitudes northwards, where it acts as a massive heat exchanger between air and water. The warm water heats the atmosphere west of Europe, which allows the region to enjoy a reasonable climate. The returning cold current provides atmospheric air conditioning for the United States.
What most people don't know is that the Gulf Stream has mostly likely been irrevocably compromised by global warming, a condition that may very well lead to what scientists are now calling abrupt climate change.
The Weather Channel reports that the "anomalous" area of extra high water temperatures in the northern Pacific has returned. Along with the "fizzling" of the La Nina pattern, the new developments are expected to continue the trend of record breaking planetary high temperatures. La Nina is associated with abnormally cool surface water temperature and was supposed to turn around the effects of El Nino to some degree.
Mining Waste Pond Prevents 300,000 Gallon Pipeline Spill From Wreaking Havoc In Wildlife Preserve
Gasoline prices at the pump may be spiking this week as the main East-West pipeline to the East Coast remains closed after a large breach about 30 miles south of Birmingham.
Hot Enough For Y'all, Y'all?
Temps for the contiguous U.S. averaged 2.1°F above the 20th century average, tying 2006 as the fifth warmest on record. California, Connecticut and Rhode Island each recored their warmest summer, while Alaska's temps were the second hottest.
Africa Has Lost 30% Of It's Elephant Population in 7 Years
Industrial scale poaching by warlords and government supported crime sindicates has wiped out another 144,000 elephants, a 30% drop in the global population. The ivory trade with Asia is to blame.
Fast Moving Rift-Crack Crashing Through Larsen C Ice Shelf
A giant crack is rapidly slicing off a huge chunk of the giant Larsen C ice shelf. Between 2011 and 2015 the rift extended it's length another 20 miles and opened up to over 600 feet wide. When it reconnects with the Southern Ocean, another massive hunk of ice will disconnect from the country-sized shelf, which more than likely change the dynamics of the glaciers behind it. In other words, Antarctica is showing signs of catastrophic change that may be as alarming as what is going on in the Artic.
Larsen A and B experienced major collapses in 1995 and 2002 as the warming seas melt Antarctic Sea Ice from below. Since then, the Wilkins Ice Shelf disintegrated in a series of break up events that began in February 2008. The northern part of the shelf was gone by spring of 2009.
Shishmaref, Alaska Votes Itself Out of Existence
Summer 2016 It won't happen quickly or cheaply, but the Inupia village of Shishmaref has voted to relocate the community of about 600 due to rising seas eating up the island which it has occupied for at least 400 years. The villagers will join the inhabitants of Isle de Jean Charles, LA as climate refugees whose relocations are financed by government grantsi, including $48 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. After while, there won't be enough money to cover all the climate refugees.
Louisiana Parish Hit by Third Oil Spill in Ten Days
Summer 2016 - About 4,200 gallons of crude oil was spilled from a Texas Petroleum Investment Company oil well into the Mississippi River in early August. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, this was the third oil spill in 10 days.
With big talkin' Bobby Jindal gone, some Louisiana parishes are finally fighting back against the destruction caused by the fossil fuel boys, but it's hard to fight with somebody holding onto your scrotum.
60,000 Gallon Crude Oil Spill In Saskachewan Contaminates Major Towns' Water Supply
Summer 2016 - A Husky Energy pipeline spill contaminated a large segment of the North Saskachewan River, prompting the company issue a statement to the effect that they were deeply sorry. But pipelines burst because companies would rather pay fines that spend money on maintennance. It doesn't cost anything to say you're sorry. The company took 14 hours to notify the government about the spill, exacerbationg an ongoing drinking water crisis in the cities of North Battleford and Prince Albert (pop.35,000). The heavy oil blobs have not been contained (because the oil floated over the containment booms - oh my!) and are making their way towards indigenous Cree communities along the river. The North Saskashewan eventually empties into the Lake Winnipeg watershed.
Husky is owned by Chinese billionaire Li Ka-Shing.
Ice Cap Cannibalism - Dark Ice Caused By Pollution Creates Yet Another Unfortunate Feedback Loop
Summer 2016 - The black soot that now covers much of Greenland's surface has changed the properties of the ice cap. It now absorbs more solar radiation and reflects back less, causing the ice caps to shrink even more rapidly. The more ice that melts, the less there is to reflect the sun, causing a classic feedback loop and incidentally, sending more melt into the oceans. In spite of that the GOP claims, the seas are rising.
LAKE MEAD REACHEST LOWEST LEVEL OF ALL TIME
May 2016 - The artificial lake behind Hoover Dam is now at its lowest historical level and falling. The lake provides the drinking water supply for about 20 million inhabitants of the desert Southwest, including Arizona, Nevada and Southern California.
FIVE SOLOMON ISLANDS HAVE SUBMERGED BENEATH THE RISING SEAS
May 2016 - Five islands have disappeared in the Pacific's Solomon Islands due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, according to an Australian study that scientists said could provide valuable insights for future research.
A further six reef islands have been severely eroded in the remote area of the Solomons, the study said, with one experiencing some 10 houses being swept into the sea between 2011 and 2014.
"At least 11 islands across the northern Solomon Islands have either totally disappeared over recent decades or are currently experiencing severe erosion," the study published in Environmental Research Letters said.
TOXIC CHEMICAL POLLUTION BLOB CRAWLS THE LAKE BOTTOM TOWARD CLEVELAND