Mexico City Subsides Rapidly As It Runs Out of Water

25 Million People Face A General Water Shortage As Authorities Run Out of Options

Mexico City, one of the world’s largest mega cities, is a poster child for what happens when global warming meets human overconfidence and incompetence. As the average temperature ramps up and the city drills ever deeper into its underground aquifers, the land beneath the city is sinking…and sinking fast. In some neighborhoods, the subsidence rate is up to 9″ a year with major landmarks on the verge of collapse and roads buckling like a massive fun house that is no fun at all.

In the historic part of town, the National Palace leans over the sidewalk and the famous Zócalo catherdral features a bell tower propped up with stone wedges.

About 20 percent of Mexico City residents don’t get water regularly from their taps and what does come out is suspect. These poor neighborhoods are served by quasi legal trucking companies that tap into the already collapsing aquifers and deliver the water at exorbitant cost to the poorest neighborhoods. In many neighborhoods, water wells are contaminated by minerals and chemicals, rendered the water marginal for drinking water. Residents forced to use the supply see their children break into rashes and suffer bouts of colitis.

Not surprisingly, the water supply for the wealthy parts of town is fairly reliable, if unsustainable in the long run. The average resident in these parts of town use 100 gallons a day, but pay approximately 15% of what the people in the less desirable areas.

Meanwhile, the area continues to set new heat records, with predictions that the average temperature will rise several degrees over the next several decades, which average rainfall will continue to declines.

As quoted in the New York Times, Arnoldo Kramer, Mexico City’s chief resilience officer, states bluntly: “Climate change has become the biggest long-term threat to this city’s future. And that’s because it is linked to water, health, air pollution, traffic disruption from floods, housing vulnerability to landslides — which means we can’t begin to address any of the city’s real problems without facing the climate issue.”

As the situation worsens, the migration patterns are expected to become far more problematic and dangerous, as millions more climate refugees make their way north.
Better build a bigger wall, Donald.

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Ocean Oxygen Levels Falling As Waters Warm

NEW RESEARCH FROM GEOMAR HELMHOLTZ SHOWS 2% DROP IN O2 LEVELS IN 50 YEARS

Corresponding 4X increase in Dead Zones.

Although the planet has broken all time global temperature records for the past three years, the effects of abrupt climate change are manifested even more in the waters of the global sea – at least for the time being. Much of the heat and CO2 from the atmosphere is currently absorbed into the oceans, a slow motion doom machine that is only less alarming because it is not easily observed. As a result, rapidly warming waters are wreaking all kinds of havoc with the planetary ecological balance and few citizens of planet Earth are aware of the impending disaster.

Sea Ice Collapse: Higher water temps have melted the sea ice fields at both poles to new low minimum and maximum extents, driving an irreversible positive feedback loop. The feedback loop is easy to understand: When the sun’s rays strike dark open water rather than white ice, the heat is sucked right into the ocean rather than reflected back into space. The water continues warming, melting more ice.

Ice Shelf Collapse: The coastlines of Antarctica and Greenland are defined by floating ice shelves, which are mostly in the water, but which hold back the massive land-based glaciers behind them. These shelves are being dissolved from the bottom up by warming waters, and are now beginning to crack away and fall into the sea. As a result, the flow of the glaciers into the sea has accelerated, contributing to sea level rise.

Rising Seas: In addition to trillions of gallons of new water pouring into the seas from melting land ice, the actual volume of the planetary ocean expands as the water heats up. Simple physics.

Slowdown of Gulf Stream/Ocean Circulator: The addition of fresh water changes the water density of the oceans in the Arctic regions. The great Ocean Circulator (of which the Gulf Stream is the most famous component) keeps Europe relatively mild, among other effects. Read more here.

Water Chemistry: The oceans have also become about 30% more acidic since the mid-nineteenth century as billions of tons of Carbon is absorbed by the seas. The early effects of this process – which is understood to be irreversible – is that shellfish, crabs and other marine animals are having problems forming shells. There have already been early panics in these fisheries as the problem spreads.

AND NOW MORE BAD NEWS:
There is nothing to like about these developments, but worse is yet to come as scientists detect the first confirmation of the expected decrease in ocean Oxygen levels.

Earlier in February, the first in-depth study on global ocean oxygen content was published in Nature by oceanographers of GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Based on literally millions of global measurements, the researchers report a decline in dissolved oxygen of 2% over the past 50 years. While there are always variations in oxygen levels from location to location, the study showed that percentages dropped throughout the ocean, with only a few minor exceptions. The trend confirms expectations of long standing models and also projects a continuation of the condition in the decades to come.

At its core, the cause is as simple as high school chemistry: as water temperature climbs, it is less able to dissolve oxygen. In addition, warmer water absorbs less oxygen at the surface-to-air interface, reducing to amount of total oxygen available. And in today’s warmer oceans, there is less turnover between differing depths (stratification), which further reduces the oxygen penetration to lower levels.

Although this is only the beginning of a long ride down, the potential effects of oxygen depletion on marine life should be obvious. There is already growing evidence that the habitats of large predator fish are shrinking due to reduced oxygen.

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As DAPL is Approved: Deadly Blast on Aging Pipeline Owned By Dakota Access Partners

February 15, 2017 Paradis, LA Natural Gas Pipeline Kills One Worker
January 30, 2017: 600,000 gallons of oil spilled by Entbridge in Texas
November 11, 2016: Helena, Alabama, Colonial Pipeline kills 1
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The 200 mile VP Pipeline/EP Pipeline is owned by Phillips 66, one of the partners in the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was just approved by the Army Corp of Engineers at Trumpoint.

In other screwups involving DAPL partners, Enbridge’s Seaway Pipeline spewed 14,285 barrels of crude oil in Blue Ridge, Texas. That was the second major spill since the pipeline opened in was opened in mid-2016.

This most recent blast follows two other recent pipeline disasters in the Deep South:

The Colonial Pipeline blew up on November 11, 2016 READ, burning one worker to death and severely burning another five.
The same pipeline spewed 330,000 gallons of diesel gasoline into wetlands in September 2016.

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Flynn Lies Turn Out To Be Hillary’s Fault

The Tr*mp administration appears to be in crisis over contact by his campaign workers not to mention (suddenly former) National Security Advisor Michael Flynn with a hostile foreign government – and then lying about it – not to mention the fact that the President of the United States absolutely knew that Flynn was lying three weeks ago (but did not clue in his Vice President).

Tr*mp’s response is to blame Hillary Clinton…because, white frankly, nothing else makes sense.

Tweet Text: “The Russian non-sense is merely an attempt to cover up the many mistakes made by Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”

[Look a Russian cruise missile. Ha ha Made you look]

That feels wrong, doesn’t it?

Ironically, General Flynn was one of those leading the “lock her up cheers.” This photo is a screen grab of Flynn saying “we don’t need a reckless president who believes she is above the law.”

Is it possible in the alternative universe of Tr*mp and the GOP that ALL crimes are committed by Hillary and Obama and ANY reports that run counter to the Tr*mp’s most recent pre-dawn hallucination is FAKE NEWS?

[Look a Russian cruise missile. Ha ha Made you look]

Tr*mp told us just last week that he hadn’t gotten any calls on the Dakota Pipeline and he thought everyone was pretty much OK with it. He told us the week before that the American people are no longer interested in his tax returns. He continued to insist that he won the election in a landslide in spite of possibly billions of Mexican Muslims pouring into the country to vote against him.

Firmly grounded in reality.

Wonder if Flynn will get a nice Moscow condo next to Edward Snowden?

[Look a Russian cruise missile. Ha ha Made you look]

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Big Coal’s Big Lie Just Keeps on Spewing Pollution

While Tr*mp was entertaining us and distracting the media with his foolishness, the GOP got busy paying back the extraction industries (oil, gas and coal) who own them.*

While Tr*mp was entertaining us and distracting the media with his foolishness, the GOP got busy and began paying back the extraction industries (oil, gas and coal) who own them.*

Last week, House GOP revoked Obama regulation protecting streams from coal mining debris. That means the coal companies can return to blowing the tops off of mountains and dumping the “overburden” directly into the valleys. What they are dumping is not just dirt. It’s a toxic mess of contaminates including arsenic, cadmium and other poisonous heavy metals. It’s why streams run orange in Appalachia.

This entirely cynical move is made under cover of the War on Coal narrative concocted by the operatives of the coal industry and repeated over and over and over, the MO of special interests since the beginning of time. The War on Coal is a real as the War on Christmas.

As the fairy tale goes, Barack Obama “hates” coal (and coal miners) and has destroyed the industry along with billions of jobs. He has done this by over-reaching, GOP-speak for protecting citizens from the plundering industries. All the anti-pollution measures do is try and prevent coal companies from burying valleys and fouling public lands and waterways with cancer-causing chemicals. The way it has always worked is that the coal companies get the profits, while taxpayers pay for cleanup, should there actually be a cleanup.

McConnell, who is every bit Trump’s equal in creating an alternative reality, called the stream protection rule “an attack against coal miners and their families…the legislation we passed today will help stop this disastrous rule and bring relief to coal miners and their families.”
Except it won’t. Coal mining has been in a steep decline for far longer than Obama has been in office, but over-regulation ranks far down on the list as a cause.

Ironically, the overwhelming cause of decline in coal jobs is the free market. When fracking opened up new supplies of methane (what is called “natural gas”), public utilities began converting from dirtier and more expensive coal to natural gas. Compared to the amount of time they spent resisting environmental regulations, this transformation happened almost overnight. The demand for coal is in steep decline in China and elsewhere as well.

Another key cause of coal related employment is automation. Mountaintop removal technology, which has destroyed more than 700 mountains in Appalachia, has destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs over the past three decades. Those jobs aren’t coming back.

(In fact, robotics are in the process of replacing jobs at all levels, especially in the heavy manufacturing section Tr*mp claims he is going to save. To accomplish this, he will need to do more than browbeat with Twitter. He will need a wand.)

The most overlooked cause of failure in the coal business is the coal companies themselves, which took on mountains of debt at the beginning of the twenty-first century as they anticipated a bonanza. When business slowed during the Bush financial depression, they were handcuffed in terms of their ability to react.

The four largest coal mining companies are now in bankruptcy.

Thanks Obama.

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*They also paid back the NRA by revoking a law that made it illegal for mentally unstable people to buy a gun. Now Tr*mp can have a gun.

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Arctic temperatures remains historically high as sea ice extent falls to historic low

“After studying the Arctic and its climate for three and a half decades, I have concluded that what has happened over the last year goes beyond even the extreme.” – Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, CO (quote from the Washington Post).

According to multiple reports from climate scientists, they are currently viewing conditions in the Arctic with disbelief. A sustained heat wave is keeping January temperatures significantly higher than normal with every sign pointing an actually change in the basic climate functioning of the region. The comments were made in Earth magazine and others.

Temperatures have hovered near freezing twice since November, inhibiting the formation of new ice. The terms being used by Arctic meteorologists and climate scientists are words like “stunned” and “disbelief”. Next week (the second week in Februayr 2017), temperatures will rise +50 degrees above the median.

If you think none of this affects you, you should re-think that thought: Conditions in the Arctic region control global weather patterns.

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Rift Cutting Through Massive Larsen C Ice As Shelves Melt From Below

Rift Cutting Through West Antarctic Shelf Grew By 11 Miles In December, Leaving Only About 12 Miles To Go


A 100 meter wide, half a mile deep fissure is cutting off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf like a giant knife slicing through butter, following in the path of Larsen A and B shelves, both of which have broken away from the mainland in the past 20 years.  The 2000 sq mile shelf, which is about the size of Delaware, is expected to collapse into the sea within a month or two. The ice shelf is about 2000 sq mi, or about the size of Delaware. It will join the Larsen A and Larsen B shelves on the West Antarctica Peninsula, which have broken off an collapsed into the sea within the past 20 years.

In East Antarctica, once believed stable, the Totten Glacier has destabilized and crossed the point of no return. In Greenland, the Peterson ice shelf is undergoing the same rapid change.

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Smaller Arctic Reindeer Reflect Adaptation to Arctic Eco Collapse

Species is down sizing in order to adapt to new conditions on the tundra, where it rains instead of snows

According to new research from the James Hutton Institute, the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Arctic reindeer species is getting smaller and their body mass as a whole is now 12% less. This real time evolution is  a result of long term changes to their habitat related to fast moving climate change, directly caused by their inability to get to their food source. The average mass has dropped from 121 lbs in 1994 to 106 lbs in 2016.

Reindeer hooves have adapted over tens of thousands of years to punch through the crust of snow that normally covers the tundra in late fall. However, the Arctic climate is changing twice as fast as the rest of the planet, which means weather patterns have shifted significantly. Fall now brings heavy rains, which freeze in an ice layer that is often several inches thick. The reindeer are unable to get through to the grass beneath the ice.

As the reindeer herds shrink, the Sami ethnic group in northern Sweden has suffered an epidemic of depression, with fully 1/3 of young people having attempted suicide.

Largest Siberian Herd Down 40%

The largest reindeer herd on the planet has shrunk from 1,000,000 to about 600,000 in the past decade and a half. Russia’s Taymyr Peninsula herd has been decimated by increasingly violent floods driven by climate change, which causes more animals to drown during migration.  It is also more difficult for the herds to find cooler temperature (and escape mosquitoes, another affliction moving north that is going to change a lot of other things) as the Arctic warms twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

 

 

 

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End of Days Luxury Escape Communities: By Invitation Only

Welcome to Trident Lakes. “It’s going to be one of America’s most fun, most plush, and also one of its safest neighborhoods. It’s going to be a five star resort with DEFCON 1 preparedness.” – Richie Whitt, Trident Lakes communications director, speaking to CBS News, Dallas

Above: The fountain that will grace the aboveground campus will rival the water display at the Bellagio in Vegas. Residents will be welcomed by a huge marble statue of Poseidon, an ironic choice of Greek gods for semi-arid northern Texas.

  • You laughed when we told you about earthquake swarms and now even the Oklahoma government admits they are caused by oil and gas activities.
  • You scoffed when we said the seas are rising and now everyone in South Florida lives the dream.
  • And now, as predicted in Catmap three years ago: the first of the doomsday escape facilities (that we know about) is selling space to the rich and famous:

About an hour north of Dallas, a new community is under construction as the best and the best-looking of our species prepare for a future that seems shaky to a lot of us. Near the town of Ector, TX, a consortium of developers has begun construction on Trident Lakes, a 5 Star doomsday resort for beautiful people who want to enjoy Armageddon, whatever form it might take.

When completed, the 700 acre, $300 million development will include a golf course, equestrian center, spa, gun ranges, high end retail and fine dining.  Below ground, about 400 luxury condos ranging from 900 to 3,600 sq ft will be protected by a high tech security wall.  The underground luxury bunkers will be ready for years of post apocalyptic living, sustained by greenhouses, and DNA vault and long term water and food supplies along with electricity generators. Those concerned about the future will be offered a DNA vault to preserve their genes.

Because: Doomsday.

Unfortunately, membership in this resort is by invitation only. What could be worse than living through the End Times with common people? We know, we know.

Now ask yourself this question: If this facility is being constructed more or less publicly, how many more are already underway in far more remote locations for the uber elite? Do you think Vladimir has one? How about Wayne Newton?

Remember that the Dr. Strangelove scenario (1964) was mostly all true. The bunker that would allow US government officials to ride out a nuclear attack still exists beneath the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.

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Don’t Worry, It’s Only A Type 3 Gas Pipeline Leak: Well Fix It In January

Pipeline Merrily Bubbles Methane in Upstate New York As Gas Pipeline National Fuel Gas Says: “Chill Man”

Franklinville, NY – As reported in the OLean Times Herald (NY), hunters Ryan Weatherley* and Tim Ross came across a breached natural gas** line while walking on state property. When they called pipeline operator National Fuel, they were advised not to worry about the leak, which apparently occurred in several locations along the line. The company was aware of the leak, but planned to fix it after the Holidays because it was only a Type 3 leak, which is not likely to explode, probably. The company says the methane bubbling in the water is not contaminating groundwater. Might be contaminating air though.

After seeing the video posted on YouTube, Patrick Duddy – by coincidence a former employee of a natural gas company – called National Fuel to follow up on the story. He got a longer version of the same story. A company spokesmodel is quoted in the Olean Times Herald: ““We knew about the leak long before we saw it on YouTube.” It turns out that it has been leaking for well over a year and has not even blown up once.

The company fixed the pipeline Dec 2 because of all the irritating phone calls. But not because there was a problem with leaking methane. National Fuel hiked rates 41% on August 1, 2016.

That makes us all feel better.


* Quote from the hunter: “This is what happens when you don’t know how to weld and you get a government contract.”
** Natural gas is comprised primarily of methane, the super powerful greenhouse gas.

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