Aug 072012
 

Massive flooding has hit the city of Manilla, Phillipines with 33% of the capital underwater.  Yesterday the government had reported 50% of the city was flooded but receding waters had brought the percentage down to 33% today. Torrential rains and resultant flooding has brought the flooding to crisis levels compounded by overflowing dams and waterways.

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Jul 252012
 

In an event that has only happened once, and that was 150 years ago, the massive surface ice sheet that covered Greenland melted 40% by July 8th and then in a period of just 4 days had grown to 97%.  Scientists are baffled and have raised worldwide alarms at the incredibly rapid occurence. While the thicker ice remains, NASA calls the melt “unprecedented”.  The only time this was known to have happened was 1889.  Scientists have yet to determine whether this is a natural or the result of global warming.

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-strange-sudden-massive-melt-greenland-193426302.html

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May 062012
 

 

An enlargeable map of the Republic of Peru

An enlargeable map of the Republic of Peru (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peruvian authorities are warning residents and tourists of a health danger as they investigate a strange mass die-off occurring off the Northern coast of Peru.  over 1,200 birds (mostly pelicans) and 800 dolphins have washed ashore dead over the last few months and no one knows why. The Ministry of Health was warning visitors to stay away from the beaches of its Northern coastline until they can determine the cause of this mass extinction.

Mar 172012
 

 

Arctic Sea ice concentration, biweekly norther...

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Back on December 18th, 2011, we reported that scientists had recently discovered huge fountains of methane gas in the Arctic that could disrupt weather patterns across the globe (link appears below). Well things are heating up on this issue (literally). The BBC is reporting that scientists told UK members of parliament that something needed to be immediately in order to prevent a world climate disaster. With Arctic sea ice meting at record rates, methane trapped in this ice is being released into the atmosphere increasing the effects of global warming. Recent predictions are for ice to completely disappear from Arctic seas during the months of September in forthcoming years. Melting ice also contributes to rising sea height which could flood coastal cities.

 

BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17400804

 

 

Feb 192012
 

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A giant 13 mile long hole in the ozone layer was discovered last October 2011 by Canadian scientists using satellite data and reported in the journal Nature.  The ozone depletion was attributed to an unexpected drop in temperature in the area which had never happened before. This in combination with man-made chlorine chemical interactions, allowed the massive hole to form. The new hole in the ozone layer is similar to one discovered previously in the Antarctic. This is believed to be the first such example of twin ozone holes on Earth. Scientists reviewing the data have determined that the new rupture in the ozone layer will allow harmful ultraviolet radiation to hit northern Canada, Europe and Russia this spring, potentially affecting future wheat crop yields.