Threatens Earth’s climate.
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.
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.
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.
- Arctic Ice Is Spewing Forth “Fountains” of Methane Gas Into the Atmosphere – Potential World Disruption in Weather Patterns Seen Coming (cartaphilus.com)
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.
- Arctic mystery: What killed the ozone, and will it strike again? (calgaryherald.com)
- Large Ozone Hole Observed Again in 2011 (japanfs.org)
- Ozone hole highlights need for better monitoring: scientists (canada.com)