This may symbolize a warming world like no other.........Huge ice
island could pose threat to oil, shipping............Potentially in the path of this
unstoppable giant are oil platforms and shipping lanes — and any collision could do untold
damage. In a worst case scenario, large chunks could reach the heavily trafficked waters where
another Greenland iceberg sank the Titanic in 1912.
Russian wildfires raise Chernobyl radiation fears.
........increased forest patrols in a western region contaminated by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear
disaster, trying to prevent wildfires that could spread harmful radiation,........
Pakistan floods shows threat from warmer world-scientists.
..........Scientists say Pakistan could also suffer in the long-term from declining amounts of meltwater
feeding the Indus River, which is nation's life-blood............For the current floods, rainfall of about
400 millimetres (16 inches) in mountainous areas in the far north of Pakistan and adjoining parts of
Afghanistan between July 28 and 29 triggered a torrent of water down the Indus and Kabul Rivers.
"That was a record," said Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, director-general of the Pakistan
"The only explanation can be the link to climate change. Because that area very rarely receives
monsoon rains," he told Reuters, pointing to the risk of the monsoon belt shifting as well as
changes in the intensity of the monsoon.............
Update from CNN:
Death toll tops 1,300 in Pakistani flooding
August 11, 2010 9:31 a.m. EDT
........The flooding, which has affected some 14 million people, started in the northwest and has
threatened places as far south as the port city of Karachi.........
Further Update August 15, 2010:
UN chief: Never seen anything like Pakistan floods
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday he has never seen
anything like the flood disaster in Pakistan after surveying the devastation and urged foreign
donors to speed up assistance to the 20 million people affected.
Ban's comments reflect the concern of the international community about the unfolding disaster in
Pakistan, which is battling al-Qaida and Taliban militants, has a weak and unpopular government,
and an anemic economy propped up by international assistance...
Nukes Moved to Safety as Wildfires Cloud Moscow.
..............The Kremlin's spires are barely visible through a smoky haze shrouding Moscow today, as
Russians don face masks, flights are delayed and the government scrambles to move its nuclear
arsenal out of the path of the country's worst-ever wildfires..................A summertime drought that
has exacerbated the fires has also withered Russia's wheat crops, prompting Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin to halt all grain exports for the rest of the year -- a move that sent world food prices
skyrocketing. U.S. prices have soared to their highest level in two years............
"Now is a good time to reflect upon the political crime which was executed ahead of the
world Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen which caused world leaders to step
back from the climate change issue, the intended effect - humanity pays the price of
these boys and their power games and commercial interests. Time is running out to
make a difference. THE DAMAGE IS DONE AND THAT WAS THE INTENSION - MONEY AND
POWER KNOW NO LIMITS.
Climategate scientists cleared of manipulating data on global warming
|It's been a summer of near biblical climatic havoc across the
planet, with wildfires, heat and smog in Russia and killer floods
in Asia. But the moment the Petermann glacier cracked last
week — creating the biggest Arctic ice island in half a century
— may symbolize a warming world like no other..........
|A current compilation
By Colin Andrews
August 11, 2010
The Worst Russian Heat Wave in a 1,000 Years of History
On Aug 9, 2010, at 7:25 PM,
By Dean DeHarpporte: (Meteorologist)
The Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 brought temperatures of 37°C (99°F) to Moscow today,
and smog and smoke from wildfires blanketed the city for a sixth straight day. Air pollution levels were
2 - 3 times the maximum safe level today, and peaked on Saturday, when when carbon monoxide hit
6.5 times the safe level. The death toll from heat and air pollution increased to approximately 330
people per day in Moscow in recent days, according to the head of the Moscow health department.
Yevgenia Smirnova, an official from the Moscow registry office, said excess deaths in Moscow in July
averaged 155 per day, compared to 2009. The heat wave began on June 27. These grim statistics
suggest that in Moscow alone, the Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 has likely killed at least 7,000
people so far. A plot of the departure of July 2010 temperatures from average (Figure 1) shows that
the area of Russia experiencing incredible heat is vast, and that regions southeast of Moscow have
been the hottest, relative to average. Moscow is the largest city in Russia, with a population just over
ten million, but there are several other major cities in the heat wave region. These include Saint
Petersburg, Russia's 2nd most populous city (4.6 million), and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia's 5th most
populous city (1.3 million people.) Thus, the Russian population affected by extreme heat is at least
double the population of Moscow, and the death toll in Russia from the 2010 heat wave is probably at
least 15,000,000 and may be much higher. The only comparable heat wave in European history
occurred in 2003, and killed an estimated 40,000 - 50,000 people, mostly in France and Italy. While
the temperatures in that heat wave were not as extreme as the Russian heat wave, the nighttime low
temperatures in the 2003 heat wave were considerably higher. This tends to add to heat stress and
causes a higher death toll. I expect that by the time the Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 is over, it
may rival the 2003 European heat wave as the deadliest heat wave in world history.
Figure 1. A comparison of August temperatures, the peak of the great European heat wave of 2003 (left) with July temperatures
from the Great Russian Heat Wave of 2010 (right) reveals that this year's heat wave is more intense and covers a wider area of
Europe. Image credit: NOAA/ESRL.
Worst Russian heat wave in 1,000 years of history
The temperature at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport hit 99°F (37°C) today. Prior to this year, the
hottest temperature in Moscow's history was 37.2°C (99°F), set in August 1920. The Moscow
Observatory has now matched or exceeded this 1920 all-time record five times in the past two
weeks. Temperatures the past 27 days in a row have exceeded 30°C in Moscow. Alexander Frolov,
head of Russia's weather service, said in a statement today, "Our ancestors haven't observed or
registered a heat like that within 1,000 years. This phenomenon is absolutely unique." There is
some slight relief in sight--the latest forecast for Moscow calls for high temperatures of 31 - 33°C
(88 - 91 °F) Wednesday though Sunday.
Belarus records its hottest temperature in history for the second day in a row
The Russian heat wave has also affected the neighboring nations of Ukraine and Belarus. All three
nations have recorded their hottest temperatures in history over the past few weeks. Belarus, on
the western border of Russia, recorded its hottest temperature in history on Saturday, August 7,
when the mercury hit 38.9°C (102°F) in Gomel. This broke the all-time record for extreme heat set
just one day before, the 38.7°C (101.7°F) recorded in Gorky. Prior to 2010, the hottest temperature
ever recorded in Belarus was the 38.0°C (100.4°F) in Vasiliyevichy on Aug. 20, 1946. As I
described in detail in Saturday's post, Belarus' new all-time extreme heat record gives the year
2010 the most national extreme heat records for a single year--seventeen. These nations comprise
19% of the total land area of Earth. This is the largest area of Earth's surface to experience all-time
record high temperatures in any single year in the historical record. Looking back at the past
decade, which was the hottest decade in the historical record, Seventy-five countries set extreme
hottest temperature records (33% of all countries.) For comparison, fifteen countries set extreme
coldest temperature records over the past ten years (6% of all countries). Earth has now seen four
consecutive months with its warmest temperature on record, and the first half of 2010 was the
warmest such 6-month period in the planet's history. It is not a surprise that many all-time extreme
heat records are being shattered when the planet as a whole is so warm. Global warming "loads the
dice" to favor extreme heat events unprecedented in recorded history.
|Penn State Global
warming scientist cleared
Investigation finds 'no
substance' to allegation
Michael E. Mann carried
out research improperly.
BUT THE DAMAGE IS DONE
AND THAT WAS THE
|2012 Fact not Prophecy.
Climate Change just one trend line
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 15, 2010
August 16, 2010
One-fifth of Pakistan under water as flooding disaster continues
August 16, 2010
One-fifth of Pakistan is still under water after three weeks of devastating flooding, and as many as 6
million affected people have not yet received any relief, Pakistan's National Disaster Management
Authority told CNN.
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Sunday from Pakistan that the flood disaster is the worst he's
ever seen, characterizing the destruction as more dire than that caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean
tsunami and the 2005 Pakistani earthquake. Ban urged the international community to send more
relief funds to the area; the country now has just $93 million of the estimated $460 million needed to
provide flood relief.
About one in 10 Pakistanis — 20 million people altogether — have been affected by the flooding,
according to estimates from the Pakistani government. About 1,500 people are feared dead, and at
least 2 million are homeless, according to U.N. estimates. The country's most populous province,
Punjab, was also one of the worst-hit areas. Relief agencies and the government are still tallying
damage to millions of acres of farms.
Now, experts worry about disease spreading. Up to 3.5 million children are at risk for dysentery and
other diseases caused by drinking dirty water, warned the United Nations. The U.N. is also worried
that a cholera epidemic could spread, as a few cases have already been detected and many villages
have no health care..........Full report select heading above.
PHOTOS OF PAKISTAN FLOODING BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.