April and May 2017: News of The Human Affect


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 29 March 2017

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS, 

CHANING WORLD NEWS.

 

April
and 
May of 2017

 

Last
Updated 
May 31

The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

Blooming, feeding, mating, and migration patterns of all living things are changing around the world.

Here we track the obvious and the subtle human affects on Nature. The club and the knife, if you will.

 

NEXT MONTH'S CLIMATE NEWS

LAST MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

 

Last
Updated

May 31

Human activity has polluted European air for 2,000 years, study finds,
AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION, OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, May 31, 2017.


First Ancient Polluted River?

Well, the first located and identified. 

 

 

 

May 30

Fool's Market of Fools

Three Reasons Why Water Markets May Be Damaging the West’s Rivers,
Water Deeply, May 30, 2017.

The "market," more precisely the unrestricted growth of population driving, "markets," created our problem. All such problems are value-system and ethically based, not economic. The constant seeking of economic solutions to environmental and social problems that are by-products of the social and political policies of greed and irresponsibility driving our system reveals the first obstacle to understanding the true, deeper source of all our problems: We are blind to the fundamental source our problem itself:
Our Corporate Growth Machine of Death

We are blind to the fact that our own assumptions of infinite greed growing infinitely are the unaddressed "assumptions" underlying both corporate environmentalism and facism.

Our problem is not environmental. Our problem is that greed and the desire to keep and grow wealth and power, not the general welfare of our citizens served through democratic institutions, are the power and motivation controlling politics in our country today. The types of motivations and methods that must be restricted to the, "markets" in a democracy.

They, being the "markets," have reached out of their proper sphere of influence, and now control politics, rather than being controlled for our general welfare, as specified by our Constitution. We exist for their welfare, for the profits of their markets rather than the exercise of our rights. They style us as, "consumers," rather than, "citizens."

This illicit relationship between wealth and political power is the key distortion at the core of our system driving the interlocked environmental, social, political, and economic problems we experience today.

This distortion has broken the political decision-making process necessary to deal with such problems.

The forces of organized greed and corruption control our money, our markets, and our politics. They seek to control our "water," as they have held education, medicine, money, and energy under private control with public subsidy for over a century. Hey, I'm no frigging commie, or marxist, or even a socialist. I'm a simple, "General Welfare" American. 

You can also see I'm no corporate fascist/capitalist, or whatever they are calling themselves these days.

It is this corrupt relationship between wealth, power, and politics allowing the American body politic and environment to be drained at will, looted really, and not for our basic mutual needs, while maintaining a global system of dictators, kings, emirs, and other forms of tryanny dedicated to the brutal explotation of all resources, human and Natural.

We've got a pretty good rendition of the, "forces of evil," running the show here, rather than having our government serving the Natural Rights & General Welfare of our CITIZENS.

That ship sailed a very long time ago, Mr. Rockefeller...

What to do?

We've got some pretty good folks here in this country. We could make some good environmental, economic, and social policies in this country if their values could ever be reflected through our political institutions.

But how? Only one answer:

We must Break the link between greed, weath, and power:
NO MORE CORPORATE-BILLIONAIRE POLITICAL BRIBERY.

Break the political parties from their corporate captivity.

 

Also See
The Observed Necessity for a New Environmentalism

 

 

 

Save the Mountains? Save the Forests?

Death to the Mega Cities

'Heat island' effect could double climate change costs for world's cities,
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, May 29, 2017.

Putting so many folks in one place in so many places was ill-thought. Continuing to stuff them in is plain stupid.

 

 

May 28

A ramble through some solutions for the Anthropocene,
Ars Technica, May 28, 2017.

Anthropocene

 

 

May 25

Moving Targets

New sea level estimates show strong, recent acceleration.
New approach to handling pre-satellite data shows slower rise in the past.
Ars Technica, May 23, 2017.

 

 

Not Moving Targets
Killing Trees is like, "Shooting Fish in a Barrel"

Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage,
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, May 25, 2017.

Tree News

 

 

Tiny shells indicate big changes to global carbon cycle,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - DAVIS, May 25, 2017.

 

 

 Life in LA LA Land

70 billion gallons a year:
Research in Los Angeles shows water loss,
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, May 24, 2017.

 

Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years,
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, May 24, 2017.

 

 

Long View of Plains Water

The high plains aquifer: Can we make it last?
GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, May 23, 2017.

 

 

Lizards may be overwhelmed by fire ants and social stress combined,
PENN STATE, May 23, 2017.

 

 

May 22

Always Warmer
2nd-warmest April and year-to-date
,
Earth-Sky, May 22, 2017.

 

 

 

Garbage Island
Remote Pacific island is the most plastic-contaminated spot yet surveyed.
Survey finds every meter of beach is getting 26 new plastic items a day.
Ars Technica, May 22, 2017.

 

 

California Faces

Serious Tree Issues

Serious Fish Issues

 

 

May 21

Can't Hide from Mother Nature

Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault suffers breach from permafrost melt,
UPI, May 20, 2017.

 

 

 

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault
"Doomsday Vault"
WIKI

 

 

May 20 

 

Arctic Ice Flow Patterns

Breakdown of an Ice Arch,
NASA, May 20, 2017.

 

 

 In Case You Missed It: New Studies Tie Extreme Haze in China to Climate Change,
NASA, May 19, 2017.

 

 

 High levels of radioactive material migrating down into soil around Fukushima,
GeoSpace, May 19, 2017.

Geology News

 

 

May 18

Antarctica 'greening' due to climate change,
UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, May 18, 2017.

 

 

Differential Warming between Arctic and Antarctic,
Flat Antarctica,
EUROPEAN GEOSCIENCES UNION, May 18, 2017.

 

 

May 16

Subtle Rhythms of Nature
Extreme weather has greater impact on nature than expected -- researchers launch roadmap,
NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY (NIOO-KNAW), May 16, 2017.

 


Brutal Effects of Man
New Zealand's mainland yellow-eyed penguins face extinction unless urgent action taken,
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO, May 16, 2017.

 


Report: California fish face more extinctions unless trends change,
Merchury News, May 16, 2017.


Fish News

 


Klimate Karma Komes:
Arctic warming to increase Eurasian extreme cold events,
INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, May 15, 2017.

Nature takes care of problems...

 

 

May 15

Varied increases in extreme rainfall with global warming,
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, May 15, 2017.

 

 

Heat on for Australia's Great Barrier Reef when global temperatures hit 1.5C,
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, May 15, 2017.

 

 

Migratory birds bumped off schedule as climate change shifts spring,
FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, May 15, 2017.

 

 

May 11

Saying goodbye to glaciers,
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER, May 11, 2017.

 

Rio Gone, not Grande 
Warmer temperatures cause decline in key runoff measure,
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH, May 11, 2017.

 

 

Irreversible ocean warming threatens the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf,
ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE, HELMHOLTZ CENTRE FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH, May 11, 2017.

 

 

May 10

Roof of Montana


Glaciers rapidly shrinking and disappearing: 50 years of glacier change in Montana,
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, May 10, 2017.

 

 

Roof of the World

Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands,
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, May 10, 2017.


I'm sure the Tibetans are real happy with China controlling the destruction of their Plateau...

 

 

May 8

The Fake Environmentalists have Failed?

 

Paris 1.5°C target may be smashed by 2026,
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

NO !

They are hilarious!

Did anyone think going full-speed-ahead with massive domestic demographic growth and offshoring the world's industrial manufacturing & development was going to do anything else but grow all of our ethical, political, economic, demographic, and of course grow our climate and pollution problems out of control?

Those who answered affirmatively identify themselves as liars or fools, or lying fools:

These are the exactly the same corporate-traitor fools who started this whole economic and environmental, "race to the bottom," by moving all our manufacturing to filthy, peasant labor countries like China & India.

Our now "global" corporate elite has stolen the whole wealth of our nation during their last fifty years of unrestricted global and domestic growth. Prior to this last period of massive growth our corporate elite controlled half the wealth and political power.They now have all of our Nation's Wealth and Power.

This irresponsible growth will not stop until they have extracted all of the current wealth of our planet and our people, and we owe them into the infinite future. This festival of greed and corruption will only stop when either Man or Nature breaks, or we stop it by choosing to act ethically, first by restraining our own greed, then the greedy around us.

That'd be un-American, now-a-days.... 

See
The Observed Necessity for a New Environmentalism

 

 

The Age of Extremes

 Merced River to start receding in Yosemite, but some flooding still possible
Fres Bee, May 6, 2017.

  

How Wet Weather Impacted California’s Groundwater Deficit
Water Deeply, May 8, 2017.

 

 

The Corporate Growth Machine of DEATH Needs More Food

It's Greedy Surge is Eating all the lands, waters, fishes, and fertility of our State and Planet…

 

‘These fish are in a bad way.’ How many more will die because of the Delta tunnels? 
Sac Bee, May 7, 2017. 

 They will kill all of them (and us) for their "profits."

 

  

 

The Old World is Dead 
Our perception is far behind the Times

Don’t let the super bloom fool you, climate shifts are changing local landscape
Desert Sun, May 1, 2017.

 

Two things
NEVER TO DO
:

1> Never feed the Animals in Natue.

 2> Never feed the Corporate Growth Machine of Death in American Society.

 One eats "food," the other uses your emotions of Greed & Desire to consume the body and spirit of life. Don't do that...

 

 

May 5

We Are Filthy

State of the Air: California and Bay Area cities among top 10 most polluted in nation,
East Bay Times, May 5, 2017.

And we are expanding as fast as we can...

 

Snow in Hawai'i: What does the future hold?
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, May 4, 2017.

 

 

May 3

Scientists suggest the world should brace itself for a new wave of biological invasions,
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, May 3, 2017.

Already happening: See 5th article below...

 

 

Review highlights challenges faced by birds in the Gulf of Mexico,
AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS OFFICE, May 3, 2017.

Bird News

 

 

May 2, 2017

Facing extinction: California fishes,
California Water Blog, April 30, 2017.

Fish News

 

 

Antarctic ice rift spreads,
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY, May 2, 2017.


Larsen Ice Shelfs, Wiki,

Much more antarctic info below

 

 

Asian Invasion in the Mid West

Team discovers a new invasive clam in the US,
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, May 1, 2017.

Foreign "food" is on the "menu."

 

 

 

April 29

Toxic algae on the rise as our oceans warm,

Ars Technica, April 30, 2017.

Green Water Article on Mountain Safety Page

 

 

 

April 27

Chaos at all levels of Ocean Life

Rising carbon dioxide levels, ocean acidity may change crucial marine process,
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, April 27, 2017.

 


Ocean warming to cancel increased CO2-driven productivity,
UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, April 27, 2017.

Want to stop this? Then understand that we must end all our offshore-manufacturing in dirty countries. We must stop expanding our population yesterday.

Previously
Bacteria engineered the O2 atmosphere, could they take it away?

 

 

 

April 26

Extreme weather linked to greenhouse gases, global warming, Stanford study says,
Mercury News, April 25, 2017.

 

 

STUDY: MAN-MADE EXTREME WEATHER HAS HIT ALL OVER THE WORLD,
AP, April 24, 2017.

 

 

Global warming accounts for tripling of extreme West African Sahel storms, study shows,
CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY & HYDROLOGY, April 26, 2017.

 


Climate change predicted to increase Nile flow variability,
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, April 24, 2017.

See
North Africa and Middle East expected to Roast

 

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April 20

OH, MY ACHING PLANET

Water is streaming across Antarctica,
THE EARTH INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, April 19, 2017.

 


Arctic river ice deposits rapidly disappearing,
AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION, April 18, 2017.

 


Ocean current dumps plastic in remote Arctic waters,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, April 19, 2017.

 


Can barnacle geese predict the climate?
NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY (NIOO-KNAW), April 18, 2017.

 


Canary in the kelp forest,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - DAVIS, April 18, 2017.
 

The Hits Just Keep Coming! Well, record after record...

 

NOAA: 2nd Hottest March on Record. When Was the last Below Average Month??
AGU Blogosphere, April 19, 2017.

 

 

April 19

STOP HITTING YOURSELF:
20% !
Study on impact of climate change on snowpack loss in Western US
DOE/LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY, April 18, 2017.

 

 

April 17

Whoa
Retreating Yukon glacier caused a river to disappear,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017.

 

 

April 13

Sea-level rise in California could be catastrophic, study says,
SF Crate, April 12, 2017.

 

 

ENDANGERED RIGHT WHALES DELIVER FEWEST BIRTHS IN 17 YEARS,
AP, April 12, 2017.

 

 

April 10

Humans Drive Change
Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant,
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, April 10, 2017.

We need to get below the population level required to support industrial-factory-corporate agricultural.

 


Huge permafrost thaw can be limited by ambitious climate targets,
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, April 10, 2017.

No it can't. No restrictions on massive demographic growth will happen under our current corporate captivity. The corporates put on a good show, & do good "Green PR," but their program is full speed ahead with both domestic and global "growth," which is, has, and will be the driver of planetary weather destruction. What they are saying and what they are doing are two completely different things.

We require qualatative, not quanatative growth. That's impossible under our current regime.


Our corporate leadership must be put aside to first restore our democracy, only then can we honestly address our environment, and the sick character of our relationship with it, with each other, and with the whole world. We can fix this.

How? Simple: Zero Bribes. Let's make bribery illegal! How about that!

The central corruption, the greed that drives our political corruption, is the real "engine" of our "growth" that must first be controlled before we can check environmental degradation. All the rest is talk, smoke, mirrors, and corporate bullshit. The biggest lying pigs wear the greenest lipstick.

Trust Me. Saddam has WMD...

Our growth model is an expression of corruption, and ultimately, evil. It must be reformed to a superior goal than focusing and serving human greed. Let's remove the obvious, open bribery and corruption. 

Punishing, rather than rewarding greed, cheating, criminal behavior, and corruption in politics, society, and our economy are just the first, but possibly the most important steps we could take towards our goals:

Being honest and acting honestly. Following our own rules. That'd surprise everyone!

Identifying the problem is the first step. It's about time we finally did, and addressed the sources of our problems, rather than their byproducts.

 

 

April 8

By 2100, we could be recreating a 50 million-year-old climate,
Ars Technica, April 6, 2017.

 

 

April 6 

Blob Mom
Scientists link California droughts and floods to distinctive atmospheric waves,
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH, April 6, 2017.

The Blob

More Blob

 


Big Changes Just STARTING
The Arctic Ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic,
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, April 6, 2017.

 

LAND, SEA, & AIR,
MA NATURE'S WILD RIDE:
Buckle up! Climate change to increase severe aircraft turbulence,
INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, April 6, 2017.

 

 

Salmon Getting Pounded
State panel may make river fishing closure permanent,
Record Searchlight, April 4, 2017.

Earlier

 

 

April 3, 2017  

The Big Melt: Here it comes; most reservoirs should be fine,
Recordnet, March 31, 2017.

 

A more realistic assesment:
March 8 Weather Possibilities & Future Flooding Prospects 
The KEY Question:
Where Will the High Go?

The Tropical Transport Mechanism may yet bring warm rains to the Sierra Crest.

 

 

There’s More Than One Trouble in the Mountains:
RADICAL TRANSITIONS BRING FLOODING & DROUGHT
SKY, LAND. WATER, & PEOPLE WOES

The Dept. of Reap what you Soe

FLOODING & DROUGHT 

FLOODING
Swiss Cheese Valley
Melting snowpack and sinking land threaten Valley communities with flooding,
Sac Bee, April 1, 2017.

Getting that sinking feeling? Good, because It's REAL. Your Valley is…
Subsiding

 

 

DROUGHT

Trump, Western storms cast uncertainty on Colorado River,
Vegas Sun, April 3, 2017.

The Situation
We’ve packed millions and millions of the “consumers” of the world into the vast deserts where we built the vast megacities of LA, Tuscon, Pheonix, and so on. This growth has itself sparked climate change which is in mid-process of eliminating the far-distant water sources these vast megacities, full of what our government calls “consumers,” depend upon. We have literally sucked our skies, then our lands dry. Now the pedelum of our weather has swung from extreme drought to extreme flooding.

What are we going to do? 

Background

Warming changes Colorado River

Colorado River Shrinking

20 more years for Glen Canyon Dam

In the face of extreme changes in the character of Nature and solid research showing vast instability and change in our climate, continuing our current path of unrestricted growth defines irresponsibility.

 

 

April 1

Watching a Lifetime of Decline
Unprecedented delay in California abalone season shuts down North Coast in April,
Press Democrat, April 1, 2017.

Salmon taking a beating, too. 

 

 

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