If you are lacking in thoughts to keep you up at night, may I submit for your consideration the melting of the Arctic permafrost. The frozen subterranean soil in the Earth’s polar regions accounts for about 25 percent of the Northern Hemisphere. Continue Reading →
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) November 9, 2017
Just look at Sheldon Whitehouse’s face as he interviews Trump’s nominee for top environment advisor. He laughs to keep from crying! Kathleen Hartnett White is not a scientist; she’s really more of a cheerleader:
“I’m not a scientist, but in my personal capacity, I have many questions that remain unanswered by current climate policy,” Hartnett White, Trump’s nominee to lead the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, told senators Wednesday at her confirmation hearing. “I think we indeed need to have more precise explanations of the human role and the natural role.”
She did acknowledge that there was probably some human contribution, “the extent to which I think is very uncertain.” That contradicts leading scientific assessments on the matter, which have pinned climate change largely on human greenhouse gas emissions.
Yes, we had a lot of electoral wins Tuesday night. But we don’t have control. Trump is filling government with sycophants and lobbyists — keep your eyes on that ever-present danger.
Three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, we’ve seen images of the destruction and heard stories about the lack of electricity and basic supplies like food and water in some areas. But the main way we measure — and understand — the scope of any disaster is through the death toll. Continue Reading →
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria reduced homes to heaps of wood and cement in the oceanfront settlement of La Perla, where hundreds of people picked their way down the rocky hillsides strewn with debris Thursday to salvage what they could from the wreckage. At the foot of an ancient fort, just outside the walls… Continue Reading →
This video is also from PR today. From the town Toa Baja. Its in Spanish. pic.twitter.com/RTzSrVdqiS
— Antonio Paris (@AntonioParis) September 20, 2017
— NowThis Newsroom (@newsroom) September 20, 2017
If only we treated them like real Americans:
Hurricane Maria slammed into eastern Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning as a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, bringing vicious winds, storm surge and rain to areas across the island before weakening to a Category 3 by the afternoon.
As of noon local time, 100 percent of customers of Puerto Rico’s sole energy provider were without power, according to the island’s emergency and disaster management agency.
The hurricane’s eyewall passed over Vieques around 4 a.m. Eastern time before heading toward the main island, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm made landfall on the eastern part of the island, near Yabucoa, around 6:15 a.m. with wind speeds of up to 155 mph.
Maximum wind speeds had slowed to 140 mph by 11 a.m., the NHC said.
Maria is expected to move off Puerto Rico’s shore by the afternoon and start traveling northwest toward the Dominican Republic. It will likely remain a dangerous hurricane for the next few days and gain intensity as it moves across the water, bringing “life-threatening storm surge” to the islands in its path, according to the NHC.
“This is the most devastating storm either in a century or quite frankly in modern history,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CNN on Wednesday. “What’s critical right now is for people to recognize that the breadth of the storm is still to come. There’s a lot of flooding, there’s a lot of infrastructure damage, but the only thing that should matter right now is that people should stay safe.”
Hurricane Maria rapidly intensified on Monday, becoming an “extremely dangerous” category 4 storm as it reached the northeast Caribbean, U.S. forecasters say. Additional strengthening is possible over the next few days. Credit: NOAA As of 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Maria was located about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Dominica, or 35 miles (55 kilometers)… Continue Reading →
Jose is currently headed east at 5 mph, and is in the midst of a slow clockwise loop. (Such loops are uncommon, but not unheard of–in 2004, Hurricane Ivan did a much larger clockwise loop that resulted in two U.S. landfalls.) The rather odd forecast track is the result of a mid-level high that will move to the northeast of Jose on Wednesday, forcing it to the south and then west. The slow, looping path Jose is taking in an area of weak steering currents is the sort of behavior that our computer models don’t predict with a high degree of accuracy, and the 5-day error in the latest track forecast is likely to be higher than average. While the 12Z Monday, 0Z Tuesday, and 6Z Tuesday runs of the GFS and European models (and their ensembles) showed a limited threat to the U.S., and an increased threat to Canada next week, we should not be confident in these forecasts until Jose is done with its loop and is positioned in an area of more reliable steering currents. The UKMET model has been consistently predicting over its past three runs that Jose will move through The Bahamas and hit the U.S., but this model is an outlier, and is less likely to be correct than the consensus of our other models. Bottom line: It’s too soon to know what Jose will do, and it is certainly possible that the storm will recurve out to sea without affecting any land areas.
During today’s press briefing, National Security Adviser Tom Bossert dismissed questions about climate change but told the press that scientists correctly predicted an increase in hurricanes. Is the glass half full or empty? Climate change seems to have been classified as one of the “seven dirty phrases” you can’t say on television since the country has… Continue Reading →
As the sun rises, Floridians are assessing the damage from Hurricane Irma throughout the state. Six million homes are without power and Jacksonville, not even in the original cone of potential damage, was hit hard with record flooding. After moving inland, the storm is now battering southern Georgia: 15 inches of rain has fallen in Jacksonville… Continue Reading →