Hurricanes & Cyclones

Effects of Global Warming on Humans – From 2015 IPCC SYR Data

Not only posing significant risks for Earth’s natural systems, the effects of global warming on humans and human systems have only recently begun receiving the expanded attention they critically require. From hazardous effects causing potential loss of life, injury, or other negative health impacts, to the potential exposure of social, economic, and infrastructure assets to

What Causes Global Warming?

Droughts, lengthy hot spells, heavy downpours, floods, and other extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and intensely every year. Around the world, research teams are analyzing these trends, noting the changes in temperature, rainfall, ice mass, sea level, and many other variables recorded by weather measuring devices. The trends are undeniable: the Earth is

World Record-Breaking 2014 Weather And Climate

It isn’t official yet, but 2014 appears to have been the hottest year on the world temperature record. In December, during the U.N. climate talks in Lima, Peru (COP20), the World Meteorological Organization announced in a provisional statement that this conclusion about 2014 weather and climate was virtually certain. WMO bases its report on datasets

Epic Mission 31 Night Dive Unlocks Secrets Of “Inner Space” (videos)

Underwater habitat at Aquarius Reef Base (photo provided to Flickr courtesy of Stephen Frink, www.stephenfrink.com/) On July 2, 2014, ocean scientists who have spent the last 31 days living in an ocean-floor habitat 63 feet underwater will decompress and return to the surface. They’ve been down there on “Mission 31” intensively studying ocean acidification and climate

Solar-powered Water Purifying Affordable Homes Can be Donated or Purchased

Mesocore offers a container-sized housing solution that purifies rain water and is solar-powered. The potential return on investment for donating one to a family in need is very large. If you consider that there are millions of people around the world living without housing, electricity or clean drinking water, Mesocore self-contained micro homes could drastically

Our Way Of Life

By Maggie Fox, President and CEO, Climate Reality Project It’s funny. A lot of the rhetoric we hear pushing back against putting a price on carbon pollution parrots the argument that “it would threaten our way of life.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Fossil fuels like oil and coal helped power us through the

Cyclone Evan Devastates Samoa, Moves on to Fiji

NASA announced the birth of Tropical Storm Evan on the 12th of December maybe not knowing just how damaging this storm would end up being. The Samoan government has declared a state of disaster after now-Cyclone Evan ravaged the small South Pacific nation, leaving an unknown death toll and massive damages in its wake. Cyclone

Initial Outlook for 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season

  The Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University released their initial outlook for the 2013 Atlantic basin hurricane season last Friday, providing four scenarios for how the season may unfurl. The four scenarios are; THC circulation becomes unusually strong in 2013 and no El Nino event occurs (resulting in a seasonal average net tropical

Variety Of Tsunami Threats On U.S. East Coast, New Research Concludes

  New studies conducted by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey have found that tsunamis pose a risk to the East Coast of the United States. Researcher Uri ten Brink noted that, “although the risk is small,” a variety of sources could actually trigger a tsunami on the East Coast. Brink also stated: “Hurricane Sandy showed

Storm Surge Defense Alternatives in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

After covering environmental research and science for the past 7 years I’ve come to believe that there needs to be more focus shone on a holistic response to environmental crises. In the wake of the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy, Governor Andrew Cuomo and other officials called for the building of storm surge barriers to protect

Obama Wins Election, Full Victory Speech (Video & Text)

  I imagine you aren’t just hearing from me that Obama won the election, but if you are, I’m happy to be the one bringing you the news!! 😀 If you’d like to read or watch Obama’s full victory speech, here it is in text (courtesy Red, Green, and Blue) and video (courtesy C-SPAN): “Thank

Al Gore On Global Warming–Sandy Connection (Video)

  Al Gore, again, nails communication of the link between global warming and Sandy, as well as numerous other US climate disasters this year. Check it out: He also nails the fact that political money from dirty energy is what is slowing important efforts to stop global warming:

Romney Wants To Get Rid Of Disaster Relief, Seriously

  Yep, one of the two possible-to-get-elected candidates for president of the United States of America wants to get rid of federal disaster relief. He wants to privatize it! Which would basically mean that you’d have to pay for help in disaster situations (nevermind if that’s not really an option for some people or places).

Introducing Hurricane Sandy to the Internet

For what may be the first time in history, a climate disaster has hit a populated area with enough advance warning that the Internet was able to quickly kick into gear and prepare: everything from Twitter-hashtags to Google Docs peppered the Internet in preparation of the big storm.

The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Monday night saw Hurricane Sandy make landfall in New Jersey after days of heavy rains and slow progress up the Mid-Atlantic. While not as horrific as past hurricanes — owing to the intricate workings of what makes a storm a hurricane and what makes a hurricane a storm — Hurricane Sandy has left millions reeling

Hurricane Sandy: Frankenstorm Intensifies And Heads Landward

  Since we last reported on Hurricane Sandy last week the storm has only intensified and the US East Coast is preparing for massive flooding and a massive damage bill. Saturday NASA reported on Saturday that Sandy was merging with a cold front and “creating a monster storm with a massive reach.” They believe that

Hurricane Sandy Gaining Power As It Moves Landward

  NASA satellites have been monitoring Hurricane Sandy for a a few days now, and as time goes on the storm just seems to get bigger, as seen in the image below. Early on October 25, NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Sandy, allowing the AIRS instrument on board to capture an infrared image of

Billion Dollar Storm Threatens East Coast Next Week

  Just ahead of Halloween, a storm is brewing off the East Coast that could be (as some forecasters are predicting) a “Billion Dollar Storm.” With a probable chance of extremely high winds, heavy rain, flooding, and the possibility of snow, this hybrid of a hurricane and winter storm could prove to be the next

NOAA Increases Hurricane Season Predictions Despite Oncoming El Nino

The Atlantic hurricane season has already gotten off to a flyer, with six named storms already, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, may have a pretty hectic second half as well. As a result, the NOAA have updated their hurricane season outlook. The updated outlook still indicates a 50 percent chance of

Fossil Fuels & Global Warming Lead to Truly Extreme Weather

  This was recently reposted over on CleanTechnica, from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), but I thought it made for a great Planetsave repost as well. It was written by SACE Executive Director Dr. Stephen Smith. The lead-in video is from the insightful and super talented Peter Sinclair. Check it out: “Welcome to the rest of

NOAA Predicts Oncoming Hurricane Seasons

  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last Thursday their predictions for the upcoming hurricane seasons for the Eastern Pacific, Atlantic, and Central Pacific regions, and if their predictions hold up, it could be a very normal season.

Climate Disasters Displaced 42.5 Million in Asia in Last 2 Years

  The claim that global warming and climate change aren’t real gets increasingly ridiculous each year. For one, the science just makes it so much more obvious as it develops (but, truthfully, it’s been obvious for years). Additionally, the real-world climate disasters just keep increasing. In the past two years, for example, 42 million Asians

Global Crisis Wrap-up (Global Crisis Series)

There are many causes that could create a global crisis, from food shortages to financial shortfalls to the effects of global warming and climate change. But the biggest concern is what effect a crisis could have on humanity. When a crisis occurs, it is usually followed by some type of suffering that is endured by

2011 Hottest La Niña Year on Record, 11th-Hottest Overall (NOAA)

  The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) both released their final evaluations of global temperatures in 2011 yesterday. They provide two of the longest-standing and most reliable annual evaluations of the climate, using data from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and National Climatic Data Center

2011 Another Active Hurricane Season

Not only was 2011 another active hurricane season – producing a total of 19 tropical storms – but it also broke the ‘hurricane amnesia’ and reminded residents in the Northeast of America that the too should be prepared. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a summary of the 2011 hurricane season which also served

Thailand Suffers Most Costly Flood in History – 10% of Annual Rice Crop Destroyed

The tropical tourist paradise of Thailand is currently suffering through enormously costly floods, resulting from a “weak” La Niña monsoon season. Following September’s extremely heavy rains — five feet of rain for the month — the monsoon season continues virtually unabated into this month, where it also coincided, last weekend, with the highest tides of the month. It is estimated that 10 % of the nation’s rice crop has been destroyed, so far, costing nearly 4 billion USD, and growing. This will have certain impact on global food prices (driving them higher) and on food security for tens of millions of people.

US Disasters in 2011 Set New Record

Yep, that’s a graph of U.S. disasters according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Looks a bit like the graphs of greenhouse gas emissions, doesn’t it? Looks completely opposite the trend of Arctic sea ice. Strange…

Typhoon Nesat Slams Philippines (VIDEO)

The capital of the Philippines, Manila, has lost power after being struck by a powerful typhoon, Typhoon Nesat. So far, at least 7 people have been killed, some of them children. 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate the Albay province.

1 Million Urged to Flee Japan Typhoon, Typhoon Roke

Japan has already had a horrible year when it comes to disasters. The tremendous Fukushima earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns were more than any country should have to deal with. Now, unfortunately, it is about to be slammed with a potentially deadly typhoon, Typhoon Roke.

Lee Continues to Drench Eastern US

Tropical Storm Lee’s remnants combined with a warm front along the US East Coast are bringing heavy rainfall from New England to the Appalachian Mountains, causing rivers to flood and residents to consider moving to higher ground.

What Now After Hurricane Irene Has Gone

Hurricane Irene has spent its force, entering New York as a downgraded Tropical Storm, and left many residents and experts breathing a sigh of relief over a storm that they thought could have been much, much worse.

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