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Climate Catastrophe

With much of the east coast smothered in a heat wave this July, it should come as no surprise that 2010 is well on its way to being the hottest year on record. The warming trend that many climate change skeptics felt had been disrupted by a snowy winter is clearly back in a big way, which begs the question, is this the forecast we can expect from now on?

Heidi Cullen, one of America’s leading climatologists and environmental journalists, has the answers. In her groundbreaking new book, THE WEATHER OF THE FUTURE: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet (Harper; August 3rd), she provides a fascinating and instructive look at how our world will look in 2050 if the current levels of carbon emissions are maintained.
Cullen’s provocative book offers new insight into the issue of climate change and demonstrates that it is not merely a phenomenon that will affect future generations, but one that is occurring right now in the very places where we live and work.

Her engrossing and accessible work illustrates that climate change is a serious issue that impacts humans all across the world, including in our own backyards.

Solar Storms and NASA Warnings

NASA recently stunned the world when it warned that massive solar storms would  hit the Earth with potentially cataclysmic consequences by 2013.
Are these immanent warnings meant to prepare the world for a radioactive blast from the sun, or rather in anticipation of more catastrophic events to take place from a rogue planet the size of Jupiter that is said to be moving slowly through our solar system?
As the world continues to warm our climate is dramatically changing, earthquake and volcanic activity is on the rise, and the polar ice caps and glaciers appear to be melting at a rapid pace.  What do these unprecedented modern day events mean for the future of our planet and its inhabitants? Can mankind survive what’s coming?
Tune in as radio and internet commentator-Nancy Lieder explains her reasons for these disturbing and perplexing planetary and solar events, and what we should all be doing to prepare for the troubling times that many fear will happen.

Preparing for Disaster

Matthew Stein-Author of "When Technology Fails
The devastating earthquake in Haiti has shown our human vulnerability when disaster strikes; how nothing seems to work and how chaos rears its ugly head.

Matthew Stein, a leading authority on disaster preparedness for individuals and families,discusses ways in which people can prepare for major disasters by organizing a 72-Hour "Grab and Run" Survival Kit. Stein has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. He is the author of "When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency."

Radio Episode : January 28, 2010

Who is Matthew Stein

Matthew Stein is the author of the highly praised book When Technology Fails (Chelsea Green 2008) a comprehensive manual on sustainable living skills.

As the owner of Stein Design & Construction, he has built hurricane resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes. The mechanical engineering side of his firm specializes in product design and development.

Over the years he has designed consumer water filtration devices, photovoltaic roofing panels, medical bacteriological filters, emergency chemical drench systems, computer disk drives, automated machinery, and portable fiberglass buildings.

In recognition of his expertise, Stein has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and is a repeat guest on Fox News, Lionel, Coast-to-Coast AM, and the Thom Hartmann Show. He has also written several articles on the subject of sustainable living and is a guest columnist for the Huffington Post.

Stein is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he majored in Mechanical Engineering.

He is an active mountain climber and serves as a guide trainer for blind skiers with the Ski for Light cross-country program.

Stein currently resides with his wife Josie in the High Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, California.


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Climate change link to lizard extinction

Climate change could wipe out 20% of the world's lizard species by 2080, according to a global-scale study.
An international team of scientists also found that rising temperatures had already driven 12% of Mexico's lizard populations to extinction.
Based on this discovery, the team was able to make global predictions using an "extinction model".
They conclude, in an article in Science journal, that "lizards have already crossed a threshold for extinctions".
Although the grim prediction for 2080 could change if humans are able to slow global climate warming, the scientists say that a sharp decline in their numbers had already begun and would continue for decades.

Scientists stumped as bee population declines further

The decline in the US bee population, first observed in 2006, is continuing, a phenomenon that still baffles researchers and beekeepers.

Data from the US Department of Agriculture show a 29 percent drop in beehives in 2009, following a 36 percent decline in 2008 and a 32 percent fall in 2007.

This affects not only honey production but around 15 billion dollars worth of crops that depend on bees for pollination.

Scientists call the phenomenon "colony collapse disorder" that has led to the disappearance of millions of adult bees and beehives and occurred elsewhere in the world including in Europe.

Thousands of dead fish raise stink at Rio lagoon

Thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of a popular beachside lagoon in Rio over the weekend, offending joggers' olfactory senses and leading the city to fight the stench with disinfectant.

The official state news service Agencia Brasil said about 100 city employees working full-time cleared nearly 80 tons of fish as of Sunday (local time). There was no immediate estimate of how many died, but several species were involved.

Rio's environmental secretary speculated that increased levels of a harmful algae may be the immediate cause of the sudden die-off Friday.

She told Globo's G1 website that authorities were still investigating, but the problem was not affecting the fish anymore.

The smell of rotting fish dampened runners' and cyclists' usual enthusiasm for leisurely jaunts along the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon's paths.

The 4.5-square-kilometre body of water is just north of Rio's Ipanema Beach. A canal connects it to the Atlantic.

It's raining fish in Australia, again

WHILE the Top End and Central Australia have been battered by torrential rains, a Territory town has had fish falling from the sky.

The freak phenomena happened not once, but twice, on Thursday and Friday afternoon about 6pm at Lajamanu, about 550km southwest of Katherine.

NEWSBREAKER Christine Balmer, who took these photos of the fish on the ground and in a bucket, had to pinch herself when she was told ``hundreds and hundreds" of small white fish had fallen from the sky.

"It rained fish in Lajamanu on Thursday and Friday night," she said, "They fell from the sky everywhere.
"Locals were picking them up off the footy oval and on the ground everywhere.

Mexican species visiting Texas because of unusual weather

It’s been an unusual year on two counts in south Texas this winter: there have been a lot of unusual bird and there has been a lot of unusual weather. The local birders are beginning to ask if the two are related. The weather has seen one cold front after another drop into southern Texas. We get one or two decent days and then it’s another cold front. Today, I’m sitting here writing this in my shorts, because it’s 27 degrees Celsius outside. But the forecast high for tomorrow is 12 degrees. And so it’s been all winter. The cold has been extending into Mexico as well, and that’s been the source of many of the rare birds that have been showing up here. Two species, the Bare-throated Tiger-Heron and the Amazon Kingfisher, have never before been seen north of the Mexican border.

Florida's Wildlife Freezing to Death

Manatees, sea turtles and fish in the Sunshine State are dying in record numbers because of the unusually long cold snap.
With temperature in central Florida dipping down again this week, conservationists are bracing for more animal and plant deaths due to unusually long winter cold snaps that have resulted in record wildlife losses.
Manatees have been among the hardest hit, with over 200 killed in January alone, and carcasses continuing to wash ashore. The highest number of manatee deaths for a single calendar year in Florida waters is 429, so local officials are closely monitoring these endangered marine mammals.
"Manatees can experience what is known as cold stress syndrome when they are exposed to water below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degree Celsius) for long periods," Florida's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute spokesperson Carli Segelson told Discovery News. "This can result in death, or weaken manatees, leaving them more vulnerable to other health issues later."

20 million farm animals freeze to death

UP to 20 million farm animals may die in Mongolia before spring as the fiercest winter in living memory grips the country, International Aid Agencies warned today.  Sky News reported that local experts have told the Red Cross half the entire country's livestock could be wiped out.
A Sky News team that traveled through remote regions in Central Mongolia found cattle, goats and sheep frozen to death across the plains, with some herds almost completely wiped out.
It's called the 'Dzud' - a multiple disaster with a summer drought followed by one of the coldest winters on record.
It has left millions of livestock dying from a combination of exhaustion and starvation - some herders report that their cattle perish at the rate of 50 a night.
Some families have even been reduced to sharing their small tented home with the surviving animals.
The Mongolian Government has appealed for food, medicine and animal food to combat one of the country's worst natural disasters.

Funnel-web spiders on the rise in Sydney

We all know Australia is home to some of the most dangerous spiders in the world. What's news to many is that one of those species, the funnel-web spider, is invading Sydney and its surroundings. According to an article in The Independent, this spider's bite can kill a human within two hours. Residents are encouraged to drop off any captured spiders at a reptile park near the capital where researchers will milk the spiders of their venom to make antidotes.
Several people have been bitten by the spiders, but no one has died (recently) from a funnel-web spider bite. These bites can lead to vomiting, convulsions, and difficulty breathing and require fast action to administer the anti-venom. Because of the severity of the spider venom, the general manager of the Australian Reptile Park, Mary Rayner, advises people, particularly children, to always check their shoes and to avoid walking around barefoot. Residents are warned to watch for the spiders in moist, dark places where the spiders tend to "rear up and bare their fangs" when their webs are disturbed.
According to the article, the park has "received more than 40 males in recent weeks." This is alarming because the male spider is deadlier than the female. Experts claim unusual weather patterns led to the abundance of the funnel-webs, citing a longer-than-usual dry period followed by rainy, humid weather. Rayner told The Independent that the spiders responded to the warm, wet weather.
Other specialists, including Rex Gilroy, who runs a dangerous spiders hotline in the area, are blaming climate change for the longer breeding season and increased activity in the spiders. The article quotes Gilroy's disheartening prediction: "[The numbers] are definitely up from the previous year, and I think it's not going to get any better."

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