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"The Name of This Hurricane is Global Warming" PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 September 2005 05:05
"The Name of This Hurricane is Global Warming"

Democracy Now! - Shortly after he took office, the President reneged on his campaign promise to cut emissions from power plants. He then ordered the EPA to remove all references to the damages of global warming from its website. Vice President Cheney came out with his energy plan calling for 1,900 new power plants, most of them coal. This is the fast track to climate hell. And, of course, the President withdrew us from the Kyoto Protocol, so he is really going in the opposite direction from the rest of the world, and he really is following the dictates of the fossil fuel lobby. There's no question about it.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2005 05:05
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Cheering the Climate Criminals PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 September 2005 02:51
Cheering the Climate Criminals

Media Lens - Where were the declarations by governments of radical action on energy, trade, transport and food production? Where were the impassioned newspaper editorials? Where were the urgent television and radio debates? Nowhere. One can only conclude that our society is, quite literally, insane.

www.medialens.org
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2005 02:51
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Is Human Activity Intensifying the Earth's Tropical Storms? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 August 2005 18:28

Anthropogenic Effects on Tropical Cyclone Activity

Kerry Emanuel, PhD
Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

1. Introduction

Among the more consequential effects of global climate change is the possible change in the level of activity of tropical cyclones. We are most concerned with three aspects of hurricane activity: their frequency, their intensity, and their geographical distribution. Any change in the frequency with which hurricanes strike populated land is of obvious concern. But the amount of damage increases roughly as the square of the intensity of the storms, as measured by their maximum wind speed, so in practice we are concerned more with the intense storms. If some aspect of climate variation were to lead to fewer hurricanes, but more intense ones, we might expect more losses. We would also be concerned if climate change were to cause hurricanes to be experienced in parts of the world now free from them, or to cease to be experienced in regions they now trouble. From a scientific standpoint, these issue are quite separate. The factors that control the intensity of hurricanes appear to be quite different from those that govern their frequency of occurrence, and this is reflected in the observation that some seasons produce very few but very intense storms. (The 1992 season had few storms, but it produced Hurricane Andrew.)

http://wind.mit.edu/~emanuel/anthro.html

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2005 18:28
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Orleans Down the Drain, But Who's to Blame? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 August 2005 01:26

Orleans Down the Drain, But Who's to Blame?

Media Channel - Danny Schechter - "You didn't hafta have been there in the past two days to be stung by what happened. Anyone who walked the streets or partied in NO, or watched Angel Heart (the movie), or walked the dusty roads along the Gulf saw an America that won't ever be again..." - Da'ud X Mohammad, New Orleans refugee

www.mediachannel.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2005 01:26
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New Orleans Funeral March a Funeral for America? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 August 2005 12:21

New Orleans Funeral March a Funeral for America?

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - It is a total disaster. The slow death of New Orleans, though defying worst case scenarios that have furrowed the brows of experts for years, is nevertheless a fait accompli. The failure of two vital levee guardians of the sub-sea level city means one of America's cultural icons, and arguably most important commerce ports is, as Louisiana Governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco says, "untenable." As analogue, the demise of the Big Easy mirrors the disaster that is George W. Bush's America.

www.pej.org

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2005 12:21
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Stop the Seal Hunt PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 August 2005 09:02

Stop The Seal Hunt

Sea Shepherd Society - We the undersigned, are totally opposed to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of seals which is permitted and supported by the Canadian government, and is unwillingly subsidized by Canadian taxpayers.



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2005 09:02
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SuperDome Lockdown: Katrina's Prisoners PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 August 2005 03:15
SuperDome Lockdown: Katrina's Prisoners

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - New Orleans' least fortunate, those too poor or infirm to flee Monday's killer hurricane, taking refuge in the city's Superdome football stadium today find themselves prisoners in a fast deteriorating situation.

www.pej.org

[breaking 2:06pm pdt- Louisiana Governor announces an evacuation of one of New Orleans' emergency shelters due to rising water caused by the failure of a second levee protecting the city. Water too is accumulating in the biggest area of refuge, the SuperDome. Says situation "untenable" and the entire city must be evacuated as levee waters rise. And the rains have begun again.]
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2005 03:15
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New Orleans Sinking? Mammoth Katrina Spurs Evacuations PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 August 2005 02:49

New Orleans Sinking? Mammoth Katrina Spurs Evacuations

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - The storm Floridians discounted as minor last week has spent the weekend gathering strength over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Katrina has now ballooned to an unprecedentedly large and powerful Catagory 5, with sustained wind speeds nearing 280 kph, and gusts topping 300kph.

www.pej.org

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 August 2005 02:49
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Florida Smote by 'Stealth' Storm PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 August 2005 10:36
Florida Smote by 'Stealth' Storm

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- C. L. Cook - In a record year of tropical storm warnings, many in southern Florida took the approaching tropical storm Katrina casually. But, what came ashore, killing several people and wreaking havoc with the state's power grid, was no mild blow.

www.pej.org


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Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2005 10:36
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Permafrost Melting May Cause Runaway Global Warming PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 August 2005 02:40
Permafrost Melting May Cause Runaway Global Warming

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- Most of Siberia is a frozen peat bog the size of France and Germany combined. For the first time since the ice age, it is melting, release billions of tonnes of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. The result could be a runaway increase in global warming.

For the complete story, go to:
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1546797,00.html

Additional scientific background is available at:
www.newscientist.com/home.ns
Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2005 02:40
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