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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Are Humans to Blame? Science Is Out

Are Humans to Blame? Science Is Out



https://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/science/earth/scientists-unsure-if-climate-change-is-to-blame-for-hurricane-sandy.html?smid=tw-nytenvironment&seid=auto

GMO Food Debate In The National Spotlight

GMO Food Debate In The National Spotlight


http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelhennessey/2012/11/03/gmo-food-debate-in-the-national-spotlight/

How to Protect Our Communities from Climate Change and Extreme Weather Like Sandy

How to Protect Our Communities from Climate Change and Extreme Weather Like Sandy

Foreign Policy: Why Bloomberg Endorsed Obama

Foreign Policy: Why Bloomberg Endorsed Obama

When it rains, it pours. First came Sandy, the incarnation of the Rumsfeldian “unknown unknowns.” Then came the political hurricane, with three-term New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsing Barack Obama for his second.http://theenergycollective.com/gernotwagner/138636/foreign-policy-why-bloomberg-endorsed-obama?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

USGS Releases Utica Shale Assessment

USGS Releases Utica Shale Assessment

The U.S. Geological Survey has discovered that the Utica ShaleA fine grained sedimentary rock composed mostly of consolidated clay or mud. Shale is the most frequently occurring sedimentary rock. contains about 38 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gasA naturally occurring mixture of hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon gases beneath the earth’s surface – often

(More)…http://shalestuff.com/shale-industry/usgs-releases-utica-shale-assessment/article03995

For Good Science Journalism, Blogs Are a Better Bet Than "Old Media"


For Good Science Journalism, Blogs Are a Better Bet Than "Old Media"


http://bigthink.com/Mind-Matters/for-good-science-journalism-blogs-are-a-better-bet-than-old-media

IEA’s Bombshell Warning: We’re Headed Toward 11°F Global Warming and “Delaying Action Is a False Economy”


IEA’s Bombshell Warning: We’re Headed Toward 11°F Global Warming and “Delaying Action Is a False Economy”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/11/09/364895/iea-global-warming-delaying-action-is-a-false-economy/

Our hellish future: Definitive NOAA-led report on U.S. climate impacts warns of scorching 9 to 11°F warming over most of inland U.S. by 2090 with Kansas above 90°F some 120 days a year — and that isn’t the worst case, it’s business as usual!


Our hellish future: Definitive NOAA-led report on U.S. climate impacts warns of scorching 9 to 11°F warming over most of inland U.S. by 2090 with Kansas above 90°F some 120 days a year — and that isn’t the worst case, it’s business as usual!


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2009/06/15/204238/us-global-change-research-program-noaa-global-
climate-change-impacts-in-united-states/

M.I.T. doubles its 2095 warming projection to 10°F — with 866 ppm and Arctic warming of 20°F

M.I.T. doubles its 2095 warming projection to 10°F — with 866 ppm and Arctic warming of 20°F



http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2009/05/20/204131/mit-doubles-global-warming-projections-2/

An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global Warming Impacts: How We Know Inaction Is the Gravest Threat Humanity Faces


An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global Warming Impacts: How We Know Inaction Is the Gravest Threat Humanity Faces


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/14/1009121/science-of-global-warming-impacts-guide/

Peer Reviewed Research Predicted NYC Subway Flooding by #Sandy

Peer Reviewed Research Predicted NYC Subway Flooding by #Sandy


http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2012/10/31/peer-reviewed-research-predicted-nyc-subway-flooding-by-sandy/

How Does Climate Change Make Superstorms Like Sandy More Destructive?

How Does Climate Change Make Superstorms Like Sandy More Destructive?

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/31/1117091/how-does-climate-change-make-hurricanes-like-sandy-more-destructive/ 

New York Is Lagging as Seas and Risks Rise, Critics Warn

New York Is Lagging as Seas and Risks Rise, Critics Warnhttps://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/nyregion/new-york-faces-rising-seas-and-slow-city-action.html?pagewanted=all

Survey: Latin American and Asian cities lead way in planning for global warming

Survey: Latin American and Asian cities lead way in planning for global warming

U.S. cities trail when it comes to preparing for climate change.http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/cities-climate-change-preparedness-survey-0605.html

How to Fight Climate Change and Rebuild a Stricken City


How to Fight Climate Change and Rebuild a Stricken City

http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/11/how-to-fight-climate-change-and-rebuild-a-stricken-city/

America Gone Wild

America Gone Wild
Wall Street Journalhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204846304578090753716856728.html

How Do You Spell Extinction Event? 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 2 degrees Centigrade Bill Perdue, Firedoglake

How Do You Spell Extinction Event? 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 2 degrees Centigrade
Bill Perdue, Firedoglakehttp://my.firedoglake.com/donal1944/2012/11/02/how-do-you-spell-extinction-event-3-6-degrees-fahrenheit-2-degrees-centigrade/

Eating Loads of Carbs May Cause You to Lose Your Mind

Eating Loads of Carbs May Cause You to Lose Your Mind
 

When people in their 70s and 80s ate too much sugar and carbs, they gained loads of weight and their brain stopped working as well.http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/03/too-much-carbs.aspx?e_cid=20121103_DNL_art_2

David vs. Monsanto—The Story of How a Lone Farmer Prevailed Against One of the Most Powerful Companies on the Planet

David vs. Monsanto—The Story of How a Lone Farmer Prevailed Against One of the Most Powerful Companies on the Planet http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/03/david-versus-monsanto.aspx?e_cid=20121103_DNL_art_1

Friday, November 2, 2012

Climate change affecting overall weather patterns, may affect water availability, in California

Climate change affecting overall weather patterns, may affect water availability, in California

How Likely Was Hurricane Sandy?

How Likely Was Hurricane Sandy?

Michael Levi, Cncl on Foreign Relations
As the public debate over Hurricane Sandy turns in part from the immediate impacts of the storm to its possible links to climate change, a new theme is emerging: Sandy is not just part of a new normal – scientists actually predicted it well in advance.http://blogs.cfr.org/levi/2012/11/01/how-likely-was-hurricane-sandy/

How Climate Change Made Sandy More Destructive

How Climate Change Made Sandy More Destructive

Joseph Romm, EC
Climate science explains how global warming can make a superstorms like Sandy more destructive in several ways: Warming-driven sea level rise makes storm surges more destructive. In fact, a recent study found "The sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average." "Owing to higher SSTs [sea surface temperatures] from human activities, the increased water vapor in the atmosphere leads to 5 to 10% more rainfall and increases the risk of...http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/137876/how-does-climate-change-make-superstorms-sandy-more-destructive

Was Hurricane Sandy A Sign Of The “New Normal”?

Was Hurricane Sandy A Sign Of The “New Normal”?

A Grim Warning From Science

A Grim Warning From Science

Bill McKibben, NY Review of Books
One of the things that makes Sandy different from Katrina is that it’s a relatively clean story. The lessons of Katrina were numerous and painful—they had to do with race, with class, with the willful incompetence of a government that had put a professional Arabian horse fancier in charge of its rescue efforts. . .http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/nov/01/hurricane-sandy-warning-science/

It Will Make Sandy Seem Like Nothing: The Massive Quake Coming to Istanbul

It Will Make Sandy Seem Like Nothing: The Massive Quake Coming to Istanbul

The major earthquake that will inevitably strike Turkey's largest city is likely to have devastating political and humanitarian consequences.http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/11/it-will-make-sandy-seem-like-nothing-the-massive-quake-coming-to-istanbul/264437/

Storm commentary

Millions Stuck in Dark, Cold Wall Street Journal
Isolated and forgotten: NYC’s hard-hit Staten Island say help is slow to come … Fox News
Outrage In The Powerless Zone: A Dispatch From Downtown Manhattan Gothamist
NYC Subway Riders May Be Dealing With The Effects Of Hurricane Sandy For Years Clusterstock. FYI, we said this in our post today….and I was really hooked on reliable the trains were :-(
Dumpster divers swoop in to grab $40,000 worth of pricy fresh food New York Daily News
Outages Expose Carriers’ Backup Plans Wall Street Journal
Why Europe deserves your respect: They had first word on Hurricane Sandy Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Lambert)
A Crisis Foretold: Studies Warned New York Infrastructure Critically Threatened by Climate Change Democracy Now (Nikki)
Why Seas Are Rising Ahead of Predictions: Estimates of Rate of Future Sea-Level Rise May Be Too Low Science Daily (furzy mouse)
Economic Loss Estimate Is Now Up to $50 Billion New York Times.

Sandy Aftermath and the Fragility of Complex Systems


Sandy Aftermath and the Fragility of Complex Systems

Even though the news media are generally focusing on the “progress is being made” aspects of the Hurricane Sandy aftermath (in large measure because that’s what officials are pushing), there is still a great deal of distress, as well as probable long-lingering problems that are not being acknowledged.
We are going to keep following the story not so much because it’s in the area (although NYC and East Coast residents are overweighted in the NC readership) but because it’s an example of what happens when a complex system suffers serious damage. Sandy is serving as a laboratory for what we have in store as the population becomes every more urban and lives in bigger and bigger cities and those cities experience disasters.
This is not a comprehensive list of current and possible persistent stresses; I welcome additional reader comments:
Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/11/sandy-aftermath-and-the-fragility-of-complex-systems.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29#h93E4GBDiqB7DZmS.99

 

Does Sandy Mean We Should Have Fewer Nukes, or More? By John Horgan

Does Sandy Mean We Should Have Fewer Nukes, or More?


http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2012/11/02/does-sandy-mean-we-should-have-fewer-nukes-or-more/

Restore the Shore Update

Restore The Shore....
Hurricane Sandy   
November 2, 2012 A.M. Update

FEMA CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact Us:
 
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Jersey Shore Hurricane News On Facebook

Hurricane Sandy Coming Together Benefit Concert
Tonight On NBC

ALERTS! 
Do No Use Your Gas Oven To Heat Your Home!
It Can Cause High Levels Of Carbon Monoxide
To Raise Inside Your Home

Leave Your Gas Powered Generators Outside Your Home
In A Non-Visible Area.
Thieves Are Stealing Them!

When Purchasing A Generator Make Sure You Purchase
A Rental Grade Generator With A Voltage Selection Dial.

Make Sure All Your Windows And Doors Are Locked.
Looting Is Becoming A Serious Issue And Police Departments Are Concentrating On Search And Rescue Operations

November 1, 2012 News  
NJ Office of Emergency Management
List of hotels, pharmacies, restaurants and gas stations
that are currently open

NJ Governor Christie Warns Of
Contractor And Charity Scams

Christie Administration Activates
Volunteer Emergency Response Hotline -
Volunteers Asked to Call 1-800-JERSEY-7

Please send links and notifications to:


 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Convenient Excuse By WEN STEPHENSON

A Convenient Excuse

By WEN STEPHENSON  http://thephoenix.com/Boston/news/146647-convenient-excuse/

Sandy’s climate context

Sandy’s climate context

Why generalizing about extreme weather helps no one

Long-term sea level rise in Washington, D.C. could have significant impact

Long-term sea level rise in Washington, D.C. could have significant impact

The U.S. capital is likely to face flooding and infrastructure damage in both the short- and long-term brought about by sea level rise (SLR), current trends and predicted increases suggest. The rise is linked to thermal expansion of the oceans and melting of global ice sheets as a result of global warming, researchers say in a new study focused on real-estate property and government infrastructure impacts in Washington, D.C.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121101104957.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Why seas are rising ahead of predictions: Estimates of rate of future sea-level rise may be too low

Why seas are rising ahead of predictions: Estimates of rate of future sea-level rise may be too low

Sea levels are rising faster than expected from global warming, and geologists now have a good idea why. The last official IPCC report in 2007 projected a global sea level rise between 0.2 and 0.5 meters by the year 2100. But current sea-level rise measurements meet or exceed the high end of that range and suggest a rise of one meter or more by the end of the century.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121101153549.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29
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Sandy Surges Into New York

Sandy Surges Into New York

As the waters rose, the bottom third of Manhattan went dark.http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mkg45imdk/manhattan-goes-dark/

Hurricane Sandy: The Great Reformer?

Hurricane Sandy: The Great Reformer?

It often takes a major event to catalyze change.  Whether violent conflict or a major storm, seeing the worst often pushes us to make difficult decisions for the better.
While we wait to see what lasting impact—if any—Hurricane Sandy has on environmental policy in the U.S., it is helpful to look to Asia and reflect on a storm that literally pushed cloistered Burma toward reform.
Cyclone Nargis, which quickly overwhelmed the least developed Southeast Asian state on May 2nd, 2008, provided the necessary spark for a politically troubled government’s reforms to take place.http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/02/winds-of-change-can-sandy-reform-u-s-climate-policy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+the-diplomat+%28The+Diplomat+RSS%29

See the Destruction of New Jersey's Coastline on an Interactive Map

See the Destruction of New Jersey's Coastline on an Interactive Maphttp://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/11/see-the-destruction-of-new-jerseys-coastline-on-an-interactive-map/264429/

Aerial photos from NOAA of a devastated state
317102_10151200665876716_836353007_n.jpgGoogle/NOAA via NOAA's Facebook page
If the ground-level perspective of the post-Sandy New Jersey coastline can break your heart, the aerial view can melt your mind.
A new site from NOAA allows you to navigate along the shoreline, layering and unlayering aerial photography taken by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey following the storm. As you place new images over old, dark sand extends its reach onto roads, roofs disappear, and bright beaches become messy disaster zones. The pictures were taken yesterday during three flights from an average altitude of 7,500 feet.
Here is a shot-by-shot progression of what happens as you gradually shift from a pre- to post-Sandy view taken from above the beach town of Seaside Heights.
Please use a JavaScript-enabled device to view this slideshow
For homeowners, local officials, and people whose livelihoods depend on the shore's tourism industry, the images in this tool can help them estimate and plan for losses they may not yet have been able to assess in person. For the rest of us, it's yet another over-the-Internet exhibit of the fury this storm brought.

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy

A look at the wake of one of the biggest storms to ever hit the East Coast.http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ffdh45flh/atlantic-city-new-jersey/

Bloomberg endorses Obama, cites climate change as reason

Bloomberg endorses Obama, cites climate change as reason

In his surprise endorsement, the New York City mayor noted Hurricane Sandy brought the race into http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/265407-bloomberg-endorses-obama

NASA adds up Hurricane Sandy's rainfall from space

NASA adds up Hurricane Sandy's rainfall from space

NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, or TRMM, satellite acts as a rain gauge in space as it orbits the Earth's tropics. As TRMM flew over Hurricane Sandy since its birth on Oct. 21 it was gathering data that has now been mapped to show how much rain the storm dropped along the US eastern seaboard.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121101172152.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Ftop_news%2Ftop_environment+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Top+News+--+Top+Environment%29

Restore the Shore

Restore The Shore....
Hurricane Sandy   
Our Committment To The
Storm Ravaged Areas Of Our Nation...

It is with a heavy heart that I watch the news televising all of the decimation of the areas of my home state of New Jersey that brought so much joy to me and my family growing up.

Growing up in Bergen County and now seeng chidhood friends homes under water.
BG Sandy  

My fond memories of playing games and going on amusement rides on the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. Dancing with friends at Joey Harrisons Surf Club.

CS Sandy  

Strolling with my children along the boardwalk of Point Pleasant and driving by the beautiul historical homes in Belmar and Spring Lake.

Sailing as a young boy on the Barnegat Bay. Vacationing at the Thunderbird Motel in Mantoloking.

TR Sandy  

To see the utter oblivion of my childhood home in Toms River.

My heart is indeed heavy. But my resolve to utilize the arsenal of contacts and technologies achieved by the organization that I founded only five days after Hurricane Katrina is stronger than my pain.

I and the National Green Energy Council pledge to assist this nation on ressurecting once again from the ashes of tradegy.

It is my steadfast commitment to work as hard as I can to facilitate the needs of electrical power grid restoration and onsite disaster relief energy production through the use of renewable energy and green technologies.

Just this morning, I have contacted various leaders of President Obamas Administration and leaders within the US Government and the US Military and introduced them to leaders of Green Technology companies that can assist in these immediate need areas.

We are working diligently to traverse the multiple agencies for immediate deployment of these technologies.

I may be far from my birthplace, but I will reach across the globe to bring everyone that I can to help restore our Nation.

I love you my friends and family and my heart and prayers are with you.

Ralph Avallone
President
National Green Energy Council



National Green Energy Council
1701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006

How Does Climate Change Make Superstorms Like Sandy More Destructive?


Posted: 01 Nov 2012 04:03 AM PDT
Satellite image of Superstorm Sandy taken at 10 am EDT Tuesday. Image NASA GSFC via Masters.http://theenergycollective.com/josephromm/137876/how-does-climate-change-make-superstorms-sandy-more-destructive?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Is Investment in Infrastructure Now a Matter of National Security?

Is Investment in Infrastructure Now a Matter of National Security?

Posted: 01 Nov 2012 07:23 AM PDT
The events of the past few days emphasize that the challenges posed by climate change – from extreme weather to rising seas – are a matter of both regional and national security.http://theenergycollective.com/stephendelpercio/138011/devastation-nyc-nj-demonstrates-why-government-must-make-investments-infrast?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Extreme weather

Extreme weather https://www.fas.org/blogs/sciencewonk/2012/11/extreme-weather/

Scary Climate Change Stories Aren't Working. What's Next?

Scary Climate Change Stories Aren't Working. What's Next?

Can we stop the seas from rising? Yes, but less than you think. Posted by Brad Plumer on November 1, 2012 at 9:45 am


A Grim Warning from Science



A Grim Warning From Science

Bill McKibbenhttp://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/nov/01/hurricane-sandy-warning-science/

Flooded streets under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, October 29, 2012
One of the things that makes Sandy different from Katrina is that it’s a relatively clean story. The lessons of Katrina were numerous and painful—they had to do with race, with class, with the willful incompetence of a government that had put a professional Arabian horse fancier in charge of its rescue efforts.

Pacific sharks disappearing into soup: study

Pacific sharks disappearing into soup: study

Paris (AFP) Oct 31, 2012
Pacific stocks of the oceanic whitetip shark, a favourite of fin soup enthusiasts, sank by as much as 17 percent a year between 1995 and 2010 despite catch and finning limits, a study said Wednesday. And the north Pacific blue shark, also sought after by Asian chefs, showed a worrying population decline of about five percent per year, according to the research published in the journal Conserhttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Pacific_sharks_disappearing_into_soup_study_999.html

It's Global Warming, Stupid

It's Global Warming, Stupid


http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-01/its-global-warming-stupid

An Obsessive Quest to Document Earth’s Disappearing Glaciers

An Obsessive Quest to Document Earth’s Disappearing Glaciers

For the past six years, photographer James Balog has deployed dozens of time-lapse cameras around the world to chronicle one of the starkest examples of global warming — melting glaciers. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, Balog talks about his passion to capture these vanishing landscapes.http://e360.yale.edu/feature/james_balogs_quest_to_document_earths_disappearing_glaciers/2587/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YaleEnvironment360+%28Yale+Environment+360%29
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Keystone XL Pipeline: NDEQ Releases Pipeline Draft Evaluation Report

Keystone XL Pipeline: NDEQ Releases Pipeline Draft Evaluation Report

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) has completed its Draft Evaluation Report for Keystone’s proposed Nebraska Reroute of the Keystone XL Pipeline. This report is available on NDEQ’s web site. http://www.ptpblog.com/official-blog-for-ptp-alliance/2012/10/31/keystone-xl-pipeline-ndeq-releases-pipeline-draft-evaluation.html?goback=.gde_3004905_member_181040115

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The 20 Cities That Are Most Exposed To Rising Sea Levels

 Read more:http://www.businessinsider.com/cities-exposed-to-rising-sea-levels-2012-10?op=1

Paradise With an Asterisk


Outside Magazine, October 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Paradise With an Asterisk

Bikini Atoll, a tiny ring of islands halfway between Hawaii and Australia, is a world-class diving destination and home to one of the Pacific's last great fishing grounds. So where are all the tourists? Welcome to heaven on earth, where the vestiges of hell lie just below the surface.http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/Paradise-With-An-Asterisk.html?page=all

Putting Sandy In Destructive Context

Putting Sandy In Destructive Context

Given Sandy's status as 'worse than the worst case', it is perhaps not surprising that our estimate of the total cost being in the $50-100 billion range is not totally off mark given the discussions that ensued. By comparison Katrina's total loss/damage cost was $108bn. BofAML is a little more hopeful with estimates in the $10-20bn range - which seems optimistic to us, and further note that while it is a big hit to wealth, once the offsetting effects (Keynesian broken windows?) are taken into account, it will likely have a very small impact on economic growth.  Sandy is still in the Top 5 in terms of economic damage among modern hurricanes, and as BofAML adds, ironically, Sandy may even contribute further to the policy bickering in Washington. With so much of our central-banker-in-chief's efforts focused on raising our wealth perception, we wonder if this will have greater implications than merely the physical damage.

How Bad will Sandy be?http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-31/putting-sandy-destructive-context

Hurricane Sandy: A Moment for Eco-Socialism

Hurricane Sandy: A Moment for Eco-Socialism

During an unusual moment of clarity in an otherwise vanilla stint as the Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo spoke frankly about the longer term ramifications of Hurricane Sandy.  Instability in weather patterns will require serious changes in the ways that New York City’s infrastructure is situated and protected.  The weather field, in Cuomo’s mind, is suddenly wide open, “there is no weather pattern that can shock me.”  The Governor’s moment of clarity is likely to fade, but the problems Sandy exposed will not go away.  They require a serious and rapid response that requires a shift from the ideas offered by mainstream politics.
The key here is to recognize the source of the instabilities in the weather patterns.  Hurricane Sandy was not a fluke event, a “once in a century” storm or a manifestation of God’s anger at humanity.  Sandy is the new normal that has been brought on by climate change.  It was appropriately described as a “Frankenstorm” in that climate instability allowed several different storm elements to coalesce together.  Sandy brought hurricane winds to New York City and snowfall to West Virginia.  Such combinations are likely continue into the future and bring with them the threat of crippling urban life on each Coast of the country.
The critical first step in dealing with this meteorological instability is to aggressively address climate change itself.  This will require re-establishing equilibrium between humanity and the natural world.  If the Presidential campaign is any indication, we are far away from such a goal.  Both Obama and Romney have sidestepped questions about Climate Change and their platforms offer little in the way of serious change. Only an eco-socialist perspective that seeks to combine ecology’s concern with balance in the natural world with socialism’s understanding of how economic power shapes social decisions will be able to ensure both safety in the present and ecological transformation in the future.
Here are a few of the areas where eco-socialism might work :http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/10/hurricane-sandy-a-moment-for-eco-socialism/

Update on the DoD and National Guard Response to Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
On the Web:
http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=15649
Media contact: +1 (703) 697-5131/697-5132
Public contact:
http://www.defense.gov/landing/comment.aspx
or +1 (703) 571-3343

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 857-12
October 30, 2012

Update on the DoD and National Guard Response to Hurricane Sandy

            Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta has directed that the Department of Defense provide any available disaster response resources requested by Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies as affected states respond to Hurricane Sandy.   We continue to support FEMA and our Federal partners, with U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard providing lifesaving and life-sustaining assets in the aftermath of the storm. 
            Here is today's update on DoD's response to Hurricane Sandy:
            As of 11:00 a.m. today, there are approximately 7,400 National Guard forces on state active duty or in the process of activating for duty in support of the governors of NY, MA, VA, NJ, DE, CT and MD. These forces are providing critical assistance to local first responders and FEMA with support at evacuation shelters, damage assessments, route clearance, debris reduction and removal, search and rescue, and delivery of essential equipment and supplies.   
            DoD has staged four medium rotary wing utility aircraft and four medium rotary wing Search and Rescue aircraft at Hanscom AFB, MA, for potential logistical and search and rescue operations along the coasts of MA, CT, and RI in support of FEMA.
            DoD has approved a request for District of Columbia National Guard support for traffic control points and high-water evacuations.
             DoD installations throughout the North East are available as requested by FEMA.  These include Westover Air Reserve Base, MA; Joint Base McGuire-Dix, Lakehurst, NJ; and Ft. Devens, MA.
             DoD has placed medium- and heavy-lift helicopters, para rescue swimmers, and aerial refueling aircraft on 24-hour prepare-to-deploy status in response to anticipated FEMA requests to mitigate or respond to the effects of the storm.
             Additional engineer units and logistical support units are preparing to support the response in anticipation of any requests by FEMA.
             The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing public works and engineering expertise to include damage modeling, storm surge modeling, temporary emergency power, and coastal preparations in support of FEMA.  Other response teams remain on alert for future FEMA missions to include: Debris Management, Commodities Distribution, Infrastructure Assessment, Temporary Roofing, Critical Public Facilities, Water Planning, and Temporary Housing.
             USACE is currently working the New York District Emergency Operations Center and Rock Island District Unwatering Task Force management cell.  The unwatering cell includes technical experts that understand flood risk modeling/inundation. This team can advise on the location and use of pumping capability, the size/scope of pumping capability should be used, and can do some contract management.
             The Defense Logistics Agency has doubled the amount of fuel it is ready to provide for emergency backup generators in anticipation of requests for assistance from FEMA and Department of Energy.

U.S. Military vs. Hurricane Sandy

U.S. Military vs. Hurricane Sandy

Due to its unique capabilities, the U.S. military has often served as part of the first responders in Asia’s worst natural disasters. Within hours of the December 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean, for instance, 15,000 U.S. military personnel were on the scene aiding local authorities in search and rescue efforts. Within a week 17 U.S. Naval vessels and a Coast Guard Cutter were en route to Southeast Asia. Operation Unified Assistance, as the U.S. military named the humanitarian operation, would last for months afterward as the region tried to overcome the massive loss of life and property.
The U.S. military also sprang into action following Japan’s tragic earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. In what the Pentagon would call Operation Tomodachi—Japanese for “friendship”– the U.S. military was again on the scene within hours helping in the search and rescue operations. The Defense Department immediately allocated $35 million, which was supplemented by another $8 million from the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). Less than a month later the U.S. 7th fleet had 14 ships, 130 aircraft and 13,893 personnel involved in Operation Tomodachi, flying 160 reconnaissance flights in search of victims, and delivering more than 260 tons of relief supplies to survivors.
Now, with the U.S. Eastern Coast slammed by Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. military has been busy assisting federal, state, and local authorities reaching those people still in need and helping to restore services to affected households. As the storm made its way to the U.S. mainland after raging through the Caribbean, the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) began coordinating operational plans with domestic agencies. http://thediplomat.com/the-editor/2012/10/30/u-s-military-vs-hurricane-sandy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+the-diplomat+%28The+Diplomat+RSS%29

There Are THREE – Not One – Wellheads at BP’s Macondo Gulf Oil Spill Site

There Are THREE – Not One – Wellheads at BP’s Macondo Gulf Oil Spill Site

BP Had Pretended There Was Only 1 Wellhead

During the 2010 Gulf oil spill, BP talked about, filmed, and ultimately announced that it had capped one leaking wellhead.http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/there-were-three-not-one-wellheads-at-bps-macondo-well.html