By Staff (ELR), GMA News | YouTube. Category 5 Typhoon Bopha made landfall in the southern Philippines’ Mindanao area — a region seldom affected by cyclones — with sustained winds of about 160 mph early on Tuesday December 4. The storm, locally called Pablo, has killed dozens, stranded thousands, and displaced tens of thousands of people.
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. The Haitian impression of being in the center of a world vortex could not be truer when it comes to climate change. As a result of carbon (mostly carbon dioxide and methane) emissions due burning of fossil fuels by industrialized countries, global sea levels have risen one inch over the last decade alone.
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | News Junkie Post. Like a hulking giant, Isaac has stomped across the Caribbean at practically human speed, for days. Ten miles per hour, 14 mph, and Isaac continues its march northwest and west-northwest, for nearly one week, as if for a rendez-vous. Isaac appears set to revisit Katrina’s old haunts. The timing is identical: midweek, near the end of August.
By Patricia Grogg, IPS. Cuba’s national disaster prevention system has made it the country with the lowest number of storm-related fatalities in the area encompassing the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Experts say Cuba even outperforms highly developed countries, thanks to its integrated disaster prevention system.(English|French|Spanish)
By Brenda Ekwurzel, Union of Concerned Scientists | NOAA | Haiti Chery. Scientific evidence links the destructive power of hurricanes to higher ocean temperatures driven by global warming. Expansion of the oceans due to warming, combined with the inflow of water from melting land ice, have raised global sea levels more than one inch over the last decade. In addition, the water vapor content of the atmosphere over the oceans has increased four percent since 1970.
By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, a hurricane warning is in effect for Haiti — including the populous cities of Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, and the Ile de la Gonave — and the Dominican Republic’s southern coast. Hurricane Isaac should hit the island of Hispaniola the night of Thursday August 23-24 with rainfall of 8 to 12 inches, dangerous waves, and storm surges that might raise the coastal waters 3 to 5 feet above normal. With less than 24 hours left for preparations to save lives and property, the Haitian government had done nothing except issue general safety warnings. Regular UPDATES. (English | French)
Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | Staff, AFP via Yahoo!7 News | Elena L. Aben and Ellalyn B. De Vera, Manila Bulletin | Manuel Mogato, Rosemarie Francisco and Ed Lane, Reuters | By Staff, Sun Star | Rio Rose Ribaya, Reuters via Yahoo! | By Kim Arveen Patria, Yahoo! Large farming towns north of the capital Manila, as well as heavily populated coastal areas remain under waist-deep floods. Fierce winds and heavy rains from slow-moving Typhoon Gener (international codename Saola) have battered the country, killing at least 39 people and displacing about 200,000. UPDATE Aug 7: The typhoon left the Philippines on Friday Aug 3 but was immediately followed by tropical storm Haikui, which raised the number of casualties to more than 50 and of the displaced to more than 270,000 people. UPDATE Aug 16: New tropical storm Helen (international name Kai-Tak) kills 7 and causes yet more flooding and destruction.
By Staff Writers, SPX via Terra Daily | University of Melbourne School of Earth Sciences | Editorial comment by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. This study of global warming, published in Geophysical Research Letters, was featured in the journal Nature as one of “the most viewed papers in science.” Why are so many scientists reading this paper?
By Stephen Leahy, IPS | Envolverde. Threats to coral reefs have gone from worrisome to dire. Bleaching, overfishing, pollution and disease have largely wiped out the fabulous coral communities of the Caribbean, which has lost 80 percent of its corals since the 1970s, say scientists at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS). (English | Spanish | Portuguese)
By Steve Rintoul, CSIRO | Staff, SPX via Terra Daily. Teams of Australian and US scientists have found a 60% reduction in the amount of Antarctic Bottom Water off the coast of Antarctica since 1970. The sinking of dense water around Antarctica is part of a global pattern of ocean currents that strongly influences climate. So evidence that these waters are changing is worrying.
Interview of Angus Wright with Robert Jensen, Common Dreams | By Chris Edgar and Burl Carraway, Texas Forest Service. Half a billion trees scattered across Texas USA have died from the unrelenting 2011 drought. Angus Wright comments: “I don’t know if there is a way out, but we have to try. My own expectations are pessimistic because I don’t see enough people having sufficient awareness, understanding, and determination to bring about the major changes we need.”