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Re: Swiss wine-growers look for good news in climate change

GarryRF ·
"The NASA Earth Observatory notes three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, each separated by intervals of slight warming" Swiss Farms and Villages were destroyed by the advancing glaciers during the mini-ice ages. 1.6C is not a great recovery in 100 years.
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

GarryRF ·
Climate change "experts" are saying that: "Antarctica’s massive stores of ice are likely to melt as the planet warms and contribute ever greater amounts of water to the world’s oceans." But the facts are: "The winter ice around the southern continent has been growing relatively constantly since records began in 1979. The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre, which monitors sea ice using satellite data, say that the year’s maximum was 1.54m sq km (595,000 sq miles) above the 1981-2010...
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

PHeymont ·
Garry, aside from the fact that climate change involves far more than the question of polar ice caps, we're not in huge disagreement, I think. 1. Climate change is a more accurate term than global warming, because it's not all about warming, and in some cases the change brings colder rather than warmer. 2. The effects are not the same everywhere, nor are they always immediately harmful. It is possible for one area to be threatened with inundation while another benefits from a return of...
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

GarryRF ·
Not in disagreement at all Paul. Just a mention that climate change is not all bad news. And an option to some folks that wonder where all that melted ice is going to. It's been another winter when the Jet Stream has kept the UK warm and the Eastern States frozen. So there's a lot more water to come down from the Ice Cap yet !
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

DrFumblefinger ·
The issue of what we can do about the "world's changing climate" aside, when I look at a massive stone structure like the one in the photo and realize it's sitting essentially on a sand bar (which is what most of Florida is), I'm not surprised that it might actually be slowly settling and sinking. Just like Venice is. Venice has serious problems but these are mostly due to the fact that the entire city is sinking.
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Re: Florida warned: take action against future flooding

GarryRF ·
50 years ago this area of Liverpool UK was underwater twice a day. Every tide. And storms would cause the land to flood half a mile inland. So this area is now a man made construction. Sand hills cover the solid foundation. Marrem grass has roots that bind the sand together. And it works. Copied off the Netherlands where much of the land is below sea level all year.
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PortMoresby ·
Won't the beaches just move inland too?
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PHeymont ·
What! and spoil my headline? Seriously, though, not necessarily. The deposit of sand and similar materials is a longer process than is being discussed here, and the new shorelines would be quite different, at least for a long time.
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

DrFumblefinger ·
I am not smart enough to know what the correct temperature or ocean level of the earth should be.
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PortMoresby ·
So many resorts truck in their "beaches", it may turn out to be more an excuse to build new fancier versions of themselves than the prospect of their disappearance. Where there's a will...and you know there is!
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

GarryRF ·
When the Vikings first discovered Greenland a thousand years ago they wrote of a "Green and pleasant land with pastures, cows and animals". Now its a frozen wasteland ! In 1817 the wine producers of North Yorkshire (England) abolished their trade association as summers were becoming too cold to grow grapes. They've never grown grapes since ! This time last year we were digging the snow out. Today is 68f and sunny. Climate change doesn't go away. Ever.
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PHeymont ·
No, climate change doesn't go away...but until the last century, we lacked the ability to really push it in one direction or another. The issue these years is not the natural progression but the degree to which our emissions and more have upset the balance. On the one hand, I won't be around to see how it all comes out...but I'm concerned because my grandchildren will be!
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

GarryRF ·
I do not believe that the burning of fossils fuels has any effect on the direction of the Jet Stream. Which in turn controls the weather around the world. I do believe that the Petro-Chemical Refineries from the New Jersey coast and further south releasing tons of nasty unwanted chemicals into the atmosphere does have a big effect on the de-forestation of Europe with acid rain. They release this gas when the wind is blowing east across the Atlantic. And when the wind suddenly changes the...
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PHeymont ·
While I certainly agree with you about the refineries (remember how close to some of them I live) the jetstream is hardly the only factor involved in weather and climate. I'm not best equipped to explain more...that's the domain of my wife the science teacher...but it's clear there's a scary future ahead...
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

GarryRF ·
The Jet Stream is responsible for the California drought. The Polar Vortex you've been suffering from - and for the UK not having frosty weather since last November. English strawberries in Winter and de-icing salt being 15cents for a 10 kilo sack ! Its not yet April and I've cut the grass twice ! Blame it all on the Jet Stream.
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U.S. ski resort giant takes a bite of Australia

PHeymont ·
U.S. ski resort operator Vail Resorts has paid $136 million to take over Australia's popular Mount Perisher ski area in the Snowy Mountains.   Vail, which owns a dozen or so ski areas in the U.S. (Colorado, California, Utah, Michigan and...
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Florida warned: take action against future flooding

PHeymont ·
17th c. Castillo de San Marcos, guarding America's oldest city, may be endangered by rising waters.   With all the jokes about earthquakes in California creating ocean-front lots in Nevada, it's easy to forget that things are changing in numbers...
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Swiss wine-growers look for good news in climate change

PHeymont ·
Swiss vineyards near Sion           Photo: Valery Heritier / Wikimedia   A Swiss federal agriculture expert says that climate change  is “positive overall for Swiss wine growers because it guarantees better...
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"Swiss Siberia" hits 0° while Europe bakes

PHeymont ·
Most of Europe has been experiencing a heatwave so far this summer, with sustained temperatures in the high 90s(F, high 30s C), causing discomfort and health issues across the continent. And yet, one village in Switzerland closed out August by falling...
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Instant climate change available at airport!

PHeymont ·
Step into a booth—The Climate Portal—at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, and step into the climate of an entirely different place, say the city you're traveling to.   Chilly? Too hot? step out and down to the shopping area for an extra...
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France to Reinstate Border Controls for a Month

Travel Rob ·
          Photo of Paris by PHeymont   France will reinstate border controls for a month as part of larger security measures around the UN Climate Conference Nov. 30- Dec. 11 in Paris. Europe's...
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Climate Change and European Tourism

PHeymont ·
The travel industry site Skift is continuing a series assessing the effects of climate change on travel, and has concluded that changing climate over the next 50 years may shift tourism from southern to northern Europe in the summer, but may have...
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Record ice melts and temperatures worry Greenland

PHeymont ·
Danish scientists are worried: Greenland's seasonal ice melt is happening sooner and more is melting, along with record high temperatures.
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Swiss study: Time may be up for spring skiing

PHeymont ·
Swiss and Austrian snowfall studies show that snow has been coming later and melting earlier, raising issues for resorts and the environment.
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Mountain Passes in Ladakh Lift Your Spirit High

Vishnu Kumar ·
“Mountains are calling, and I must go.” John Muir wrote down the feelings into words which we all feel after getting exhausted in the routine of daily life. We need an escape and what could be better than the cold desert of Indian, Ladakh. Whether it’s the beauty of mountains, thrill, adventure and wanderlust, Ladakh keeps everything at upscale. Every mountain pass in Ladakh comes with new challenges, and every turn is a new victory. There is a common saying about Ladakh “A place where the...
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When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PHeymont ·
Global climate change is on the front pages again, with the release of a new annual report by the U.N.-based International Panel on Climate Change, which reports on the accelerating changes that threaten many aspects of the way we live. A full report...
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Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

PHeymont ·
As world leaders gather in Paris for a world climate conference, Norway struggles with a possibly related issue—or at least one the Prime Minister believes is related.    Prime Minister Erna Solberg (photo above) has managed to offend...
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Tasty lunch sets the table for climate conference

PHeymont ·
The world climate conference (COP21) opens today in Paris with 150 heads of state and government meeting to try for a world agreement on environmental issues. The outcome is still doubtful, but lunch will not be a problem.   A team of French...
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Is 'green cruising' the future for cruise industry?

PHeymont ·
Japanese NGO develops 'Ecoship' concept for emission-free cruising.
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Sri Lanka Visit Visa from Pakistan

Ayan Asad ·
Sri Lanka, a beautiful country of south Asia near south-east India is more than 2,550 years old. The Portuguese controlled the coastal areas of the Sri Lanka in the 16th century and rule over Sri Lanka for 100 years. Dutch also take the control of this beautiful Country in the 17th century. Climate of Sri Lanka is very pleasant as you can expect rain anytime. Natural sights of Sri Lanka for tourist attractions are Gal Vihara, Abhayagiri Dagoba, Quadrangle, Mulkirigala Rock Temples, Kandasamy...
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

DrFumblefinger ·
The Norwegian PM is clearly a fanatic that has not only lost touch with common sense, but is questionably grounded to reality. If the future of the world hangs in the balanced based on the number of times cows fart, then we might as well resign ourselves to Armagadeon. I think the Prime Minister is more full of hot air than the Norwegian cows are.
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

GarryRF ·
In the UK the number of winter related deaths (hypothermia - flu - respiratory) has fell by nearly 6,000 people a year. That's for an average 5'f (2'c) increase in the winter months. And were using less fossil fuel to heat our homes ! In 1814 wine producers in Northern England abandoned growing grapes because the climate was getting colder. I'll be happy when we get back to growing grapes here again. In January 2014 China had a quarter of all its territory under a cloud of smog. That's 600...
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

PHeymont ·
Sadly, common sense and science knowledge don’t appear to be requirements for achieving high office. Solberg’s nonsense brings to mind a U.S. president who considered ketchup a school-lunch vegetable and told a campaign audience that "Trees cause more < http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Pollution > pollution than < http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Automobile > automobiles do." On the other hand, Solberg’s not the inventor of the cow fart theory…search the internet and you’ll find that...
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

GarryRF ·
I've heard that cows have as many as 4 stomachs. So I suppose that's to be expected after eating all your greens !
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Re: Norway: Are flatulent cows a real climate issue?

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, GarryRF, they do have a compartmentalized stomach designed to allow them to graze quickly if they need to, then carefully chew and digest their cud when they've time to ruminate. One might argue that a cow is a near perfect biological machine. We know they are useful to humans because of the milk, cheese, butter and meat they provide, but that's not the point. They are vegetarians and drop back on the pastures they graze their waste nitrogen, a wonderful fertilizer. And they exhale lots...
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Re: Record ice melts and temperatures worry Greenland

GarryRF ·
How it's changed in a thousand years - since the first Vikings settled there. They wrote letters back to Denmark calling it a "Green Land" with pastures and crops and cows. And as the Ice melts at the North Pole - the South Pole records ice levels as being "Higher than ever recorded". Such is Mother Nature. Always changing her mind.
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Shields up! Venice tests MOSE

PHeymont ·
The long-delayed barrier intended to protect the city from high tides and flooding finally gets a full trial.
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