Friday, July 31, 2015

Pentagon Admits Drought Cause Of Syrian Civil War

Pentagon Report Admits Disastrous Drought, Not Assad Caused Syrian Crisis

A US Department of Defense report says that a six-year drought in Syria caused vast suffering and social dislocation before the 2011 Arab spring protests and the start of the civil war there.

30 July, 2015

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A six-year drought in Syria caused vast suffering and social dislocation before the 2011 Arab spring protests and the start of the civil war there, a US Department of Defense report on global climate change said.

“[F]rom 2006-2011, a severe multi-year drought affected Syria and contributed to massive agriculture failures and population displacements,” the report, which was released on Wednesday, said.

Large movements of rural dwellers to city centers coincided with the presence of large numbers of Iraqi refugees fleeing the conflict and miserable economic conditions in that country, and gathered in Syrian cities, the report acknowledged.

These mass migrations effectively overwhelmed the “institutional capacity” of the Syrian state to deal with them, the document noted.

The study named “Report on National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate” was ordered by the US Senate Committee on Appropriations to accompany the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for the fiscal year ending in September 30, 2015.

The report cited the 2006-2011 drought crisis in Syria as a classic case where environmental disasters caused by global warming triggered the collapse of civil society and ruinous internal conflicts.

“Persistently recurring conditions such as flooding, drought and higher temperatures increase the strain on fragile states and vulnerable populations by dampening economic activity,” the report warned.

Other disastrous effects include loss of agriculture and electricity production, changes in known infectious disease patterns and the rise of new ones, and increases in respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, it added.

Such prolonged environmental crises, the report observed, could increasingly lead the US armed forces to be involved in humanitarian disaster relief efforts abroad.

“These kinds of impacts in regions around the world could necessitate greater [Department of Defense] involvement in the provision of humanitarian assistance and other aid,” the report stated.

The report’s analysis of the environmental causes of the crisis in Syria were in contradiction of the political narrative of the Obama administration and of almost all political leaders in both major US political parties who have consistently blamed the civil war entirely on the policies of President Bashar Assad.


Also see:

Study: Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian Civil War

The Root Causes Of Violence In Syria: Climate Change and Water: But Let's Bomb The Hell Out Of Them Anyway

Without Water, Revolution

160 Syrian Villages Deserted Due To Climate Change

I wrote about this five years ago. Nice to see the Pentagon finally admitting it. And make no mistake: Syria is not the only place where we are seeing and will see this and the spawning of groups like ISIS in retaliation. Climate is THE central issue in this region particularly in regards to water and gas. To now see millions of refugees in detention centers in Syria forgotten is deplorable. Is this truly the world you want? Dying at the hands of those who know the truth but will still continue on the wrong path for their own benefit?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fukushima Radiation IS Important (We are killing our own biosphere!)

Dead Dolphins In Fukushima Stranding Found With White Radiated Lungs

Japanese scientists are dumbfounded by the new discovery after conducting an autopsy on a large group of dolphins that where discovered washed up on a beach close to the Fukushima disaster site.

Each dolphins lungs were white, which is according to scientists, an indication of loss of blood to the organs - a symptom of radiation poisoning.

The translated article comes from EneNews:

Apr 11, 2015 (emphasis added):

Google Translate: Ibaraki Prefecture… for a large amount of dolphin which was launched on the shore… the National Science Museum… investigated… researchers rushed from national museums and university laboratory, about 30 people were the anatomy of the 17 animals in the field. [According to Yuko Tajima] who led the investigation. “the lungs of most of the 17… was pure white ischemic state, visceral signs of overall clean and disease and infections were observed”… Lungs white state, that has never seen before.

Systran: The National Science Museum investigated circumstance and cause etc concerning the mass dolphin which is launched to the seashore of Ibaraki prefecture… the researchers ran from the museum and the university laboratory… approximately 30 people dissected 17… [Yuko Tajima] of the National Science Museum which directed investigation research worker [said] “the most lung 17 was state with true white, but as for the internal organs being clean”… The lung true white as for state, says… have not seen.

Fukushima Diary, Apr 12, 2015: According to National Science Museum, most of the inspected 17 dolphins had their lungs in ischaemia state… The chief of the researching team stated “Most of the lungs looked entirely white”… internal organs were generally clean without any symptoms of disease or infection, but most of the lungs were in ischaemia state. She said “I have never seen such a state”.

This is what has been happening while the US is being distracted with media hype of Caitlyn Jenner and Donald Trump. Do you not understand now?

They have aided in the destruction of this planet for their own benefit and YOU are not to know about the true devastating consequences. Anyone who thinks a meltdown like Fukushima can happen with no residual effects to the planet and the species that inhabit it in all honesty is just plain ignorant.

There is a lot of $$$$$$ riding on you being kept in the dark successfully. We humans are surely for the most part an insidious creation. WHAT ARE WE DOING?


Pacific Ocean Now Dead From Fukushima Radiation

Fukushima Fallout: We Need To Be Concerned

TEPCO Plans To Dump All Fukushima Radiation In Ocean

Fukushima Getting Worse

Fukushima Leak Is Much Worse Than We Were Led To Believe

Fukushima Radiation Spiking Suddenly-Media Blackout

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

You're Making This Island Disappear

You're Making This Island Disappear

I try to stay afloat

You must click on this link and read this account of what climate change/sea level rise is doing to the Marshall Islands and where some climate refugees are settling in the US. You must meet the beautiful people who inhabit these islands and call them their home. They are no different than you. They are people who love their homes and families and cherish the Earth. They are people who have beautiful spirits and who live off the water that now threatens to take all they have because people in developed/industrialised countries for the most part do not understand or refuse to understand or care about what their consumerism and waste is doing to the rest of the world.

The only way to deal with climate destruction in any way that is to be construed as adequate in preserving civilization beyond this century is to look inside ourselves, understand and admit our own participation in what is happening and pledge to live a life that treats our Earth with respect and love as we ourselves wish to be treated and as our Earth treats us. This is why political (UN) conferences sponsored by the very entities responsible for this crisis will not ever do what is necessary to save us from the catastrophe that has already been put into motion.

The inhabitants of these islands have been wronged by the US and other countries in more ways than one. Not only is climate destruction now flooding their homes and cultures and threatening to overtake them- the effects of nuclear fallout from testing as far back as the 1940s (Bikini Atoll)- have also poisoned the water, ruined livelihoods and made it uninhabitable.

There will be no substantial progress in addressing climate destruction until we can all look beyond our front porches in the US and other industrialised countries to see the real and true effects of our actions and ask these questions: Just how much does our comfort at any cost supersede the continued existence of mankind? Also, what is our responsibility to the inhabitants of these islands in response to seeing their homes submerged?

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner gives an impassioned reading of 2 Degrees, a poem about climate change and the threat it poses to the Marshall Islands.

Welcome To Bikini Atoll
How do we as Americans and humans not see the human rights abuses we have committed against the native people? And now we will abandon them as the waves submerge their lives? Climate destruction is not just about charts and graphs- it is about flesh and blood.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Almost A Decade

Water Wars Are Here-We Were Warned

This August will mark nine years that this blog has been in existence. Nine years on Blogger, 45 years of my life. The link above is the first post written on Blogger in 2006. Neither the passion nor the dedication has waned in all of those years. There has been an increase in readership and my hope is that the information shared here has been shared with others and that it has imparted people with information they did not have before and perhaps even inspired action.

Water is shared by all humans and all species throughout our world. It is the one thing we all have in common- the one thread that binds all of our lives together.

To see that thread now being severed by our own hand is beyond tragic.

The day will come for the world as a whole when the true importance of water to all of our lives will be seen. I truly hope it is not too late.

Thanks to those who have sincerely supported my writing here and who have shared the information. Hopefully, the blog will see ten years.
As a treat I am posting this classic video of the Havasupai waterfall in the Grand Canyon. If we can but remember just how beautiful water is and how much it is a part of us we may learn to respect it. That is the first step to preserving it for generations to come.

Friday, June 19, 2015

NASA: 21 Of 37 Largest Aquifers Losing Water

NASA: 21 Of 37 Largest Aquifers Losing Water

Drought-stricken California is not the only place draining underground aquifers in the hunt for fresh water.

It’s happening across the world, according to two new studies by U.S. researchers released Tuesday.

Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France -- have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category.

“The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California Irvine-led studies’ principal investigator.

And it’s difficult to see it getting better soon. These groundwater reserves take thousands of years to accumulate and only slowly recharge with water from snowmelt and rains. Now, as drilling for water has taken off across the globe, the hidden water reservoirs are being stressed. Underground aquifers supply 35 percent of the water used by humans worldwide. Demand is even greater in times of drought. Rain-starved California is currently tapping aquifers for 60 percent of its water use, up from the usual 40 percent.

In another finding from the studies led by the University of California Irvine, scientists say that some of these aquifers may be much smaller than previously thought. Only a few of the aquifers have been mapped in detail and most estimates of aquifer water reserves have "uncertainty ranges across orders of magnitude,” according to the studies.

[Rich Californians balk at limits: ‘We’re not all equal when it comes to water’]

The new studies used NASA’s GRACE satellites to take unprecedentedly precise measurements of the groundwater reservoirs hidden beneath the ground. The satellites detected subtle changes in the gravitational pull of the earth’s surface. Water is exceptionally heavy and exerts a greater pull on orbiting spacecraft. As the satellites flew overhead, slight changes in aquifer water levels were charted over a decade, from 2003 to 2013.

“The water table is dropping all over the world,” Familglietti said. “There’s not an infinite supply of water.”

In Australia, the Canning Basin in the country’s western end had the third-highest rate of depletion in the world. But the Great Artesian Basin to the east was among the healthiest.

The difference, the studies found, is likely attributable to heavy mining near the Canning Basin. Mining is a water-intensive activity.

In the United States, California’s Central Valley Aquifer was in the most trouble. It is being drained to irrigate farm fields. California only last year passed its first extensive groundwater regulations, allowing for local control over groundwater. But the new law could take two decades to take effect.

[California’s water woes primed to get worse as groundwater is drained]

Also running a negative balance was the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains Aquifer, which stretches across the Gulf Coast and Florida. But three other aquifers in the middle of the country appeared to be in relatively good shape.

The studies were published Tuesday in the Water Resources Research journal.

Familglietti said he hoped the findings would spur discussion and further research into how much groundwater is left.

“We need to get our heads together on how we manage groundwater,” he said, “because we’re running out of it.”

End of excerpt


I really am wondering why so many people simply cannot understand the urgency of conserving water. It is inevitable that with growing populations, continued privatization and globalization, pollution, industrial agriculture and the effects of climate destruction that water usage and waste will be on the rise. However, we as a species are woefully unprepared for the world we are making- mainly a dry world. A world devoid of the water necessary to sustain life.

This is not some obscure story to be relegated to the back burner. This is a major crisis that effects each and every one of us regardless of race, gender or political predisposition. More of our world is becoming too dry too sustain crops with nutrients being depleted due to industrial chemicals and effects of monoculture. Again, this is not just about a global water crisis- this is about the very clear and present danger of a global famine.

Many of us particularly in the US and other so called "developed" nations still act as if we are somehow immune from these effects- even as California continues to struggle in an epic drought that has farmers struggling to survive as well as in other places around the globe. We go to supermarkets somehow forgetting that what we see on the shelf had to come from a field or it wouldn't be here- and that takes water and lots of it.

Which is why man's insatiable thirst for water now not for life but for profit is a false choice that is leading us quicker to Peak Water and that global famine. Mining, fossil fuel extraction, tarsands, Fracking, mega-dams are all wasting precious water needed for life. This also extends to our oceans which we have poisoned and polluted to the point of a real crisis for us and the species that inhabit them. How is it we can still on the whole sit so silently as our world slips away from us?

Time is not on our side at this point and we can no longer continue with the mindset that the water we waste and use will be replenished. Climate destruction is now wrecking havoc on the hydrologic cycle with monsoons being affected that effect growing seasons as well as salt water intrusion that makes farming untenable with amplified intensity and severity of droughts and floods. Snowpack has been reduced which is resulting in less water being replaced as usage increases. Even someone with poor math skills can see that sooner or later this equation will have devastating effects on all living things.

With 7 billion people on planet Earth and projections of population increases to 9 billion within the next two decades the importance of not only planning but adapting and conserving cannot be stressed enough! If you are not genuinely scared for what the future holds as we continue to go along at the current pace thinking water will always be there you are in for a very rude awakening

Wars over water are also not some sci-fi plot. They are happening now and will continue to as the source of our lives continues to dwindle in areas of the world where there is the greatest concentration of poor people. This is why management of resources is not the only important factor here- but who has control over that management. I try very hard to hold out hope that humanity as a whole will finally see just how precious water is and do what is necessary to conserve this commons for our future. I would be remiss if I did not state that my hope is waning. Just take a look at the rich in California claiming they don't "need" to conserve water because they think they are entitled to it and care more for their lawns and reputations in their nose in the air communities that live in another universe. I say, if you waste water on your lawn then you get no food. I actually hope the rude awakening is especially rude for them. That unfortunately is what is necessary to wake up the populace.

Also see:

Global Freshwater Consumption Crossing Its Planetary Boundary

Drop In U.S. Underground Water Levels Has Accelerated

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Backing Earth Up Against The Wall

This is not going to be another pretty please to 'politicians' to ask them to please do more on this crisis. The bottom line is that we as a species are committing slow suicide to ourselves and murdering species, trees, plants, the rainforests, rivers and oceans, the atmosphere and all ecosystems that support our own existence and it is being done out of willful ignorance which is morally reprehensible.

We now know that human behavior is contributing to the rise of GHGs in our atmosphere which is in turn causing rising seas, accelerated melting of glaciers specifically in the Arctic which threatens our climate balance, stronger storms, droughts, wildfires, floods, deforestation, desertification, the spread of disease, species extinction, invasive species, water shortages and erratic weather patterns.

These conditions are then in turn causing the death of livestock, the extinction and disappearance of species important to the web of life, hunger, lack of potable water, environmental degradation of land needed to grow food, pollution and the possibility of millions of environmental refugees who will be forced to leave their homes because where they live will be uninhabitable...and that is already happening in places like Bangladesh, Vanuatu and other islands that have already been swallowed up by the rising seas. The economic devastation because of it is so much more than it could ever be in not doing the right thing, not to mention the environmental damage and the spiritual damage to our balance with this planet.

I am so sick of these so-called 'conferences' that come out with false rhetoric about seeking to fight climate change and then let the Earth down without binding targets. I am sick of climate change being used as a political wedge issue rather than treated as the urgent moral crisis it is with governments backing down by using the economy as a damn excuse to sit and do nothing and waste more time while this world melts around us! But of course, that is the way of "politics".

After all of the petitions signed, the letters written, the phone calls, the flyers, the blog entries, the changes I have made in my own life and in doing all I can to spread this message to others, there is only thing left I can say to the developed countries of this world including the U.S., UK, Russia, Australia, as well as China and India (which in my book are developed countries based on their economies and what they are contributing to this crisis because of it now):

It is time to stop the stalling and do something now, because words no longer mean anything. We have now passed definite tipping points in the climate balance of this Earth that are and will have catastrophic effects on the habitability of this planet. Scientists have confirmed it and Mother Nature is now illustrating it in response to our behavior on a global basis. What is it going to take?

It is absolutely morally reprehensible for any country that is contributing the most to this crisis to still sit on its hands and play these, "it will be bad for our economy" games while the poor of this world become more and more vulnerable to the effects of this crisis! These are the same games that were played for decades and you should know that it is logical that without a truly sustainable planet economy won't mean squat. As a matter of fact, it has been proven that sustainable investments and practices particularly regarding agriculture not only save money but bring jobs and a safer, cleaner, more peaceful world.

But continue to have your 'conferences' that let the Earth and those species that cannot defend themselves down and still expect her to sustain you. The arrogance of those perpetuating this crisis truly blows me away. You now back the Earth up against the wall and she will not be kind to you for it nor will history.

G7 Leaders Agree To Phase Out Fossil Fuels By End Of Century

Here stand the accomplices making another irrelevant announcement.

By end of century? TOO LATE. We are already experiencing consequences of abrupt climate destruction. And again, why is the main focus always on investing? There is never any mention in these plans of Sustainable Agriculture, reforestation, Soil Carbon Sequestration because god forbid they stand up to big ag/Monsanto/Cargill. Are all you politicians just setting these targets to give more investment dollars to those on both sides getting rich off our suffering? By end of century we will see fossil fuels already run out and with us continuing to coddle our addiction without any sort of timely transition that will be adequate in comparison to pace of changes resulting in massive social unrest. Perhaps, that is their plan? Also, making this announcement while they fervently continue their wars for natural gas resources (Arctic, Syria, Ukraine, etc.) that they label as "clean energy" to give their fossil fuel corporate backers cover reeks of hypocrisy. We cannot survive until end of century with a LOW carbon strategy- especially one including fracking, nukes and industrial agriculture.

The fact that they do know this and continue on the same path is beyond criminal.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Epic Flooding In Texas

5-29-15: Climate Change, a Factor in Texas Floods, Largely Ignored

"Climate change is taking a toll on Texas, and the devastating floods that have killed at least 15 people and left 12 others missing across the state are some of the best evidence yet of that phenomenon, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said in an interview Wednesday.

"We have observed an increase of heavy rain events, at least in the South-Central United States, including Texas," said Nielsen-Gammon, who was appointed by former Gov. George W. Bush in 2000. "And it's consistent with what we would expect from climate change."

Even their own state climatologist has stated the reality. Yet again we still are not seeing this connection presented on news/weather forecasts. Climate change is being all but ignored. I recently tweeted Ginger Zee, the Chief Meteorologist for the ABC network asking why neither climate change nor Arctic amplification were being tied into this. Her response? She only has 15 seconds to do a report. Then I was told I was angry and judgmental for daring to respond that I thought that was a copout of a response. I mean, really- that is not a legitimate reason when lives are on the line. But then, we also know what runs the American media. Sad that we now see people who care being relegated to being angry and haters. I guess I should have told her I liked her dress.


Deadly Flooding in Texas Latest Example of Extreme Weather

With at least a dozen people dead and the raging high waters described as having “tsunami-type power” in Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, the latest example of extreme weather in the U.S. is being tied to a global pattern of increasingly volatile events that are claiming lives and costing billions of dollars in damage each year.


“So far in 2015—as in preceding years—weather-related disasters have destroyed or disrupted millions of lives and livelihoods,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud ahead of the meeting. Citing devastating events like Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, major droughts in India, California, and Brazil, and the kind of flooding that recently struck Chile and now being seen in Texas, Jarraud said the “list of extreme events is long and there is growing scientific evidence that at least some of them would have been unlikely without human-induced climate change.”

Epic Flooding In Texas During El Nino Year and Locked Jet Stream Configuration

Nearly 1 FOOT of ‎rain‬ fell across the ‎Houston‬ metro area in 24 hours causing historic ‎flooding‬.

"It's like nothing we've ever experienced." Here's crazy footage of the floods hitting Texas

Posted by NowThis on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Governor Says Deadly Flooding Worst Ever Seen In Texas Area

When did you ever hear of a flood advisory in Houston? Answer: never. This is now happening at the same time as a deadly heat-wave kills hundreds in India, abnormal heat bakes Alaska, severe drought continues in California, Brazil, etc. with Arctic melting continuing to interfere with jet stream configuration.

Last year at this time I was posting about the severe epic flooding in Bosnia and and the record breaking Midwest flooding. Here we are again.

This is very tragic. This is happening globally more frequently, severely as well as faster because of the continued amplification of the atmosphere because we don't seem to understand yet even now how our behaviors are pushing this. It is very tragic- however it was also predicted this would happen in regard to climate yet their so called political leaders soaked in oil money didn't feel the need to prepare for the effects of climate change or even care about funding agencies to help people in disasters... and the people now suffering in Texas more than likely voted for them which is also a tragedy.

So in this case and in every other case from California which has a Governor as well who cares more for the fracking companies in a severe drought already tied to climate change effects than putting humanity before profit the failure is on the part of both political parties in this country. They have all now allowed climate amplification to get to the point where we will see more casualties here because of their apathy, greed and political hatred and they need to be called out on it.

I have posted here numerous times about Arctic amplification and the effect it is having on the jet stream. Reports on this flooding state clearly that a jet stream configuration staying in place is causing this. Yet, not ONE WORD on any weather report mentioning those two words.

I wish I knew what to say without sounding like a broken record or felt that I could blow sunshine up everyone's butt without feeling guilty about it- but there simply is no other way of articulating it. We are dealing with a crisis of humanity we have not seen before by our own hand and we refuse on the whole to see this... You know what that means whether you want to admit it or not.

Sorry to the people of these areas now dealing with their losses- but for those there who defer to the Bible and continue to push the reality away defer then to the saying, "what you sow so shall you reap" and think about what it is now doing to God's creation. Would Jesus be driving an SUV and supporting the very companies polluting and destroying this planet? Or would he be walking amongst us and speaking to us about being good stewards?

Flooding Could Last for Weeks as Record Rain Has Fallen in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

UPDATE: 5-12-15-Nepal Earthquake Takes Toll On Lives and Culture- Himalayas Correlation?

Water Aid Nepal

WaterAid has a physical presence in 28 districts across Nepal.

Before the disaster, nearly 13 million people in Nepal were without access to a basic, safe toilet and 3.6 million were without access to clean water.

An estimated 1,900 children under five die each year in Nepal of diseases linked to a lack of safe water, basic sanitation and good hygiene practice.

To read more about WaterAid's Nepal appeal, see: Water Aid-Nepal Earthquake


Help Rebuild Nepal's Schools

Please consider being a part of this. Food and water are important as is education.

Doctors Without Borders In Nepal

Doctors Without Borders is one of the most reputable organizations. I highly recommend them if you are looking to donate to help the people of Nepal.


UPDATE: 5/12/15:

From Euronews/Video

Expert:Equally Big Earthquakes Coming In Eastern Regions

Fresh Nepal Earthquake Kills Dozens, Triggers Panic

These poor people! Having to deal with yet another huge earthquake less than three weeks since the last one. This area is becoming unstable due to glaciers in the Himalayas melting which is releasing pressure off tectonic plates and forming glacial lakes. Should one of these huge glacial lakes break their banks as well the results will be far more catastrophic. This is what we should see front and center on news tickers, not the day's news on the Kardashian trash.

I do believe this area will eventually become uninhabitable due to continued melting releasing pressure on plates causing them to move more frequently. It is sad but I think a point will come when it will be an act of futility to bring aid in and people will have to start being airlifted out of the area to protect them. This is a huge undertaking that will in time have to be considered and brings about many moral questions in regards to other species inhabiting this area as well. I am heartbroken to see their spiritual temples and culture being destroyed this way. I am sad also because this proves that we as a species aren't near ready to deal with the catastrophic effects of the climactic shifts we have put into place that are now amplifying these natural events.

The events taking place globally do make one think that we are seeing the book of Revelations from the Bible playing out. I may not post here as much as I used to but that does not mean I am not reading and informed about what is happening in the world concerning water and climate issues. Torrential rains, stronger storms, floods, intense drought (Brazil's drought is so bad the military is considering taking action) and continuing threats to our agriculture, biodiversity and water quality/access tell me that even now we as a whole still do not comprehend the scope of this crisis.

In regards to Nepal and other areas of the world being subjected to the added amplification of human behavior on natural events we must come to terms with the scope of this crisis as we continue to exacerbate it and begin planning for which areas of the world will become uninhabitable within the next few decades and plan on how and where those living in these areas will go. This unfortunately is a monumental task that I frankly am losing hope in us accomplishing in a timely manner. The elites at the UN climate conferences who have jet-setted around the world for the last twenty years going through the motions do not even comprehend the immensity of the scope of this.

Some claim that 2016 will be the year of spiritual awakening. Well, in order to get to that we will have to survive 2015 first and that requires that awakening to arrive ahead of schedule.

Presentation on Himalayan melting:

The monsoons are also just days away with thousands of people out in the open now afraid to go into their homes. The enhanced effects of climate amplification due to human activity exacerbating the force and scope of natural events cannot just be relegated to political games. We are now experiencing the effects of the Anthropocene and they effect all of us.

Earthquake Damages Over Dozen Hydropower Projects

In Nepal's Next Big Quake Hydropower Dams Threaten Catastrophe

Of course, those reaping $$$$$ benefits from this megadam building frenzy would never admit that this proliferation of huge dams could also have contributed to the earthquake in the first place!


Doctors Without Borders Responds In Nepal
If you wish to donate to an organization that is reputable, I highly recommend Doctors Without Borders


Nepal Reeling After Powerful Quake Kills Scores/Topples Buildings

A 7.9 earthquake hit near Kathmandu this past Saturday April 25. As of now over 4000 lives have been lost with that number expected to climb. Also lost in the rubble of this massive quake were UNESCO sites and sites of spiritual significance to the peaceful people who live there. Aid is starting to come in but the situation is far from good with many living in the streets due to strong aftershocks. It is heartbreaking to see the damage caused in this spiritual center and while natural phenomenon can certainly be attributed to this I also think other factors are precipitating the possibility of quakes becoming more frequent/destructive.

Rapid melting of Himalayan glaciers has formed glacial lakes that not only bring the danger of flooding to valleys and villages below, but also releases pressure on plates that can lead to earthquakes as this article expounds upon:

In the Jigsaw of Himalayan Risk, Climate Change and Earthquakes Are Linked

Melting glaciers exacerbate earthquake risk

Climate change provides a twist in this already complex mosaic of factors. A warming Himalayan climate could witness more rain. More rain can hasten the melting of glaciers. “If there is climate change and if there is a soaring of temperatures going on and if the melting of the glaciers is facilitated, then the ice sheet melting leads to the loosening of the lithostatic pressure (vertical pressure on the underlying crust),” Mishra says. As a glacier retreats and its weight eases, the earth could show a tendency to bounce back up in the form of a moderate or even a strong earthquake.

Such earthquakes are more likely in the Arctic and Antarctica where enormous chunks of glacial ice are lost. In the Himalayas, glacial melt could be a contributing factor in tipping over in an already stressed system.A new study from the Divecha Centre for Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Science says that in the last four decades the Himalayas have lost anywhere between 300 and 600 gigatonnes of glacial mass. The total glacial mass of the Himalayas is between 3,600 and 4,400 gigatonnes.

The authors Anil V Kulkarni and Yogesh Karyakarte analysed 11,000 square kilometres of glacial area in the Indian Himalayas, compiling data from satellite images, aerial photographs, topographic maps and field studies from agencies like the Geological Survey of India, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and Indian Space Research Organization. The data shows that 13% of glacial area has been lost. Mishra is certain that if one were to plot the effects of climate change against seismicity one would see a strong correlation between the retreat of ice sheets and increased seismic activity. “Since 1954 you can see the rate of seismicity drastically increased,” he says. “It may be well corroborated that the ice sheets are melting and the zones are becoming seismically active.”

End of excerpt

This most recent quake was the strongest felt in 80 years and at a shallow depth. While some will again say that no one event can be attributed to climate, I do think it is not impossible that the rapid melting of the Himalayan glaciers could well accelerate the possibility and intensity of these quakes as they have flooding and water scarcity. The effects of going deeper and deeper into the Earth to seek water is also something to be considered in relation to how the Earth reacts. The loss of life and culture is devastating and heartbreaking and as we know nature can be unrelenting in its wrath. However, we are also now in the Anthropocene epoch and must be more cognizant of our contribution to amplifying natural disasters by our behavior.

Of course, I doubt very much we will see any mention of this in the mainstream media. Connecting the dots and asking questions as well as educating is not popular in a world now dominated by forces seeking to misinform and deceive for their own benefit. However, whether or not this particular earthquake was amplified in its intensity by melting glaciers or not, the possibility of this in the future cannot be ignored. Scientists have done their job in warning governments about the catastrophic effects of continuing to allow climate destruction to go unchecked. Those who continue to ignore these warnings are only placing more lives at risk and the destruction of more treasures of our planet.

Nepal-Before and After

Nepal Earthquake Tragedy Waiting To Happen