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California Drought: 17 Communities Could Run Out of Water Within 60 To 120 days/Updates

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UPDATE: 3-1-14:

Major storm brings needed rain to L.A., but at a cost

Hopefully someone is monitoring the rain with a Geiger counter... And while scientists claim no "one" event can be attributed to climate changes due to AGW, this has all the earmarks of what has been happening globally for the past decade... areas going through severe prolonged drought to then be soaked with drenching rains in a short period of time thus totally destroying crops and causing more runoff than actually benefitting the soil. Scientists predicted that human forcing of the hydrologic/carbon cycles would bring erratic rains and uneven dispersal. It has also effected monsoon rains in Asia and we have seen this same MO in South America, Africa, Europe. Places not used to getting such rains have been inundated with huge deluges and droughts have been more severe due to more heat in the atmosphere increasing evaporation rates. People need to reconsider where they choose to build their homes and grow …

The Oceans Warmed Up Sharply In 2013

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The Oceans Warmed up Sharply in 2013: We're Going to Need a Bigger Graph

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"Long-term the oceans have been gaining heat at a rate equivalent to about 2 Hiroshima bombs per second, although this has increased over the last 16 or so years to around 4 per second. In 2013 ocean warming rapidly escalated, rising to a rate in excess of 12 Hiroshima bombs per second - over three times the recent trend. This doesn't necessarily mean we are entering a period of greatly accelerated ocean warming, as there is substantial year-to-year variation in heat uptake by the oceans. It does, however, once again dispel the persistent myth of a pause in global warming, because the Earth has actually continued to warm faster in the last 16 years than it did in the preceding 16 years.

As can be seen in Figure 1 below, the global oceans have warmed so quickly in 2013 that the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) is going to need a bigger graph."



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The Decline Of Glorious Babylon

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Iraq's Environment, Water Supply In Severe Decline

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"Iraq is losing between 5 and 8 percent of its gross domestic product to environmental degradation each year, while the amount of water available per person has dropped by more than half since the late 1970s, according to a new government study.

Backed by the United Nations and the World Bank, the report found that Iraq’s environment has suffered severe decline in recent years due to decades of war, a growing population and increasing pressure on natural resources.

The quality and quantity of the country’s water has been harmed by upstream damming, pollution, climate change and inefficient usage, and its cropland is shrinking, the Arabic-language study said.

The amount of water available per person per year fell from 5,900 cubic metres in 1977 to 2,400 cubic metres in 2009 - a situation made worse by droughts between 2005 and 2009.

The Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, Iraq’s two major sources of surface water, …

Remembering Pete Seeger, Riverkeeper

Legendary Pete Seeger died Monday, January 27 at the age of 94. His music inspired an entire generation to speak out against social injustice, war and pollution. His love for the Hudson River which is also my river was part of what first inspired me at the age of 12 to write to President Nixon about the environment and the Hudson River and to start a group at my school to advocate for cleaning it up. His voice will be missed but his music and advocacy for our Earth will live on:

Pete Seeger's Advocacy For Hudson River Endures



Two weeks ago- still going strong in standing up for our water:

Pete Seeger Joins Protesters to Say: 'Don't Frack With New York!'


He wrote the songs of our lives:



From Album "Pete" from 1996:



Truth in music. Thank you, Pete Seeger.