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« Reply #250 on: March 14, 2017, 10:54:43 AM »
I read Tom Clancy does not climate change present a "Clear and Present Danger"? Would those lying about it and covering up the truth not be liable to prosecution? Just curious. I'm not American.
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Re: Places becoming less livable
« Reply #251 on: March 14, 2017, 07:09:27 PM »
I read Tom Clancy does not climate change present a "Clear and Present Danger"? Would those lying about it and covering up the truth not be liable to prosecution? Just curious. I'm not American.

while i dunno the U.S. Law, you're touching a (pointing at a) very important and great systemic flaw that is the "collective irresponsibility" of the political class, of course made possible by themselves through all kinds of "immunities" and blocking of sharp toothed law that would change that.

in one of my books that is currently in the making more responsibility plays a major role. because it's a long story it just try to describe it shortly:

politicians, all their promises and speaches should be recorded, brought to paper and they only should enter office after having signed that paper and there should be specific sentences for breaking that "contract" with the public.

penalties should range from monetary penalties up to death sentence for being responsible for the death of people by breaking the contract they signed while they always would have the option to alter contract with public assent by means of referendum. for example, one guy runs for president by promising that he will not send troups aproad (start a war) if for any reason he things he has to change that he would hold a referendum to get
peoples assent. if he does without he goes to jail and if soldiers were killed to the gallow. it's not that easy but as i said, it's too long of a story for this platform and polititians will never inflict such a thing on themselves, hence it will ultimately take some kind of revolution to implement more responsibility and enforcement through punishments that really hurts.

EDIT: just imagine what happens to impeached or ousted politicians and managers:

"Und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind dann leben sie heute noch in luxus und anerkennung"

(and they have not passed away yet they are continuously living in luxury and public recognition)

this would be the typical end of fairy tails which is exactly what it is, a fairy tail for them, a nightmare for the average people and a big big "JOKE"

In fact i have nothing agains people having a "very" good live, but as @Neven wrote elsewhere in this forum, there should be an upper limit, which, of course can be high enough to make it worthwhile to do a great job, make a great carrier, pay for extra work and efforts and so on, but it does not have to be enough to make dozens of next generations rich, spoiled brats and arrogant a'holes just because grand grand grand dad had successfully stolen from the aborigines, other natives or from planet earth.

just take the example of arms dealers, when i was young they were in every newspaper and magazine, mentioned and covered as respectable (honorable) people, just because they had lots of money. after that they got more or less outlawed and criminalized (rightly so) and who took over their entire business after that?????

RIGHT, OUR DEAR GOVERNMENTS, HIDING BEHIND THE INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY (MILITARY INDUSTRIAL AND FINANCIAL COMPLEX) Don't trust any politician who does not stop arms sales which is more or less ZERO of all those who currently have a say.


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« Reply #252 on: March 17, 2017, 09:09:10 AM »
African hotbed just getting worse:
"The Nile River Delta, once known as the bread basket of the world, may soon be unable to support even the population of Egypt. According to a multi-year study published in the Geological Society of America this week, the area where the Nile river drains out to the sea is suffering from decreased water flow, rising sea levels, and salt water intrusion—all of which damage food production and fresh water supplies.

“With a population expected to double in the next 50 years, Egypt is projected to have critical countrywide fresh water and food shortages by 2025,” the researchers from the University of Colorado wrote in a summary of the study."

https://qz.com/934106/egypts-nile-river-delta-once-the-bread-basket-of-the-world-may-soon-be-uninhabitable/

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« Reply #253 on: April 08, 2017, 06:35:25 PM »
More on the Nile, including new political considerations.

The Vanishing Nile: A Great River Faces a Multitude of Threats
The Nile River is under assault on two fronts – a massive dam under construction upstream in Ethiopia and rising sea levels leading to saltwater intrusion downstream. These dual threats now jeopardize the future of a river that is the lifeblood for millions.
http://e360.yale.edu/features/vanishing-nile-a-great-river-faces-a-multitude-of-threats-egypt-dam
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« Reply #254 on: April 09, 2017, 04:35:47 PM »
An updated look at south Florida, from the BBC.

Miami’s fight against rising seas
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It’s an ambitious agenda. And it’s one that’s working. Areas where roads have been raised and pumps installed have been much drier. But, as Gassman noted, it’s not enough to change one piece of infrastructure without changing everything else. In this case, what happens when you raise a road without raising all of the properties around it? Water can go into the properties.

That’s not supposed to happen when the pumps work. But they can fail. Antonio Gallo’s Sardinia Enoteca Ristorante is one of a number of businesses that have found their ground floors are now below the current road and sidewalk height. Last year, the pumps failed to kick in after a brief period of rain; the restaurant flooded, with diners stuck inside. When Gallo went to file his insurance claim, it was turned down. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema), which runs a national flood insurance programme for at-risk business and property owners like Gallo, anything below street level is considered a basement. Until Fema changes their policy, that includes all of the businesses now below the raised streets. Miami Beach is working closely with Fema to get not only Gallo’s situation, but the general basement classification, re-assessed.
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http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170403-miamis-fight-against-sea-level-rise
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« Reply #255 on: April 18, 2017, 04:18:39 PM »
No relief in sight as heat wave continues to build across northern India

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/no-relief-in-sight-as-heat-wave-continues-to-build-across-northern-india-this-week/70001408

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Dangerous heat will continue to build across much of India this week, and there is no relief in sight.
The most intense heat will be found across northern India, stretching from West Bengal and Odisha to Rajasthan, the National Capital Region and Punjab.
Daily high temperatures will approach or exceed 43 C (110 F) in these areas with the warmest locations recording temperatures exceeding 46 C (115 F).
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« Reply #256 on: April 18, 2017, 10:00:53 PM »
U.S.:  Norfolk, Virginia.
“Adaptation is a range,” says Fred Brusso, a former city flood manager. “Do you need to just move your car? Do you have to put your washer and dryer on cinder blocks? Or do you need to get the heck out of town?”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/magazine/when-rising-seas-transform-risk-into-certainty.html
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« Reply #257 on: April 20, 2017, 12:00:33 PM »
Miami Florida:

H/Tip Andy_in_SD@Scribbler

The Nightmare Scenario for Florida’s Coastal Homeowners

Demand and financing could collapse before the sea consumes a single house.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-04-19/the-nightmare-scenario-for-florida-s-coastal-homeowners
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« Reply #258 on: April 20, 2017, 03:03:25 PM »
I liked this quote:
He described South Florida’s real estate market as “pessimists selling to optimists,”

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« Reply #259 on: April 20, 2017, 07:53:37 PM »
The most shocking quote from that article :

"Realtors in Florida face no legal requirement to warn potential buyers about those flood risks."

the real estate industry has learned nothing from 2008 meltdown.

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« Reply #260 on: April 22, 2017, 12:44:12 PM »
Robertscribbler.com has a new article on the drought in India. Already likely to have medium to long term effects on lives of several hundred million people.

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« Reply #261 on: April 22, 2017, 01:52:23 PM »
I liked this quote:
He described South Florida’s real estate market as “pessimists selling to optimists,”
The quote kinda leeds me to the idea that 'the situation' is a matter of subjective perspective and thereby misleading to the subconscious feelings about ASLR.
Would the editor have been allowed to describe South Florida’s real estate market as “realists selling to optimists,”? Would have had a stronger effect on any perspective low elevation potential property purchasers (LEPPP'ers for short)....

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« Reply #262 on: April 26, 2017, 06:56:56 AM »
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« Reply #263 on: April 26, 2017, 06:29:02 PM »
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The only question I have is to ask if Louisiana ever was "livable". ;D


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« Reply #264 on: May 05, 2017, 03:08:58 AM »
Dust storm chokes Beijing and northern China
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"I've got used to smog, time to try something new. If I have to choose one to live in, between sandstorm and smog, I prefer the former," said another Weibo commenter.

China has seen particularly intense air pollution in recent years, especially in winter as many of its northern cities still largely rely on burning coal for heating.

But it is also increasingly affected by dust storms, as its cities expand towards nearby deserts which in turn have been spreading due to climate change.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39801555
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« Reply #265 on: May 07, 2017, 05:12:17 PM »
New York City Creates Climate Change Roadmap for Builders: Plan for Rising Seas
The city’s new resilience guidelines map out the expected risks from sea level rise and increasing heat in the decades ahead.
The nation's largest city has a message for the architects and engineers planning the New York of tomorrow: Fortify new buildings against the ravages of climate change or risk rebuilding as global warming worsens.

New guidelines issued last week by the office of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio are some of the most comprehensive for how builders should protect infrastructure against rising seas, more powerful storms and climbing temperatures. They draw on science published in 2015 by a city panel of experts that estimates rainfall, sea level rise and other climatic shifts expected for the city in the decades ahead. ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/02052017/nyc-publishes-building-design-guidelines-adapting-climate-change
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« Reply #266 on: May 08, 2017, 11:50:46 PM »
While ocean-front property comes to mind when we think of the risks of climate change, let's not forget lakeshore and riverfront property, which are in danger due to extreme precipitation, storms, and flooding.

"Lots of Lake Ontario shoreline is breaking away and falling into the water.  A bad situation is worsening"
Brief video clip of houses endangered by eroding shoreline: https://twitter.com/john_kucko/status/861629741413040128
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« Reply #267 on: May 20, 2017, 06:16:18 PM »
Many of the lessons learned and applied in this Japanese city hit by a tsunami can also be used for areas threatened by sea level rise or flooding.

In Japan Tsunami City, People Power Turns Disaster Into Opportunity
http://floodlist.com/asia/japan-tsunami-city-people-power-turns-disaster-opportunity
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« Reply #268 on: May 22, 2017, 03:16:20 PM »
Quite literally, less livable.

At least 161 people have died due to heat stroke in Telangana

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/telangana-heatwave-hike-in-temperature-sunstroke-deaths/1/958608.html
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« Reply #269 on: May 24, 2017, 02:08:20 AM »
Landslide on California Highway 1 is part of $1 billion in damage
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades.

The weekend slide in Big Sur buried a portion of Highway 1 under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt and changed the coastline below to include what now looks like a rounded skirt hem, Susana Cruz, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Transportation, said Tuesday.

More than 1 million tons of rock and dirt tumbled down a saturated slope in an area called Mud Creek. The slide is covering up about a one-quarter-of-a-mile (0.40-kilometer) stretch of Highway 1, and authorities have no estimate on when it might re-open. The area remains unstable.
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One of California's rainiest and snowiest winters on record has broken a five-year drought, but also caused flooding and landslides in much of the state and sped up coastal erosion.

"This type of thing may become more frequent, but Big Sur has its own unique geology," said Dan Carl, a district director for the California Coastal Commission whose area includes Big Sur. "A lot of Big Sur is moving; you just don't see it."

Even before the weekend slide, storms have caused just over $1 billion in highway damage to 424 sites over the fiscal year that ends in June, Mark Dinger, also a spokesman for the state transportation agency, said Tuesday. That compares with $660 million last year, he said.
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http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Massive-slide-covers-stretch-of-Highway-1-near-11165911.php
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« Reply #270 on: May 28, 2017, 04:04:26 AM »
“Fugate also said rating companies were wrong to assume that cities are well prepared for climate change, or that their revenue will necessarily recover after a natural disaster.”

Rising Seas May Wipe Out These Jersey Towns, but They're Still Rated AAA
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-25/investors-say-it-s-time-to-price-climate-into-cities-bond-risks
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« Reply #271 on: May 28, 2017, 07:22:35 AM »
I wonder that anyone trusts the rating companies after the big oops in 2008.

"Laskey, of Fitch, was skeptical that rating companies could or should account for climate risk in municipal ratings.

"We’re not emergency-preparedness experts," she said in a phone interview. "Unless we see reason to think, ‘Oh, they’re not paying attention,’ we assume that they’re competent, and they’re doing what they need to do in terms of preparedness."

The people who buy those bonds are so screwed. The banks are playing both sides of the game. "The Big Short" is an indispensable movie to understand how the banks set up deals to fail, and bet on them failing.

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