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Consequences / Re: Heatwaves
« on: July 17, 2019, 06:01:17 PM »
N.J. weather: It could feel like 110 degrees this weekend as scorching heat moves into region

“The worst day, right now, looks to be Saturday,” said Sarah Johnson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Mount Holly office. "Because of the humidity, we could see the heat index rise to between 105 and 110 degrees along the I-95 corridor."

The humidity, in part thanks to the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry, will also hike the heat index or apparent temperature — a measure of what the air feels like to the human body. It’s expected to feel like more than 100 degrees in most places Wednesday and Friday through Sunday across the state, peaking at near 110 on Saturday.

... The most grueling part of the approaching heat is that much of the state won’t get a break at night. High humidity (and New Jersey’s pervasive, heat-absorbing blacktop) will keep heat trapped overnight, and many places may not fall below 75 degrees until the beginning of next week, forecasts show.

The heat index, a measure of how the temperature feels to the human body when things like humidity are factored in, may not fall below 85 degrees in some places this weekend. In New York City, the temperature may not fall below 80 degrees at night between Friday and Monday.

According to the Weather Service forecast office in Chicago, “The heat is forecast to be oppressive and dangerous everywhere, with possibly some of the hottest conditions since 2012."

... Heat Index Temperatures in Washington, D.C., are forecast to peak near 113 F, which is close to the same level predicted for Death Valley, California. While actual temperatures will be higher in the deserts, humidity levels will make it feel as hot or hotter than the Southwest in parts of the Central and Eastern states.


stay cool bligh8

The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: July 10, 2019, 05:56:17 AM »
Is there a charismatic NDP anywhere on the horizon?

During the Wilson Raybould kerfuffle the three leaders had their little press conferences with all the faux sincerity and outrage. Frankly, side by side, they all looked pathetic in their own way, and not ready for prime time. A pox on all their houses!

We have a dearth of leadership at the provincial, federal and international level and it scares the crap out of me. They are all a bunch of clowns and the situation is reminiscent of what led up to WWI. I want leadership, but right now I'd be happy with people just acting like adults.

Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: February 01, 2019, 09:38:27 PM »

Natural Gas Is At Least As Bad As Coal, LNG definitely worse

Reposting from the coal thread - amazing how little traction the real climate impact of natural gas (especially fracked NG, and even more LNG from fracked NG) is getting with the conscious ignorance of government, the energy business and the media.

LNG is bad because:
- 25%+ of the embedded energy is taken up in freezing/transport/unfreezing.
- All natural gas infrastructure is leaky, including the domestic distribution system. New pipes are better, but a lot of old very leaky pipes around. These fugitive leaks are underestimated.
- Fracking has a much higher level of leaks at the well-head, independent assessments have put it at 3% to 9%, way above industry and government assessments. This level of leakage makes NG worse than coal (fracked LNG even worse).

Donald Trump reversed the very soft regulations that Obama had put in place to try to reduce the amount of wellhead leaks at fracking sites. There is also the issue of the old wells, where the casing erodes over time and allows leaks. This could be a huge issue given the number of wells being drilled for fracking. The general infrastructure is also aging, with very little money spent on upkeep. Therefore they will continue to erode, and leak methane.

Coal may emit twice the CO2 of NG when it is incinerated, but the fugitive methane emissions of NG more than offset that. Also, NG does not produce climate-dimming sulphur aerosols. As those aerosols only last weeks/days in the atmosphere, and methane has a 20-year climate impact about 100 times that of CO2, any change from coal to NG has a very strong short-term impact.

Its a great shame that this reality is successfully being ignored by the government, the energy businesses, and the press. We have to keep all fossil fuels in the ground, switching from one to another does not help.

Greenland and Arctic Circle / Re: What's new in Greenland?
« on: November 14, 2018, 10:03:06 PM »
Earlier evidence that points to this impact.

Wendy S. Wolbach et al, Extraordinary Biomass-Burning Episode and Impact Winter Triggered by the Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact ∼12,800 Years Ago. 1. Ice Cores and Glaciers, The Journal of Geology (2018). DOI: 10.1086/695703

Wendy S. Wolbach et al. Extraordinary Biomass-Burning Episode and Impact Winter Triggered by the Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact ∼12,800 Years Ago. 2. Lake, Marine, and Terrestrial Sediments, The Journal of Geology (2018). DOI: 10.1086/695704 ,

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