Tuesday, September 17, 2013


1921 Pueblo Flood
On June 3, 1921, there was a sudden cloudburst ten miles west of Pueblo, Colorado. The always-volatile Arkansas River began swelling. About the same time, there was a downpour over the Fountain River 30 miles north. The two rivers meet in the heart of town. The waters rose to over 15 feet in some areas. When it was over, nearly 1,500 people were dead and damage to homes and businesses was widespread. Property loss was estimated to be over $20 million. The flood covered over 300 square miles. [Via DB]
Reid Blames Colorado Floods On 'Climate Change'
We should be facing the reality of climate change. Look what happened in Colorado. I talked to Senator Bennet yesterday, he said the floods were "biblical." In one part of Colorado, it rained 12 inches in two hours. I can't imagine that.

Fires all over the West -- climate change is here.
Beware Of The Foolish Politics Of Climate Change | Somewhat Reasonable
Abbott ran an almost single-issue campaign saying: “More than anything, this election is a referendum on the carbon tax.” While there are debates as to whether or not he will have the votes needed in the Senate to overturn the Labor Party’s policies (though it looks like he can do it), the will of the people couldn’t be clearer. As Switzer observes: “what changed the political climate was climate change.” In Slate.com, James West calls the election “the culmination of a long and heated national debate about climate change.” Abbot has previously stated: “Climate change is crap.”
Electrifying Africa – But at What Cost to Africans? - Oil Change International
Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.
Brazil Cools on Nuclear Power Plans; Favors Wind: Scientific American
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil will probably scale down its plans for new nuclear plants due to safety concerns following the 2011 radiation leak in Japan and pick up some of the slack with a "revolution" in wind power, the head of the government's energy planning agency said.

1 comment:

MikeSnow said...

PBS Newshour started a series yesterday on climate change. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/09/changing-ocean-chemistry-threatens-alaskan-crabs-1.html

The first part, on ocean acidification, ended with this ominous line re: effect on fishing, "...ocean acidification will almost certainly be an extremely disruptive force for years to come."