Monday 22nd of July 2019

not informing the public that we are already in a climate crisis...


Honeré is also tracking a dangerous situation at Mosaic’s Uncle Sam fertilizer plant in St. James Parish, which is located next to the site where the Wanhua plant will be built if approved. Last month Mosaic met to discuss efforts to prevent a potential environmental catastrophe in the heart of Cancer Alley: a collapse of a nearly 200-foot-tall wall of mineral waste and the subsequent release of acidic wastewater into nearby waterways and wetlands. 

He fears that the company could use Tropical Storm Barry as an excuse to start an emergency option scenario of dumping that wastewater into the Mississippi River. State regulators have downplayed the health risk to those who get their water from the river should that scenario play out, but even if potential wastewater gets released into the river and quickly dissipates, it has both radioactive and carcinogenic substances in it.

Will this storm’s impact on Cancer Alley help decide the outcome for the proposed plastic and chemical plants? While impossible to predict, these days living in southern Louisiana increasingly feels like playing a game of Russian Roulette.


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Record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth, according to climate scientists.

The past fortnight has seen freak heat in the Canadian Arctic, crippling droughts in Chennai and Harare and forest fires that forced thousands of holidaymakers to abandon campsites in southern France and prompted the air force in Indonesia to fly cloud-busting missions in the hope of inducing rain.

If the trends of the first half of this month continue, it will beat the previous record from July 2017 by about 0.025C, according to calculations by Karsten Haustein, a climate scientist at the University of Oxford, and others.

This follows the warmest-ever June, which was confirmed this week by data from the US space agency Nasa, following Europe’s Copernicus satellite monitoring system.


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adding CH4 warmth...

Rising methane: A new climate challenge

Sara E. Mikaloff Fletcher, Hinrich Schaefer

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Science  07 Jun 2019:

Vol. 364, Issue 6444, pp. 932-933

DOI: 10.1126/science.aax1828

In 2007, the amount of methane in the atmosphere (CH4) began to rise after a 7-year period of near-zero growth (1). Recent research shows that a second step change occurred in 2014 (2). From 2014 to at least the end of 2018, the amount of CH4 in the atmosphere increased at nearly double the rate observed since 2007 (see the figure). Because CH4 is a potent greenhouse gas, rising atmospheric CH4 presents a major challenge to achieving the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, an international consensus to limit temperature increase to 2°C or, if possible, to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels.


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Conclusion: If I understand the full article (in print), the more "new" CH4 in the atmosphere, the less the concentration of 13C (carbon 13 isotope) in CH4 by comparison. Thus it is important to gauge the carbon 13 isotope versus normal carbon 12 to verify satellite readings of increase in CH4. Apparently, the only observatory of 13C in the methane equation, in the south Atlantic is Ascension Island, yet this observatory is about to be closed down...

We're in deep shit.