Friday, November 22, 2013

Seven Volcanoes In Six Different Countries All Start Erupting Within Hours Of Each Other

by Chris Carrington
A new island has appeared in the Pacific. A submarine eruption just off Nishino-Shima Island Japan has erupted for the first time in 40 years. The Japanese Navy noticed the explosions as boiling lava met sea water giving rise to plumes of steam and ash.

Almost 7,000 miles away in Mexico, the Colima volcano blew its top after a period of relative calm. A steam and ash cloud rose two miles into the sky and the grumbling of the mountain could be heard in towns a few miles away.

In Guatemala the ‘Fire Mountain’ belched out lava and sent up a moderate ash cloud causing an ash fall over nearby towns. The explosions and shock waves occurring in the volcano can be felt by residents over 6 miles away. Doors and windows are reported to be rattling, but there has been no damage so far.

In Vanuatu the Yasur volcano is giving some cause for concern. Although the explosions are quite weak the continuous ash that is coming from the mountain is starting to build up on farming land.

Over to Italy, Mount Etna is putting on quite a display. The current eruption started a few days ago and has been getting stronger as time moves on. A massive eruption lit up the sky and disturbed residents yesterday. The ash cloud was high enough to see flights canceled. The lava flow was the biggest in years, and the town of Zafferana which lay in its path saw some damage. Lava diverters were put into place, and most of the town escaped unscathed.

In Indonesia a four mile high ash cloud is making life hard for residents. Mount Sinabung came back to life in 2010 after dormancy of hundreds of years. Occasionally coming to life after its 2010 awakening, the rumbling of the volcano prompted the evacuation of over 6000 people as scientists feared a major eruption. There has been no lava flows so far but the ash cloud is growing.

Still in Indonesia but on the island of Java this time, Mount Merapi exploded yesterday. Hundreds of people were killed when it last erupted in 2010. There is no news of casualties at this point. Read More

Exploring the I Am America Teachings with Lori Toye one of the Top Favorite Shows


Conscious Living with Wendy Garrett - 10 Favorite Shows

Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney Company

Of the interviews I have done for Conscious Living, I can't name a best so I opt for Favorites: those that were simply fun to do with people who gave me food for thought and stories to remember.

Favorites are also those that - when I review the show - I feel like any other listener going along for the ride. I sometimes miss out on the best stuff because, while the interview is rolling, I am focused on continuity rather than listening or I am worried because the dogs are barking at the ghosts in the room -- (Gracie) or the mail carrier and the dogs next door -- (Jack). Sigh. That can be frustrating but part of the challenge.

I try to offer a show list occasionally to give you an opportunity to review and/or connect with some of the fascinating people who are reality surfing with us.

Don't get me wrong. My "favorite" list isn't in any certain order and there really are MORE than 10 favorites. But this is the 10 list today. A few guests on the list have more than one show in the library.

Becki Hawkins on Transitions, a nurse's education about death and dying.
Dr. Eben Alexander - Life beyond Death
Everyday Oracles - Anne Bolinger McQuade
Marcia Schafer - Beyond Zebra and extraterrestrial contact
Annie Kagan - The Afterlife of Billy Fingers
Mary Rodwell - Star Children
Leslie Kean - UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials go on the Record
Lori Toye - I Am America Maps - A Teacher Appears
Kip Hartzell - The Atlantean Chronicles
Edd Edwards - Resonate Energy

Also on itunes - and there are so many great shows here, including Jim Pathfinder Ewing: Shamanism, Bill Sweet: Consciousness, William Buhlman: Out of Body Journeys, Penny Kelly: Kundalini Awakening, Richard Gordon: The New Human, Jon Kelly: Backward Speech... read the show description for content details then listen and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.
“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.
The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
“The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other,” says Harrison.
That the plan came together at all is remarkable on its own. What started as a group project for a permaculture design course ended up as a textbook example of community outreach gone right. Read More

Monday, November 18, 2013

Program designed to help prepare for droughts

Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will lead the initiative, which grew out of a series of regional forums held in response to the 2012 drought, the most severe and widespread in more than 70 years. It covered more than two-thirds of the continental U.S. and caused more than $30 billion in losses from crop failures, wildfires and other ripple effects.
"We were very aggressive in responding to the drought but all of it was after the fact," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We made money available for technical assistance after the fact. We provided disaster loan assistance and extended grazing aid after the fact. We purchased surplus product after the fact."
With droughts likely to become more frequent and widespread as the climate warms, "we have to adjust to this new normal and we have to understand what it means to be proactive instead of just reacting," he said. Read More

Comet ISON starts to brighten, astronomers begin to hope for a show

Astronomers on the ground and more spacecraft than ever before in history have been keeping a watchful eye on Comet ISON as it makes its way perilously close to the sun.
The 3- to 4-mile-diameter chunk of ice and rock has spent more than 4 billion years in the frozen depths of space, and on Thanksgiving, it will get so close to the sun that it will reach 5,000 degrees — hot enough to melt iron, said Seth Jarvis, director of Clark Planetarium.
In fact, it will get so close to the sun that it will be subject to the powerful tidal forces emitted by the star, and the comet’s nucleus could be torn apart.
ISON began brightening significantly late last week, and if that trend continues, it could make for a sight visible with the naked eye in the low east-southeast horizon in the pre-dawn sky and could last through mid-January. If the comet is torn apart, though, a best-case scenario would be a bright flash visible to Earth, and then nothing more.
"It’s rare that we see a sun grazer that’s significant enough in size that it has a good probability it will survive," Jarvis said. "But that’s the cool stuff, that we’re not sure what’s going to happen." Read More

Mount Etna volcano erupts, lighting up sky over Sicily

ROME — Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted again, lighting up the sky over much of eastern Sicily and shooting up a towering column of ash.
The eruption, which began late Saturday and tapered off Sunday morning, didn't endanger any of the villages dotting the mountain's slopes, and no evacuation was ordered.
The airport in nearby Catania said air space above the volcano was closed to flights, but that the airport itself was operating normally, including takeoffs and departures.
Etna erupts occasionally. Its last major eruption occurred in 1992. Read More

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Super typhoon Haiyan just broke all scientific intensity scales

Writing for Quartz, meteorologist Eric Holthaus says that the super typhoon Haiyan about to hit the Philippines is the worst storm he has ever seen. With sustained winds of 190mph (305km/h) and staggering gusts of 230mph (370km/h), its "intensity has actually ticked slightly above the maximum to 8.1 on an 8.0 scale." Update: It broke 235mph.
Holthaus says that Yolanda—its Filipino name—beats "Wilma (2005) in intensity by 5mph—that was the strongest storm ever in the Atlantic," which makes it a member of the select club of Worst Storms Ever in the Planet. Only three other storms since 1969 have reached this intensity. Read More

Live call with Lori Toye 11.7.2013: Golden Cities, Earth Changes, and Spiritual Development

Up in Arms

Eleven historical and cultural areas of the US may define our stance on violence-related issues.

Tufts Magazine / Colin Woodward

Last December, when Adam Lanza stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, with a rifle and killed twenty children and six adult staff members, the United States found itself immersed in debates about gun control. Another flash point occurred this July, when George Zimmerman, who saw himself as a guardian of his community, was exonerated in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida. That time, talk turned to stand-your-ground laws and the proper use of deadly force. The gun debate was refreshed in September by the shooting deaths of twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard, apparently at the hands of an IT contractor who was mentally ill.
Such episodes remind Americans that our country as a whole is marked by staggering levels of deadly violence. Our death rate from assault is many times higher than that of most other countries, whether highly urbanized or sparsely populated. State-sponsored violence, too—in the form of capital punishment—sets our country apart. Last year we executed more than ten times as many prisoners as other advanced industrialized nations combined—not surprising given that Japan is the only other such country that allows the practice. Our violent streak has become almost a part of our national identity.
What’s less well appreciated is how much the incidence of violence, like so many salient issues in American life, varies by region. Beyond a vague awareness that supporters of violent retaliation and easy access to guns are concentrated in the states of the former Confederacy and, to a lesser extent, the western interior, most people cannot tell you much about regional differences on such matters. Our conventional way of defining regions—dividing the country along state boundaries into a Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest—masks the cultural lines along which attitudes toward violence fall. These lines don’t respect state boundaries. To understand violence or practically any other divisive issue, you need to understand historical settlement patterns and the lasting cultural fissures they established.
The original North American colonies were settled by people from distinct regions of the British Isles—and from France, the Netherlands, and Spain—each with its own religious, political, and ethnographic traits. For generations, these Euro-American cultures developed in isolation from one another, consolidating their cherished religious and political principles and fundamental values, and expanding across the eastern half of the continent in nearly exclusive settlement bands. Throughout the colonial period and the Early Republic, they saw themselves as competitors—for land, capital, and other settlers—and even as enemies, taking opposing sides in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.
There’s never been an America, but rather several Americas—each a distinct nation. There are eleven nations today. Each looks at violence, as well as everything else, in its own way. Read More

A new, DEVASTATING Chelyabinsk METEOR STRIKE: '7x as likely' as thought

NASA has revealed new research on the Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over Russia in February, and the findings aren't good: not only does it look like the astronomic models about the number of similar-sized things reaching Earth are wrong, but also the damage they can do is much greater than expected.
"If you look at the number of impacts detected by US government sensors over the past few decades you find the impact rate of kiloton-class objects is greater than would be indicated by the telescopic surveys," said Bill Cooke, meteoroid environment office lead at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center at a press conference on Wednesday.
"Over the past few decades we've seen an impact rate about seven times greater than the current state of the telescopic surveys would indicate."
Cooke said that as the current state of asteroid surveys was expanded he expected we would find more meteorites in the vicinity to account for these impacts, but also that the amount of damage they caused was being reassessed.
The nuclear model used to estimate the amount of explosive force such incidents could cause had, in fact, been over estimating the blast impacts of such air-bursting meteors, he explained. But the amount of heat they generate, and the damage caused by the shockwave of air they push before them as they come down through the atmosphere, was significantly underestimated.
The Chelyabinsk meteor is the largest foreign body to come down to Earth since the Tunguska event in 1908, where a comet or meteor devastated 2,150 square kilometers of Siberia with an airburst, according to Lindley Johnson, NEO program executive of NASA's planetary science division. Read More

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hanford nuke plant’s earthquake risk underestimated, group says

(Seattle Times) Sandi Doughton
A new analysis by an anti-nuclear organization says earthquake risks were seriously underestimated when the state’s only commercial nuclear-power plant was built almost 30 years ago on the Hanford nuclear reservation.
Seismic studies since then have uncovered more faults, extended the length of previously known faults and challenged the assumption that large quakes are not likely in the area, says the report from the Washington and Oregon chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). Geologists now believe one fault passes a scant 2.3 miles from the 1,170-megawatt plant called the Columbia Generating Station (CGS).
The new evidence suggests that the region could be rocked by shaking two to three times stronger than the plant was designed for, said Terry Tolan, the veteran geologist who prepared the report for PSR.
“No seismic structural upgrades have been made at the Columbia Generating Station despite all of the geologic evidence that has been assembled over the past thirty years which has dramatically increased the seismic risk at this site,” Tolan wrote.
The physician’s group submitted the report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Friday, along with a letter calling on NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane to shut down the reactor until it is upgraded to withstand stronger quakes.
Macfarlane defended the power plant in her response to an earlier letter. “The NRC continues to conclude that CGS has been designed, built and operated to safely withstand earthquakes likely to occur in its region,” she wrote in September. Read More

Friday, November 1, 2013

Bad News for Storm-Battered Europe: There's More Extreme Weather on the Horizon

Europe began this week bracing itself against one of the most powerful storms in years. Gusts of 99 m.p.h. trailed across parts of southern Britain before heading toward mainland northwestern Europe, causing havoc in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. At least 13 people have been reported dead and hundreds of thousands have been left without power or stranded on planes, trains and ferries.
The bad news for Europe as it begins the cleanup operation and assesses the financial cost of the damage (Britain’s Great Storm of 1987, which left 18 dead and felled 15 million trees, caused $3.5 billion in damage in today’s terms) is that there’s likely more extreme weather to come.
A new report on extreme-weather events by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the European national science academies suggests that “some of the extreme weather phenomena associated with climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity within Europe.” They also say that “human activity has been the cause of more profound and rapid change” for the earth’s climate. Read More

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

4 Reasons You Should Worry About Another Sandy

One year after the destruction, here's what we know about climate change and storms. 

by Chris Mooney for Mother Jones

One year ago, when Superstorm Sandy devastated much of New Jersey and New York City, the event sparked an intense national discussion about an issue that had gone mysteriously undiscussed during the presidential campaign: climate change. According to research by media scholar Max Boykoff of the University of Colorado, there was actually more media coverage of climate change in leading US newspapers following Sandy than there was following the recent release of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report.
Why? According to NASA researchers, Sandy's particular track made it a 1-in-700-year storm event. It was, to put it mildly, meteorologically suspicious.
So now, with a year's distance and a lot of thought and debate, what can we say about climate change and Sandy—and hurricanes in general? A lot, as it turns out. Here's what we know:
1. Sea level rise is making hurricanes more damaging—and Sandy is just the beginning. The most direct and undeniable way that global warming worsened Sandy is through sea level rise. According to climate researcher Ben Strauss of Climate Central, sea level in New York Harbor is 15 inches higher today than it was in 1880, and of those 15 inches, 8 are due to global warming's influence (the melting of land-based ice, and the thermal expansion of seawater as it warms). And that matters: For every inch of sea level rise, an estimated 6,000 additional people were impacted by Sandy who wouldn't have been otherwise. That's why Strauss told me last year, in the wake of the storm, that there is "100 percent certainty that sea level rise made this worse. Period." Read More

Yellowstone Volcano's Killer Hazard: Earthquakes

A supervolcano blasting Yellowstone National Park to smithereens may capture the imagination, but the region's real risk comes from earthquakes, researchers reported in Denver on Sunday (Oct. 27) at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting.
"The pervasive hazard in Yellowstone is earthquakes," said Robert Smith, a seismologist at the University of Utah. "They are the killer events."
Smith and his collaborators analyzed 4,520 earthquakes in and around Yellowstone that struck between 1985 and 2013. Their goal: Create the best picture ever of the magma chamber hidden beneath the park's colorful hot springs and spectacular geysers. A side benefit was a better view of the seismic risk from nearby faults.
One of these faults triggered the most destructive earthquake ever recorded in the Rocky Mountains — the deadly magnitude-7.3 Hebgen Lake quake in 1959. The epicenter was about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of West Yellowstone.
Smith said the probability of another magnitude-7 or larger earthquake on one of the major faults near Yellowstone is 0.125 percent. The number reflects the chance an earthquake will occur in any given year, based on past records. Read More

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Inner Awakening - Prophecy - Lori Toye

Bruce Lipton at IONS 40th Anniversary 7/21/2013

Dr. Lipton lays out his ideas on DNA, genetics, epigenetics and the Biology of Belief in a succinct presentation including some well done animations and graphics.

'As bad as it gets': Australia braces for worst of wildfires

Blue Mountains, Australia (CNN) -- More than 70 wildfires -- including 29 that are uncontained -- are raging across a wide swath of Australia's most populous state, now threatening the western suburbs of Sydney, authorities said Wednesday.
"It's only a matter of hours before we see a flare-up in fire activity and a breach of these tenuous containment strategies," said Shane Fitzsimmons, Rural Fire Service (RFS) commissioner, in Sydney earlier in the day.
The wildfires stretch along a nearly 1,000-mile line in New South Wales, from the far north of the state south of Brisbane -- which lies just across the Queensland border -- to east of Canberra, the country's federal capital. Fires in the Blue Mountain range west of Sydney are a particular worry as rough terrain has impeded firefighting efforts.
"If our strategies don't work and weather materializes tomorrow that is forecast ... it could be absolutely devastating," said Rural Fire Service (RFS) Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers in New South Wales on Tuesday. "We lost a couple hundred homes the other day -- we could get worse losses than that." Wednesday is expected to be "about as bad as it gets," added Fitzsimmons. Read More

Climate Condition contribute to more extreme weather events: The controversy started by a senior UN officials comments that there is a link between climate change and the devastating bushfires in eastern Australia continues. Read More

Seattle's Hilly Neighborhoods Could Slide Into the Water During the Next Earthquake

Seattle is full of slope-side real estate with gorgeous views of Lake Washington and Puget Sound. It's also primed for possible disaster, thanks to these very same hilly areas that could hurtle into the water during the next big earthquake.
When a quake strikes, it's easy to focus on the major structural damage that directly results from the shaking. But a secondary hazard, landslides, can be just as problematic in terms of property damage and the hampering of rescue efforts. With all its hills, Seattle is practically begging for a quake-triggered landslide-fest: The subsequent battering of the city's infrastructure would be "extensive and potentially devastating," with possibly more than 8,000 buildings in landslide-danger zones, according to new study coauthored by the University of Washington's Kate Allstadt.
Allstadt, a doctoral student and duty seismologist with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, is part of what's likely the most extensive exploration of Seattle's incipient landslides. She got involved in the research after moving to town and noticing the sheer abundance of steep inclines – not a great thing considering the city sits right atop the Seattle Fault, thought to be responsible for an estimated 7.5 magnitude quake that occurred around 900 A.D.
"I thought, I wonder what would happen to these slopes if there's an earthquake on this fault or any nearby?" she says. "Nobody's really studied in a quantitative way just how much landsliding there would be. I thought that would be important, because we need to prepare." Read More

Experts Warn: Major Earthquake Could Hit Israel At Any Time: After four earthquakes shake Israel in one week, experts debate whether the big one is imminent. Read More
Last Sunday, Israel experienced two earthquakes, raising fears that a significant geological event could occur. Sunday’s quakes followed two others, one on Saturday morning and another on Thursday evening. Although they were all minor in scope, some experts warn that a major earthquake may hit the region in the near future, capable of inflicting fatalities and significant property damage.

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Last Sunday, Israel experienced two earthquakes, raising fears that a significant geological event could occur. Sunday’s quakes followed two others, one on Saturday morning and another on Thursday evening. Although they were all minor in scope, some experts warn that a major earthquake may hit the region in the near future, capable of inflicting fatalities and significant property damage.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Golden City Vortices

By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say

by Justin Gillis, New York Times
If greenhouse emissions continue their steady escalation, temperatures across most of the earth will rise to levels with no recorded precedent by the middle of this century, researchers said Wednesday.
Scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa calculated that by 2047, plus or minus five years, the average temperatures in each year will be hotter across most parts of the planet than they had been at those locations in any year between 1860 and 2005.
To put it another way, for a given geographic area, “the coldest year in the future will be warmer than the hottest year in the past,” said Camilo Mora, the lead scientist on a paper published in the journal Nature.
Unprecedented climates will arrive even sooner in the tropics, Dr. Mora’s group predicts, putting increasing stress on human societies there, on the coral reefs that supply millions of people with fish, and on the world’s greatest forests.
“Go back in your life to think about the hottest, most traumatic event you have experienced,” Dr. Mora said in an interview. “What we’re saying is that very soon, that event is going to become the norm.”
The research comes with caveats. It is based on climate models, huge computer programs that attempt to reproduce the physics of the climate system and forecast the future response to greenhouse gases. Though they are the best tools available, these models contain acknowledged problems, and no one is sure how accurate they will prove to be at peering many decades ahead. Read More

Earth's Shifting Magnetic Field Linked To Planet's Changing Core

Earth's magnetic field shields the planet from charged particles streaming from the sun, keeping it from becoming a barren, Mars-like rock. For more than 300 years, scientists have recorded a westward-drifting feature in the field that models have been unable to explain.
By relying on insights gleaned from previous work, as well as data collected over nearly four centuries, an international team of scientists has been able to provide a model that accounts for the western drift of the magnetic field on one side of the planet.
"People have tried various configurations regarding the state of the core-mantle alignment," lead author Julien Aubert, of the Université Paris Diderot in France, told in an email."The ingredients were here, but they were never put in the right configuration, in particular for reproducing the geomagnetic westward drift."
Driven by temperature and gravity
The magnetic field that encases the planet is caused by interactions deep inside Earth's core. The inner core is solid, while the outer core features flowing liquid iron, which generates currents that in turn lead to magnetic fields.
The field surrounding the Earth changes over time, with shifts occurring most prominently in low latitudes in the Western Hemisphere. The fast-moving magnetic patches that occur near the equator drift approximately 10 miles (20 kilometers) per year. These changes are driven by intense regions of activity in the core, the cause of which scientists have been at a loss to explain. Read More

Friday, October 4, 2013

Lori Toye’s New Book: “A Teacher Appears”

by Craig Howell

I have written before about Lori, her insights about the future and her work at her company, I AM America, which prints and distributes her channeled information from the Ascended Masters. Her latest work is “A Teacher Appears” (as in, “when the student is ready…”), she just wasn’t sure she was quite ready for him when he appeared out of thin air at the end of her bed so long ago.    
This work covers lessons learned both personally and from the Masters dictation from when she first began her journey as a housewife on a farm in Idaho in the 1980’s with no knowledge of New Age or spiritual subjects, nor any desire to go there.
This book is information that was transcribed early on as part of the voluminous amount of channelings that were received, but has not been published until now.
I like this book because she has allowed me into her subjective feelings – the fears, the joys, the uncertainty -- about what she was going through as she made the leap of faith that brought her into contact with the Masters and started her spiritual work here with Master St. Germain (and many others). Or should I say, re-started that work. For as we see, in previous lives, she and St. Germain had been working together for a long time in order for her to finally bring forth the culmination of their agreement in the work she is doing now.
Although the Masters are powerful spiritual beings, they can only do so much in our free will, 3D world. They need us as much as we need them, but each must ask for help from the other. It becomes a partnership where we raise our energy a little higher and they come a little closer so that we can meet and be of service to one another.
During the course of Lori’s “initiations”, we learn many things. There are 51 small chapters, each giving some simplified teachings from the Masters as well as background information on the earth changes, the future, the Golden Cities (there are 51 throughout the world, 5 in the USA), about devices from future technology (such as the “Archtometer” which measures shifting of the Earth) and the utilization of crystal energies during the “Time of Changes”.
St.Germain says that the Earth has gone through a change like this two other times – during Atlantis (about 10,000 -12,000 year ago) and once for a civilization preceding Lemuria ( before Atlantis). We are in this cycle again, however this time there is a grand experiment going on that has never been tried before. This time will be different than any shifts that have happened, as there will be an elevation of spiritual Light that will allow us and the earth to take a leap in consciousness. We are not only shifting in a physical way, we are shifting in our overall vibratory rate, as is the planet herself. Read More

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NASA Predicts Alarming Changes In Earth's Climate By Year 2099

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A video released by NASA on Friday shows how changing climate will impact Earth by 2099, when alarming changes in temperature and rainfall patterns are expected to alter the topography of our planet.
New data visualizations from NASA’s Center for Climate Simulation and Scientific Visualization Studio at Goddard Space Flight Center, based on its models for climate and weather trends, depicts that climate conditions could rapidly change through the year 2099.
NASA predicts that if current rate of increase in green gas emissions continue, it could have drastic impact on Earth, with the global temperature and precipitation patterns changing at a faster pace, causing irreversible changes in Earth’s topography.
According to NASA’s projections, temperature could reach such highs by mid-century that would lead to meltdowns of Arctic ice, increase sea levels, while dry up inland water sources in several regions.  Rainfall patterns also could change causing changes in the water cycles with some areas getting more wetter and other regions witnessing increased dry spells.
NASA video demonstrates four possible scenarios of how Earth’s climate could change by 2099, based on four different levels of carbon dioxide emissions. Read More

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Crystal Clear Speaks, "Healing the Universe" with Joe Rumbolo: Lori Toye and the Ascended Masters

The world’s best scientists agree: On our current path, global warming is irreversible—and getting worse

by Eric Holthaus
In a landmark report, a global panel of leading scientists again called the evidence for climate change “unequivocal” and for the first time said humans are “extremely likely” to be the dominant cause.
Put simply: “Human influence on the climate is clear.” And as this map makes clear, the world has already experienced warming of up to 2.5°C over nearly its entire surface since the start of the 20th century.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is convened by the United Nations to give periodic updates on the state of climate science as well as future projections and likely impacts. The group was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their last update in 2007.
What makes the IPCC so important is simple: They are required to agree. Last night, the group pulled an all-nighter to ensure that representatives from all 195 member countries agreed on every single word of the 36-page “summary for policymakers” (pdf). That instantly makes the report the world’s scientific and political authority on what is happening to the climate, what will happen in the future, and what needs to be done to avoid the worst impacts.
Here is the report’s side-by-side comparison of the best-case and worst-case scenarios for global climate change in the 21st century. The scenario on the left assumes drastic and immediate global reductions in fossil fuel usage; the right assumes “business as usual” just continues. On the right, runaway climate change causes warming of more than 10°C in some regions, extreme rainfall and droughts become the norm, the Arctic becomes ice-free in the summer, and the ocean becomes much more acidic. 

Some other important takeaways from the new document:
• Between 1901–2012, “almost the entire globe has experienced surface warming… Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850.”
• ”The rate of sea level rise since the mid-19th century has been larger than the mean rate during the previous two millennia…. It is virtually certain that global mean sea level rise will continue beyond 2100.”
• ”Atmospheric concentrations of CO2, methane, and N2O have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years….Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped.”
• “Heat waves are very likely to occur more frequently and last longer…. Extreme precipitation events…will very likely become more intense and more frequent by the end of this century.”
• ”A nearly ice-free Arctic Ocean in September before mid-century is likely.”
• “Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system…. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.”
For the first time, the report mentioned projections of climate change beyond 2100 and painted a picture of a bleak world, possibly unrecognizable to those living today, should fossil fuel use continue on its current trajectory. Read More

We’ll Never Find Atlantis. That’s why we keep looking for it.

by Emily Tamkin
This fall, Britain will discover Atlantis. The makers of the television show Merlin are turning the age-old tale of a submerged city into a series (it will be called, unsurprisingly, Atlantis), which is slated to air in the United States in late 2013.
But this is only the latest in a long search to find Atlantis. The allegedly “lost” empire has had a hold on us for centuries. How? And, for that matter, why do people keep trying to find it?
Before it was a pop culture phenomenon, Atlantis was a legend. It first appeared in writing as a literary device in the Plato dialogues Critias and Timaeus, both of which are among his later writings. In the text, Critias, who, depending on the classics scholar to whom you’re speaking, may or may not be a representation of the historical figure Critias the tyrant, tells of a war that took place 9,000 years before Plato’s writing, between an ancient, land-power version of Athens and Atlantis, the sea power. In Plato’s telling, Atlantis, a city dripping in riches and marked by avarice, loses to virtuous Athens. Atlantis was subsequently destroyed by a nasty combination of an earthquake and a flood. At the time of writing, Athens was transforming from the birthplace of democracy into the invader of Sicily and the wager of war. Clearly, there was some sort of message to Athens in all of this, but classics scholars dispute what that message was: To some, it was a warning to democracies not to become overly concerned with military expansion; to others, a lament of the democratization that accompanies building a navy; and to still others, an Athenian origin story.
But the Plato story is only the beginning of the Atlantis we now know. Professor emeritus Alan Cameron of Columbia University says that the belief that Atlantis was a place that ever actually existed, as opposed to a literary device, came about around 1492. Whatever was in the air during the age of exploration—the idea that the world was filled with limitless and rich possibilities, there to be discovered by those who dared to look—transformed Atlantis from a Plato myth into a destination for discoverers. Read More

35 million years ago, asteroid bashed into Virginia; effects are still visible

(NBC) More than 35 million years ago, a 15-story wall of water triggered by an asteroid strike washed over Virginia from its coast, then located at Richmond, to the foot of the inland Blue Ridge Mountains — an impact that would affect millions of people should it occur today. Yet despite its age, the effects of this ancient asteroid strike, as well as other epic space rock impact scars, can still be felt today, scientists say.
The Virginia impact site, called the Chesapeake Bay Crater, is the largest known impact site in the United States and the sixth largest in the world, said Gerald Johnson, professor emeritus of geology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Despite its size, clues about the crater weren't found until 1983, when a layer of fused glass beads indicating an impact were recovered as part of a core sample. The site itself wasn't found until nearly a decade later. [When Space Attacks: The 6 Craziest Impacts]
The comet or asteroid that caused the impact, and likely measured 5 to 8 miles (8 to 13 kilometers) in diameter, hurtled through the air toward the area that is now Washington, D.C., when it fell. The impact crated a massive wave 1,500 feet (457 meters) high, researchers said.
Though the impactor left a crater about 52 miles across and 1.2 miles deep (84 km across and 1.9 km deep), the object itself vaporized, Johnson explained.
"I'm just sad we can't have a piece of it," Johnson said in a statement. Read More

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A 1,000 Year Event: Historic Rainfall and Floods in Colorado

by Michon Scott
Through the first week of September 2013, Colorado was exceptionally warm and dry. By September 12, everything had changed. Flood conditions stretched about 150 miles, from Colorado Springs north to Ft. Collins. Saturated soils left water with no place to go, and puddles turned to ponds throughout the densely populated Colorado Front Range. Rainwater swelled rivers and creeks, overtopped dams, flooded basements, and washed out roads. By September 16, authorities had confirmed six deaths, and more than 1,000 people remained missing.
Among the hardest-hit communities was Boulder, located on the northwestern end of the Denver metropolitan area. Boulder's Daily Camera reported that heavy rains started on the evening of September 11 and continued through the following morning. The National Weather Service recorded rainfall amounts exceeding 8 inches in Boulder on September 12, and amounts exceeding 4 inches the next day. Meteorologist Jeff Masters noted on his blog that the three-day rainfall recorded by the evening of September 12 exceeded the monthly total for any month since rainfall records began in 1897. Similarly high rainfall totals occurred in other spots along the Front Range. Masters exclaimed, "These are the sort of rains one expects on the coast in a tropical storm, not in the interior of North America!"
In an interview with KDVRDenver, Russ Schumacher of Colorado State University concluded that the precipitation in Boulder County and other parts of the state qualified as a 1,000-year event, meaning that any one year has just a 1-in-1,000 chance of experiencing such heavy precipitation. Ranking the actual flooding is more challenging than quantifying the precipitation because over time, people use the land differently. Bob Henson of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research remarked in AtmosNews, "An identical weather event a century ago might produce a much different flood than the same event today."
On September 12, the Boulder Creek, which flows roughly eastward through town, crested in downtown Boulder at 7.78 feet—the highest water level observed at that location since 1894. The main highway running through Boulder was partially closed southeast of town, and partially destroyed northwest of town, isolating the nearby mountain community of Lyons. Thousands of residents faced power outages and evacuation orders in the Denver-Boulder area as officials called in the National Guard to assist rescue efforts. Schools, businesses, and government offices closed. Many roads remained closed and impassable, so multiple mountain communities remained isolated. And the rain kept falling. Read More

Sunday, September 8, 2013

GlobAlbedo Project Mapping Changes In Earth’s Reflectivity

The amount of sunlight being absorbed or reflected by Earth is one of the driving forces for weather and climate. Satellites are providing this information with unprecedented accuracy.
The reflecting power of a surface is known as ‘albedo’. Bright snow and ice have a high albedo, meaning they reflect solar radiation back into space, while green areas like forests and fields have a much lower albedo.
The lower the albedo, the more energy from the Sun is absorbed.
Changes in Earth’s surfaces can therefore affect how much of the Sun’s energy is absorbed – such as a decrease in snow cover or an increase in the area used for agriculture. If the amount of energy absorbed changes, this has an effect on Earth’s energy budget and ultimately affects our weather and climate.
To help scientists build better simulations of weather and climate, ESA’s GlobAlbedo project is using satellite data to map changes in Earth’s reflectivity.
Led by University College London, the team used readings from the Envisat and Spot-Vegetation satellites to produce global surface albedo maps from 1998 to 2011. The maps, available for free online, provide the most accurate measure of Earth’s reflectivity to date.
“GlobAlbedo is the first gap-free, 1 km-resolution map of Earth’s land surface with an uncertainty estimate for every pixel. This could only have been produced from satellite data,” said Professor Jan-Peter Muller of University College London, leader of the GlobAlbedo project.
By combining data from different satellite sensors, scientists have maximized the coverage and created a time series that can be extended to include historical as well as future satellite measurements.
The maps have proven useful to a variety of users, including the UK Met Office. Scientists there have been using them to update the land surface albedo information in the Met Office’s operational Global Atmosphere weather model, resulting in more accurate weather predictions and climate forecasts.
“Tests show that they help to give more accurate temperature forecasts over the United States and Asia, especially in summer,” said Dr Malcolm Brooks from the Met Office. “We expect to be producing operational forecasts using these data in the spring of 2014.” Read More

The wealthy's compassion deficit

A large body of research point to a compassion deficit in the rich that plays out in big and small ways. As reported in Scientific American, for example, drivers of luxury cars cut others off at intersections at a much higher rate than those driving economy cars. Other studies have found that the wealthy are more likely to lie in negotiations and less likely to agree with statements such as "I often notice people who need help." And during simulations in which participants could divide up candy, giving some to children and keeping some for themselves, wealthier participants consistently kept more for themselves and gave less to children.
Does all this mean, perhaps, that selfishness is part of what enables some people to prosper? No. Rather, research suggests that it is a result rather than a cause of financial success. Simply creating the feeling of wealth in someone can result in self-justification. UC sociologist Paul Piff demonstrated this with rigged Monopoly games in a study involving hundreds of students. One "wealthy" player began the game with twice as much money and got to roll two dice instead of one. But when the clearly advantaged player won, he or she was highly likely to attribute it to skill rather than to preset advantage.
At the University of Rotterdam, a series of studies found that people primed with reminders of money preferred to play and work alone, put more physical distance between themselves and new acquaintances, and were less helpful when they saw someone in need of assistance. Read More

Friday, September 6, 2013

Largest volcano on Earth found, scientists say

(CNN) -- Move over, Mauna Loa.
A group of scientists say they've found a volcano bigger than you.
Way bigger.
An underwater volcano dubbed Tamu Massif was found some 1,000 miles east of Japan, says William Sager, a professor at the University of Houston, who led a team of scientists in the discovery.
The volcano is about the size of the state of New Mexico and is among the largest in the solar system, Sager says. Read More

Why Sustainable Man?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Surreal Time-Lapse View of Yosemite Rim Fire

Are you a good human?

O human!  Be a good human first. All the problems that the world is facing now can be eliminated by this. If you have any strength, first be a good human yourself to create a good human just like cell division, because no pathies, no techniques, no gurus, no swamis, no leaders, no social workers, no healers can curb these problems or do anything about the welfare of humanity.
Are the diseases and problems any less, today? There are so many healers, yogacharyas, guru and swamis.  Poverty continues unabated, incidents of disrespect towards women are increasing. There is no proper education. There are so many leaders, netas, administrators, and people claiming that they are doing so much for the society, yet the problems are still increasing and not decreasing. This is because we have not created a good human.
 To create a good human, first you have to become a good human. A good human, by simply saying a good word that goes to the soul can make transformation happen.
And the moment good humans are there, earth receives the vibrations, and she does not retaliate or ill balance the things, and calamities don’t happen. They happen only due to the mind vibration, because we are not empowering the thought of addressing the problem elevation, we are empowering are images – ‘I am the greatest social worker, I will get a big award, I will get Nobel peace award.  I am a great writer, I will get a Bookers prize’. So from education, write-ups to media – all must create a good human. I don’t deny that you have to make a living and earn, but salt in vegetable is good but vegetable in salt is not good.
So how do you define a good human? A good human is truthful, simple, and one who does not snatch other’s things, nor does he step on other people to get ahead. He is content in what he has, and if he wants more, he works to get it, does not take an easy way out or any shortcuts; nor is he popularity hungry. He is natural. Just be natural, Nature will give you everything. Read More

Prehistoric climate change due to cosmic crash in Canada, researchers say

An asteroid impact in Quebec some 12,900 years ago has been linked for the first time to an intense climate shift, according to a new study led by Dartmouth researchers.  The asteroid impact slaughtered the majority of the planet’s large mammals, forcing early humans to diversify into hunter-gatherer behaviors, rather than relying on hunting only big game for subsistence.  The findings appear this week in the Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The impact occurred at the beginning of the Younger Dryas period, marking a sudden global change to a colder, dryer climate with extensive effects on humans and animals.  In North America, the big animals, such as mastodons, camels, giant ground sloths, and saber-toothed cats, died out.  Their predators, known to archaeologists as the Clovis people, turned their focus to a hunter-gatherer subsistence diet of roots, berries and smaller game.
“The Younger Dryas cooling impacted human history in a profound manner,” said Dartmouth Professor and study co-author Mukul Sharma. “Environmental stresses may also have caused Natufians in the Near East to settle down for the first time and pursue agriculture.”
According to Dartmouth researchers, there has long been controversy over the cause of these environmental stresses, though scientists are in agreement that these changes did indeed occur.  The archetypal view of the Younger Dryas cooling interlude has been that an ice dam in the North American ice sheet ruptured, releasing a massive quantity of freshwater into the Atlantic Ocean.  The sudden influx is thought to have shut down the ocean currents that move tropical water northward, resulting in the cold, dry climate of the Younger Dryas. Read More

Friday, August 16, 2013

Earth orbit changes were key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age

For more than a century scientists have known that Earth’s ice ages are caused by the wobbling of the planet’s orbit, which changes its orientation to the sun and affects the amount of sunlight reaching higher latitudes, particularly the polar regions.
he Northern Hemisphere’s last ice age ended about 20,000 years ago, and most evidence has indicated that the ice age in the Southern Hemisphere ended about 2,000 years later, suggesting that the south was responding to warming in the north.
But new research published online Aug. 14 in Nature shows that Antarctic warming began at least two, and perhaps four, millennia earlier than previously thought.
Most previous evidence for Antarctic climate change has come from ice cores drilled in East Antarctica, the highest and coldest part of the continent. However, a U.S.-led research team studying a new ice core from West Antarctica found that warming there was well under way 20,000 years ago.
“Sometimes we think of Antarctica as this passive continent waiting for other things to act on it. But here it is showing changes before it ‘knows’ what the north is doing,” said T.J. Fudge, a University of Washington doctoral student in Earth and space sciences and lead corresponding author of the Nature paper.
Co-authors are 41 other members of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide project, which is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation.
The findings come from a detailed examination of an ice core taken from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide, an area where there is little horizontal flow of the ice so the data are known to be from a location that remained consistent over long periods. Read More

What does 'the end of the suburbs' mean for sustainability?

Have we reached "peak suburbs"? In her new book, The End of the Suburbs, Fortune magazine editor Leigh Gallagher argues that powerful social, economic, environmental and demographic forces are converging to end a half-century of suburban growth in the US.
This is good news for those who believe that the US economy must become more sustainable, and that big houses, big cars and big commutes are wasteful. "No other country has such an enormous percentage of its middle class living at such low densities across such massive amounts of land," Leigh writes. Acerbic critic and author James Howard Kunstler, who's interviewed in the book, more bluntly calls suburbia "the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world."
But if cul-de-sac living is approaching a dead end, what's next? And what opportunities for more sustainable businesses will arise as the suburbs decline? Those are among the questions I put to Leigh in this Q&A.
Let's start with the basics. Why are suburbs in decline? Are rising energy prices – or, dare we say it, concern about the environment – playing a role?
It's a number of forces all hitting at once, really. Rising energy prices play a huge role. As we've spread ourselves further and further apart, commutes have got longer and longer: some 3.5 million people now commute more than three hours a day. As I write in the book, a couple of years ago, local TV stations started moving back their first broadcasts from 5am to 4:30am, and even 4am in recognition of just how early so many people need to leave their homes to get to work. These epic commutes take a huge toll on people in terms of their health, their relationships and, yes, especially their wallets. Many people, especially in remote exurbia, now spend a greater percentage of their income on transportation costs than on their housing costs. Concern about the environment plays a role too, and is one reason movements like minimalism and LifeEdited, which I write about in the book, have gained traction. People don't want to have as much stuff anymore. Read More

Friday, August 2, 2013

Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness


by Emily Esfahani Smith
For at least the last decade, the happiness craze has been building. In the last three months alone, over 1,000 books on happiness were released on Amazon, including Happy Money, Happy-People-Pills For All, and, for those just starting out, Happiness for Beginners
One of the consistent claims of books like these is that happiness is associated with all sorts of good life outcomes, including — most promisingly — good health. Many studies have noted the connection between a happy mind and a healthy body — the happier you are, the better health outcomes we seem to have. In a meta-analysis (overview) of 150 studies on this topic, researchers put it like this: “Inductions of well-being lead to healthy functioning, and inductions of ill-being lead to compromised health.”

For at least the last decade, the happiness craze has been building. In the last three months alone, over 1,000 books on happiness were released on Amazon, including Happy Money, Happy-People-Pills For All, and, for those just starting out, Happiness for Beginners.
One of the consistent claims of books like these is that happiness is associated with all sorts of good life outcomes, including — most promisingly — good health. Many studies have noted the connection between a happy mind and a healthy body — the happier you are, the better health outcomes we seem to have. In a meta-analysis (overview) of 150 studies on this topic, researchers put it like this: “Inductions of well-being lead to healthy functioning, and inductions of ill-being lead to compromised health.” 
 But a new study, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) challenges the rosy picture. Happiness may not be as good for the body as researchers thought. It might even be bad.
Of course, it’s important to first define happiness. A few months ago, I wrote a piece called “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy” about a psychology study that dug into what happiness really means to people. It specifically explored the difference between a meaningful life and a happy life.
It seems strange that there would be a difference at all. But the researchers, who looked at a large sample of people over a month-long period, found that happiness is associated with selfish “taking” behavior and that having a sense of meaning in life is associated with selfless “giving” behavior.
"Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided," the authors of the study wrote. "If anything, pure happiness is linked to not helping others in need.” While being happy is about feeling good, meaning is derived from contributing to others or to society in a bigger way. As Roy Baumeister, one of the researchers, told me, "Partly what we do as human beings is to take care of others and contribute to others. This makes life meaningful but it does not necessarily make us happy.” Read More

Rise in violence 'linked to climate change'

by Rebecca Morelle, BBC 

Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests.
US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war.
The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place.
The study is published in Science.
Marshall Burke, from the University of California, Berkeley, said: "This is a relationship we observe across time and across all major continents around the world. The relationship we find between these climate variables and conflict outcomes are often very large."
The researchers looked at 60 studies from around the world, with data spanning hundreds of years.
They report a "substantial" correlation between climate and conflict.
Their examples include an increase in domestic violence in India during recent droughts, and a spike in assaults, rapes and murders during heatwaves in the US.
The report also suggests rising temperatures correlated with larger conflicts, including ethnic clashes in Europe and civil wars in Africa. Read More

Monday, July 22, 2013

When the student is ready, the teacher appears within

by Hunt Henion,

Teachers suddenly appeared to renowned visionary, Lori Toye, many years ago. However, her long-awaited story about what happened next reveals how true wisdom, and the teacher within each of us, actually emerges slowly over time - and only if we pay attention. Toye's new book, A Teacher Appears, takes us back to the beginnings of her spiritual journey and includes insights that have never been disclosed in any of her previous books or writings.

She was just a girl of 22, who knew nothing about meditation or spiritual masters when, in 1983, guys in white robes began appearing to her in the middle of the night, talking about global issues and giving her visions about the probable future. She wrote it all down, shared it with the public, and ended up creating the very popular "I Am America" organization around those prophesies - and around the idea that I/we are all responsible for our country and the world.
Now, 30 years later, the urgency to the get the most important information out has subsided, and Lori has gone back to peruse and ponder these early messages from the masters. She tells me that this is the first of three books that recounts untold details of her personal experience. A Teacher Appears also reveals more of the big picture perspective that was often obscured by all the flashy predictions that everyone was anxious to hear. The next two books in the trilogy will presumably complete that perspective, telling the story that the author simply couldn't have told back when she was a girl of 22 and new to all of this. The idea that there is a divine plan for our world is a big part of the perspective Toye explains so clearly. She also relays her knowledge that the ascended masters are here to help. The fact that they want us to each do our part is also part of the picture painted in her new book.

These, and other newly revealed insights, demonstrate that the shocked and surprised Toye of 22 has emerged as a mature spiritual teacher herself. Her new book relays messages from her own teachers, but more importantly, it tells her story - a story about a life interrupted by a spiritual mission that continues to evolve today.

You may have seen her future map of the US and read some of the predictions she has relayed from her friends in the white robes.. However, A Teacher Appears gives the reader a peak behind the scenes at the archetypal story of the hero's journey. It also hints at the hero within the reader, which waits patiently, looking for a chance to get out and do great things!

As Lori says in the video at top of the page,“You may be Earth's last hero!” As such, you may not need any teaching except the reassurance that “a change of heart can change the world!”
They say that when you're ready, A Teacher Appears. So, the only question then is, "Are you ready?"

Climate change could mean extinction for Iberian lynx in 50 years

The world’s most endangered feline species may become extinct in the wild within 50 years, researchers say, a victim of climate change.
A new report projects that Iberian lynx could become the first cat species in at least 2,000 years to become extinct, researchers found, largely because of the decline of the European rabbit, which makes up 80% of the cat’s diet.
The report, published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change, warns that current efforts to boost population of the distinctive tufted-eared cat will only “buy a few decades” for the animal that was once abundant in parts of Spain, Portugal and France.
Rabbit populations have drastically fallen because of overhunting, disease and habitat reduction, researchers said, with climate change a major driver.
Wild Iberian lynx populations have dwindled to two from nine groups in the 1990s. An estimated 250 cats are in the wild. A well-funded captive breeding program  is underway with a goal to release genetically diverse animals into suitable habitat.
But the study claims the conservation strategy is flawed because it fails to take into account climate change and its influence on prey abundance.

Ancient melting of Antarctic ice sheet pushed sea levels up 65 feet

LONDON, July 22 (UPI) -- In one of the Earth's ancient warming episodes sea levels rose by as much as 65 feet as one of Antarctica's large ice sheets melted, scientists say.
Researchers from Imperial College London and colleagues studying mud samples to learn about ancient melting of the East Antarctic ice sheet found melting took place repeatedly between 5 million and 3 million years ago, during a geological period called Pliocene Epoch, and pushed up global sea levels.
The findings may provide insights into how sea levels could rise as a consequence of current global warming, an ICL release said Monday.
"The Pliocene Epoch had temperatures that were two or three degrees higher than today and similar atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to today," Tina Van De Flierdt of the college's Department of Earth Science and Engineering said.
"Our study underlines that these conditions have led to a large loss of ice and significant rises in global sea level in the past. Scientists predict global temperatures of a similar level may be reached by the end of this century, so it is very important for us to understand what the possible consequences might be." Read More

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fukushima Spiking All of a Sudden

Bad as the situation is at Fukushima, it's gotten worse.
Perhaps you've heard that radiation levels of the water leaving the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear power plane and flowing into the Pacific Ocean have risen by roughly 9,000 per cent. Turns out, that's probably putting a good face on it. 
By official measurement, the water coming out of Fukushima is currently 90,000 times more radioactive than officially "safe" drinking water.  
These are the highest radiation levels measured at Fukusmima since March 2011, when an earthquake-triggered tsunami destroyed the plant's four nuclear reactors, three of which melted down. Read More

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Healing the Earth: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

By Gleb Raygorodetsky

For Indigenous peoples climate change is not a political slogan but an inescapable reality of their daily life. In a new series for the Ecologist, Gleb Raygorodetsky explores how different communities are responding to the challenges of climate change.
“What do we do when we are sick?” asked Ms. Carrie Dan, a respected Elder and a spiritual leader of the Western Shoshone Nation in the United States. She was addressing an audience of over 300 Indigenous delegates from around the world who came to Anchorage, Alaska, in the spring of 2009 for an international summit of Indigenous peoples on climate change. “We take the fever away,” she replied. “Now we have to do this with the Earth. The Earth won’t get healed until someone takes care of her.”
My journey in search of answers to the question of what it would take to help heal our ailing planet, began long before the Anchorage gathering. As a project manager for an international conservation NGO (non-governmental organization) and then a program officer for a private grant-making foundation, I had learned about the real impacts of climate change on traditional communities.
I came to realize that for Indigenous peoples like Ms. Dann, climate change was not a political slogan, a theory, or a fundraising strategy, but an inescapable reality of daily life. While they have contributed the least to climate change, the Indigenous peoples and traditional communities have experienced the brunt of its effects, paying for the carbon-gorged lifestyles of people like myself in developed countries.
Despite their predicament - of which climate change is but one challenge - Indigenous peoples refuse to be mere victims of the unfolding climate crisis. Instead, they are becoming a growing creative force behind local, regional, and global responses to the threat of climate change. And whilst their particular ecological and social conditions differ, their approaches to dealing with climate change are surprisingly similar.
Indigenous peoples are convinced that “silver-bullet” or “cookie-cutter” solutions arising out of the dominant economic and development models are not the right path forward. They believe that any efforts aimed at dealing with the challenges of climate change must be firmly rooted in Indigenous traditions of relating to the Earth with respect, reciprocity, and reverence. Read More

Mexico Volcano Spews Ash 2 Miles High

One of the world's most active volcanoes, Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, has come to life, spewing ash, gas, and steam (as seen from the village of Santiago Xalitzintla on July 4).

Just 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Mexico City, the volcano has spit out a cloud of ash and vapor 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) high.
The volcano has been exploding for several days, causing Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention to elevate their national alert rating to Yellow Phase 3. A yellow alert signals that the volcano has demonstrated medium-to-high levels of activity. The next and final step would be a red alert, which would require the evacuation of nearby residents.

Al Jazeera reported that international airlines have cancelled flights in and out of Mexico City, stranding hundreds of people over the weekend. Read More

Massive earthquakes can make volcanoes sink The biggest earthquakes also move mountains.
The massive earthquakes that struck Japan and Chile in 2011 and 2010, respectively, sank several big volcanoes by up to 6 inches (15 centimeters), two new studies report.
This is the first time scientists have seen a string of volcanoes drop after an earthquake. Even though the mountains are on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, their descents look remarkably similar. The two teams have different explanations for why the volcanoes sank, according to the studies, published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. However, both groups agree it's likely scientists will discover more examples of drooping volcanoes after big earthquakes, and find a single mechanism that controls the process. Read More