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Emergency survival kits

Mother Earth News / Matthew Stein / December 2010/January 2011

In today’s world of blackouts, big storms, terror alerts and global warming, many of us will experience significant disruptions in the flow of electricity or goods at some point in our lives. Having an emergency survival kit can be a big comfort and aid — maybe even a lifesaver — in such a situation. Stocking up on a few supplies, learning new skills and making an emergency contingency plan don’t have to take a lot of time or money, and these steps will foster peace of mind in turbulent times.

You can’t plan for all possible scenarios, but a wise person plans for the most likely possibilities and stores at least a few basic supplies for emergencies. The tips here will help you evaluate your needs and goals, and plan for short-term emergency situations (72 hours to one week).


TV weathercasters: the unsung heroes of the climate crisis

The Guardian / Pam Radtke Russell / 18 September 2019

Local TV weather forecasters have become foot soldiers in the war against climate misinformation. Over the past decade, a growing number of meteorologists and weathercasters have begun addressing the climate crisis either as part of their weather forecasts, or in separate, independent news reports to help their viewers understand what is happening and why it is important.

And the reports are having an impact.


I never thought I’d see the Australian rainforest burning

The Guardian / Joëlle Gergis / 10 September 2019

These days as a climate scientist, the line of separation between the research I do in my professional life and the events unfolding in the world at large is growing ever thinner.

The extreme events that our community has been talking about for decades are now becoming part of our lived experience, season after season, year after year across the entire planet. What we are seeing play out now is much faster than many of us ever imagined.


Record-high Great Lakes water levels the ‘evolving normal’

The Energy Mix / Jeremiah Rodriguez / 20 August 2019

“The flooding this spring and summer along the northern shores of Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands, and some Toronto-area beaches has been particularly troublesome for homeowners and businesses,” CTV states. “According to government statistics, July water levels for the bodies of water between Canada and the U.S. were at record highs. And this can lead to faster erosion of the coastline and flooding.”

Feltmate, head of UW’s Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, cited climate change as one of two factors “disproportionately” affecting Great Lakes water levels. “Number one is climate change-induced. We’re getting more water coming down over shorter periods of time more frequently,” he told CTV. The other factor is that “we’ve removed 72 to 73% of the natural infrastructure of forest fields and wetlands, which gives water a place to go when it falls.” So “now, when the big storms hit, the water goes very quickly into the Great Lakes.”


‘July Has Re-Written Climate History’

Common Dreams / Andrea Germanos / 02 August 2019

The World Meteorological Organization said Thursday that July 2019 may go down as the hottest month the planet has seen thus far in recorded history.

“July has re-written climate history, with dozens of new temperature records at local, national, and global level,” said WMO chief Petteri Taalas.

Using data from Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Program from the first 29 days of the month, the WMO said that July at least equaled—and may have broken—the dubious record set in July 2016.

2016, however, was marked by the occurrence of an El Niño phenomenon, which can contribute to warmer temperatures. 2019 is not.


Heatwaves sweep the planet

Clean Energy Review / 29 July 2019

Not wanting to be outdone by June’s record-smashing temperatures, July has shown the world a new meaning of the word “heatwave.” France, the Netherlands and Germany are just a few of the countries to set new all-time temperature records, while parts of Canada cooked in 35C heat. And it’s because of (you guessed it) climate change.

Climate change increases the likelihood of heatwaves. And with back-to-back record summers containing back-to-back record heatwaves, the connection is getting recognition. As this piece on climate change attribution in the Economist reads, “the danger posed by climate change is clear and present, not just something for future generations to worry about.” The weather is serving more reminders of the importance of taking climate action.


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