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 08, 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 06, 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 03, 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