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Politics and its Discontents: Yet Another ‘100-Year Event’

This one was in the traditionally water-challenged area of Phoenix, Arizona.For additional commentary on our worsening climate, check out The Mound’s post.Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Yet Another ‘100-Year Event’

Politics and its Discontents: The Power And The Glory

The power is nature’s, and the glory is the human capacity for noble, courageous action, as you will see. Two bad that in the collective human psyche, we can’t have more of the latter and less of a thirst for the former.Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Power And The Glory

Politics and its Discontents: May This Day Never Come

I pray we never get to the day when scenes like the following become so commonplace that we regard them with only the passing interest we might today express in a rocket launch, and not the shock, awe and humbling that they undoubtedly merit:Recommend … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: May This Day Never Come

The Disaffected Lib: We Need To Do What These Guys Are Doing

“These guys” are the Brits.  What they’re doing is taking an inventory of their transportation infrastructure to assess its vulnerability to severe storm events caused by ‘early onset’ climate change.  The good news is that the Brits get it. They know climate change is real and that they’re going to have to adapt or . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: We Need To Do What These Guys Are Doing

The Disaffected Lib: Today in Flash Flooding News

We’ve always lived with spring flooding caused by rapid melting of winter snowpack.  People along the Red River know full well how that works.

Today, however, flooding isn’t just a seasonal event and it doesn’t always have to do with winter snows.  Now we get flash floods where storm clouds appear overhead and unload five . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Today in Flash Flooding News

The Disaffected Lib: Greetings from Global Warming. Now Pay Up or Else.

It doesn’t matter how certain they are that climate change is a hoax.  They’re still going to have to pay up.   The U.S. federal flood insurance programme (private sector insurers said ‘adios’ long ago) is bringing home the reality of climate change in the form of massive premium increases for homeowners in coastal or . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Greetings from Global Warming. Now Pay Up or Else.

The Disaffected Lib: When "Biblical" Becomes Normal

The word being bandied about now to describe Colorado’s raging flash floods is “Biblical”.  That’s a step up from “once a century”but some are saying “new normal” might be more accurate.

Andrew Freedman at Climate Central …notes that this lethal catastrophic event is consistent with the increasing frequency of extreme rain storms occurring under, and . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: When "Biblical" Becomes Normal

LeDaro: Fukuchiyama, Japan: Flooding

A residential area in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, flooded because of Typhoon Man-yi. – Kyodo News via AP

It looks Japan is not getting much break lately. Too many natural disasters.

LeDaro: Heavy rains and flooding is an international phenomena – picture of the day

Here is a picture from Russia.

SHORING UP: A man walked near sandbags that were piled up Sunday in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, to protect the area from flooding. (Bobulev Sergey/ITAR-TASS/Zuma Press)WSJ

Alberta Diary: Minister’s F-Bomb illustrates the lamentable state of Alberta’s political discourse

A cheerful looking Doug Griffiths, back when he was running against Alison Redford for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith.

Many of us were asking ourselves yesterday afternoon if Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths had really dropped an F-Bomb on the Wildrose Party?

Well, now we . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Minister’s F-Bomb illustrates the lamentable state of Alberta’s political discourse

LeDaro: U. S. : Forest fires and flooding

U.S. South-west has uncontrollable fires because of lack of rain and dry forests – millions of people are displaced. In the North-east there is too much rain and cities and towns are flooded, millions displaced and some deaths as well. I don’t know if U.S ever faced this kind of severe situation before. Below is . . . → Read More: LeDaro: U. S. : Forest fires and flooding

LeDaro: Severe weather: Flooding in Colorado and other U.S states

We are having severe weather throughout North America. Colorado and some other U.S. states are hard hit. Are these indications of climate change?

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“There were rivers of muddy water filled with debris roaring past houses and down .. highways. Heavy rains sit . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Severe weather: Flooding in Colorado and other U.S states

Politics and its Discontents: Is Shortsightedness Our Tragic Flaw?

Rubber dinghies rescuing flooded train passengers. Cars submerged to their roofs. Raging river torrents. This could easily be a snapshot from India during monsoon season, but no, that was the situation in Toronto last evening as the city received more rain in a short period of time than had been experienced over 50 years . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is Shortsightedness Our Tragic Flaw?

350 or bust: The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline

Is the Keystone XL pipeline really what President Obama wants to leave as his legacy, for future generations to remember him by – and curse him for? * Meanwhile climate destabilization continues as unabated as our carbon dioxide emissions: Czech PM Declares Emergency As Floods Threaten Prague: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline

The Disaffected Lib: Vancouver Region Bracing for Storm Surge, King Tides and Flooding.

The next couple of days pose a serious flooding threat to the Lower Mainland, particularly Vancouver’s low-lying suburbs.

Sunday and Monday are expected to see the strongest of the seasonal “king tides”, with levels over 5 metres above low tide.But Oceanographer Scott Tinis says a storm surge will bring that several feet higher.“Places such as . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Vancouver Region Bracing for Storm Surge, King Tides and Flooding.

350 or bust: Floods Hit Close To Home

The city of Thunder Bay and surrounding townships have declared a state of emergency this week because of flood conditions throughout the region after more than 100 millimetres of rain fell over the weekend. The problem of flooding was exacerbated when the city’s overworked sewage treatment broke down. Roads have been washed out, basements filled . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Floods Hit Close To Home