Archive | October 2014

“Illegal Med fishing claims up to two tons of swordfish per boat per day”

Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) caught in fishing net

Inadequate controls and monitoring off Italian coast could lead to collapse of swordfish population in next three years, warn conservationists

“Violence & Climate Change: Warming & Storming Disrupt Human Lives”



People often attribute individual and regional conflicts to geography. The National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has just published a soberingmeta-analysis that directly relates increases in temperature and rainfall to both personal violence and civil unrest. The study clearly indicates that their hunches are correct.

“U.K. Plans Weather Supercomputer Heavy as 11 London Buses”

Chertsey, Surry, floods and swans

The U.K. will build a supercomputer as heavy as 11 double-decker buses to better predict the nation’s famously erratic weather and the effects of climate change.

Heading for the Warmest October on Record


Having just had the warmest August and September on record, it now looks as though October will also be the warmest.

Mercury nears 20C in Indian summer

Temperatures soared to almost 20C today as the country basked in an Indian summer.


It takes three points on a graph to make a trend. So far, August and September have provided the two dots that make a pattern.


“Arctic Ice Melt Seen Doubling Risk of Harsh Winter in EU”


The decline in Arctic sea ice has doubled the chance of severe winters in Europe and Asia in the past decade, according to researchers in Japan.

Sea-ice melt in the Arctic, Barents and Kara seas since 2004 has made more than twice as likely atmospheric circulations that suck cold Arctic air to Europe and Asia, a group of Japanese researchers led by the University of Tokyo’s Masato Mori said in a study published yesterday in Nature Geoscience.

The findings back up the view of United Nations climate scientists that a warmer average temperature for the world will make storms more severe in some places and change the character of seasons in many others. It also helps debunk the suggestion that slower pace of global warming in the past decade may suggest the issue is less of a problem.

“US greenhouse gas emissions rise despite Obama’s new climate change push”

Barack Obama

America’s energy-related carbon pollution rose 2.5% last year despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to fight climate change, according to new federal data.



America is setting a dangerous precedent for the rest of the world.

We Just Had the Hottest September on Record



Global Highlights

  • The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for September 2014 was the highest on record for September, at 0.72°C (1.30°F) above the 20th century average of 15.0°C (59.0°F).

  • The global land surface temperature was 0.89°C (1.60°F) above the 20th century average of 12.0°C (53.6°F), the sixth highest for September on record. For the ocean, the September global sea surface temperature was 0.66°C (1.19°F) above the 20th century average of 16.2°C (61.1°F), the highest on record for September and also the highest on record for any month.

  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the January–September period (year-to-date) was 0.68°C (1.22°F) above the 20th century average of 14.1°C (57.5°F), tying with 1998 as the warmest such period on record.


The hottest September follows the hottest August. A pattern is developing.

Death Of Northern White Rhino Leaves Only Six Left In Existence


A 34-year-old male northern white rhino has died in a wildlife conservancy in Kenya, leaving on six northern white rhinos left in the world. Suni, one of four northern white rhinos living in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, was the first-ever northern white rhino to be born in captivity.

“Activists use GPS to track illegal loggers in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest”


Covert GPS surveillance of timber trucks by Amazon campaigners has revealed how loggers are defeating attempts to halt deforestation in the world’s greatest rainforest. Raids by law enforcement officers are expected early on Wednesday morning, acting on the evidence handed to them by Greenpeace Brazil.