Record Climate change fires close ‘MAD’ H Bomb Base

Doug Tucker, Los Alamos fire chief: “We’re doing our best to keep it off the lab”

One of the top nuclear weapons research facilities in the US will remain closed until Thursday as fire fighters battle a wildfire raging at its boundary.Only “essential-duties” staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be permitted on site on Wednesday.Officials at the New Mexico facility have said they detected “no off-site releases of contamination”.The town outside the laboratory in the state of New Mexico was evacuated on Monday as the fire raged nearby.Officials said the nuclear facilities faced “no immediate threat” but warned of damage to houses.The lab, opened during World War II, led the development of the atomic bomb.

By late Monday, the Las Conchas fire had grown to 68 sq miles (176 sq km), burning through forests, canyons, and mesas, fuelled by dry timber and powered by strong winds.Authorities warned it could triple in size in the coming days, the Albuquerque Journal reported.The fire had reached the lab’s southwestern boundary and leapt a state road onto the land, burning roughly an acre, state fire officials said.

“No facilities face immediate threat, and all nuclear and hazardous materials are accounted for and protected,” officials said in a statement.

Residents of Los Alamos, New Mexico, evacuate on Monday Officials described the evacuation of the town of Los Alamos as orderly and calm

The lab employs about 11,800 people, and about 12,000 people live in the town of Los Alamos.

“That’s the biggest threat we have right now to homes in the community,” Deputy Los Alamos County Fire Chief Mike Thompson told the Associated Press.

The southwestern US has been stricken by giant wildfires this year, with millions of acres scorched in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

To the west of New Mexico, the largest wildfire in the history of the state of Arizona has been burning for nearly a month.

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At +5 C, Africa will burn..100s of millions will be underwater,

“If developed countries don’t increase their reduction targets to 40 percent by 2020 without offsets, they are risking five [degrees] C of warming and a planetary emergency,” said Asad Rehman, head of the International Climate programme at Friends of the Earth.

representatives of civil society reminded delegates time and again. And it is likely even worse than that. Human civilisation has arisen and thrived during a time of little change in global temperature. The current temperature increase of 0.8 degrees C is only about half of what is now guaranteed even if all emissions ended today.

Even a 1.5 to 2.0 C temperature rise puts humanity effectively on a new planet, with a different climate than we have prospered in. Additional warming not only further threatens that prosperity it bring us far too close to the nightmare scenario of runaway climate change that will threaten our very survival, experts warn.

No developed country is close to the 40-percent cut that the science says is needed by 2020 to stay below two degrees C. ………………….READ here  

African Agriculture and Food Supply at Risk
By Julio Godoy

BONN, Jun 18, 2011 (IPS) – Climate change and global warming are likely to have dramatically negative effects on African agriculture and food supply by reducing river runoffs and water recharge, especially in semi-arid zones such as Southern Africa, two new reports say.

READ here 

 

CLIMATE CHANGE
Putting Children in Harm’s Way
By Miriam Gathigah

Extreme weather has exposed thousands of children to potentially dangerous situations.  / Credit:Miriam Gathigah/IPS
Extreme weather has exposed thousands of children to potentially dangerous situations. Credit:Miriam Gathigah/IPS

RIFT VALLEY, Jun 17, 2011 (IPS) – It is late afternoon and the lone figure of nine-year-old Nancy Chepkemboi trudges home. She is soaked to the bone and this now happens on a regular basis because of the unusually frequent and high rains, placing her at risk of contracting pneumonia. And possibly even malaria. Puddles of standing water are a common feature in these regions, and are responsible for the highest malaria infection rates.

According to the ministry of health, malaria is the number one killer of children under the age of five. Almost 34,000 Kenyan children die from malaria annually. And they are at higher risk for contracting malaria during the rainy seasons.

Climatically Kenya is experiencing two extremes. Due to climate change, there has been no rain in most parts of the country. The drought in the northeastern region has been labeled a national disaster. But in the Rift Valley and in Western Kenya the rains have been heavier than expected. And there is more to come.   Read here 

 

Free Bus Launch Day !!!

category bristol | transport | event notice author Wednesday June 01, 2011 16:50author by Jack Phillipsauthor email freebus at live dot co dot uk Report this post to the editors

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After nearly a year of campaigning and fundraising, FreeBus launches its initial service on June 11th. The first bus leaves Temple Meads at 10am.

Come down for music, merriment and (of course) free bus rides for all!

Route and timetable info at www.freebus.org.uk

Support the FreeBus!

‘The Free.’ thriller in climate & capitalist collapse. get it HERE.

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Adventure/Thriller.. Maxie rebels and runs away, with anarcha feminists, squatters and gays.. Capitalism goes bottoms up. The climate is revolting.. our heroes live the social and permaculture revolution, and the dawn of a money-free world

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URGENT AMAZON FOREST ALERT

URGENT AMAZON FOREST ALERT

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[UPDATE 20 May 2011: The Guardian UK reports, “Brazil forms ‘crisis cabinet’ following unexpected deforestation surge”.]

Events are moving quickly in Brazil’s epic battle over a new national Forest Code. The struggle has has reached a critical stage full of both danger and opportunity. Please take action.

EMERGENCY — BRAZIL’S NATIONAL MONITORING AGENCY JUST CONFIRMED THAT RECENT DEFORESTATION HAS JUMPED 473 PERCENT. THE SITUATION IS CRITICAL.

[Reuters reportagem em Português]

Sign the international petition to defend Brazil’s forests.

If you would rather sign a petition in Portuguese, here is one from avaaz.

The recent monitoring reports of both the government and the environmental NGOs showed prelimary data of a huge surge in deforestation as agribusiness and the ruralist coalition push to deforest and create a new code of amnesty for the forest destroyers. Today’s release of frightening new data shows how aggressive the large farmers and agribusiness are. PLEASE ACT NOW.

The Dilma government has been caught between its desire for for rapid economic development and its desire to maintain its green image to the international community where it has pledged to reduce emissions from deforestation and to maintain biodiversity. Additionally, it wants to showcase its “greenness” at the upcoming 2012 “Rio+20” world environment conference. Indeed, on the advice of its Foreign Ministry, the Dilma leadership delayed the recent Forest Code debate (google translation from Portuguese) in Congress in order to revise its position.

The good news it that IBAMA (the national environment protection agency) has just announced a new policy of zero deforestation. The future of the forest hangs between this positive initiative and the reckless campaign of ruralista deforestation. This is the defining moment!

[Update: Here are the latest reports on deforestation and the new IBAMA policy.]

ACT NOW. Sign the petition in English or in Portuguese to defend Brazil’s forests.

with thanks via:

http://lougold.blogspot.com/2011/05/urgent-amazon-forest-alert-events-are.html

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