Harvey forces National Weather Service to add new color to its rainfall map

August 29, 2017 by  
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By now everyone knows that Texas is still suffering from the aftermath of the potent Category 4 Hurricane Harvey that swept into the region over the weekend. After the natural disaster dumped more than 30 inches on the state and unleashed winds as strong as 130 mph, causing widespread destruction, weather forecasters at the National Weather Service (NWS) had no choice but to add another color to their rainfall map. Lavender now represents “unfathomable” amounts of rain. In some Texan cities, rainfall is predicted to exceed 50 inches. This is the heaviest rainfall to result from a landfalling tropical storm or hurricane on record in U.S. history, reports Mashable . The NWS warns that catastrophic flooding is likely to continue and recommends that residents of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana stay off the roads. #Harvey in perspective. So much rain has fallen, we've had to update the color charts on our graphics in order to effectively map it. pic.twitter.com/Su7x2K1uuz — NWS (@NWS) August 28, 2017 Experts claim that it is more than likely climate change exacerbated Hurricane Harvey. The Guardian reports that rising sea levels attributable to global warming likely caused the storm to surge half a foot higher than it would have been just a few decades ago. Warming ocean waters also play a role in the uptick of such fierce storms. Sea surface temperatures in the region have risen about 0.5 degrees Celsius (close to 1 degrees F) over the past decade; according to the Clausius-Clapeyron equation , there is a roughly 3 percent increase in average atmospheric moisture content for each 0.5 degrees C of warming. As a result of sea surface temperatures being warmer in the location where Harvey intensified, there was 3-5 percent more moisture in the atmosphere. This, too, intensified the storm. Related: Trump’s USDA staff told to use ‘weather extremes’ instead of ‘climate change’ Though scientists have warned that unsustainable habits would propel climate change and result in worsening  natural disasters , few have heeded the advice and implemented change. It isn’t too late for humanity to invest in renewable technologies and reduce the collective carbon footprint but there isn’t much time before a “tipping point” is reached. Learn more here . Via Mashable , The Guardian Images via Pixabay , National Weather Services

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MIT Study Predicts Every 1-Degree Increase in Temperature Will Cause 10 Percent Increase in Rainfall Extremes

September 19, 2012 by  
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Climate scientists have long projected that increases in global temperatures will result in higher rainfall and flooding in tropical regions. But now a MIT study has put some numbers to the prediction. Writing in Nature Geoscience in a September 16th letter titled “ Sensitivity of tropical precipitation extremes to climate change ,” Paul A. O’Gorman, professor of atmospheric science at MIT, said that for every one-degree Celsius increase in global surface temperature, there will be 10 percent heavier rainfall extremes in the tropics. Photo: Bangladesh flooding by  Richard P.J. Lambert , CC BY 2.0 O’Gorman tells MIT News that “The study includes some populous countries that are vulnerable to climate change, and impacts of changes in rainfall could be important there.” Extreme rainfall in the tropics responds to climate change in distinct ways from that of other regions. He added, “It seems rainfall extremes in tropical regions are more sensitive to global warming. We have yet to understand the mechanism for this higher sensitivity.” For more details, read his letter here . + MIT News Lead image: Tropical Hurricane via Shutterstock    

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Eco-Baroque’s Unique Land Art Gilds Boulders in the Gobi Desert

September 19, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Eco-Baroque’s Unique Land Art Gilds Boulders in the Gobi Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bruce Conkle , eco design , Eco-Baroque , Gobi Desert , green design , land art , Land Art Biennial Mongolia 360 , Marne Lucas , mongolia , Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery , sustainable design , Ulaanbataar

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Awesome Velodrome Trebles as a Bike Pavilion and Cafe in China

May 17, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Awesome Velodrome Trebles as a Bike Pavilion and Cafe in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , Bike Pavilion , china , cycling , eco design , green design , Hainan Province , Netherlands , nl architects , shade , sustainable design , tropics , Urban design , Vanke , Velodrome

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Oasia Downtown by WOHA Places the Tropics in the Heart of Singapore

March 20, 2012 by  
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The glass high-rises in Singapore’s commercial district will soon get a neighbor of an altogether different color. The Oasia Downtown tower by WOHA will be literally clad in greenery, with multiple levels of the building completely open for gardens stacked one upon another. The design brings the tropics into the heart of the city with a greenscaped core, and the building will also be naturally cooled, saving energy while providing ample places for occupants to stroll through the gardens. Read the rest of Oasia Downtown by WOHA Places the Tropics in the Heart of Singapore Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: garden roof , green design , green facade , green roof Singapore , natural cooled building , vegetated facade , vegetated tower , vertical garden , woha architects

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Greatest Global Warming Impact on Life in Tropics, Even Though Poles Have Higher Temperature Increase

October 7, 2010 by  
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photo: Kevin Walsh / Some Rights Reserved If you even only casually follow the issue of climate change, you’re probably aware that the polar regions are warming significantly faster than the tropics . Now, a new report in Nature shows that even though this is the case, the greatest impact on ..

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UK Biofuels Target Should Be Reduced to Protect Tropical Forests: Government Climate Advisors

September 10, 2010 by  
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There’s a growing body of evidence that land-use conversion in the tropics, driven in part by biofuels, negates many of their benefits.

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Peugeot to Lease iOn Electric Car for €499/Month in France

September 10, 2010 by  
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Photo: Peugeot Aimed Mostly at Fleet Buyers at First Peugeot has released some details on its iOn electric car, which is based on the Mitsubishi i MiEV . In France, the leasing price will be of €499 (about $643) for five years, and this includes: the vehicle and its battery, a 5-year warranty covering the battery and electric power train, servicing and maintenance for five years or 50,000 km (31,000 miles), specific electric assistance, and Peugeot Connect, Electric Driving (smart…

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Similar Tropical Forests Store Much Different Amounts of Carbon: New Report

September 7, 2010 by  
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photo: Lori via flickr While we’ve just learned that over 80% of new farmland in the tropics came at the expense of forests, another new study shows us that when it comes to calculating how much carbon tropical forests store , variable on the ground conditions make estimating how much sequestration potential forests have more tricky than thought.

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80% of New Farmland in Tropics Carved From Forests Between 1980-2000 – Land the Size of Alaska Cleared

September 7, 2010 by  
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photo: Teacher Traveler via flickr More than 80% of new farmland in the tropics cultivated over the last two decades of the 20th century was carved out of tropical forests, according to new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .

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