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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Solar power Brings Hope to Uganda| News24

 In this electricity-starved rural part of Uganda, men ride bicycles several kilometres to the nearest market town simply to charge their phones.
That should change with the construction nearby of one of the largest solar plants in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of the population is without electricity and countries increasingly explore alternative sources of power.

Louisiana receives $19.5 million FEMA disaster recovery grant

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The United States is playing a catch up game.  It is easier to fund repair money than adaptation strategy.  This is not a solution it is simply a patch on a much larger problem. Extreme storms will increase in the South as the people of Houston are discovering and the United States needs to move to infrastructure adaptation strategies.

BATON ROUGE, La (La. Dept. of Health News Release) The Louisiana Department of Health announced it has received a federal grant of more than $19.5 million to assist local communities throughout Louisiana that are still recovering from the devastating floods this past spring. This Disaster Case Management grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and is administered by the Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit.

$81 billion mobilized in 2015 to tackle climate change

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Nearly 20 percent of these funds are focussed on Africa. It is targeted at both mitigation and adaptation strategies.  The adaptation strategies will include water systems, energy and transport systems and new crop or food production strategies. Mitigation will largely go to renewable energy and improved transportation strategies.

Climate change blamed vanishing fish Lake Tanganyika | News24

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This problem is longstanding and complex. It can solely be blamed on climate change because it has been an ongoing problem for nearly 100 years.  It is a combination of over fishing and yes rising water temperatures in the lake.  None of this changes the reality that Lake Tanganyika is a major source of food and income in the region and is the heart of the economy of Burundi and the Eastern Congo.

Miami - Fish are becoming more scarce in Africa's oldest and deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika, because of climate warming, not just overfishing, US researchers said this week.
The study on Lake Tanganyika, which covers parts of Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, relied on sediment samples drilled from the lake bed and going back 1 500 years to analyse the changing biodiversity.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Climate change brings tainted shellfish to northern seas - UPI.com

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A toxic mix of increased bacteria and increased water temperature is poisoning our oceans and the shellfish we eat because they are largely bottom feeders that filter the mud/sand on the ocean flow.  This is also combined with increased bacteria in the water from human waste and then nitrogen from fertilizers.  This is not a temporary problem that will go away since water temperatures will continue to rise, which activates the bacteria and nitrogen mix.

"From long-term data, it is apparent that the level of these pathogens is rising in the ocean as a result of global warming," said study author Luigi Vezzulli. He is an associate professor with the department of earth, environmental and life sciences at the University of Genoa, in Italy.

New Heat Record Set Time Connect Climate Change Dots

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It is obvious we have lost the war to stop climate change it is time to start connecting the dots on how bad the disaster is going to be.  Increased heat will cause the following:

  • Loss of work productivity because of extreme heat
  • Increased use of electricity to cool
  • Increased food insecurity because of drought and bad growing conditions
  • Increased Migration as people move to cooler climates
  • Fish stocks moving north to cooler water and affecting food security patterns
This is just a short list.  Climate Change is not a future event and we need a government to handle and prepare now.