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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Scores killed as Tropical Storm Earl triggers landslides in Mexico - France 24

The death toll rose late on Sunday after state governors in the two most affected states confirmed two more deaths from a series of mudslides that struck hillside communities.
The head of national emergency services previously put the death toll at 38, the vast majority of whom were found in Puebla state, while the remainder died in neighboring Veracruz.

UN deeply disturbed’ erosion of media freedom in Venezuela – UN human rights office

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Venezuela has in essence been taken over by the military. It is facing food shortage, drastic affects of Climate Change, loss of economic production and a drastic future.  It is an example of what happens when an climate change drought hits a country already suffering from other problems and the government has lost control of internal security.  The military has taken over the ports, food distribution, taken over food stores and forced shop owners to sell at a loss, and also nationalized factories.  Venezuela is a country is complete disarray. 

4 August 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and the Inter-American Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Edison Lanza, expressed concern at the eroding media freedom in Venezuela, citing a number of reported incidents of harassments of journalists and media groups.
"We are deeply disturbed by the recent reports of attacks against journalists and independent media groups, escalating the pressure over the Venezuelan media," they said in a news release issued today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Macedonian Tragedy Triggers Flood Of Criticism

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Case after case governments are coming under fire because of their lack of response to climate change extreme weather flooding.  The point is that these floods whether in USA Houston Florida Nigeria or Egypt are predictable and can be managed.  This mismanagement will cause the lack of trust in governments.

Activists, citizens, and online media are expressing outrage at what they view as the government's slow response, failure to issue warnings as torrential rains battered Skopje and its environs on the night of August 5-6, and neglect of a storm-drain system that could have prevented the flooding that killed at least 21 people.

Nigeria: Threat of Impending Floods - allAfrica.com

The Director-General of the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA), Moses Beckley, recently predicted an overflow of the Niger-Benue River Basins and other sub-basins, in the ongoing rainy season, stating that flooding is likely to affect states in the surrounding the basins. He made the prediction at the official presentation of the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) in Abuja on July 25, 2016.
The states at the risk of flooding, according to NHSA, include Niger, Benue, Sokoto, Anambra, Imo, Kogi, Cross River, Yobe, Ogun, Kebbi and Osun. Others are Zamfara, Katsina, Kwara, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Plateau and Nasarawa. The rest are Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Akwa-Ibom, Ebonyi, Abia, Jigawa and Kano. The agency added that Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Bayelsa, Delta and Ondo particularly might experience coastal flooding due to rise in sea level and tidal surge. Already, states like Kano, Kebbi, Cross River, and Jigawa states have suffered from flooding this year.

Iran Lake Urmia Another Lake Dies Algae Bloom

CIWARS Analysis
The Handwriting is on the Wall. Algae blooms caused by human use and climate change are taking over large bodies of water world wide. Rising temperatures from Climate Change add to the already present high nitrogen levels from pollution. Florida, Utah, California, Iran the list grows daily. Fish die, food supply die, humans die.

Like the famous Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and the Salton Seain California, the salty expanse of Lake Urmia in Iran has been drying up and shrinking for decades. Now the lake, once one of the largest in the Middle East, looks more like a gigantic crime scene.
In late April, NASA's Aqua satellite captured Lake Urmia with a deep green hue. But as of mid-July, the body of water was filled with algae and bacteria that turned it into a stained red pool.

Cairo alleged Nile flooding coverup

CIWARS Analysis
This is a difficult story to unpack so let me try. The Nile River is a shared resource for Africa so its proper management is crucial. What people are alleging in Egypt is that the Nile is flooding at a higher rate than the amount of rain fall in the highlights of Sudan which is to the south and water flows to Egypt. This is crucial because it means Egypt while calling for water conservation is not managing their supply well it is also important because Egypt is concerned about the impact of the Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia.

The ministry had declared a state of emergency from May to August of this year due to drought, the worst to hit the Nile Basin in the past 100 years. Cairo was relying on this crisis to ensure the success of its new campaign to rationalize water usage, demanding that the citizens and farmers reduce their water consumption as much as possible.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/08/egypt-nile-flooding-rates-hiding-public-controversy.html#ixzz4GZdyfC2x

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Singapore Foils Islamic State Rocket Attack Plan

BATAM - Singapore called for heightened vigilance on Saturday, a day after Indonesian police arrested a group of men they believed were plotting a rocket attack on the wealthy city-state with the help of a Syrian-based Islamic State militant.
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African refugees rush Italian French Border

Tens of refugees caught Italian and French police "by surprise" on Friday after rushing to the rocky shore in Ventimiglia near Italy's border with France, according to an RT report.
The refugees, mostly Sudanese, Eritreans and Ethiopians, had arrived in Ventimiglia from the Italian island of Sicily with the hope of continuing their journey to France and northern Europe. France Ventimiglia African refugees Italy-France border Menton

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Agrimoney.com | Chinese chicken demand to hit 10-year low

Rising prices will send chicken consumption in China, the world's second biggest poultry market, to a ten-year low next year, US officials forecast.
The US Department of Agriculture's Beijing Bureau forecast broiler meat consumption next year at just 11.6m tonnes, the lowest level since 2007.
This would leave consumption down 13% between 2015 and 2017.

NY Times Editorial Countries Will Need Help Adapting to Climate Change

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported last week that global temperatures last year were the highest on record — and that this year is likely to be hotter still. That is a powerful reason for rich countries to begin making good on their promises to help low-lying island nations, some of the poorest countries in the world, build their defenses against the disastrous effects of climate change, which some are already experiencing.

Data centre water use has investors on high alert - Business - NZ Herald News

Data centres, used by governments and large corporations to house their computer systems, have one big environmental problem: They get hot.
To keep them from overheating, large data centres can pump hundreds of millions of gallons of water a year through the facilities, according to company reports. That high demand for water has some investors concerned, especially in places where natural water resources are becoming ever more precious, like tech-heavy California.

Climate change 160,000 deaths a year in India by 2050 - India Climate Dialogue

As many as 160,000 people will die every year in India by 2050 due to decreased food production because of climate change, an Oxford University study has predicted. India ranks second in the mortality forecast after China, where as many as 248,000 are expected to die for this reason. Surprisingly, the US ranks fifth, after Vietnam and Bangladesh.

Macedonia storm: Deadly freak floods hit Skopje - BBC News

CIWARS comment:

The is not a FREAK storm. It is extreme weather caused by Climate Change and is happening EVERYWHERE. We need to look and redo our drainage systems, and water management systems. This is the new normal. It is a total failure of government not to adapt to these problems.

The victims' bodies were found on Sunday morning after the storm passed. Several people are still missing.
Some of the victims drowned in their cars. Parts of the city's ring road were swept away in the floods, dragging cars into nearby fields.
Three-and-a-half inches (93mm) of rain fell in Skopje in the storm - more than the average for the whole of August.

900,000 Florida homes underwater from sea level rise,

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Read our investigation into this from May.  Despite these warning people continue to not demand a solution from their government.

Freddie Mac Warns of Mortgage collapse

One in eight Florida homes could be underwater by 2100 due to sea level rise, according to a study by Zillow, one of the most widely used real estate valuation sites.
The company's analysis is based on new research in the scientific journal Nature that said sea levels could rise six feet by 2100, mostly due to melting Antarctic ice sheets. This more severe prediction puts even more homes in low-lying Florida at risk.

Sea Level Rise Threatens Florida Military Installations

Florida's military installations face more flooding and hurricane damage as the seas rise.
That's the finding of a new study out Wednesday analyzing the risks at 18 military installations on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.
The Union of Concerned Scientists study focused on these military installations as representative installations nationwide.
In Florida it looked at installations in Key West, Jacksonville and the Panhandle. Kristina Dahl, the study's lead scientist, says the Key West installation is most at risk.
"At that installation, at Naval Air Station Key West, we found that between 70 and 95 percent of the base's land could be lost to sea level rise by the end of the century."
The study found by 2050 half of the military installations analyzed along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts face at least 270 flood events annually, up from 10 today. And that puts vital infrastructure at risk.
The Department of Defense did not immediately return a call seeking comment.