Posts in category: green

Sep

20
2014

Perth temperatures break September record

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Watoday.com.au reports that...

Saturday’s soaring temperatures broke a Perth record set nearly 100 years ago.

Until today the highest temperature recorded in Perth during September was 32.7 degrees – back on September 30, 1918.

By 2.17pm the official temperature for Perth had reached 34.1 degrees.

Read more at www.watoday.com.au


Sep

12
2014

Fungus stoked by warming threatens organic coffee: Commodities

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Azernews.az reports that...

Teodomiro Melendres Ojeda, an organic coffee grower in Cajamarca, Peru, stands at a crossroads. Neither path is attractive.

Leaf-rust fungus, known as roya in Spanish, has devastated about a third of his crop. Melendres, 48, can use chemicals to kill it, though he risks forfeiting his organic certification and the 10 percent price premium it brings. Or he can preserve the certification and watch his plants die.

“We coffee producers are living between a rock and a hard place,” Melendres said.

Global warming has been a friend to the fungus, enabling it to thrive in elevations that used to be inhospitable. The worst worldwide outbreak in 30 years has meant diminished yields, lower income and laid-off workers from Peru to Mexico. Organic growers face additional loss as they look for ways to save their livelihoods while at the same time avoiding chemical solutions.

Read more at www.azernews.az


Sep

09
2014

Cotton Output Estimate Reduced 29% by Australia on Drought

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Bloomberg.com reports that...

Australia cut its forecast for cotton production by 29 percent as dry conditions curb yields in the world’s third-biggest exporter.

The harvest may total 580,000 metric tons in 2014-2015 from 820,000 tons forecast in June, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences said in a report. That would be the smallest crop in five years and compares with 890,000 tons a year ago, the Canberra-based bureau said. The fiber is planted from September to November. Australia

Cotton futures in New York slumped 23 percent this year and are among the biggest losers in the Bloomberg Commodity Index as rising output in the U.S., the largest exporter, adds to record global reserves. Australian output may plummet as much as 50 percent as drought in Queensland and dry conditions in parts of New South Wales curb the planted area, producers’ group Cotton Australia forcast last month.

Read more at www.bloomberg.com


Sep

09
2014

Early almond harvest thanks to drought

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Mantecabulletin.com reports that...

The hum of harvest machines in San Joaquin County’s almond orchards started two weeks ahead of schedule this year.

Credit goes to a warm and dry spring which expedited the early harvesting of the county’s $468 million crop that made it number one in 2013’s Top 10 crops by value, according to the latest San Joaquin County Agricultural Report.

 

Read more at www.mantecabulletin.com


Aug

20
2014

PHOTOS: Storm Drops Feet of Hail on Mexico City

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Accuweather.com reports that...

A long-lived and intense thunderstorm dumped hail that ended up being measured in feet in some parts of Mexico City Sunday afternoon and evening.

City tunnels and roadways became impassable in some locations and emergency workers were forced into action to free vehicles and open roads. Heavy equipment was needed to clean up the hail, similar to the clean-up efforts needed after a blizzard.

Read more at www.accuweather.com


Aug

19
2014

Residents, motorists stranded by raging floods in Arizona

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Cbsnews.com reports that...

Crews rescued residents and motorists after a monsoon surge that brought extensive flooding to Arizona, trapped residents in their homes, closed a major freeway and paralyzed traffic on several streets, CBS affiliate KPHO reported.

Flooding in the Phoenix area forced authorities to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17, while elsewhere firefighters rescued multiple motorists and a small trailer park was evacuated.

Read more at www.cbsnews.com


Aug

14
2014

Heavy rain floods streets, basements

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M.wmtw.com reports that...

A downpour flooded parts of Maine on Wednesday night.Roads that flooded were Commercial Street, Auburn Street, Park Avenue and Marginal Way, Lt. Robert Ridge of Portland police said. The department had also received a report that the pond at Deering Oaks had expanded because of all the rainfall.

Read more at m.wmtw.com


Aug

04
2014

Driven by Climate Change, Algae Blooms Behind Ohio Water Scare Are New Normal

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News.nationalgeographic.com reports that...

The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that provoked last weekend’s tap water ban in Toledo, Ohio—where nearly half a million people were told not to use water for drinking, cooking, or bathing—is a preview of similar problems to come around the world, scientists say, thanks in part to climate change

Northwest Ohio’s water ban was lifted Monday morning, but experts say harmful algal blooms that can turn tap water toxic and kill wildlife are becoming more common in coastal oceans and in freshwater across the United States and around the globe.

Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com


Jul

28
2014

Revere hit by tornado

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Bostonglobe.com reports that...

A rare tornado roared through this seaside city with terrifying force Monday, uprooting hundreds of trees, ripping roofs off houses, and spurring an intensive recovery effort that could last weeks.

Carrying winds as high as 120 miles per hour, the powerful storm cut a destructive path through Revere’s central business district. It damaged more than 100 homes and turned a quiet residential neighborhood into a scene of stunned confusion in just a few minutes.

The first tornado to hit Suffolk County in at least 60 years, the twister snapped large oak trees and sent large sections of metal guardrails flying through the air, but no serious injuries were reported, officials said.

Read more at www.bostonglobe.com


Jul

15
2014

2014 So Far: Coolest in U.S. Since 1993; Wettest June Since 1989, Says NOAA

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Weather.com reports that...

The first half of 2014 was the coldest January-to-June period in the Lower 48 states in 21 years, according to the federal government’s quarterly State of the Climate Report, released Tuesday by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

June 2014 was the sixth wettest June on record for the contiguous U.S. (Lower 48 states), the wettest since 1989.

Read more at www.weather.com