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Arctic warming causing Canadian military to dump waste into ocean
 
Instead of having to carry all waste food on deck for eventual disposal at port, the ships will be allowed to dump it at sea.
            The changes "help alleviate our COs (commanding officers') concerns (with regard to) accumulated food remnants stored in garbage bags on decks during ever-increasing global warming summers," says an internal memo, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.
 
Eskimos buying freezers and air conditioners
 
(September 2007)
 
Archie Ahkiviana is an Eskimo; an Inupiat elder and a whaling captain who on occasion throws 9-foot harpoons into 50-ton bowhead whales…by hand.
 
Everyone in Nuiqsut — Archie’s village, population 400 — is aware of climate change.
 
Even his ice cellar, a 16-foot pit excavated deep into the frozen ground that used to be an all-year meat locker (everything from walrus to ducks), had begun to thaw in the warm months.
 
Archie gave up and bought himself a freezer. It is no longer an oxymoron to sell freezers to Eskimos. The unfrozen future of Arctic life was here.
 
 
(August 08, 2006)
 
Better known for building igloos during hunts on the polar ice, Inuit in the village of Kuujjuaq in Quebec, Canada, are installing 10 air-conditioners for about 25 office workers.
 
 
"When you heat the planet, you increase the ability of the atmosphere to hold moisture. The atmosphere's water vapour content has increased by about 0.41 kilograms per cubic meter (kg/m²) per decade since 1988, and natural variability in climate just can't explain this moisture change," said lead author of the study, Benjamin Santer from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, US.
 
The study in the Sept. 17 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says that more water vapour - which is itself a greenhouse gas - amplifies the warming effect of increased atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide.
 
Santer said this is a "positive feedback."
 
Santer said the water vapour feedback mechanism worked in the following way: As the atmosphere warmed due to human-caused increases in carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluorocarbons, water vapour increased, trapping more heat in the atmosphere, which in turn caused a further increase in water vapour.
 
Identification of human-induced changes in atmospheric moisture content
PNAS published September 19, 2007, 10.1073/pnas.0702872104
Archbishop wants Zimbabwe Regime Change
to Halt Silent Genocide
  
ZIMBABWE'S leading cleric has called on Britain to invade the country and topple President Robert Mugabe.
            Pius Ncube, the Archbishop of Bulawayo, warned that millions were facing death from famine, unable to survive amid inflation believed to have soared to 15,000 per cent.
 
His following comments came as inflation forced relatively well-paid teachers to work as prostitutes in order to afford one meal a day:
            “I'm ready to lead the people, guns blazing, but the people are not ready." I'm ready to lead the people, guns blazing, but the people are not ready.”
“How can you expect people to rise up when even our church services are attended by state intelligence people?"
            "People in our mission hospitals are dying of malnutrition.”  
“Is the world just going to let everything collapse in on us?"
 
While the vast majority of Zimbabweans are struggling to survive, members of the Mugabe elite are finding that things have never been so good.
Not only government ministers and officials from the ruling Zanu-PF party, but also top police and army officers and High Court judges have been cleverly woven into Mr Mugabe's patronage system, benefiting hugely from his despotic rule.
Many have been allotted property that was violently seized from white farmers. But their real wealth comes from access to foreign exchange at less than 1000th of the rate on the streets.
This enables them to buy expensive vehicles such as the Hummers, S-class Mercedes and Toyota Prados that fill hotel carparks in Harare.
The Mugabe elite's children attend private schools or study in Britain, the US or Australia.
 
Roy Bennett, of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change:
"Those with access to power are literally bleeding the country and becoming richer daily.” 
“There's an elite of around 5000 scoring from the situation and there are enough of them in high places to maintain the status quo.
"They realise their only way to survive is to keep Mugabe there, because once he goes it's a bun-fight between them."
 
Zimbabwe's silent genocide
Father Oskar Wermter, a German Jesuit priest working in Mbare, Harare’s oldest township, has spent 37 years in Zimbabwe and says he has never seen things so bad, even during the liberation war.
 
severe drought has left the area, like much of southern Zimbabwe, with 95% crop failure.
            This year’s maize harvest is expected to be 500,000 tonnes, compared with the 1.4m tonnes needed.
            the Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo: “The government is very happy about the food situation as they know they can use food to make people vote for them again,”
 
At Mpilo hospital in Bulawayo, the Japanese-funded paediatric unit, one of the nurses, pointing out that her monthly salary of Z$3.2m (£4.50) barely covers her bus fares of Z$120,000 a day. “I eat nothing during my shift as I can’t afford it.”
“If the middle classes have been so pauperised that teachers are forced to become prostitutes to feed their family and use firewood because there’s no more power, imagine what’s happening to the most marginalised.”
            Father Oskar Wermter, a German Jesuit priest cites the case of Chipo Kurewa, a lively teacher in her forties whose home was bulldozed during Operation Murambatsvina (Drive out the Filth) in which 700,000 people saw their houses and businesses demolished.   “After that, she was in constant trouble, struggling to find work and accommodation and then diagnosed HIV-positive,” says Wermter.
           
one in three people in Harare suffers mental disorders. The main reasons were inability to find food and having belongings taken away by the authorities.
 
In 15 years, life expectancy has fallen to 34 years for women and 37 for men, by far the lowest in the world.
These are villages of grandparents and grandchildren. There is nobody of my age. In a whole day we meet only one person between the ages of 20 and 50.  
            Many have fallen victim to the lethal combination of Aids and hunger. The gravestones tell their own story. All were born in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. 
 
Others are part of an exodus of 4m Zimbabweans forced to leave their country.   According to a Unicef official, 50% of all health posts in Zimbabwe are vacant and there are more Zimbabwean nurses in Manchester than in Bulawayo.
The magnitude of the exodus becomes starkly clear across the border in South Africa, to which the majority of people flee.  More than 3,000 sleep at the Central Methodist Church in central Johannesburg every night - every person I talk to is a professional: accountants, bankers, headmasters. One was the clerk of the High Court. One man earns more in a day’s gardening than he did in a month of teaching science in Zimbabwe.
 
It comes amid inflation estimated to have reached 10,000-15,000%.   
By the end of June prices were doubling daily. Last week the government sent in police and militia youths to force shopkeepers to lower prices. Many responded by locking their doors and suspending business.
Tim Flannery:  
Ten climate change predictions that came true
 
 
Tim Flannery is an internationally acclaimed writer, scientist and explorer. As a field zoologist he discovered and named more than thirty new species of mammals, including two tree-kangaroos.
Sir David Attenborough described him as being ‘in the league of the all-time great explorers like Dr David Livingstone’. His latest book, The Weather Makers: Our changing climate and what it means for life on earth , is published in paperback by Penguin
 
Ten predictions about climate change that have come true
1) That the Earth would warm as more CO2 was put into the atmosphere (Svante Arrhenius in 1893)
 
2) That we'd begin to see noticable changes to Earth's climate by around 2000 (some IPCC scientists).
 
3) That sea-level would start rising
 
4) That Earth's Ice would start melting rapidly (James Hanson)
 
5) That hurricanes would increase in intensity (this one goes back to Alfred Russel Wallace in 1900)
 
6) That species would start going extinct as a result of climate change.
 
7) That Australia would start drying out (Hadley Centre scientists)
 
8) That tropical diseases would increase
 
9) That food crops would be adversely affected
 
10) That the CO2 would begin to acidify the ocean
 
 
The ten biggest changes to the weather wrought by climate change
1) Shorter winters  
 
2) Less runoff into dams and reservoirs in many regions of the world  
 
3) More violent and longer hurricanes  
 
4) Less chilly nights  
 
5) Less predictable seasonal conditions  
 
6) Less snow  
 
7) More heat waves  
 
8) Less rain in many regions at various seasons  
 
9) More severe storms in the North Sea and parts of the southern Ocean  
 
10) Generally warmer conditions   
 
 
The ten places in the world / animals in the world most endangered by global warming
1) The glorious Cape Botanic province in South Africa, particularly the succulent Karoo flora.  
 
2) Amphibians everywhere (a third of all species are already gravely endangered or extinct.  
 
3) Coral reefs  
 
4) Species on mountaintops (many populations are already extinct.  
 
5) The tundra  
 
6) The Arctic Ocean  
 
7) The Antarctic Peninsula  
 
8) Australia - where the drying trend is already precipitating a new wave of declines and extinctions.  
 
9) The Amazon, where drying will affect forests and rivers  
 
10) The boreal forests, here pest infestations are destroying vast areas of trees.  
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