Global Warming Linked to Increasingly Warmer and Wetter Winters in Europe and Western North America

© 1999 by Linda Moulton Howe June 4, 1999  New York City -This week in the journal Nature (June 3, 1999), the first well-documented link between global warming and much warmer and wetter winters in western North America and Europe has been published. Atmospheric physicist, Drew Shindell, at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Columbia University in New York City confirms that over the past thirty years winter temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere have warmed up a full ten time more than the global average increase of .9 degree Fahrenheit. That means that the west coast of the U. S., Canada and Europe now have winters a full ten degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they were in the 1960's. For the first time, Dr. Shindell has been able to show with confidence that this chronic warming is a result of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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Contrails and U.S. Government Interest

June 3, 1999  Swedesboro, New Jersey - Charles and Cathie Warren have lived in Swedesboro, New Jersey for ten years. In the spring of 1999, they heard news reports about mysterious contrail throughout the United States and Canada and started paying more attention to the skies above their New Jersey home south of Philadelphia. Two incidents shocked Charles so much on March 17th and May 23rd, that he put together a web site to share his photographs and information with the public. The result has been hundreds of similar contrail photographs submitted by people from all over the country - and regular visits to his web site by dozens of U. S. government agencies.

 

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Greenpeace – New Campaign To Slow Down Amazon Rainforest Destruction

June 1, 1999  Washington, D. C. ­ This week, Greenpeace has launched a worldwide campaign against loggers who are cutting down ancient forests illegally, especially Brazil's Amazon rainforest. Greenpeace Executive Director, Thilo Bode, announced in Rio de Janeiro on May 31st that "this is the most important campaign and also the largest. If we are successful, we can do something very important for the planet. It is certainly the most difficult campaign we have ever had." Bode pointed out that 70% of the Amazon's deforestation is caused by loggers - and most of them have no legal right to cut the trees down. Another fact is that half a dozen large corporations in Europe, Asia and the United States control more than 12% of the Amazon's timber-processing capacity and about half of the export value.

 

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Raw Sewage Dropping On Salt Lake City

April 1999  Salt Lake City - More than twenty times since April 9, 1999, residents south of Salt Lake City, Utah have waked up to find their roofs, sidewalks, cars and yards splattered with liquid feces during the night. At first, investigators looked to airplanes in the sky. The FAA investigated but could not match the splattered neighborhoods with specific plane traffic. As the incidents have repeated, law enforcement is now looking for vandals on the ground.Jennifer Dobner is a crime reporter at The Deseret News. I talked with her and later Captain Lee Smith of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office. First, I quoted an Associated Press report for Jennifer Dobner's comment.

 

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New Bioterrorism Center

© 1999 by Linda Moulton Howe May 10, 1999  Baltimore, Maryland - Out of the 76 tornadoes that touched down May 3rd to 4th, Joe Schaefer, Director of the U. S. Storm Prediction Center, says many lives were probably saved by the biggest one because everyone in the weather service could see it coming. That was the F5 vortex that levelled whole subdivisions in Okahoma City. F5s are considered to be one of the most powerful storms on earth and this one was a mile wide and ten miles high ­ so huge that storm trackers could give warnings for more than two hours. Unlike typical tornadoes that break up after moving only a few miles, this F5 traveled 55 miles in a steady path at about 25 miles an hour before breaking up. At one point, police stopped traffic along Route 44 to allow the tornado to pass as it headed toward Oklahoma City. And storm shelters were filling up before the monstrous tornado struck.

 

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Two Antarctic Ice Shelves Almost Gone

© 1999 by Linda Moulton Howe May 5, 1999  Boulder, Colorado - Tonight, more tornado weather is threatening Moore and Norman, Oklahoma. And so far this week, those vicious half mile wide tornadoes with winds approaching 300 miles an hour in Kansas and Oklahoma this week have killed at least 44 people and wiped out more than two thousand homes and businesses. Earlier this year in January, another series of unusually violent tornadoes tore through the Tennessee region. Are these freak storms? Or will atmospheric turbulence get worse and worse as global warming continues to take hold of the earth?

 

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Mysterious Deaths of Harbor Porpoises on East Coast

Common porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). Photo by Stephen Spotte, Mystic Marinelife Aquarium.
Common porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). Photo by Stephen Spotte, Mystic Marinelife Aquarium.
May 5, 1999 Solomons Island, Maryland - Between March and April 1999, more than 160 porpoises washed up dead or dying along the East Coast of the United States. The number of deaths tripled over 1998. Marine scientists are baffled about why the porpoises are dying in such numbers and plan to have a meeting in early June 1999 to compare research findings. I talked with Dr. Stephen J. Jordan, Director of the Sarbanes Cooperative Oxford Research Laboratory in Solomons Island, Maryland. His lab cooperates with the federal National Ocean Service and Dr. Jordan summarized what researchers know so far about the porpoise deaths.

 

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Rings In Canadian Forests; Contrail Spheres; and Symbols

© 1999 by Linda Moulton Howe
March 21, 1999- 1) International Air Pollution: This weekend I'm in Pensacola, Florida for the Project Awareness Conference about unusual phenomena and new millennial trends. One subject many of us will be talking about is global environmental deterioration. And the March 15th, 1999 Geophysical Research Letters, has published the first study to confirm that the air people are breathing in Washington State probably contains chemical pollution from Chinese factories. Professor Dan Jaffe at the University of Washington and his colleagues concluded that 22% of the carbon monoxide arriving at Cheeka Peak in Washington had originated in East Asia. The polluted air took about six days to travel from Asia to North America. Professor Jaffe was philosophical about the fact that our planet seems to get smaller as problems spill from country to country: "We make pollution, too. Everybody's pollution goes somewhere else."

 

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Silver Sphere In Contrails Over Albuquerque, New Mexico

© 1999 by Linda Moulton Howe
 
March 17, 1999 - At the end of February 1999 when I was in Sedona, Arizona to speak at a conference, several of us went outside to go to lunch. But we were stopped cold by what was in the sky -- a large silver airplane at high altitude was making a perfect and very large white X in a very blue sky. The X stretched from the western horizon up to and past the zenith. A huge X. Then we realized there were other large Xs in the sky. And within a couple of hours, the sky was totally overcast. A couple of days later in Phoenix, I saw similar Xs in a blue sky that later became overcast.

 

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Chickadee Beak Deformities in Alaska

© 1999 by Linda Moulton Howe
 
February 28, 1999 - This week, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt spoke before a federal Taskforce on Amphibian Decline and Deformities, now referred to as TADD. Babbitt said the entire Cabinet is concerned about "an increasing environmental threat showing up in unexplained declines, deformities and even disappearances of frogs, toads and salamanders -- species that have been on Earth for 350 million years."

 

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