Researchers Expect Violent Response to Climate Change
Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley expect climate change to result in a more violent world. The researchers say, "Should climate change trigger the upsurge in heat and rainfall that scientists predict, people may face a threat just as perilous and volatile as extreme weather - each other."
The researchers say they analyzed 60 studies from different disciplines to explore connections between weather and violence. They found that 1 standard-deviation shift in heat or rainfall boosts the risk of a riot, civil war or ethnic conflict by an average of 14 percent. The researchers note that some climate change models predict an average of 2 to 4 standard-deviation shifts in global climate conditions by 2050. The frightening reported was published in the journal, Science, last month.
Climate shifts can cause instability, which has lead to war and violence throughout human history. Hot weather can also make people angrier. Take a look:
Chan Robbins, 94, has been participating in Audubon Christmas Bird Counts since 1934. Robbins explains the origins and importance of the annual Christmas counts. He occasionally gets distracted when a bird flies by. The video was shot by Bob Sacha. The Christmas Bird Count runs from December 14 through January 5 each year. Take a look:
Short Nature Film, Life on Moss, Takes Place on a Patch of Moss
Here is an entertaining short nature film, Life on Moss, that shows insect life on a patch of moss. The short film was filmed from noon until sunrise. The filmmaker is Boris Godfroid. The life on the moss includes snails, grasshoppers, flies, millipedes, beetles, fungi, ants and more. Take a look:
This time-lapse video, Haleakala: House of the Sun, contains gorgeous images of Haleakala, the world's largest dormant volcano. It is located on the island of Maui. The video was taken by photographer Dan Douglas. Douglas says, "The size of this volcano is massive - Manhattan could fit inside." Take a look:
Jacques Cousteau's Grandson to Spend October in Underwater Lab
The Toronto Sunreports that Fabien Cousteau will spend a month living in an underwater lab in October. Fifty years ago Fabien Cousteau's grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, spent thirty days beneath the Red Sea in Conshelf II.
The younger Cousteau plans to beat his grandfather's record by residing in the Aquarius habitat, an undersea laboratory off the coast of the Florida Keys, for 31 days. The website for Aquarius says it is attached to a baseplate in a sand patch at a depth of 63 feet. The 80-ton underwater laboratory includes six bunks. It has modern home amenities including shower, toilet, hot water, microwave, trash compactor, refrigerator and air conditioning. An IMAX documentary will be filmed during Cousteau's stay in the underwater lab. Take a look:
New Jersey Fisherman Encounter 16-Foot Great White Shark
New Jersey fisherman recorded a huge 16-foot-long great white shark. The shark circled their boat for about ten minutes. The fisherman were very excited to see the big shark. The fisherman did have some chum which attracted the shark. Take a look:
Report: Over 30% of Managed Honey Bee Colonies in U.S. Lost Last Winter
The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has turned in a preliminary report that indicates 31.1% of managed honey bee colonies in the United States were lost during the 2012/2013 winter. On average, U.S. beekeepers lost 45.1% of the colonies in their operation during the winter of 2012/2013. This is a 19.8 point or 78.2% increase in the average operational loss compared to the previous winter (2011/2012), which was estimated at 25.3%.
A Wiredarticle there were barely enough bees to pollinate the almond crop in California in March. Dennis van Engelstorp of the University of Maryland, told Wired, "We're getting closer and closer to the point where we don't have enough bees in this country to meet pollination demands."
The Wiredstory on the bee colony losses also notes that many of the losses from the 2012-2013 winter survey were not colony collapse disorder. Honeybees were also killed by Varroa destructor mites and drought. There are also concerns neonicotinoid pesticides are killing bees.
Here is a video about Stoopid Tall, an enormously tall bicycle, being driven around Los Angeles. The bike, built by Richie Trimble, is 14.5 feet tall. To get down the bicyclist climbed down a pole. The video is from the rider's perspective. There are photos at the end of the video that show the giant bike. Take a look:
This video, called Tahoe Blue, offers beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, a picturesque freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of the United States. The imagery was captured in 2012 and 2013 by photographers Hal Bergman and Josh Michaels. Take a look:
Wingsuit jumper Alexander Polli does a crazy stunt in this video. He flies through a narrow cave on a mountainside. The cave is located in Roca Foradada Mountains in Montserrat, Spain. He reached speeds of 155 mph during the insane dive. Take a look:
A rare, endangered Florida panther (Puma concolor) has been released back into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC rescued the panther and its sister as 5-month old kittens after the mother was found dead. The brother was released today. The female panther was successfully released in February in Collier County. The FWC says 100 to 160 endangered panthers remain in South Florida in the wild. The panther didn't wait long before running off into the woods. Take a look:
CNN captured thundersnow in Kansas during its recent winter storm, which closed the airport for about a day. It is very impressive seeing lightning and snow happening in the sky. The heavy snow appeared to intensify following the thunder and lightning. CNN says at one point Topeka received 3 inches of snow in just 30 minutes - a very impressive rate of 6 inches per hour. Take a look:
NASA: Summer Extremes Getting More Extreme in Northern Hemisphere
NASA's statistical analysis of decades of Northern Hemisphere temperature data indicates that people living north of the equator are experiencing a greater frequency of extreme summer heat waves. The data indicates hotter summers are becoming the new normal.
James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, says in a release, "Such anomalies were infrequent in the climate prior to the warming of the past 30 years, so statistics let us say with a high degree of confidence that we would not have had such an extreme anomaly this summer in the absence of global warming."
A speedboat put out a fire using the spray from its speedboat on a lake in New Zealand. The boat was still a complete disaster, but by putting out the fire the speedboat prevented the fuel on board from exploding and starting a brush fire. Take a look:
NASA says in a release that Hurricane Sandy should be considered a bride of Frankenstorm because Sandy is a woman's name.
NASA's TRMM satellite revealed Hurricane Sandy's heavy rainfall and the storm is expected to couple with a powerful cold front and Arctic air to bring that heavy rainfall to the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S. Some forecasters are calling this combination of weather factors "Frankenstorm" because of the close proximity to Halloween. However, because Sandy is a woman's name, the storm could be considered a "bride of Frankenstorm."
This seems like a good name for her: Sandy, the bride of Frankenstorm. Whatever her name is, she is forecast to be an incredibly dangerous and epic storm for portions of the U.S. east coast and inland. This visible image above was taken from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite on Friday, Oct. 26 at 10:15 a.m. EDT.