A cloud-seeding company Hydro Tasmania performed the seeding over the Derwent River watershed a day before the widespread flooding, caused by intense rainstorms, began on June 6, 2016. According to Premier Will Hodgman, the Energy Minister Matthew Groom is looking for an explanation as to why the seeding was authorized despite the heavy rainfalls already forecast.
Cloud seeding is a process of changing the amounts or types of precipitation by adding substances into the air that act in support of cloud condensation or ice nuclei, altering the microphysical processes occurring within the clouds. Continue reading »
Video – Rare June snow covered summer lawns and flower beds.
9 June 2016 – The Finnish Meteorological Institute official findings snowfall at Inari Saariselkä the amount of snow was 8 centimeters and at Rovaniemi airport five centimeters, says YLE meteorologist Matti Huutonen. Continue reading »
Snow is coming and lots of frost! The cold will increase.
8 June 2016 – Southern Brazil has seen record temperatures below zero since June 3. On Tuesday, the lowest in Brazil was 2.2 ° C below zero in Santa Catarina. The temperature also fell below zero in Bom Jardim da Serra, Rio Rufino and Urubici.
The National Institute of Meteorology also recorded a negative temperature in Cruz Alta of -0.9 ° C. General Carneiro, Paraná, recorded 0.9 ° C below zero.
Meanwhile, there is the possibility of snow in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina mountains, which did not receive snow in 2015.
All over the planet, global weather patterns have gone completely nuts. Just over the past few days we have seen “life threatening” heatwaves, extremely dangerous wildfires, vicious tornadoes and unprecedented flooding – and that is just in the United States. And of course this is just the continuation of a trend that stretches back to last year, when extremely weird weather created “apocalyptic-like conditions” in many areas around the world. So why is this happening? For decades, we could count on weather patterns falling within fairly predictable parameters, but now that is completely changing all of a sudden. All over the globe we are seeing things happen that we have never seen happen before, and the weather just seems to get even more crazy with each passing month. Continue reading »
Beginning on January 1 2018, legislation banning consumer use of neonicotinoid pesticides will take effect. Allegedly prompted by concerns that neonicotinoid pesticides are responsible for the increase in deaths for butterflies, bees and birds, SB 198/HB 211 was provided as a partial solution.
Under the bill, anyone who violates the ban, will be subject to a $250 civil penalty but the violation will not be considered a misdemeanor. The ban will apply to both the sale and use of imidacloprid, acetamiprid, dinotefuran, nithiazine, clothianidin, thiacloprid, thiamethoxam and any other chemical that has been designated to be a neonicotinoid by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Banned for the Consumer…not Industry
Interestingly enough, however, while the bill focuses on consumer use of these pesticides, it includes exemptions for farmers, veterinarians and “certified applicators.” Continue reading »
June’s European Parliament plenary saw five different votes related to GMOs. Altogether they give a good idea of the European Parliament’s very coherent opinion on GMOs, which can be summarized as being a resounding no.
The Authorization Process for Imports is Not Democratic
Two objections to the authorization for import of a GM carnation and a GM maize were voted on Wednesday. These were the 5th and 6th objections (all initiated by the Greens/EFA) that have been submitted to the plenary since December 2015. Continue reading »
“Aside from seed expense, crop protection products (chemicals) are the most expensive input soybean producers pay for,” said Tong Wang, SDSU Extension Advanced Production Specialist, referencing the 2015 farm enterprise analysis data from FINBIN, the farm financial management database, which showed the average cash-rent soybean production farms in Minnesota, North and South Dakota incurred a crop chemical cost of $39 per acre.
To help producers reduce expenses, Wang encourages growers to consider modifying their pest management practices to include non-chemical options. Continue reading »
The amount of the herbicide atrazine that’s released into the environment in the United States is likely harming most species of plants and animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, according to a risk assessment released Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA assessment of atrazine will lead to tighter regulatory limits on the product, manufactured by Swiss-based Syngenta AG, which will ultimately prevent farmers from being able to use it to control weeds in the U.S.. Continue reading »
An Airbus A300 has been sunk and turned into an artificial reef off the coast of Kusadasi, a southwestern resort town in Turkey, while the country’s once booming tourism industry struggles to keep afloat amid a sharp drop in visitors due to sanctions and terror fears.
The airplane was brought to the southwestern resort town of Kusadasi in Aydin province on five trucking rigs on Saturday, local media reported. The 54-meter-long Airbus, said to be the biggest plane ever to be turned into an artificial reef, was dismantled in Istanbul in a procedure that started in April. Continue reading »
Worst snowfall in 30 years – up to 4½ meters (14 ft) in the mountains.
4 June 2016 – According to Government Secretary of the Department of Las Heras, Raul Villafane, the area involved is from Uspallata to the tunnel mouth, where more than 10 thousand people are affected.
Uspallata, Polvaredas, Punta de Vacas, Mundo Perdido (Lost World), Penitentes, Puente del Inca and Las Cuevas, are all towns that under the snow.
The nívea (snow) accumulation ranges from 35 cm to 4½ meters in Las Cuevas, said Villafane. It has been 30 years since it snowed so much. Continue reading »
Professor Julian Murton, a geologist at the University of Sussex, has just returned from a trip to the crater to study its cliffs, which provide a new source of geological information that potentially dates back some 200,000 years.
“Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.”
What exactly sits west of I-5? As Anti-Media reported last year, “Encompassing around 140,000 square miles, that area includes Seattle, Tacoma, Eugene, Portland, Salem, Olympia — and around 7 million people.”
United States — In an attempt to prepare for what’s been called The Really Big One, an earthquake of magnitude 9 or above — which scientists in 2015 determined will, in fact, occur sometime within the next 100 years — in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct massive drills beginning June 7.
To test how government agencies, businesses, and residents should respond, or if indeed they are prepared to, FEMA’s Cascadia Rising plans to simulate conditions surrounding the projected magnitude-9 quake and its accompanying ruinously massive tsunami. Continue reading »