Airplanes can alter weather increasing chances of rain and snow: Study

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Aircraft increase the chances of snow or rain when they punch holes in clouds after taking off.

Airplanes can influence local weather when they take off and land.  Aircraft increase the chances of snow and rain during take off and landing, according to a  new study, published in the ‘Science’ journal. The finding is based on satellite images of clouds around airports.

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The World is Getting Windier and the Waves Higher

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If winds continue to pick up at the same rate, hurricanes could become far more damaging by the middle of the century. 

The world is getting breezier, according to a new study, which found a slow but steady increase in top wind speeds across the oceans over the last 23 years.

 

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‘The Ark’ – A Floating Hotel Designed to Withstand Even the Most Extreme Floods

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The Ark

Speaking to the world’s rising sea levels, Russia-based architectural firm Remistudio proposes this arch-shaped floating hotel as a refuge from even extreme floods. Called (quite appropriately) the Ark, the futuristic structure has the ability to exist autonomously on the surface of the water. Designed to be a bioclimatic building, the Ark incorporates several innovative green strategies and elements to ensure that its residents can survive aboard for months at a time. (Pics)

 

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Japanese Company Claims Submarines Can Weaken the Impact of Typhoons

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Can submarines be used to stop typhoons?

We usually accept it as a given that we can’t change the weather. When it comes to extreme situations like hurricanes or earthquakes, such disasters are labeled “acts of god” because we generally feel helpless to in the face of nature’s wrath. But recently an ambitious Japanese manufacturing firm Ise Kogyo has boldly claimed that they can help weaken the impact of typhoons. And even more surprising, the company’s weapon of choice is the submarine.

 

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China’s Three Gorges Dam Facing ‘Grim Situation’ as Flood Season Approaches

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Three Gorges Dam

The Ministry of Land and Resources has called for increased efforts to prevent and control potential hazards, such as landslides, in the Three Gorges Dam area as the flood season approaches.   The dam area is currently facing a “grim situation” in trying to prevent and control the potential dangers, Wang Min, vice-minister of Land and Resources, was quoted by Xinhua News Agency as saying.

 

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Chavez Says US ‘HAARP Weapon’ Caused Haiti Quake

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Did HAARP cause the damage? Hugo says so.
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez Wednesday accused the United States of causing the destruction in Haiti by testing a ‘tectonic weapon’ to induce the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country last week.

President Chavez said the US was “playing God” by testing devices capable of creating eco-type catastrophes, the Spanish newspaper ABC quoted him as saying.

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United Nations Science Panel Incorrectly Linked Global Warming To Increase In Natural Disasters

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The United Nations’ climate science panel is facing further embarrassment after claims it incorrectly linked global warming to a rise in natural disasters.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claimed in 2007 that the world had “suffered rapidly rising costs due to extreme weather related events since the 1970s”, suggesting that part of the increase was down to global warming.

 

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Florida’s Unusual Cold Snap Deadly for Tropical Wildlife

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When temperatures drop below about 60 F, tropical wildlife become less able to move around. Below about 40 F, they become completely immobile due to a lack of blood flow.

Iguanas dropping from trees, manatees huddling around waters warmed by power plants and marine turtles being whisked away to shelters — Florida’s unusual cold snap is a deadly one for tropical wildlife.

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Moscow Mayor Promises a Winter Without Snow

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Snow, snow, go away…
Pigs still can’t fly, but this winter, the mayor of Moscow promises to keep it from snowing. For just a few million dollars, the mayor’s office will hire the Russian Air Force to spray a fine chemical mist over the clouds before they reach the capital, forcing them to dump their snow outside the city. Authorities say this will be a boon for Moscow, which is typically covered with a blanket of snow from November to March. Road crews won’t need to constantly clear the streets, and traffic – and quality of life – will undoubtedly improve.

The idea came from Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who is no stranger to playing God. In 2002, he spearheaded a project to reverse the flow of the vast River Ob through Siberia to help irrigate the country’s parched Central Asian neighbors. Although that idea hasn’t exactly turned out as planned – scientists have said it’s not feasible – this time, Luzhkov says, there’s no way he can fail.

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