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Tropical Storm Mirinae

Posted by Lindy on November 2, 2009


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http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40954&src=nha

At 06:00 Universal Coordinated Time on October 30, 2009—an hourimage_location_Minnae after this image was captured—the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported that Typhoon Mirinae had sustained winds of 85 knots (155 km per hour) with gusts up to 105 knots (121 mph), making it the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simspon scale. It was heading west toward the Philippines at about 13 knots (15 mph); the storm was churning up 8.2-meter waves. The eye of the storm was a large mass of roiling clouds located less than a hundred kilometers northeast of Cataduanes Island in the Philippines. Mirinae is the fourth typhoon to hit the Philippines this season, and heavy rains are likely to bring additional flooding.

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Swine Flu anywhere near you?

Posted by Lindy on April 26, 2009


http://www.pigflumap.com/#map

is a regularly updated map – click on it to see

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Third-World Stove Soot Is Target in Climate Fight

Posted by Lindy on April 16, 2009


This article from the New York Times implies that 18% of the global warming effect is caused by soot as against 40% from CO2. In areas where there are few vehicles and little electricity, soot from smoky wood fire that are used by nearly everyone in these poor areas for cooking may be having a major impact on polar warming. As you will from elsewhere in this blog, there are many attempts to provide cooking facilities which do not have unpleasant side effects for the users and prevent them having to cut down trees.  Appropriate technological solutions are coming thick and fast and this might have the unforeseeable side effect of reducing polar melting.

A delightful quote from the article ‘Like tiny heat-absorbing black sweaters, soot particles warm the air and melt the ice by absorbing the sun’s heat when they settle on glaciers.’

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Italian Earthquake 6 April 2009

Posted by Lindy on April 6, 2009


Where?: Medieval city of L’Aquila, 95km (60 miles) from Romeitaly-1

When?: 0332 6 April 2009

How strong?: 6.3 magnitude at 0332 local time (lots of people asleep and therefore trapped)  preceded by a 4.6 magnitude quake (no reported damage)

Effects:  Initial reports state that 27 people have been killed, 30 unaccounted for, 3,000 to 10,000 builidngs damaged.  Many historical buildings have collapsed.  As of 1030 6 April 2009.

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Why? : Down the middle of Italy is the large Apennine Fault which is orientated NW-SE.  It is a complex geological area and the appenines is largely an accretinary wedge formed due to the process of subduction.  Essentially the region is both a collision zone and a subduction zone between the Eurasian and African plates as well as smaller microplates.  The US Geological Survey has extensive infrmation.

Italian Earthquake Map

Category 1 is the strongest (red)italy-3

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Did you know you could be getting wet feet sooner than you thought?

Posted by Lindy on February 8, 2009


A combination of faster ice-cap melt and increased thermal expansion (the water taking up more space as it gets hotter) could mean that the sea level is rising twice as fast as first thought. The Thames could be rising by 20 cm to 200cm by 2100 – a bit wide I admit – but how tall were you last time you were measured?

Full article here

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Futuristic Buildings

Posted by Lindy on October 20, 2008


Click on the image to see some more green buildings.

This one is due for construction in Singapore, the EDITT Tower, sponsored by the National University of Singapore. It will boast photovoltaic panels, natural ventilation, and a biogas generation plant all wrapped within an insulating living wall that covers half of its surface area.

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Three Gorges dam for IGCSE

Posted by Lindy on September 30, 2008


Look at the IGCSE page at the top for a youtube about why it was built

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Murphy the Gnome

Posted by Lindy on August 12, 2008


 Watch this video to see what happened to him

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Items on other pages : Year 9

Posted by Lindy on August 12, 2008


There is something there for your Unit 2 on weather depressions – and don’t forget to take a look at ‘Wondering where the summer went?’ below

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Let them eat Mud (cakes)

Posted by Lindy on July 29, 2008


In Cité Soleil, one of  Haiti’s Port-au-Prince’s worst slums, making the clay-based food is a major income earner. Mud cakes are the only inflation-proof food available to Haiti’s poor. Photograph: David Levene

Find the full article here

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