russia could dominate a warming world after the big thaw

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THE INABILITY OF RUSSIAN FARMERS to pro­vide enough food for the people was a problem under both the Czars and the So­viets and re­mains a problem today. But the big thaw that global cli­mate change is causing may be “pro­pelling enor­mous human mi­gra­tions as it trans­forms global agri­cul­ture and re­makes the world order and no country stands to gain more than Russia.” [Continue reading]

wildfire clouds can spew as many aerosols into the atmosphere as a volcanic eruption

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MASSIVE WILDFIRE CLOUDS can be as dan­gerous as vol­canic erup­tions in some re­spects. As wild­fires be­come more common, these clouds are be­coming a greater hazard. This is ad­dressed in the ar­ticle “Tow­ering fire-fueled thun­der­clouds can spew as many aerosols as vol­canic erup­tions,” which“As warming worsens wild­fires, it may create con­di­tions ripe for stronger py­rocu­mu­lonimbus clouds.”  [Continue reading]

the dynamics of weather itself are changing

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KAYAK VOYAGES TO THE NORTH POLE will soon be on the list of things-to-do for the more ad­ven­turous among us. The dy­namics of weather it­self are changing be­cause of the thawing of the Arctic ice masses and it should prob­ably be the biggest “news story” of our time if we hu­mans paid at­ten­tion to things that move so slowly. [Continue reading]

climate change and bad luck gave us extreme weather of august 2020

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MOST OF US NEVER HEARD OF “DRY LIGHTNING” until re­cently. It is cloud-to-ground light­ning without any nearby rain­fall. A dry light­ning storm over Mitchell’s Cove in Santa Cruz, Cal­i­fornia, caused more than 10,000 bursts of light­ning be­tween Au­gust 15 and Au­gust 19, 2020, which in turn set off dev­as­tating wild­fires across Cal­i­fornia.

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