Viridian Note 00164: Disaster CatalogBruce Sterling <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thu, 1 Jun 2000 13:11:47 -0500
Attention Conservation Notice: Even though it has been severely truncated for this Note, this is a remarkably long and tiresome list of really awful things.
Entries in the Greenhouse Disaster Symbol contest: http://www.xnet.com/~wbrink/ggw.html http://www.wmblake.com/searedearth/ http://www.wmblake.com/toxicsun/ http://www.io.com/~stack/gds.html http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/bdw/earthglyph.htm http://www.stewarts.org/viridian/solar_weather_violence.html http://www.provide.net/~herrell/viridian/greenhouse.html http://www.artlung.com/viridian9/ http://www.mit.edu/people/davis/GHouse.html http://thraam.com/viridianglyph.html http://members.xoom.com/verityanne/index~1.htm http://www.globalspin.com/viridian/ecodisaster.html http://users.erols.com/ljaurbach/DisasterSymbol.htm http://www.netaxs.com/~morgana/viridian/vds.html http://www.cman.cx/viridian/disaster.html http://nels.ntu.edu/Veridian/ecohazard.htm http://www.jps.net/sarab/Pages/greenhousedisaster.html http://184.108.40.206/viridian/ http://secret.21Chouse.com http://members.tripod.com/~MaximilianTundra/emily/viridian.htm http://homepage.mac.com/greenmed/photos.html http://punkandmurder.com/greenhouse-symbol.html http://www.nonsensical.com/viridian/disaster.html http://rorschach.test.at/viridian/ http://www.esquilax.com/viridian/ http://www.flaregroup.com/html/images/greenhouselogo.gif http://www.geocities.com/dj_dan_strange/index.html http://www.msys.net/reid/dw.jpeg http://www.tcp.com/~dschaub/viridian/ http://imeme.org/wiki/ViridianContests http://atkeison.org/veridian.html http://eric.hughes.tripod.com/envirodisaster/ http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/bdw/splitearthvirdissymbol.htm http://rpuchalsky.home.att.net/viridian4.html http://www.unclestu.com/Viridian/greenhouse/index.html http://www.geocities.com/ecoecocitizen/cdsymbol.html http://www.karmanaut.com/viridian/ecohazard/ http://johnzbrain.homestead.com/weathersymbols.html http://www.netcom.com/~jude99/viridian/doing_less_with_less.html http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/barentroth This contest is now closed. A winner will be announced soon.
Bob Morris's Viridian Contest Repository: http://www.bomoco.com/Viridian/disaster/disaster.htm Includes one new entry without its own website! See if you can find it!
(((Oh yes, we know these disasters are here, and more are coming. New Mexico now has another giant wildfire, this one without any federal scapegoats handy. But what kind of weather event really deserves the grave term "Greenhouse Disaster"?
(((We Viridians like to keep track of disasters, but properly selecting, compiling and footnoting them is a lot of hard work. We arty Viridians really don't like to work that hard; it consumes too much energy. However, the public-minded folks at the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund have pooled their expertise and united to compile a brand-new list of harbingers and catastrophes. They even have a map. I just ordered one of these maps off the climatehotmap website. If it lives up to the high graphic-design standards that we Viridians fastidiously demand, I may order fifty.)))
Links: http://www.climatehotmap.org http://www.edf.org/ http://www.nrdc.org/ http://www.sierraclub.org/ http://www.ucsusa.org/ http://pirg.org/uspirg/ http://www.wri.org/wri/ http://www.worldwildlife.org/
"Hotspot Selection Criteria
"The map is designed to stimulate interest in, and concern for, the impacts of global climate change on the environment and society. To ensure the integrity and usefulness of this product, the researchers/writers made every effort to conform to sound scientific principles in its research and categorization.
"The basic criterion for inclusion of an event or trend on the map was its consistency with global climate model projections of a world with increased levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases, as outlined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Second Assessment Report (IPCC, 1996). (...)
"Heat waves and periods of unusually warm weather
"1. Llasa, Tibet == Warmest June on record, 1998.
"2. Christchurch, New Zealand -- Warmest February on record, 1998. Daily temperatures averaged near 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Reference: GISS. 1998. Goddard Institute of Space Studies. http://www.giss.nasa.gov/data/update/csci NCDC. 1998. National Climatic Data Center. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/climatedata.html
"3. Cairo, Egypt == Warmest August on record, 1998.
Climate Change and Southern Africa: An exploration of some potential impacts in the SADC region. 104 pp. World Wildlife Fund, Climatic Research Unit.
"6. Central England == Cold days declining, hot days
Reference: NCDC, 1998. Top weather and climate stories of 1998. 6 January 1999 Climate Prediction Center. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/research/1998/ann/top-99.html
"12. Eastern USA == July heat wave, 1999. More than 250
Fahrenheit in Chicago. Reference: NCDC, 1999. Climate-Watch, July 1999. National Climatic Data Center. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/extremes/1999/july/extremes0799.html
"13. New York City == Record heat, July 1999. New York
City goes down as worst ever. August 1, 1999, New York Times, New York City; NCDC, 1999. Selected U.S. city and state extremes-July 1999. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/climate/extremes/1999/july/julyext1999.html#TEMPERATURE
"Downpours, heavy snowfalls, and flooding
75. New South Wales, Australia == Wettest August on
rainfall. Reference: New England Regional Climate Center. Climate Impacts- 1998. http://met-www.cit.cornell.edu/climate/Impacts_06-98.html; 1998. From Yosemite to the east, it's sloshing, soaking wet. Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida.
"77. Korea == Heavy rains and flooding. Severe flooding
NOAA Reports. http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories/s253.htm
"Droughts and fires
"82. Florida == Worst wildfires in 50 years, 1998. Fires
International Forest Fire News 12, (January 1995). Forest Fires in Italy 1998, International Forest Fire News 21, (October 1999). http://www.ruf.uni-freiburg.de/fireglobe/ welcome.html#International Forest Fire News
"84. Florida, Texas, Louisiana == Driest period in 104
1999). NRDC. 1998. Scorched Earth: impacts and implications of the 1998 fire disaster in North and Central America. Natural Resources Defense Council.
"86. Nicaragua == 2.2 million acres burned, 1998. Over
Central America. Natural Resources Defense Council. A.J. de Dixmude, S.Flasse, I.Downey, P.Navarro, C.Searm, P.Ceccato, J.Williams, R. Alvarez, F.Uriarte, A.Ramos, I.Humphrey, and Z.Z'niga . 1999. Country Notes: Nicaragua: A Survey of Three Successive Recent Fire Seasons. International Forest Fire News 20 (March 1999).
"87. Indonesia == Burning rainforest, 1998. Fires burned
Reference: BBC. 1998. Russian fires are 'world disaster.' BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/ asia-pacific/newsid_190000/190654.stm Forest Fires on the Island of Sakhalin and the Khabarovsk Krai - UNDAC (United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination) Mission Report. September - October 1998. http://www.unep.org/unep/per/for_fire/rundac1.htm
"89. Eastern USA == Driest growing season on record, 1999.
alone expected to exceed $80 million. Reference: NOAA, 1999. Four States in Northeast Have Driest Growing Season on Record. http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories/s258.htm
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