A new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report states that the average rate of melting more than doubled in close to 30 glaciers in 9 mountain ranges between 2004-2005 ad 205-2006 (see Science Daily “Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Expected, UN Reports). The accelerated rate of melting is particularly troubling for the millions of people dependent on glacier melt water drinking water, agriculture, industry and power.
For those who missed it, NPR’s continuing coverage of Climate Connections reported on how global warming’s impact on rainfall is affecting power generation in Costa Rica, who is trying to be the first carbon-neutral country (See “Rainfall Shortages Threaten Costa Rica Power” ).
TPE Link: Global Patterns of Precipitation
The National Weather Service’s Flood Safety Awareness week is March 17 -21, 2008. Though flooding is a hazard in the United States in all months, the spring an be particularly troublesome when deep snowpacks melt too quickly. Impeded by frozen ground, water runoffs swelling rivers beyond their capacity (See “Flood Safety Awareness”) .
TPE Link: Floods and Flooding