Invisible to the Media: Dam Collapse in Nebraska

March 31, 2019

Media has given scant coverage to the scope and violence of the current disaster in the US breadbasket.
Climate fueled extremes like this are only a small preview of what is coming – and already enough to shake midwestern agriculture to the roots.

15 Responses to “Invisible to the Media: Dam Collapse in Nebraska”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    The worldwide amount of catastrophes this year just in the three first moths is staggering.

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    It’s not invisible as long as it’s current and sensational—it will be reported on for a couple days and then we go back to Smollett and the Kardashians and Trump. Has anyone asked themselves why TMZ, Access Hollywood, and Entertainment Tonight all get a half hour EVERY night right next to the network nightly news shows? That’s what matters a lot to most Americans, apparently.

    The media WILL pay attention once the CAGW SHTF and it’s nonstop disaster almost everywhere. By then, it will be too late to do much about it.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    Canada is, on average, experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, with Northern Canada heating up at more than twice the global average, according to a government report leaked to CBC News columnist Neil Macdonald by a government source.

    Entitled Canada’s Changing Climate Report (CCCR), the study was commissioned by the Environment and Climate Change Department, and is slated to be officially released on Tuesday.

    The leaked copy of the report says that since 1948, Canada’s annual average temperature over land has warmed 1.7 C, with higher rates seen in the North, the Prairies and northern British Columbia. In Northern Canada, the annual average temperature has increased by 2.3 C.

    According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), since 1948, global average temperatures have increased by about 0.8 C.

    Along with these temperature increases, the CCCR says Canada is experiencing increases in precipitation, particularly in winter, “extreme fire weather” and water supply shortages in summer and a heightened risk of coastal flooding.

    The report was authored by government scientists from the ministries of the Environment and Climate Change, Fisheries and Oceans and Natural Resources, with contributions from university experts.

    The document says that while warming in Canada has been the result of both human activity and natural variations in the climate, “the human factor is dominant,” especially the emission of greenhouse gases.

    Flooding, drought risks
    Increasing warmth has had a number of effects in Canada, including greater precipitation, the report says.

    The authors’ observations show that annual precipitation has increased across Canada since 1948, with larger increases in Northern Canada and parts of Manitoba, Ontario, northern Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Warming has also led to a reduction in how much snowfall accounts for total precipitation in Southern Canada.

    Although flooding is often the result of a multiplicity of factors, more intense rainfall will increase urban flood risks.

    Warming will also intensify the severity of heat waves and contribute to higher risks of drought and wildfires.

    Low- and high-emission scenarios
    The government report is scheduled for release at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday. It is coming out the day after the federal government’s carbon-pricing plan went into effect in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

    Ottawa has imposed a fuel levy in these provinces as a backstop, because they do not have their own carbon-pricing scheme in place.

    The report stresses that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades will have “an increasing impact on the amount of additional warming beyond this time frame.”

    The report says the national annual average temperature increase projected for the late century, compared to the reference period of 1986-2005, ranges from a “low-emission scenario” of 1.8 C to a “high-emission scenario” of 6.3 C.

    => Canada warming at twice the global rate, leaked report finds, Government report scheduled for release on Tuesday

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Don’t forget to add the northward expansion (because of warming) of the range of the bark beetles to Canada’s troubles —-now killing lots of trees in Canada, thereby eliminating a carbon sink, especially if the dead trees burn.

  4. Sir Charles Says:

    Satellite images a year apart show the recent flooding of the Platte, Missouri and Elkhorn Rivers, near Omaha, Nebraska.

    => Images of Change: Flooding in Nebraska

  5. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    I appreciate the followup from Farm Dad Word Barf for areas of the Elkhorn River that the MSM did not cover.

  6. Bryson Brown Says:

    Of course Canadians are now obsessed with a Government scandal, driven by a former Minister of Justice who blew the whistle, loudly and deliberately (but only after being moved to a less prestigious cabinet post) in order to damage the government, yet remains a member of the government (a case of excessive forbearance, in my view) over persistent queries (never directives) concerning a corrupt engineering company and the effects of its prosecution on jobs. (Yet another muddle arising from the legal status of corporations as persons, which may be the best way to deal with them overall, but can wind up severely punishing innocent employees.)
    Meanwhile, our “Conservative” party, while delighting in this gift from heaven, has gone full climate denier in all but name, rejecting any serious policy response to the threat and hoping this scandal will put them in office so that they can push more and more fossil fuel development across the country–a key demand of their ‘base’ in the Prairie provinces and the government of (by far) our largest province, led by a Trumpist “conservative” blowhard…
    Somehow I find myself thinking of Ozymandias: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair…

  7. rabiddoomsayer Says:

    Invisible in most of the media. But they keep telling us to watch out for fake news.

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