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Buried Alive! 9 Reasons to Believe in Climate Change

Buried Alive! 9 Reasons to Believe in Climate Change

As mountains slide in the U.S., Japan, and Canada, the looming question is: Are we seeing climate change at work? The short answer is: Yes.

A quick check turns up major slides in nine different areas in the past six weeks.

  • June 11: A landslide registering magnitude 3.4 on earthquake monitors sent rock and debris smashing down an Alaskan glacier in Glacier Bay National Park. A pilot who flew over the area July 2nd was first to report the collapse of a 200-meter-wide section of Lituya Mountain.
  • June 28: Heavy rain triggered a mudslide in China’s Sichuan province, forcing 2,500 people out of their homes. Rescuers had recovered 20 bodies by July 19, but another 20 were still missing.
  • July 12 to 15: Massive flooding and hundreds of landslides in southwest Japan buried 28 people, damaged thousands of homes, damaged roads and bridges, and temporarily displaced a quarter of a million people. On northern Kyushu island over 5,000 were cut off from food, water and medical supplies when landslides blocked roads.
  • July 12: A landslide tore down the mountain side, splitting the tiny community of Johnsons Landing, B.C., and killing four people.
  • July 16: The resort community of Fairmont Hot Springs, near Johnsons Landing, was cut off from the outside world when a mudslide wiped out road and trail access to the hot springs. Nearly 600 visitors to the area were trapped but safe. Had the slide occurred five minutes earlier, a Global TV crew would have been wiped out.
  • July 18: Mudslides closed the Yakima River Canyon road between Ellensburg and Yakima, Washington.
  • July 20: A mudslide the size of a football field closed the Trans-Canada Highway 2 km west of Banff, Alberta.
  • July 20: One man was killed, houses were destroyed, and several villages in the southeast of Austria were cut off by mudslides up to 10 metres high.
  • July 21: About 400 vehicles were stranded on China’s National Highway 314 when mudslides blocked a major highway.

The danger remains high in areas where more heavy rain or unstable weather is expected. Human activity such as logging can trigger slides, but the recent slides are linked to heavy rainfall. Another contributing factor is permafrost degradation due to warming temperatures.

Natural Resources Canada warns:

Climate change, where the projected change involves increased temperature and precipitation and more extreme storms, will probably result in an increase in landslide events.

A joint symposium on landslides (11th International and 2nd North American) had just wrapped up in Banff when the first of these landslides buried 5 miles of an Alaskan glacier. Professor Erik Eberhardt, director of geological engineering at the University of British Columbia, warned that the combination of heavy rains and rapid melting of the snowpack that led to the Johnsons Landing slide will likely happen more frequently because of climate change.

Human activity and natural processes already create a level of instability in mountain areas. It appears the addition of climate change will add to the human, wildlife, and environmental toll of landslides in future.

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11:16AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

As humans cut down trees for lumber or firewood, or kill trees by diverting water for lawns and toilets, we are depriving the land of its lungs (from tree leaves) and soil stabilization from tree roots. Water and air pollution from fossil fuel exploration, transport, and use are killing the planet. Overpopulation of humans is killing off wildlife. We can try to stop it all, but we must work together, and quickly!

5:28PM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

Wchi W, HAARP is not what your Government reports it to be...it is a DARPA operation...a black Op.

Ask the right questions...ask about the earthquake in Bam, Iran, ask about the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I can not say more, Echelon is listening to every word that you and I exchange, every word, welcome to the NEW BRAVE WORLD. Search: Echelon

Have doubt, do you remember when the US and those jews in Occupied Palestine, along with Siemens Corp created the Shuxnet Worn to plant into the Iranian Nuclear Program?

Well, I am a member of an organization the strives to bring clean water, and proper sanitation to the developing world. My contact in Iran was with a leading Scientist on their Nuclear Program, he and I exchanged emails, his laptop was infected, I realized no problems...I have only Mac computers.

For three weeks, Yahoo banned me with a denial of service, still those bastards are still banning my participation to blogs. Trust me, there is always a way around such treachery, and it is legal, just a bit more difficult.

Search DARPA, it is evil, it is a WEAPON of MASS DESTRUCTION.

Oh, I forgot to mention, the Iranian Scientist...the Mossad planted a bomb under his car...he died and yet, he was a good, honest man with a family. Damn those Israeli's, damn the US.

11:56AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Everyone knows that climate change is real. The oil industry continues to invest in pulling the wool over the eyes of the electorate. See how they do it in the following article.

http://www.nationofchange.org/what-five-oil-companies-did-their-375-million-daily-profits-1343222546

7:28AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Climate and rape on mother earths resorses are what is going on and the wakeup call have to be taken seriously.

6:49AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Unfortunately, I still now people that don't believe in Climte Change! Hopefully the more knowledgable they get, the more they will see! Then maybe we can make a difference!

2:55AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Nathan R, do you mean the solar magnetic activity cycle?

The current scientific consensus is that solar variations do not play a major role in determining present-day global warming. However, we hear this false information from corporate spokesmen every single day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle#Terrestrial_climate

You are peddling fossil fuel corporate misinformation.

12:51AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

Oh, yes! Climate change is very real. But, regardless, our global temps (all of them, not just the ones cherry picked by the government collusion climate change tax drewl masters) are down since 1992.

Besides, all you greenies seem to forget: there is this big bright ball in the sky called "The Sun". We are at the peak of the 22 year cycle. Output has ramped up. That means its gonna be hotter. You can say what you want about human activity but you you have a ball of fusion 1000s of times larger than the earth, *IT* drives our weather patterns.

Ain't science great?

This reality break has been brought to you by: Scientists For Truth - Dispelling rumors that climate change bots need to perpetrate their fraud.

10:54PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

The climate is meant to ebb and flow over time. We have proven we had an ice age, but we are no longer in ice now. I guarantee whatever we are experiencing now will take a reverse course one day, no matter what we do. Man cannot control nature.

9:15PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

To think that human activity has no effect on the climate is saying facts are getting in the way of my beliefs.

4:02PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Won't even debate this. It's happening, and it's too late to do much about it. So live with and you non-belivers don't whine about how hot it is or, how bad the drought is, or why where are no fish anymore. You and your greed are the reasons. I'll be gone in 20 years or less and unless there is reincarnation, I won't have to see the mess that follows. The planet will survive no matter what, but the humans and animals life will lose out.

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