Now NOAA Predicts So Many Hurricanes This Year They May Run Out of Names – YIKES

Now NOAA Predicts So Many Hurricanes This Year They May Run Out of Names – YIKES

Late last week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its annual update on this year’s outlook for tropical hurricanes and they are now predicting the conditions are ripe for a huge season, with 19-25 named storms with sustained winds over  39 mph or greater, and even worse, 7 to 11 are expected to become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or greater.

Why This Matters:  Hurricane season really gets serious only now, so the worst is still ahead of us. And the revised forecast is a big increase over what had been forecast at the beginning of the season when NOAA said it there was a 70% chance of 13 to 19 named storms.

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Federal Court Rules Federal Government Cannot Allow Fish Farms in the Gulf of Mexico

Federal Court Rules Federal Government Cannot Allow Fish Farms in the Gulf of Mexico

This week two Republican-appointee federal judges overturned a Trump Administration-endorsed plan that would have allowed “up to 64 million pounds of seafood” to be produced in fish farms in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Why This Matters: Fish farming is happening all over the world — except here in the U.S.  Chances are the shrimp, salmon or tilapia you buy in the store is farm-raised in another country – more than 50% of the world’s supply of fish now comes from aquaculture.

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Dems Demand Assurances NOAA’s Weather Forecasters Will Be Insulated From Politics

Dems Demand Assurances NOAA’s Weather Forecasters Will Be Insulated From Politics

With hurricane season about to enter its peak, The Hill reported that six Democratic Senators demanded that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide them assurances that they will put tougher rules in place to prevent another “Sharpie-gate” from interfering with the work of the weather and climate scientists at the agency.

Why This Matters:   Dems are right to demand that there will be no political interference with agency forecasts during this hurricane season — the public’s safety must be paramount.

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Polar Bears Jeopardized by Drastic Habitat Loss; DOI Says ANWR Drilling Won’t Hurt Them

Polar Bears Jeopardized by Drastic Habitat Loss; DOI Says ANWR Drilling Won’t Hurt Them

All but a few populations of polar bears found in the high Arctic could be extinct by 2100 due to the drastic loss of sea ice across their range, according to a study in the Journal Nature Climate Change published Monday.  Without ice, polar bears must survive on land, long distances from their food supplies, causing them to go hungry.

Why This Matters:  This study puts data behind the starving polar bear photo.  The U.S. population is one of the most threatened in the world because of the loss of ice.

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One Mario Thing: The War on Science in the Mushroom Kingdom

One Mario Thing: The War on Science in the Mushroom Kingdom

We learned this week from the New York Times that efforts to block research on climate change at our federal science agencies don’t just come from the Trump political appointees on top. Lower managers in government are taking their cues, and running with them. For federal scientists wanting to publish objective science, the task seems […]

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Trump Administration Squashing Science Across the Environmental Agencies At All Levels

Trump Administration Squashing Science Across the Environmental Agencies At All Levels

The great extent of the Trump Administration’s efforts to squash science and even the very words “climate change” from research reports as well as policy papers are becoming more evident, thanks to great investigative reporting by The Washington Post and New York Times, and thanks to the Freedom of Information Act through which they obtained revealing emails that tell the story — repeatedly.

Why This Matters:   President Bush’s (’43) Administration also tried to squash climate science and subsequently agencies like NOAA put in place strong scientific integrity policies to prevent such interference with agency research and its results.

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