2014 To remember our Earth

Rosetta space probe Traject

Trajectory of the Rosetta space probe

We are making such a mess of this planet that perhaps the on 2 March 2004 on an Ariane 5 rocket with robotic space probe built and launched by the European Space Agency, Rosetta along with features 12 instruments and the Philae, its lander module, could bring positive news to this planet. It had performed a flyby of the planet Mars and asteroids 21 Lutetia and 2867 Šteins to perform the first soft landing on a comet and returned data from the surface. It has been estimated that in the decade preceding 2014, some 2,000 people assisted in the mission in some capacity. When it touched down on 67P on 12 November 2014 in some countries it was like the first moon landing, having lots of enthusiasts waiting eagerly for hours to see this first soft landing on a comet nucleus in the hope this ESA and NASA project would open a new era.

In 2014 hopefully for many it became much more clear that we do have to take care much more of the treasures of this earth.

It took about 26 years to finalize a very meagre Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is anticipated that the Fifth Assessment Report will pave the way for a global, legally binding treaty on reducing carbon emissions at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris during late 2015.

Arctic September Sea Ice Extent: Observations ...

Arctic September Sea Ice Extent: Observations vs. Computer Model Runs – Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that satellite and other observations show the Arctic ice cover is retreating more rapidly than estimated by any of the eighteen computer models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in preparing its 2007 assessments. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The AR5 provides an update of knowledge on the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of climate change.
More than 800 authors, selected from around 3,000 nominations, were involved in writing the report. Lead authors’ meetings and a number of workshops and expert meetings, in support of the assessment process, were held. A schedule of AR5 related meetings, review periods, and other important dates was published.
Once more they warned that the world faces “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage from global emissions of CO2.

Despite the increasingly obvious scale of the threat climate change poses, leaders are still not taking the matter as seriously as they should.

WMO’s provisional statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2014 indicated that the global average air temperature over land and sea surface for January to October was about 0.57° Centigrade (1.03 Fahrenheit) above the average of 14.00°C (57.2 °F) for the 1961-1990 reference period, and 0.09°C (0.16 °F) above the average for the past ten years (2004-2013)

“The provisional information for 2014 means that fourteen of the fifteen warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century,”

said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

“There is no standstill in global warming,”

he said.

“What we saw in 2014 is consistent with what we expect from a changing climate. Record-breaking heat combined with torrential rainfall and floods destroyed livelihoods and ruined lives. What is particularly unusual and alarming this year are the high temperatures of vast areas of the ocean surface, including in the northern hemisphere,”

he said. {2014 On Track for Hottest Year on Record as Higher Sea Temperatures Increase Flooding}

In Belgium, which got its hottest year with an average of 11.9 ° C since the measurements of the 19° century, it was good a lot of attention was given in the media to the waste of natural goods. From September onwards was worked towards some good campaigns in October and November. Through the year, Belgium looked at food loss and – waste worldwide and gave a lot of attention on the eating disorders which are causing more and more problems in the health sector.
Those living in the wealthy countries should come to realise how much food gets lost in the link of our food chain, to varying degrees and for different reasons.  By our choice of ‘form’,” ‘particular shape’ ‘typical size’ we exclude a lot of food which would be all right to eat but according to ‘Western  norms’ not fit for our eyes, or not suitable for the capitalist market. The Flemish alone waste already 19 000 foot-ballfields of food.

We see that the South is plagued by the food waste in the North: food produced for human consumption but that is gone out of food by a lack of resources (poor farming techniques, poor storage and transportation ). In the North, much food ends up in the trash by waste: food, fit for human consumption, which is lost through human action or negligence.

Voeselverspilling - Food waste 2014

Voeselverspilling – Food waste 2014 A lot of loss in the South & a lot of waste in the North

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I love this commercial which tried to put more pressure on our politics

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Several companies tried to become master over food, like wanting to have the power of water in their hands. Luckily 2014 saw several global water giants receiving a major setback when the World Bank publicly backed away from their proposed advisory contracts.
South America, South Africa and India got people living in terrible conditions, first having free water, but now having big (mostly American) companies taking away their water to sell it on the European and American market. Lots of work was done to privatize water from India to Nigeria and the Philippines to the U.S. . Action was taken but we still need much more people taking action to stop the privatization of our water.

Environmental activists succeeded to get Deutsche Bank, which has previously arranged financing for companies at Abbot Point port, to not fund Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises’ planning to expand a port near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, dealing the project a symbolic blow.

In May FT reported Fitschen saying:

“There is no consensus between Unesco and the Australian government regarding the expansion of Abbot Point in the vicinity of the Great Barrier Reef. Our policy requires such a consensus at the least. We therefore would not consider applications for the financing of an expansion any further.”

Though an Australian regional government has agreed to part-fund the infrastructure development part of the project, and India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has agreed to provide $1 billion, or Rs 6,100, for the project, making it one of the largest extended facility by an Indian bank for an overseas project.
Adani Enterprises is in an over-leveraged situation and is getting to a situation where it will find it difficult to keep paying the interest on its debt.

Fox Island, Australia, is believed to be home to the largest colony of flying foxes on the continent.

Australia experienced its third warmest year on record in 2014 with six major heat waves scorching the country, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Talk of the town was that more than 5,000 dead bats fell to the ground in New South Wales, Australia. The high temperatures proved to be deadly for flying foxes in the colony, coming just weeks after the birthing season, WIRES Incident Manager Katy Stewart said.
Flying fox bat carcasses littered streets in the town of Casino after the temperature hit 44 degrees Celsius. Some residents mounted a last-ditch effort to save the remaining bats by hosing them down with water.

Also the UK could see its warmest year since records began in 1910, the Met Office has said. It was also the warmest year in the Central England Temperature series, which dates back to 1659, and is the longest running record of its type. The UK’s mean temperature for the year was 9.9C – that is 0.2 degrees higher than the previous record set in 2006.

In September, Corporate Accountability International members and staff joined hundreds of thousands of people in New York City for the People’s Climate March. They marched to demand a world free from the ravages of climate change and to call on world leaders to kick Big Energy out of climate treaty talks, where the world’s largest polluters have stalled progress for more than two decades.

Lovely to see that the very polluting United States got as many as 400,000 people turning out in New York City in September for the People’s Climate March. The turnout far exceeded expectations. For MSNBC’s Ed Schultz it was

“the largest climate-change rally in history,”

There were 2,646 solidarity events in 162 countries.

Give 350.org credit for having the foresight to call the march on the eve of the UN Climate Summit. Give Nation columnist Naomi Klein credit for framing the debate by spinning arguments she raised in her 2011 article “Capitalism vs. the Climate” into a brilliant and brilliantly timed book, This Changes Everything. Give the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth credit for seizing the opportunity to expand the scope and demand of traditional environmental activism. It worked—not as the end of anything, but as the beginning of a new wave of climate activism. {John Nichols, Zephyr Teachout, Hands Up United and John Oliver Made Our 2014 Progressive Honor Roll. Who Else Made the List?}

In China the government at last seems to take measures which would keep the rivers clean. Six companies were find, to pay total of $25m for dumping chemicals into rivers.
A Chinese court also ordered GlaxoSmithKline to pay a £297m fine, after it was found guilty of bribing doctors.

Français : Stock de carbone mondial (hors océa...

Stock de carbone mondial (hors océan), en GtC. Source données = GIEC (=Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change =IPCC) 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before China’s leaders declared their “war on pollution” in March, they had already recruited help from abroad. The northern city of Anshan, capital of China’s iron and steel industry, had been chosen as an early battleground in the campaign against poisonous air. But the Chinese lacked the knowledge to clean up a city of 3.5m people, choked by sulphur dioxide.

According to the UN, 70 per cent of all energy is burnt in cities, where half of it is used in heating and cooling networks. That is why cities from London to Darkhan in Mongolia are suddenly looking to Copenhagen as their model of efficiency.

In Copenhagen the emissions per capita are half the national average, electricity consumption is kept in check by the highest prices in the EU, with tax making up more than half of the cost. Forty-one per cent of commuting journeys are by bicycle.

But if it is to reach its goal of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025, Copenhagen will need to invest more. More than 100 new wind turbines, mainly offshore, will be installed in the next decade. The city is making a big push to switch power generation to biomass, using wood chips from sustainable forests around the Baltic. It will also expand the use of geothermal energy and waste.

Japan‘s Antarctic whaling program was not considered scientific but commercial by the United Nations International Court of Justice which forbid grants of further permits.

Floods in Bosnia

Floods in Bosnia. Photo: European Commission DG ECHO’s photostream (Flickr CC)

Destruction of Krupanj by a flood

Between 14 and 18 May 2014, a low-pressure cyclone designated Tamara and Yvette, affected a large area of Southeastern and Central Europe, causing floods and landslides. Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina suffered the greatest damage, as the rain was the heaviest in 120 years of recorded weather measurements, affecting more than two million people.
Bosnian expats in Flanders gathered 40 metric tons of relief goods, to be sent to Bosnia and the Belgian government Belgium sent the B-Fast team, with a convoy of 10 trucks carrying a water treatment installation and pumps to provide drinkable water to the population in Orašje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The strongest post monsoon storm even recorded in Pakistan’s recorded history took place when on the 3rd of September as a very low pressure system started to affect parts of Jammu and Kashmir and northeast Pakistani districts of Sialkot, Lahore, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Sheikhupura.

On September 2014, the Kashmir region witnessed disastrous floods across majority of its districts caused by torrential rainfall.

Storm damaged house in Hemsby after the December 2013 UK storm.

The aperitif for the wet 2015.Storm damaged house in Hemsby after the December 2013 UK storm.

December 2013 was the start for one of the wettest seasons heading off with the biggest storm surge in 60 years. The East Anglian coastline was one of the hardest hit. Many may remember photos of houses falling into the sea.

Twelve major Atlantic storms affected the United Kingdom through the winter 2013/14 and the UK winter was the wettest on record, with 177% of the long-term average precipitation.

After an horrible amount of floods in Great Britain the country for the first time will ensure access to affordable flood insurance for people regardless of where they live. The UK suffered some of the worst flooding in recent times, during the summer of 2007 and the winter of 2013 to 2014.

In Russia, in late May and early June, more than twice the monthly average precipitation fell in Altai, Khakassia and Tuva republics in southern Siberia. In September, southern parts of the Balkan Peninsula received over 250% of the monthly average rainfall and, in parts of Turkey, over 500% of normal. {2014 On Track for Hottest Year on Record as Higher Sea Temperatures Increase Flooding}

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February:

March:

Flanders nature reserve

May:

Adani Group’s Great Barrier Reef Project In Troubled Waters

Adani’s Australian project gets $1 billion SBI loan

SBI’s $1 billion loan to Adani makes no sense, here’s why

August:

Hasankeyf: A City On The Edge Of Disappearing

October:

How to make sustainable, green habits second nature

September:

850 Calorie Challenge

November:

Too much food is being wasted

Climate change guilty of doing too little

Australian Horror Story: Thousands of Dying Bats Dropping from Trees amid Heatwave

Flying fox heat wave death toll could be as high as 5000 (+video)

Plague of the dead bats: Bodies of up to Five Thousand flying foxes litter the streets after extreme heatwave 

Heatwave kills flying foxes on Far North Coast

December:

The urban environment: Clean-up time

2014 was Australia’s third warmest year on record, says Bureau of Meteorology

2014 confirmed as UK’s warmest year

2014 Will Go Down As Hottest In California’s History

2014 set to be world’s hottest year ever

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Preceding reviews of 2014:

My blogs 2014 in review2014

Politics in the United States of America

2014 Politics all over the world

2014 Human Rights

2014 Health and welfare

2014 Social contacts

Next: 2014 Economics

  • Beagle found on Mars: European Space Agency says missing lander finally located (foxnews.com)
    ESA said in a statement Friday that new photos taken by the high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the lander partially deployed on the surface of the Red Planet.Beagle-2 has not been heard of since it separated from its mother ship, but ESA says the images prove the entry, descent and landing sequence did work and that it successfully landed on Mars on Christmas Day in 2003.The British-built Beagle-2 was launched on ESA’s Mars Express orbiter and was supposed to look for life.After the project failed, two U.S. spacecraft landed on Mars and sent back many pictures and extensive scientific data.
  • Missing Mars space probe found 10 years after disappearance (cubiclane.com)
    The lander, a British design, was to land on Mars on December 25, 2003 after six months of travel, as part of the European Mars Express mission. But Beagle 2 failed to return any sign of life after the scheduled touchdown and completely disappeared from radar. It was declared permanently lost on February 6, 2004. The European Mars Express, the first mission to Mars conducted by the European Space Agency ESA, was launched on June 2, 2003 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan by a Soyuz-Fregat rocket.
  • Beagle-2 found on Mars: European Space Agency lander that’s been missing since 2003 finally located on red planet (news.nationalpost.com)
    New photos taken by the high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the lander partially deployed on the surface of the Red Planet, it said.

    In this image provided by NASA an annotated image shows a bright feature interpreted as the United Kingdom's Beagle 2 Lander with solar arrays at least partially deployed on the surface of Mars. Beagle 2 was released by the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter but never heard from after its expected Dec. 25, 2003, landing.

    In this image provided by NASA an annotated image shows a bright feature interpreted as the United Kingdom’s Beagle 2 Lander with solar arrays at least partially deployed on the surface of Mars. Beagle 2 was released by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter but never heard from after its expected Dec. 25, 2003, landing.

    Rudolf Schmidt, ESA’s Mars Express project manager at the time, called the finding “excellent news.” He said that not knowing what happened to Beagle-2 had “remained a nagging worry.”

  • Hubble snaps image of Andromeda galaxy at 1.5 billion pixels (hangthebankers.com)
    NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have released the sharpest and biggest image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy.The image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has an amazing 1.5 billion pixels that would require 600 HD television screens to display in full.This panorama is the product of the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) program. Images were obtained from viewing the galaxy in near-ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared wavelengths, using the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard Hubble.
  • Long-Missing Beagle 2 Mars Lander Finally Found (eastidahonews.com)
    After the project failed, two U.S. spacecraft landed on Mars and sent back many pictures and extensive scientific data.
  • Beagle found on Mars: Missing lander finally located (mysanantonio.com)
    Rudolf Schmidt, ESA’s Mars Express project manager at the time, called the finding “excellent news.” He said not knowing what happened to Beagle-2 had “remained a nagging worry.”Soon after Beagle-2’s disappearance, NASA landed both Spirit and Opportunity near the Martian equator. Both sent back troves of images and discoveries, providing the sort of information astronomers had been seeking when the first Mars probes began.Mars is notoriously hard to reach. In a half-century of launch attempts, more than half of the missions by various countries have failed to get off the ground on Earth or overshot Mars.Landing on the red planet is particularly treacherous because of the thin atmosphere. Incoming spacecraft traveling at 12,000 mph (19,300 kph) have only minutes to slow to a stop. The Martian terrain is also full of obstacles — boulders, cracks and cliffs — and a wrong move can doom a spacecraft.
  • Beagle found on Mars: Missing lander finally located (sfgate.com)
    Alfred McEwen, chief investigator of the project, said the special camera had been used to search for all of the landers that have tried to descend to the surface of Mars.”This the first time we found one that didn’t send a signal after it landed,” he said. “If the landing sequence works correctly, the probe sends a radio signal, and you can use that to pinpoint where it is coming from, even if it broadcasts only very briefly. But in the case of Beagle-2, we didn’t get anything. All we had to go by was the target landing area.”Experts who worked on the project said the Beagle-2 mission can now be classified a partial success — even if it never provided information about possible life on Mars.
  • European Space Agency says it found missing Mars rover (foxnews.com)
    The British-built Beagle-2 was launched on ESA’s Mars Express orbiter and was supposed to look for life.After the project failed, two U.S. spacecraft landed on Mars and sent back many pictures and extensive scientific data.
  • Missing Lander Beagle-2 Finally Located on Mars (wsj.com)
    The European Space Agency’s Beagle-2 lander, which had been lost on Mars since 2003, has been found, the agency said Friday.
  • Beagle Found on Mars: Missing Lander Finally Located (wtvy.com)
    The European Space Agency says its Beagle-2 lander, which had been lost on Mars since 2003, has been found.ESA said in a statement Friday that new photos taken by the high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show the lander partially deployed on the surface of the Red Planet.
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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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