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Mount Merapi volcano has erupted for a third time, with local people reportedly saying this was louder and stronger than the previous eruption on Tuesday.

The latest eruption happened at around 0100 on Saturday (1800GMT Friday).

Agence France Presse reported that it caused panic, with hundreds of people, including police and soldiers, trying to flee in cars or on motorbikes.

Ash was raining down in Yogyakarta, about 30km (19 miles) away.

“I heard several sounds like thunder,” Mukimen, a mother-of-two who was fleeing with her family, told AFP. “I was so scared I was shaking.”

There had been a number of small eruptions earlier on Friday but with no casualties reported.

Earlier, officials said two people who suffered burns from Tuesday’s eruption had died from their injuries, bringing the confirmed death toll to 35.

At least 47,000 people who live around Mount Merapi are staying in government camps or with friends and relatives, according to the National Disaster Management Agency.

But there are frequent reports of displaced people returning to check on their properties or livestock.

Government volcanologist Subandrio told AFP the new eruption suggested the government should be “more serious” about enforcing the exclusion zone and possibly widening it.

Alert levels have been raised on four other volcanoes, two of which are definitely showing signs of activity – Anak Krakatau and Mount Semeru.

Transparency is the Answer, But… What Was The Question?

…It’s trust, not transparency, stupid!

“Transparency” performed by Luna Sea on YouTube

It seemed too sensational to be true. On Aug. 30, the Guardian reported that one of the world’s most prominent “climate change skeptics,” Bjorn Lomborg, had made an apparent about face, now calling for $100 billion to be devoted to stopping global warming. This is a man who, for years, writing books with provocative titles like The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It, had argued that climate change wasn’t as pressing as other international problems, such as child malnutrition and poverty. Now, he seemed to be saying that stopping global warming was an urgent matter after all. Had the Danish political scientist changed his mind? Was he admitting he’d been wrong? What would this new $100 billion be used for?

In an exclusive interview with FP’s Elizabeth Dickinson, Lomborg says his views haven’t budged an inch. Rather, he argues that the cap-and-trade approach of Kyoto Protocol fame has clearly failed, and it’s time to try a more creative approach — one that doesn’t involve wasting billions of dollars. “At some point,” he says, “we have to ask ourselves, do we just want to keep up the circus of promising stuff but not actually doing it?”

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Media and the public attracted to the extremes
Lesson 3

“I go to extremes” by Billy Joel from YouTube

BOULDER – Fire officials say new infrared mapping of the Fourmile Canyon Fire released on Wednesday reveals it is 6,168 acres. Five people remain missing.

Twenty people were initially reported missing in the fire area and authorities say they have cleared 15 of those cases, but five people remain missing.

“They’re open investigations,” Cmdr. Rick Brough of the Boulder County Emergency Management Office said at a morning news briefing. At the time eight people were reportedly missing. “Many of those are people who didn’t evacuate. What we’re doing at this point in time: We’re doing follow-ups with them, contacting relatives, sending officers up to do welfare checks at their residence.”

Authorities say three of the people were reported missing within the burn area and two others were within the evacuation area. One of those missing people, officials say, refused to evacuate.

Authorities say the fire did not grow overnight, thanks in part to cooler weather and an increased relative humidity.

The fire has been designated a Type I emergency, which means it is a national priority.
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Music video by Young Artists For Haiti performing Wavin’ Flag. (C) 2010 Universal Music Canada Inc.

For some problems there is no second best solution!
The Paradox of Second Best

“Earth Song” performed by Michael Jackson from YouTube

Will there be a Nobel Prize for the Environment in 2012?
The Call For a Nobel Environment Prize

“Keep Your Eyes On The Prize” performed by SNCC from YouTube

For those interested in the study of climate – including its impact on society and society’s impact on it – 1972 was an extremely important year. In that year a collection of weather anomalies occurred adversely affecting global food production and therefore availability. At that time some blamed the food shortages on the weather. More recently, however, those claims have been reevaluated and the blame is being apportioned more correctly between weather and society. The anomalies of 1972 included the fourth consecutive year of drought in the Sahelian zone of West Africa , the failure of Peruvian coastal fisheries, droughts in Central America, the Soviet Union, India and China, along with excessive rains in parts of the Philippines, Australia and Kenya…

-Mickey Glantz, 1979

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15-19 November 2010, Kathmandu, NEPAL

The burning Issues on climate change and their impacts – many of which are effectively irreversible – will affect everyone on the Earth. Human health, patterns and intensity of precipitation, water and food supplies, energy supplies, and the viability of natural systems: all will be affected if Earth’s climate continues to change. Taking unified global action against climate change, The Small Earth Nepal and the Consortium for Capacity Building (University of Colorado) in collaboration with the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Government of Nepal, Centre of Research for Environment Energy and Water (Nepal), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) and International Research Center for River Basin Environment, University of Yamanashi (Japan) are organizing a regional-scale International Graduate Conference on Climate Change and People, bringing together various scholars, graduate students and climate change practitioners to equip and mobilize Young Minds about climate change and societal issues. The Conference is mainly supported by Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) under the CAPaBLE Program. The conference is also co-sponsored by UNESCO. Additional sponsors are welcome to join.

The Conference is mainly focused on the multidisciplinary capacity building of graduate students of various disciplines through the sharing of knowledge and experience by experts and participants on Climate Affairs, from climate-related science to impacts to policy & economics to ethics & equity. Climate Affairs is a concept which aims to enhance the “eco-generation” of climate leaders and climate agents in their respective academic and practical areas of concern.

The Conference activities concentrate to provide the following:

—  To build scientific capacity of young students from multiple disciplines, fostering and enhancing networking processes and awareness for sustainable development options in the region.

—  To equip graduate students with usable knowledge on the importance of multidisciplinary activities in addressing climate change, regardless of their home academic discipline.

—  To enable participants to formulate a multinational networking group to develop baseline skills needed to understand climate change mitigation, adaptation and prevention measures.

—  To create awareness among the community and social leaders for identifying their roles in effective ways to combat the influences of a changing climate.

Selection of Participants: Expression email or Letter of Interest and Commitment Level. Interested undergraduates may also inquire about the conference.

Registration Fees: US$ 100 for the SAARC Countries and for Other Developing Countries from GREATER South Asia (e.g., Central and Southwest Asia to Myanmar), US$ 150 for the Developed Countries from Asia-Pacific Region

Funding: Partial or full funding may be available to the selected participants from Developing Countries

Deadline for Submission of Application with letter of interest and CV: 15 September 2010

Further details, please contact:

Michael Glantz at michael.glantz@colorado.edu

Dhiraj Pradhananga at smallearth@wlink.com.np

the agenda is available here

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