Sunday, 31 January 2016

Coastal erosion California

Some cliff side residents in Pacifica, California USA, are being forced to leave their homes as the ground outside their backdoors falls into the sea. 

 The city declared a state of emergency last week amid concerns that streets and some homes were at risk due to erosion, according to a statement. “El Nino is hitting the city’s coastline very hard and creating almost daily reports of impacts to both public and private property,” city Manager Lorie Tinfow said in a statement.

Drone video of an apartment complex teetering on the edge of a cliff, shows mounds of ground breaking off the side of the cliff and falling into the ocean.


Saturday, 30 January 2016


Across China, where new developments are keeping pace with the rapidly growing economy, reports continue to surface so-called "nail houses."

These properties, standing alone amid the ruins of other buildings, belong to owners who have stood their ground and resisted demolition. Defiant property owners say the compensation being offered is too low. Some of them have remained in their homes for years as their court cases drag on and new construction continues all around them. A few homeowners have won their fights, but most have lost. Meanwhile, these nail houses have become powerful symbols of resistance against the world's fastest-growing major economy.[source:the atlantic]

 More nailhouses >>>>

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Coastal Erosion in Trinidad

The coastline of Trinidad is under threat as seas rise, storms grow heavier, and as sand is washed away. As iconic coconut trees are lapped by an encroaching sea, some of the dangers of climate change are becoming clear.

The coastline of Trinidad is under threat and it’s no secret. As the iconic coconut trees continue to give way under the pressure of an encroaching sea, it is evident the wheels of climate change are in motion, and we may be a little too late to stop its effects.
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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Shanty town on the Petite Ceinture

Not far away where the local hipsters from Paris has landed on the 18 arr part of the Petite Ceinture with their gardens, urban farm, cafe and recycle store another use of the abandoned railtracks was recently discovered

Only a few hundred metres away from the Gare Ornano (Recyclerie), hidden behind a large metro ticket booth, a migrant camp has taken shape. With shacks made from wooden boards and sheets of plastic, and with numerous pans covering holes in case of rain, this 500-metre section of track is home to an estimated 350 people.
 Read more >>>

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

La Petite Ceinture.... video impression

BBC News joined Thomas Jorion - a photographer who has been documenting the line since 1996 - on a tour of what he calls the last great wasteland in Paris.
Source BBC >>>

Sunday, 17 January 2016

What to do with La Petite Ceinture

The Petite Ceinture in Paris... part two 

Last Blog article I ended up with the question why there is so much left of this 200 years old railway. The facts are very difficult but it has a lot to the with the owner of the Railway.... Not the City of Paris.... not the arrondissements, not the SNCF (French railways) .. but the old 19th Century Paris railway company RFF .

Today most of the 30 km long railroad is abandoned and little known, preserved by indecision over its future. It is a retreat from the city, and a home for underground culture.

The line is officially off-limits to the public, but this hasn't stopped many people (often from the quarties around) the attempting to explore it. There is now a fierce debate in the French capital about what to do with the tracks and stations of the Petite Ceinture that still remain. A few small sections opened as a park in August 2013 (15th and 16th arrondissement) and the mayoral elections offer competing plans for cycle routes and parks. Associations set up to preserve the space would prefer to see the line reopened for pedestrian services.

 The Guardian about the Petite Ceinture >>>> 
The Association Sauvegarde Petite Ceinture (ASPCRF) with the current status of "La Petite Ceinture" >>> 

Friday, 15 January 2016

Paris, La Petite Ceinture

We all know the fantastic Paris Metro/ Subway network "Metropolitain"

 However... in the 19th Century Paris had another great network which connected the different parts with each other . La Petite Ceinture was an amazing "circular line" with several correspondance possibilities inside the city

So... what's left of it.... anno 2016 ?
A lot !! 

To be continued !!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Landslide China

A few days before christmas more than 85 people where missing in southern China a day after a landslide swept over dozens of buildings.

Officials said debris from the 100-metre hill in Shenzhen, the city adjoining Hong Kong, buried or damaged 33 buildings on an industrial park, including factories, offices, workshops and dormitories.

The cause of this all? The BBC combined two google images of the area... before and after the slide. Take a look ! The mining area above the industrial complex explains everything !

More about the landslide >>>

Monday, 11 January 2016

Map showing 135 years of global warming

Source Geoawesomeness Data from NASA and NOAA showed that in 2015, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 Celsius) above the 20th century average, surpassing 2014’s record by 0.29 F (0.16 C).The visualisation below shows temperature data between 1880 and 2015.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

El Nino making snow now

What brings El Nino in the US ? 

The El Niño weather pattern that's fueling heavy rain in large parts of California is now also responsable for a snowy start to 2016 for the Lake Tahoe region is among the strongest on record and likely to continue bringing storms to the region.

More about the snowfall in California >>>

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Heavy rain engulfs Southern California

Heavy rain engulfs Southern California as El Niño matches strongest on record .

 A day after the National Weather Service announced this year’s El Niño matched the strongest level on record, torrential rains swept into Southern California, causing flooding and mudslides on Tuesday. Another round of disruptive downpours are forecast today.

 Read more >>>>

Friday, 8 January 2016

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Room for the river

Since the recent floods from 2013, 2014 and 2015 there is discussion in the UK how the floods to stop. Pay farmers in England for allowing their land to be flooded ? Or other series of small measurements as natural flood management

Fom a BBC article >>>>>>

In the Netherlands the wake up call came after floodings in 1995 and 2000. In 1995 and 2000 quiet some land alongside the Dutch river flooded suddenly, caused by rain, high peakflow and the impossibility of pumping into the sea. So the government created an new style Deltaplan. While the Deltaplan was designed for the sea dykes and dams,  Room for the River is a series of management schemes alongside the rivers. The Dutch have spent the past decade deepening and widening rivers, creating new side canals that provide extra capacity, and setting aside land as dedicated flood plains.

More about "these projects" >>

Different types of  Measures alongside the Dutch Rivers (Maas, Rijn, Waal, IJssel )

Duursche Waarden : A early Room for the River project alongside "De IJssel" with a side canal and extra land for flooding

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Keep an eye out for these volcanoes in 2016

Erik Klemetti wanted to try to give you some of his thoughts on volcanic activity in 2016. By no means are these predictions.

As of now, there is no reliable, tested way to predict volcanic eruptions precisely anywhere beyond a few hours to maybe days in advance (and don’t believe otherwise). However, there are some places to watch and things to ponder as the months roll by.

Without further ado (and in no particular order), a volcanic preview for 2016 >>>>>>:

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

2015 in volcanoes

This 2015 has seen many large and powerful volcanic eruptions around the world . From lava being ejected kilometers into the air, to massive volcanic ash plumes.

A list by Forbes >>>

Monday, 4 January 2016

Earthquake hits India

[From the BBC] An earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude has hit northeast India, near its borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh

The quake hit at 04:35 local time (23:05 GMT Sunday) about 29km (18 miles) northwest of Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Strong tremors have been felt across the region. The earthquake was originally reported to have measured 6.8 magnitude.

More on the BBC website >>
The USGS report >>>
More about the earthquake on the Jay Patton website >>

More Teaching resources:
The India Asia collission in a animation >> 
Plate tectonics on en interactive map >> 
The Himalayas tectonics explained >>>

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Earthquake report 2015

A map by Jay Patton in which he summarizes the global seismicity for 2015. He has limited this summary to earthquakes with magnitude greater than or equal to M 7.0.

The original map >>>>
More about this map >>>