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  1. Earth sounds analysis by

    Note: The last sentence.

    Dr. Elchin Khalilov, a geophysicist and a professor in Azerbaijan. Jan 2012

    “We have analyzed records of these sounds and found that most of their spectrum lies within the infrasound range, i.e. is not audible to humans. What people hear is only a small fraction of the actual power of these sounds. They are low-frequency acoustic emissions in the range between 20 and 100 Hz modulated by ultra-low infrasonic waves from 0.1 to 15 Hz. In geophysics, they are called acoustic-gravity waves; they are formed in the upper atmosphere, at the atmosphere-ionosphere boundary in particular. There can be quite a lot of causes why those waves are generated: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, storms, tsunamis, etc. However, the scale of the observed humming sound in terms of both the area covered and its power far exceeds those that can be generated by the above-mentioned phenomena.”

    In that case, what could be causing this humming in the sky?

    “In our opinion, the source of such powerful and immense manifestation of acoustic-gravity waves must be very large-scale energy processes. These processes include powerful solar flares and huge energy flows generated by them, rushing towards Earth’s surface and destabilizing the magnetosphere, ionosphere and upper atmosphere. Thus, the effects of powerful solar flares: the impact of shock waves in the solar wind, streams of corpuscles and bursts of electromagnetic radiation are the main causes of generation of acoustic-gravitation waves following increased solar activity.
    “Given the surge in solar activity as manifested itself in the higher number and energy of solar flares since mid-2011, we can assume that there is a high probability of impact of the substantial increase in solar activity on the generation of the unusual humming coming from the sky. It should be pointed out that solar activity began to rise sharply since early 2011, with its amplitude significantly higher than all forecasts given by a number of influential scientific institutions in 2010 and 2011. Meanwhile, the observed increase in solar activity is fully consistent with the forecast of the International Committee GEOCHANGE published in the Committee’s Report in June 2010. If this growth rate of solar activity continues, its amplitude by the end of 2012 will be higher than the amplitude of 23rd solar cycle, and in 2013-2014 the solar activity will reach its peak the amplitude of which was predicted by us to be 1.5 – 1.7 times higher than the amplitude of the 23rd cycle.”

    But you said that the cause of the “sky hum” can lie within Earth’s core as well, what does it mean?

    “There is one more possible cause of these sounds and it may lie at the Earth’s core. The fact is that the acceleration of the drift of the Earth’s north magnetic pole which increased more than fivefold between 1998 and 2003 and is at the same level today points to intensification of energy processes in the Earth’s core, since it is processes in the inner and outer core that form the Earth’s geomagnetic field. Meanwhile, as we have already reported, on November 15, 2011 all ATROPATENA geophysical stations which record three-dimensional variations of the Earth’s gravitational field almost simultaneously registered a powerful gravitational impulse. The stations are deployed in Istanbul, Kiev, Baku, Islamabad and Yogyakarta, with the first and last one being separated by a distance of about 10,000 km. Such a phenomenon is only possible if the source of this emanation is at the Earth’s core level. That huge energy release from the Earth’s core at the end of the last year was some kind of a start signal indicating the transition of the Earth’s internal energy into a new active phase.
    “Intensification of the energy processes in the Earth’s core can modulate the geomagnetic field which, through a chain of physical processes at the ionosphere – atmosphere boundary level, generates acoustic-gravity waves the audible range of which has been heard by people in the form of a frightening low-frequency sound in different parts of our planet.
    “In both cases, even though the causes of acoustic-gravity waves are of a quite understandable geophysical nature, they are indicative of the expected significant increase in solar activity and the geodynamic activity of our planet. There is no doubt that processes in the core rule the internal energy of our planet, therefore, we should expect by the end of 2012 a sharp rise in strong earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and extreme weather events with peak levels in 2013 – 2014.”

  2. White House Re: Extreme weather, Nov 2014.

    From: info@mail.whitehouse.gov
    To: johnberbatisau@hotmail.com
    Subject: Make sure your community is ready for climate change
    Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:51:17 -0600

    The White House

    Make sure your community is ready for climate change
    Climate change is happening now — and we’ve got to be ready because we’re going to see more extreme weather.
    That’s why we’re taking action. Last Tuesday, the President made a historic announcement with China that sets new targets for carbon pollution reductions.
    And on Monday, the Administration released the Climate Resilience Toolkit to help our communities respond to our changing climate.
    Check out these easy-to-use tools, including interactive maps and visualizations, that will help prepare your community for the impacts of climate change. See how you can help your community or business get ready.
    Check out the Climate Resilience Toolkit here.
    Whether you’re a small business owner, planner, farmer, policy leader, or an interested resident, these tools can help you make sure that you have a climate-ready community or business.
    Have questions about what climate change means for you, why it matters, and what we can do to fight it? Last Thursday, Dr. John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, announced that he wants to answer your questions.
    Ask Dr. Holdren your questions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine with the hashtag #AskDrH — and he’ll answer some of them on camera.

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    Biosphere Collapse how & why.

    NASA says Earth just had the warmest six months ever recorded=Pole Shift.
    If you thought this September was unusually warm, you’re not alone. NASA announced that this September was the warmest on record since 1880, which is when scientists began recording global temperatures. This September was 1.4°F above the 1951-1980 average, breaking the previous record set in 2005.
    According to its updated data, NASA also discovered that the last six months were the warmest middle half of the year according to global records.
    The warm weather began in April when atmospheric carbon dioxide reached 400 parts per million. The National Climatic Data Center ranked April, May and June as the warmest months respectively according to temperature records. Separate from NASA’s records, the NCDC also recorded July as the fourth warmest. Following the trend, August was also found to be the warmest on record.
    “If we continue a consistent departure from average for the rest of 2014, we will edge out 2010 as the warmest year on record,” NCDC climatologist NCDC climatologist said.
    NASA ranked this year’s summer the fourth warmest globally.
    The record-breaking warm weather is linked to global warming, especially as far as ocean temperatures are concerned. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the increasing temperatures will cause an El Niño to hit by the end of the year and last until spring 2015.
    Research suggests that the warm temperature trends might be Earth’s warmest in about 4,000 years. Most of the heat caused by global warming has been stored in Earth’s oceans, but the atmosphere is warming up as well.
    The increased moisture content in the atmosphere has caused the excessive rain and snow falls, and these conditions may deteriorate even further.

    Ecocide ALert
    ‘Incredible’ rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists
    August 28, 2014 Gaianicity 1 Comment
    A European satellite has shown ice sheets shrinking at 120 cubic miles a year in Antarctica and Greenland
    An artist’s impression of CryoSat-2, the European satellite which has revealed dramatic ice loss. An artist’s impression of CryoSat-2, the European satellite which has revealed dramatic ice loss. Photograph: ESABy Robin McKie, reposted from The Guardian, Aug 23, 2014
    The planet’s two largest ice sheets – in Greenland and Antarctica – are now being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles each year. That is the discovery made by scientists using data from CryoSat-2, the European probe that has been measuring the thickness of Earth’s ice sheets and glaciers since it was launched by the European Space Agency in 2010.
    Even more alarming, the rate of loss of ice from the two regions has more than doubled since 2009, revealing the dramatic impact that climate change is beginning to have on our world. MORE
    Doubling of Antarctic ice loss revealed by European satellite In “Ecocide”
    Antarctic warming could accelerate sea level rise In “Ecocide ALert”
    Burn Energy Journal Alert: Climate change and Sea Level Rise In “Audio”
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    One thought on “‘Incredible’ rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists”
    1. Gaianicity says:
    October 11, 2014 at 12:00 am
    by John Berbatis
    Biosphere Collapse-pole shift geophysical how & why.
    The result of the Western Antarctic ice sheet dislodging:
    Rotational Wobble (Chandler’s). The Crust presents the earth with an unbalanced distribution of weight, even a small (10 centimeters) displacement of the crust would cause the earth to wobble more (which ironically could induce more crustal displacement, thus causing more wobble, thus causing more displacement, etc.) Added bulges from the expansion beneath the crust would worsen the imbalance. The diameter at the equator is 43 kilometres more than the rest of the Earth’s surface, due to centrifugal forces.
    “In a polar region there is a continual deposition of ice, which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The earth’s rotation acts on these asymmetrically deposited masses [of ice], and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the earth. The constantly increasing centrifugal momentum produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the earth’s crust over the rest of the earth’s body, and this will displace the polar regions toward the equator.”
    A foreword by Prof. Albert Einstein in The Earth’s Shifting Crust by Prof. Charles Hapgood.
    Seismic Intensification.
    The information at the end of your e-mail is especially important about the “humming” noises.
    These are caused by shifts in the multi-dimensional electromagnetic pressure pattern on Earth, which gets its ‘directional shift’ from EMF (electromagnetic field)communication between the [Earth] inner core, the sun and other cosmic forces.
    Of course, this is not broadcasted by NASA, and so-called local officials play ‘dumb’ as to the ‘source’.
    But essentially, it means a lot of dimensional ‘bending’ is occurring, which is the reason why so many planetary forces are going haywire at this time.
    Simon CC: satkins@afcw.com
    Acoustic Gravity Waves (Checkout online – Dr. Elchin Khalilov)
    “In both cases, even though the causes of acoustic-gravity waves are of a quite understandable geophysical nature, they are indicative of the expected significant increase in solar activity and the geodynamic activity of our planet. There is no doubt that processes in the core rule the internal energy of our planet, therefore, we should expect by the end of 2012 a sharp rise in strong earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and extreme weather events with peak levels in 2013 – 2014.” Dr. Elchin Khalilov, a geophysicist and a professor in Azerbaijan. Jan 2012

    Pole Shift by John White.
    What will happen during a pole shift.
    “The ultimate disaster! Enormous tidal waves will roll across the continents as oceans become displaced from their basins. Hurricane winds of hundreds of miles per hour will scour the planet. Earthquakes greater than any ever measured will change the shape of the continents. Volcanoes will pour out huge lava flows, along with poisonous gases and choking ash. Climates will change instantly, and the geography of the globe will be radically altered. If the pole shift is less than a full 180 degrees, the polar ice caps will melt rapidly, raising sea levels, while new icecaps will begin to build. And large numbers of organisms, including the human race, will be decimated or even become extinct, with signs of their existence hidden under thick layers of sediment and debris or at the bottom of newly established seas.”

    Biosphere Collapse by John Berbatis
    In the past ten years, there has been an exponential melting of the ice sheets and a noticeable disintegration of the ice shelves owing to ‘global warming’. The loss of mass from the underlying Tectonics Plates causes them to ascend (iso-static rebound), and this results in an increase in the intensification and frequency of global seismological activity. The seismic data of the past ten years confirm this conjecture. Furthermore, the ice shelves impede the flow of glaciers and ice sheets into to the oceans; and when the ‘polar regions’ are subjected to unprecedented seismic upheavals, these events will then cause the ice sheets and glaciers to be dislodged en masse into the ocean. This occurrence will then instantly destabilize the earth’s crust weight distribution (isostasy), and so precipitate a ‘crust displacement’ (Mag. 10+), that is, an axis change. The previous subterranean extraction of fossil fuels and water will greatly exacerbate this impending Apocalypse. Currently, the excessive amount of carbon and methane gasses in the atmosphere is causing catastrophic weather conditions, globally – and this situation will rapidly deteriorate into ‘a runaway climate’.
    West Antarctic glacier loss: ‘We have passed the point of no return’ (+video) Two studies released Monday signal that five glaciers in West Antarctica are undergoing irreversible decline over the next several hundred years, signaling sea level-rise of nearly four feet. By Pete Spotts, Staff writer

    2014 Boils Toward Warmest Year Ever with Three More Records Broken
    By Miguel Llanos November 21st 2014.

    Even if it’s freezing in your personal universe, Earth as a whole just broke three “warmest” records and is likely to see 2014 go down as the warmest since record keeping began in 1880, scientists reported Thursday.

    Driven by record warm oceans, combined sea and land temperatures in October were the warmest on record, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. On top of that, January-October was the warmest first 10 calendar months, while November 2013 to October 2014 was the warmest 12-month block.

    Data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed where the records fell, in large part due to record warm oceans:

    Warmest October: The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was the highest on record for an October at 58.4 degrees F, or 1.3 degrees above the 20th century average and topping the previous record (2003) by 0.02 degrees.
    Warmest first 10 calendar months: The surface temperature for January-October was 58.6 degrees, 1.22 degrees above average and topping the previous record set (1998 and 2010) by 0.04 degrees. Ocean temperatures by themselves were 1.03 degrees above average, the highest on record for this period, beating the previous record (1998) by 0.05 degrees.
    Warmest 12-month block: The period of November 2013-October 2014 averaged 58.2 degrees, 1.2 degrees above the norm, breaking a record set just a month ago for warmest 12-month period.

    October was “the sixth consecutive month where the ocean has been record warm,” Deke Arndt, chief of climate monitoring at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, told reporters. And the average ocean temperatures for each of those months “have all been the warmest for that month on record.”

    “The oceans have been generally warming over time,” he said, especially this year, which he called “quite warm compared to even the warmest part of that history.”

    “Clearly the oceans are driving the warmth that we’ve seen around the planet,” Arndt added.

    And since the U.S. is only 2 percent of the planet, the current freeze and earlier relatively cool temperatures in the eastern half of the country don’t amount to much in terms of global temperatures.

    “Every major ocean basin and all continents all had pieces, and some had significant pieces, of their area that were the warmest on record” between January-October, he added, referring to a NOAA map showing hot spots (below).

    So what’s going on? Natural climate cycles certainly play a role, Arndt told NBCNews.com, but they tend to impact certain regions, not the entire planet. That leaves manmade global warming as a prime suspect.

    “This is truly global scale warmth that we see and it’s consistent with what we’d expect with increasing greenhouse gases,” Arndt said.

    “It is becoming pretty clear that 2014 will end up as the warmest year on record,” he added. “The remaining question is by how much.”

    What’s surprising is that the warmth is building even without the presence of El Nino, the natural ocean cycle that impacts weather globally. The three warmest years on record — 1998, 2005 and 2010 — were tied to significant El Ninos, Arndt noted.


    “Over time the planet continues to warm” even without El Ninos, showing that they “do not dominate the long term signal.”

    NOAA had earlier forecast a mild El Nino forming by the end of this year, but the latest data now suggest “weaker” conditions if it does form, David Unger, seasonal forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, said at NOAA’s monthly climate update.

    An El Nino, even a weak one, could help ease the drought in California with winter rain. A single season with rain won’t end the drought, Unger added, but it “will result in some improvement.”

    California’s drought ties in with its own high temperatures. “It is virtually certain that California will have its warmest year on record even if it has record cold in November and December,” said Jake Crouch, a Climatic Data Center scientist.
    First published November 21st 2014, 3:17 am
    Miguel Llanos

    Miguel Llanos, a freelance reporter based in Redmond, Wash., covered environment and weather news for msnbc.com for 16 years, from 1996 to 2012.


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