Russian wake up call on global warming

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    Russians are not used to heat waves. When the high temperatures that have overwhelmed Russia over the past six weeks first arrived in June, some 1,200 Russians drowned at the country's beaches. "The majority of those who drowned were drunk," the Emergencies Ministry concluded in mid-July, citing the Russian habit of taking vodka to cool off by the sea. But while overconsumption of vodka is a familiar scourge in Russia, extreme heat is not, and as the worst heat wave on record spawns wildfires that are destroying entire villages, Russian officials have made what for them is a startling admission: global warming is very real.

    At a meeting of international sporting officials in Moscow on July 30, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced that in 14 regions of the country, "practically everything is burning. The weather is anomalously hot." Then, as TV cameras zoomed in on the perspiration shining on his forehead, Medvedev announced, "What's happening with the planet's climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us, meaning all heads of state, all heads of social organizations, in order to take a more energetic approach to countering the global changes to the climate."

    Read more: Has Russia's Heat Wave Changed Stance on Climate Change? - TIME
     
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    This is old hat now Chris. No one seems to care. It's sad about the fires for sure but that is natural because there was SO MUCH SNOW due to the EXCEPTIONALLY COLD WINTER that there was tons more fuel to burn.

    It is a natural and exceptionally predictable cycle. I suggest you look at the history of California and Australian wildfires. they are very well researched and they allways say two things. After a heavy winter the summer will be very dangerous due to more fuel. Then after the fires have burned everything out the mudslides follow.

    Los Angeles is particularly prone to landslides after wildfires because the San Gabrial Mountains are beyond the angle of repose so mass wasting ensues at a prodigous rate when the rains come.

    I suggest you read John McPhee's "The Control of Nature" for an excellent description of the geologic processes involved that is very readable by the layman.
     
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    MOSCOW, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russian authorities and firefighters are continuing their fierce battle against rampant wildfires that have shrouded Moscow in choking smog and thrown nuclear facilities into danger.

    As the confirmed death toll rose to 48 in the deadliest outbreak of wildfires in nearly four decades, President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday cut short his traditional summer holiday in the southern resort of Sochi and returned to Moscow to supervise the fire-fighting efforts.

    Visibility stood at merely 300 meters in the early morning in central Moscow, as thick clouds of pungent smoke from nearby forests and peat bog fires engulfed the capital overnight and raised local pollution indicators to critical levels.

    Municipal authorities and health experts have urged local residents to take preventative measures, such as wearing face masks when going out.

    With the capital besieged by eye-stinging smog, Medvedev chaired an emergency meeting of the national security council that solely focused on the week-old wildfire crisis.

    Russia continues frantic fight against perilous wildfires
     
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    Once again, ol' Walleyes is proving himself to be a fool.

    Crop failure causes grain market panic : Voice of Russia

    Russia’s ongoing drought and record heat have substantially altered prospects for the harvest, which, in its turn, will result in skyrocketing grain prices. In the last few weeks, their growth reached a record rate, accounting for some 40 percent. Still, “there are no fundamental bases for the price rally on the market”, says Russian Grain Union President Arkady Zlochevsky.

    At present, the world grain market is struck with panic, with growth rates exceeding those of 2007-2008. During that season, the global deficit of grain caused the plummeting of its reserves to the lowest-ever level. However, the current situation differs dramatically from what we witnessed two and a half years ago, the expert stressed and continued:

    "Russia’s 2007-08 season grain pool never dropped below 130 million tons, while the volume of world trade totaled 143 million tons. This contrast was exactly what provoked exchange market excitement. According to latest estimates by the International Grains Council (IGC), forecast reserves will reach the level of 192 million tons and the world trade volume is expected to account for 120 million tons - an unprecedented 60-million-ton difference."
     
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    Wheat Goes Up, Prices to Follow - WSJ.com

    CHICAGO—Wheat futures' eight-week rally regained steam on Wednesday by surging 6.7% to above $7.25 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade, their highest since September 2008.

    This brings gains for the grain to 71% from a June low, despite Tuesday's small dip. Not only has the scale of the price surge—fueled by widespread crop failures in Russia—taken traders and analysts aback, it has also prompted a range of companies, including breadmakers and owners of pizza chains, to voice cost concerns.
     
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    GRAINS-Wheat hits 22-month highs on Black Sea woes

    Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures rose nearly 5 percent, touching $7.18-3/4 per bushel, the highest price since September 2008, as the worst drought in 130 years spurred a round of buying from traders.

    CBOT corn and soybean futures also gained, following the rise in wheat prices.

    "You've got the speculative sector heavily invested in this rally and they are going to defend those positions in the short term rather than turn around and liquidate them," said Shawn McCambridge, analyst at Prudential Bache Commodities in Chicago.

    "You have to keep this market well fed with news and that's what it's getting right now," he said.

    The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization on Wednesday chopped 25 million tonnes from its last global wheat estimate in June before the drought.

    The FAO said the drought will reduce wheat output in Kazakhstan and Ukraine after planting troubles cut acreage in Canada, bringing world wheat supplies to 651 million tonnes.

    The drought may also put at risk next year's winter grain crop, said the head of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR) analysts.

    "If there are not heavy rains in the next two weeks, the winter sowing is a big question," Dmitry Rylko told Reuters Insider television Wednesday.world wheat trade, with key exporters such as Australia and the United States gaining market share as drought-stricken countries reap smaller crops. Traders said some Black Sea shipments to Asia had already been held up.
     
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    Yawn.

    It's hot! In the summertime!

    Go tell China to stop burning so much coal
     
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    I agree, Yawn. You would think these people live in a bubble and have never read a single book on history. Wheat prices were 2.45 a bushel in 1920, that calculates out to 17.15 a bushel at todays prices. The bottom link shows the prices as of last week.

    You alarmists are boring. Try finding something that is actually worse than has occured in the past someday.

    Wheat Prices

    Wheat Market Review
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAd2sA6rZfs]YouTube - ‪Video of smoke-veiled Moscow with sun choked out of sight‬‎[/ame]
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjhVv6AlxwE]YouTube - ‪Russian Drought Impacting On Farmland and Crops‬‎[/ame]
     

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