Extreme Heatwave to Hit Central Europe Starting Thursday

Computer weather models are showing the buildup of an extreme heat wave for Central Europe and Russia at the end of this week. Temperatures over large areas may hit 45C in places that normally experience much milder summers. The charts below from the US Navy’s supercomputer models show the areas affected. Please use caution during the heat wave. Infants, children, the elderly and people with chronic or long-term medical conditions, such as a heart condition or breathing problems are most at risk and should not be left unattended for any length of time.

USE EXTREME CAUTION when handling fire as forests are likely to be tinder dry and susceptible to the kind of massive wildfires seen in Russia in 2003 and in Canada this year.

In August 2003, more than 30,000 people died after a record-breaking heatwave left Europe sweltering. That heatwave was thought to be the warmest for up to 500 years, and many European countries experienced their highest temperatures on record. Thousands died in France as the temperature rose to 40C. This heatwave may be worse as temperatures could reach 45C as the effects of this year’s El Nino event and the effects of global warming are likely to have increased the severity level substantially.

The NHS in the UK Advises:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Visit or phone people who are vulnerable, such as older people living on their own or people with health conditions.
  • Stay inside and in the coolest room in your home as much as possible, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shade or reflective material outside the glass; if that’s not possible, have light-coloured curtains and close them (metal blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside, and, if it’s safe, open the windows at night when the air is cooler than the room.
  • Help others: check up on neighbours, relatives and friends who may be less able to look after themselves (for example, if they have mobility problems).
    It is more important to keep yourself and others cool if you or they have a heart or respiratory condition. If symptoms become worse, seek medical advice.
  • Drink water or fruit juice regularly.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, and if you do drink alcohol make sure you have water or other non-alcoholic drinks too.

Other tips for staying cool in a heatwave can be found at http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=63080

For the symptoms and treatment of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, see: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Heat-exhaustion-and-heatstroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx

These are the forecast charts showing the approximate areas that may be affected over the week. Also be aware that further heatwaves are possible as the summer progresses.

Europe-Thurs 23 June 2016

Europe-Fri 24 June 2016 Europe-Sat 25 June 2016

Europe-Sun 26 June 2016

Europe-Mon 27 June 2016

Europe-Tue 28 June 2016

Remember, this may be the first of several extreme heatwaves to hit Europe this year. Be prepared.

Cambridge University sinks to new low


The Guardian (UK) is reporting that Cambridge University has refused to divest its £5.9 Billion endowment in fossil fuels. It has been under pressure to do so by students, academics and even by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The University argued that it was better to keep a relationship with fossil companies as a way of maintaining influence on their decision making. As if. Those who dwell in ivory towers often have their heads in clouds. But more often illogical decisions are based on pure greed and dirty, oil soaked money.

The Cambridge financial Dons have displayed their colours and it’s a black as the oil they protect. They should be remembering what happened to the Welcome Trust last year when they lost $175 million due to plummeting share prices in the energy sector.

Which makes one wonder why would Cambridge University, which ranks itself the most prestigious university in the world, not want to protect their £5.9 bn bag of gold by moving it to something more sustainable? Do they know something we don’t?

Perhaps they know of the details in the very controversial TTIP treaty (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) that is being secretly negotiated between the US and EU. It’s the latest plan by US corporations to control any country that can be lured into signing trade deals. “TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations.”

Leaked details say it includes a ‘corporate’ court that has jurisdiction over the courts of sovereign nations. “Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) provisions, allow companies to sue governments if those governments’ policies cause a loss of profits. In effect it means unelected transnational corporations can dictate the policies of democratically elected governments.” Fossil fuel companies could sue governments over any actions to limit use of their products – no matter what destruction it causes to the environment.

Is that what Cambridge university is counting on to maintain their own endowment profits? Is that why oil companies are so keen to find new reserves and why British lawmakers and their paymasters are so anxious to sink fracking wells all over the UK to prove reserves? Do the fossil companies and their enablers expect to empty the treasuries of Britain and other European countries by claiming that climate change legislation has denied them the profits and capital they outlayed on ‘stranded assets’?

Has Cambridge University chosen the ‘dark side’ of climate change by choosing profit over common sense? If so, it will be the beginning of the end for this 800 year old institution. Activists within the university vow to continue the fight. This is going to be a tight race between divestment and TTIP. If TTIP backers win then we will enter a new global order where democracy is a thing of memories and the official ‘corporate-state empire’ becomes a reality. It won’t last long because that new empire is determined to destroy all life on the planet – or at least all life that they deem as surplus to requirements.

Is it time to demand complete transparency in ALL public and private institutions?

It’s long overdue. And, it’s a very big elephant in the room.




Quotes from: The Independent Newspaper, 
6 October 2015