Environment, Nature

NASA/CXC/MIT/
F.K.Baganoff et al.

Expectation of new record high temperatures in 2012 - frequency and magnitude of extreme events could reach a high level   " ... Given the association of extreme weather and climate events with rising global temperature, the expectation of new record high temperatures in 2012 also suggests that the frequency and magnitude of extreme events could reach a high level in 2012. Extreme events include not only high temperatures, but also indirect effects of a warming atmosphere including the impact of higher temperature on extreme rainfall and droughts. The greater water vapor content of a warmer atmosphere allows larger rainfall anomalies and provides the fuel for stronger storms driven by latent heat ..."

Natural disasters fill seers' calendar in 2012 " ... If we focus in on early this decade specifically, the sequence of events prophesied should include: another major seismic event still lies ahead in eastern Asia, this will be followed by a major seismic event in the eastern Mediterranean basin region (potentially Italy's Mt. Vesuvius erupting?) foreseen to occur in winter in a future 1st quarter (2012?, possibly followed soon afterwards by another Caribbean seismic event). This specific series of events will immediately precede the first mega earthquake long feared for the west coast - that long predicted event is prophesied for a future April/May in this very decade (2012? ..." news.goldseek.com (site accessed May 2010)

Predictions for 2012 - Real Possibilities   " ... If a likely source for world-wide catastrophe in the year 2012 must be chosen, it would seem that the potential for a man-made environmental crisis due to pollution of the land, fresh water, oceans, and the atmosphere represents the most likely doomsday scenario ..." suite101.com (site accessed Mar 2010)

Global supply of rare earth elements could be wiped out by 2012
   
" It's the bubble you've probably never heard of: The rare earth bubble. And it's due to pop in 2012, potentially devastating the industries of western nations that depend on these rare elements ...The automobile industry uses tens of thousands of tons of rare earth elements each year, and advanced military technology depends on these elements, too. Lots of "green" technologies depend on them, including wind turbines, low-energy light bulbs and hybrid car batteries. In fact, much of western civilization depends on rare earth elements such as terbium, lanthanum and neodymium. So what's the problem with these rare elements? 97 percent of the world's supply comes from mines in China, and China is prepared to simply stop exporting these strategic elements to the rest of the world by 2012 ..." naturalnews.com (site accessed Jan 2010)

Will renewables represent 90% of new capacity in USA by 2012?   " ... Approximately 90 percent of the new electrical capacity that will be brought on line in the U.S. in 2012 will come from renewables like solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric power ..." greentechmedia.com (site accessed April 2009)

Microsoft promises to go 30% greener by 2012  " .... Microsoft's goal can be achieved by improving energy use in its buildings and operations, reducing air travel, and increasing the use of renewable energy. Some of that work has already begun, and ... Microsoft was able to save over $90 million on travel by utilizing remote conferencing ..." maximumpc.com (site accessed Mar 2009)

Air NZ aircraft to use 10% biofuel by 2012   " ... The Kiwi carrier yesterday successfully concluded a world-first test of a second-generation biofuel in a commercial airliner, using a 50:50 mix of conventional Jet A1 and fuel derived from the seeds of the jatropha tree. The test -- conducted in conjunction with plane maker Boeing, engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and refining technology firm UOP -- was hailed by participants as a significant first step on the road to developing second-generation aviation biofuels ..." theaustralian.news.com (site accessed Dec 2008)
See also: Ethanol to take 30% of US corn crop by 2012   "Almost a third of the U.S. corn crop will be used in five years to produce fuel ethanol, possibly raising animal feed costs for farmers and meat prices for consumers ..." Reuters.com (site accessed June 2007)

EU to switch off old-style light bulbs by 2012  "The European Union decided to phase out traditional household light bulbs by September 2012 in favour of new energy-saving models that use a fraction of the electricity. From next September, 100-watt versions of the old incandescent bulbs will be banned from Europe's shops and other bulbs with lower wattage will follow in the ensuing years ..." google.com/hostednews (site accessed Dec 2008)
See also
Action on Climate Change post 2012
The EU's Contribution to Shaping the Future Global Climate Change Regime. Europa (site accessed Feb 2006)

Renewal energy to surpass gas by 2012   "Renewable energy will surpass gas as the second largest source of electricity by 2012, according to the latest report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). World Energy Outlook 2008 states that only coal will produce more electricity than renewables three years from now, and that is taking into account an economic slowdown, the Paris-based agency said ..." sustainablebusiness.com (site accessed Nov 08)

Global windpower to grow by over 70% by 2012   " ... global wind industry is estimated to grow by more than 70 percent and reach 160 gigawatts by 2012. According to the report, wind is the world’s fastest-growing energy source with an average annual growth rate of 29 percent over the last ten years, while power generation costs of wind energy have dropped by 50 percent ..." environmentalleader.com (site accessed Oct 08)

Arctic is screaming   "An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. ...This week, after reviewing his own new data, NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally said: 'At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012, much faster than previous predictions.' ..." cnn.com (site accessed Dec 2007)
See also: Arcitic (sic) sea ice gone by 2012? Rebuttal of the above theory " ... Nature, ever the jokester, has had her fun with the climate alarmists since last November. The Arctic has had more than its usual run up of ice this winter. Today’s (3/20/08) version of the Northern Hemisphere Sea Ice Extent shows an unprecedented (ever heard that word before) run up of ice in the Arctic in the last five months ... The changes are to complex. But that never seems to stop the alarmists. ..." climatesanity.wordpress.com

New Ice Age begins in 2012   Theory of Luis Carlos Campos. The link is a not particularly good English translation, but can be linked back to the original Spanish (site accessed Dec 2007 See also: Wikipaedia entry on Carlos Campos

Wildlife habitat near NYC to disappear by 2012?   " ... Marsh area is being lost at this biologically productive habitat at the rate of 40 acres annually for the past 4 years. However, a new study by the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan Advisory Committee (JBWP) has recently observed that they could disappear by 2012. This is 12 years earlier than a previous estimate by the city’s Department of Environmental Protection ..." greendiary.com (site accessed Aug 2007)

Heatwaves could kill thousands in SE England by 2012   "Up to 10,000 people could die in South East England as a result of heat-waves by 2012, warns a new government report on the impact of climate change on health.parched earth. Higher temperatures and heavier rainfall will have other consequences, such as changes in food-borne and vector-borne disease, and the safety of dinking water supplies, for which the NHS and the public need to be adequately prepared, says the report." OnMedica.net (site accesssed May 2007)

Orang Utans face extinction by 2012   "The Orang Utan, one of man's closest and most enigmatic cousins, could be virtually extinct within five years after it was discovered that the animal's rainforest habitat is being destroyed even more rapidly than had been predicted. A United Nations report has found that illegal logging and fires have been overtaken as the primary cause of deforestation by a huge expansion of oil palm plantations, which are racing to meet soaring demand from Western food manufacturers and the European Union's zeal for biofuels ... " Observer.guardian.co.uk (site accessed Mar 2007)

IBM pledges to adopt energy conservation methods to cut greenhouse emissions 7 percent by 2012
   
creativemac.com (site accessed Mar 2007)

Great Andean glacier will melt to nothing by 2012
   
"The principal glacier of the world’s biggest tropical ice-cap could disappear within five years as a result of global warming, one of the world’s leading glaciologists predicted yesterday. The imminent demise of the Qori Kalis glacier, the main component of the Quelccaya ice cap in the Peruvian Andes, offers the starkest evidence yet of the effects of climate change, according to Lonnie Thompson, of Ohio State University..." TimesOnline (site accessed Feb 2007)

Over 4.5 Billion people could die from global warming-related causes by 2012   "A recent scientific theory called the "hydrate hypothesis" says that historical global warming cycles have been caused by a feedback loop, where melting permafrost methane clathrates (also known as "hydrates") spur local global warming, leading to further melting of clathrates and bacterial growth ....Runaway Global Warming promises to literally burn-up agricultural areas into dust worldwide by 2012, causing global famine, anarchy, diseases, and war on a global scale as military powers including the U.S., Russia, and China, fight for control of the Earth's remaining resources....."   The Canadian (site accessed Jan 2007)

Toba in Sumatra candidate for 2012 super-volcano  
"The devastating Tsunami was precursor to what is coming in 2012. Toba in Sumatra can explode 100 times more violently than what happened 74,000 years back...." Indiadaily.com (site accessed Jan 2007)

See also:
Mega Volcano in 2012
Recent Sumatra earthquakes precursor to probable mega Volcano in 2012 that can end human civilization.  Indiadaily.com  (site accessed Feb 2006)

No change on US carbon strategy   A White House spokeswoman said Bush is sticking with his 2002 plan calling for voluntary reductions, with an eye to trimming greenhouse emissions intensity -- or emissions per unit of economic output of the U.S. economy -- by 18 percent by 2012. "If we're not meeting (the emissions intensity) goal, (Bush) has always said he will look at new policies and new ideas," the spokeswoman said. "But now we are on track to meet that goal." washingtonpost.com (site accessed October 2006)

Global cooling could start in 2012   "Khabibullo Abdusamatov,(head of the Russian Academy of Sciences space research sector) said he and his colleagues had concluded that a period of global cooling similar to one seen in the late 17th century — when canals froze in the Netherlands and people had to leave their dwellings in Greenland — could start in 2012-2015 and reach its peak in 2055-2060." Mosnews.com (site accessed Sept 2006)

2012 Olympic Games could face water shortage   24Dash.com (site accessed July 2006)

The German government has unveiled a plan to cut carbon emissions from business by less than 1% by 2012   BBC News (site accessed July 2006)

UN scheme to promote renewable energy use in poor nations will axe emissions of greenhouse gases by more than a billion metric tonnes by 2012   ABC News US (site accessed June 2006) Article no longer accessible.

Danube's course to be changed by 2012    "The Ministry of Environment is planning to change the Danube River's course on Romanian territory between 2008 and 2012. Minister Sulfina Barbu said yesterday the course of the river will be changed, so that 'we have a coherent defense system against floods, but also a healthy ecosystem, with wet areas, which are very important for a healthy environment.'" Bucharest Daily News (site accessed June 2006)

Kyoto Protocol goals could still be reached by 2012 but still not enough. "The Kyoto Protocol aims to cut industrial nations' emissions of heat-trapping gases -- which are believed responsible for climate change -- from factories, power plants and cars by 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2008-12 .... (its) goals are meant to slow climate change that could spur droughts, floods, powerful hurricanes and flood low-lying Pacific islands by driving up sea levels in the coming decades." Reuters (site accessed May 2006) Article no longer accessible.

Kyoto plans new tougher caps on greenhouse emissions post 2012 "Countries that are signed up to the Kyoto Protocol reaffirmed plans on Friday to set new, tougher caps on greenhouse gas emissions after 2012, despite spreading skepticism about the environmental pact." Reuters (site accessed May 2006) Article no longer accessible.

Global cooling   "Starting from 2012, the process of global cooling will start on the Earth and by the middle of 21st century the whole planet will be captured by low temperatures, an expert from the Russian Sciences Academy Observatory was quoted by NewsRu.com as saying Monday. The cause of the expected global cooling is a decrease in the flow of the Sun’s radiation, Khabibulo Absudamatov says."  MosNews.com (site accessed Feb 2006)

Rise in underwater volcanic activity causes global warming    "Global warming on massive rise due to an exponential rise in underwater volcanoes. The hot methane underwater can cause temperature of the ocean rise very fast. That can be devastating if the trend continues till 2012 ....Most Navies are experiencing changing under water topologies all over the world. The recent American submarine accident caused by under water ridges never mapped before and many other reports from other navies just confirm the fact that there are massive tectonic movements under the oceans that we are not observing." Indiadaily.com ((site accessed Feb 2006)

Truthabouttax.com
Polar Shift by 2012. Promotes a book called "Earth Changes" which "offers specific geographic details regarding the catastrophic effects and timing of the next shift. Where will you be? Who will be safe? When will it occur?"
(site accessed Feb 2006)