Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 - FEB - Other Stories

2017-02-01 - Hydrogen sulfide hitting coastal Laguna Beach (California):

Quote: "The owner of a manufactured-home park in Laguna Beach said Tuesday there is a 'high probability' that the odors that some residents have complained about are coming from outside the park and not from the sewer system. Residents of Laguna Terrace Park, on South Coast Highway, gathered at their clubhouse to hear Stephen Braun, Hometown America Corp.'s chief operating officer, give an update on the company's investigation into the source of what has been identified as hydrogen sulfide, a colorless gas that collects in low-lying, poorly ventilated areas and smells like rotten eggs at certain concentrations. Residents have reported odors emanating from sinks, toilets and air conditioning vents as well as outside of their units, and they have attributed various ailments such as headaches and difficulty breathing to the gas."

Quote: "For example, the average indoor reading taken from the seven homes from Oct. 1 through Nov. 28 was 0.694 parts per million, while the outdoor average reading near one of the houses was 0.686 parts per million from Oct. 1 through 11, according to results. The inference, said Braun, is that the odor is not coming up through the indoor sewer pipes, that there is something in the unrestricted outdoor air that is just as powerful."

Note: So it was just as strong outdoors as indoors, so yeah, not likely coming in from the sewers, but just blowing around in the atmosphere. It's probably blowing in off the ocean, Earth's traditional source of hydrogen sulfide. Off the West Coast is the huge and growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch. As the oceans become more 'landfill-like', they emit more 'landfill gases', like hydrogen sulfide and methane. This problem will continue to get worse until there are no more human beings left alive on the surface of the planet. And then it'll get REALLY bad, but that'll be a problem for the bugs and weeds and bacteria and jellyfish...

2017-02-01 - Hydrogen sulfide found in well water in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "Construction begins Thursday for two cooling towers for two Catahoula wells. The $1.2 million towers will help fix a harmless smell caused by hydrogen sulfide emitted by the well water, according to Riley."

Note: Harmless?! Hydrogen sulfide is as deadly as hydrogen cyanide, which is what they use to EXECUTE PEOPLE in gas chambers. The British weaponized it in WWI to kill German soldiers in trenches. They chose it because A) it's easy to produce, B) it's a heavier-than-air gas which would flow across fields and down into the trenches, and C) it's extremely deadly. Harmless my ass! Lets see these officials drink some water that's just 0.1% hydrogen sulfide and see how harmless they think it is then...

2017-02-01 - Man, 37, Canadian filmmaker, goes missing while diving at coastal Alligator Reef (Florida):

Quote: "'Rob has done thousands of dives, dove all over the world with some of the worst equipment,' his father said. 'This was some of the best state of the art equipment. So something went terribly wrong.'"

2017-02-01 - Two men, 68 and 48, go out on boat, go missing, on the Mississippi River near Montrose (Iowa):

2017-02-01 - Volcano Piton de la Fournaise Volcano erupts on the island of Reunion (France):

2017-02-01 - Tip of Thwaites Glacier calves off in Antarctica:

Quote: "Recent studies indicate that the greatest risk for future rapid sea-level rise now comes from the Thwaites Glacier due to the large changes already underway, the potential contribution to sea-level rise, and the fact that a collapse could occur within decades or centuries—a remarkably rapid change in relatively short geological time."

Note: So from decades or centuries has begun.

2017-02-01 - Carbon capture needed to make carbon dioxide emissions fall – wind and solar alone won’t meet Paris Agreement goals:

2017-02-01 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits lagoon near Wanaka (New Zealand):

2017-02-01 - Large number of jellyfish swarm Deception Bay in Queensland (Australia):

2017-02-01 - Blizzard and avalanche hit Iran, 9+ killed, more injured:

2017-02-01 - Snowpack in Sierra Nevadas at 177% of historic average in California, biggest in 22 years:

Note: Should help significantly with drought in the area. Unless it turns into flooding...

2017-02-01 - Rarely seen Arctic gull turns up at Tupper Lake (New York):

Note: Maybe it's fleeing the abnormally hot Arctic...

2017-02-01 - Another asteroid zips by close to Earth, fourth since start of the year:

Quote: "For the fourth time since the start of 2017, a small celestial body will pass closer to Earth than the distance between us and the moon. Recently discovered asteroid 2017 BS32 zips by around midday Thursday."

2017-02-01 - Spectacular video captures rare 'ice stacking' phenomenon on Siberia's Lake Baikal:

2017-02-01 - Bright meteor fireball captured over Caeté, Minas Gerais (Brazil):

2017-02-01 - Multiple witnesses report seeing mysterious bright orange lights over Austin (Texas):

2017-02-01 - Inventors create bat-like drone:

Quote: "Holy drone, Batman! Mechanical masterminds have spawned the Bat Bot, a soaring, sweeping and diving robot that may eventually fly circles around other drones."

2017-02-01 - 700-year-old grotesque that looks like Trump found in Southwell Minster (Britain):

Quote: "One sports a comb-over hairstyle, is wholly immovable, and is something of a grotesque. The other is Donald Trump. This 700-year-old church carving at has become something of a star since its resemblance to the US President was spotted. And describing it as 'grotesque' is entirely right, because that's exactly what it is, rather than a gargoyle. A grotesque describes this type of carving in general, whereas a gargoyle specifically means something with a water spout designed to take rainwater away from a roof, the Nottingham Post explains."

2017-02-02 - 'Beyond the extreme', scientists marvel at 'increasingly non-natural' Arctic warmth:

Quote: "At the North Pole, the mercury has rocketed to near the melting point twice since November, and another huge flux of warmth is projected by models next week. Their simulations predict some places in the high Arctic will rise over 50 degrees above normal."

2017-02-02 - Record January warmth hits Washington DC, longest stretch above freezing in January since 1872:

2017-02-02 - Sydney and Brisbane hit by warmest January ever recorded in Australia:

2017-02-02 - Heatwave bakes the Gold Coast (Australia):

2017-02-02 - Shallow magnitude 3.7 earthquake shakes coastal Adelaide (Australia):

2017-02-02 - Strange sky sounds - metallic, groaning, trumpet-like noises heard worldwide in 2016:

2017-02-02 - For a whole new generation that has to relearn the dangers of nuclear war, Helen Caldicott interview from the 1980s:

2017-02-02 - Google's Boston Dynamics unveils 'nightmare-inducing' wheeled robot:

2017-02-02 - Texas Jews hand over keys to the synagogue to Muslims whose mosque burned down:

2017-02-02 - 24 rattlesnakes found in home in Abilene (Texas):

2017-02-02 - All the medals at the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo will be made from recycled cellphones:

2017-02-03 - Hydrogen sulfide driving people away at Sunset Harbour in coastal Miami Beach (Florida):

Quote: "The smell can be found for blocks in the upscale area. "There's not a sewage issue," Miami Beach Public Works Assistant Director Roy Coley said. 'We determined it’s a hydrogen sulfide smell that is associated with groundwater.' Hydrogen sulfide is dangerous in high concentrations, but Coley said it's benign at the level of what's being emitted in Sunset Harbour."

Note: It's never 'benign', regardless of the concentration. Being a heavier-than-air gas, it'll accumulate and concentrate in ditches and ravines and basements and other low-lying areas, and then the concentration may reach lethal levels. Even at non-lethal levels, it may cause unconsciousness, kidney damage, brain damage, heart damage, heart attacks or strokes, etc...

2017-02-03 - Magnitude 5.8 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the island of St. Lucia:

2017-02-03 - Massive iceberg set to break off Antarctic ice shelf – 'We are watching with bated breath':

2017-02-03 - Graph of the day - Arctic sea ice extent for January 2017:

2017-02-03 - Antarctic sea ice likely to hit new all-time record lows over the coming days:

Note: So BOTH poles are rapidly melting now...

2017-02-03 - Winter abandons Florida with record hot two-month stretch:

2017-02-03 - Series of heavy California blizzards make up for 37% of drought-induced snowpack deficit:

2017-02-03 - Lightning strike kills one person, injures 5 more, in Wartburg (South Africa):

2017-02-03 - Freak weather in Spain devastates salad crops, leads to rationing of vegetables in UK supermarkets:

2017-02-03 - Freak snowstorm hits the UAE:

2017-02-03 - Connectivity - part of the food revolution:

2017-02-03 - Doom gets aporkalyptic, bacon shortage looms in 2017:

2017-02-03 - Study finds excessive air pollution may account for a fifth of dementia cases:

2017-02-03 - Radioisotope dating technique flawed suggests new study:

2017-02-03 - Employees being replaced by contractors:

Quote: "Never before have big employers tried so hard to hand over chunks of their business to contractors. From Google to Wal-Mart, the strategy prunes costs for firms and job security for millions of workers..."

2017-02-03 - Trump has already signed 22 executive actions — here's what each one does:

2017-02-03 - The US economy is too damaged to be fixed, Trump will get the blame:

2017-02-03 - Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl show to feature hundreds of drones:

Quote: "Earlier this week, the FAA declared a 34.5-mile radius around Houston’s NRG Stadium a 'no drone zone' on game day. But not for Gaga, who will perform under and amid the hundreds of lit-up drones on Sunday. It will be the first time the Super Bowl halftime show has incorporated drones."

2017-02-04 - Fierce storm batters France, 250,000 homes lose power:

2017-02-04 - Snowstorm pounds Sar-i-Pul Province (Afghanistan), 100+ people killed, livestock killed, 60+ homes destroyed:

2017-02-04 - US Farmers are losing the superweed fight as glyphosate resistance tops 75%:

2017-02-04 - Terrifying scientific report details how the world ends:

Quote: "He has found that three of the most pressing risks are pandemic diseases, like Zika or Ebola, extreme climate change, and nuclear war."

Note: Already getting extreme climate change, but we might get the other two as well, seeing as they're not mutually exclusive...

2017-02-04 - Weather hurts vegetable crops, rationing begins in Britain:

Quote: "Supermarkets in Britain are beginning to ration their broccoli and iceberg lettuce after bad weather causes a shortage. Nathan Rousseau Smith explains why."

2017-02-04 - Two-headed three-eyed cat found in Shenyang (China):

2017-02-04 - Black-backed Oriole endemic to Mexico turns up in Sinking Spring (Pennsylvania):

2017-02-04 - Congress scraps Obama rules on coal mining, guns:

Note: More polluted streams on public land, and more people going crazy with guns...

2017-02-04 - Congress votes to allow gas/oil companies to 'flare' more methane into the atmosphere:

Note: More methane entering the atmosphere and more people burning to death and more homes and businesses being destroyed by fires and/or explosions...

2017-02-04 - The EPA has started to remove climate science information from its site:

Note: Government getting REALLY big and getting between people and information...

2017-02-05 - Alert level raised at volcanoes Kanlaon and Bulusan rumbling in the Philippines, strong eruptions at Sheveluch (Russia), Sinabung (Indonesia), Turrialba (Costa Rica) and Colima (Mexico):

2017-02-05 - Volcano Sinabung erupts seven times in one day in Indonesia:

2017-02-05 - January was warmest month since April 2016:

2017-02-05 - Arctic sea ice VOLUME lower than ever recorded for this time of year:

2017-02-05 - Greenland ice sheet melting 600 percent faster than predicted by current models:

2017-02-05 - More extreme rains to fall as the world warms:

2017-02-05 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Victoria (Australia):

2017-02-05 - Heavy flooding displaces 60,000 people, destroys 1,800 homes, in Lambayeque (Peru):

2017-02-05 - Apocalyptic snowstorm blasts the Middle East as freak weather terrifies Arab countries:

2017-02-05 - Heavy snow anad avalanches hit Pakistan, 10+ killed:

2017-02-05 - Meteorite lights up the night sky over the US Midwest then crashes into Lake Michigan:

2017-02-05 - MUFON investigation: Did a UFO crash to Earth after being shot down by US forces?

2017-02-06 - Volcanic activity reported at Popocatepetl (Mexico), Mount Etna (Italy) and Mawson Peak (Australia):

2017-02-06 - Mud volcano erupts in suburb of coastal Baku (Azerbaijan):

2017-02-06 - Two magnitude 5.3 earthquakes strike in the Aegean Sea near Turkey:

2017-02-06 - More earthquakes than usual shook Switzerland last year:

2017-02-06 - Lightning strike kills man in Masai (Malaysia):

2017-02-06 - Areas of British Columbia receive yearly snowfall average in just 72 hours:

Note: Yet another high-precip event...

2017-02-06 - Waterspout filmed off the coast of Broome (Australia):

2017-02-06 - Lowest temperature in history recorded for Qatar:

Note: Would be way better for human survival if the Arctic was cold and Qatar was warm, like normal, but the climate is seriously destabilizing now, so the Arctic is warm and Qatar is cold. Destabilized climate also has a big impact on food production, which is why they're already rationing vegetables in the UK now...

2017-02-06 - How scientists are tracking the dangerous weakening of Earth's magnetic field:

2017-02-06 - 'We should assume our worst fears will be realised', says climate scientist about Donald Trump:

2017-02-06 - New bill would block EPA from regulating greenhouse gases:

Note: Hah, so now if we should wake up to what's happening and decide to take some simple steps to extend our lives and live a little longer...sorry, that's now illegal, so you and everybody you care about have to die, no slowing our demise down! Glad I got my 50-something years in before corporatist nutbags took over and mandated an earlier-than-necessary death for all of us. Hopefully most people are way more gung-ho about dying on the early side than I am...

2017-02-06 - Comet 45P approaches Earth, closest approach on February 11th:

2017-02-06 - Military Times report - thousands of deadly US air strikes have gone unreported since 2001:

2017-02-06 - How therapeutic use of full-spectrum light can improve your health:

2017-02-06 - The best treatment for anxiety and stress is meditation:

2017-02-07 - Hydrogen sulfide wiped out life on Earth during the Permian-Triassic:

Quote: "By analysing sulfur isotopes in pyrite minerals, the team concluded that 'the main killing agents' were brought about by the mixing of sulfide-rich waters from the deep ocean with oxygenated shallow waters. Exactly what caused this increased mixing is still a mystery, however. 'Sulfide is toxic to eukaryotic cells and we know that hydrogen sulfide at concentrations of a few hundred parts per million would be lethal to humans, if exposed for a prolonged time,' explains Shen. 'The shoaling of sulfidic waters, therefore, would kill marine animals in the Permian–Triassic oceans.'"

Quote: "Although the end-Permian extinction happened over a quarter of a billion years ago, the events that triggered it have added significance in the light of current-day climate change. 'Satellite remote sensing has clearly shown that massive fish mortality in the Namibian coastal waters are associated with sulfidic waters,' says Shen. 'As a matter of fact, due to human-induced eutrophication and global warming, the episodic occurrence of hydrogen sulfide has been reported in many coastal waters – such as those of the Gulf of Mexico, California and western India.' This warning is echoed by Lyons, who notes that there 'are lessons to be learned from this event, as we face warming in the present-day ocean'."

Note: The same thing is happening right now, and has been underway since at least as early as 2002, when sea life began fleeing the depths in the ocean off the Pacific Northwest. And the lesson I would learn from this is that we're no more likely to survive this event than all the other species that it's wiped off the face of the Earth in the past and, therefore, we should focus on Plan B options, or else this is the final chapter in the Book of Humanity...

2017-02-07 - Hydrogen sulfide hitting areas in coastal East Providence (Rhode Island):

Quote: "Waste from Barrington is sitting inside its pipe so long - a situation apparently exacerbated by dry conditions over the past year - that the resulting anaerobic (oxygen-less) conditions are causing it to decompose and give off hydrogen sulfide. Not only does the gas smell of rotten eggs, it's also acidic, said Gray. As a result, it can be corrosive to equipment at the wastewater plant."

2017-02-07 - Scientists warn we could be extinct by 2026:

Note: That's not far-fetched. Once the barely-frozen clathrates in the Artic blow their wads, global firestorms will begin, sweeping southward and incinerating everything on the surface of the Earth. That could begin at any time now, and the area of the planet warming faster than any other area IS the Arctic...

2017-02-07 - North Atlantic storm to send more heat into the Arctic, again:

2017-02-07 - Rare polar phenomenon, Sudden Stratospheric Warming, could trigger big freeze across UK:

Quote: "The North Pole's high-altitude air has suddenly warmed up and is set to shunt cold low-level Arctic air south to Scotland."

2017-02-07 - Antarctic ice shelf rift grew 17 miles in the last two months:

2017-02-07 - Volcanoes Katla, Hekla, Bárðarbunga, and Grímsvötn priming to erupt in Iceland:

2017-02-07 - Magnitude 6.3+ earthquake strikes in the ocean just off the coast of Pakistan:

2017-02-07 - Extreme heatwave set to bake Australia:

Quote: "A band of hot air more than 2,000 kilometres wide is expected to sweep across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, bringing heatwave temperatures - sometimes over 45 degrees - for vast areas in those states over the next few days."

2017-02-07 - Lightning strike kills man fighting fire in Mudgee (Australia):

2017-02-07 - Tornadoes hit Louisiana and Mississippi, at least 31 injured:

2017-02-07 - Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of California:

2017-02-07 - Powerful thunderstorm deluges Sydney (Australia):

2017-02-07 - Winter weather alerts issued for 23 states as US braces for severe storms:

2017-02-07 - Tropical Cyclone Carlos forms in the Southern Indian Ocean:

2017-02-07 - Menacing mammatus clouds engulf the sky over Pensacola (Florida):

2017-02-07 - Scary funnel cloud photographed in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), but no tornado, storm or even rain was reported:

2017-02-07 - Rare 'fire rainbow' spotted in skies over Humberston (UK):

2017-02-07 - 36 countries hit by avian flu since October, Belgium the latest:

2017-02-07 - USDA quietly removes animal welfare inspection reports, documents only accessible through Freedom of Information Act requests:

Note: This change came with the new administration, so some big corporation(s) must benefit from depriving the public of easy accress to this information, probably drug companies and animal testing labs. One thing you can count on with Trump - if it benefits corporatist oligarchs, then he's gonna give them what they want, even if the common man pays the price, and the common man almost always pays the price. In this case though, it'll probably be animals that suffer...

2017-02-07 - Cause of noises made by meteors found:

2017-02-07 - Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers:

2017-02-07 - Here come the robots, and they are going to take almost all of our jobs:

Note: Got way bigger worries than that...

2017-02-08 - A chunk of sea ice equal to the size of India has vanished from Antarctica because of record heat:

2017-02-08 - No data manipulation in 2015 climate study, researchers say, as accuser walks back claim:

2017-02-08 - Rising sea level causing problems in Miami (Florida):

Quote: "In Miami, sea levels are rising, and residents have noticed. Navarrete: 'The water is here. It's not that I'm talking about some sci-fi movie here. No. I live it. I see it, it's tangible.' That's Valerie Navarrete. She's lived in South Beach for more than 20 years. About seven years ago, sea-level rise, a high tide, and rain combined to cause a major flood. Navarrete: 'I remember was a Friday afternoon and it was raining for about one hour. When we came out our garage had over three feet of water - not inches - feet. So we lost several cars. It's just unbelievable.' Navarrete's garage now floods about once every other month."

2017-02-08 - Locust swarms devouring crops in Bolivia, state of emergency declared:

Quote: "Bolivian President Evo Morales is declaring a state of emergency to fight a plague of locusts that is decimating crops in the country's agricultural heartland. Morales announced the decision Wednesday as part of a contingency plan. It includes $700,000 in additional funds for fumigation. Officials say the swarm of locusts first appeared two weeks ago about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the eastern city of Santa Cruz. It has spread fast and is now about 18 miles (30 kilometers) from Bolivia's largest city. Bolivia's Eastern Agriculture Chamber estimates more than 2,700 acres (1,100 hectares) of corn, sorghum and beans have already been destroyed by the locusts. Authorities fear the locusts will reach the breadbasket region that supplies more than 80 percent of Bolivia's food unless there is extensive fumigation."

2017-02-08 - Around 100 children sicken at school in Memphis (Tennessee):

2017-02-08 - January Arctic sea ice volume lowest on record by a considerable margin:

2017-02-08 - The North Pole will be warmer than parts of the Meditteranean this week:

2017-02-08 - In Australia and the US, sound climate policy is being held hostage by vested interests:

2017-02-08 - Heavy rain and flooding hit New Caledonia:

2017-02-08 - Heavy rain and strong winds damage homes in Umdoni (South Africa):

2017-02-08 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the Fiji Islands:

2017-02-08 - Northeast US braces for biggest blizzard of the year:

2017-02-08 - Bizarre cloud formation seen over Michoacán (Mexico):

2017-02-08 - Lunar eclipse, comet and full moon all coming on Friday night, rare space TRIPLE event on February 10, 2017:

2017-02-08 - On the road to 5G - new technology being pushed with no safety testing:

2017-02-08 - Hundreds of ancient 'Stonehenge' geoglyphs found in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest:

2017-02-09 - Firefighter has 'significant medical event' on duty, in critical condition, in Des Moines (Iowa):

Quote: "A Des Moines firefighter is in critical condition Friday night after a 'significant medical event while on duty,' a department spokesperson said in a news release. The firefighter, whose name has not been released, was treated by fellow firefighters and paramedics and taken to a nearby hospital."

2017-02-09 - Human civilization is headed for the exit:

2017-02-09 - Climate change linked to seafood bacteria:

2017-02-09 - Heavy rain and rapid snow melt in California and Nevada cause flooding and mudslides:

Note: That's what I was afraid of when I was watching all that snow dropping in the last few weeks...

2017-02-09 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2017-02-09 - Fierce hailstorm destroys 20 homes, kills child, in Kariba (Zimbabwe):

2017-02-09 - Blue lightning shooting upward filmed from space for the first time:

2017-02-09 - Mysterious object falls out of the sky and lands in garden at home in Lowercroft (Britain):

2017-02-09 - As bees die-off, robot bees may help with pollination:

2017-02-09 - In separate incidents, cockroaches crawl inside people's heads, in India and in China:

Note: Who needs Stephen King?!

2017-02-09 - Indian boy plagued by mysterious 'stigmata' condition appeals to the world for a cure:

2017-02-09 - As Goldman Sachs embraces automation, even the masters of the universe are threatened:

2017-02-09 - Bank of America opens branches without employees:

2017-02-09 - Recession 2017? Things are happening that usually never happen unless a new recession is beginning:

2017-02-09 - White House press secretary Sean Spicer loses his cool with the press:

2017-02-09 - The White House employee who ensures Trump doesn’t get hacked has been fired:

2017-02-09 - Do all humans perceive color the same?

2017-02-09 - Almost two tons of marijuana disguised as key limes found near US-Mexico border:

Note: They should've gone the extra mile and put the limes in the coconuts!

2017-02-10 - Rotten egg smell, not natural gas, hits Riverdale Shops area in Springfield (Massachusetts), next to the Connecticut River:

Quote: "Columbia Gas spokeswoman Andrea Luppi also said company techs were using meters to determine the scope of the problem. She said, 'We received reports of the smell from Chilli’s to the Olive Garden, which pretty much encompasses the entire plaza.' Luppi went on to say that the crews on site had 'found no readings of any natural gas.' A 22News crew saw customers inside both the grocery store and the liquor store, but Luppi told 22News that 'the Stop and Shop had self-evacuated.' The area was cleared around 11:00 p.m. Friday. Luppi said no leaks were found."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. Not natural gas, yet smelled like natural gas, which means a 'rotten egg' odor. Not much else that could be but some hydrogen sulfide blowing through...

2017-02-10 - Many students sickening in Little Ferry (New Jersey), near the coast:

Quote: "Citing a 'staggering' number of student absences due to a range of illnesses, including influenza, the superintendent of the borough's public school district canceled classes on Friday so the buildings could be disinfected — a process that he said would continue over the weekend."

2017-02-10 - Magnitude 6.5+ earthquake strikes near coastal Surigao (Philippine Islands), 6+ killed:

2017-02-10 - So long, La Niña, Arctic temperatures soar 63°F in 24 hours:

2017-02-10 - Catastrophic heatwave frying Australia:

Quote: "With temperatures over 40C in parts of Sydney, it is now officially the hottest summer in the city's 158 year recorded history — with 10 summer days over 35C. At Sydney Airport, temperatures reached 42.9C at 2.30pm today, and broke the previous record for the area set in 1980. And the worst heat could be still to come."

Quote: "Heat records tumble as Sydney records it's hottest summer in 158 year recorded history as heatwave from hell continues..."

2017-02-10 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Tutira (New Zealand):

2017-02-10 - Heavy rain heads to Southern California:

2017-02-10 - Heavy snowfall hits the Sea of Japan coast in Japan:

2017-02-10 - Orange 'Trump-a-gator' draws crowds in Hanahan (South Carolina):

2017-02-10 - Two-thirds of Navy strike fighter jets can't fly:

Quote: "Nearly two-thirds of the US Navy's F/A 18 strike fighter jets are currently unable to fly, grounded due to repair delays or because they are awaiting spare parts."

Note: Maybe we don't need such a vast military. Is there any place we want to bomb that we've been unable to bomb? No. So maybe that money would be better spent on keeping us alive. We're all gonna be dead soon enough in any case, and then we won't need any military at all...

2017-02-10 - Entire British Royal Navy attack submarine fleet is out of service:

Quote: "The whole of English attack submarine fleet is out of service. The Royal Navy, on paper the most powerful Navy of NATO after that of the United States, under maintenance or repair six attack submarines. The seventh undergoing sea trials."

2017-02-10 - Record number of people renounce US citizenship in 2016:

2017-02-10 - White House investigating source of leaks on Trump's phone calls with foreign leaders:

2017-02-10 - Sex dolls with programmable personalities set to become reality:

2017-02-11 - 70 people sickened at indoor go-kart track in Wavre (Belgium), blamed on carbon monoxide:

2017-02-11 - Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Tainan City (Taiwan):

2017-02-11 - Devastating drought hits Kenya, national disaster declared:

Quote: "Kenya's Red Cross says 2.7 million people face starvation if more help is not provided."

2017-02-11 - California's Anderson reservoir is so full it's seismically unsafe:

2017-02-11 - Extremely high radiation breaks down Fukushima clean-up robot:

2017-02-11 - Trump administration delays listing of rusty patched bumblebee as endangered:

2017-02-11 - North Korea test-fires missile into the Sea of Japan:

2017-02-11 - India successfully test-fires interceptor missile:

2017-02-11 - Targeted killings becoming an international norm thanks to US drone policies:

2017-02-12 - 'Nasty odours' sickens 68 people at airport in Hamburg (Germany):

Quote: "Nearly 70 people have been taken ill at Hamburg Airport after 'nasty odours' were pumped through the terminal's air-conditioning system."

Quote: "All flights were stopped after scores of people reported 'respiratory irritation' at the airport. People were treated for coughing, breathing problems and burning eyes by paramedics at the scene. Medics raced to the terminals 1 and 2 to treat holidaymakers who had reported feeling unwell."

Note: They're trying hard to blame this on a small canister of pepper spray that a worker threw in the trash. There's all kindsa stuff wrong with that excuse. First, you have to assume their employees are incompetent, to dispose of such a canister unsafely. Then you have to assume more employees were incompetent and put a trash can near an air return vent. Then you have to assume that the canister vented spontaneously for some reason but nobody heard the sound or noticed haze coming out of the trash can. Then you have to assume that people would call pepper spray a 'nasty odour' - it's not, it smells like pepper, it's just very irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes. Then you have to assume that a personal-sized canister that mysteriously went off by itself for some reason could possibly HOLD enough pepper spray to disperse enough to sicken 68 people. And then you have to assume that even though it's not NORMALLY invisible, the pepper spray, in this instance, somehow became invisible because nobody reported any haze. Any ONE of those things...sure, maybe. But all of them? Nah, far too implausible. If it smells like a bullshit story and it looks like a bullshit story, most likely it's a bullshit story.

Now, instead of assuming ALL of those impossible or improbable things, you could alternatively just assume it was hydrogen sulfide - it would be more apt to be called a 'nasty odour', it would come in through the outside air intakes, it could easily be plentiful enough to sicken 68 people with exactly those symptoms, it would be invisible and create no haze, and the authorities would attempt to disguise a major hydrogen sulfide poisoning incident with some inane excuse like, say, pepper spray.

Which of the two above scenarios is more likely, the one they WANT you to believe, filled with improbabilities and impossibilities, or the one they don't even want you to consider because it's far more plausible? When they try to steer your thinking, it's best to be wary. And obviously they have to come up with SOME excuse that people will accept, at least gullible trusting people. In this case the excuse was pepper spray. They've used this excuse many times. As long as people will buy it, they'll keep on using it. But soon enough, it won't just be enough hydrogen sulfide to sicken a few dozen people - there will be piles of corpses. At that point they'll have to switch to an entirely different excuse which will probably be...'terrorists done it!'

2017-02-12 - Volcano Sinabung erupts on Sumatra Island (Indonesia):

2017-02-12 - Shallow 5.2 earthquake strikes near the coast in central New Zealand:

2017-02-12 - Lightning strike kills man after soccer match in Eastern Cape (South Africa):

2017-02-12 - Lightning strike kills man, injures his daughter, in Dowa (Malawi):

2017-02-12 - Snow piles on across New England for second time in a week:

2017-02-12 - Waterspout caught on camera off Nambucca Heads (Australia):

2017-02-12 - Sun halo shines over northern Sweden:

2017-02-12 - NASA to create artificial clouds in space to understand auroras:

2017-02-12 - Two-headed calf born in Kyrgyzstan:

2017-02-12 - Constitutional law professor warns about rampant corruption within America's police departments:

2017-02-12 - Why Donald Trump needs the next recession to start as quickly as possible:

2017-02-13 - Unknown odor blows through Houston (Texas), near the coast:

Quote: "The source of an odor that wafted over the city Monday is still being investigated, but it is not considered a public health threat, according to authorities. City officials assure the public that plans are in place if a dangerous substance is detected in the air."

Note: So if a big cloud of hydrogen sulfide belches up from the Gulf of Mexico and blows over Houston, and everybody in the city starts spazzing out with seizures, falling unconscious, going insane and dropping dead as fires and explosions break out all over the place, what WOULD be the plan? Curious minds would like to know...

2017-02-13 - Man, 24, falls off cruise ship and disappears near the Bahamas, possible toppler:

2017-02-13 - More than 2000 students and 138 teachers sicken at school(s) in Wilson County (Tennessee):

2017-02-13 - Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces:

2017-02-13 - Scientists devise desperate plan to refreeze the Arctic before sea ice melts completely:

Note: That won't save us, but it could buy us time. Charge the $500 billion to the future. If it doesn't work and there is no future, then non-existent future people won't care. If there IS a future then hey, it was worth it. We don't have much of anything to lose by trying some wacky stuff...

2017-02-13 - Lake Rotorua erupts again in New Zealand:

Quote: "An Ohinemutu resident has witnessed what is now the fourth eruption to occur in Lake Rotorua, describing this latest one as being a lot wider. Lani Kereopa said it happened between 4am and 4.30am today."

2017-02-13 - At least 749 earthquakes have hit the Dardanelles in Turkey since February 6:

2017-02-13 - US senators propose legislation to improve volcano monitoring, early warnings:

2017-02-13 - Scientists uncover huge 1.8 million square kilometer reservoir of melting carbon under the Western United States:

2017-02-13 - Severe storms with more than 170,000 lightning strikes hit southeast Queensland (Australia):

2017-02-13 - Heavy flooding kills crops in Western Australia, 1 killed, 1 missing:

2017-02-13 - Heavy rain and snowfall hits Iran, town evacuated over fear of dam collapse:

2017-02-13 - Nature revolts! Will superweeds choke GMO to a timely death in USA?

2017-02-13 - Climate scientists say posting ‘blatantly false’ climate information on EPA website is illegal:

2017-02-13 - 10,000 year old rock paintings depicting possible UFOs and ETs discovered in India:

2017-02-14 - Temperature hits almost 100 degrees in winter in Mangum (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Oklahoma just endured a spell of exceptionally hot weather. Mangum, Oklahoma saw temperatures close to 100º F, setting a state record. The average February high in Mangum is 56º F."

Note: Holy sh#t, that's crrrazy! Only one state over from me. If that happened here in Misery in the middle of winter, I'd be freaking out. Kinda freaking out anyway!

2017-02-14 - Sea ice extent shrinks to lowest level ever recorded in Antarctica:

2017-02-14 - Man has chest pains and breathing difficulties on cruise ship near coastal Cape Hatteras (North Carolina), medevac'd off:

2017-02-14 - Dam reservoirs are major emitters of methane:

2017-02-14 - Tornado rips through Van Vleck (Texas), one home destroyed, others damaged:

2017-02-14 - Severe drought hits the island of Sri Lanka:

2017-02-14 - Western US faces renewed flood threat as storm onslaught resumes:

2017-02-14 - Los Angeles area braces for what could be biggest storm of the season, flooding, mudslides possible:

2017-02-14 - Melting ice causing flooding in Hungary:

2017-02-14 - Air pollution emergency declared in Nigeria:

2017-02-14 - Make food systems climate resilient now or future production will be compromised, UN warns:

2017-02-14 - Cancer-causing chemicals banned in the 1970s found in the depths of the Pacific Ocean:

2017-02-14 - Stunning polar stratospheric clouds shine over Sweden and Finland:

2017-02-14 - Idaho lawmakers strip climate change references from new K-12 science standards:

2017-02-14 - Trump and the GOP lead war against science:

2017-02-14 - Sikh temple opens doors to evacuees in Stockton (California):

Note: There's much to like about Sikhs. Their most revered figures are Sikhs who died fighting for religious freedom for people of OTHER religions!

2017-02-15 - Oceans losing oxygen, posing threats to marine (and non-marine) life:

Quote: "'When the upper ocean warms, less water gets down deep, and so therefore, the oxygen supply to the deep ocean is shut down or significantly reduced,' Schmidtko said."

Note: And the bottom of the oceans is where the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea live that produce hydrogen sulfide. And they don't like oxygen, so this is just wonderful news for them. This is what I said more than 5 years ago. It took them five years to ALMOST catch up to where I was 5+ years ago. (They still don't grok the full extent of the threat.) At this rate, by the time they realize what's actually happening, that another 'Great Dying' has begun ...we'll all be dead. In the meantime, the destruction of human civilization continues!

2017-02-15 - Hydrogen sulfide continues blowing through neighborhood in Plano (Texas):

Quote: "It turns out what neighbors are smelling is the potentially dangerous gas, hydrogen sulfide (H2S). However, after two weeks of testing, engineers found the levels of H2S were not high enough to be considered a health risk."

Note: Yeah, that's bullshit. First off, nobody knows what effects chronically breathing even low levels of hydrogen sulfide does to people. There've been no studies done. It would be hard to get volunteers for such studies even if it were legal, which it isn't. 'Say, we'd like to conduct a study to see what breathing low levels of a deadly neurotoxin does to people. Wanna sign up?!' Secondly, because it's a heavier-than-air gas, it settles into low-lying areas and it then concentrates. So if the levels are 'safe' on a rooftop monitoring unit, they might concentrate in the basement of that same building and be lethal. So there's never any 'safe' or 'benign' level. If you've got a deadly heavier-than-air neurotoxin blowing around, you've got a serious problem...

2017-02-15 - Many people having 'medical emergencies' in Hagerstown (Maryland):

2017-02-15 - More heat heading to the Arctic:

2017-02-15 - Pine Island Glacier sheds another iceberg in Antarctica:

2017-02-15 - Volcano Lanín hit by 59 earthquakes in 45 minutes on the border of Chile and Argentina:

Quote: "According to the special report of volcanic activity, a simultaneous succession of volcano-tectonic seismic events (VT) and spasmodic tremor was recorded from 3:24 pm. This kind of seismicity is associated with movement of fluids inside the volcano."

2017-02-15 - Southern Californian faultline has potential to trigger earthquakes, tsunamis:

2017-02-15 - Tropical Cyclone Dineo roars into Mozambique, 4+ killed:

2017-02-15 - Heavy flooding hits Saudi Arabia, 1 killed, 10 injured:

2017-02-15 - Heavy flooding and overflowing rivers cause evacuations in the south of France:

2017-02-15 - Heavy snow buries southern Maine, thousands lose power:

2017-02-15 - Florida’s coastal Everglades, deprived of fresh water, near unhealthy 'tipping point':

2017-02-15 - Florida lawmakers in DC learn there are no easy fixes for red tide plague:

2017-02-15 - Indian rocket successfully launches record 104 satellites from Sriharikota (India):

Quote: "Indian Space Research Space Organisation, on Wednesday morning, launched a record 104 satellites on board a single rocket, including the country’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series. The PSLV-C37 (Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) was lifted off successfully from the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 125 km from Chennai."

2017-02-15 - Russia moves cruise missiles, sends fears through NATO:

2017-02-15 - US National Academy of Sciences advocates use of gene editing tools to modify human DNA:

2017-02-15 - Idaho state Senator Dan Foreman thinks climate change is a liberal 'scam':

Note: Will he still think that as his loved ones are falling over dead and/or burning to death? We will see!

2017-02-15 - Russian spy ship cruising along the East Coast:

2017-02-15 - Inflation putting the squeeze on the poor and middle-class:

2017-02-16 - Magnitudes 5.1 and 5.6 earthquakes strike in quick succession in coastal Aceh (Indonesia):

2017-02-16 - 834 million dead trees (!) in Colorado heighten fire danger:

2017-02-16 - Warm temperature record from 1916 broken in Calgary (Canada):

Note: I had the AC running today myself, in the winter...

2017-02-16 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the Gaza Strip (Israel):

2017-02-16 - Record rains straining all of California's flood control network:

2017-02-16 - Severe winter kills 46,000 livestock in Mongolia:

2017-02-16 - Taiwan may soon impose water rationing as reservoir levels fall:

2017-02-16 - Drought emergency hits 100 days in Bolivia:

2017-02-16 - Four famines mean 20 million people may starve in the next six months:

2017-02-16 - Suppressed EPA toxicologist says 'it is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer':

2017-02-16 - Carnegie Institution finds 100 planets in other solar systems:

2017-02-16 - Pet squirrel attacks and injures burglar at home in Meridian (Idaho):

2017-02-17 - People sickened by unknown cause after massive gas leak a year ago in Porter Ranch (California):

2017-02-17 - America’s February warmth is extreme, and it’s just getting started:

2017-02-17 - Climate change is transforming the world's food supply:

2017-02-17 - Volcano Bogoslof erupts again on Bogoslof Island (Alaska), spews ash cloud 25,000 feet into the atmosphere:

2017-02-17 - Barren Island volcano erupts in India:

2017-02-17 - Magnitude 4.6 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the island of Maui (Hawaii):

2017-02-17 - Fierce storm pounds Central and Southern California:

Quote: "A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and electrocuted a man, killed a motorist in a submerged car and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports. With the storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the Pacific, precautionary evacuations of homes in some neighborhoods were requested due to the potential for mudslides and debris flows. More than 300 arriving and departing flights were delayed or canceled at Los Angeles International Airport. In the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, a falling tree downed power lines and hit a car. A 55-year-old man was electrocuted and pronounced dead at a hospital, police and fire officials said. Winds gusting to 60 mph or more lashed the area. Heavy rains turned creeks and rivers into brown torrents and released slews of mud from hillsides burned barren by wildfires."

2017-02-17 - Massive storm to dump another foot of rain on California, two small earthquakes strike near near Oroville Dam:

2017-02-17 - Vicious storm hits the Central Coast (Australia):

Quote: "Homes have been badly damaged, roads closed and thousands lost power as a terrifying 'mini-tornado' barrelled through pockets of the Central Coast late yesterday. One Fountaindale family will be "starting from scratch" after a massive tree crashed through the middle of their house about 5pm in scenes reminiscent of the January 2016 super storm which turned the area's tornado alley into a wasteland. Wyong and Gosford State Emergency Service crews had about 100 call-outs overnight as fallen trees and heavy rain caused roof damage in a devastating dinnertime burst of thunder and lightning when 23mm of rain fell between 5pm and 9pm. More than 30,000 homes lost power in at least a dozen suburbs across the Coast, from Pearl Beach up to Tuggerah, where the roof collapsed at a police call centre late yesterday."

2017-02-17 - Republicans begin effort to gut the Endangered Species Act:

Note: Without even realizing that WE are an endangered species. Derp...

2017-02-17 - The EPA posted a mirror of its website before Trump can gut the real one:

2017-02-17 - Mysterious flying object interrupts Chilean Air Force flight demonstration over Puerto Varas (Chile):

2017-02-17 - Big US banks to push for easing of money laundering rules:

2017-02-17 - Samsung confirms smart TV's capture all nearby conversations and transmit to a third party:

2017-02-17 - Unknown objects fly past space station, NASA cuts feed:

2017-02-17 - Buddhist monk found with 4.6 million meth pills in Myanmar:

Quote: "Maung Maung Yin said an anti-drug task force found 400,000 pills in the monk's car. A subsequent search of his monastery turned up 4.2 million pills — worth upwards of $4 million in street value — along with a grenade and ammunition."

2017-02-18 - Many people having medical emergencies in Russellville (Arkansas):

2017-02-18 - Volcano Sinabung erupts in Indonesia, Volcano Sabancaya erupts in Peru:

2017-02-18 - Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes near San Antonio de los Cobres (Argentina):

2017-02-18 - Canadian glacier melt has increased 900 percent since 2005:

Quote: "From 2005 to 2015, surface melt off ice caps and glaciers of the Queen Elizabeth Islands grew by an astonishing 900 percent, from an average of three gigatons to 30 gigatons per year, according to results published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters."

2017-02-18 - Terrible drought grips Brazil, cattle and crops dying:

2017-02-18 - Intense drought reveals submerged Mexican church in reservoir dam in Oaxaca (Mexico):

2017-02-18 - Unprecedented climate extremes - one year after record drought, Lake Oroville is spilling over:

2017-02-18 - Town of Maxwell floods with little warning in California:

2017-02-18 - Grain storage site floods, crops lost, in Borden (Australia):

2017-02-18 - Hailstorms pound Australia and Argentina with stones larger than oranges:

2017-02-18 - Locust swarms devouring crops in Paraguay:

2017-02-18 - Air pollution and mysterious soot hitting coastal Port Harcourt (Nigeria):

2017-02-18 - Organic matter found on dwarf planet Ceres:

Quote: "The new data from the Dawn mission shows with certainty the presence of aliphatic compounds, the elements used by living creatures to build cell membranes."

2017-02-18 - Scientists in China working on restoring sight with pig eyes:

2017-02-18 - Biologists find cave in Mexico with weird life that may be 50,000 years old:

2017-02-18 - Dogs really can tell if someone is a bad person:

2017-02-18 - Woolly mammoth could be brought back from extinction within 2 years by creating elephant-mammoth hybrid:

Quote: "A Harvard University scientist told The Guardian this week that his team is only two years from resurrecting some traits of the woolly mammoth, which went extinct during the last ice age. The goal is to create an embryo that’s a hybrid of the woolly mammoth and its closest living relative, the Asian elephant."

2017-02-19 - Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene:

2017-02-19 - Historic warm spell hits the US Midwest:

Quote: "It's a historic warm spell, with temperatures climbing into the mid 60's. Saturday's high was 70 degrees, well above the previous record of 62. Sunday's expected of 65 will tie the record set back in 1930, with a high of 68 on Monday, topping the record of 64. Spring is officially less than a month away."

Note: It was a balmy 76 degrees here today, in Missouri, 250 miles south of Chicago. I think that's some of the leftover heat from the 99-degree temps (!) in Oklahoma last week. Gettin' askeered of summer...

2017-02-19 - Lightning strike kills 19 cattle in Zimbabwe:

2017-02-19 - Heavy rain and tornado hit San Antonio (Texas), 150 homes damaged, several people injured:

2017-02-19 - Heavy snowfall kills another 25 people in Afghanistan:

2017-02-19 - Avalanche kills 7 people near Lowari Tunnel (Pakistan):

2017-02-19 - More flood fears as California braces for another storm:

2017-02-19 - 'The Blob' of abnormally warm Pacific water increased ozone levels, researchers claim:

2017-02-19 - Incredible 'breaking wave' clouds amaze as they form across the sky over Palmerston North (New Zealand):

2017-02-19 - Bright meteor lights up sky over Southern Alabama:

2017-02-19 - Carrier pigeons being used to bring cellphones to prisoners in prisons in Brazil:

2017-02-20 - Foul stench blowing over Doral (Florida), near the coast:

Quote: "In Doral, the Medley landfill and Covanta Waste Energy facility produce an odor nearby residents have characterized as 'rotten eggs mixed with paint fumes,' causing the city to look into buying devices that would help measure just how bad the odors are. In the last three years odor complaints in the neighborhood have more than tripled, the Miami Herald reported, as residential developments near the two facilities have boomed. In 2014, residents filed 293 complaints with officials, whereas 2016 saw 1,075 complaints."

2017-02-20 - Man goes out on kayak, goes missing, empty kayak found, in the Thames River near Montville (Connecticut):

2017-02-20 - Man, ship's master, has chest pains on ship at 5:45 AM in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana, medeva'd off:

Quote: "The US Coast Guard medevaced the master of the 'FPMC 28' near Southwest Pass, Louisiana, on Feb 20, 2017. The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at 5:45 a.m. of a male suffering from chest pains aboard the chemical tanker, and launched a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 helicopter aircrew at 7:45 a.m. The aircrew arrived on scene at 8:20 a.m. and transferred the survivor to West Jefferson Memorial Hospital at 9:20 a.m."

2017-02-20 - Shallow magnitude 4.7 earthquake strikes in the Gulf of Panama near coastal Panama City (Panama):

2017-02-20 - Earthquake swarm with 290+ earthquakes strikes along the Taupo Volcanic Zone (New Zealand):

2017-02-20 - Northern California braces for more flooding, Don Pedro spillway opens for first time in 20 years:

2017-02-20 - Heavy rain and flooding, 5 inches of rain in six hours, hit Malaga (Spain):

2017-02-20 - Heavy rain, gale-force winds and flooding hit South Africa:

2017-02-20 - 42,000 lightning strikes recorded during storm near Bulahdelah (Australia):

2017-02-20 - First fires, then storms and now snow in the summer for New South Wales (Australia):

2017-02-20 - Radioactive iodine-131 of unknown origin measured over large areas across Europe:

2017-02-20 - Colorado River flow could drop by 55 percent by 2100 as the world warms:

Note: There won't be any human beings around to care, so whatevah...

2017-02-20 - El Niño to return during the 2017 hurricane season?

2017-02-20 - Rare great kiskadee (bird) spotted in Colleton County (South Carolina):

2017-02-20 - Five of the biggest mysteries in physics 'SMASH'ed:

2017-02-20 - Bizarre figures or shapes seen in clouds during flight between Warsaw and London:

2017-02-20 - Legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, 'Godfather of Fusion,' dies at age 73 in coastal New York City (New York):

2017-02-21 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes near Padilla (Bolivia):

2017-02-21 - As the world warms, small ponds emit more methane:

Quote: "Tiny natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In experiments designed to simulate moderate future warming, scientists in Britain found that such ponds -- a metre (three feet) across -- gradually lose the capacity to soak up one kind of greenhouse gas and give off even more of another. After seven years at higher-than-ambient temperatures, 'the ability of the ponds to absorb carbon dioxide was reduced by almost half, while methane release nearly doubled,' said lead-author Gabriel Yvon-Durocher, a professor at the University of Exeter."

Note: So there's yet another self-reinforcing feedback...

2017-02-21 - Disappearing honey bee population could will spell trouble for some crops:

2017-02-21 - California goes from record drought to record flooding in three months:

2017-02-21 - 'Atmospheric river' over Northern California threatens levees, Bay Area reservoir spills:

2017-02-21 - Eight inches of snow, floods and 80MPH gales to batter the UK:

2017-02-21 - Torrential rain and heavy flooding hit Jakarta (Indonesia):

2017-02-21 - Heavy flooding hits the Northern Cape (South Africa):

2017-02-21 - Beijing sees heavy snow in the winter:

Quote: "Beijing sees first snow this spring as temperatures drop across northern China..."

Note: Whoa, not so fast - spring doesn't begin for another month. Maybe there's too much pollution in the air for them to read their calendars and almanacs in China...

2017-02-21 - Thunderstorms turn sky to vivid shades pink and purple in Houston (Texas):

2017-02-21 - Rare 'fire rainbow' lights up the sky over Singapore:

2017-02-21 - Three meteors reported in two days over Cheltenham (Britain):

2017-02-21 - EPA significantly underestimated spills related to fracking operations:

2017-02-21 - How clothes are polluting our food supply with microfibers and toxic chemicals:

2017-02-21 - Virtually everyone agrees that current stock market valuations are not sustainable and that a great crash is coming:

2017-02-21 - UPS tests drones deployed from delivery trucks, in Lithia (Florida):

2017-02-21 - Stanford scientists 'program' mice to glow like fireflies:

2017-02-22 - Hydrogen sulfide blowing around and getting into water in Southport (Florida):

Quote: "County Solid Waste Division Manager Glenn Ogburn also raised concerns about water quality testing results showing high levels of total dissolved solids, high ammonia concentrations and hydrogen sulfide gases, asking the FDEP to closely monitor the site."

2017-02-22 - Insurance industry grapples with potential losses from climate change:

2017-02-22 - Mount Etna erupting more or less continuously in Italy:

Quote: "Mount Etna volcano in Italy has has been active since January 23 and strombolian explosions have been rocking the South East Crater. Boris Behncke captured this video of an eruption on Wednesday, February 22."

2017-02-22 - Shallow magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Belfair (Washington):

2017-02-22 - Scientists continue monitoring spreading crack on the Larsen C Ice Shelf (Antarctica):

2017-02-22 - Temps across US soar in near-warmest February in 3 decades:

2017-02-22 - Terrible flooding hits San Jose (California), 50,000 people evacuated:

2017-02-22 - The poorest region in Brazil suffers worst drought in a century:

2017-02-22 - Invisible pollutants from everyday objects contaminating world's oceans, study says:

2017-02-22 - EU warns of alarming threat from superbug bacteria which has evolved to resist many widely used antibiotics:

2017-02-22 - Radioactive wild boars found in Czech forests, 31 years after Chernobyl disaster:

2017-02-22 - Many children going missing in Oregon:

2017-02-22 - Science activism on the rise, with Boston rally the latest iteration – 'It would be great to live in a world where evidence speaks for itself':

2017-02-22 - Annular solar eclipse to occur on February 26, 2017, ring of fire around the Moon:

2017-02-22 - Seven Earth-sized planets found orbiting nearby star:;-could-hold-life/1767409/

Quote: "For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star - and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday. The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep."

2017-02-22 - Former Mossad officer predicts that Trump will be impeached on grounds of treason:

2017-02-23 - Anak Krakatau erupts in Indonesia:

2017-02-23 - Greenland ice loss accelerating:

Quote: "The accelerating surface melt has doubled Greenland’s contribution to global sea level rise since 1992–2011, to 0.74 mm per year. 'Nobody expected the ice sheet to lose so much mass so quickly,' says geophysicist Isabella Velicogna of the University of California, Irvine. 'Things are happening a lot faster than we expected.'"

2017-02-23 - Earthquake swarm strikes near Noves de Segre (Spain):

2017-02-23 - It might feel good, but February’s intense heat is a very bad sign:

2017-02-23 - Lightning strike kills woman in Bowral (Australia):

2017-02-23 - Winter storm to bring swath of snow to the Great Plains and the Upper Midwest:

2017-02-23 - Snowstorm after snowstorm leaves massive amounts of snow piles up around Lake Tahoe (California):

Quote: "And then came February, and the Sierra Nevada was slammed yet again with moisture-packed storms fueled by atmospheric rivers. 'We usually see three or four atmospheric rivers in a season,' said Scott McGuire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Reno. 'We've already had 10. We've had so much snow to the point where it's getting hard to measure.'"

Note: Another high-precip event...

2017-02-23 - Thick cloud of Saharan dust spreads across Southeast Europe:

2017-02-23 - 'Independence Day' clouds appear over Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Medellin (Colombia):

2017-02-23 - Fish affected by Deepwater Horizon oil spill give clues to air pollution and human heart disease:

2017-02-23 - Fukushima disaster survivors to move back to radioactive homes:

2017-02-23 - Fifth newly discovered asteroid zips by Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 8, 2017:

2017-02-23 - UFO sightings at an all-time high:

2017-02-23 - Unknown flashing lights spotted in the sky over Gourock (Scotland):

2017-02-23 - AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs:

2017-02-23 - Swedish politician proposes paid sex breaks for workers:

2017-02-24 - Firefighter has heart attack while fighting grass fire near Dalhart (Texas):

2017-02-24 - Woman collapses unconscious on sidewalk in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Freetown Way, Sykes Street, Hull. Fri 24 Feb 2017 14:08 (No:03940) Unconcious female on pavement. Fire Service administered oxygen therapy. Casualty left in care of paramedics."

2017-02-24 - Man in his 30s has seizure while working on roof in coastal Hadleigh (Britain), man rescued:

2017-02-24 - Woman, 45, collapses during touch rugby game, bleeds from mouth and nose, in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2017-02-24 - Volcano Shiveluch erupts in Russia, Volcano Sinabung erupts in Indonesia:

2017-02-24 - Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Ndoi Island (Fiji Islands):

2017-02-24 - Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes near Kaputa (Zambia):

2017-02-24 - Shallow magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes Manipur (India):

2017-02-24 - Shallow magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes north of Severnaya Zemlya (Russia):

2017-02-24 - California's record-breaking snowfalls continue, 52 feet and counting:

2017-02-24 - Rare February thunderstorm hits Central New York:

2017-02-24 - Meteor sighted in the sky over the South Island (New Zealand):

2017-02-24 - Rare nebula discovered with no obvious source of power for the light it is emitting:

2017-02-24 - Paradox of human behavior - the myth of radical change:

2017-02-25 - Two crewmembers collapse unconscious on cargo ship 'Harmony Ocean' in coastal Mossel Bay (South Africa), medevac'd off:

Quote: "National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) SA reported, that bulk carrier HARMONY OCEAN in the evening Feb 25 had to call Mossel Bay, SA, in emergency, with two unconscious crew on board, requiring immediate evacuation."

2017-02-25 - Man, 21, goes missing while swimming at Lake Karapiro (New Zealand):

2017-02-25 - Person goes missing at coastal Muriwai Beach (New Zealand):

2017-02-25 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupts again in Mexico:

2017-02-25 - Volcano Fuego erupts again in Guatemala:

Quote: "Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupted today, spewing lava and sending up ash plumes that rained down ashes on nearby communities and could reach the capital, the civil protection authorities said."

2017-02-25 - CO2 levels in the atmosphere rising faster:

2017-02-25 - Antarctic ice crack could cause big rise in sea level:

Quote: "The key question, according to the researchers, becomes whether Larsen C will begin retreating once the mammoth iceberg is calved. The Larsen A and B ice shelves, which are located farther north in the Antarctic Peninsula, collapsed in 1995 and 2002, respectively, leading to dramatic acceleration of glaciers behind them and contributing to a rise in sea levels."

2017-02-25 - California drought continues to abate as flooding becomes the new crisis:

2017-02-25 - Kazakhstan hit by so much snow that people have to dig tunnels to get out of homes:

2017-02-25 - Superbugs grow in hospital plumbing:

2017-02-25 - In 6 months, the moon will block out the sun, and social media will explode:

Quote: "On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur over the United States for the first time in more than 20 years. The last time a total eclipse was visible across the entire Lower 48 was 1979, and the next time it happens is 2045, so the excitement level is high."

Quote: "It begins around 9 a.m. Pacific on the West Coast and will be seen over 11 states before it ends on the East Coast around 4 p.m. Eastern. From coast to coast, the event will last a little more than an hour, but only for 20 seconds to about 2 minutes in any given location along the path of totality."

2017-02-25 - Trump to be first president in 26 years to not attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner:

Note: Reagan was the last president to skip it, in 1981, but he had a pretty good excuse, seeing as he'd just been shot, and he still phoned in from the hospital with some humor. The last president to outright skip it was Nixon, in 1972, after calling the press 'an enemy of the people' because they were investigating the Watergate stuff. So, Trump's skipping the dinner is eerily Nixon-like, except this time the press is investigating Trump's ties with Russia. How far will this parallel go? Things didn't work out too well for Nixon in the end...

2017-02-25 - Company moves woman's 122-year-old house nearly a mile in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "John Matyiko, owner of Expert House Movers, which was contracted for the move, said the house weighs nearly 370 tons. 'To put it in proportion, we moved the original airport terminal in Newark, New Jersey, and that was 7,000 tons,' he told St. Louis Public Radio. 'And the tallest building we moved was 21 stories.'"

Note: Wow, would like to see some footage of that 21-story building being moved - sounds terrifying!

2017-02-26 - Man, 18, goes missing while swimming at Bolsa Chica State Beach (California):

2017-02-26 - Two earthquakes strike near Song Tranh Hydropower Plant (Vietnam):

2017-02-26 - Drought and global warming are forcing young Guatemalans to flee to the US, a harbinger of what’s to come throughout the world:

2017-02-26 - Unusual animal behaviour - panda attacks, kills and eats goat in Sichuan (China):

2017-02-26 - Climate science deniers target US classrooms:

Note: Well, that's one way to commit mass suicide - just suppress all information related to a problem that's gonna kill everyone. That's not going to impede in any way the extinction event that is now underway. It just means people will be dying with a surprised look on their faces - when they're not screaming and burning to death, of course...

2017-02-26 - Meteor causes boom near Abilene (Texas):

2017-02-26 - Citizen militia in US experiences explosive growth following last election:

2017-02-26 - Actor Bill Paxton dies at age 61 from complications from surgery:

Note: I actually used his 'Game over, man!' quote from Aliens for the quote of the day on February 15, 2014. Without him that movie would've still been good, but with him it was great...

2017-02-27 - Unknown odor sickens several dozen people at business park in Hanover Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Complaints of a strong odor Monday inside a business park along Route 22 just north of Bethlehem caused 400 people to be evacuated and sent several dozen to area hospitals with complaints of nausea and vomiting. While emergency crews filled the parking lot at 90 S. Commerce Way with ambulances, firefighters combed through the building with hand-held air measuring units to try to track down the scent that caused a flurry of 911 calls, Northampton County dispatchers say. The building sits on 7.4 acres in Hanover Township, Northampton County, and as crews searched inside the building, evacuees outside complained of nausea and vomiting, with several sitting in a grassy area until paramedics could tend to them. The parking lot soon became a triage unit with different-colored tarps for potential victims to be laid out on. Officials said 31 people were taken to area hospitals for further evaluation, and UGI spokesman Joe Swope said 400 were evacuated from the building. But as of Monday evening, exactly what caused the odor remained a mystery, said Township Manager John Finnigan."

Note: Sounds similar to an event in June of 2014 when a large cloud of 'toxic gas of unknown origin' hit coastal Rayong (Thailand) in the wee hours, sending thousands of people puking and fleeing their homes, mentioned in the 2014-06-08 update. Nothing to worry about, just random areas around the planet being hit by poison gas. Well, nothing to worry about unless you're one of those don't-wanna-die kind of people...

2017-02-27 - Home hit by unknown odor, man sickens too, near Bay Street in Davison (Michigan):

2017-02-27 - SOTT Earth changes summary for January 2017:

2017-02-27 - Mount Etna erupts again on the coast in Italy:

2017-02-27 - Puget Sound 'slow slip' event begins, increases chance of major Cascadia earthquake:

2017-02-27 - Deadly flooding and landslides hit Chile, 3 killed, 19 missing:

2017-02-27 - Ice tsunami threatens boats in Fond du Lac (Wisconsin):

2017-02-27 - Record snowfall, most in 80 years, hits Reykjavik (Iceland):

2017-02-27 - Yet another asteroid zips by close to Earth:

2017-02-27 - Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry:

2017-02-27 - Beyond Trump - rebooting the system from inside the Death Machine:

2017-02-27 - Retail apocalypse gains momentum as David Stockman warns 'everything will grind to a halt' after March 15th:

2017-02-27 - The strange link between quantum physics and the human mind:

2017-02-27 - Man has giant tumor twice the size of his head removed from his head in Surin Province (Thailand):

2017-02-28 - With new El Nino predicted, 3rd hottest January on record may be cool mark for 2017:

2017-02-28 - Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes Tajikistan (Pakistan):

2017-02-28 - Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Fukushima (Japan):

2017-02-28 - Exceptionally warm February weather breaks records across Switzerland:

2017-02-28 - Chicago records no measurable snow in January or February for the first time in 146 years:

Note: Don't think we had any snow in January or February in St. Louis either. I'm just glad we didn't have any 99F days like they did in Oklahoma a week or so ago...

2017-02-28 - Tornado rips through Ottawa (Illinois), 1 killed:

2017-02-28 - Tornado touches down and blows cars off I-55 near Perryville (Missouri), 1 killed:

Note: Tornado warnings all day and night here and a powerful storm is crackling and thundering through the area as I type this...

2017-02-28 - Another massive 'weather bomb' hits California, flooding and road closures ensue San Diego County:

2017-02-28 - Red snow after sand from Sahara covers snowy Sierra Nevada (Spain):

2017-02-28 - Shell Oil 1991 film warned of climate change danger:

Quote: "The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered. However, since then the company has invested heavily in highly polluting oil reserves and helped lobby against climate action, leading to accusations that Shell knew the grave risks of global warming but did not act accordingly."

2017-02-28 - At least 65 snowy owls invade Bruce County, Ontario (Canada):

2017-02-28 - Research shows chronic pain sufferers prefer cannabis to their opioid drugs:

2017-02-28 - People strip young woman naked and throw her into fire during exorcism, woman burns to death, in Nicaragua:

2017-02-28 - Scientists develop way to grow human cells and tissue on apples:

Quote: "Scientists at the University of Ottawa have developed a way of growing human cells and tissue on apples. This biohacking discovery opens the door to new possibilities for the future of regenerative medicine."

2017-02-28 - The Final Reality Show - Human Extinction:

2017-02-28 - At least three people sicken at medical facility in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

Quote: "Two people fainted and two others became sick at the Yale School of Medicine Tuesday afternoon. A Keurig Coffee maker is being analyzed as part of the investigation after there were reports of people drinking from it, according to Fox 61. Two of the people fainted, one was ill at the scene and another went home. The person who went home was advised to go to the hospital."

2017-02-28 - Hydrogen sulfide sickening staff and students at schools in South Sioux City (Nebraska):

Quote: "Concern was also raised, this evening, regarding the potential of the city's schools experiencing levels of hydrogen sulfide gas. Students and staff have reported head and stomach aches from exposure to the gas."

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