Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Event Update For 2016-03-29

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Fires And Explosions

2016-03-29 - Philpott Dam seriously damaged by basement fire on the Smith River in Henry County (Virginia):

2016-03-29 - Scrap metal plant erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Birmingham (Britain):

Quote: "Fire crews were called to the blaze earlier this afternoon after around 800 tonnes of metal and plastic at the scrapyard caught fire."

2016-03-29 - Petroleum warehouse destroyed by fire at 5 AM in coastal Sharjah (UAE):

2016-03-29 - Four cars go up in flames while parked at the Staten Island Mall on coastal Staten Island (New York):

2016-03-29 - Three cars and 14 motorcycles destroyed by fire at 2:25 AM while parked in underground parking garage in Katraj (India):

Quote: "Three cars and 14 two-wheelers were gutted in an early morning blaze at the parking lot of Shree Ganesh Park Society in Katraj on Tuesday. Shubham Shinde, a resident of the society, said he was the first one to reach the parking area in the basement after hearing some blast-like noise around 2.25am."

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame at 12:55 AM while parked in underground carpark in Abbey Wood area in coastal London (Britain):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame at 4 AM and kills man, near tolls in Damansara, Selangor (Malaysia):

Quote: "A man who stopped his car before going to sleep in the vehicle at the Sprint Highway toll plaza in Damansara was burnt to death when the car caught fire. Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din said that according to an employee at the toll plaza, the man stopped his BMW at the the Touch ’n Go lane at about 4am on Tuesday."

Note: All vehicles are now randomly-igniting firebombs that can go off at any time, parked or driven, so park a vehicle near anything you don't want to see on fire at your own risk. And sometimes vehicles are igniting with people inside them and killing the people too, so it seems prudent nowadays to keep something handy with which to break windows and cut seatbelts, in case your vehicle ignites with you in it, which sometimes disables power locks and windows and can leave you trapped in a burning vehicle, and that's almost always fatal...

2016-03-29 - Apartment building damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Federal Way (Washington):

Quote: "Witnesses say they heard an explosion before the fire, but fire officials haven't given any details about how the fire started."

Note: This is the 91st residential explosion in 2016...

2016-03-29 - Boat bursts into flame while being towed, on I-64 near LaSalle Avenue in coastal Hampton (Virginia):

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. This is the 680th boat or ship to burn in 2016...

2016-03-29 - Passenger train bursts into flame in Delhi (India):

2016-03-29 - Transit bus bursts into flame on road in coastal Davao del Sur (Philippine Islands):

Quote: "Chief Insp. Robert Caraoa, Sta. Cruz police chief, said the Mindanao Star Bus Transport with body number 121802 – operated by the Bacolod-based Vallacar Transit Inc. – came from Davao City when it caught fire around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday."

Note: This is the 230th bus to burn in 2016...

2016-03-29 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on road near Ipoh (Malaysia):

2016-03-29 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 1:40 AM while parked near the Golden State Freeway in Sun Valley (California):

2016-03-29 - Tractor bursts into flame along Ellis Street in Redding (California):

Note: Also see the dozens of birds found dead along I-5 near Redding...

2016-03-29 - Tractor bursts into flame along Stoverstown Road in North Cordorus Township (Pennsylvania), home burns at same time:

2016-03-29 - Tractor and barn destroyed by fire on Brick Bat Road in James City (Virginia):

Quote: "The visible wreckage included melted metal fans, chairs and a file cabinet, as well as a charred pitchfork and Ford-New Holland 6610 tractor."

2016-03-29 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M5 near Worcester (Britain):

Note: These are the 563rd, 564th, 565th, 566th, 567th and 568th tractors/tankers/semis to burn in 2016...

2016-03-29 - Truck bursts into flame on the M25 near Waltham Abbey (Britain):

2016-03-29 - RV bursts into flame at I-26 rest stop near Newberry (South Carolina):

2016-03-29 - RV bursts into flame at 1:30 AM while parked at West Bay RV park in coastal Esquimalt, Victoria (Canada):

Note: These are the 123rd and 124th RVs to burn in 2016...

2016-03-29 - Camper-van bursts into flame on freeway near the West Gate Bridge in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2016-03-29 - Van bursts into flame on Overplus Lane in coastal Sandys Parish on the island of Bermuda:

2016-03-29 - Van bursts into flame on Jamaica Road in coastal London (Britain):

2016-03-29 - Minivan bursts into flame at Housaing Authority office in LaGrange (Georgia):

2016-03-29 - SUV bursts into flame at 1:03 AM while parked at the Devon Tors Hotel in Yelverton, Devon (Britain):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at apartments, fire spreads to building, in Springfield (Illinois):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Rantoul (Illinois), nearby car scorched too:

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame on I-65 near Athens (Alabama):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame on Yerkes Road in Canandaigua (New York):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame on I-84 in Southington (Connecticut):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame near gas station in Coral Hills (Maryland):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame on the Waikato Expressway between Hamilton and Cambridge (New Zealand):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at apartments on Defender Road in coastal Southampton (Britain):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame at 3:46 AM on Druids Close in Beck Row (Britain):

2016-03-29 - Car bursts into flame on the A331 between Frimley and Mytchett (Britain):

2016-03-29 - Vehicle bursts into flame on US-131 in Allegan County (Michigan):

2016-03-29 - Two RV trailers destroyed by fire while parked at salvage yard in Enid (Oklahoma):

2016-03-29 - Car and garage destroyed by fire near Percy Priest Lake (Tennessee), 2 cats killed:

2016-03-29 - Mile-long brush fire erupts near Thompson (North Dakota):

2016-03-29 - Brush fire breaks out near Double Eagle Airport in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

2016-03-29 - Brush fire burns near Swannanoa (North Carolina):

2016-03-29 - Brush fire erupts near Diamond Head in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

2016-03-29 - Pallet of equipment bursts into flame inside maintenance building at Lyon Shipyard in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

Quote: "When units arrived, they saw smoke showing from a maintenance building. Firefighters had to force entry into the building because it was locked for the night. Firefighters found a small fire in a pallet containing equipment. The fire was under control at 10:39 p.m."

2016-03-29 - Utah Film Center destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM in Salt Lake City (Utah), warehouse and pallets burn separately:

Quote: "In an unrelated incident, Salt Lake fire crews also battled a warehouse fire near 7200 West and 2290 South, starting about 7:30 p.m. Monday. Pallets and other materials stored near the warehouse fueled the flames."

2016-03-29 - Church damaged by basement fire at 3 AM in coastal Seattle (Washington), nobody there:

2016-03-29 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2016-03-29 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire shortly after 2 AM in Green Bay (Wisconsin), near Lake Michigan:

2016-03-29 - Home destroyed by outside fire in Oakton (Virginia), nobody there:

Note: Probably had some electrified copper or rusty iron/steel on the outside of that house somewhere...

2016-03-29 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:20 AM in coastal Sarasota (Florida), 4 injured:

Note: Also see the tanker truck that crashed and burned and killed the driver just after 3 AM in Sarasota on this day, within minutes of this home going up in flames...

2016-03-29 - Two homes and three garages go up in flames at 2 AM in coastal Queens (New York):

2016-03-29 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 3 AM in Bethesda (Maryland):

2016-03-29 - At least three adjacent apartment buildings go up in flames in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 11 injured:

2016-03-29 - Deadly fire destroys home just before 5 AM in Dallas (Texas), 1 killed:

2016-03-29 - Deadly fire destroys home in Gaithersburg (Maryland), 1 killed:

2016-03-29 - Vacant home burns in Highland Park area in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2016-03-29 - Vacant home burns just before midnight in Amarillo (Texas), unoccupied apartment burns separately:

2016-03-29 - Vacant home burns in Springfield (Massachusetts):

2016-03-29 - Vacant restaurant burns in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

2016-03-29 - Dozens of birds found dead along I-5 near Redding (California):

Quote: "He said the bird deaths raise many questions. The birds that weren't in the roadway didn't seem to show signs of trauma from crashing into vehicles or being struck. And if they were killed by disease or poison, he wondered why they would all be together. 'It's very unusual,' Wiegand said. 'It's very bizarre.'"

Note: Rotten egg odor just rolled in off the ocean and hit a big swath of Southern California, mentioned in the 2016-03-17 update. The clouds of poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas blowing in off the oceans won't always be that large though, and sometimes they'll be more concentrated too, like flock-killing size, and birds are vulnerable to poison gases due to rapid respiration and low body mass, which is why they used canaries in coal mines. Could hardly be much simpler than that. One of the first signs that this had begun was when birds started mysteriously disappearing between Britain and Scotland, the so-called 'Birdmuda Triangle', mentioned in the 2012-08-29 update. So this isn't that bizarre - poison gas is blowing in off the ocean and killing animals and people, could hardly be any simpler...

2016-03-29 - Tigress and two cubs found dead in Pench Tiger Reserve (India):

2016-03-29 - Three men found dead in basement swimming pool near Cologne (Germany):

Quote: "A police spokesman says the bodies of three males were found floating in the semi-private pool in Bergheim, west of Cologne, early Tuesday afternoon."

2016-03-29 - Man and woman, 64 and 57, found dead in home on Running Springs Lane in Kernersville (North Carolina):

2016-03-29 - Woman, 65, found burned to death on roof in Aglandjia, Nicosia on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2016-03-29 - Man goes for hike, next seen dead near coastal Thornhill Broome Beach (California):

2016-03-29 - Woman dies in the James River in Richmond (Virginia):

2016-03-29 - Man, 46, drops dead before 6 AM in doorway to his apartment in Macon (Georgia):

Quote: "Miley said there were no injuries or blood. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office there appears to be no signs of foul play."

2016-03-29 - Person found dead in retention pond near hotel in Manassas (Virginia):

2016-03-29 - Man in his 20s found dead in the Scioto River in Columbus (Ohio):

2016-03-29 - Girl, 17, found dead in Bernards Township (New Jersey):

2016-03-29 - Person found dead near school in Pueblo (Colorado):

2016-03-29 - Man, 57, falls seven stories off building and dies, in Teaneck (New Jersey), possible toppler:

2016-03-29 - Man, 28, falls off bridge into the Skunk River and dies, in Mt. Pleasant (Iowa), possible toppler:

2016-03-29 - Woman found dead in apartment in Sioux Falls (South Dakota):

2016-03-29 - Woman drops dead near the Antelope Valley Freeway in Lancaster (California):

2016-03-29 - Woman, 28, drops dead by the Neebing Floodway bike path in Thunder Bay (Canada), near Lake Superior:

2016-03-29 - Person found dead in the Brisbane River at St Lucia (Australia):

2016-03-29 - Man, 25, found dead in canal in coastal Bangkok (Thailand):

2016-03-29 - Man, 46, dive instructor, found dead in banana grove in Surat Thani Province (Thailand):

2016-03-29 - Man in his 50s found dead in the Gomti River in Lucknow (India):

2016-03-29 - Woman, 38, drops dead before 3 AM at her home in the British Virgin Islands:

2016-03-29 - Woman found dead along the banks of the River Shannon near coastal Labasheeda (Ireland):

2016-03-29 - Person found dead at beach in coastal Nairn (Scotland):

2016-03-29 - Man drops dead on narrowboat at the Barton Marina (Britain):

Note: A tugboat captain, man, 50, just dropped dead on a tugboat the day prior in coastal Haverstraw (New York), mentioned in the 2016-03-28 update...

2016-03-29 - Man, 56, goes fishing, next seen dead in the Helford River (Britain), empty 'ghost boat' found:

2016-03-29 - Man, 59, found dead in the River Ribble in Preston (Britain), near the coast:

2016-03-29 - Woman has 'medical condition', blacks out, minivan crashes into gas station, bursts into flame, in Santee (California), near the coast:

Quote: "The woman driver had a medical condition that caused her to pass out and veer into the gas station at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Mission Gorge Road, severing one of the pumps. This caused the vehicle to catch fire. There was a young female child in the minivan with the unconscious woman."

2016-03-29 - Passenger plane hit by turbulence, plane diverts to coastal Seattle (Washington), 1 lightly injured:

2016-03-29 - US F-16 fighter jet crashes shortly after takeoff from Bagram Airfield (Afghanistan), pilot ejects:

2016-03-29 - Private jet crashes near Lake County Regional Airport in Clarksville (Virginia):

2016-03-29 - Small plane crashes on island off the coast of Quebec (Canada), all 7 aboard killed:

Quote: "Among those killed was former federal cabinet minister and political commentator Jean Lapierre. His wife, two of his brothers and one of his sisters also died when their plane crashed. They were traveling to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine after the recent death of Lapierre's father."

Quote: "The plane crashed in a field while approaching the island's regional airport around 11:40 a.m. local time, killing a total of seven people, according to Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau of the Quebec Provincial Police. One victim suffered a heart attack and died on the way to a hospital, CNN news partner CTV reported."

2016-03-29 - Small plane crashes in field near Coupland (Texas), 1 injured:

2016-03-29 - Small plane makes emergency landing along I-540 in Raleigh (North Carolina), engine failure:

2016-03-29 - Tanker truck crashes just after 3 AM, bursts into flame, in coastal Sarasota (Florida), 1 killed:

2016-03-29 - Tanker truck overturns into ditch, bursts into flame, on Murray-Paris Road in Calloway County (Kentucky):

2016-03-29 - Tractor trailer and multiple cars crash on I-85 in Rowan County (North Carolina), at least 5 injured:

2016-03-29 - Tractor trailer hits toll booth, bursts into flame and explodes, in Levittown (Pennsylvania):

2016-03-29 - Tractor trailer overturns just before 6 AM on Main Street in coastal East Haven (Connecticut), 1 injured:

2016-03-29 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-35 near Eagleville (Missouri):

2106-03-29 - Two pickup trucks collide head-on at 1:30 AM, in Atchison County (Missouri), 1 injured:

2016-03-29 - Car and SUV collide head-on, in Hesperia (California), 3 injured:

2016-03-29 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, in Hopewell Township (New Jersey), 2 injured:

2016-03-29 - Car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, near viaduct in Council Bluffs (Iowa), 2 injured:

2016-03-29 - Two cars collide head-on, near Oakman (Alabama), 4 killed, 1 injured:

2016-03-29 - Two cars collide head-on, in Huntsville (Alabama), 2 injured:

2016-03-29 - Naked man walks around shouting 'Jesus is coming!' in West Bradford Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "State police in Chester County are searching for a naked man they say was walking around and shouting "Jesus is coming" earlier this month. The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. on March 8 near the intersection of Stargazer Road and Strasburg Road in West Bradford Township, police said."

2016-03-29 - Naked man runs around, gets arrested, in Roanoke (Virginia):

2016-03-29 - Shark attacks and injures teen boy at Fort Myers Beach (Florida):

2016-03-29 - Alligator attacks and kills pet dog in coastal Port Orange (Florida):

2016-03-29 - Dog goes on rampage, attacks and injures 9 people, in Sinazongwe District (Zambia):

2016-03-29 - Industrial building partially collapses in Arlington Heights (Illinois), 1 lightly injured:

2016-03-29 - Buildings now regularly collapsing in Nigeria, especially in coastal Lagos:

2016-03-29 - Volcano Copahue erupts strongly in Chile:

Quote: "The volcanic peak Copahue, which sits at the border of Argentina and Chile, erupted today after weeks of gradually increasing activity. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams posted this photo of the volcano going absolutely gangbusters from the International Space Station, from which the eruption was clearly visible."

2016-03-29 - Volcano Kanlaon erupts, spews ash a mile high, in the Philippine Islands:

2016-03-29 - As glaciers melt away in New Zealand, tourism to see disappearing glaciers increases:

Note: There's a positive to everything if you look hard enough. Like the spike in people dying in Britain - that's just great for the funeral businesses there!

2016-03-29 - Lightning strike injures 3 firefighters in Boca Raton (Florida):

Quote: "In Boca Raton, three firefighters who extinguished a blaze at a house that had been hit by lightning were knocked to the ground when a second bolt struck near them. 'They were bending over to bring the water hose from the back of the house to the truck and that's all they remember,' said Boca Raton Assistant Fire Chief Michael LaSalle."

2016-03-29 - Lightning strikes kill 7 people in 5 districts of Bangladesh:

2016-03-29 - Snow falls in Damascus (Syria):

2016-03-29 - Two-headed calf born in Yorkshire (Britain):

2016-03-29 - Corporate debt defaults explode to catastrophic levels not seen since the last financial crisis:

2016-03-29 - Self-cleaning laundry may be on the way:

2016-03-29 - Man films UFO landing in residential area in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2016-03-29 - Man says he's actor William Shatner's son, sues Shatner for $170M:


  1. Well, now. Seems a certain neck-ed man was walkin' aroun' proclaimin' the 2nd comin' in MY COUNTY! The weird thing is, this is the first I've heard of it. Thanks once again, Jonny, for informing me of happenings where I live in PA from where you live in Missouri! JAY-zis!

    I used to think that the job of toll collector on the turnpike would be a cush job. After reading about that tanker exploding after hitting a toll booth - forget THAT!
    Can you imagine? The person looks up from the last customer only to see, too late, a giant semi coming right at him! HOLY SHIT! KA-BOOOOM! Ged-dem!

    It might be even worse to be on a bus that suddenly erupts in flame.

    DANG! It's gettin' hard to stay ALIVE (cue bee-gees song)!

    Thursday, 31 March 2016
    New research indicates more rapid melting of Antarctic ice sheet

    Another bit of modelling that fails to take into account positive feedbacks or the exponential function.

    Antarctic melt impact 'underestimated' - Global sea levels could rise by more than double the current best estimate, according to a new analysis of climate change in Antarctica.

    Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly

    The great ice sheet, larger than Mexico, is thought to be potentially vulnerable to disintegration from a relatively small amount of global warming, and capable of raising the sea level by 12 feet or more should it break up. But researchers long assumed the worst effects would take hundreds — if not thousands — of years to occur.

    Now, new research suggests the disaster scenario could play out much sooner.

    [how many times have we heard this now . . ]

    Thursday, 31 March 2016
    “Alien fish” caught alive off Pacific coast

    PHOTOS: “Alien fish” caught alive off Pacific coast… Bizarre creature resembles “albino shark” with large distended stomach

    Doctor: 3 exceedingly rare albino dolphins captured off Japan in one year… Fukushima must be researched as possible cause [I said that 5 fuckin' years ago!]

    “This in itself is already a rare phenomenon,” the vet explained, “but when you tie the capture of many “genetically altered” subjects together we must consider other events. One of the probable causes of these genetically altered subjects must be researched in the Fukushima nuclear Đ½disaster.”

    [soma fm (on-line) - Fluid; check it out for music]


    Robert Kiyosaki And Harry Dent Warn That Financial Armageddon Is Imminent

    [you'll notice, in the comments, how so many say "yeah, yeah, ya been sayin' 'is fa yeez now an' nothin' eva happins" just like they do about climate change.]


  2. [more evidence of widespread radiation effecting genetics]
    Signs and Portents: Cow born with two heads in Albania

    Villagers say they have never seen anything like it and cannot begin to explain how it happened.

    But local media has speculated that it could be the result of poor nutrition [doubtful] or genetically modified foods [possible but less likely than radiation].

    The birth follows that of another two-headed calf born in Peru last year.

    Signs and Portents: Two-headed calf born near Blyth, Canada

    "It couldn't stand or function properly, so the most humane thing to do, unfortunately, was put it down."

    Lost Japanese Satellite Reappears Smashed Into Five Pieces And Nobody Knows What Happened

    A black hole-hunting Japanese satellite that disappeared last week has mysteriously surfaced again and made contact with ground control.

    Japanese space agency JAXA lost contact with the Hitomi space probe on Saturday, when the satellite was due to start operations.

    The satellite was later found to have smashed apart into five separate pieces.

    The satellite later managed to send two short communications to mission control though these haven’t helped ground crew to unravel the mystery of what happened.

    “JAXA has not been able to figure out the state of its health, as the time frames for receiving the signals were very short,” said JAXA in a statement.

    The US Joint Space Operations Center, which spotted the broken apart satellite has said there’s no evidence that the probe was hit by space debris.

    [the team responsible for screwing it together went to lunch, and when they came back the damn thing was already launched into space! just kidding]

    21 killed, many trapped in overpass collapse in India

    [more here]
    Photos: Kolkata flyover collapse; 10 dead, 150 trapped

    [hole-E She-IT!]

    At least 7 injured in Oklahoma after tornado touch-downs

    At least seven people were injured, one critically, on Wednesday when a tornado touched down several times in northeastern Oklahoma.


    KOLKATA, India (AP) — A long section of a road overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in a crowded Kolkata neighborhood, with tons of concrete and steel slamming into midday traffic, leaving at least 21 people dead and scores of others injured in the Indian city, police said.

  3. HAH! Proving my point above about becoming numb to external threats that aren't "right this second":

    Reports of Planet Earth's Death Have Been Greatly ... Underestimated

    Another day, another petrifying New York Times exploration of how we're turning our planet into an overflowing toilet bowl. [How many readers did we lose after that opening?]This time it's a deep dive on the West Antarctic ice sheet, a holdover from the last ice age that's bigger than Mexico and may be melting way more quickly than previously thought. If it disintegrates completely, it could dump enough water into the world's oceans to raise sea levels by 12 feet, a disastrous scenario that could see many of the world's greatest cities—New York, London, Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Venice—go Full Atlantis.

    At the very least, the accelerated rate could raise the ceiling for sea level rise by 2100 from scientists' previous estimate of three feet to five or six. By the middle of the next century, the oceans could rise by as much as a foot per decade. If this is indeed accurate—and the research team, mostly based at Penn State University, is quick to say it's a worst-case and non-definite scenario—then any children born today better not invest in any beachfront property. [2100? Humans probably won't make it to 2030, the way I see it.]

    But considering scientists file even a three-foot rise under the heading "really bad," it looks like the scale we're working on starts there and ends at "catastrophic, existential threat." We should probably be working to address this, and the international community started to do so with the Paris agreement in November. [Yeah, sure - a bunch of empty promises to do something, maybe later. "See ya in 5 years, we'll have another party." From here the article goes political - as if a politician can "save the planet."]

    With climate change, U.S. states routinely achieving new levels of extreme warmth

    Arndt’s slide shows all state records set for warmth, cold and precipitation extremes since 2010. The amount of red, representing record warmth, is stunning and an irrefutable indicator of climate warming in the United States.

    States have set monthly records for warmth 132 times in the past six years, as portrayed by all of the red in the left-hand column.

    Blue, which represents record cold, is conspicuously absent. In 3,500 opportunities (considering that there are 50 states and that 70 months have passed), states have logged a record cold month only four times.
    [why isn't this a SOTT article?]

    Elephant kills mahout in Kerala, India

    [as a result, the villagers resorted to the same abuse that led to this event; where's the elephant whisperer when you need him?]


  4. Got Water?

    Vietnam’s southern Mekong Delta faces worst drought in history – ‘Those who have rice in hands will make fat profits’

    [this is three separate articles; this, from the first]

    Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta, the country's main rice growing region, is experiencing the worst drought and saline intrusion in recent history that has affected more than half a million people, officials said Thursday.

    [yet they're STILL going export rice . . rather than feed their own people]

    [before anyone starts thinking - oh, that's just Vietnam]
    Is India facing its worst-ever water crisis? ‘The unthinkable is happening’

    On 11 March 2016, panic struck engineers at a giant power station on the banks of the Ganges river in West Bengal state.

    Readings showed that the water level in the canal connecting the river to the plant was going down rapidly. Water is used to produce steam to run the turbines and for cooling vital equipment of coal-fired power stations.

    By next day, authorities were forced to suspend generation at the 2,300-megawatt plant in Farakka town causing shortages in India's power grid. Next, the vast township on the river, where more than 1,000 families of plant workers live, ran out of water. Thousands of bottles of packaged drinking water were distributed to residents, and fire engines rushed to the river to extract water for cooking and cleaning.

    The power station - one of the 41 run by the state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation, which generates a quarter of India's electricity - was shut for 10 days, unprecedented in its 30-year history.

    "Never before have we shut down the plant because of a shortage of water," says Milan Kumar, a senior plant official. [more - a real serious read by the end; again more than one article; quotes above and below, both from the first story]

    "We are being told that water levels in the Ganges have declined by a fourth. Being located on the banks of one of the world's largest rivers, we never thought we would face a scarcity of water.

    "The unthinkable is happening."

    Researchers find plastic, nets in stomachs of dead sperm whales

    [that sound you hear in the distance? that's me screaming]

    Deaths of eagles in Delaware, Maryland baffle investigators

    [our pollution is killing all life on the planet - us too]

    Another record low for Arctic sea ice maximum winter extent – ‘The Arctic is in crisis. Year by year, it’s slipping into a new state, and it’s hard to see how this won’t have an effect on weather throughout the Northern Hemisphere.’

    Most major California reservoirs below average levels at end of rainy season

    We're still in a drought.

    Truck swallowed by large sinkhole in Barranquilla, Colombia

    Rare meteorite fragments discovered from March fireball in Stubenberg, Germany