Friday, August 18, 2017

Event Update For 2017-08-17

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: Variety Pack

2017-08-17 - Rotten egg odor evacuates school in Peyton (Colorado), no cause found:

Quote: "Students at Falcon High School were sent home on Thursday morning due to a strange odor. All students and staff were taken to the Falcon High School football stadium on the east side of campus as a safety precaution and so parents would have a place to pick up their kids. It was originally suspected to be a gas leak, but fire crews were never able to identify the cause of the smell."

2017-08-17 - Rotten egg odor evacuates daycare in Ivyland (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-17 - Bellandur Lake once again spewing foul-smelling foam in India:

Quote: "Highly-polluted Bellandur Lake, the largest of the 262 lakes and tanks in Bengaluru, has spilled toxic foam many times in the recent past and on several occasions the toxic foam also caught fire."

2017-08-17 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 100+ vehicles burn, in Modesto (California):

Quote: "A fire tore through a south Modesto wrecking yard Thursday, scorching more than 100 junked vehicles and slowing traffic for a few hours."

2017-08-17 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, vehicles burn, in Opa-locka (Florida):

2017-08-17 - Oil refinery damaged by fire in coastal Deer Park (Texas):

2017-08-17 - Oil refinery heavily damaged by huge fire in coastal Dalian (China):

2017-08-17 - Fruit market devastated by massive blaze at 3:44 AM in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2017-08-17 - iPhone 6S explodes into flame near baby at home in coastal Washington DC, 2 injured:

Quote: "An iPhone explosion resulted in a fire and burn marks for a Washington D.C. couple. Things could have been much worse, especially considering their infant daughter was nearby when the phone ignited. There was a mark on the bed and burn marks on Curtis Gilmore's arm and his girlfriend DeAngela Miller's leg. They said it was all thanks to when an iPhone 6S Plus suddenly blew up. It happened when they and their 3-month-old daughter were lying near the phone, which they said was not charging and hadn't been used for a while."

2017-08-17 - Home flattened by explosion at 5 AM in the Town of Wescott (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2017-08-17 - Home damaged by explosion and fire in Alderlea, Marton, Middlesbrough (Britain):

Note: These are the 233rd and 234th residential explosions in 2017...

2017-08-17 - Luxury yacht 'If Only' bursts into flame near coastal Nice (France):

Quote: "Italian-flagged 39-meter long luxury yacht IF ONLY, chartered by (or owned) a pharmaceutical group Diana Bracco, suffered major fire on Aug 17 at Nice, in waters near airport. There were 11 people on board, including 7 passengers and 4 crew/ Passengers evacuated, crew remained on board to fight fire."

2017-08-17 - Boats, cars and garage go up in flames at home in Georgia (Vermont):

Quote: "Garage With Multiple Cars, Boats Catches Fire..."

Note: These are the 760th, 761st and 762nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-17 - Freight train bursts into flame in Vinita (Oklahoma):

2017-08-17 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Jaipur (India):

2017-08-17 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Sigatoka (Fiji Islands):

Note: These are the 555th and 556th buses to burn in 2017...

2017-08-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 17 in coastal Awendaw (South Carolina):

2017-08-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-10 in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2017-08-17 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in Jefferson Township (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-17 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in Walla Walla County (Washington):

Quote: "Walla Walla County Fire District No. 1 Chief Brent Tompkins said that the blaze took place on Donnelly Road and Piper Canyon Road, six miles Northwest of Prescott. The blaze began when a combine engine caught fire, burning the combine itself and spreading from there, Tompkins said."

2017-08-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 7:15 AM on the M6 near Coleshill (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Tractor (bulldozer) bursts into flame in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Grimsby. Thu 17 Aug 2017 15:41 (No:18056) Fire in engine compartment of bulldozer. 1 hose reel in use. Small tools in use to disconnect battery."

Note: These are the 1486th, 1487th, 1488th, 1489th, 1490th and 1491st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-17 - Garbage truck bursts into flame at landfill on Landfill Road in Lewistown (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-17 - Street sweeper truck bursts into flame on the M1 near Wakefield (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Truck bursts into flame before 3:13 AM on Pinxton Lane in South Normanton (Britain):

2017-08-17 - RV bursts into flame while parked on Ray Simerly Road in Hampton (Tennessee):

2017-08-17 - RV bursts into flame on I-81 in Botetourt County (Virginia), multiple big rig crashes too:

Note: These are the 394th and 395th RVs to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-08-17 - Van bursts into flame on I-40 in McDowell County (North Carolina):

2017-08-17 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked at home on French Road in Vernon (Canada):

2017-08-17 - Minivan bursts into flame on street in Peterborough (Britain):

2017-08-17 - SUV bursts into flame on FDR Drive in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2017-08-17 - SUV bursts into flame on Warrior Drive near Stephens City (Virginia):

2017-08-17 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 1:30 AM while parked on Central Street in Greenville (Mississippi):

2017-08-17 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home on Kodiak Crescent in Fort McMurray (Canada):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame on I-95 on the Platt Bridge over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame at 2 AM on West 23rd Street in Odessa (Texas):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 52 in Oronoco (Minnesota):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Scarsdale (New York):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame on the QEW near Jordan Station (Canada):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame at Steeles Avenue and Melanie Drive in Brampton (Canada):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame on Tom Collins Drive in Shepparton (Australia), 1 injured:

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame on Byron Way in coastal Exmouth (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame at 4:14 AM on Newnham Drive in coastal Ellesmere Port (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame on the M56 near coastal Ellesmere Port (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame at 5:46 AM on Mildenhall Road in Littleport (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame on Narborough Road South near Leicester (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame on Ulnes Walton Lane in Leyland (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Car bursts into flame at 1:01 AM on Haycroft Avenue in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Haycroft Avenue, Grimsby. Thu 17 Aug 2017 01:01 (No:18016) Car fire. One hose reel and small tools in use."

2017-08-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at auto shop in Encanto (California):

2017-08-17 - Car and carport destroyed by fire, two homes damaged, in Pasadena (California):

Quote: "A fire in Pasadena scorched two homes, a carport and a classic car before being extinguished by firefighters Thursday afternoon, officials said."

2017-08-17 - Barn and thousands of bales of hay destroyed by fire at 2 AM in Galt (California):

2017-08-17 - Wildfire sends people fleeing, home destroyed, near Ephrata (Washington):

2017-08-17 - Wildfire sends people fleeing in coastal Caloundra (Australia):

Quote: "Residents are strongly advised to leave now if they are able to do so. Leaving is the safest option for survival."

Quote: "Witnesses have described the intensity of seeing 'seven-storey' high fireballs erupt after a fire was sparked alongside the Bruce Hwy this afternoon. Brendan West described it as the 'most intense' grassfire he'd ever seen on the Sunshine Coast."

Note: Wonder what it's gonna be like in Australia when fire season starts there...

2017-08-17 - Huge wildfire traps 2000 people in Mação (Portugal):

Quote: "'It’s impossible to leave or to enter Mação because of the flames and the smoke,' Vasco Estrela, mayor of Mação, told Lusa news agency. The blaze erupted on Tuesday evening, and by Thursday morning it had surrounded the town. 'It is continuing unabated,' he said. A large fire destroyed 80-90% of the Mação municipality at the end of July, Estrela pointed out."

2017-08-17 - Mixed-use building destroyed by fire at 7:30 AM in Windham (Maine), nobody there:

2017-08-17 - Home damaged by fire in Evington (Virginia), nobody there:

2017-08-17 - Home under renovation heavily damaged by fire in Indianapolis (Indiana), nobody there:

2017-08-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM in Tulsa (Oklahoma), 2 injured:

2017-08-17 - Home destroyed by fire before 6:45 AM in Battle Creek (Michigan), nobody there:

Quote: "A vehicle sitting next to the home was also damaged. The house was unoccupied and no one was injured. Investigators are also looking into what may have caused a small explosion from the fire inside the house."

2017-08-17 - Home destroyed by fire in Knoxville (Tennessee), nobody there:

2017-08-17 - Three homes go up in flames in coastal Onset (Massachusetts):

2017-08-17 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 1:35 AM in Salt Lake City (Utah):

2017-08-17 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 1:20 AM in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2017-08-17 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Mesa (Arizona), 5 injured:

2017-08-17 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home at 3:06 AM in coastal Pensacola (Florida), 1 killed:

2017-08-17 - Deadly fire burns home at 4 AM in Hialeah (Florida), near the coast, 2 killed:

2017-08-17 - Deadly fire burns home before 6:45 AM in Indianapolis (Indiana), 1 killed:

2017-08-17 - Deadly fire rips through apartment building in Fort Worth (Texas), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "It’s unclear what caused it, but a woman who lives in the complex said she heard some sort of 'boom.'"

2017-08-17 - Vacant mobile home destroyed by fire at 1:03 AM in Ridgecrest (California):

2017-08-17 - Vacant home destroyed by fire shortly before 11 PM in Sharon (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-17 - Vacant duplex destroyed by fire before 1:30 AM in Moosup (Connecticut):

2017-08-17 - Vacant church burns in Duluth (Minnesota):

2017-08-17 - Fish dying as algae blooms in coastal Old Tampa Bay (Florida):

Quote: "'I’ve lived here for 24 years and haven’t seen anything like this. Who knows? But I hope somebody gets to the bottom of it,' said Prince."

2017-08-17 - Birds and fish found dead in the Sankey Canal in coastal Widnes (Britain):

Quote: "Fish and birds have been found dead in a Widnes canal after low oxygen levels were discovered in the water. Pictures of the Sankey Canal show fish floating lifeless in the waterway."

Note: Unless these were water-breathing birds with gills then low oxygen levels in the water is not what killed these birds. And since there's no such thing as water-breathing birds with gills...

2017-08-17 - Two young lionesses found dead 200 meters apart in Amreli (India):

2017-08-17 - Mother and daughter, 27 and 7, found dead in Kukkarahalli Lake (India):

2017-08-17 - Unknown cause kills 50 people in three villages in Kogi (Nigeria):

2017-08-17 - Man, 54, found dead in the St. Johns River in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2017-08-17 - Woman, 56, found dead in the water near condos in coastal Panama City Beach (Florida):

2017-08-17 - Man in his 20s found dead in the water near the Riverway in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2017-08-17 - Man found dead along French Creek in Meadville (Pennsylvania):

2017-08-17 - Man, 29, found dead near Boom Lake in Brainerd (Minnesota):

2017-08-17 - Man found dead near Lake Kabetogama (Minnesota):

2017-08-17 - Man, 25, found dead in submerged vehicle in water near Streeter (North Dakota):

2017-08-17 - Girl, 17, found dead in the Tennessee River in Madison County (Alabama):

2017-08-17 - Man drops dead at I-205 overpass in Vancouver (Washington):

2017-08-17 - Man, 51, found dead in Broken Bow Lake (Oklahoma):

2017-08-17 - Man, 65, falls into the water and dies at Brabham’s Landing (South Carolina):

2017-08-17 - Man found dead in vehicle in Chatham area in Chicago (Illinois):

2017-08-17 - Man, 19, pulled unconscious from the water, dies shortly later, at Fugitive Beach (Missouri):

2017-08-17 - Man, 57, falls off boat into the water and dies at marina in Chatham-Kent (Canada):

2017-08-17 - Man found dead in tent near the Thompson River in Kamloops (Canada):

2017-08-17 - Lifeguard dies in the water at Hilton Beach in coastal Tel Aviv (Israel):,7340,L-5004271,00.html

2017-08-17 - Man, 25, found dead in pond at jail in Siwan (India):

2017-08-17 - Woman found dead in bathroom at hospital in coastal Galway (Ireland), 3000 feet from the ocean:

2017-08-17 - Man in his 50s drops dead before 6:30 AM at park in coastal Dundee (Scotland):

2017-08-17 - Man, 24, forest worker, found dead at forestry center in Cwmfelinfach (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Small plane lands at airport, veers off runway and overturns, in Yerington (Nevada), 1 injured:

2017-08-17 - Small plane crash-lands in field near Dunsley Hall, around four miles from Whitby (Britain):

2017-08-17 - Tractor trailer veers off road at 4 AM, hits tree, bursts into flame, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County (Pennsylvania), 1 killed:

2017-08-17 - Tractor trailer crashes into median, bursts into flame, on I-494 in Bloomington (Minnesota):

2017-08-17 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns on US 175 near Kaufman (Texas):

2017-08-17 - Two cars collide head-on, on Indian Ocean Drive near coastal Perth (Australia), 3 killed:

2017-08-17 - Car plunges into the Erie Canal in Medina (New York):

2017-08-17 - Car veers off road at 11:15 PM, hits pole, bursts into flame, in Taunton (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2017-08-17 - Car veers off road, slams into home, in Kingwood (Texas), 1 injured:

2017-08-17 - Car veers off road, hits tree, on Crystal Lake Road in Waupaca (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2017-08-17 - Alligator attacks and kills woman's dog in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

2017-08-17 - Hornets attack and kill toddler girl near Jertih (Malaysia):

2017-08-17 - Suspension bridge collapses in Arunachal Pradesh (India), 22 injured:

2017-08-17 - Collapsing buildings have killed 272 people in 43 incidents in 17 months in Nigeria:

Quote: "At least 272 people have been killed in 43 incidents of building collapse across the country in the last 17 months, Daily Trust findings reveal."

2017-08-17 - Volcano Kanlaon shaking and rumbling in the Philippine Islands:

2017-08-17 - Magnitude 3.1 earthquake strikes near Banning (California):

2017-08-17 - Flooding death toll reaches at least 57 in Bangladesh, over 3,326,000 affected:

2017-08-17 - Toddler boy infected with flesh-eating bacteria at Lake Sam Rayburn (Texas):

2017-08-17 - Witness in Georgia claims to have seen 'massive' metallic triangular UFO in 2008:

2017-08-17 - BC residents puzzled by UFO bright lights that defy physics:

2017-08-17 - Witness captures video of strange object in the sky in Brazil:

2017-08-17 - Man reports large unknown flying creature in the sky near Elgin (Illinois):

2017-08-17 - Mysterious people who drove off the face of the Earth never to be seen again:

2017-08-17 - Most countries, including US allies, trust Putin more than Trump on foreign policy:


  1. Hey, Jonny - thanks for catching that phone explosion story to put my meager phone problems into perspective.

    Lots "unknown gases" swirling around, making people sick and killing wildlife (probably trees and plants too).

    Wow, now a LIFEGUARD has died IN THE WATER!

    [here's Bannon explaining the obvious]
    Bannon: Trump presidency we fought for is over

    [yep, the deep state wins again - which means we all lose]

    "We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It'll be something else. And there'll be all kinds of fights, and there'll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over,” Bannon said.

    In an interview focused on the future of the administration, Bannon said that he expects President Trump's remaining advisers to try to constrain his messaging and move him in a more conventional direction.

    "His natural tendency — and I think you saw it this week on Charlottesville — his actual default position is the position of his base, the position that got him elected." [more]

    Trump administration: Steve Bannon ousted as the military exerts further influence over the White House

    Bannon's removal - not coincidentally - has come at the same time that General H.R. McMaster is completing his purge of the remaining Flynn hold-overs on the staff of the National Security Council. [more]

    The US's core electorate is becoming increasingly alienated from its political class; elements of the security services are openly operating independently of political control, and are working in alliance with sections of the Congress and the media - both now also widely despised - to bring down a constitutionally elected President, who they in turn despise. [more]

    Calexit 3? Proposed ballot measure marks California's new attempt to secede from U.S.

    Public calamity decreed in Portugal as wildfires continue to rage out of control

    Wildfires have burned roughly 141,000 hectares (350,000) acres this year, nearly 500 percent above the average over the past 10 years, according to the Institute for Forests and Nature Conservation. [more]

    Intense storm kills two in northwestern Austria

    An intense storm ripped through a beer tent in northwestern Austria, killing two people and injuring at least 40 more, Austrian media reported late on Friday. [more]

    Deep and strong M6.4 earthquake hits off Fiji

    [continued below]

  2. 'Worst disaster in the history of Poland' - Storm fells record number of trees

    It will take two years to clear the tens of thousands of trees smashed by the weekend storms that devastated Poland's forests, the country's forest service said Wednesday.

    "We're dealing with what is undoubtedly the worst disaster in the history of Polish -- and perhaps even European -- forestry," Poland's chief forester, Konrad Tomaszewski, told reporters.

    The storms that hit Poland overnight Friday to Saturday killed six people, including two Girl Guides crushed by a falling tree while camping in a forest.

    Aerial television footage in vast swathes of forest where trees had been snapped like matchsticks.

    According to Tomaszewski, the storms brought down an estimated 8.2 million cubic metres of lumber.

    More storms are forecast for the coming weekend.

    The storms also caused serious damage to thousands of households, ripping off roofs and downing power lines, mostly in northern and western regions of Poland. [more]

    Huge sandstorm engulfs Algerian city, turning sky red

    Night sky meteor fireball stuns residents of Warwick, Australia

    Eyewitness reports indicated the light in the sky was "low and bright". [more]

    Surveillance camera reveals 'ghostly mist' surrounding famous Texas haunted hotel

    [coming full-circle, (y)our thought above explain 'ghosts' too]

    Saturday, 19 August 2017

    Financial Times: "America Is Now A Dangerous Nation"

    Leaders under severe domestic political pressure are also more likely to behave irrationally. [more]

    James Howard Kunstler on teh insanity of statue removal

    So, the set-up could not be more perfect! The country will now get down to the business of a months-long 25th Amendment circle-jerk at the very moment that the financial system flies apart. The damage from the financial clusterfuck will be much more real, and much worse, than anything that might be spun out of the anti-statue crusade hogging the headlines today. It will be interesting to see whether the old legacy media even reports on it as it happens, or whether they will cook up new and more bizarre entertainments to distract the public from what might be the ultimate swindling of a lifetime.

    Asset management company Schroders forecasts global warming of more than 4°C by the year 2100

    [I think this is a ridiculous understatement - we're all gone by 2030 at the latest, according to others]

    The Present Threat to Coastal Cities From Antarctic and Greenland Melt

    Seas around the world are rising now at a rate of about 3.3 milimeters per year. This rate of rise is faster than at any time in the last 2,800 years. It’s accelerating. And already the impacts are being felt in the world’s most vulnerable coastal regions. [more; Dredd blog is the go-to place for sea-level information]

    Astonishing figures:16 million people affected by floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India: Nepal claimed at least 128 lives and 33 people missing

    Going Down With The Ship Of Fools

  3. noon edition

    Daesh militants surrendering at Syrian-Lebanese border after Lebanon, Hezbollah unleash attacks

    Hurricane-Eclipse conjunction: What's the possibility of an Eclipse-o-cane?

    It may sound like the plot of a direct-to-airplane movie in which Z-list celebrities wield chainsaws, but there is a good chance that at least one tropical storm or hurricane will be within the region of 50% or more solar obscuration on Monday afternoon. Should this occur, it would be the first time an Atlantic tropical system has coincided with a total eclipse since the beginning of regular weather satellite imagery in 1966. [more]

    Tropical storm Harvey threatens Central America with flooding, strong winds

    Harbour seal climbs aboard kayak, attacks paddler near Chatham Island, British Columbia

    [SOTT]Comment: See also this report of another attack by the same species that occurred on the same day about 10 miles from the above incident: Seal bites man in Friday Harbor, Washington

    Ten persons hit by lightning bolt at tourist attraction in Jamaica

    Two shallow earthquakes with magnitudes over 4 shake Turkey's Gökova Bay

    Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes 880 kilometers off the coast of Liberia

    [more below]

  4. Pygmy sperm whale discovered washed up on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

    [Nestle, like Monsanto and most other corporations, is basically a greedy, cheating, lying, stealing business]
    Not spring water after all? Lawsuit filed against Poland Spring for bottling purified groundwater

    the 325-page lawsuit, which was filed by lawyers from four firms, claims that none of the company's Maine water sources meets the federal definition for spring water and that the company has "politically compromised" state regulators. Rather than spring water, Nestle Waters is actually purifying and bottling groundwater, some of which comes from sites near waste and garbage dumps, the suit claims. [more]

    The fallacy of "safe" levels of mercury & lead
    by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

    In a separate publication about the EECHO study, the authors explicitly note their assumption that "the majority of total mercury in whole blood was methylmercury via fish consumption," adding that they did not carry out mercury speciation to verify their assumption. This is a notable limitation of the study, because measurement of blood levels of heavy metals assesses recent (or ongoing) exposure to heavy metals but is not an accurate method of determining whether the organs, tissues, or bones are storing these toxicants. Many US children still receive thimerosal-containing flu shots on an annual basis; these contain significant amounts of ethylmercury, which moves more quickly into tissues and organs than methylmercury. [more]

    Spain: Man spies gargoyle-like creature flying through the air

    "Thick, short beak. It looked like a carnivores' nose. The head seemed to be stretched at the back. Bulky torso or body. Curved wings with arms look alike. Span around 2 to 3 meters wide - about 9 to 10 feet -. Thick, powerful back legs that were held diagonally, almost vertically. Long, thin tail. Heavy, slow movement. Pale pink color. Size of a massive dog or a big feline like tiger or lion. It looked like skin texture. No feathers. No scales. It almost moved like a robot," he said about his September 2010 claimed encounter.

    In July 2015, two people in Nevada reported seeing a creature that reminded them of a pterosaur, a flying reptile believed to have gone extinct about 65 million years ago.

    Two weeks later, a minister and her daughter claimed to have seen an unidentified flying creature that looked like it was "straight out of Jurassic Park".

    In September that year, multiple eyewitnesses reported seeing a winged humanoid in Singapore.

    Two months later, a Portugal student said he had seen a giant bat-like creature in the southern side of the country. [more]

  5. 5 p.m. post

    Asia’s enigmatic clouded leopard threatened by palm oil plantations

    China is driving a boom in Brazil mining, but at what cost? “This voracious mining is not just very predatory for the ecosystem, it is economically predatory to the nation. In the long run, it is disastrous.”

    [their 'soft' approach (being used in Africa now too): "we'll help you develop" works better than the U.S. hard approach (involving bombs and guns), but they both wreak havoc on the environment]

    Yemen’s “man-made catastrophe” is ravaging country, senior UN officials tell Security Council

    [brought to you by Saudi Arabia and partner U.S.]

    Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 trillion per year

    Typically, people on the street think of a subsidy as a direct financial cost that result in consumers paying a price that is below the opportunity cost of the product (fossil fuel in this case). However, as pointed out by the authors, a more correct view of the costs would encompass:
    not only supply costs but also (most importantly) environmental costs like global warming and deaths from air pollution and taxes applied to consumer goods in general.
    The authors argue, persuasively, that this broader view of subsidies is the correct view because they “reflect the gap between consumer prices and economically efficient prices.” [more]

    Future of the 328 forest conservation units in Brazilian Amazon to be determined by Federal Supreme Court – “Brazil is currently experiencing an unprecedented offensive against the conservation units”

    [everybody knows where this is going]

    [continued below]

  6. Greenland fires ignite global warming fears – “Fire itself will add to the problem and accelerate thawing of permafrost”

    The peat is made up of organic matter, most notably carbon, McCarty said. Given how readily it burns, she added, it’s almost like one giant charcoal briquette.

    McCarty suspects the fire’s fuel is peat for several reasons. First, the fire isn’t moving, like it would in a forest (not that there are any trees to speak of in this region of Greenland, she noted). In addition, the fire’s smoke is white, indicating damp fuel, like freshly thawed permafrost.

    [and the usual clause]
    “Personally, this is very disturbing to me,” McCarty said, because the fire indicates significant permafrost degradation “sooner than [scientists] thought it would happen.” [more]

    Flood situation worsens in the Indian state of Bihar; death toll rises to 153 with 10 million affected

    Meanwhile, as many as 500 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in northeastern states and Uttar Pradesh, officials said Saturday. [more]

    Leaves turning brown in August across New England due to fungus attack because of wet summer

    [here I've got dead leaves, small branches, green leaves still attached to twigs and more falling regularly since early July]

    All around New England, brown leaves have been spotted in the month of August, and experts credit the early development to a fungus attacking the trees.

    The fungus is called tar spot, and it is caused by a plethora of a wet weather in the area.

    "The weekly rain event that we had in May, June, July, has caused the fungus to show up in the leaf and expand from leaf to leaf," said Rolf Briggs, founder and president of Tree Specialists Inc.

    Small earthquake strikes off Hawaii island's east coast

    The Oldest Ice Core Ever Discovered Reveals CO2 Levels Of Millions Of Years Ago

    This specific core showed that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at the time it was formed was no greater than 300 parts per million, reported Science Magazine. Currently the Earth’s atmosphere is at more than 400 ppm a number that’s increasing. [more]