Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 - DEC - Other Stories

2017-12-01 - Unknown odor hits hotel at 2 AM near airport in Morrisville (North Carolina):

2017-12-01 - Canals spewing foul odor in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "Phoenix residents are upset over a foul stench coming from Valley canals. Alyssa Shevlin lives along the canal near 7th Avenue and Camelback Road, and said there was an all-out foul stench coming from the water on Thanksgiving Day."

2017-12-01 - Whitley Reservoir emitting foul smell in Wigan (Britain):

Quote: "Political activists are calling for action after residents complained of a disgusting smell coming from the water at a little-known beauty spot. Whitley Reservoir, which is something of a hidden gem in the borough known mainly by those who live nearby and local birdwatchers, has been giving off a powerful stench which has alarmed residents."

2017-12-01 - Man, 50, crewmember, has heart attack or stroke on cargo ship 'Atlas' off the coast of Oregon:

Quote: "A US Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 50-year-old man from the 'Atlas' 200 miles off the Columbia River entrance on Dec 1, 2017. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center received a request for assistance from the captain of the bulk carrier, reporting the crewman was exhibiting symptoms of either a heart attack or a stroke."

2017-12-01 - Woman has seizure, collapses onto bench at bus stop, man molests her, in Germantown (Maryland):

Quote: "While walking home, the woman suffered a seizure, causing her to collapse onto a bench at a Ride On bus stop. It's unclear how long the woman was unconscious, but when she came to, she realized an unknown man had one of his hands down her pants."

2017-12-01 - Boy, 8, has 'medical event' in swimming pool at Splash Palace in coastal Invercargill (New Zealand):

Quote: "A child who suffered a medical event at Splash Palace swimming pool in Invercargill has been taken to Southland Hospital. Aquatic services manager Pete Thompson said the 8-year-old boy suffered a medical event at the pool in Friday before midday."

2017-12-01 - Person collapses unconscious outside Wainfleet Library in coastal Skegness (Britain):

2017-12-01 - Man collapses, stops breathing, on Lincoln Road in Peterborough (Britain):

2017-12-01 - Study discovers why global warming will accelerate CO2 rise:

2017-12-01 - Arctic sea ice hits record lows off Alaska:

2017-12-01 - Greenland - the melt is winning this game:

2017-12-01 - Melting ice could mess up deep-sea chemistry:

2017-12-01 - Climate connection, unraveling the surprising ecology of dust:

2017-12-01 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Offutt Lake (Washington):

2017-12-01 - Algae bloom hits harbor in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "The algae bloom is an unusual occurrence at this time of year when waters are cool."

Note: As the Earth continues warming, it looks like not only is fire season getting longer, but so is 'algae season'...

2017-12-01 - Huge mass of molten rock rising under parts of New England, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts:

2017-12-01 - Three earthquakes of magnitudes 6.0, 5.0 and 5.1 strike in quick succession near Kerman (Iran):

Quote: "Three earthquakes hit eastern Iran in quick succession early Friday, the first a fairly strong magnitude 6.0 tremor that struck at a shallow depth close to the populous city of Kerman, the US Geological Survey said. It was followed by two less powerful 5.0 and 5.1 aftershocks in the same area, the survey said."

2017-12-01 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Papua New Guinea:

2017-12-01 - Tornado tears through Sanremo (Italy):

2017-12-01 - Cyclone Ockhi roars into Kerala and Tamil Nadu (India), 9 killed, 90 missing:

2017-12-01 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Victoria (Australia), several injured:

Quote: "Victoria wakes up to a state drenched with an entire season’s rain in just 24 hours as residents attempt to clean up in aftermath of mega storm..."

2017-12-01 - A look at Barbuda after Hurricane Irma:

2017-12-01 - Rainbow appears in Taiwan for 9 continuous hours as experts claim it has broken record:

2017-12-01 - Supermoon occurs this weekend:

2017-12-01 - The Handmaid's Tale becomes a reality - infertility is on the rise:

2017-12-01 - Wrong place, wrong time, rare bird seen for only the second time in Bermuda:

2017-12-01 - Judge questions Exxon’s attempt to block climate fraud investigations:

2017-12-02 - College student, man, basketball player, has 'medical issue' during game, collapses, heart stops, resuscitated, in Raleigh (North Carolina):

Quote: "South Carolina State guard Tyvoris Solomon was rushed to a hospital Saturday afternoon after his heart stopped during the Bulldogs' 103-71 loss to NC State."

Note: It was a heartbreaking loss!

2017-12-02 - Man, 25, loses consciousness and almost dies while diving, resuscitated, near coastal Cairns (Australia):

2017-12-02 - Girl, 15, pulled unconscious from the water at coastal Waipatiki Beach in Napier (New Zealand):

2017-12-02 - 'Sky trumpet phenomena' heard in Pennsylvania:

2017-12-02 - Loud 'roaring sounds' heard in the sky along the Mississippi River at the Illinois/Iowa border:

2017-12-02 - Vermont and Minnesota warming faster than any of the other states in the US:

2017-12-02 - Magnitude 2.6 earthquake strikes near coastal San Leandro (California):

2017-12-02 - Flooding continues in Albania, hundreds evacuated:

2017-12-02 - India, Sri Lanka cyclone death toll rises to 26:

2017-12-02 - Unprecedented water shortages hit Wellington (New Zealand):

2017-12-02 - Spectacular waterspout forms off the coast of Italy:

2017-12-02 - Meteor explodes in the sky over Pennsylvania:

2017-12-02 - Two-headed piglet with eight legs born in Fujian Province (China):

2017-12-02 - Series of three supermoons in a row starts December 3, 2017, and ends January 31, 2018 with a Super Blood Moon:

2017-12-02 - Pulsating UFOs in formation filmed over Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

2017-12-02 - NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 backup thrusters after 37 years:

2017-12-02 - EPA drops rule requiring mining companies to have money to clean up pollution:

2017-12-02 - Sessions suggests DOJ preparing for federal crackdown on recreational marijuana:

2017-12-02 - Tom Cotton as CIA director spells bad news for all:

2017-12-02 - Republicans will cut Social Security and Medicare after tax plan passes, admits Marco Rubio:

Quote: "Rubio told reporters this week that in order to address the federal deficit, which will grow by at least $1 trillion if the tax plan passes, Congress will need to cut entitlement programs such as Social Security. Advocates for the elderly and the poor have warned that entitlement programs would be on the chopping block, but this is the first time a prominent Republican has backed their claims."

Note: Rich people and corporations got a bunch more money, so now it's time to suck the life out of the poor and the elderly to pay for it! Hey, if a few million people have to suffer and die so that a few thousand rich folks can buy platinum tubs instead of gold tubs, well, that's just the price that the few thousand rich folks are gonna have to watch the millions of non-rich folks pay. America, f#ck yeah!

2017-12-02 - Possum breaks into liquor store and gets drunk on bourbon in Fort Walton Beach (Florida):

2017-12-03 - Man, 71, has breathing problems on cruise ship near coastal Chincoteague (Virginia):

Quote: "A 71-year-old man was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard last night after suffering from acute respiratory distress. The man was on a cruise ship that was just 60 miles east of Chincoteague."

2017-12-03 - Man, 70, has 'medical episode' and loses consciousness in the water at coastal Umina Beach (Australia):

Quote: "The 70-year-old was swimming with his family after the patrol flags had come down when he suffered some kind of medical episode and got into difficulty shortly after 5:30pm. He was pulled unconscious from the water by distressed family members."

2017-12-03 - Man collapses and stops breathing in Billinghay (Britain):

2017-12-03 - Record-breaking heat hits Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "The calendar has flipped over to December, but Phoenix still is experiencing record heat. The city broke a 77-year-old mark for the hottest Dec. 2 on Saturday with a high of 84 degrees. The previous record was 81 degrees in 1940. Last month was the hottest November that Phoenix has seen since weather records were first kept in 1895. High temperatures in December usually are in the 60s in Phoenix."

2017-12-03 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits lake near St Arnaud (Australia):

2017-12-03 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the coast of Ecuador:

2017-12-03 - Satellite images show extent of air pollution worldwide:

2017-12-03 - Bering Sea blasted by back to back bomb cyclones:

2017-12-03 - Weekend rain sets all-time record in Minden (Nevada):

2017-12-03 - Tasmania covered in snow over the first weekend of summer, up to 15 inches deep:

2017-12-03 - Spectacular sun halo seen by skiers in Sweden:

2017-12-03 - Unusual fallstreak cloud seen in the sky over Michigan:

2017-12-03 - Major conservation group blasts GOP tax bill for allowing Arctic drilling, 'Simply shameful':

2017-12-03 - Arctic shore countries sign agreement to prevent commercial fishing:

2017-12-03 - Yemen risks starvation as western-backed Saudi siege continues:

2017-12-03 - Hundreds of miraculously intact pterosaur eggs found in Xinjiang (China):

2017-12-03 - Radioactive exclusion zone plagued by thrill-seekers and looters in Chernobyl (Ukraine):

2017-12-04 - Unknown noxious odor hits school in Detroit (Michigan):

Quote: "The all clear has been given at Cass Tech High School in Detroit after reports of a noxious odor. Detroit police and fire responded to the scene to investigate. Classes have resumed as normal."

2017-12-04 - Scientists afraid supervolcano Campi Flegrei is about to blow off the coast of Italy:

2017-12-04 - An Antarctic eruption at Deception Island could disrupt air traffic as far away as South America, Australia, and Africa:

2017-12-04 - Seismologists report that a volcano is building up under New England in the US:

2017-12-04 - The next immense earthquake in Japan could send the whole world into recession:

2017-12-04 - Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Caudete, Albacete (Spain):

2017-12-04 - A giant iceberg in West Antarctica is disintegrating, and scientists are worried:

2017-12-04 - Tasman Sea is freakishly warm:

Quote: "Temperatures in the Tasman Sea are well above normal - a whopping 6degC more than they normally are at the start of December."

Note: The bacteria and archaea that emit hydrogen sulfide will just love that...

2017-12-04 - Hailstorm hits Mumbai (India):

2017-12-04 - Tornado touches down in Clark County (Missouri):

2017-12-04 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Thailand, hundreds of schools affected:

2017-12-04 - Bitter cold and snow threaten the Northeast US:

2017-12-04 - Strange' Arctic rainbow and red 'summer' sprites in winter, rare atmospheric events on the increase:

2017-12-04 - Mysterious giant rock monument on the bottom of the Sea of Galilee in Israel baffles scientists:

2017-12-04 - Living in cars, working for Amazon, meet America's new nomads:

2017-12-04 - Humanoid seen 'gliding' near high strangeness hotspot in Ocala (Florida):

2017-12-05 - 'Gas smell' causes relocation of polling place in Cedar Rapids (Iowa):

2017-12-05 - Man, 67, has heart problems on coastal Ocracoke Island (North Carolina):

Quote: "The Coast Guard airlifted a man who was possibly suffering from a heart attack on Tuesday morning. Watchstanders were contacted by Ocracoke Health Center, requesting the 67-year-old man be transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital due to inclement weather in the Outer Banks area."

2017-12-05 - Man collapses unconscious outside his home, doesn't remember, in Brockton (Massachusetts):

2017-12-05 - Man has 'medical emergency' and goes into cardiac arrest, resuscitated, at Yarnfield Park in Stone (Britain):

2017-12-05 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Summit Lake in Thurston County (Washington):

2017-12-05 - Red tide hits Luzon and Visaya (Philippine Islands):

2017-12-05 - Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Albacete (Spain):

2017-12-05 - Climate risks from equatorial atmospheric super-rotation:

2017-12-05 - Cyclone Ockhi slams parts of India:

2017-12-05 - Hail and heavy rain pound Sydney (Australia):

2017-12-05 - Parts of Balochistan in Pakistan see lowest temperature in decades:

2017-12-05 - The fifth named storm of the year Caroline to batter the UK and Ireland with high winds torrential rain and snow, another storm to hit Sunday:

2017-12-05 - Texas goes from extreme flooding to drought in just 3 months:

2017-12-05 - Peru becomes the latest country to discover rats infected with the plague:

2017-12-05 - Plan to burn hurricane debris sparks health fears in the US Virgin Islands:

2017-12-05 - How fossil fuel donors shaped the anti-climate agenda of a powerful congressional committee:

2017-12-05 - Why is an appendectomy in the US 10 times more expensive than an appendectomy in Mexico?

2017-12-05 - US Air Force studying falcons to create a drone-killing robot:

2017-12-06 - Several girls have unexplained seizures within a month at school in Price (Texas):

Quote: "While it may sound a bit bizarre, some high school athletes at Carlisle Independent School District are having seizures, and nobody knows why. Carlisle ISD Superintendent Mike Payne said five girls experienced seizures within the last month. One of them has epilepsy, but he said they cannot figure out why the other girls had seizures. 'This was kind of disturbing to us," he said. "You'd think that, well, they're in the peak of health.' According to Payne, doctors said they were healthy and well to continue with athletics."

2017-12-06 - Man, 55, crewmember, has chest pains on ship near coastal Galveston (Texas):

Quote: "A US Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 55-year-old crew member from the 'NS Commander' near Galveston, Texas, in the early morning of Dec 6, 2017. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request for assistance from the captain of the tanker reporting a crew member was suffering from chest pains."

2017-12-06 - Woman sickens on ferry ship near coastal Flushing (Netherlands):

Quote: "The Breskens lifeboat evacuated a sick woman from the 'Misida' in the morning of Dec 6, 2017. The "Misida" was on its way from Tilbury to Antwerp. On the North Sea, a woman on board fell ill and the captain decided to contact the Radio Medical Service (RMD) via the Dutch Coast Guard."

2017-12-06 - Importance and scale of past climate change underestimated:

2017-12-06 - California to be hit with more droughts as the world continues warming:

2017-12-06 - Rare late-season toxic algae bloom shuts down most shellfishing areas in Casco Bay (Maine):

Quote: "A rare late-season toxic algae bloom has closed most of the fertile shellfishing areas in Casco Bay, disrupting the region's wild-caught and farmed shellfish industry. The state Department of Marine Resources expanded the area of the harvesting ban Tuesday so that it now stretches from Portland Harbor to the west side of Harpswell. The closure was triggered when tests of shellfish flesh showed elevated levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin that can produce sickness and brain damage in humans. The ban affects hundreds of acres of productive clam flats in Freeport and Brunswick and at least a dozen mussel and oyster farms in those towns and around Chebeague Island."

2017-12-06 - Brown snake-like algae washes up on Russian coast:

2017-12-06 - Volcano Shiveluch erupts, spews gas and ash six miles into the atmosphere, on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2017-12-06 - Magnitude 4.0 earthquake strikes near San Diego (California):

2017-12-06 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Thailand:

2017-12-06 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the Solomon Islands:

2017-12-06 - Heavy rain and flooding, worst in 50 years, hit Mumbai (India):

2017-12-06 - Storm Caroline to hit Scotland with heavy rain and powerful winds:

2017-12-06 - Hutt River drying out in Wellington (New Zealand):

2017-12-06 - Lobster found with Pepsi logo 'tattoo' fuels fears over ocean litter:

2017-12-06 - Meteor lights up the sky over New Jersey:

2017-12-06 - Meteor lights up the sky over Florida:

2017-12-06 - Traces of nuclear tests conducted by superpowers in the early 1960s found in Russian pine trees:

2017-12-06 - US military invests $100m in 'genetic extinction' technologies:

2017-12-06 - Best evidence ever? Triangular TR-3B-type UFO filmed over Russia:

2017-12-06 - Akdeniz University in Turkey offers ufology classes as prep for extraterrestrial contact:

2017-12-06 - Underground urban farm also heats the building above it:

2017-12-06 - First living tattoos created by MIT scientists:

Note: Sounds great, until your tattoo mutates and eats you!

2017-12-06 - Why private capitalistic health care leads to deteriorating health in the US and why the publicly funded EU system is doing the opposite:

2017-12-07 - Unknown foul odor hits medical facility and sickens people in Rancho San Diego (California), 11 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Multiple patients were transported to a local hospital after complaining of a headache and nausea resulting from a foul odor at a Kaiser Permanente medical office in Rancho San Diego."

2017-12-07 - Unknown stench continues sickening people regularly in the wee hours in Ahwatukee (Arizona):

Quote: "The stench has bedeviled some neighborhoods for several months. 'My son woke up this morning throwing up. I woke up My wife woke up. It was just disgusting,' said Joe Lanzo, who said the stench in his neighborhood near Desert Vista High School seemed to start between midnight and 4 a.m. and hang until at least 9 a.m."

2017-12-07 - Iceland's Öræfajökull volcano may be about to erupt for first time since 1728:

2017-12-07 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Taupo (New Zealand):

2017-12-07 - The most accurate climate models predict greater warming:

2017-12-07 - Snowstorm unloads 10 inches of snow in an hour near Valdez (Alaska):

2017-12-07 - Creepy noise from the sky baffles residents of Nashville (Tennessee):

2017-12-07 - Energy Minister’s fracking defense ignores research:

2017-12-08 - Unknown chemical odor sickens students at school on River Park Drive in Riverside (Missouri), 1 mile from the Missouri River:

Quote: "School leaders at Park Hill South High School, 4500 River Park Dr., decided to dismiss early Friday after a mysterious odor forced students and staff out of their classrooms and into the commons area."

Quote: "Six students who didn’t feel well from the chemical odor went home even before dismissal."

2017-12-08 - Foul odor hitting area on coastal St. Simons Island (Georgia):

Quote: "Residents of St. Simons Island have been complaining of foul odors around a major intersection. Utility officials point the finger at gases building up in the sewer pipes and leaking through a manhole in the road."

Quote: "Commission deputy director Andrew Burroughs says a high concentration of sulfides in the wastewater system is one of several possible causes for the strong odors. He says chemicals could be used to mask the smell or eliminate its source."

Note: That's almost certainly hydrogen sulfide. What else could it be? And masking the odor won't make it less poisonous, so that's no solution. The fact that it doesn't smell 'sweet' is good, since it must be low in concentration. The problem is that it's a heavier-than-air gas so it'll concentrate in ditches and basements or whatnot and then it could form lethal clouds of gas that then blow around and randomly strike people dead here and there. Even at low concentrations, it's not ideal, since nobody anywhere knows what regularly breathing even low concentrations of hydrogen sulfide does to people, but the effects surely aren't benign...

2017-12-08 - Mount Agung erupts, spews ash 1.3 miles into the atmosphere, on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

2017-12-08 - Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Micronesia:

2017-12-08 - Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Kermadec Islands (New Zealand):

2017-12-08 - Three earthquakes, magnitudes 3.7, 4.1 and 2.9, strike near Mammoth Lakes (California):

2017-12-08 - New models show 4C increase in temperature by the end of the century:

Note: Yeah, that's extremely optimistic. Are they not paying attention to the melting clathrates off the US East and West Coasts? The methane exploding out of the ground in Siberia and the doubling of atmospheric methane in the last 5 years? The temps will go up waaaay more than 4C by the end of the century. But we won't care, because the human race won't be around. The bacteria, cockroaches, rats and jellyfish can worry about that...

2017-12-08 - Heatwave bakes Canterbury (New Zealand):

2017-12-08 - Snowstorm hits Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana, 250,000 homes go dark:

Note: Odd place for a snowstorm! That's more like something you'd expect to see further north, like in the Midwest...

2017-12-08 - Record snow covers Houston and other parts of Texas:

2017-12-08 - Mighty snowstorm dumps a meter of snow on Artvin (Turkey):

2017-12-08 - Spectacular sun halo(s) seen over Whitefish (Montana):

2017-12-08 - The most northerly town in the world is at risk of disappearing:

2017-12-08 - The next global pandemic might be worse than the Black Death:

2017-12-08 - Two bears found with plague in California:

2017-12-08 - The Federal Government admits it will continue warrantless spying even if Congress votes to stop it:

2017-12-08 - The UK can't leave the EU and keep Northern Ireland, so it appears to have chosen to ditch Brexit:

2017-12-08 - Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches that could be gamed for tax avoidance:

2017-12-09 - Santa Claus has 'medical incident' during parade in Gallatin (Tennessee):

Quote: "Santa Claus, who appeared Saturday in the Gallatin 'Christmas in Toyland' parade on Saturday, will be OK after suffering 'a medical incident.'"

2017-12-09 - Unusually warm temperatures, 15C above normal, persist in Alberta (Canada), records smashed:

2017-12-09 - Volcano Kanlaon erupts in the Philippine Islands:

2017-12-09 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Micronesia:

2017-12-09 - US Homeland Security plans to conduct bio-terror test on Oklahoma town:

2017-12-09 - Billion-dollar climate disasters drain the US:

2017-12-09 - Seven impressive and baffling phenomena recorded around the world:

2017-12-09 - Meteor flies over the Mediterranean:

2017-12-09 - Geo-economic forecast predicts rapid US collapse:

2017-12-10 - Man, 32, has medical problem on cruise ship near Coffs Coast (Australia):

Quote: "On Dec 10, 2017, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has been sent to meet the 'Carnival Spirit' by NSW Ambulance and Australian Maritime Safety Authority to recover a 32 year old male passenger off the Coffs Coast."

2017-12-10 - Man pulled from the water not breathing, resuscitated, near coastal Byron Bay (Australia):

2017-12-10 - Volcano Kanlaon shaked by 155 earthquakes in 24 hours in the Philippine Islands:

Quote: "At least 155 volcanic earthquakes were detected by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology's (Phivolcs) 24-hour seismic monitoring network near Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Oriental. The volcanic earthquakes were recorded from 8 a.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday."

2017-12-10 - 25 million Californians breathing in dangerous levels of tiny particles which cause heart attacks, strokes, cancer and respiratory diseases:

2017-12-10 - Heatwave heads to Melbourne (Australia):

2017-12-10 - Deadly snowstorm batters the US Southeast, 3 killed, 480,000 homes lose power:

2017-12-10 - Heavy snow, rain and flooding hit Wales (Britain):

2017-12-10 - New snowfall expected to hit the Northeast and Midwest in the US following weekend storm:

2017-12-10 - Photo gallery, natural disasters and severe weather in 2017:

2017-12-10 - ISS astronaut captures stunning images of meteorite above Mexico:

2017-12-10 - China looking to deploy 'swimming pool' sized nuclear plants to provide reliable winter heating:

2017-12-10 - Trump allowing 'unlimited' dumping of fracking waste into Gulf of Mexico:

2017-12-10 - Congress questions Pruitt on industry's growing influence in the EPA:

2017-12-10 - Donald Trump now has a war to call his very own:

2017-12-10 - UN rejects White House recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital:

2017-12-11 - Man suddenly begins biting people on passenger plane after departing coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "A man biting his fellow passengers on a JetBlue flight forced the plane to divert to Las Vegas, where the man was taken into police custody. Passengers on the flight say that somewhere over Utah, the man suddenly began biting his seatmates – whom he apparently knew – and hitting others on a Sunday flight from Los Angeles International Airport to New York-JFK. Doctors on the flight tried to help by examining the passenger, but were also attacked. Another passenger said he jumped in to help restrain the man."

2017-12-11 - Toxic odor sickens man in Dannevirke (New Zealand):

Quote: "A Dannevirke businessman says a highly toxic odour wafting across his business yesterday made him sick and he was forced to close his business and tell staff to stay at home. 'I've been sick, vomiting, had diarrhoea and dizziness and it's because of the stinking, toxic stuff drifting over my business from the council's sewage ponds,' Ben Lund told the Dannevirke News yesterday morning."

Quote: "And although he thought the offensive smell was coming from the Tararua District Council's sewage ponds, the Dannevirke News has been told this isn't the case. But the council has offered no explanation for the odour, which was also smelled by district mayor Tracey Collis."

2017-12-11 - Methane and other chemicals found in the ground at housing project in coastal Chula Vista (California):

Note: As the clathrates dissociate off the West Coast, methane and other gases may migrate up through the ground along the coast in areas like this. That may result in ferocious fires, explosions, people sickening and/or dropping dead, land subsidence, etc...

2017-12-11 - Man, 24, goes missing from cruise ship near coastal Galveston (Texas):

2017-12-11 - The dirty secret of the world's preposterously unfeasible plan to avert climate disaster:

2017-12-11 - Near record high temps and high fire danger hit north Texas:

2017-12-11 - After a brief respite, climate change enhanced drought returning to the US:

2017-12-11 - Volcano Fuego erupting again in Guatemala:

2017-12-11 - Powerful earthquake swarm of over 100 earthquakes recorded at Skjaldbreiður volcano in Iceland:

2017-12-11 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in Iran near the border with Iraq:

2017-12-11 - Tornado rips through Vaal Marina (South Africa), 50 injured, 1000 people homeless:

2017-12-11 - Wild weather brings tennis-ball-sized hail, heavy rain and 133,000 lightning strikes to Australia:

2017-12-11 - Heavy rain and snow hit Italy:

2017-12-11 - Extreme weather creates chaos across Europe:

2017-12-11 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Quezon Province (Philippine Islands):

2017-12-11 - Massive avalanche filmed in the Hunza Valley (Pakistan):

2017-12-11 - Nearly 1,000 more people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria:

2017-12-11 - Two more massive wave anomalies connected to Antarctica captured by weather radars:

2017-12-11 - We're building the equivalent of Paris every week, and that's a problem:

2017-12-11 - From Seal Finger to Rapunzel Syndrome, ten strange health cases in 2017:

2017-12-11 - U.N. official shocked at poverty in rural Alabama, 'It’s very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees.':

2017-12-11 - Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

2017-12-11 - Anonymous targets world's largest whaler, Norway:

2017-12-11 - House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes claims evidence of FISA surveillance abuse:

2017-12-11 - Big Pharma making moves to monopolize CBD oil market:

2017-12-12 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits Los Altos (California):

Quote: "The alarming odor of gas left some residents scrunching their noses in downtown Los Altos last week. The Santa Clara County Fire Department – joined by PG&E – responded to reports of the smell after receiving multiple calls beginning at approximately 8:32 a.m., according to department spokeswoman Luisa Rapport. 'Both County Fire and PG&E monitored the area for an hour and a half and never got any reading on their monitors,' she said of their failure to detect a gas leak."

Quote: "After 90 minutes, the smell dissipated and firefighters and PG&E cleared the scene. The cause remains unknown."

Note: Their detectors failed to detect anything because they were using natural gas detectors, not hydrogen sulfide detectors...

2017-12-12 - We're witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1500 years:

2017-12-12 - SOTT Earth changes summary for November 2017, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2017-12-12 - Climate change could devastate wind farming:

2017-12-12 - Drought hits many parts of Arizona:

2017-12-12 - Heavy rain, snow and flooding continue to wreak havoc in Italy:

2017-12-12 - Storm Ana hits France, tens of thousands of homes go dark:

2017-12-12 - Heavy snowstorm hits many parts of Europe:

2017-12-12 - Rare heavy snow and 120 MPH snowstorms spawning snow devils in London (Britain):

2017-12-12 - Major storm forming in the North Atlantic:

2017-12-12 - Complex sun halo appears over Innopolis (Russia):

2017-12-12 - Mysterious hexagonal object seen floating above Crazy Horse Monument (South Dakota):

2017-12-12 - Real-life mermaid baby dies hours after birth in Kolkata (India):

2017-12-12 - Water gushes out of trees in Africa and in India:

2017-12-12 - Eurasian mistle thrush turns up in New Brunswick (Canada), first recorded in North America:

2017-12-12 - In kids’ climate lawsuit, judges question government effort to get case dismissed:

2017-12-12 - Pure math and physics, an unusual connection:

2017-12-12 - Strange new trait discovered associated with psychopathy:

Quote: "Psychopaths find it hard to tell the difference between simple odours like fish and oranges, research finds."

2017-12-12 - Coast Guard intercepts semi-submersible vessel carrying more than 3,800 pounds of cocaine:

2017-12-12 - Man complains of earache, doctors find 26 cockroaches living in his ear, in China:

2017-12-13 - Unknown 'gas odor' blows through northern Stark County and Canton (Ohio):

Quote: "A possible natural gas odor hung over parts of Canton and northern Stark County on Wednesday, prompting dozens of calls from concerned residents and puzzling investigators trying to pinpoint the cause. Dominion Energy Ohio technicians and city Fire Department personnel were not able to find any gas leaks."

Quote: "There were more people outside that were noticing it than inside. There was nothing we could find. Even though you could smell it, we couldn’t pick it up on our monitors."

Note: They couldn't pick it up on their detectors because they were using natural gas detectors, not hydrogen sulfide detectors...

2017-12-13 - Unknown odor hits school in Poland (Ohio):

Quote: "Students who were being taken to Dobbins Elementary School in Poland were diverted to the high school Wednesday morning because of a mysterious odor in the building."

2017-12-13 - Unknown cause sickens 17 people at plant in Athens (Tennessee):

Quote: "Officials say they may have ruled out carbon monoxide. The root cause has not yet discovered. McMinn County Mayor John Gentry described the incident as an 'exposure.'"

Quote: "The Athens Fire Department and Athens Utility Board went to the scene and tested the building for gas leaks and carbon monoxide. After multiple tests, no signs of any leaks were found."

2017-12-13 - Alaska sees record-high temperatures in December:

2017-12-13 - Heatwave bakes Sydney (Australia):

2017-12-13 - Volcano Cleveland erupts in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

2017-12-13 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Bouvet Island:

2017-12-13 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in Kerman Province (Iran), 58 injured:

2017-12-13 - Magnitude 4.0 earthquake strikes near Scotts Mills (Oregon):

2017-12-13 - There are nearly a billion dead trees in California and Colorado:

2017-12-13 - All 50 states in the US have recorded snow two weeks ahead of Christmas:

2017-12-13 - Meteorite crashes out of the sky in Thunder Bay (Ontario):

2017-12-13 - 'Horns or trumpets' heard in the skies of Edmonton (Canada):

2017-12-13 - Strange trumpeting sound heard in Manitoba (Canada):

2017-12-13 - 'Strange noise in the sky' recorded in Palmetto (Florida):

2017-12-13 - Exxon agrees to disclose climate risks under pressure from investors:

2017-12-13 - US may not care about climate scientists, but other countries do:

2017-12-13 - The Silicon Valley paradox - one in four people are at risk of hunger:

2017-12-13 - Human-sized penguin fossil found in New Zealand:

2017-12-13 - Mysterious watery 'smoke rings' form in oceans, sucking up small creatures before sending them flying:

2017-12-14 - Unknown 'gas smell' evacuates gym in Hamden (Connecticut), 3 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A gym in Hamden was evacuated on Thursday after patrons said they could smell natural gas. The Edge Fitness was evacuated around 2:30 p.m. Hamden Fire Department crews were called to the scene to investigate. Meters used to determine natural gas levels in the area reported nothing measurable, according to Gary Merwede of Hamden Fire. Officials do not know yet exactly where the smell was coming from."

Note: Well yeah, they're using natural gas detectors, and those are going to register nothing when it's hydrogen sulfide. The same thing happened the day prior in Stark County and Canton (Ohio), mentioned in the 2017-12-13 update, and the day before that in Los Altos (California), mentioned in the 2017-12-12 update. This is happening regularly now...

2017-12-14 - Man has heart attack while working in trench in Thetford (Vermont):

Quote: "A technical rescue in Thetford Thursday to reach a construction worker after an apparent heart attack on the job. It happened on Route 132 Thursday afternoon in a trench at a culvert worksite."

2017-12-14 - Man, 37, ship's chief engineer, has medical problem on ship near coastal Cádiz (Spain):

Quote: "An Italian crew member without mobility was medevaced from the 'Grande Nigeria' on Dec 14, 2017, about 12 miles SW of Cádiz. The chief engineer Jerez de la Frontera was in need of medical assistance. At 12.32 p.m. the 'Grande Nigeria' contacted the Port Authority Bahía de Cádiz to request the medical evacuation of the 37-year-old Italian."

2017-12-14 - Man, 65, goes out crabbing on boat, goes missing, empty 'ghost boat' found, near coastal Mukilteo (Washington):

2017-12-14 - Barrow, Alaska warming so quickly the computers thought the data was unreal:

2017-12-14 - Beaufort Gyre has collapsed in the Arctic:

2017-12-14 - Sea level rise may be double previous estimates, says study:

2017-12-14 - 2016’s record heat not possible without global warming, study says:

2017-12-14 - New science confirms that Harvey’s record rains were made much worse by climate change:

2017-12-14 - Eruptions at Sinabung and Merapi (Indonesia), Fuego (Guatemala), Kanlaon (Philippines) and Erta Ale (Ethiopia):

2017-12-14 - Volcano Kanlaon shaken by 1,217 volcanic earthquakes in 24 hours on Negros Island (Philippine Islands):

2017-12-14 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the Philippine Islands as Urduja strengthens:

2017-12-14 - Heavy storm and snow hit central Switzerland, 7,000 homes go dark:

2017-12-14 - Blizzard dumps 3 feet of snow on parts of Pakistan:

2017-12-14 - Weird sound like air raid siren heard in the sky over Alhambra (California):

2017-12-14 - More strange sounds heard in the skies over Mexico City (Mexico):

2017-12-14 - Fracking study finds low birth weights near natural gas drilling sites:

2017-12-14 - FCC votes to overturn net neutrality:

2017-12-14 - Trump’s mining regulator nominee was once dropped by the agency for doing junk work:

2017-12-14 - Exploding Head Syndrome affects nearly 15 million people:

Quote: "Exploding head syndrome (EHS) is a little understood medical condition that afflicts upwards of 15 million people."

Note: Not nearly as bad as what I was picturing!

2017-12-15 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits widespread area, including Folsom, El Dorado Hills and Rancho Cordova (California), near Folsom Lake:

Quote: "Do you smell an odor of gas in your neighborhood? Several areas in and around Rancho Cordova and Folsom are plagued with an odor Friday, according to reports. Metro Fire officials said they have received calls about the smell of gas from various locations from Bradshaw Road in Rancho Cordova to Bass Lake Road in El Dorado Hills."

Quote: "PG&E has responded to 100 calls of the odor, but officials have determined that there are no apparent issues with any lines, crews said."

Quote: "The smell covered a 20-mile radius from Rosemont to Bass Lake and eventually into Folsom."

Quote: "'At this point we’re confident that there is no hazard, there’s no danger to the public (and) that the source is not in the area,' Vestal said."

Note: Confident that there's no hazard or danger to the public when the gas hasn't even been identified? It's probably just some poison gas blowing in off the ocean or oozing up from the ground and settling in this area. Nothing to worry about, unless you're one of those wanna-stay-alive types. Also, hydrogen sulfide and methane blowing in off the ocean will cause and/or exacerbate fires. Have there been any big fires in California lately? Oh yeah, and the 4th biggest fire in California history is still burning too, right along the coast. Last I checked, fires can be a hazard and a danger to the public. Ask all the dead people from the deadliest fires in California's history this year...

2017-12-15 - Unknown 'gas odor' continues hitting Canton and Stark County (Ohio):

Quote: "Canton City health department officials are trying to determine the source of an odor reported by nearly a dozen residents Friday morning. Terri Dzienis, administrator of Air Pollution Control at the Canton Health Department, and Linda Morckel, monitoring and inspections supervisor, were meeting about 10:30 a.m. to address the issue after the health department began receiving reports. Initially, they had heard reports of a natural gas odor in the city over the last few days, but the health department had not received any complaints until Friday morning. Reports of the smell also came in from as far away as North Canton and Jackson Township."

Quote: "Dominion Energy said it got more than 100 calls about a natural gas smell. Crews investigated, but could not find a smell or cause."

2017-12-15 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes near coastal Jakarta (Indonesia), buildings collapse, 1+ killed:;-2-dead/2787907/

Quote: "A strong 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian capital Jakarta and other cities on the country's most populous island of Java, killing an unknown number of people. There were reports of collapsed buildings and authorities issued a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline after the quake struck. People ran out of buildings in panic in many areas and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people left coastal areas. Deaths were reported, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the country's National Disaster Mitigation Agency. He could not immediately provide details on how many had been killed. There were also reports that buildings had collapsed in the city of Tasikmalaya in western Java and in several other districts."

2017-12-15 - Man, deputy, has 'medical episode' and collapses in parking lot at jail in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

Quote: "While the man was in the parking lot, the deputy had a medical episode and collapsed. BSO will not say if the deputy was escorting or following the man outside the jail, or if he was already in the parking lot."

2017-12-15 - Man falls off bridge near viaduct in Taunton (Britain):

2017-12-15 - Through global warming, we're now creating new types of extreme weather events, with dire results:

2017-12-15 - Snow melting away on the Alps in Europe:

2017-12-15 - Tiny losses of ice at Antarctica’s fringes may hasten declines in the interior:

2017-12-15 - Lightning strike kills woman at bus stop in Filabusi (Zimbabwe):

2017-12-15 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Albania:

2017-12-15 - Waterspout filmed off Rakino Island (New Zealand):

2017-12-15 - Meteor spotted in the sky over Denver (Colorado):

2017-12-15 - Autonomous helicopters could change warfare forever:

2017-12-15 - Moscow physicists develop new theory on what happens inside black holes:

2017-12-15 - Security robot taken off streets after allegations it was harassing homeless people in San Francisco (California):

2017-12-16 - Boy, 17, has seizure on cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico southeast of Louisiana:

Quote: "The US Coast Guard medevaced a 17-year-old male from the 'Carnival Dream' approximately 170 nautical miles southeast of South West Pass, Louisiana, on Dec 16, 2017. The Coast Guard New Orleans received a report at 8 a.m. from the cruise ship that the male had suffered a seizure."

2017-12-16 - Man, University Of Arkansas commencement announcer, has 'medical emergency' in Fayetteville (Arkansas):

2017-12-16 - Dr. Guy McPherson on facing imminent human extinction:

2017-12-16 - Abrupt climate change - 5 stages of grief and prepping for the future with Kevin and Sandy:

2017-12-16 - Greenland’s ice sheet is driving global sea level rise, and one section is melting 80% faster:

2017-12-16 - Arctic permafrost thawing faster than ever, US climate study finds:

2017-12-16 - Deadly Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak) dumps more than a meter of rain (!) on the Philippine Islands:

2017-12-16 - Heavy rain, flooding and hail hit the UAE:,-flooding-in-parts-of-UAE-

2017-12-16 - An American Beach Story, when property rights clash with the rising sea:

Note: I'm pretty sure the rising sea is gonna win that clash...

2017-12-16 - How to spot a murderer's brain:

2017-12-16 - New research suggests five different types of depression and anxiety each with its own symptoms and effects on the brain:

2017-12-17 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits Kyle (Texas):

2017-12-17 - Woman in her 50s has 'medical incident' in Leiston (Britain), 2 miles from the coast:

Quote: "He said that a doctor and a paramedic attended a woman in her 50s who was suffering a critical medical incident at the scene."

2017-12-17 - Man goes missing while diving in coastal Wairarapa (New Zealand):

2017-12-17 - Man in his 70s pulled unconscious from the water while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands:

Quote: "He said the man possibly had a medical issue in the water."

2017-12-17 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #86, December 8th to 16th 2017:

2017-12-17 - Volcano Stromboli spews lava in Italy:

2017-12-17 - Volcano Kanlaon shaken by three earthquakes, M5.1, M4.7 and M4.7, in the Philippine Islands:

2017-12-17 - Magnitude 3.0 earthquake strikes in the Gulf of Mexico near South Padre Island (Texas):

2017-12-17 - Tropical storm Kai-Tak (Urduja) pounds the Philippine Islands, 30+ killed:

2017-12-17 - Parts of Switzerland hit by huge amounts of snow:

2017-12-17 - Anomalous cold weather events hit variety of places around the planet:

2017-12-17 - Meteor breaks up over Sochi (Russia):

2017-12-17 - Researchers identify new mechanism that helps explain why meteors explode in the atmosphere:

2017-12-17 - California health officials release guidelines on cellphone radiation:

2017-12-17 - Is artificial light at night making you and your kids fat and sick?

2017-12-17 - Heavily-armed group of do-gooders feeds the homeless since feeding the homeless is now illegal:

2017-12-17 - Pentagon spent at least $22 million to investigate UFOs:

2017-12-17 - Pentagon releases footage of USAF jets chasing UFO in 2004:

2017-12-17 - Drinking hot tea associated with reduced risk of glaucoma:

2017-12-18 - Gas leak hits Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility, again, in Porter Ranch (California):

Quote: "In a community alert, the company said the leak occurred about 4:55 p.m. and didn’t pose any health risks, though it did produce a noticeable odor. But Andrew Krowne, a Northridge resident who developed a cellphone application for those within 18 miles of the facility to report health issues, said 34 people reported symptoms including headaches, nosebleeds, and burning of the eyes and throat."

Note: There's an odor, so this is not just natural gas or methane. If this is sour gas then it contains hydrogen sulfide, which will have an odor and cause those symptoms. If it's clean gas but has had methyl mercaptan added then the CDC says to treat methyl mercaptan as if it were hydrogen sulfide since it's made with hydrogen sulfide and has the same symptoms. It's one of the two or it would be odorless, so either way these people are being hit with poison gas, again...

2017-12-18 - Residents still sickening from hydrogen sulfide from well blowout in Missouri City (Texas):

Quote: "Despite assurances from state officials that air emissions from a recent oil well blowout in Fort Bend County pose no danger, residents say fumes from the spill are making them sick. 'Something is going on out here. I can't breathe. I'm coughing all the time and I feel like I'm smothering,' Coca Dawson said. A resident of nearby Quail Glenn subdivision, Dawson babysits her 2-year-old grandson during the week and voiced concerns he was also getting sick."

Quote: "Residents near the site complain of a foul smell that causes headaches, nausea and burning eyes, reportedly caused by Hydrogen Sulfide emissions from the blowout. Students and teachers at Blue Ridge Elementary School, located less than four miles from the site, have also reportedly voiced concerns about the air emission."

Note: Virtually identical symptoms as the people are experiencing in Porter Ranch...

2017-12-18 - Unknown odor evacuates school in Silsbee (Texas):

Quote: "Silsbee High School has been cleared and students are returning to class after an 'unfamiliar odor' caused an evacuation. Spokesman Daniel Elizondo said the building was checked by the Silsbee Fire Department and no leaks or other issues were found."

Quote: "Elizondo said the source of the odor is unknown, but it's been determined that isn't hazardous."

Note: You can't determine that a gas isn't hazardous unless you know what it is. You can SAY that you've determined that it isn't hazardous, but that's not the same thing at all...

2017-12-18 - Unknown 'gas odor' hits broad area in and around coastal Cardiff (Britain):

Quote: "The 'strong smell' of gas has been reported in Whitchurch, Cardiff, to Merthyr Tydfil, Nanatgarw and Pontypridd."

Quote: "Hundreds of people have reported a smell of gas across of wide area of south Wales. It seems to be located in Pontypridd and Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taff, but Wales and West Utilities received more than 700 calls from north Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil. South Wales fire service said checks at Treforest and Troedyrhiw industrial estates had not revealed anything. Wales and West Utilities said the smell was not from a leak in its network."

Quote: "Our engineers are visiting affected areas, but there are no readings of gas in the air and this smell has not been caused by a leak from our gas network."

Note: Calm down, people, it's not natural gas, it's just poison gas!

2017-12-18 - Foul odor emanating from sewers in Biwabik (Minnesota):

2017-12-18 - Man, 47, has seizure while diving at marine park near coastal Mooloolaba (Australia):

Quote: "A scuba diver who was pulled from a Sunshine Coast dive site unconscious has been airlifted to a Brisbane hospital in a stable condition. The 47-year-old Sydney man suffered a seizure as he was ascending from an 18 metre dive at Ex-HMAS Brisbane marine park near Mooloolaba about 10.40am, Queensland Ambulance Service Sunshine Coast operations supervisor Lorenz Kleinberg said. The incident occured while he was diving with dive school Scuba World."

2017-12-18 - Man in his 60s pulled from the water in cardiac arrest at coastal Bondi Beach (Australia):

Quote: "A man is in a critical condition after being pulled from the water at Bondi Beach. Lifesavers immediately commenced CPR on the man in his 60s after he went in cardiac arrest, about 3.35pm on Monday. It is not known if the man drowned or suffered a medical episode while in the water."

2017-12-18 - Volcano Sinabung erupts in North Sumatra (Indonesia):

2017-12-18 - Volcano Reventador erupts in Ecuador:

2017-12-18 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Saltwater Creek near South Canterbury (New Zealand):

2017-12-18 - Heatwave bakes large swath of Australia:

2017-12-18 - Lightning strike kills man in Lupili (Zambia):

2017-12-18 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Oman:

2017-12-18 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Malawi, 6+ killed:

2017-12-18 - Life without power in Puerto Rico, with no end in sight:

2017-12-18 - Fueling dissent, how the oil industry set out to undercut clean air:

2017-12-18 - A record number of journalists worldwide are behind bars for doing their jobs:

2017-12-18 - Bay Area cities in California face growing crisis as RVs become homes of last resort:

2017-12-19 - Woman, 38, goes into cardiac arrest at school in Pevely (Missouri):

Quote: "A Pevely Elementary School parent suffered cardiac arrest Tuesday morning (Dec. 19) at the school, authorities reported. 'There was a medical emergency on the parking lot at Pevely Elementary involving a parent at 9:44 a.m.,' Dunklin R-5 Superintendent Stan Stratton said."

2017-12-19 - The Arctic not expected to return to normal:

Quote: "Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more."

2017-12-19 - Arctic ice thickness update:

2017-12-19 - November was 5th warmest November on record:

2017-12-19 - Weather extremes of the year:

2017-12-19 - Heatwave bakes Sydney (Australia), man collapses and dies:

2017-12-19 - As wild weather hits crops, Ethiopian women turn to savings:

2017-12-19 - Heavy snowstorm hits Vancouver Island (Canada), blackouts ensue:

2017-12-19 - Severe storm pounds Victoria (Australia):

2017-12-19 - Scientists stunned by massive snowfall increases among Alaska’s highest peaks:

2017-12-19 - Meteor lights up the sky over Madison (Wisconsin):

2017-12-19 - Strange lights filmed over Sheffield (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Septicemic plague kills herder in China:

2017-12-19 - Geologists discover unknown meteorite impact crater in Scotland that may explain ancient volcanic activity across the North Atlantic:

2017-12-19 - As CRISPR gene editing moves into new territory, ethical debates on use in humans take on new urgency:

2017-12-19 - The Information-Industrial Complex - a new collusion between the Pentagon and tech industry:

2017-12-20 - Hydrogen sulfide almost kills man, employer never reported it, other coverups mentioned, in Saskatchewan (Canada):

Quote: "One moment, he was a 46-year-old hockey-playing oilfield worker connecting a hose to a valve at a rural Saskatchewan production facility in February 2014. The next, his face was sprayed with a mixture of oil, water and gas. He inhaled and swallowed it. His medical records show that soup was laced with hydrogen sulphide (H2S), a toxic gas that carries risks to the human body ranging from burning vocal chords and olfactory senses to causing instant death. Three years later, Crawford’s body struggles to complete its most basic tasks: chew food, swallow, taste, smell, speak properly, breathe clearly and sleep soundly."

Quote: "A corrosive gas that is fatal to humans in high concentrations is a non-toxic substance under Canadian environmental law, say federal researchers in a new proposal. Staff at Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada came to this conclusion in a draft assessment of hydrogen sulfide, published in September. The proposal found that the gas, also known as H2S or sour gas, does not enter the environment in quantities, concentrations or conditions 'that constitute or may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.'"

Quote: "Their conclusion is at odds with the substance’s track record — in the last five years alone, H2S has killed at least one oilpatch worker, sickened dozens of others and left livestock dead in a pasture in a small corner of Saskatchewan."

Note: Someone should fill a room up with H2S at 1 part per thousand concentration (0.1 percent hydrogen sulfide) and anyone who wants to call it non-toxic can go into that room for five minutes. Then the room can be cleared and their corpse can be dragged out. And after every corpse is dragged out, someone can say, 'Anyone else think hydrogen sulfide is non-toxic? Don't be shy, step right up!' I bet they'd run out of people willing to claim it's non-toxic real fuggin' fast...

2017-12-20 - Unknown 'sulfur odor' continues hitting Ahwatukee (Arizona), broad city probe launched:

Quote: "City and county officials have launched a coordinated effort to track down the source of an on-again, off-again stench that returned to Ahwatukee with a vengeance late last week. Led by city Office of Environmental Programs, several Phoenix departments are working with freeway developer Connect202Partners, Southwest Gas and the Maricopa County Air Quality Department to track the odor that has been plaguing a portion of Ahwatukee intermittently since August. 'You can’t even go outside,' complained Ahwatukee resident Joe Lanzo on Saturday, Dec. 16. 'It is actually seeping through the walls like a large sulfur smell.'"

Quote: "Three weeks ago, during the previous air quality alert, the stench was so bad that Lanzo said his son woke up vomiting."

Note: If he keeps breathing that gas then eventually that boy won't wake up at all...

2017-12-20 - Volcano Bezymianny erupts mightily, spews ash 15+ kilometers into atmosphere, on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2017-12-20 - Girl, 14, has 'medical emergency' on cruise ship near the UAE:

2017-12-20 - Woman has 'medical episode' on cruise ship near New Caledonia:

Quote: "THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is en route to an offshore cruise liner to pick up a female passenger suffering a severe medical episode."

2017-12-20 - Woman has 'medical incident' in coastal Weston-super-Mare (Britain):

2017-12-20 - Person has 'medical incident' on Newenden Close in the Stanhope area of Ashford (Britain):

2017-12-20 - November was the 395th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average, 2017 set to be the third warmest year ever:

2017-12-20 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes near Tehran (Iran):

2017-12-20 - Tornado touches down in Walthall County near Salem (Mississippi):

2017-12-20 - Spider lightning colors sky pink over Adelaide (Australia):

2017-12-20 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the island of Labuan (Malaysia):

2017-12-20 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Brunei:

2017-12-20 - Storm system set to sweep across the US:

2017-12-20 - Rare 'ghost snow tsunami' wave caught on camera in Wyoming:

2017-12-20 - Strange sounds heard in the sky over Switzerland:

2017-12-20 - Strange sounds heard in the sky over Poland:

2017-12-20 - Trump courting Blackwater founder Erik Prince and Oliver North to create his own personal CIA:

2017-12-20 - 41 million Americans are living in poverty this Christmas:

2017-12-20 - 10 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true:

2017-12-21 - Unknown 'gas odor' evacuates school in Alden (New York):

2017-12-21 - Man has 'medical emergency' and collapses during city council meeting in Cartersville (Georgia):

Quote: "After the work session and prior to the Cartersville City Council business meeting at City Hall on Thursday night, Ward Three Councilman Louis Tonsmeire collapsed due to a medical emergency. He was alert and responsive when EMS personnel were taking him to Cartersville Medical Center. He did sustain a cut on his head, but is in stable condition and expected to recover."

2017-12-21 - Woman has 'medical incident' on Godwin Road in coastal Cliftonville, Margate (Britain), 900 feet from the ocean:

2017-12-21 - Middle-aged man has heart attack and collapses on street in South Croydon (Britain):

2017-12-21 - Peatlands, a neglected piece of the climate puzzle:

Quote: "Although peatlands make up a small amount of the world's land mass, they represent some of the largest carbon reservoirs on Earth. When drained or burned, they could spew out massive greenhouse gas emissions."

Note: That large and unusual fire that burned for weeks in Greenland this year was a peat fire...

2017-12-21 - Algae growth reduces reflectivity, enhances Greenland ice sheet melting:

Note: Algae is growing on the ice in Antarctica and causing more melting there too...

2017-12-21 - Scientists present a sweeping new estimate of how much humans have transformed the planet:

2017-12-21 - Volcano Klyuchevskoy erupts, spews ash 7 kilometers into the atmosphere, on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2017-12-21 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes north of Kerman (Iran):

2017-12-21 - Alaska is having an insanely warm December:

2017-12-21 - Cape Town facing a future without water in South Africa:

2017-12-21 - Tropical storm Tembin to batter Philippines days after tropical storm Kai-Tek affected 200,000 people:

2017-12-21 - Four meters of snow fall on Niseko ski resort in Japan:

2017-12-21 - Tiny bits of plastic are found in mussels from the European Arctic to China:

2017-12-21 - EPA considers allowing bee-killing pesticide to be sprayed on 165 million acres of US farmland:

2017-12-21 - Two-faced kitten born in Eastern Cape (South Africa):

2017-12-21 - California set to hit its green-energy goals a decade early:

2017-12-21 - UFOs frequently reported over nuclear facilities:

2017-12-22 - Man, 39, has 'medical issue' after entering fountain to retrieve child at hotel in Greensboro (North Carolina):

Quote: "Greensboro Fire Department officials originally said the two were injured by an electrical shock, however, Greensboro police said the man had a medical issue while trying to get the child out of the fountain."

2017-12-22 - Girl, 17, goes into cardiac arrest at school in Martinsburg (West Virginia):

2017-12-22 - Man, 46, has 'medical episode' in swimming pool and almost dies, near Dungog (Australia):

Quote: "A man found at the bottom of a pool has survived after being given CPR by his family. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Services says the 46 year old suffered a medical episode. The near-drowning happened on a property north of Dungog on Saturday morning."

2017-12-22 - Man, 27, goes missing while swimming in Spring Lake in Keystone Heights (Florida):

2017-12-22 - Interview with Guy McPherson:

2017-12-22 - Rare magnitude 5.0 earthquake strikes in Northern Yukon (Canada):

2017-12-22 - Australia’s hot ocean blob fuels record heat, extreme weather, risk to coral reefs:

2017-12-22 - Tropical Storm Tembin pounds the Philippine Islands, 200+ killed:

Quote: "More than 200 people are dead and 160 missing after a tropical storm devastated the southern Philippines, unleashing flash flooding and setting off landslides."

2017-12-22 - Meteor explodes in the sky over southern Norway:

2017-12-22 - Meteor lights up the sky over Finland:

2017-12-22 - 'Weird, strange trumpet sounds' heard in Queens (New York):

2017-12-22 - Rarely seen white morph gyrfalcon from the high Arctic spotted in New Brunswick (Canada):

2017-12-22 - The long campaign of misinformation about climate change:

2017-12-22 - Scientists can now create air transmissible Ebola and other lethal viruses:

2017-12-22 - Daily Telegraph claims US engaging in advanced planning for military strike against North Korea:

2017-12-22 - Humiliation at the UN is sign that the US is a washed-up superpower:

2017-12-22 - Nearly 300 scientists and environmental protection specialists have departed the EPA during the Trump administration:

2017-12-22 - Scientists discover entirely new material that cannot be explained by classical physics:

2017-12-22 - Man uses motorized toilet to plow snow near Washington DC:

Quote: "A man outside Washington, D.C. attached a plow to a motorized toilet he built to clear snow at his business Wednesday. He calls the the contraption 'Loo-cy,' and it's equipped with a toilet paper stand and a magazine rack."

2017-12-22 - Man and woman, 83 and 80, found with 60 pounds of pot during traffic stop in Nebraska, they say it's for Christmas gifts:

2017-12-23 - Man pulled unconscious from swimming pool at fitness club in Davis (California):

2017-12-23 - Mount Agung erupts on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

2017-12-23 - Natural disasters in the US in 2017 cost $306 billion, almost double 2016 loss:

2017-12-23 - New form of upper atmospheric lightning being seen, the Gigantic Jet, related to but more powerful than sprites:

2017-12-23 - Meteor lights up the sky over Townsville, Queensland (Australia):

2017-12-23 - Interior Department orders halt to study of agency overseeing offshore oil safety:

2017-12-23 - The paranoia of EPA chief Scott Pruitt:

2017-12-23 - New study suggests that the lower your social class, the 'wiser' and better you are at conflict resolution:

2017-12-23 - Robot teaches itself chess in four hours then beats chess champion AI using moves not seen before in 1500 years:

Quote: "In those 240 minutes of practice, the program not only taught itself how to play but developed tactics that are unbeatably innovative — and revealed its startling ability to trounce human intelligence. Some of its winning moves had never been recorded in the 1,500 years that human brains have pitted wits across the chequered board."

2017-12-23 - US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin receives gift-wrapped box of horse poop in Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "The Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad was called to the home and officers opened the box, finding a pile of horse manure inside. Police said the package had been gift-wrapped and was marked as being from 'the American people.'"

2017-12-24 - US drought risk rising as a second La Niña winter kicks in:

2017-12-24 - Lightning strike injures 77 soldiers in Popayán (Colombia):

Quote: "The powerful bolt occurred after 3:00 pm in the afternoon, even though it was not raining at that time."

2017-12-24 - Fierce storm pounds Poland, 72,000 homes go dark:

2017-12-24 - Winds keep changing as warming continues:

2017-12-24 - Slow-moving meteor lights up the sky over the Mediterranean Sea:

2017-12-24 - Oil discoveries hit all-time low in 2017:

2017-12-24 - Vampire bats are killing hundreds of cattle every year in Peru:

2017-12-24 - Major layoffs announced in western Kentucky coal mines:

2017-12-24 - Facebook admits to offering user data to major governments worldwide:

2017-12-24 - Bitcoin plunges 45% in five days:

2017-12-24 - Woman receives $284,460,000,000 electric bill in Pennsylvania:

2017-12-25 - Atmospheric methane levels continue rising:

Quote: "A new study by the Norwegian Environment Agency has indicated a record high concentration of methane in the atmosphere, which may have far-reaching consequences, the national broadcaster NRK reported."

2017-12-25 - Girl, 7, loses consciousness and foams at the mouth in lagoon in coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "Christmas Day disaster as a girl, 7, is found unconscious and foaming at the mouth in the water at a Sydney beach - a year after a man died at the same lagoon."

2017-12-25 - Woman pulled unconscious from the water at beach in coastal Wellington Point (Australia):

2017-12-25 - Man pulled unconscious from the water at beach in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

2017-12-25 - Man in his 20s found unconscious and ill in ditch on Park Lane in Merrow, Surrey (Britain):

2017-12-25 - 2017 was a terrible year of climate disasters, and too many media outlets failed to tell the story:

2017-12-25 - Hotter temperatures will accelerate migration of asylum-seekers to Europe, says study:

2017-12-25 - Typhoon Tembin strengthens, heads toward Vietnam, a million people evacuated:

2017-12-25 - Typhoon Tembin death toll rises to 230 in the Philippine Islands:

2017-12-25 - Storm dumps record 34 inches of snow on Erie (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says Monday's storm brought 34 inches of snow, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. Another 19 inches fell before dawn Tuesday, bringing the total to 53 inches, the greatest two-day total in commonwealth history. The previous record was the 44 inches that fell in Morgantown in March 1958."

2017-12-25 - Winter storm pounds Nova Scotia (Canada), 81,000 people lose power:

2017-12-25 - Hellish summer of hurricanes smashes FEMA:

2017-12-25 - Houston mayor makes desperate plea for Hurricane Harvey recovery aid:

2017-12-25 - Freaky sunset appears over Sunderland (Britain):

2017-12-25 - Australia and New Zealand to be test sites for genetically modified insect trials:

2017-12-25 - Microbes in Antarctica have previously unknown ability to scavenge hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air to stay alive in the extreme conditions, like on other planets:

2017-12-25 - AT&T announces thousands of layoffs and firings just in time for Christmas:

2017-12-25 - Forty people roll up a 100-foot-long joint containing 2.2 pounds of pot in Worcester (Massachusetts):

2017-12-26 - Sulfur odor blows in off the ocean and hits the coast in and around Manhattan Beach (California):

Quote: "Two days before Christmas reports of a natural gas leak spread throughout the South Bay. Calls went out to 911 emergency services in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach."

Quote: "Professors Doug Capone, PhD, and Jed Fuhrman, PhD, said what people might be smelling is hydrogen sulfide associated with several possible sources such as oil seeps or rotting seaweed."

Note: I'm sure that IS what it was. And as time goes on, these 'odor events' are happening more frequently as the ocean warms and as life dies off in the ocean and as the ocean becomes more polluted and landfill-like. The concentration will rise over time as well. Heck, you might see California start getting hit by monstrous wildfires too, since hydrogen sulfide is extremely flammable. Oh right, California is being hit by monstrous wildfires now. Eventually entire towns will start going up in flames and entire towns of people will start dropping dead, or having 'medical events', or going insane from brain damage, etc. That's just a matter of time now. These increasingly common 'odor events' are harbingers of much worse things to come...

2017-12-26 - Hydrogen sulfide leaks from floor drain at business in Iron Mountain (Michigan):

Quote: "Iron Mountain firefighters were called at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a possible natural gas odor at a business on the 1400 block of South Stephenson Avenue. They determined the odor was sewer gas coming from a floor drain and there was no problem, so they returned to the station at 4:40 p.m."

Note: 'Just poison gas spewing from the drain, folks, no problem. We'll be, uhhh, way far away from here if someone dies or you need us for a medical emergency!'

2017-12-26 - Boy, 17, collapses, goes into cardiac arrest, resuscitated, at Pelham Middle School in Pelham (New York):

2017-12-26 - Woman has seizure and stroke at business in Bakersfield (California):

2017-12-26 - Woman in her 30s pulled unconscious from Memorial Swimming Lake in coastal Millicent (Australia):

2017-12-26 - Louisiana, sinking fast, prepares to empty out its coastal plain:

Quote: "Louisiana is finalizing a plan to move thousands of people from areas threatened by the rising Gulf of Mexico, effectively declaring uninhabitable a coastal area larger than Delaware."

2017-12-26 - Climate change is happening faster than expected, and it’s more extreme:

2017-12-26 - It's not the heat that kills you, it's the humidity:

2017-12-26 - Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Tehran (Iran), 1+ killed, dozens injured:

2017-12-26 - Magnitude 3.1 and magnitude 3.9 earthquakes strikes near San Jose (California):

2017-12-26 - Magnitude 2.7 earthquake strikes south of Lake Santeetlah near Robbinsville (North Carolina):

2017-12-26 - Severe storm with cricket-ball-sized hail hits area west of Brisbane (Australia):

2017-12-26 - Heavy rain hits Hawaii:

2017-12-26 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Wellington (New Zealand):

Quote: "In Wellington more rain fell in one hour, than it did in the past 48 days."

2017-12-26 - Arctic cold spreads across the US:

2017-12-26 - Meteor lights up the sky over New England:

2017-12-26 - Industry leaders step up to self-regulate methane emissions as BLM delays federal rule until 2019:

2017-12-26 - Hinkley Point, the dreadful deal behind the world’s most expensive power plant, in Britain:

2017-12-27 - Unknown odor reported on Windsor Crescent in coastal Bridlington (Britain), 400 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Windsor Crescent, Bridlington. Wed 27 Dec 2017 16:59 (No:27757) False alarm with good intent. Caller reporting strange smell in street. Area searched - nothing found."

Note: Not necessarily a false alarm. It's not like a cloud of gas is going to just sit there and wait for responders to arrive. If there's any wind at all, then onward it will blow. This street runs right up to the ocean. Bridlington is also just 24 miles as the gas blows from Hull, where that man burst into flame and burned to death on this day...

2017-12-27 - Man, 41, strokes out on cargo ship near coastal Annapolis (Maryland):

Quote: "A crew member suffering stroke-like symptoms has been transported from a cargo ship off Annapolis. The U.S. Coast Guard says they launched a crew on a 45-foot boat after receiving a medical emergency request from a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel in the Annapolis anchorage. A Guard crew and two paramedics from Anne Arundel County Fire Department removed a 41-year-old man from the ship."

2017-12-27 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #88, December 20th-27th 2017:

2017-12-27 - Polar ice is disappearing, setting off climate alarms:

2017-12-27 - Record low sea ice extent in the Chukchi Sea:

2017-12-27 - Astronaut Mark Kelly says this year has been an unequivocal disaster for the future of the planet:

2017-12-27 - Mount Sinabung erupts, spews ash 4+ kilomters into the atmosphere, in Indonesia:

2017-12-27 - Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Hojedk (Iran):

2017-12-27 - Fighting climate change with bioenergy may do more harm than good:

2017-12-27 - NASA finds Virginia metro area is sinking unevenly:

2017-12-27 - Garbage regularly washing ashore at beaches on the island of Bali (Indonesia):

2017-12-27 - Snowstorm closes airport in Urumqi (China):

2017-12-27 - As migrants flee for Canada, fears are rising over the perils of frigid illegal crossings:

2017-12-27 - At least four North Korean defectors show signs of radiation exposure:

2017-12-27 - The rent is too damn high, record high 30% of US adults now live with a roommate:

2017-12-28 - Unknown 'gas odor' hitting Middle Falls and Greenwich (New York):

Quote: "Firefighters and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are trying to find the source of a natural gas smell that has been reported in the Middle Falls area in recent days. Firefighters from Middle Falls and Greenwich have been called out in recent days by people who noticed the odor. The Washington County Department of Public Safety and Middle Falls Fire Department posted about the situation on Facebook on Friday morning, telling readers that it has responded to calls about the odor, but not located the source. The smell has been most evident in the early morning, when air is heaviest and coldest, keeping vapors from rising."

2017-12-28 - Man has 'medical incident' and collapses at Aldi store in coastal Sheerness (Britain):

2017-12-28 - Magnitude 3.8 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Petrolia (California):

2017-12-28 - Mexico hit by 13,000 earthquakes from September to November 2017:

2017-12-28 - Sea level rise is creeping into coastal cities, saving them won’t be cheap possible:

2017-12-28 - Bizarre whirlpool phenomenon observed in southern seas:

2017-12-28 - Cyclone Hilda lashes Western Australia with 120km/h winds and heavy rain:

2017-12-28 - Record 62 inches of snow hits Redfield (New York):

2017-12-28 - Snowden's new app turns your phone into a portable security system:

2017-12-28 - Private prison investors set for giant windfall from Trump tax bill:

2017-12-28 - Winter wonderland on Mars:

2017-12-28 - Mrs. Wang accidentally bites off Mr. Wang's testicle during sex in Taiwan:

Note: Dang! That's nut!

2017-12-29 - Man has medical issues on ship near coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2017-12-29 - Man in his 70s has 'medical episode' and collapses at store on Moor Hill Road in Huddersfield (Britain):

2017-12-29 - From wildfires to hurricanes, 2017’s year of disasters carried climate warnings:

2017-12-29 - Icy blast from the Arctic causes waterfalls to freeze in northern US:

2017-12-29 - Starfish making comeback in California after mysterious syndrome killed millions:

2017-12-29 - How climate change deniers rise to the top in Google searches:

2017-12-30 - Man, around 61, has 'medical episode' and collapses face-down in the Shoalhaven River in coastal Shoalhaven Heads (Australia):

Quote: "A man, believed to be approximately 61 years of age was found in the Shoalhaven River after he suffered a medical episode."

Quote: "When the pair made their way to the beach they saw the man face down and appeared to be suffering from a fit."

2017-12-30 - Record-breaking natural disasters from around the world in 2017:

2017-12-30 - Magnitude 3.5 earthquake strikes off the coast near Petrolia (California):

2017-12-30 - Fierce storm pounds Johannesburg (South Africa), roof collapses at mall, several injured:

2017-12-30 - Series of Atlantic storms to hit Ireland and UK, Storm Dylan first:

2017-12-30 - 100 days after Hurricane Maria, more than one million Puerto Ricans still without power:

2017-12-30 - Lunar 'fogbow' seen in the Arctic circle and light pillars seen in New Hampshire:

2017-12-30 - New culprit is killing the world's bees:

2017-12-30 - Rewriting life, these are not your father's GMOs:

2017-12-30 - Yellow-breasted chat that normally winters in Central America turns up in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2017-12-30 - One in six Americans lives in 'economically distressed communities':

2017-12-30 - The American people are coming to terms with the fact that their government is a dictatorship:

2017-12-30 - 2017 is worst year for US dollar since 2003 while gold on upward trend hits $1310:

2017-12-30 - Woman has medical problem that makes her face look like it's melting, in Bangkok (Thailand):

2017-12-31 - Magnitude 4.6 earthquake shakes Athens (Greece):,-no-immediate-reports-of-damage

2017-12-31 - Magnitude 3.1 earthquake strikes near Ontario (California):

2017-12-31 - Florida's real estate reckoning could be closer than you think:

2017-12-31 - Lightning strikes kill 4 people and injure 19 people in South Africa:

2017-12-31 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Cebu (Philippine Islands):

2017-12-31 - Mysterious blue snow falls in St. Petersburg (Russia):

2017-12-31 - Parts of the US experience record cold as parts of Europe record highest warmth in living memory:

2017-12-31 - 2018 to start off with piercing cold temps in central and northeastern US:

2017-12-31 - Waterspout that looks like a 'snow tornado' photographed over Grand Traverse Bay (Michigan):

2017-12-31 - Rising number of deaths among the homeless perpetuate crisis in Seattle (Washington):

2017-12-31 - America in 2017, almost 100 times more people were killed by police than terrorists:

2017-12-31 - State of California takes the lead in UFO sightings with 490 sightings in 2017:

2017-12-31 - Methane leaking from the ground near home and nobody can do anything about it, in Ponca City (Oklahoma):

Quote: "An explosive gas surrounds an Oklahoma home and no one can figure out where it came from or how to stop it. In the meantime, thousands of dollars in state resources were spent over the past five years only to find there is no answer which is leaving a family living in fear."

2017-12-31 - Woman, 32, has seizure in swimming pool at water park in coastal Oxenford (Australia):

Quote: "Earlier this morning, a 32-year-old woman was pulled from a pool area at Wet’n’wild Water World in another near-drowning accident. An ambulance spokeswoman said the woman appeared to have a medical episode, believed to be a seizure, while swimming and was treated by paramedics on scene."

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