Friday, June 1, 2018

2018 - MAY - Other Stories

2018-05-01 - Unknown odor evacuates school in Binghamton (New York):

Quote: "The spokesperson says the source of the smell was not discovered, but that crews did not find any issues with the building."

2018-05-01 - The methane time bomb and the future of the biosphere:

2018-05-01 - Wildfire potential, May through August:

2018-05-01 - Bizarre 'sky square' seen over Alberta (Canada):

2018-05-01 - Volcano Kilauea in Hawaii experiences crater floor collapse, seismicity and deformation at elevated levels:

2018-05-01 - Magnitude 2.6 earthquake strikes near the coast at the base of Mt. Diablo (California):

2018-05-01 - Pakistan may have just set a world heat record:

2018-05-01 - Worsening prairie fires - exceptional Central heat and drought spurs more Oklahoma blazes:

2018-05-01 - Climate change making California’s drought-flood cycle more volatile:

2018-05-01 - Lightning strikes kill a total of 70 people in March and April across Bangladesh:

2018-05-01 - Tornado touches down in Tescott and Culver (Kansas):

2018-05-01 - Heavy rain and flooding continue wreaking havoc in Kenya:

2018-05-01 - Sandstorm blows through parts of Egypt:

2018-05-01 - Tick and mosquito infections spreading rapidly, CDC finds:

2018-05-01 - Trump administration removes language on freedom of the press from Justice Department handbook:

2018-05-02 - Unknown odor sickens people at temple in coastal Kyoto (Japan):

Quote: "Four people have been hospitalized after reporting a strange odor at a historic temple in the city of Kyoto. The four, who are all women, complained of feeling ill. Their symptoms are said to be not life-threatening. The incident occurred on Wednesday morning at Nanzenji Temple in eastern Kyoto. Police were alerted to reports of a chemical-like odor near the temple's 'hojo', or abbott's quarters. Police say around 50 visitors were in the area at the time, and 24 reported sore throats and other health issues. Officials say there were no herbicides or other chemicals in use."

2018-05-02 - Man, 63, goes missing while swimming at coastal Jason Bay Beach (Malaysia):

2018-05-02 - Middle-aged man goes into cardiac arrest on street in Bristol (Britain):

Quote: "Police and ambulance crews were on the scene as eyewitnesses reported seeing paramedics administering CPR to a man in the middle of the road."

2018-05-02 - Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Easter Island:

2018-05-02 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes near Sisakht (Iran), 105 injured:

2018-05-02 - Lightning strikes kill 14+ people in 16 hours across Andhra Pradesh (India):

2018-05-02 - Lightning strikes kill 9 people across West Bengal (India):

2018-05-02 - Terrible flooding hits Somalia, 500,000 people affected:

2018-05-02 - Tornado touches down and leaves trail of destruction in Norman (Oklahoma):

2018-05-02 - Fierce storms and tornadoes hit eastern Kansas and western Missouri:

2018-05-02 - Powerful storm unloads on Rajasthan (India), 27+ killed, nearly 100 injured:

2018-05-02 - Dust storm hits Punjab (Pakistan):

2018-05-02 - Marine experts hatching scheme to tow icebergs from Antarctica to Cape Town to help with drought:

2018-05-02 - Last year’s solar eclipse set off a fast-moving atmospheric wave that propagated around the world for hours:

2018-05-02 - Global debt balloons to all-time high of $164 trillion:

2018-05-03 - Unknown rotten-egg odor blows through Aydin (Turkey):

Quote: "An unpleasant smell has caused uproar in the Efeler district of the western Turkish province of Aydin, with the authorities unable to trace the source of the rotten egg-like stench."

2018-05-03 - Volcano Kilauea erupts in Hawaii, spews sulfur dioxide, after being shaken by magnitude 5.0 earthquake, roads cracking:

Quote: "The series of earthquakes came after a collapse of a crater floor of Pu'u 'O'o, which is a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of the Kilauea Volcano. Since that collapse, about 250 earthquakes were reported in the area into Tuesday evening, according to a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory status report. The tremors have been going on for days now, jarring residents, who've been reporting nearly constant ground vibrations in some areas. 'It has now become unnerving,' Carol Shepard, a resident, told CNN affiliate KHON. She said the flurry of earthquakes seemed to happen every minute. 'It'd be like the house would shake. It'd be like somebody that weighs 300 pounds came in my living room, and jumped up and down,' she said. Residents in the area have also reported cracks emerging on roads."

Quote: "CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV reported lava was shooting some 100 feet in the air and nearing several homes. Fire officials detected extremely high levels of dangerous sulfur dioxide in the air, the stations said."

2018-05-03 - Teenage girl pulled unconscious from swimming pool at Morwell Leisure Centre in Morwell (Australia):

2018-05-03 - The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans:

2018-05-03 - Melbourne's water supply is at risk, thanks to over-logging:

2018-05-03 - Climate change ignores all borders as rain bombs fall on Hawaii and the Middle East alike:

2018-05-03 - Nine tornadoes and hail hit the US Midwest as severe weather threatens 40 million people:

2018-05-03 - Powerful freak dust storm and thunderstorms kill many people in north India, highest death toll in decades:

2018-05-03 - Powerful storms pound Chicago (Illinois):

2018-05-03 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Syria and Israel:

Quote: "Prevailing theories on Reddit and stories by local news stations in recent years agree that the smell in Sacramento is likely coming from the sewers, and is probably a result of warmer weather."

Note: Soooo...sewer gas? Cuz that's hydrogen sulfide...

2018-05-04 - New methane release feedback loop found in freshwater lakes:

2018-05-04 - Human beings didn’t exist the last time there was this much CO2 in the atmosphere:

2018-05-04 - Winter sea ice takes an unprecedented nosedive in the Bering Sea:

2018-05-04 - Volcano Kilauea rocked by magnitude 6.9 and 5.8 earthquakes in Hawaii, lava spewing, people flee:

Quote: "A series of earthquakes rippled through a volcano-stricken island of Hawaii, where residents had already fled what one called a 'curtain of fire'. Earthquakes have shaken the archipelago's Big Island for days, setting off lava flows and prompting warnings from authorities. A 6.9 magnitude quake followed closely after a 5.8 magnitude event in the afternoon, both occurring near a town whose residents already faced mandatory evacuations due to bubbling lava."

Quote: "Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency, noting that the lava flow was expected to continue advancing."

Quote: "Authorities say a magnitude-6.9 earthquake that hit Hawaii's Big Island is the largest to strike in more than four decades. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Director Chip McCreery says a magnitude-7.5 earthquake rocked the island in 1975. Magnitude-6.7 earthquakes hit in 1983 and 2006."

2018-05-04 - Volcano Cleveland erupts, spews ash 22,000 feet into the atmosphere, in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

2018-05-04 - Girl has 'medical emergency' at school in Holsworthy (Britain):

Quote: "The ambulance was called at 11.12am to Holsworthy Community College where it landed on the multi-use games area (MUGA). A spokesman for the air ambulance said they were tasked to assist with a 'female child suffering a medical emergency'."

2018-05-04 - Record temperatures in Pakistan reach a sweltering 122.4F:

2018-05-04 - Sea level rising faster off the US East Coast than almost anywhere else:

2018-05-04 - World is not on track to meet UN’s 2030 sustainable energy goals:

Note: Never fear, the Earth has a solution for this problem. Let X be the amount of sustainable energy available and let Y be the number of people alive on the planet. Earth will reduce Y to zero, meaning that X will be more than adequate. Problem solved!

2018-05-04 - Lightning strike kills shepherd and over 200 sheep and goats in Meethal (Pakistan):

2018-05-04 - Hailstorm and rain destroy apple, maize, potato and wheat crops in Jumla (Nepal):

2018-05-04 - Severe thunderstorms and hail hit parts of New York:

2018-05-04 - Winter snowfall record broken in Switzerland:

2018-05-04 - Fish fall from the sky in Iran, China and India:

2018-05-04 - Stephen Hawking's final paper presents a multiverse theory unlike any other:

2018-05-05 - Girl, 6, pulled unconscious from swimming pool in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2018-05-05 - Teen boy has 'medical issue' and collapses at basketball tournament in Salt Lake City (Utah):

Quote: "No one expects medical issues with happy, healthy kids. But, emergencies can happen at any time: a boy had a medical issue on the bench and collapsed on the floor of the gym."

2018-05-05 - Woman has seizure at comedy show in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "The woman apparently had a seizure. An EMT who was also in the audience was also able to help."

2018-05-05 - Man in his 50s disappears while swimming in Lake Travis near Tom Hughes Park in Austin (Texas):

2018-05-05 - Compilation of the latest major volcanic eruption around the world:

Note: Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Cleveland (Alaska, USA), Piton de la Fournaise (Reunion Island, France) and Pacaya (Guatemala)...

2018-05-05 - Strong shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes in the ocean off the Philippine Islands:

2018-05-05 - Heatwave bakes Kiev (Ukraine):

Quote: "On May 4, a record for the maximum temperature since 1911 reported in Kyiv - in the afternoon the thermometer rose to + 30.1 ° C. This is reported on the site of the Central Geophysical Observatory named after Borys Sreznevsky. Meteorologists noted that this temperature is 1.2 ° C above the previous high of 1911."

2018-05-05 - Heatwave set to broil the US Southwest:

2018-05-05 - Kids challenge Alaska’s climate paradox - the state promotes oil as global warming wreaks havoc:

2018-05-05 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Ankara (Turkey):

2018-05-05 - Waterspout filmed near Biloxi (Mississippi):

2018-05-05 - Huge number of jellyfish wash ashore on the island of Malta:

Quote: "Maritime biologist, Prof. Alan Deidun, said that there are millions of jellyfish in seashores to the East of Malta and described the scene as a violet carpet."

2018-05-06 - Unknown noxious sulfur-like smell hits area in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Quote: "Firefighters have blocked off several blocks in Seattle's Central District after reports of a sulfur-like smell in the neighborhood. Firefighters received the call just before 1 p.m. of a DOA (possible body) and a noxious smell at a building in the 2000 block of E. Cherry Street. Residents reported smelling it from several blocks away."

2018-05-06 - Volcano Kilauea eruption has destroyed 26+ homes in Leilani Estates (Hawaii), two new fissures open:

Quote: "Lava erupting from Hawaii's powerful Kilauea volcano has now destroyed at least 26 homes, more than double the previous figure, officials announced Sunday, citing grim findings from an aerial survey by the fire department."

Quote: "Two new fissures appeared overnight, Hawaii County civil defense officials said, bringing the total to nine that opened in the neighborhood since Thursday."

2018-05-06 - Significant earthquake swarm shakes southern El Salvador near the coast, homes damaged:

Quote: "A swarm of earthquakes shook southern El Salvador on Sunday, damaging nearly 200 homes and touching off small landslides, but there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths. The U.S. Geological Survey said at least nine quakes of magnitude 4.3 or greater struck the region beginning in the morning, including three of magnitude 5.2 to 5.6. Civil defense director Jorge Melendez said at a news conference that 11 homes were destroyed and considerable damage was done to 180 more."

Quote: "Melendez said one of the quakes unleashed landslides on a highway leading to Playa El Cuco, one of the most visited tourist beaches in the area. USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman said the earlier quakes were likely foreshocks to the magnitude 5.6 event, which hit just after 1 p.m. local time. Its epicenter was located offshore in the Pacific, about 8 miles (12 kilometers) from the town of Intipuca, at a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers)."

2018-05-06 - Magnitude 4.6 earthquake strikes in the Gulf of Mexico about 160 miles southeast of New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-05-06 - North Pole experiences 20-degree heat anomaly, warm enough to melt ice:

2018-05-06 - Heatwave bakes Arizona:

Quote: "Meteorologists' confidence that Tri-state temperatures are going to be blistering today rose along with the mercury, prompting the National Weather Service's Las Vegas office to elevate an excessive heat watch to a warning Saturday afternoon. The warning continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for the Colorado River Valley from Lake Havasu City to Davis Dam. Temperatures are expected to approach 110 degrees."

Quote: "People who live in Phoenix know it's hot in the desert, but that doesn't mean anyone is welcoming the excessive heat warning that predicts a sweltering 108 degrees on Sunday. That warning is about a month earlier than normal."

2018-05-06 - Powerful storm rips through Nadia District in West Bengal (India), 200 homes collapse, 7 injured:

Quote: "Seven persons were injured and about 200 houses were collapsed in a storm in Nadia district on Sunday, District Magistrate Sumit Gupta said. The storm with a speed of about 90 to 100 km per hour lashed places such as Ranaghat, Hanskhali and Krishnagar. Seven persons were injured in house collapse or by uprooted trees, Mr Gupta said. District administration sources said while 200 houses collapsed, 300 were partially damaged."

2018-05-06 - Dust storm hits parts of Australia:

2018-05-06 - Bizarre pulsating-ish light filmed in the sky over Raytown (Missouri):

2018-05-06 - Strange sound coming from the sky above Windsor, Ontario (Canada):

2018-05-06 - Invasive zebra mussels spreading in Lake Travis (Texas):

2018-05-06 - Only 40 red wolves remain in the wild in North Carolina as rising sea level reduces habitat:

2018-05-06 - EPA chief Pruitt overrules staff, gives Wisconsin’s Walker, Foxconn big break on smog:

2018-05-06 - Upheaval at Pruitt's EPA as departures mount:

2018-05-07 - Foul stench hits coastal Vancouver (Canada):

2018-05-07 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, more eruptions likely:

2018-05-07 - Man collapses on Paragon Street in coastal Hull (Britain), 1400 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Paragon Street, Hull. Mon 7 May 2018 14:33 (No:08539) Fire Service assisted one male casualty who had collapsed. Observations carried out and handed over to ambulance crews."

2018-05-07 - Heatwave sets records as Britain bakes:

2018-05-07 - UN forest accounting loophole allows CO2 underreporting by EU, UK, US:

Quote: “There may not be isn't a pathway to 1.5 degrees anymore — at all. Carbon capture and storage is a fantasy.”

2018-05-07 - 90 percent of the world population breathes polluted air:

2018-05-07 - Glacier loss is accelerating because of global warming:

2018-05-07 - Quake swarm strikes along fault between the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria (Spain):

2018-05-07 - Lightning strikes kill 7 more people in 3 districts of Bangladesh:

2018-05-07 - Massive sandstorm hits Bikaner, Rajasthan (India):

2018-05-07 - Huge dust storm hits Delhi (India):

2018-05-07 - Heavy rain and flooding kill 4 people in Duhok (Iraq):

2018-05-07 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Greece:

2018-05-07 - Rare red sprites light up the sky over Croatia:

2018-05-07 - Locusts infest 68,882 hectares in Tajikistan:

Quote: "The total area of locust-affected fields in Tajikistan was 68,882 hectares at the beginning of May, according to local media. Locust this year damaged the territory by 7,600 hectares more than last year."

2018-05-07 - The surprising link between climate change and human trafficking:

2018-05-07 - Oil prices reach highest level since Nov 2014 on Venezuela, Iran worries:

2018-05-08 - Man, police officer has 'medical emergency' at swimming pool, in critical condition, in coastal Dundalk (Maryland):

Quote: "Pennsylvania police officer is in critical condition after suffering a medical emergency during a SWAT water exercise at Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk on Sunday, confirmed Baltimore County police Wednesday. The officer, from the York area, was one of 12 members attending a SWAT school class at the Dundalk campus pool on May 6, said police. The officer had a medical issue as he got ready to exit the pool."

Quote: "The officer, police said, was able to get himself out of the pool, but then went into medical crisis. He was given CPR by medics that were at the scene. Police said it does not appear the officer was under water when the medical distress started."

Note: It's mainly been children having 'medical events' and dying at swimming pools lately, but obviously that won't always be the case…

2018-05-08 - Volcano Kilauea erupts again in Hawaii, two new fissures open and spew lava, another neighborhood evacuated:

Quote: "The Kilauea volcano erupted again on Tuesday, spewing toxic gases out of two new vents and prompting authorities to call for an immediate evacuation of residents from a second neighborhood on the Big Island. The County of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency issued an emergency bulletin ordering residents of the Lanipuna Gardens area on the east side of the island to leave their homes. "Hawaiian Volcano Observatory confirms 2 new vents. All Lanipuna residents must evacuate now," the agency said in its bulletin, adding that the two vents had opened near two road intersections and were 'actively erupting'."

2018-05-08 - 17 people sickened by unknown cause at women's NCAA golf tournament in Travis County (Texas):

2018-05-08 - 51 children sicken from unknown cause at school, 15 lose consciousness, in Cherkassy (Ukraine):

2018-05-08 - Magnitude 4.5 earthquake strikes near Cabazon (California):

2018-05-08 - Climate scientist Michael Mann doesn't back down, despite threats and harassment:

2018-05-08 - Arctic Ocean deep in the grips of May temperature spike, beastly summer melt season on the way?

2018-05-08 - New Antarctic process contributing to sea-level rise and climate change revealed:

Quote: "Led by IMAS PhD student Alessandro Silvano and published in the journal Science Advances, the research found that glacial meltwater makes the ocean’s surface layer less salty and more buoyant, preventing deep mixing in winter and allowing warm water at depth to retain its heat and further melt glaciers from below."

2018-05-08 - Scientists say ocean circulation is slowing, and here’s why you should care:

2018-05-08 - Carbon footprint for vacationing and tourism far larger than previously realized:

2018-05-08 - Outlook for the Colorado River in the US Southwest remains grim:

2018-05-08 - Lightning, heavy rain and landslides hit Rwanda, 18+ killed:

2018-05-08 - Hailstorm kills 100 goats and sheep in Thanamandi (India):

2018-05-08 - Heavy hailstorm and spring snowfall hits Himachal Pradesh (India):

2018-05-08 - Heavy rain, flooding and landslides hit Haiti, Dominican Republic and Jamaica, 4+ killed:

2018-05-08 - Study confirms repeated alcohol consumption damages the brain:

2018-05-09 - Water sickening and killing people in and around Kratié (Cambodia):

Quote: "At least 80 people in Preh and Roneg villages in Mondulkiri province's Sre Chhouk commune suffered vomiting, dizziness and weakness due to suspected poisonous water from a stream they were using. The illnesses come after 13 people died and more than 130 people sent to hospital due to drinking water contaminated with poisonous substances in Kratie over the past few weeks. Lor Sokha, Mondulkiri province police chief, told the media that technical officers initially suspected the poisoning occurred after villagers drank water from Preah river and others drank rain water which had combined with water from the river. However, the cause has not yet been determined as authorities are waiting for the results of an analysis of the water and food they had consumed."

Quote: "He said on Wednesday that he spoke to the victims and they said they began to find it difficult to breathe, had stomachaches and vomited after drinking both the water from the river and rainwater from the roofs of their houses."

Note: So not just river water but also rainwater from the roofs of homes. Hydrogen sulfide is water soluble, it's getting into the atmosphere - thus all the rotten egg odor events around the world - and so rain from the sky will sometimes be poisonous. If the rain is poisonous enough, it could kill you just by falling on your head. Contaminated rainwater will also flow downhill to streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and seas/oceans and contaminate the water in them too. in 2015, 41 children and some animals mysteriously died after rainfall in Papua (Indonesia), mentioned in the 2015-11-24 update. Last year, a bunch of people died in Australia from 'thunderstorm asthma' after rain storms there too. Every time you jump in a body of water or let water get on your head, you're betting that that water has not been contaminated. Lose that bet, as many already have, and you are apt to die. Municipal water supplies in major cities are likeliest to be safest, but there are no guarantees...

2018-05-09 - Unknown odor at building sends 12 people to the hospital, then later 2 more have convulsions too, in coastal Auckland (New Sealand):

Quote: "Fire and Emergency say they don't know what caused the unknown smell in an Auckland office building this morning - but the building is now safe. Emergency crews were called to Augusta House on the corner of Victoria Street West and Elliot Street at 9.30am after an unusual smell was noticed on the eighth floor. Twelve people were taken to hospital and another 100 assessed after being exposed to the smell which caused nausea, headaches and vomiting."

Quote: "'It was a weird sort of organic smell. To be honest, I would describe it as chicken manure, but it was a sickly, sweet musty odour.'"

Quote: "Two more people have been affected by a mystery gas leak at an Auckland high-rise, nine hours after it hospitalised 12 people on Thursday morning. A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesman said firefighters had been called to Augusta House in Auckland's CBD just before 6pm. Firefighters had had reports of two people having convulsions, the spokesman said."

Quote: "Woon said fire crews ran gas detectors throughout the building and did not come up with anything. The New Zealand Defence Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) – the bomb squad – was then called in to test the scene. 'We couldn't find anything that triggered our devices...and a preliminary search by them hasn't found anything either,' Woon said."

Note: They aren't using H2S detectors. Hydrogen sulfide won't show up on other types of detectors. And hydrogen sulfide at higher concentrations is described by some people as 'sickly sweet' or 'flowery'. The speed with which these people sickened, the symptoms, and the fact that this is a coastal city - they probably got hit by some fairly concentrated poisonous hydrogen sulfide, probably pulled into the building via the building's HVAC system. Nobody really knows what the long-term effects of that are (for people who survive), but they can't be good...

2018-05-09 - Man in his 30s has seizure and loses consciousness in the water near coastal La Jolla Shores (California):

Quote: "San Diego lifeguards responding to a call for help from a diver experiencing a seizure pulled the unconscious man out of the water Wednesday afternoon, a San Diego Fire-Rescue official said. The diver, who was in his 30s, called 911 while off the coast of La Jolla Shores around 12:15 p.m. and said he was having a seizure, said fire spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz. Lifeguards used their personal water craft to get out to the man, who was unconscious and having a seizure when they found him. His face was not submerged, she said, because of the equipment he was using."

2018-05-09 - Teacher has 'medical emergency' at school in West Hartford (Connecticut):

Quote: "A Conard High School teacher transported to the hospital Wednesday morning by ambulance is OK, the school’s principal said. Principal Julio Duarte notified parents Wednesday morning that there was a medical emergency during the school’s second period and 911 was called."

2018-05-09 - Man collapses on street in coastal Edinburgh (Scotland):

Quote: "Police confirmed a man collapsed on the street with those road closed to allow medical treatment."

2018-05-09 - Atmospheric CO2 hits 420 ppm at the North Pole:

2018-05-09 - Scientists have never seen so little ice in the Bering Sea in spring:

Note: Wow, check out those two pics, one from 2013 and one from 2018. That's crrrrrrazy...

2018-05-09 - Just 2% of ice in the Arctic is older than 5 years:

2018-05-09 - In California, climate change is an 'immediate and escalating' threat:

2018-05-09 - A look at the state of global food security amid rising concerns about the world population and climate change:

2018-05-09 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, crater rocked by explosion:

Quote: "A fairly large explosion in Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano on Wednesday is likely the first of a series of larger explosions that could begin to throw rocks and ash from the crater, the U.S. Geological Survey said."

Quote: "So far, the volcano's most dramatic activity has been slow-moving lava leaks. However, scientists monitoring the volcano have been concerned about the possibility it could switch to a more explosive stage since May 2. That's when the lava lake at the crater of Kilauea, called Halea'uma'u, began retreating. A similar phenomenon preceded the volcano's last explosive period in 1924 as well."

2018-05-09 - Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Papua New Guinea:

2018-05-09 - Magnitude 6.2 strikes near the Afghan border in Tajikistan:

2018-05-09 - Series of earthquakes strikes near the Geysers area in California:

Quote: "A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck about 3 miles northwest of the Geysers geothermal field Wednesday evening and was followed by a series of aftershocks, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quakes were reported between 7:58 and 9:04 p.m., according to the USGS. The first was followed by several aftershocks with magnitudes of 4.0, 2.7, 2.7, 2.5 and 2.6."

2018-05-09 - Earthquake swarm involving more than 700 earthquakes hits southern El Salvador, homes damaged:

2018-05-09 - Congo declares new Ebola outbreak after at least 17 people die:

2018-05-09 - Extremely rare southeast Pacific Ocean subtropical cyclone forms off Chile:

2018-05-09 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Tuscany (Italy):

2018-05-10 - Eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii threatens hydrogen sulfide release from geothermal plant:

Quote: "The pentane at Puna Geothermal Venture has been removed, but Civil Defense officials remain concerned about another hidden hazard. Talmadge Magno, county Civil Defense administrator, said state and county officials are talking with well experts in California about how to seal the power plant’s geothermal wells to prevent the release of hydrogen sulfide if well caps are compromised by the ongoing lower Puna volcanic eruption. 'We’re looking at basically filling the wells with water,' he said, to prevent an unabated gas release."

2018-05-10 - SOTT Earth changes summary for April 2018, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2018-05-10 - Four men lose consciousness for unknown reason at home in Lake View Terrace (California), 18 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Four men in their mid-20s to 30s were found unconscious inside a home Thursday morning in Lake View Terrace after they came in contact with an unknown substance, officials said. Los Angeles Firefighters were called to a home on the 11500 block of Garrick Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. and found the men inside, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesmen Brian Humphrey. The substance not yet known. There was no odor or obvious signs inside the home of what it may have been, according to fire officials. The four men were taken to a hospital. Their conditions were not disclosed."

2018-05-10 - Person has 'medical incident' at beach in coastal Malibu (California):

2018-05-10 - Person has 'medical incident' in coastal Burry Port (Britain):

Quote: "Wales Air Ambulance crews landed in Burry Port following a medical emergency that saw a patient taken to hospital. On Thursday evening, Wales Air Ambulance and Welsh Ambulance Service crews arrived near Ashburnham Road in Burry Port following reports of a medical incident."

2018-05-10 - Status of the volcanoes on the Big Island (Hawaii):

2018-05-10 - Increase of plant species on mountain tops is accelerating as the world warms:

2018-05-10 - Lightning strikes kill 29 people in 24 hours across Bangladesh, 112 such deaths in May so far:

2018-05-10 - Severe hailstorm pounds Thessaloniki (Greece):

2018-05-10 - Historic flooding forces thousands from their homes in British Columbia (Canada):

2018-05-10 - Meteor lights up the sky over Brazil:

2018-05-10 - Ultra-rare two-headed deer discovered near Freeburg (Minnesota):

2018-05-10 - Two-headed calf born in Antalya (Turkey):

2018-05-10 - In a first, California requires solar panels for new homes:

2018-05-11 - Ozone levels declining in the atmosphere:

Quote: "The ozone layer high above Antarctica might be mending nicely, but the rest of the world tells a different story. A long-term overview of satellite data shows that ozone levels are actually dropping in the lower stratosphere: the layer of the atmosphere about 10 to 20 kilometres above Earth's surface."

Quote: "While the hole over Antarctica has been closing, the protective ozone is thinning at the lower latitudes, where the sunlight is stronger and billions of people live..."

Quote: "But, for reasons as yet unknown, ozone seems to be disappearing from some parts of the lower stratosphere, a study published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics has found. The area affected stretches from latitude 60N—a line which traces the globe through Canada and Russia—all the way down to 60S, which sits above Antarctica."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Though it is a heavier-than-air gas, hydrogen sulfide is nevertheless being blown up into the upper atmosphere sometimes, where it is reacting away both the ozone layer and hydroxyl radicals. The loss of the ozone layer will probably eventually result in lethal levels of UV radiation baking the surface of the planet."

I wrote that more than six years ago, back when everyone except me THOUGHT the ozone layer was healing. Hydroxyl radicals are also being depleted in the atmosphere, mentioned in the 2018-04-27 update. Nobody but me was even looking at the loss of hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere as a problem or discussing it six years ago. So those are two extremely specific predictions that I made more than six years ago, both planetary-scale in effect, one completely contrary to the 'scientific consensus' of the day. Prediction after prediction, everything I have said is being verified. And now let's see how long it takes for them to put the REST of the clues together, because they're still waaaaaaay behind in understanding what's going on with this planet, even though when you get right down to it, what's happening is actually pretty simple: we're experiencing a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, also called the 'Great Dying'...

2018-05-11 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits shopping plaza in Hamden (Connecticut):

Quote: "According to officials, while an odor is present, meters have not indicated a dangerous level of gas in the areas that they have checked so far."

2018-05-11 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits school in Suffield (Connecticut), near the Connecticut River:

Note: Above two events were about 42 miles apart as the gas blows, with Hamden being much closer to the coast than Suffield...

2018-05-11 - Volcano Kilauea eruption updates:

2018-05-11 - Mount Merapi erupts, spews ash 15,000+ feet into the atmosphere, in Indonesia:

2018-05-11 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Hobart (Australia):

2018-05-11 - Sandstorm hits southern Iraq:

2018-05-11 - Wild winds, record rainfall and cold temperatures hit Australia:

2018-05-11 - Massive wave 'sets hemisphere record' for the southern hemisphere in New Zealand:

2018-05-11 - NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars to get a bird’s-eye view of the planet:

2018-05-12 - Unknown chemical smell hits room at hotel and kills man, 48, in Decatur (Georgia), 3 responding cops sickened:

Quote: "Officers were called out to investigate a dead body found inside a room that had a strong chemical smell which began to make the officers sick, leaving three to be sent to hospital."

Quote: "Three DeKalb County police officers were taken to a hospital Saturday after they were overcome by chemical fumes while investigating a dead body at an extended-stay motel. The officers were conscious and alert at the hospital and are expected to recover, said Shiera Campbell, a spokeswoman for the DeKalb police. Authorities are not treating the death as a homicide, she said."

2018-05-12 - Unknown gas smell evacuates businesses on Scollay Street in Greenway (Australia), near Lake Tuggeranong:

Quote: "More than 50 people have been evacuated after a gas smell was detected in the Tuggeranong Officeworks. Firefighters were called to Scollay Street, Greenway about 12.40pm on Sunday due to the smell of gas coming from a lift shaft at the business. People were also evacuated from the neighbouring BCF and Petbarn. As of 1.50pm, ACT Fire and Rescue crews were conducting atmospheric monitoring to determine the cause of the smell. Firefighters conducted their final sweep of the building about 3pm, with people expected to return inside shortly afterwards."

2018-05-12 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting and quaking in Hawaii, more fissures open, warning issued for explosive eruption:

2018-05-12 - Heatwave bakes parts of India with temps as high as 112F:

Quote: "On Friday, the maximum temperature for the first time in the season touched 44°C in the city. As the state sizzles in heat, a man in forties died due to heatstroke in district. Ahmedabad was the second hottest place in the state on Friday after Surendranagar which recorded 44.3°C. State capital also reported 43.2 degrees. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) website, the temperature for Ahmedabad was 2.3 degrees higher than normal whereas the night temperature of 28.4 degrees was 1.5 degrees higher. The website mentioned that there is no respite from heat for at least next two days. The heatwave swept across the northern region of the state as Aravalli, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Patan and Banaskantha crossed 43 degrees mark on Friday."

2018-05-12 - Teen boy pulled unconscious from the water at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin (Texas):

2018-05-12 - Heavy rain and wind hit Pakistan, 11 killed, 14 injured:

2018-05-12 - Menacing mammatus clouds bulge down from the sky from thunderclouds over Sayre (Oklahoma):

2018-05-12 - Rare red air glow photographed over the Atacama Desert (Chile):

2018-05-12 - Single-use plastic has reached the world’s deepest ocean trench:

2018-05-12 - Strange seismic pulse traveled through the ground across the US east-to-west:

2018-05-12 - Strange sounds and lights in the sky occurring all over the world:

2018-05-12 - 14th human foot washes ashore in Canada:

2018-05-12 - Unknown angel-looking something spotted over car in East Jordan (Michigan):

2018-05-13 - Murzinka River mysteriously turns red in coastal St. Petersburg (Russia):

2018-05-13 - Person has 'medical emergency' near Switzer Falls in Altadena (California):

Quote: "Four off-duty marines along with a rescue team rescued a hiker having a medical emergency on a hiking trail near Los Angeles Sunday. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a team received the rescue call around 4 p.m. Sunday near Switzer Falls. When the rescue team arrived, they found four off-duty marines from Camp Pendleton who had run into the hiker and carried him upstream for a quicker rescue."

2018-05-13 - Person has 'medical emergency' in coastal Burnham-On-Sea (Britain):

2018-05-13 - Man has 'medical emergency' at church in Swindon (Britain):

2018-05-13 - As CO2 levels soar past 410 ppm threshold, Trump kills NASA carbon monitoring program:

2018-05-13 - Neighboring seas are flowing into a warming Arctic Ocean:

2018-05-13 - Sandstorm hits Oman:

2018-05-13 - Heavy dust storm and rain hit parts of India, 61 killed:

2018-05-13 - Heavy rain and powerful winds hit Pakistan, 15 killed, 22 injured:

2018-05-13 - Heavy May snowfall hits south Massif Central (France):

2018-05-13 - Ebola outbreak killing people in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

Quote: "Democratic Republic of Congo reported 39 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths, the World Health Organization said Monday. It said 393 people who identified as contacts of Ebola patients were being followed up."

2018-05-13 - Some of the strangest UFO sightings in the history of Hull (Britain):

2018-05-14 - Unknown foul odor evacuates Elida High School in Elida (Ohio), 4600 feet from the Ottawa River:

Quote: "American Township Fire Department was dispatched to Elida High School to investigate a foul odor Monday afternoon. The odor prompted school officials to evacuate the high school. At approximately 1:07 p.m. firefighters arrived and after conducting tests the results indicated that there were no hazardous chemicals or gases released inside the facility."

2018-05-14 - Man has seizure, collapses and stops breathing in lobby at hospital, resuscitated, in Concord (New Hampshire):

Quote: "A quick-thinking police officer is being credited with saving the life of a man who suddenly collapsed after suffering an apparent seizure while visiting New Hampshire Hospital over the weekend, officials said. Campus police officer Roy Pywell jumped into action around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when a man in the lobby of the hospital dropped to the floor and stopped breathing."

2018-05-14 - Mount Shinmoedake erupts, spews ash 4500 meters into the atmosphere, on the island of Kyushu (Japan):

2018-05-14 - Steamboat Geyser erupts for 5th time this year at Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming):

2018-05-14 - Magnitude 3.5 earthquake shakes coastal San Francisco (California):

2018-05-14 - Heatwave bakes Sweden:

2018-05-14 - Apocalyptic hailstorm pounds Fagaras (Romania):

Quote: "Motorists in Fagaras, Romania had to watch as their cars received a battering from hailstones yesterday (Monday, May 14). The video captured by eyewitness Neag Adrian shows the freak hailstorm pounding a residential road in the city. Romania's described streets 'turning to ice' as 'nature exploded', creating 'apocalyptic scenes' with lumps of ice the size of 'pigeons' eggs' (UK media often prefer to go with the 'golf ball' analogy). It said the hail destroyed cars, broke trees, and damaged the roofs of the houses."

2018-05-14 - Fierce storm brings hail and lightning to Uttar Pradesh (India), 38 killed, 50 injured:

Quote: "As many as 38 people died and 50 others were injured in thunderstorm, hailstorm and lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh."

2018-05-14 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Sri Lanka:

2018-05-14 - Floods cause landslide at hydroelectric plant, destroys buildings, bridges, and force evacuations in Colombia:

2018-05-14 - Parts of Finnish Lapland brace for worst spring floods in 20 years:

2018-05-14 - Unusually cold winter and spring have Koreans worried about rocketing food costs:

2018-05-14 - Rick and Morty gets massive 70-episode renewal:

2018-05-15 - Foul rotten egg odor hits area on the Gold Coast from Hope Island to Arundel (Australia):

2018-05-15 - Volcano Kilauea in Hawaii continues erupting, more lava oozing out, threat level goes to red:

Quote: "Hawaii residents are facing the highest volcanic activity alert after officials warned Tuesday that the Big Island's Kilauea volcano is growing more explosive -- as a massive ash cloud grows in the sky. The U.S. Geological Survery upgraded its previous volcano warning from 'orange' to 'red,'" signifying that an 'eruption is forecasted to be imminent with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely,' or that an eruption is already underway. 'At any time, activity may become more explosive, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent,' local officials told Fox News amid the alert, which was issued just before 1:30 p.m. local time."

Quote: "Lava from one of the world’s most active volcanoes snaked closer to the Big Island’s Highway 137 — coming within a mile and a half Monday night to choking off one of the last remaining evacuation routes for residents in lower Puna, officials said. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey said that red-and-orange lava continues to flow from fissure 17, but has slowed to about two-tenths of a mile in the past six hours. The situation is considered extremely dangerous."

2018-05-15 - Shocking footage of massive amounts of garbage floating in the Caribbean Sea:

2018-05-15 - Boy, 6, found unconscious in swimming pool at hotel near SeaWorld in Orlando (Florida):

2018-05-15 - Scorching summer predicted for Britain:

2018-05-15 - Dismal snowpack in the US West is a climate warning sign:

2018-05-15 - Lightning strike kills father and son in Brewerville (Liberia):

2018-05-15 - Three inches of hail hits Parker (Colorado):

2018-05-15 - Powerful hailstorm pounds cities in Shaanxi Province (China):

2018-05-15 - Meteotsunami hits the coast of New Jersey:

2018-05-15 - Two meteotsunamis form in one day on Lake Michigan:

2018-05-15 - Powerful storm brings rain, flooding, hail and power outages across the US Northeast:

2018-05-15 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Frederick County (Maryland):

2018-05-15 - Heavy rain and flooding destroy homes in northern Afghanistan, 7+ killed:

2018-05-15 - Flood warning issued for inland Northwest US lakes and rivers due to excessive snow melt:

2018-05-15 - Recycling, once embraced by businesses and environmentalists, now under siege – 'Recycling as we know it isn’t working':

2018-05-15 - Asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty whizzes past Earth:

2018-05-15 - Family buys puppy and after two years realizes it's a bear, in Kunming (China):

Quote: "It wasn’t until very recently that the 'dog’s' appetite started to grow and he began walking around on two legs. That’s when the family knew something was wrong. The 'dog' turned out to be an endangered Asiatic black bear and grew to 3 feet and over 250 lbs."

2018-05-16 - Man in his 20s disappears in Lake Pflugerville (Texas):

2018-05-16 - Man, 55, long distance swimmer, goes missing in Tellico Lake (Tennessee):

2018-05-16 - Man collapses unconscious at train station in Bethesda (Maryland):

2018-05-16 - Person has heart attack or stroke near Schuler (Canada), near Schuler Lake:

Quote: "HALO Air Rescue was dispatched to a medical emergency southwest of Schuler, Wednesday morning. The air ambulance was called in after someone suffered a heart attack or stroke."

2018-05-16 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, earthquakes shaking the area, roads cracking, planes threatened:

Quote: "Strong earthquakes within the summit of Kilauea Volcano continue in response to ongoing deflation and lava column drop. As of the afternoon of May 16, the floor of Kilauea caldera has dropped approximately 3 feet (90 cm). This movement is stressing faults around the caldera of Kilauea, causing them to move and resulting in strong earthquakes of up to magnitude 4.4 thus far. Employees at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and nearby residents are reporting frequent ground shaking and damage to roads and buildings. Hawaii County Police reports cracks across Highway 11 between mile markers 28 and 29."

2018-05-16 - The US has 169 volcanoes that could erupt, including 50 considered high priority for monitoring, here is where they are:

2018-05-16 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake shakes Mexico City (Mexico):

2018-05-16 - Water shortages to be key environmental challenge of the century, NASA warns:

2018-05-16 - Climate scientists find the wind is slowing down:

2018-05-16 - Lightning strike kills woman in Parkland (Florida):

2018-05-16 - Tornado touches down and causes damage in Boisheim (Germany):

2018-05-16 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Afghanistan, 34+ killed:

2018-05-16 - Meteor seen over North Carolina and Virginia:

2018-05-16 - Invasive, cannibalistic tree frogs are spreading across the US Gulf Coast:

2018-05-16 - White House, EPA sought to block release of water pollution study:

2018-05-17 - Volcano Kilauea erupts mightily in Hawaii, spews ash 30,000 feet into the atmosphere:

2018-05-17 - Atmospheric CO2 levels have reached 412.10 ppm, more in some areas of the world:

2018-05-17 - Toxic algae blooms occurring more often, may be caught in climate change feedback loop:

2018-05-17 - Very high UV levels measured at many locations across North America:

2018-05-17 - Man falls off boat and disappears into Lake Panorama (Iowa):

2018-05-17 - Woman falls off bridge into the River Orwell in coastal Ipswich (Britain):

2018-05-17 - Man pulled unconscious from swimming pool at leisure center in Rathmines (Ireland), near the coast:

2018-05-17 - Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world:

2018-05-17 - Hurricanes are apt to get bigger, be more intense and last longer:

2018-05-17 - Lightning strike kills 5 people in Prolay (Cambodia):

2018-05-17 - Lightning strikes kill nine people over 120 animals in just one month across Turkey:

2018-05-17 - UN and local government racing to prevent runaway Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

Quote: "Congolese and U.N. officials were racing on Thursday to prevent a runaway Ebola outbreak in Congo, working out the logistics of keeping newly arrived vaccines well below freezing in a steamy region on the equator with unreliable power."

2018-05-17 - Majority of Americans want the federal government to do more to protect air and water:

Note: Right, but not the Americans actually running things. The ongoing extinction event will kill all of us though, pro-polluters and anti-polluters alike, and then there won't be any human pollution at all. Problem solved!

2018-05-17 - Pruitt’s own scientist appointees challenge EPA science restrictions:

2018-05-17 - US gas prices rise to highest level in 3 years:

2018-05-18 - Unknown noxious odor causes evacuations at VA building in El Paso (Texas):

Quote: "The El Paso Veteran Affairs evacuated portions of its annex building near Piedras and Pierce Avenue 'in response to a noxious odor.' This happened around 10:50 a.m. Friday. VA officials said all employees and Veterans were immediately evacuated from the annex."

2018-05-18 - Two workers collapse and go into cardiac arrest in sewer at hospital in coastal Chiayi County (Taiwan):

2018-05-18 - Volcanic eruption update, Kilauea volcano (Hawaii), Popocatepetl volcano (Mexico) and Sinabung volcano (Indonesia):

2018-05-18 - Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Kermadec Islands:

2018-05-18 - Three tornadoes touch down in Connecticut:

2018-05-18 - Hailstorm pounds wheat fields in western Kansas:'

2018-05-18 - Massive hailstorm damages crops and wreaks havoc in many areas of Kashmir (India):

2018-05-18 - Sandstorm sweeps through southern Iraq:

2018-05-18 - Heavy rain and flooding hit New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-05-18 - Rare tropical cyclone forms in the Gulf of Aden, life-threatening floods expected in desert regions:

2018-05-18 - Beyond the Flint tragedy - everywhere in America the drinking water is contaminated:

2018-05-18 - Nearly 51 million households in the US can't afford basics like rent and food:

2018-05-18 - Boy, 17, goes on shooting rampage at school in Santa Fe, near Houston (Texas), 10 killed, more injured:

2018-05-18 - Coffee company illy recalls 65,000 cans of coffee because the lids can fly off and hit you in the face:

2018-05-19 - Unknown odor sickens people at restaurant in West Caldwell (New Jersey):

Quote: "The West Caldwell health inspector will have to clear a local restaurant before it can open again after a suspicious odor had several patrons feeling sick with some reportedly having some breathing issues. According to preliminary reports, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday, emergency responders rushed to the Original Pancake House in West Caldwell after a room filled with patron began to cough uncontrollably with some even vomiting and complaining of throat irritation."

2018-05-19 - Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, lava destroys four more homes:

Quote: "Lava creeping across roadways destroyed four homes and left dozens of others in the shadow of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano isolated Saturday, forcing more residents to plan for a possible evacuation. Hawaii County Civil Defense said a fissure near the neighborhood of Lanipuna Gardens has been continuously erupting, releasing a slow-moving lava flow. If that lava threatens a nearby highway, more people will be told to prepare for voluntary evacuation. On Friday, fast-moving lava crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes in a rural subdivision, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters. The wide lava flow was 'very active' Saturday morning and advancing at rates of up to 300 yards (274 meters) per hour, scientists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said."

2018-05-19 - Man falls into the Mississippi River and disappears at sailing club in Davenport (Iowa):

2018-05-19 - Woman, 25, falls off barge and disappears into Lake Travis (Texas):

2018-05-19 - Man collapses on Weelsby Road in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Weelsby Road, Grimsby. Sat 19 May 2018 16:07 (No:09674) Adult male collapsed in street. Fire Service administered oxygen therapy until attendance of paramedics. Casualty conveyed to hospital by Ambulance Service."

2018-05-19 - This woman fundamentally changed climate science, and you’ve probably never heard of her:

2018-05-19 - Earth just experienced its third-hottest April on record:

2018-05-19 - Heatwave bakes Pakistan again:

2018-05-19 - Lightning strikes kill 3 people as fierce storm rips across the island of Sri Lanka:

2018-05-19 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Afghanistan, 17 killed, 23 injured:

2018-05-19 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Akita Prefecture (Japan):

2018-05-19 - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married at Windsor Castle (Britain):

2018-05-20 - Kilauea's lava reaches the ocean, posing new threat of hydrochloric acid steam, man hit with lava splatter too:

Quote: "After destroying dozens of houses, lava from the Kilauea volcano has now reached the ocean, presenting a new health threat to Hawaii residents. Civil defense authorities on Hawaii posted a warning to stay clear of any lava stream that is flowing into the ocean. When the super hot lava hits the cooler sea water, it produces what is called 'laze,' hydrochloric acid steam that pours into the air along with fine particles of glass."

Quote: "Firefighters in Hawaii said a man suffered a serious injury to his leg when he was hit with lava spatter from the erupting Kilauea volcano. Fire officials said the man was on his third floor balcony of his home on Noni Farms Road when he was hit in the shin, shattering the bottom part of his leg. Spatter can weigh as much as a refrigerator, and even smaller pieces can be deadly."

2018-05-20 - Person has 'medical emergency' at concert in Laredo (Texas), people freak out:

Quote: "Students and Parents who were attending an event at the UISD Student Activity Complex over the weekend got a scare when a medical emergency got out of hand. According to several parents, the situation happened after a person attending the spring concert was in need of medical assistance. Someone then ran into the auditorium to seek help. During the confusion, it was reported that someone misinterpreted the incident as an alleged active shooter situation."

2018-05-20 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes southeast of Xalpatlahuac (Mexico):

2018-05-20 - Potential historic Arctic warming scenario in the GFS Model forecast for late May:

2018-05-20 - Tornado touches down in or near Austin (Texas):

2018-05-20 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Tripura (India):

2018-05-20 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Henan Province (China):

2018-05-20 - Waterspout filmed off Fort Morgan (Alabama):

2018-05-20 - 'Landspout' tornado filmed near Pearl (Illinois):

2018-05-20 - Ebola outbreak continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

Quote: "Congo's health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest. Four new cases have been confirmed as Ebola, said the health ministry in a statement released early Sunday. A total of 46 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the current outbreak, including 21 confirmed cases of Ebola, 21 probable and four suspected."

2018-05-20 - Scientists turn to robotic replacements as declining bee numbers threaten global food security:

2018-05-20 - Storage capacity of radioactive water at Fukushima power plant in Japan nears limit:

2018-05-20 - Average price of gasoline in the US hits $3/gallon:

Quote: "The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.00. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the price has spiked 41 cents over the past three months."

2018-05-20 - Michigan sets precedent by passing law that effectively bans NSA's data collection practices:

2018-05-20 - Wells Fargo employees altered business customers' data:

2018-05-21 - Unknown gas odor evacuates government building in Marshall (Minnesota):

Quote: "The Lyon County Government Center and Law Enforcement Center were evacuated Monday afternoon after employees smelled an intense bad odor. County employees and law enforcement officers waited outside for around an hour while the Marshall Fire Department, maintenance workers and county officials did a walkthrough of the buildings. However, firefighters were not able to detect gas in the buildings, said Marshall Fire Chief Quentin Brunsvold. 'We don’t know what happened,' Brunsvold said."

Quote: "It’s possible the odor came from outside, he said. 'We had reports of people smelling it outside the building.'"

Quote: "'All three levels (of the Government Center) were giving a smell of gas,' said Stomberg. Stomberg said the odor seemed to reach many parts of the building, including the county administrator’s office on the second floor, all at once. 'It made some of us dizzy.'"

Note: Smelled like rotten eggs, made people dizzy, wasn't picked up by natural gas detectors, came from outdoors - probably just some poison gas blowing by and getting sucked into the building via the HVAC system. Nothing to worry about unless you're one of those don't-wanna-die kind of people in which case the Earth turning into a big gas chamber and randomly gassing people might be of some concern...

2018-05-21 - Unknown gas odor sickens student(s) and close school in Cabell County (West Virginia):

Quote: "Milton Middle School will be dismissing early today because some student became ill after a natural gas smell."

Quote: "No evidence of a natural gas leak was found inside Milton Middle School, despite a strong odor earlier Monday that closed the school earlier and made some students sick. The gas company tested inside and around the building and found no detectable leak. As a result, school will open Tuesday and be closely monitored. Investigators are not certain what caused the smell, which left some students with headaches and upset stomachs."

Note: Rotten egg odor, no trace of natural gas found, people sickened - probably just some poison gas blowing by here too...

2018-05-21 - Unknown stench hits school and sickens dozens of children in Mykolaiv (Ukraine), near river:

Quote: "Currently, 36 children with a previous diagnosis of 'poisoning by an unknown substance' are in the hospital. Parents of one of the children refused hospitalization; two children are in the intensive care of the city hospital."

Quote: "From the full hypothesis: "There will be more unexplained HazMat events, often involving unusual odors. Eventually the entire populations of towns and cities will drop dead."

2018-05-21 - Juvenile has 'medical emergency' near coastal Malibu (California):

Quote: "A juvenile was airlifted Monday afternoon from a camp off Pacific Coast Highway on the Ventura County line near Malibu after suffering a medical emergency."

2018-05-21 - Man has 'medical emergency' inside pipe in Solano County (California):

Quote: "Firefighters said the worker was semi-conscious after suffering an unknown medical emergency and was unable to remove himself."

2018-05-21 - Man has 'medical emergency' in coastal Swansea (Britain):

Quote: "A man had to be airlifted to hospital following a medical emergency in Swansea."

2018-05-21 - Man has 'medical incident' at seafront hotel in coastal Folkestone (Britain):

Quote: "An air ambulance was scrambled this morning to attend a 'medical incident' inside a seafront hotel."

2018-05-21 - Man collapses on Perensway in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Ferensway, Hull. Mon 21 May 2018 15:57 (No:09840) Ambulance requested to attend an adult male collapsed in the street. Male left with Police awaiting arrival of ambulance."

2018-05-21 - Mount Merapi and Sinabung erupt in Indonesia, villages hit with ash:

2018-05-21 - A warming climate may produce more drug-resistant infections:

2018-05-21 - Erratic seasons and extreme weather devastating crops around the world:

2018-05-21 - Heatwave kills 65 people in three days in Karachi (Pakistan):

2018-05-21 - Heatwave bakes Delhi and Rajkot (India):

2018-05-21 - Lightning strikes have killed at least 50 people and 52 cattle across Cambodia so far in 2018:

2018-05-21 - Tornado touches down near Mount Orab (Ohio):

2018-05-21 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Guatemala:

2018-05-21 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Ankara (Turkey), second time in two weeks:

2018-05-21 - The market is doing something most investors have never seen in their lifetime — and could be foreshadowing the next crash:

2018-05-21 - Bitcoin mining consumes as much energy as the country of Ireland:

2018-05-21 - Dog adopts 9 ducklings at Mountfitchet Castle in Essex (Britain), ducks ride around on dog's back:

2018-05-22 - Unknown chemical smell in basement evacuates apartment building and sickens responders in St. Paul (Minnesota):

Quote: "A firefighter and officer reported feeling dizzy and light-headed, and had lung irritations after being in the basement. They received medical treatment at the scene and were taken to Regions Hospital. After evaluation at the hospital, both were released. It’s unknown what caused the odor and symptoms, Gaede said. 'It was some sort of irritant that dissipated by the time we got there with our sampling equipment,' Gaede said."

Quote: "Officials never determined the cause of the odor."

2018-05-22 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits home at 4:21 AM on Tyson Place in Oldbrook (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 22 May, 4.21am Smell of gas in property, Tyson Place, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Great Holm attended. Firefighters used a gas monitor. There was no trace of a gas leak."

2018-05-22 - Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, lava reaches the ground of geothermal plant:

2018-05-22 - Staff member has 'medical emergency' at school in Bakersfield (California):

Quote: "BPD said officers made contact with the involved staff member and determined the incident involved a medical emergency."

2018-05-22 - Man, cop, has 'medical emergency' during physical fitness test in New Canaan (Connecticut):

Quote: "On Saturday around 7 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Pollock suffered a medical emergency while taking the department’s physical fitness test."

2018-05-22 - Man, 50, falls off cruise ship and disappears near coastal Tampa (Florida):

2018-05-22 - While parts of North America experiences the coldest April for 20 years, April 2018 was 3rd warmest on record for the globe:

2018-05-22 - Heatwave bakes Delhi (India), temp hits 115F/46C:

2018-05-22 - Hurricane force winds and sandstorm hit parts of Russia:

2018-05-22 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Dagestan and Krasnodar (Russia):

2018-05-22 - Extremely rare antisolar arc forms like a portal to another dimension in the sky over Oslo (Norway):

2018-05-22 - Climate science misrepresented by House Science Committee members:

2018-05-22 - How weakened US fossil fuel regulations threaten environmental justice in Colorado:

2018-05-22 - After erasing all mentions of climate change, National Park Service releases uncensored report:

2018-05-22 - New Zealand's growing sea of plastic a symptom of a larger predicament:

2018-05-22 - Deadly Nipah virus reemerges in India, no cure, little is known about its transmission:

2018-05-22 - Venezuela’s hungry citizens hunt wildlife, zoo animals, as economic crisis grows:

2018-05-22 - Idle coal-fired power plant in Australia will reopen to power bitcoin mining:

2018-05-22 - Giant swarm of bugs invades Marble Beach Marine (Iowa):

2018-05-22 - Fox catches rabbit, bald eagle swoops down and grabs fox, mid-air battle ensues, at San Juan Island National Historical Park (Washington):

Note: No foxes were harmed in the making of this food fight. (We won't talk about the rabbit.)

2018-05-23 - Rotting seaweed producing hydrogen sulfide around coastal Warnbro Sound (Australia):

Quote: "'Hydrogen sulphide can be smelled at very low levels, well below the level where it causes any health effects, so simply smelling it is not a health issue. Based on the volume of wrack usually present in Warnbro Sound, the maximum level of hydrogen sulphide generated is extremely unlikely to pose any risk to human health.'"

Quote: "However, the spokesman said these odours were a short term problem which resolve quickly and were not detrimental to health."

Note: Not true: nobody knows what the long term effects are to human health of smelling even small quantities of hydrogen sulfide regularly. Also, just because they're measuring low concentrations doesn't mean a whole lot, since it's a heavier-than-air gas which will flow to - and then concentrate in - low-lying areas. Might it concentrate enough to create lethal clouds of gas? It doesn't take much to be lethal; 1 part per 1000 can kill a person with one breath. I certainly wouldn't rule out the possibility that it could concentrate to 0.1% hydrogen sulfide levels in low-lying areas when there's no wind and then blow onward at concentrated levels with the wind...

2018-05-23 - Unknown rotten egg odor hitting parts of coastal Timaru (New Zealand):

Quote: "Aoraki Swim School operator Kevin Hessell described it as a 'pungent smell combined with the smell of LPG'."

Note: LPG is odorless so they add methyl or ethyl mercaptan to it, which smells like rotten eggs. So does hydrogen sulfide, which is most likely to hit towns near bodies of water, like oceans, like this city...

2018-05-23 - Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, cracks open at home, methane in the ground igniting:

2018-05-23 - Man, mid-30s, has 'medical episode' at shopping center in St Helens (Britain):

Quote: "An ambulance and a rapid response unit were sent to Church Square at around 8.40am where paramedics treated a man in his mid-30s who had a 'medical episode'."

2018-05-23 - Heatwave killing dozens of people in Pakistan:

Quote: "Dozens of people are feared to have died in Karachi, with double the usual number of bodies arriving at the city's morgues. Faisal Edhi from the Edhi Foundation, which oversees a number of public health projects, told the MailOnline: 'We have received 180 dead bodies in the last four days which is more than double of what we receive normally.'"

2018-05-23 - Alarming drought conditions hit the US Southwest:

2018-05-23 - After coal and oil plants shut down, premature birth rates drop, in California:

2018-05-23 - Humans are just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals:

2018-05-23 - Cyclone Mekunu hits the island of Socotra (Yemen):

2018-05-23 - Hailstorm pounds Otis (New Mexico):

2018-05-23 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Billings (Montana):

2018-05-23 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Paris (France):

2018-05-23 - Massive 18-inch hammerhead worms are invading France:

2018-05-23 - Deutsche Bank planning to cut 10,000 jobs:

2018-05-24 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits apartment building on Candlewood Lake in Brookfield (Connecticut):

Quote: "A report of gas odor at a Brookfield condo complex Wednesday night prompted a response from Brookfield volunteer firefighters. Crews responded to an automatic alarm at Barnbeck condo complex on Candlewood Lake Road.  The building was evacuated until the source could be located. Eversource, along with Brookfield police and firefighters searched floor by floor with gas meters. No gas readings or smell was detected and no source found."

2018-05-24 - Paper mill damaged by hydrogen sulfide tank explosion near Albury (Australia), 2 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Four workers - three Norske Skog staff and a contractor - were on a tank checking valves about 1.30pm after an annual maintenance shutdown. 'They were apparently all overcome, to varying degrees, by a gas, we think it's hydrogen sulphide,' Norske Skog Albury mill general manager Milo Foster told the local newspaper, The Border Mail. One man died at Albury Base Hospital on Thursday after sustaining burns and inhaling gas, while another worker died overnight. NSW Police confirmed on Friday a 37-year-old Lavington man died on Friday morning, while a 28-year-old Wodonga man died on Thursday. A report will be prepared for the coroner. A third worker remains in a critical condition."

2018-05-24 - Person collapses on Reeth Road in Richmond (Britain), 300 feet from the River Swale:

Quote: "TOC   18:17  Reeth Road, Richmond A crew from Reeth provided first aid to a person who had collapsed until arrival of an ambulance."

2018-05-24 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lobdell Lake in Argentine Township (Michigan):

2018-05-24 - Coastal erosion destroying homes and businesses on the coast of Senegal:

2018-05-24 - Lightning strikes kill 18 people in 7-week period across Myanmar:

2018-05-24 - Lightning strikes kill 4 people across Bangladesh:

2018-05-24 - Wave of hailstorms hits Italy, crops damaged:

2018-05-24 - Amazon deforestation increases 249 percent year-over-year in Brazil:

2018-05-24 - Study finds link between increase in local temperature and bacterial resistance to antibiotics:

2018-05-24 - Scientists create human-chicken embryo in the lab:

2018-05-25 - Noxious odor hits school and sends two students to the hospital in coastal Port Arthur (Texas), blamed on ship:

Quote: "Two students at a high school campus near the Lamar State College Port Arthur campus were transported to a local hospital after some sort of noxious odor was released from a passing ship on the Intracoastal Waterway."

Note: So what ship was it, who is the owner or responsible party, and what was the chemical that was released? You know, in case the doctors treating the students need to know what they're dealing with, or the parents want to file a lawsuit. I notice they don't mention any of that, so they're probably *assuming* the unknown chemical came from an unknown ship. Or maybe it simply came from the ocean right there. Unless they specify the ship and responsible party and the chemical then this looks either like an assumption based on ignorance (incompetence) or a cover story (deception). Either way, incompetent or deceptive, it's hard to take their explanation seriously unless they provide much more information. All we can know for SURE is that an unknown noxious odor hit this school, right on the coast, and sent two students to the hospital...

2018-05-25 - Man, cop, has 'medical episode' at baseball tournament in Hoover (Alabama):

Quote: "An officer at the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover was hospitalized Friday evening due to a medical episode, officials confirm."

2018-05-25 - Person has 'medical emergency' at home in coastal Rhos-on-Sea (Britain):

Quote: "Both the Wales Air Ambulance and a land ambulance were called to a residential address near Llandrillo school, Rhos on Sea, in response to a life threatening medical emergency."

2018-05-25 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Detroit Lake (Oregon):

2018-05-25 - Fecal bacteria found in the water along the US Gulf Coast:

2018-05-25 - Temp hits 91F and ties all-time record high for the day in Denver (Colorado):

2018-05-25 - Unknown wolf-like creature shot by farmer near Denton (Montana):

2018-05-26 - Volcano Kilauea continues erupting in Hawaii, lava moves closer to geothermal plant and to within 150 yards of more homes:

Quote: "Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano is edging closer to a geothermal plant, escalating fears of a potentially lethal and toxic hydrogen sulfide explosion."

Quote: "A series of summit explosions on Saturday spewed ash from Kilauea volcano up to 11,000ft and dusted communities to the south-west, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. The three explosions, which began around 12.42am, came during the fourth week of what geologists rank as one of the biggest eruption cycles from the Big Island volcano in a century."

Quote: "The number of houses and other structures destroyed by lava flows in the island’s lower Puna district leapt to 82 on Friday, from a previous count of 50 after fissures reactivated in Leilani Estates this week. Another lava flow near the rural housing development slowed and was 150 yards from Pohoiki Road where there are dozens more homes, the observatory said."

2018-05-26 - Woman, 21, pulled unconscious from swimming pool in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-05-26 - Man has 'medical emergency' and topples into the River Trent near Catton Hall (Britain):

Quote: "The incident involved a person who is believed to have had a medical emergency and fell into water."

2018-05-26 - Man in his 50s stops breathing and goes into cardiac arrest in Sycamore Canyon (California):

Quote: "Crews at the scene described making contact with a male in his 50s in full arrest. Department officials said the person was not breathing and, as of 1 p.m., crews on the scene were performing CPR."

2018-05-26 - Man jumps into the Pawcatuck River and disappears in coastal Westerly (Rhode Island):

2018-05-26 - Lightning strike kills 4 people and injures 6 people in Negros Occidental (Philippine Islands):

2018-05-26 - Russian security forces unveil 'Taser shield' to use in raids against crime:

2018-05-27 - Woman, 50, pulled unconscious from swimming pool in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-05-27 - Man in his 30s tries to rescue woman and goes missing himself at Lake Travis (Texas):

2018-05-27 - Boy, 13, goes missing in Chippewa Creek in Rittman (Ohio):

2018-05-27 - Man has 'medical condition' on scaffolding at power station in Loxahatchee (Florida):

Quote: "A contractor suffered from a medical condition while working at a Florida Power and Light substation, according to the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue."

2018-05-27 - Boy, 17, collapses and goes into cardiac arrest at soccer game in Banksia Park (Australia), now in a coma, 10 miles from the coast:

2018-05-27 - Woman has 'medical episode' on Millfield Lane in St Helens (Britain):

Quote: "Police have praised a good Samaritan who contacted emergency services after a woman was believed to have had a 'medical episode' in Haydock yesterday evening, Sunday. A resident made a call to ambulance staff over the wellbeing of woman on Millfield Lane at around 8.15pm."

2018-05-27 - Temp hits 97F and ties all-time heat record for this day in Chicago (Illinois):

2018-05-27 - Heavy rain and flooding devastate Ellicott City (Maryland):

2018-05-28 - Stream dries up, bursts into flame with unquenchable fire and spews foul odor, in Anambra State (Nigeria):

Quote: "The development has caused serious panic in the area because the ground has reportedly begun to emit flames and a strange odor."

Quote: "He said that when the villagers sighted the fire at the waterfall area they thought it was something they could just contain and had to mobilize the youths to put it out with water. But surprisingly, according to him, that was to no avail. He said all the rainfalls so far this year could not quench the bush fire with thick smokes that had been raging with restricted portions in the bush with some stuffs like ceramics around the spots."

2018-05-28 - Volcano Kilauea erupts again in Hawaii, spews ash 15,000 feet high, and is shaken by magnitude 4.4+ earthquake:

2018-05-28 - Man, sailor, 26, has heart problems on ship near coastal Penmarch (France):

Quote: "On May 28, 2018, at approximately 12:45 p.m. the Marine Medical Advisory Center (SMAC) was alterted by the owner of the 'Sergagil' that one of the six crew members, aged 26, suffers from cardiac problems."

2018-05-28 - Lightning strikes kill 11 people in Jharkhand (India):

2018-05-28 - Lightning strikes and injures two women in Bochum (Germany):

2018-05-28 - Toxic salt storm engulfs parts of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan:

2018-05-29 - Paraná River suddenly turns blood red near Buenos Aires (Argentina):

2018-05-29 - 'Vog' from Volcano Kilauea's eruption in Hawaii reaches the Marshall Islands and Guam:

2018-05-29 - Millions in Afghanistan face hunger due to drought:

2018-05-29 - Being in a group can lower your IQ:

2018-05-30 - Around 900 previously unknown methane seeps found since 2015 off the coast of the US Northwest:

Quote: "Since the first evidence of underwater methane was discovered in the late 1980s, only about 100 'seep sites' had been identified along the Northwest coast through 2015. They often were discovered by accident, when fishermen would spot anomalies on their fish-finders that turned out to be acoustic reflections of the bubbling methane gas. But over the past two years the scientists – aided by new sonar technology on the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, owned and operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust – have purposefully gone seeking evidence of underwater methane and have expanded the total number of offshore seep emission sites to a whopping 1,000 locations."

2018-05-30 - Lightning strike kills 7-year-old boy in Weakley County (Tennessee):

2018-05-30 - Storm dumps knee-deep hail on Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan (Canada):

2018-05-30 - More than 14 inches of rain in 24 hours brings heavy flooding to Karnataka (India):

2018-05-30 - New experiment may show quantum physics to be even spookier than imagined:

2018-05-30 - New research says our Milky Way galaxy is larger than original estimates:

2018-05-30 - Man sparks a doobie on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in San Jose (California):

2018-05-31 - Blue whale seen in the Red Sea for the first time:

2018-05-31 - Eerie sounds heard in coastal Southampton (Britain):

2018-05-31 - Snowy owl turns up on Skomer Island, Wales (Britain):

2018-05-31 - Your body has a 'second brain' in your butt, scientists say:

Quote: "The professor noted that the brain in your rear is technically your 'first brain' because scientists believe it actually evolved before the brain and central nervous system in mammals."

2018-05-31 - Extreme rainfall in the US has been rising since 1990:

2018-05-31 - Lightning strike kills 2 people, injures 2 others, in Calbayog City (Philippine Islands):

2018-05-31 - Man, 21, goes missing in Lake Cochichewick in North Andover (Massachusetts):

2018-05-31 - Woman, 61, has heart problems on cruise ship near coastal Noyes Island (Alaska):

Quote: "A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a woman from the 'Celebrity Solstice' near Noyes Island, west of Craig, Alaska, on May 30, 2018. Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received notification from the captain of the vessel who reported that a woman was suffering symptoms of a heart attack."

2018-05-31 - Woman collapses at 12:04 AM on Ferensway in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Ferensway, Hull. Thu 31 May 2018 00:04 (No:10584) Adult female fallen in road. Left in care of ambulance."

2018-05-31 - Unknown chemical odor hits DMV and sickens person in coastal Long Beach (California):

Quote: "A strong chemical odor wafting through the DMV office in Long Beach on Thursday, May 31, caused breathing problems for a person and prompted evacuation of the office."

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