Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Event Update For 2018-09-18

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

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

Category: Variety Pack

2018-09-18 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Clark (New Jersey):

Quote: "There was a tense hour at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School on Tuesday morning as students and staff were made to evacuate the building after a call to emergency responders about a heavy odor of natural gas in the building according to Clark Fire Chief Frank Cerasa. Three engines from the CFD arrived on the scene at approximately 10:20 a.m. and immediately cleared approximately 500 people from the building.  Cerasa described what happened next. 'Members of the BOE's maintenance staff, firefighters and Elizabethtown Gas personnel checked the entire building with no readings or cause of the original odor.'"

Note: No readings because they were using natural gas detectors and not hydrogen sulfide detectors...

2018-09-18 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates high school in Vassar (Michigan):

Quote: "tudents at Vassar Senior High School got a short day on Tuesday after a suspicious odor led to an evacuation. Sixth through 12th grade students were evacuated from the building around 8:30 a.m. and sent to Central Elementary School while Consumers Energy sent a crew to investigate. The source of the odor was not readily apparent and nobody reported any illnesses."

Quote: "The high school was evacuated due to a possible gas leak earlier in the day on Tuesday."

2018-09-18 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane makes emergency landing in Denver (Colorado):

Quote: "NBCNewYork,com reported that the plane had to be diverted to due 'fumes' or a 'peculiar smell.'"

2018-09-18 - Person found dead in burning RV on Flynt Road near Laurel (Mississippi):

Note: This is the 15th deadly RV fire in 2018, and this is the 423rd RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-18 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame shortly before 3:30 AM, fire gets huge, in Sun Valley (California):

2018-09-18 - Four trucks and electrical business destroyed by massive fire in Darien (New York):

Quote: "The owner runs an electrical construction business and used the building to store vehicles. Four trucks were destroyed along with the building."

2018-09-18 - Coal ash and hog poop contaminating water in North Carolina, 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 pigs killed:

Quote: "Hog lagoons are basically huge bodies of pig poop. The waste is treated with bacteria that turns it pink."

Note: That's interesting - learn something new everyday! With a little digging I found out what that bacteria is and it's what I immediately suspected it was - purple sulfur bacteria, which eat hydrogen sulfide and only exist in bodies of water (or giant poop lagoons apparently) where hydrogen sulfide is present. Last year a lagoon turned pink at a nature preserve and all the fish died, in southern Gambia, mentioned in the 2017-07-10 update. Purple sulfur bacteria turned the water pink at a bird refuge on the coast in Santa Barbara in late September 2015 too, mentioned in the 2015-09-22 update. Several rivers around the world have mysteriously turned pink or reddish in recent years too, and a few bodies of water - rivers and lakes - have even ignited. Once the oceans start turning pink, our days on this planet will be just about over, and the oceans are getting warmer and more landfill-like every year now, so that's just a matter of time. First we should start seeing random areas getting hit by unknown rotten egg odors and monstrous record-breaking fires beginning to sweep the planet though. Oh right, both of those things are already happening...

2018-09-18 - Home explodes and burns on Collegeview Road in Rochester (Minnesota), 1 lightly injured:

Note: This is the 258th residential explosions in 2018...

2018-09-18 - Wildfire breaks out in Island Park (Idaho):

2018-09-18 - Submarine bursts into flame at Waterside House in coastal Barrow-in-Furness (Britain):

Quote: "Submarine Fire, Barrow-in-Furness(Barrow-in-Furness) 17 Sep 2018 At 19:20, Three fire engines from Barrow, Walney and Ulverston were called to reports of a Submarine fire at Waterside House, Barrow. Firefighters worked alongside colleagues from BAE Systems and the Royal Navy to extinguish the fire, confined to the engine room. Crews were in attendance for approximately 50 minutes."

2018-09-18 - Military frigate 'Schleswig-Holstein' damaged by fire in the Baltic Sea near Kiel (Germany), 10 injured:

Quote: "On Sep 18. 2018, a fire broke out aboard the 'Schleswig-Holstein' and injured ten soldiers on the Baltic Sea off Kiel. The ship was on a training trip. Because of the damage, it had to enter Kiel. After leaving Flensburg, the crew of the frigate should actually begin the operational tests. But around 8 p.m. there was a cable fire in a switchboard in the rear. The crew was able to quickly bring the fire under control and extinguish it. However, as there was heavy smoke below deck, ten soldiers suffered smoke poisoning."

2018-09-18 - Shrimp boat bursts into flame shortly after departing from coastal Mazatlán (Mexico):

Note: These are the 858th, 859th and 860th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-18 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway near East Peckham (Britain):

Note: This is the 540th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-80 in Beaver Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 33/48 near Buckhannon (West Virginia):

Quote: "First responders were dispatched to mile marker 18 along the westbound lanes of U.S. 33/48, near Buckhannon, at approximately 2:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon after scrap metal and wire being hauled in the back of a tractor trailer caught fire, according to Cpl. V.J. Pyles of the West Virginia State Police."

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-24 in Massac County (Illinois):

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-72 overpass near New Berlin (Illinois):

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-5 ramp near Wilsonville (Oregon):

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 48 in Upshur County (West Virginia):

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-15 near Leeds (Utah):

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M5 in Kingsgrove (Australia):

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 5:30 AM on the A1(M) in North Yorkshire (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the M1 near Kegworth (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Tractor bursts into flame at Castlemorton Common (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Tractor bursts into flame in Crickett, Ellesmere (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in Aston Botterell (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Tractor (telehandler) bursts into flame in Higher South Whiddon (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame on the A45 near Stretton-on-Dunsmore (Britain):

Note: These are the 2012th-2026th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-18 - Garbage truck bursts into flame on McClellan Street in Schenectady (New York):

Quote: "A Schenectady refuse truck caught fire this morning on McClellan Street. Firefighters were called to the corner of McClellan and Becker streets shortly before 8 a.m. for the truck fire. Smoke poured out of the cab as they extinguished the flames in the engine compartment."

2018-09-18 - Box truck bursts into flame on Greenfield Road in Deerfield (Massachusetts):

2018-09-18 - RV and garage destroyed by fire and explosions at home in Fife Heights (Washington):

Note: This is the 424th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-18 - Van bursts into flame on Government Road in Labrador (Australia):

2018-09-18 - Minivan bursts into flame on Loop 375 in El Paso (Texas):

2018-09-18 - SUV bursts into flame on I-80 in Paterson (New Jersey):

2018-09-18 - SUV bursts into flame near Schaffer Road in DeRidder (Louisiana):

2018-09-18 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at Arby's on Great Northern Road in Sault Ste. Marie (Canada):

2018-09-18 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked in parking lot in Fort Dodge (Iowa):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage in Atlanta (Georgia):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home on South Dorgenois Street in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame in the wee hours at gas station in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame at 11:20 PM on the North Freeway in Houston (Texas):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame while parked at gas station in Morley (Australia):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame on road near Plympton (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame on the A47 near Wansford (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame on the A42 near Coleshill (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame on the A446 near Coleshill (Britain):

2018-09-18 - Car bursts into flame on Northfield Drive in Northfield (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 18 September, 2.49pm Car fire, Northfield Drive, Northfield, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Broughton attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, one set of breathing apparatus, electric cutting equipment and a thermal imaging camera."

2018-09-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame while parked at home, fire scorches home, in Carson City (Nevada):

Quote: "The call came into dispatch at around 7:30 p.m. as a vehicle fire with flames. The occupant of the residence advised they heard an explosion, saw the vehicle engulfed in flames and fire moving from the vehicle to the structure, according to dispatch."

2018-09-18 - Vehicle bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, near Highway 33 east of Casitas Springs (California):

Quote: "A vehicle fully engulfed in flames started a small vegetation blaze Tuesday morning east of Highway 33, authorities said. The fire was reported just before 9:30 a.m. on Cañada Larga Road, an area surrounded by brush and east of Casitas Springs."

2018-09-18 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 11:24 PM while parked near Prathersville (Missouri):

2018-09-18 - Personal watercraft, lawnmowers and barn destroyed by fire in Fort Gratiot (Michigan):

Quote: "The barn, which housed some equipment such as lawnmowers and personal watercraft, was a total loss, he said."

2018-09-18 - Parking garage fire breaks out in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2018-09-18 - Church destroyed by fire at 4:30 AM in Greenwood (Arkansas), nobody there:

2018-09-18 - Home damaged by fire in Peoria (Illinois), nobody there:

2018-09-18 - Home damaged by basement fire before 6 AM in Billings (Montana), 2 injured:

2018-09-18 - Home damaged by fire on Odessa Street in coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

2018-09-18 - Home damaged by fire at 11:45 PM near Manchester (Missouri), 1 injured:

2018-09-18 - Home damaged by fire in the Xanadu by the Sea area in coastal Jupiter (Florida):

2018-09-18 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 3 AM on Riverside Drive in Thunder Bay (Canada), 1 injured:

2018-09-18 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire on Pine Hill Road in Wolfeboro (New Hampshire), pet killed, nobody there:

2018-09-18 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM near Ward in Boulder County (Colorado), nobody there:

2018-09-18 - Home destroyed by fire at 11:46 PM in Arlington (Texas), 1 injured:

2018-09-18 - Home destroyed by fire in Princeton (Indiana):

2018-09-18 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Valdosta (Georgia):

2018-09-18 - Condo building damaged by fire in Nashville (Tennessee), 1 injured:

2018-09-18 - Deadly fire burns duplex on Floyd Avenue in Modesto (California), 1 killed:

2018-09-18 - Vacant home destroyed by fire in Acworth (Georgia):

2018-09-18 - Around 70 penguins wash up dead on beaches in Santa Catarina (Brazil):

2018-09-18 - Thousands of fish found dead in lake in Hanoi (Vietnam):

2018-09-18 - Man and woman, 50 and 56, found dead in apartment in Prairieville (Louisiana):

2018-09-18 - College student, man, 20, found dead at university in Statesboro (Georgia):

2018-09-18 - Firefighter, man, 30, suddenly collapses and dies, in Pleasant View (Tennessee):

Quote: "A beloved Pleasant View firefighter died suddenly last week leaving his department and his family in shock. According to friends, C.J. Morris, 30, collapsed at work unexpectedly."

2018-09-18 - Woman, 23, found dead in SUV at shopping center in Mount Dora (Florida):

2018-09-18 - Man, 40, found dead near car in La Salle (Illinois):

2018-09-18 - Man, 48, found face-down and dead in the water at beach in coastal Marshfield (Massachusetts):

2018-09-18 - Man, 30, found dead in residential lake in Jennings County near North Vernon (Indiana):

2018-09-18 - Man, 61, found dead in the Chadakoin River in Jamestown (New York):

2018-09-18 - Man in his 40s or 50s found dead in the Huron River near Frog Island Park in Ypsilanti (Michigan):

2018-09-18 - Man found dead in Lake Huron near St. Ignace Township (Michigan):

2018-09-18 - Woman, 28, found dead in Smith Lake in Bremen (Alabama):

2018-09-18 - Man, 60, drops dead in apartment at Fox Valley Apartments in Birmingham (Alabama):

2018-09-18 - Man, 33, found dead in Lake Tahoe (California):

2018-09-18 - Woman, 37, has 'medical issue' and dies at jail in Oshkosh (Nebraska):

2018-09-18 - Crew member strokes out on cargo ship near coastal Dutch Harbor (Alaska):

Quote: "A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevaced a man from the 'DL Lavender' 92 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on Sep 18, 2018. Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders received initial notification from the ship’s agent on Sep 17 afternoon stating a crew member had possible stroke symptoms."

2018-09-18 - Man in his 50s or 60s has 'medical issue', pickup slams head-on into school bus, in Huber Heights (Ohio), 1 injured:

Quote: "A medical issue appears to be the cause of the wreck involving a small pickup truck and a Huber Heights City Schools bus that has shut down a section of Chambersburg Road until at least Wednesday morning, a city police officer said."

2018-09-18 - Man, 59, has 'medical episode', car veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, in Inverness (Florida), 3 injured:

Quote: "Police believe a medical episode was the reason an Inverness man lost control of his vehicle Monday morning and crossed into oncoming traffic, striking an SUV head-on in Inverness."

2018-09-18 - Woman, 62, has 'medical issue', car overturns into creek, in Jackson County (North Carolina), 1 killed:

Quote: "They said she backed up and went across the street and struck a rock wall, which caused her vehicle to overturn and land in a creek. Morlock was pinned in the car and drowned. Investigators believe a medical issue led to the crash."

2018-09-18 - Man has 'medical issue', gets out of car, car drives off and hits apartment building, in San Angelo (Texas):

Quote: "San Angelo Police Investigating Officer Welch said at the scene the driver of a white four door car had stopped at the Allsup’s Convenience Store on the corner of Glenna Dr. and Arden Rd. He came out of the store and got back into his vehicle. Welch says at that point he had a medical issue of some kind and got out of the vehicle, which was still in drive. The driverless vehicle crossed Arden Rd. and crashed into the wall of the Arden Ridge Apartments, then continued down the street coming to rest a block away."

2018-09-18 - Man, 49, has 'medical condition', car crashes into pool, in Schererville (Indiana):

Quote: "A 49-year-old Chicago Heights man likely suffered a medical condition before crashing through two fences and into an above-ground pool Monday, police said."

2018-09-18 - Driver has 'medical episode', two cars crash, on the A47 near Dereham (Britain):

Quote: "A spokesperson from Norfolk Police said one of the drivers appeared to have had a medical episode while driving."

2018-09-18 - Military plane crashes near Rolling Oaks Mall in northeast San Antonio (Texas), both pilots eject:

Quote: "According to, the T-6A Texan II is an aircraft for student and instructor pilots. The T-6A Texan II was indefinitely grounded earlier this year due to concerns about hypoxia and 'unexplained physiological events,' the military publication reported. Use of that plane model was later reinstated."

2018-09-18 - Freight train derails in Klamath Falls (Oregon):

2018-09-18 - Passenger bus plunges into ravine in Balsas (Ecuador), 7 killed, 15 injured:

2018-09-18 - Two tractor trailers crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Becket (Massachusetts):

2018-09-18 - Tractor trailer overturns on Hedon Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Hedon Road, Hull. Tue 18 Sep 2018 16:31 (No:20986) Heavy goods vehicle turned onto its side, driver self released on arrival and being checked over by paramedics. Diesel leak stemmed using Dammit Paste and absorbed using Environmental Grab Pack. Vehicle recovery arranged. Incident left with Police."

2018-09-18 - Utility truck veers off road, clips pickup, hits pole, in Brookfield Township (Ohio), 1 killed:

Quote: "Troopers said that truck driver, 48-year-old Thomas Stefek, Jr., of Poland, was pronounced dead at the scene, but don't believe impairment was involved and are investigating if it was a medical issue."

2018-09-18 - SUV hits woman in parking lot in Morgan City (Louisiana), 1 killed:

Quote: "The medical center, Augman says, is across the street from Teche Regional Medical Center.  KQKI reports that the woman in the parking lot may have suffered a medical issue and passed out prior to being hit."

2018-09-18 - Two cars crash in Sheboygan (Wisconsin), 540 feet from the Sheboygan River, 2 killed:

Quote: "Both of the drivers were killed. One driver was a 56-year-old man and the other was a 49-year-old woman, both from Sheboygan. Police said the cause of the accident is under investigation and may have been the result of a medical event."

2018-09-18 - Two cars collide head-on in Lake Saint Louis (Missouri), 1 killed:

2018-09-18 - Huge sinkhole opens at Stetson University campus in DeLand (Florida):

2018-09-18 - Sinkhole closes road in Jackson Township (Pennsylvania):

2018-09-18 - Man, 27, has 'medical episode' on trail at Lewis and Clark Park on the Missouri River in Council Bluffs (Iowa):

Quote: "Fire and rescue crews were at Lewis and Clark Park Monday night just north of Council Bluffs to locate a lost hiker. Authorities say a 27-year-old man suffered a medical episode while he was lost on the trails."

2018-09-18 - Man, 50s or 60s, pulled unconscious from the ocean at the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns (Australia):

Quote: "A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said it was unclear whether the incident was a near drowning or a medical incident."

2018-09-18 - Hurricane Florence death toll rises to 36, flooding devastation continues, especially in North Carolina:

2018-09-18 - Huge crop losses expected as Hurricane Florence battered North Carolina just before harvest:

2018-09-18 - Hailstorm pounds six villages and damages crops in Uganda:

2018-09-18 - Hints of a fourth type of invisible neutrino creates more confusion:

2018-09-18 - Hubble detects never-before-seen features around neutron star:

2018-09-18 - Self-driving cars can handle neither rain nor sleet nor snow:


  1. Hey Jonny, Fran, Mike, Tom N., LL and all other readers of JJFH.

    I had to laugh, though it isn't funny (see what I mean, Fran?), about the invisible Uber driver above - where the car drives away after the driver (having the requisite 'medical issue' they never explain in detail) got out . ..

    I picture these headlines and imagine being in their frame of reference. Gyad. Death is whimsical in selection and method.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 9.19.18 'No one comes to help us' Florence cleanup highlights Wilmington's stark so

    [this blows]
    Winds ca[u]sing waterfall's to reverse upwards and blow a caravan
    of[f] a cliff with a women inside kill two as storms Helene and Ali HIT the UK

    A woman in her 50s died yesterday after her caravan was blown off a cliff at Claddaghduff in County Galway during high winds. [more]

    [oh man, check this out]
    Eerie scene as mysterious BLACKOUTS turn buildings and cities completely dark! [7 min. MrMBB333 video]

    [haven't posted this site in a while, though I continue to read him]
    "No One Told Me This Circus Was Ending"

    How soon it ends:
    Canadian pot stock Tilray doubled to reach a market cap of $20 billion earlier today and then gave it all back. The stock has the revenues of a pizza parlour…

    On the topic of stoned denialistic idiots, 100 year storms every six months was so 2017, now we're onto 1,000 year storms.

    I'm sure this can all be explained. Away: [see article]

    [some applied statistics]
    "The four-day accumulation of nearly 36 inches, which was measured in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, is far, far above the previous rain record for a hurricane anywhere on the East Coast. It broke the North Carolina record by nearly a foot. That much rain is more than what scientists estimate a 1,000-year level, 60-day rainstorm would drop in the region, given a stable climate: slightly more than 35 inches. Put another way, there’s a 0.1 percent chance every year that in a 60-day period the rainfall in Elizabethtown would be at least 35 inches. North Carolina took on all of that water in just four days." [more]

    [more below]

  2. With enough ‘cue for 25,000 meals a day, nonprofit feeds a recovering Wilmington

    “How many meals you want?” Marvis Steele asked a small line of residents from Wilmington’s Creekwood South public housing community. “We have some really good turkey.”

    Steele, a Salvation Army volunteer, was standing in the hot sun Wednesday, handing out Styrofoam containers of barbecue. Residents, many of which were taking the food back to family members, said the area was still without power, and it was unclear when they might get it back.

    The Salvation Army, Steele said, had already handed out nearly 300 lunches at Creekwood South. The community has been without power since Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington.

    “We are prepared to do 25,000 meals a day,” said Marc Mangano, a member of the nonprofit who came down from New Jersey. “We have done 12,000 meals” just for lunch. [more; hey, sump'm nice fer a change]

    'Catastrophic' floods rising on Amazon River, say scientists

    Researchers linked the increase in flooding to warmer temperatures over the Atlantic Ocean and cooler temperatures over the Pacific [more]

    Massive landslide buries 24 homes in Cebu, leaving more than 60 dead and missing, Philippines

    A large landslide buried between 20 and 24 homes near a limestone quarry site on the fringes of Naga City of Cebu Province in the central Philippines early September 20, 2018. Most of the residents were still asleep when the slide took place. 12 bodies have been retrieved and another 12 people pulled out alive in the first few hours. Rescuers are looking for about 50 to 80 trapped people. [more]

    The Watchers News Brief: September 19, 2018

    [some of the headlines]
    Medicane formation expected in Tyrrhenian Sea

    Extremely rare tornado sighting in British Columbia, Canada

    Two dead, 6 missing in Mae Hong Son Province landslides, Thailand

    Semisopochnoi volcano: Seismicity remains elevated, intermittent tremor, Alaska

    Intense flash flooding hits Constantine, Algeria

    Mayotte earthquake swarm: Archipelago hit by M4.7, the strongest quake since July 5

    Spectacular waterspouts off Cap Esterel, France

    Barley cost in UK up 40% after long dry spell, beer prices expected to skyrocket

    Fire, snow and 100 km/h (62 mph) winds hit New South Wales, Australia

    Malaria spreading through Lombok (Bali) after major earthquakes strike the region, Indonesia

    Cholera outbreak spreads in Zimbabwe, at least 30 people dead

    Intense flash flooding hits Albacete, Spain

    Cold outbreak is becoming increasingly likely in Europe after September 20

    Hailstorm damages nearly 45% of fruits and paddy crops in parts of northern Kashmir

    Storm Ali hits Ireland and United Kingdom, killing at least 2 people

    Thursday, 20 September 2018
    The Arctic ice melt - 09/19/2018

    A brief overview of conditions in the Arctic at the end of the oficial melt season [5.5 min. video and text, maps]

    Margo will be giving a detailed update in tomorrow's Campfire Chat but I have put my observations together here. [more]

  3. Well, this doesn't look good - Vavilov Ice Cap heading into the sea at 82 feet per day (as of 2015) compared to the normal average rate of 2 inches per day:

    So the ice was moving to the sea 492 times faster than it used to by 2015. It's surely faster than that by now, especially with the surge of warmth in the Arctic region in the last three years. Rapid destabilization of the Arctic is in progress.

  4. Here's what to expect, depending on your "class."

    On Hurricane Maria anniversary, Puerto Rico is still in ruins – “I am thankful for the little they gave me, but thanks for nothing”

    Times journalists visited 163 homes in two neighborhoods in Punta Santiago to cover what progress had been made in the last 12 months.

    They found a community with signs of fresh paint and, in some of the middle-class parts of town, rebuilt rooms and new furniture.

    But in neighborhoods where residents live on meager pensions and disability checks, there were gutted kitchens and electrical wires running randomly along unfinished walls. Roofs were covered with plywood or plastic, many near collapse. Some houses still had no running water. A number of families lived in single rooms in unfurnished houses, sleeping on the floor.

    Leomida Uniel, 82, the walls of her house stained in black mold that gave her a lung infection, was sitting on her porch, sobbing. Gilberto Díaz and his wife, María Carrión, were bathing and washing dishes with the aid of a neighbor’s hose stuck through a window. Roberto Albino had an inch of water inside his house.

    [In one fishing town of 5000] Almost 650 houses flooded with water from the sea; others were inundated by an overflowing lake, a river, and two ponds — and also raw sewage. Many homes lost walls and roofs in winds that reached 155 miles per hour when the storm made landfall. [more; see chart of "payout" and stats]

    New landslide kills 21, buries houses in Philippines – “The ground in the area is still vibrating”

    A massive landslide buried dozens of homes near a central Philippine mountain Thursday, killing at least 15 people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent text messages pleading for help.

    The slide surged down on about 30 houses in two rural villages after daybreak in Naga city in Cebu province, Roderick Gonzales, the city police chief, told The Associated Press by telephone as he helped supervise the search and rescue. Seven injured villagers were rescued from the huge mound of earth and debris.

    Some victims still managed to send text messages after the landslide hit, Gonzales said, adding elderly women and a child were among the dead.

    Naga city Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong said by telephone that at least 64 people remained missing. [more]

    Dramatic Flooding After Hurricane Florence – and the Water Is Still Rising [short drone video]

    [more below]

  5. German power company to raze Hambach forest for coal mine – Police forcibly remove tree homes of protesters – “The destruction of the Hambach forest is intolerable”

    German police forcibly removed protesters from tree houses Thursday as they sought to free the way for parts of an ancient forest to be cleared next month for new coal strip mining. [more]

    German police halt forest eviction after journalist falls to his death

    Authorities in western Germany say they’re suspending the eviction of protesters from a threatened forest after a journalist fell to his death.

    Police said Wednesday the young man plunged at least 15 meters (50 feet) from a rope bridge strung between two treehouses in Hambach forest in what appeared to be a “tragic accident.”

    The government of North Rhine-Westphalia state later announced it was halting work to clear the forest, which is to make way for a coal mine. [more]

    U.S. plans crackdown on Keystone XL activists – “Treating protest as terrorism”

    Angeline Cheek is preparing for disaster. The indigenous organizer from the Fort Peck reservation in Montana fears that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could break and spill, destroy her tribe’s water, and desecrate sacred Native American sites.

    But environmental catastrophe is not the most immediate threat.

    The government has characterized pipeline opponents like her as “extremists” and violent criminals and warned of potential “terrorism”, according to recently released records. [more]

    [so protecting the environment is now TERRORISM]

    Why growth can’t be green: New data proves you can support capitalism or the environment, but it’s hard to do both

    Warnings about ecological breakdown have become ubiquitous. Over the past few years, major newspapers, including the Guardian and the New York Times, have carried alarming stories on soil depletion, deforestation, and the collapse of fish stocks and insect populations. These crises are being driven by global economic growth, and its accompanying consumption, which is destroying the Earth’s biosphere and blowing past key planetary boundaries that scientists say must be respected to avoid triggering collapse. [more]

    A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico still struggles to regain what hasn’t been lost for good, while fearing the next big one – “Everything is lost. It’s all wild now.”

    Carolinas struggle after Hurricane Florence’s 1-in-1000-year rains

    River flood woes will extend all week in the Carolinas [more]

    Colorado meatpacker recalls ground beef after E. coli death

    A Colorado meatpacker is recalling more than 132,000 pounds (60,000 kilograms) of ground beef after an E. coli outbreak killed one person and sickened 17. [more]

    Four General Electric power turbines shut down in U.S. due to blade issue

    General Electric Co said on Thursday that four of its new flagship power turbines in the United States have been shut down due to an "oxidation issue" and warned it expects the problem to affect more of the 51 units it has shipped, sending shares lower.

    The giant machines form the beating heart of billon-dollar electricity plants around the world. Analysts consider GE's success with the new turbines, known as the HA class, critical to rescuing its power division from a steep decline in sales and profits. [more]

    [lemme guess where the fan blades were made . ..]

  6. More than 200 people drowned after ferry sunk in Tanzania's lake Victoria - govt

    [breaking news, no details yet]

    Monsanto appeals to judge to toss out damning $289m cancer verdict

    A hearing is set for the motions for October 10. [more]

    IMF warns trade war with US-China could have 'significant economic costs' to global economy
    IMF warns trade war with US-China could have 'significant economic costs' to global economy

    Mysterious infrared signal from a neutron star detected by researchers

    Space is filled with bizarre signals that we scramble to put meaning to - and now, researchers have detected yet another mysterious signal. This one emanated from near a neutron star, and for the first time, it's infrared.

    Invasive mosquitoes are 'spreading like wildfire' across California

    Invasive mosquitoes of the Aedes genus - Aedes aegyptai and Aedes albopictus, which thrive throughout tropical regions - are moving farther and farther north into California, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    Why are health officials getting involved? Because Aedes aegyptai is the primary spreader of awful diseases: dengue, Zika, yellow fever, and chikungunya. Together, dengue and yellow fever kill some 50,000 people a year.

    For decades, researchers have predicted that as mosquitoes move north we will see more disease. And it's not just mosquitoes. Grist's Zoya Teirstein detailed the (horrific, swarming) spread of ticks that are making people allergic to meat. [more]

    Video shows fire tornado in British Columbia, Canada

    [I may have posted this already]

    Storm Ali: Two dead after 100mph winds lash UK and Ireland - UPDATE

    More than 70,000 homes were left without power across Scotland, while 250,000 properties in Ireland suffered electricity outages as lines toppled.
    [more; lots of fallen tree injuries]

    Rare earthquake hits West Jutland, Denmark