Monday, September 24, 2018

Event Update For 2018-09-23

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

2018-09-23 - Lake found hissing and bubbling large amounts of methane in the Arctic, and there may be more:

Quote: "Katey Walter Anthony has studied some 300 lakes across the tundras of the Arctic. But sitting on the mucky shore of her latest discovery, the Arctic expert said she’d never seen a lake like this one. Set against the austere peaks of the western Brooks Range, the lake, about 20 football fields in size, looked like it was boiling. Its waters hissed, bubbled and popped as a powerful greenhouse gas escaped from the lake bed. Some bubbles grew as big as grapefruits, visibly lifting the water’s surface several inches and carrying up bits of mud from below. This was methane."

Quote: "Methane hits the atmosphere hard and fast and then mostly dissipates after a decade or two - far different from carbon dioxide, which is less potent but lingers for centuries or even millennia. So while methane impedes climate progress and amps up the planet's immediate temperature, it does not leave the same long-term legacy."

Note: Methane has an even longer-lasting legacy than carbon dioxide. It's normally true that methane doesn't last as long as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but when it does break down, it breaks down into carbon dioxide, so you get a wave of potent methane followed by an even longer-lasting wave of carbon dioxide. In other words, methane results in some potent methane heating for a while AND some long-lasting carbon dioxide heating time. Also, hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere, which are what react away the methane, are in decline, probably because they've been reacting away methane and hydrogen sulfide. The longer that goes on, the fewer hydroxyl radicals will be left in the atmosphere and the longer methane and hydrogen sulfide will endure in the atmosphere without being reacted away. If ALL of the hydroxyl radicals get reacted away - for example by large amounts of methane entering the atmosphere - then additional methane entering the atmosphere could last a very long time...

2018-09-23 - Volcano Anak Krakatau erupts and spews lava bombs the size of trucks in Indonesia:

Quote: "Bright red, molten lava gushed from the volcano, spurting massive lava bombs which local media report are as big as trucks."

2018-09-23 - Volcano Katla begins spewing large amounts of carbon dioxide in Iceland, eruption could be imminent:

Quote: "Icelandic and British volcanologists have detected Katla— Icelandic for 'kettle' or 'boiler' — is emitting carbon dioxide on a huge scale which suggests magma chambers are filling up fast."

2018-09-23 - Small plane ignites and smokes then crashes and burns in Guangfu (China), near the coast, 2 killed:

Quote: "But on Saturday, tragedy struck as local residents spotted the small aeroplane smoking in the sky. It left a trail of flames and fumes as it spiralled uncontrollably towards the ground."

Note: This is the 158th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-23 - Electrical substation damaged by fire and explosion(s) in Leighton Buzzard (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Nickel processing plant heavily damaged by transformer fire in Kalgoorlie (Australia):

2018-09-23 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at business, fire spreads, business destroyed, in Gallatin Gateway (Montana):

Quote: "What started as a truck fire spread to a steel commercial building in Gallatin Gateway which burned for several hours overnight Sunday, according to the local fire chief."

Quote: "'It’s the second largest structure fire we’ve had in the last ten years in our district,' said Gallatin Gateway Volunteer Fire Chief Jeremiah Hillier."

2018-09-23 - Recycling center hit by fire, electronic waste burns, in Medford (Oregon):

2018-09-23 - Wildfire grows to 3,380 acres in Castaic (California):

2018-09-23 - Wildfire breaks out in the Irish Canyon area in Bridger-Teton National Forest (Wyoming):

2018-09-23 - Wildfire breaks out on the island of Lesbos (Greece):

2018-09-23 - Ferry ship 'Storm Clipper' bursts into flame near coastal West Thurrock (Britain):

Quote: "Ferry Storm Clipper en route from Tilbury, U.K, with three people on board, while in position lat 51 28 02N, long 000 17 57.6E, near West Thurrock, Essex, experienced fire in the engine room (starboard engine), on Sep 23, 2018."

2018-09-23 - Fishing trawler 'Ocean Explorer' bursts into flame while docked in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Quote: "Fishing vessel fire at Fisherman’s Terminal is under control. All occupants reported to be off of the vessel, no injuries at this time."

2018-09-23 - Yacht 'Haven Star' bursts into flame in The Solent near the Isle of Wight (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Boat bursts into flame in coastal Hong Kong (China):

Quote: "Five people, including two boys, cheated serious injury in Hong Kong after they jumped for their lives from a burning speed boat on Sunday afternoon. The vessel was going out of Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter when fire erupted from its engine at about 1.18pm."

Note: These are the 870th, 871st, 872nd and 873rd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-23 - Two train cars destroyed by fire in Dematagoda suburb of coastal Colombo on the island of Sri Lanka:

2018-09-23 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway in Akbou (Algeria):

Note: This is the 547th bus to burn in 2018...

2018-09-23 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-80 in Salt Lake City (Utah):

2018-09-23 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-81 near Maugansville (Maryland):

2018-09-23 - Tractor, two barns and hay destroyed by fire at 2 AM in Adams (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Two major barns were lost along with 800 bales of hay, a farm tractor, and the primary shelter for around 250 cattle."

2018-09-23 - Tractor bursts into flame in Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire (Britain):

Note: These are the 2057th, 2058th, 2059th and 2060th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-23 - Truck bursts into flame on Courtneypark Drive over Highway 410 in Mississauga (Canada):

2018-09-23 - RV bursts into flame while parked near pump station in Shenandoah (Iowa):

Note: This is the 428th RV to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-09-23 - Campervan bursts into flame on the A46 near Bingham (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Luxury SUV bursts into flame while parked in parking lot in coastal Chula Vista (California):

Quote: "Chula Vista police officers stated that this was the third vehicle fire this weekend on the west side of Chula Vista."

2018-09-23 - Four or five cars go up in flames while parked on car-hauler trailer parked at business in Medley (Florida):

2018-09-23 - Car bursts into flame just before 5:30 AM near OSO Parkway in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2018-09-23 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on I-580 near Pleasanton (California):

Quote: "A vehicle fire on Interstate Highway 580 between Santa Rita Road and El Charro Road Sunday evening spread to adjacent grass and to a nearby backyard fence, but was stopped short of threatening houses near the freeway, the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department said."

2018-09-23 - Car bursts into flame on Len Ryan Street in Uriarra Village (Australia):

2018-09-23 - Six cars go up in flames at 5 AM while parked in underground carpark in Monchique (Portugal), near the coast:

2018-09-23 - Car bursts into flame at 11:14 PM on Dorchester Way in Macclesfield (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Car bursts into flame on the A419 near Cirencester (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Car bursts into flame on the M5 near Cullompton (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Car bursts into flame on Sunnyside in Frome, Somerset (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Car bursts into flame on Carwood Way in Craven Arms (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Hess Court in Rockford (Illinois), near the Rock River:

2018-09-23 - Semi trailer bursts into flame while parked at business, fire spreads to second semi trailer, train car and warehouse, in Stockton (California):

2018-09-23 - Barn and farm machinery destroyed by fire on Hampton Road in Warwick (Britain):

2018-09-23 - Tire business heavily damaged by fire in El Paso (Texas):

2018-09-23 - Storage building destroyed by fire near the University of Crete on the island of Crete (Greece):

2018-09-23 - Fertilizer factory heavily damaged by fire in Hayathnagar, Hyderabad (India):

2018-09-23 - Garage destroyed by fire at home on Deer Park Road in Westminster (Maryland):

2018-09-23 - Home damaged by fire just after 11 PM on Tennessee Avenue in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2018-09-23 - Home damaged by fire in coastal Jensen Beach (Florida), 2 cats killed, nobody there:

2018-09-23 - Home damaged by basement fire on Queen Street in Nanticoke (Canada):

2018-09-23 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Bois Blanc Island in Lake Huron (Michigan), 2 injured:

2018-09-23 - Home destroyed by fire in Columbia Township (Michigan), nobody there:

2018-09-23 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire in Cherry Hill (New Jersey):

2018-09-23 - Apartment building destroyed by fire in Jay (Maine):

2018-09-23 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in Salem (Massachusetts):

2018-09-23 - Deadly fire burns home just before 1 AM on Weisbrod Drive in Eight Mile (Alabama), 3 killed:

2018-09-23 - Deadly fire burns home in Garden Grove (California), 2 killed:

2018-09-23 - Deadly fire burns home at 2 AM in West Englewood area in Chicago (Illinois), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2018-09-23 - Deadly fire burns apartment building in Plattsmouth (Nebraska), 1 killed:

2018-09-23 - Vacant home burns in Tucson (Arizona):

2018-09-23 - Vacant home burns at 12:40 AM in Troy (Canada):

2018-09-23 - Vacant bus barn burns after 11:30 PM at vacant school in Kapowsin (Washington):

2018-09-23 - Male giraffe suddenly collapses, vomits and dies at zoo in coastal Tainan (Taiwan):

Quote: "A male giraffe in the privately run Wanpi World Safari Zoo in Tainan died suddenly in its enclosure Sunday, but the reason for the animal's death remains a mystery, the zoo said."

2018-09-23 - Whale found dead near coastal Wollongong (Australia):

2018-09-23 - Eleven people die in the water during idol immersions in Maharashtra (India):

2018-09-23 - Two boys, both 13, found dead in pond in Baptla (India):

2018-09-23 - Two men die in underground tank at business in Mamarathupalayam (India):

2018-09-23 - Two girls die in pond in Kahalia (India):

2018-09-23 - Boy, 5, dies after being pulled from community swimming pool in Mesa (Arizona):

2018-09-23 - Man, 18, found dead in retention pond in Orlando (Florida):

2018-09-23 - Man found dead on beach in coastal St. Augustine (Florida):

2018-09-23 - Woman, 54, Democratic House candidate, dies suddenly at home (Florida)

Quote: "April Freeman, who won the Democratic primary just last month, died on Sunday night at the age of 54, according to her family. 'Its with great sadness that I feel I must inform all of you that my beloved wife April passed away suddenly last night,' her husband, David, said in a Facebook post."

2018-09-23 - Man, 30 to 40, found dead in the Quinnipiac River in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2018-09-23 - Soldier, man, 22, found dead in car at campground on Harding Lake (Alaska):

2018-09-23 - Man in his 40s drops dead at Quincy Village Park in Quincy (Michigan):

2018-09-23 - Man, 46, drops dead at gas station in Coachella (California):

2018-09-23 - Person found dead on the banks of the Ohio River in Middleport (Ohio):

2018-09-23 - Person found dead near street in Leawood (Kansas):

2018-09-23 - Person found dead in the Okatoma River in Collins (Mississippi):

2018-09-23 - Man, 23, found dead in creek near university in Arlington (Texas):

2018-09-23 - Man found dead in the California Aqueduct in Stanislaus County (California):

2018-09-23 - Woman, 29, teacher, suddenly sickens and dies in Red Bank (Tennessee):

2018-09-23 - Girl, 17, cross country runner, has seizure, collapses and dies during event in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2018-09-23 - Man in his 60s found dead in the Clutha River in Otago (New Zealand):

2018-09-23 - Man, 39, found dead on Kennedy Street in Townhead area in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2018-09-23 - Woman, 54, has heart problems on passenger ship near coastal Galveston (Texas):

Quote: "The US Coast Guard medevaced a 54-year-old diver from the 'Fling' 115 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, in the night of Sep 22, 2018. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report from the vessel of a female passenger who reportedly began exhibiting symptoms of a heart attack. "

2018-09-23 - Woman, 50, has 'medical event', SUV crashes into restaurant, in coastal Cape Coral (Florida), 1 killed:

Quote: "Law enforcement believes Edouard may have suffered a medical event which led to the collision. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have played a role, according to police."

2018-09-23 - Man, 38, has 'medical emergency', pickup truck hits pickup truck, in Northborough (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

Quote: "A Stow man died Sunday after a medical emergency he suffered while behind the wheel triggered a two-vehicle crash in Northborough, state police said."

2018-09-23 - Teen has seizure, pickup truck crashes off road, near I-15 in St. George (Utah):

Quote: "A teen driver and three passengers escaped serious injury Sunday after police say the onset of a seizure caused the driver lose to control of his truck near an Interstate 15 off-ramp."

2018-09-23 - Man has 'medical episode', car crashes into building, in Huntsville (Alabama), 1 injured:

Quote: "Witnesses told police the man appeared to have a medical episode. The episode caused the driver to cross over into southbound lanes and drive into the building. Medical personnel confirmed with HPD the driver did suffer a medical episode."

2018-09-23 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing in coastal Los Angeles (California), engine failure:

2018-09-23 - Small plane crashes and burns near river near Healy (Alaska), 2 killed:

Quote: "'We haven't been to (the) site yet, but preliminary reports are that there was a post-crash fire,' Johnson wrote."

Note: Or maybe there was a PRE-crash fire...

2018-09-23 - Small plane makes emergency landing in field and flips over, in DeLeon Springs (Florida), engine failure:

2018-09-23 - Freight train derails on Floyd River bridge in Alton (Iowa):

2018-09-23 - Car-hauler hauling supercars veers off road at 12:02 AM, crashes into tree, in Leicestershire (Britain):

Quote: "The crash, which involved the transporting carrying Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins, closed a village road near the Leicestershire border for more than 10 hours."

2018-09-23 - Pickup truck veers off road before 3 AM, crashes into home, bursts into flame, in Goliad (Texas):

2018-09-23 - Car veers over centerline just before 1 AM, hits tanker truck head-on, near Haugen (Wisconsin), 2 killed:

2018-09-23 - Car slams into median at 12:03 AM on I-495 in Andover (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2018-09-23 - Car veers off road at 2:50 AM, hits pole, bursts into flame, in Romulus (Michigan), 1 killed:

2018-09-23 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, in Greenville (North Carolina), 1 injured:

2018-09-23 - Car veers off road just after midnight, hits Metrorail column, bursts into flame, in coastal Miami (Florida), 1 killed:

2018-09-23 - Motorcycle veers off road and crashes on Lake Road in Lake County (Ohio), 2 killed:

2018-09-23 - Man in his 20s climbs roof, strips naked, throws slates down, in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

Quote: "Gardai were called to a shocking incident in Dublin on Sunday after a man climbed onto the roof of a house, and stripped himself naked. Road diversions were put in place at Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra, as Gardai attempted to deal with the situation at around 4pm. According to witnesses, the man ran out of his house through the front window and then climbed onto the roof. One witness said: 'I looked up and he was stripping, throwing his shirt to the garda and saying "It's magic".'"

2018-09-23 - Shark attacks and injures woman in the Bahamas:

2018-09-23 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures hiker on the Pusch Peak Trail near Oro Valley (Arizona):

2018-09-23 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures boy in coastal Lundu (Malaysia):

2018-09-23 - Building collapses in Cairo (Egypt), 2+ killed, 2 injured:

2018-09-23 - Water main breaks, sinkhole opens and traps fire truck, in Denver (Colorado):

2018-09-23 - Naked man in his 20s found collapsed on the ground in Billesdon (Britain):

Quote: "Police say there is no suggestion the man was assaulted or the victim of a crime – its been treated as a medical emergency."

2018-09-23 - Tiger has seizure while performing at circus in Magnitogorsk (Russia):

2018-09-23 - Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Guam:

2018-09-23 - Puerto Rico may never recover from Hurricane Maria:

2018-09-23 - 217 scientists sign letter opposing logging as a response to wildfires:

2018-09-23 - Texas school board decides to drop Helen Keller from the curriculum:


  1. Greetings all, from gloomsville, where if we ever get to see the sun before October, it'll be only for short spans of time. Humidity still around, with cold fronts followed by warm fronts plowing through the state. Damp, dreary, humid and dark - come to PA to enhance your depression!

    Great news articles above, Jonny. If people don't get the idea that we're rapidly approaching all-out collapse and death of the biosphere from a dying giraffe in a zoo and a tiger a during circus performance, they'll never get it. So many people dropping dead every day from formerly "ordinary" activities like running in a race (when you're in top physical condition), driving, being in or around water, hiking, and more. The on-going marine die-off continues apace (with no mention of any of this in the mainstream news - it's always buried in small articles with no mention of climate change or followed-up on for causes - dropping dead is NOT SUSPICIOUS!).

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 9.24.18 Compassionate De-Growth [~ 29.75 min.]

    *NEW* - Hurricane Updates - West US and Hawaii landfalls possible? - Leslie Landfall [12.25 min. MrMBB333 video]

    [Never ride in a bus in India]
    Tourist bus swept away by raging river in monsoon-struck India

    Incredible footage shows the moment a luxury tourist bus in India was dragged away by swollen river waters as the area was battered by monsoon rain. [more; look at the people in the bus about to drown!]

    [also see this embedded story there - Indian sewer deaths: 1 worker killed every 5 days, govt stats reveal]

    [breaking news]
    Huge blaze breaks out at London Leisure Centre - 80 firefighters at the scene

    Twelve fire engines and a reported 80 firefighters have been called to a fire at a leisure center in Highbury, north London, where part of the roof of a single story building is alight.

    “The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.” [more]

    A five-foot (1.5 meters) wall of floodwater so powerful it sucked people out of houses kills 7 with 5 missing in western Mexico (Video)

    At least seven people, including two children, are dead and searches continue for five others after a five-foot (1.5 meters) wall of floodwater crashed through the streets of a town in western Mexico, state officials said Monday night. [more]

    Monday, September 24, 201

    Looking the climate abyss in the eye!

    Growth of CO₂ in the atmosphere is accelerating.

    Carl Rasmussen calculates that the de-seasonalised growth rate has now (at the middle of 2018) reached ±2.3 ppm/y. Carl adds: "the rate of growth is itself growing, [it is] the highest growth rate ever seen in modern times. This is not just a 'business as usual' scenario, it is worse than that, we're actually moving backward, becoming more and more unsustainable with every year. This shows unequivocally that the efforts undertaken so-far to limit green house gases such as carbon dioxide are woefully inadequate."

    Even more alarming is the growth in methane.

    Peak methane levels were as high as 3.37 ppm on August 31, 2018, an ominous warning of the threat of destabilization of methane hydrates at the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean.

    Mean global methane levels were as high as 1.91 ppm on the morning of September 20, 2018, at 293 millibar.

    This is a level unprecedented in human history and it far exceeds the WMO-data-based trend (added on the right of above image). [more]

    [continued below]

  2. The World Health Organisation has warned this year's strain of plague could be even more virulent after an outbreak of in Madagascar

    Of the 5 confirmed cases, 2 were classified as bubonic plague and 3 as the pulmonary plague. [more]

    The Mexican colossus Popocatepetl volcano spews ash and smoke thousands of metres into the Mexico sky

    [you can see from just the last 3 posts that nature is coming at LIFE on Earth from all angles and will wipe us out before long]

    Tuesday, 25 September 2018
    Darkness is falling at the North Pole but conditions of ice melt remain

    An update of conditions in the Arctic - 08/24/2018

    Apart from the falling of darkness on the North Pole it is difficult to discern a major or rapid change in conditions in the Arctic. [more]

    Wide-ranging interview with Guy McPherson

    Guy McPherson Uncut and Unplugged [~ 102 min.]

    Guy answers a host of philosophical questions that normally are not asked in a McPherson interview. He gives us a peek into his influences from his youth in Idaho and how it affected his contemporary thinking. We discuss animal welfare, evolution, genetics, the evils of capitalism, propaganda in climate change, geoengineering, Rupert Sheldrake, Arthur Young, etc [more]


    Russian Jets INTERCEPT U.S. F-22 Over Syria

    Russian Su-35 Pilot Says He Intercepted US F-22 Raptor Over Syria

    Genetic havoc: New Gene-Editing Report highlights risks to human health and our environment

    it's becoming clear that gene editing techniques are error prone. [more]

    Dead whale washes ashore in Amagansett, New York

    Flash flooding in Texas, Kentucky kills 2

    Football club grounds closed due to sinkhole in County Monaghan, Ireland

    Floods hit Bangkok and adjacent districts after torrential rain, Thailand

    North India wreaked by rains: Death toll jumps to 25 as floods, landslides hit Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana

    The House of Cards is Falling: The shake up at Cochrane

    The international scientific network now known as Cochrane (formerly the Cochrane Collaboration)-which every year churns out hundreds of influential systematic reviews geared toward health policy-making-is not the type of organization that typically makes news headlines. Of late, however, Cochrane's vaunted edifice of credibility has been visibly crumbling as the organization deals with mounting questions about whether it is as free from conflicted funding and industry-favorable bias as it likes to claim. [more]

    Strange Bedfellows: GMO & Vaccine Partnerships

    In the TED Talk above, award-winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson discusses strategies used by industry to manipulate public opinion and steer online discussion. [more; "astroturfing"]

  3. Try this on for size:

    "Exposome": Scientists measure invisible clouds of matter that orbit every human being

    A team of would-be ghostbusters have developed a device to measure the 'exposome' - an invisible and somewhat spooky cloud that orbits every human. It is populated by bacteria and viruses, and may change how we view medicine.

    "For years we've been sequencing people's genomes, testing their blood and urine, and analyzing the microbes in their guts to understand how these things impact human health," geneticist and lead author of the researchMichael Snyder from Stanford University told Wired. "But all of those things have to do with what's inside your body. The one big thing we're missing is: What are you exposed to?"

    Snyder and his team developed a device, roughly the size of an old cell phone or a pack of cards, which sucked up the air around the 15 participants for periods of between one week and one month. Unfortunately, it wasn't just the aroma from their aftershave and perfume that the device inhaled.

    The monitors captured bacteria, viruses, fungi and pollen, as well as several insecticides and carcinogens, as the participants went about their daily lives in roughly 50 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The researchers then meticulously sequenced every substance the devices inhaled, producing a first-of-its-kind database made up of roughly 70 billion readouts covering approximately 40,000 unique entries.

    "Scientists had assembled separate bacteria, viral or fungi databases, but to fully decode our environmental exposures, we built a pan-domain database to cover more than 40,000 species,"says one of the team, Chao Jiang. The researchers soon began to realize that even those participants who occupied the same areas had their own unique 'invisible friends' in their exposomes. [more]

    [too bad it didn't test for CH4/H2S or measure radiation . ..]

    Krakatoa volcano stirs to life

    Activity at the Indonesian volcano Anak Krakatau is not unusual; eruptions have occurred sporadically over the past few decades. And before that, it was the site of the infamous, deadly eruption of 1883. It is somewhat unusual, however, for satellites to get cloud-free views, as they did in September 2018. [more]

    North India receiving up to 11 times higher rainfall than normal

    Since Friday, north-west India received 454% more rainfall than the normal for this period.

    The departure was highest for Punjab, which received 1,193% more rainfall than usual, and lowest for western Rajasthan, which also got 317% more rain than normal. [more]

    Whale hello there! Rare sighting of Beluga from Arctic waters seen feeding in River Thames, UK

    A Beluga whale, native to the waters surrounding the arctic, has been spotted in the River Thames, marine life rescuers have confirmed. [more]

    [more below]

  4. Overfishing and pollution have trashed the Mediterranean – 90 percent of Mediterranean fish populations are now harvested in excess of science-based recommendations

    The Mediterranean is the world’s most overfished sea, with the highest percentage of unsustainably harvested fish populations, according to a recent report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Increasing human activity makes Mediterranean marine ecosystems some of the most imperiled in the world.

    Of all the human threats to the Mediterranean, overfishing, bottom trawling and ocean plastic pollution are the most destructive. They are the worst offenders, trashing the world’s most popular sea. [more]

    Wetlands need to move inland in fight against global warming

    [won't they naturally move inland as the seas rise?]

    Coastal wetlands, which include saltmarshes, mudflats and mangroves are found widely around the world’s coastlines. They provide productive habitats for wildlife and protect local communities from flooding and coastal erosion. Wetlands are declining around the world and rising sea levels are expected to increase the rate of these losses. However this new research shows that if coastal wetlands are given space to expand, they can adapt to rising sea levels and continue to protect coastal communities from the effects of climate change. [more; oh, so it'll never happen]

    New study reconciles dispute about how fast global warming will happen – World still on track to blow through Paris climate target

    We’re currently on pace to double the carbon dioxide-equivalent (including other greenhouse gases) in the atmosphere by around mid-century. Since the late 1800s scientists have been trying to answer the question, how much global warming will that cause?

    In 1979, top climate scientists led by Jule Charney published a report estimating that if we double the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm to 560 ppm, temperatures will warm by 3 ± 1.5°C. Four decades later, ‘climate sensitivity’ estimates remain virtually unchanged, but some climate contrarians have argued that the number is at the low end of that range, around 2°C or less.

    It’s an important question because if the contrarians are right, the 2°C resulting global warming would represent significantly less severe climate change consequences than if mainstream climate scientists are right and temperatures rise by 3°C. It would also mean our remaining carbon budget for meeting the 2°C Paris target is about twice as large than if the mainstream consensus is right. If the consensus is correct, we’re on pace to blow through the remaining Paris carbon budget by around 2030. [more; bet the contrarians are wrong]

    [continued below]

  5. Chilling images of illegal mining operations in Peru – Using planes and drones, Peruvian Air Force captures photos and videos of rainforest destruction from illegal mining and logging

    Illegal mining is destroying the Amazon. Most people know this, but it is chilling to see the destruction in aerial images that show details of the mining camps, trucks and backhoes operating 24 hours a day. The images also show dredges extracting material from riverbeds, as well as the continuous movement of dozens of people operating them without consequences. [more; a strafing run would wake them up, no?]

    Japan’s Typhoon Jebi demonstrates the vulnerability of airports to storm surge – Jebi brought the highest storm surge on record to Osaka Bay

    [the force was strong with this one]

    The cost of rebuilding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

    The final report on reconstructing Puerto Rico, Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation: An Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan for Puerto Rico [pdf], was released on 8 August 2018, and it calls for $139 billion. This is on top of the $120 billion of debt owed by the government of PR before the disaster. [more]

    Scientists say they’ve found the driver of false beliefs, and it’s not a lack of intelligence

    Getting positive or negative reactions to something you do or say is a greater influence on your thinking than logic and reasoning, the new research suggests – so if you're in a group of like-minded people, that's going to reinforce your thinking. [more]

    [check DIS out!]
    Super Typhoon Trami strengthens to Category 5, takes aim at Japan

    UPDATE: Trami was updated to Category 5 status with the 5 pm EDT Monday advisory from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), with top sustained winds of 160 mph. Trami now qualifies as a super typhoon. Trami bolted to Category 4 strength over the weekend, then took a brief pause to reorganize after an eyewall replacement cycle.

    Trami is now restrengthening around its new, larger eye, as it traverses very warm waters (29°C or 84°F) in very low wind shear (less than 10 knots) for the next several days. JTWC predicts that Trami will become a Category 5 equivalent by Monday night local time, and it could stay in the Cat 5 range for a couple of days. Watch for some spectacular satellite imagery of this very well-structured storm. [more]

    Driver pulls to the roadside to film a HUGE object soaring over the Ocean! [~ 4 min. MrMBB333 video]