Monday, October 1, 2018

2018 - SEP - Other Stories

2018-09-01 - Rotten egg odor spreads throughout Bristol (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "An unpleasant odour has been lingering across Bristol this week - and authorities are at a loss to explain the stench. Residents living in the east of the city were the first to report the bizarre smell on Thursday, August 30. Bristol Live has been inundated with complaints since we published a story about a stench in Emersons Green. But today, September 1, people living in Henbury, Henleaze and Bedminster say they can now detected the unusual odour which smells similar to 'sewage, rotting eggs, sick or manure'. People have been forced to wind up their windows and remain indoors because the stench is making the air 'unbreathable'."

2018-09-01 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Pineview Reservoir in Ogden (Utah):

2018-09-01 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits South Merritts Pond in Riverhead (New York):

2018-09-01 - Man in critical condition after being pulled from the water at beach in coastal Gulf Shores (Alabama):

2018-09-01 - Lightning strike kills 7 people, severely injures 12 more, in Uttar Pradesh (India):

2018-09-01 - Rare dust storm shrouds Brisbane (Australia), first in several years:

2018-09-01 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Bago Region (Myanmar), 4+ killed, 3 missing:

2018-09-01 - New economic thinking needed to confront global warming, says report:

2018-09-01 - For winemakers in Bordeaux in France, rising temperatures bring a reckoning:

2018-09-02 - Unknown odor sickens 11 employees at correctional center in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Eleven staffers at the Pittsburgh jail were sickened by an 'unknown odor or substance' around 10 p.m. Sunday night, Warden Orlando Harper said in a statement."

2018-09-02 - More and larger methane holes open on the Yamal Peninsula (Russia):

Quote: "The first sinkholes were discovered in 2014 and since then at least ten big-size holes have been mapped. In addition, there are indications that several more major holes are in the making. Researchers told RIA Novosti that they on the two Arctic peninsulas have discovered several small hills which they believe could be gas bubbles ready to burst. According to researchers at the Institute of Earth Cryosphere in Tyumen, there is methane gas seeping out from the formations."

2018-09-02 - Person has 'medical issue' on the River Place Nature Trail in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "The Austin Fire Department along with Austin-Travis County EMS responded to reports of a person having a medical issue on the River Place Nature Trail Sunday afternoon."

2018-09-02 - Man, 50, goes into cardiac arrest at Grouse Grind hiking area in coastal North Vancouver (Canada):

2018-09-02 - Margo and Robin discuss missing methane and carbon dioxide data from CAMS and NOAA:

2018-09-02 - The Canary is Dead Episode 2 - interview with Guy McPherson:

2018-09-02 - Lightning strike kills woman in Levy County (Florida):

2018-09-02 - Sandstorm blows through Sistan and Baluchestan Province (Iran), hundreds hospitalized:

2018-09-02 - Ten inches of rain in 24 hours hit parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland, flooding ensues:

2018-09-02 - Nine inches of rain hit Manhattan (Kansas), flooding ensues:

2018-09-02 - Heavy rain and flooding hit northern Italy, emergency declared:

2018-09-02 - Heavy rain, flooding and landslides hit Guangdong Province (China), 2+ killed:

2018-09-02 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Delhi (India):

2018-09-02 - Rare and remarkable activity detected on Earth during recent geomagnetic storm:

Quote: "When a geomagnetic storm erupts, most eyes naturally turn to the sky, looking for auroras. But during the surprisingly strong G3-class geomagnetic storm of Aug. 26th, there was action underfoot as well. Probes buried in the ground in Norway detected strong currents of electricity moving through the soil."

2018-09-03 - Man has seizure at Piestewa Peak Park in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "According to the Phoenix Fire Department, bystanders found the man face down and unconscious. A fire official said information suggests the man may have had a seizure."

2018-09-03 - Man, 51, jumps into the water and disappears into High Rock Lake (North Carolina):

Quote: "Officials said 51-year-old George Goines of Lexington jumped off a moving pontoon and never resurfaced."

2018-09-03 - Nearly every ecosystem on the planet will be transformed by climate change:

2018-09-03 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Hensley Lake (California):

2018-09-03 - Rogue waves kill five people at beaches in Yilan County (Taiwan):

2018-09-03 - Typhoon Jebi makes landfall twice in Japan:

2018-09-03 - Tropical Storm Gordon brings heavy rain to South Florida:

2018-09-03 - Heavy rain and flooding, a '500-year event', drenches Manhattan (Kansas):

2018-09-03 - Heavy rain and flooding hit San Antonio (Texas):

2018-09-03 - African swine fever spreading around the world:

2018-09-04 - Unknown rotten egg odor continues to plague Bristol (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "People waking up this morning in Bristol expecting a fresh last days of Summer breeze were overcome with disappointment as the mysterious stench that has spread throughout the city continues to linger. What began as an unusual rotten egg smell reported from the Emersons Green area to the Environmental Agency around two weeks, has since travelled to every almost every part of the city. Residents have been forced to wind up their windows and stay indoors in St George, Easton, Hanham, Barton Hill, Whitehall, Henbury, Henleaze, Bedminster and the city centre."

2018-09-04 - Greenhouse emissions from Siberian rivers peak as permafrost thaws:

2018-09-04 - Drought continues in Australia, farmers warned of wild animal attacks as feral pigs and wild dogs starve:

2018-09-04 - Man, 25 to 45, has 'medical emergency' and collapses, in critical condition, in Northbridge (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Police in Northbridge are turning to the public for help in identifying a man who they say suffered a medical emergency in a Walmart parking lot on Tuesday."

2018-09-04 - Man disappears into the Mississippi River while swimming near St. Louis (Missouri):

2018-09-04 - Summer set to be one of the hottest on record in Australia:

2018-09-04 - Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall in Florida:

2018-09-04 - Heavy rain and flooding has killed 1,400 people across India this year:

2018-09-04 - Heavy rain and flooding kills 7 people in Jigawa (Nigeria):

2018-09-04 - Rare fire rainbow spotted over Chongqing City (China):

2018-09-04 - Oil prices have been rising and $4 a gallon gasoline would put enormous stress on the US economy:

2018-09-04 - Unknown person donates duffel bag to thift store with 4.7 pounds of marijuana in it, in Sarasota (Florida):

2018-09-05 - Pond found covered with red slime near Doaktown (Canada):

Quote: "Jennifer Meunier and her family hoped to find a good place to fish when they pulled off the highway near Doaktown onto McKean Brook Road, but instead they found a pond covered in a bright red, quivering, bubbling, paint-like substance."

Note: Purple sulfur bacteria bloom? Purple-sulfur bacteria eat hydrogen sulfide and only exist in waters that contain hydrogen sulfide. The water turned pink at a marine bird refuge near coastal Santa Barbara in late 2015, and that was definitely purple-sulfur bacteria, mentioned in the 2015-09-22 update...

2018-09-05 - Woman, 28, goes into cardiac arrest after being pulled from swimming pool, in critical condition, on the island of Ibiza (Spain):

2018-09-05 - Woman, 56, has 'medical condition' in Lake Michigan, in critical condition, at beach in Beverly Shores (Indiana):

Quote: "A 56-year-old Texas woman was in critical condition after suffering an undetermined medical condition Wednesday while swimming in Lake Michigan just offshore of Lake View Beach."

2018-09-05 - Man, 60, has 'medical emergency' while coming down Mount Cardigan (New Hampshire):

Quote: "A 60-year-old Massachusetts hiker was carried off Cardigan Mountain Wednesday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency, state Fish and Game officials said."

2018-09-05 - Man, 47, goes missing while scuba diving near coastal Rockport (Massachusetts):

2018-09-05 - Mount Veniaminof erupts near the coast south of Anchorage (Alaska):

2018-09-05 - Typhoon Jebi causes heavy damage across Japan, 9+ killed, 200+ injured:

Quote: "At least nine people have died and more than 200 injured after Typhoon Jebi swept across part of the main island. Thousands of people were left stranded at a flooded offshore airport overnight and more than one million households remained without power this morning."

2018-09-05 - Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border:

2018-09-05 - Heavy rain and flooding kill 76 people, 75 more missing, in North Korea:

2018-09-05 - Incurable and drug-resistant deadly superbug colonizing hospitals across the globe:

2018-09-06 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits area in downtown Leesburg (Virginia):

Quote: "Concerns about a potential gas leak led to the main drag of King Street in downtown Leesburg being closed briefly midday Thursday. Reports of a gas-like smell came from at least two downtown restaurants, Leesburg Diner and The Wine Kitchen. Three fire engines from Leesburg and several police officers were on scene, inspecting the restaurants and surrounding businesses. A fire official on scene said the incident didn’t appear to be serious, and no gas leaks were found."

2018-09-06 - Unknown chemical odor sickens people in and around coastal Mobile (Alabama):

Quote: "On Thursday, News 5 received numerous reports about residents in North Mobile County complaining about a strong odor possibly giving people headaches and sore throats."

2018-09-06 - Magnitude 6.7+ earthquake strikes the island of Hokkaido (Japan), 18+ killed, 100+ injured:

Quote: "The toll from an earthquake that rocked Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido rose to 18 on Friday, and in one small town two dozen people remained unaccounted for after an entire mountainside collapsed on their homes."

2018-09-06 - Man collapses on street in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Grimsby. Thu 6 Sep 2018 22:52 (No:20212) Crews assisted adult male who had collapsed in the street. Patient left scene prior to arrival of Ambulance Service."

2018-09-06 - Global heat crisis on Earth:

2018-09-06 - Paul Beckwith on the sorry state of the Arctic:

2018-09-06 - Climate change, the divisive issue Australia can no longer ignore:

2018-09-06 - Trash piles up, authorities declare emergency, in Acapulco (Mexico):

2018-09-06 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Piedras Negras, Coahuila (Mexico):

2018-09-06 - Radioactive fracking chemicals dumped in the Allegheny River a decade ago are still showing up in mussels in Pennsylvania:

2018-09-06 - New documents show the Trump administration cut climate change impacts from its energy plan:

Note: Cutting climate change impacts from some documents won't do squat to cut the impacts from reality. It does make the people doing the cutting look like suicidal idiots though, so if that's what they're aiming for, excellent work!

2018-09-06 - Saturn sprouts another weird hexagon:

2018-09-06 - Facebook to eat up chunk of second downtown in Austin (Texas):

2018-09-06 - Woman mistakes stick of dynamite for a candle during power outage and lights it in Bridgeport (Connecticut), 1 injured:

Quote: "Authorities say a Connecticut woman mistook a stick of dynamite for a candle during a power outage and suffered severe hand injuries."

Note: Who keeps sticks of dynamite just laying around? And then FORGETS they have sticks of dynamite just laying around?!

2018-09-07 - Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Fiji Islands:

2018-09-07 - High-school boy, football player, goes into cardiac arrest during game in Timmonsville (South Carolina):

2018-09-07 - Paul Beckwith on the 2018 Arctic sea ice melt season:

2018-09-07 - Hailstorm and heavy rain hit Sydney (Australia):

2018-09-07 - Rare waterspout stuns weather watchers in the skies over Llandudno (Wales):

2018-09-07 - Waterspout runs aground and sweeps up lemon tree branches in Alicante (Spain):

2018-09-07 - Photos show unexplained cattle mutilation in Australia, dead cows found in paddock with udders, ears and tongues removed:

2018-09-07 - Unmanned sailboat successfully crosses the Atlantic Ocean:

2018-09-07 - US no longer appeals to ex-pats as lack of health care and safety concerns drag 'exceptional nation' down:

2018-09-08 - Hydrothermal eruption spews smoke and steam from Lake Rotorua near Ohinemutu (New Zealand):

Quote: "Yesterday afternoon, about 4pm, Maaka Maxwell, 10, and his brother Ari, 11, came running into the house yelling that the lake had erupted. 'There was like a geyser in the lake,' Ari said. 'Smoke was coming out of it but it wasn't really scary.' The boys had just gone outside with their cousins when they saw it. 'I've not really seen anything like that before,' Maaka said. The geyser came up in Te Ruapeka Bay."

2018-09-08 - Strong and shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes in coastal Mindanao (Philippine Islands):

2018-09-08 - Summer's nighttime low temps were the highest ever recorded in the US Lower 48:

Quote: "As greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere keep increasing, overnight low temperatures are warming 'nearly twice as fast as afternoon high temperatures,' according to NOAA. '[T]he 10 warmest summer minimum temperatures have all occurred since 2002,' NOAA wrote."

2018-09-08 - Tropical Storm Florence approaches the US East Coast:

Quote: "North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Florence approaches the U.S. East Coast."

2018-09-08 - Man in his 20s jumps into the Colorado River and disappears at Pace Bend Park (Texas):

Quote: "The Travis County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man reportedly jumped off a boat at Pace Bend Park and did not resurface Saturday, the Pedernales Fire Department said. The swimmer -- described by the Travis County Sheriff's Office as a black man in his 20s -- was reported missing at 6:54 p.m. at Baldwin Cove."

2018-09-08 - Tropical Storm Helene forms near West Africa, hurricane watch issued for parts of Cabo Verde Islands:

2018-09-08 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Fort Worth (Texas), 3 killed:

2018-09-08 - Severe thunderstorm hits Feodosia (Crimea), spectacular waterspout illuminated:

2018-09-08 - Pipeline company found guilty in 2015 California oil spill:

2018-09-08 - Billionaire OxyContin dealer Richard Sackler set to rake in more money with patent on addiction treatment drug:

2018-09-09 - At least 10 people sicken on passenger plane, plane lands in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "Dr Shanika Perera, Medical Officer of Health for Auckland Regional Public Health Service, said it was told a large number of passengers were unwell."

Note: Two separate planes with sickened passengers just landed in Philadelphia, and another plane with sickened passengers just landed at coastal JFK Airport in New York too, so this makes at least four planes with sickened passengers in less than five days...

2018-09-09 - At least 17 people sickened by unknown cause at wedding in Beaumont (California):

Quote: "Five people were vomiting violently, and 12 others also suffered illness from a still yet to be determined cause, Hagemann said."

2018-09-09 - Girl, 8, pulled unconscious from swimming pool at Castlewood Country Club near Pleasanton (California):

2018-09-09 - Man has 'medical event' in the water at coastal Vilano Beach (Florida):

Quote: "The call came in as a body washed up on shore and the man was taken to Flagler Hospital in critical condition, according to SJCFR. It appears, however, that this was due to a medical event and not the rip currents."

2018-09-09 - Man, 64, has 'medical emergency' and goes into cardiac arrest at East Chicago South Shore Line station in Chicago (Illinois):

2018-09-09 - Woman has 'medical episode' and collapses near the Cobden Bridge over the River Itchen near coastal Southampton (Britain):

Quote: "According to witnesses, a woman is believed to have fallen after suffering a medical episode."

2018-09-09 - Warming is driving much of the Colorado River’s decline, scientists say:

2018-09-09 - Lightning strikes kill 3 people in Pursat (Cambodia):

2018-09-09 - Florence strengthens, becomes a hurricane, heads toward the US Southeast:

Quote: "Tropical Storm Florence turned into a hurricane Sunday morning and swirled toward the U.S. for what forecasters said could be a direct hit on the Southeast toward the end of the week."

Quote: "The Miami-based center said that it was still too early to predict the hurricane’s exact path but that a huge coastal area from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic region should prepare for a major strike late in the week. 'All indications are that Florence will be an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States,' the hurricane center said."

2018-09-09 - Potential for tremendous rainfall from Hurricane Florence as 'atmospheric brick wall' sets up:

2018-09-09 - Less than a year after the end of the most remarkable Atlantic hurricane season in history three tropical storms eye the Gulf of Mexico:

2018-09-09 - Ebola outbreak spreads to the city of Butembo (Democratic Republic of Congo):

2018-09-10 - Unknown sewer smell hits the entire city of coastal Izmir (Turkey):

Quote: "Officials in the western province of Izmir are struggling to find the source of a sharp smell that has gripped the city. 'Works are ongoing to identify the reason behind the smell that affected the entire city,' said Sirri Aydogan, the acting mayor of Izmir. The issue was discussed at the city council’s meeting on Sept. 10 chaired by Aydogan. Ali Kökoguz, a council member from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), argued that it smelled like a 'sewer.'"

Note: I lived in Izmir for 14 months and nothing like this ever happened. That was before the end of the world had really gotten under way though. Izmir is a large fishing port city, ten times as big as St. Louis, right on the banks of the Aegean Sea...

2018-09-10 - Florence intensifies, becomes Category 4 hurricane, continues moving toward the US East Coast:

Quote: "The storm is forecast to strengthen to near Category 5 status by Tuesday evening."

Quote: "A strike on the U.S. East Coast is now likely Thursday."

Note: Rock You Like A Hurricane!

2018-09-10 - Trump administration set to make it easier for corporations to release methane into the atmosphere:

Note: Since that will obviously result in all of us dying sooner than we would have otherwise, then hopefully Trump supporters are fine with dying - and watching their loved ones die too, of course - quite possibly in any of a variety of horrifying ways, seeing as they're supporting the guy who's helping load the metaphorical gun that's going to be used to exterminate them...

2018-09-10 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #135, 28 August-9 September, 2018:

2018-09-10 - Mount Veniaminof erupts and spews some lava in Alaska:

2018-09-10 - Volcano Anak Krakatau shaking and rumbling in Indonesia:

2018-09-10 - Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean southeast of the Loyalty Islands:

2018-09-10 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Otter Lake in Oneida County (New York):

2018-09-10 - Hurricane 'Olivia' strengthening and approaching Hawaii:

2018-09-10 - Waterspouts, possible tornado and flooding hit Norfolk (Virginia):

2018-09-10 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Toledo (Spain):

2018-09-10 - Massive trillion-ton Antarctic iceberg A-68 on the move after a year:

Note: Too bad there's no way to save that water. That's more than 35,000 gallons of pure or easily purified water for every man, woman and child on the planet...

2018-09-10 - Rat caught on security camera jumping and pulling fire alarm at condos in Washington DC:

2018-09-11 - Paul Beckwith on the consequences of a blue ocean event:

2018-09-11 - Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns:

Note: Never fear, the US Army has already trained on how to handle the coming food riots. The strategy they trained for did seem to be somewhat bullet-oriented though...

2018-09-11 - Man has 'medical emergency' on roof of his home in coastal Naples (Florida):

Quote: "Scary moments unfolded in Collier County on Tuesday after a man suffered a medical emergency while doing work on his roof."

2019-09-11 - Hurricane Florence continues spiraling toward the US East Coast, more than a million people evacuating, nuclear plants in the path:

Quote: "Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way routes Tuesday as more than 1 million people in three states were ordered to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 130 mph winds and potentially ruinous rains. Hurricane experts say the storm chugging for the Carolinas has all the ingredients to make Florence a monster."

Quote: "Forecasters and politicians pleaded with the public to take the warnings seriously and minced no words in describing the threat. 'This storm is a monster. It's big and it's vicious. It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane,' said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper."

Quote: "If the latest forecast holds, Florence will strike farther north on the East Coast than any other Category 4 hurricane in history."

2018-09-11 - The latest info on storms Helene, Isaac, Olivia, Paul, and Mangkhut:

2018-09-11 - Fire rainbow cloud spotted over Weymouth (Britain):

2018-09-11 - Two meteors spotted over Madison (Wisconsin):

2018-09-11 - Rice farming up to twice as bad for climate change as previously thought, study reveals:

2018-09-11 - FEMA confirms millions of water bottles for hurricane relief were left at Puerto Rico airport:

2018-09-12 - Watery heatwave cooks the Gulf of Maine:

Note: What happens when the ocean is permanently too warm to cool all the nuclear plants on the East Coast? They've already had to shut two down temporarily due to that problem. Eventually though, they'll all have to be shut down for that reason, permanently. Ah well, who needs electricity anyway?!

2018-09-12 - Man has seizure and collapses on street in Alton (Illinois), 2200 feet from the Mississippi River:

Quote: "A man had an apparent seizure at Broadway and Vine in Alton and collapsed in the middle of the road Wednesday morning, creating a brief scare."

2018-09-12 - SOTT Earth changes summary for August 2018, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2018-09-12 - Undersea volcano erupts near coastal Iwo Jima (Japan):

Quote: "Signs of undersea volcanic eruptions were detected at Iwo Jima, the site of one of the bloodiest battles in World War II, meteorological and defense officials said Wednesday. Aerial photos taken by navy aircraft earlier Wednesday showed seawater shooting as high as 10 meters (33 feet) above the surface just off the island's southern coast, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The island, which has been renamed Ioto, has been showing increased volcanic activity since the weekend, the agency said, warning of more eruptions."

2018-09-12 - Volcano Öræfajökull, Iceland's second-deadliest volcano, shaken by earthquake swarm:

2018-09-12 - Magnitude 5.3 earthquake shakes Hanzhong (China):

2018-09-12 - Hurricane Florence generating 83-foot waves as it churns toward the US East Coast:

Quote: "Forecasters say Hurricane Florence is generating enormous waves, as high as 83 feet (25 meters) as it makes its way toward the East Coast."

2018-09-12 - Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 2 storm, continues march toward the Carolina Coast:

2018-09-12 - In Hurricane Florence’s path are giant toxic coal ash piles:

2018-09-12 - How Hurricane Florence may affect wildlife:

2018-09-12 - Supertyphoon Mangkhut heads toward the Philippine Islands:

2018-09-12 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Abuja (Nigeria), 3 killed:

2018-09-12 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Beirut (Lebanon):

2018-09-12 - Nigerian cocoa harvest threatened by flood and disease:

2018-09-12 - Climate change could double deaths from wildfire smoke:

2018-09-12 - Another danger of climate change - glaciers falling on people:

2018-09-12 - North Carolina passed a law to forbid planning for sea level rise:

Note: That'll hold the seas back!

2018-09-12 - Waffle House closures help FEMA assess effects of catastrophes:

Quote: "Waffle House is known for staying open during many natural disasters. The chain's policy has provided an unofficial way for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to track the severity of a natural disaster. If a Waffle House closes, it suggests the event was bad enough to potentially have devastating effects on the economy."

2018-09-12 - Oregon romance novelist who wrote essay on 'How to Murder Your Husband' now accused of murdering her husband:

2018-09-13 - Scientists urge immediate, decisive action to tackle deoxygenation in the oceans:

Note: Oceanic anoxia - and the consequences of it - may be the single biggest threat to human existence, so I understand the desire to fix the problem. However, it's not just *a* problem. Warmer waters naturally hold less oxygen, so we'd have to stop the oceans from warming and, in fact, we'd need to undo all the oceanic warming that has already occurred. Since some of the warming is very likely coming from below, and we have zero control over that, and since the warming from above is now stuck in an unstoppable and accelerating feedback loop, I don't see how it's realistically possible to re-oxygenate the oceans to any meaningful degree no matter what we do and regardless of how dire the need to do so is. And th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!

2018-09-13 - Man in his 50s found unconscious in swimming pool at home in Tucson (Arizona):

2018-09-13 - Boy, 8, in critical condition after being pulled from swimming pool at resort in coastal Benidorm (Spain):

2018-09-13 - Surfer pulled unconscious from the water at beach in coastal Ventura (California):

Quote: "Citizens reportedly rescued an unconscious surfer Thursday morning in Ventura, fire officials said."

2018-09-13 - Woman collapses on Bessingby Road in coastal Bridlington (Britain), 3600 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Bessingby Road, Bridlington. Thu 13 Sep 2018 19:50 (No:20657) Crews attended to collapsed female in the street. Assisted paramedics with moving patient into ambulance."

2018-09-13 - What could happen in a world that's four degrees warmer?

2018-09-13 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Moses Lake (Washington):

2018-09-13 - Hurricane Florence expected to stall and dump massive amounts of rain on the Carolina Coast:

2018-09-13 - Supertyphoon Mangkhut set to make landfall in northern Cagayan, Luzon (Philippine Islands):

2018-09-13 - Hailstorm damages crops and apple orchards in Budgam and Baramulla (India):

2018-09-13 - Heavy rain, hail and flooding hit parts of Turkey:

2018-09-13 - A record 7 named storms are swirling across the globe – has ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ arrived?

Note: Seems more like two days before the day after tomorrow to me!

2018-09-13 - Mysterious pulsating sky seen high above Lima (Ohio), witness never saw anything like it:

Note: Gonna need Agent Mulder to investigate this one!

2018-09-13 - Boy, 15, decapitates himself with chainsaw after losing computer game, in Tomsk (Russia):

2018-09-14 - Unknown gas smell evacuates school in Miami Gardens (Florida), near the coast:

2018-09-14 - Boy, 6, pulled unconscious from swimming pool at hotel in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2018-09-14 - Boy has 'medical issue' during football game in Syracuse (New York):

Quote: "A football player for CBA suffered an apparent medical issue during a time out in a game against Elmira."

2018-09-14 - Middle-aged man has 'medical incident' on coastal Fraser Island (Australia):

Quote: "The middle-aged man suffered a medical incident and needed to be emergency airlifted from Sandy Cape Beach by the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter."

2018-09-14 - Person has 'medical incident' at home near beach in coastal Sheerness (Britain):

2018-09-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Belleville Lake and Ford Lake in Detroit (Michigan):

2018-09-14 - Florence begins dumping vast amounts of rain on the Carolina Coast, 5+ killed:

Quote: "As of Friday afternoon, more than 40 inches of rain had fallen in Morehead City on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. That’s an enormous amount of water. And so much more is on the way."

Quote: "Already, the National Weather Service is calling the flooding 'catastrophic.' In all, forecasters estimate that 18 trillion gallons of water may drop on the region."

Quote: "The third death happened in [coastal] Hampstead, Pender County when a woman had a medical emergency and EMS crews could not get to her due to the storm, according to Tom Collins, Director of Emergency Management. She died Friday morning."

2018-09-14 - Veteran weather reporter on oceans 'exploding with cyclonic activity':

2018-09-14 - Early snow damages crops in Alberta (Canada):

2018-09-14 - Trump administration continues efforts to expand drilling and mining on public lands:

2018-09-14 - A single piece of plastic can kill sea turtles, says study:

2018-09-14 - Mutant calf born with two heads and three eyes stuns owners by surviving in Tamil Nadu (India):

2018-09-15 - Mysterious intermittent odor hitting Lincoln Park (Colorado):

2018-09-15 - Mysterious microbes turning polar ice pink and speeding up melt:

Quote: "More heat means more meltwater and yet a larger area where algae can grow, causing more ice to get darker and more of it to melt."

Note: Another self-reinforcing feedback. Add it to the pile! This is likely to be a bad one since we're talking about bacterial growth rates. Give bacteria the right conditions and their populations explode. Examples of that include the spreading red tide around Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico and the rising number of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms hitting lakes around the world. Those are all bacterial colonies running amok and experiencing population explosions because environmental conditions are becoming more favorable to them as the climate changes. There have been more instances of flesh-eating bacteria in recent years too...

2018-09-15 - Antarctic sea ice extent hits record low for the day:

2018-09-15 - Strong heat wave predicted for much of Europe next week:

2018-09-15 - Man in his 20s pulled unconscious from the water near coastal La Jolla Shores (California):

Quote: "Lifeguards had to pull a kayaker out of the water near La Jolla Shores on Saturday morning after he was found unresponsive near the shore. It happened around 7 a.m., according to San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Jose Ysea. The kayaker, a man in his 20s, was found face-down in the ocean with a personal flotation device around his neck, Ysea said. It's unclear if the man suffered some sort of medical emergency."

2018-09-15 - Asian desert dust could be warming Arctic sea surface and confusing satellites:

2018-09-15 - Florence moves inland, dumps epic amounts of rain on the Carolinas, death toll rises to 14:

2018-09-15 - Hurricane Florence’s 1-in-100-year storm surge breaks all-time records:

2018-09-15 - Typhoon Mangkhut tears across the Philippine Islands and kills 28+ people then heads onward toward China:

Quote: "Mangkhut, with gusts reaching 190mph, had the equivalent-strength of a category 5 Atlantic hurricane when it made landfall on the Philippines on Saturday."

2018-09-15 - Tornado and waterspout hit Southeast Taiwan during Typhoon Mangkhut:

2018-09-15 - Will we soon see Category 6 hurricanes?

Quote: "Meteorologists and scientists never imagined that there would be a need for a category 6 storm, with winds that exceed 200 miles per hour on a sustained basis, sweeping away everything in its path. Until now, such a storm wasn’t possible, so there was no need for a new category above category 5. Right now, however, there is anywhere from 5 to 8% more water vapor circulating throughout the atmosphere than there was a generation ago. This, combined with warmer temperatures that are driving water up from the deep ocean in places where hurricanes typically form, has created the potential for superstorms that we haven’t seen before – and aren’t really prepared for."

2018-09-15 - African swine fever outbreak spreads from Eastern Europe to Western Europe:

2018-09-15 - Trump orders tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese goods:

2018-09-16 - Baltic Sea is up to 3-4 °C warmer than average right now:

2018-09-16 - Typhoon Mangkhut roars into Hong Kong and Southern China, death toll rises to 65+ in the Philippines:

Quote: "Mangkhut earlier lashed the Philippines, sparking landslides and building collapses that killed at least 65 people, with another 43 missing. Authorities reported four deaths from falling trees and building materials in Guangdong, China’s manufacturing hub."

2018-09-16 - Catastrophic flooding hits the Carolinas after Florence, death toll rises to 17+, Wilmington cut off, coal ash landfill collapses:

Quote: "Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. 'The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,' Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the storm's death toll climbed to 17."

2018-09-16 - Climate and Extreme Weather News #136, September 9th-16th, 2018:

2018-09-16 - Man and woman sicken at restaurant in Salisbury (Britain):

Quote: "Wiltshire Police said they were called by the ambulance service at about 6.45pm on Sunday after a 'medical incident' involving a man and a woman at Prezzo restaurant, while police and medics were seen in protective clothing."

2018-09-16 - Volcanic eruptions at Piton de la Fournaise (Reunion Island), Sarychev and Ebeko (Russia), Nevados de Chillan (Chile) and Azumayama (Japan):

2018-09-16 - Volcano Piton de la Fournaise erupts on Reunion Island (France):

2018-09-16 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Fiji Islands:

2018-09-16 - Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes near Walpole (Australia):

2018-09-16 - Puerto Rico still on sorry shape a year after Hurricane Maria:

2018-09-16 - After record winter heat and low rainfall, many areas in Australia announce earliest total fire bans in history:

Quote: "This year’s record winter heat and low rainfall has not only led to severe drought, it has prompted many areas around Queensland, NSW and Victoria to announce their earliest total fire ban in history."

2018-09-17 - Unknown odor sickens students at school in Pleasant View (Utah), school closed for the day:

Quote: "An unknown odor forced the closure and evacuation of Weber High School in Pleasant View after several students became sick, officials said. The odor caused students in one classroom to become ill Monday morning, and the whole school was evacuated soon after, said Weber School District spokesperson Lane Findlay. Classes were canceled for the rest of the day."

2018-09-17 - School staff members sickened by unknown cause in coastal Westport (Connecticut):

Quote: "Firefighters initially suspected carbon monoxide issues but readings taken in school—site of numerous mold-related issues recently—were negative."

Quote: "At approximately 9:35 a.m. this morning several staff members reported shortness of breath and dizziness."

2018-09-17 - Man has 'medical episode' and collapses on Buddle Lane in coastal Exeter (Britain):

Quote: "Medical professionals and police are in Buddle Lane, Cowick, after a man collapsed in the street. He is now being blue lighted to the RD&E for treatment, currently looks to be a medical episode."

2018-09-17 - Child, 3, has 'medical event', in critical condition, near Lake Taupo (New Zealand):

Quote: "A child is in Starship Hospital after a suspected 'medical event' near Taupo on Monday night. Emergency services were called to Broadlands around 6pm on Monday night, and found a child in critical condition. Initial police reports were that it was a near-drowning, but a spokeswoman later said the child was thought to have had a 'medical event'. The child was in Starship Hospital on Tuesday night, and remained in critical condition, an Auckland DHB spokeswoman said."

2018-09-17 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) continues causing problems in Lake Winnebago (Wisconsin):

2018-09-17 - Volcano Semisopochnoi rumbling in the Aleutian Islands (Alaska):

Quote: "The Alaska Volcano Observatory is keeping watch on a remote volcano that's showing signs of erupting. The observatory Monday increased the alert level from 'advisory' to 'watch' at Semisopochnoi (SEM-ee-sah-POTCH-noy) in the Aleutian Islands. The volcano is on an uninhabited island between Attu and Adak near the west end of the Aleutian chain. The observatory detected elevated seismicity Sunday. Activity at Semisopochnoi intensified Monday afternoon. Tremor signals suggest that the volcano may have emitted ash or could soon."

2018-09-17 - Tornado rips through business in Chesterfield County (Virginia), 1 killed:

2018-09-17 - Hurricane Florence death toll rises to 25:

2018-09-17 - Hurricane Florence has killed at least 1.7 million chickens in North Carolina:

2018-09-17 - Supertyphoon Mangkhut death toll rises to 65 in the Philippine Islands, officially the worst typhoon to ever hit Hong Kong:

2018-09-17 - Floating fire ant rafts pose danger in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence:

Quote: "Fire ants are literally riding out Hurricane Florence, astonishing new video footage shows. Colonies of the creepily industrious insects are shown linking together to form boat-like floating islands — to stay alive as powerful floodwaters pound North Carolina, according to footage posted by The Weather Channel."

Quote: "Experts say a floating colony can contain as many as 100,000 ants. The bites are extremely painful, and they can cause a serious allergic reaction for some people."

Quote: "The ant rafts were also documented in Texas during hurricane Harvey last year."

2018-09-17 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Nigeria, natural disaster declared, 100+ killed:

Quote: "Over 100 people have died in floods in several Nigerian states following heavy rains that caused the Rivers Niger and Benue to overflow, the National Emergency Management Agency announced Monday. The emergency body, NEMA, declared national disaster in the affected states of Kogi, Niger, Anambra and Delta. Eight other states are being monitored, the agency said."

2018-09-17 - Powerful storm hits Summit (New Jersey):

2018-09-17 - Late winter snow storm kills 100,000 lambs in New Zealand:

Note: Spring begins on September 23rd in New Zealand, so it was a late winter snow storm. Calendar tech is apparently not their strong suit...

2018-09-17 - Germany launches world's first hydrogen-powered train:

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 - 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 - 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:

2018-09-19 - Movement of the Vavilov Ice Cap accelerates by more than 49,000 percent from unprecedented ice loss in the Russian High Arctic:

Quote: "In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a day in 2015, according to a new multi-national, multi-institute study led by CIRES Fellow Mike Willis, an assistant professor of Geology at CU Boulder. That dwarfs the ice's previous average speed of about 2 inches per day and has challenged scientists' assumptions about the stability of the cold ice caps dotting Earth's high latitudes."

Note: From 2 inches per day to 82 feet per day is proportionally equivalent to a car going 10 miles per hour suddenly accelerating to 4,920 miles per hour. Ice caps melting quickly, Greenland losing a billion tons of ice to melt every day, methane exploding out of the ground and creating mammoth craters in Siberia as the permafrost thaws, permafrost melting away in Alaska and northern Canada - the Arctic region is undergoing rapid and profound destabilization...

2018-09-19 - Man, 23, has 'medical event' in the water at Rain Tree Lake in Jefferson County (Missouri):

Quote: "A Hillsboro man is lucky to be alive after nearly drowning last night in a private pond at Rain Tree Lake in Jefferson County. The highway patrol says 23 year old James Stapleton suffered a medical event while in the water."

2018-09-19 - Jason Box warns about the albedo changes in Greenland:

2018-09-19 - Rare magnitude 3.4 earthquake hits West Jutland (Denmark):

2018-09-19 - Storm Ali hits Britain and Ireland, 2+ killed:

2018-09-19 - Catastrophic flooding on the rise on the Amazon River:

2018-09-19 - Invasive mosquitoes are 'spreading like wildfire' across California:

2018-09-19 - Terrifying piranha with human-like teeth pulled from Russian river:

2018-09-19 - Nearly half of cellphone calls will be scams by 2019, report says:

2018-09-19 - Normally solitary octupi get all touchy-feely when dosing on ecstacy:

2018-09-19 - Maine restaurant gets lobsters high on marijuana before they go in the pot:

2018-09-20 - Dozens of students sickened by unknown rotten egg odor in Carterton (New Zealand):

Quote: "A Fire and Emergency service spokesman says he does not believe the mystery substance affecting dozens of children at a Wairarapa school came from a plane. It had been widely thought that a chemical came from a plane flying over South End School in Carterton. But Fire and Emergency incident controller Brett Lockyer told Newstalk ZB that he didn't think that was the case."

Quote: "After tracking down the plane and its pilot, Inspector Miller says there is no evidence to indicate the plane is the source of the smell."

Quote: "..…we don't believe it's come from a plane...we just don't know where it's come from. That's a mystery to us at the moment."

Quote: "Daniel is one of 10 pupils hospitalised on Friday after a mysterious sulfur-like smell swept the small Carterton school, sickening the children, and forcing 180 to be decontaminated."

Quote: "The trouble started when a strong sulfur smell was detected early afternoon, forcing about 30 children to fall ill after breathing in the unknown substance. Four or five students began to vomit."

Note: Several other schools have been hit by unknown rotten egg odors in just the past week alone too. We're creeping closer to the time when we'll be seeing entire schoolyards - or stadiums or residential areas - full of corpses. Once the concentration of gas reaches 1 part per 1000 then it won't be sick people, it'll be dead people. Carterton is about 30 miles from the coast in several different directions, so maybe an hour for the ocean to belch up some poison gas and hit this school if there's a 30 MPH wind...

2018-09-20 - Unknown odor hits apartment complex in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "It happened at an apartment complex near the intersection of Alvernon Way and Blacklidge Drive after residents reported a strong odor. Seven TFD units responded to the scene, according to a department spokesperson. Crews evacuated the apartment as a precaution. By 1:30 p.m., the Hazmat team cleared the scene, saying they didn't find any hazardous substances on the premises."

2018-09-20 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in Lake Winnebago continues to cause problems in Neenah and Menasha (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Todd Drew is the sanitarian for the Menasha Health Department. 'The complaints came in under the assumption that it is a sewage issue or some sort of sewer gas,' he said. 'It does smell similar to that, but it's definitely the lake.' The smell is a consequence of the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Winnebago."

Note: Right, it's the lake, but when the algae dies and decomposes, that creates hydrogen sulfide, which is sewer gas. They're having the same smells along the coasts in Florida for the same reason - the red tide algae dies, decomposes and the decomposition causes the emission of hydrogen sulfide. The algae also suck up a lot of the oxygen while they're alive and the bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide like low levels of oxygen or, preferably, no oxygen at all. So these algae blooms not only make the environment friendlier for the bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide while they're alive, they also provide them with a handy food source when they die. So far as the bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide are concerned, these algae blooms are a win-win proposition...

2018-09-20 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits C. J. Strike Reservoir in Owyhee County (Idaho):

2018-09-20 - Person has 'medical emergency' in apartment building on the Ipswich Waterfront in coastal Ipswich (Britain):

Quote: "The emergency services were called to a block of flats on Fore Street at 10.15am today following reports of a medical emergency. Firefighters cordoned off a stretch of the Ipswich Waterfront while an air ambulance touched down nearby."

2018-09-20 - Man has seizure at building site in Maidstone (Britain):

Quote: "It is understood the man suffered a medical incident, believed to be a fit."

2018-09-20 - Long-dormant hot spring erupts in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming/Montana), highest spew since 1957:

2018-09-20 - Lightning strike injures three children at bus stop in Chicago (Illinois):

2018-09-20 - Carolinas struggle after Hurricane Florence’s 1-in-1000-year rains:

2018-09-20 - Canadian crabs with bad attitude threaten coastal ecosystem on the US East Coast:

Quote: “What we’re seeing is this insane level of aggressiveness..."

2018-09-20 - Rare two-headed cooperhead snake found in yard in Woodbridge (Virginia):

2018-09-20 - German power company to raze Hambach forest for coal mine, police forcibly remove tree homes of protesters:

2018-09-21 - Unknown odor evacuates school near Lake Havasu in Lake Havasu City (Arizona):

Quote: "Smoketree Elementary School was evacuated after an unidentifiable odor was detected around 4 p.m. Friday. School was out for the day, but some staff and the Parks & Recreation Department’s after-school program were still on site. The fire department and UniSource inspected the building, and everything was fine, according to an emailed statement from the school. School will resume as usual on Monday morning."

2018-09-21 - Unknown stench hitting coastal Portlethen (Scotland):

Quote: "People in Portlethen are eager to get to the bottom of a mystery odour which has been blighting the air of the coastal community."

2018-09-21 - Most of the US predicted to have above normal temperatures the rest of the year:

2018-09-21 - August 2018 was 5th hottest on record for the globe and 404th consecutive month with global temperatures above average:

2018-09-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hitting dozens of bodies of water across New York:

Quote: "Nearly 100 water bodies in New York state had harmful algae blooms this week. The Department of Environmental Conservation's weekly list shows that blooms were spotted in 98 lakes, rivers and ponds. Of those, 24 were new this week."

2018-09-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Blue Mesa Reservoir (Colorado):

2018-09-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Erie in several areas in Erie County (Pennsylvania):

2018-09-21 - Two tornadoes touch down and cause damaged near Ottawa (Canada):

Quote: "The Ottawa airport was on backup power and social media lit up with video and photos of damage from tornadoes near the nation's capital on Friday. Global News meteorologist confirmed that there were at least two tornadoes near Ottawa - one in the Dunrobin area, another in Gatineau."

2018-09-21 - Hailstorm wreaks havoc on crops in North Kashmir (India):

2018-09-21 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Culiacan (Mexico), Los Mochis receives 40% of its annual rainfall in ONE DAY, 7 killed:

2018-09-21 - Heavy rain and flooding kills dozens of people in northern Ghana:

2018-09-21 - Storm Knud brings hurricane-strength winds to north Jutland (Denmark):

2018-09-21 - Florence death toll rises to 43:

2018-09-21 - Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are getting deadlier, viruses may be a solution:

2018-09-22 - Unknown gas knocks transit bus driver unconscious in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "According to witnesses, the driver had pulled over because the bus was filled with fumes that they believed to be carbon monoxide. The driver lost consciousness when he tried to exit the bus after passengers had been evacuated. Fire officials said the air in the bus tested negatively for carbon monoxide."

2018-09-22 - Toxic algae blooms are a growing worldwide menace:

Quote: "Seas, lakes and ponds across the world are 'going green' at an alarming rate. Hyperactive algae are the culprits — scum that can generate toxins as deadly as cobra venom."

2018-09-22 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Little Pond in Warwick (Rhode Island):

2018-09-22 - Melting permafrost may release a variety of volatile organic compounds:

2018-09-22 - Mean atmospheric methane levels rise to more than 1900 ppb:

2018-09-22 - Paul Beckwith on imminent blue ocean event in the Arctic:

2018-09-22 - Scientist proposes we build 1,000-foot underwater walls to stop Antarctic ice sheet collapse:

Note: Not a bad idea at first glance. But he's only considering the bad effects of Antarctic ice loss - the rise in sea level. There is also a beneficial effect - the ice entering the ocean helps keep the oceans cooler, which helps the oceans retain oxygen, which helps prevent the ancient anaerobic bacteria that produce hydrogen sulfide from running amok. So keeping the ice on Antarctica would mean the oceans heat up faster which would result in us all getting gassed to death or burning to death sooner. Pluses and minuses! It'd give people some work to do though - jobs! - and I'm skeptical whether it's even a doable project, technologically, so if they wanna try it, eh, why not. The ice will still melt in time anyway though, the old-fashioned way, via rising air temperatures. Underwater walls won't stop that...

2018-09-22 - Volunteer goes into cardiac arrest at sporting event, game canceled, in Barnsley (Britain):

Quote: "The English League One game between Barnsley and Burton was postponed after a popular Barnsley volunteer suffered cardiac arrest before Saturday's game."

2018-09-22 - Climate change is making storms like Hurricane Florence worse:

2018-09-22 - Record rainfall and flooding hit parts of Oklahoma and Texas, 1+ killed:

Quote: "A storm system dumped record amounts of rain in parts of Oklahoma and caused flooding in Texas, including in the Dallas area, where floodwaters swept a man from a bridge to his death near the University of Texas' campus in nearby Arlington."

Quote: "A record 14 inches (35.56 centimeters) of rain fell Friday at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey's site in Fittstown, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City, and more than 2 additional inches fell before noon Saturday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Forrest Mitchell in Norman. The previous record of just less than 7 inches was set in July 1997, according to Mesonet records."

2018-09-22 - Economic damage wrought by Hurricane Florence nearly 10 times worse than expected:

2018-09-22 - North Carolina flooding soaks federal taxpayers all over again:

Note: Seems like one simple fix would solve the problem - you get your insurance payout ONLY if you rebuild somewhere that isn't flood-prone. Make that part of the contract. Don't wanna sign that? Okay, then you're on your own for insurance or lack thereof...

2018-09-22 - Woman found with turtle in her vagina after night of partying at beach on the island of Tenerife (Spain):

Quote: "An emergency room doctor in a hospital in Mojón de Arona, in the south of the Canary Island of Tenerife, could not believe what he was seeing when, on Saturday, he attended to a British woman  who was complaining of strong pains in her genital area. When the doctor examined her, a foreign object was found in her vagina: a dead Chinese pond turtle (Chinemys reevesii). Given the bizarre nature of the situation, the doctor called the police, who took a statement from the 26-year-old. She explained that she had gone out partying in the area of Fañabé beach, but could not recall what had happened that night."

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 - 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:

2018-09-24 - Unknown foul odor hits coastal Channelview (Texas):

Quote: "Officials at a Channelview chemical plant say it isn't the source of an odor in the area after several residents pointed to the company as a potential culprit. The company, LyondellBasell, started air monitoring procedures at 12:30 a.m. and found that air quality was within regulatory and safety standards, said Meredith Matthews, spokeswoman for the U.S. Gulf Coast Region. 'The odor is not associated with our site,” Matthews said in a statement. 'We continue to work with the proper external authorities to help them in determining the cause.' Some residents began reporting the smell on Monday night. Twitter user @stina_marie333 said early Tuesday morning, 'Anybody in #Channelview smelling a terrible, nearly unbearable smell?' Another Twitter user identified as Ruby Gutierrez Ayala, @rugutuzayala, described the odor. 'Channelview smells like it's going to explode,' she tweeted."

Note: Explode? So it must have been a rotten egg odor that people smelled, like the odorant added to natural gas, or like hydrogen sulfide blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico right there...

2018-09-24 - Southern Ocean around Antarctica warming at an alarming rate:

Quote: "The Southern Ocean around Antarctica is warming at an alarming rate—twice that of the rest of the world's oceans. Now, researchers have developed more powerful evidence pointing to the human causes. Though warming had been observed in the past, there was little historical data to allow scientists to pinpoint the causes with much certainty. In a new study, researchers used climate models, the past observations that did exist and data flowing in from new ocean-going sensors to show how greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of ozone in the atmosphere have led to both a warming of the Southern Ocean and an increase in its freshwater content. The findings also rule out natural variability as a major source of those changes."

2018-09-24 - Man, 52, loses consciousness while bodyboarding at coastal Makapu'u Beach (Hawaii):

Quote: "Responders say the man was bodyboarding around 2 p.m. when he lost consciousness. Ocean Safety personnel responded, pulled the man from the water and began CPR once onshore."

2018-09-24 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Kagawong on Manitoulin Island (Canada):

2018-09-24 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupts near Mexico City (Mexico):

2018-09-24 - Mud volcano erupts in coastal Baku (Azerbaijan):

2018-09-24 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Periban (Mexico), 7 killed, 5 missing, 40 homes destroyed:

Quote: "Giron said witnesses reported that the rush of water was so powerful that it sucked some people out of houses. 'The water devastated everything in its path,' he said. Giron said about 40 homes, all along the banks of the river, were destroyed."

2018-09-24 - Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of Himachal Pradesh (India), 2+ killed:

2018-09-24 - Supertyphoon Trami threatens Japan's Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan:

2018-09-24 - New gene-editing report highlights risks to human health and our environment:

2018-09-24 - Evidence the housing bubble is bursting? Home sellers are slashing prices at the highest rate in at least eight years:

2018-09-25 - Atmospheric CO2 levels rising at a rate that is itself rising and atmospheric methane levels also rising rapidly:

Quote: "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."

2018-09-25 - Arctic and Antarctic update and climate cast with Margo:

2018-09-25 - NASA satellite shows polluted Carolina rivers flowing into ocean:

2018-09-25 - North India receiving up to 10 or 11 times higher rainfall than normal:

2018-09-25 - Supertyphoon Trami strengthens to Category 5, takes aim at Japan:

2018-09-25 - Wide-ranging interview with Guy McPherson:

2018-09-25 - World still on track to blow through Paris climate target:

2018-09-25 - Drought hits Israel:

2018-09-25 - Lightning strikes kill three people and 43 sheep in Karnataka (India):

2018-09-25 - Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of Connecticut:

2018-09-25 - Powerful storm pounds swath of Ukraine:

2018-09-25 - Sun halos seen over the northern coast in Oregon:

2018-09-25 - Sun halo seen in the sky over central India:

2018-09-25 - Overfishing and pollution have trashed the Mediterranean Sea:

Note: And the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean, yada yada yada…

2018-09-25 - World Health Organization warns that this year's strain of plague could be even more virulent after an outbreak of in Madagascar:

2018-09-25 - Large unknown flying object spotted over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California:

2018-09-25 - Scientists measure invisible clouds of matter that orbit every human being:

2018-09-25 - Why are so many people talking about the potential for a stock market crash in October?

Quote: "I did not know this, but it turns out that the month with the most market volatility since the Dow was first established has been the month of October..."

2018-09-26 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Harrison Township (Ohio):

Quote: "Firefighters said they were not able to locate any leaks inside or around the building."

Note: Excellent, probably just some poison gas then. Back to school, kids, it was only poison gas!

2018-09-26 - Melting Arctic permafrost is leaking acid and dissolving rocks:

Quote: "The permafrost in the Arctic is leaking acid as it thaws, scientists have discovered. This release, from the water that has been locked up for thousands of years, is causing rocks in the ground to dissolve—a process that could become a major source of atmospheric carbon dioxide."

2018-09-26 - Colder summers and ozone depletion killing off moss forests in East Antarctica:

Quote: "Healthy green moss has turned red or grey, indicating that plants are under stress and dying. This is due to the area drying because of colder summers and stronger winds. This increased desertification of East Antarctica is caused by both climate change and ozone depletion."

Note: That's East Antarctica, which of all the cold places on the planet is doing the best in terms of resisting the warming of the world. Unfortunately, Antarctica itself, on the whole, is losing vast and accelerating amounts of ice due to warming. Neglecting to mention that fact could leave one with the mistaken impression that Antarctica as a whole is getting colder when that's not at all the case...

2018-09-26 - Antarctica has lost 3 trillion tons of ice in the last 25 years:

2018-09-26 - As the Arctic melts, the fabled Northwest Passage opens for cargo ships:

Quote: "When a blue-hulled cargo ship named Venta Maersk became the first container vessel to navigate a major Arctic sea route this month, it offered a glimpse of what the warming region might become: a maritime highway, with vessels lumbering between Asia and Europe through once-frozen seas. Years of melting ice have made it easier for ships to ply these frigid waters. That’s a boon for the shipping industry but a threat to the fragile Arctic ecosystem."

2018-09-26 - China coal power building boom sparks climate warning:

2018-09-26 - There isn't enough lithium to electrify transportation:

2018-09-26 - Heavy rain and flooding turn roads into rivers in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York:

2018-09-26 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Albertville (Alabama):

2018-09-26 - Breathtaking video shows waterspout near Galveston (Texas):

2018-09-26 - Eating junk food raises risk of depression, says multi-country study:

2018-09-27 - Unknown foul odor blows through coastal Liverpool (Britain):

Quote: "One said: 'It stings your nose when you smell it and is a lot worse that the manure smell from the fields. It tends to come and go throughout the day but currently I can’t have my windows open as it’s so strong. It’s almost like chemicals.'"

Quote: "Last month the ECHO reported the Environment Agency was investigating the source of foul smells in nearby [coastal] Widnes after a receiving a number of odour complaints from concerned locals. A 'revolting' stench also appeared to waft its way over to [coastal] Runcorn, with several residents from that town saying they reported putrid smells to the council, EA and public health on Facebook."

Note: So not just one coastal city being hit by an unknown stench, not just two, but at least three...

2018-09-27 - Unknown fumes sicken students and staff over multiple days at school, some people knocked unconscious, in Louisville (Mississippi):

Quote: "Several law enforcement agencies are investigating unidentified fumes reported at Eiland Middle School around noon on Wednesday, according to Superintendent Dr. Randy Grierson."

Quote: "School and emergency officials are still trying to determine what is causing some Louisville middle school students and staff to become ill. Health issues started Tuesday at Eiland Middle School. The school district says four students started complaining of dizziness and flushing on Tuesday. The following day, multiple students suffered similar complaints and temporarily lost consciousness. Nine students were treated at Winston Medical Center. At least two teachers/staff and four first responders also suffered similar symptoms."

Quote: "Multiple agencies, including the Center for Disease Control, have tested for carbon monoxide and gas leaks. There have been no signs of either, according to Grierson."

Note: But they didn't think to test for hydrogen sulfide. Derp...

2018-09-27 - Early signals of destabilization detected at Totten Glacier in East Antarctica:

2018-09-27 - El Niño highly likely in Northern Pacific this year:

2018-09-27 - Japan prepares for its 3rd powerful typhoon in three months after a summer of record heatwaves, 3 major earthquakes and a year's rainfall in a week:

2018-09-27 - Liua becomes the South Pacific's first cyclone in September in 70 years:

2018-09-27 - Amazon deforestation in Brazil up 199 percent in August 2018:

2018-09-27 - A 'perfect storm' now surrounds one of the worst Ebola outbreaks in history in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

2018-09-27 - Reports of meteors streaking across the skies in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ontario (Canada):

2018-09-27 - Experts warn that next financial collapse will be worse than the Great Depression:

2018-09-27 - Corporate insiders are selling stocks at the fastest pace in 10 years:

2018-09-28 - Trump administration admits cataclysmic global warming is coming, but decides not to try to survive and works instead to have us all suffer and die sooner:

Note: So their reasoning is this. First, they admit that catastrophic warming of 7 degrees F is going to happen. (It'll be way worse than that though.) Secondly, they say that our laws and regulations that cut greenhouse gas emissions would not by themselves solve the problem. Third, they say that since our emissions cuts would not solve the problem then we might as well reverse course and pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That means everybody will suffer and die even sooner. So instead of fighting for our survival by doing the things we COULD do, which would buy people SOME additional time to remain alive, we're not going to do those things and will instead now be working to get us all buried in cemeteries even sooner. This is one hardcore pro-death administration here. If you've got a hankerin' to suffer and die, the Trump administration is here to help you achieve your goal. And forget that arbitrary 2100 BS - it's not like things are fine now and will remain fine until 2100 and then suddenly get bad. Calamitous effects are already happening and they're only going to continue to intensify...

2018-09-28 - Magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes near coastal Palu (Indonesia), tsunami ensues, 420+ killed:

Quote: "The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has reached 420, state media said Sunday, as rescuers scrambled to reach the stricken region and survivors helped to retrieve the remains of those killed. The official Antara agency quoted the head of the national disaster agency giving the latest toll in the coastal city of Palu, while authorities warned casualties were 'increasing' as news arrived from remote areas cut off by the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and 1.5-meter (five feet) high tsunami. At least 540 people had been badly injured, an agency spokesman said, as hospitals struggled to cope with the influx of casualties."

2018-09-28 - Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes in the Tibet Autonomous Region (China):

2018-09-28 - Huge tornado mesmerizes onlookers in flood-ravaged Sinaloa (Mexico):

2018-09-28 - Devastating termite infestations threaten more damage in the wake of post-hurricane floods in the Carolinas:

2018-09-28 - New vehicle sales 'collapse' and pending home sales 'plunge' as America’s economic slowdown accelerates:

2018-09-28 - SEC sues Elon Musk, seeks to ban him from running Tesla or any public company:

2018-09-28 - WWII allied bombings damaged Earth's atmosphere and sent shock waves to edge of space:

2018-09-28 - Japanese rovers send back first video ever taken on an asteroid:

2018-09-28 - Particles coming from the ground in Antarctica have physicists puzzled:

2018-09-28 - Trump and Kim Jong Un have fallen in love:

Quote: "U.S. President Donald Trump took his enthusiasm for his detente with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to new heights on Saturday, declaring at a rally with supporters that 'we fell in love' after exchanging letters."

2018-09-29 - People sickened by odor on beaches in coastal Palm Beach County (Florida):

Quote: "The beach closures began Saturday in northern Palm Beach County after some swimmers experienced medical and other respiratory issues. Experts believe it could be caused by the wind coupled with the toxic stench from algae."

Note: Decomposing algae results in hydrogen sulfide emissions, so that's probably what the toxic stench is and possibly the cause of the medical problems too. Best to avoid beaches that smell bad because that's likely to be poison gas nowadays, and even in small concentrations it's obviously not good for you and nobody knows what the long-term effects are...

2018-09-29 - Huge gobs of Sargassum seaweed continue washing ashore, rotting and releasing hydrogen sulfide in the French Antilles:

Quote: "During a trip to the French overseas territory Guadeloupe on Friday, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to keep a promise to clean up toxic Sargassum seaweed within 48 hours of it running aground. Like the rest of the Caribbean, the Antilles suffered in 2011 from an unprecedented invasion of Sargassum seaweed (sometimes known as gulf weed). The problem recurred in 2015 and then on an even larger scale in 2018. The brown seaweed poses potential health risks. The mounds of Sargassum that accumulate on the beach can reach as high as two feet and release hydrogen sulfide and ammonia as it rots. The colourless, toxic and highly flammable gas smells like rotten eggs. Inhaling it in small doses can trigger eye and respiratory irritation."

Note: Inhaling it in concentrations of 1 part per thousand can trigger permanent relocation to a mortuary...

2018-09-29 - Arctic heatwave could bring summer temps to Alaska:

Quote: "A high-pressured western ridge has positioned itself near Alaska, allowing record-breaking warmth from the North Pacific to spread over the Arctic. A ridge, in weather terms, is defined as an elongated area of relatively high pressure extending from the center of a high-pressure region. Climate scientist Zack Labe told Euronews this phenomenon could cause temperatures to rise over 10°C above average in some areas of Alaska, making the climate feel equivalent to late-summer. Labe believes this pattern will likely slow the progression of sea ice refreezing in the western Arctic."

2018-09-29 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupting and spewing ash, ash reaches Mexico City (Mexico):

Quote: "Ash spewing from the Popocatepetl volcano has reached the southern neighborhoods of Mexico's capital. The National Center for Disaster Prevention warned Mexicans on Saturday to stay away from the volcano after activity picked up in the crater and it registered 183 emissions of gas and ash over 24 hours. The center was monitoring multiple rumblings and tremors. Images on social media showed thin layers of ash coating car windshields in neighborhoods of Mexico City such as Xochimilco."

Note: What an ash hole!

2018-09-29 - Water supply infested with brain-eating amoebas near Shreveport (Louisiana):

Quote: "A portion of a water system in Louisiana has tested positive for a brain-eating amoeba, according to the operator of the water system. Andy Freeman, the operator of Sligo Water System, said residents in south Bossier Parish southeast of Shreveport may be affected. The Louisiana Department of Health conducted a random test of the system last week and notified the system of the positive result Friday, Freeman said."

2018-09-29 - Man, 26, goes missing while swimming at coastal Ballston Beach near Truro (Massachusetts):

2018-09-29 - Nearly 30 strong aftershocks shake Indonesia after magnitude 7.5 earthquake:

2018-09-29 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits two areas on Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Utah):

2018-09-29 - Cyclone Zorba batters Greece, 3 missing:

2018-09-29 - Hurricane Rosa becomes 7th Category 4 storm of eastern Pacific hurricane season, tying record set in 2015:

2018-09-29 - Will tornado alley shift northward into Canada?

2018-09-29 - Eerie 'death comet' with a skull face will fly past Earth just after Halloween:

2018-09-29 - The stock market just crashed in Italy, and Argentina has panic-raised interest rates to 65 percent:

2018-09-29 - 26,000-pound dinosaur discovered in South Africa was Earth's largest land animal:

2018-09-30 - Typhoon Trami roars into Japan, 2+ killed:

2018-09-30 - Tropical Storm Leslie to become hurricane by Tuesday:

2018-09-30 - Hurricane Florence dropped 8 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina:

2018-09-30 - Man dies after getting brain-eating amoeba at water park in Waco (Texas):

2018-09-30 - Trump administration completes plan to roll back safety rules inspired by Deepwater Horizon disaster:

Quote: "These rollbacks allow offshore oil companies to self-police and prioritize industry profits over safety...”

Note: Well, that means it's probably time for Deepwater Horizon: The Sequel!

2018-09-30 - Frightening and dangerous future of warfare as ‘Robocalypse’ is on the horizon:

Note: Well, I hope the robots get six weeks off per year for Robanukah!

2018-09-30 - Lady Liberty-sized asteroid to make close approach to Earth at over 37,000 mph:

2018-09-30 - Freakishly high waves batter the coast of Trinidad:

Quote: "This was not normal. It is the first time waves ever come so high and so far inland."

2018-09-30 - Magnitude 3.6 earthquake strikes near Calimesa (California):

2018-09-30 - Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Fiji Islands:

2018-09-30 - Death toll rises to 832 from magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami in Palu (Indonesia):

Quote: "There are fears thousands may have been killed by an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia after the disaster's death toll rose to 832."

2018-09-30 - Person pulled unconscious from the water in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2018-09-30 - Temperatures at the North Pole are at least 10C above normal:

2018-09-30 - Foul stench sickening people in coastal Merseyside (Britain):

Quote: "Dozens of people have taken to Facebook and Twitter this weekend to complain of a mysterious foul stench, which is said to have made residents 'feel ill'."

2018-09-30 - Foul odor sickens people in Ilkeston (Britain):

Quote: "What worries me is what health problems this is causing when a smell like this can cause burning of the nose and throat and headaches in the short term so what damage is this causing in the long term."

Note: Heart damage, kidney damage, brain damage…

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