Sunday, July 21, 2019

Event Update For 2019-07-20

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

2019-07-20 - Pickup truck goes up in flames and burns person to death southeast of Bend (Oregon):

Quote: "State and local authorities are working to identify a person whose remains were found in a burning truck 45 miles southeast of Bend on Friday. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was notified Friday afternoon of a truck fire near Mahogany Butte. U.S. Forest Service crews had extinguished the fire, and a Forest Service law enforcement officer had determined the truck, a 2011 Dodge crew cab pickup, contained human remains. The investigation paused as night fell Friday. On Saturday, investigators gathered evidence in an attempt to determine the cause of the fire and the identity of the person inside the truck, which had suffered extreme damage. The state medical examiner’s office has been involved in the effort, according to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office press release. Foul play is not suspected."

2019-07-20 - Car goes up in flames at 2:55 AM and burns 5 people to death in coastal Cape Town (South Africa), 1200 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Five people have been killed after their vehicle caught alight in Cape Town in the early hours of Saturday. City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue personally responded to the incident at around 02:55, dispatching a fire engine and rescue vehicle from Milnerton Fire Station. On arrival at the scene on Otto Du Plessis Drive in Blaauwbergstrand, firefighters found four women and one man who had died from burn wounds."

2019-07-20 - Electrical plant damaged by fire on coastal Staten Island (New York), blackouts ensue:

2019-07-20 - Wind turbine bursts into flame, ignites wildfire, in Klickitat County (Washington):

2019-07-20 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 50 vehicles burn, in Santa Maria (California):

Quote: "Some 50 vehicles were destroyed on Saturday in a fire at a metal-recycling operation in Santa Maria, according to the Santa Maria Fire Department."

2019-07-20 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 5:30 AM, scrap metal burns, in Corfe Mullen (Britain):

2019-07-20 - Heatwave continues baking the US Midwest and Northeast, several killed, Europe prepares for another heatwave:

Quote: "It's so hot in some parts of the country that police departments are asking would-be criminals to hold off on committing crimes until the heat wave passes."

2019-07-20 - China's greenhouse gas emissions have soared 53% over the last decade:

2019-07-20 - Waste facility damaged by fire in Louisville (Kentucky):

2019-07-20 - Fishing trawler 'Ivan Golubets' heavily damaged by deadly fire near coastal Nouadhibou (Mauritania), 1 killed:

Quote: "Fire erupted on board of oceanic trawler IVAN GOLUBETS on Jul 19, off Mauritanian northern port Nouadhibou, and spread around, engulfing stern area. one crew reportedly died. Extent of damages unknown but seems to be severe."

2019-07-20 - Boat bursts into flame on Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri):

Quote: "There have been multiple boat fires at the lake this season."

2019-07-20 - Boat explodes into flame on Lake Keuka in Hammondsport (New York), 2 injured:

2019-07-20 - Boat bursts into flame on Kentucky Lake near Buchanan (Tennessee):

Note: These are the 639th, 640th, 641st and 642nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-07-20 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Route 9 in West Haverstraw (New York):

Note: This is the 346th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-07-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame while parked at auction business in Dighton (Massachusetts):

2019-07-20 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-70 near Georgetown (Colorado):

2019-07-20 - Tractor bursts into flame in Chillicothe (Missouri):

2019-07-20 - Tractors, lawnmowers and barn destroyed by fire in Georgetown (Kentucky):

Quote: "Rankin said tractors and lawnmowers were among the equipment destroyed in the fire."

2019-07-20 - Tractor bursts into flame on Galhampton Road in North Cadbury (Britain):

Note: These are the 1216th, 1217th, 1218th, 1219th, 1220th and 1221st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-07-20 - RV destroyed by fire, two adjacent homes damaged, in Middletown (New Jersey):

Quote: "One of the houses sustained heavy fire damage to its left side first floor and attic, while the other sustained heavy fire damage to its right side and heavy smoke damage throughout. The RV was destroyed, Fowler said."

2019-07-20 - RV bursts into flame at the Summerdale Flea Market in Summerdale (Alabama):

Note: These are the 262nd and 263rd RVs to burn in 2019...

2019-07-20 - SUV bursts into flame before 5 AM while parked at apartments in Cromwell (Connecticut):

2019-07-20 - SUV bursts into flame at 4:10 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Thunder Bay (Canada):

Quote: "Platoon chief Harold Spitoff said over the phone on Saturday that the fire setting the house ablaze was 'simply the result of a car being too close to the residence.'"

2019-07-20 - Police car bursts into flame on Woodward Avenue in coastal New Haven (Connecticut):

2019-07-20 - Car bursts into flame on bridge over the Clearwater River in Lewiston (Idaho):

Quote: "Boaters look on as a pair of firefighters from the Lewiston Fire Department spray water onto a sedan that caught fire on the Memorial Bridge on Saturday afternoon."

2019-07-20 - Car bursts into flame on I-81 in Montgomery County (Virginia):

2019-07-20 - Car bursts into flame on Route 2 in Bozrah (Connecticut):

2019-07-20 - Car bursts into flame just before 3 AM while parked at home on Kanooka Drive in coastal Corio (Australia):

2019-07-20 - Car bursts into flame at shopping center on Monument Way in Ashford (Britain):

2019-07-20 - Car bursts into flame on the M5 near Taunton (Britain):

2019-07-20 - Car bursts into flame on Uxbridge Road in George Green (Britain):

Quote: "Saturday 20 July, 2.46pm Car fire, Uxbridge Road, George Green. One appliance and crew from Slough attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and one set of breathing apparatus."

2019-07-20 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-35 in Bellmead (Texas):

2019-07-20 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at Riley’s RV Park, fire spreads to two more RV trailers, in Mayfield (Kentucky):

2019-07-20 - RV trailer bursts into flame on US 70 in Garland County (Arkansas):

2019-07-20 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire on Carter Avenue in coastal Bronx (New York):

2019-07-20 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire on Holmestone Road in coastal Dover (Britain):

2019-07-20 - Barn destroyed by fire, home damaged, in Burtle (Britain):

2019-07-20 - Soda machine bursts into flame at 6:15 AM inside post office in Pasco (Washington):

2019-07-20 - Deli and florist heavily damaged by fire in coastal Severna Park (Maryland), nobody there:

2019-07-20 - Garage destroyed by fire at home in Spokane (Washington):

2019-07-20 - Home under construction heavily damaged by fire on Burling Way in coastal Jacksonville Beach (Florida):

2019-07-20 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Kearney Road in the Bayview area in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

2019-07-20 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Red River Street in Austin (Texas), nobody there:

2019-07-20 - Home heavily damaged by fire on North Rushwood Court in Wichita (Kansas), nobody there:

2019-07-20 - Home destroyed by fire on Old Slocum Road in Hebron (Connecticut):

2019-07-20 - Home destroyed by fire on Green Spring Road in Conewago Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-07-20 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home shortly after 6 AM on Mountain Creek Church Road in Anderson County (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2019-07-20 - Deadly fire burns home before 4 AM in coastal Roxbury, Boston (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

2019-07-20 - Deadly fire destroys home shortly after midnight on Loralinda Drive in Austin (Texas), 1 killed:

2019-07-20 - Boy, 5, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at apartments in coastal Texas City (Texas):

2019-07-20 - Man found dead in creek in Mesquite (Texas):

2019-07-20 - Man found dead in the water in wetland area in Socorro (Texas):

2019-07-20 - Man, 59, found dead on boat on Lake Mille Lacs (Minnesota):

Quote: "A 59-year-old Hastings man was found dead in his boat Saturday after he had been fishing on Lake Mille Lacs and his wife reported him missing."

Quote: "Crews found Gable inside his boat on Saturday. It had washed ashore south of Cash’s Landing."

2019-07-20 - Person found dead in retention pond in the Baymeadows area in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2019-07-20 - Man has 'medical emergency' and drops dead in Gatlinburg (Tennessee):

Quote: "Gatlinburg police say a man died Saturday afternoon. Gatlinburg Emergency Responders were called to a medical emergency call near Historic Nature Trail/Airport Rd. According to police, witnesses said the male victim appeared to be in distress and collapsed."

2019-07-20 - Man found dead near Erie Street and Earl Avenue in Youngstown (Ohio):

2019-07-20 - Man found dead near dumpster in Hesperia (California):

2019-07-20 - Woman found dead in the Susquehanna River in Plymouth (Pennsylvania):

2019-07-20 - Man, 43, jumps in the water and dies in Lake Cherokee (South Carolina):

2019-07-20 - Man in his 30s jumps off boat into the water and dies in Lake Norman (North Carolina):

2019-07-20 - Man, 41, jumps in the water and dies in Percy Priest Lake (Tennessee):

2019-07-20 - Boy, 7, dies after being pulled from pond in Elba Township (Michigan):

2019-07-20 - Man found dead in the Yellowstone River near Worden (Montana):

2019-07-20 - Man, 32, dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan near Eichelman Park in Kenosha (Wisconsin):

2019-07-20 - Man found dead in RV at auto parts business in Avondale (Arizona):

2019-07-20 - Person found dead in Okanagan Lake near Penticton (Canada):

2019-07-20 - Man, 27, dies while diving near coastal Mudjimba Island (Australia):

Quote: "Daniell, 27, was an experienced diver and had been on many spearfishing trips..."

2019-07-20 - Man, 35, drops dead in 5-star hotel in Chanakyapuri (India):

Quote: "During the initial investigation, no foul play could be found as there was no sign of anyone, including the hotel staff, visiting the room between Friday night and Saturday morning as per the CCTV footage. 'The deceased's mother didn't suspect murder,' he added."

2019-07-20 - Man, 36, comedian, drops dead while doing standup in coastal Dubai (UAE):

2019-07-20 - Man found dead along canal in coastal Singapore:

2019-07-20 - Man, 38, policeman, drops dead at the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye (Scotland):

2019-07-20 - Man, 55, has 'medical emergency' on fishing boat off coastal Nantucket (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The Coast Guard brought a fisherman ashore Saturday after he had a medical emergency on a fishing boat about 120 nautical miles off Nantucket."

2019-07-20 - Driver has 'medical condition', car crashes into dental office, in Easley (South Carolina):

Quote: "Police said a medical condition caused the driver to leave the road and hit the building."

2019-07-20 - Small plane crashes in Kilgore (Texas), 1 injured:

2019-07-20 - Small plane crashes into hardware store in Bruchsal (Germany), all 3 aboard killed:

2019-07-20 - Van slams into tractor trailer then veers over centerline and hits pickup truck head-on, near Telferner (Texas), 5 killed, several injured:

Quote: "All 10 passengers in the van were traveling from the Brownsville area to Galveston for a cruise, according to a close family friend."

2019-07-20 - Pickup truck and car crash on I-90 near Post Falls (Idaho), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Idaho State Police say the crash may have been caused by a medical issue."

2019-07-20 - Pickup truck veers off road at 3 AM, crashes down embankment and overturns, in Huntsville (Utah), 2 killed, 5 injured:

2019-07-20 - Car veers off road at 6:45 AM, crashes into tree, on Smokey Hollow Road in the Town of Lysander (New York), 1 killed:

2019-07-20 - Car veers off road just before 3 AM, crashes into tree, in Kalamazoo (Michigan), 1 killed:

2019-07-20 - Car veers off road, crashes into pole, on Limonite Avenue in Jurupa Valley (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-07-20 - Scooter crashes onto the shore of Lake Lanier (Georgia), 1 killed:

2019-07-20 - Sinkhole opens at home in the Village of Alhambra (Florida):

2019-07-20 - Man, 21, goes missing while swimming near coastal Wrightsville Beach (North Carolina):

2019-07-20 - Man collapses on Bessingby Road in coastal Bridlington (Britain):

Quote: "Bessingby Road, Bridlington. Sat 20 Jul 2019 14:55 (No:15780) Fire Service assisted adult male collapsed in the street. Left in care of paramedics."

2019-07-20 - Volcano Etna erupts in Italy, 2 airports closed:

2019-07-20 - Tropical Cyclone Danas reaches South Korea, Japan receives record July rainfall:

2019-07-20 - Powerful storm causes widespread power outages in Minnesota and Michigan:

2019-07-20 - Meltwater lake found 11,000 feet up in the Alps:

2019-07-20 - The Marshall Islands in the Pacific have radiation levels up to 1,000 times higher than Chernobyl and Fukushima:


  1. Well good morning Jonny, Fran, Mike D., Tom N., LL, Terry, FezzedOne, Panther and all other readers that made it this far this year! Let's try to stay alive for the rest of the year.

    Heavy weather is expected late this afternoon through to tomorrow morning around here as the heatwave breaks.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 7.21.19 Is Netflix Bad for the Environment? [~ 17 min.]

    Sulfur Dioxide Releases Connected to Earthquake Activity – Warning for North America (July 21, 2019) [~ 5 min.]

    Major Power Outages in Brooklyn and Queens - LIVE COVERAGE [~ 127.75 min. video]

    Totalitarian Rule means end of Democracy - William Binney, Herland Report TV

    "We are violating the Constitution by spying on every US citizen. It is a totalitarian process, for example the media is totally infiltrated by the CIA" says former NSA director, William Binney, on his role as the leading American whistleblower before Edward Snowden.

    He uncovered and warned of the mass surveillance done out of the NSA post 9/11. [~ 43.3 min. video]

    Monday, 22 July 2019
    Iranian IRGC: "you fire against us; wer [sic] open fire against you" Stena Imperio seized despite British attempts to intervene

    Iranian tanker: Madrid objects to British act of piracy
    Spain to complain after Gibraltar seizes Iranian tanker in disputed waters

    War with Iran 'now more likely than not' – expert

    Unprecedented methane leaks in 6 major US cities

    Natural gas, long touted as a cleaner burning alternative to coal, has a leakage problem.

    A new study has found that leaks of methane are twice as big as official tallies suggest in major cities along the U.S. eastern seaboard. [more]

    Le Show for 7/21/19 [~ 1 hr.]

    The Ubinas Volcano, the most active in Peru: Mount Bromo in East Java Indonesia and Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's biggest all erupt over the weekend

    [continued below]

  2. Museum Fire causes evacuations at Flagstaff

    It has come to within a mile of the north edge of the city [more]

    Excessive Heat Warnings in parts of Central and Eastern U.S.

    [Jonny and i are both in this zone; Fran in Heat Advisory]

    Iran says it arrested 17 CIA spies, some sentenced to death

    Iran said Monday it has arrested 17 Iranian nationals allegedly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the country's nuclear and military sites, and that some of them have already been sentenced to death. [more]

    Somber Monument To Mark Glacier Lost To Climate Change

    Scientists are memorializing what they’ve described as Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change with a somber monument and “letter to the future” reminding humans to do better at tackling global warming. [more]

    [from our Interesting Ways to Die file]
    Father of 6 dies after wave breaks his neck in 'freak accident' on North Carolina coast [~ 2 min. news piece]

    Lightning strikes one man at Florida beach, injures 7 others

    A man was directly struck by lightning on Sunday in Clearwater Beach, Florida, as a thunderstorm rolled through the area.

    The early-afternoon strike left seven other people injured. [more]

    Child Struck by Lightning During Severe Storms in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania [short news piece]

    Seagull snatches chihuahua from back garden and flies off with tiny dog in its beak

    Higher temperatures can lead to more crime

    A recent study by University of Southern California researchers analyzed data from the Los Angeles Police Department [more]

    [here's an animal attack for ya!]
    Horse kicks man in groin at popular Maryland beach

    A tourist was kicked in the crotch by a wild horse on the beach of Assateague Island, located off the coast of Maryland, after the man attempted to pet the animal. [41 sec. video]

    U.S. Shale Is Doomed No Matter What They Do

    With financial stress setting in for U.S. shale companies, some are trying to drill their way out of the problem, while others are hoping to boost profitability by cutting costs and implementing spending restraint. Both approaches are riddled with risk.

    “Turbulence and desperation are roiling the struggling fracking industry,” Kathy Hipple and Tom Sanzillo wrote in a note for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). [more; so DIE already!]

  3. [some stories, to start your week, from Rice Farmer]

    News Links, July 22, 2019
    Rice Farmer

    There are 16 million slaves around the world making our stuff

    Gold is making a comeback to the world financial system

    Silver Rallies to Its Highest in Over a Year, Plays 'Catch Up' to Gold's Gains

    BOJ's Kuroda says he disagrees with modern monetary theory

    Central Banks See Here a Cut, There a Cut, Everywhere a Cut, Cut

    Doug Casey: The Next Depression Will Be One for the Record Books

    Why Powell Fears a Gold Standard

    U.S. Field artillery back to learning manual methods after Russian intervention in Ukraine

    Graham warns against Afghanistan withdrawal [then YOU go!]

    The New EU is Even More Insane than the Old EU

    As US Modernizes Its Nuclear Arsenal, Costs and Risks Soar

    Iranian Ships Stranded In Brazil In Need Of Fuel Due To U.S. Sanctions

    Allies Resist US Call for Anti-Iran Naval Force, Fearing It Would Worsen Tensions [AND they buy Iranian oil!]

    U.S. says Venezuelan plane aggressively shadowed a U.S. military aircraft [woool, YEAH - you started it wit' da coup!]

    As Costs of Climate Crisis Grow, Protest Movement Escalates

    Germany's renewable energy program, Energiewende, is a big, expensive failure

    Oil Will Go ''Bust'' If Recession Hits

    Russian Nuclear Reactors Taken Offline In 2nd Serious Incident In Under A Week

    Blackhawk Files Chapter 11, Joins List of Bankrupt Coal Miners

    Devastating banana disease may have reached Latin America, could drive up global prices

    'It never stops': US farmers now face extreme heat wave after floods and trade war

    Hemp used for construction gains popularity in U.S.

    Germany's forests on the verge of collapse, experts report

    10 Ways Andrew Wheeler Has Decimated EPA Protections in Just One Year

    'Quite phenomenal': Arctic heatwave hits most northerly settlement in world

    343 NYC firefighters died on 9/11. Since then, 200 have died from Ground Zero-related illnesses

    DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it's horrific

    IUCN red list reveals wildlife destruction from treetop to ocean floor

    'The Numbers Are Just Horrendous.' Almost 30,000 Species Face Extinction Because of Human Activity

    [BULLSHIT ALERT, TAKE PRECAUTIONS]Snow cannons could stabilize West Antarctic ice sheet

    FBI shines light on now shut down "human chop shop" in Phoenix

    Scientists are worried that a thousand gray whales have died so far this year [Japan, Denmark and others want to "harvest" the rest]

    [continued below]

  4. Israeli security company reportedly has tool that spies on Apple, Google and Facebook cloud data

    Nearly 60 per cent of Huawei's 50 5G contracts are from Europe

    Still-unresolved battle over privacy between US law enforcement and Silicon Valley is growing

    Russia's Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: 'Largest Data Breach In Its History'

    Orwell, Inc.: How Your Employer Spies On You From When You Wake Up Until You Go To Bed

    California Is Launching a Creepy "Cradle to Career" Data System to Track Everything About Children [it'll be short lived]

    Twitter Restores Assange Activism Account In Response To Backlash [FUCK Twitter - piece of shit censoring spyware]

    The Planetary Insanity of Eternal Economic Growth

    Service resuming after 7 New York City subway lines stopped

    White House to host meeting with tech executives on Huawei ban

    Trump's war on Huawei risks hobbling US innovation [ah, so who is stealing tech secrets from whom?]

    'The dead zone': Drinking water in these major cities may soon become toxic

    Prescription opioid overdoses drop, as fentanyl deaths skyrocket

    Confusion builds over U.S. ban on Chinese surveillance technology

    [PA]Kids could end up in foster care over unpaid school lunch bills, district says in letter [that's a little harsh . ..]

    New US Pentagon Chief – Vested Interest in War & Conflict

    America's child-care crisis: 'The entire system is experiencing pressure from every angle and something's got to blow'

  5. Dead blue whale found floating in Marbella, Spain

    Lightning kills 32 in a day in Uttar Pradesh as monsoon batters India

    Dr. Drew: Los Angeles facing an 'imminent outbreak' of bubonic plague

    Dr. Drew Pinsky said Friday that Los Angeles faces an imminent outbreak of bubonic plague because of the growth of the homeless population and the failure of state and local authorities to deal with rodent problems. [more]

    [that should take care of their homeless problem!]

    The U.S. Is Staging Troops At A Key Saudi Military Base That It Used During All Of Our Previous Middle East Wars

    The U.S. military is following many of the exact same patterns that we witnessed during our previous wars in the Middle East, and that even includes setting up shop at a key military base deep in the heart of the Arabian peninsula. [more]

    In Chennai, water is now more expensive than petrol – 600 million people dealing with high to extreme water shortages – “I know what I am doing is wrong, but we are in a situation where you have to do what you can to survive”

    Where lions once ruled, they are now quietly disappearing – Lion population has declined by 50 percent in 25 years

    For every lion in the wild, there are 14 African elephants, and there are 15 Western lowland gorillas. There are more rhinos than lions, too.

    The iconic species has disappeared from 94 percent of its historic range, which once included almost the entire African continent but is now limited to less than 660,000 square miles. With fewer than an estimated 25,000 in Africa, lions are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which determines the conservation status of species. [more]

    [cheesecake photo of the day]
    Residents of Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city, escape 32°C heatwave by chilling on Siberian glacier

    Today it’s +32°C (89.6°F) in Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city, and locals escape heatwave like true Siberians – by chilling on ice.

    Today the Buluus glacier is as packed with visitors as the only official beach in Yakutsk, the world’s largest city built on permafrost.

    A hidden gem of Yakutia, it lies in a deep valley some 100km from Yakutsk, surrounded by pristine pine forests and lush green meadows.

    Yakutsk is hotter than Yemen! [more]

    [more below]

  6. Canada rejects scientists’ emergency call to protect endangered trout on oil pipeline path – “They are mismanaging our fish right into extinction”

    The federal [Canadian] government has turned down an emergency recommendation from scientists to use a federal law to protect endangered trout that live along the path of the existing Trans Mountain oil pipeline and its expansion project. [more]

    Wildfires rage in Siberia around the “Mouth of Hell” – Scientist warns fires will accelerate growth of Batagai Depression, a giant gash in the tundra

    One account says the the impact of lighting in ‘dry’ thunder-storms is akin to carnage from ‘incendiary bombs’. [more]

    Scientists declare Masai giraffes “Endangered” – “We have to regulate the international giraffe trade or risk losing one of our planet’s most remarkable animals”

    [not gonna happen - nobody cares and we're all toast soon]

    Highlighting the need for global action to fight giraffes’ silent extinction, a body of scientific experts today declared giraffes in Kenya and Tanzania — called Masai giraffes — endangered. [more]

    Photo gallery: Satellite view of “unprecedented” Arctic wildfires, July 2019

    Pierre Markuse, a satellite imagery processing guru, has documented some of the blazes attacking the forests and peatlands of the Arctic. The imagery reveals the delicate landscapes with braided rivers, towering mountains, and vast swaths of forest, all under a thick blanket of smoke. [more]

    Scientists desert USDA as Trump admin relocates agency to Kansas City area – “The relocation of these agencies is an attempt to hollow out and dismantle USDA science that helps farmers and protects our food supply”

    When U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the planned new location of the research agencies last month, he said it “will be placing important USDA resources closer to many stakeholders” and “increasing the probability of attracting highly-qualified staff with training and interests in agriculture.”

    But groups such as the Union of Concerned Scientists call it a “blatant attack on science” that will “especially hurt farmers, ranchers and eaters at a particularly vulnerable time.”

    The American Federation of Government Employees, the union representing the USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, said the relocation “has resulted in catastrophic attrition at USDA’s top research agencies.” [more]

    [continued below]

  7. Current coal phase-out pledges are insufficient to hit Paris climate goal

    [like the Constitution, nobody even considers this a goal now]

    The Powering Past Coal Alliance, or PPCA, is a coalition of 30 countries and 22 cities and states that aims to phase out unabated coal power. But analysis led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, published in Nature Climate Change, shows that members mainly pledge to close older plants near the end of their lifetimes, resulting in limited emissions reductions. The research also shows that expansion of the PPCA to major coal consuming countries would face economic and political difficulties.

    By analysing a worldwide database of coal power plants, the researchers have shown that pledges from PPCA members will result in a reduction of about 1.6 gigatonnes of CO2 from now until 2050. This represents only around 1/150th of projected CO2 emissions over the same time period from all coal power plants which are already operating globally. [more; pfff]

    Humanity’s climate “carbon budget” dwindling fast – At current CO2 emission rates the budget will be exhausted in less than 14 years – “The trillion-dollar question is how much of a carbon budget do we have left?”

    [there is no carbon budget - we're well past it now]

    The concept of a carbon budget is dead simple: figure out how much CO2 humanity can pump into the atmosphere without pushing Earth’s surface temperature beyond a dangerous threshold. [cf. What Counts for Our Climate: Carbon Budgets Untangled and Budgeting for our future climate. –Des] [more; it's already too late! The effects are locked in.]

    [a word from Mr. Nice Guy]
    Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro declares “the Amazon is ours” and accuses scientists of lying about deforestation data

    The Amazon belongs to Brazil and European countries can mind their own business because they have already destroyed their own environment, said Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who also described his own government’s satellite data showing an alarming rise in deforestation as “lies”. [more; "so watch while we destroy ours!"]

    Ag’s Climate Challenge: Grow 50% More Food Without More Land or Emissions

    It means less beef, less food waste and reforestation on a grand scale, among other key steps, say authors of a new United Nations and WRI report. [more; fat chance that'll happen]

    'A Death Spiral for Research’: Arctic Scientists Worried as Alaska Universities Face 40% Funding Cut

    The state's flagship university at Fairbanks is a hub of climate research that brings together scientists from around the world.

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a hub for Arctic climate research, and a magnet for top scientists and international collaborations—and it's in trouble.

    Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy has slashed the university system's state funding by more than 40 percent, and efforts in the legislature to restore the money have so far failed. It's not yet clear how the funding cut will play out at the universities, but some experts worry that when it comes to the future of climate science there, the damage is already done.

    [from MrMBB333 yesterday]
    AMAZING! Massive Storms MERGE Together Above a "Triangle Craft" via Strange Conduit-like Cloud [~ 11 min.]

  8. Monsoon death toll tops 650 with 10 million affected as rains unleash flood fury in South Asia

    More than 10 million people in the South Asian countries have been affected by the deluge, which has also forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

    In India, heavy rains since the start of July have killed at least 467 people with many districts in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam states cut off because of flooding.

    More than 70 people have also died in building collapses in Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh states following substantial rainfalls.

    In neighbouring Nepal, 90 people have died and another 29 are missing, although the worst seems to be over in the Himalayan country.

    Torrential rains in flood-prone Bangladesh have killed more than 97 people -- most by drowning and lightning strikes -- in the last two weeks, with swathes of agricultural fields lying inundated.

    At least 30 people have also lost their lives in Pakistan.[more]

    Stuff no one asked for: P&G launching 'smart diapers' with help from Google

    [smart? They're full of SHIT!]

    Nice try, wrong missile: US botches propaganda video accusing Russia of INF violation

    The US mission to NATO sought to blame Russia for the expiration of an arms control treaty by posting a Twitter cartoon claiming Moscow had developed a forbidden missile - but didn't help its own argument by showing the wrong one.

    In a surprisingly poor-quality video, narrated by a female AI voice, the US accused Russia of developing a missile that was banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and said there was still time for Moscow to "come back into full and verifiable compliance" before the deal expires on August 2.

    Not only is this not true, but the missile system shown in the cartoon was the perfectly legal and completely different Iskander-M.

    The real problem is the claim that preserving the INF treaty is somehow Russia's responsibility, with just over a week left on the clock.

    Russia, however, has cited the US exit from the ABM treaty as one of the key reasons - along with NATO's eastward expansion - for its military modernization program and in particular the development of new missile technologies capable of maintaining its nuclear deterrent. [more]

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  9. [from the Florida Tourism Bureau]

    Man contracts flesh-eating disease while visiting Florida beach: 'I almost lost my leg or my life'

    A Georgia man was hospitalized after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria while vacationing in Panama City, Fla., earlier this month.

    Physicians believe he contracted the disease after bacteria seeped into a tiny scratch below his knee while he was in the water at Panama City Beach. [more]

    8 injured after lightning strikes Florida beach

    Lightning struck at a Florida beach on Sunday, leaving eight people injured, police said. [more; maybe just stay away, ok?]

    [hey, while we're at it]
    Here’s All the Places Where People Have Reported Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria in 2019

    Evacuations ordered as two brush fires burn along 5 Freeway in Grapevine

    Two fires are burning on hundreds of acres in the Grapevine along the 5 Freeway, forcing some evacuations in the Lebec area. [short news spot]

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  10. Passerby Helps Minnesota Deputies Chase Down School Bus After Driver Suffers Medical Emergency

    A passerby teamed up with police officers in Granite Falls, Minnesota, to help stop a runaway school bus after the driver had a medical emergency on Wednesday, July 17.

    According to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, officers received multiple calls about a school bus being driven on the wrong side of the road. Witnesses reported watching the bus hit several cars westbound on Highway 212.

    Yellow Medicine County deputies and Granite Falls police officers found the passenger-free bus traveling on the highway near County Road 5. The bus driver failed to stop for officers and authorities said they believed the driver was suffering a medical emergency.

    The driver, 70-year-old Brian Fuller, was transported to the Granite Falls Hospital. [more; incl. 5.3 min. video]

    'Our paychecks bounced': US workers in limbo as coalmines suddenly close

    Through filing bankruptcies, attorneys who have represented coalminers argue current laws allow operators to avoid obligations they have to workers. [more; gettin' the shaft!]

    U.S. records 25 new measles cases as outbreak spreads to Ohio, Alaska

    The United States recorded 25 new measles cases last week, raising the total number of cases this year to 1,148 in the country's worst outbreak in a quarter century, federal health officials said on Monday.

    The 2.2% increase in the number of cases between July 11 and July 18 included new cases in Ohio and Alaska, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 30, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

    While 25 new cases is up from 14 in each of the past two weeks, the number reported in a week has not exceeded 30 since June 24. [more]

    Thai farmers asked to delay rice planting as drought bites

    Farmers in the world's second-biggest rice exporter usually plant their main crop in May, the beginning of the rainy season, for harvest between August and October.

    But this year, the rain has been sparse and drought has been declared in more than a dozen provinces in northern and northeastern rice regions.

    The government is considering measures such as cloud seeding to try to bring rain but in the meantime, farmers have been asked to hold off.

    "We would like to ask farmers not to grow new crops of rice because there may not be enough water," Irrigation Department official Sanya Sangpumpong told Reuters. [more]