Monday, August 5, 2019

Event Update For 2019-08-04

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

2019-08-04 - Images show staggering extent of melting on Greenland ice sheet because of heat wave:

2019-08-04 - Heatwave broils Japan, 57+ killed in a week:

2019-08-04 - Toxic blue-green algae hits Lady Bird Lake in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "The city of Austin issued a warning Sunday advising pet owners to keep their animals out of Lady Bird Lake because of the presence of dangerous algae. The city said the warning was issued 'out of an abundance of caution' and that the algae is not a threat to humans."

Note: Cool, if it's not a threat to humans then it shouldn't be a threat to dogs either...

2019-08-04 - Two dogs die after swimming in Lady Bird Lake in Austin (Texas):

Note: Well, okay, dogs are dying, but humans are still safe, right?!

2019-08-04 - Man found face-down and dead in Lady Bird Lake in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "Police say firefighters found the body face-down on Sunday morning in Lady Bird Lake, located in downtown Austin. The body was located near the Seaholm Power Plant. Authorities were planning to launch a boat into the lake to retrieve the body. Police say the incident is not being investigated as a suspicious death and that there was no danger to the public."

Note: Huh, maybe humans aren't safe after all. 'Out of an abundance of caution', I wouldn't be listening to those officials saying the water is safe!

2019-08-04 - Wildfire threat growing in the US Pacific Northwest:

Quote: "But according to experts, previously too-wet-to-burn parts of the Pacific Northwest face an increasing risk of significant wildfires due to changes in its climate driven by the same phenomenon: Global warming is bringing higher temperatures, lower humidity and longer stretches of drought."

2019-08-04 - Magnitude 6.2+ earthquake strikes in the ocean near coastal Fukushima Prefecture (Japan):

2019-08-04 - Boat bursts into flame on Lake Texoma (Oklahoma):

2019-08-04 - Luxury yacht bursts into flame on the Ombla River near coastal Dubrovnik (Croatia):

2019-08-04 - Fishing boat explodes on the Noosa River in coastal Noosaville (Australia), 1 injured:

2019-08-04 - In separate incidents, two boats burst into flame off coastal Ɓguilas (Spain):

2019-08-04 - Houseboat destroyed by fire while docked on the River Thames at Taggs Island in Hampton (Britain):

Note: These are the 689th, 690th, 691st, 692nd, 693rd and 694th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-04 - School bus bursts into flame north of Yazd (Iran), 9 injured:

Quote: "A school bus carrying 40 female university students got on fire on the way to the city of Yazd, central Iran. Nine girls were reported to have suffered burns and injuries in this dramatic tragedy that took place some 65 km north of the city."

Note: This is the 101st school bus to burn in 2019, and this is the 367th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-04 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway in Malaybalay City (Philippine Islands):

2019-08-04 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway in Nebbi District (Uganda), near Lake Albert:

Note: These are the 368th and 369th buses to burn in 2019...

2019-08-04 - Tractor bursts into flame near Bishopscourt on the Isle of Man:

2019-08-04 - Tractor bursts into flame in or near Moretonhampstead (Britain):

2019-08-04 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame in Terrington St John (Britain):

Note: These are the 1338th, 1339th and 1340th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-04 - Asphalt truck bursts into flame at school in Austin (Minnesota):

2019-08-04 - RV bursts into flame on I-75 near Linwood (Michigan):

Note: This is the 289th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-08-04 - Van bursts into flame at 1:02 AM on Stone Crescent in Wellington (Britain):

2019-08-04 - Van bursts into flame at 11:31 PM on Henry Street in Crewe (Britain):

2019-08-04 - SUV bursts into flame on street in coastal Sarasota (Florida):

2019-08-04 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked on Rose Avenue in Pleasanton (California):

2019-08-04 - Car bursts into flame on US 50 near Warrensburg (Missouri):

2019-08-04 - Car bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, in Lapwai (Idaho):

2019-08-04 - Car bursts into flame on Lorikeet Drive in coastal Broome (Australia):

2019-08-04 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Saint Paul’s Bay on the island of Malta:

2019-08-04 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Pinsley View in Wrenbury (Britain):

2019-08-04 - Car bursts into flame at 1 AM on Vicarage Road in Windhill (Britain):

2019-08-04 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-15 near Inkom (Idaho):

2019-08-04 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the M1 near Coventry (Britain):

2019-08-04 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Winterton Road in coastal Winteringham (Britain):

Quote: "Winterton Road, Winteringham. Sun 4 Aug 2019 14:59 (No:17053) One motorbike on fire. One hose reel in use."

2019-08-04 - Moped bursts into flame on Second Avenue in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Second Avenue, Grimsby. Sun 4 Aug 2019 13:48 (No:17040) Moped fire. One hose reel in use."

2019-08-04 - Pickup truck, UTV and home destroyed by garage fire in Ashton (Idaho):

Quote: "The entire structure, a pickup truck and a UTV were destroyed."

Quote: "No cause has been determined, but Richey said they believe the fire started in the garage."

2019-08-04 - Industrial complex devastated by massive fire in South Bend (Indiana):

2019-08-04 - Storage facility heavily damaged by fire in Jonesboro (Arkansas):

2019-08-04 - Garage and carport destroyed by fire at home in Richmond (Virginia):

2019-08-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after 1 AM on Second Street in Fairfield (California):

2019-08-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM on Mayflower Terrace in coastal Yarmouth (Massachusetts):

2019-08-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Meadows Run in Henrico County (Virginia):

2019-08-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire just after 1 AM on Washington Terrace in Pittston (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Wesley Drive in Akron (New York):

2019-08-04 - Home heavily damaged by basement fire on Armour Street in Gatineau (Canada):

2019-08-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 12:30 AM on South Bluff Street in South Beloit (Illinois):

2019-08-04 - Home destroyed by garage fire on Chesapeake Drive in coastal Stevensville (Maryland), 2200 feet from the ocean, 1 injured:

2019-08-04 - Home destroyed by fire at 1:15 AM in Topeka (Kansas):

2019-08-04 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in the Overbrook area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-04 - Hotel heavily damaged by fire in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia):

2019-08-04 - Inn heavily damaged by fire at 12:50 AM on Ocean Avenue in coastal Siasconset (Massachusetts), 600 feet from the ocean:

2019-08-04 - Deadly fire burns home at 2:35 AM on County Road 121 in Valley Head (Georgia), 2 killed:

2019-08-04 - Vacant home burns just after 6 AM on Gresham Road in Knoxville (Tennessee):

2019-08-04 - Vacant home burns on Cabin Creek Road in Eskdale (West Virginia):

2019-08-04 - Vacant home burns at 3:15 AM on Paddock Road in Loris (South Carolina):

2019-08-04 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 4:09 AM on South Shadylane in East Liverpool (Ohio):

2019-08-04 - Hundreds of fish found dead in Morrison Ranch Lake in Gilbert (Arizona):

2019-08-04 - Couple in their 80s drop dead in yard at their home near the Erie Canal in Perinton (New York):

Quote: "The Egypt Fire Department arrived on scene and confirmed there were no airborne contaminates [sic] at the site that could pose a threat to first responders or the community."

Note: Even a slight breeze would blow any airborne contaminants away. They could've gotten one breath of hydrogen sulfide, collapsed dead, and then the cloud blew onward. There's no clinical test for hydrogen sulfide poisoning, so we'll never know, as will be the case with mostly everybody that's killed by hydrogen sulfide...

2019-08-04 - Four students die in river in Linyi (China):

2019-08-04 - Boy, 15, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena (Illinois):

2019-08-04 - Man, 67, found dead in swimming pool at home on Raynor Road in Ridge on coastal Long Island (New York):

Note: If this sounds familiar it's because a 24-year-old man died after being pulled from a swimming pool at a home in Ridge last month, mentioned in the 2019-07-13 update...

2019-08-04 - Man, around 60, found dead in the water near coastal Trinidad State Beach (California):

2019-08-04 - Man, late 20s, found dead in the water at coastal Imperial Beach (California):

2019-08-04 - Man, 34, dies after being pulled unconscious from Flathead Lake (Montana):

2018-08-04 - Man, 26, found dead in Rufus Woods Lake (Washington):

2019-08-04 - Man found dead in Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough (New Hampshire):

2019-08-04 - Man, 51, falls into the water and dies in Twin Lake (Michigan):

2019-08-04 - Man, 65, found dead in dumpster near Dollar General in Crawfordville (Florida):

2019-08-04 - Man, 71, drops dead in hotel room in Bullhead City (Arizona):

2019-08-04 - Firefighter, 32, loses consciousness while fighting wildfire, dies shortly later, near Ottawa (Canada):

Quote: "Quebec’s forest fire protection service has identified a 32-year-old who died Sunday while battling a blaze in the province’s Outaouais region. The fire protection service says Isaiah Nottaway lost consciousness while working to contain a fire in Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, about 50 kilometres north of Ottawa. Resuscitation attempts were made until paramedics arrived, but Nottaway was pronounced dead after being transported to hospital. The service said in a statement that it is unclear what caused his medical crisis."

2019-08-04 - Man, 42, has 'medical event' and drops dead while snowboarding near Queenstown (New Zealand), near Lake Wakatipu:

Quote: "An Australian man has died while snowboarding at Coronet Peak skifield, near Queenstown. A statement from NZSki, the company that owns Coronet Peak, said the man was found lying down in the snow by four guests at about 11.35am. The death was believed to be caused by a medical event."

2019-08-04 - Man, 49, found dead in canal in coastal Amsterdam (Netherlands):

2019-08-04 - Man falls into the River Avon and dies in Bristol (Britain):

2019-08-04 - Man in his 50s drops dead at 5:30 AM on street in coastal Fortuneswell on the Isle of Portland (Britain), 700 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "Police investigating the death of a man on Portland say a witness has come forward following an appeal. His death is not being treated as suspicious. The man in his 50s sadly died after it was believed he collapsed in the street. Police say they were called to High Street, Fortuneswell at 5.30am on Sunday."

2019-08-04 - Man has 'medical emergency', pickup truck hits car then overturns multiple times, on I-20 in Jackson (Mississippi), 1 killed:

Quote: "Police believe the driver suffered from a medical emergency which resulted in his vehicle colliding with another. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured in the crash."

2019-08-04 - Man has 'medical emergency', pickup truck crashes into home, in Youngstown (Ohio), 1 injured:

Quote: "A man crashed his truck into a house in Youngstown Sunday night after having a medical emergency, first responders said."

2019-08-04 - Woman has 'medical condition', car crashes into tree, in North Platte (Nebraska), 1 injured:

Quote: "A North Platte woman was taken to Great Plains Health after she suffered a medical condition and crashed into a tree Sunday afternoon."

2019-08-04 - Iranian fighter jet crashes near the Persian Gulf in Isfahan Province (Iran):

2019-08-04 - Small plane crashes near Girdwood (Alaska), near the coast, 4 killed:

2019-08-04 - Small plane crashes in Carp Lake Township (Michigan), 1 killed:

2019-08-03 - Small plane crashes and burns near De Queen (Arkansas):

2019-08-04 - Small plane crashes in or near Lincoln (Nebraska), 1 injured:

2019-08-04 - Medical helicopter crashes into the ocean off the Fiji Islands, 3 killed:

2019-08-04 - Passenger bus crashes into median at 3:15 AM, bursts into flame, in Bihar (India), 1 killed, 13 injured:

2019-08-04 - Passenger bus plunges into ravine near Apolo (Bolivia), 14 killed, 21 injured:

2019-08-04 - Tanker truck crashes into median and overturns on I-75 near Tipp City (Ohio):

2019-08-04 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on South Water Road in Grant Township (Michigan), 1 killed:

2019-08-04 - Car veers over centerline, hits SUV head-on, fire erupts, on Highway 99 in Sutter County (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-08-04 - Car veers off road, crashes into apartment building, in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), 1 injured:

Quote: "Police said the driver involved may have suffered a medical episode before the crash."

2019-08-04 - Car veers off road, crashes into trees, in the Town of Green Lake (Wisconsin), 1 killed:

2019-08-04 - Car veers off road, crashes through fences, in Kingman (Arizona):

Quote: "Vehicle collision may have resulted from medical episode..."

2019-08-04 - Shark attacks and lightly injures man in New Smyrna Beach (Florida), third attack in two days:

2019-08-04 - Massive power outage leaves tens of millions of people in the dark on the island of Java (Indonesia):

2019-08-04 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Grangemouth (Scotland):

2019-08-04 - Waterspout filmed off Emerald Isle (North Carolina), one of an influx for the state:

2019-08-04 - Rhine River at record low levels in Germany:

2019-08-04 - America has gulags in its own backyard:


  1. Jonny, you could have EASILY been an investigative journalist (for presentation of factual information), a stand up comic (excellent timing of said articles leading to punch line), or a critic of community health policy (for logical deductions stemming from facts). Great work! Had me laughin' out loud at the top of today's report.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 8.5.19 Greenland Lost 12.5 Billion Tons of Ice in a Single Day [~ 16 min.]

    [Question: what effect will all that cold fresh melt water have on the AMOC?]

    Goose Fire burning from Nevada toward Idaho

    [3500 acres]

    Williams Flats Fire spreads to the east and north

    The Williams Flats Fire along the Columbia River 15 miles east of Coulee Dam, Washington spread half a mile to one mile on the north and east sides on Saturday and Sunday to bring the size up to 13,497 acres. [more]

    [okay, let's stop pussy-footing around]
    A climate catastrophe that can not be stopped by human means! Russian fires now bigger than Denmark: 13 million hectares gone

    Siberian forests, called the ‘lungs of Europe’ due to their major role in soaking up emissions, have been devastated
    by raging wildfires during this year’s hot summer.

    A climate catastrophe that can not be stopped by human means, Greenpeace

    Fires have transformed into an ecological disaster [more]

    [now THAT'S a FIRE!]

    What is the world’s most corrupt country? [Eric Zuesse]

    [after listing linked facts] the U.S. is the world’s most corrupt country — at least amongst all of the industrialized nations. The individuals who control it are determined to keep it that way. [more]

    *Large Scale UNUSUAL Event* - Covers the ENTIRE top of the World! [MrMBB333 video] [10.6 min.]

    ["wildfires are burning on EVERY CONTINENT except Antarctica"]

    Water reservoirs nearly full, 8 500 rescued as record-breaking rains hit Mumbai, India

    Very heavy monsoon rains are affecting Indian financial capital Mumbai (population 18.4 million) since June 25, leaving the seven lakes and reservoirs supplying drinking water to the city almost full and at the highest levels since 2016. Officials said the supply can comfortably last up to September 2020 without any cuts. [more]

    [more below]

  2. Tennis ball-sized hail damages cars near Twin Cities

    Hailstones up to 4 inches in diameter battered Minnesota's Carver, Hennepin, and Wright counties, west of Minneapolis, on the afternoon of Monday, August 5, damaging vehicles and other property, according to people in the area. [more; videos!]

    Lightning strike kills man in Stark County, North Dakota

    [a quick look at economic news]

    $1,400,000,000,000 Gone In Less Than A Week – Stock Market In Turmoil As The Trade War Dramatically Escalates

    Our trade war with China has begun to spiral out of control, and as a result global financial markets have been thrown into a state of turmoil. On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 767 points, and that represented the sixth-largest single day stock market decline in all of U.S. history. To put that into perspective, the biggest single day decline during the financial crisis of 2008 was just 777 points. So what we witnessed on Monday was definitely very serious. And the Nasdaq just got absolutely monkey-hammered as well. On a percentage basis, it was down even more than the Dow was, and it has now fallen for six days in a row. We have not seen a losing streak that long for the Nasdaq since President Trump was elected, and some analysts are convinced that even more chaos is on the way.

    Overall, 1.4 trillion dollars in stock market wealth has been completely wiped out in less than a week… [more]

    Tuesday, 6 August 2019
    HSBC bank in trouble

    Hong Kong Riots Reveal A Looming Crisis At The World's 6th Largest Bank

    John McAfee Has Some Questions About This Weekend's Mass Shootings

    why have people become so angry, hostile and alienated that they need to murder total strangers.

    "That's the question, people. We need to answer that first," McAfee said [more; ~ 2 min. video clip]

    [continued below]

  3. For The First Time In 25 Years, US Treasury Just Designated China A Currency Manipulator

    US trade war with China escalates and China Halts Purchases

    [contains these articles]
    Global stock markets crash as US trade war with China escalates

    China Halts Purchases of US Agricultural Products, Mulls Retroactive Tariffs - Commerce Ministry

    [in other geo-political news]
    India Absorbs Kashmir

    India revokes Kashmir's special status

    The move is expected to spark unrest. [more incl. following]

    BREAKING NEWS: India Absorbs Kashmir; WAR with Pakistan now foregone conclusion

    [any flashpoint can morph into WWIII]

    Getting past the BS: New Zealand just saw its warmest July

    Climate scientist: It's cold now, but NZ region just saw its warmest July

    July's land temperatures had finished up a record 1.79C above average, while the Tasman Sea had come in at 0.72C. [more]

    Indonesia president threatens to sack fire fighters if forest blazes not tackled

    [stupidest idea ever - who's gonna put 'em out if they're all fired?! Why don't you come out here and HELP?]

    ndonesian President Joko Widodo threatened on Tuesday to sack military and police officers fighting forest fires if they fail to extinguish the flames. He also promised government funds for high-tech equipment like drones to help tackle the blazes. [more; politicians jes' tryin' a he'p!]

    USDA Scientist Quits, Claims Trump Administration Tried To Bury Climate Study

    [one down, more to come - just what Trump wants]

    A top climate scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture has resigned in protest of what he describes as the Trump administration’s efforts to censor and suppress climate science. [more]

    U.S. has lost 24 million acres of natural land in 16 years -independent report

    The United States has lost the equivalent of nine Grand Canyon national parks, or 24 million acres (9712455.41 hectares) of natural area, between 2001 and 2017 due to agriculture, energy development, housing sprawl and other human factors, making the country more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a report released Tuesday. [more]

  4. I can't believe that I missed the two dogs and one man dying by H2S in Lady Bird Lake in Austin. This lake is just the Colorado River going through the center of the city which was dammed up east of town to make it wider and more "controllable". Before the dams it used to flood downtown a lot. Until a few years ago it was called Town Lake.

    Anyway, I'm sure the algae and the H2S is going to get much, much worse in the coming days because we're forecast to hit 104 every day for the next week. After a coolish spring and first part of summer we are now descending into hell.

    1. I just crossed Lady Bird Lake. In about an hour I'll be crossing it again. Maybe I'll rent a kayak. Bwahahahaha....

  5. I hear that Mike. Stay hydrated & cool.

    6 underwater volcanoes found hiding in plain sight in Italy

    Video captures spectacular upward lightning display at Guatemala's Volcan de Agua

    Waterspout forms twice off Marco Island, Florida

  6. Reports: Plane Carrying Pink's Crew Crash Lands in Denmark
    Reports: Plane Carrying Pink's Crew Crash Lands in Denmark

    Police said that a private Cessna plane with 10 people on board caught fire on landing at the Aarhus airport. It said the plane had flown from Oslo and that those on board included seven passengers: four U.S. citizens, two Australians and one British national.

    Police said they could not comment on the circumstances or possible causes pending an investigation. [more]

    [Pink was not on the plane]

  7. High levels of hydrogen sulfide, source unknown, blow through area in Grand Junction (Colorado):

    Quote: "At 4:25 p.m. on August 6, 2019, the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the area of 27 ½ Court and G Road where Xcel Energy workers discovered high amounts of the poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas. According to GJFD, the gas was not a result of the work being done by Xcel Energy and the source of the gas is unknown. Access to G Road was closed during the incident and many homeowners were unable to leave their homes. GJFD and Xcel took several gas readings and found that the hydrogen sulfide had dissipated."

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  8. So they ARE TESTING for H2S now, Jonny? Great! One step closer to acknowledgement of JJFH!

    You're on to something Mike! It's gonna be worse than Mad Max.

    SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs [~ 20.75 min. and they changed the music!]

    Drop in the bucket: US pharmaceutical giants propose $10B settlement to resolve opioid lawsuits

    the National Association of Attorneys General, which is handling the discussions on behalf of more than 35 states, countered the offer with a demand for $45 billion to help solve the public health crisis of opioid addiction. [more]

    57 people dead, 18,000 hospitalized due to Japan's unrelenting heatwave

    [let's get away from it all with some fun in the sun!]
    Three US tourists die in Caribbean drowning tragedy

    Three American tourists have drowned in the Turks and Caicos Islands after apparently getting caught in a fast-moving tide fueled by high winds, authorities and local residents said Tuesday.

    The victims -- two men and a woman -- were from two families from Texas who were spending the holidays together, along with their two girls, police said. [more]

    People in Britain ‘each generate as much CO2 as 212 people in Burundi'

    A report by British charity Christian Aid has thrown into stark relief the effects of the luxurious lifestyles of people in the West - comparing carbon dioxide emissions from the UK with those of people in Burundi.

    The report highlighted how African nations - who bear little responsibility for climate change - are likely to suffer some of its worst effects. [more]

    [next part below]

  9. Amazon rolling out self-driving delivery robots in Southern California

    [can't wait to see one crushed by a tractor trailer, the first stolen one and the first hacked one, should be interesting]

    [from our DUH! dept.]
    Climate-driven extreme weather is threatening old bridges with collapse

    Quarter of world's population facing extreme water stress'

    Nearly a quarter of the world's population lives in 17 countries facing extremely high water stress, close to "day zero" conditions when the taps run dry, according to a report released Tuesday.

    Qatar, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Jordan, Libya, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, UAE, San Marino, Bahrain, India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Oman and Botswana made up the top 17. [more]

    [visit the Philippines!]
    Philippines declares dengue outbreak a national epidemic

    The Philippines' Department of Health on Tuesday declared the country's outbreak of dengue to be a national epidemic.

    It said the Philippines recorded 146,062 cases of dengue from January through July 20 this year, 98% more than the same period in 2018. It said the outbreak caused 622 deaths. [more]

    Postal worker cooks steak on truck dashboard to showcase 'inhumane' working conditions during extreme heat

    [you think that's bad? try working for Amazon!]

    Half-a-degree warmer means 30,000 more deaths yearly in urban China: study

    An increase in global warming from 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above late 19th-century levels would cause tens of thousands of extra deaths in China's cities every year, researchers reported Tuesday. [more]

    Walgreens to close about 200 stores in United States

    [also 200 stores in the UK to close]

    Lightning hit a septic tank. A toilet exploded. 'A first in plumbing history'

    Over time, as people use their bathroom, methane builds up as the septic tank is filled. The lightning was the perfect source of ignition. [more]

    [here's what happens AFTER the wildfire]
    California city devastated by wildfire reportedly fears 'exodus': Here's why

    In Malibu, one of the California cities devastated by last year’s Woolsey Fire, most of the destroyed homes have yet to be rebuilt.

    City officials have approved replacement plans for just 113 of the 650 homes that burned, according to the report. Construction permits for just 12 have been approved.

    City Councilman Mikke Pierson told the newspaper he thinks 30 percent could sell.

    “So many people are traumatized by the fire, a lot of people haven’t even started the rebuild,” he said.

    In the meantime, people whose homes were destroyed have been forced to live on “loss of use” allowances paid out by insurance companies, the Times reported. But those payouts have limits, and if residents can’t rebuild before they money runs out, they may be forced to move on. [more]