Sunday, September 1, 2019

2019 - AUG - Spotlight Stories

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2019-08-01 - Unknown odor hits hotel in the Lehigh Valley in Upper Saucon Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: A mysterious odor led a Lehigh County hotel to be evacuated Thursday night, and authorities are still trying to determine the odor’s cause."

Quote: "A hotel near Allentown, Pennsylvania, was evacuated for more than eight hours overnight after guests reported an odor that caused coughing and throat irritation."

Quote: "The Upper Saucon Township Police Department said in a Facebook posting that tests by hazardous materials teams failed to identify a specific irritant."

2019-08-01 - Wildfires continue raging across Siberia and Far East Russia in the Arctic:

Quote: "Hundreds of Russian towns and cities are shrouded in heavy smoke from wildfires in Siberia and the Far East Thursday, and the blazes appear to be spreading in remote terrain. Avialesookhrana, Russia’s aerial forest protection service, said more than 30,000 square kilometers (11,850 square miles) are on fire, with the vast majority in areas that are hard to reach and where potential damage is likely to be less than the cost of fighting them."

2019-08-01 - Megafire burns more than 100,000 acres north of the Arctic Circle in northwestern Canada:

2019-08-01 - Wildfire burns 490 acres, pallet yard destroyed, in Otay Mesa (California):

2019-08-01 - Wildfire breaks out and grows rapidly to 2,500 acres near coastal Puunene (Hawaii):

2019-08-01 - Gas line explodes and burns at 1:40 AM, five mobile homes destroyed, in Lincoln County (Kentucky), 1 killed, 5+ injured:

2019-08-01 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Lye (Britain):

2019-08-01 - Water treatment plant rocked by explosion on Harbor View Avenue in coastal Stamford (Connecticut), 3 injured:

2019-08-01 - Heatwave bakes Japan:

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2019-08-02 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates mall in Hazle Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A reported gas leak forces the evacuation of a Luzerne County Mall this morning. It happened at the Laurel Mall in Hazle Township where there was a report of a natural gas smell. While this happened before the mall was open, employees were in the building getting businesses ready for the day. Firefighters believe the smell was coming from the roof but could not locate the source."

2019-08-02 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Winnebago (Wisconsin):

Quote: "If you’re heading to High Cliff State Park this weekend, you may not want to take a dip in the lake. That's because residents have reported seeing blue-green algae on Lake Winnebago, and experts say the north end of the lake is getting the worst of it. Before you could even see it, you can smell it. The second you step foot on the marina at High Cliff, the stench is overwhelming."

2019-08-02 - Heatwave rapidly melting the ice across Greenland:

Quote: "Greenland is experiencing 'extreme' temperatures as the record-setting heat wave that blasted Europe last week hovers over the region. Up to half, the surface of the island's ice sheet is thought to be currently melting, with runoff equivalent to a 0.5mm rise in global sea levels in July alone."

Quote: "More than 10 billion tons (11 billion U.S. tons) of ice was lost to the oceans by surface melt on Wednesday alone, creating a net mass ice loss of some 197 billion tons (217 billion U.S. tons) from Greenland in July, she said."

Quote: "This year Greenland and other parts of the Arctic have experienced some record-breaking temperatures. In mid-June, temperatures along the eastern coast of Greenland were up to 9C above the 1981-to-2010 average."

Note: So Greenland lost an average of about 7 billion (US) tons of ice PER DAY through July. All of the black carbon being spewed onto snow and ice around the Arctic by the gigantic wildfires currently raging across Siberia will surely accelerate the ice melt too...

2019-08-02 - Passenger bus bursts into flame and burns 5+ people to death, 15 more injured, in Balikesir (Turkey):

Note: This is the 364th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-08-02 - Metal recycling center hit by fire shortly after midnight, 40+ cars burn, in Ladson (South Carolina):

Quote: "Shortly after midnight, crews with the C&B Fire Department responded to a fire at Don’s Car Crushing, a metal scrapyard in Ladson. Chief Joshua Woodall said it wasn’t an easy blaze to tackle. When they arrived on scene, there were already 40 to 50 cars up in flames. He said they had to bring in heavy machinery to separate each car one by one. Even then, he said it’s hard to identify the source."

2019-08-02 - Scrap metal fire breaks out at industrial estate in Aldershot (Britain):

2019-08-02 - Hangar, buildings and equipment destroyed by fire at 3:15 AM at airport in Dalhart (Texas):

Quote: "The airport in Dalhart was damaged overnight after a hangar and some buildings were in flames overnight Friday. According to the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department, at about 3:15 a.m., crews were sent to the Dalhart airport on a report of a building on fire. Firefighters found a hangar and other buildings with equipment fully-involved, as well as some grass fires started by embers around the airport."

2019-08-02 - Hangar destroyed by huge fire at Southend Airport near coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "A huge blaze broke out near Southend Airport after a hangar caught fire - with a witness reporting an 'explosion'. Essex firefighters were called to the hangar, which is used to livery planes, near the terminal shortly after 10.40am today and believe the fire was caused 'accidentally'."

2019-08-02 - Battery recycling center goes up in flames on Stainland Road in Elland (Britain):

2019-08-02 - Electrical substation damaged by fire near coastal Newport Beach (California), airport and 28,000 homes go dark:

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2019-08-03 - Car bursts into flame at 3:25 AM and burns man to death on White Oak Place in Houston (Texas):

Quote: "A 30-year-old man died in a car fire early Saturday morning after his car caught was engulfed in flames. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that his office is investigating the cause of the fire but that no foul play is suspected. 'The possible reason for the ignition may have been that the engine got on fire and the entire car was engulfed in flames,' Gonzalez said. The incident occurred in the 8100 block of White Oak Place. The man's estranged wife had called police at about 3:25 a.m. because he was spotted in the location. Neighbors came outside when the car ignited and unsuccessfully tried to rescue the man."

2019-08-03 - Thousand-ton pile of metal goes up in flames at 5:06 AM at quay in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Quay West, Hull. Sat 3 Aug 2019 05:06 (No:16927) Fire involving approximately 1000 tonnes of recycled metal. Three main lines, Aerial Ladder Platform and Thermal Image Camera in use. Two on site cranes used to create fire break."

2019-08-03 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Great Blakenham (Britain):

2019-08-03 - Wildfire breaks out near Tomar (Portugal):

2019-08-03 - Wildfire grows to 4,500 acres north of Winnett (Montana):

2019-08-03 - SUV bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, on the 5 Freeway in Angeles National Forest near Castaic (California):

Quote: "A brush fire had grown to at least 150 acres Saturday along the northbound 5 Freeway at Templin Highway in the Angeles National Forest, authorities said. The fire was reported at 12:46 p.m. by a witness who told the California Highway Patrol that a black Kia Sorento was burning on the right shoulder, the CHP said. By 12:53 p.m. the car was fully engulfed in flames which were pushed by northeast winds into the brush along the road."

2019-08-03 - Man, 56, has 'medical event' in swimming pool, in critical condition, in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "A 56-year-old man is in critical condition after becoming unresponsive in a pool Saturday night, according to the Phoenix Fire Department. Firefighters headed to a residence near 43rd Avenue and Baseline Road after initial reports said the man 'experienced a medical event,' according to Capt. Kenny Overton, a department spokesman. Crews were dispatched to the drowning call about 8:42 p.m. The man was reported to be in critical condition at a hospital. It's not clear what his medical emergency was."

2019-08-03 - Diver goes missing while diving near coastal Rame Head (Britain):

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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):

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2019-08-05 - High levels of hydrogen sulfide, source unknown, hit neighborhood in Grand Junction (Colorado):

Quote: "At 4:25 p.m. on August 5, 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."

2019-08-05 - Car bursts into flame and burns two young children to death in Sichuan (China):

Quote: "In a horrifying tragedy in Sichuan, two children burned to death in a locked car as their grandfather watched on helplessly. The grandfather, surnamed Jing, had brought his two grandchildren out in his car on Saturday (Aug 3), reported newspaper See Hua Daily. Jing, 54, got out of the car to run some errands, leaving the two children, aged two and four, locked in the car. Suddenly, the car burst into flames."

2019-08-05 - Ammunition depot devastated by fire and explosions near Kamenka in Siberia (Russia), 1 killed, 7+ injured:

Quote: "Thousands have been evacuated from a Siberian town after an ammunition depot on a military base caught fire, triggering huge explosions that have sent deadly shrapnel flying for miles around. One soldier was killed and at least seven other people have been injured, including several with shrapnel wounds, according to Russian state media reports."

2019-08-05 - Mammoth wildfires continue raging in Siberia (Russia):

Quote: "A Greenpeace Russia team is documenting wildfires in the taiga forest, in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia. Despite statements by Russian authorities, the intensity of forest fires in Siberia is not decreasing. The 4.3 million hectare fire - an area larger than Denmark - is contributing significantly to climate change. Since the beginning of the year, a total of 13.1 million hectares has burned."

Quote: "Fires in Siberian forests are especially dangerous for the climate as they are the source of black carbon that settles on the Arctic ice and accelerates its melting."

2019-08-05 - Smoke from wildfires burning in Siberia, Alaska and Eastern Washington hits coastal Seattle (Washington):

2019-08-05 - Smoke from dozens of wildfires burning across Indonesia spreads through coastal Riau (Indonesia):

Quote: "Some 700 people in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, currently suffer from respiratory illness as haze from forest fires has shrouded the city over the last several days. The authorities had warned local inhabitants to stay indoors to prevent their health from being impacted by haze, Yohanes, secretary of the Riau Health Office, said here on Sunday. At least 10 thousand face masks were distributed to motorbikers, drivers and pedestrians. 'We have distributed 10 thousand face marks to the public for free,' he said."

2019-08-05 - Passenger plane hit by engine fire, smoke fills the cabin, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Valencia (Spain):

Quote: "Three passengers have suffered smoke inhalation and 16 others needed treatment after a British Airways flight made an emergency landing in Spain. The pilot of BA422 told air traffic controllers: 'Engine on fire' as he prepared to land the smoke-filled plane carrying 175 passengers from London Heathrow on Monday evening."

Quote: "Lucy Brown posted pictures of the smoking cabin on Twitter and said the events -which unfolded at around 7pm today - 'felt like a horror film.'"

Quote: "There was a horrible smell. People were almost choking."

Note: This is the 89th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 6:50 AM, 17 cars burn, in Salt Lake City (Utah):

Quote: "A Salt Lake auto parts store and salvage yard burned in a large fire early Monday. The fire was reported about 6:50 a.m. at Premium Auto Parts Inc., 1725 N. Chicago St. (940 West). The Salt Lake City Fire Department tweeted pictures of vehicles that were damaged or destroyed by fire. At least 17 cars were damaged and 'a few' were destroyed, according to a fire spokesman."

2019-08-05 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 11 PM, pile of scrap metal burns, in Waco (Texas):

Quote: "Firefighters responded to a call at around 11 p.m. Sunday to a call at M. Lipsitz and Company at 4205 East Loop 340 in Waco. Fire officials said the fire broke out in a pile of scrap metal near a conveyor. Damages are estimated at around $750,000."

2019-08-05 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Ilkeston (Britain):

2019-08-05 - Wind turbine bursts into flame near Friesland (Wisconsin):

2019-08-05 - SOTT Earth Changes Summary for July 2019, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2019-08-06 - Oceanic heating events happening more frequently as the world warms:

Quote: "A new study published this week shows how marine ecosystems around the world are experiencing unusually high ocean temperatures more frequently than researchers previously expected. These warming events, including marine heatwaves, are disrupting marine ecosystems and the people who depend on them."

2019-08-06 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 20+ cars burn, in coastal Queens (New York):

Quote: "More than 20 cars caught fire in the Jamaica junkyard, and it took more thaen 100 firefighters to help put out the flames."

2019-08-06 - Metal recycling plant erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Granite City (Illinois), 1 mile from the Mississippi River:

2019-08-06 - Wildfire grows to nearly 17,000 acres near the Columbia River near Colville Indian Reservation (Washington):

2019-08-06 - Unusual number of vehicles going up in flames in the Tri-Cities (Washington):

Quote: "Firefighters in the Tri-Cities say they have been responding to an unusually high number of vehicle fires this year."

Note: The Tri-Cities are Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, located at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia Rivers in the Columbia Basin...

2019-08-06 - Around 70 boars mysteriously drop dead at Hoge Veluwe National Park (Netherlands):

Quote: "'About 150 boar die every year, often in traffic collisions, but these animals are just dropping dead,' Mr. Koffeman told the Hart van Nederland news program. Wildlife wardens have ruled out African swine fever, as the boar are routinely tested for it, and hunger is not an issue because this has been a 'very plentiful food year for them,' he added. The Dutch Wildlife Health Centre has performed autopsies on six carcasses, and excluded the possibility of 30 other boar diseases and found no common denominator. One died of pneumonia but, as for the others, 'they looked healthy, but were dead,' said veterinarian pathologist Dr. Marja Kik of Utrecht University. "

Note: Same as the healthy people dropping dead. They look fine, other than being dead...

2019-08-06 - Three killer whales declared dead near coastal Vancouver (Canada):

Quote: "Haulena also said he has seen a change in the behaviour of the orcas. 'I think it’s interesting … this year they are not spending nearly as much time as they usually do in the interior waters through Puget Sound and the Georgia Strait,' he said. 'The L-pod I don’t believe has entered into the Salish Sea at all this year. They’ve just been seen off the west side of Vancouver Island or at least in outer waters this summer.' While it is hard to say for sure why there is a behavioural change, Haulena said it could be because the whales are looking for alternative places to feed or are moving away from noise."

Note: Hydrogen sulfide has been killing plants on the coast around the Salish Sea, mentioned in the 2017-10-04 update. Could be these whales are avoiding the Salish Sea because the whales that don't avoid the Salish Sea end up dead, or because hydrogen sulfide in the Salish Sea has killed off everything that they would eat, or both...

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2019-08-07 - Unknown odor sickens people at commercial kitchen facility in the Lincoln Heights area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Firefighters and the hazmat team were not able to locate the source of the odor, said LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart."

2019-08-07 - Woman, 57, found dead in burning car on 29th Street in Greeley (Colorado):

2019-08-07 - Unprecedented wildfires burn in Greenland amid concerns over increasing temperatures:

Quote: "Copernicus EMS also raised concerns over increased levels of carbon dioxide being generated by the fires, which were burning not only in Greenland but other Arctic areas across Russia, Alaska, and Canada. On August 3, it reported that it had found a fire burning about 375 miles further north of Greenland, in Russia’s Republic of Sakha. The organization said it believed it 'to be the northernmost fire in recent years.'"

2019-08-07 - Peru joins the global wildfire bandwagon with 54,363 acres burned:

2019-08-07 - At least 17 uncontained wildfires actively burning in Utah:

2019-08-07 - Wildfire breaks out and grows rapidly to 70,000 acres near Hammett (Idaho):

2019-08-07 - Wildfire grows to 16,862 acres in the Ruby Mountains (Nevada):

2019-08-07 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes power outages in Broken Arrow (Oklahoma):

2019-08-07 - Man contracts flesh-eating bacteria at Hammonasset Beach State Park (Connecticut), leg amputated:

Quote: "Dr. Zane Saul, chief of infectious diseases at Bridgeport Hospital, part of the Yale New Haven Health System, said physicians in Connecticut have seen more cases of flesh-eating bacteria, known as necrotizing fasciitis, this year than they have seen in the last three years combined."

Quote: "'We’re seeing more and more of these bacteria as the water is warmer,' he said. 'And with global temperatures rising we’re seeing more of these cases. We shouldn’t scare people so that they’re afraid to go swimming, but they should take care of open wounds.'"

2019-08-07 - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is only one of many trash islands floating around the world’s oceans:

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2019-08-08 - Missile explosion causes radiation release in the Arctic near coastal Severodvinsk (Russia), 2 killed, 6+ injured:

Quote: "Fire at a military base in Severodvinsk, in northern Russia’s Arkhangelsk Region, started onboard a vessel, a source in the regional emergencies services told TASS on Thursday. Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region Igor Orlov has confirmed the incident, saying that an ambulance aircraft was dispatched to the scene. Two people were killed and four others were injured due to a missile engine explosion."

2019-08-08 - In separate incidents, within minutes, car bursts into flame while being driven and parked van bursts into flame in parking garage, in Dayton (Ohio):

Quote: "Firefighters were called to battle two different car fires that broke out only moments apart from each other in Dayton Thursday."

2019-08-08 - Massive pallet yard fire rages in Stead (Nevada):

Quote: "Firefighters gained control of a fire burning 'countless wooden pallets' and commercial structures in Stead Thursday night."

2019-08-08 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Westfield (New Jersey):

2019-08-08 - Underground fire spews flames from manhole in coastal Edinburgh (Scotland):

2019-08-08 - Alaska records warmest month ever in July with coastline barren of sea ice:

Quote: "This heat, 5.4F warmer than the long-term average for July, helped spur wildfires that shrouded much of Alaska in a pall of smoke and has now resulted in a remarkable melting away of shoreline ice. There is now no sea ice within 150 miles of Alaskan shores, according to an analysis by the National Weather Service. The pace of ice loss is 'unprecedented' in 40 years of satellite records, scientists said, with the Bering Sea, which separates Alaska from Russia, left completely ice-free."

2019-08-08 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Manasquan Reservoir (New Jersey):

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2019-08-09 - Greenland hit by unprecedented number of wildfires, record melt projected:

Quote: "Greenland experienced an unprecedented amount of wildfires this year, which contributed to projections that the country’s ice sheet will experience a record melt this year."

Quote: "Calculations show these fires emitted enough carbon dioxide to be the equivalent of Sweden’s total annual emissions. 'This is more than was released by Arctic fires in the same month between 2010 and 2018 combined.' the CAMS statement says."

2019-08-09 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits nearly a dozen lakes in New Jersey:

Quote: "If you’re planning to get out on the water this weekend, make sure you steer clear of the nearly a dozen lakes now infested with a toxic bacteria that can cause skin rashes and other sickness."

2019-08-09 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits seven bodies of water in Rhode Island:

2019-08-09 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Magic Reservoir (Idaho):

2019-08-09 - Climate change is taking a bigger toll on our food, water, and land than we realized:

2019-08-09 - Ammunition depot rocked by huge explosion(s) for the second time in a week in Kamenka (Russia), several injured:

Quote: "Russia has been rocked by another colossal explosion - just 24 hours after another blast at a different location was linked to a surge in radiation levels."

Quote: "The new blasts come just days after deadly explosions tore through the same military facility in Siberia."

2019-08-09 - Ammunition depot damaged by explosions at 3:30 AM in Reyhanli (Turkey):

Quote: "A series of explosions rocked an ammunition depot in Turkey’s Hatay province, near the Syrian border, early on Friday and nearby homes were evacuated but there were no reports of casualties, Turkish broadcaster NTV said. The cause of the blasts, at around 3:30 am (0030 GMT) in Hatay’s Reyhanli town, was not immediately clear, NTV said. Emergency services had sealed off the area, it said."

2019-08-09 - Oil rig damaged by explosion and fire in Jasper County south of Kirbyville (Texas), 4 injured:

2019-08-09 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, nearly 100 cars burn, in Indianapolis (Indiana):

Quote: "A fire at a west side salvage yard spread to nearly 100 vehicles Friday evening."

2019-08-09 - Car bursts into flame inside auto shop, fire spreads, shop heavily damaged, on coastal Mitchell Island (Canada):

Quote: "A fire that started with a vehicle inside an auto shop on Mitchell Island quickly spread to the entire building Friday, causing heavy damage."

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2019-08-10 - Unknown chemical odor hits area near the Rahway River in Linden (New Jersey), 2 officers sent to the hospital:

Quote: "According to Linden Police, at about 8:45 pm Officers responded to the area of 1601 West Edgar Road on reports of a chemical odor. Officials say the Linden Fire Department and Union County Hazmat Team responded to the scene but were unable to locate the source of the odor."

2019-08-10 - Super Typhoon Lekima roars into China as the third-largest typhoon to ever hit China, widespread destruction ensues, 18+ killed:

Quote: "China was struck by the third-largest typhoon in its history on the morning of August 10. Typhoon Lekima triggered widespread blackouts, flight cancellations, and evacuations across major cities, but by far the most devastating effect was a landslide that killed at least 18 people and left 14 missing. The storm is now approaching Shanghai, the nation's financial capital, which is home to more than 20 million people."

2019-08-10 - Increasingly frequent marine heatwaves can lead to the almost instant death of corals, scientists find:

Quote: "Dr Richardson added that the team had documented, for the first time, that severe heatwaves were causing 'almost instant mortality of corals'. Dr Ainsworth said the researchers referred to the resulting, heat-damaged skeletons as 'ghost corals, because there was just nothing left'. 'Within about 10 days, those samples that had been exposed to the heatwave... were actually floating.'"

2019-08-10 - Climate feedback loops could have put human civilization on the road to extinction:

2019-08-10 - New UN report puts a dagger through climate deniers’ favorite argument that CO2 boosts food production:

Note: They can ponder how wrong they were as their neighbors surround them and prepare to eat them due to lack of food. Mmmmm, climate deniers...

2019-08-10 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Afton near Wichita (Kansas):

2019-08-10 - Black skies over Siberia, Sun disappears behind thick clouds in bizarre repeat of 2018 blackout as giant Arctic wildfires spew enormous amounts of CO2:

2019-08-10 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Eugene (Oregon):

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2019-08-11 - Cloud of poison gas sickens people at beach in coastal Worthing (Britain):

Quote: "A toxic cloud which left up to a dozen people vomiting on a beach may have been poison gas leaking from a sunken warship. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is investigating a mystery harmful haze that swept into Worthing, West Sussex, on Sunday."

Note: Or maybe that was hydrogen sulfide bubbling up from the ocean floor. There may even be some synergy. Hydrogen sulfide is corrosive to steel, so as it accumulates on the ocean floor it could speed up the decay of sunken ships. But who knows - it's not like the government would be truthful if this WAS hydrogen sulfide. They'd make up some story, like sunken ships leaking poison gas. Gotta give 'em credit for the quality of the excuse though - it's reuseable and for the common man in particular it's basically unverifiable. What're ya gonna do, rent a dive ship and go look at every shipwreck? Even if you do that, you may not come back alive. Hydrogen sulfide has been killing people and animals on beaches right across the English Channel from Britain in Brittany (France) too, mentioned in the 2019-07-26 update...

Quote: "My eyes were a bit sore and itchy, and a friend who was on the beach said she felt her eyes were sore too."

Note: Hydrogen sulfide is an eye irritant. We continue to creep closer to the time that an entire beach full of people keels over dead. It's coming. Maybe not this year, maybe not next year, but soon enough. I can't say what excuse 'the authorities' will use when it happens and they end up carting a bunch of corpses off of a beach. I'm just saying that they will be carting a bunch of corpses off of a beach at some point in the not-too-distant future, and not necessarily in Britain either, though of course it COULD be in Britain...

2019-08-11 - Arctic wildfires spew soot and smoke cloud bigger than the European Union:

Quote: "A cloud of smoke and soot bigger than the European Union is billowing across Siberia as wildfires in the Arctic Circle rage into an unprecedented third month."

Quote: "The cloud is billowing north-east and is forecast to reach Alaska, where this year’s fires have already scorched an area bigger than all the wildfires that devastated California last year."

Quote: "The Arctic is not the only afflicted region. So far this year, the EU has had 1,600 fires bigger than 30 hectares, which is four times the annual average over the previous decade, according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service."

2019-08-11 - Auto salvage yard fire breaks out on Ferry Avenue in Camden (New Jersey), 1000 feet from the Delaware River:

Quote: "The witness says the fire happened right next to a building that recycles metal."

2019-08-11 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Cincinnati (Ohio):

Quote: "The fire reportedly started at a scrap metal recycling center."

2019-08-11 - Wildfire causes evacuations near landfill on the island of Elafonisos (Greece):

Quote: "A tourist camp and nearby houses on the southern Greek island of Elafonisos were evacuated Sunday for the second day in a row as a wildfire at a nearby landfill intensified because of strong winds."

2019-08-11 - Wildfire rages across the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands (Spain):

Quote: "Earlier on Saturday, firefighters said in Spanish they were 'overwhelmed by the situation,' adding 'we are fighting for our island!!!' Video posted to social media showed firefighters on a street surrounded by fire taking over the mountainside."

2019-08-11 - July 2019 stands as Alaska’s hottest month ever, summer sea ice vanishes, glaciers melt, wildfires erupt, deadly chaos for marine life:

2019-08-11 - Person has 'medical emergency' at Splashville waterpark in Stephenville (Texas):

Quote: "A medical emergency at Splashville Saturday afternoon triggered staff to activate an emergency action plan. 'The incident was not water-related and the person was stabilized by Stephenville EMS,' a statement from the city reads."

Note: They didn't have the medical emergency in the water, but had they been in the water shortly before the medical emergency? I bet they had...

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2019-08-12 - Unknown foul smell blows through large area near coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "West London was baffled by an enduring smell of poo in the air yesterday. All throughout Monday (August 12), residents in areas as far apart as Ickenham and Kensington were relieved to discover that other people could also smell either human or animal poo, meaning they could stop checking their shoes."

Quote: "However, the Met Office was today able to confirm that 'the air [yesterday] came from a south-westerly direction across Hampshire and the Home Counties', meaning Europe cannot be blamed. It was also suggested by some that low air pressure could be allowing air to drift up from the drains, creating a widespread odour of sewage."

Note: From the southwest, they say. Southwest of there is Worthing, where unknown poison gas just blew in off the ocean and sickened some people the day before, mentioned in the 2019-08-11 update. Maybe this is the same cloud of poison gas, now significantly more diluted but also much bigger, and it took a day to blow from the coast at Worthing up to this area near London. And a smell like sewage is indicative of hydrogen sulfide, which is commonly called 'sewer gas'...

2019-08-12 - Pallets of recyclables go up in flames at business in New Brunswick (New Jersey):

Quote: "Upon arrival it was discovered that the fire started in pallets that contained plastic materials bound for recycling purposes, Bradshaw said."

2019-08-12 - Car-recycling center hit by fire, giant pile of scrap burns, on Trenton Avenue in Williamsport (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "The Williamsport fire chief says it was a scrap pile that caught fire, and that pile was the size of a football field and four stories high. 'This scrap pile contains everything from vehicles to machinery, hydraulic equipment, plastics, vinyls, you name it,' said Williamsport Fire Chief Todd Heckman."

2019-08-12 - Rideable Power Wheels car for kids bursts into flame at 5:15 AM while parked at apartments, fire spreads to building, in coastal Tampa (Florida):

Quote: "According to the fire investigator's report, the fire started in the southeast corner of apartment 15 and was caused by an electrical/mechanical malfunction of a Power Wheels motorized car."

2019-08-12 - Utility pole bursts into flame near PETA headquarters in coastal Norfolk (Virginia), 40 feet from the coast:

2019-08-12 - Advertising billboard bursts into flame on pedestrian bridge in coastal Muscat (Oman):

2019-08-12 - State of the Climate in 2018 - 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record, behind 2016, 2015, and 2017:

2019-08-12 - Heatwave bakes Italy:

2019-08-12 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Prospect Lake (Colorado):

Quote: "A second round of testing Monday at Prospect Lake revealed levels of a toxic algae strong enough to kill dogs, Colorado Springs officials announced."

2019-08-12 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits the West Reservoir at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands in coastal Harwich (Massachusetts):

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2019-08-13 - Unknown chemical smell evacuates building in coastal Surfside (Florida), 600 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A Surfside building was evacuated for a time Tuesday after people complained of a chemical smell. The building is located at 90 Street and Collins Avenue. 'Just before 10 a.m., Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to reports of a strong chemical smell coming from a loading dock near Collins Avenue and 90 Street,' said a spokesperson for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club is located at 9011 Collins but it was not clear if the hotel was affected. 'More than 15 units along with hazmat units responded to investigate a possible chemical leak and evacuated the structure as a precaution,' said a spokesperson for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Four people were treated on the scene but no one was taken to the hospital, according to the agency. 'Upon our arrival we found there was a smell of a chemical,' Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Ralph Baena said. 'Our hazmat team was called in to come and meter the building. After two hours, our Hazmat team found nothing on their meters.'"

Quote: "The symptoms were minor, fire-rescue Lt. Kirsten MIller told WPLG Local 10. The hazardous materials team entered and metered the hotel to check for chemicals. They didn’t find anything. But Miller told the station there was some kind of smell outside when crews arrived but it dissipated."

2019-08-13 - Unknown odor hits Phillips Lane at 5:34 AM in Laceby (Britain), 4 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Phillips Lane, Laceby. Tue 13 Aug 2019 05:34 (No:17782) Caller reporting an unusual smell in the area. Investigation carried out, no smell identified. Advice given and follow up visit to be arranged."

2019-08-13 - Arctic permafrost is thawing fast and spewing methane and CO2 into the atmosphere:

2019-08-13 - Heatwave bakes the US South from Texas to Georgia:

2019-08-13 - Heatwave bakes Southern California:

2019-08-13 - Huge wildfire sends people fleeing as it roars across the island of Evia (Greece):

Quote: "More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing four villages and a monastery to be evacuated."

Quote: "Last year, more than 100 people died when a fast-moving forest fire broke out in a seaside area northeast of Athens and raged through a nearby settlement of mainly holiday homes."

2019-08-13 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame on Drummer Kellum Road in coastal Jacksonville (North Carolina):

2019-08-13 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits at least five bodies of water across Massachusetts:

Quote: "A notice on the state’s Department of Public Health website, last updated Friday, states that cyanobacteria blooms have been found at Billington Sea in Plymouth, Crystal Lake in Newton, Devol Pond in Westport and Barnstable’s Long Pond Marstons Mills and Shubael Pond."

2019-08-13 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits at least nine lakes across Indiana:

Quote: "On Friday, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management said sampling revealed high levels of blue-green algae in nine different locations."

2019-08-13 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Needwood and Lake Frank in Rock Creek Regional Park (Maryland):

Quote: "Blue-green algae released the toxin microcystin in Lake Needwood and Lake Frank in Rock Creek Regional Park."

2019-08-13 - The changing face of Planet Earth:

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2019-08-14 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school shortly before 12:30 AM in Orlando (Florida):

Quote: "An elementary school in Orange County was evacuated on Wednesday after a gas odor was detected on campus. Officials with Orange County Fire Rescue said Pineloch Elementary School was evacuated a little before 12:30 a.m."

2019-08-14 - Numerous wildfires continue burning across the island of Evia (Greece):

2019-08-14 - Wildfire breaks out near beach on the island of Majorca (Spain):

Quote: "Tourists in Majorca were evacuated by lifeguards from a popular beach as a huge fire engulfed a section of forest just metres away. The blaze took hold of a 250sq metre area of woodland behind the Es Trenc beach, close to Campos on the southern coast of the island."

Note: An 18-year-old woman was just found dead in a swimming pool at a villa the day before on Majorca too, mentioned in the 2019-08-13 update...

2019-08-14 - Greenland's ice is melting at the rate scientists thought would be our worst-case scenario in 2070:

2019-08-14 - The climate crisis is not evenly distributed, but it's already here:

2019-08-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits pond at Edmond Dog Park in Edmond (Oklahoma):

2019-08-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits pond in Cornelius (North Carolina):

2019-08-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Pikeview Reservoir (Colorado):

2019-08-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits two lakes in New Mexico:

2019-08-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) getting worse in Lady Bird Lake in Austin (Texas):

2019-08-14 - Highly toxic Pacific Death Worms have invaded British waters, among other places:

Quote: "Previous studies of the Pacific Death Worm indicate that it contains enough poison to kill a human. ‘The highest toxicity of C. simula exceeded the human lethal dose per a single worm,’ Japanese researchers wrote in a paper published in 2013."

Quote: "The north-west Pacific nemertean Cephalothrix simula has been introduced to the Pacific coast of North America, to the Mediterranean Sea and to the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula."

Note: So these things are spreading just like the flesh-eating bacteria and cyanobacteria blooms are. As if there weren't already enough ways to die in the water, now there are death worms!

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2019-08-15 - Passenger plane's landing gear bursts into flame at 6:30 AM at airport in coastal Shannon (Ireland):

Quote: "Shannon Airport in western Ireland shut down briefly Thursday after a Boeing 767-300 carrying U.S. military personnel caught fire while taxiing before takeoff. Passengers and crew were evacuated. There were no reports of serious injuries. Air traffic controllers spotted flames and smoke coming from the undercarriage of Omni Air International Flight 531."

Note: This is the 90th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-15 - Wildfire continues burning for third day on the island of Evia (Greece):

2019-08-15 - Wildfire breaks out in Aude (France):

2019-08-15 - Wildfires burn along Tagish Lake and along the Barrington River (Canada):

2019-08-15 - Underground electrical explosion and fire causes blackouts in El Dorado (Arkansas):

Quote: "An underground transformer exploded Thursday in downtown El Dorado, knocking out power to several downtown businesses and the Union County Courthouse and forcing them to close for much of the day."

2019-08-15 - Landfill fire breaks out near Svishtov (Bulgaria):

2019-08-15 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Lismore (Australia):

2019-08-15 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Lowell (Idaho):

2019-08-15 - A weather station above the Arctic Circle in Sweden hit 94.6F in July:

Quote: "As an isolated data point, it would be shocking. But coupled with a host of other maladies, from no sea ice within 125 miles of Alaska to the unruly fires ravaging Siberia, it’s an exclamation point on the climate crisis."

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2019-08-16 - Unknown odor hits truck stop and sends 16 people to the hospital in Arbon Valley (Idaho):

Quote: "Sixteen people are being kept overnight for observation at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello after a reported hazardous materials incident late Friday afternoon at a local truck stop, the hospital reported. The Pocatello Fire Department said late Friday night that after several hours of investigating what was reported as an unusual smell at the Bannock Peak Truck Stop and Casino, no evidence of a hazardous substance has been located."

Quote: "The mysterious smell was first reported around 3:40 p.m. Friday at Bannock Peak Truck Stop and Casino, located off Interstate 86 between Pocatello and American Falls."

2019-08-16 - Dead zone growing in Chesapeake Bay:

2019-08-16 - Car bursts into flame and kills 3-year-old girl near business in Plainview (Texas):

Quote: "At this time, Gibson said, it's unclear what caused the fire and names are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin."

2019-08-16 - Electrical substation explodes and burns in Stourport (Britain):

2019-08-16 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Little Camas Reservoir (Idaho):

2019-08-16 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton (Massachusetts):

2019-08-16 - July 2019 was Earth’s hottest month in recorded history, 2019 almost certain to be among the 5 warmest years on record:

2019-08-16 - Toddler boy has seizure, collapses, stops breathing, bleeds from nose and mouth, in the Canary Islands (Spain):

Quote: "A toddler is fighting for his life after suffering a seizure while on holiday with his family on the Canary Islands. Two-year-old Jaiden Potter is in a critical condition after he dropped to the ground in his family's hotel room, stopped breathing and began to bleed from his nose and mouth."

2019-08-16 - Severe hailstorm kills or maims 11,000+ birds in in Yellowstone County (Montana):

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2019-08-17 - Thousands of homes destroyed by mammoth inferno in Dhaka (Bangladesh), many people homeless:

Quote: "Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless in Bangladesh after fire tore through a slum in the capital of Dhaka. About 15,000 homes were destroyed in the blaze, which hit the Mirpur area late on Friday and left 50,000 people homeless, according to the BBC."

2019-08-17 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Cleveland (Ohio):

Quote: "All souls aboard a JetBlue flight are saved after the plane had to make an emergency landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport when smoke filled the cockpit."

Note: This is the 91st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-17 - Ferry ship bursts into flame shortly after midnight near island in coastal Central Sulawesi (Indonesia), 7 killed, 4 missing:

Quote: "Kendari, Indonesia: Seven people, including two children, were killed and four others missing after a ferry carrying dozens of passengers caught fire off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Saturday, police said. The ferry, heading from Southeast Sulawesi to an island in Central Sulawesi, caught fire shortly after midnight. 'Suddenly there were sparks in the engine and fire quickly spread to other parts of the boat,' local police spokesman Harry Goldenhard said in a statement."

Note: This is the 732nd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-17 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal Kpone (Ghana):

2019-08-17 - Another wildfire breaks out on the island of Gran Canaria (Spain):

Quote: "Authorities on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria were set to evacuate more residents on Saturday as a forest fire broke out just days after another blaze raged in the same area."

2019-08-17 - First-ever mandatory water cutbacks will kick in next year along the Colorado River:

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2019-08-18 - Salton Sea belches up hydrogen sulfide in Riverside County (California):

Quote: "An odor advisory was issued Sunday for the Salton Sea area in Riverside County due to elevated levels of a gas that smells like rotten eggs, according to state air regulators. The advisory was issued for the Coachella Valley and will remain in effect until at least Monday because of winds from the south, with peak concentrations of hydrogen sulfide emissions occurring in the morning hours, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said in a statement."

Quote: "Hourly average concentrations of hydrogen sulfide peaked [Sunday] morning at 239 parts per billion immediately downwind of the Salton Sea..."

Note: You can subscribe to email alerts for Salton Sea hydrogen sulfide monitoring at this website. I've been subscribed for quite some time. This last week the level surpassed 100 ppb for the first time since I've been watching and it's surpassed that level numerous times since then, and the next day it then surpassed 200 ppb too. So the Salton Sea's hydrogen sulfide emissions appear to be on the rise. Ignore the info saying these levels are harmless, blah blah blah, for two reasons: 1) these levels are possibly harmless if you only experience them ONCE, but nobody knows what the health effects are for people who breathe this particular poison gas regularly, even in small concentrations; and 2) as a heavier than air gas, hydrogen sulfide will flow into low-lying areas (ditches, basements, streams, etc) and concentrate. If it concentrates enough then one breath can kill you, even if the original cloud of poison gas that blew past the detectors was not concentrated…

2019-08-18 - Wildfires continue to rage across the island of Gran Canaria (Spain), thousands of people sent fleeing:

2019-08-18 - Several wildfires break out and cause evacuations, 50 structures burned, in coastal Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Alaska):

2019-08-18 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport, plane evacuated, in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "A plane headed from Auckland to Napier has been evacuated after reports of smoke in the cabin."

Note: This is the 91st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-18 - Update on the car that burst into flame and killed a little girl in Plainview (Texas):

Quote: "Cantrell reportedly told the officer he drove to the Vape shop to buy a coil for a vaping pen but his daughter fell asleep as he pulled in. He said he left his daughter in the vehicle and ran inside the store to get the part. Another customer entered the store and announced that a car in the parking lot was on fire. Cantrell reportedly told the officer he couldn’t get into his vehicle because it was locked and couldn’t reach in to get his daughter because of the fire. The warrant does not indicate what caused the fire."

Note: They're charging him with criminally negligent homicide. Gotta say, this just looks like another car randomly bursting into flame. A number of children have burned to death the very same way, but this is the first time I've seen them threaten to send the parent to prison for it. If I were him, I'd fight it, and tell the prosecutors that I'd be showing JJFH to the jury, with info about all the other car fires that have killed people, and that'd be my defense. Since the authorities would never allow JJFH info to reach a jury, the charges would be dropped before the case ever went to court. Of course, this guy doesn't know what's going on and has never heard of JJFH, and that's likely to be the case for his lawyer too, so he'll probably be spending some time in prison...

2019-08-18 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Abiquiu Lake at Abiquiu Lake State Park (New Mexico):

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2019-08-19 - Hydrogen sulfide spewing from the Salton Sea expected to blow through the Coachella Valley (California), odor advisory issued:

Quote: "Get ready to hold your breath: the Salton Sea odor likely will waft through the Coachella Valley early this week. The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued an odor advisory through Tuesday due to elevated hydrogen sulfide arising from the troubled inland sea."

Quote: "The ecosystem rapidly began to deteriorate by the 1970s, due in part to the lack of a drainage outlet for the sea's polluted and de-oxygenating water."

Note: Polluted and de-oxygenating water, that sounds familiar. Oh, right, that's exactly what's happening to the OCEANS. Once the oceans rev up into major hydrogen sulfide factories, that will be the end of the human race. The warmer the oceans get, and the more polluted they get, the sooner the human race will be exterminated. The process has already begun...

Quote: "Even though the smell can cause a headache or nausea, there are no long-term health risks."

Note: Wrong. Nobody has done any health studies on the long-term effects of chronic hydrogen sulfide exposure. It'd be unethical and illegal to ask people to breathe poison gas regularly for a study, even at low concentrations, so no study has ever been done. If you breathe this stuff regularly then you're in uncharted territory with unknown consequences. Being a deadly poison, whatever the long-term consequences are, they're not going to be beneficial. And if it's concentrated enough - 1 part per thousand - then hydrogen sulfude can kill you with one breath, and for most people being dead might have some long-term effects...

2019-08-19 - Eleven people have respiratory problems at property on Grange Road in coastal Christchurch (Britain), 3700 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "2 pumps from Christchurch and an officer were sent to a property on Grange Road where 11 people were complaining about respiratory problems. Investigation and ventilation was carried out by crews and the casualties were left with the Ambulance service."

2019-08-19 - Removing coal, oil and gas from the Earth may be weakening the Earth's heat insulation and allowing more heat to rise from below:

Note: Seems plausible, and that means we get a double-whammy of heat from burning coal, oil and gas, from the greenhouse gases absorbing solar radiation in the atmosphere above us AND from more heat rising from below due to the weakened insulation layer between us and the hot core of the planet...

2019-08-19 - Car goes up in flames and burns man to death unsuspiciously at Tredegar Park in the Risca area in coastal Newport (Britain), 1.5 miles from the ocean:

Quote: "A man has died after a car caught fire in Tredegar Park, Risca this morning (Monday, August 19). Gwent Police has said his death is not being treated as suspicious."

2019-08-19 - Private jet hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Alexandria (Louisiana):

Quote: "There were some tense moments at England Airpark on Monday evening when preparations were made for an emergency landing. According to England Airpark Executive Director Sandra McQuain, a call came in just after 6 p.m. that a pilot was reporting smoke in the cockpit. McQuain said the plane was a private Cessna Citation Jet."

2019-08-19 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing and bursts into flame in Delhi (India):

Quote: "The sources said the plane caught fire at the time of landing in the national capital."

2019-08-19 - Small plane hit by smoke at 4:20 AM, pilot deploys parachute, plane crash-lands in swampy area, in Essex County (Virginia), 1 injured:

Quote: "Boswell reported smoke to air traffic control and deployed his parachute before aircraft went down nose first, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) representative."

Note: These are the 92nd, 93rd and 94th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-19 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame near 27th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "Views of live shots taken from local television news helicopters showed numerous commercial vehicles, including at least one cement mixer, on fire along with several other vehicles."

2019-08-19 - Auto salvage yard fire breaks out in Otay Mesa (California):

Quote: "A SDFD spokesperson said firefighters arrived and discovered it was actually a debris pile that was burning, not a van. SDPD said the fire caused multiple propane tanks mounted on nearby forklifts to explode."

2019-08-19 - Huge wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest turn the sky dark in São Paulo (Brazil):

Quote: "Brazil’s largest city was plunged into darkness in the middle of the day Monday as a massive plume of smoke from fires burning in the Amazon descended on the city, alarming residents as a record number of fires raged in the world’s largest tropical rainforest."

Quote: "Santiago Gassó, a researcher at NASA’s Goddard center, warned that the smoke layer stretched about 3.2 million square kilometers over Latin America. That area is equivalent to about 1.2 million square miles — roughly one-third of the United States."

2019-08-19 - Heatwave death toll rises to 101 in Tokyo (Japan):

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2019-08-20 - Hydrogen sulfide from the Salton Sea continues blowing around in the Coachella Valley (California), odor advisory extended:

Quote: "Sorry to say, but the 'rotten egg' smelling, hydrogen-sulfide levels, expected to dissipate, again are elevated in region, officials said."

2019-08-20 - Another huge oceanic garbage patch discovered, in the Sargasso Sea off the US East Coast:

Quote: "Greenpeace scientists say they found 'extreme' concentrations of microplastic pollution in the Sargasso Sea, although they are still reviewing their findings. In one sample, they discovered almost 1,300 fragments of microplastic -- more than the levels found last year in the notorious Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

2019-08-20 - Man in his 20s or 30s dies after being found on fire outside townhome in Tarpon Springs (Florida):

2019-08-20 - Pickup truck bursts into flame and kills 22-year-old man on Del Manso Crescent in Edmonton (Australia), 3.5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Police say they may never know what caused an intense car fireball which killed a man in Edmonton yesterday. The 22 year-old victim was sitting inside his step-father’s utility, which was parked in Del Manso Crescent, when the vehicle burst into flames."

Quote: "This was a very significant fire that occurred in that car quite suddenly."

2019-08-20 - Recycling center destroyed by fire in North Andover (Massachusetts):

2019-08-20 - Yard waste facility goes up in flames at 1 AM in Dayton (Ohio):

2019-08-20 - Huge wildfires in the Arctic and far North send a planetary warning:

2019-08-20 - Wildfire grows to 5,000 acres and threatens coastal Levelock (Alaska):

2019-08-20 - Wildfire smoke blankets coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

2019-08-20 - Wildfire continues burning across the island of Gran Canaria (Spain):

Quote: Hundreds of firefighters were struggling on Tuesday to bring under control a forest fire on one of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwestern coast of Africa, as the blaze forced the evacuation of about 9,000 people. Luis Planas, Spain’s agriculture minister, said the fire was the country’s worst this year."

2019-08-20 - Four huge wildfire break out on the Aegean coast in Turkey:

Quote: "Huge wildfires have ravaged thousands of acres of land near popular holiday resorts along Turkey's Aegean coastline. The blazes broke out in four regions including one huge inferno near the beach resort of Bodrum and another on the outskirts of the tourist hotspot of Izmir."

2019-08-20 - Atmospheric vapor deficit causing worldwide loss of vegetation:

2019-08-20 - Breaching a carbon threshold in the oceans may lead to cataclysmic carbon release and rapid extinction:

Quote: "Daniel Rothman, professor of geophysics and co-director of the Lorenz Center in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, has found that when the rate at which carbon dioxide enters the oceans pushes past a certain threshold — whether as the result of a sudden burst or a slow, steady influx — the Earth may respond with a runaway cascade of chemical feedbacks, leading to extreme ocean acidification that dramatically amplifies the effects of the original trigger."

Quote: "Rothman looked through these geologic records and observed that over the last 540 million years, the ocean’s store of carbon changed abruptly, then recovered, dozens of times in a fashion similar to the abrupt nature of a neuron spike. This 'excitation' of the carbon cycle occurred most dramatically near the time of four of the five great mass extinctions in Earth’s history."

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2019-08-21 - Hydrogen sulfide from the Salton Sea continues blowing through the Coachella Valley (California), odor advisory continues:

Quote: "An odor advisory for the Coachella Valley will remain in effect Wednesday because of elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide wafting up from the Salton Sea and creating the smell of rotten eggs."

2019-08-21 - Unknown chemical odor evacuates schools in Goochland County (Virginia):

Quote: "Students and staffers at Goochland County's high and middle schools were evacuated Wednesday afternoon over a 'strong chemical odor,' according to officials."

2019-08-21 - Greenland may lose more than 440 billion tons of ice this summer:

Quote: "Summer this year is hitting Greenland hard with record-shattering heat and extreme melt. By the end of the summer, about 440 billion tons (400 billion metric tons) of ice — maybe more — will have melted or calved off Greenland’s giant ice sheet, scientists estimate."

2019-08-21 - Heatwave continues breaking records in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "Phoenix broke a high-temperature record for the third time in 2019 on Wednesday after breaking a record on Tuesday as well. But while Tuesday's record was broken by 1 degree - 113 degrees over the previous record of 112 degrees in 1986 - Wednesday shattered its previous record of 110 degrees in 2007 with a recorded high of 114 degrees."

2019-08-21 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Abilene (Texas):

Quote: "An American Airlines passenger jet made an emergency landing at Abilene Regional Airport because of smoke in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 95th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-21 - Almost 50 large wildfires burn across a dozen states in the US, from Texas to Alaska:

Quote: "Almost 50 large wildfires are burning in a dozen US states from Texas to Alaska. The McKinley Fire, which has now spread to more than 4,300 acres in Alaska, has destroyed at least 80 structures so far, the Alaska Division of Forestry reported Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, at least 48 large fires are actively burning in 12 states , according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Alaska is battling eight wildfires; Texas 7; Arizona and Idaho six each; Montana and Utah five each; Oregon and Washington three each; New Mexico two; and California, Oklahoma and Wyoming one each."

2019-08-21 - Wildfire burning through the Amazon forest at a record rate in Brazil:

Quote: "Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change."

Quote: "The number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon between Jan. 1 and Aug. 20 -- more than 74,000 as of Tuesday -- has risen 84% from the same period in 2018, according to data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which used satellites to collect its research."

Quote: "The Amazon is often referred to as the planet's lungs, producing 20% of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere. It is considered vital in slowing global warming, and it is home to uncountable species of fauna and flora. Roughly half the size of the United States, it is the largest rainforest on the planet."

2019-08-21 - Bolivia leases a 747 Supertanker, the world's largest firefighting plane, to help with the fires burning in the Amazon:

2019-08-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Hauser Lake (Montana):

2019-08-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Babylon Town Hall Pond in Lindenhurst and Poxabogue Pond in Southampton (New York):

2019-08-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Horseshoe Pond at the Bear Creek Greenbelt in Lakewood (Colorado):

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2019-08-22 - Unknown odor sickens bus driver on bus at the Pentagon in coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "One person was taken to the hospital after a hazmat incident at the Pentagon’s bus bay this morning. Arlington County firefighters, including a hazmat team, were called to the bus terminal outside the Pentagon around 9 a.m. for a report of the driver of a Metrobus having medical symptoms after smelling a chemical odor on the bus. A police officer also reported similar symptoms, according to scanner traffic."

2019-08-22 - Unknown odor regularly sickening people at night in coastal Clason Point, Bronx (New York):

Note: Also see the two parked garbage trucks that went up in flames at 6 AM on this day in the Bronx...

2019-08-22 - People sickened by unknown 'air quality issue' at school in Bloomfield (Indiana):

Quote: "A response on the Eastern Greene Facebook page from a parent says she has children at the school said she saw firemen and police wearing gas masks going into the school, and putting sandbags around the bottom of doors."

Quote: "According to a press release from Center-Jackson Fire Territory, some people have been transported to area hospitals for observation."

Note: Say, poison gas can cause 'air quality issues' and send people to hospitals, or morgues...

2019-08-22 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii), 7 people hospitalized:

Quote: "Thick, white smoke filled the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines flight to Honolulu on Thursday, forcing the jet to make an emergency landing and sending seven people to the hospital."

2019-08-22 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport near coastal Malmö (Sweden):

Quote: "Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) made another emergency landing today after smoke filled the airplane cabin. The Bombardier CRJ-900 airplane was en route from Copenhagen, Denmark to Warsaw, Poland. The plane diverted to Sturup Airport outside Malmo, Sweden."

Note: These are the 96th and 97th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-22 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, cars burn, at 63rd Street and Passyunk Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-08-22 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 8-10 cars burn, in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

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2019-08-23 - Salton Sea continues spewing hydrogen sulfide, odor advisory extended yet again in the Coachella Valley (California):

Quote: "An odor advisory that was issued for the Coachella Valley due to elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide wafting up from the Salton Sea — creating a smell similar to rotten eggs — will continue Friday after being extended for the second time since it was issued earlier this week."

2019-08-23 - SUV bursts into flame and burns man to death on Old Big Cove Road in Owens Cross Roads (Alabama), near the Flint River:

Quote: "Contractor Curtis Jordan said he was working when the car came down the road. 'We noticed some smoke billowing up a 100 yards up the road, we went to investigate to see a vehicle on fire, stalled in the middle of the road,' he said. He said he and his crew grabbed fire extinguishers and jumped into action, but it was too late. The car was a fireball, and the man inside was dead."

2019-08-23 - RV goes up in flames at 6:20 AM and kills man in carpark in Loughborough (Britain):

Quote: "A man's body was found in a burning motorhome in a town car park early this morning. Police officers, paramedics and fire service crews were called to the Gorse Covert Community Centre car park in Maxwell Drive in Loughborough at around 6.20am. A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police told LeicestershireLive the death was not being treated as suspicious."

Note: This is the 309th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-08-23 - Underground explosion and fire injure worker in Chicopee (Massachusetts):

Note: Also see the three parked garbage trucks that went in flames at 2:20 AM in Chicopee on this day...

2019-08-23 - Hundreds of wildfires break out in Sumatra, Kalimantan and the Riau Islands (Indonesia):

Quote: "As fires rage in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, the south-east Asian nation of Indonesia is witnessing a similarly devastating ecological tragedy unfold. The dry season has arrived in Indonesia - home to some of the world's oldest tropical forests - bringing with it its worst annual fire season since 2015. Close to 700 hotspots have been identified in fire-prone regions in Sumatra, Kalimantan and the Riau islands."

2019-08-23 - Wildfire destroys 51 homes north of coastal Anchorage (Alaska), smoke causing health issues in Anchorage, disaster declared:

2019-08-23 - Brinks security truck bursts into flame shortly after 4 AM on Harbour Drive in coastal St. John's (Canada), 100 feet from the ocean:

2019-08-23 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Big Bear Lake (California):

2019-08-23 - Ice-busting cyclone heads toward the Arctic:

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2019-08-24 - Salton Sea continues belching hydrogen sulfide in the Coachella Valley (California), odor advisory extended yet again:

Quote: "An odor advisory that was issued for the Coachella Valley due to elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide wafting up from the Salton Sea -- creating a smell similar to rotten eggs -- was set to expire Saturday after being extended for the second time since it was issued earlier this week, but now is extended through Monday."

2019-08-24 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits several bodies of water across coastal New York City (New York):

Quote: "The green sludge appeared in New Jersey’s largest lake in June, ruining a usually bustling season of lakeside leisure. Then in July, it surfaced across lakes in the Pacific Northwest and along the entire Mississippi seacoast, forcing the closure of the state’s beaches. Now, the green-blue blooms of toxic algae have been found in lakes and ponds in three New York City parks, leading environmental officials to warn residents to keep pets and young children away from the affected water until the blooms clear."

Quote: "In Manhattan, the toxic algae has been found in Turtle Pond and Harlem Meer in Central Park, and in the pond in Morningside Park. Officials also found suspicious blooms in The Lake in Central Park earlier this summer, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. In Brooklyn, the toxic blooms have been detected in one part of the large pond in Prospect Park. The dedicated swimming area for dogs, the Prospect Park Dog Beach, remains open."

2019-08-24 - Heatwave bakes Morocco:

2019-08-24 - Cyclone set to bring warmth to the Arctic:

Quote: "A cyclone is forecast over the Arctic Ocean for August 24, 2019, pulling hot air over the Arctic Ocean, resulting in temperatures at the green circle as high as 10.4°C or 50.6°F at 1000 hPa and 7.4°C or 45.2°F at surface level, as the image below shows..."

2019-08-24 - Ancient plant set to reproduce in Britain for what is believed to be the first time in 60 million years:

Quote: "An exotic plant has produced male and female cones outdoors in Britain for what is believed to be the first time in 60 million years. Botanists say the event is a sign of global heating."

2019-08-24 - Water poisons 24 people in Raymon (Jordan):

Quote: "Jerash Governor, Mamoun Lawzi decided on Sunday, August 25, 2019, to close down two water stations in the town of Raymon, west of Jerash, after 24 citizens suffered from poisoning, the Jordan News Agency (Petra) reported. "

2019-08-24 - Dozens of wallabies found dead on field at Trinity Beach in coastal Cairns (Australia):

Quote: "Shai Ager from The Agile Project said the animals had no visible injuries and may have been poisoned, with at least one seen foaming at the mouth. 'We just don't know the cause at the moment,' Ms Ager said."

Note: Less than two weeks ago a cloud of poison gas of unknown origin blew in off the ocean and sickened people at a beach in coastal Worthing (Britain), mentioned in the 2019-08-11 update. Maybe these wallabies got hit by another cloud of poison gas blowing in off the ocean. It's not like there's only going to be one cloud of poison gas blowing in off the ocean. Eventually that'll be happening regularly everywhere...

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2019-08-25 - Large number of people have trouble breathing at beach in coastal Essex (Britain):

Quote: "The reason why children coughed and struggled to breathe at a packed beach on the hottest late August bank holiday weekend on record in the UK remains a mystery. Hundreds of families were enjoying the sun in the seaside town of Frinton in Essex on Sunday, when a large number of people began to have trouble breathing. Essex Police said they were investigating, but that the cause remained unknown and the force advised people not to enter the water."

Quote: "The 45-year-old mental health worker from Derbyshire, who was visiting her parents in Essex for the bank holiday weekend, said she had also had difficulty breathing as she lay on the sand drying off after a dip in the water. She said they all began to breathe easier when they moved further away from the beach, but took the 10-year-old girls to a walk-in clinic to be checked over by medical staff."

Note: It was just two weeks ago to the day that a cloud of poison gas of unknown origin blew in off the sea and sickened people at a beach in coastal Worthing (Britain), mentioned in the 2019-08-11 update. And wallabies have been mysteriously dying at a beach in coastal Cairns (Australia), mentioned in the 2019-08-24 update. And hydrogen sulfide has been killing people and animals on beaches in coastal Brittany (France), mentioned in the 2019-07-26 update. Beach, beach, beach, beach. I could go on and on with these types of events. There have been many similar incidents. Things just keep getting obviouser and obviouser…

2019-08-25 - Man has 'medical episode' on coastal Kynance Beach (Britain):

Quote: "Team paged 3.11pm to a male who was having a medical episode on Kynance Beach, the team monitored and reassured the casualty until the arrival of the paramedics and then drove the casualty to the ambulance."

Note: On a beach?! No way!

2019-08-25 - Two people found dead in burning car in Sukabumi (Indonesia):

2019-08-25 - Wildfire rages across the island of Samos (Greece):

Quote: "The fire on Samos over the weekend led to the evacuation of about 1,000 tourists and residents from popular beaches on the east of the island, Greek news agency ANA reports."

2019-08-25 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 10+ cars burn, in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Multiple vehicles at a junkyard on 6700 Essington Avenue caught fire Sunday evening, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky."

2019-08-25 - Brain-eating amoeba kills at least 11 people in Pakistan:

Quote: "Officials with the Directorate General Health Services in Pakistan have already reported 11 fatalities due to parasitic meningitis infections caused by Naegleria fowleri, and now a 12th case has been reported."

2019-08-25 - Recycling center erupts in flame on Fryers Road in Bloxwich (Britain):

2019-08-25 - Underwater volcano erupts near Tonga, creates raft of floating pumice as big as Manhattan:

Quote: "A massive layer of volcanic rock carrying multitudes of sea organisms could soon aid in the recovery of the Great Barrier Reef, which has been 'bleached' and permanently damaged by climate change. The 'raft' was captured by NASA Earth Observatory days after an underwater volcano 130 feet down may have erupted near the island of Tonga. The resulting raft of pumice rock is the size of Manhattan and is floating toward Australia, NASA said."

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2019-08-26 - Salton Sea continues belching hydrogen sulfide in the Coachella Valley (California), odor advisory extended yet again:

Quote: "An odor advisory issued last week for the Coachella Valley to elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide that smell like rotten eggs was extended again on Monday, this time for another two days. It is now set to expire Wednesday afternoon. The advisory had already been extended three times since Aug. 18 due to the stench emanating from a sparsely populated area immediately downwind from the Salton Sea."

2019-08-26 - Unknown odor sickens people at bank in New Castle (Delaware):

Quote: "Hazmat crews determined an unusual odor reported by employees at a PNC Bank in New Castle was not dangerous, officials say."

Quote: "Four people complained of feeling sick from the odor, but officials say they did not need to be hospitalized. Crews placed the incident under control around 1:15 p.m. on Monday. It’s unclear what the odor was."

Note: Impossible to be sure something's not dangerous without even knowing what it is. It was dangerous enough to sicken four people...

2019-08-26 - Car bursts into flame at restaurant and seriously burns man in coastal Aiea (Hawaii):

Quote: "Bystanders pulled a seriously injured man from a burning car in Aiea this morning, Honolulu fire officials said. Three units with 10 firefighters responded to a fire in front of Teddy’s Bigger Burgers at the Westridge Shopping Center at 98-150 Kaonohi St. shortly before 9 a.m. Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant said bystanders pulled the man out of the vehicle. Emergency Medical Services personnel treated the man, who was described to be in his 30s to 40s, for burns to his upper body as well as inhalation burns. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition. Firefighters brought the fire under control just after 9 a.m. and extinguished it at about 9:25 a.m. Seguirant said the fire started in the vehicle’s engine and spread toward the passenger side."

2019-08-26 - SUV goes up in flames at 11:50 PM, 14-year-old boy ignites, doesn't remember why, in Bronzeville area in Chicago (Illinois):

Quote: "A 14-year-old boy was seen running from a burning vehicle in Bronzeville Monday with his hair on fire, according to Chicago police. Officers saw the burning vehicle about 11:50 p.m. in the first block of East 29th Street, police said. Moments later, they saw the boy running across the street with his hair on fire. The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital to be treated for burns, police said. His condition was stabilized. The boy told officers he does not remember why his hair was on fire or why he was running, police said. Police sources said the vehicle appears to be registered to one of the boy’s relatives, though no charges are pending at this time."

2019-08-26 - Pickup truck bursts into flame 20 feet from creek in Fort Worth (Texas), injured man found lying in creek:

Quote: "Fire crews found the pickup fully engulfed around 9:15 p.m. in a wooded area about 100 yards off Oak Grove Road, just north of Interstate 20 and near I-35W. The grass around it was also burning, but the blaze was quickly extinguished. The victim was found lying in a creek about 20 feet in front of the pickup. He was hospitalized in stable condition."

2019-08-26 - Passenger plane pilot, man, 40, loses consciousness en route to the island of Madeira, off-duty pilot helps land the plane in coastal Porto (Portugal):

Quote: "An off-duty pilot reportedly stepped in to carry out an emergency landing after the original pilot fainted."

2019-08-26 - Wildfires burn through at least 2 million acres in the Amazon forest in Bolivia:

Quote: "The world is focused on Brazil as the fires in the Amazon rainforest continue to burn — but neighbouring Bolivia is fighting fierce blazes of its own. The fires are burning unabated across vast swaths of hilly tropical forest and savannah near Bolivia's border with Paraguay and Brazil. Citing officials, Reuters reported that at least one million hectares were impacted as of Sunday, with no signs of slowing down."

Quote: "Experts say that it will take at least two centuries to repair the ecological damage done by the fires, while at least 500 species are said to be at risk from the flames."

Note: Two centuries to repair the damage. Well then, we should leave a note for the rats and cockroaches to let them know they should be working on that after we're gone!

2019-08-26 - Amazon rainforest fires spew enormous cloud of carbon monoxide:

Quote: "As the Amazon rainforest burns at an unprecedented pace, new satellite imagery from NASA shows an enormous cloud of poisonous carbon monoxide rising from the devastation."

2019-08-26 - Fire erupts and causes blackouts at coastal San Antonio Harbour on the island of Ibiza (Spain):

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2018-27 - After 150 people mysteriously sicken at beaches, people asked not to enter the water, in coastal Essex (Britain):

Quote: "Holidayers are being asked to stay out of the water after around 150 people who had been in the sea by several beaches in Essex, UK, mysteriously fell ill. According to news reports, 14 people were taken to the hospital but nobody was seriously ill. The still unknown malady affected beachgoers in Frinton-on-Sea, Clacton, and Walton-on-the-Naze, causing breathing difficulties, vomiting, and coughing. Essex Police and Tendring Council have warned people not to go into the sea, while an investigation into the cause of the mystery illness is ongoing."

Quote: "Up to 150 Essex beachgoers were hit by a mystery toxic incident which left children struggling to breathe after playing in the sea. Three people were rushed to hospital as victims suffered breathing difficulties, vomiting and coughing at three beaches over the bank holiday weekend."

Note: So people sickened not just at one beach, but at three different beaches in this area...

2019-08-27 - Hydrogen sulfide, possibly from sewage treatment plant, sickens 33 students at school in coastal Johor Bahru (Malaysia):

Quote: "This came about after 33 pupils from SK Taman Pasir Putih complained yesterday about a strong smell. They also had breathing difficulties. 'We have received reports from the school about the pupils showing signs of nausea and vomiting.'"

Quote: "The noxious odour that caused 33 primary school pupils to fall ill was believed to be sewage fumes, Johor Local Government, Urban Wellbeing and Environment Committee chairman Tan Chen Choon said today. He said the stench that had caused the air contamination was believed to be from a sewage treatment plant near SK Taman Pasir Putih here."

Note: Hydrogen sulfide is commonly known as 'sewer gas'. And maybe this gas came from the ocean instead of the treatment plant. If the plant is spewing hydrogen sulfide then the parents should sue the plant for subjecting their children to poison gas. Also, notice that these symptoms are the same as the people sickened at the three beaches in Britain...

2019-08-27 - Salton Sea continues spewing hydrogen sulfide, odor advisory extended again, in the Coachella Valley (California):

2019-08-27 - Passenger plane bursts into flame at airport in Beijing (China):

2019-08-27 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Hyderabad (India):

Quote: "A Delhi-Hyderabad IndiGo flight 6E 6649 made an emergency landing at Hyderabad Airport after pilots spotted signs of smoke in the cockpit."

Note: These are the 98th and 99th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-08-27 - Heavy truck bursts into flame in tunnel in coastal Zhejiang (China), 5 killed, 31 injured:

Quote: "Traffic police soon arrived to release people from the tunnel, sending 36 to nearby hospitals, among which five died. The remaining patients are being monitored closely as the death toll may rise, with 14 seriously injured and 17 lightly injured. Police are still investigating the accident, following a key lead that the fire may have been caused by the direct combustion of the truck's tires, the local Linhai authorities said on Wednesday."

2019-08-27 - Mysterious explosion and 3 AM alarms people in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

Quote: "Glasgow residents were shook last night as many reported hearing a loud explosion in the north of the city. A large number flocked to social media to tell of the loud 'bang' at around 3am."

2019-08-27 - Waste transfer station hit by fire, 200 tons of rubbish burn, in Ruislip (Britain):

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2019-08-28 - Unknown foul odor hits school, schools closed, in Donna (Texas):

Quote: "The Donna Independent School District is canceling classes at one of their elementary schools because of a foul odor. In a Facebook post, the district said a strong smell was detected in the front office area of J.P. LeNoir Elementary school. The Donna police and fire department are currently assessing the building to determine the source. Students are being dismissed."

2019-08-28 - Worst fires in Russian history continue burning in Siberia, fires could free vast amounts of methane:

Quote: "Massive Siberian forest fire could melt permafrost, freeing massive methane stores..."

Quote: "It is not just the Amazon rainforest that is burning. More than 21,000 square miles of forest caught on fire in Siberia this month. That means that Russia is on track for its worst year on record for wildfires."

2019-08-28 - Pile of scrap metal erupts in flame at salvage yard in South Whitehall Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Investigators were looking into the cause of a fire in a pile of scrap metal Wednesday morning at a salvage yard in Lehigh County."

2019-08-28 - Landfill fire breaks out in Archuleta County (Colorado):

2019-08-28 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Hopkinton Reservoir at Hopkinton State Park (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Swimmers and dog owners are being urged to avoid the water at Hopkinton State Park amid a toxic blue-green algae bloom, according to state officials. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation said they have found high levels of Cyanobacteria in the reservoir and beach areas."

2019-08-28 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits pond in Roosevelt Wilson Park in Davidson (North Carolina):

2019-08-28 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Kitsap Lake (Washington):

2019-08-28 - Man crosses 3,000 miles of Pacific Ocean by paddleboard and sees plastic pollution every day:

2019-08-28 - Heatwave broils the Las Vegas Valley (Nevada):

Quote: "The temperature reached 110 degrees Wednesday in the Las Vegas Valley, tying a record high for the date, and an excessive heat warning was extended into the weekend. A heat warning that was set to end at 9 p.m. Wednesday will now last until 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are set to stay well above the average of 100 degrees for this time of year, and the valley will be 'seeing little relief at night,' meteorologist Barry Pierce said Wednesday night. Wednesday high tied a record set in 2017. Wednesday also tied a record for the highest minimum temperature of 86 for the day, also set in 2017, meteorologist Alex Boothe said."

2019-08-28 - Person has 'medical emergency' at beach in coastal Walton-on-the-Naze (Britain):

Quote: "A person has been rushed to hospital after suffering a medical emergency at the beach. Emergency services were called to Walton-on-the-Naze beach at around 2.15pm today (Wednesday, August 28) following reports of an incident."

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2019-08-29 - Unknown foul odor evacuates school in Enfield (Connecticut):

Quote: "The second day of classes brought about the first building evacuation of the new school year at Enfield High School Thursday, as a foul odor was detected."

2019-08-29 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, big pile of scrap metal burns, in Detroit (Michigan):

Quote: "Billowing smoke could seen for miles from a big scrap metal fire in Detroit. The fire broke out Thursday afternoon at Ferrous Processing and Trading Company on John Kronk, between Wyoming and Lonyo, just south of I-94 The company's website claims it is one of the nation's largest scrap metal processors and traders."

Quote: "Deputy Detroit Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said the fire started in a big pile of scrap metal, including chopped up pieces of old appliances and car parts."

Note: Also see the car that burst into flame on I-75 in Detroit on this day...

2019-08-29 - Car-crushing business hit by fire, pile of crushed cars burns, in Conway (South Carolina):

Quote: "HCFR says the large fire involved a pile of crushed cars behind the business."

2019-08-29 - Recycling center fire breaks out in coastal Paignton (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Wildfire breaks out on seaside cliff in coastal Bournemouth (Britain):

2019-08-29 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits lake at Hinckley Park in coastal South Portland (Maine):

2019-08-29 - Can we survive extreme heat? Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come:

2019-08-29 - Europe warming faster than climate models projected, research suggests:

2019-08-29 - Rising sea levels and catastrophic storm surges could displace 280 million people, UN warns:

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2019-08-30 - Ancient extinction was caused by oceanic oxygen depletion and sulfidic waters:

Quote: "Their investigations also revealed that the extinction was likely driven in part by the proliferation of sulfidic ocean conditions. 'For the first time, this research provides a mechanism to drive the observed step-wise extinction event, which first coincided with ocean deoxygenation and was followed by more severe and toxic ocean conditions with sulfide in the water column,' Bowman said."

Note: By 'toxic ocean conditions with sulfide in the water column' they mean hydrogen sulfide, which is released by ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea on the ocean floors, life that thrives when there's no oxygen and when the waters are warmer. And this is what I've been saying all along, except that I'm saying that the very same thing is happening now, and the result will be the same: mass extinction. Also, the emission of hydrogen sulfide is what allows the oceanic die-off to spread beyond the bounds of the oceans and kill off life on land too. The oceans spew hydrogen sulfide and poison the atmosphere, which affects land-based creatures. The oceans will die off worse, much worse, but life on land will not fare too well either, especially life that reproduces slowly, like, say, human beings. So keep your eyes open for unknown foul smells hitting large coastal areas, like the poison gas of unknown origin that recently hit a beach and sickened people in coastal Worthing (Britain), mentioned in the 2019-08-11 update. Unknown foul odors hitting large coastal areas would be a VERY BAD SIGN...

2019-08-30 - Unknown foul odor hits large coastal area, including coastal Wirral, coastal Birkenhead and coastal Liverpool (Britain):

Quote: "Residents have been left confused by a horrendous smell over parts of Merseyside. People have took to social media today to share their experiences of the 'disgusting' smell. Those living and visiting Birkenhead, Wirral, appear to be the worst affected by the aroma reporting that the 'whole town' stinks. However, people in Liverpool have also reported noticing the foul stench in the city centre."

Quote: "It's getting worse. It smells like both sewer waste and a farmyard at the same time. The smell is everywhere. I can't have the windows open or the door, it's that's bad."

2019-08-30 - Unknown foul odor hits several cities including Bristol, Stoke Gifford, Whitchurch and Barleyfields (Britain), near the coast:

Quote: "There is a bad smell around Bristol today (August 30) - and no-one is quite sure what is. From Windmill Hill to Frenchay and Stoke Gifford, people from across the city are reporting unpleasant journeys to work. Bristol Live has been inundated with reports of a 'poo smell' around the city, with it so bad around Temple Meads people have been seen checking their shoes."

Quote: "By 8am, the smell had spread, with reports of the stench spreading to Temple Meads, Old Market, Frenchay, Stoke Gifford, Whitchurch and Barleyfields."

Note: Bristol is a port city near the coast, connected to the ocean via the River Avon. Both the Liverpool area (the first odor incident) and the Bristol area (the second odor incident) are located on the western coast of Britain, the side most likely to be hit by hydrogen sulfide blowing in off the ocean, since winds tend to blow west-to-east due to the rotation of the Earth. That said, the incident where poison gas of unknown origin sickened people at a beach was on the southern coast of Britain, in Worthing, across the English Channel from the coast of France where people and animals have been dying from hydrogen sulfide poisoning. And the incident where 150 people mysteriously sickened at three beaches in Britain, in Essex, was on the eastern coast. Winds do shift, so while western coasts are probably more vulnerable to being hit by poison gas, no coast is safe. Speaking of coasts generally, and western coasts specifically, also see the two young men found mysteriously dead on a beach in Torrance, CA on this day...

2019-08-30 - Passenger plane hit by unknown smell, eye irritant, plane returns to coastal Dublin (Ireland):

Quote: "The crew had been in contact with the airline’s operations centre and advised them that the cabin crew had detected a smell in the passenger cabin. The flight crew reported that no one had displayed any signs of being affected by the smell but that they would monitor the situation for a while. Soon afterwards, when the Airbus A320-200 jet was about 100 kilometres south of Cork, the flight further advised air traffic control that cabin crew members had reported experiencing some side effects. It’s understood that while the flight attendants were not feeling unwell, they were experiencing ‘watery and itchy eyes’. As a result, the pilot opted to return to Dublin to have the issue investigated."

2019-08-30 - Rising sea level causing damage in coastal Cape Town (South Africa), retreat may will be necessary:

Quote: "Sea level rise caused by global warming is already causing damage to public and private coastal property in Cape Town. In some areas retreat to higher ground may be necessary. The coast at Milnerton particularly is being affected by erosion, with the public beach under City of Cape Town jurisdiction already having been washed away by erosion and storm surges. The City is currently assessing options which include a retreat for a section of the coast in Milnerton, says Mayco Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Marian Nieuwoudt."

2019-08-30 - Great Barrier Reef continues deteriorating in Australia:

Quote: "The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has deteriorated to a “critical point” with its future outlook downgraded from 'poor' to 'very poor' due to global warming and local pollution, a major government report has concluded."

2019-08-30 - Hurricane Dorian strengthens, becomes Category 4 storm, continues spiraling toward Florida:

Quote: "Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds as Floridians brace for the extremely dangerous storm to hit."

2019-08-30 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County (Pennsylvania):

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2019-08-31 - Around 50 cars destroyed by fire while parked in carpark at shopping center in coastal Cork (Ireland), 1300 feet from the coast:

Quote: "A small car fire in a Cork car park quickly became a blaze that engulfed 60 cars and left around 50 completely burnt out."

2019-08-31 - Pickup truck bursts into flame shortly before 2 AM, fire spreads to duplex, in Gatineau (Canada), 1 killed, 4 injured:

Quote: "Firefighters were called for a fire in an automobile beside the structure shortly before 2 a.m. Upon arrival, the flames had spread to the two-storey, two-apartment building."

Note: And that's why you don't want to park a vehicle near your residence...

2019-08-31 - Wildfires continue burning in the Amazon forest in Bolivia, 3.2 million acres burned so far:

2019-08-31 - Flight instructor has seizure in small plane, student gets coached to safe landing by air traffic control, in Jandakot (Australia), 7 miles from the coast:

Quote: "7NEWS is reporting an instructor had suffered a medical emergency during a lesson.. and a student has had to be coached down by air traffic control. A short time ago the student managed to land the plane safely. The instructor is now being treated by paramedics. Sources said the plane was a Cessna 152 and the instructor was believed to have had a seizure."

Quote: "'Do you know how to operate the airplane?' the operator asks. 'This is my first lesson,' the student tells him."

Note: To quote Spider-Man from the movie 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse', 'Everybody knows that the best way to learn is under intense life-threatening pressure.'

2019-08-31 - Man goes into cardiac arrest after being pulled from swimming pool at apartments in Hackensack (New Jersey):

Quote: "A lifeguard observed a man in distress Saturday afternoon, pulled him from the water and began CPR, city police said. The man, who had been swimming in the pool of the Prospect Place apartments, may have been having medical emergency, police said. 'Most adults don't drown unless is it is a medical issue,' Hackensack Police Lt. James Smith said adding that the man was alive when taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. "

2019-08-31 - Brace for food wars, science writer warns:

2019-08-31 - Toxic blue-green algae hits the UC Davis Arboretum Waterway at the University of California in Davis (California):

2019-08-31 - Indonesia plans to relocate 10 million people from the sinking city of Jakarta:

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