Monday, September 30, 2019

Event Update For 2019-09-29

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2019-09-29 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Goa (India):

Quote: "A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight with 180 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Goa airport on Sunday after the aircraft's engine caught fire. All the passengers were safely evacuated. There is no report of injuries so far. According to the media reports, the left engine of Goa-Delhi IndiGo flight caught fire after it took off from the Goa airport on Sunday night."

Note: This is the 113th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-29 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion, power outage blacks out the entire island of Tenerife (Spain):

Quote: "The power cut - which also affected, homes, bars and restaurants on the holiday island -  was later blamed on an explosion at a sub-station in Granadilla."

2019-09-29 - High-speed train station heavily damaged by fire in coastal Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), 5+ injured:

Quote: "A massive fire on Sunday ripped through a new high-speed train station leaving at least five people injured in Saudi Arabia's coastal city of Jeddah."

Quote: "The $7.3 billion, 450km Haramain Railway linking Makkah and Madinah with the Red Sea city of Jeddah, was opened in September last year."

Note: Depending on the extent of the damage, this could be the most costly fire so far. The current record for most costly fire was an electronics factory that went up in flames in South Korea that cost a billion dollars, mentioned in the 2014-03-09 update...

2019-09-29 - Factory heavily damaged by deadly fire in coastal Ningbo (China), 19+ killed:

Quote: "The fire came a day after 36 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck on an expressway in eastern China. Another 36 people were injured, including nine seriously, after the bus closed the center divider to hit the truck head-on."

2019-09-29 - Seven homes destroyed by massive inferno on Atkinson Road in coastal Surf City (North Carolina):

Quote: "Wilson says the seven homes are a total loss."

2019-09-29 - Mysterious smoke ring appears in the sky near Moscow (Russia):

Note: When a blob of semi-concentrated gaseous methane in the atmosphere spontaneously ignites, it may leave a carbon trace behind - the C in CH4 - and that could produce a smoke ring. These mysterious smoke rings began appearing around the world several years ago, not coincidentally at the same time as methane levels in the atmosphere began spiking. What this means is that sometimes the AIR ITSELF will burst into flame, no ignition source necessary; the term commonly used for this is 'auto-ignition'. If this happens in the sky, no big deal, maybe a weird smoke ring. If it happens on top of you then you'll probably die or at least you're likely to be seriously burned. If it happens at night in your yard when nobody's around paying attention then your home may go up in flames. If it happens out in a remote forest or jungle then there may be a sudden wildfire with no discernible cause. There will be no warning when this happens since methane is both invisible and odorless...

2019-09-29 - Generators causing fires during planned power shutoffs in California:

2019-09-29 - Boat bursts into flame on beach near coastal Brownsea Island (Britain):

Note: This is the 833rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-29 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on the M4 near Heathrow Airport (Britain):

Quote: "Inrix reports the fire started on a bus near Heathrow Airport."

Note: This is the 475th bus to burn in 2019...

2019-09-29 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, in Jackson County (Florida):

Quote: "The fire broke out about 10:30 a.m. and is believed to be caused by an excavator that caught fire."

2019-09-29 - Tractor bursts into flame in Littlecote (Britain):

Quote: "Saturday 28 September, 1.28pm Tractor on fire, and fire in field, Littlecote, Stewkley. Two appliances and crews from Aylesbury attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and two sets of breathing apparatus."

Note: These are the 1755th and 1756th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-09-29 - RV bursts into flame at Skyline Wilderness Park east of Napa (California):

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

2019-09-29 - Campervan bursts into flame on the  A465 Hereford-Abergavenney road near Pandy (Britain):

2019-09-29 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 5:30 AM on street in Greeley (Colorado):

2019-09-29 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at gas station in Powdersville (South Carolina):

2019-09-29 - Car bursts into flame on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway on coastal Long Island (New York):

2019-09-29 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 82 in Lowndes County (Mississippi):

2019-09-29 - Car bursts into flame on highway in coastal Singapore:

2019-09-29 - Car bursts into flame at housing estate in County Monaghan (Ireland):

2019-09-29 - Car bursts into flame at home on Roman Crescent in Swindon (Britain):

2019-09-29 - Car bursts into flame on the M20 between Ashford and Maidstone (Britain):

2019-09-29 - Car bursts into flame on the M11 near Harlow (Britain):

2019-09-29 - Car bursts into flame at 6:34 AM on Dale View in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Dale View, Grimsby. Sun 29 Sep 2019 06:34 (No:21992) Car fire. 1 BA and 1 hose reel in use."

2019-09-29 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-275 near Colerain Township (Ohio):

2019-09-29 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the A14 in Suffolk (Britain):

2019-09-29 - Car and garage go up in flames at home in Yucaipa (California):

Quote: "Firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the home’s detached garage, and one car was burned, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Josh Janssen said."

2019-09-29 - Barn destroyed by fire on Bank Mills Road in Aiken (South Carolina):

2019-09-29 - Discount store heavily damaged by fire at 4 AM at strip mall in Phoenix (Arizona):

2019-09-29 - Dozens of cabins destroyed by huge blaze at Balls Creek Campground on Buffalo Shoals Road in Catawba County (North Carolina):

Quote: "Officials said the fire destroyed about thirty percent of the 300 cabins before firefighters were able to get it under control."

2019-09-29 - Restaurant destroyed by fire at country club in Halifax (Massachusetts):

2019-09-29 - Historic commercial building heavily damaged by fire just after 2:30 AM on Portage Avenue East in Winnipeg (Canada):

2019-09-29 - Garage destroyed by fire at 12:50 AM at home in Germantown (Ohio):

2019-09-29 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 5:15 AM on Doug Lee Road in Saucier (Mississippi), nobody there:

2019-09-29 - Mobile home destroyed by fire just before 6 AM in Kalispell (Montana):

2019-09-29 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Lakeview Trail in Sugarloaf (Pennsylvania):

2019-09-29 - Home destroyed by fire on Fern Lane in Hamilton Township (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2019-09-29 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 3:53 AM on Collins Street in Hartford (Connecticut):

2019-09-29 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 5:45 AM in Indian Head (Maryland), firefighter has 'medical emergency':

Quote: "The unidentified Potomac Heights apparatus driver was replacing a section of hose that had burned through when he suffered the medical emergency early Sunday."

2019-09-29 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire in Menomonie (Wisconsin):

2019-09-29 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on 25th Avenue North in Nashville (Tennessee):

2019-09-29 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Wade Boulevard in Frisco (Texas):

2019-09-29 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire on Riverside Drive in Coral Springs (Florida), 1 injured:

2019-09-29 - Deadly fire burns mobile home in Natchitoches Parish (Louisiana), 1 killed:

2019-09-29 - Deadly fire burns home on Colorado Road in Lafayette Parish (Louisiana), 2 killed:

2019-09-29 - Fish found dead in Richmond Springs and Fenchel Creek at Backbone State Park (Iowa):

2019-09-29 - Many fish wash ashore dead on the coast of Ambon (Indonesia):

2019-09-29 - Thousands of fish wash up dead on beaches in Mar Menor (Spain):

2019-09-29 - Hundreds of fish found dead in lake in Whitefield (India):

2019-09-29 - Two brothers, 20 and 26, found dead in hotel room in Florence (Italy):

2019-09-29 - Man, 62, experienced diver, dies after diving in quarry in La Grange (Kentucky):

Quote: "Johnson said another diving group noticed Price unresponsive at the bottom of the quarry sometime before 12:30 p.m. and brought him to the shore to begin performing CPR until police and EMS arrived. Oldham County EMS and La Grange Fire and Rescue got to the scene and continued administering emergency treatment, Johnson said, but Price was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesperson for the quarry tells WDRB Price had been a regular there for 20 years and was a certified diver."

2019-09-29 - Woman found dead in submerged car at boat launch in coastal Blaine (Washington):

2019-09-29 - Man, 26, assistant coach, has 'medical emergency', dies shortly later, near Hannibal (Missouri), near the Mississippi River:

Quote: "Bryan Tate, 26, was with family on his way to see a football game when he suffered what was described as a medical emergency. Tate was taken to a hospital in Hannibal and was pronounced deceased at 2:30 p.m."

2019-09-29 - Man, around 35, drops dead on street in Salt Lake City (Utah):

2019-09-29 - Man drops dead near Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Richmond (Virginia):

2019-09-29 - Person found dead in drainage ditch in Memphis (Tennessee):

2019-09-29 - Man, 70, found dead in the water in coastal Pillar Point Harbor (California):

2019-09-29 - Man, 58, found dead in yard at home in coastal Norfolk (Virginia):

2019-09-29 - Man, 50, found dead at home in coastal Mobile (Alabama):

2019-09-29 - Man, 32, dies after being found unconscious in jail cell in Benner Township (Pennsylvania):

2019-09-29 - College student, 22, dies after being pulled unconscious from hot spring in Kasese (Uganada):

2019-09-29 - Boy, 16, drops dead at home in coastal Larnaca on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2019-09-29 - Man, 20, dies while diving in Lake Garda (Italy):

Quote: "A 20-year-old diver died during a dive with his father on the Verona side of Lake Garda. The accident, perhaps due to an illness or pulmonary embolism, took place in Torri del Benaco, in the locality of Baia dei Pini."

2019-09-29 - Man in his 50s dies after being pulled from the water at swimming spot in coastal Dublin (Ireland):

2019-09-29 - Man, 54, has 'medical event', SUV crashes into tree, in coastal Falmouth (Massachusetts), 1 killed:

Quote: "Based on the witness statement and the physical evidence at the crash scene, it appears as though the operator suffered from a medical event prior to the crash..."

2019-09-29 - Driver has 'medical emergency', SUV veers off road, crashes into pole then truck then car, in Johnston (Ohio), several injured:

Quote: "OSP troopers on the scene told 21 News they believe the driver of the Traverse involved in the crash suffered a medical emergency."

2019-09-29 - Man, 38, has 'medical issue', car crashes into median, on I-80 near Tipton (Iowa), 1 killed:

Quote: "An investigation into the accident revealed Byerly suffered an unknown medical issue that prompted the crash."

2019-09-29 - Driver has 'medical event', car crashes into shop, in coastal Timaru (New Zealand), 1 injured:

Quote: "Stuff has been told that a medical event contributed to the crash."

2019-09-29 - Small plane crashes and burns in DeLand (Florida), 3 killed:

2019-09-29 - Small plane crashes in the Tararua Range (New Zealand), 2 killed:

2019-09-29 - SUV veers off road, crashes into fire department, in Mineral (Virginia):

Quote: "Crews believe the driver may have suffered a medical emergency."

2019-09-29 - Car veers over centerline, hits semi(s) head-on, near Green River (Utah), 1 killed:

2019-09-29 - Car crashes, bursts into flame, on Big Tujunga Canyon Road in Sunland (California), 1 killed, 3 injured:

2019-09-29 - Car veers off road at 2:30 AM, crashes into tree, in Inglewood (California), 1 killed, 4 injured:

2019-09-29 - Car crashes off bridge, plummets 100 feet onto riverbed, in Union Township (Ohio), 2 injured:

2019-09-29 - Woman's dog attacks and seriously injures her at home in coastal Hampton (Virginia):

2019-09-29 - Man's dog attacks and kills him in Madrid (Spain):

2019-09-29 - School building collapses in Dzorwulu (Ghana), 2 killed, 6 injured:

2019-09-29 - Man, 55, goes missing while diving off coastal Deerfield Beach (Florida):

Quote: "The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing diver off Deerfield Beach. According to the Coast Guard, a 55-year-old man was reported missing Sunday night during a dive trip. The Coast Guard said the man was diving with a group on the Lady Go Diver, but when the group resurfaced, he did not."

2019-09-29 - The world is unprepared for the next major volcanic eruption:

2019-09-29 - Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes in the ocean just off the coast of Chile:

2019-09-29 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits the Richmond River in the Richmond Valley (Australia):

2019-09-29 - Unusual series of weather events hits Davis (California):

Quote: "Weird weather struck Davis, California, over the weekend. The area experienced a tornado touchdown, pounding hail and record low morning temperatures."


  1. DAY-um! BIG losses on this day for insurance companies. A few more of these and i can see the entire industry going bankrupt. There's no way they can afford BILLIONS of dollars in pay-outs per week/month without hurting their bottom line.

    There's all these people dying, many of them insured (especially bread-winners), all the insured vehicles, residences, commercial buildings, infrastructure and more going up in flames or being destroyed by anomalous weather/natural disasters (like flooding and tornadoes).

    Then we move on to the environment which is also affected by climate change, weather related damage (think wildfires, etc),
    dying species of all kinds (including soil microbes to whales), increasingly toxic air and water (due mainly to man-made pollution, but also from volcanic activity and large fires) - and pretty soon we're in a world of hurt!

    Great banner pic today, Jonny - all 'em beach-front homes goin' up in flames, especially.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 9.30.19 Climate solutions among rising weather extremes? [~ 12.75]

    [i added this comment there]
    Why effective climate change solutions remain so elusive – “When there is this asymmetry in costs and benefits, our behaviors don’t change”

    Johns Hopkins Professor Paul Ferraro has spent a lot of time thinking about climate change, and he’s uncovered a major barrier to combating the rise in global temperatures: the human psyche.

    “The problem is that what we need to achieve is so daunting and taxes our resources so much that we end up with a situation that’s much, much worse than if we had focused our efforts,” says Ferraro, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who is an expert in behavioral economics and the design and estimation of impacts of environmental programs. “Proposed hundred-pronged solutions end up being, in actuality, zero-prong solutions because the human brain, especially in the collective, doesn’t work like a computer.” [more]

    “Day Zero” looms in Australian Outback as climate change bites – “It’s that core of the country, where mum and dad and the kids work together, they’re the ones that are going to be pulled down”

    An unprecedented water shortage in drought-stricken eastern Australia is driving home the brutal realities of climate change and threatening the much-mythologised Outback way of life. [more]

    Deadly Heatwave From Hell Engulfs Australia This Week and Will Last Until December

    A red-hot weather map shows how Australia is set to sizzle through a blistering spring.
    The Bureau of Meteorology says all of the country’s mainland is ‘highly likely’ to exceed average temperatures from October to December. [more; SOTT says GSM!!]

    Climate Change Threatens the World’s Fisheries, Food Billions of People Rely On

    More than 3 billion people depend on fish as a major source of protein. By the end of the century, a quarter of the sustainable fish catch could be gone. [more; it'll hit WAY before then]

    [continued below]

  2. Alaska 2019: Rogue bears: Constant wildfires: Dead seagulls: Clams, shrimp, crabs, or any type of fish showing radiation: Spruce tree die-off: Missing birds and bats

    [read Bill Laughing-Bear's testimony]

    2019 will go down as Alaska’s hottest summer on record, the latest benchmark in a long-term warming trend with ominous repercussions ranging from rapidly vanishing summer sea ice and melting glaciers to raging wildfires and deadly death and chaos for marine life. [more]

    September 2019: Record-busting Cat 5 Hurricane Dorian. Forgotten Sept 11 Hurricane Erin: Historic wildfires: Typhoons and a rush of major quakes!

    July was the 12th consecutive month in which average temperatures were above normal nearly every day, said Brian Brettschneider, a scientist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

    Of Alaska’s 10 warmest months on record, seven have now occurred since 2004.

    On the 24th of Sept, as the Caribbean and Gulf area were being battered by 2 tropical storms and just two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas a scene evolved resembling a Holywood movie epic. During the night two volcanoes erupted, the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City and the Poas volcano Costa Rica followed by two mag 6.0 major quakes near Puerto Rico with multiple aftershocks which occurred smash bang in the middle of Tropical Storm Karen which was sitting south of Tropical Storm Jerry.

    The volcanic and quake activity proved to be a precursor of powerful seismic activity around the world, producing 7 major quakes in just 6 days along with a string of powerful smaller quakes in Pakistan and Turkey, as usual, the spike in quake activity coincided with coronal activity on the Sun and the geomagnetic storms [more]

    315-Billion-Tons Iceberg D-28 Calves in Antarctica – No Link To Climate Change

    A massive iceberg weighing 315 billion tons has broken away from the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

    The giant piece of ice has a surface of 1,636 square kilometers (245 square miles) and D-28 is the largest iceberg to calve from the continent in more than half a century. But the calving is not linked to climate change say scientists.

    Mystery Oil Spill Kills Animals in Brazil

    Brazil’s beaches are awash with oil but no one knows quite where it’s coming from.

    The oil spill is affecting a number of beaches on Brazil’s north-eastern coastline, and is harming turtles and other wildlife in the country’s waters.

    A total of 46 cities, as well as a number of tourist beaches, have witnessed thick black oil washing up on their sand.[more]

    Residents Flee After Ulawun Volcano Newly Erupts in Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea’s volatile Ulawun volcano erupted early Tuesday, October 1, sending a column of red lava shooting up into the sky and forcing the evacuation of recently returned residents.

    Ashfall could affect Kimbe, the capital of West New Britain, while regular earthquakes are also occurring near the volcano.[more]

    [more below]

  3. Record-breaking September snowstorm dumps 4 feet of snow on parts of Montana, USA

    A record-smashing snowstorm with wet snow and strong winds hit parts of the Northern Rockies on September 28 and 29, 2019, resulting in power outages, uprooted trees, and road closures. Several parts of Montana experienced blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow, setting new daily rainfall records. Wind gusts from 64 to 96 km/h (40 to 60 mph) were measured in Montana.

    some areas remain in unreasonably cold conditions which will delay the subsiding of snow and halt the agricultural growing season.[more]

    Typhoon "Mitag" near Taiwan, heading toward China, South Korea and Japan

    Tropical Cyclone "Mitag," known as Onyok in the Philippines, formed on September 28 while it was east of Luzon, Philippines. It soon became a Severe Tropical Storm and reached typhoon status on September 29. This is 18th named storm of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. [more]

    Hurricane "Lorenzo" - Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings issued for the Azores

    Hurricane "Lorenzo," once record-breaking Category 5 hurricane, maintains its strength as it heads toward the Azores and the United Kingdom. Hurricane and Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for the Azores. Lorenzo is expected to bring hurricane and tropical-storm-force winds to the Azores beginning Tuesday night, and these conditions will continue into Wednesday. Large swells generated by Lorenzo will continue to spread across much of the North Atlantic basin during the next few days. These swells will produce life-threatening surf and rip currents. [more]

    Narda spreading heavy rain along the southwestern coast of Mexico

    Tropical Storm "Narda" formed on September 28, 2019, near the coast of western Mexico as the 15th named storm of the 2019 Pacific hurricane season. Although it temporarily weakened into a tropical depression, the system is dropping heavy rain along the southwestern coast of Mexico. These rains, which could total as much as 380 mm (15 inches) in a few locations, will result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

    Oregon woman spots GIGANTIC craft in sky - Says " Coolest thing I've EVER recorded!" [~ 14.6 min.]

  4. Harry Shearer's Le Show from last Sunday [~ 1 hr.]

    UK weather: Torrential rain brings floods across Britain

    Torrential rains have swept across the UK bringing floods, closing roads and railways, and leading to some places being evacuated.

    Dozens of flood warnings had been issued and some areas in the Midlands, Wales and southern England were hit by a week's rain in just an hour.

    Further heavy rain and high winds are expected on Thursday.

    [what's going on out there, Jonny?]
    Five earthquakes in less than an hour rattle southeast Missouri, part of the New Madrid Seismic Zone

    An area of southeast Missouri experienced five earthquakes in less than hour Monday morning, experts say. [more]

    Man dies after pit bull attack in Bennington, Oklahoma

    Heil said a month ago Wright's dogs got loose and attacked a young girl near the fire station. She was taken to the ER as a precaution but wasn't seriously hurt.

    These same dogs also attacked 14-year-old Zachary Burkhalter on his way home from school on Thursday. [more]

    NASA scientist: World not prepared for when we find life on Mars

    Amtrak crash: Why train rammed into CSX freight cars, killing 2 and injuring 91, per NTSB

    A fatal Amtrak train accident in South Carolina that killed two and injured 91 happened because work on the tracks led to a conductor failing to move a hand-thrown switch that would have prevented the crash, the NTSB said Monday.

    The National Transportation Safety Board found that the conductor with freight operator CSX Transportation didn't move the switch to keep the Amtrak train on the main track in Cayce. Instead, the Miami-bound passenger was diverted onto another track as it barreled along at 53 miles per hour at 2:27 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2018 and piled into a parked freight train. [more]

    AccuWeather Predicts October Will Bring 'Plunging Temperatures' To Parts Of The U.S.

    AccuWeather's October forecast predicts the month will bring "widespread frost" and cooler temperatures.

    This change comes after above-normal weather in September. [more]

    28-Year-Old Man Dies at Grand Canyon Skywalk

    A man visiting the Grand Canyon Skywalk has died after apparently leaping hundreds of feet to his death, Grand Canyon West spokesman David Leibowitz confirms to PEOPLE.

    The body of a 28-year-old man was recovered by authorities Sunday morning after he climbed the bridge’s safety barrier and jumped around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, the spokesman said.

    The man has not been identified.

    The Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge, is a popular tourist destination that extends 70 feet out of the rim of the Grand Canyon, according to its website. [more]

    [next piece below]

  5. [from SURF'S UP!!]
    Hurricane Lorenzo to bring 70-foot waves to Azores

    As a Former Big-Oil Lawyer Takes Over the Bureau of Land Management, One Tribe Fights for Its Sacred Land

    Video captures bridge collapsing in Taiwan

    Five people are feared missing after a towering arch bridge in eastern Taiwan collapsed, sending an oil tanker truck falling onto boats below. [more; video]

    Highest Indian monsoon rains in 25 years to boost winter crops

    Monsoon rains in India were 10% above average in 2019 and the highest in 25 years as seasonal rainfall continued longer than expected, the weather department said on Monday.

    The longer monsoon could also restock reservoirs and help replenish ground water, helping assuage water shortages in pockets of the country of 1.3 billion people.

    But heavy rainfall in some areas has damaged summer-sown crops like cotton, soybean and pulses that are close to harvest.

    How Scientists Finally Got Americans to Worry About the Climate

    The evidence was strong 10 years ago, even 20, that the world had a problem with global warming. We knew then that it was going to exacerbate extreme weather and heat waves and raise the sea level. But nearly half of Americans didn’t take it seriously. Now they do, according to polls, and what changed wasn’t the amount of evidence but a shift in political forces and some changes in the way scientists learned to make their case.

    A report last week on cumulative damage to the world’s oceans and ice caps, for example, got big attention in the media, though the message wasn’t all that different from earlier reports from the IPCC. A few more specifics are known: The report projects that by 2050, at many coastal locations, the historic once-in-a-century flood will become an annual event, said Princeton University climate researcher Michael Oppenheimer, who was an author of the report.

    What’s noticeably changed is the way Americans are reacting to the news — taking these forecasts seriously, and recognizing that this isn’t only about polar bears, but about them. [more]

    [heh, wait til they finally learn the whole truth!]

    Bahamas struggles to right itself a month after Category 5 Dorian brutalized islands

    [from our At Least They're Consistent desk]
    A 30-year-old man was gored by a bison at a Utah state park, then brought his 22-year-old date there and she was gored too

    A Utah man who was gored by a bison three months ago brought his date back to the same park — where she was also gored by a bison. [more]

    [ya mean they're STILL BURNIN'?!]
    Indonesian agency says it expects rainy season to help end forest fires soon

    Fall tornadoes could occur in atypical US areas this year

    the Plains may be ground zero in a battle of northern cold fronts and southern warm air, which "could just create a lot of havoc," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok. [more]

  6. sorry, that last quote belonged further up the comment. ..