Friday, November 1, 2019

2019 - OCT - Spotlight Stories

Category: Variety Pack

2019-10-01 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, vehicles burn, in Columbia (South Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "This isn't the first time a salvage yard fire has taken place on Fairfield Road. One also took place in April of this year that shut down the road for several hours."

2019-10-01 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, near Woodinville (Washington):

2019-10-01 - Recycling center hit by fire before 2 AM, 50 tons of rubbish burn, in Telford (Britain):

2019-10-01 - Barns, outbuildings and thousands of bales of hay destroyed by fire near San Xavier Mission in Tucson (Arizona):

2019-10-01 - Mount Ulawun erupts and sends people fleeing in Papua New Guinea:

2019-10-01 - Earthquake swarms impact Texas, Oklahoma, San Francisco and The New Madrid Seismic Zone:

2019-10-01 - Jellyfish population increasing in the waters around Juneau (Alaska):

Quote: "Alaska scientists have confirmed an increasing number of moon jellyfish floating around Juneau waters. Juneau Empire reported Friday that warm ocean temperatures and plentiful food in the form of zooplankton have contributed to the increased sightings. A marine biology professor says the moon jellyfish known as Aurelia aurita have reached maturity after spawning in early spring. Experts say residents could be stung and urge people not to pick up beached jellyfish. Scientists say the sting of the moon jellyfish is considered less painful than the sting of some others. Experts have recommended watching the jellyfish from a pier for the best views. Scientists say there are concerns that too many jellyfish in the water could throw off the ecosystem because they would eat too many zooplankton."

Note: Jellyfish reproduce faster in warmer waters. Jellyfish survived the Great Dying and since the current extinction event is a repeat of the Great Dying, they'll undoubtedly survive the current extinction event too. Huge numbers of jellyfish have been clogging up the water intakes at nuclear plants off and on in recent years, so they seem to be doing just fine. They'll be here long after the last human being has died just as they were here long before the first human being existed...

2019-10-01 - Giant African snails carrying diseases spread all across Cuba:

Quote: "Silently and without pause, the giant African snail has been invading Cuba. With their shiny, brilliantly striped shells and bodies up to 8 inches long, the snails have become public enemy No. 1 for epidemiologists, and citizens have grown to fear their ability to transmit diseases and harm crops. "I never heard of them before, but now they're everywhere," said Yusmila Marin, a 29-year-old nurse who lives in a neighborhood rife with the mollusks, whose scientific name is Achatina Fulica. In recent months, Cuban authorities have activated the nationwide civil defense system to battle the snails. But some say the state's response is inadequate. Marin and families in the Villa Panamericana neighborhood are keeping children indoors to play due to the danger of infection from the snails, which can transmit a potentially severe brain infection called meningoencephalitis and an abdominal disease known as angiostrongyliasis. First detected in Cuba in 2014, the snail can now be found throughout Havana and in almost every one of the island's provinces. It's not known how the snail arrived in the nation."

Note: Doesn't sound like they're gonna have any more luck getting rid of these things than we've had getting rid of invasive fire ants and pythons here in the US...

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2019-10-02 - Man found dead in burning van on Chequers Road in Noak Hill near coastal London (Britain):

Quote: "They were called to reports of a van on fire in Chequers Road at around 5.20pm yesterday evening. The London Fire Brigade attended and helped put out the blaze. Officers then discovered a body inside the vehicle."

2019-10-02 - Car goes up in flames at 6:20 AM and kills man in his 50s at home in Peasedown St John (Britain):

Quote: "Police are investigating after a man was seriously injured in an incident in which a vehicle caught fire in Peasedown St John. It happened at about 6.20am on Wednesday, 2 October. A man in his 50s has now sadly died following the incident."

2019-10-02 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Athens (Greece):

Quote: "A British Airways aircraft that took off from Larnaca on Wednesday afternoon made an emergency landing in Athens after smoke was detected in the cabin. According to Greek media, the aircraft, bound for London, landed at the Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens at around 7.35pm after smoke was detected in the cabin while the aircraft was flying over Lemnos island."

2019-10-02 - B-17 bomber smokes then crashes and burns at airport in Hartford (Connecticut), 7+ killed, more injured:

Quote: "One of the engines began to sputter, and smoke came out the back, Hamer said. The plane made a wide turn and headed back toward the airport, he said. 'Then we heard all the rumbling and the thunder, and all the smoke comes up and we kind of figured it wasn’t good,' Hamer said."

Note: These are the 114th and 115th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-02 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, cars burn, in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2019-10-02 - Waste facility erupts in flame shortly before midnight in Sevier County (Tennessee):

2019-10-02 - Four SUVs destroyed by fire while parked at car showroom in Battersea area in coastal London (Britain), 400 feet from the River Thames:

Quote: "Six fire engines and around 40 firefighters were called to a fire at a car showroom with a roof car park in Lombard Road in Battersea. Four cars in the roof car park were destroyed by fire."

Quote: "Range Rover cars vary in price from £31,000 to £145,000, and four were completely destroyed by fire – while many others were damaged by flames and smoke."

2019-10-02 - Hay bursts into flame inside parked car in the wee hours at home in Blue Springs (Missouri):

Quote: "And for reasons the fire department says may never be known, sometime between three and seven Wednesday morning they started to smolder."

2019-10-02 - Amazon fires drive spike in child breathing problems in Brazil:

2019-10-02 - Nature Bats Last podcast with Robert Hunziker - very good interview:

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2019-10-03 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Richmond (Virginia):

Quote: "The Richmond Fire Department gave the 'all clear' after crews did not find a gas leak inside the school."

Quote: "Although no gas leak was found, CBS 6 reporter Shannon Lilly, who is on scene, reports a 'very strong smell' in the area."

Note: Must have been a rotten egg odor if they thought there was a gas leak. But there was no gas leak, so what WAS that odor? Probably some poison gas blowing by in the atmosphere outside that got sucked into the school via the HVAC system. Not enough to kill anyone this time, so that's good, but that doesn't mean there won't be enough to kill people next time...

2019-10-03 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Fairmont (West Virginia):

2019-10-03 - Unknown sewage odor regularly blowing through coastal Southend-on-Sea (Britain):

Quote: "Several residents reported the smells to the Echo, with Kelly Jarwin, Southend, stating that she first smelt the odour a couple of weeks ago. She said: “There was definitely sewage smells in Westcliff towards football grounds. 'Myself and some friends smelt this sewage smell a couple of weeks ago near the football grounds and then again last night down Victoria Avenue.'"

Note: Hydrogen sulfide is commonly called 'sewer gas'...

2019-10-03 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Kansas City (Missouri):

Quote: "A Frontier flight made an emergency landing at KCI on Thursday just before 6 p.m. The emergency landing was due to a report of smoke in the cockpit."

Note: This is the 116th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-03 - Landfill fire breaks out at 4:15 AM off Leeman Ferry Road near Huntsville (Alabama):

2019-10-03 - Recycling center hit by fire at 4:32 AM, recyclables burn, in coastal Stamford (Connecticut):

2019-10-03 - Around 400 kilometers of dead and dying mangroves found along the Gulf of Carpentaria (Australia):

2019-10-03 - Food Crisis 2019, it’s looking bad:

2019-10-03 - Triple-digit heat bakes the US South:

2019-10-03 - Does the climate crisis violate the rights of those yet to be born?

Note: The only right they have is the right to join the skull pile. The Earth will kill them all. Ergo, they shouldn't BE born. It's the end of the world. Any child born from here on out has nothing to look forward to but misery and/or death. We have PLENTY of people who are going to suffer and die already and there's no moral or rational reason whatsoever to create more people and inflict that same fate on them. Dropping dead is the BEST possibility children have to look forward to at this point. Also see the 8-year-old boy who sickened at school then dropped dead near his home in Chickamauga, Georgia on this day. Parents can't keep their children alive. Parents can't even keep themselves alive...

2019-10-03 - SOTT Earth changes summary for September 2019, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2019-10-04 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates buildings along the Kennebec River on Water Street in Waterville (Maine):

Quote: "About 100 employees of Kennebec Valley Community Action Program were evacuated from four buildings on its Water Street campus Friday after an employee reported a gas odor, but firefighters who responded checked those buildings and area homes and detected no problems."

Quote: "'Our meters are calibrated to detect natural gas or propane on a very minute level,' he said. 'There were no traces of that found.' The odor of sulfur was noticeable in some areas on the King Street side of the campus where many KVCAP employees who had been evacuated from the Drapeau building were standing as firefighters checked buildings. Esler said that sometimes the sewer system can create hydrogen sulfate gas and, depending on the atmosphere, a smell of sulfur."

Note: He meant hydrogen sulfide, not hydrogen sulfate…

2019-10-04 - Unknown foul odor blows through town at 6 AM in Holsworthy (Britain):

Quote: "The source of the odour is not known but residents are running for cover..."

Quote: "Mark Raines, who lives in Glebelands, says he woke up on Friday morning with the pong already infecting his nostrils. He said: 'I first experienced it this morning at about 6am. I thought "Oh my God what's that smell?" It's as bad as it gets. The only way I can describe it like vomit. It is very strong. I've been on Facebook to warn people. I've spoken to a few other people and they are all talking about it. I don't want to go outside unless I have to. It's making me feel ill. It is truly awful.'"

2019-10-04 - Radical warming in Siberia destabilizing the ground, ancient once-frozen biomass begins decomposing:

Quote: "Andrey Danilov eased his motorboat onto the gravel riverbank, where the bones of a woolly mammoth lay scattered on the beach. A putrid odor filled the air — the stench of ancient plants and animals decomposing after millennia entombed in a frozen purgatory. 'It smells like dead bodies,' Danilov said."

Quote: "And then there’s that rotting smell. As the permafrost thaws, animals and plants frozen for thousands of years begin to decompose and send a steady flow of carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere — accelerating climate change. 'The permafrost is thawing so fast,' said Anna Liljedahl, an associate professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. 'We scientists can’t keep up anymore.'"

Quote: "Smoking a cigarette on the porch of the village library, Shalugina offered her own analysis of the changing climate: 'I think, "Lord, it’s probably going to be the end of the world."'"

2019-10-04 - Person found dead in burning car in layby along Spring Lane in Lapworth (Britain):

Quote: "Police are appealing for witnesses after a body was found in a burning car. Warwickshire Police appealed for witnesses or information following the 'unexplained death'  in Lapworth this morning, Friday October 4. Police were called shortly before 11.30am to a report of a car on fire in a layby on Spring Lane."

2019-10-04 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "A United Airlines flight had just departed from Austin on Friday night when it had to immediately return and land at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport because of smoke in the cockpit, airport officials said."

Note: This is the 117th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-04 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Fort Myers (Florida):

2019-10-04 - Massive pallet fire breaks out before at 2:40 AM on Sawtell Avenue in Atlanta (Georgia):

Quote: "Flames shot as high as 60 feet in the air early Friday morning as Atlanta firefighters battled a massive fire on Sawtell Avenue in southeast Atlanta. The fire was upgraded just after 5 a.m. to a three alarm fire. The blaze started at Pallet Depot and the pallet yard of the business is on fire."

2019-10-04 - Chemical plant damaged by fire in Coolidge (Arizona):

2019-10-04 - September was the warmest September ever recorded:

Category: Fires And Explosions

2019-10-05 - Car explodes into flame and kills 45-year-old man in Banaskantha area in coastal Gujarat (India):

Quote: "A 45 -year-old man was burnt to death after his car caught fire near Balaram in Banaskantha on Saturday."

Note: In the latest shocking car fire development, a man burned to death in a burning car in a coastal area and it WASN'T in Britain!

2019-10-05 - Underground explosions and fire injure 4+ people at Oktoberfest in coastal Huntington Beach (California):

Quote: "Two firefighters and two civilians suffered minor injuries Saturday after an electric explosion at the Old World Village's Oktoberfest celebration in Huntington Beach, California, near Los Angeles, authorities said. Fire crews were called to investigate an electrical fire and went to investigate an underground vault, the Huntington Beach Fire Department said. When they opened the vault, there was an explosion, the HBFD said. Witnesses at the scene claimed there were actually three explosions."

2019-10-05 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Basle (Switzerland):

Quote: "Panicking passengers gasped for air when their jet filled with smoke at 30,000 feet. The plane, flying from Bari, Italy, to Gatwick, was forced to make an emergency landing in Basle, Switzerland."

2019-10-05 - Regional jet hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in Roanoke (Virginia):

Quote: "A regional jet made an emergency landing at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport early Saturday morning. The pilot made the emergency landing after noticing smoke on the plane."

2019-10-05 - Small plane smokes then crashes in Asheboro (North Carolina), 2 killed:

Quote: "Witnesses told WFMY News 2 the plane made loud popping sounds, gave off smoke, and flew very low to the tree line."

Note: These are the 118th, 119th and 120th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 3:50 AM, 40+ vehicles burn, home destroyed, in Blue Island (Illinois):

Quote: "A junkyard fire in south suburban Blue Island consumed 40 to 50 vehicles Saturday and brought down a house. Over 14 fire companies from Blue Island and the surrounding communities responded to the blaze about 3:50 a.m. at a junkyard near 131st Street and Kedzie Avenue, Daniel Reda, Blue Island Fire Chief, said."

2019-10-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 12:56 AM, 14+ vehicles burn, in Shreveport (Louisiana):

Quote: "Shreveport firefighters responded to the Copart Salvage Yard located at 5235 Greenwood Road in Shreveport early Saturday morning. Upon arrival fire crews found 14-15 vehicles on fire. The call was received at 12:56 a.m. and crews were on scene at 1:03 a.m."

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2019-10-06 - Unknown odor blows through Eugene (Oregon):

Quote: "Officials are investigating the source of a strange scent that drifted through Eugene Sunday morning. According to Eugene Springfield Fire, people began calling in about the smell at around 10:30 a.m. Residents who reached out to KEZI 9 News described the smell as a strongly chemical or petroleum-like."

2019-10-06 - Underground electrical fire breaks out at midnight and causes blackouts in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2019-10-06 - Underground electrical explosion causes blackouts in coastal San Jose (California):

2019-10-06 - Many electric bikes and scooters destroyed by fire in warehouse in Spokane Valley (Washington):

Quote: "Officials in the city of Spokane Valley says hundreds of Lime bikes and scooters were burned in a fire at a warehouse. The Spokane Valley Fire Department says the Sunday night fire likely destroyed the bikes and scooters, which were in the warehouse awaiting maintenance."

Quote: "About 15 percent of Lime's Spokane fleet was charred in a warehouse fire Sunday night."

2019-10-06 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame on the A9 in Perthshire (Scotland), bus breaks down too:

Quote: "The A9 at Cairnie Brae in Perthshire has been shut northbound due to a vehicle fire. Traffic Scotland are reporting that all northbound lanes will be restricted for up to 30 minutes. This is the second vehicle fire to be reported in Perthshire this afternoon after a car also caught fire about one-mile from the Broxden earlier today. The Broxden fire occurred at a similar time to a broken down bus on the roundabout causing huge tailbacks."

2019-10-06 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens homes west of I-80 in American Canyon (California):

2019-10-06 - Brush fire breaks out near Pacheco Pass in rural far southeastern Santa Clara County (California):

Quote: "The fire was first reported about 4:25 p.m., and may have started as a car fire, to which the California Highway Patrol responded."

2019-10-06 - Diseases like West Nile, EEE and flesh-eating bacteria are flourishing due to climate change:

Note: 'Hey, don't forget us!' said brain-eating amoebas...

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2019-10-07 - Area of the East Siberian Sea begins boiling with methane like never seen before:

Quote: "Scientists in Siberia have discovered an area of sea that is 'boiling' with methane, with bubbles that can be scooped from the water with buckets. Researchers on an expedition to the East Siberian Sea said the 'methane fountain' was unlike anything they had seen before, with concentrations of the gas in the region to be six to seven times higher than the global average."

Quote: "A huge proportion of Siberia is covered in permafrost, but this is starting to change. Over recent years, scientists working in remote regions have started documenting changes to the landscape thought to be related to it thawing, including huge craters. In 2016, footage emerged of the ground wobbling 'like jelly.'"

Quote: "'This is the most powerful gas fountain I've ever seen,' Semiletov said, according to a translation from the Moscow Times. 'No one has ever recorded anything like this before.'"

Note: A methane release chain reaction has begun. More methane entering the atmosphere causes more warming, which releases more methane, which causes more warming, which releases more methane, and on and on. This process is unstoppable and this problem alone would be enough to wipe humanity off the face of the Earth - but we face many other problems too. The pace of events is clearly picking up. It was only 4 years ago that methane began exploding out of the ground in Siberia and leaving gigantic craters in the landscape and now methane is boiling out of the sea. But that's what you'd expect - the end of the world is a non-linear event; it started small and slow decades ago and now the 'catastrophe curve' is going vertical. Our time is short and rapidly getting shorter...

2019-10-07 - Person found dead in burning car on Lake Avenue in Pueblo (Colorado):

2019-10-07 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal San Francisco (California):

2019-10-07 - Landfill fire rages for days in suburb of Pietermaritzburg (South Africa):

2019-10-07 - Wildfire threat grows in Northern California, power may be shut off for a week:

Quote: "Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced Monday it may shut off power this week in nearly 30 northern California counties in response to strong and dry winds posing a fire threat. 'We would encourage residents and businesses to prepare for being without power for potentially as long as seven days,' San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a press conference Monday night."

2019-10-07 - Air pollution may affect every organ and cell in the body:

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2019-10-08 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates YMCA in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "The Ott Family YMCA has been evacuated after reports of a strong rotten egg odor prompted an investigation at the building Tuesday afternoon. According to Tucson Fire Department, the investigation at the facility at 401 S. Prudence Rd. near 22nd Street is on-going. TFD said at this time, nothing out of the ordinary is being recorded on their monitors."

2019-10-08 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

Quote: "Students and staff at Whispering Meadows Elementary School evacuated the building after someone smelled natural gas in the gymnasium Tuesday afternoon. The Fort Wayne Fire Department and NIPSCO representatives quickly responded to check it out, but they did not detect any danger."

2019-10-08 - The aerosol masking effect, a brief overview:

2019-10-08 - Dying salmon, wildfires, heat waves, vanishing ice, in Alaska, climate change is impossible to ignore:

2019-10-08 - In the mountains, climate change is disrupting everything, from how water flows to when plants flower:

2019-10-08 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame, plane makes emergency landing at airport outside coastal Dakar (Senegal):

Quote: "An airport official in Senegal says an Ethiopian Airlines plane made an emergency landing at the international airport outside the capital Dakar after an engine caught fire after takeoff."

Note: This is the 121st aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-08 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Casa Grande (Arizona):

2019-10-08 - Hundreds of scrap cars go up in flames at auto salvage yard in coastal Anchor Point (Alaska):

Quote: "The fire eventually spread through the entire pile, involving 300-400 vehicles, according to the release."

2019-10-08 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, cars and building destroyed, in Gresham (Oregon):

Quote: "Power lines are affected, Gresham Fire said, and many cars inside the building are on fire."

2019-10-08 - Landfill fire breaks out on the island of St. Croix (US Virgin Islands):

2019-10-08 - Man, 22, water polo star, collapses in swimming pool in coastal San Jose (California):

Quote: "A former Visalia star water polo player is recovering in the hospital after he collapsed just prior to a match at San Jose State this week. Witnesses says the Golden West graduate collapsed and became unresponsive while warming up in the pool."

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2019-10-09 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Buffalo (New York):

Quote: "Southwest flight No. 1291 from Chicago to Providence, R.I., was diverted to Buffalo Niagara at 12:04 a.m. Wednesday due to reports of smoke in the cockpit, officials said."

Note: This is the 122nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-09 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame near the Mississippi River in East St. Louis (Illinois):

2019-10-09 - Auto dealership and two cars destroyed by fire in Port Jervis (New York):

2019-10-09 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire in coastal Weymouth (Massachusetts):

2019-10-09 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Ladson (South Carolina):

2019-10-09 - Bubble wrap business destroyed by massive blaze in Kentland (Indiana):

Quote: "The company makes bubble wrap, packing peanuts, packing foam, and packing paper, according to their website."

Quote: "This building is over 44,000 square feet. Fire officials say it’s a total loss."

Note: And that's a wrap!

2019-10-09 - Tablet computer bursts into flame and burns two children in car at supermarket in Kuopio (Finland):

2019-10-09 - The 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions:

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2019-10-10 - Underground electrical explosion and fire hit coastal Manhattan (New York), 2 injured:

2019-10-10 - Power outages due to wildfire risk disrupting life and causing consternation in California, costs could reach $1 billion:

2019-10-10 - Three wildfires erupt in Riverside County, 74+ mobile homes destroyed by fire in Calimesa (California):

Quote: "Cal Fire received reports that a trash truck had a fire Thursday afternoon and dumped its load off Seventh Street west of Interstate 10, Cal fire spokeswoman Cathey Mattingly said. It’s believed the fire spread from there and investigators are looking at what caused the fire in the trash truck."

Note: The fire that destroyed all the mobile homes was apparently started when garbage burst into flame in a garbage truck. So not an electric company problem. Are they gonna start halting garbage pickup on fire danger days now? Also see the garbage that burst into flame in a garbage truck in Salt Lake City (Utah) on this day...

2019-10-10 - Wildfire breaks out at 12:54 AM in Moraga, another wildfire breaks out in San Bruno (California):

2019-10-10 - Waste disposal plant rocked by explosion and fire in Linz (Austria), 5 injured:

2019-10-10 - Car bursts into flame then nearly crashes into mall in Coral Springs (Florida), near the coast:

Quote: "The driver, Alexandra Hazey, said her brakes stopped working, so she moved to pull into the Pine Ridge Square shopping plaza. Hazey’s father, Rick Hazey, said the vehicle caught fire moments later. 'She smelled smoke, she tried to apply the brakes, and the brakes weren’t working,' he said. Surveillance video shows the burning gray sedan driving through the strip mall. Bystanders watched as flames began shooting from under the car."

2019-10-10 - Birds dying off, most species threatened by climate change:

Quote: "Nearly two-thirds of North American birds studied will go extinct if global warming hits 3 degrees Celsius (5.4°F), a new report from the National Audubon Society finds. Orioles, eagles, grouse and gulls are among 389 types of bird -- 64% of 604 species assessed on this continent -- that are highly or moderately vulnerable to climate change, the study says. The stark warning follows research published last month that showed the US and Canada had lost 2.9 billion birds in about the last 50 years."

Note: The current extinction event is a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event of 252 million years ago. Birds arose 160 million years ago, so they didn't live through the Permian-Triassic extinction, so I would not count on ANY birds of ANY species surviving the current extinction event. The future may very well be entirely devoid of birds. Human beings may not be around long enough to see that though...

2019-10-10 - Seabirds continue dying along the coast in Alaska:

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2019-10-11 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates building in Glastonbury (Connecticut):

Quote: "The building was cleared while crews from the fire department and Connecticut Natural Gas investigated, police said. No leak was detected and no injuries were reported, police said."

2019-10-11 - Wildfire destroys homes and sends people fleeing in the San Fernando Valley near Sylmar (California), 3 killed:

Quote: "A wind-driven brush fire carved a devastating path in the northern foothills of the San Fernando Valley on Friday, chewing through 7,500 acres, burning at least 31 structures, including homes, and forcing thousands to flee."

Quote: "Millions without power. A hundred thousand ordered to evacuate. A major highway through Los Angeles closed for most of the day, as hills above burned. Wildfire season in California is disrupting daily life and highlighting the weaknesses of official responses to climate disasters even in a wealthy and technologically advanced state. At least three people were reported dead at the scenes of wildfires on the outskirts of Los Angeles on Friday."

2019-10-11 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Bloomington (Illinois):

2019-10-11 - Many mussels and some shellfish and starfish found dead at coastal Cheynes Beach (Australia):

Quote: "Mussels, other shellfish and starfish are strewn across more than 1km of the beach. Local resident and photographer Raeline Smith said she had not seen anything like it in the 30-plus years she had lived near the beach."

Note: All creatures that live on the sea floor...

2019-10-11 - Mount Etna erupts and disrupts air travel in Italy:

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2019-10-12 - Multiple wildfires continue raging in the San Fernando Valley (California), smoke blankets the area:

2019-10-12 - Around 25 vehicles go up in flames in the wee hours while parked at auto shop in coastal East Patchogue (New York):

Quote: "About 25 vehicles were damaged in an early morning fire at an East Patchogue repair shop called East Main Street Auto, Suffolk police said on Saturday."

2019-10-12 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Hamtramck (Michigan):

2019-10-12 - Half of the world's coral reefs already dead:

Quote: "As the planet has warmed from mounting emissions, the oceans warmed first and fastest, absorbing 90% of that excess heat. A report released last month by the UN-based Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the foremost scientific authority on the subject, warned that damage to the oceans is accelerating and may be at the point of irreversibility. That makes delicate coral reefs around the world something of a leading indicator for the collapse of the ocean ecosystem. Half of all reef systems have already been destroyed, putting a quarter of marine life at risk. "

2019-10-12 - Typhoon Hagibis roars ashore in Japan, dozens killed, thousands of bags of radioactive contaminants float away:

Quote: "As Typhoon Hagibis hammered Japan on Saturday (Oct. 12), thousands of bags containing radioactive waste have reportedly been carried into a local Fukushima stream by floodwaters, potentially having a devastating environmental impact."

Note: Given time, anything that CAN go wrong WILL go wrong!

2019-10-12 - Hotel under construction collapses on Canal Street in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana), 2+ killed, 20+ injured:

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2019-10-13 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at coastal JFK Airport (New York):

Quote: "A flight landed safely at Kennedy Airport after it was diverted due to smoke in the cockpit. The FAA says JetBlue flight 227 departed Newark Airport and was headed to Orlando when the crew declared an emergency and turned the plane around. The plane landed without incident just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday."

2019-10-13 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville (North Carolina):

Quote: "Smoke in the cockpit prompted an American Eagle airplane en route from Charlotte to Virginia to make an emergency landing Sunday evening at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, authorities said."

2019-10-13 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane diverts to St. Cloud (Minnesota):

Quote: "A SkyWest flight operating as a Delta connection was scheduled to travel from Minneapolis to Minot, North Dakota Sunday night. The flight was diverted to St. Cloud due to a smoky odor in the cabin."

Note: These are the 123rd, 124th and 125th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-13 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Dover (Ohio):

2019-10-13 - Three junk cars go up in flames at auto shop near Wahpeton (North Dakota):

2019-10-13 - Vehicle bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, near Watsonville (California):

Quote: "A brush fire that broke out northeast of Watsonville Sunday was due to a vehicle fire, according to Cal Fire. The agency reported the blaze at Hecker Pass via Twitter around 3 p.m. Sunday. When crews arrived, they found a fully involved vehicle fire that had spread into vegetation."

2019-10-13 - Recycling center fire breaks out near Auburn (Alabama):

2019-10-13 - Photos show climate change at work in the US Pacific Northwest:

2019-10-13 - Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action:

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2019-10-14 - T-45C Goshawk training jet hit by engine fire during flight, plane makes emergency landing near Kingsville (Texas):

Quote: "A student naval aviator got some serious emergency landing training last week when the engine on a T-45C Goshawk aircraft failed and then caught fire mid-flight."

Quote: "The incident was reported by the Naval Safety Center this week, which tracks major mishaps. It was classified as a Class-A aviation accident, which means the aircraft suffered at least $2 million in damages or was destroyed."

Note: This is the 126th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-14 - Sandy soil bursts into flame at natural gas facility in Aliso Canyon (California):

Quote: "The company will test the soil to find the source of the tiny blaze that burned in sandy soil on a steep hillside."

Quote: "A Southern California Gas Co. spokesman said the fire extinguished Tuesday did not appear to come from natural gas stored deep underground at Aliso Canyon outside Los Angeles."

2019-10-14 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame just before 5 AM, fire gets big, in Spencer (North Carolina):

Quote: "Investigators told Channel 9 they will likely not know what caused a massive fire at a scrapyard in Rowan County early Monday morning. The fire started at the Holmes Iron and Metal Scrapyard in east Spencer on North Long Street. It was first reported just before 5 a.m., and firefighters told Channel 9 it reached five alarms. Officials said additional crews were called to help."

2019-10-14 - Recycling center hit by fire before 1:30 AM, huge pile of baled paper and cardboard burns, in Wilmington (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Flames broke out at OPR Systems, Inc., a 76,000 square foot facility, on Andover Street around 1 a.m. The fire department said a 100 foot-by-50-foot pile of bailed paper and cardboard products caught fire."

2019-10-14 - Waste facility fire breaks out in Tucson (Arizona):

2019-10-14 - Landfill fire breaks out in Saint Anthony (Idaho):

2019-10-14 - Big 20-acre mulch fire breaks out in Thermal (California):

Quote: "As of 6:10 p.m., the fire has grown to 20 acres and is 0% contained. Cal Fire advises that residents with sensitivity to drift smoke should stay indoors. This area has seen recurring mulch fires all year long, prompting local Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz to call for an investigation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency."

2019-10-14 - Animals are disappearing from forests, with grave consequences for the fight against climate breakdown:

Quote: "The disappearance of animals from otherwise intact habitats is known as defaunation, and it is leading to a growing number of empty forests not just in tropical countries, but around the world. The UK has already lost most of its largest species (think lynx, wolf, and wisent), while woodland bird numbers have declined by a quarter since 1970."

Note: Animal life disappearing, insects disappearing, birds disappearing, fish disappearing. It's like there's some kind of trend!

2019-10-14 - Both sea ice extent and sea ice volume in the Arctic were at the lowest level ever recorded on Oct 13:

Note: Curves look a bit ominous there. The ice is now recovering, but the curve looks flatter, meaning it's recovering more slowly than any year previously measured, so far anyway. In any case, the trend is clear enough. Soon enough there will be a 'blue ocean event' and then the oceans will begin absorbing massive amounts of heat, and the methane already exploding out of the ground in Siberia and boiling out of the ocean in the East Siberian Sea will go berserk, inevitably leading to the end of human civilization, among other things...

2019-10-14 - Number of fall days with temps above normal continues rising:

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2019-10-15 - Unknown rotten egg odor causes evacuation at school in Lexington (Virginia):

Quote: "While the two entities could not locate the cause of the odor, they were '100 percent sure' that it was not a gas leak, thanks to specialized equipment used to monitor the presence of raw gas, said Jason White, the school system’s director of operations and student services."

Note: If it smelled like the odorant added to natural gas but it wasn't natural gas then it was probably poison gas. Ergo, everything's fine, resume school!

2019-10-15 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Peru (Maine):

Quote: "Pamela Doyen, superintendent of RSU 56, which includes Canton, Carthage, Dixfield and Peru, said no cause of the odor was discovered, but emergency personnel and propane specialists inspected the school 'from one end to the other' and determined it was safe for students to return on Wednesday."

2019-10-15 - Refinery fire erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in coastal Crockett (California):

2019-10-15 - Cars and carpark go up in flames near the seafront in coastal Malaga (Spain):

Quote: "HUGE Fire Being Tackled At Car Park Near Malaga Airport..."

Quote: "The huge fire is at the Guadalhorce Poligono as flames and huge clouds of black smoke race into the skies, which can be seen all along the seafront as far as Fuengirola. Explosions were also heard as eyewitnesses claimed it was car fuel tanks exploding."

2019-10-15 - Huge spate of wildfires, the worst in decades, breaks out in coastal Lebanon:

Quote: "Officials said on Tuesday that more than 100 fires had broken out in the space of 24 hours."

Quote: "Before the recent fires, Lebanon had already lost three million trees in 2019 alone from forest fires, equivalent to all trees planted in reforestation initiatives over the last 15 years, Mitri said."

Note: Once again, a series of wildfires striking on the western coast of a landmass...

2019-10-15 - Extreme wildfires are transforming Sierra Nevada forestlands into shrublands:

2019-10-15 - Rising temps have melted away a tenth of the glaciers in Switzerland in just the last 5 years:

Quote: "During the summer heatwaves of 2019, glacier melt rates reached record levels. This led to another year of major losses of ice volume, as reported by the Cryospheric Commission of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. Switzerland’s glaciers have thus shrunk by 10 per cent over the past five years."

2019-10-15 - Algae blooms on the rise in freshwater lakes around the world:

Quote: "Costly, and potentially toxic, algae blooms have gotten worse over the past 30 years, according to a new study that looked at freshwater lakes around the world. Climate change may be making efforts to control these blooms more difficult, the study said."

2019-10-15 - Trump admin moves to greenlight logging in America's largest national forest:

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2019-10-16 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond (Virginia):

2019-10-16 - RV goes up in flames and kills woman while parked at campground between Dooms and Crimora (Virginia):

Quote: "Calls came in around 10:20 a.m. for a camper on fire at the North 340 Campground, which is just off Rt. 340 (Eastside Highway) between Dooms and Crimora. Multiple crews from around the Valley responded to the area and got the fire under control by about 11 a.m. But by that point, much of the 2008 Newmar recreational vehicle (RV) was already gone."

Note: This is the 367th RV to burn in 2019, and this is the 8th deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-10-16 - Tire recycling center erupts in flame at 3 AM near Kaunas (Lithuania):

2019-10-16 - At least 20 heavy trucks go up in flames while parked at business in coastal Sydney (Australia):

2019-10-16 - Leading solar car bursts into flame during World Solar Challenge race, near Mambray Creek (Australia):

Note: Solar cars aren't so green when they go up in flames!

2019-10-16 - Air quality deteriorates despite new measures in New Delhi (India):

2019-10-16 - Magnitude 6.4 earthquake shakes the island of Mindanao (Philippine Islands), fatalities and injuries reported:

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2019-10-17 - Woman, 49, found dead and burned inside apartment in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-10-17 - In separate incidents, at the same time and in the same place, two EMTs, men, 63 and 47, have stroke/aneurysm in coastal Queens (New York):

Quote: "An FDNY ambulance was involved in a minor crash on the BQE with a private car just after 1 p.m. on Thursday. FDNY officials said Liam Glinane, a 63-year-old EMT, was in that ambulance when he suffered a stroke, causing him to veer off the road. An EMS lieutenant identified as 47-year-old Raymond Wang was in a second ambulance doing a ride-along with a physician and they stopped to help after the crash. Officials say Wang suddenly became unconscious and suffered an aortic aneurysm. Both men were taken to the hospital in critical condition."

Quote: "City officials say it is a bizarre coincidence that both men experienced medical conditions at the same time."

20190-19-17 - Transformer bursts into flame at 2:45 AM at substation on Pericles Drive in coastal Oxnard (California):

2019-10-17 - Brush fire breaks out and closes US 101 in/near coastal Goleta (California):

2019-10-17 - Three homes destroyed by fire before 3 AM in Ocean Bay Park on coastal Fire Island (New York):

2019-10-17 - Pennsylvania GOP working hard to criminalize protesters:

Quote: "If that sounds vaguely familiar, the GOP senator’s plan is almost identical to a 2017 bill that passed the Pennsylvania Senate and died in the House. That bill also sparked a backlash from critics who said the bill’s only really purpose was to ice the First Amendment rights of legitimate dissenters, and scare away protest newcomers."

Quote: "Also back for another go-round is an arguably more punitive measure from a different GOP lawmaker — Sen. Scott Martin of Lancaster County, site of some of Pennsylvania’s most intense anti-pipeline protests — that aims to make protesters responsible for paying back governments for the costs of responding to their actions. A similar bill went nowhere in 2017."

Note: Expect to see more cracking down on protesters as the climate catastrophe continues to escalate, and not just in Pennsylvania. Since the GOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Fossil Fuel, expect to see the GOP being the primary instigator in proposing most or all of these freedom-restricting and speech-restricting laws in the US, as their masters dictate. But whatever laws they may pass, whatever restrictions they may place on people, the Earth is not bound by any of that, and the climate catastrophe will continue to escalate...

2019-10-17 - Extinction Rebellion climate protesters banned in London (Britain):

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2019-10-18 - Unknown 'sewer gas type smell' sickens people at health facility in South Whitehall Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Fire officials tested the air but were unable to find the source of what Downs said was reported to be a 'sewer gas type smell.'"

2019-10-18 - Another 19,925 fires broke out across the Amazon in South America last month:

2019-10-18 - Passenger plane engine bursts into flame at airport in Seoul (South Korea):

Quote: "Passengers expecting to depart Seoul Incheon airport bound for Los Angeles were horrified to see a fire break out in one of the engines on their plane, just as they were waiting to board."

Note: This is the 127th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-18 - Electrical substation fire causes blackouts in Pretoria (South Africa):

2019-10-18 - Factory explodes and burns at midnight in Luqa on the island of Malta:

2019-10-18 - Many fish and crustaceans dying in coastal Mar Menor (Spain):

Quote: "Mar Menor in Murcia, Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, is facing environmental crisis after tens of thousands of dead fish and crustaceans washed up dead on beaches in the region."

2019-10-18 - In separate incidents, man dies after being pulled from the water off coastal Moreton Island, and man in his 60s loses consciousness while snorkeling in coastal Buddina (Australia):

Quote: "A man has died after he was pulled unconscious from the water in off Moreton Island on Friday. He was spotted in the water near the Tangalooma wrecks off Moreton Island about 10.15am and pulled to a stretch of beach."

Quote: "In a separate incident, a man in his 60s was spotted unconscious in the water off Harbour Parade in Buddina on the Sunshine Coast by a passing boat after a snorkelling incident just after 11am. He was rushed to shore, where paramedics treated him and took him to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a critical condition."

2019-10-18 - Woman in her 40s loses consciousness on trail in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "Officials said a woman in her 40s was hiking along the 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail when she passed out."

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2019-10-19 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of cars burns, in Phoenix (Arizona):

Quote: "According to Phoenix firefighters, a bunch of cars caught fire at the scrapyard. It was a big fire that was a challenge to access, fire crews said. However, they were able to successfully extinguish it."

2019-10-19 - At least 30 cars go up in flames at auto salvage yard in Modesto (California):

Quote: "Fire crews knocked down a wrecking yard fire in Modesto that burned more than 30 cars, the Modesto Fire Department said."

2019-10-19 - At least 13 cars go up in flames in the wee hours while parked at car dealership in Des Moines (Iowa):

2019-10-19 - Passenger train bursts into flame at station in Berlin (Germany), 3 injured:

Quote: "A train carrying hundreds of football fans caught fire in Berlin. Three people received treatment for smoke inhalation after the blaze broke out at Bellevue station. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening."

2019-10-19 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Dorchester (Britain):

2019-10-19 - Underground coal seam fire discovered near Dolores (Colorado):

2019-10-19 - Wildfire compensation deadline looms for 70,000 people in California:

2019-10-19 - Flowers start blooming 1043 miles from the North Pole in areas of melting permafrost in Siberia (Russia):

2019-10-19 - Facing unbearable heat, Qatar begins to air-condition outdoor stadiums:

2019-10-19 - US Army to test 'mystery materials' owned by Blink-182 frontman's UFO group at government facilities:

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2019-10-20 - Metal recycling center hit by fire just after 6:30 AM, pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Freetown (Massachusetts):

2019-10-20 - Underground electrical explosion causes blackouts in coastal Ventura (California):

2019-10-20 - Transformer bursts into flame at medical center in Winston-Salem (North Carolina):

2019-10-20 - Container ship fires escalating, marine insurance body issues urgent call for improved firefighting systems:

Quote: "This year has already seen an alarming number of containership fires including Yantian Express, APL Vancouver, Grande America, E.R. Kobe and KMTC Hong Kong. The escalation is of growing concern to IUMI (International Union of Marine Insurance) which used a recent forum to call for an urgent improvement to onboard firefighting systems."

Note: Sounds like insurerspeak for 'OMG, this is getting expensive! HELP!' There's no mention about WHY container ship fires are escalating. Of course, that's not really their primary concern. Their concern is simply THAT container ship fires are escalating and it's costing them money. Given that they are unaware of JJFH, it is highly unlikely that they will be able to address the problem adequately and the fires will thus continue to escalate...

2019-10-20 - In separate incidents, man, 21, and woman, 25, drop dead in the wee hours on cruise ship at the Port of Tallinn in coastal Tallinn (Estonia):

Quote: "A man and a woman were found dead early Sunday morning on Tallink's passenger ship Silja Europa which was docked in the Port of Tallinn. Neither body has signs of violence, a police and border guard spokesman told ERR. The woman was 25 years old, and the man was 21 years old. Both bodies will undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Both were Finnish citizens who, according to the police, were not familiar with each other."

Quote: "According to Estonian police, the first body was discovered at 3:00 a.m. and the second at 5:00 a.m. The police said that the incidents did not appear to be related and neither case indicated there had been any violence involved."

Note: Definitely related by timeframe, general area, proximity to the coast and the atmosphere...

2019-10-20 - Global warming eclipses nuclear war as top concern:

2019-10-20 - Civil unrest breaking out around the world:

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2019-10-21 - Boat goes up in flames shortly after 4 AM and kills woman at marina in coastal San Pedro (California):

Quote: "A 69-year-old woman was found dead aboard a boat that caught fire while docked at the Port of Los Angeles at Terminal Island early Monday, fire officials said. A 28-foot cabin cruiser was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at Berth 258 near the Al Larson Marina shortly after 4 a.m. They put out the fire in 16 minutes, then discovered the woman dead aboard the boat, which was still afloat, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey."

Quote: "On Oct. 18, good Samaritans came to the rescue of two men after their boat caught fire about 10 miles off the Newport Beach coastline. On Sept. 2, a dive boat fire off the Santa Barbara coast left 34 people. Five people, all crew members, escaped. The cause of that fire remains under investigation by multiple agencies, including the NTSB and the U.S. Coast Guard."

Note: This is the 880th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-21 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens mansions in coastal Pacific Palisades (California):

Note: The deadly boat fire in San Pedro and the wildfire in Pacific Palisades were about 24 miles apart as the gas blows...

2019-10-21 - Brush fire breaks out and burns 9 homes in San Bernardino (California):

2019-10-21 - Auto business destroyed by massive fire in Cobbs Creek area in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2019-10-21 - Electrical substation damaged by fire, blackouts ensue, in St. Clair County (Alabama):

2019-10-21 - Area burned in wildfires in 2019 in Indonesia exceeds that of 2018:

2019-10-21 - US air quality has declined since Trump took office:

Quote: "After years of decline, a spike in air pollution may have taken the lives of almost 10,000 additional Americans over two years."

Note: Trump has eliminated many pollution regulations, so corporations are taking advantage of their ability to spew greater amounts of pollution into the air, ground and water, which obviously costs people their lives. Were Trump to serve two terms, his pollution-boosting regulatory changes alone would probably result in nearly as many deaths of US citizens as the total number of deaths of US soldiers during the entirety of the Vietnam War. These changes also reduce the amount of time that the human race has left before extinction, so the longer he remains in office, the shorter everyone's life is apt to be. US lifespan began declining in 2016 and has declined every year since. That's an indication that the human race has begun to fall off the Seneca Cliff. At the bottom of that cliff is extinction...

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2019-10-22 - RV trailer goes up in flames in the wee hours and kills person while parked at home off Blue Creek Road in Billings (Montana):

2019-10-22 - Person found dead in burned car in Modena (Italy):

2019-10-22 - Brush fire breaks, closes Kapalua Airport and causes evacuations on the island of Maui (Hawaii):

2019-10-22 - Wildfire breaks out and sends people fleeing in coastal Peregian Beach (Australia):

Quote: "Peregian Beach residents were told to evacuate their homes earlier today as an 'out of control' bushfire raged — just weeks after the last fire emergency devastated the region."

2019-10-22 - Mysterious explosion alarms people in Mount Vernon (Ohio):

2019-10-22 - Heatwave bakes Southern California:

2019-10-22 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Samoa:

2019-10-22 - Humpback whale washes ashore dead at beach near coastal Crescent Head (Australia):

2019-10-22 - Sei whale washes ashore dead at beach near coastal Bridport (Australia):

2019-10-22 - Climate change making stronger El Ninos, study finds:

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2019-10-23 - Unknown odor evacuates building at university in Gainesville (Florida):

Quote: "UF’s Hernandez Hall was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a student reported feeling light-headed and smelled an odor in the building. Students were back in classrooms about an hour later."

Quote: "The building reopened at about 1:30 p.m. after Gainesville Fire Rescue was unable to find any hazards."

2019-10-23 - Melting glaciers reveal five new islands in the Arctic in Russia:

Note: This area is west of parts of Siberia, so it makes sense that a glacier here would be melting away. The permafrost in Siberia is melting now, destabilizing the ground across millions of acres and causing massive explosive methane outgassing events that leave gigantic craters in the ground. Vast amounts of ancient frozen carbon - dead animals and plants - have begun to rot in Siberia as the ground thaws. That smell is from methane and hydrogen sulfide, the byproducts of anaerobic digestion of biomatter by bacteria and archaea. That entire area is basically becoming one gigantic outgassing event spanning millions of acres. Methane is boiling out of the East Siberia Sea now too. Some of the residents of Siberia have used the phrase 'the end of the world' and they're not wrong. But on the plus islands!

2019-10-23 - Study confirms fear that intense ocean acidification portends ecological collapse:

Quote: "We have been warned."

2019-10-23 - Landfill fire breaks out in Irkutsk (Russia):

2019-10-23 - Energy facility damaged by fire at 12:30 AM outside Columbia Falls (Montana):

2019-10-23 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in North Andover (Massachusetts):

Quote: "'He was just lucky, had he driven it another two feet, he wouldn’t be here with us,' Ambrosino said. 'As soon as he got out, it exploded and it just engulfed in flames.'"

2019-10-23 - Four cars go up in flames at auto shop in New Britain (Connecticut), 1 injured:

2019-10-23 - Three cars and garage destroyed by fire at home on Hillside Avenue in San Anselmo (California):

Quote: "Three vehicles were in the garage, including a Ferrari, a sports car that appeared to be a Lamborghini and a third vehicle that looked like the Batmobile from the ’60s television series Batman."

Note: 'Need to pick up some groceries. Do I take the Lambo, the Ferrari or the Batmobile?!'

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2019-10-24 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, large pile of scrap metal burns, in Springfield (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Firefighters in Springfield spent hours extinguishing a large scrap metal pile that was burning on Page Boulevard Thursday afternoon."

2019-10-24 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Wood Green (Britain):

2019-10-24 - Wildfire breaks out and grows rapidly near Santa Clarita (California):

Quote: "The Tick fire near Santa Clarita broke out Thursday and in just a few hours has burned about 3,700 acres, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The wind-driven blaze had only scorched a couple hundred acres when it quickly exploded to more than 3,000 acres and destroyed several structures, the fire department said."

2019-10-24 - Wildfire breaks out and rapidly explodes in size near Geyserville (California), homes destroyed, evacuations ensue:

Quote: "Last night at 9: pm PT, a wildfire sparked northeast of Healdsburg, a town of over 10,000 just north of San Francisco. Fanned by winds of up to 80 mph, the Kincade Fire tore through the landscape, consuming 16,000 acres in a matter of hours."

Quote: "Welcome to what fire historian Steve Pyne calls the Pyrocene, a unique time in history when human use of fire, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, and the attendant climate change combine to create hell on Earth."

2019-10-24 - Wildfire breaks out on oceanside hill near coastal Stinson Beach (California):

Quote: "Approximately 58 acres of an oceanside hill were blackened by a West Marin wildfire on October 24, but no one was injured and no structures burned. The cause of the fire is unknown."

2019-10-24 - Why rising acidification poses a special peril for warming Arctic waters:

2019-10-24 - Heatwave wipes out one third of the cotton crop in Pakistan:

2019-10-24 - Heatwave set to broil South Africa:

2019-10-24 - One in four steel bridges in the US could collapse by 2050 due to extreme temperatures, study says:

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2019-10-25 - Unknown rotten egg odor blows through Delaware County (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Officials don’t believe it’s an explosive gas and they’ve also ruled out a leaking pipeline. They still don’t know what it is, though."

Quote: "'If you’ve ever tried to turn the stove on and you leave it on and smelled the gas, that’s exactly how it smelled,' a Delaware County woman said."

Quote: "No injuries were reported but some people reported headaches, officials say."

2019-10-25 - Hydrogen-sulfide-spewing sargassum causing problems in coastal Key West (Florida):

Quote: "The last thing hotel owners need is foul-smelling algae eating into profits. Yet that’s what happened at the Southernmost Beach Resort in Key West, where a 'seaweed outbreak' cost landlord Pebblebrook Hotel Trust an estimated $850,000 in food and beverage sales, Chief Financial Officer Raymond Martz said on a quarterly earnings call Friday. The seaweed in question was identified as sargassum by Michael Bellisario, an analyst at Robert W. Baird & Co. The slimy, brown algae, which is said to smell like rotten eggs, has also put a dent in Cancun’s tourism business."

2019-10-25 - Eight small planes and hangar destroyed by fire just before 6 AM at airport in Monmouth (Illinois):

Quote: "Ten planes were stored in the hangar at the time of the fire. Eight of the planes were determined a 'complete loss,' according to Monmouth Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Pat Spears."

Note: These are the 128th, 129th, 130th, 131st, 132nd, 133rd, 134th and 135th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-25 - Recycling plant erupts in flame in the wee hours in Hartford (Connecticut):

2019-10-25 - Landfill fire breaks out near the Salt River near Mesa (Arizona):

2019-10-25 - Landfill fire breaks out in Lockwood (Nevada):

2019-10-25 - Wildfire grows to 4,000+ acres, jumps the 14 Freeway, near Santa Clarita (California), 6+ homes destroyed:

2019-10-25 - Wildfire grows to 23,700 acres near Geyserville (California):

Quote: "Despite the advantage of calm winds most of the day Friday, crews made little headway in containing the destructive Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, which grew to 23,700 acres and remained at five percent containment."

2019-10-25 - Wildfires rage along the coast in Baja California (Mexico), 2+ killed:

Quote: "Mexico’s civil defense agency said Friday that fires near Tecate, near Tijuana and between the coastal towns of Rosarito and Ensenada had forced 1,645 people to evacuate their homes. One of the fires closed the coastal highway north of Ensenada for several hours. Another, near Tecate, burned more than 35,000 acres (about 14,200 hectares)."

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2019-10-26 - Unknown rotten egg odor affects hundreds of people in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "It affected hundreds of people and brought the city centre to a standstill. But the suspected gas leak on Saturday afternoon was not a gas leak at all - and was simply just an 'eggy smell'."

Quote: "Humberside Police had cordoned off a large area surrounding Hull Paragon Interchange on Saturday afternoon so firefighters could attempt to find the epicentre of a 'sulphuric-type smell'."

Quote: "However, further tests proved no gas had been located anywhere at the station and the ominous smell had in fact been the result of an unprecedented amount of rainfall. The service said that a large amount of water filling the sewers had disturbed sediment in the draining system - which then kicked out a nasty smell."

Note: Sounds semi-plausible - water fills sewers, pushes gases out. Could just be some hydrogen sulfide blowing in off the ocean though, or even hydrogen sulfide in the rain itself. Either way, if you got sickened by the smell, it's because you got poisoned. There'll probably be an uptick in the number of people dying from cardiac arrest or 'medical events' in the next few days in this area...

2019-10-26 - RV bursts into flame and kills person in St. Paul (Minnesota):

Note: This is the 382nd RV to burn in 2019, and this is the 9th deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-10-26 - Wildfire grows to 26,000 acres, evacuations extend to the ocean, near Healdsburg (California):

Quote: "The evacuation warning zones for the Kincade Fire were expanded all the way to the ocean Saturday evening, as more than 30,000 additional residents in the areas west of Healdsburg, from the Russian River Valley all the way to Bodega Bay were told to leave. 'You cannot fight this,' said Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick at a press conference with CalFire Saturday evening. 'If you hear the sirens, that means it’s time to go.' So far, the Kincade fire has scorched almost 26,000 acres, destroyed 77 structures, including 31 homes, and was only 10 percent contained as of 7 p.m. on Saturday."

Quote: "The sheriff’s office said it would be the biggest evacuation in Sonoma County in more than 25 years."

Quote: "Pacific Gas & Electric says it has begun turning out the power to 940,000 customers — more than 2.3 million people — across Northern California because of growing winds and extreme fire danger."

2019-10-26 - Dozens of wildfires burn across New South Wales and Queensland (Australia):

2019-10-26 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, junk cars burn, in St. Paul Park (Minnesota):

2019-10-26 - Auto recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal and machine burn, in Walker (Michigan):

2019-10-26 - Landfill fire breaks out just before 12:30 AM in Henrico County (Virginia):

2019-10-26 - Car bursts into flame at 5:08 AM while parked at apartments, fire spreads to more vehicles and apartments, in Longview (Washington), person has seizure:

Quote: "Longview Fire responded to a vehicle fire at the Mountain View Apartments located at 3841 Ocean Beach Hwy around 5:08 a.m. Officials said the vehicle on fire was under a carport and was spreading to the apartment units upstairs. As the first fire unit arrived, dispatched told crews there was a person in an affected upstairs apartment unit having a seizure. Crews said multiple cars were burning under the carport with flames spreading to the second floor."

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2019-10-27 - Wildfire grows to 50,000 acres outside coastal San Francisco (California), 180,000 people evacuated, governor declares statewide emergency:

2019-10-27 - Two wildfires break out in coastal Vallejo (California):

2019-10-27 - Wildfires continue burning across Queensland and New South Wales (Australia):

2019-10-27 - Landfill fire breaks out near McPherson (Kansas):

Quote: "This is the second fire in one week for the McPherson landfill and it's all hands on deck to get a handle on the situation."

2019-10-27 - Landfill fire breaks out on Launders Lane in Rainham (Britain):

2019-10-27 - Three transit buses destroyed by fire shortly before 1 AM while parked at facility in coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "Three Miami-Dade County buses were engulfed in flames shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, forcing firefighters to cut through a fence to pull a fire hose on the local government vehicles. Crews arrived at the scene near NW 33rd Avenue and NW 38th Street, under the Metrorail station, and found three parked buses inside the gated yard that had caught fire. No one was inside the vehicles and no one was injured, according to Miami Dade Fire Rescue."

Note: These are the 530th, 531st and 532nd buses to burn in 2019...

2019-10-27 - Three cars go up in flames while parked near airport, fire spreads to three warehouses, in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Quote: "A fire erupted in three cars and spread to three warehouses near Dubai International Airport on Sunday."

2019-10-27 - US military could collapse within 20 years due to climate change, says report commissioned by the Pentagon:

Quote: "According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes."

Note: Given how quickly the biosphere is now collapsing and how quickly the climate is now destabilizing, I'd say two decades sounds downright optimistic!

2019-10-27 - Judge, man, goes for jog and has 'medical incident', in critical condition, in Abilene (Texas):

Quote: "Rotenberry's family says he was jogging on the Lunsford Trail at ACU when he suffered a 'medical incident' around 12:30 p.m. Saturday."

2019-10-27 - Woman has 'medical incident' and feels dizzy at beach in coastal Exmouth (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency services have responded to a medical incident at Exmouth beach this afternoon, coastguards have confirmed. It is understood police, coastguard and paramedics were all called to the scene at Orcombe Point just after 1pm. The alarm was raised after an elderly woman started to feel dizzy and those around her called 999."

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2019-10-28 - Unknown odor sickens as many as 20 people at office building in Niskayuna (New York):

Quote: "Crews responded to a HAZMAT situation at an office building on Balltown Road in Niskayuna Monday. There were initial reports of an unknown odor, but HAZMAT crews are unsure of what caused several people to get sick. Officials estimate as many as 20 people at the Capital District Disabled and Special Needs and Services building came down with symptoms of vomiting, scratchy throat, coughing and itchy eyes."

2019-10-28 - Wildfire breaks out just before 2 AM and sends LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger fleeing in coastal Los Angeles (California):

2019-10-28 - Wildfire grows to 73,324 acres east of Geyserville (California), 123 structures destroyed:

Quote: "At a news conference Monday night, officials announced the Kincade Fire has spread to 73,324 acres and is 15 percent contained. Of the 123 structures destroyed, CAL FIRE says 57 are homes. Of the 20 structures damaged, officials say 12 are homes."

2019-10-28 - Wildfire burns 2,300 acres in coastal Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (California):

2019-10-28 - Auto-updating fire map of Sonoma County and all of California:

2019-10-28 - Mysterious explosion at 11 PM alarms people in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

2019-10-28 - Car bursts into flame just before 3 AM while parked between two triple-decker homes, fire spreads, both homes heavily damaged, in Somerville (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Twenty-six people were forced out into the street in Somerville early Monday morning after a car fire spread to two homes, gutting both of them. Fire Chief Charles Breen said a car parked between two multi-family houses on Jackson Road caught fire just before 3 a.m. and flames quickly spread to both buildings."

2019-10-28 - Car bursts into flame while parked in garage at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, on Dupont Avenue NE in Hector (Minnesota):

Quote: "A vehicle fire spread to burn down a house in Hector Monday morning."

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2019-10-29 - Wildfire grows to 76,000 acres near Geyserville (Florida), 86+ homes destroyed:

Quote: "The massive blaze has consumed over 76,000 acres and has destroyed at least 189 structures, including 86 single-family homes. About 130,000 people in Northern California are under evacuation orders, down from 180,000, Newsom said."

2019-10-29 - Wildfire rages near coastal Port Macquarie (Australia), hundreds of koalas feared dead:

2019-10-29 - Twin-engine plane crashes into home, huge fire erupts, 2+ homes burn, in coastal Woodbridge Township (New Jersey), 1 killed:

2019-10-29 - Ancient soil from secret Greenland base suggests Earth could lose a lot of ice:

2019-10-29 - Far more people at risk of rising seas than feared, says climate study:

2019-10-29 - Record warm temperatures recorded in Alaska:

2019-10-29 - Magnitude 6.6 earthquake causes destruction on the island of Mindanao (Philippine Islands), 9 killed, 200 injured:

2019-10-29 - There is now civil unrest in France, Spain, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia:

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2019-10-30 - Driller hits pocket of hydrogen sulfide and methane in Brighton (New York):

Quote: "News10NBC learned the root of the problem. Aces Energy and Frey Drilling installed a geothermal well behind Jeremiah Green's home. In the process, drillers tell News10NBC they hit a methane pocket. 'Around midday Tuesday we started noticed a foul odor kind of like a sulfur smell,' Green said. 'It comes and goes but it's a really strong odor when it hits you.'"

Note: Methane and hydrogen sulfide occur in the same environments. The sulfur smell has to be hydrogen sulfide. Obviously it's not methane, since methane is odorless...

2019-10-30 - Unknown odor closes preschool in Petersburg (Virginia):

Quote: "A Petersburg preschool will be closed on Thursday due to a 'strong odor' affecting parts of the building."

2019-10-30 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 5:30 AM and burns driver to death at grocery store in Lemmon (South Dakota):

Quote: "Authorities in Lemmon have recovered the body of a truck driver after his semi caught fire in the parking lot of a grocery store. Firefighters were called to a vehicle fire in the parking lot of the Lemmon IGA around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Crews found the semi engulfed in flames. A man was found dead in the truck. He was the only occupant."

Note: This is the 1918th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-30 - RV goes up in flames at 2:46 AM and kills man and dog on Riverside Avenue in coastal Everett (Washington):

Note: This is the 394th RV to burn in 2019, and this is the 10th deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-10-30 - RV trailer goes up in flames at midnight and kills man while parked at home on South Thomas Drive in Packerton (Indiana):

2019-10-30 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death as people film the incident on highway near Dhakadkhedi (India):

Quote: "53-year-old businessman was charred to death in his car as passersby kept recording the incident on their mobile phones without bothering to rescue him here on Wednesday morning. The incident took place around 10 am on the Kota-Udaipur highway near Dhakadkhedi village when Premchand Jain, a resident of Riddhi-Siddhi Enclave in Kunhari area of Kota, was on his way to his factory in Anantpura. Initial investigation suggested that a short-circuit led to the incident."

Quote: "Jain could not come out of the car as its central locking system had stopped working, he said, adding that fire soon engulfed the man and reduced him to a mere skeleton."

Note: Warned about that problem many times. Guess he didn't get the memo. You can buy a seatbelt-cutting and window-breaking tool for like ten or twenty bucks. Pretty cheap form of just-in-case insurance when you consider that becoming a charred skeleton is the potential alternative!

2019-10-30 - Underground electrical explosions and fire cause blackouts in coastal Washington DC:

Quote: "Officials said the explosions blew two manhole covers in the 1400 block of 17th Street Northwest early Wednesday morning. When D.C. fire crews arrived at the scene, they found smoke coming from the two manholes. They were able to evacuate a building in the area and have put out the underground electrical fire."

2019-10-30 - California wildfire update - many wildfires still burning:

2019-10-30 - Heatwave set to bake parts of Australia with hottest October temps in decades:

Quote: "Smoke from fires burning to the north of Sydney is blanketing the Harbour City as capital cities further south prepare for what could be the hottest October day in decades. Forecasters have projected parts of Victoria today will eclipse an October heat record which has stood for 80 years while Adelaide and Hobart are expected to see temperatures soar to 16C above the monthly average."

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2019-10-31 - Unknown sewage odor sickening people in China Spring (Texas):

Quote: "A China Spring neighborhood is worried for their health after an overwhelming sewage odor made its way into their homes, and they fear it'll only get worse. People in the High Point Addition neighborhood say the sewage smell is causing them to have headaches, dizziness, nausea, and even vomiting."

2019-10-31 - Auto recycling center hit by deadly fire, multiple vehicles burn, in Kapolei on the island of Oahu (Hawaii), near the coast, 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-10-31 - Three small planes, tractor, truck and hangar destroyed by fire at 2:30 AM at Rushford Municipal Airport in Rushford Village (Minnesota):

Quote: "Early reports indicate that three airplanes, a truck and a tractor were in the hangar at the time of the fire."

Quote: "Rasmussen said airplanes in the hangar that caught fire are a total loss. 'Everything that was in there is gone,' he added."

Note: These are the 136th, 137th and 138th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019, and this is the 1927th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-10-31 - Wildfire breaks out at 1:40 AM, destroys 6 homes, damages more, sends people fleeing, in San Bernardino County (California):

Quote: "Fire officials said that six homes had been destroyed and that 18 others had been damaged."

2019-10-31 - Multiple cars go up in flames just before 3:30 AM while parked at used car dealership in coastal Baldwin (New York):

Quote: "Multiple cars were burned out early Thursday morning during a fire at a used car shop in Baldwin. Fire officials say it started just before 3:30 a.m. at a shop near the corner of Merrick Road and Loft Avenue."

2019-10-31 - Car bursts into flame while parked at mobile home, fire spreads to mobile home, in Orlando (Florida), 2 injured:

Quote: "One adult and one child were transported to a hospital following a car fire that spread to a trailer Thursday evening."

2019-10-31 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, in Winnsboro (South Carolina):

Quote: "Firefighters with the Fairfield County Fire Service were called initially for a car fire on the Oak Street Extension. However, when crews arrived at the scene, they noticed the fire extended to the house."

2019-10-31 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

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