Sunday, December 1, 2019

2019 - NOV - Spotlight Stories

Category: Fires And Explosions

2019-11-01 - California wildfires signal the arrival of a planetary fire age:

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Probably the most noticeable effect will be fires and explosions sweeping across the planet."

2019-11-01 - Fire insurance pricing out homeowners in California:

Quote: "As wildfires burn across California, some homeowners are scrambling to find fire insurance coverage. Even people who have lived in the area for years say they're paying thousands more for protection."

2019-11-01 - Wildfires expected to cost tens of billions of dollars in California:

2019-11-01 - Wildfire breaks out and grows rapidly to 8,700+ acres near Santa Paula (California):

2019-11-01 - At least 13 wildfires burning across California:

2019-11-01 - Recycling center erupts in flame in or near Atwater Village (California):

2019-11-01 - Metal-working plant heavily damaged by fire before 5 AM in Burke County (North Carolina):

2019-11-01 - Underground electrical explosion and fire ignites and destroys car in Crown Heights area in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "The only victim of the explosion was a car parked directly above of the manhole. The car quickly caught fire, becoming a fireball that melted and warped the vehicle."

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2019-11-02 - Unknown odor late at night affecting several suburbs in Alberton (South Africa):

Quote: "EMM officials, with the help of Alderman Bruna Haipel, have been investigating the pervasive smell which has been affecting several suburbs in Alberton. On October 26 an official from the Alberton Fire Department visited several locations and residents, but was unable to determine the cause of the smell. The difficulty determining the origin of the smell is that the smell is largely present later at night. The smell has been described by residents as possibly being gas, burning tyres or some even describing a smell like sulphur."

2019-11-02 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in and around Wichita (Kansas):

Quote: "People in Wichita and surrounding communities posted on social media about hearing a loud noise and feeling their houses shake Saturday. A Sedgwick County dispatcher said they received about six calls about a supposed explosion around 1:30 p.m. A dispatcher said most of the calls were from southeast Wichita. But one came from as far west as 119th and Kellogg."

2019-11-02 - Underground electrical fire and explosions scare people in Birmingham (Britain):

2019-11-02 - Numerous cars destroyed by fire at car inspection business in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "Video shows a huge blaze consuming vehicles at a business in Auckland's Mt Wellington on Saturday afternoon. A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesperson said fire crews received calls at about 4pm to the fire at a car inspection business on Carbine Rd."

2019-11-02 - Possible heatwave heads to New Zealand:

Quote: "Temperatures are expected to soar past 30C across the country on Sunday after similar searing spikes on Saturday. WeatherWatch says this could lead to a heatwave being declared."

2019-11-02 - Climate change will break the housing market, says David Burt, who predicted the 2008 financial crisis:

Quote: "Now Burt thinks there could be another financial disaster growing inside the real estate market. But this time, the bubble is being inflated by climate change denial."

2019-11-02 - Climate emissions from tropical forest damage underestimated by a factor of six:

2019-11-02 - Abrupt shifts in Arctic climate projected:

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2019-11-03 - Chemical plant damaged by explosion in Plaquemine (Louisiana), near the Mississippi River:

Quote: "Residents told WAFB-TV that the blast shook homes as far as East Baton Rouge Parish. Others wrote on the affiliate station’s Facebook page that the explosion was felt as far as 30 miles away in the cities Gonzales, Zachary and Central."

2019-11-03 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Miramar (California):

2019-11-03 - Wildfire breaks out and grows to 500 acres in Tehama County (California):

2019-11-03 - Brush fire breaks out and burns 300+ acres near Burrton (Kansas):

2019-11-03 - Around 80 homes destroyed by fire in coastal Cebu (Philippine Islands):

2019-11-03 - Seals and birds starving to death in the Bering Sea:

2019-11-03 - Heavy rain and flooding wreak havoc in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia:

2019-11-03 - Hundreds of earthquakes rattle the US as the level of seismic activity in North America continues to rise:

2019-11-03 - Cancer cases in India spike by over 300% in 1 year, new govt data shows:

2019-11-03 - Man goes for hike, has 'medical emergency' and collapses, at Mission Trails Regional Park in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "A man suffered a medical emergency while hiking Sunday afternoon in Mission Trails Regional Park and was air-lifted from the remote area by a team of first responders. According to a report by OnSceneTV, the man was among a group of five hikers on a trail near Cowles Mountain when he collapsed without warning just after 2 p.m. Sunday."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2019-11-04 - Car goes up in flames at 7:10 AM and kills person near Salthouse Mills Industrial Estate in coastal Barrow-in-Furness (Britain):

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2019-11-04 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in Athens (Oregon):

2019-11-04 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at Logan Airport in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The airline said flight attendants noticed some hazy smoke in the cockpit of Flight 6092, so the Embraer 175 aircraft turned back."

2019-11-04 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

Quote: "'The crew returned to Newark after it declared an emergency due to a report of smoke in the cockpit. No injuries were reported,' the FAA said in a statement."

Note: These are the 139th and 140th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-04 - Electrical substation damaged by fire in Kettering (Ohio):

2019-11-04 - Steel recycling center goes up in flames in Lockwood (Montana):

Quote: "A fire at the Pacific Steel and Recycling facility in Lockwood on Monday afternoon torched a building and specialized equipment, likely causing more than $1 million in damage."

Quote: "The main part of the fire appears to have been in a part of the facility for sorting metal, Staley said."

2019-11-04 - Landfill fire breaks out on Kiefer Boulevard in Sacramento (California):

2019-11-04 - Recycling plant fire breaks out on Imeson Road in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

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2019-11-05 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits school and sends 13 students to hospitals in Shreveport (Louisiana):

Quote: "Broadmoor Middle Laboratory School will be closed as a precaution Wednesday as authorities search for the cause of a mystery medical emergency that sent at least 13 students to hospitals. Medical emergency sends 13 or more students to hospital; authorities evacuate school What initially was reported as a possible natural gas leak spurred a large emergency response Tuesday afternoon and caused officials to evacuate the campus on Atlantic Avenue. At least 13 students have since been taken to area hospitals. Two students came out of a class feeling dizzy and complained of headaches, Caddo School District spokeswoman Mary Nash-Wood told KSLA News 12. Eleven more other students and three school staffers had similar symptoms, she added."

Quote: "Shreveport firefighters and CenterPoint Energy crews checked the campus for a gas leak and found none."

Note: So it smelled LIKE the odorant added to natural gas but it wasn't natural gas. That's what hydrogen sulfide smells like, all of those symptoms match those of low-level hydrogen sulfide poisoning, and they didn't find any natural gas. People will often mistake the smell of low concentrations of hydrogen sulfide for a gas leak, since the smell is the same, but hydrogen sulfide will not register on natural gas detectors...

2019-11-05 - Unknown rotten egg odor sends students and staff fleeing into gym at school in Grand Forks (North Dakota):

Quote: "The Grand Forks Fire Department says they were not able to find a leak at the school and didn't find a presence of natural gas in the air."

Quote: "Strandell said he and other staff members believe the smell may have been sewer gas."

Note: Sewer gas is the common name for hydrogen sulfide. They thought it was a natural gas leak, but it wasn't. Like I was just saying...

2019-11-05 - Unknown odor hits animal clinic and sends two people to the hospital in Fresno (California):

Quote: "A female customer, along with another person, was transported to the hospital. Four employees inside the building were treated at the scene, while some people complained of breathing problems. Pets are were held at the building across the street. It is unclear where the odor originated."

2019-11-05 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Lake Silver in Orlando (Florida):

Quote: "Harmful algae blooms usually last three to five months and are typical in late summer and early fall, according to the Florida Department of Health. When these blooms decompose, they release an odor that can smell like rotten eggs due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide."

2019-11-05 - Climate crisis accelerating faster than expected, untold suffering ahead, say 11,000 scientists:

Quote: "The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected (figure 2, IPCC 2018). It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity (IPCC 2019). Especially worrisome are potential irreversible climate tipping points and nature's reinforcing feedbacks (atmospheric, marine, and terrestrial) that could lead to a catastrophic “hothouse Earth,” well beyond the control of humans (Steffen et al. 2018). These climate chain reactions could cause significant disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies, potentially making large areas of Earth uninhabitable."

2019-11-05 - Tanker truck explodes into flame at 5 AM and kills man near 39th Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix (Arizona):

Note: This is the 1945th tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-05 - Van explodes and burns in the East Lake area in Birmingham (Alabama), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2019-11-05 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death on Iyyanarkoil Street near Mudaliarper (India):

Quote: "A 32-year-old person was charred to death after his car caught fire on Iyyanarkoil Street near Mudaliarper on Tuesday morning. Police identified the victim as Muthukamaran, a resident of the street on which the incident took place. An initial probe has revealed that the victim was trapped in the car after its automatic system car got locked due to the fire, police said."

2019-11-05 - October was the hottest October ever recorded:

2019-11-05 - Wall Street increasingly weighs risk from climate change:

Quote: "In the wake of two years of devastating wildfires in California, Wall Street is incorporating a new risk metric when evaluating companies: climate resiliency."

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2019-11-06 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits school for second time in two weeks in Petersburg (Virginia):

Quote: "A strong odor has parents and even teachers complaining at a Petersburg school. It was so bad, students went home early Wednesday for the second time in two weeks. It’s happening at the Westview Early Childhood Center for preschoolers where firefighters are roaming the halls of a school to find the root of a problem. 'Just a bad odor of something,' Fire Marshal Jim Reid said. Some have compared it to sewage. Others say they’ve smelled an odor similar to rotten eggs. Either way, it prompted early dismissal again Wednesday. Students were sent home early last week when even teachers complained of the bad smell."

2019-11-06 - Atmospheric CO2 levels rising faster, by an order of magnitude, than they did at the extinction of the dinosaurs:

Quote: "The current carbon dioxide rise rate exceeds the fastest rates estimated for the K-T asteroid impact (66.4 million years-ago) and the PETM (Paleocene-Eocene Temperature Maximum) hyperthermal event (55.9 million years ago) by an order of magnitude (Fig. 3)."

2019-11-06 - RV trailer goes up in flames shortly before 5 AM and kills person on Railroad Street in Gallipolis (Ohio):

2019-11-06 - Car bursts into flame and burns man in Bixby Knolls area in coastal Long Beach (California):

Quote: "A man was taken to a local hospital with 1significant1 burns after multiple people reported a vehicle on fire near Bixby Knolls on Wednesday night, authorities said. Firefighters arrived on the scene on the 4700 block of Cherry Avenue just after 5:10 p.m., Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk said. The firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and transported the man to a local hospital with burns to his face and torso at about 5:30 p.m."

2019-11-06 - World's largest tropical wetlands devastated by massive London-sized fires in Brazil:

Quote: "Fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands have ripped through the biodiverse region, consuming an area the size of London in just the past 10 days, burning some animals alive and sending others fleeing. The inferno in the world’s largest tropical wetlands is the latest environmental disaster facing Brazil, coming after a mysterious oil spill that is afflicting beaches in the northeast and August fires that raged in the Amazon region."

2019-11-06 - Landfill fire rages near Alicante Airport in coastal Alicante (Spain):

2019-11-06 - Landfill fire breaks out in High Bullen (Britain):

2019-11-06 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) incidents escalating in Erie County (Pennsylvania):

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2019-11-07 - Unknown rotten egg odor spreads across McMinn County and Monroe County (Tennessee):

Quote: "A strange stink that smelled like rotten eggs spread across McMinn and Monroe counties Thursday morning without any clear cause."

Quote: "The first call about the smell came in early in the morning, around 8:45 a.m. Later in the day, around 20 more people would call about noxious smells. An officer was sent to the area around The Lost Sea Adventure, where the first call came in from, to search for a cause. No cause turned up, and the smell continue to spread from Sweetwater to Vonore, the dispatcher said."

Quote: "Everything was working normally, and the board determined that the smell was not natural gas. Yet, they continued getting calls about a smell spreading throughout the community."

2019-11-07 - Unknown odor evacuates office building in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "Crews searched the building and did not find any hazardous substance or threat."

2019-11-07 - Unknown sulfur odor hits Agueda Johnston Middle School on the island of Guam, 2 miles from the ocean:

Quote: "Although a slight odor of sulfur was present within one of the campus buildings, after conducting air sampling and monitoring, GFD reported that no toxic or flammable environments were detected."

2019-11-07 - Unknown odor hits apartment building on the banks of the River Avon in Redcliffe (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters were called to a tower block in Redcliffe after a mysterious smell was reported tonight (November 7). Crews from Temple, Bedminster, Southmead and Pill all attended the incident at Francombe House at 7.59pm. On arrival they could not find anything suspicious in the area."

2019-11-07 - Recycling center fire breaks out on West Carroll Avenue in Chicago (Illinois):

2019-11-07 - Underwater volcano erupts, sinks one island, creates new island 3 times larger, in Tonga:

Quote: "An undersea volcanic eruption in the Tongan archipelago has sunk one island and created another three times larger, according to a report by geologists released Thursday."

2019-11-07 - Sea levels could rise even faster and higher than feared:

Note: So once again their estimates were way too conservative. If your estimates are consistently too conservative, it's time to update your methodology and your estimates!

2019-11-07 - Pacific bird refuge struggles as Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues growing:

2019-11-07 - SOTT Earth changes summary for October 2019, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2019-11-08 - Unknown noxious smell blows through Orem (Utah), near Utah Lake:

Quote: "City officials in Orem announced Friday night they are investigating multiple reports of a 'noxious smell' on the city’s west side."

Note: Orem is on the eastern shore of Utah Lake so the west side of Orem is the side closest to the lake...

2019-11-08 - Mysterious explosion and flash of light in the sky alarms people in Cabarrus County (North Carolina):

2019-11-08 - Mysterious explosions and flashes of light in the sky alarm people in Coventry (Britain):

2019-11-08 - Passenger plane hit by engine fire, plane makes emergency landing in Raipur (India):

Quote: "Ollywood actor Debashish Patra, who was also on the plane, said they suddenly felt a jerk and the passengers sitting on the left side of the plane noticed fire in the engine."

2019-11-08 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Athens (Greece):

Quote: "The plane was flying from Egypt to Germany when its crew noticed smoke in the cockpit and immediately sent out a distress signal of emergency. All planned procedures were immediately activated, as the situation posed risks to the safety of the five-member crew. The Greek Civil Aviation authority instructed the crew to head towards the Athens Airport."

Note: These are the 141st and 142nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-08 - Deadly wildfires rage near the coast in eastern Australia, 2+ killed, 7 missing, 100+ homes destroyed:

Quote: "Unprecedented bushfires across NSW have claimed two lives and with seven more people missing authorities expect the death toll to rise, as the blazes which have destroyed more than 100 homes continue to rage."

Quote: "Communities on NSW’s mid-north coast and the far north coast faced the worst of the conditions, which were described by authorities as “uncharted territory” and which led to a dramatic, orange-red glow descending on the fire-threatened city of Port Macquarie."

Quote: "Bushfires have wiped out about half the koalas living on a coastal reserve in New South Wales, experts estimated on Friday, as a record number of intense fires rage around the Australian state."

2019-11-08 - Paper recycling plant erupts in flame in MarratxĂ­ on the island of Majorca (Spain):

2019-11-08 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Watson Reservoir in Little Compton, Sisson Pond in Portsmouth and Paradise Pond in Middletown (Rhode Island):

2019-11-08 - Permafrost coastlines' contribution to climate change possibly underestimated:

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2019-11-09 - British Airways passenger planes hit by toxic fumes 85 times in the last two months:

Quote: "A total of 85 'toxic fume events' have been reported on BA jets in the last two months. Cabin crew felt sick amid a stench on Flight BA979 from Hanover, Germany, to Heathrow last week."

Note: And this is just ONE airline. I would take from this information the following: 1) these events are now happening with significant frequency; and 2) the majority of these events are not covered in the news, because if they were then I'd have noticed them, and I have found just a fraction of that count mentioned in news stories. Obviously everyone in positions of authority has reason to downplay these events. The airlines don't want to lose business, and governments don't want people to realize that it's the end of the world. In any case, an increasingly contaminated atmosphere results in more planes flying though clouds of poison gas, which means more toxic fume events. Simple as that...

2019-11-09 - Unknown odor closes courthouse in coastal Tillamook County (Oregon):

Quote: "The Tillamook County Courthouse is closed until further notice due to an unknown odor that raised concern on Friday, according to the Oregon Courts’ website."

2019-11-09 - Wildfires continue raging along the coast in eastern Australia, death toll rises to 3:

Quote: "Prime minister Scott Morrison warned Australia to expect more bad news from the fire zones after the third victim was confirmed."

2019-11-09 - Multiple large brush fires break out in northwest Kansas, governor declares disaster:

Quote: "Governor Laura Kelly has issued a disaster declaration after multiple large grass fires broke out on Saturday in northwest Kansas."

2019-11-09 - Brush fire breaks out in Hollywood Hills (California):

2019-11-09 - Mighty Taku Glacier in Alaska begins melting, succumbing to climate change:

Quote: "The Taku Glacier, located north of Juneau, Alaska, has started to retreat as temperatures rise, said Mauri Pelto, a glaciologist at Nichols College in Massachusetts. Up until now, of the 250 glaciers that he has studied, all had retreated except one: Taku Glacier. But an analysis shows that Taku has lost mass and joined the rest of the retreating glaciers. 'This is a big deal for me because I had this one glacier I could hold on to,' Pelto told NASA’s Earth Observatory. 'But not anymore. This makes the score climate change: 250, and alpine glaciers: 0.' New photos released by NASA this week show that the melting of Taku has at last become visible."

2019-11-09 - Deadly virus spreads among marine mammals as Arctic ice melts away:

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2019-11-10 - Person found dead in burning pickup truck in Bluffers Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Toronto (Canada):

Quote: Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2019-11-10 - Dozens of wildfires continue to burn across Australia, Sydney to face catastrophic fire danger for the first time:

Quote: "The greater Sydney region will face catastrophic fire danger on Tuesday for the first time since the rating was introduced and fire authorities say conditions in other parts of New South Wales could also be set to worsen."

Quote: "'There is really no rainfall, no significant rainfall, until at least the end of the year and possibly into the new year,' Queensland Fire and Emergency Services acting commissioner Mike Wassing told a news conference on Sunday."

2019-11-10 - Global leaders are facing one of the scariest years of climate change yet:

2019-11-10 - Hundreds of migratory birds of more than a dozen species found dead in and around Sambhar Lake near Jaipur (India):

Quote: "Hundreds of migratory birds of over a dozen species have been found dead in Sambhar lake area near Jaipur. Water contamination is suspected to be the cause behind the birds' death, said officials, adding, the exact reason, however, would be clear only after testing their viscera. The birds, numbering around 1,500, were found dead on Sunday in over five to seven square km area around the Sambhar Lake, which is a well-known wetland of international importance and is visited by tens of thousands of migratory birds during winter."

Quote: "This is the second incident after a similar incident in Jodhpur's Khinchan area, where thirty-seven demoiselle cranes were found dead on Thursday last week."

2019-11-10 - Man, 48, has 'medical event', pickup truck crashes into woods, in coastal Harpswell (Maine), 1 killed:

Quote: "Police found a truck in the woods, driven by James Ramsey, 48, of Harpswell. It appears Ramsey had some kind of medical event before the crash, the sheriff's office said."

2019-11-10 - Researchers find 150km-wide caldera off the coast of the Philippine Islands, possibly the largest known on Earth:!

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2019-11-11 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "After further inspection, the spokesperson said there was smoke in the cockpit, noting the plane had maintenance issues earlier Monday."

Note: This is the 143rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-11 - Catastrophic wildfires continue raging along the coast in eastern Australia, hundreds of schools closed:

Quote: "Tens of thousands of Australians took shelter on Tuesday after authorities warned it was too late for them to leave their homes as bushfires raged across a vast area of the country’s east coast."

Quote: "The worst of the weather is not expected until later in the afternoon and through the evening, with temperatures forecast to reach 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit), along with strong winds."

Note: Ya gotta wonder how bad things could get once summer begins!

2019-11-11 - Recycling center erupts in flame in Oregon City (Oregon):

2019-11-11 - Landfill fire breaks out on the island of Tortola (British Virgin Islands):

2019-11-11 - Two RVs go up in flames at storage facility in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "Two motor homes caught fire in a storage facility Monday morning on Folsom Boulevard, sending a large plume of smoke into the sky, the Sacramento Fire Department said."

Note: So there was a smoking passenger plane and some burning RVs in Sacramento on this day...

2019-11-11 - RV bursts into flame on Stemilt Creek Road in Chelan County (Washington):

Note: These are the 407th, 408th and 409th RVs to burn in 2019...

2019-11-11 - Semi trailer full of fireworks bursts into flame at 11:30 PM while parked in River Bend (Missouri), spontaneous fireworks show ensues:

2019-11-11 - Air pollution once again shrouds Delhi (India):

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2019-11-12 - SUV bursts into flame and burns two children to death while parked in coastal Abu Dhabi (UAE):

Quote: "Abu Dhabi: Two children, aged one-and-a-half and three years old, were killed in a tragic accident after the vehicle they were left in burst into flames."

Quote: "Brigadier General Mohammad Suhail Al Rashidi, Director of Criminal Security at the Abu Dhabi Police, said the young Emirati children were left inside the 4x4 vehicle on their own, which then caught fire."

Quote: "According to the police, the incident happened in the Marina area."

2019-11-12 - Car bursts into flame at 5:39 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, in Fountain (Colorado):

Quote: "According to the Fountain Fire Chief, the fire started in a car in the garage and it quickly spread to the house and made its way into the attic. There were multiple explosions due to ammunition inside the home. Due to the explosions, fire crews carried out a defense attack on the fire. By the time crews got there, the garage was fully engulfed in flames. The Fountain Fire Department reports that the home is a total loss."

2019-11-12 - Wildfires continue burning across eastern Australia, two wildfires burn into north shore suburb of coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "Twin blazes in the north shore suburb of Turramurra — around 15 kilometres from the centre of Australia's largest city — tore through a eucalypt forest park and sparked spot fires in homes, before eventually being brought under control."

2019-11-12 - Transformer bursts into flame in Aligarh (India):

2019-11-12 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Venice (Italy), 2 killed:

2019-11-12 - Odds of humanity going extinct next year could be as high as one in 14,000:

2019-11-12 - US crop failure a disaster, Europe losing 1,000 small farms per day, millions of pigs slaughtered in Asia:

Quote: "A crisis is emerging across three continents as extreme weather conditions and disease are beginning to bite the farming industry leaving world banks warning the 2020s are set to be a decade of dramatic economic and social upheaval as another billion mouths will need to be fed."

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2019-11-13 - Woman burns to death unsuspiciously on North Payson Street in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "A woman’s body was found burned in West Baltimore on Wednesday morning, according to police and fire officials. The woman, whose name has not been released, was found dead with 'major burns to her entire body' in the 1800 block of North Payson St. around 7:45 a.m.., according to Blair Adams, a Fire Department spokeswoman. 'It’s under investigation,' Adams said. The Police Department dispatched homicide detectives to the scene, but they found no signs of foul play, police said."

2019-11-13 - Wildfires burn on both the east and west coasts in Australia, death toll climbs to 4:

Quote: "Australian officials on Wednesday ordered residents and tourists to get out of the way of fast-approaching flames as firefighters struggled to contain more than 150 fires raging on both the east and west coasts. At least four people were confirmed dead in New South Wales and officials warned conditions were worsening."

Quote: "It could be months before eastern Australia has more than a million hectares of bushfires under control, the New South Wales fire chief has warned, as the country faces one of its worst bushfire outbreaks."

2019-11-13 - Underground electrical fire breaks out and causes blackouts on Broad Street in Bromyard (Britain):

2019-11-13 - Van and 3 cars destroyed by fire while parked in coastal Oyster Bay (New York):

2019-11-13 - Man has 'medical event' on boat in coastal Pomare Bay (New Zealand):

Quote: "Constable Mike Gorrie, of Russell police, said the sailor suffered a medical event while his boat was moored in isolated Pomare Bay on Wednesday afternoon. His companion raised the alarm as he lapsed in and out of consciousness."

2019-11-13 - US Navy UFO witnesses come forward:

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2019-11-14 - Unknown rotten egg odor sickens people, two hospitalized, at call center in Lincoln (Nebraska):

Quote: "Nine people working at a call center began to feel ill and called the police. Two were taken to the hospital and seven others refused further medical care. LFR says they aren't quite sure as to the cause."

Quote: "Captain Evans believed the rotten egg smell could of been a few different things but couldn't say for sure."

2019-11-14 - Unknown 'gaseous odor' closes St. Croix Central High School in Hammond (Wisconsin):

Quote: "St. Croix Central High School will remain closed on Friday, November 15, as work to identify a gaseous odor on the campus continues. Agencies are actively investigating sewer lines on and near the Central High campus."

2019-11-14 - Portents of continental-scale fires as the Earth warms:

2019-11-14 - Bacteria may contribute more to climate change as planet heats up:

Quote: "As bacteria adapt to hotter temperatures, they speed up their respiration rate and release more carbon, potentially accelerating climate change."

Note: So that's another self-reinforcing feedback. Warmer temps make bacteria produce more CO2, which makes temps warmer, which makes them produce more CO2, which makes temps warmer, and so on and so on. There's probably an upper limit on that, beyond which this effect diminishes or disappears, but it's highly unlikely that any human beings will still be alive to see that limit reached...

2019-11-14 - Climate change is damaging the health of the world's children and threatens lifelong impact, report says:

Quote: "A child born today will experience a world that is more than 4°C warmer by the time they turn 71 years old, which will threaten their health at every stage of their life."

Note: No child born today will live remotely long enough to reach the age of 71. As Bill Paxton so eloquently said in the movie Aliens, 'Game over, man! Game over!'

2019-11-14 - Insect die-off putting humanity at risk:

2019-11-14 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Canarsie area in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "Back in October, News 12 covered a fire on the same block, also at an auto parts junk yard. It is unclear at this time if the two locations are the same."

2019-11-14 - Navy crew speaks out on 2004 UFO encounter, saw flying 'elongated egg' with 'phosphorus glow':

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2019-11-15 - Toxic fog kills birds, snow turns yellow, in Segezha (Russia), on the shore of Lake Vygozero, blamed on paper plant:

Quote: "According to residents, the city was plunged for several hours in a thick fetid fog that even killed many birds. Streets, cars and passerby were covered with some yellow rubbish snow. It was impossible to breathe anymore."

Quote: "During this chemical poisoning, birds started falling dead from the sky."

Quote: "First sources say a chemical leak from a paper factory seems to have been the cause of snow turning yellow and birds falling dead out of the sky in Segezha, Karelia."

Note: Sounds like a cloud of hydrogen sulfide hit this city. Paper and pulp plants produce hydrogen sulfide, so they would be a convenient target to blame if a cloud of hydrogen sulfide blows by and starts knocking birds (or people) dead. From the second link, "Pulp and paper mills have a common problem throughout the entire industry. The manufacturing process creates an unwanted bi-product, Hydrogen Sulfide gas." Also, elemental sulfur is yellow. Hydrogen sulfide reacting with ozone in the atmosphere will produce elemental sulfur, thus the yellow coloring in the snow there. Maybe it WAS a leak of hydrogen sulfide from a paper plant. Or maybe it wasn't, but that was just the handiest go-to explanation for the authorities to use to explain away a city being hit by a cloud of hydrogen sulfide...

2019-11-15 - Methane belching from coal mines could be as bad as the shipping and aviation industries combined:

Quote: "The methane emissions leaking from the world’s coalmines could be stoking the global climate crisis at the same rate as the shipping and aviation industries combined. Coalmines are belching millions of tonnes of methane into the atmosphere unchecked, because policymakers have overlooked the rising climate threat, according to new research."

2019-11-15 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport in Jackson (Mississippi):

Quote: "A plane was grounded at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers Airport on Friday. Jackson Municipal Airport Authority said the United Airlines flight was kept on the ground due to smoke in the cockpit. The plane was about 30 feet from the jet bridge when the crew noticed the smoke. Passengers also said they smelled smoke in the back of the plane."

Note: This is the 144th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-15 - US Navy amphibious assault ship 'USS Iwo Jima' damaged by fire while docked in coastal Mayport (Florida), 11 injured:

2019-11-15 - Fishing boat bursts into flame while docked in coastal New Bedford (Massachusetts):

Note: These are the 929th and 930th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-15 - Gas line explodes and burns just before 1 AM in Pepper Pike (Ohio):

2019-11-15 - Hellish wildfires continue wreaking destruction across Australia:

2019-11-15 - Schools close for second time in two weeks because of dangerous air pollution in Delhi (India):

2019-11-15 - Small plane crash fatalities in the US rose 13% from 2017 to 2018:

Quote: "The number of people killed in plane crashes in the U.S. increased by about 13% in 2018, according to data released by the National Transportation Safety Board."

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-16 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns in coastal Chittagong (Bangladesh), 7+ killed, 25 injured:

Quote: "At least seven people were killed and eight injured on Sunday after a gas pipeline exploded in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong, a police official said. The gas pipeline exploded in front of a five-storey building, blowing walls off the building, local police official Mohammad Mohsin said, citing witnesses."

Note: Puttin' the bang in Bangladesh!

2019-11-16 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Irwindale (California):

2019-11-16 - More than 20 cars go up in flames at 5:30 AM while parked at auto auction site near Houston (Texas):

Quote: "Authorities say an accidental, unspecified electrical anomaly in a vehicle caused a fire that spread through the lot. The Aldine fire chief tells ABC13 that 22 cars caught fire, and the HCFMO says 27 cars total were damaged."

2019-11-16 - Seven cars go up in flames while parked at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2019-11-16 - Seven cars destroyed by fire while parked in parking garage at apartment building in Edmonton (Canada):

Quote: "Several vehicles caught fire in an incident at an apartment parkade in south Edmonton on Friday night, prompting an evacuation of a building’s residents."

Quote: "Officials said Saturday that seven vehicles were destroyed in the fire."

2019-11-16 - More than 40 cars go up in flames while parked at car business in coastal Alicante (Spain):

Quote: "A fire on an Alicante car storage and distribution company plot in the early hours of Saturday morning burned 41 vehicles and partially damaged another nine."

2019-11-16 - In separate incidents, two cotton warehouses erupt in flame in Portageville (Missouri):

Quote: "Crews responded to two warehouse fires in Portageville, Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 16."

2019-11-16 - In separate incidents, two homes go up in flames before 7 AM within minutes just blocks from each other near Lake St. Clair in Grosse Point Shores (Michigan):

Quote: "Two houses blocks away from each other burst into flames in Grosse Pointe Shores on Saturday morning, causing one house's roof to collapse and forcing several fire departments to team up and battle the separate blazes."

2019-11-16 - Temp of 40.4C, (105F), hottest November temp ever, broils Perth (Australia):

Quote: "Further north along the Western Coast temperatures reached 45 deg C, 113 deg F"

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-17 - Sixth mass extinction well under way:

2019-11-17 - RV goes up in flames and kills man while parked near Gladewater (Texas):

Note: This is the 414th RV to burn in 2019, and this is the 11th deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-11-17 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 2:15 AM and kills teen boy near Santa Paula (California):

2019-11-17 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blows manhole cover 20 feet into the air in West Chester (Pennsylvania):

2019-11-17 - Underground electrical explosion and fire release asbestos in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2019-11-17 - Piles of pallets and mulch go up in flames at pallet recycling business in Lakeland (Florida):

Quote: "It's believed the facility contains piles of wood pallets and mulch."

2019-11-17 - Small plane bursts into flame at airport in coastal Venice (Florida):

Quote: "They said the aircraft was on Runway 5 at the airport headed to take off. The pilot smelled smoke in the Piper PA-32 Cherokee 6, a single-engine six-seater. The pilot and his passenger exited the plane. The aircraft became fully engulfed in flames shortly afterward."

Note: This is the 145th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-17 - Tesla Supercharger charging station bursts into flame at Wawa store in Parsippany (New Jersey):

2019-11-17 - Record warmth and record snowfall occur on the same day in Anchorage (Alaska):

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-18 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits area in coastal Belfast (Ireland):

Quote: "'It almost smells like gas, but Phoenix Gas have been out and confirmed that it’s not gas.' He added: 'I don’t want to scaremonger, but we have to question if it will have an impact on people’s health and what can be done to mitigate it.'"

2019-11-18 - Wildfire threat may cause power cutoff to 660,000 people this week in California:

2019-11-18 - Sea of Okhotsk rapidly heating up, ice and salmon disappearing:

2019-11-18 - Freshwater lakes are a climate change 'ticking time bomb', warn scientists:

2019-11-18 - Powerful greenhouse gas nitrous oxide rising rapidly in concentration in the atmosphere:

2019-11-18 - Coal mine rocked by deadly explosion in Shanxi Province (China), 15 killed, 9 injured:

2019-11-18 - Fishing vessel destroyed by fire near the island of Jeju (South Korea), 1 injured, 11 missing:

Quote: "A fishing boat caught fire in South Korea’s southern waters early Tuesday, and the coast guard said a search was underway for 11 people missing. One fisherman had been found unconscious and not breathing in waters 7.4 kilometers (4.6 miles) south of the boat, and rescue workers were airlifting him to a hospital on the nearby island of Jeju."

Note: This is the 937th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-18 - Pickup bursts into flame while parked in parking garage at high-rise in coastal Sarasota (Florida):

2019-11-18 - Mount Merapi erupts in Indonesia:

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-19 - Unknown odor sickens people in building in coastal Sarasota (Florida):

Quote: "HAZ-MAT crews went inside the building, working to determine the nature of the chemical and where the odor is originating. However, after more than two hours on scene, officials say they were unable to identify the chemical and the odor dissipated."

2019-11-19 - Passenger plane hit by smoke at airport in Madrid (Spain):

Quote: "Passengers on a Delta Airlines flight from Madrid to New York were forced to evacuate on Tuesday when smoke filled the cabin, as seen in this video from a passenger."

Note: This is the 146th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-19 - Recycling center fire breaks out at 3:35 AM in coastal Bomaderry (Australia):

2019-11-19 - Wildfires spews smoke onto coastal Sydney (Australia), air quality worse than Beijing:

Quote: "A raging bush fire near Sydney has created a terrifying 'trapped' smoke cloud that’s left air quality worse than Beijing."

2019-11-19 - Water abnormally warm and ice abnormally weak in the Chukchi Sea (Alaska):

2019-11-19 - Amazon deforestation accelerates by almost a third in the year since far-right Bolsonaro took power, space agency reveals:

2019-11-19 - 'Climate emergency' is Oxford dictionary's Word of the Year 2019

Quote: "Usage of the term increased 100-fold in the space of 12 months, dictionary says..."

Note: We don't have many years left, so make the words of the year count, Oxford!

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-20 - Unknown rotten egg odor hitting Shepherdsville (Kentucky):

Quote: "People on Beech Grove describe it as a mix of sulfur and rotten eggs that intensifies when the wind blows. 'When it blows to the southeast, it hits these houses here, and it's very overwhelming for us,' Nix said. Where it's coming from remains a mystery."

2019-11-20 - Unknown odor sickens people at courthouse in Ann Arbor (Michigan):

Quote: "On Monday afternoon, Nov. 18, several Washtenaw County Trial Court staff members reported smelling something strange and said they were feeling nauseous, along with having red and watery eyes, Court Administrator Dan Dwyer said."

Quote: "It is unknown what the odor was and what caused it at this time, he said."

2019-11-20 - Person found dead in burning car at Celebration Park in coastal Federal Way (Washington):

2019-11-20 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Canfield (Ohio):

2019-11-20 - Roundup of various horrible things occurring around the planet:

2019-11-20 - Fish and other water life dying off in lakes across southern Florida:

Quote: "The mystery of why so many fish are going belly up in lakes across the area has yet to be solved."

Quote: "'Fish, crabs, prongs, eels, everything was dead out here and the birds were picking them off,' Cranford said."

2019-11-20 - Man has 'medical episode' in subway, falls onto tracks, gets hit by train, in coastal London (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "A British Transport Police spokesman said: 'BTP officers were called to Oxford Circus today at 5.33pm following a report that a person had been struck by a train. It's believed a man suffered a medical episode and fell onto the tracks. He is in a critical condition in hospital.' They have since said he is in a critical but stable condition."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2019-11-21 - Passenger plane engine shoots flames and smoke, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "A witness on the ground described 'bursts of flames' coming out of an engine. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said the plane returned and landed without incident. Television station ABC-7 in Los Angeles aired video of the plane after takeoff that showed flames and smoke coming out of the right engine."

Note: This is the 147th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-21 - Unknown fireball spotted in the sky over Polk County (Oregon):

Quote: "Deputies still aren't sure what exactly was spotted blazing across the sky in southwest Polk County on Thursday afternoon. But one theory has been put to rest: 'It is not a plane,' said Lt. Dustin Newman with the Polk County Sheriff's Office."

2019-11-21 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Mandeville (Louisiana):

Quote: "St. Tammany Parish firefighters are battling a large fire at a scrapyard in Mandeville Thursday morning. 'it's a debris pile of scrap metal,' said Mandeville Fire Chief Kenneth Moore."

2019-11-21 - Lumber yard goes up in flames at 11:30 PM on Presumpscot Street in coastal Portland (Maine):

2019-11-21 - Pickup truck bursts into flame, truck crashes into home, home destroyed, on Carey's Run Pond Creek Road in West Portsmouth (Ohio):

Quote: "We have more details about a fire that destroyed a home Thursday night in West Portsmouth. Firefighters say it actually started from a pickup truck fire. Two men in that pickup truck were coming over Dry Run Road when they noticed smoke. They opened the glove compartment, and flames engulfed the cab of the truck. Both men got out and ran to a neighbor's house where no one was home. They then ran to another home. While waiting for the fire department, the truck accelerated 'like a rocket' and crashed into that home. A woman and her parents were inside and able to get out of the garage as the house went up in flames."

2019-11-21 - Dozens of wildfires continue burning across the eastern coast of Australia, smoke sending people to hospitals:

Quote: "Firefighters battled against hundreds of bushfires across Australia's east coast on Thursday as scores of blazes sprang up in new locations, triggering warnings that it was too late for some residents to evacuate. In Sydney, the country's most populous city, residents were urged to keep children indoors as thick smoke blanketed the city for the third consecutive day, increasing pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to address climate change issues."

Quote: "Indeed, Climate Analytics argue that Australia remains one of the world’s highest per capita carbon dioxide emitters. On a per capita basis, they argue, Australia’s carbon footprint, including exports, surpasses China, the U.S. and India."

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-22 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in coastal West Haven (Connecticut):

Quote: "There's no word on what caused the odor."

2019-11-22 - Car goes up in flames shortly before 1 AM and kills woman while parked on West Farragut Avenue in Andersonville area in Chicago (Illinois):

2019-11-22 - California faces a decade of wildfire blackouts:

2019-11-22 - Heat waves and floods shattered records, and fires ravaged the Arctic and the Amazon - this was the climate crisis in 2019:

Note: Stay tuned for even more exciting episodes of As The World Burns!

2019-11-22 - The collapse of civilization may have already begun:

2019-11-22 - Carbon isotopic evidence for rapid methane clathrate release recorded in coals at the terminus of the Late Palaeozoic Ice Age:

2019-11-22 - Satellite studying volcanoes finds massive industrial methane leak at oil and gas site in Turkmenistan:

2019-11-22 - Dangerous levels of warming locked in by planned jump in fossil fuels output:

Note: We're not only not even trying to extend our lives, we're actively working to kill ourselves off even faster!

2019-11-22 - Man, 25, has 'medical episode' at 2 AM and hits his head then runs off into the bush and disappears, in coastal Princetown (Australia):,_Victoria

Quote: "Police are currently searching for a 25-year-old man missing in bushland at Princetown. Aslan King was camping with friends at a camping ground on Old Coach Road when he had a medical episode and hit his head about 2am. The British national has suddenly got up and run from the area into surrounding bushland near the bridge south of the camping ground. His friends conducted a search but have been unable to locate him."

Quote: "Princetown is a coastal village in Victoria, Australia, located on the Great Ocean Road, east of the Twelve Apostles, in the Corangamite Shire."

2019-11-22 - Person goes into cardiac arrest near Ferry Road in coastal Felixstowe (Britain):

Quote: "A spokesman for East of England Ambulance Service said: 'We were called at 9.38am with reports of a person in cardiac arrest near Ferry Road, Felixstowe.'"

2019-11-22 - Woman collapses unconscious on Weston Road in coastal Lowestoft (Britain):

Quote: "A spokesman for EEAST said: 'We were called at 9.08am with reports of a person who was unconscious in Weston Road, Lowestoft.'"

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-23 - Woman, 73, found dead at home after her clothes ignite, in Bath (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Authorities are investigating the death of a woman found unresponsive after her clothing apparently caught fire in a mobile home in eastern Pennsylvania."

Quote: "The fire apparently hadn’t spread to the home."

2019-11-23 - SUV bursts into flame and seriously burns two people on Mill Road in coastal Oakwood on Staten Island (New York):

Quote: "There were some tense moments on Staten Island when a car burst into flames Saturday night. Firefighters say the vehicle was fully engulfed when they responded to the scene on Mill Road in Oakwood. It happened at around 8:30 p.m. Two people were taken to an area hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. It’s unclear what caused the fire."

2019-11-23 - Car goes up in flames and burns driver at park in Delta Township (Michigan):

Quote: "An Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol officer saved a driver from a flaming car. On Saturday, at approximately 2:45 p.m. deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the 7400 Blk of Mt. Hope Hwy at the new township park. When the first deputy arrived he could see flames coming from the vehicle. A witness on scene told the deputy that there was possibly a subject in the vehicle. The Deputy used his fire extinguisher to attempt to put out the fire. He was then able to determine there was one subject in the driver’s seat."

2019-11-23 - Van bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to car and four homes, in Ratoath (Ireland):

Quote: "At around 4am, gardai and emergency services were called to the scene of the blaze at Meadowbank Hill in Ratoath. They believe the fire started in a van parked in one of the driveways, before it spread to the four houses and another car."

2019-11-23 - Koalas may be 'functionally extinct' after raging wildfires devastate their habitats in Australia:

2019-11-23 - Big Coal knew about the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions as far back as 1966:

Quote: "'Exxon knew.' Thanks to the work of activists and journalists, those two words have rocked the politics of climate change in recent years, as investigations revealed the extent to which giants like Exxon Mobil and Shell were aware of the danger of rising greenhouse gas emissions even as they undermined the work of scientists. But the coal industry knew, too — as early as 1966, a newly unearthed journal shows."

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-24 - Passenger plane pilot, man, 49, has heart attack in flight, makes emergency landing then dies, in Rostov-on-Don (Russia):

Quote: "A Russian pilot was forced to make an emergency landing when he suffered a heart attack in the cockpit before dying. The 49-year-old was flying the Russian state airline Aeroflot Airbus 320 on a domestic flight from Moscow at 9144m when he became ill. The pilot managed to make an emergency landing at Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday (local time) before he received medical help on arrival, The Mirror reports. However, he was pronounced dead upon landing."

2019-11-24 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Dartmouth (Britain):

2019-11-24 - Underground explosion blows street apart in Mirpur (Bangladesh):

Quote: "Accumulated gas is thought be the reason for the explosion A huge explosion has cracked a portion of a road wide open in Mirpur 60ft road. The explosion occurred at the Pirerbagh around 9:15pm in Dhaka on Sunday."

2019-11-24 - Grass ignites in yard at home shortly after midnight, fire spreads to home, in Ogden (Utah):

Quote: "Witnesses reported seeing the fire start in the grass in the front yard."

2019-11-24 - Waste facility heavily damaged by huge fire in Guildford suburb of coastal Perth (Australia):

2019-11-24 - Car bursts into flame and explodes while parked at home on Lakeshore Drive in Shuniah (Canada), 1200 feet from Lake Superior:

2019-11-24 - Man goes into cardiac arrest in the water during Ironman competition and dies in coastal Cozumel (Mexico):

Quote: "Brazilian Ironman participant, Paulo Pereyra, died during the swimming competition after suffering a cardiac arrest in Cozumel. The accident happened Sunday during the swimming phase of the event. Pereyra was about 150 meters into his swim when participants saw him suddenly sink. He was pulled from the water and rushed to hospital where he later died."

2019-11-24 - Wild hogs attack and kill woman outside home in Anahuac (Texas):

Quote: "Authorities confirm an attack by wild hogs caused the death of a woman whose body was found in the front yard of an Anahuac home Sunday. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said in a press conference Monday afternoon the Jefferson County medical examiner's office formally ruled the cause of death as 'exsanguination due to feral hog assault.'"

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-25 - Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere reached yet another high in 2018:

2019-11-25 - Humanity must cut carbon emissions by 7.6 percent per year for the next 10 years to meet Paris Climate Agreement goals:

Quote: "The United Nations has warned world leaders must cut greenhouse gas emissions by a staggering 7.6 per cent every year for the next decade to meet the most ambitious goal of the Paris climate deal, or suffer the impacts of greater global warming."

Note: That's certainly not going to happen. In fact, emissions are increasing at a rate that is itself increasing. Ergo, the horrifying storms, fires, floods, droughts, crop failures, biosphere die-offs, etc that we're already experiencing will continue to get worse and they too will get worse at a rate that itself increases...

2019-11-25 - Mysterious explosion and flash of light alarms people in Peru (Illinois):

2019-11-25 - Underground electrical fire shoots flames from manhole at Forbes Avenue and Grant Street in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2019-11-25 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations in Los Padres National Forest (California):

2019-11-25 - Infant has 'medical issue' and topples into swimming pool at motel then dies in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

Quote: "A child was taken to the hospital Monday evening after falling into a motel pool, according to fire officials."

Quote: "Corporal Tom Vest with the Myrtle Beach Police Department says the initial report was a possible drowning but at this time, the investigation points to a medical issue and not a drowning."

2019-11-25 - More than 13,000 Mulchatna caribou, half the population, disappear in just 3 years in Alaska:

Quote: "Southwest Alaska’s Mulchatna caribou herd has decreased to less than half of its former numbers, leaving wildlife officials with suspicions but no clear answers for the reasons behind the decline. There were more than 27,000 Mulchatna Caribou three years ago. Now there are 13,500, KYUK-AM reported."

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-26 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane makes emergency landing in the Cayman Islands:

Quote: "Pilots reported hearing a loud noise coming from the outside of the aircraft, according to a source close to the situation. Emergency responders at the airport reported seeing what appeared to be smoke coming from one of the plane’s engines, the source said."

Note: This is the 148th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2019-11-26 - Underground explosions and fire cause blackouts in Asheville (North Carolina):

2019-11-26 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Melton (Britain):

2019-11-26 - Wildfire grows to 4,000+ acres outside coastal Santa Barbara (California):

Quote: "A wind-driven brush fire that erupted in the Southern California mountains Monday quickly burned more than 4,000 acres by early Tuesday, fire officials said. The 'Cave Fire' jumped a highway near the Santa Barbara city limits, CBS Los Angeles reports, in an area that hasn’t burned in 29 years."

Quote: "The Associated Press said the blaze was threatening homes near the town of Goleta, north of Santa Barbara. A fire in the coastal city destroyed 13 homes last year."

2019-11-26 - Wildfires break out and threaten Mooreland and Fargo (Oklahoma):

2019-11-26 - Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes near Tirana (Albania), buildings collapse, 20+ killed, hundreds injured:

Quote: "Albanian rescuers searched rubble through the night looking for survivors trapped in buildings that toppled Tuesday in the strongest earthquake to hit the country in decades, with more than 20 dead and hundreds injured."

Category: Fires And Explosions

2019-11-27 - Chemical plant heavily damaged by explosion and fire just after 1 AM in coastal Port Neches (Texas), 3 injured:

Quote: "Around 1 a.m. (2 a.m. ET), an explosion at the TPC Group plant caused extensive damage across the small city of Port Neches, leaving at least three employees injured, authorities said. During a press conference, they said a series of smaller explosions occurred throughout the day and then a larger one in the afternoon launched a tower into the air with balls of fire. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for areas within a 4-mile radius of plant because of the potential for more explosions."

Quote: "Two explosions at a chemical plant in Texas put 60,000 people under evacuation orders Wednesday. The first blast, which blew out the windows and doors of nearby homes, injured three workers. The first explosion occurred just after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Officials said the blast could be felt up to 30 miles away, and that by sunrise, toxic plumes could be seen for miles."

Quote: "The explosion was even felt as far away as neighboring Louisiana."

Quote: "Texas has seen multiple petrochemical industry blazes this year, including a March fire that burned for days near Houston and another that killed a worker at a plant in nearby Crosby."

2019-11-27 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole cover into the air in coastal San Diego (California):

Quote: "An explosion under a downtown San Diego street sent up a fireball and sent a manhole cover flying, authorities said."

2019-11-27 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, cars burn, building destroyed, in Medley (Florida):

Quote: "Multiple cars caught fire and part of the structure’s roof collapsed."

2019-11-27 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home destroyed, on Ethan Drive in Howell Township (New Jersey):

Quote: "A Howell Township home was destroyed and a firefighter was injured Wednesday when a car on fire in the driveway spread to the house, Howell police said Wednesday afternoon."

2019-11-27 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Tilden Avenue in Teaneck (New Jersey):

Quote: "Firefighters on the scene of a house fire in Teaneck that started when a car caught fire in the driveway on Wednesday November 27, 2019."

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-28 - We may have already crossed the threshold for a cascade of interrelated climate tipping points:

Quote: "The world may already have crossed a series of climate tipping points, according to a stark warning from scientists. This risk is 'an existential threat to civilisation', they say, meaning 'we are in a state of planetary emergency'."

Note: We have definitely passed plenty enough tipping points to bring an end to civilization...

2019-11-28 - Chemical plant burns into second day after massive explosion in coastal Port Neches (Texas), 50,000 people remain evacuated:

Quote: "Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick confirmed that thousands of his county's residents remain evacuated on Thursday following a fire and explosion at an industrial plant Port Neches, Texas. The fire remained active on Thursday, one day after a pair of explosions at the plant rocked the town of Port Neches. The explosions could be felt from up to 30 miles away, and blew out windows near the plant."

Quote: "The disaster at the TPC Group-owned facility roughly 94 miles west of Houston took place a week after the Trump administration rolled back safety rules meant to protect workers and people who live near chemical plants."

2019-11-28 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap metal and 3 cars burn, on Anne Road in Smethwick (Britain):

Quote: "The incident occurred at a scrap recycling centre in the industrial street and involved two large shipping containers filled with scrap, as well as three cars located nearby."

2019-11-28 - Recycling center erupts in flame near I-55 in St. Louis County (Missouri):

2019-11-28 - Recycling center fire breaks out on North Lincoln Avenue in Urbana (Illinois):

2019-11-28 - RV goes up in flames and kills person while parked at property in Middletown (California):

Quote: "Dispatch had received multiple reports of the fire, and when firefighters got on scene they reported finding a fully involved RV."

Note: This is the 424th RV to burn in 2019, and this is the 12th deadly RV fire in 2019...

2019-11-28 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts in Dubuque (Iowa):

2019-11-28 - Experts say current drought is the worst ever experienced in Australia:

2019-11-28 - Death toll rises to 46 after magnitude 6.4 earthquake shakes the Adriatic coast in Albania:

Quote: "Hopes were fading Thursday of finding anyone else alive beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings in Albania, two days after a deadly quake struck the country’s Adriatic coast killing at least 46 people and injuring more than 2,000."

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-29 - Underground electrical explosion and fire cause blackouts at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa (California), near the coast:

2019-11-29 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, six vehicles burn, in Jurupa Valley (California):

Quote: "A fire engulfed six vehicles at a salvage yard in Jurupa Valley Friday before being knocked down in about 20 minutes."

2019-11-29 - Five cars and auto shop go up in flames in Fresno (California):

Quote: "Fire crews say five cars were inside the shop and were damaged by the fire."

2019-11-29 - Towing business destroyed by fire on Cyrus Creek Road in Barboursville (West Virginia):

2019-11-29 - Heavy truck goes up in flames in the wee hours and kills man while parked in Kanpur (India):

Quote: "A truck driver from Etawah was charred to death after the vehicle’s cabin mysteriously caught fire near Bara Jod toll plaza on Kanpur-Etawah highway in Kanpur Dehat district in the wee hours of Friday."

2019-11-29 - Two cars and home destroyed by fire at 12:34 AM, another home damaged, in coastal Chestnut Hill Cove (Maryland):

2019-11-29 - Amazon fires are causing glaciers in the Andes to melt even faster:

2019-11-29 - First drought and now a heatwave bring misery to South Africa:

2019-11-29 - Food prices are skyrocketing in a variety of areas around the world and economists are hungry worried:

2019-11-29 - People protest climate change inaction around the world days before climate conference in Madrid (Spain):

Quote: "Protesters in cities across the world staged rallies Friday demanding leaders take tougher action against climate change, days before the latest global conference, which this year takes place in Madrid. The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires joined young environmentalists protesting against the government's pro-coal stance."

Category: Variety Pack

2019-11-30 - Warming toll, 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone:

2019-11-30 - Steel plant hit by huge fire at 12:30 AM along the Mississippi River, vehicle scrapyard burns, in St. Paul (Minnesota):

Quote: "The fire erupted in a vehicle scrapyard operated by Gerdau Steel, along Red Rock Road near Interstate 494 and the Wakota Bridge."

Quote: "Flames from the fire were reported to be up to 70 feet high and could be seen for miles."

Quote: "Red Rock Road is in an industrial area on the Mississippi River on the city’s extreme southeast corner."

2019-11-30 - Refinery damaged by fire in Great Falls (Montana):

2019-11-30 - Transformer explodes and burns on pole in Marchfield on the island of Barbados:

2019-11-30 - Four garbage trucks destroyed by fire in the wee hours while parked at facility in San Marcos (California), near the coast:

Quote: "Four garbage trucks were destroyed by the early morning fire in San Marcos. An early morning blaze in San Marcos destroyed four garbage trucks and sent flames 50 feet into the air."

2019-11-30 - Five cars destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM while parked at Mercedes dealership in Miami Gardens (Florida), near the coast:

Quote: "Police are investigating an early morning fire inside a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Miami Gardens that left several high prices cars charred beyond recognition."

2019-11-30 - More than 145 wildfires burn across New South Wales (Australia):

2019-11-30 - At the Madrid climate talks, carbon offsets — and the future of the planet — are on the table:

Note: The problem is that the idea of doing anything serious remains on the table. Doesn't do much good there!

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