Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Event Update For 2019-12-17

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

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

Category: Variety Pack

2019-12-17 - Unknown foul odor hits GM plant in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

Quote: "Company spokesperson, Stephanie Jengten, tells Fort Wayne's NBC News that several employees smelled a foul odor in what she called 'sporadic areas' of the plant, and those areas were evacuated."

2019-12-17 - The world's coral reefs are dying off as the oceans continue heating up:

Quote: "The oceans are already warming rapidly—absorbing more than 90% of the extra heat the planet now produces—and even if humans radically change their behavior tomorrow, they will continue to warm. The result is an existential crisis for coral. Many scientists fear the shallow-water varieties that form reefs may not survive the century. Coral reefs build up over centuries but can die in just two successive summers of abnormal heat."

2019-12-17 - Too hot for humans? First Nations people fear becoming Australia's first climate refugees:

Quote: "Last summer was the hottest on record, and the driest in 27 years in central Australia. Five per cent of the town’s street trees died. A heat monitoring study showed that on some unshaded streets the surface temperature was between 61C [141.8F] and 68C [154.4F]."

Quote: "Temperature records have already been broken. In the year to July 2019, Alice Springs had 129 days over 35C [95F], and 55 days over 40C [104F]."

2019-12-17 - Highest average temperature ever recorded bakes Australia, and temps expected to go higher:

Quote: "The average maximum temperature across the country on Tuesday was 40.9 degrees Celsius (105.6 Fahrenheit), according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology -- beating the previous 2013 record of 40.3 Celsius (104.5 Fahrenheit)."

Note: They call it summer there. Apparently they start their seasons on the 1st of the month in Australia instead of on the 21st. If they were in the northern hemisphere it would still be spring. And the horrendous fires began ramping up in September, which would be the same as March in the northern hemisphere, so either late winter or very early spring...

2019-12-17 - Fish dying in overheated waters around Australia:

Quote: "Mainland Australia is bracing for a heatwave so intense it could reset the history books, but it is not just the land that is sweltering. The warm waters are believed to have contributed to a number of fish kills in the past month."

2019-12-17 - Man found dead near burning dumpster(s) in Cudahy (California):

Quote: "The body of a man was found next to a burned out dumpster in Cudahy, but authorities said Tuesday morning his death was likely accidental."

2019-12-17 - In separate incidents, parked fire truck bursts into flame at 2:30 AM at station in Hamilton, another fire truck bursts into flame in coastal Wellington (New Zealand):

Quote: "Two fire trucks caught alight in separate incidents in Wellington and Hamilton on Tuesday morning."

Quote: "Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) said the fact the blazes happened on the same day was a coincidence."

2019-12-17 - Apartment building damaged by explosion and fire at 11:45 PM on Siddons Road in Coseley (Britain), 1 injured:

Note: This is the 183rd residential explosion in 2019...

2019-12-17 - Coal mine rocked by explosion in Guizhou Province (China), 14+ killed:

2019-12-17 - Australia’s indigenous people say they have the expertise to control wildfires in Australia:

Note: Hey, give it a try, it's not like it could make things any worse!

2019-12-17 - Fishing trawler 'Melissa Ann II' bursts into flame while docked near coastal Atlantic Beach (North Carolina):

Quote: "An emergency call went out to multiple fire units around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday for a marine fire. According to scanner reports, the vessel is a shrimp trawler and was docked when crews arrived on scene."

2019-12-17 - Boat, two vehicles and firefighter's home destroyed by fire in Covington (Kentucky):

Quote: "The home they’ve shared for two years is a total loss, insurance adjusters said. An estimated three-quarters was destroyed, along with both of their vehicles and their pontoon boat."

2019-12-17 - Boat bursts into flame on canal at Barby Marina on Barby Lane in Barby (Britain):

Note: These are the 991st, 992nd and 993rd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-12-17 - Tanker truck bursts into flame at 6 AM on Broadway in coastal Chelsea (Massachusetts):

2019-12-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-405 near coastal Los Angeles (California):

2019-12-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-80 near Rock Springs (Wyoming):

2019-12-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on highway near coastal Portsmouth (Britain):

2019-12-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A46 near Newark (Britain):

2019-12-17 - Tractor (excavator) bursts into flame in Bomere Heath (Britain):

Note: These are the 2118th, 2119th, 2120th, 2121st, 2122nd and 2123rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2019...

2019-12-17 - Truck bursts into flame near undersea tunnel, pileup ensues, in coastal Kawasaki (Japan), 1 killed:

Quote: "The accident occurred after a truck caught fire while traveling on the Bay Shore Route of the Metropolitan Expressway in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. With smoke from the burning truck limiting visibility in the tunnel, more than 10 vehicles including a highway bus were involved in the pileup accident, according to local authorities. Police said the bus driver, a man in his 50s, has died. The pileup occurred several hundred meters from the entrance of the six-lane undersea tunnel."

Note: Let the good times roll!

2019-12-17 - Truck, multiple vehicles, machinery and tires go up in flames on Chelworth Road in Cricklade (Britain):

Quote: "Six Appliances, as well as specialist appliances from Stratton, Swindon, Westlea, Cirencester, Royal Wootton Bassett, Devizes and Ramsbury are currently in attendance at a large fire involving multiple vehicles and machinery, one lorry, tyres and cylinders at a yard in Chelworth Road."

2019-12-17 - RV bursts into flame on I-15 in Victorville (California):

Note: This is the 449th RV to burn in 2019...

2019-12-17 - Campervan bursts into flame near church in New Milford (Connecticut):

2019-12-17 - Van bursts into flame at 5:54 AM on Brumby Wood Lane in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Quibell Park, Brumby Wood Lane, Scunthorpe. Tue 17 Dec 2019 05:54 (No: 028170) Van fire. Crews extinguished using one hose reel and breathing apparatus."

2019-12-17 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, second vehicle destroyed too, on Telluride Street in Piedmont (South Dakota):

2019-12-17 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home in Phillipsburg (New Jersey), 750 feet from the Delaware River:

2019-12-17 - Car bursts into flame near Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas (Arkansas):

2019-12-17 - Car bursts into flame outside Walmart in Cadillac (Michigan):

2019-12-17 - In separate incidents, car bursts into flame near Te Puke and car bursts into flame near Rotoma (New Zealand):

Quote: "There is a car on fire north side of Te Puke, blocking traffic. This took place at 10.40pm tonight. 'No one was in the car when it burst into flames. The driver and passenger can be seen standing by fire trucks.' Meanwhile further east in the Rotoma area another car has been reported also on fire. Police received a report of a car fire on Braemar Rd in the Rotoma area about 10.40pm."

2019-12-17 - Car bursts into flame while parked in carpark at store in Taunton (Britain), 200 feet from the River Tone:

2019-12-17 - Car bursts into flame at 4:21 AM on Poppy Road in Princes Risborough (Britain), 1 injured:

Quote: "Tuesday 17 December, 4.21am Fire in engine compartment of car, Poppy Road, Princes Risborough. One appliance and crew from High Wycombe attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and one set of breathing apparatus. A man suffered minor injuries and burns and was left in the care of the ambulance service."

2019-12-17 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the A14 in Suffolk (Britain):

2019-12-17 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Kingsway in Scunthorpe (Britain):

Quote: "Kingsway, Scunthorpe. Tue 17 Dec 2019 14:46 (No: 028200) Motorcycle on fire. One hose reel jet in use."

2019-12-17 - SUV and garage destroyed by fire at home, home damaged, on Lawrence Avenue in the Town of Beloit (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Damage is estimated to believed to be around $110,000. The garage, a 2019 Toyota Sequoia and yard machines were all a total loss. The house sustained heat damage that melted siding and broke windows, according to the release."

2019-12-17 - Auto shop destroyed by fire just before 5:40 AM on Short Avenue in Lawrenceburg (Tennessee):

2019-12-17 - Barn destroyed by fire near Edmonton (Canada):

Quote: "The cause of the fire has not been determined, but damage is believed to be about $4 million."

2019-12-17 - Barn goes up in flames at 1 AM in Saint-Marcel-de-Richelieu (Canada), 125 cows killed:

2019-12-17 - Commercial building destroyed by massive fire at industrial estate in Manchester (Britain):

2019-12-17 - Boathouse destroyed by fire at school in Reading (Britain):

2019-12-17 - Mobile home destroyed by fire at 11:53 PM on Lincoln Boulevard in Palermo (California):

2019-12-17 - Home damaged by garage fire on Fernhaven Court in Colerain (Ohio):

2019-12-17 - Home damaged by fire on Lake Drive in coastal North Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2019-12-17 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire on Hillside Lane in Green Bay (Wisconsin), 3 cats killed:

2019-12-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Jonadel Lane NW in Cedar Rapids (Iowa), nobody there:

2019-12-17 - Home destroyed by fire at 6:30 AM in Onondaga (Michigan), cat and dog killed, nobody there:

2019-12-17 - Home destroyed by fire at 6:46 AM on Irvine Lane in Franklin (Tennessee), nobody there:

2019-12-17 - Home destroyed by fire at 3:30 AM on South Oakland Road in Ashmore (Illinois):

2019-12-17 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM on Village Edge Road in Arena (Wisconsin):

2019-12-17 - High-rise apartment building damaged by fire in coastal Mumbai (India):

2019-12-17 - Deadly fire burns home at 3:30 AM in Fresno (California), 2 killed, 4 injured:

2019-12-17 - Deadly fire destroys home at 12:17 AM on 25th Street East in Hibbing (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2019-12-17 - Deadly fire destroys home at 2:45 AM on Ellsworth Road in Farmington (New York), 2 killed:

2019-12-17 - Deadly fire destroys home just before 1 AM in coastal Burnaby (Canada), 1 killed:

2019-12-17 - Deadly fire destroys apartment building at 11 PM on Spruce Street in Rumford (Maine), 1 killed:

2019-12-17 - Deadly fire burns condo building at 12:05 AM on Meadow Road in Dallas (Texas), 1 killed:

2019-12-17 - Baleen whale washes ashore dead in coastal Ventura County (California):

2019-12-17 - Hector's dolphin washes ashore dead on beach in coastal Fiordland (New Zealand):

Quote: "A mature female Hector's dolphin has been found dead at the head of Milford Sound in Fiordland. The Department of Conservation (DOC) said there were no obvious signs of the cause of death and the animal had been sent away to be examined."

2019-12-17 - Police officer, man, 38, has 'medical emergency' at 5 AM at home and dies in coastal Greenwich (Connecticut):

Quote: "At approximately 5am Tuesday morning Officer Quagliani suffered a medical emergency at his Greenwich residence while off-duty."

2019-12-17 - Man in his 40s found dead with burned head shortly after 12:30 AM along the Cumberland River in Nashville (Tennessee):

Quote: "According to Metro Police, investigators arrived on scene shortly after 12:30 a.m. and found what appeared to be a man in his 40s dead with what appeared to be burns to the top of his head. Preliminary investigation revealed the man may have accidentally fallen into a fire he had built outside of his tent."

Note: A person was just found in the Cumberland River in Nashville the day before too, mentioned in the 2019-12-16 update...

2019-12-17 - Man found dead in walkway near school in coastal Far Rockaway, Queens (New York):

2019-12-17 - Man found dead in the Hillsborough River near boat ramp in coastal Tampa (Florida):

2019-12-17 - Man jumps into the water to retrieve boat and dies in coastal Matagorda (Texas):

2019-12-17 - Man, 61, found dead at home on Lodi Avenue in South Lake Tahoe (California):

2019-12-17 - Man, 32, found dead at home in Hesperia (California):

2019-12-17 - Man, 65, slumps over dead in street sweeper truck in Oakland County (Michigan):

Quote: "The 65-year-old man was a street sweeper who authorities found slumped over the work truck behind the T-Mobile building in the 26000 block of South Adams Road at around 11:40 a.m. The doors were locked and the engine was running, the sheriff’s office said, and the man was obviously dead."

2019-12-17 - Airman found dead in his residence near Minot Air Force Base (North Dakota):

2019-12-17 - Woman, 28, drops dead along Demerara Road in Arima on the island of Trinidad:

2019-12-17 - Man, 25, found dead in canal in Kestopur (India):

2019-12-17 - Man in his 40s found dead in apartment near Waterford Road in Kilkenny (Ireland):

2019-12-17 - Woman, 55, has 'medical situation', SUV crashes into SUV and car, in Omaha (Nebraska), 2 injured:

Quote: "The Lexus driver, 55-year-old Kristi Couglin, was transported to Nebraska Medicine with life saving measures in progress. Couglin is believed to have had a medical situation prior to the crash. She is in critical condition at this time."

2019-12-17 - Driver has 'medical emergency', SUV plows into coffee shop, in Arlington (Tennessee), several injured:

Quote: "SCSO tweeted that preliminary information suggests the driver suffered a medical emergency."

2019-12-17 - Man, 52, has 'medical incident', car crashes, near Afton (Oklahoma), 1 killed:

Quote: "According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 52-year-old Douglas Combs suffered a medical incident while behind the wheel a little after 5 p.m. yesterday. He wrecked near the intersection of US-59 and County Road 564 about five miles east of Afton, OK. Combs was pronounced dead at the scene."

2019-12-17 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car veers over centerline, hits car head-on, in Langford (Canada), near the coast, 2 injured:

Quote: "Officials have learned that the driver of a Mazda 3 going northbound veered into oncoming traffic, hitting a Honda Civic head-on. 'Investigators believe the cause of the collision was due to the driver of the Mazda 3 experiencing a medical emergency,' said Media Relations Officer Const. Nancy Saggar."

2019-12-17 - Russian supersonic Tu-22M3 bomber makes hard landing on rocky soil in Astrakhan (Russia), engine failure:

2019-12-17 - Tractor trailer overturns on street in Kansas City (Kansas), 1 injured:

2019-12-17 - Tractor trailer veers off road and overturns outside Laredo (Texas), 1 injured:

2019-12-17 - Tractor trailer overturns on Route 1 near Townsend (Delaware):

2019-12-17 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into pole, on I-77 in Huntersville (North Carolina), 1 injured:

2019-12-17 - Minivan slams into truck in LaGrange County (Indiana), 1 killed:

Quote: "Police surmised Short 'may have suffered a medical issue that may have caused her inability to safely operate her motor vehicle.'"

2019-12-17 - Pickup truck slams into home in coastal Brick (New Jersey), 1 killed:

2019-12-17 - Pickup truck crashes before 3 AM, bursts into flame, in Austin (Texas), 1 killed:

2019-12-17 - Car veers over centerline, hits school bus head-on, in Monroe (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2019-12-17 - In separate incidents, mountain lions attack and kill 1 dog, injure another, in Blaine County (Idaho):

2019-12-17 - Sinkhole opens near Neville Street and Bayard Street in North Oakland, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

2019-12-17 - Chunk of fa├žade crumbles off building, falls onto woman and kills her, in Times Square in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2019-12-17 - Building collapses at university in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), 2 killed, 13 injured:

2019-12-17 - Lightning strike hits church in Ntcheu (Malawi), 3 killed, dozens injured:

2019-12-17 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Kampala (Uganda), 5+ killed:

2019-12-17 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Johor (Malaysia), 10,000 people evacuated:

2019-12-17 - Strong winter storm hits the US Midwest, 6+ killed:

2019-12-17 - NASA solar observatory witnesses new kind of magnetic explosion on the Sun:


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone - clearly, the ocean is dying, but so is everything else at this point. Pigs may become extinct in the near future due to Swine Flu (otherwise known as Pig Ebola). Birds and other flying species are declining rapidly, while the ripple effect through the food chain continues. Grains are becoming hard to grow, trees are on the way out and we're on that list somewhere.

    Thursday, 19 December 2019
    Aussie Bushfire Update: Australia smashes its hottest accumulated temperature for the second day running: The fires started in NSW on the 7th of Nov and will probably carry on burning through Jan 2020

    Sydney residents reported breathing problems and said they were "choking" on the smoke. The city has endured air quality surpassing "hazardous" levels for weeks, as about 100 blazes continue to rage throughout New South Wales (NSW). [more]

    Australia swelters through hottest day on record

    Pig Crisis Update: “This is the largest animal disease outbreak in history,” there is no cure! Swine fever could be the end of pork: The disease is the black death, (Plague) for pigs

    Indonesia the latest country hit by African Swine Fever outbreak

    Outbreaks have now been identified in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, North and South Korea, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine. [more]

    BLACK BEAR NEWS Global emissions to hit 36 8 billion tonnes, beating last year s record high [24 min.]

    The Sapience Project[~ 33.5 min. interview with Guy McPherson]

    [more below]

  2. Landslide caused by heavy rain kills 6 construction workers in Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent.

    Death toll from landslide in Tashkent metro rises to 6 [more]

    Blackout from lightning claims 4 lives in Iran's flooded Khuzestan Province

    A blackout caused by lightning and the failure of the hospital's emergency power system claimed the lives of four elderly women in the intensive care unit of Khomeini hospital of Ahwaz, the capital of the oil-rich Khuzestan Province.
    [more; what, no Generac?!]

    Still want a flu shot? Since 1980s this US government agency has paid over $4 Billion for vaccine-related injuries and death

    Many Americans are not aware that there is a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for those who have been injured by flu shots and other vaccinations. This is why Donald Trump and many others are opposed to mandatory vaccinations, especially for "The Flu" which isn't usually fatal.

    A Dec. 1, 2018 update by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) reported that the total amount of awards to children and adults who have been injured or died after receiving federally recommended childhood vaccines has surpassed $4 billion.

    Flu-like symptoms are also common with Microwave Sickness, a federally recognized illness (see 1, 2) and Electromagnetic Sensitivity, a federal recognized disability (see 1, 2). These conditions are caused or worsened by exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) including cell phone and WiFi radiation. [more]

    Undersea volcanism as the cause of 'year of darkness' and upheaval period from 536 - 555 A.D.

    Researchers presented underwater volcanism as a new interpretation of why the sky mysteriously went dark for over a year beginning 536 A.D., with some parts of Europe and Asia seeing the Sun for only about four hours a day and accounts saying the Sun gave no more light than the Moon for 18 months. The dimming led to catastrophic global cooling, famine, and civil upheavals in Medieval times. [more]

    2019 Human Development Report says unchecked inequality growth may trigger a “new great divergence” in society not seen since the Industrial Revolution – “This is the new face of inequality”

    Magnetic North Pole Changes Time Zones, Just Keeps Drifting

    Earth's magnetic north pole has moved across the Prime Meridian in the last five years. [more]

    The impeachment circus explained

  3. One Person Dead and Dozens of Vehicles Wrecked in Huge Truck Pile-Up on Interstat [incl. ~ 40 sec. news video]

    One person was killed and several more injured in a major pile-up involving trucks and other vehicles on a stretch of Pennsylvania interstate highway on December 18.

    Some 37 patients were sent to one local hospital following the crash, which happened at about 1.30pm on Interstate 80 in Union County, according to reports.

    The highway was temporarily closed in both directions following the crash. Drivers told local media that snow squalls in the area had led to poor visibility around the time of the incident.

    [i'm going to CA to be with my youngest son, his wife and my four year old grand-daughter for the holiday & New Year]
    Atmospheric river expected to slam West Coast

    [same weather my wife had when she visited a few weeks ago]

    Multiple tropical threats to drench the Philippines into next week

    A pair of tropical systems emerging in the Philippine Sea will bring the risk for flooding to parts of the Philippines into next week.

    A large area of showers and thunderstorms east of Palau will drift toward the west into this weekend and could become a tropical depression or tropical storm.

    If this threat becomes a tropical storm it will be given the name Phanfone by the Japan Meteorological Agency. In the Philippines, the storm would be known as Ursula.

    Impacts to the Philippines are not expected until this weekend even if the system develops on Friday. [more]

    [continued below]

  4. CityLab Daily: America After Climate Change, Mapped

    [check out the map!]

    America’s ‘Freedom Gas’ Awarded Worst Phrase of The Year

    The U.S. Department of Energy has won an unusual accolade -- inventing the worst phrase of 2019.

    The department’s rebranding of liquefied natural gas as “freedom gas” took the top honor from Australia’s Plain English Foundation, edging out competing stinkers “voluntary employee separations” and “non-consensual sex.“ [more]

    Tallest tree found in Amazon rainforest is 100 feet taller than Nelson’s Column

    [next week @ Lumber Liquidators!]

    It’s a living behemoth which stands 290-feet tall, around 100 feet taller than Nelson’s Column - and it’s believed to be the tallest tree in the Amazon rainforest.

    The gigantic Dinizia excelsa tree is native to Brazil and prized for its hardwood, and is around 90 feet higher than the previous record holder. [more]

    PG&E, California Reach $1.7 Billion Deal on Fire Penalties

    California utility regulators have reached a settlement with PG&E Corp. over violations tied to catastrophic wildfires ignited by the company’s power lines in 2017 and 2018.

    The proposed settlement would bar PG&E from recovering $1.625 billion in wildfire-related costs from ratepayers and would have the company spending $50 million for system enhancements and community engagement, according to the California Public Utilities Commission.

    The deal, which still needs to be approved by the commission, eliminates some overhang for PG&E. [more]

    Uh-Oh, France Proved That America's F-22 Stealth Fighter Can Be Shot Down

    The worrying implication, of course, is that Chinese, Russian and other rival planes also need not worry about America’s main jet fighter. [more]

    Assange lawyer says UK-US treaty prohibits extradition of WikiLeaks publisher

    [oh great, so he dies in prison THERE]

    "We say that there is in the treaty a ban on being extradited for a political offense and these offenses as framed and in substance are political offenses," Mr. Fitzgerald told the court, according to Reuters. [more]

    [U.S. lawyer: we don' care 'bout no steeeeeenking law, mine]

  5. Firefighters Battle House Fire After Possible Explosion
    2 Trapped in Burning Row Homes in South Philadelphia

    More than 60 firefighters responded to a possible explosion at a row home along 8th Street near Reed Street in South Philadelphia. The homes collapsed as flames engulfed the structures.
    [more; incl. ~ 2 min. news video]

  6. Trump's food stamp cuts begin soon – and black Americans to be hardest hit

    Series of Earthquakes Hits Near Seattle While Quakes rattle New Madrid Fault Line and Near the Cascadia and San Andreas Junction

    Never Seen Before: Up to 30 Feet Deep Snow Banks Bury Two-Story Building in Iceland

    [follow up to the house explosion and fire above]
    Two People Believed Dead After Explosion Sparks Massive South Philly Row Home Fire

    At least two people are believed to be dead Thursday afternoon following an explosion and subsequent row home fire in South Philadelphia that engulfed two houses and appeared to damage others.

    "We have pretty good confidence that there are two people who are missing and presumably deceased," Philadelphia Fire Commissioner and Emergency Management director Adam Thiel said Thursday evening.

    But rescuers are still putting out "pockets of fire" in the homes, which are at risk of collapse. Thiel wouldn't rule out that there might be other people in the rubble, which stretches into the street.

    Thiel said the fire was "gas-fed."

    Fire officials told NBC10 that they had received numerous calls reporting an explosion prior to the blaze, but an exact cause of the fire remains unknown. [more]

    These Gigantic Lakes Are Disappearing or Have Already Dried Up Around the World

    [and right after COP 25]
    The Plastics Pipeline: A Surge of New Production Is on the Way

    the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries are pouring billions of dollars into new plants intended to make millions more tons of plastic than they now pump out.

    Petrochemicals, the category that includes plastic, now account for 14 percent of oil use, and are expected to drive half of oil demand growth between now and 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. The World Economic Forum predicts plastic production will double in the next 20 years. [more; no, there won't be anyone around in 20 years]

    [continued next]

  7. Seahorse black market devastates Italy’s coast

    an organised illegal wildlife trade with links to China is quietly devastating the Mar Piccolo and many other coastal habitats across the Puglia region, with experts warning that endangered marine species are being pushed to the brink of extinction. [more; thanks China!]

    Rhinos on the brink as poachers run riot in Botswana

    [chasing the money by killing life]

    Botswana’s tiny population of rhinoceroses is being “hammered” towards extinction by poachers in a surge of slaughter that is being left unchallenged by the government, conservationists have said. [more]

    [update on the mid-west snow storm]
    Severe storms claim 16 lives across the South and Midwest, snow squalls barrel through the Northeast, U.S.

    Severe storms affecting the United States over the past couple of days claimed at least 16 lives as of Wednesday, December 18, 2019. 12 fatalities in the Midwest are blamed on dangerous road conditions, while at least 4 died in tornado outbreak in the Deep South. Meanwhile, snow squall warnings were in effect through the Northeast. [more]

    Widespread flooding after very heavy rain hits southern Iran

    Floods have spread through Iran's southern provinces of Hormozgan, Khuzestan, and Bushehr, on December 19, 2019. The flooding began around December 16 after a period of very heavy rain, when at least one person went missing and four others were rescued after a car was swept away. Around 1 000 people have been affected in the provinces of Khuzestan and Bushehr, with as much as 300 displaced. The city of Abadan recorded 113 mm (4.4 inches) of rain in 24 few hours to December 16, 2019-- this is roughly half the usual amount of its annual rainfall.

    Coldest air of the season slams Northeast, western storm to bring holiday travel mess

    [weather people saying it's going to warm up next week]