Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-14

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

2020-01-14 - Chemical plant explodes and burns at port in coastal Zhuhai (China):

Quote: "A petrochemical terminal at Zhuhai Port in southern China suffered a major explosion and caused a massive fire today. The accident occurred at Changlian Petrochemical’s base in the Gaolan port area of Zhuhai Port, just across the border from Macau at the mouth of the Pearl River."

Quote: "The huge explosion could be heard from the western parts of Hong Kong this afternoon more than 40 km away."

2020-01-14 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in coastal Tarragona (Spain), 3 killed, several injured:

Quote: "An explosion at a chemical factory in the independent Spanish region of Catalonia was so powerful that it flung a one-ton steel plate two miles, where it crashed into an apartment building, killing one resident."

Quote: "The death toll climbed to three Wednesday from a massive explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in Spain as one person died in hospital and another body was found in the wreckage, authorities said."

2020-01-14 - Auto auction site hit by fire at 3:30 AM, up to 25 cars burn, near coastal Bellport (New York):

Quote: "The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. and damaged or destroyed as many as 25 cars."

2020-01-14 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets big, on East Jamie Court in coastal South San Francisco (California), 300 feet from the ocean:

2020-01-14 - Small plane hits by smoke, plane makes emergency landing at airport in St. Cloud (Minnesota):

Quote: "Some scary moments for a pilot onboard a small aircraft Tuesday night. The St. Cloud Fire Department says they were called about 7:20 p.m. on a report of a small aircraft approaching St. Cloud."

Note: This is the 2nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-01-14 - Analysis confirms that climate change is making wildfires worse:

2020-01-14 - Wildfire smoke causing health problems at the Australian Open in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "Organizers of the Australian Open, which runs in Melbourne from Jan. 20 until Feb. 2, have been slammed publicly after several tennis players — including Canadian Genie Bouchard — struggled to complete their qualifying matches due to the severe heat and stifling air quality, with one player collapsing mid-game from breathing difficulties."

2020-01-14 - Australian wildfire smoke has circled the planet:

Quote: "The powerful wildfires that have burned millions of acres of land are spreading so much smoke into the sky, NASA said that the smoke has circumnavigated the Earth."

2020-01-14 - Multiple new fissures open around volcano Taal (Philippine Islands):

2020-01-14 - Home destroyed by explosion in Buckingham Township (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

Note: This is the 4th residential explosion in 2019...

2020-01-14 - Cargo ship 'Kasra-1' bursts into flame while docked in coastal Makhachkala (Russia):

Quote: "On Jan 14, 2020, the captain’s cabin of the 'Kasra-1' caught fire at berth No. 1 in the Makhachkala port, Dagestan. The fire spread over five by seven meters."

Note: This is the 33rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-14 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Wellington (New Zealand):

Note: This is the 26th bus to burn in 2019...

2020-01-14 - Tanker truck bursts into flame on Highway 60 near Alton (Iowa):

2020-01-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame at 11:45 PM at rest stop on I-19 near Green Valley (Arizona):

Quote: "No injuries were reported in a tractor-trailer fire on I-19 on Tuesday night, Jan. 14. According to information from the Green Valley Fire District, the fire happened at about 11:45 p.m. at Kilometer marker 54. The driver of the truck carrying tomatoes and red peppers was able to pull his rig into a northbound rest stop."

Quote: "Green Valley Fire District crews responded to the second semi-truck fire within a week Tuesday night and again the truck was carrying tomatoes."

2020-01-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on US 35 near Chillicothe (Ohio):

2020-01-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Bobby Jones Expressway in Augusta (Georgia):

2020-01-14 - Tractor bursts into flame at landfill in Canberra (Australia):

Quote: "A fire in a loader tractor at Mugga Lane Tip has started a mulch fire."

2020-01-14 - Tractor bursts into flame at 1:20 AM while parked inside barn in Reichlange (Luxembourg):

2020-01-14 - Tractor trailer, 30 tons of hay and barn destroyed by fire at 2:50 AM in Compton Dundon (Britain):

Quote: "'The barn, approximately 6m x 10m, contains approximately 30 tonnes of hay and an HGV vehicle,' the spokesperson said."

Note: These are the 65th, 66th, 67th, 69th, 69th, 70th and 71st tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-14 - Delivery truck bursts into flame at middle school in Rockaway (New Jersey):

2020-01-14 - Truck bursts into flame while parked inside crate business, fire spreads to building, near Dialville (Texas):

Quote: "The building’s office manager said a truck caught fire Tuesday night while inside the shop, causing heavy damage to the inside of the building. She said investigators have not said how badly the building was damaged, but she speculated it would be a total loss."

2020-01-14 - Truck bursts into flame while being towed, on Rock Camp Road in Sardis (West Virginia):

2020-01-14 - Ambulance bursts into flame while parked inside fire station in North Bend (Washington), nobody there:

Quote: "The volunteer-staffed station was unoccupied at the time of the fire, which appears to have started in an ambulance parked in the station’s left bay."

2020-01-14 - Minivan bursts into flame on street in coastal Briarcliff Manor (New York):

2020-01-14 - SUV bursts into flame on Harbour Street at the seafront in coastal Irvine (Britain):

2020-01-14 - SUV bursts into flame at 11:17 PM on the A168 in Dishworth (Britain):

Quote: "Time: 23:17 Location: A168, Dishforth Borougbridge were mobilised to a Landrover Discovery on fire. The vehicle suffered 80% fire damage and crews extinguished the fire using 2 breathing apparatus, 1 hose reel jet and a foam extinguisher. The cause of the fire is unknown."

2020-01-14 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Hull Street in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2020-01-14 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on road in Brooke-Alvinston (Canada):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame while parked at gas station in Mendota (Wisconsin):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame on East Avenue in Rochester (New York):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame before 6:30 AM on Brookshire Boulevard in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame on Route 24 in Raynham (Massachusetts):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame on Hillcrest Road in Watchung (New Jersey):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame outside shopping center in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame on the M4 near coastal Newport (Britain):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame at 7:02 AM at industrial estate in Church Stretton (Britain):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame on Main Lane in Croft (Britain):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame on Courtfield (street) in Milverton, Taunton (Britain):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame in Ash Mill (Britain):

2020-01-14 - Car bursts into flame in Faceby (Britain):

Quote: "Time:  22:42 Location: Faceby Stokesley were mobilised to reports of a BMW car on fire. The vehicle suffered 50% fire damage, mainly to the engine compartment. Crews extinguished the fire using 2 breathing apparatus, 1 hose reel jet, a thermal imaging camera and small tools. The cause of the fire is believed to be due to an electrical fault."

2020-01-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Route 8 in Derby (Connecticut):

2020-01-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame on State Highway 2 near Remutaka Hill (New Zealand):

2020-01-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame at 11:36 PM on Beverley Road in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Beverley Road, Hull. Tue 14 Jan 2020 23:36 (No: 000880) Vehicle fire. Short extension ladder used to gain access to vehicle. One hose reel in use."

2020-01-14 - Four motorcycles destroyed by fire at 2:46 AM while parked at apartments on Markfield Road in the Tottenham area in coastal London (Britain):

2020-01-14 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked on Mockingbird Lane, just east of Lake Ellsworth (Oklahoma):

2020-01-14 - Three cars and garage destroyed by fire, home heavily damaged, in Plainfield (Illinois):

Quote: "A three-car garage was fully involved and the fire had spread to the attached two-story home, Stratton said. All three vehicles inside the garage were destroyed, and Stratton estimated the smoke and structural damage to the home at around $150,000. Stratton said the cause of the fire remains under investigation but it is believed to have started in the garage."

2020-01-14 - Barn destroyed by fire near Forest Grove (Oregon):

2020-01-14 - Barn, machinery and hay destroyed by fire at midnight in Bromsgrove (Britain):

2020-01-14 - Flea market heavily damaged by massive fire near coastal Savannah (Georgia):

2020-01-14 - Tissue paper business heavily damaged by fire in Green Bay (Wisconsin):

2020-01-14 - Home destroyed by fire in Bountiful (Utah):

2020-01-14 - Home destroyed by fire on Herman Street in Ronceverte (West Virginia):

2020-01-14 - Home destroyed by fire on Mobley Road in Brooksville (Florida), nobody there:

2020-01-14 - Apartment building damaged by fire at Northside Drive and 10th Street in Atlanta (Georgia), 1 injured:

2020-01-14 - Deadly fire burns home on North Court in Eveleth (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2020-01-14 - Deadly fire destroys home at 2:30 AM on Raven Road in Colts Neck (New Jersey), 1 killed:

2020-01-14 - Deadly fire destroys home shortly after 4 AM in Fort Fairfield (Maine), 1 killed:

2020-01-14 - Deadly fire destroys home on Sam Everett Road in Fort Fairfield (Maine), 1 killed:

Quote: "This is the second fatal fire in Fort Fairfield this week and investigators say there is no indication that the two fires are connected."

2020-01-14 - Deadly fire destroys home at 2:55 AM on West 85th Street in Chicago (Illinois), 1 killed:

2020-01-14 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 1:13 AM in Montevideo (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2020-01-14 - Vacant home burns at 1:45 AM on Watercrest Circle in Gwinnett County (Georgia):

2020-01-14 - Vacant restaurant burns on West Bijou Street in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

2020-01-14 - Two southern right whale dolphins wash ashore dead at coastal Port Fairy (Australia):

Quote: "For the first time in recorded history dolphins that usually stick to deep, offshore seas have been found stranded on a Victorian beach. Two separate southern right whale dolphins have been found dead at Port Fairy's East Beach in the state's south-west in the past couple of weeks, but only one was able to be retrieved by authorities for further examination."

2020-01-14 - Two workers, 59 and 38, die in septic tank in Castalla (Spain):

2020-01-14 - Four Mexican soldiers found dead in submerged truck in irrigation canal near the Rio Grande in Reynosa (Mexico):

2020-01-14 - Nanny, woman, 47, dies in swimming pool in coastal Phuket (Thailand):

Quote: "Police have yet to reveal what led to a Chinese nanny looking after a young girl in a rented villa swimming pool to drown while the girl remained floating in an inflatable ring just metres away. Lt Sommanat Nayao of the Thalang Police reported that staff at Thalang Hospital had notified police of the Chinese woman’s death at 2:40pm yesterday (Jan 14)."

2020-01-14 - Boy, 8, dies after being pulled from public swimming pool in Langa suburb of coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

Quote: "Police have opened an inquest docket after an 8-year-old drowned at a public pool in Langa on Monday."

2020-01-14 - Infant girl found dead at home on East Main Street in Youngsville (North Carolina):

2020-01-14 - Man has goes into cardiac arrest and dies on passenger train in coastal Arlington (Virginia):

Quote: "A man died Tuesday afternoon at the Pentagon Metro station after suffering a cardiac arrest on a train, according to the Arlington County Fire Department. Crews responded to a call from Metro Transit police at 4:14 p.m., said Capt. Justin Tirelli, a fire department spokesman. Medics pronounced the man dead at the station."

2020-01-14 - Man found dead in the East River in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

2020-01-14 - Man, 58, has 'medical emergency' and dies while driving box truck, truck overturns, on I-44 in Joplin (Missouri):

Quote: "The Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us on the scene all indications appear the 58-year-old male from out of state died due to a medical emergency, not from trauma of the following traffic crash."

2020-01-14 - Man, 73, goes for walk and dies in pond near Temperance (California):

2020-01-14 - Man in his 70s has 'medical incident' and dies after car plunges into the Chattahoochee River in Russell County (Alabama):

Quote: "After police assessed the scene, they found an elderly male in the driver’s seat and determined the car plunged down the embankment while he was suffering from a medical incident."

2020-01-14 - Man dies in submerged car in creek near Robbins (North Carolina):

2020-01-14 - Man falls off parking garage and dies in College Station (Texas), possible toppler:

2020-01-14 - Man, 24, found dead in ditch in Henderson County (Texas):

2020-01-14 - Man, 29, found dead in jail cell in Alamance County (North Carolina):

2020-01-14 - Person has 'medical event' in vehicle and dies outside shop near Brixton (New Zealand), 3 miles from the ocean:

Quote: "A person died in their vehicle outside a popular Taranaki fruit and vegetable shop on Tuesday night. A police media spokesperson said they were called to a person suffering a medical event in their vehicle outside the Rua Kiwi Gardens on Waitara Rd, near Brixton, at 6.11pm."

2020-01-14 - Man, 43, found dead on street in coastal Georgetown (Guyana):

2020-01-14 - Man, 28, found dead in Sukhna Lake (India):

2020-01-14 - Woman found dead on beach in coastal Eastbourne (Britain):

2020-01-14 - Man found dead at Dagmar Ski Resort in Uxbridge (Britain):

2020-01-14 - Passenger plane makes emergency landing, dumps jet fuel onto students at school, in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Officials confirmed that 60 people have been treated including elementary school students after a plane dumped fuel on the school's playground near Cudahy and South Los Angeles schools on Tuesday."

Note: A lit cigarette, a hot car exhaust or a spark from a utility pole and this would have been the tragic story of the week...

2020-01-14 - Small plane runs off runway at Albert Whitted Airport in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

2020-01-14 - Tractor trailer blows tire before 4:30 AM, truck slams into pillar, bursts into flame, on I-10 in El Paso (Texas):

2020-01-14 - Car veers across median, hits tractor trailer head-on, near San Luis Reservoir (California), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-01-14 - Car veers across median, hits dump truck head-on, in Washington County (Utah), 1 killed:

2020-01-14 - Car crashes, bursts into flame, on I-35 in Waco (Texas):

2020-01-14 - Car veers off road, overturns into yard, in Hartford (Connecticut), 1 killed:

2020-01-14 - Pack of dogs enters hospital and kills baby in Farrukhabad (India):

2020-01-14 - Animal attacks rising in Zimbabwe:

2020-01-14 - Three-story building collapses in coastal Alexandria (Egypt), 5 killed, 1 injured:

2020-01-14 - New climate models suggest Paris goals may be out of reach:

Note: There are still dozens of coal plants in the pipelines to be built, so of course the Paris goals are out of reach. We're racing toward extinction, not trying to delay it...

2020-01-14 - Severe weather pounds Afghanistan and Pakistan, 130+ killed:

2020-01-14 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Iran, 3+ killed, hundreds of villages cut off:

2020-01-14 - James Murdoch slams Fox News and News Corp over climate-change denial:

Note: So not EVERY Murdoch is a suicidal idiot!

2020-01-14 - Phobos orbits Mars in a way scientists insist is not possible:

2020-01-14 - Putin and Assad recorded laughing about Trump at summit in Damascus (Syria):

2020-01-14 - The Army found a way to keep your hands warm without gloves:

2020-01-14 - The most amazing shot in the history of snooker:


  1. Good morning Jonny and all readers of JJFH.

    Winter will return here this weekend with snow and cold weather, having passed the January thaw we seem to get each year.

    Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    The Australian firestorms: portents of a planetary future

    by Andrew Glikson
    Earth and climate scientist
    Australian National University

    Global warming and its disastrous consequences are now truly with us since the second part of 2019. At the moment a change in the weather has given parts of the country a respite from the raging fires, some of which are still burning or smoldering, waiting for another warm spell to flare up. The danger zones include the Australian Capital Territory, from where these lines are written. To date, 18.6 million hectares (186,000 square kilometers) were burnt, including native forests, native animals, homesteads and towns, and 24 people died. The firestorms betray harbingers of a planetary future, or a lack of such, under ever rising temperatures and extreme weather events inherent in fossil fuel driven global warming.
    Thursday, 16 January 2020
    More on Copernicus' greenhouse data fraud

    ALERT: Copernicus are manipulating data to cover up the true situation? [~ 6.5 min. video lead]

    I have been unable to monitor events in the Arctic recently but Margo has done a very important analysis and shows that the data is completely different from what was there at the end of 2019 before they shut off the data for both CO2 and CH4 (and, interestingly, none of their other data.

    Is there something up that they are trying to cover up?
    [incl. Margo's latest ~ 33.3 min. video and more]

    URGENT - What is happening to the methane data


    2434 ppb Peak Reading with 50% of the chart whited out by NOAA.

    The Mean is an accurate 1886 ppb, but it does not matter when half of the methane data is gone.---Joe Neubarth, via Facebook

    [more later]

  2. Peter Schiff: Americans are in for a rude awakening

    Peter said the dollar is eventually going to collapse and it's going to be a rude awakening for Americans. [more]

    [wait til the environment collapses!]

    US "abusing" dollar as reserve currency, Russia de-dollarizing and investing elsewhere - Lavrov

    Russia has been developing mechanisms to mitigate the impact of US restrictions. New Delhi and Moscow are currently working on a new intergovernmental agreement on mutual protection of investments. Additionally, the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is mulling establishing a free trade zone with India, which is set to further boost investor protection, according to Russia's top diplomat.

    Moscow has been steadily decreasing its US currency holdings. The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) halved the dollar share from its international reserves while increasing gold, yuan and euro holdings. [more]

    US lying about damage to its Iraq bases from Iran's missile attacks

    [Hey why not? They lie about everything else!]

    A report by a correspondent for Danish TV 2 who has interviewed Danish soldiers stationed at Ein Al-Assad in Iraq, which was the target of a retaliatory attack from Iran against US forces, shows that the damage done to the military base has been "much greater than American officials claim". [more]

    Medvedev government resigns after Putin's state-of-the-nation speech, new PM appointed

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that the entire government is resigning in a surprise statement released shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address.

    Accepting the resignation, Putin thanked the ministers for their hard work and asked them to function as a caretaker government until a new one can be formed. [more]

    Flash floods strike Oman as temperatures sink below zero

    Temperatures in some parts of Oman dropped to below zero on Wednesday as heavy rain caused flooding across the Sultanate and residents are braced themselves for a further downpour.

    Residents living near the 3,000 metre peak said heavy rain and snow have blocked roads and left most of them stranded in their homes.

    "We will run out of food if the bad weather continues. The lower areas of the town are flooded with rainwater and higher areas are full of snow. We will have to wait and see what happens in the next 24 hours," Firas Al-Ruqaishi, 42, a farmer at Jabal Shams, told The National over the phone.

    State television reported scores of cars were swept away, and damages caused to property. No deaths were reported but hospitals in Muscat treated over 200 people for various injuries state television said. [more]

    [more below]

  3. [from our WTF?! desk]
    Violent microburst blasts down wall of school gym in North Carolina

    CCTV footage of a primary school in North Carolina shows students running to safety as a microburst rips through the gymnasium. Microbursts are wind surges that move in straight lines.

    One wall of the gym was torn down in the 80mph (128kph) burst. Three students were taken to hospital with minor injuries.[more]

    Parts of Canada's British Columbia in grip of rare, extreme cold weather

    The coldest spot in British Columbia was Puntzi Mountain, which recorded its lowest ever temperature of -48.2 Celsius (-55 Fahrenheit) at 8 a.m local time.

    British Columbia normally enjoys relatively temperate weather through the year, and the city of Vancouver is better known for its rain than the snowy winters that define the rest of Canada. The temperature in Vancouver on Wednesday morning was -6 Celsius (21 Fahrenheit), according to Environment Canada.

    Snow falls on Jebel Jais amid week of extreme weather in UAE

    Exposure to flame retardants is causing US kids to lose millions of IQ points. They're more damaging than lead or mercury.

    According to new research from New York University, flame retardants resulted in a loss of 162 million IQ points among children in the US between 2001 and 2016.

    "What we found was quite striking," Trasande said. "We know that there is no safe level of lead exposure. The same is true for methylmercury, pesticides, and flame retardants." [more]

    Earth Cracks Apart And River Dries Up As Swarm Of Earthquakes Rocks Taal Volcano

    The Taal volcano is currently being hit by hundreds of volcanic earthquakes, resulting in deep earth cracks. [more]

    [more later]

  4. The unpredictable weather whiplash continues in Texas. Or at least in central Texas. This past year September was hotter than July, and about as hot as August. Then October cooled down quickly and dramatically with our first freeze occurring about six weeks earlier than average. November was a downright cold month with December even colder. Now, so far it looks like January is going to be warmer than November. It might even be a bit warmer than October, depending on how the next two weeks play out. We've had a few multiple day strings of balmy weather. Monday was so warm and humid that a few times I had a difficult time catching my breath when outside. Last week we had spring-like thunderstorms.

    That North Carolina rancher has just posted a video on the Oglalla Aquifer. He titled it "Farmers, Drones, and Water Barons". I haven't yet watched it, but I will later.

    1. This video by the same rancher is also new and is about the latest USDA crop report....

      USDA WORST CROP REPORT SINCE 1970 | Russia Holds Back Wheat

      Under 14 minutes long.

  5. Thursday, 16 January 2020
    Aussie Bushfire Update No 24: "This will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one." Significant rain has arrived

    Rain fell across parts of bushfire-ravaged eastern Australia on Thursday and more wet weather was forecast, giving some relief following months of catastrophic blazes fuelled by climate change. The fires, unprecedented for Australia in terms of duration and intensity, have claimed 28 lives and killed an estimated billion animals. Sustained hot weather and only very rare periods of light rain in the affected areas have deepened the crisis. So authorities had been looking forward to this week's rain hoping it would help contain or even extinguish some fires. [more]

    2019 was officially the 2nd hottest year on record for Earth: The world’s five warmest years have all occurred since 2015 with nine of the 10 warmest years occurring since 2005

    It was also the 43rd consecutive year with global land and ocean temperatures, at least nominally, above average. [more]

    [from our There Goes The Food segment]
    Alaska the largest mass die-off of seabirds in recorded history: Millions have died since 2015: 2019 fish crisis: Pacific Cod, Salmon, crab, herring, sardines, all gone! Will New Zealand be next?

    Major storm moves coast to coast with snow, ice, threats of flooding [~ 1 min. weather spot]

    [previously posted]
    Worst marine heatwave on record killed one million seabirds in North Pacific Ocean

    'Moment of crisis' has come on climate change: Attenborough

    The world is facing the "moment of crisis" on climate change and cannot delay action any longer, British naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough warned in an interview broadcast Thursday.

    "We have been putting things off year after year, we have been raising targets and saying 'Oh well, if we do it within the next 20 years," he told the BBC.

    "The moment of crisis has come, we can no longer prevaricate."

    His comments come after the United Nations revealed the past decade has been the hottest on record, and warned higher temperatures were expected to fuel more extreme weather events.

    Attenborough said immediate action was required. "We can't go on saying 'but there's hope' and leave it to next year. We have to change". [more; guess what, Dave? WE'RE DOING NOTHING]

    The Reason Fossil Fuel Companies Are Finally Reckoning with Climate Change

    Van Beurden’s strategic response shows that years of political and economic pressure–especially from governments and investors responding to a sustained public outcry–can push even the most powerful interests to change. Whether climate activists can harness this mounting pressure to compel Shell and other oil companies to transform the global energy economy may be the weightiest question of our time. [more]

  6. Thanks for checking in and for the interesting link, Mike!

    This bizarre weather is going to make it very difficult to plant, grow and harvest ANYTHING very soon, especially if we're having a methane event in the Arctic now, during winter. Increasingly, storms are becoming more intense - as that straight-line wind blowing down the side wall of a school gym in NC today illustrates.

    Tropical cyclones causing billions in losses dominated the natural catastrophe picture of 2019 – “Cyclones are becoming more frequently associated with extreme precipitation”

    820 natural catastrophes caused overall losses of US$ 150bn, which is broadly in line with the inflation-adjusted average of the past 30 years. A smaller portion of losses was insured compared with 2018: about US$ 52bn. This was due, among other things, to the high share of flood losses, which are often not insured to the same extent as wind damage in most industrial countries.

    The insured portion of overall losses, slightly above 35%, matches the average of the past ten years. This is evidence that large sections of the market remain uninsured, especially in emerging and developing countries. [more]

    Europe’s demographic time-bomb – While global population is ageing, continent presents extreme example of this trend

    With its low birth rate and fast-ageing population, Europe is facing a demographic crisis, one that economists fear could hit growth and public finances.

    While the global population overall is getting older, Europe is an extreme example of this trend, particularly in the continent’s south and east, which have been hit by record-low fertility rates and emigration. An analysis of the main demographic trends highlights the challenge faced by policymakers. [more]

    Flooding in Jakarta is the worst for over a decade, more rainfall expected – “It was like the end of the world”

    “It was like the end of the world,” says Nurhayati, dabbing her eyes with the hem of her hijab. On December 31st swollen clouds emptied over Indonesia’s capital, dumping 377 millimetres of rain in one day. That is the most since records began in 1886, according to the state weather agency. The river near Nurhayati’s home in an eastern suburb of Jakarta burst its banks, overturning vehicles parked alongside. Within hours the water had risen nearly eight metres, engulfing one-storey houses. Nurhayati’s neighbour, Pudji, says she had to wait for 22 hours before she could be rescued from her roof.

    66 People Have Died in Indonesia’s Devastating Floods. [more]

    [more below]

  7. “We will lose rural America” warns Land O’Lakes CEO at annual Fed summit – “The towns are rolling up on us. That is the truth.”

    Rural America needs help.

    That was the key message from Beth Ford, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., while speaking Thursday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ annual economic outlook conference for the Ninth District.

    “Farmers want trade. They want a robust marketplace and they want to compete,” said Ford. “But the reality is we are in a disrupted environment through trade tariffs and other things.”

    Ford, the conference’s keynote speaker, stressed that rural communities are reeling, and not only from the Trump administration’s two-year trade war with China, which has left soybean farmers without a buyer for more than 60% of their exports for years, but also from decades of neglect.

    She pointed to a shortage of doctors, one in four rural children living in poverty and up to 24 million people without access to broadband as pressing rural issues.

    “This is a security issue, for the nation, I believe,” Ford said. “Investing in agriculture, our own food supply, is probably a good idea.”

    Land O’Lakes is a Minnesota-based member-owned cooperative and one of the nation’s largest agribusiness and food companies. Along with farm country’s fortunes, its earnings have slumped to $255 million in 2018 from $365 million in 2017. [more]

    Estimated number of animals killed in Australia bushfires rises to more than one billion – “Events like this may well hasten the extinction process for a range of species”

    Several weeks ago Professor Dickman, from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science, estimated that 480 million animals would be killed by the fires. With the fires having now continued and extended their range he has updated that figure including putting the impact nationally at more than one billion animals. [more]

    The Spooky Sounds Of The Solar Wind [~ 1.5 min. video]

    There’s a wind that emanates from the Sun.
    It blows not like a soft whistle but like a hurricane’s scream. [more]

    Windows 10: NSA reveals major flaw in Microsoft's code

    The US National Security Agency (NSA) has discovered a major flaw in Windows 10 that could have been used by hackers to create malicious software that looked legitimate. [more]

    Lightning bolt kills 3 pupils, injures 27 in Kenya

    Three pupils of Mkulima Primary School in Kuresoi North have died while 27 others have been hospitalised after they were struck by lightning. [more]

    [continued below]

  8. Second patient dies from 'novel' coronavirus in China, 1 confirmed case in Japan, fears outbreak may have spread further

    A total of 41 patients in Wuhan have been struck with the virus since December. The first death, on January 9, was a man aged 61.

    The virus has never been seen before and has not yet been named. [more]

    Residents suffer through smoky air in Victoria, Australia

    Australian Open Players Struggle to Breathe As Wildfire Smoke Hits “Hazardous” Levels

    Australian Open players are experiencing breathing problems as the country’s wildfires rage on, thickening the air.
    Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupović had to quit her qualifying round, which she was leading, after inhaling the smoke brought her to her knees.

    Australian player Bernard Tomic also had to call a medical timeout and use an inhaler during his match. [more]

    [HAH! - wait til the Olympics and you're surrounded by RADIATION!]
    Girl Survives 18 hours Buried in Snow After Avalanches Kill at Least 77 in Pakistan

    Samina Bibi, 12, was at home in Kashmir and huddled around a fire with her family when an avalanche hit without warning, Reuters reported.

    She was buried beneath the snow for 18 hours before she was rescued and taken to the hospital, though she lost several family members in the incident, including two siblings.

    Her mother Shahnaz Bibi said the family didn’t even hear so much as a rumble before the avalanche hit, and that it “happened in the blink of an eye.” [more]

    Nancy Pelosi Rips ‘Shameful’ Facebook: They ‘Schmooze’ Trump for Tax Breaks

    [aw shut-up Nancy - Obama did the same and worse]

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped into Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg during a Thursday press conference, saying the tech giant is “shameful” and that it has looked to “schmooze” the Trump administration in order to get tax breaks. [more; yeah, that's what corporations DO]

    [unfortunately, nobody goes to bat for the avg. Joe]

    Cars submerged by Storm Brendan flooding after high winds blew roof onto Slough street

    Cars were left underwater and a roof was blown off a building as Storm Brendan wreaked havoc across the UK. [more]

    California lawmaker demands probe of PG&E's chief regulator

    A state lawmaker on Wednesday demanded an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators’ lax oversight enabled neglect at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts. [more; OF COURSE! They're in the pocket of the utility, dummy.]

    Small plane crashes, burns amid homes in Utah [~ 40 sec. news spot]

    Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

    As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish. [more; nobody cared about that when they built it]

  9. Nearly Century-Old Gas Main Cracked, Providing Fuel for South Philly Explosion That Killed 2
    Nearly Century-Old Gas Main Cracked, Providing Fuel for South Philly Explosion That Killed 2

    A nearly century-old gas line cracked and caused a gas leak and subsequent explosion in December that left two people dead and a South Philadelphia neighborhood scared of living in their homes.

    The 6-inch cast iron gas pipe under the street in front of 1435 South Eighth Street likely cracked within minutes of the eventual blast and fire that level at least four houses in the Italian Market neighborhood Dec. 19, an official with Philadelphia Gas Works said Thursday. [more]

  10. [Nobody sees it coming, then it hits and it was OBVIOUS all along; ah-FAHK!]
    Hundreds Of Thousands Of Fish Killed After Rain Washes Bushfire Ash Into Macleay River, Australia

    Thousands of fish have been killed after rain washed bushfire ash into the Macleay River on the NSW Mid-North coast in Australia.

    Ash caused “rapid drops” of oxygen levels in the river. [more]

    [more on the big weather changes comin' at us]
    Weather Bombs From Coast To Coast! Fast-Moving Bombogenesis Packs Major Punch To The West Coast As Bomb Cyclone Explodes Offshore Of New England

    A bomb cyclone is currently sweeping across the Northwest with ferocious winds as it moves inland.

    Meanwhile, on the other coast, another storm is exploding into a bomb cyclone offshore of New England before engulfing Canada. [more]

    Tackle 'Titanic' climate challenge before it's too late, leaders told

    The head of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has called on leaders around the world to unite to tackle climate change, comparing the looming environmental crisis to the sinking of the Titanic.

    “We only have a very small window,” Borge Brende told journalists at a press conference on Wednesday.

    “If you don’t use this window in the coming ten years, we will be faced with a situation where we’re moving around the deck chairs on the Titanic. That’s the reality.” [more]

    [uhm, i think that window slammed shut this year - sorry]

    Australia’s Wildfire Crisis: Key Numbers Behind the Disaster

    With the nation only midway through summer and suffering a prolonged drought, authorities fear the death toll will continue to mount as more homes and land are destroyed. Here are some key details of the crisis [more]

    [next part follows]

  11. Global economy anaemic and incomes likely to suffer, U.N. says

    People in a number of countries, mostly in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, will see their incomes stagnate or decline this year, the United Nations said on Thursday.

    A decade after the financial crisis, the global economy remains sluggish, and trade and geopolitical tensions could further derail recovery, the U.N. said.

    The world economy expanded by just 2.3% last year, its slowest pace in a decade, and could grow by 2.5% in 2020 if downside risks are kept at bay, it said in a report. [more; ever the optimist, he'll be 'surprised']

    U.S. to Tighten Control Over Releases of Major Economic Data

    [WHY? It's all lies and made-up shit anyway! Probably they can't hide the fact that we're sinking fast anymore.]

    The U.S. Labor Department said it will ban computers from the room where journalists receive advance access to major economic reports such as employment and inflation figures, in an effort to ensure a level playing field. [oh, so it's about access]

    [try not to laugh hysterically]
    Mark Carney to advise Boris Johnson on climate change

    Mark Carney will take up the role of climate adviser to the UK government after he steps down as the Bank of England governor in March. [instead of a Climate Scientist, you have a BANKER advising the head of the government! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!]

    “His expertise will help the UK to lead in mobilising businesses and investors to support our net zero revolution.”
    [more; buffoons - carbon capture is a ruse to keep up BAU]

    Chemicals in tap water may trigger thousands of bladder cancer cases in Europe

    Thousands of bladder cancer cases throughout Europe may be caused by chemicals in tap water, research suggests.

    Scientists at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health analysed the presence of the chemicals trihalomethanes (THMs) in the water supply of 26 EU countries.

    THMs, a byproduct of water disinfection, have been linked to bladder cancer when consumed, inhaled or absorbed via the skin.

    In nine countries, including the UK, concentrations were found to exceed the EU’s maximum permissible limit of 100μg/L. One μg is one thousandth of a milligram. [more]

    [last part below]

  12. Israeli surveillance software lawsuit goes behind closed doors

    An Israeli court on Thursday ordered closed-door hearings in Amnesty International's legal bid to stop NSO Group exporting surveillance software, which rights groups say is used to spy on journalists and dissidents worldwide.

    A Tel Aviv District Court judge cited national security concerns when she banned the public and the media from court sessions, drawing quick condemnation from the campaign group.

    "It's outrageous we have to be gagged," Gil Naveh, an Amnesty spokesman, told reporters. [more; right - so you can guess the outcome]

    Europe Threatens Legal Challenge to U.S.-China Trade Pact at WTO

    [oh, ya thought it would be so simple!]

    Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here.

    The European Union said the preliminary U.S.-China trade agreement could violate World Trade Organization rules and held out the prospect of a legal challenge. [more]

    Currently, the department hosts “lockups” in Washington for major reports lasting 30 to 60 minutes, where journalists receive the data in a secure room, write stories on computers disconnected from the internet, and transmit them when connections are restored at the release time. Other electronic devices such as smartphones were already prohibited. [more]

  13. last comment musta done dis-appeart! ah well, always more bad news tamara. g'nite Jonny, eva-body.