Sunday, March 1, 2020

2020 - FEB - Spotlight Stories

Category: Variety Pack

2020-02-01 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits London (Canada), near Lake Erie:

Quote: "The London Fire Department got a slew of calls about nasty odours – including the rotten egg smell that’s a telltale sign of natural gas  – within a 45-minute period on Saturday morning, platoon chief Shawn Fitzgerald said. Firefighters are investigating, but no natural gas has been detected."

2020-02-01 - Locusts devouring crops in Pakistan, state of emergency declared:

2020-02-01 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, trailer of scrap metal goes up in flames, in Williston (Vermont):

Quote: "The Fire Department says workers noticed smoke coming from a trailer of scrap metal, and called 9-1-1. Officials are not sure what the cause of the fire was."

2020-02-01 - Dust storm halts traffic on highway(s), dozens of cars stuck, near Great Falls (Montana):

Quote: "'We are driving in the middle of the worst dust storm we've ever seen,' said Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. David Baggs reporting on U.S. Hwy 87 from his position roughly 14 miles northeast of Great Falls."

2020-02-01 - China uses public shaming and harassment drones on people not wearing facemasks during virus outbreak:

Quote: "Both Xinhua and the Global Times have published videos of drones warning various people in rural areas that masks need to be worn in 'these times.' The drones are seen scolding an elderly lady and is even seen chasing a child down the road."

Note: Gettin' pretty dystopian there, China!

2020-02-01 - U.S. confirms its eighth case of coronavirus, Pentagon to provide quarantine housing:

2020-02-01 - Number of coronavirus victims likely far larger than you're being told:

2020-02-01 - Dr. Francis Boyle discusses the Chinese coronavirus, aka Kung Flu, says it is an escaped bioweapon:

Note: He seems quite credible to me. Judge for yourself...

2020-02-01 - New outbreak of H5N1 bird flu results in thousands of chickens being culled in China:

2020-02-01 - Record high temperatures hit Southern California:

Quote: "Warm temperatures broke records Saturday with Los Angeles International Airport reaching 81 degrees, passing the 1954 record of 79 degrees, Long Beach reaching 84 degrees, up from 1995’s 83-degree record, and Big Bear reaching 64 degrees compared to the 2018 record of 62."

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2020-02-02 - Four people collapses on passenger plane, teen girl goes into cardiac arrest, en route to coastal Edinburgh (Scotland):

Quote: "Shaun, who had just enjoyed a four-day break with pals, said: 'We got up in the sky and about an hour in the first person collapsed. She was only 17 and needed CPR. Then the second person went down, then me, and then a fourth.'"

Quote: "Despite passengers collapsing and needing medical attention, the flight wasn't diverted to another airport. Ryanair says there were no technical faults with the plane and the medical issues passengers suffered were not linked."

Note: So Ryanair's position is that the plane was fine and that four people collapsing with one of them going into cardiac arrest was just a coincidence, with none of the four having anything to do with any of the others. Riiiiight!

2020-02-02 - Unknown odor continues hitting areas in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey:

Quote: "How many government agencies does it take to figure out the source of a funky smell bewildering the tri-state area for months? Apparently, at least half a dozen."

Quote: "Some folks describe it as more oily, some as more diesel, some as gas or natural gas."

2020-02-02 - Unknown foul odor hitting coastal Timaru (New Zealand):

Quote: "Environment Canterbury confirmed it had received 29 complaints about obnoxious or unpleasant smells in Timaru since the start of January, but at this stage, the regional council says it has not identified the source of the offensive odours. Veronica Fellows, who lives in Timaru's Norwood St, said the smell on some days was bad enough to make her retch."

Note: No wonder she's getting it so bad - her house is only 800 feet from the ocean...

2020-02-02 - Landfill fire breaks out at 1 AM in coastal Johor (Malaysia):

2020-02-02 - China reports 361 dead from coronavirus and a total of 17,205 cases:

2020-02-02 - Five small planes deployed to spray insecticide on swarms of billions of locusts rampaging across East Africa:

Quote: "Experts warn that if left unchecked, the number of locusts could grow by 500 times by June, when drier weather will help bring the outbreak under control."

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2020-02-03 - Unknown rotten egg odor reported at 10:44 PM in Albrighton (Britain):

Quote: "At 22:44 on Monday, 3 February, 2020, SFRS Fire Control received a call reporting an incident classified as Smell Of Gas in Albrighton. 1 fire appliance was mobilised from Telford Central. Crews investigated a smell of fumes using gas detector monitor. No gas detected."

2020-02-03 - Arctic permafrost thaw plays greater role in climate change than previously estimated due to abrupt thawing:

Quote: "This abrupt thawing is 'fast and dramatic, affecting landscapes in unprecedented ways,' said Merritt Turetsky, director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at CU Boulder and lead author of the study published today in Nature Geoscience. 'Forests can become lakes in the course of a month, landslides occur with no warning, and invisible methane seep holes can swallow snowmobiles whole.'"

2020-02-03 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane lands safely in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "A United Airlines aircraft landed safely in Austin after smoke was reported in the cockpit on Monday morning, officials confirmed."

Note: This is the 11th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-02-03 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Largo (Florida), 15,000 homes go dark:

2020-02-03 - Oil rig generator erupts in flame near Platteville (Colorado):

2020-02-03 - Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia:

2020-02-03 - Coronavirus death toll reaches 425 in China, total number of cases hits 20,438:

Quote: "The death toll in mainland China from the new type of virus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438, officials said Tuesday."

2020-02-03 - China arrested doctors who warned about coronavirus outbreak, and now the death toll is rising and stocks are plunging:

2020-02-03 - Giant flocks of crows and huge mosquitoes invade skies and cities around coronavirus ground zero zone in China:

2020-02-03 - Climate models are running red hot, scientists don’t know why:

Quote: "There are dozens of climate models, and for decades they’ve agreed on what it would take to heat the planet by about 3° Celsius. It’s an outcome that would be disastrous—flooded cities, agricultural failures, deadly heat—but there’s been a grim steadiness in the consensus among these complicated climate simulations. Then last year, unnoticed in plain view, some of the models started running very hot. The scientists who hone these systems used the same assumptions about greenhouse-gas emissions as before and came back with far worse outcomes. Some produced projections in excess of 5°C, a nightmare scenario."

2020-02-03 - Empty nets and tropical fish in Tasmania as climate change hits Southern Ocean:

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2020-02-04 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits area in Fostoria (Ohio):

Quote: "ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital was evacuated due to an odor of natural gas. Chief Brian Herbert of Fostoria Fire Division says Columbia Gas checked the hospital, and nothing was found. Two patients were transferred to other hospitals, and one home was evacuated."

2020-02-04 - Last month was the warmest January on record:

Quote: "Last month was the warmest January on record globally, while in Europe temperatures were a balmy three degrees Celsius above the average January from 1981 to 2010, the European Union's climate monitoring system reported Tuesday."

2020-02-04 - Greenland melting from above via higher air temperature AND from below via warming ocean water:

Quote: "Scientists have long known that higher air temperatures are contributing to the surface melting on Greenland's ice sheet. But a new study has found another threat that has begun attacking the ice from below: Warm ocean water moving underneath the vast glaciers is causing them to melt even more quickly."

Quote: "Much of the Arctic experienced record temperatures last summer, which caused Greenland's ice sheet to lose 11 billion tons of surface ice to the ocean in just one day, scientists said. That is the equivalent of 4.4 million Olympic swimming pools."

Quote: "Mass loss from Greenland's ice sheet is currently the single largest driver of sea level rise globally, and according to a study published in December in the journal Nature, Greenland's ice sheet is currently melting seven times faster than it was in 1992. This ice sheet holds enough water to raise global sea levels by more than 24 feet."

2020-02-04 - Sea level rise accelerating along the US coastline, scientists warn:

2020-02-04 - Underground explosion and fire causes evacuations in coastal Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (New York):

2020-02-04 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion on Sickletown Road in Nyack (New York):

2020-02-04 - As 100 wildfires continue burning, people protest climate change inaction and parliament suspended in Canberra (Australia):

Quote: "Australia suspended its parliament for a day to honour the victims of its summer of devastating wildfires, as protests against the government’s handling of the crisis continued. On the first day back after the summer recess, prime minister Scott Morrison postponed ordinary business in the capital Canberra."

Quote: "Since September, the wildfires have destroyed about 12 million hectares across the country, claimed the lives of 33 people and one billion animals, and razed 2,500 homes, according to Reuters."

2020-02-04 - Top WHO official warns world may be 'dangerously unprepared' as coronavirus outbreak continues to spread:

2020-02-04 - Mysterious circular clouds appear in the sky over Irkutsk (Russia):

Quote: "Bizarre footage of two mysterious large ring-shaped clouds appearing in the sky above a Russian city has baffled the internet. Video has emerged showing the two disc-like clouds floating before a third suddenly becomes visible. Towards the end of the footage, a plane is seen heading towards the sky rings and pierces the first circle. Local media said a fourth ring appeared shortly afterwards. The incident was filmed in the city of Irkutsk in the southern Russian region of Irkutsk Oblast by numerous local residents, and the images were later widely shared on social media."

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2020-02-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, tractor (backhoe) and rows of junk vehicles burn, in Otay Mesa (California):

Quote: "A fire erupted Wednesday afternoon at an auto wrecking yard near the airport in Otay Mesa, engulfing rows of junked vehicles and sending thick black smoke billowing over the South Bay."

Quote: "Workers told FOX 5 a backhoe caught fire and the flames quickly spread, burning junked vehicles and machinery."

Note: This is the 173rd tractor/tanker/semi to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-02-05 - Metal recycling center rocked by explosion in Fort Worth (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-02-05 - Around 30 cars destroyed by fire while parked at depot in Taman Connaught area in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia):

2020-02-05 - Coronavirus deaths rise to 563, two cruise ships quarantined:

Quote: "Health officials in Asia have quarantined two ship cruisers with some 5,400 people on board. The ships in Japan and Hong Kong are caught up in a global health emergency that seems to worsen by the day."

2020-02-05 - Tencent may have accidentally leaked real data on coronavirus deaths:

Quote: "On late Saturday evening (Feb. 1), the Tencent webpage showed confirmed cases of the Wuhan virus in China as standing at 154,023, 10 times the official figure at the time. It listed the number of suspected cases as 79,808, four times the official figure. The number of cured cases was only 269, well below the official number that day of 300. Most ominously, the death toll listed was 24,589, vastly higher than the 300 officially listed that day."

Quote: "There have also been reports from crematorium workers in Wuhan - the epicentre of the virus - that they are being sent corpses not added to the official tally. Meanwhile hospital staff have leaked videos purporting to show dead bodies across ward corridors in Wuhan."

Quote: "According to Mr. Yun, his facility needs 'at least 100 body bags' every single day. If every other cremation center in the city is handling a similar workload, that would strongly indicate that the true death toll is far, far larger than the official numbers we are being given."

Note: 24,589 deaths out of 154,023 confirmed cases is a 15.96% death rate, far higher than the highest estimate (10%) for the deadly 1918 Spanish flu. Even if you count the suspected cases, the death rate is still 10.5%. And if that ONE crematorium in that ONE city is burning 100 corpses per day then the 'official figures' can't possibly be correct. If those higher numbers are the real stats then it is no wonder that they're hiding reality with a second sanitized less panic-evoking set of stats. If those higher numbers are correct then what they're hiding is the fact that this is a veritable doomsday virus. That would spook the herd. Better a dead herd than a spooked herd!

2020-02-05 - A majority of Americans view the coronavirus as ‘a real threat,’ but most think the US government is ‘doing enough’:

2020-02-05 - Many parts of Europe enjoy summer heat during mid-winter with heat records broken in Spain, Italy, France and Switzerland:

2020-02-05 - Denver hits 74F then temp drops below freezing within 24 hours:

2020-02-05 - ‘Uninsurable and Unhedgeable’, central banks warn of financial crisis from climate change:

2020-02-05 - Photos of 'king tides' globally show risks of climate change:

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2020-02-06 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 636 with 31,000+ infected:

Quote: "The death toll in mainland China's new virus outbreak has risen to 636, including a doctor who got in trouble with authorities in the communist country for sounding an early warning about the disease threat. Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, was reportedly reprimanded for 'spreading rumors' in late December. Meanwhile, a newborn discovered infected 36 hours after birth has become the youngest known patient. The number of people infected globally has risen to more than 31,000."

2020-02-06 - Another 41 coronavirus cases found on cruise ship in Yokohama (Japan):

Quote: "Forty-one new cases of coronavirus have been found aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Yokohama, including eight Americans, Japanese authorities said. The 41 are in addition to 20 previous cases detected in preceding days."

Quote: "The new cases on the Diamond Princess bring Japan's number of confirmed cases to 86, the second highest figure after China."

2020-02-06 - Scientists warn multiple overlapping crises could trigger 'global systemic collapse':

Quote: "Climate change, extreme weather events from hurricanes to heatwaves, the decline of life-sustaining ecosystems, food security and dwindling stores of fresh water – each poses a monumental challenge to humanity in the 21st century. Out of 30 global-scale risks, these five topped the list both in terms of likelihood and impact, according to scientists surveyed by Future Earth, an international research organisation. In combination, they 'have the potential to impact and amplify one another in ways that might cascade to create global systemic collapse,' a team led by Maria Ivanova, a professor at the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts, said in a 50-page report."

2020-02-06 - Global warming could bake off clouds and expose the Earth to even more warming:

Quote: "Marine stratus and stratocumulus clouds predominantly cool the Earth. They shade roughly a fifth of the oceans, reflecting 30 to 60 percent of the solar radiation that hits them back into space. In this way, they are reckoned to cut the amount of energy reaching the Earth’s surface by between 4 and 7 percent. But it seems increasingly likely that they could become thinner or burn off entirely in a warmer world, leaving more clear skies through which the sun may add a degree Celsius or more to global warming."

2020-02-06 - Peru’s peatlands could greatly accelerate global warming:

2020-02-06 - Bloodsucking ticks spreading northward and chowing down on moose in Canada as the climate continues warming:

Quote: "Flying over southern New Brunswick in a helicopter, it doesn't take long to spot moose running through the snow in the forest beneath. What isn't visible from the air are the thousands of ticks invading their bodies. In nearby New Hampshire and Maine, over a three-year period, scientists found an alarming 70 per cent of calves didn't make it through their first winter due in large part to tick infestation, according to a study in the Canadian Journal of Zoology. In some cases, up to 80,000 ticks were found on a single moose."

Quote: "When the scientists pulled open her fur, they revealed dozens of ticks attached to a tiny patch of the animal's skin, literally sucking the life out of it. They estimated there were many thousands on her entire body."

Note: Self-cloning super-ticks are spreading in the US too, sucking cows dry of blood and sparking fears humans may be next, mentioned in the 2019-07-12 update...

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2020-02-06 - Unknown odor hits Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston (Massachusetts), dozens of people sent to the hospital:

Quote: "Kingston Fire Department officials said they have not been able to pinpoint what caused the odor, but feel there is no residual hazard in the building."

2020-02-06 - Unknown odor sickens people at Walmart in coastal Little Egg Harbor (New Jersey):

Quote: "A mysterious odor at a Walmart in Little Egg Harbor, Ocean County sickened customers."

2020-02-06 - Auto recycling center erupts in flame in Kewaskum (Wisconsin):

2020-02-06 - Antarctica registers highest temp ever record, 64.9F:

Quote: "Antarctica just set its hottest temperature ever recorded at 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit as climate change continues to accelerate, according to measurements from an Argentinian research station thermometer. The reading was taken at the Esperanza Base along Antarctica’s Trinity Peninsula on Thursday. It beats the continent’s previous record of 63.5 degrees tallied in March 2015, and comes shortly after the Earth saw its hottest January on record and hottest decade on record in the 2010s."

Quote: "This means that the temperature at Esperanza was practically identical to what was felt Thursday afternoon in San Diego, California."

2020-02-07 - Global coronavirus death toll rises to 722, infections soar past 34,000, first American dies:

Quote: "Mr Steele wrote on Facebook: 'Just to let you all know I have been diagnosed as having the virus and am being shipped to hospital. Would also like to say that at the moment I am not showing any symptoms so just possibly a carrier.'"

Note: That's one of the scariest things about this virus, that you can feel just fine while you're infectious, and you go about your life while unknowingly infecting 83% of the people with whom you come into contact...

2020-02-07 - There's a good chance the Wuhan coronavirus will never disappear, experts say, and there are only 3 possible endings to this story:

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2020-02-08 - Landfill fire breaks out on the island of St. Croix (US Virgin Islands), sixth landfill fire in the last year:

Quote: "This is at least the sixth fire at the St. Croix landfill in the past 12 months."

2020-02-08 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2020-02-08 - Deadly fire destroys SUV and home at 12:30 AM in Clinton (Mississippi), 7 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "The scene at the house later in the day was one of devastation. The charred remains of the single-story wood frame house partially covered with melted siding could be seen along with the remains of an SUV in the burned-out garage."

2020-02-08 - Coronavirus death toll hits 811, surpassing the SARS death toll:

Quote: "The number of deaths from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 811 on Sunday after the hard-hit Hubei province reported 81 new fatalities. The toll is now higher than the global number of deaths caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, which killed 774 people in 2002-2003."

2020-02-08 - Critics say China has suppressed and censored information in coronavirus outbreak:

2020-02-08 - After the fires come the floods as a wild summer continues in Australia:

2020-02-08 - Signals coming from space like clockwork, scientists don't know why:

2020-02-08 - Bernie Sanders lays out his dream to solve climate change:

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2020-02-09 - Two men found burned to death in burned car on side of road in Ridgeland (South Carolina):

Quote: "Initially, the fire department believed it might have been a crime scene, and called in the police. But once they realized there was no obvious signs of a crime, they called in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate. 'It was just, it was uh, something we don’t see a lot,' said Fire Chief Bradley Bonds. 'It was a car right off the side of the road, looked perfect, you open it up it was burned. So strange, to say the least.'"

2020-02-09 - Person dies in burning car at 2:14 AM on Bramwyck Drive near Sharon Road in Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "Charlotte Fire did not say what led up to the deadly car fire, but said the fire was accidental."

2020-02-09 - Nine 'tipping points' where a changing climate could push parts of the Earth system into abrupt or irreversible change:

2020-02-09 - Why stronger winds over the North Atlantic are so dangerous:

2020-02-09 - SOTT Earth changes summary for January 2020, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2020-02-09 - African swine fever outbreak spreading across the southern provinces in the Philippine Islands:

Quote: "The Philippines confirmed on Sunday that African swine fever infections had spread in the south of the country, which accounts for nearly a third of the nation's 12.8 million pig herd."

2020-02-09 - Coronavirus update for Feb 9, virus spreads to another megacity:

Quote: "Lockdown spreads to Chengdu, China's sixth-largest city..."

2020-02-09 - Unknown virus with genes scientists can’t identify discovered in Brazil:

Quote: "Scientists in Brazil have discovered a virus which appears to be almost entirely new, consisting of unrecognizable genes that have been, until now, undocumented."

2020-02-09 - Unknown cause sickening and killing people southeast of Abuja (Nigeria):

Quote: "The Nigerian government has warned of a 'strange epidemic' which has left 15 people dead and infected dozens more in less than a week. The outbreak of the mysterious disease, which causes vomiting, swelling and diarrhoea, was first recorded late last month in Benue State, southeast of the capital Abuja. By 3 February, 'the number of persons affected with the strange endemic has risen to 104', said Nigerian senator Abba Moro, according to newspaper the Daily Post."

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2020-02-10 - Coronavirus death toll surpasses 1000 according to the 'official' figures:

Quote: "The death toll in China climbed above 1,000, as the World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned that the spread of cases outside of China could be 'the spark that becomes a bigger fire' and said the human race must not let the epidemic get out of control.A total of 108 new coronavirus deaths were reported on the mainland on Monday, up from 97 on the previous day, the country's health authority said on Tuesday. The total number of deaths on the mainland has now reached 1,016, the National Health Commission said."

2020-02-10 - Coronavirus cases spreading outside China ‘could be the spark’ that becomes 'bigger fire,' WHO says:

Quote: "World Health Organization officials are concerned about new coronavirus cases confirmed in France and the U.K. that were transmitted without any travel history to China."

2020-02-10 - Coronavirus cases nearly double on cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama (Japan):

Quote: "The number of people with coronavirus on a cruise ship in the port of Yokohama nearly doubled to 135 Monday, prompting imperiled crew members to plead for help and setting off debate among experts over whether the more than 3,700 people quarantined aboard should be taken ashore or left on the ship."

Quote: "Passengers aboard the ship are confined to their rooms, most of which range from 168 to 354 square feet. They are let out for short periods to get some fresh air on the decks, where they try to keep their distance from one another."

2020-02-10 - Interview with director of crematorium in Wuhan (China):

Note: To summarize, this crematorium is handling 4-5 times the normal workload, they've had to modify cars and vans to transport more corpses, they're burning 100+ corpses per day at this ONE crematorium (and there are at least 14 in this city alone), they're working 24 hours per day burning bodies, and 60% of the bodies are coming from homes, not hospitals. So the 'official' numbers are clearly lowballed BS...

2020-02-10 - US government turning 11 military bases inside the US into quarantine camps:

2020-02-10 - RV trailer goes up in flames just before 1 AM and kills man while parked on 4th Street in Marrero (Louisiana):

2020-02-10 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, near Rotorua (New Zealand):

Quote: "A witness told the Rotorua Daily Post there were 'lots of old cars piled up' at the site. 'You can hear all the tyres going bang.'"

2020-02-10 - Recycling center erupts in flame just after 5 AM, fire gets big, in Saltend (Britain):

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2020-02-11 - Rotting seaweed producing deadly hydrogen sulfide and killing people and animals on the coast of France:

2020-02-11 - Unknown odor sickens people and evacuates school in Salisbury (Maryland):

Quote: "Salisbury Middle School says students and staff are being evacuated after multiple people complained of not feeling well following a report of an odor on campus."

2020-02-11 - Man, 43, burns to death in burning minivan at 6:36 AM at Riverview Professional Plaza in Great Falls (Montana):

Quote: "Emergency crews discovered a burned body while responding to a report of a vehicle fire in a parking lot at the Riverview Professional Plaza on the northwest side of Great Falls early Tuesday.  The initial call was made at 6:36 a.m. to report the vehicle fire, and within four minutes, several others called to report that the white van was fully engulfed in smoke and flames."

2020-02-11 - Previous Antarctic melting preceded by rising atmospheric methane and warming ocean temperatures, both of which are happening now:

Quote: "Deuterium isotope measurements revealed a hiatus in the ice record beginning approximately 130,000 years ago, immediately prior to the LIG. This hiatus suggests a substantial loss of ice mass during the LIG that coincides with a well-documented peak in ocean temperatures, suggesting that ocean warming drove ice sheet loss. The DNA analysis of ancient microbes preserved in the ice revealed a high proportion of methane-utilizing bacteria immediately prior to the ice sheet loss, consistent with elevated methane levels due to methane release from marine sediments."

2020-02-11 - Malta-sized iceberg cracks off Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica:

Quote: "While icebergs calving from glaciers is a natural process, Drinkwater made it clear that the rate of melting and calving being seen in West Antarctica is greater than anything observed in the satellite record."

Quote: "The satellite images come as a research base on the tip of Antarctica recorded the hottest temperature on record for the continent. Last week, a region in the North West reached over 18 degrees Celsius (65 degrees Fahrenheit) -- almost a full degree higher than the previous record from five years ago."

2020-02-11 - Coronavirus cases increase by 39 to 174 on board cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama (Japan):

2020-02-11 - Coronavirus could infect 60 percent of the world's population if left unchecked:

2020-02-11 - Coronavirus outbreak starting to take a very serious toll on the global economy:

2020-02-11 - Insects dying off hard around the world:

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2020-02-12 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits school in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

Quote: "Multicultural Magnet School at 700 Palisade Ave. was evacuated around 12:30 p.m. after a report of an odor of gas, according to Scott Appleby, director of emergency management/communications and homeland security. Firefighters responded to the school to investigate. Around 2:10 p.m., Appleby said firefighters found there was no source for the odor. He said students were able to return to classes."

Note: There was no source for the odor IN THE SCHOOL. So it probably got sucked in via the HVAC system from the atmosphere. They didn't check the atmosphere. Maybe when a bunch of students collapse to the ground foaming at the mouth and die then they'll be able to figure things out. We'll see!

2020-02-12 - Unknown sulfur smell hits home on Chandos Road in Buckingham (Britain), 600 feet from the River Great Ouse:

Quote: "Wednesday 12 February, 9.34am Firefighters responded to a smell of sulphur inside a property, Chandos Court, Chandos Road, Buckingham. One appliance and crew from Buckingham attended. Firefighters used small gear to remove floorboards. No leak was located, firefighters provided advice."

2020-02-12 - Coronavirus deaths and infections both rise considerably in one day in Hubei Province (China):

Quote: "Death toll spikes: China's Hubei province announced 242 new deaths from the novel coronavirus Thursday morning, twice as many as on the previous day. New infections there jumped by more than 14,000."

2020-02-12 - Coronavirus cases increase by 44 overnight to 218 on cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama (Japan):

Quote: "Over 200 people have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 on the stricken cruise ship the Diamond Princess after 44 new cases were announced on Thursday morning Japanese time. Forty-three of the new cases were passengers and one crew member was also confirmed to be affected, The Japan Times reported."

2020-02-12 - Coronavirus likely now gathering steam before it becomes widespread in countries other than China:

2020-02-12 - Coronavirus pandemic could cause global financial meltdown:

2020-02-12 - Refinery erupts in flame shortly before midnight in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2020-02-12 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in coastal San Francisco (California):

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2020-02-13 - NASA detects millions of methane hotspots in the Arctic as the permafrost melts:

Quote: "'We consider hotspots to be areas showing an excess of 3,000 parts per million of methane between the airborne sensor and the ground,' said lead author Clayton Elder of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. 'And we detected 2 million of these hotspots over the land that we covered.'"

2020-02-13 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits large area in and around coastal Long Beach (California):

Quote: "Residents across large portions of L.A. County's second largest city -- from downtown Long Beach's shoreline eastward into Belmont Shore and stretching as far inland as ELB neighborhoods bordering Lakewood -- reported a strong 'rotten egg' or sulfur type odor Wednesday (Feb. 12) from about 6 p.m. to at least 10 p.m."

2020-02-13 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates Bay Cove Academy in coastal Brookline (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Bay Cove Academy in Brookline was evacuated Thursday after three people reportedly smelled gas. Emergency crews responded to the academy on Lawton Street to check out the suspicious gas odor. Fire crews on scene said they did not find any leaks."

2020-02-13 - Cargo plane hit by smoke, plane lands safely at airport in Syracuse (New York):

Quote: "A cargo plane that landed at Hancock International Airport on Thursday night had smoke in its cockpit, according to Onondaga County 911 dispatchers. After the plane landed, the pilots’ chutes were deployed, according to scanner reports. The fire alarm was reportedly going off in the plane as it landed, according to scanner reports."

Note: This is the 12th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-02-13 - Chemical plant damaged by fire and explosions at 4:30 AM in coastal Newburyport (Massachusetts):

2020-02-13 - Plastic recycling center erupts in flame in Ludhiana (India), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-02-13 - The world’s biggest phone show has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns:

2020-02-13 - CDC director says coronavirus 'is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year':

2020-02-13 - Mysterious mechanical 'groaning’ noise haunts coastal Anchorage (Alaska):

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2020-02-14 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 2:30 AM, dozens of scrap cars burn, in North Providence (Rhode Island), near the coast:

Quote: "Dozens of cars caught fire early Friday morning in an auto scrapyard in North Providence. Firefighters were called to K&R Auto Salvage on Smithfield Road at about 2:30 a.m. They found a stack of about 60 crushed cars on fire."

2020-02-14 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, at least 20 scrap cars burn, in Del City (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Crews have contained a large fire involving multiple vehicles at a salvage yard in Del City, according to officials. The fire is reported at the Del City Auto Parts, located near Southeast 29th Street and Bryant. Smoke could be seen across the metro. At least 20 vehicles were on fire."

2020-02-14 - Tire recycling center hit by fire just before 6:30 AM, pile of shredded tires burns, near Saskatoon (Canada):

2020-02-14 - Marsh fires regularly igniting along the Pascagoula River near coastal Pascagoula (Mississippi):

Quote: "The Jackson County Emergency Operations Center originally requested crews to respond to a possible helicopter down in the Pascagoula River but later said the cause of the blaze north of Interstate 10 was a marsh fire. Several agencies responded to the report of a helicopter down, including the Department of Marine Resources, Coast Guard and Sheriff’s Office. Officials tell WLOX this is not the first time, as the marsh has burned multiple times over the last few weeks."

2020-02-14 - Armored truck bursts into flame on I-285 in Fulton County (Georgia), $700,000 in cash burns:

2020-02-14 - Massive locust swarms continue eating their way across East Africa:

2020-02-14 - India and Pakistan should brace for 'twin invasion' of locusts from Horn of Africa and Iran, UN warns:

2020-02-14 - Wikipedia main article on the 2019-2020 coronavirus outbreak:

2020-02-14 - Wikipedia February timeline of the coronavirus outbreak:

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2020-02-15 - School van bursts into flame and burns 4 children to death in Longowal (India):

Quote: "Four children were killed after a school bus with 12 students onboard caught fire at Longowal town in Sangrur district in Punjab on Saturday, the police said. While eight children were taken out safely by people working in nearby fields, four, including a three-year-old girl, were charred to death, they added. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Those children killed were in the age group of 10-12 and were returning home from school. The driver tried to open the doors of the bus after it caught fire but failed, police said."

2020-02-15 - Silo bursts into flame and explodes in Mexico (New York):

2020-02-15 - Coronavirus infections increase by 67 on cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama (Japan):

Quote: "Sixty-seven new cases of coronavirus were confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship Saturday, as the U.S. government is set to evacuate Americans who have been quarantined since last week."

Quote: "Since the Diamond Princess arrived at the port of Yokohama in Japan on Feb. 3, at least 285 people on board have tested positive for the new coronavirus."

2020-02-15 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 1669 worldwide, all but 4 in China:

Quote: "The number of cases of the novel coronavirus has risen to over 69,000 worldwide, with the first death from Covid-19 reported in Europe.As of Sunday morning, there were 68,500 cases of the virus recorded in mainland China, an increase of 2,009 on the previous day. Chinese health authorities recorded an additional 142 deaths on Saturday, bringing the global total to 1,669, all but four of which occurred in mainland China."

2020-02-15 - Coronavirus-hit cruise ship arrives in Cambodia, people released, but then one released passenger found to be infected:

Quote: "The cruise ship had been shunned at port after port for fear it might carry the coronavirus, but when the Westerdam arrived in Cambodia on Thursday, the prime minister greeted its passengers with flowers. Amid assurances that the ship was disease free, hundreds of elated passengers disembarked. Some went sightseeing, visiting beaches and restaurants and getting massages. Others traveled on to destinations around the world. One, however, did not make it much farther than the thermal scanners at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia. The passenger, an American, was stopped on Saturday, and later tested positive for the coronavirus."

Quote: "With more than a thousand passengers from the Westerdam headed for home, Dr. Schaffner said, it may be harder than ever to keep the coronavirus outbreak contained to China. 'This could be a turning point,' he said."

Note: There've already been cases where a person was infected who had no contact with anyone who'd been to China, and it turned out they got it from a family member, and THEY hadn't had any contact with anyone who'd been to China either, and nobody knows who they got it from. In other words, it's already out in the wild here and there, spreading quietly and out of control from person to person. That means it's not likely to be very long before this virus is everywhere. And then comes the unknown - what happens when it IS everywhere? People dropping dead on streets all over the place? Martial law and soldiers on the streets wearing gas masks with orders to shoot anyone who leaves their homes? Economic collapse? Runs on grocery stores and hardware stores? All of the above? I'm not gonna tell you to stock up on enough provisions to last a couple of months if things should get that grim. I'm also not gonna tell you NOT to do that, because things might just get that grim. I'll just say that it's an idea that's worth considering and if you ARE going to do that, if you wait until the runs begin then you'll have waited too long...

2020-02-15 - Coronavirus may spread via feces, study suggests:

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2020-02-16 - China destroying cash from areas most affected by the coronavirus, other areas to disinfect cash:

Quote: "China’s central bank says it plans to destroy most of the banknotes collected by hospitals, markets, and buses in some regions hard hit by the new coronavirus. Fan Yifei, deputy governor of the Chinese central bank, said they plan to out pump 600 billion yuan ($85.6 billion) of freshly printed paper currency to replace the bills taken out of circulation."

Quote: "In other areas of the country, the government has ordered banks to remove incoming paper currency from circulation and replace it with the new cash. They have been directed to keep the cash under quarantine for 14 days and disinfect it at high temperatures and with ultraviolet light before returning it to the public."

Note: So they're destroying a lot of money and the rest will have to be quarantined and sterilized for 14 days. This is another one of those examples where it's best to pay attention to what they do, not what they say. I've never heard of any government destroying vast amounts of cash because of an outbreak before, not for pneumonic plague outbreaks, not for the Spanish Flu of 1918, not for SARS, not for MERS, not for anything. I'm not saying it's a bad idea and that they shouldn't do it. I'm saying that the actions they are taking are the kind of unprecedented actions you might expect to see a nation take to combat a veritable doomsday virus, not some virus no more dangerous than the flu...

2020-02-16 - Coronavirus outbreak has many unknowns:

2020-02-16 - Here’s what coronavirus does to the body:

2020-02-16 - Coronavirus taking harsh toll on shipping and economies around the world:

2020-02-16 - A virus called Wuhan-400 causes outbreak in the Dean Koontz novel 'Eyes of Darkness' from 1981:

Note: Damn, Dean, prescience much?! I'm a bit of a Koontz fanboy, even have a signed first edition first printing of one of his books, and I've read most of them, but not this one. Might have to rectify that!

2020-02-16 - Unknown gas kills 5 people and sickens 70 more people in coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Quote: "At least five people were killed and 70 affected after toxic gas spread in Karachi's Keamari on Sunday, confirmed officials.The vice-chairman of union council in Keamari has confirmed the deaths of five people and said that the local hospital doesn't have the capacity to treat all those affected.Faisal Edhi, the head of the Edhi Foundation, told SAMAA TV that at least 70 people were taken to the hospital for treatment.According to Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, a ship full of chemicals had anchored at the port. He said that the port authorities are investigating how the gas leaked in the area."

Note: Unnamed deadly gas leaking from unnamed ship, sounds like that could be a cover story...

2020-02-16 - Porche Taycan electric car explodes into flame while parked inside garage at home in Florida:

Quote: "Locals on Twitter who have videos of the aftermath are not sharing details in order to protect the identity of the owner, but they claim that the vehicle 'exploded' inside the garage."

2020-02-16 - Third Navy crew saw 2004 Nimitz UFO 'forming in front if them' but were 'ordered to stay quiet':

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2020-02-17 - Death toll rises to 14 with 500+ more injured from unknown gas in seaside area in coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Quote: "Dr. Zafar Mehdi of Sindh Province's Health Department said 14 people had died from toxic gas exposure in Karachi and that 500 others were affected by the gas to varying degrees, including some who are in intensive care."

Quote: "Karachi officials have said they cannot find any evidence of a leak. Karachi Port Trust Chairman Jameel Akhtar said: 'All terminals and berths have been checked. Even private terminals, the oil piers, oil installation areas have been checked. No gas or chemical leakage. If there was a gas leak at the port the first affected would have been the people who work near the court.'"

2020-02-17 - Van bursts into flame and kills man at gas station in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 3400 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A man's dead body was found Monday night after a van erupted into flames in a Brooklyn gas station, police said. Smoke billowed from a white van parked at the BP Gas Station on East 80th Street and Foster Avenue just after 6 p.m., police said. Emergency responders extinguished the blaze then opened the doors to find a dead man, without any obvious signs of trauma, inside, said police."

2020-02-17 - Transformer explodes and burns at substation in Bengaluru (India), half the city goes dark:

2020-02-17 - Government building devastated by massive fire in coastal Mumbai (India):

2020-02-17 - Refinery hit by fire, gas line explodes and burns, in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2020-02-17 - Pallet factory devastated by huge fire in South Charleston (Ohio):

2020-02-17 - Coronavirus shutdown leads to mass chicken slaughter in China, food shortage and soaring meat prices ahead:

2020-02-17 - Shocking new study says the Coronavirus could impact more than 5 million businesses worldwide:

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2020-02-18 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 1 AM, explodes and kills person, at boat and RV storage business in Fort Worth (Texas):

2020-02-18 - Man found dead in burning car at 1:30 AM off Hudson Avenue in the Town of Mount Royal near Montreal (Canada):

Quote: "The fire was quickly brought under control and after it was extinguished, officers discovered a man’s body in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. While the police have tasked the arson squad with investigating what happened, Chevrefils said they haven’t yet ruled out the fire being an accident."

2020-02-18 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame on Nazareth Church Road in Welford (South Carolina):

Quote: "Firefighters with multiple departments worked to contain a large fire at the CMC Commercial Metals recycling plant at 2601 Nazareth Church Road in Spartanburg County. The fire is believed to have begun Tuesday night and was still burning Wednesday morning."

2020-02-18 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 2:25 AM, pile of crushed vehicles burns, in Becker (Minnesota):

Quote: "A passerby reported the fire at 2:25 a.m., according to the Becker Police Department. The fire appears to have started inside a massive pile of crushed automobiles at the facility."

2020-02-18 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, pile of crushed cars burns, in Camden (New Jersey):

Quote: "The heavy, black smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away. Officials say firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from a pile of debris of crushed cars."

2020-02-18 - Auto shop destroyed by fire shortly before 3 AM on Niles Road in Warren (Ohio), nobody there:

2020-02-18 - Tire recycling plant erupts in flame in Richmond (Virginia):

2020-02-18 - Tire business destroyed by mammoth fire, expected to burn for days, on Alert New London Road in Morgan Township (Ohio), nobody there:

Quote: "The more water we put in there, in this building, we are causing an environmental disaster by having this runoff go into the creeks surrounding it and the Little Miami River..."

Quote: "I’ve covered a lot of fires but I’ve never seen anything like this."

2020-02-18 - Massive locust swarms reach Botswana:

2020-02-18 - Massive locust swarms reach South Sudan:

Quote: "The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday."

2020-02-18 - Timeline of the locust plague:

2020-02-18 - Another 88 people infected with coronavirus on cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama (Japan):

Quote: "Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo. The new cases bring the total on the Diamond Princess to 542. The number is by far the largest outside China."

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2020-02-19 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 5:10 AM and kills man and woman at home in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-02-19 - Wildfire-induced toxic air may cause serious health crisis in Australia:

2020-02-19 - Coronavirus kills 2 people in Qom (Iran), first Middle East fatalities, schools closed:

2020-02-19 - Coronavirus kills 2 former passengers from quarantined cruise ship off Yokohama (Japan):

2020-02-19 - China deploys 40 mobile incinerators to Wuhan amid fears of coronavirus death toll 'cover up':

2020-02-19 - Woman infected at least 37 people at church with coronavirus, and now dozens of others showing symptoms too, in Daegu (South Korea):

Quote: "A so-called superspreader infected at least 37 people at her church with the new coronavirus, and dozens of additional worshippers are also showing symptoms of the disease, called COVID-19, according to news reports."

Quote: "Until Tuesday, South Korea had only confirmed 31 infections, but it now has a total of 82."

2020-02-19 - Humans responsible for as much as 40 percent more methane emissions than previously thought:

Quote: "Humans are responsible for as much as 40 percent more methane emissions than previously estimated, according to a new study published in the journal Nature today."

2020-02-19 - People regularly slumping over dead in cars in Tallahassee (Florida):

Quote: "Tallahassee is calling for answers after a third body was found inside a car in less than a month. Two bodies were found in Walmart parking lots in Tallahassee within two weeks. The other at the Tallahassee International Airport."

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2020-02-20 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits American Idol auditions, Katy Perry collapses, in Hollywood (California):

Quote: "In an exclusive clip of Sunday’s episode, judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie are forced to pause auditions due to a gas leak that could be potentially be dangerous. 'Do you guys smell gas? It’s pretty intense,' Perry, 35, says in the clip. 'We’re getting heavy propane,' Bryan, 43, says to the Idol producers."

Quote: "There is a scramble to evacuate and once outside, Perry appears to be overcome. 'I'm not feeling good,' the singer says as she falls to the ground."

Note: I didn't see in any of the stories any confirmation that there was actually a gas leak, just some guy on the set saying it smelled like propane and then everyone ran with the 'gas leak' theory. Propane is odorless, so nobody ever smells propane. What they smell is an odorant that's added to propane to make it smell like rotten eggs. So they smelled a strong rotten egg odor, near the coast, and Katy Perry collapsed - that's all we can know for sure. Hydrogen sulfide smells like rotten eggs at lower concentrations, and hydrogen sulfide is a 'knockdown agent' which can cause unconsciousness or death...

2020-02-20 - Unknown odor closes senior resource center in coastal Pensacola (Florida):

Quote: "Pensacola City officials have closed The Bayview Senior Resource Center until they know what’s causing an odor there. According to a news release sent out Thursday Evening, Pensacola City officials are working with Public Works and Facilities to solve the smelly mystery."

2020-02-20 - Brand new SUV bursts into flame before 5 AM while parked inside Mercedes dealership's showroom, another vehicle later starts smoldering, in Lynnfield (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Although firefighters were able to contain the fire to the car where it had originated, between 20 and 25 other vehicles were exposed to smoke and water damage, according to Lynnfield Fire Chief Glenn Davis."

Quote: "An investigation is underway into the apparent spontaneous combustion of a new car."

Quote: "Hours after the first fire broke out, a second vehicle parked in the lot outside of the showroom started smoking and smoldering."

2020-02-20 - Around 40 cars destroyed by fire at car dealership in Anandapur (India):

Quote: "There was a major fire at a car workshop of a leading four-wheeler manufacturer in Kolkata on Thursday afternoon. 40 brand new cars are charred in the fire that erupted in Anandapur. Ten fire tenders were rushed to douse the flames. The blaze was brought under control after long struggle by the firefighters, and the cooling-off process has started."

2020-02-20 - FBI has ordered $40,000 in hand sanitizer and face masks 'in case the coronavirus becomes a pandemic in the United States':

2020-02-20 - China dispatches army of 100,000 ducks to fight locust invasion:

2020-02-20 - UN calls for greater global effort in tackling locust invasion as June upsurge forecast:

2020-02-20 - Fates of humans and insects intertwined, warn scientists:

2020-02-20 - Arctic sea ice volume hits lowest level on record for this time of year:

Quote: "On February 18, 2020, Arctic sea ice extent was 13.96 million km², just above the 2010s average. At first glance, that may not sound worrying. However, sea ice volume is at a record low for the time of the year. In other words, sea ice is very thin and there is little or no buffer left to consume the influx of warm, salty water from the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean."

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2020-02-21 - Small plane bursts into flame at airport in coastal Oakland (California):

Note: This is the 13th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-02-21 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Christchurch (New Zealand):

Quote: "A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said seven fire crews from around the city were working to extinguish the blaze, which had ignited at a large industrial premises used for scrap metal processing."

2020-02-21 - Landfill fire breaks out for the 7th time in a year on the island of St. Croix (US Virgin Islands):

2020-02-21 - Landfill fire breaks out in Kodungaiyur area in coastal Chennai (India):

2020-02-21 - CDC is preparing for the 'likely' spread of coronavirus in the US, officials say:

Quote: "Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch told The Wall Street Journal that 'it's likely we'll see a global pandemic' of coronavirus, with 40 to 70 percent of the world's population likely to be infected this year."

Quote: "Two other experts have recently given similar estimates."

2020-02-21 - Coronavirus spreading among inmates in prisons in China:

Quote: "Hundreds of Chinese inmates have been infected with the novel coronavirus as the outbreak spreads to prisons across China. He Ping, an official at China's Ministry of Justice, told reporters at a daily briefing Friday that officials have been fired after more than 500 cases of the newly discovered virus were diagnosed in five prisons across three Chinese provinces, including Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak."

2020-02-21 - Number of coronavirus cases exploding in South Korea:

Quote: "South Korea on Saturday reported a six-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 346, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the fourth-largest city where schools were closed and worshipers and others told to avoid mass gatherings."

2020-02-21 - Number of coronavirus cases increases quickly in Italy:

Quote: "In a rapid development, 14 new cases of novel coronavirus were identified in Italy on Friday, bringing the country's total to at least 16, Italian health officials reported. Many of the new cases were among people who had not traveled to China."

2020-02-21 - Whistleblower doctors in China say coronavirus reinfection even deadlier than initial infection:

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2020-02-22 - RV goes up in flames and kills man while parked at home on North Hart Boulevard in Orlando (Florida):

Quote: "One person is dead after a fire involving an RV on Saturday, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. Officials said the department received multiple 911 calls related to a house fire, with the initial call coming in at about 7:43 p.m. Saturday reporting fire coming from an RV in the 100 block of North Hart Boulevard."

Note: This is the 48th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 2nd deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-02-22 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 6 in Iran:

Quote: "So far, 28 cases have been confirmed in Iran, including at least five of the six who died."

2020-02-22 - Coronavirus death toll rises to 2 in Italy, infections surpass 100, a dozen towns on lockdown:

Quote: "Italy reports a total of 62 cases, many of them representing the first infections in the country via secondary contagion, that is, not directly from a visitor to China. The deaths come a day after health officials at the World Health Organization warned that attempts to contain the virus that erupted in China in December were at a crisis point."

2020-02-22 - Coronavirus spreading rapidly in South Korea, infections pass 600:

2020-02-22 - US preparing for coronavirus pandemic, school and business closures:

Quote: "U.S. health officials on Friday said they are preparing for the possibility of the spread of the new coronavirus through U.S. communities that would force closures of schools and businesses."

Note: So imagine grocery stores being closed for a couple of months or so. Do you have everything you'd want to have on hand if that were to happen? The authorities are preparing for that possibility. Nothing says you can't do so too. It's not too late. Yet!

2020-02-22 - Passenger tests positive for coronavirus after being released from quarantined cruise ship off Yokohama (Japan):

Quote: "A passenger who got off the Diamond Princess after completing the cruise ship's quarantine this past week tested positive for the new virus Saturday, becoming the first known case of infection among those released at the end of the ship's containment period, Japanese officials said."

Note: That could be because they're quarantining people for 14 days but there's some evidence that people may be infected but asymptomatic for significantly longer than that...

2020-02-22 - Massive locust swarms spread into Bahrain:

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2020-02-23 - Car bursts into flame at 7 AM and burns toddler girl to death at home in Kununurra (Australia):

Quote: "A two-year-old child has died in a car fire in the remote West Australian Kimberley town of Kununurra. Emergency services were called to a house in Ironwood Drive to respond to a car fire on Sunday morning. Police said while the body had not been formally identified, it was believed that a two-year-old girl. Police said the cause of the fire had not been established but, based on information from the scene, it was not being treated as suspicious."

2020-02-23 - Huge mulch fire breaks out at 1 AM at mulch business on South Van Dyke Road in Marlette (Michigan):

2020-02-23 - Wildfire burns 5,400+ acres on the island of Kahoolawe (Hawaii):

Quote: "A brush fire that started on Kahoolawe on Saturday has burned more than 5,400 acres, but firefighters are only able to monitor the conditions from afar."

2020-02-23 - Wildfire breaks out in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (New Jersey):

2020-02-23 - Warming ocean and increasingly frequent marine heatwaves killing off sea life around southern Australia:

Quote: "The ocean around southern Australia is a global heating hotspot. One man has watched entire sea forests disappear in his lifetime."

Quote: "Ocean temperatures vary less than those on land and aquatic species are not adept at adjusting to rapid shifts. In Tasmania, this has been exacerbated by extreme marine heatwaves in three of the past five years."

2020-02-23 - Report claims two-thirds of global coronavirus cases have gone undetected:

Quote: "A new report from a WHO infectious disease modeling team based at Imperial College London is estimating about two-thirds of Covid-19 cases worldwide have gone undetected. The analysis suggests the global spread of the novel coronavirus is significantly greater than the current volume of confirmed cases."

2020-02-23 - Global stocks fall as coronavirus continues to spread:

2020-02-23 - The story of how a small plague of locusts grew into billions in just over 12 months stretching from China to Southern Africa:

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2020-02-24 - Mysterious 'sulfur smoky' odor again blows through Delaware County (Pennsylvania):

2020-02-24 - RV goes up in flames and kills couple before 4:30 AM at RV park on the St. Johns River in DeBary (Florida):,8021

Quote: "A man and woman were killed early Monday in an RV fire in DeBary, officials said. The double fatal fire was reported at 4:17 a.m. at the Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort at 488 W. Highbanks Road."

Note: This is the 50th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 3rd deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-02-24 - Ambulance bursts into flame while parked at station, fire spreads to another ambulance, in Salisbury Center (New York):

Quote: "Mohawk Valley Ambulance Corps officials are assessing the damage after a fire at the agency’s Salisbury Center station Monday afternoon destroyed one of its ambulances and heavily damaged another."

2020-02-24 - Heatwave in Antarctica melted a fifth of an island's snow in 9 days:

2020-02-24 - Coronavirus outbreak impacting production, shipping, DOW plunges 1000+ points, third-worst point loss in history:

2020-02-24 - Coronavirus cases jump to 229 from just 3 on Friday in Italy, patient zero unknown:

Quote: "For now there are 229 cases confirmed in Italy."

Quote: "Officials have yet to track down the first carrier of the virus in the country. 'We still cannot identify patient zero, so it's difficult to forecast possible new cases,' Borrelli said at an earlier press conference."

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2020-02-25 - Woman, 76, has 'medical emergency' and dies in car, car bursts into flame, on South Church Street in Rocky Mount (North Carolina):

Quote: "On Monday, the Rocky Mount Police Department and the Rocky Mount Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the 1500 block of South Church Street. After the fire was extinguished, officials said they found a victim was inside the vehicle. Through a joint investigation and an autopsy, the victim was identified as Mary Alston, 76, of Rocky Mount. Officials said Alston died of a medical emergency."

2020-02-25 - Passenger plane's landing gear bursts into flame at 6 AM after landing at airport in Montreal (Canada):

Quote: "A fire broke out in the landing gear of an Air Canada Jazz plane after it touched down early Tuesday at Trudeau airport."

Note: This is the 14th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2019...

2020-02-25 - Refinery rocked by explosion and fire in Carson (California):

Quote: "The Marathon refinery, according to ABC Los Angeles station KABC, is believed to be the largest refinery on the West coast. It processes around 360,000 barrels per day, the station reported."

2020-02-25 - Underground electrical fire and explosion cause blackouts in Canyon Country (California):

2020-02-25 - CDC warns that coronavirus will spread in the US and cause severe disruption to life, businesses and schools may close:

2020-02-25 - Alaska’s marine ecosystem changing decades earlier than expected due to climate crisis:

2020-02-25 - Mild winter disrupting animal hibernation and insect behavior in the UK:

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2020-02-26 - Unknown stench regularly blowing through coastal Marina (California):

Quote: "Something stinks in Marina and officials are not sure what it is. The Monterey Bay Air Resources District says complaints about foul smells have accelerated over the last two months. They say there have been nearly 100 complaints since 2017 of people complaining about 'horrible smells' and a 'terrible odor' that are mostly concentrated in the northern part of Marina."

2020-02-26 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, 60-ton pile of scrap metal burns, on St Georges Road in Dorchester (Britain):

Quote: "We received the call at 03:44 this morning to reports of a fire at a scrap metal plant on St Georges Road, Dorchester. The fire involved around 60 tonnes of scrap metal and crews used hose reel jets and main hose lines to extinguish the fire."

2020-02-26 - Landfill fire breaks out in Harlingen (Texas):

2020-02-26 - CDC detects first possible community spread of coronavirus in the US, in California:

Quote: "A person in California who was not exposed to anyone known to be infected with the coronavirus, and had not traveled to countries in which the virus is circulating, has tested positive for the infection. It may be the first case of community spread in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday."

Note: So whoever they got it from is still out in society passing it on to others, and has been for a while. And whoever else that person infected, they've been out in society passing it on to others too, who have passed it on to yet others. Any of those people may have been visitors from other cities who have returned home, gone to restaurants or grocery stores or music concerts and such. In other words, it's here now, spreading quietly from person to person, and anyone you meet from now on could be infectious. Maybe 'the authorities' know it's already widespread and the reason they're not testing very many people is to force the number of confirmed cases to remain a low number. You can't have more than 500 confirmed cases if you only test 500 people!

2020-02-26 - Coronavirus death count hits 19 with 139 infections in Iran:

Quote: "Nineteen people have died and 139 people have been infected by coronavirus in Iran, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Wednesday in an announcement on state TV."

Quote: "The latest deaths bring the official tally to 19 fatalities out of 139 cases, although the very high death rate has fuelled suspicion that the regime's figures are too low."

2020-02-26 - Coronavirus is now spreading faster outside China as Europe and South Korea case counts climb:

2020-02-26 - Government in talks over mass deaths and burial plans in Britain:

Quote: "'I understand the Cabinet Office has been in communication with local authorities about 'Excess Death Contingency Planning'- effectively their 'mass death preparedness' plans in the event of coronavirus being at upper end of worst case scenario."

2020-02-26 - NPR's guide on how to prepare for the coming coronavirus pandemic:

Quote: "If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the last place you want to be is in line at a crowded grocery store or drugstore."

2020-02-26 - European transportation at risk from climate change:

2020-02-26 - Singapore prepares for worst of climate change with $72B defense plan:

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2020-02-27 - Unknown odor sickens staff and students at Arthur A. Richards K-8 School on the island of St. Croix (US Virgin Islands), 3000 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "This is the latest in a long string of V.I government office closings, almost always schools and generally on St. Croix, due to mysterious smells, going back a decade."

2020-02-27 - 20 countries confirm new coronavirus cases as outbreak surges outside China:

2020-02-27 - Coronavirus death toll reaches 26 with 245 reported infections in Iran:

Quote: "The doctor, who requested anonymity to speak freely, said the official tally vastly underestimates the true number of cases. 'We didn’t have a way to test people earlier and don’t have the capacity to screen everyone,' he said, in a telephone interview."

Note: Those numbers aren't making sense. Either they've got a super-virulent strain or they're drastically undercounting the number of infections, and it sounds like their own doctors believe it's the latter...

2020-02-27 - Dog tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong (China):

Quote: "The pet dog of a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong has been found to have a 'low level' of the virus, the Hong Kong government said early Friday."

2020-02-27 - Dow plunges 1,191 points on coronavirus fears, biggest point drop in history:

Quote: "Stocks are now headed for their worst week since October 2008, during the global financial crisis."

Note: Three of the five largest point losses in history on the Dow have happened this week. Of the top 20 biggest point losses in Dow history, 14 have occurred under Trump, 5 occurred under Bush Junior and 1 occurred under Obama. Of the 20 biggest percentage drops in Dow history, only 4 have occurred in this century, all 4 of them under Bush Junior...

2020-02-27 - Cannibalism increasing among polar bears in Arctic:

2020-02-27 - Massive glacier collapse causes catastrophic mudflow near Machu Picchu (Peru):

2020-02-27 - More than a fifth of temperate forests were destroyed by wildfires in Australia in the past year:

2020-02-27 - SUV bursts into flame at 5 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to 2 homes and 2 more vehicles, in coastal Long Branch (New Jersey):

Quote: "The blaze began around 5 a.m. Thursday in the Range Rover in the 400 block of Exchange Place, witnesses told News12, which published video of the fire spreading."

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2020-02-28 - Unknown odor evacuates urgent care facility in coastal Sandwich (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Several people were evaluated after an unknown odor was reported at the Stoneman Outpatient Center in Sandwich early Friday afternoon. Rescuers were called to the Cape Cod Healthcare facility on Jan Sebastian Way about 12:30 PM."

2020-02-28 - RV goes up in flames and kills woman while parked on street in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Quote: "Officials are investigating after a woman died in an RV fire Friday morning in Seattle. Seattle fire crews responded to a report of an RV fire at about 7:30 a.m. at 24th Avenue South and South Hill Street."

2020-02-28 - RV and RV trailer go up in flames in the wee hours and kill person on Shady Oak Drive near White Oak Swamp Road in Sequatchie County (Tennessee):

Quote: "Firefighters were called to battle a blaze in a camper trailer and RV before dawn. It was on property on Shady Oak Drive near White Oak Swamp Road. But they found a body inside. Sheriff’s investigators with the help of the TBI have determined the cause of the fire is accidental. And no foul play is suspected in the death."

Note: These are the 58th and 59th RVs to burn in 2020, and these are the 4th and 5th deadly RV fires in 2020...

2020-02-28 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame, fire gets big, in Omaha (Nebraska):

Quote: "The area has several auto salvage and recycling businesses. Officials said the fire was at U-Pull-It."

2020-02-28 - Beginning a year or two ago, Russia began using the phrase 'gas pop' instead of 'gas explosion':

Quote: "In the latter half of 2019, readers of Russia’s state media started drawing attention on social media to news reports about explosions, like natural-gas explosions, where the word 'explosion' was bizarrely being replaced by the word 'pop' (khlopok). This has repeatedly led to absurd headlines about a 'gas pop' above a photograph showing a smoking ruins and a story about dozens of people being injured or even killed."

Note: Orwellian attempt to hide a rising numbers of explosions. If explosions are called pops then there are no explosions. Explosion problem solved!

2020-02-28 - Second US coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in Santa Clara County (California):

Quote: "The case in a patient a nurse said is now at El Camino Hospital is the second in the Bay Area this week in which the infected person had no known exposure to the disease either through travel overseas or another infected person."

Note: Unknown origin means it's in the community now, and unknown people are infected and are infecting other unknown people, who are infecting other unknown people. Prepare for this to explode across the country anytime now. If the 'R naught' of this virus is 6, and there are some indications that it could be that high, then after a month there'd be around 1300 infected people in the US. I suspect that's about where we're at now. Doesn't sound all THAT bad, right? Well, if that's where we're at then with a one-week cycle and an 'R naught' of 6, everyone in the US will be infected by the end of April. Obviously that's not going to happen - many people will be implementing a successful 'social distancing' regime. But the situation could at least be very dire by the end of April...

2020-02-28 - Coronavirus death toll hits 17 with 650 infections in Italy:

2020-02-28 - Coronavirus death toll hits 34 with 388 infections according to the 'official numbers' in Iran:

Quote: "Thirty four people have died from coronavirus in Iran and 388 are infected by the virus, health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur announced on state television on Friday."

Note: I don't believe their numbers. There are a lot of people returning from trips to Iran who got the virus there. It is undoubtedly waaay more widespread there than those 'official numbers' suggest. A vice president and a health minister (ironically) are both out with coronavirus...

2020-02-28 - Iranian official from Rasht says the 'official numbers' in Iran are BS and many more people are dead:

Quote: "The death toll from coronavirus in Iran is 'much higher' than the official death toll, Iranian MP Gholamali Jafarzadeh Imenabadi said on Friday, adding that he has documented 'horrific numbers' from cemeteries in his city Rasht in northern Iran."

2020-02-28 - Australia's coronavirus pandemic plan - mass vaccinations and stadium quarantine:

Category: Variety Pack

2020-02-29 - First US coronavirus death reported in Washington State, state of emergency declared:

Quote: "A man in his 50s is the first to die from the coronavirus in the U.S., the Washington state Department of Health confirmed Saturday in a media advisory."

Quote: "More than 50 others at the center in Kirkland are reportedly ill with 'respiratory symptoms or hospitalized with pneumonia or other respiratory conditions of an unknown cause.' They’re being tested for coronavirus."

Quote: "Inslee declared a state of emergency in response to new cases of coronavirus in Washington and directed state agencies to use all resources necessary to prepare for and respond to the outbreak."

2020-02-29 - Deadly coronavirus could be with us forever as another seasonal illness:

2020-02-29 - Will coronavirus slow down in the warmer months like flu season?

Note: Even if it does, then it'll simply kill people in the southern hemisphere more while it's winter there, then pick up again in the northern hemisphere once winter returns. I guess that's better than having it killing people constantly in BOTH hemispheres though...

2020-02-29 - Two underground fires burn for months at landfill in Kealba suburb of coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "Two underground fires burning for at least three months within waste cells at a Kealba landfill are persistently emitting a 'toxic, chemical' smell, residents say."

2020-02-29 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal George Town (Cayman Islands):

2020-02-29 - Recycling center destroyed by fire at 5:37 AM in coastal Pasir Gudang (Malaysia):

2020-02-29 - More than 300 homes destroyed by fire in coastal Mandaue City (Philippine Islands):

2020-02-29 - Arctic may see ice-free summers in as few as 15 years:

Note: So it'll probably be ice-free in five years and scientists will be 'stunned' and 'baffled' at how quickly things have happened, following a long (long!) trend of scientists being wrong with such overly optimistic predictions...

2020-02-29 - Climate change has lengthened Australian summers by 50%:

2020-02-29 - We are too late to stop the hell climate change will unleash:

Quote: "We can expect mass migrations, death and destruction as a result, with many parts of the world becoming uninhabitable."

Note: ALL parts of the world will be uninhabitable, except for people who learn to breathe poison gas, endure 1700F fires and eat bugs...

2020-02-29 - People dying bleeding from their eyes from unknown cause in Ethiopia:

Quote: "Have you ever heard of Disease X? No? It’s normal because it doesn’t exist yet. But scientists believe they have found it in Ethiopia after people start dropping like flies with bleeding eyes."

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