Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Event Update For 2020-07-07

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

2020-07-07 - ‘Pink ice’ in the Alps sparks global warming fears:

Quote: "Mysterious pink ice in the Alps has sparked fears that it could worsen the effects of climate change, experts have warned. The ice is thought to be caused by the algae, which is similar to plants found in Greenland and at Earth’s poles."

Note: When they first started reporting algae spreading across snow and darkening it in Antarctica a few years ago, I said then that I thought this was one of those problems where once you see it happening, you will see it happen again and again and it will get worse. And not only does this algae prefer warmer temps, but by changing the albedo of the planet, it has the ability to raise global temps itself. The darker the snow, the faster it melts, and the less snow, the warmer things get, which grows more algae, which melts more snow, which makes things yet warmer, and on and on it goes. This is another facet of the runaway climatic train that is going result in the extermination of the human race...

2020-07-07 - Recently-discovered species of seaweed wiping out coral in the Hawaiian Islands:,100510

Quote: "Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading more rapidly than anything they've seen in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a nature reserve that stretches more than 1,300 miles north of the main Hawaiian Islands."

Quote: "'This is a highly destructive seaweed with the potential to overgrow entire reefs,' said biologist Heather Spalding, a study co-author and longtime Hawaii algae researcher."

Quote: "Last summer, they returned to find algae had taken over huge areas of the reef – in some areas covering 'everything, as far as the eye could see' – with seaweed nearly 8 inches (20 centimeters) thick, said Spalding, who was among the divers there. 'Everything underneath of it was dead,' she said."

2020-07-07 - Fire ants are heading north as the climate warms, researchers say:

2020-07-07 - Underground electrical explosion and fire blow manhole cover off in coastal Manhattan (New York), 2 injured:

2020-07-07 - Wildfire breaks out, grows to 11 square miles, destroys 1 home, threatens hundreds more, near Gardnerville (Nevada):

Quote: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency quickly approved disaster relief funds Tuesday to help fight a growing northern Nevada wildfire that closed a U.S. highway along the Sierra's eastern front, destroyed at least one home and was threatening hundreds more."

2020-07-07 - Wildfire breaks out in the Mission Hills area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Firefighters early Tuesday afternoon were battling a brush fire possibly linked to a transformer explosion in the Mission Hills neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley."

2020-07-07 - Wildfires continue raging in Siberia, smoke blows across the planet into Alaska:

2020-07-07 - Wildfire rips through two villages, 80 cottages and 30 homes destroyed, in Luhansk (Ukraine), 4+ killed, 9 injured:

Quote: "Four people died and nine were hospitalised as a forest fire swept through villages in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, Ukraine's emergency services said. The fire has destroyed 80 dacha holiday cottages and 30 houses in two villages, the service said in a statement."

2020-07-07 - Think COVID-19 disrupted the food chain? Wait and see what climate change will do:

2020-07-07 - Home damaged by explosion on Baron Drive in North St. Louis County (Missouri):

Note: This is the 57th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-07-07 - Recycling center erupts in flame in coastal Newark (New Jersey):

2020-07-07 - Wildfire breaks out near Monte Ruivo (Portugal):

2020-07-07 - Boat bursts into flame at John Wayne Marina in coastal Sequim (Washington):

Note: This is the 603rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-07 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame just after 4 AM on I-5 near rest area in Lebec (California):

2020-07-07 - Tractor bursts into flame in Huffman (Indiana):

2020-07-07 - Tractor bursts into flame in Stoke St Milborough, Ludlow (Britain):

Note: These are the 961st, 962nd and 963rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-07 - Heavy truck bursts into flame off East Stimmel Road in Saline County (Kansas):

2020-07-07 - SUV bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Brandon Road in Kildeer (Illinois):

Quote: "The blaze was reported about 10:15 p.m. on the 21000 block of Brandon Road. It started in an SUV on the driveway and spread to the garage of the two-story house, according to the Lake Zurich Fire Department."

2020-07-07 - SUV bursts into flame on street in Salem (Illinois):

2020-07-07 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on road in Osoyoos (Canada):

2020-07-07 - Car bursts into flame at 2:29 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on North Calhoun Street in Aurora (Illinois):

2020-07-07 - Car bursts into flame on the Beltline in Madison (Wisconsin):

2020-07-07 - Car bursts into flame at 5:20 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on George Street in coastal Sydney (Canada):

2020-07-07 - Car bursts into flame on the A170 near Helmsley (Britain):

Quote: "Time: 1518 Location: A170, Helmsley Crews from Helmsley and Thirsk attended a car on fire. Severe fire damage was caused to the engine compartment and smoke damage to the remainder. Fire was extinguished using two breathing apparatus, one hose reel and foam extinguisher."

2020-07-07 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Route 6 in coastal Sandwich (Massachusetts):

2020-07-07 - Hoverboard bursts into flame in the wee hours inside home, fire spreads to home, on Hopkins Avenue in Halethorpe (Maryland), 1 injured:

2020-07-07 - Barn destroyed by fire, fire spreads to home, along Blue Lane and Columbia Boro Line in Manor Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-07 - Barn destroyed by fire in Burtchville Township (Michigan):

2020-07-07 - Home damaged by fire at 2:15 AM near Thunderbird Drive and Desert Inn Road in Decatur (Illinois):

2020-07-07 - Home heavily damaged by fire on East Fulton Street in Des Moines (Iowa):

2020-07-07 - Home destroyed by fire on Wades Point Road in coastal McDaniel (Maryland), 650 feet from the ocean:

2020-07-07 - Home destroyed by fire shortly after 11 PM on Dawson Road in coastal St Michaels (Maryland), 600 feet from the ocean:

2020-07-07 - Home destroyed by fire shortly before 1:30 AM on South Spring Lane in Carthage (Missouri):

2020-07-07 - Two homes go up in flames in Arnold (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-07 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Nex Avenue in Iowa City (Iowa):

2020-07-07 - Deadly fire burns home on Aura Avenue in Reseda (California), 1 killed:

2020-07-07 - Deadly fire burns home on Chickering Street in Pittsfield (Massachusetts), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-07 - Vacant building burns at 1:30 AM in the Walnut Hills area in Cincinnati (Ohio):

2020-07-07 - Hundreds of fish bubble up dead in Lake Ashborough in Summerville (South Carolina):

2020-07-07 - Two men die in pond near Dent’s Run (West Virginia):

2020-07-07 - Boy, 8, found dead in swimming pool at hotel in Strongsville (Ohio):

Quote: "Strongsville police found an 8-year-old East Cleveland boy dead in the hotel pool after he went missing at the Strongsville Holiday Inn."

2020-07-07 - Woman, 80, found dead in swimming pool at home near Yukon (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Oklahoma City police officials confirmed that an 80-year-old woman was found dead in a pool."

2020-07-07 - Girl, 6, found dead at home in Oswego (Illinois):

2020-07-07 - Flight attendant, man, dies during flight on American Airlines passenger plane:

Quote: "Joe Tormes and his wife, Elsa Jett-Tormes, were working a flight together Sunday when he passed away. He flew with American Airlines for 20 years, according to the letter."

2020-07-07 - Postal worker, woman, drops dead on her route in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia):

2020-07-07 - Man, 19, dies in Shaver Lake on his birthday in Fresno County (California):

Quote: "The sheriff's office was called out to the lake on Tuesday after witnesses say a man went underwater but never came back up."

2020-07-07 - Man in his 50s found dead in the Eel River in Trinity County (California):

2020-07-07 - Boy, 17 found dead in Lake Cumberland (Kentucky):

2020-07-07 - Woman, 54, drops dead in apartment in Morehead (Kentucky):

2020-07-07 - Man, 40, found dead in the water off coastal Delray Beach (Florida):

2020-07-07 - Person found dead on bike path along the Neponset River near coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

Quote: "State Police spokesman David Procopio wrote in an e-mail that the person’s body was found around 6 a.m. Tuesday along the path that parallels the Neponset River."

2020-07-07 - Man, 61, found dead in pond in Manor Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-07 - Man, 67, dies while diving near lighthouse in coastal York (Maine):

2020-07-07 - Man found dead in the Tennessee River near Decatur (Alabama):

2020-07-07 - Man, 37, jumps in the water and dies in Rend Lake (Illinois):

2020-07-07 - Man, 48, found dead in Lake Laurentian (Canada):

2020-07-07 - Man, 32, champion snowboarder, has 'medical episode' while spearfishing and dies off coastal Palm Beach (Australia):

Quote: "Champion Australian snowboarder Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin has tragically died while spearfishing on the Gold Coast. Pullin, 32, was found unresponsive on an artificial reef off Palm Beach on Wednesday morning. It's understood he suffered a medical episode."

2020-07-07 - Man, 44, has 'medical event' at 6:41 AM, SUV crashes into Lake Sacajawea (Washington):

Quote: "Longview Police officers helped a Longview area man escape his vehicle after he suffered a medical event and unintentionally drove into Lake Sacajawea on Tuesday morning."

Quote: "The 44-year-old driver was headed eastbound on Ocean Beach Highway when he suffered a medical event resembling a seizure, which apparently caused him to veer off the road toward the lake, clipping a city light pole and driving through an iron fence and over a cement culvert before coming to rest with the front end of the vehicle in the water, Longview PD Sgt. Chris Blanchard said."

2020-07-07 - Passenger plane pounded by hail in flight, nose cone crushed, plane makes emergency landing at coastal JFK Airport (New York):

Quote: "A Delta Airlines says hail, not a bird, caused the damage that forced a flight to make an emergency landing at JFK Airport in New York City. The Airbus A319 carrying 43 passengers from Palm Beach, Florida, landed safely at JFK Airport just before 7:00 p.m. on Monday."

2020-07-07 - Small plane crashes into woods in South Lake Tahoe (California), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-07 - Small plane crashes at takeoff, bursts into flame, at Central Colorado Regional Airport in Buena Vista (Colorado), 1 injured:

2020-07-07 - Firefighting helicopter crashes near Payson (Arizona), 1 killed:

2020-07-07 - Passenger bus veers across six lanes, crashes through fence, plunges into Hongshan Lake, in Chifeng (China), 21 killed, 15 injured:

Quote: "Authorities say 21 people were killed Tuesday when a bus ran through a roadside fence and plunged into a lake in a southwestern Chinese city. Surveillance video posted by state broadcaster CCTV on its social media account show the bus suddenly race across six lanes of traffic and through the fence."

2020-07-07 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, on Highway 4 in Contra Costa County (California), 1 killed:

2020-07-07 - SUV overturns on road in Lagrange (Maine), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-07-07 - Two pickup truck collide head-on, fire erupts, near Silt (Colorado), 3 killed:

2020-07-07 - Car veers off road, crashes into ditch, bursts into flame, near Hamer (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2020-07-07 - Bridge collapses in Guysborough County near Canso (Canada), 1 injured:

2020-07-07 - Water main breaks, mammoth sinkhole swallows road, on Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis (Missouri):

Note: About two miles from me...

2020-07-07 - Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Indonesia, magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Micronesia:

2020-07-07 - Heavy rain, flooding and landslides hit Nepal:

2020-07-07 - Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of western India:

2020-07-07 - Heavy rain and flooding destroy crops and raspberry orchards in Serbia:

2020-07-07 - Around 20 million renters in the US could face eviction by the end of September because of the pandemic:

2020-07-07 - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who repeatedly downplayed COVID-19 threat, tests positive for COVID-19:

2020-07-07 - COVID-19 ripping through the coal mining industry in Poland:

2020-07-07 - Coronavirus herd immunity may be unachievable after study suggests antibodies disappear after weeks in some people:

2020-07-07 - Human head found near road in St. Petersburg (Florida):


  1. Good day Jonny, everyone. Looks like wildfire season just kicked up a notch. Young kids, teens, middle age people and the elderly keep dying in water-related conditions. Nobody (but us) notices.

    [First up today, another Celebrity JJFH Death]
    Naya Rivera, ‘Glee’ Star, Missing After Swimming Accident

    Rivera had rented a boat at Lake Piru, a reservoir near Santa Clarita in nearby Los Angeles county, which departed from the dock around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. She was swimming with her 4-year-old son when, for unknown reasons, she submerged and did not resurface, Captain Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s department told TheWrap.

    She was last seen in the water by her son, who is unharmed and was found alone on the boat at approximately 4:00 p.m. by other boaters. [more]

    Severe thunderstorms to rattle over 10 million in Midwest, Plains to end the week

    After thunderstorms with damaging winds moved through portions of the Plains on Wednesday, meteorologists are monitoring some of the same areas for Thursday and Friday. However, even more real estate will be at risk.

    Comet Neowise lights up skies in France

    Spectacular comet blazes above Britain’s skies this month

    A spectacular comet has been streaking across Britain’s skies, and will be visible in the early mornings and evenings this week and next.

    This week, it has been spotted by photographers over Norfolk, and blazing across the skies of Hungary and Lebanon. [more]

    Stunning 'jellyfish' sprites captured over French mountain range

    Why Idaho Hasn't Stopped Shaking Since March 31 [scientists actually don't know]

    Months after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Idaho, the southern part of the state is still shaking.

    It was the second largest earthquake to strike Idaho [more]

    CDC lists new symptoms and warning signs for COVID-19 [~ 2.25 min. news spot]

    Why Big Bank Stocks Plunged 30% in the First Half of 2020

    Even for the biggest of the big, interest rates are the smallest of the small.

    But big banks haven't recovered as quickly as many other sectors because they're uniquely vulnerable to changes in interest and unemployment rates. [more; also lack of demand]

    [2nd section below]

  2. Thursday, 9 July 2020
    Ball Of Confusion: Why do nearly all the people I talk to know of no one who has Covid-19 yet 12 million people have the virus and 550,000 of them have died? And where did all the hate suddenly come from as if it were also a virus?

    The US just passed three million cases, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The death toll stands at 132,362.

    why do nearly all the people I talk to know of no one who has the virus. [more; the hate is being stoked by tptb/Deep State]

    [ya gotta remember there are around 8 BILLION people on Earth]

    Housing market heats up, cruise industry in murky waters

    HOUSING: Home buying is heating up, despite the pandemic. Seasonally adjusted purchase applications rose 5%, to the highest level in nearly a month, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 3. The figure is up 33% from the same week a year earlier. [more; bullshit]

    Can your blood type predict whether you’re more or less susceptible to the coronavirus?

    Researchers observed that type O blood was associated with slightly more protection from the virus, while those with type A blood may be more vulnerable to the disease. [more]

    Coronavirus experts warn infection rate is 75% higher than previously thought [in UK]

    Cambridge University’s MRC Biostatistics Unit, which runs nowcasting and forecasting for infections, believes 5,300 people are contracting COVID-19 every day, up from a previous estimate of 3,000, an increase of 76.6%. [more]

    Lightning strike kills Delaware County man, Philadelphia man

    Two men, one from Philadelphia and another from Delaware County, were killed during a lightning storm in northern Pennsylvania. [2.3 min. news video]

    With No End in Sight to the Coronavirus, Some Teachers Are Retiring Rather Than Going Back to School

    But the health risks are greater for some educators and other school employees, including bus drivers and custodians, than they are for children. Adults over age 65 account for the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. And 18% of public and private school teachers and 27% of principals are 55 or older, according to federal data. That’s why researchers at the American Enterprise Institute warned of a “school personnel crisis,” recommending in May that school districts provide early retirement incentives or create a “virtual teaching corps” for those who feel safer working remotely.

    “I still have not seen any state really address this in their reopening plans. [more]

    ‘The Second Wave’ of COVID Hits Israel Like a Tsunami

    Tuesday was Israel’s worst day of contagion, with 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 announced, a record since the start of the outbreak. [more]

  3. [some Thursday headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, July 9, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Europe faces deep recession and UK will shrink by 10%, says EC

    Fed officials suggest U.S. recovery may be stalling

    Storied apparel brand Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy as it seeks a buyer and closes dozens of stores

    Bed Bath & Beyond to close 200 stores over the next two years

    Why The Bakken May Not Come Back

    Revealed: Saudi Arabia Tripled its Theft of Yemen's Oil amid Price War with Russia

    Global oil demand unlikely to have peaked due to pandemic: IEA's Birol

    End of an era? Series of U.S. setbacks bodes ill for big oil, gas pipeline projects

    Exxon's Big Bet On Algae Biofuels Is Crumbling

    The world threw away $57 billion in gold, silver, copper found in E-waste

    Locusts still hurting Africa

    'Now is not a good time': Why COVID-19 and lockdown anxiety could be leading to lower birth rates

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria may lurk in U.S. water, soil

    Climate change turning US mountain lakes green with algae

    Supercomputer finds medicine to treat tapeworm works for virus

    Six months into coronavirus pandemic, scientists say exact source may never be identified

    Asymptomatic and presymptomatic people transmit most COVID-19 infections: Study

    The American Economy in Four Words: Neofeudal Extortion, Decline, Collapse

    China 'happy' to join nuclear talks if US cuts arsenal to matching level

    US House Prices to Drop 6.6% by May 2021, First Annual Decline since Jan. 2012: CoreLogic, Owner of the Case-Shiller Index

    New payday lending rules could leave 12 million Americans 'exposed to unaffordable payments'

    Televangelists, megachurches tied to Trump approved for millions in pandemic aid

    US hits 3M coronavirus cases – about a quarter of the world's total. What number will spark societal changes to slow exponential rise?

    Pandemic Compresses Brick & Mortar Meltdown: Brooks Brothers Files for Bankruptcy, Ascena (Ann Taylor, etc.) Prepares to File, Tailored Brands (Men's Wearhouse, etc.) Not Far Behind

    Bed Bath & Beyond announces plans to permanently close 200 stores over next two years

    Apple Maps driving activity is slowing again in warning sign for the economy

    Fewer People Pay Their Rent on Time in July

  4. Good afternoon Jonny, everyone. Hot enough for ye?

    Authorities: 1 dead after tornado hits western Minnesota

    At least one powerful tornado damaged farms, left one person dead and two others injured in western Minnesota as severe storms moved across parts of the Midwest, authorities said.

    A 30-year-old man was killed near Dalton when a twister destroyed a large garage in which he was working Wednesday evening, said Otter Tail County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

    Two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital, Van Dyke said. He did not know where or how the two were injured.

    At least three farmsteads were hit, and one of those farmhouses was flattened, said meteorologist Vince Godon with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D.

    The tornado that caused the fatality is believed to be at least in the EF-3 category, with winds of 136-165 mph, the weather service said. It left a 6- to 9-mile trail of damage as it roared northeast. [more; daaaamn]

    Environment Canada confirms 4 tornadoes formed in Alberta on Tuesday

    In all cases, no damage has been reported to date and all have been "given preliminary ratings of EF0." [more]
    Lightning strikes kills at least 12 in India's Bihar, brings death toll to 150 in 2 weeks for the state

    Over the past two weeks, more than 150 people were killed in similar strikes in the state. [more]

    [and now for some udderly ridiculous politics]
    Fired Ukraine minister dons skimpy bikini, launches new party to fight corruption of "pants-wearing idiots"

    [what'd she say?]

    [You can't HANDLE the data!... ok, here y'ar']
    Florida sheriff wins battle with DeSantis administration over coronavirus data

    “When there’s trouble getting the information, it’s because the information is troubling,” Chitwood told a local outlet on Wednesday, recalling a lesson he’d learned when he began as a Philadelphia police officer at the devastating height of crack cocaine’s grip on American cities during the late 1980s.

    A clearly outraged Chitwood then took to social media, denouncing failed leadership and lamenting “so many failures to effectively confront this crisis at every level of government.”

    The outrage clearly got the attention of Tallahassee. Chitwood told Yahoo News on Thursday that the state would resume sending him data. “I think this is a win for all first responders,” he wrote on Twitter, “and for every resident of Volusia County.” [more]

    [part II awaits]

  5. [fuggedabotit - try savin' yer ass!]
    2020 Is Our Last, Best Chance to Save the Planet

    From our vantage point today, 2020 looks like the year when an unknown virus spun out of control, killed hundreds of thousands and altered the way we live day to day. In the future, we may look back at 2020 as the year we decided to keep driving off the climate cliff–or to take the last exit. [more; sorry mac, da road's warshed out up ahead, closed man!]

    Tie for warmest 12-month period globally as Siberia sizzles

    Temperatures soared 10 degrees Celsius above average across much of permafrost-laden Siberia last month, which was tied for the warmest June on record globally, the European Union's climate monitoring network said Tuesday.

    The 12-month period to June 2020 was also tied for the warmest to date across the planet, on a par with the ones ending in May 2020 and September 2016, an exceptional El Nino year, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) reported. [more]

    Energy Transfer Says It Won’t Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline Despite Judge’s Order

    UPDATE: Energy Transfer LP, the company that owns the Dakota Access Pipeline, said Wednesday that it has no plans to shut the pipeline down, despite a federal ruling issued Monday.

    “We are not shutting in the line,” Energy Transfer spokeswoman Vicki Granado said in an email, according to Bloomberg. Granado added that the company believes Judge James E. Boasberg, who issued the ruling “exceeded his authority and does not have the jurisdiction to shut down the pipeline or stop the flow of crude oil.” [more; "we're above the law"]

    Applying rock dust to farmlands could suck up 2 billion tons of CO2

    Applying rock dust to farmlands could suck up 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, the same amount as the current total from global aviation and shipping, a major new study has found.

    The technique, called enhanced weathering, involves spreading finely crushed volcanic basalt on fields to improve their ability to absorb CO2 and provide nutrients to the soil.
    [more; right, all ya gotta do is mine and transport it, adding CO2 in both processes - may break even, pointless]

    It may not be 100% safe to open schools in the fall like Trump wants: former governor

    The debate on whether schools should reopen in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on is reaching fever pitch levels.

    Experts say though it should ultimately boil down to whether reopening is safe for kids. And, the states need to make that call.

    Suffice it to say, Trump has a different take on the matter.[more]

    [3rd section next]

  6. Tropical system trying to form off East Coast

    Locally 3 to 5 inches of rain could fall from this system in the Mid-Atlantic and 3-plus inches of rain is possible from New Jersey to upstate New York and into parts of New England.

    [meanwhile, out west]

    Excessive heat watches have been issued for California, Nevada and Arizona. Temperatures will approach 120 degrees by the weekend in some spots. [more]

    Body of missing Connecticut school teacher who thought he had coronavirus found in waters off Long Island

    A beloved Connecticut school teacher who disappeared in the early morning hours of his 50th birthday while quarantining over COVID-19 fears, has been found dead, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

    The body of Gil Cunha was found in the waters off the coast of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York, near Fire Island, according to a release emailed to Dateline by the Suffolk County Police.

    “Detectives determined the remains were from a body that had been discovered after being struck by the propeller of a tugboat on May 27 at 6:50 a.m.,” Suffolk County Police said in a statement. “The cause of death is under investigation.”[more; so he somehow fell off his boat, or into the water, drowned, floated away, got hit by a tug, and drifted back in?]

    [behold: the tetraquark!]
    CERN: physicists report the discovery of unique new particle

    The LHCb collaboration at CERN has announced the discovery of a new exotic particle: a so-called “tetraquark”. The paper by more than 800 authors is yet to be evaluated by other scientists in a process called “peer review”, but has been presented at a seminar. It also meets the usual statistical threshold for claiming the discovery of a new particle.

    The finding marks a major breakthrough in a search of almost 20 years, carried out in particle physics labs all over the world.

    two quarks and two antiquarks might stick together to form a “tetraquark”, while four quarks and an antiquark would make a “pentaquark”. [more; r i g h t . ..]

    Extinction: One third of all lemurs 'on the brink'

    A third of all the lemur species on Earth are "one step from extinction".

    This is according to the latest update of the Red List, the comprehensive, continually updated report on the status of species.

    Human activities, particularly deforestation and hunting, drive the declines in these unique primates. [more]

    ‘It’s all on hold’: how Covid-19 derailed the fight against plastic waste

    2020 was supposed to be the year America revolted against plastic.

    Consumers were refusing straws and toting their own coffee mugs. Legislators had proposed an unprecedented wave of laws to ban single-use plastics. Even companies like Coke and Pepsi were opening up to the idea plastic might not be the future.

    Then came the Covid-19 pandemic. Now activists worry the anti-plastic movement is once again back in the trenches. [more]

    Big Oil’s Fallback Plan Is Falling Flat

    “Petrochemicals and plastic will not be how the oil and gas industry grows its way out of this crisis or climbs its way out of debt,” a report published Thursday by the nonprofit Center for International Environmental Law concluded. “The plastic market is saturated, and a short-term uptick in demand for personal protective equipment will not change the long-term downward trajectory of plastic use.” [more]

  7. It's 93F here today, and 'feels like' 102F. Yep, hot enough for me! Could be worse I guess. Hey, it's cooler than it was in the Arctic that day a coupla weeks ago when it cracked 100F!

  8. [back to back Arctic News posts!]
    THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
    Global warming and ice sheet melting: Portents of a Younger dryas-like stadial event

    Current global temperature rises in the range of ~ +1.19 ± 0.13 °C (Northern Hemisphere) and higher in the Arctic are consistent with this pattern, leading to the build-up of ice melt pools south of Greenland and around Antarctica. The growth of these pools is likely to progress toward large-scale to a global stadial, inducing differential warming and cooling effects leading to major weather disruptions and storminess, possibly analogous to the Younger dryas and Laurentian melt events. [more; cooling period to impact 21st - 23rd centuries]

    Truck Crashes Into Huge Sinkhole in St-Louis, Missouri (Videos)

    Emergency crews had to remove a pickup truck from a massive sinkhole (15 feet long and 10 feet deep) on Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, Wednesday morning, after the driver went through barriers and crashed.

    There were two people inside the truck, but neither were injured in the crash.

    The driver was looking up directions on his GPS and missed the barriers, and didn’t know the sinkhole was there.