Saturday, August 1, 2020

2020 - JUL - Spotlight Stories

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2020-07-01 - Hundreds of elephants mysteriously dying, mostly around waterholes, in Botswana:

Quote: "In early May, a dozen elephants died mysteriously in the famed Okavango Delta, the Botswana tourism ministry confirmed. By mid-June, it was reported that upwards of 200 elephants had perished in the area, but the tusks of deceased elephants were not removed, which suggested poachers did not kill them."

Quote: "By mid-June, the number of deaths stood at 169, but this figure has now more than doubled, with an aerial survey revealing 70% of the carcasses centred on watering holes."

Quote: "The cause of the deaths is not yet known, but the government claims the two most likely possibilities - poisoning by humans and anthrax - have already been ruled out."

Quote: "'There was good evidence to show elephants of all ages and sex appear to be dying,' said the report penned by EWB director Mike Chase."

Quote: "Dr McCann has also tentatively ruled out natural anthrax poisoning, which killed at least 100 elephants in Bostwana last year. But they have been unable to rule out either poisoning or disease. The way the animals appear to be dying - many dropping on their faces - and sightings of other elephants walking in circles points to something potentially attacking their neurological systems, Dr McCann said."

Note: Just like the people suddenly collapsing dead. Hydrogen sulfide is a neurotoxin. It's also a heavier-than-air gas so it will tend to flow to low-lying areas, which are the same areas where waterholes are located. It's also water-soluble...

2020-07-01 - Huge scrap metal fire erupts at metal recycling center in Scenic Highway in Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

Quote: "A huge pile of scrap metal and other rubbish caught fire Wednesday morning at a recycling plant on Scenic Highway, sending plumes of black smoke billowing into the air as firefighters scrambled to contain the blaze."

2020-07-01 - Car bursts into flame just after 2 AM while parked in parking garage, fire spreads to more cars, in coastal Bronx (New York):

Quote: "A car fire ended up engulfing a parking garage in the Bronx early Wednesday morning. The city fire department arrived at the garage located at 1959 Jerome Avenue in Morris Heights just after 2 a.m. A car inside the garage went up in flames and soon the whole garage caught fire."

2020-07-01 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking garage on Lincoln Street in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2020-07-01 - Cars go up in flames while parked in underground parking garage in Alkmaar (Netherlands), near the coast:

Quote: "According to local security region Veiligheidsregio Noord-Holland Noord, around 150 cars were parked in the garage when the fire started. How many of them were damaged, is not yet clear. Explosions could be heard at the scene. According to the security region, the bangs were the sound of car tyres exploding."

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2020-07-02 - Unknown odor hits area in coastal Santa Monica (California):

2020-07-02 - Person burns to death in burning pickup truck in the wee hours at hotel in coastal Clearwater (Florida):

Quote: "Authorities have opened a death invesigation at the Quality Inn & Suites in Clearwater. Multiple agencies responded after a truck caught fire behind the Quality Inn & Suites on 3511 Hospitality Lane early Thursday morning. A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman tells WFLA that the agency is investigating a death at that location, but it does not appear to be suspicious."

2020-07-02 - Raging wildfires in the Arctic spewing record-setting amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, threatening world famous park:

Quote: "Wildfires that have raged in the Arctic Circle since early spring led to a record spike in pollution from the infernos last month. Arctic fires emitted 16.3 million metric tons of carbon — or about 60 million metric tons of carbon dioxide — in June. That’s the highest since at least 2003 and almost nine times more than the same month in 2018, according to data from Europe’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. The previous June record was registered last year, when fires were the worst on record."

2020-07-02 - Chart shows the incredible escalation in Arctic wildfires in the last two years:

Quote: "The years 2019 (yellow bars) and 2020 (red bars) stand like dominant skyscrapers over the average of the previous 16 years (gray bars). 'The two years together is quite alarming,' Thomas Smith, an assistant professor in environmental geography at the London School of Economics, told Mashable in late June. 'I don't use that word lightly.'"

Note: That's the carbon bomb detonating right there. Hasta la vista, Humanity!

2020-07-02 - Underground fire breaks out near City Hall in coastal Norwalk (Connecticut):

2020-07-02 - Refinery rocked by explosion and fire just after 4 AM in coastal Cape Town (South Africa), 2 killed, 7 injured:

2020-07-02 - Climate change fueling US dust storms with dire health consequences:

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2020-07-03 - Unknown nerve agent suspected as the cause of hundreds of elephants dying in Botswana:

Quote: "'They often die so quickly that they fall onto their chest and front legs, like they had been shot in the brain by a hunter. The fact that some living elephants were seen to be losing their motor functions seems to indicate that this toxin, whatever it is, is affecting their nervous system,' Dr McCann added. "

Note: Hydrogen sulfide fits all the symptoms and all the criteria. The dying 'like they had been shot in the brain by a hunter' part sounds like the way hydrogen sulfide can kill in concentrations higher than 1 part per 1000. You take one breath and die so fast that you're dead before your body hits the ground, usually falling forward and face-planting as your knees buckle. That's called the 'slaughterhouse sledgehammer effect'...

2020-07-03 - Passenger plane hit by unknown odor, plane makes emergency landing at airport in coastal Thessaloniki (Greece):

Quote: "The ministry said the crew had reported a fire, but a Ryanair spokeswoman said the emergency had been triggered by an 'unidentified odour in the cockpit and cabin' and that there had been no fire."

2020-07-03 - Smoke from raging Siberian wildfires blows 5,000 miles and hits the Pacific Northwest:

Quote: "The smoke from wildfires raging in Siberia have drifted into the Pacific Northwest this week, causing haze in the skies. KATU Meteorologist Dave Salesky said upper level winds are picking up the smoke from the fires and pushing it 5,000 miles across the North Pacific and into our skies."

2020-07-03 - Woman burns to death in sleeping bag near Inglewood (California):

Quote: "Deputies from the South Los Angeles station and Los Angeles County firefighters responded to a fire call in the 11800 block of Aviation Boulevard, south of the Century (105) Freeway, at 9:10 p.m. Thursday and found the victim, who was in a sleeping bag and on fire, according to Deputy James Nagao of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department."

2020-07-03 - Extreme high-precipitation events happening more often and with greater intensity as the world continues warming:

Quote: "'The devastating floods that we have seen are consistent with an increase in extreme weather events due to climate change,' said Liu Junyan, a Greenpeace East Asia campaigner."

2020-07-03 - Fossil fuel industry leaking massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere:

Quote: "Reuters has reported that satellites by the European Space Agency have detected huge plumes of methane leaking from the 2,607-mile-long Yamal pipeline that transports natural gas from Siberia to Europe."

Note: This may be a self-reinforcing feedback of a sort. The methane causes warming, the warming melts the permafrost, and the subsiding ground destroys pipelines and buildings, which causes more leaks, which causes more warming, and so on and so on. Melting permafrost just caused a huge fuel storage tank to collapse in this same area last month, which dumped 20,000 tons of fuel into a nearby river, with estimates that it will take a decade for that river to recover. So it's not just methane leakage occurring, but infrastructure is deteriorating generally, and some of that deterioration is causing huge methane leaks, and other environmental calamities too...

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2020-07-04 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Deventer, and beach pavilion goes up in flames in coastal Zandvoort (Netherlands):

Quote: "A metal fire broke out at a metal recycling company in Deventer in the night from Saturday to Sunday. That same night a big fire also rages in a beach pavilion in Zandvoort."

2020-07-04 - Electrical substation damaged by fire in Sittingbourne (Britain):

2020-07-04 - SUV bursts into flame on the Manhattan Bridge near coastal Manhattan (New York):

2020-07-04 - Car bursts into flame on the Goethals Bridge near coastal Staten Island (New York):

2020-07-04 - Scientists say WHO ignores the risk that coronavirus floats in air as aerosol:

2020-07-04 - Man, 40, has 'medical emergency', goes into cardiac arrest and falls off jet ski into coastal Shinnecock Bay (New York):

Quote: "A Bronx man was rescued after he suffered a medical emergency while riding on a Waverunner, went into cardiac arrest, and fell into the Shinnecock Bay, police said."

Quote: "During their ride across the bay, Ullah suffered an unidentified medical emergency, lost consciousness and slumped off the Waverunner into the water, police said."

2020-07-04 - Man, 50, has 'medical issue', car crashes into four bicyclists, in coastal Coronado (California), 400 feet from the ocean, 3 injured:

Quote: "The accident happened in the 800 block of First Street around 4 p.m. when the 50-year-old driver of a Toyota experienced a medical issue and lost control of the vehicle. He struck four bicyclists, three of whom received injuries that ranged from serious to minor. They were taken to a hospital in San Diego for treatment. The identities of the victims have not been released at this time. The driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the crash occurred."

2020-07-04 - Lightning strikes and injures woman INSIDE her home in Bellingham (Massachusetts):

Note: These stories of lighting hitting people inside their homes seem to be becoming more common. So do stories of people and animals being hit by lightning outdoors, for that matter...

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2020-07-05 - Train car hauling pickup trucks bursts into flame at rail yard near the Mississippi River in East St. Louis (Illinois):

Quote: "A spokeswoman for Alton & Southern Railway Co. said the fire was contained to one car carrying pick-up trucks."

2020-07-05 - Warehouse of antique cars, auto shop and home destroyed by fire in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "A major fire destroyed an auto repair shop and warehouse of antique cars on the southwest side."

2020-07-05 - A heat wave forecast for much of the US has scientists alarmed:

2020-07-05 - Arctic oil infrastructure faces climate karma:

2020-07-05 - Apocalyptic locust swarms reach Nepal:

2020-07-05 - Two men, brothers, 34 and 42, die while diving in Portroe Quarry (Ireland):

Quote: "It is understood they were in the water for around half an hour when one of the brothers got into difficulty around 1.30pm. His brother went to his assistance but he got into difficulty, too. He surfaced and raised the alarm but went unconscious and died a short time later."

Quote: "It is understood both men were experienced divers."

2020-07-05 - Person falls off hotel and dies at beachfront resort on South Ocean Boulevard in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), possible toppler:

Quote: "Police said a person has died after falling from a balcony at a resort in Myrtle Beach Sunday morning, WPDE reported. Authorities responded to the Bluewater Resort on South Ocean Boulevard."

2020-07-05 - Man, 49, has chest pains and difficulty breathing on boat off coastal Oak Island (North Carolina):

Quote: "The Coast Guard medevaced a 49-year-old man reportedly suffering from chest pains and shortness of breath approximately 14 miles south of Oak Island, North Carolina, Sunday morning."

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2020-07-06 - Car goes up in flames and burns woman to death on the A690 in Willington (Britain), near the River Wear:

Quote: "A woman has died in a car fire in County Durham. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle in flames on the A690, at the junction of Willington High Street and Stony Bank, shortly before 13:45 BST. Firefighters tackled the blaze and found the body of the driver inside the car. There were no passengers."

2020-07-06 - Jet lands on highway and bursts into flame in Quintana Roo (Mexico):

Quote: "A jet aircraft suspected of carrying illegal drugs has been destroyed by fire after landing on a highway in southern Mexico. A lorry packed with 390kg of cocaine was found nearby in the state of Quintana Roo, military officials said."

Note: This is the 32nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-06 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame at 2 AM in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-07-06 - Wildfire breaks out and grows to 5,400 acres, destroys 2 homes, near Gilroy (California), evacuations ensue:

2020-07-06 - Heatwave trends accelerate around the world:

Quote: "'Not only have we seen more and longer heatwaves worldwide over the past 70 years, but this trend has markedly accelerated,' said lead author Dr Sarah Perkins Kirkpatrick from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes."

2020-07-06 - Noctilucent clouds seen as far south as southern Europe:

Quote: "Much of the moisture needed to form the clouds comes from methane, a potent greenhouse gas that produces water vapour when it breaks down in the upper atmosphere. And as methane pollution has increased, so noctilucent clouds have grown more common and more widespread."

Note: More methane entering the atmosphere in the north creates more noctilucent clouds as it breaks down into CO2 and water vapor at high altitude, and the weakened and wavy jet stream is pulling them farther south than we've seen before...

2020-07-06 - Think a 'mild' case of Covid-19 doesn’t sound so bad? Think again:

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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:

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2020-07-08 - Man found dead and on fire at 4 AM on porch of vacant mobile home in coastal Fort Walton Beach (Florida):

2020-07-08 - Oil facility rocked by explosion near the coast in southern Nigeria, 7 killed:

2020-07-08 - Fireworks factory explodes and burns in Deyang (China), 6 injured:

2020-07-08 - Record number of intense fires burning above the Arctic Circle as exceptionally high temperatures bake the region:

Quote: "An estimated 3.4million acres are burning - an area about half the size of Massachusetts - according to Russia's forest fire agency. Around 1.1m acres were ablaze at the end of June, meaning that the fire zone has tripled in roughly a week."

Quote: "The fires have led to the highest-estimated emissions since records began 18 years ago, according to the EU's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). In June, an estimated 59 megatonnes of CO2 were released into the atmosphere, an increase from June 2019’s 53 megatonnes."

Quote: "The record warming in Siberia is a warning sign of major proportions..."

2020-07-08 - Arctic sea ice at record low for time of year:

2020-07-08 - Recycling business heavily damaged by fire in Vigo County (Indiana):

2020-07-08 - Recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Boksburg (South Africa):

2020-07-08 - Scientists warn of potential wave of brain damage linked to COVID-19:

Quote: "Scientists warned on Wednesday of a potential wave of coronavirus-related brain damage as new evidence suggested Covid-19 can lead to severe neurological complications, including inflammation, psychosis and delirium."

2020-07-08 - SOTT Earth changes summary for June 2020, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2020-07-09 - RV explodes into flame and kills man on Leesburg Road in Eastover (South Carolina):

Note: This is the 216th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 13th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-07-09 - Car goes up in flames just after 4 AM and kills person on South Decatur Street in Denver (Colorado):

Quote: "Police are investigating a death that resulted from a car fire early Thursday morning. Crews from the Denver Police Department (DPD) and Denver Fire Department (DFD) were conducting their investigation in the 1600 block of South Decatur Street, according to a tweet from DPD."

Quote: "At 10 a.m., DPD tweeted that the incident does not appear to be criminal in nature."

2020-07-09 - Car collection and barn destroyed by fire on Route 405 in Wolf Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A barn fire in Lycoming County Thursday morning wrecked a car collection. Neighbors spotted flames coming from the barn along Route 405 in Wolf Township, near Hughesville."

2020-07-09 - Update on small plane that crashed in Round Rock (Texas), plane was on fire before crashing:

Quote: "A small twin-engine plane appeared to have an engine fire and was flying low and erratically before crashing into a Central Texas field, federal officials said Friday. The Cessna 320 crashed at about 1 p.m. on July 1 near Round Rock, killing its pilot and lone occupant."

Note: This is the 33rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-09 - Algae outbreaks accelerating like not seen before in mountain lakes in the western US:

Quote: "Global warming is turning clear mountain lakes green in the western United States because of an increase in algae blooms 'without historical precedent', researchers reported on Tuesday."

2020-07-09 - NASA warns conditions are ripe for a severe Amazon fire season:

2020-07-09 - Last 12 months tied for the warmest 12 months on record and June tied for the warmest month ever recorded:

2020-07-09 - Heat wave expected to bring 120F+ temps to some areas in the US:

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2020-07-10 - Four flight attendants sicken on passenger plane, plane lands in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

Quote: "Flight 614 landed safely at BWI after the reported medical emergency. Out of an abundance of caution, four flight attendants were evaluated at the scene, Spirit Airlines officials said. The flight attendants were then transported to local hospitals for treatment."

2020-07-10 - Brain-eating amoeba spreading as the world warms:

2020-07-10 - Landfill fire breaks out for the 13th time in a year on the island of St. Croix:

2020-07-10 - Recycling center hit by fire near the San Joaquin River in Fresno (California):

2020-07-10 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, dozens of cars burn, in Opa-locka (Florida):

2020-07-10 - Pallet yard fire rages just before 3:30 AM on Reliance Street in Modesto (California):

2020-07-10 - Underground electrical explosion blows pavement apart on Quarrywood Road in the Barmulloch area in coastal Glasgow (Scotland):

2020-07-10 - How COVID-19 affects the entire body:

Quote: "Coronavirus damages not only the lungs, but the kidneys, liver, heart, brain and nervous system, skin and gastrointestinal tract, doctors said Friday in a review of reports about Covid-19 patients. The team at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City — one of the hospitals flooded with patients in the spring — went through their own experiences and collected reports from other medical teams around the world."

Quote: "Their comprehensive picture shows the coronavirus attacks virtually every major system in the human body, directly damaging organs and causing the blood to clot, the heart to lose its healthy rhythm, the kidneys to shed blood and protein and the skin to erupt in rashes. It causes headaches, dizziness, muscle aches, stomach pain and other symptoms along with classic respiratory symptoms like coughing and fever."

2020-07-10 - NYU pathologist finds blood clots in almost every organ of coronavirus patients' bodies after autopsies:

2020-07-10 - Hospitals increasingly turning away new patients as coronavirus overwhelms emergency rooms in Houston (Texas):

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2020-07-11 - By 2025 Earth will experience carbon dioxide levels not seen in at least 3.3 million years:

Note: CO2 (and methane) levels aren't going to flatten in 2025 either - they're increasing at a rate that is itself increasing, especially now that millions of acres of forest are going up in flames in gigantic wildfires in the Arctic...

2020-07-11 - Nearly 300 wildfires raging across Siberia:

2020-07-11 - Siberian heat drives Arctic ice extent to record low for early July:

2020-07-11 - Underground electrical explosion blows manhole cover off in coastal Wellington (New Zealand):

2020-07-11 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Merced (California):

2020-07-11 - Sewage treatment plant explodes and burns in Fuxin (China), 17 injured:

2020-07-11 - Freight train and warehouse destroyed by fire at station near the Yalu River in Sinuiji (North Korea):

Quote: "A fire at a place in the North Korean city of Sinuiju destroyed a freight train carrying hundreds of a great deal of cooking oil from China and a warehouse filled with cargo, witnesses who watched the blaze from throughout the Chinese border told RFA Friday. People in Dandong, China, across the Yalu river border from Sinuiju reported seeing large columns of smoke rising from the city Thursday morning local time."

2020-07-11 - Wildfire breaks out and grows to 10,000 acres near Mansfield (Washington), evacuations ensue:

2020-07-11 - US hits 10th billion-dollar weather disaster of the year, a record pace:

2020-07-11 - Lake suddenly turns red in Loma Plata (Paraguay):

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2020-07-12 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane returns to the island of Réunion (France):

Quote: "On Saturday, an Air France Boeing 777-300 had to turn around and head back to Réunion after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. The flight was heading from Saint-Denis de La Réunion to Paris Charles de Gaulle when the crew made the discovery. Fortunately, the aircraft landed safely back in Reunion 4:45 hours after departure, and the flight was postponed until the next day."

Note: This is the 34th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-12 - Amphibious assault ship 'USS Bonhomme Richard' explodes into flame at coastal Naval Base San Diego (California), 21+ injured:

Quote: "Twenty-one people were injured after an explosion and fire on board a ship at the US Naval Base in San Diego, US Navy officials said. 'Seventeen Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital,' the US Navy said in a statement."

Quote: "The ship could burn for days, 'down to the water line,' San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell told CNN's Erica Hill Sunday afternoon."

Quote: "When the fire was first reported Sunday morning, it was said to be in the lower vehicle storage area..."

Note: This is the 616th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-12 - Train car hauling vehicles bursts into flame at train yard in North Platte (Nebraska):

Quote: "Fire crews battled a blaze that consumed a rail car loaded with automobiles at Union Pacific’s Bailey Yard in North Platte, officials there said."

Quote: "No one was injured, but all of the vehicles loaded on the rail car were destroyed."

2020-07-12 - Florida breaks one-day national record with over 15,000 new COVID-19 cases, more than most countries:

Note: Floridoom!

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2020-07-13 - Unknown sewage smell hitting coastal Calpe (Spain):

Quote: "Currently staying in the area near the Hotel Esmeralda, Olive was curious to discover the cause of a bad but intermittent smell of sewage. Asking at the Tourist Info office, they suggested that a subterranean watercourse could be the culprit, an original-sounding theory offering little hope of a rapid solution. Olive told us that her landlady who lives in the Olta mountain area said that she has noticed a bad smell there too. 'In fact, everybody you ask has noticed it but nobody knows where it is coming from,' she said."

2020-07-13 - Chemical plant explodes and burns in coastal Visakhapatnam (India), 4 injured:

Quote: "The incident is said to have occurred in the Coastal Waste Management Project, a unit of Ramky Solvents, according to sources."

2020-07-13 - Wildfire breaks out along Upper Bear Creek Road near Evergreen (Colorado), evacuations ensue:

2020-07-13 - Eight cars destroyed by fire while parked in tow yard on East Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

2020-07-13 - Fire continues raging on the amphibious assault ship 'USS Bonhomme Richard' in coastal San Diego (California), injury toll rises to 57:

Quote: "More than 400 sailors are working to put out the massive fire that continues to rage aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego and Navy officials are unclear how long the blaze might continue to burn. The fire has brought down the amphibious assault ship's forward mast and caused other damage to the ship's superstructure that rises above its flight deck."

Quote: "Firefighting teams in San Diego, Calif., worked through the night and into the morning to extinguish a fire that continued to burn aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, as the Navy on Monday raised the injury toll to 57 people."

2020-07-13 - Man, 50, dies after collapsing into the water at Grinnell’s Beach in coastal Tiverton (Rhode Island):

Quote: "A Bristol man has died after collapsing into the water at Grinnell’s Beach Monday afternoon, according to Tiverton Police Chief Patrick Jones. Jones tells Eyewitness News the 50-year-old man was visiting the beach with his girlfriend when witnesses saw him staggering while walking into the water. Shortly thereafter, witnesses said the man fell into the water and did not resurface."

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2020-07-14 - New warnings over rapid melting at doomsday glacier in Antarctica:

Quote: "Cutler said Thwaites Glacier is losing ice faster and faster, and that the process seems to be accelerating. 'The big question is how quickly it becomes unstable,' he said. 'It seems to be teetering at the edge.'"

Quote: "Teams of scientists are drilling into Thwaites Glacier to find out if it’s about to collapse. The glacier is 74,000 square miles, the size of Great Britain, and thought to be particularly susceptible to climate change."

Quote: "The latest warning over Antarctica’s melting glaciers comes amid a record heatwave on the other side of the planet in the Arctic."

Note: It will be catastrophic when Thwaites Glacier goes. We'd better hope atmospheric methane levels don't soar to a record high and hasten the process!

2020-07-14 - Atmospheric methane levels soar to record high:

2020-07-14 - Deadly under-the-radar heatwaves ravaging Africa:

2020-07-14 - Postal workers are dying in heatwaves and it’s only going to get hotter:

2020-07-14 - Landfill fire breaks out near Graettinger (Iowa):

2020-07-14 - Transformer exploded and burns at power station in coastal Cancun (Mexico):

2020-07-14 - Mystery as Argentine sailors infected with coronavirus after 35 days at sea:

2020-07-14 - Looming evictions may soon make 28 million people homeless in the US:

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2020-07-15 - More hydrogen-sulfide-spewing sargassum seaweed inundates beaches on the island of Antigua:

Quote: "From its putrid 'rotten egg' stench to its destruction of household appliances, vast swathes of sargassum seaweed washed up on several of Antigua’s beaches are once again causing headaches for residents. The loathed brown algae swarmed a handful of beaches in the north of the island over the weekend, repelling householders with the toxic gases it emits as it rots. Shell Beach, Jabberwock and Fitches Creek are among the areas worst affected by the latest deluge."

Quote: "Alison Archer likened the thick mat carpeting the sea outside her Fitches Creek home to a 'soup bowl'. 'The gas gives me a heavy head and makes me feel listless,' she told Observer. 'It invades my house and I’ve had to cover various items with towels and plastic to stop them being corroded. In the past, it has destroyed my flatscreen TV, my camera and stereo to name a few. Anything that’s metal, it’s as if it eats it. I have been told it’s dangerous for my health and am thinking of staying with friends until it goes again,' Archer added."

Quote: "Beached sargassum begins to decompose around 48 hours after washing up. It then releases hydrogen sulphide gas and ammonia. Breathing these in may cause respiratory, skin and neurocognitive problems, experts say. Symptoms can include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, vertigo, headache, and skin rashes."

Note: Also seizures, convulsions, cardiac events, respiratory arrest, coma, brain damage, kidney damage and death!

2020-07-15 - Unknown foul odor hits Newark-on-Trent (Britain), near the River Trent:

Quote: "An unpleasant smell around Newark is lingering and the source of the odour — described by residents as a mix between sewage, cannabis, vomit or sugar beet — is an ongoing mystery. Clueless and fed-up residents across the district have made complaints about the smell to Newark and Sherwood District Council, but the authority also has no idea where it is coming from."

2020-07-15 - Two deepwater beaked whales wash up and die on the coast in Maine:

Quote: "But to the surprise — and alarm — of ocean biologists, two have washed up on Maine shores — one last month in York, a dead 14-foot, 2,200-pound Blainville’s beaked whale, and the other in Phippsburg, where a 1,700-pound female Sowerby’s beaked whale died after being saved from a mudflat in Atkins Bay on Saturday, the Times Record reported."

Quote: "It’s troubling that no cause of death has been identified in either case, said Lynda Doughty, director of Bath-based Marine Mammals of Maine."

2020-07-15 - Woman has 'medical issue', collapses and hits her head on a rock, at boat ramp at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada (Oregon):

Quote: "The woman fell after she had a medical issue around 6 p.m., according to Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies and rescue crews reached the woman by boat and brought her back to the ramp, from which she was taken by helicopter to a hospital."

2020-07-15 - Man has 'medical incident' on George Street in coastal Weymouth (Britain), 500 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A man was treated by paramedics after suffering a medical emergency at a Weymouth cafe. The owner of Thyme Out Cafe in Great George street said a customer suffered a 'fit' inside the premises."

Quote: "Meanwhile the air ambulance landed on nearby Weymouth Beach."

2020-07-15 - Woman has 'medical emergency' and collapses on Park Street in coastal Weymouth (Britain), 600 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "A woman suffered a medical emergency at Park Street in Weymouth and was treated at the scene by paramedics. An ambulance was called to the incident at around 12.30pm yesterday. Resident Mike Taylor said 'It looked like a woman collapsed at a doorway in Park Street; two paramedics there.'"

Note: The above two incidents were literally one block from each other and they happened within 70 minutes, one at 11:20 AM and one at 12:30 PM...

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2020-07-16 - Great Lakes water temps are extremely high:

Quote: "The Great Lakes have hit a record-breaking 80F for this time of year, almost as hot as bathwater. The increase comes during a heatwave along the east and the US border with Canada which has produced algae blooms which are harmful to water creatures. Lake Erie, the southernmost and shallowest of the five lakes, has been by far the warmest; on July 10 its average was 79.52F - 41F above normal and its joint hottest on record for that time of year."

2020-07-16 - Car bursts into flame at 2:45 AM on bridge, woman falls off bridge and dies, near Tonbridge (Britain):

Quote: "A woman whose car caught fire fell to her death from a bridge while searching for help, police have said. Azra Kemal, 24, from London, was found on land below the A21 dual carriageway near Tonbridge, Kent, at about 02:45 BST on Thursday."

2020-07-16 - Wildfire grows to 25 square miles near Coalinga (California):

2020-07-16 - Wildfire breaks out near Vacaville (California):

2020-07-16 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations near coastal Lavrio (Greece):

2020-07-16 - Fire training facility heavily damaged by fire at 2:19 AM in coastal San Leandro (California):

2020-07-16 - Paper recycling fire erupts at 4:25 AM on Brookfields Way in Wath-Upon-Dearne (Britain):,huge-blaze-at-recycling-centre-in-manvers_36319.htm

2020-07-16 - America on track for a million coronavirus cases per day and at least 800,000 deaths by the end of 2020:

Note: Seems pretty dire. I don't think we'll get to that level because once enough places overflow with corpses and have to rent refrigerated trucks to hold them all, there will be more widespread shutdowns. If there are no widespread shutdowns and we just let the virus rampage through our population then those numbers might just be plausible. I reckon we'll see what happens!

2020-07-16 - Arizona and Texas counties bring in refrigerated trucks to hold excess corpses as morgues fill up amid COVID-19 surge:

2020-07-16 - Man in his 40s has 'medical event' in the Cahaba River at River Run Park in Mountain Brook (Alabama):

Quote: "According to the Mtn. Brook Fire Battalion Chief, a man has been transported to a local hospital after suffering a medical incident at River Run Park Thursday. Authorities received a call around 4:29 pm. Bystanders report a man in his 40s was in the water with his young son when he appeared to have a medical event. He has been transported to a local hospital."

2020-07-16 - Man has 'medical emergency' on boat on the Coventry Canal and dies in Bedworth (Britain):

Quote: "A man has sadly died following the medical emergency, paramedics have confirmed. Ambulance bosses have confirmed they have responded to a medical emergency on the Coventry Canal in Bedworth."

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2020-07-17 - Chemical plant heavily damaged by massive fire near airport in Atlanta (Georgia):

2020-07-17 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Sioux City (Iowa):

2020-07-17 - Electrical substation damaged by fire just before 5 AM in San Ramon (California):

2020-07-17 - Landfill fire rages in Fargo (North Dakota):

2020-07-17 - Fairground ride and workshop destroyed by fire at 3 AM on pier in coastal Blackpool (Britain):

Quote: "A fairground ride at a 152-year-old pier in the northwest England seaside resort of Blackpool was destroyed by an overnight fire that was swiftly brought under control."

Note: Also see the man who slumped over dead in a car near this pier on this day...

2020-07-17 - Shark attacks and injures 10-year-old boy, grabs him off boat, off Tasmania (Australia):

Quote: "A 10-year-old boy is in hospital with injuries to the head and chest after a shark grabbed him from a boat and attacked him off the coast of Tasmania, Australia. The shark swam away when the boy’s father jumped into the water, but the child suffered lacerations across his body, Ambulance Tasmania said on Friday."

Quote: "A 10-year-old boy has been dragged from a boat by a shark off the coast of Tasmania prompting fears the area’s predators are becoming increasingly bold in their search for food."

2020-07-17 - Excess death statistics indicate COVID-19 deaths have been undercounted by as much as 28% in the US:

Quote: "These findings demonstrate that estimates of the death toll of COVID-19 based on excess all-cause mortality may be more reliable than those relying only on reported deaths, particularly in places that lack widespread testing..."

2020-07-17 - CDC confirms that coronavirus already spreading in New York City when European travel ban went into effect in March:

Note: The virus may have arrived during Trump's China travel ban in January. That was a piss-poor ban. A full 40,000 Americans came into the US from China during that so-called ban, and none of them were tested after arrival in the US before going home...

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2020-07-18 - Person found dead in burning car at 1:44 AM on street in Thermal (California):

Quote: "The Riverside County Sheriff's department confirmed 1 person was found in the car after Firefighters extinguished the flames. Riverside County Sheriff Deputies have blocked off Pierce Street from Avenue 57 to Airport Boulevard due to a car fire. The blaze broke was reported at 1:44 Saturday morning on Ave. 57 and Pierce st."

2020-07-18 - Landfill fire breaks out in Wendell (North Carolina):

2020-07-18 - Steel business heavily damaged by massive fire at 5 AM in Ambridge (Pennsylvania):

2020-07-18 - Pallet yard goes up in flames on Telegraph Road in Commerce (California):

2020-07-18 - Wildfire grows to 24,000+ acres near Coalinga (California):

2020-07-18 - At least four parked cars and building destroyed by fire at car dealership on US 183 in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "The Austin Fire Department reports the fire is now under control, but the building is a total loss, and at least four vehicles were destroyed."

Quote: "The cause of the fire is considered accidental, according to AFD. From witness reports, it is believed the fire started in the rear of one of the vehicles in the storage area. The fire then traveled from one vehicle to inside the building, AFD says."

2020-07-18 - US shatters coronavirus record with over 77,000 cases in a day:

2020-07-18 - Car veers off road, plunges into retention pond, in Sharpsburg (Georgia), 2 killed:

Quote: "Investigators are working to determine the cause of a car crash that killed two people after their vehicle went down a ravine and into a retention pond. The crash occurred Friday night at the NGC Theatre in Sharpsburg, where a 2018 Infiniti Q50 drove through a fence on the property, went down a 100-foot embankment, and landed in the water, according to Shift Commander Don Pickford with Coweta County Fire Rescue."

2020-07-18 - Why a great reset based on green energy isn't possible:

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2020-07-19 - Man, 37, has 'medical emergency' in swimming pool and collapses at Sandcastle Waterpark, dies shortly later, in West Homestead (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Witnesses recalled the terrifying moment when a man suffered said medical emergency at one of the pools. 'All of a sudden we heard screaming and yelling,' said Tony Talarico. 'It was a panic. It was really sad and scary.' According to Sandcastle, the man collapsed as he was exiting the pool around 3:15 p.m."

Quote: "Paradise said the man was walking to get out of the pool in the shallow end when he collapsed."

2020-07-19 - Man, 72, has 'medical event' in swimming pool and dies in North Andover (Massachusetts):

Quote: "The 72-year-old man who was found unresponsive at the bottom of a pool at a home on Gavin Circle Sunday afternoon has died. According to Carrie Kimball, the director of communications for the Essex County District Attorney, the man is believed to have passed away from a 'medical event' while in the pool."

2020-07-19 - Man, 47, has 'medical emergency' while skydiving and dies, near coastal Chula Vista (California):

Quote: "An experienced skydiver suffered an apparent medical emergency midair and died east of Chula Vista on Sunday, according to authorities and a manager at the company that facilitated the jump. The skydiver was identified as a 47-year-old man, but his name was not released."

Note: If you fall through an invisible cloud of hydrogen sulfide then you may very well have a medical emergency and die. That's most likely to happen in coastal areas, like where this man died. Basically the same as the people dropping dead while walking, driving, swimming or boating, except it happened while he was parachuting. Sometimes this happens to people BEFORE they open their parachute and then they just smash into the ground at full speed...

2020-07-19 - Man, 42, strips naked at 12:56 AM, enters someone's home, has 'medical episode' and dies, in coastal Patchogue (New York):

Quote: "Officers responded to a 911 call at 12:56 a.m. Sunday about an unknown man who had taken off all his clothes, was talking to himself and asking for help in the backyard of a Brook Street home, Suffolk police said.  When officers and a Patchogue ambulance crew arrived at the scene, according to Suffolk police, the man, later identified as Rountree, fled and ran into an unlocked house on nearby South Ocean Avenue. The occupants of the South Ocean Avenue home, who did not know Rountree, yelled for help. Officers then entered the home and handcuffed Rountree, police said. Officers and ambulance personnel performed CPR and provided other aid to Rountree, who appeared to be in medical distress, police said."

Note: About 1700 feet from the ocean. Here's a Google Maps link of the area...

2020-07-19 - Landfill fire breaks out on Giles Lane in Austin (Texas):

2020-07-19 - Wildfire breaks out, burns 3,000 acres, closes I-15, in Washington County (Utah):

2020-07-19 - Volcano Stromboli erupts, spits fireballs, on the coast in Italy:

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2020-07-20 - Wildfires have raged across tens of millions of acres in Siberia, burning an area larger than Greece:

Quote: "Using satellite data, Greenpeace Russia reported an estimated 19 million hectares, about 47 million acres, of forests, steppes and fields have burned across Siberia since January. About 10 million hectares of these territories suffered forest fires."

2020-07-20 - Around 35 cars go up in flames while parked at seaside terminal in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

Quote: "A huge plume of black smoke was visible around the Providence area from cars that caught fire at Fields Point. The smoke was visible at about 1 p.m. Fire Chief Brian Mahoney told NBC 10 News it happened at Waterson Terminal Services. Mahoney said in total, 35 cars burned. They were set to be shipped to Africa."

2020-07-20 - Landfill fire breaks out off Hedger Lane in Lexington (Kentucky):

2020-07-20 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits at Red Bud Isle and Festival Beach on Lady Bird Lake (Texas):

2020-07-20 - White House to resume daily COVID-19 briefings:

2020-07-20 - Firefighter and medic, man, 28, has 'medical emergency' at fire station and dies in Charleston (West Virginia):

Quote: "A Charleston firefighter and medic has died. Jason Cuffee, 28, of Dunbar, died after suffering an apparent medical emergency Monday morning, according to a news release from the Charleston Fire Department. He was a firefighter and medic."

2020-07-20 - Man, 20, dies after losing consciousness in lake at swimming center in Fayetteville (North Carolina):

Quote: "A young man drowned while swimming at Lake Pines Swim Club on Monday. Fayetteville Police Department confirmed that officers arrived at the popular swimming center around 3:15 p.m. A 20-year-old man, later identified as Taylin Mack, was underwater near a diving board. First responders performed CPR on the man until medics arrived. They took Mack to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead."

Quote: "Mack's family told ABC11 they can't understand how he drowned. They said the 20-year-old loved to fish and swim."

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2020-07-21 - First active hydrogen sulfide and methane leak discovered on the sea floor in Antarctica:

Quote: "The first active leak of methane from the sea floor in Antarctica has been revealed by scientists. The researchers also found microbes that normally consume the potent greenhouse gas before it reaches the atmosphere had only arrived in small numbers after five years, allowing the gas to escape."

Quote: "Researchers say potent climate-heating gas almost certainly escaping into atmosphere..."

Quote: "In 2011, an expansive (70 m × 1 m) microbial mat formed at 10 m water depth in the Ross Sea, Antarctica which we identify here to be a high latitude hydrogen sulfide and methane seep. Through 16S rRNA gene analysis on samples collected 1 year and 5 years after the methane seep formed, we identify the taxa involved in the Antarctic methane cycle and quantify the response rate of the microbial community to a novel input of methane. One year after the seep formed, ANaerobic MEthane oxidizing archaea (ANME), the dominant sink of methane globally, were absent. Five years later, ANME were found to make up to 4% of the microbial community, however the dominant member of this group observed (ANME-1) were unexpected considering the cold temperature (-1.8°C) and high sulfate concentrations (greater than 24 mM) present at this site."

Quote: "'The delay [in methane consumption] is the most important finding,' said Andrew Thurber, from Oregon State University in the US, who led the research. 'It is not good news. It took more than five years for the microbes to begin to show up and even then there was still methane rapidly escaping from the sea floor.'"

Note: They've already found numerous leaks in the sea floor in the Arctic, and there are the exploding methane craters on the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia, but this is the first active methane leak found on the sea floor in Antarctica...

2020-07-21 - Magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Perryville (Alaska):

2020-07-21 - Wildfire grows to 12.5 square miles, firenado spotted, near Susanville (California):

2020-07-21 - Wildfire grows to 28,500 acres in Fresno County (California):

2020-07-21 - Wildfire breaks out on the east side of the Chewaucan River near Paisley (Oregon):

2020-07-21 - Wildfire grows to 6,726 acres near the Grand Canyon (Arizona):

2020-07-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Big Bear Lake (California):

2020-07-21 - Man has 'medical incident' and almost dies in the Nanaimo River in coastal Nanaimo (Canada):

Quote: "It’s believed the man may have suffered a seizure or some sort of medical incident."

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2020-07-22 - Boeing 777 cargo jet bursts into flame at airport in coastal Shanghai (China):

Note: This is the 35th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-22 - Hangar destroyed by huge fire at airport in Liège (Belgium):

Quote: "According to the airport's spokesperson, Christian Delcourt, three flights have been redirected to other airports. As all the firefighters were tackling the blaze in the hangar, pilots were allowed to decide whether to land in Liege or not. The airport later confirmed that no people had been injured as a result of the fire, which, however, caused serious material damage."

2020-07-22 - Metal recycling center goes up in flames near Christie Lake Conservation Area in Flamborough (Canada):

2020-07-22 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, in Evergreen (Montana):

2020-07-22 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, numerous cars burn, in Tallahassee (Florida):

Quote: "When crews arrived on scene, they found 'numerous cars' on fire behind an old junk car warehouse."

2020-07-22 - Wildfire grows to 9,400 acres, creates its own weather system, near Susanville (California):

2020-07-22 - Wildfire breaks out and causes evacuations near coastal Corinth (Greece):,174221

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2020-07-23 - H2S-spewing sargassum seaweed hits beaches again in Palm Beach County (Florida):

Quote: "In some locations, especially in the Caribbean, the seaweed impacted tourism. And, on certain islands, as the seaweed decayed, the resulting toxic gases affected some people’s health. LaPointe said these massive sargassum seaweed accumulations have only been happening during the past decade."

2020-07-23 - East Antarctic Ice Sheet in more danger of collapse than previously thought, could raise sea level by 10 feet:

Quote: "The East Antarctic Ice Sheet could be in more danger of collapsing than previously thought, National Geographic reports. The ice sheet is the world’s largest, holding 80% of the planet’s ice. But some 400,000 years ago, a large chunk about the size of Arizona collapsed into the ocean, causing sea levels to rise by more than 3 meters. The worrying thing is that this happened during a period of relatively mild warmth, according to a study published yesterday in Nature. And it could happen again. At the time of the previous collapse, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached about 300 parts per million (ppm). It now stands at 400 ppm."

2020-07-23 - Small plane bursts into flame mid-air then lands at airport and runs off runway, near Basel (Switzerland), 3 injured:

Quote: "The aircraft landed on fire and went off the runway."

Quote: "There were three people in the aircraft, two of whom were seriously injured, said the Haut-Rhin prefecture. According to the site 'Latest News from Alsace', All three are Swiss nationals, aged 30, 35 and 60, and the fire broke out in the cabin of the aircraft."

Note: This is the 36th aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-07-23 - Massive tire fire burns at tire recycling center near Fort Lupton (Colorado):

Quote: "It's a site called Tire Mountain, according to FLPD. It is the largest tire landfill in North America, according to the website of CH2E, the company that operates the center."

2020-07-23 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in the Town of Union (Wisconsin), 1 injured:

2020-07-23 - Wildfires rage out of control for second day near coastal Corinth (Greece):

2020-07-23 - Torrential rain and flooding continue to wreak havoc across southern Asia:

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2020-07-24 - Devastating wildfires roar above the Arctic circle as extreme heat bakes Siberia and sea ice melts away:

Quote: "The U.N. weather agency warned Friday that average temperatures in Siberia were 10 degrees Celsius (18 Fahrenheit) above average last month, a spate of exceptional heat that has fanned devastating fires in the Arctic Circle and contributed to a rapid depletion in sea ice off Russia’s Arctic coast."

2020-07-24 - Fires have tripled in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands in 2020 compared to 2019:

2020-07-24 - Lumber yard erupts in flame in Guadalupe (Arizona):

2020-07-24 - Worst locust swarms in decades invade Italy:

Quote: "In a situation reminiscent of a biblical plague, voracious locusts have stripped large areas of the island’s agricultural regions of crops, in what the World Bank has already been branded the most serious such invasion the world has faced in 70 years. The epicentre is formed by the municipalities of Orani, Ottana and Bolotana in the Tirso valley, with insects having arrived from the Middle East and Africa, where 23 countries have experienced similar problems."

2020-07-24 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Owasco Lake (New York):

2020-07-24 - Tropical Storm Hanna forms in the Gulf of Mexico as the earliest 'H' storm on record in the Atlantic:

Quote: "Tropical Storm 'Hanna' formed in the Gulf of Mexico at 03:00 UTC on July 24, 2020, as the earliest 8th named storm formation in the Atlantic on record."

2020-07-24 - Pentagon to make some UFO findings public, including that items have been retrieved from off-world vehicles not made on Earth:

Quote: "The Pentagon’s secretive UFO unit is going to make some of its findings public, The New York Times reported. And one consultant to the agency has briefed Defense Department officials of some highly unusual discoveries including items retrieved from 'off-world vehicles not made on this Earth,' the newspaper said."

2020-07-24 - Evidence suggests UFO whistleblower Bob Lazar was telling the truth all along:

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2020-07-25 - Woman ignites and jumps in pond, almost dies, in Shreveport (Louisiana):

Quote: "Just before 6pm officers responded to the 1000 block of East Kings at the Duck Pond on reports of a woman in the water. Bystanders pulled her out. Officer arrived and observed burns to her body. She was transported to Ochsner LSU Health with life threatening injuries. Preliminary investigation suggests no foul play however the matter is still under investigation by SPD and SFD."

2020-07-25 - More starving birds found in the Bering Strait region for 4th consecutive year, 6th year in a row for Alaska:

2020-07-25 - Number of wildfires soars in Maine:

Quote: "The Maine Forest Service said Friday that Maine has had a 170 percent increase in wildfires so far this year over 2019, resulting in the highest fire count in 10 years."

2020-07-25 - Swamp fire erupts in Rittman (Ohio):

Quote: "Sweigert doesn’t believe a person could have caused the fire because it’s too difficult to reach where the point of origin. Theories range from sparks off the substation hit the dry plant life or a bird picking up a lit cigarette and dropping it over the swamp. 'We don’t know the cause,' the chief said. It was the worst field fire Sweigert had ever seen in the city limits."

2020-07-25 - Wildfire burns 5,400 acres near Nespelem (Washington):

2020-07-25 - Man, 68, has 'medical incident' in swimming pool at Riverside Acres Campground and Cottages in Clayton (New York):

Quote: "Boston was swimming in the deep end of the pool when he 'suffered a medical event,' police said. Boston went unconscious and sank to the bottom of the pool as his wife Linda called for help, police said."

Note: If this place sounds familiar it's because a boat just burst into flame at this very same campground the day before, mentioned in the 2020-07-24 update...

2020-07-25 - Man has 'medical emergency' in swimming pool in Maplewood (New Jersey):

Quote: "Saturday afternoon, July 25, there was a Medical Emergency at the Maplewood Country Club Pool, as told to TAPinto SOMA by Deputy Chief Brett Derewsky. An elderly male, not breathing and blue, was rescued from the pool by one of the two female lifeguards on duty. As soon as the man was out of the water the second lifeguard administered CPR."

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2020-07-26 - Latest climate study predicts disaster for oceans, coastlines and life as we know it:

2020-07-26 - Global CO2 levels reach a new millennial high in 2020, despite the traffic and industry slowdown during the COVID-19 pandemic:

2020-07-26 - As plants spread across melting permafrost, their roots may release vast carbon stores:

Quote: "As plants begin to spread across melting permafrost, scientists are growing ever more worried their roots will stir microbes into unleashing vast stores of carbon. To scientists, roots are known as rhizomes, and when these tendrils extend deeper into the soil, it accelerates microbial decomposition by up to fourfold, potentially 'priming' the frozen ground for further thawing. This mechanism, known as the rhizosphere priming effect (RPE), has been known since the 1950s, and it could have a huge impact on one of Earth's most troubling carbon feedback loops. Yet today, no climate models include rhizomes as a risk factor for melting permafrost - in large part because the data simply doesn't exist."

Note: This is yet another self-reinforcing feedback loop. The warming melts more permafrost, which allows more plants to grow, which spread more roots into the ground, which releases more methane and CO2, which melts more permafrost, and so on and so on...

2020-07-26 - Huge tire fire breaks out at business in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii), 500 feet from the ocean:

2020-07-26 - Wetlands brush fire breaks out in coastal Huntington Beach (California):

Quote: "Firefighters quickly brought under control a brush fire that ignited Sunday in the Bolsa Chica wetlands area of Huntington Beach."

2020-07-26 - Swim coach, man, 22, found dead in swimming pool at country club in Carmel (Indiana):

Quote: "Liang Haoxiang, known as Benny, was found unresponsive at the bottom of the pool at Woodland Country Club, 100 Woodland Lane. Country club employees tried to resuscitate him until the Carmel police and fire departments arrived on scene, but the lifesaving efforts proved futile. Police said foul play is not suspected. A death investigation is underway. Liang, 22, a native of Whitewater, Wisc., and former swimmer at Wabash College, had been a part-time swim coach with Carmel Swim Club since September 2019."

2020-07-26 - Girl, 10, found unconscious in bathtub at home, rushed to hospital in critical condition, in Magna (Utah):

Quote: "A young girl may have drowned in a bathtub on Sunday night in Magna. The home is located near 3500 South and 8100 West. The 10-year-old girl was found by her sibling in the bathtub, according to the Unified Police Department. She was rushed to Primary's Children Hospital in critical condition."

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2020-07-27 - Arctic sea ice could disappear completely within two months:

Quote: "Arctic sea ice fell by 3.239 million km² in extent in 25 days (i.e. from July 1 to 25, 2020). Melting will likely continue for another two months. If it continues on its current trajectory, the remaining 6.333 million km² of Arctic sea ice could disappear completely within two months' time."

2020-07-27 - Nearly 3 billion animals were affected by the megafires in Australia:

Quote: "It is the worst single event for wildlife in Australia, among the worst in the world and is likely to push some species into extinction, according to the study, funded by WWF Australia."

Quote: "The wildfires destroyed more than 11 million hectares across the Australian southeast – an area of land equal to about half of the size of the UK."

2020-07-27 - Auto salvage yard hit by huge fire, junk cars and tires burn, in coastal Melbourne (Australia):

Quote: "Assistant chief fire officer Darren Conlin said the fire was fuelled by a 'load of rubber tyres and really old disbanded cars'."

2020-07-27 - High-rise commercial building heavily damaged by fire in Ankara (Turkey):

2020-07-27 - Rising ocean temps helping jellyfish reproduce, sending jellyfish washing up in Virginia Beach (Virginia):

Quote: "Jellyfish are beginning to wash up on Virginia Beach as warmer ocean temperatures create a breeding ground, officials said."

2020-07-27 - Police officer has 'medical issue' and collapses at 6:30 AM at complex in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

Quote: "A Providence police officer was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning due to an unspecified medical issue. A rescue crew responded to the Providence Public Safety Complex around 6:30 a.m. for a report of an officer down."

2020-07-27 - Great white shark attacks and kills woman off Bailey Island (Maine), first ever fatal shark attack in Maine:

Quote: "Her death marked Maine’s first fatal shark attack."

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2020-07-28 - Woman, 52, ignites then jumps in pond, dies shortly later, in Shreveport (Louisiana):

Quote: "The woman who was found Thursday in Shreveport's Duck Pond with severe burns has died, the Shreveport Police Department confirmed on Tuesday. The Caddo Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 52-year-old Tracy Seward, of Shreveport."

2020-07-28 - Person burns to death unsuspiciously in burning car at 1:30 AM at Ray-Pec High School in Peculiar (Missouri):

2020-07-28 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, near coastal Lizard (Britain):

2020-07-28 - WHO says coronavirus will spread in one big wave and won’t go away as seasons change:

2020-07-28 - Naked man, 36, chases woman's car at 3:30 AM, gets combative with cops, gets tased, dies shortly later, in El Paso (Texas):

Quote: "UTEP police said their officers had responded to 'a 911 call from a female motorist driving in the 3000 block of Sun Bowl Drive reporting a nude man who ran after her car to the intersection at North Mesa Street.' Officers on scene said the naked man was combative and they had to use a taser to subdue him and take him into custody. Then, police said the officers called for medical help and EMS crews determined the man to be 'unconscious and unresponsive.' The nude suspect, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead a short time later at University Medical Center."

2020-07-28 - ‘Zombie’ cicadas infected with psychedelic fungus can survive without most of their bodies:

Quote: "A mind-controlling fungus is spreading among the insects across the South and eating away at their bodies while still allowing them to fly about, according to researchers at West Virginia University."

2020-07-28 - Scientists revive microbes from 100 million years ago:

Quote: "Mr Morono said the new finding shows that some of Earth's simplest living structures 'do not actually have the concept of lifespan'."

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2020-07-29 - Arctic climate goes further off the rails this summer with massive fires and record warmth:

2020-07-29 - Wild bee decline threatens major US crops:

2020-07-29 - These 13 US states need to lock down now, according to Harvard coronavirus experts:

2020-07-29 - Pandemic may cause 40 million Americans to lose their homes:

2020-07-29 - Nearly half of all jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic may be gone permanently:

2020-07-29 - Record-breaking 2020 hurricane season ramping up:

2020-07-29 - Hundreds of toxic superfund sites imperiled by sea-level rise, study warns:

2020-07-29 - Freight train derails on bridge over Tempe Town Lake, huge fire erupts, bridge partially collapses, in Tempe (Arizona):

Quote: "A freight train traveling on a bridge that spans a lake in a Phoenix suburb derailed Wednesday, setting the bridge ablaze and partially collapsing the structure, officials said. Video images showed huge flames and thick black smoke rising into the air and three train cars in a park next to Tempe Town Lake."

Quote: "With burning cars on a bridge over water, firefighters struggled to get close to the flames."

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2020-07-30 - Gigantic hole in the ground from melting permafrost is growing in Siberia (Russia):

Quote: "Global warming is inflicting wounds across Siberia. Outbursts of pent-up methane gas in thawing permafrost have pocked Russia’s desolate Yamal and Gydan peninsulas with holes tens of meters across. Apartment buildings are listing and collapsing on the unsteady ground, causing about $2 billion of damage per year to the Russian economy. Forest fires during the past three summers have torched millions of hectares across Siberia, blanketing the land with dark soot and charcoal that absorb heat and accelerate melting."

2020-07-30 - Mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana possibly linked to toxin:

Quote: "Our main attention … is now on investigating broader environmental factors such as naturally produced toxins from bacteria that are found in the environment, such as water bodies."

Note: Say, hydrogen sulfide is a natural toxin produced by bacteria and found in the environment, such as water bodies. Most of these elephants were found dead near ponds and the like. A tiny amount of hydrogen sulfide can immediately kill a human being so it is no stretch to think that it could just as easily kill elephants. And many of these elephants showed signs of neurological impairment before dying too. Hydrogen sulfide, probably not coincidentally, is a neurotoxin...

2020-07-30 - Electrical substation heavily damaged by fire and explosions, thousands of homes go dark, in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "The fire left as many as 8,200 homes in the area without power and frightened local residents who described hearing what sounded like explosions. Many viewers captured incredible images of the fire as it lit up the night sky."

2020-07-30 - Man, 42, has 'medical episode' in the water, loses consciousness and almost dies, near coastal Ship Bottom Beach (New Jersey):

Quote: "Goez said the victim suffered a medical episode but the police report did not contain further specifics."

2020-07-30 - Coronavirus can hide in human ears, new research finds:

2020-07-30 - US economy contracted by record-breaking 32.9 percent in the second quarter:

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2020-07-31 - Unknown stench increasingly hitting Novosibirsk along the Ob River in Siberia (Russia):

Quote: "Complaints of a terrible stench in Novosibirsk come to the editor NGS more and more often. This week citizens have double-resented an unpleasant odor — but there is still two days. The mayor’s Elbow promised each wave will be recorded, and the search for the source of the smell — will be continued. But time goes, and the problem still does not solved."

Note: Animal and plant matter that has been frozen for thousands of years is thawing across millions of acres of land in Siberia as global heating accelerates. Hydrogen sulfide and methane are the result of anaerobic digestion of rotting biomatter. This entire area of thawing permafrost may become one gigantic landfill full of rotting biomatter which spews methane and hydrogen sulfide. This area will likely not be very inhabitable once things get bad enough. Both hydrogen sulfide and methane are also highly flammable and vast wildfires have been roaring through millions of acres in Siberia for months...

2020-07-31 - Poisonous hydrogen sulfide is detected at 15 times the permitted concentration in Omsk, Siberia (Russia):

2020-07-31 - Smoke from huge wildfires in Siberia could remain over Alaska for weeks:

2020-07-31 - Toxic algae blooms increase by 600% since 2010 across the US as global heating accelerates:

Quote: "The warming temperatures, combined with increased development and more powerful storms that wash fertilizers, wastewater, and other damaging nutrients into the ponds, have created ideal breeding grounds for cyanobacteria, the toxic ingredients of algae blooms that can multiply in dangerous amounts in very short periods."

Quote: "Under the right conditions, cyanobacteria can double their population every 30 minutes, he said."

Quote: "Last year, more than 500 such algae blooms were reported in the nation’s lakes, ponds, and rivers — 18 percent more than the year before and more than seven times the number reported in 2010, according to the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C., that tracks algae blooms."

2020-07-31 - Underground explosions and fires ignite car shortly before 2:15 AM in coastal Brooklyn (New York):

Quote: "A series of underground explosions in Brooklyn sparked multiple manhole blazes, which set one parked car on fire early Friday. The explosions erupted shortly before 2:15 a.m., cutting power to three apartment buildings in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood, WABC-TV reports. When FDNY firefighters arrived at the scene, flames shooting out of one manhole spread to a Volvo parked over it."

2020-07-31 - Around 900 cars go up in flames at auto salvage yard on Bentley Moor Lane in Carcroft (Britain):

Quote: "Around 900 cars have been destroyed after a blaze broke out at a scrapyard near Doncaster."

2020-07-31 - 'Murder hornet' trapped in Washington state for first time:

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