Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Event Update For 2020-08-11

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

2020-08-11 - Person found dead at home, chemical odor reported, deputy sickened, in Forest Hill (Maryland):

Quote: "A Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy was transported to the hospital after he was overcome by a chemical odor in Forest Hill. According to police, around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, deputies responded to the unit block of Chestnut Hill Road for the report of an unattended death. A deputy who entered the residence was overcome by the chemical odor and exited the residence."

2020-08-11 - Unknown foul odor blows through Nuneaton (Britain):

Quote: "Mystery surrounds the awful smell that has been lingering over Nuneaton. It has been pretty pongy across the town for the past 24 hours."

2020-08-11 - Car goes up in flames and burns person to death on I-295 ramp in Hamilton Township (New Jersey):

Quote: "A driver has died after a vehicle went up in flames on Monday night in Mercer County, New Jersey. It happened just before 8 p.m. on the northbound lane of I-295 on the Exit 60 ramp to I-195 in Hamilton Township. New Jersey State Police confirm to Action News that the driver of a Toyota Corolla died in the blaze."

2020-08-11 - Person burns to death in burning SUV in Roseville (California):

Quote: "Roseville police initially deemed called the death suspicious, but have since said there is no foul play."

2020-08-11 - Passenger bus bursts into flame and burns 5 people to death, 27 more injured, on highway in Karnataka (India):

Quote: "The private bus was said to be carrying 32 passengers when it caught fire on National Highway 4 at KR Halli in Hiriyur taluk of the district. Among the dead are two children and a woman. The bus is said to have caught fire after it developed some engine trouble."

Note: This is the 193rd bus to burn in 2020...

2020-08-11 - Warming world will be devastating for frozen peatlands:

2020-08-11 - Transformer bursts into flame outside mixed-use building, fire spreads to building, in Wilton (Maine):

2020-08-11 - Wildfire burns through 4,500 acres near Omak Lake (Washington):

2020-08-11 - Cargo ship 'Vindhu' bursts into flame, burns and sinks, off the coast of Laamu Atoll (Maldive Islands), 1 killed:

Quote: "Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), on Monday, revealed that the body of an expatriate was discovered, after he went missing aboard a cargo vessel that caught fire and sank off the coast of Gan, Laamu Atoll. According to MNDF spokesperson Major Ibrahim Azim, the body was discovered 48 metres underwater by the defence force's search and rescue teams. Sources identified the sunken boat as 'Vindhu' which carried a total of 10 people, including nine expatriates and a local."

2020-08-11 - Yacht bursts into flame while docked in coastal Punat on the island of Krk (Croatia), nobody aboard:

Quote: "In the morning of 11 August 2020 at around 8.00 a.m., a black cloud of smoke from the Marina Punat on the Croatian island of Krk, visible from afar and over 10 metres high, did not bode well. On closer inspection it turned out that a motor yacht, Sealine 38, had apparently caught fire at the jetty. According to initial information, the owner was not on board, so that no personal injury was caused by the fire in the marina."

2020-08-11 - Yacht bursts into flame off coastal Santa Ponsa (Spain):

Note: These are the 730th, 731st and 732nd boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-09-11 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on highway in coastal Istanbul (Turkey):

Note: This is the 194th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-08-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on highway near Baton Rouge (Louisiana):

2020-08-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-77 in Jackson County (West Virginia):

2020-08-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Sunland Gin Road near Eloy (Arizona):

2020-08-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-81 near Christiansburg (Virginia):

2020-08-11 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A66 near Troutbeck (Britain):

2020-08-11 - Tractor bursts into flame in Wrexham (Britain):

2020-08-11 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame off Wexland Avenue in Netheravon (Britain):

Note: These are the 1167th, 1168th, 1169th, 1170th, 1171st, 1172nd and 1173rd tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-11 - Box truck bursts into flame on I-5 in Chehalis (Washington):

2020-08-11 - Heavy truck bursts into flame on the A127 near Dunton (Britain):

2020-08-11 - RV bursts into flame on highway, tow truck shows up, SUV slams into tow truck, in Houston (Texas), 1 killed:

Quote: "Donald Blackshire told ABC13 that around 10:45 p.m., he and his daughter were heading home from work when another driver caught their attention about the back of the RV filling up with smoke. They pulled over just in time as the RV went up in flames."

Quote: "According to officials, there is no evidence the driver used his brakes."

2020-08-11 - RVs, vehicles and two structures go up in flames in Odessa (Texas):

Quote: "When firefighters arrived, they found two structures as well as RV’s and several vehicles on fire."

Note: These are the 254th, 255th and 256th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-08-11 - Campervan bursts into flame at 6:23 AM in Humberside (Britain):

Quote: "Location not available. Tue 11 Aug 2020 06:23 (No:014741) Camper van on fire. 1 hose reel in use."

2020-08-11 - SUV bursts into flame on Providence Boulevard in Clarksville (Tennessee), near the Cumberland River:

2020-08-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked at home near Toronto (South Dakota):

2020-08-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on street in Emporia (Kansas):

2020-08-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on I-70 near Dorrance (Kansas):

2020-08-11 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on US 12 near Mobridge (South Dakota):

2020-08-11 - Eight cars go up in flames at 3:30 AM while parked at apartments in Merrillville (Indiana):

2020-08-11 - Car bursts into flame at 6:16 AM on I-80 in coastal San Francisco (California), separate crash too:

Quote: "The California Highway Patrol issued the traffic alert at about 6:16 a.m. and San Francisco firefighters responded to the burning car, which was fully engulfed, officials said. A collision between two cars at about 6:43 a.m. forced the closure of a third lane."

2020-08-11 - Car bursts into flame on Avenue C in Brownwood (Texas):

2020-08-11 - Car bursts into flame on the A47 at Terrington St John (Britain):

2020-08-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-70 outside Wolcott (Colorado):

2020-08-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Highway 359 near Laredo (Texas):

2020-08-11 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Mersey View Road in coastal Widnes (Britain):

2020-08-11 - Four vehicles and two homes go up in flames at 4:59 AM in Hermiston (Oregon):

2020-08-11 - Barn destroyed by fire in Troupsburg (New York), 17 animals killed:

2020-08-11 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire at 3 AM on Culpepper Way in the Village of Bonnybrook (Florida):

2020-08-11 - Home destroyed by fire in Chatsworth (Illinois):

2020-08-11 - Home destroyed by fires at 11:28 PM and 7 AM on Mill Creek Road in Unicoi County (Tennessee):

2020-08-11 - Home destroyed by fire near NE 120th Street and NE Townley Road in Commanche County (Oklahoma):

2020-08-11 - Apartment building damaged by fire just after 5 AM on Grant Avenue in Millvale (Pennsylvania):

2020-08-11 - Apartment building damaged by fire on Raven Circle in Altamonte Springs (Florida):

2020-08-11 - Apartment building damaged by fire at 1:15 AM on Main Street in coastal Pawtucket (Rhode Island):

2020-08-11 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 2:30 AM in Duluth (Minnesota), 1 killed:

2020-08-11 - Deadly fire burns group home shortly after 5 AM on Gladewell Drive in Houston (Texas), 1 killed:

2020-08-11 - Vacant home burns on SW Woodward Avenue in Topeka (Kansas):

2020-08-11 - Vacant home burns in Humewood (Canada):

2020-08-11 - Thousands of fish bubble up dead in coastal Biscayne Bay (Florida):

2020-08-11 - Man and boy, 25 and 7, dies after being pulled from lake near coastal Rotterdam (Netherlands):

2020-08-11 - Mother and son, 25 and 5, die in pond in Jogasar (India):

2020-08-11 - Woman, 59, found dead in swimming pool at home on Old Concord Road in Salisbury (North Carolina):

Quote: "A Salisbury woman is believed to have drowned in a swimming pool after she was found by her boyfriend at her Old Concord Road home."

2020-08-11 - Marine Corps sergeant , man, 27, goes for swim in the Ocmulgee River then dies in Macon (Georgia):

Quote: "A Marine sergeant drowned after going for a swim after a unit physical fitness event in Macon, Georgia, in late July, Marine Corps officials confirmed this week. Sgt. Andre J. Armstrong, 27, a recruiter at the Marine Corps recruiting station, died July 31. His death was not publicly disclosed by the service at the time, and only later appeared in a report from the Naval Safety Center. Marine Corps Times first reported Armstrong's death Monday."

2020-08-11 - Firefighter, man, 49, has heart attack at scene of EMS call, dies shortly later, in coastal Hilo (Hawaii):

Quote: "On Saturday, August 8, 2020, Hawaii Fire Equipment Operator Eric Hayashi of Hilo, 49, responded to an EMS call at a residence. While at the scene, Fire Equipment Operator Hayashi experienced a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack."

2020-08-11 - Firefighter has 'medical emergency' while working support role at scene of wildfire and dies near Lake Isabella (California):

Quote: "The Kern County Fire Department announced Tuesday evening on Twitter that a firefighter had perished while battling the Stagecoach Fire in the Lake Isabella area. KCFD said the firefighter was working in a support role at the Incident Command Post and was not a member of the Kern County Fire Department. In a news release, KCFD said the firefighter suffered an acute medical emergency and died from complications."

2020-08-11 - Man has 'medical episode' and drops dead inside Walmart in Las Cruces (New Mexico):

Quote: "A man suffered a 'medical episode or incident' inside a Las Cruces Walmart store on Tuesday and died, police said."

2020-08-11 - Man, 27, found dead in the Great Miami River in Middletown (Ohio):

2020-08-11 - Man, 32, found dead in Belews Lake (North Carolina):

2020-08-11 - Man, 41, drops dead in yard at home in Dickinson (New York):

2020-08-11 - Person found dead at gas station on McFarland Boulevard East in Tuscaloosa (Alabama):

2020-08-11 - Man, 72, found dead in pond in Brampton (Canada):

2020-08-11 - Woman found dead in pond in Muzhen (Pakistan):

2020-08-11 - Woman, 47, has 'medical event', car crashes into building, in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas), 1 killed, 2 injured:

Quote: "Police believe a 47-year-old woman driving the vehicle had a medical event while driving and the 78-year-old back seat passenger tried to take control of the vehicle, Pena said. The vehicle crashed into a vacant building. The 78-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. A juvenile female passenger and the driver were taken to a nearby hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries."

2020-08-11 - Man, 61, has 'medical episode', car crashes into garage, in Moorhead (Minnesota):

Quote: "Moorhead Police say a 61-year-old man was moving his vehicle when he appeared to have a medical episode that caused him to lose control of his vehicle. He drove into the side of a garage and damaged another vehicle."

2020-08-11 - Driver has 'medical problem' and goes into cardiac arrest, car crashes into median, in Columbia (Missouri):

Quote: "Gale Blomenkamp, assistant chief with the Boone County Fire Protection District, said the one-vehicle crash happened when the driver had a medical problem and the vehicle ended up in the median. Medics began CPR on the driver, who was sent to University of Missouri Hospital, he said."

2020-08-11 - Man has 'medical episode', car crashes into railings, in Longton (Britain), 1 killed:

Quote: "Paramedics have told how they battled in vain to try to save a man's life after a 'medical episode' at the wheel led to a crash. Police officers carried out CPR on the driver after a car smashed into railings in Longton at around 3.15pm yesterday (August 11)."

2020-08-11 - Small plane crashes in Gatton Park in Reigate (Britain), 1 injured:

2020-08-11 - Van, pickup truck and car crash in St. Joseph (Missouri):

Quote: "A medical issue may have been the cause of a multi-vehicle accident Tuesday, according to the St. Joseph Police Department."

2020-08-11 - Van veers off road, crashes into home, in Amarillo (Texas), 3 injured:

2020-08-11 - SUV veers off road, crashes into store, in coastal Port Royal (South Carolina), 1 injured:

2020-08-11 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into pole, bursts into flame, in coastal Oakland (California), 1 killed:

2020-08-11 - Person has 'medical emergency' at property in coastal Portland (Britain):

Quote: "A person was rescued through an upstairs window of a property after suffering a medical emergency on Portland."

2020-08-11 - More than 100 earthquakes strike beneath the Salton Sea (California):

2020-08-11 - Tornado hits Inner Mongolia (China), 33 injured:

2020-08-11 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Sichuan (China), 17.6 inches of rain in 12 hours, 6 killed, 5 missing:

2020-08-11 - Two rare 'atmospheric rivers' form over Australia:

2020-08-11 - Amazon deforestation up by a third, sparking calls for urgent action to tackle logging and fires:

2020-08-11 - Tens of millions of Americans can’t pay their bills and are in danger of eviction:


  1. Good morning Jonny. Not a lot of time this morning for commenting.

    Thursday, 13 August 2020
    Today, on the West coast of Holland where I live, we have entered the 9th day in a row when temperatures have hit the mid-to-high 30sC (100+F). A hundred years ago, the number of tropical days averaged just over one per year this year we have had 10 in August with two weeks still to come
    Th[is] year, however, our summer arrived in the middle of the winter and it just keeps getting warmer. We are on course to be subtropical in the next 10 years, a similar climate to North Africa, Southern Spain or Northern Florida. [more]

    Severe thunderstorms hit Scotland, leaving three people dead

    Severe thunderstorms struck many parts of central and eastern Scotland, resulting in flash flooding and disruptions, as well as a major incident declaration in Fife where a month's worth of rain fell in hours. On Wednesday, August 12, torrential rain caused a passenger train to derail in Aberdeenshire, killing three people. [more]

    Longest monsoon in 33 years batters Korean Peninsula, leaving scores dead and 7 000 homeless

    Flooding and landslides due to prolonged monsoon continue to wreak havoc across the Korean Peninsula, prompting almost 7 000 people to evacuate and leaving at least 42 dead or missing in the South as of August 9, 2020. The rainy season has been lashing the country for 50 days as of August 12, making this season the longest monsoon since 1987. Meanwhile, the extent of damage is not precisely identified in the North, but local media reported that wide swaths of crops have been lost and almost 1 000 houses have been damaged or destroyed. [more]

    Major incident declared following train derailment in Stonehaven, Scotland - Landslip caused by flooding suspected

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared the Stonehaven train derailment a major incident, as dozens of emergency vehicles were deployed to the scene after the wrecked train caught fire Wednesday. [more]

    Mt. Sinabung in Indonesia erupts yet again, spewing ash 2,000 meters high

    Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted again several times on Thursday, spewing out a 2,000-meter-high column of ash and smoke into the air. [more]

    Leopard kills 7-year-old in Gujarat, India - 3rd killing in under a month for the region

    The leopard dragged the girl away from outside her house in Dhanpur taluka on Monday evening, said Vasiya Dungri forest range officer Mahesh Parmar.

    The half-eaten body of the girl was found deep inside the forest this morning, he said. [more]

    [more later]

  2. [mid-afternoon brief]

    [hey, maybe we'll finally get a winter around here]
    La Niña forecast to form in Aug-Oct season: U.S. CPC

    A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday forecast the development of La Niña pattern during the August-October season, and is expected to last through the 2020-21 winter.

    There is a chance of about 60% that La Niña will develop during the Northern Hemisphere fall, with a 55% chance the pattern will continue through the winter of 2020-21, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said in its monthly forecast.

    The La Niña pattern is characterized by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and linked with floods and drought.

    The weather phenomenon last emerged during September-November season in 2017 and lasted through early 2018.

    [Irony moment of the week]
    Renowned climate scientist Konrad Steffen dies after falling through ice in Greenland

    Beloved U.S.-Swiss climate scientist and glaciologist Konrad "Koni" Steffen died Saturday while doing research in Greenland. He was 68.

    Steffen fell into a deep crevasse full of water, Swiss media reports say, after snow and ice gave way beneath him while he worked near a weather station. Rescue attempts were unsuccessful, and his body was not found.

    Jason Box, an ice climatologist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland who was with Steffen before he died, said he believed his friend "remains 8 meters down in the water," according to CBS News.

    "Personally, Koni was like a father," Box told CBS. "Immense man. Immense loss. Tears falling around the world." [more]

    [runner up]
    Rachael Ray 'grateful for what we have' after fire rips through her home; kitchen spared

    Celebrity chef Rachael Ray, her husband John Cusimano, mother Elsa Scuderi and dog Bella Boo were not harmed after a fire roared through their upstate New York home Sunday night.

    "The fire appeared to start in the roof area and got down to the second floor, but the first floor sustained no fire damage," LaFlure said. "There was some water damage and things fallen down. But the first floor is in relatively good shape. They have a lot of work to do first but, but at least it’s not damaged." [more]

    Bald eagle shows air superiority, sends drone into lake

    [last month] A bald eagle launched an aerial assault on a drone operated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy — known as EGLE — ripping off a propeller and sending the aircraft into Lake Michigan. [more]

    [2nd section follows]

  3. 'Hyperactive:' Atlantic hurricane season is set to explode with activity by end of August

    The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to go into hyperdrive within the next few weeks, forecasters predict, as several weather patterns that favor storm formation are starting to line up.

    The patterns include unusually warm sea water in the Atlantic – which provides the fuel hurricanes need to develop – and weaker wind shear, which when strong can act to tear nascent storms apart, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno.

    Also, there's expected to be a lack of dry air and Saharan dust in the atmosphere as well as lower atmospheric pressure in the Atlantic, both of which will help tropical storms and hurricanes form.

    In addition, there's a "robust wave train coming off of Africa," Rayno said, thanks to an active African monsoon season. Waves are the small weather disturbances that eject off Africa, which can develop into tropical storms and hurricanes.

    That, coupled with the lack of El Niño in the Pacific, mean hurricane activity should accelerate in the weeks ahead. El Niños tend to suppress hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin. [more]

    China Says Frozen Chicken Wings from Brazil Test Positive for Virus

    Consumers in the Chinese city of Shenzhen have been urged to exercise caution when buying imported frozen food after a surface sample of chicken wings from Brazil tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the local government.

    The positive sample appears to have been taken from the surface of the meat, while previously reported positive cases from other Chinese cities have been from the surface of packaging on imported frozen seafood.

    The ministry reiterated that there’s no scientific proof of Covid-19 transmission through food or frozen food packaging, citing the UN’S Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. It also reinforced the country’s strict safety protocols. [more]

    CDC director warns America is in for the ‘worst fall…we’ve ever had’

    [don't even THINK about another lockdown!]

    The coronavirus isn’t the only public health crisis looming this autumn

    the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is very worried about what is going to happen as the pandemic that’s killed at least 200,000 Americans since March bleeds into flu season, which is responsible for between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths a year. [more; no big deal, shrug it off, cah-mahn open it up!]

    [3rd piece coming up]

  4. Lake Fire prompts overnight evacuations in Los Angeles County

    Over 10,000 acres have been burned in hours as high heat and strong winds challenge firefighters. [~ 2 min. news video]

    [take it somewhere else, pal]
    Residents of Chicago Neighborhood Eject Black Lives Matter Protesters

    A small group of residents from Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood ejected Black Lives Matter protesters who arrived for a demonstration at a local police precinct.

    Several activist groups had organized a march leading to the 7th police precinct in Englewood. However, an organizer later told Fox 32 that groups decided to leave after confrontations with nearby residents left them feeling “unsafe.”

    “If you ain't from Englewood, get the f*** out of here!” resident Darryl Smith shouted at the protesters. Residents engaged in pushing matches with some of the protesters.

    “They were…gonna come to Englewood, antagonizing our police, and then when they go back home to the North Side in Indiana, our police are bitter and they’re beating up our little black boys,” Smith told Fox. Charles McKenzie, of a community violence-prevention group called God’s Gorillas, concurred, saying “We refuse to let anyone come to Englewood and tear it up.” [more]

    [Make America Worse Again!]
    Trump rolls back methane climate standards for oil and gas industry

    The Trump administration is revoking rules that require oil and gas drillers to detect and fix leaks of methane, a greenhouse gas that heats the planet far faster than carbon dioxide. [more]

    Close contact with a Covid-19 sufferer brings 20 per cent chance of catching virus, study finds

    Coming into close contact with a Covid-19 sufferer yields a 20 per cent chance of catching the disease, a new study shows.

    The large-scale survey, by Imperial College London, found antibodies in one in five people who said they had interacted with a positive case.

    Overall, some 3.4 million people are now estimated to have been infected with coronavirus – about six per cent of the population. [more]

    California Will Sizzle This Weekend, Raising Specter of Outages

    California will face some of the year’s hottest weather starting this weekend, which will likely tax its electric grid.An excessive heat watch reaches from Oregon to Arizona, covering a large part of central and coastal California, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures could reach into the 100s Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) across much of central California and reach into the 90s in Los Angeles.“They are going to have a huge power demand right across the grid and they may need to go with rolling blackouts,” said Jim Rouiller, lead meteorologist with the Energy Weather Group. “All the major urban centers in California are going to have intense heat wave conditions unabated right through the weekend into next week.”

    In anticipation of the heat wave, the state’s main grid operator has called for restricted maintenance on power plants and high-voltage transmission lines to ensure they’re available as temperatures rise. [more]

    [4th part awaits]

  5. Trump administration backs off plans to open land near Utah national parks to drilling

    The Trump administration has canceled plans to open tens of thousands of acres for oil and gas drilling near three national parks in Utah next month, a victory for environmentalists and residents angered by its proposal. [more]

    Dog Found Swimming Alone in Lake Michigan 4 Miles Offshore Rescued and Reunited with Owners

    A dog treading water in the middle of Lake Michigan has been rescued by a family out on a boating trip and returned to its owners.

    According to Wilcox, the dog was swimming alone nearly four miles offshore and was likely treading water for upward of an hour. [more]

    Flash flooding and heat in the Northeast, heat wave and wildfires in the West

    [complete bullshit in book form]
    A Rational Approach to Global Warming

    Bjorn Lomborg’s False Alarm (Basic Books, $20) does not “deny” the likelihood of global warming as set out in the United Nations’ Reports on Climate Change. Lomborg expresses belief in the U.N.’s central estimate of a temperature increase of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by 2100. He argues, however, that after another 80 years of economic growth, such an increase will not impose particularly burdensome costs. Mitigation and adaptation are the right approach to dealing with rising temperatures, rather than ultra-expensive attempts to attack the problem head on. Irrespective of whether Lomborg is correct in taking global warming seriously, his approach is undoubtedly the optimal one when trying to set policy to combat it.

    Lomborg, the former director of the Danish government’s Environmental Assessment Center, became known for his 2001 best-seller The Skeptical Environmentalist, in which he first showed that many of the costly actions we take to combat climate change are a poor allocation of resources. His new book discusses the prospects for global warming and then sets out to demonstrate that, even taken at face value, it can be addressed much more easily than by turning our carbon-based economy upside down. The most effective way to do this is by mitigating the effects of higher temperatures, which is almost always far less expensive than trying to hold back the increase in temperatures by reducing the CO2 content of the atmosphere.

    Conversely, Lomborg quotes an estimate by Professor William Nordhaus, the only Nobel winner in climate economics, that the 7.2 degree rise in temperature by 2100 would reduce global GDP in 2100 by 2.9 percent. Since the world of 2100 is expected to be more than twice as rich as our own, that cost appears manageable. Not to mention that the positive effects of global warming will partly offset the negative ones; for example, excessive cold currently kills more people than excessive heat, and in a warming world, crop yields are likely to increase on balance. [more; had enough? guy's got no clue]

    Meet Trump's new coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas, a Stanford physician who frequently criticized lockdown measures and believes in the full reopening of schools

    Atlas' appointment comes as Trump appears to be tiring of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, two experts who have been on the White House coronavirus task force for months.

    President Donald Trump has taken on a new coronavirus adviser who shares his belief that schools and college football should resume in the fall — as he continues to be at odds with top experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci. [more]

    [5th installment below]

  6. Coronavirus update: Global cases top 20.7 million and U.S. suffers biggest one-day death toll since May

    The U.S. is ‘an anomaly among the higher-income countries of the world in that we never did lock down sufficiently; we only slowed down to get the virus activity by May to a so-so level,’ says Dr. Michael Osterholm [more]

    A Florida high school has a COVID problem, and the students haven’t even arrived yet

    Several employees at a Florida high school have isolated for 14 days after they were exposed to COVID-19 on campus, according to an email from the principal. [more]

    Covid On Campus [~ 2 min. video]

    Massive sunspot turning towards Earth could be bad news as we enter new solar cycle 25

    If you think the year 2020 is through with its share of bad news, there is a massive sunspot on the Sun that will be turning towards our planet which could result in major strong flares. According to a report by, the sunspot AR2770, which was deducted earlier this week is expected to grow in size. [more]

    [from There Goes The FOOD!]
    Hurricane Hanna hits citrus industry in Texas - around 30% crop loss

    Texas was hit with their first hurricane in over a decade at the end of July.

    "the winds were much higher than originally forecasted."

    While the majority of produce crops in Texas escaped harm, one of the state's most important produce crop was hit quite hard by the hurricane: the citrus industry. "The overall average for the loss of citrus, grapefruit and oranges which were blown off the trees by the wind, is around 30%," Galeazzi says. [more]

    Torrential rain wreaks havoc in SW China's Sichuan - 6 dead, 5 missing

    Torrential rain starting from Monday evening in the province has left six people dead and five others missing, and has forced more than 40,000 residents to evacuate as of Wednesday noon, according to the province's flood control and drought relief headquarters.

    The downpours triggered mudslides in some areas of Sichuan, damaging houses and roads. [more]

    [6th segment next]

  7. Typhoon Mekkhala makes landfall in China's Fujian

    [Tuesday] Strong gales and torrential rain toppled trees and houses, trapped tourists and caused hazards on roads in Zhangzhou City [more; video]

    Death tally from flood climbs to 202 in Bangladesh [2 videos]

    Besides, a total of 40,710 people have so far been affected by various diseases - like diarrhoe, RIT since June 30.

    Vast swathes of locality and crop field in 163 upazilas across the country have been flooded

    Thousands of hectares of crop fields were washed away in the floodwater, causing irreparable losses to the farmers. [more]

    Millions Of Acres Of Crops In The Central U.S. Have Been Destroyed By A Series Of Historic Natural Disasters

    While the mainstream media focuses on the upcoming election, COVID-19 and the endless protests going on in our major cities, another great tragedy is unfolding all across the middle of the country. A nightmarish drought, horrific flooding along the Mississippi River and a giant “derecho” that just hit the farm belt have combined to make this one of the toughest years for farmers ever. And this comes at a particularly bad time, because the stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has put on food distribution systems has already created periodic shortages of certain items around the nation. We definitely could have used an uneventful growing season this year, and unfortunately we didn’t get it. [more]

    Meteor fireball seen over Prince Edward Island, Canada during Perseid meteor shower

    People in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in Canada spotted a 'fireball' streaking across the night sky on Tuesday, August 11, during the Perseid meteor shower, reports said. [more; video]

    At least 184 dead and 54 missing so far this monsoon season in Nepal - risks of more flood, landslides not over yet

    Since the start of this year's monsoon since July 12, five people have lost lives whereas 11 have gone missing due to floods. [more]

    More than 170 dead in Yemen flash floods over the past month

    Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 172 people across Yemen over the past month, damaging homes and UNESCO-listed world heritage sites, officials said.
    [more; video]

    Thursday, 13 August 2020
    Sam Carana: the Arctic Ocean is getting hot

    [see also]
    Wednesday, August 5, 2020
    North Hole 2020?

  8. [some Thursday headlines from RF]
    News Links, August 13, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Russian Economy Shrunk 8.5% in Second Quarter – Official Data

    Viking Cruises cancels sailings for the rest of 2020, cites coronavirus uncertainty

    UK enters recession after GDP plunged by a record 20.4% in the second quarter

    Report calls on the world to take action on 'killer robots'

    The Trump Administration's Economic War on the World: Hitting Adversaries, Punishing Innocents, Angering Allies

    US Revises Iran Arms Embargo Plan, Hopes to Avoid Vetoes

    B-2 bombers fly to Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean

    BP Set For Biggest Downsizing Of Its Office Space Ever

    U.S. Shale Drilling Unlikely To Rebound In 2020

    Oilfield Service Companies Are Bailing On The Permian

    'The food supply chain is breaking': How Tyson Foods has tried to survive coronavirus

    Midwest derecho destroyed 10M acres of crops in Iowa

    Food Bank Strains Emerge As Economy Falls Off Fiscal Cliff

    Freakish Arctic Fires Alarmingly Intensify

    Florida sheriff forbids staff, visitors from wearing masks

    A Biden Presidency Will Be as Confused and Belligerent as Trump's [possibly much worse]

    Forget TikTok. Feebly Secured Infrastructure Is Our Real Problem

    Twitter spreads paid US gov't propaganda while falsely claiming it bans state media ads

    Support for a program to pay reparations to descendants of slaves could come with a $12 trillion price tag

    Foot Traffic to "Places of Commerce," Office Occupancy Hit by Covid Resurgence, Persistent Work-from-Home
    The longer the Pandemic drags on, and work-from-home gets entrenched, the further Old Normal moves out of reach.

    Dollar's Purchasing Power Drops to Lowest Ever. Inflation Heats Up, as Fed Wants, After Simultaneous Supply Shock & Demand Shock

    Americans' confidence in police falls to historic low, Gallup poll shows

    Surging Gun Sales Triggers Second Ammo Shortage Of This Year

    Boston Fed President "The Recovery is Losing Steam"