Thursday, October 1, 2020

2020 - SEP - Spotlight Stories

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2020-09-01 - Ice sheet melting perfectly in line with predicted worst-case scenario:

Quote: "Ice sheet mass loss due to melt-water and crumbling ice from 2007 to 2017 aligned almost perfectly with the IPCC's most extreme forecasts..."

Quote: "A new 'worst case scenario' is needed as we are already on target to exceed the existing worst case scenario for ice sheet melting, researchers claim..."

Quote: "We combine satellite observations and numerical models to show that Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017. Arctic sea ice (7.6 trillion tonnes), Antarctic ice shelves (6.5 trillion tonnes), mountain glaciers (6.2 trillion tonnes), the Greenland ice sheet (3.8 trillion tonnes), the Antarctic ice sheet (2.5 trillion tonnes), and Southern Ocean sea ice (0.9 trillion tonnes) have all decreased in mass."

2020-09-01 - Glacial lakes growing rapidly and presenting flood danger as the Earth continues to warm and glaciers melt away:

Quote: "Glacial lakes form when meltwater from glaciers is prevented from draining by the ice itself. They form on top, in front, beside or even underneath a glacier. They are growing at a rapid pace everywhere glaciers are found. Shugar and his colleagues estimate that the amount of water those lakes hold has increased by almost 50 per cent since 1990. The total volume is calculated to be an almost-unimaginable 158 cubic kilometres of water. That’s a cube of icy cold water almost 5.5 kilometres long, wide and high."

2020-09-01 - Louisiana’s population is already moving to escape climate catastrophe:

2020-09-01 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 4 AM, 30-40 scrap cars burn, on 78th Avenue South in coastal Kent (Washington):

Quote: "The fire was reported around 4 a.m. in the 26100 block of 78th Avenue South, according to officials with Puget Sound Fire. Firefighters arrived to find about 30-40 junked cars on fire."

2020-09-01 - Recycling center erupts in flame on Mercury Way in New Cross (Britain):

2020-09-01 - Wildfire grows to 14,200 acres and generates a firenado near Topaz Lake (California):

Quote: "A rapidly expanding wildfire in Northern California whipped up a rare and dangerous fire tornado Monday as the blaze threatened nearby towns. The Slink Fire was reported Saturday southwest of Topaz Lake in Mono County, located about 75 miles south of Reno, Nev."

2020-09-01 - Californians are buying their own fire trucks on Craigslist:

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2020-09-02 - Wildfire grows to 35,000 acres, destroys 5 homes, near Ellensburg (Washington), hundreds of homes evacuated:

2020-09-02 - California braces for record heat even as wildfire smoke keeps windows closed:

2020-09-02 - Wildfires hasten another climate crisis, homeowners who can't get insurance:

Quote: "Insurers are widely expected to continue their retreat, potentially devastating the housing market if homes become essentially uninsurable."

Quote: "The insurance crisis is making California a test case for the financial dangers of climate change nationwide, as wildfires, floods and other disasters create economic shocks well beyond the physical damage of the disasters themselves. Those changes have already started to affect home prices, the mortgage industry and the bond market."

Note: The destabilizing and increasingly hostile climate will wreak havoc on insurance. That's been happening for years but obviously they're really feeling the pain now that things have escalated to the point that they have. But we're just getting started. It's all downhill from here...

2020-09-02 - Many forests will never be forests again after a wildfire:

2020-09-02 - Railroad bridge destroyed by fire near Beulah (North Dakota):

2020-09-02 - Three dump trucks destroyed by fire while parked at Highway Department facility on Riverside Drive in Huntington (Indiana), 200 feet from the Little River:

2020-09-02 - Ten RVs and building go up in flames at business in coastal Auckland (New Zealand), nobody there:

Quote: "A statement from Webster on the NZX site said there appeared to be damage to about 10 motorhomes and 'substantial damage' to the building that houses the office and workshop."

Note: These are the 279th-288th RVs to burn in 2020...

2020-09-02 - Two black holes collide and combine to create new larger black hole:

Quote: "Astronomers have detected the signal from a long ago violent collision of two black holes that created a new one of a size that had never been seen before."

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2020-09-03 - Landfill fire breaks out at 1:30 AM in Logan City (Utah):

2020-09-03 - Wildfire grows to 52,000 acres near Yakima (Washington):

2020-09-03 - Brutal record-shattering heatwave heads to the Bay Area (California):

Quote: "Have you ever been to Phoenix, Arizona, in the summer? It’s about to come to you. A heat wave is poised to break records across the Bay Area and much of the rest of California over Labor Day Weekend, starting Saturday and peaking Sunday with high temperatures forecast to exceed 110 degrees in some areas."

Quote: "Just in time for the Labor Day weekend, the West is being socked with a triple-digit heat wave that comes as many of the traditional escapes are out of reach due to the coronavirus pandemic. 'It’s going to be downright brutal the next few days,' predicted John Feerick, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather."

2020-09-03 - Significant percentage of COVID-infected athletes in the Big Ten, even asymptomatic ones, have heart inflammation:

Quote: "When we looked at our COVID-positive athletes, whether they were symptomatic or not, 30 to roughly 35 percent of their heart muscles are inflamed...and we really just don't know what to do with it right now. It's still very early in the infection. Some of that has led to the Pac-12 and the Big Ten's decision to sort of put a hiatus on what's happening..."

Quote: "On how myocarditis could potentially affect an athlete in the long term, Sebastianelli said they don't yet know about whether this would affect the status of athletes -- making them go from elite to average."

Quote: "What we have seen is when people have been studied with cardiac MRI scans — symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID infections — is a level of inflammation in cardiac muscle that just is alarming..."

Quote: "Myocarditis is usually caused by a viral infection. A severe case can weaken the heart, which can lead to heart failure, abnormal heartbeat, and sudden death."

Note: Yikes, that's scary. If this is the case with young healthy athletes then how bad might it be among the less-healthy general population? A lot of asymptomatic people have probably never been tested, so their hearts could be inflamed right now and they don't even know it. Most people aren't going to be getting cardiac MRIs either - too expensive. These college athletes got them because there are vast amounts of money involved in college sports...

2020-09-03 - Growing number of studies suggest many COVID-19 survivors, even those not hospitalized, experience some type of heart damage:

Quote: "A growing number of studies suggest many COVID-19 survivors experience some type of heart damage, even if they didn't have underlying heart disease and weren't sick enough to be hospitalized."

Quote: "Another JAMA Cardiology study used cardiac MRIs on 100 people who had recovered from COVID-19 within the past two to three months. Researchers found abnormalities in the hearts of 78% of recovered patients and 'ongoing myocardial inflammation' in 60%."

Note: Some of these people may fully recover from the virus itself then die from the heart inflammation caused by the virus. They won't test positive for the virus and so won't be counted as COVID-19 deaths, even though that's what caused the heart inflammation that killed them. Deaths like that would explain why the excess death counts are higher than the COVID-19 death counts. These would be delayed-reaction COVID-19 deaths, but they won't be counted as such because the virus itself is gone so the victims will test negative if they even test the corpses.

There were some videos from the early days of the pandemic in Wuhan showing people, sometimes clutching their chests, suddenly falling down dead, in offices, at markets, on streets. This problem is likely what was killing them - sudden acute myocardial infarctions brought on by myocardial inflammation, sometimes in people who feel okay right up until the minute they become dead. I have to wonder if China didn't know about this problem early on and that's why their lockdowns were so draconian. Obviously no government would want a virus that can transmit AND KILL asymptomatically spreading and becoming endemic in the population.

If that 60% number is correct from the Journal of the American Medical Association study, and 6 million people have been infected in the US, then there could be 3.6 million people suffering from myocarditis. Whatever percent of them have a severe case - 1%? 10%? 25%? - they're at risk of suddenly dying. Their first clue that they have a problem might be the moment that they collapse and die...

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2020-09-04 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits property on Stanley Street in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Stanley Street, Grimsby. Fri 4 Sep 2020 16:36 (No:016349) Report of smell of gas in property. No gas indicated on gas detection. Equipment. Inspection only."

2020-09-04 - The unthinkable consequences of global warming:

2020-09-04 - 'Zombie fires' spark highest-ever carbon emissions in the Arctic Circle:

Quote: "Wildfires in the Arctic Circle this summer once again broke records, surpassing last year's carbon dioxide emissions. Officials said the smoke plumes were so large, they covered the equivalent of more than one-third of Canada."

Quote: "There are several reasons for the out-of-control fires, such as lightning strikes and human activity, but many were caused by so-called 'zombie fires,' which smoldered underground, burning peat and organic matter through the frozen winter. Once spring hits, these underground fires re-ignite, sparking an ongoing loop year after year."

Note: So these fires are burning year-round now and the amount of carbon they are emitting is rising rapidly. So even if human emissions went to zero, which won't happen, the Earth's own emissions are now rising, so global warming would continue even without humanity helping it along. Ergo, humanity is now more or less irrelevant, and before long humanity will be ENTIRELY irrelevant, because we will all be dead. We lit the fuse and the carbon bomb now detonating will shortly wipe us off the face of the Earth. Some scientists say human civilization will collapse by 2050 while others say in 20-40 years. I don't know when that will happen, but it's coming, and human extinction will follow...

2020-09-04 - Industrial area rocked by massive explosion and fire at 4:30 AM on Vicarage Lane near marina in coastal Hoo (Britain):

2020-09-04 - Oil supertanker ship burns out of control for second day off the coast of Sri Lanka:

Quote: "A Panamanian-registered oil tanker burned out of control for a second day off Sri Lanka on Friday as authorities confirmed a Filipino crew member was killed in an explosion and fears grew of a major new oil spill in the Indian Ocean."

Quote: "The tanker, the MT New Diamond, is carrying nearly two million barrels - 270,000 tonnes - of crude oil. There are fears of significant environmental damage if the vessel explodes, or if there's a spill."

Quote: "Several cracks have been observed in the hull of the Panama-registered crude oil tanker, which caught on fire on Thursday (03) due to an explosion in the main engine room, says the Marine Environment Protection Authority."

2020-09-04 - SOTT Earth changes summary for August 2020, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

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2020-09-05 - Record summer temperatures across New England spark wildfires and wither crops:

2020-09-05 - Heat records toppling in Arizona:

2020-09-05 - Passenger plane hit by engine fire over coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

Quote: "Videos on social media appeared to show a huge fireball coming from the plane while it was still in the air. The flight had left from Hickam Air Force Base only a few miles away in Honolulu, the Hawaii Department of Transportation said, according to KHON. The station reported other Honolulu residents said they heard an explosion and saw a bright light."

Quote: "A passenger spotted what appeared to be flames shooting from the aircraft. Inside the pitch-black cabin, they reported hearing sounds of explosions. One passenger also tweeted 'so our plane almost blew up just now leaving Hawaii.' Witnesses from the ground reportedly described hearing sounds of explosions before seeing what they say were those bright flashes of light."

Note: This is the 43rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-09-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, scrap cars burn, in coastal Davie (Florida):

Quote: "A 4-alarm fire at a junkyard in Davie is burning scrapped vehicles among other material in a large commercial blaze that began just before 8 p.m."

2020-09-05 - Wildfire explodes into size to 36,000 acres near Mammoth Pool Reservoir (California):

Quote: "1,000 people trapped by Creek Fire near Mammoth reservoir advised to jump in water if needed..."

2020-09-05 - Wildfire breaks out and threatens Oak Glen (California), town evacuated:

2020-09-05 - Crane bursts into flame at coastal Shuaiba Port (Kuwait):

Quote: "Firemen spent a busy weekend dealing with several fire and road accident reports made from different locations around Kuwait. One of these incidents was a blaze that burned a container crane at Shuaiba Port yesterday."

2020-09-05 - Tire fire breaks out, hundreds of tires burn, on Taylor Road in Young Township (Pennsylvania):

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2020-09-06 - Wildfires have now burned through a record 2,094,955 acres across California, and it's barely September:

Quote: "California’s atrocious year for wildfires just became the worst in state history as far as the amount of land scorched. And it’s only September. More than 2,094,955 acres have burned across the state this year, CAL FIRE Capt. Richard Cordova said Sunday. That’s the size of more than 10 New York Cities. 'This is crazy. We haven’t even got into the October and November fire season, and we’ve broken the all-time record,' Cordova said."

Quote: "Farther north, the readings in San Luis Obispo, 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, reached 120 degrees. This may be the highest temperature ever measured so close to the ocean in the Americas. Downtown San Francisco reached 100 degrees, a record for the date."

2020-09-06 - Wildfire rages near Mammoth Pool Reservoir (California), helicopters save people in daring rescue, 12+ injured:

Quote: "Video shows a man surrounded by a raging wildfire in California’s Sierra National Forest — one of 207 people trapped there before helicopters carried them to safety overnight into Sunday. The footage shows RVs and other vehicles burning as the camera pans to what looks like a post-apocalyptic landscape, with flames ripping through densely wooded hills just beyond a popular camping area near the Mammoth Pool Reservoir."

Quote: "A massive rescue operation, involving Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters, airlifted more than 200 people to safety after the fast-moving Creek Fire trapped them in a popular camping area in California's Sierra National Forest. At least two people were severely injured and 10 more suffered moderate injuries."

2020-09-06 - Wildfire grows to 3,010 acres near Yucaipa (California):

2020-09-06 - Wildfire explodes in size to 34,289 acres near Fort Collins (Colorado):

2020-09-06 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap car pile burns, near Plymouth (Utah):

Quote: "A fire erupted Saturday night at Western Metals Recycling, sending flames high into the evening sky. Box Elder County Fire Marshall Corey Barton says the fire started just before six p.m. in a pile of automobile scraps at the recycling plant located at 7400 West and 21200 North."

2020-09-06 - Scrapyard erupts in flame at 4 AM in the Galewood area in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-09-06 - Record-breaking temp of 121 degrees bakes Woodland Hills (California):

Quote: "The 121° high temperature at Woodland Hills official site (Pierce College) was also the highest official temperature ever recorded in L.A. County as well as Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties."

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2020-09-07 - Auto salvage yard and pallet yard erupt in flames, fire gets huge, in coastal Bronx (New York):

Quote: "Seven firefighters were injured, two seriously, while battling a raging five-alarm blaze in a Bronx junkyard Monday evening, officials said. The fire, which started in an auto salvage and pallet yard on Drake St. by Randall Ave. in Hunts Point just before 4:30 p.m., sent bright orange flames and thick smoke billowing into the air. The towering smoke plumes were visible from across the East River in Queens."

2020-09-07 - Transformer explodes and burns at power plant shortly after 11 PM near the Chattahoochee River in Cobb County (Georgia):

Quote: "Between 11:20 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Sunday, there were multiple reports online of fire and at least four loud explosions coming from the power plant in Cobb County near the Chattahoochee River. "

2020-09-07 - Wildfire destroys most of the town of Malden (Washington):

Quote: "Resident Larry Frick lives in Malden, and has one of the last homes still standing. It took him nearly three hours to save his house amid the flames. 'It’s gone brother,' he texted his brother after the fire swept through. 'The entire town is gone. Everything from here to Pine City is gone. The scariest time of my life.'"

2020-09-07 - Wildfire grows to more than 8,000 acres near Cameron Lake (Washington):

2020-09-07 - Wildfire explodes in size again, to 96,462 acres, in Larimer County (Colorado), now the state's 4th-largest wildfire ever:

Quote: "The Cameron Peak Fire exploded in size – again – on Monday. Officials at the fire say it’s now 96,462 acres based off of a flyover by a state multi-mission aircraft."

Quote: "It now surpassed the High Park Fire in 2012 which burned 87,284 acres. This would make the Cameron Peak Fire the fourth largest fire in state history."

Note: So now two of the state's four largest wildfires, including the largest ever, were this year, and three of them have occurred since 2018...

2020-09-07 - Wildfire grows to 17,345 acres and destroys structures near Corte Madera (California):

2020-09-07 - Massive wildfires creating lightning-spewing pyrocumulus clouds in California:

2020-09-07 - Denver under a winter storm watch two days after the city hit 101 degrees:

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2020-09-08 - Dozens of wildfires rip through more than 300,000 acres across Washington State:

Quote: "Gov. Jay Inslee said at a Tuesday news conference that over 300,000 acres burned Monday, as many as had burned over the last 12 fire seasons. 'This is an unprecedented and heartbreaking event,' Inslee said. 'We know that we've been well prepared for fires. We've fought them before. We know how to do it. But these conditions were unprecedented.'"

2020-09-08 - Wildfires burn across Oregon, as many as 100 homes destroyed, governor invokes Emergency Conflagration Act:

Quote: "Oregon Governor Kate Brown authorized additional resources on Tuesday to help battle large wildfires burning across the state. Gov. Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for the Beachie Creek, Lionshead, and Holiday Farm fires, saying they pose a 'threat to life, safety and property' and exceed local firefighting capabilities."

Quote: "Lane County says the McKenzie Fire has destroyed as many as 100 homes in the Blue River area. Loss of life is possible, the county administrator warned Tuesday morning. People in the area have been told to evacuate."

2020-09-08 - Wildfires have now burned across more than 2.3 million acres across California, military rescues more people:

Quote: "All told, wildfires have burned 2.3 million acres this year in the parched state — an 1,800-plus percent increase compared to the acres scorched through the same period last year."

Note: So basically the entire US West Coast is going up in flames now...

2020-09-08 - Wildfires blazing on the US West Coast send haze and smoke all the way to the East Coast and into Canada:

Quote: "Suomi NPP also delivered an image of aerosols released by the fire. 'This image shows a significant area of deep red range which means aerosols in the area could potentially be dangerous to the health of those in that area,' said NASA."

2020-09-08 - Chemical plant damaged by explosion and fire in coastal Palm Bay (Florida):

Quote: "A woman who called 911 told the operator, 'A building just blew up.' Moments later, she added, 'It keeps blowing up.'"

2020-09-08 - Around 20 cars destroyed by fire at 3 AM while parked at apartments in Lake St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "KMOV-TV reports that the fire broke out around 3 a.m. Monday at Cedar Ridge Apartments. Authorities say 32 cars in a carport were damaged, with about 20 of them destroyed. Fire officials say the wooden carport was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire is under investigation but authorities say it does not appear to be suspicious."

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2020-09-09 - Think 2020's disasters are wild? Experts see worse in the future:

Note: Yep, MUCH worse. Bad enough to end humanity, and humanity will be gone before things get REALLY bad. These experts haven't yet recognized the fact that what's going on now is a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event, commonly called 'The Great Dying'. If you're thinking that surely we'll 'do something' to avoid extinction, it's too late. The time to act was 50 years ago. At BEST we could buy ourselves a little time now -- a few years extra time, maybe even a decade -- but it'd require effort and sacrifice to even do that, and from all appearances, nobody's willing to do that. People will undoubtedly be rethinking that position when they're on fire and the skin is melting from their bones, or when they're inhaling poison gas and falling over dead, but obviously that's not the optimal time to be drawing up plans to extend life...

2020-09-09 - Record high temperatures and mammoth wildfires in the Arctic have arrived earlier than scientists predicted:

Quote: "And these climate model projections show that the kind of extreme summer temperatures we’ve seen in the Arctic in 2020 weren’t likely to occur until the mid-21st century, exceeding predictions by decades."

2020-09-09 - World's wildlife populations have fallen by around 68% in four decades:

Note: At that rate, pretty much all wildlife on the planet will be dead by 2040. That might not be that far-fetched. The insects around the planet have been dying off too, so it's not just 'wildlife'. Humanity dying off won't be far behind...

2020-09-09 - Nearly 100 large wildfires burn across the US West, 6+ killed, tens of thousands evacuated, sky turns apocalyptically orange:

Quote: "The National Interagency Fire Center reported Wednesday that 96 large fires are burning in 12 states and scorched more than 3.4 million acres (5,300 square miles — about the size of Connecticut)."

2020-09-09 - Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes as they rage across Oregon, boy and grandmother killed:

Quote: "Windblown wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest have destroyed hundreds of homes in Oregon, the governor said Wednesday, warning: 'This could be the greatest loss of human life and property due to wildfire in our state’s history.'"

2020-09-09 - Wildfire destroys homes and cars as it burns toward Oroville (California), town of Berry Creek destroyed, all national forests closed:

2020-09-09 - Wildfire kills child and burns his parents along the Columbia River in Okanagan County (Washington):

Quote: "In Okanogan County, Washington, a child died and his parents suffered third-degree burns when the family attempted to outrun the Cold Springs wildfire, authorities said. Sheriff Tony Hawley said the trio was discovered on the bank of the Columbia River after they abandoned the car they had been traveling in."

2020-09-09 - Massive wildfires rage across western Syria:

Note: The western side of Syria is the side closest to the Mediterranean Sea. That's much like the wildfires burning in the US in the three states closest to the Pacific Ocean...

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2020-09-10 - Wildfires tear through nearly 900,000 acres and send thousands fleeing in Oregon, 12% of the population evacuated:

Quote: "Brown said the fires were unprecedented in the state's history, with totals nearing 900,000 acres burned. Over the past decade, the state has seen an average of 500,000 acres burn each year. 'We've seen nearly double that in the last three days,' she said. 'Folks are really scared and looking for information.'"

Quote: "It is only when firefighters can counterattack and get into heavily damaged areas will the full scope of the human and property damage be known. 'We know there are fatalities,' Brown said. State officials declined to estimate the possible number of dead or amount of property damage."

2020-09-10 - Wildfires burn 4.4 million acres across 12 US states, death toll climbs to 17:

Quote: "Wildfires across several western states, including California, Oregon, and Washington, have created ominous — some say apocalyptic — scenes across the states as firefighters battle 102 fires, which have burned 4.4 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. According to a September 10 update from the National Interagency Fire Center, 102 wildfires have swept 12 states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming."

Quote: "At least 17 people in Oregon, California and Washington have now died because of the devastating wildfires ravaging the West Coast, and the destruction is anticipated to worsen, according to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown."

2020-09-10 - Chemical plant fire breaks out in Walburg (Texas), shelter-in-place orders issued:

2020-09-10 - Six of the 20th biggest wildfires in state history, including the biggest, have burned this year in California:

Quote: "On Thursday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection tweeted that the state had seen six of its top 20 largest wildfires this year."

Quote: "The massive August Complex fire is now officially the largest blaze in California history, burning more than 471,000 acres, another grim milestone in what is already the state’s most destructive fire year on record. The fire burning north of Sacramento has now surpassed the 2018 Mendocino Complex fire, which burned more than 459,000 acres back in 2018."

Note: So the previous largest wildfire in California history only held that record for two years...

2020-09-10 - Wildfire causes evacuations near coastal Anavyssos (Greece):

Note: On the western coast of Greece, like the fires burning on the western coast in the US and the fires burning on the western coast in Syria...

2020-09-10 - US Commodity Futures Trading Commission issues report warning of serious economic danger from climate change:

Quote: "The report, the first of its kind by a US government entity, calls for Congress to swiftly impose a price on carbon and urges financial regulators to 'more urgently and decisively' work to understand and blunt the looming economic damage from climate change."

2020-09-10 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Memphis (Tennessee):

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2020-09-11 - Wildfire merges with another in Northern California, becomes 746,607-acre megafire, the biggest wildfire in California history:

Quote: The conflagration, located in hilly wooded land that includes the Mendocino National Forest, is now more than 60% bigger than the previous biggest blaze known to have hit the state, the deadly Mendocino Fire Complex that blackened 459,123 acres in the same area in 2018."

2020-09-11 - Mass fatality incident possible as fast-moving wildfires threaten to merge in Oregon, dozens of people missing:

Quote: "'We know we are dealing with fire-related deaths, and we are preparing for a mass fatality incident based on what we know and the numbers of structures that have been lost,' Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, told reporters Friday."

Quote: "Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that wildfires have consumed more than 1 million acres and dozens of people remain missing."

2020-09-11 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, scrap cars burn, on Broad Street in Campbellsville (Kentucky):

2020-09-11 - Transformer explodes and burns and causes blackouts in coastal Bronx (New York):

2020-09-11 - Battery workshop explodes and burns near Tehran (Iran), 1 killed, 10 injured:

Quote: "An explosion in a battery workshop southwest of Tehran has killed one person, injured 10 others, and damaged dozens of cars and buildings, Iranian media reported."

2020-09-11 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Shell Lake (Wisconsin):

2020-09-11 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Spectacle Pond in Cranston and Elm Lake in Providence (Rhode Island):

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2020-09-12 - Massive numbers of birds dying from unknown cause in New Mexico:

Quote: "Over the past few weeks, various species of migratory birds are dying in 'unprecedented' numbers of unknown causes, reported Martha Desmond, a professor at NMSU's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. 'It is terribly frightening,' Desmond said. 'We've never seen anything like this... We're losing probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of migratory birds.'"

Quote: "In August, large numbers of birds were found dead at White Sands Missile Range and at the White Sands National Monument in what was thought to be an isolated incident, Desmond said. After that, however, came reports of birds behaving strangely and dying in numerous locations in Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell, Socorro and other locations statewide. The affected birds have included warblers, sparrows, swallows, blackbirds, flycatchers, and the western wood pewee."

2020-09-12 - Permafrost melting on the island of Svalbard (Norway):

2020-09-12 - Smoke chokes the US West Coast as wildfire death toll climbs to 31:

Quote: "The death toll from the fires in California, Oregon and Washington stood at 31 and was expected to rise sharply. Most of the fatalities were in California and Oregon."

Quote: "Some communities resembled the bombed-out cities of Europe after World War II, with buildings reduced to charred rubble piled atop blackened earth. Residents either managed to flee as the flames closed in, or perished."

2020-09-12 - US West Coast has the worst air quality in the world:

2020-09-12 - Satellite view of Earth puts wildfire smoke in perspective, and it’s huge:

2020-09-12 - La Niña has formed and it could worsen hurricanes and wildfires:

2020-09-12 - Rainforest destruction continues at a rapid pace in Brazil:

Quote: "A total of 1,359 square kilometers (525 square miles) in the Brazilian Amazon—23 times the size of Manhattan—were lost last month, according to satellite data from Brazil's National Space Research Institute (INPE)."

Quote: So about 2/3 of a Manhattan-sized area of rainforest is being wiped out EVERY DAY...

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2020-09-13 - Climate change denier hired for top position at NOAA:

Note: Conservatives in the US have abandoned science. I can understand why. To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, 'Science has a well-known liberal bias.' If conservatives accept the science of climate change then they'd be admitting that they've been pursuing a corporatist fossil fuel agenda for decades that's suicidal not only to themselves, but to their own children and grandchildren, as well as to their country and to humanity itself. They can't admit that - it's just too horrifying - so therefore science must be thrown out the window and replaced with denial. Unfortunately for them, 'science' will nevertheless kill all of them, and all of their children and their grandchildren too. Denial not only won't prevent that, but denial will prevent them from taking steps that would at least extend the lifespan of humanity, so in that way their denial will only make things that much worse and will just make them look increasingly suicidally stupid and pathetic to everyone else as we all head to the exits. We'll see how many conservatives are able to continue clinging to denial as the world is destroyed around them. Greta Thunberg has more balls than every conservative in the US put together. She may not see the whole of reality - particularly that the end is ultimately unavoidable - but she doesn't flinch from what she DOES see. A reckoning between science and denial is coming. Place your bets on which wins!

2020-09-13 - Heatwaves are becoming more deadly as nights warm faster than days:

2020-09-13 - Waste transfer station erupts in flame, fire gets big, on Memorial Drive in Cobb County (Georgia):

2020-09-13 - West Coast wildfire death toll rises to at least 33 and likely to rise further:

Quote: "The historic blazes have killed 10 people in Oregon, 22 in California, and at least one person in Washington state."

Quote: "Officials said the death toll is likely to rise since there are more people unaccounted for in the fires."

2020-09-13 - Pier devastated by mammoth fire on the waterfront in coastal New Westminster (Canada):

2020-09-13 - At least 137 sea lions wash ashore dead in coastal Baja California (Mexico):

Quote: "Mexican authorities are investigating after 137 dead sea lions washed up on a beach with no sign of how they died. The country's office for environmental protection has said the animals do not have injuries from getting caught up in fishing nets or lines. There are also no marks on their bodies from possible collisions with boats."

2020-09-13 - Killer whales launching orchestrated attacks on boats and yachts off the coasts of Spain and Portugal:

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2020-09-14 - Earth barreling toward 'hothouse' state not seen in 50 million years, epic new climate record shows:

Note: They need to look back even further, to the Permian-Triassic extinction event, the 'Great Dying', 252 million years ago, to find something similar to what's happening now. The extinction event occurring now is a repeat of the Great Dying. The Great Dying was caused by vast amounts of oil, gas and coal being burned by volcanoes in the Siberian Traps. The repeat happening now is caused by the burning of vast amounts of oil, gas and coal from every corner of the planet, by us. Earth doesn't care WHY the oil, gas and coal get burned. The Earth reacts WHEN the oil, gas and coal get burned. We've simply replaced the volcanoes with ourselves as the source of the burning. So the result will be the same: a massive extinction event that wipes out most species on the planet, basically a hard reset on the biosphere with only simpler and/or fast-reproducing species surviving. Good luck to the cockroaches and rats that may yet make it after the human race has been expunged!

2020-09-14 - Gigantic chunk of ice cap 42 square miles in size breaks off Greenland's largest remaining ice shelf:,187279

Quote: "'We should be very concerned about what appears to be progressive disintegration at the Arctic’s largest remaining ice shelf,' said GEUS professor Jason Box."

2020-09-14 - Ice shelves propping up two major glaciers in Antarctica are breaking up, could have major consequences for sea level rise:

Quote: "According to the study, the damage consists of crevasses and fractures in the glaciers, the first signs of the weakening process. Modeling has revealed that the emergence of this kind of damage initiates a feedback process that accelerates the formation of even more fractures and weakening."

Quote: "These ice shelves are in the early phase of disintegration, they're starting to tear apart."

2020-09-14 - As Arctic sea ice continues to disintegrate, a new polar climate regime arises:

2020-09-14 - Megafire grows to 188,000 acres in Marion County (Oregon):

2020-09-14 - Wildfire smoke leaves Oakland A's pitcher gasping for air at stadium in Seattle (Washington):

2020-09-14 - Wildfire breaks out, grows rapidly and causes evacuations, near Proença-a-Nova (Portugal):

Quote: "Two major blazes killed 106 people three years ago."

2020-09-14 - Thousands of wildfires burn across the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland, wildlife dying, in Brazil:

Quote: "A fire has been burning since mid-July in the remote wetlands of west-central Brazil, leaving in its wake a vast charred desolation bigger than New York City."

Quote: "This enormous fire is one of thousands of blazes sweeping the Brazilian Pantanal - the world's largest wetland - this year, in what climate scientists fear could become a new normal, echoing the rise in climate-driven fires from California to Australia."

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2020-09-15 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits two different areas in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia):

Quote: "Portsmouth fire crews responded to two different incidents involving the smell of gas Tuesday night. The first incident reported was the smell of gas in the Prentis Park neighborhood. Crews arrived on scene and did not find any hazards in the area. The gas company also had crews respond to investigate. Around 10 p.m., fire officials said they were in the process of investigating another incident involving the smell of gas inside on Court Street."

2020-09-15 - California’s wildfires are producing more CO2 than its power plants:

2020-09-15 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 4:15 AM, large pile of scrap metal burns, in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

Quote: "According to the fire department, the fire was reported at 4:15 a.m. near Northeast Fourth Street and North Martin Luther King Avenue. A worker showed up and found smoke coming from a large pile of scrap metal from cars, officials said."

2020-09-15 - Electrical facility damaged by fire and explosion at 12:52 AM on Carnegie Road in Tuebrook (Britain):

2020-09-15 - Megafire grows to 119,488 acres in coastal Big Sur (California):

2020-09-15 - At least 87 large wildfires burning across 11 states, death toll hits 36, 6+ million acres burned this year so far:

Quote: "The wildfires have scorched over 6 million acres total, a little over the size of New Hampshire, since Jan. 1, 2020, to date, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)."

2020-09-15 - First-ever mobile morgue opens in Oregon, dozens of wildfire deaths feared:

2020-09-15 - Wildfire smoke from fires raging on the US West Coast spreads all the way across the country to the East Coast:

2020-09-15 - Oregon state senator who stopped climate change vote loses home to wildfire:

Note: Huh, turns out the homes of climate change deniers aren't any less flammable than anyone else's homes. Who knew?! Earth is going to visit horror upon escalating horror on the deniers and convince them of reality the hard way, or kill them, whichever comes first. To quote Ayn Rand, 'You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.' The deniers can avoid reality as much as they want, but they definitely aren't going to avoid the consequences...

2020-09-15 - Hurricane Sally spirals toward the coasts of Alabama and Florida, historic life-threatening flooding possible:

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2020-09-16 - Unknown stench hits large area including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Walsall (Britain):

Quote: "Thousands of people across the Midlands were left gagging by a mystery smell hanging over the region last night. The unidentified odour, described as 'like bad vomit', was reported across a 50-mile area, including in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stratford-upon-Avon and Walsall. After a hot day, with highs of 82.4F (28C) in Birmingham, the region was hit by the sickening smell as the sun set."

2020-09-16 - Trucks and warehouses destroyed by massive fire shortly after midnight in the port area in coastal Ancona (Italy):

Quote: "Explosions and a huge fire ripped through the port area of the Italian city of Ancona early Wednesday, destroying warehouses and lorries, but there were no casualties, firefighters said. The flames created vast mushroom clouds of smoke in the city on Italy's Adriatic coast. The explosions sparked the fire shortly after midnight."

2020-09-16 - Wildfire smoke from fires burning on the US West Coast reaches Europe:

Quote: "Data collected by the European Union's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service found smoke from the fires had traveled 8,000 kilometers (almost 5,000 miles) through the atmosphere to Britain and other parts of northern Europe."

2020-09-16 - Gas pipeline explodes and burns, blows crater in the road, near Piedmont (Oklahoma):

2020-09-16 - Hurricane Sally rolls ashore and dumps mammoth amount of rain on Florida and Alabama, 1+ killed:

2020-09-16 - Climate crisis to cause decline in quality of the environment:

Quote: "Roughly 162 million Americans will likely see a decline in the quality of their environment as the climate crisis continues to cause natural disasters all across the country, ProPublica reported. The crisis would lead to migration across the US, but as Americans try to avoid one disaster in one part of the country, they may be walking into another crisis in another region."

Note: It'll take people a while to figure out that no matter where they run to, it's still gonna be the end of the world there too. It's hard to run from a planetary extinction event while remaining on the planet where it is occurring...

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2020-09-17 - Recycling center erupts in flame at 4:42 AM, fire gets huge, on Grange Lane in Redhill, Telford (Britain):

2020-09-17 - Megafire grows to 191,238 acres near Detroit (Oregon):

Quote: "The Beachie Creek Fire has burned 191,238 acres so far and is 20% contained, fire officials say."

2020-09-17 - Numerous other areas experiencing devastating fires around the planet besides the US West Coast:

Note: Well, of course. Eventually everything on the surface of the planet that CAN burn WILL burn. We're already seeing firestorms like none seen before. Just imagine the fires we're seeing now, but 10 times worse, and everywhere. That's where we're headed. On the plus side, Earth's running a 100% off sale on cremation services!

2020-09-17 - Work truck bursts into flame, ignites 1200-acre wildfire, on Snow Creek Road near Palm Springs (California):

Quote: "According to the California Highway Patrol and CalFire, a vehicle caught on fire on Snow Creek Road at around 2:36 p.m. It's unclear what started the car fire, but the flames were spread quickly due to the wind and dry conditions."

Note: I've documented quite a number of wildfires that have begun from vehicles bursting into flame. I don't know exactly how many, but dozens at least. And a lot of the fires that have unknown causes may be igniting that way too. You see pictures of charred wasteland with burned-out vehicles scattered across the landscape and you have to at least wonder...

2020-09-17 - Temperatures threaten to become unbearable:

2020-09-17 - Gas companies are abandoning their wells, leaving them to leak methane forever:

2020-09-17 - Trump's climate change rollbacks to dramatically increase US greenhouse gas emissions:

Quote: "President Donald Trump's rollback of Obama-era climate regulations will cause the United States to pump an extra 1.8 billion tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere between now and 2035, at a time when scientists say the world needs to slash its carbon pollution dramatically to avoid catastrophe, researchers said Thursday."

Note: That will help kill off humanity at least somewhat faster. If you've got a hankerin' to take a nice relaxing dirt nap sooner rather than later, possibly after burning to death, then Trump's the candidate for you!

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2020-09-18 - Car goes up in flames and burns person to death in the Rivelin area in Sheffield (Britain), near the River Rivelin:

Quote: "Shortly after 2.30pm today (18 September), police were called to the scene of a fire in the Rivelin area of Sheffield. The fire service had responded to Lodge Lane to reports of a car on fire in the street. As the fire was extinguished, a body was discovered in the front of the car."

2020-09-18 - Wildfires starting earlier, burning more area and burning more intensely as the world continues warming:

Quote: "As 2020 began, record-breaking wildfires had already engulfed regions of Australia, eventually scorching more than 65,000 square miles — an area that, when taken together, is larger than the state of Illinois. Then came the fires that swept across Siberia in July, fueled by an intense Arctic heat wave. And then things hit much closer to home for Prichard. Over the past month, dozens of catastrophic wildfires have been raging along a huge swath of the western United States, including in Prichard’s home state of Washington. Millions of acres have already burned across California, Oregon and Washington, and at least 36 deaths have been linked to the blazes."

Note: Take the fires that have burned this year across the world, from the southern tip of South America to the far north Arctic, and then imagine them being MANY times worse. That's where we're heading, and not slowly, like in 100 years or such nonsense. The escalation is dramatic and obvious right now and this escalation is non-linear: the rate of escalation is itself escalating, the 'catastrophe curve' going vertical. By the time that curve reaches its peak, the human race will be long gone...

2020-09-18 - Megafire grows to 248,256 acres near Fresno (California):

Quote: "The Creek Fire was first sparked on Friday, September 4, and 248,256 acres have burned as of Friday evening with 22% containment. At least 913 structures have been damaged or destroyed, and 8,063 are threatened. Officials say 30,000 residents of Fresno County and 15,000 residents of Madera County have been evacuated."

2020-09-18 - Wildfire begun by vehicle fire grows to 4,200 acres near Palm Springs (California):

2020-09-18 - Wildfire grows to 42,345 acres in Twin Falls County (Idaho):

2020-09-18 - Wildfire smoke leaves lung damage long after air clears:

Quote: "When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for seven weeks surrounded by relentless smoke. They still don’t know, because most residents haven’t recovered. In fact, they’ve gotten worse."

2020-09-18 - China struggling to meet basic food demands as President Xi encourages 'gastronomic discipline':

Quote: "It is difficult to ascertain the real situation since information coming out of China may not reflect the true severity of the crisis. However, Xi’s statements on the need for 'gastronomic discipline' are reminiscent of similar instructions issued by Mao in 1959, at the beginning of the Great Famine (1958-1962). A combination of factors indicate that China is at risk for this history to repeat itself — a massive food shortage that could worsen into one of its biggest crises since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949."

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2020-09-19 - Unknown rotten egg odor sickens people at stadium in Brownsboro (Texas):

Quote: "After numerous people complained about a natural gas smell inside the stadium at the Brownsboro football game Friday night, firefighters came to the scene to investigate. The Brownsboro school district posted on Facebook that firefighters did not find a leak and gave clearance. However, they said that following the halftime performance, some of the band and drill team members began to feel sick."

2020-09-19 - Car goes up in flames and kills person on County Road 331 in Craighead County (Arkansas):

2020-09-19 - Wildfire-weary Californians, tired of this being normal, consider uprooting their lives and moving elsewhere:

Quote: "It’s not just the nearly 7,900 wildfires that have consumed more than 3.4 million acres and claimed 26 lives in California that have Arthur Gies looking online for apartments in New York. 'It’s not necessarily this year of wildfires so much as the dam breaking on the realization that this is not just the new normal but just a prelude to what’s coming,' the 39-year-old Oakland resident says. 'And just being sort of tired of this being normal.'"

2020-09-19 - Wildfire grows to 91,017 acres, destroys homes in Juniper Hills (California):;-evacuation-orders-remain/6450578/

2020-09-19 - Megafire grows to 137,865 acres in Clackamas County (Oregon):

2020-09-19 - Wildfire haze from wildfires burning on the US West Coast affects air quality across British Columbia and Alberta (Canada):

2020-09-19 - Emaciated grizzly found dead on central BC coast in Canada as low salmon count sparks concern:

Quote: "“The poor bear starved to death,” said John Smith, a fisheries supervisor with the band and the one who found the dead grizzly. Smith said there are very few fish in the river right now, adding he saw five other bears who seemed 'thinner than normal' but not as bad as the dead one. 'I’ve never seen anything like this before,' said Patricia Sewid, a Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw fisheries officer."

Quote: "While Sewid returned to Port Hardy last week she said that she had counted the lowest salmon numbers of her career. 'Eight days ago I counted just over 300 pinks, ideally I should have counted over 10,000,' said Sewid. The low number of salmon is not helping the bears, she said and added that this year she observed a low count of berries too – another food source."

Note: Starving sea birds have been washing up dead in the hundreds of thousands from the Pacific Northwest all the way north to Alaska in recent years too. The fish they eat may be dying off too, just like the disappearing salmon in Alaska and Canada. The hundreds of thousands or millions of birds that recently dropped dead in New Mexico and surrounding states were thin too - the insects they eat may be dying off. Insects have been dying off all around the world, even in remote jungles where there is no human activity. I don't know what kind of berries the fisheries officer was referring to up there, but if those berries require insects for pollination, and the insects are disappearing there then that could be a problem for the bears that eat them. The entire biosphere has begun to collapse...

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2020-09-20 - Private bus goes up in flames at 2:50 AM and kills man while parked at home on Taylor Street in East Chattanooga (Tennessee):

Quote: "Firefighters found a large bus fully involved. They got the fire out & were advised by neighbors that someone was living there. Entry was made & deceased party was located."

Note: This is the 280th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-09-20 - Car goes up in flames and kills person shortly before 1 AM on street in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

Quote: "An unidentified male was found in the driver's seat of a burning vehicle near N. 10th Street and W. Hadley Street shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, according to police."

2020-09-20 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, big pile of scrap metal burns, in Charlotte (North Carolina):

Quote: "Statesville Road in Charlotte was shut down for two hours Sunday morning after a large scrap vehicle fire at Auto Parts U Pull & Scrap Metal of Charlotte."

2020-09-20 - Vehicles go up in flames at recycling center or auto salvage yard in coastal Honolulu (Hawaii):

Quote: "Honolulu firefighters were called out to a fire at a Campbell Industrial Park business Saturday morning. Flames broke out around 11:15 a.m. at a facility on Olai Street. Initial reports say multiple vehicles were on fire at a recycling, or junk yard, though details were limited."

2020-09-20 - Wildfire grows to 103,135 acres, becomes megafire, in Angeles National Forest (California), homes destroyed, smokenado forms:

Quote: "The Bobcat Fire in California is now recorded as one of the largest wildfires in the history of Los Angeles County. As of Sunday, the blaze has consumed more than 103,135 acres of land since its initial breakout over Labour Day weekend. "

Quote: "A 'smokenado' was captured on camera twisting into the sky near Big Pines as the nearly 100,000-acre Bobcat Fire continued to rage nearby."

2020-09-20 - Wildfire that started from truck bursting into flame grows to 6,000 acres near Palm Springs (California):

2020-09-20 - Woman, 61, loses consciousness while snorkeling and dies off the Florida Keys, and another woman, 21, loses consciousness while diving off the Florida Keys (Florida):

Quote: "A 61-year-old woman died Sunday after becoming unresponsive during a snorkeling excursion off the Florida Keys."

Quote: "In an unrelated incident, a 21-year-old woman was rescued Sunday when she went scuba diving off the Florida Keys. 'A 21 year-old diver came to the surface unconscious and not breathing, but became conscious and responsive when brought into the boat,' the Coast Guard said."

Note: Somehow those two events don't seem all that unrelated...

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2020-09-21 - Arctic sea ice extent shrinks to 2nd-lowest level on record:

Quote: "Arctic sea ice has already lost two-thirds of its volume over the past four decades, part of an alarming trend in polar warming that that is already seeing impacts across the globe."

2020-09-21 - Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water:

2020-09-21 - The climate refugees are here, and they're Americans:

2020-09-21 - Large percentage of beaches could be gone by mid-century in Oahu (Hawaii):

Note: A number of scientists have predicted human civilization will have collapsed by then. In which case, disappearing beaches will be the least of peoples' concerns, assuming anyone's still alive by then...

2020-09-21 - Landfill fire breaks out on the main island in the Seychelles:

2020-09-21 - Landfill fire breaks out in Kiev (Ukraine):

2020-09-21 - Apple CEO Cook hopes wildfires, hurricanes, flooding will prove climate change to people:

Note: The wildfires, hurricanes and flooding are all going to continue to get worse and worse. They'll get plenty bad enough to wake people up, or kill them, whichever comes first. The Earth will sort the wheat from the chaff with catastrophes and misery...

2020-09-21 - North America facing huge explosion in population of feral hogs:

Quote: "I’ve heard it referred to as a feral swine bomb. They multiply so rapidly. To go from a thousand to two thousand, it’s not a big deal. But if you’ve got a million, it doesn’t take long to get to four million, then eight million."

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2020-09-22 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits Catskill (New York), near the Hudson River:

Quote: "A reported gas odor at Catskill Commons on Tuesday afternoon turned out to be coming from an unknown source, said John Maserjian, media relations director for Central Hudson Gas & Electric. Central Hudson checked the area, above and below ground, and did not find any evidence of leaking gas, Maserjian said."

Quote: "Businesses in the area were not evacuated, but firefighters used a gas detection meter to determine if there were gas levels present, Holt said. The meter detects the presence of natural gas and carbon monoxide, Maserjian said."

Quote: "It was determined that the odor was not gas. The odor was coming from unknown source, Maserjian said."

2020-09-22 - Birds dying in Colorado too:

Quote: "Vail resident David Pleshaw, who photographed a yellow-rumped warbler that had died outside of his home, said the bird felt like it was of a weak composition. 'Seems like it’s just features and bones, not much muscle at all,' Pleshaw said. And in a separate observation, 'Last year at this time, I had those big mosquito bugs at my house by the river,' Pleshaw said. 'I haven’t seen any this year.'"

Note: The fish and berries are disappearing in Canada and grizzly bears are starving to death. Seabirds have been washing up dead and starved from Washington State to Alaska. Now here's more birds starved, and the insects are disappearing. More signs of widespread biosphere collapse...

2020-09-22 - Mysterious explosion shortly after 6:30 AM alarms people in coastal Suffolk (Britain):

2020-09-22 - Auto recycling center hit by fire just after 11 PM, big pile of scrap cars burns, in Whitchurch-Stouffville (Canada):

Quote: "Emergency services were called just after 11 p.m. Sept. 21 to an auto recycling yard north of the intersection of McCowan and Stouffville Roads. 'A large number of vehicles have caught fire somehow,' said York Regional Police Duty Insp. Andrew Bell."

2020-09-22 - Kidney damage from COVID-19 linked to higher risk of in-hospital death:

Quote: "The team found that, in patients with COVID-19, AKI is uncommon but is linked with a high risk of in-hospital mortality. Seven percent of patients developed AKI during hospitalization, many within 7 days after admission. The in-hospital mortality rate was 10% in patients without AKI vs.72% in patients with AKI. After adjusting for potential confounding factors, AKI was associated with a 5-times higher odds of dying while in the hospital. Also, the risk of death was higher with greater severity of AKI."

2020-09-22 - COVID-19 death toll passes 200,000 in the US:

Note: You can clearly see the effects of politicizing science. Of the eight states with 2% or fewer infections in the community, all eight are blue states, e.g. states that have respected science and ignored the president. Of the nine states with 10% or greater infections in the community, eight of them are red states (Wisconsin being the exception). These are the states that reopened earlier than the task force's recommendations, didn't mandate masks and in general did what the president wanted, science be damned. Now they have skyrocketing infection rates. No coincidence there...

2020-09-22 - Number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Missouri:

Quote: "Before Aug. 25, Missouri had never reported more than 1,000 patients at a time. It has now happened on seven of the past 10 reported days."

Note: These aren't merely infections, these are people sick enough to go to the hospital, which nobody does because they want to. According to that kidney damage math, around 70 people per day in Missouri will have kidney damage in the first week of hospitalization out of each 1,000 people hospitalized, and around 50 of them will die. Of the other 930 out of each 1,000 people, 93 will die. These infections are mainly hitting rural areas. Which is to say, conservative areas with lots of Trump supporters, many of whom are both fat and old. It's like there's now some kind of voluntary nationwide virus-enhanced conservative self-depopulation program going on. Our governor spends a lot of time in those areas, so I wouldn't be surprised if he comes down with COVID-19 himself...

2020-09-22 - Missouri governor and wife both come down with COVID-19:

2020-09-22 - Canada extends border closure until October 21 due to the rising number of COVID-19 infections in the US:

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2020-09-23 - Van goes up in flames and burns woman to death at her home near Rock Creek in Attalla (Alabama):

Quote: "An investigation is underway after a woman was found dead following a vehicle fire in Etowah County. Sheriff’s deputies, Attalla Fire and Rescue and Attalla police responded about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a fire on Country Road off Burgess Road in Attalla. A caller to 911 reported that a Chevrolet Astro van was on fire in front of a residence and that a woman was trapped inside, according to sheriff’s officials."

Quote: "Authorities said she lived at the home where the van was parked."

2020-09-23 - Study suggests abrupt ocean warming could lead to mass fish deaths:

2020-09-23 - Oil plant explodes and burns in coastal Surat (India):

2020-09-23 - Landfill fire breaks out near coastal Melbourne (Australia):

2020-09-23 - Mulch fire breaks out on Oak Hill Way in Brockton (Massachusetts):

2020-09-23 - Five of the six largest wildfires in California history are burning right now:

2020-09-23 - Creek Fire becomes largest single blaze in California history, at 286,519 acres, in Fresno and Madera Counties (California):

2020-09-23 - Fierce, frequent, climate-fueled wildfires may decimate forests worldwide:

Note: What do they mean, 'may'? It's already happening!

2020-09-23 - Huge fissure opens in the ground in Jiménez (Mexico):

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2020-09-24 - Smoke from wildfires killed at least 1,200 people in California:

Quote: "The heavy smoke from wildfires that choked much of California in recent weeks was more than an inconvenience. It was deadly. And it almost certainly killed more people than the flames from the massive fires themselves, health experts say. Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, the historically bad concentrations of wildfire smoke were responsible for at least 1,200 and possibly up to 3,000 deaths in California that otherwise would not have occurred, according to an estimate by researchers at Stanford University."

2020-09-24 - California’s largest single wildfire spawned two massive firenados, one an EF2:

2020-09-24 - Global heating stoking underground 'zombie fires' in Siberia (Russia):

2020-09-24 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "The fire was quickly contained to a pile of crushed cars and appliances, according to a tweet from the Sacramento Fire Department. Crews expect to be at the facility throughout the evening, as they continue to use aerial ladders to surround and control the three alarm fire."

2020-09-24 - Underground electrical explosions and fire blow manhole covers off in Albany (New York):

2020-09-24 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Belfast (Ireland):

2020-09-24 - Wind turbine bursts into flame at midnight along Haslingden Old Road in Oswaldtwistle (Britain):

2020-09-24 - Brush fire breaks out near the Columbia River near Bridgeport (Washington):

2020-09-24 - Algae blooms erupting off the coast near Mackay (Australia):

Quote: "A series of algal blooms off the coast have been washing ashore and breaking down, wafting the stomach churning smell across the tropical north coast."

Note: The foul smell is hydrogen sulfide given off as the algae decomposes, the same problem that has afflicted Florida and numerous areas across the Caribbean and in Mexico, causing doctors to warn that the exposure to hydrogen sulfide can cause serious health problems...

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2020-09-25 - Unknown foul chemical odor reported along both sides of the Delaware River in Delaware County (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Officials in Delaware County are searching for the source of a strange smell that was reported on both sides of the Delaware River on Friday. Viewers in both Salem and Delaware counties, have been complaining about the foul odor. 'A strong, pungent chemical odor is rolling across Delaware County,' said Timothy Boyce, the director of Emergency Services in Delaware County. Boyce said hundreds of calls are coming into Emergency Services about a consistent, heavy chemical odor rolling through the county."

Note: Calm down people, it's probably just some poison gas!

2020-09-25 - Young couple and infant daughter killed when parked car bursts into flame at 2 AM and spreads to their home on East Utica Street in Buffalo (New York), near Lake Erie:

Quote: "The fire started sometime around 2 a.m. at 57 East Utica Street, which is between Main Street and Michigan Avenue. The flames were very intense when our photographer was at the scene. Fire officials believe the fire started in a car outside of the three-unit home then spread to the house."

2020-09-25 - Ocean heat waves are directly linked to climate change:

Quote: "The 'blob' of hotter ocean water that killed sea lions and other marine life in 2014 and 2015 may become permanent."

2020-09-25 - Melting Antarctic ice sheet to raise sea levels by 8.5 feet no matter what we do now:

Quote: "The Antarctic Ice Sheet will suffer irreversible ice loss raising ocean levels by 8.5 feet even if the world meets global warming goals laid out by the Paris Agreement on Climate change, scientists said in a report published Wednesday."

Note: The melting of Greenland's ice sheet is now irreversible too, so there's at least 30 feet of unstoppable sea level rise heading our way now. That's enough to wipe out mostly every coastal city on the planet and erase some entire countries from the map of the world. Florida will be completely underwater, so all of the cities in Florida will be destroyed, but many other cities across the US will be destroyed too: New York City, San Diego, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Mobile, Myrtle Beach, Washington DC, Seattle, etc. It may take a while (but not as long as the scientists say because they've consistently been wrong about how fast things are happening). This also means that the majority of nuclear plants will melt down and spew ungodly amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and environment, so anyone still alive then will have to deal with the skin melting from their bones from radiation from time to time...

2020-09-25 - Climate disasters are leaving families with nowhere to go:

Note: Gonna need a different planet because this one isn't going to be habitable by human beings...

2020-09-25 - Invasive Asian giant hornets could spread rapidly across the US if aggressive action is not taken:

Quote: "Murder hornets could spread 'rapidly' across the United States if action is not taking to stop the invasion, a study has warned. The Asian hornet has only been spotted in Washington so far, but could swarm the entire country, according to Washington State University."

Quote: "This could be, if it were to become established, one of the most damaging invasive species that we could almost imagine..."

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2020-09-26 - Six graphics explain the climate feedback loop fueling US wildfires:

2020-09-26 - Huge scrap metal fire erupts in coastal Singapore, 1 injured:

2020-09-26 - Two SUVs destroyed by fire while parked along the shore of Lake Geneva (Wisconsin):

Quote: "The fire department said a passing ambulance crew spotted the first parked car on fire, and a crew member used fire extinguishers to try controlling the blaze, assisted by police. But the fire spread to another vehicle, whipped by strong winds on the lakefront."

2020-09-26 - Wildfire grows to 80,000+ acres near Lake Hattie Reservoir (Wyoming):

2020-09-26 - Wildfires bear down on pot-growing country in California, residents stay to fight as harvest time nears:

Quote: "'There [are] millions of dollars, millions and millions of dollars of marijuana out there,' the sheriff said. 'Some of those plants are 16 feet tall, and they are all in the budding stages of growth right now.'"

2020-09-26 - Brain-eating amoeba detected in the water supply in Lake Jackson (Texas), disaster declared:

Quote: "'The City of Lake Jackson, County of Brazoria, Texas, is facing significant threats to life, health and property due to contaminated drinking water,' the city said in its emergency request to Governor Greg Abbott. 'The impact of this threat is severe. The potential damages include: sickness and death.' Mayor Bob Sipple wrote that the incident 'is of such severity and magnitude' that the city cannot control the threat on its own."

2020-09-26 - Man, 82, killed by brain-eating amoeba in the soil in Georgia:

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2020-09-27 - Car explodes and burns at 5:20 AM and kills man, 34, at restaurant in Joliet (Illinois):

Quote: "Margarita Banda said she was told by police detectives that they believe the car exploded due to the presence of vehicle parts scattered about the scene. She said there might have been an issue with the car."

2020-09-27 - Wildfire breaks out, grows rapidly to 1,500+ acres, in Napa County (California), evacuations ensue:

Quote: "One resident on Crystal Springs Road said she could hear propane tanks exploding in the distance and believed the fire was burning in an area with homes and wineries."

2020-09-27 - Megafire grows to 120,251 acres near Red Feather Lakes (Colorado), now third-biggest wildfire in state history:

Quote: "A wildfire that's been burning since the middle of August has grown to become the third-largest in Colorado's recorded history as Denver faces choking smoke on Sunday, according to officials. The Cameron Peak Fire has now burned at least 120,251 acres in the Roosevelt National Forest, adding some additional 1,000 acres on Saturday morning."

2020-09-27 - Four wildfires break out in Queensland (Australia):

Quote: "The fires follow a spate of blazes across south-east Queensland on Saturday, including a grass fire at Yamanto, a vegetation fire at Conondale, and a larger fire at Johnstown north of Nanango."

2020-09-27 - Pallet factory goes up in flames in coastal Gebze (Turkey):

2020-09-27 - Naked man in his mid-30s and covered in feces found eating grass and leaves along Route 72 in Penn Township (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A naked man was found along Route 72 in Penn Township eating flowers and grass on Sunday morning police said. Police were dispatched to the scene after a call reporting a naked man gardening. Officers located the man who appeared to be in his mid-thirties, covered in feces and eating grass and leaves, police said."

2020-09-27 - Three-year-old boy contracts bubonic plague in Yunnan (China), emergency declared:

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2020-09-28 - The Arctic is burning in ways not seen before:

Quote: "'Zombie fires' and burning of fire-resistant vegetation are new features driving Arctic fires -- with strong consequences for the global climate -- warn international fire scientists."

Quote: "More than half of the fires detected in Siberia this year were north of the Arctic Circle on permafrost with a high percentage of ground ice. This type of permafrost locks in enormous amounts of carbon from ancient biomass. Climate models don't account for the rapid thaw of these environments and resulting release of greenhouse gases, including methane."

2020-09-28 - Chemical plant rocked by explosion and fire in Tianmen (China), 5 killed:

Quote: "It also showed thick yellow smoke billowing out from the facility, which a local claimed could indicate a nitric acid leak."

Note: Nitric acid is explosively flammable if it comes into contact with hydrogen sulfide...

2020-09-28 - Wildfire grows to 15,000+ acres and kills 3 people in Shasta County (California):

2020-09-28 - Wildfire grows to 11,000+ acres and destroys homes and businesses in Napa County (California):

Quote: "A massive and chaotic wildfire that burned dozens of homes and threatened thousands more across Wine Country flared up on several fronts Monday, roaring across the northern Napa Valley and blazing toward dense residential neighborhoods in eastern Santa Rosa."

2020-09-28 - Wildfire breaks out in Angeles National Forest near Bouquet Reservoir north of Santa Clarita (California):

2020-09-28 - This year’s fire season may be California’s new normal:

Note: People will WISH that the fires of 2020 were the new normal in a few years, when things are much worse. There will be no 'new normal', just fires spreading and intensifying until everything that can burn has been burned. That goes for the whole planet, not just California...

2020-09-28 - USM Gulf Coast Research Lab damaged by fire in coastal Ocean Springs (Mississippi):

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2020-09-29 - Unknown odor sickens people in store on Arden Way in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "Two stores along Arden Way were evacuated Tuesday after people said they smelled an odor and began feeling unwell. Around 1:30 p.m., firefighters went to the Best Buy on Arden Way where people inside said there was an odor, according to Sacramento Fire Capt. Dave Lauchner. Capt. Lauchner says some inside told first responders they were feeling ill. They were checked out by medics but no one was taken to the hospital."

2020-09-29 - La Nina heat is scorching the world's largest coffee crops:

Quote: "'The situation is very bad with trees withering intensively every day,' Regis Ricco Alves, a director at consulting firm RR Consultoria Rural, said from Minas Gerais, Brazil’s biggest coffee-producing state. No rain is forecast for the next 10 days in coffee-growing areas, with temperatures seen hitting record highs."

2020-09-29 - RV goes up in flames and kills person while parked at Walmart in Morganton (North Carolina):

Quote: "The RV was engulfed in flames when officers arrived on scene. Crews put out the fire on the outside of the RV, then went inside to extinguish the rest of the blaze. A person was found dead inside the RV, the release said. Their identity has not been released."

Note: This is the 314th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 16th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-09-29 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap metal burns, in Rapid City (South Dakota):

Quote: "The scrap metal included tin, household scrap metal and parts of vehicles."

2020-09-29 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

2020-09-29 - Wildfire burns an acre every 5 seconds, grows to 46,560 acres, in Napa Valley and Sonoma County (California):

Quote: "Cal Fire said Tuesday that the Glass Fire rapidly spreading through the Napa Valley and Sonoma County has torched at least 46,560 acres (73 square miles) while remaining 0 percent contained."

2020-09-29 - Woman goes for walk then has 'medical issue' near lake named Wharton Tarn (Britain):

Quote: "A woman was rushed to hospital whilst out on a walk in the Lakes. Coniston Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 1.43pm on Tuesday to Wharton Tarn following reports that a woman had a medical issue."

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2020-09-30 - Marine heatwaves are causing problems at fisheries in the Caribbean:

Quote: "According to a September article in journal, Science, as global warming makes oceans hotter, marine heat waves (MHW) have become at least 20 times more likely. 'The duration, intensity, and cumulative intensity of most documented, large, and impactful MHWs have increased more than 20-fold as a result of anthropogenic climate change,' say the authors."

2020-09-30 - Landfill fire breaks out in Bismarck (North Dakota):

2020-09-30 - The West’s infernos are changing our understanding of how fire works:

Quote: "42,000-foot plumes of ash. 143-mph firenadoes. 1,500-degree heat. These wildfires are a new kind of hell on earth, and scientists are racing to learn its rules."

2020-09-30 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts on Route 9 In Ossining (New York):

2020-09-30 - Transformer bursts into flame, fire spreads, two factories destroyed, in Sopore (India):

2020-09-30 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) found in Red Lake and Indian Creek Reservoir (California):

2020-09-30 - Global food shortages becoming very real, US grocery store chains preparing for worst case scenarios:

2020-09-30 - Three more Asian giant hornets spotted, near Blaine (Washington):

Quote: "Officials confirmed three new sightings of Asian giant hornets in Whatcom County, increasing to 12 the number that have been reported there."

2020-09-30 - Two people pulled from swimming pools in cardiac arrest in 3 days in coastal Venice (Florida):

Quote: "Venice Fire and Rescue responded to 910 South Tamiami Trail, the address for the Village On The Isle community, shortly before noon Wednesday, Sept. 30, for a call concerning a possible drowning victim in an assisted-living facility pool. First responders performed CPR on the subject, who was then transported to Venice Regional Bayfront Health for treatment."

Quote: "There's still little known about the city's response to a possible drowning at 525 Barcelona Ave., shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday. That involved a possible drowning victim in a condo complex pool. After performing CPR, first responders transported the subject to Venice Regional Bayfront Health."

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