Sunday, November 1, 2020

2020 - OCT - Spotlight Stories

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2020-10-01 - China’s clean air push likely contributing to global warming:

Note: That's right, if we stop polluting, 'global dimming' will fade and we will then experience the full force of global warming. But the polluting is also making things worse. So it's like we're addicted to a drug that will definitely kill us all, but if we quit the drug then the withdrawal symptoms will definitely kill us all, and probably even quicker. So either way...

2020-10-01 - Greenland's ice melting faster than any time in at least the last 12,000 years:

2020-10-01 - Heatwave bakes California:

Quote: "'Max temps today will be 15 to 25 degrees above normal with a few Central Coast locations a whopping 30 degrees above normal!' the National Weather Service warned in an advisory. Temperatures in Los Angeles County could reach as high as 105 degrees in inland areas and 95 at the coast."

2020-10-01 - Wildfires leaving families in constant fear in California:

Quote: "California's relentless fire season is leaving residents stressed, scared and wondering how much more they can take. Nearly four million acres have burned across California in 2020 alone and more than 8,000 structures have been damaged or destroyed, according to California fire officials."

Quote: "It doesn't stop. We just had this happen a month ago and also last year and it was so frightening. It's like we can't run away from the fires."

2020-10-01 - Wildfire grows to 108,000 acres, becomes megafire, crosses from Wyoming into Colorado:

2020-10-01 - Wildfire rages through Stanichna Luhanska (Ukraine), 250 homes destroyed, several killed:

2020-10-01 - Wildfires burning through the rainforest in Brazil are the worst in a decade:

Quote: "The fires in September are not only burning recently deforested areas and farmland, where ranchers set them to clear land, but are also increasingly burning virgin forest, a worrying trend that suggests the rainforest is becoming drier and more prone to fire."

2020-10-01 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, large pile of scrap metal burns, in Martensville (Canada):

Quote: "A large pile of scrap could be seen burning at Affiliated Auto Wrecking with thick, black smoke rising in the air."

2020-10-01 - Trump and wife diagnosed with COVID-19:

Note: But I thought it was a Democratic hoax, and then that we had 15 infections which would shortly be going to zero, and then that it was all under control, and then that we were past it?! He's not the only one infected. Some Republican Senators are infected, some White House staff, adviser Hope Hicks, the head of the Republican National Committee, etc. Some conspiracy theorist asked why so many Republicans are getting infected and not so many Democrats, and implied it was a conspiracy. Yeah, and they're not just targeting Republicans who don't take the virus seriously, they're also targeting people who don't use parachutes when skydiving, people who don't wear helmets when riding motorcycles and people who don't look both ways before crossing streets! Who's next?!

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2020-10-02 - Unknown chemical odor, sickly sweet, hitting neighborhood and sickening people in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

Quote: "The smell is described a lot of ways. 'Bleach mixed with pesticide mixed with perfume,' described Eaker. 'Cleaner but it almost has licorice,' said Roberts."

Note: At low concentrations, hydrogen sulfide smells like 'rotten eggs', but at higher concentrations some people say it smells 'sweet' or 'flowery' or like licorice. At VERY high concentrations (1 part per thousand or more) it smells like...well, nobody knows, because everyone who smells it at very high concentrations dies...

2020-10-02 - Car bursts into flame on highway and burns 3 people to death, two more people injured, near Kheralu (India):

Quote: "Palanpur: Three of a family — a 70-year-old woman and her two granddaughters — were burnt to death when the car in which they were travelling caught fire early Friday morning about 4km from Kheralu in Mehsana district. Two others who suffered severe burns in the incident were admitted to Mehsana Lions hospital."

Quote: "According to C B Gamit, police inspector of Kheralu police station there were five persons in the car when it caught fire suddenly on the highway. A fire fighter from Kheralu and police reached the spot but three persons were already charred to death."

2020-10-02 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal Salalah (Oman):

2020-10-02 - Wildfires have now burned nearly 4 million acres across California, 31 people killed, hundreds of homes destroyed:

Quote: "California is poised to hit a fearsome milestone: 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) burned this year by wildfires that have killed 31 people and incinerated hundreds of homes in what is already the worst fire season on record. Flames have scorched an area larger than Connecticut."

2020-10-02 - More than 5,000 wildfires rage across Paraguay:

Quote: "A total of 5,231 individual wildfires broke out across the country on 1 October – up 3,000 on the previous day. Most of were concentrated in the arid Chaco region in the west of the country, but thick yellow smoke had reached as far as the capital, Asunción."

2020-10-02 - New study shows a vicious circle of climate change building on thickening layers of warm ocean water:

2020-10-02 - US excess mortality rate from COVID-19 is substantially worse than Europe’s:

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2020-10-03 - Mysterious explosions shake homes across wide area in coastal Escambia County (Florida):

Quote: "Heard it in Barrineau Park, a series of explosions and the house shook."

Quote: "I was doing yard work and definitely felt this today so did my daughter who was swinging on her play set called my mother at 2:02 to see if she felt it at her home in McDavid Very unusual booms I’d say maybe three to four consecutive assumed it was a wreck or someone clearing land close by you can never tell anymore"

Note: Multiple explosions so not a sonic boom and not a meteor and USGS says no earthquakes...

2020-10-03 - Megafire grows to 136,840 acres after spreading from Wyoming into Colorado, 29 homes destroyed:

Quote: "The Mullen Fire overgrew the Cameron Peak Fire on Friday. Fire officials say the fire is now 136,840 acres in size and 6% contained. The fire has destroyed 29 homes and 31 other structures since it started Sept. 17 in the Savage Run Wilderness in Wyoming. The cause is under investigation."

2020-10-03 - Wildfire grows to 63,450 acres in Sonoma County and Napa County (California), 800 buildings destroyed:

Quote: "The destructive Glass Fire, which has been burning in Napa and Sonoma counties for nearly a week, has charred at least 63,450 acres and is only 15% contained, Cal Fire said Saturday. Firefighters continue to face high heat, gusty winds, low humidities and rugged terrain. Thick smoke has also largely grounded the air attack. The flames have destroyed at least 800 structures and damaged around 100 others, according to Cal Fire."

2020-10-03 - Wildfire burns along Oaky Creek Road and threatens coastal Cooktown (Australia), Australian wildfires starting a month early:

Quote: "An emergency warning has been issued for a large, dangerous and uncontrolled bushfire threatening Cooktown in Far North Queensland. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised at 6pm the blaze was travelling on both sides of Oaky Creek Road, saying leaving immediately was the safest option as it would soon be too dangerous to drive."

Note: That's the same trend as in the US: the fires are starting earlier and ending later. Once the end overlaps with the start, it will be an endless series of fires that just burn on and on. They'll still be burning long after the last human being on the planet has died...

2020-10-03 - Wildfire breaks out and destroys homes near Lake Ohau (New Zealand):

2020-10-03 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame near Pocklington (Britain):

2020-10-03 - First live Asian giant hornet caught in Washington:

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2020-10-04 - Antarctic Peninsula enduring warmest year in decades:

2020-10-04 - Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres burned this year, more than double the previous record:

Quote: "Deadly wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres this year, a new record for the number of acres burned in a single year. The previous record was two years ago when wildfires destroyed 1.67 million acres. California fire officials said the state hit the fearsome milestone Sunday with about two months still left in the fire season."

2020-10-04 - Wildfire breaks out near coastal Ligar Bay (New Zealand):

2020-10-04 - Wildlife species being threatened by continued wildfires in the Western US:

2020-10-04 - Natural gas pipeline explodes along the Trinity River in Polk County (Texas):

2020-10-04 - Recycling center fire breaks out in coastal Balbriggan (Ireland):

2020-10-04 - Recycling center fire breaks out in coastal St. Petersburg (Russia):

2020-10-04 - A new chemical 'Tree of The Origins of Life' reveals our possible molecular evolution:

Quote: "Six basic known prebiotic molecules that existed before life on Earth are fed into the program as a starting point - water, nitrogen, cyanide, ammonia, methane, and sulfur."

Quote: "The team ran their software for several generations, and reproduced all the known pathways to prebiotic molecules. Some prebiotic molecules, Allchemy identified, can form incredibly quickly - glycine, which our bodies use as a neurotransmitter, forms after just one reaction. Urea, adenine (a component of DNA), butenedioic acid, and oxalic acid can form after just two reactions; and glyceraldehyde, isoguanine, aspartic acid, hypoxanthine, cytosine, phenylalanine, succinic acid, malic acid, glyoxylic acid and aldotetrose can form after three."

Note: In 2012 I linked to a scientific paper titled 'Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life'. The link is here. It is an incredible and complex work that theorizes much the same thing as the above researchers found: that life is not only not rare but, if the conditions are adequate and basic elements and chemicals are present, it is INEVITABLE. The paper I linked in 2012 goes much farther than just the origin of life though and theorizes a 'gyromodel of the universe' which explains many other things, from the micro to the macro. The author almost had to invent a new language for it. It's a complicated and fascinating work which explains many mysteries...

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2020-10-05 - Person burns to death unsuspiciously in burning car near Sparks (Nevada):

Quote: "Firefighters found a dead body inside a burning vehicle Saturday near Pyramid Highway north of Sparks, according to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. The cause of death is unknown, according to the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office."

2020-10-05 - Single wildfire has now burned more than a million acres, now a gigafire, north of San Francisco (California):

Quote: "The staggering scale of California's wildfires reached another milestone Monday: A single fire surpassed 1 million acres."

Quote: "Gov. Gavin Newsom said the amount of land scorched by the August Complex is larger than all of the recorded fires in California between 1932 and 1999."

Quote: "Wildfires have gotten so extreme in recent years that experts have had to coin new terms to describe their increasingly massive scale. Enter the 'gigafire' -- a term for a blaze that burns at least a million acres of land and a level above the 'megafire,' which burns more than 100,000 acres. California recorded its first gigafire in modern history on Monday, after the expansive August Complex in the northern part of the state scorched more than a million acres."

Quote: "The world saw another gigafire earlier this year in Australia, when two fires on the border between Victoria and New South Wales combined to cover about 1.5 million acres."

2020-10-05 - Megafire grows to 151,711 acres in Wyoming and Colorado:

Quote: "The Mullen Fire that has crossed into the Centennial State from Wyoming has grown to 151,711 acres, making it larger than the biggest wildfire in Colorado’s history."

2020-10-05 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, big 20,000-ton pile of scrap metal burns, at docks in coastal Avonmouth (Britain):

2020-10-05 - Shrinking glaciers have created a new normal for Greenland's ice sheet, consistent ice loss for the foreseeable future:

2020-10-05 - Two men found dead in jacuzzi at Hollywood Motor Inn in Farmingdale (New York):

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2020-10-06 - Unknown 'chemical-like' smell sickens two people at school in Oldbury (Britain), 400 feet from the River Tame:

Quote: "Two adults were checked by paramedics after emergency services were called to reports of a 'chemical-like' smell at a school."

2020-10-06 - Auto salvage yard erupts in flame in Marriott-Slaterville (Utah):

2020-10-06 - Car bursts into flame at 4 AM while parked inside garage at home, fire spreads to garage, in coastal Port St. Lucie (Florida):

2020-10-06 - Man runs around in traffic, runs into cars, then has 'medical episode', in critical condition, in Spokane (Washington):

Quote: "A man is in serious condition at the hospital after running through traffic and having a medical episode following being stopped by citizens. According to Officer Ron Van Tassel, multiple 911 calls were received about a man acting erratic and running through traffic on Thor and Second around 3:30 p.m. Witnesses said he ran into the side of multiple cars. Police said to their knowledge he was not hit. Several people pulled him out of the street and held him on the sidewalk until officers arrived and took over. Officer Ron Van Tassel said shortly after Spokane Police took over the man had a medical episode. Fire crews arrived on scene to treat him. He was then rushed to the in critical condition."

2020-10-06 - Amazon rainforest near tipping point of switching from rainforest to savannah:

2020-10-06 - Powerful Category 4 Hurricane Delta approaches the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico):

Quote: "Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a dangerous Category 4 storm with 145 mph (230 kph) winds Tuesday while following a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then continue on to the U.S. Gulf Coast later in the week."

Quote: "Delta is forming in the exact same place as Wilma, over a pool of the hottest water in the Northern Hemisphere."

2020-10-06 - Trump administration delaying release of congressionally mandated climate change report:

Quote: "The Trump administration is reportedly delaying work on a congressionally mandated climate change report, the latest example of President Donald Trump digging in on climate change denial ahead of the 2020 election. The administration is behind schedule in putting out a call for scientists to produce the Fifth National Climate Assessment, E&E News reported Monday. 'It’s not being approved to go out, so therefore they’re just sitting on it,' Donald Wuebbles, a climate scientist at the University of Illinois and co-author of the fourth version of the report published in 2018, told E&E."

Note: Obviously he doesn't want people to see how apocalyptic climate change is looking for the US (and the rest of the world) before the election, especially since he's worked so diligently to make everything worse...

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2020-10-07 - Golf cart bursts into flame while parked at home and kills man, destroys home, in Hendersonville (Tennessee):

Quote: "Police report an 80-year-old song writer died during a house fire in Hendersonville today. He has been identified as Ray Pennington by police. According to the report, smoke was coming in the house and he walked to see what was going on and his golf cart had caught fire. When he tried to put the fire out, police believe he was overcome by smoke. His wife, who was home at the time, was able to escape."

2020-10-07 - Pallet fire erupts at recycling business, fire destroys business, in Clyde (Ohio), nobody there:

2020-10-07 - 140 boats and storage buildings destroyed by fire at marina on the Mississippi River in St. Charles County (Missouri):

Quote: "More than 100 boats were destroyed after a fire at a St. Charles County marina Wednesday afternoon. According to a spokesperson for the St. Charles County Ambulance District, crews responded to the Woodland Marina around 2:45 p.m. A spokesperson said a boat was in storage when it caught fire and 'quickly escalated,' which caused the entire building to catch fire."

Quote: "Fire chief Jeremy Hollrah said 140 boats were destroyed during the fire."

Quote: "Two of the buildings and 140 boats inside them are all considered a complete loss."

Note: These are the 861st-1000th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-10-07 - Wildfire breaks out, spreads to munitions depot, explosions ensue, villages evacuated, in Ryazan (Russia):

2020-10-07 - Hurricane Delta slams into Mexico and kills 9+ people then heads toward the US Gulf Coast:

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2020-10-08 - RV trailer goes up in flames in the wee hours and kills man while parked on Herold Avenue in Plymouth Township (Ohio):

Quote: "A 54-year-old man from Mentor was unable to escape a camper fire early Thursday morning at 1430 Herold Avenue. Norman Malinky was declared dead at 1:22 a.m., said Ashtabula County Coroner’s Investigator Tom Despenses."

2020-10-08 - Around 20 cars and other vehicles destroyed by fire at 12:30 AM while parked in showroom in Faridabad (India):

Quote: "At least 20 cars and other vehicles were reduced to ashes after a massive fire broke out in a Maruti car showroom at Pyali Chowk in the NIT area here on Thursday night around 12.30 am."

2020-10-08 - High-rise apartment building heavily damaged by fire in coastal Ulsan (South Korea), 88+ injured:

Quote: "A fire spread up a high-rise apartment building by strong winds in a South Korean port city left scores of people with minor injuries, officials said Friday. Footage from the scene in Ulsan showed a huge ball of orange flame soaring up the 33-floor building and shooting through the roof as firefighting crews tried to put out the blaze from below."

2020-10-08 - Largest and deepest ozone hole in recent years opens over Antarctica:

2020-10-08 - SOTT Earth changes summary for September 2020, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2020-10-08 - Man has 'medical episode' and acts erratically on Lower Lake Avenue in coastal Greenwich (Connecticut):

Quote: "The situation was quickly assessed, and it was determined the resident was having a medical episode that caused erratic behavior. He was transported to the hospital."

2020-10-08 - Man, 59, has 'medical issue', car goes airborne over highway, lands on oceanfront, in coastal Port Elizabeth (South Africa), 2 injured:

Quote: "According to BesMed Emergency Medical Services who responded to the scene, the accident was as a result of a medical issue."

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2020-10-09 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 1 AM, large pile of scrap metal burns, in coastal Uncasville (Connecticut):

Quote: "Crews were dispatched to a large outside fire in a pile of scrap metal at Connecticut Scrap on Pequot Rd around 1 a.m."

2020-10-09 - Megafire grows to 173,747 acres in Wyoming and Colorado:

2020-10-09 - Fuel tank explodes and burns in coastal Beirut (Lebanon), 4 killed, 20 injured:

2020-10-09 - FedEx delivery van bursts into flame on Northwest 56th Avenue in Lauderhill (Florida):

Note: 'Honey, did you order a van full of fire?!'

2020-10-09 - USPS mail truck bursts into flame near Heather Lane and Picasso Drive in Wichita Falls (Texas):

2020-10-09 - Volcano Grímsvötn rumbling and quaking in Iceland, eruption may be imminent:

2020-10-09 - Category 2 Hurricane Delta makes landfall near Creole (Louisiana):

Quote: "Delta is the 10th named storm to hit the continental United State this year, breaking a century-old record."

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2020-10-10 - Thwaites Glacier and Pine Island Glacier now in irreversible decline in Antarctica as melting accelerates:

2020-10-10 - Wildfires break out in Lebanon, Israel and Syria:,193881

Note: All of the fires, in all three countries, are on or near the coast...

2020-10-10 - Subway station erupts in flame in Tehran (Iran):

2020-10-10 - Car bursts into flame on street in coastal Burton (South Carolina), number of car fires rising:

Quote: "The Burton Fire District responded to its fourth vehicle fire this month, and 15th vehicle fire this year, showing what the fire department calls a marked increase from 2019."

2020-10-10 - Analysis finds true pandemic death toll in the US is much higher than 200,000:

Quote: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that the United States had passed a grim milestone: over 200,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19. But research from Boston University School of Public Health finds that the true number of losses could be much higher. That analysis, available on medRxiv ahead of peer-reviewed publication, took a close look at the number of US deaths between February and September 2020 that are characterized as in excess of the number of deaths that would be expected in a normal year. Researchers discovered that for every 100 excess deaths directly attributed to COVID-19, there were another 36 excess deaths—also likely caused by COVID-19, but in a less obvious manner."

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2020-10-11 - Car bursts into flame and seriously burns man at Stonybrook Swim Club on Cedar Lane in Hillsdale (New Jersey):

2020-10-11 - Landfill fire breaks out in Chaparral (New Mexico):

2020-10-11 - Asphalt plant heavily damaged by fire and explosions at 4:15 AM near Commencement Bay in coastal Tacoma (Washington):

2020-10-11 - Woman falls off building and dies and man has 'medical event' in coastal Auckland (New Zealand):

Quote: "A man at the central Auckland apartment block where a woman fell to her death on Sunday was taken to hospital just after the incident. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Brand of Auckland City Police confirmed the man was at the Auckland Harbour Suites on Gore St during the early hours on Sunday. 'At the time, a man at the address was taken to hospital for an unrelated medical event,' he said."

2020-10-11 - Man goes into cardiac arrest and dies at train station in coastal Ramsgate (Britain):

Quote: "Emergency services were called to Ramsgate railway station at 10.28am following reports that a person had collapsed. Despite paramedic efforts to perform CPR the man was pronounced dead at the scene. It is understood the man suffered a cardiac arrest."

2020-10-11 - Eleven dolphins wash ashore and die on beach near coastal Marsa Alam (Egypt):

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2020-10-12 - Wildfire breaks out and grows to 5,200 acres near Albion (Idaho):

2020-10-12 - Eight cars go up in flames while parked in parking lot near coastal Los Abrigos on the island of Tenerife (Spain):

2020-10-12 - Man has heart attack while operating crane at port in coastal Dubai (UAE):

Quote: "Dubai Police rescued a crane operator who suffered a heart attack while working 65 metres above the ground."

2020-10-12 - Naked armed man gets shot by cops on Surf Road in coastal Hollywood (Florida), 300 feet from the ocean:

Quote: "According to Hollywood Police Officer Christian Lata, who is also a spokesman for the agency, officers were called to the 3100 block of Surf Road around 10:45 p.m. in reference to a naked white male walking around the area. Lata said officers arrived at the scene to find the naked man holding a gun. He said officers tried to de-escalate the situation, but the man’s actions forced them to shoot at him."

2020-10-12 - US COVID-19 death rate is the world’s worst among developed nations:

Quote: "America’s failure to control the outbreak is forecast to be costly. When lost output and health setbacks are taken into account, the economic toll of the pandemic is expected to exceed $16 trillion, or about 90% of U.S. annual gross domestic product, according to a separate report in JAMA on Monday."

2020-10-12 - Second COVID-19 wave hitting Britain, hospitals filling up:

Quote: "The U.K. recorded another 13,972 cases on Monday and there are now more people in hospital in England with COVID-19 than before the national lockdown imposed during the first wave in March."

2020-10-12 - Johnson and Johnson temporarily halts COVID-19 vaccine trial because participant becomes sick:

2020-10-12 - Too much sun degrades coatings that keep pipes from corroding, risking leaks, spills and explosions:

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2020-10-13 - UN warns that world risks becoming 'uninhabitable hell' for millions unless leaders take climate action:

Note: They're getting closer to the truth. The truth is that the world is going to become uninhabitable hell for EVERYONE. We can probably postpone our extinction for a bit if we're willing to make sacrifices. I haven't seen much sign of that though. By not working to postpone our extinction we are choosing to hasten our suffering and dying. As Rush sang, 'If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.'

2020-10-13 - Earth just endured the hottest September in recorded history as hurricanes and wildfires raged:

Quote: "Last month was the hottest September in recorded history, according to U.S. government scientists, in a year that they say has been 'remarkably hot,' with unprecedented wildfire and hurricane activity in the United States."

2020-10-13 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death on highway near coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "A 55-year-old farmer died from suffocation and burn injuries after the car he was driving caught fire on the Mumbai-Agra highway. The man was unable to open the door of the sedan to escape."

Quote: "In a tragic incident, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sanjay Shinde was killed after his car caught fire and he was burnt alive. The incident happened on Tuesday evening in Nashik near the Pimpalgaon Baswant toll plaza on the Mumbai-Agra Highway. The cause of the fire is said to be short circuit in the wiring. The NCP leader, who is a grape exporter, was on his way to buy pesticides for his orchard in Nashik, a leading wine manufacturing hub. The car developed a snag near the overbridge on River Kadva and caught fire."

2020-10-13 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, vehicles and building burn, in Yorkshire (New York):

Quote: "The dispatcher stated that he believed the fire began in a building at the facility that contained several vehicles. There were early reports of explosions, possibly as a result of vehicle fuel tanks igniting."

2020-10-13 - COVID-19 may cause sudden, permanent hearing loss:

2020-10-13 - More than half of all Americans plan to stockpile food and other essentials for the chaotic months ahead:

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2020-10-14 - Unknown stench blows through coastal Birkenhead and coastal Wallasey (Britain):

Quote: "A 'horrible' stench resembling rotten cabbage has been drifting over parts of Wirral, according to frustrated locals. Dozens of people, from Birkenhead and Wallasey, have said that the smell has been lingering in the region for the past couple of days. Members of local Facebook groups have been discussing the mysterious smell. One woman described the stench as smelling like 'rotten cabbage' and speculated if there are some sort of sewage issues behind the problem."

2020-10-14 - Unknown odor hits cities in coastal Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan):

2020-10-14 - Unknown stench hits coastal Clementi (Singapore):

Quote: "Residents in certain parts of Singapore have recently been experiencing more than just the sweltering heat. Some living in the west have complained of a particular stench as well. The odour appears to be concentrated in Clementi."

2020-10-14 - Unknown noxious odor and dead fish reported in the Puntledge River in coastal Courtenay on Vancouver Island (Canada):

Quote: "Wearing his waders, he leaned closer toward the surface of the water and got a whiff of something noxious. He has fished for much of his life and knows the odour of spawning salmon. This was not that smell but something more caustic."

Quote: "He wondered if it was just him, so he asked another man fishing nearby about the smell. The man told him he could smell the same odour. The following day, Orasuk went back out, and while he did not come across any more dead fish, he could still smell the noxious odour again."

Note: This area is located along the Salish Sea, where plants are dying from hydrogen sulfide, mentioned in the 2017-10-04 update. Hydrogen sulfide isn't just poisonous to plants though, it's poisonous to anything that breathes oxygen, including fish. Also, the above four reports of unknown stenches/odors: coast, coast, coast and coast. The Earth is preparing to gas us all to death...

2020-10-14 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2020-10-14 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame in Ottawa (Illinois):

2020-10-14 - Car recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap cars burns, in Bochum-Gerthe (Germany):

2020-10-14 - High school boy has 'medical emergency' and goes into cardiac arrest at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover (Florida):

Quote: "The sheriff's office says it happened just before 1 p.m. on Oct. 12. SRD Pedro Colon was told a student was having a medical emergency in the school's cafeteria during lunchtime. Deputy Colon sprung into action and found the student seizing on the ground. Deputy Colon immediately started giving the student CPR and after several minutes, the student was alert and able to sit up, the sheriff's office said."

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2020-10-15 - Marine heatwaves killing off the Great Barrier Reef, half of it is now dead:

Quote: "Marine heatwaves are hotter and more frequent due to climate change. A run of clear days coincides with a spike in sea temperature causing mass bleachings where corals are baked to death. Large scale bleaching events hit in 2016 and 2017, and others occurred early this year."

Quote: "Tuesday's study found steeper deteriorations of coral colonies in the Northern and Central Great Barrier Reef following the mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017. The Great Barrier Reef has suffered several mass bleaching events in the past five years, and experts said the southern part of the reef was also exposed to record-breaking temperatures in early 2020."

2020-10-15 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap cars burns, in Fredericksburg (Virginia):

Quote: "A large pile of junked cars at Summit Recycling in the Battlefield Industrial Park in Fredericksburg caught fire Thursday morning and caused traffic congestion throughout the city."

2020-10-15 - Wildfire smoke in the US exposes millions to hazardous pollution:

Quote: "Smoke at concentrations that topped the government's charts for health risks and lasted at least a day enshrouded counties inhabited by more than 8 million people across five states in recent weeks."

2020-10-15 - Megafire grows to 158,300 acres, now largest in state history, west of Fort Collins (Colorado):

Quote: "Wind gusts as high as 76 mph fueled explosive growth of the Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins on Wednesday, helping push the 2-month-old wildfire across nearly 23,000 new acres and making it the largest in Colorado’s recorded history. The wildfire, which ignited Aug. 13 and survived more than a foot of early September snowfall, grew to 158,300 acres, or about 247 square miles, on Wednesday, firefighting officials reported in an evening briefing."

2020-10-15 - Ambulance bursts into flame on US 60 near Diggins (Missouri):

Quote: "The fire occurred at Missouri State Highway O and U.S. Route 60. The ambulance was destroyed in the blaze, leaving the Ava Ambulance District with only four ambulances. The estimated losses were totaled at $350,000."

2020-10-15 - Climate disasters of 2020 in 50 photos:

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2020-10-16 - Warming in the Arctic to release massive amounts of CO2 and methane:

Quote: "A new study from Stockholm University is unraveling this mystery by analyzing sea floor sediment to estimate permafrost thawing that occurred during climate warming events of the past. The researchers found that only a few degrees of Arctic warming could trigger massive permafrost thawing, coastal erosion, and the widespread release of CO2 and methane."

2020-10-16 - Yard waste fire breaks out near landfill on Bondi’s Island in the Connectic River in Agawam (Massachusetts):

2020-10-16 - Mulch fire breaks out near Lake Pleasant (Arizona):

2020-10-16 - Scrap tire fire rages at tire landfill in coastal Al Jahra Governorate (Kuwait):

2020-10-16 - COVID-19 cases spiking in numerous states, hospitals running out of beds, overflow facilities being set up:

Quote: "The coronavirus is engulfing big city hospitals in states including Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana that are running low on nurses and beds and are being forced to set up overflow facilities."

2020-10-16 - Woman, 37, collapses in shower at jail and dies in Canadian County (Oklahoma):

Quote: "Officials in Oklahoma say a babysitter charged with murdering a young toddler has died suddenly after collapsing in a jail shower. Authorities said Lesley Hendrix, 37, collapsed on Sunday around 2:30 p.m. while taking a shower in the Canadian County Jail and was transported to a hospital where she died, KOKH reported."

Note: So she'd just gotten water on her head then she collapsed and died...

2020-10-16 - Man, 73, disappears from boat while fishing, empty 'ghost boat' found, at Big Elk Lake (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Malecki's car was reported parked at Big Elk Lake. Malecki's fishing boat was found empty floating on the lake after a search was conducted."

2020-10-16 - Sinkhole opens and swallows home in Vyshkov (Russia), woman missing:

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2020-10-17 - Unknown sewagey rotten egg odor hits Taunton (Britain):

Quote: "A strong stench of 'sewage and gas' has settled on Taunton overnight with one resident saying the pong was so potent it woke her up."

2020-10-17 - Unknown rotten egg odor again hits coastal Mumbai (India):

Quote: "For the third time in a span of a little over a year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday received complaints about foul odour, akin to a gas leak, from parts of Ghatkopar, Vikhroli, Govandi and Bhandup, Chembur, Mulund, Bhandup, and Powai. Many residents took to Twitter to raise their concerns about the smell."

Quote: "Earlier in June, a similar incident was reported to the BMC’s disaster management department by residents. Being the second such incident at the time, BMC set up a committee to trace the origin of the leak, but the panel could not determine the cause. The first such incident was reported in September last year."

2020-10-17 - Relentless heat and drought continue across the US West:

2020-10-17 - Megafire, largest wildfire in state history, grows to 199,356 acres near Fort Collins (Colorado):

Quote: "The Cameron Peak Fire has grown into the largest wildfire in Colorado history. It has burned more than 199,356 acres and more than 1,500 personnel are battling the blaze."

2020-10-17 - Pile of clothes bursts into flame inside home, fire spreads to home, on Dogwood Drive in Bristol Township (Pennsylvania), 1100 feet from Mill Creek:

Quote: "Dippolito determined the fire began at a pile of clothing and spread to a first floor hallway. Investigators are unsure what sparked the blaze."

2020-10-17 - Shopping center rocked by explosion and fire in Harrisonburg (Virginia), 5 injured:

2020-10-17 - Pilot whales wash ashore, at least 12 die, on beach in the Coromandel Peninsula (New Zealand):

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2020-10-18 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills woman on Roper Circle in Love Valley (North Carolina):

2020-10-18 - Boat crashes into shore just before 11 PM and bursts into flame on Norris Lake (Tennessee), 1 killed:

Quote: "The boating accident happened Saturday night just before 11 p.m. A resident in the Big Creek area of Norris Lake called 911 after hearing an explosion and seeing a fire on the lake. TWRA officers arrived on the scene where a boat had crashed into the shoreline and was fully engulfed in flames. Members of the Campbell Co Rural Fire Service put out the fire. However, the boat was a total loss and there was no sign of the occupant."

Quote: "The body of the victim of a boating crash in Norris Lake has been recovered. The body was recovered around 5 p.m. His body was located 60 feet underwater and was found hundreds of yards away from the boat was found."

2020-10-18 - Megafire, largest wildfire in state history, grows to 203,253 acres and burns within 4 miles of Loveland (Colorado):

2020-10-18 - Wildfire breaks out, grows to 8,788 acres and destroys 26 homes, near Jamestown (Colorado):

2020-10-18 - Landfill fire breaks out in Tontitown (Arkansas):

2020-10-18 - Shopping mall heavily damaged by massive fire at 6 AM in Lahore (Pakistan):

2020-10-18 - Great white shark death toll in Australia at highest level in 86 years after dad killed:

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2020-10-19 - Mysterious explosions reported in Brockton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Several mysterious explosions were heard in Brockton Monday night, according to fire officials."

2020-10-19 - Arctic could be verging on permafrost collapse:

Quote: "The new research is yet more evidence that the amplified warming in the Arctic can release carbon at a massive scale..."

Note: Once that happens - and it has already begun - then we'd need to not only stop all human emissions, but also remove all the greenhouse gases from the atmosphere that are being added by the massive fires now sweeping the planet AND remove from the atmosphere all of the massive amounts of greenhouse gases that the melting permafrost belches up, if we wish to avoid extinction and the death of every human being on the surface of the planet. Since doing that is far beyond the ability of the human race, that means our fate is certain and extinction awaits us. The only real question now is how long will it be until the last human being dies. Stay tuned!

2020-10-19 - COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record highs in 14 states in the US:

Quote: "Fourteen states reported their peak Covid-19 hospitalizations in the past week: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the Covid Tracking Project."

2020-10-19 - Study shows significant link between air pollution and neurological disorders:

2020-10-19 - Complex metabolism may have self-assembled from simple precursors:

2020-10-19 - Man has 'medical event' in swimming pool and dies in Taupo (New Zealand):

Quote: "A swimmer has died from a suspected medical event at Taupo’s AC Baths, closing the pools. Emergency services were called around midday today after a man was pulled from the 25m indoor pool. In a press statement this afternoon, the Taupo District Council said staff tried to revive the man until emergency services arrived but he did not respond to CPR."

2020-10-19 - Man falls into water while launching boat, climbs back aboard boat then has 'medical issue' and dies, at Lake Havasu (Arizona):

Quote: "One is dead after an apparent medical issue Monday at Site Six. According to the Lake Havasu City Police Department, the victim fell into the water at about 6 a.m. while launching his boat at the location. The victim clung to his boat as it drifted away, police said, until another party was able to help him back into his watercraft. The victim climbed back into the operator’s seat and began to pilot his boat back to the ramp. According to police, however, the victim then lost consciousness and died at the scene."

Note: So he was okay until he fell into the water and then he promptly had a 'medical issue' and died...

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2020-10-20 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits Cheverly (Maryland), near the coast:

Quote: "Town Administrator Galloway has been in close communication with Washington Gas and WSSC, as well as with the local fire department. Additionally, Mayor Riazi has made contact with the Maryland Department of the Environment. The odor has been described by residents as resembling natural gas, sewer gases, and burning tires."

2020-10-20 - Unknown foul odor regularly blowing through Baton Rouge (Louisiana), near the Mississippi River:

Quote: "It's one of the worst smells Carlas Williams says she's ever smelled in her life. 'We don't know what it is,' she said. 'It smells like raw sewage; it's horrible.' Williams says she first started smelling the strong odor in August along Airline Highway near Prescott Road. It crept into her home and woke her up at night. 'It was coming in through the vents at our house and it was so horrific you can't sleep,' Williams said. 'It was burning our throats, our nose.' She contacted 2 On Your Side in early October."

2020-10-20 - Truck goes up in flames and burns man to death in Palakkad (India):

2020-10-20 - Chemical factory heavily damaged by fire in Meerut (India):

2020-10-20 - Ferry ship 'Pride of Hull' bursts into flame near coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Fire erupted in engine room of ferry PRIDE OF HULL, servicing Hull – Rotterdam line, soon after she left Hull at around 1900 UTC Oct 20, with 260 passengers on board."

Note: This is the 1031st boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-10-20 - COVID-19 long-haulers still suffering, symptoms may last months or longer:

Quote: "According to surveys conducted by patient groups and studies published in late July and August, 50% to 80% of COVID-19 patients have lingering symptoms at least three months after first falling ill, even when tests no longer detect the novel coronavirus."

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2020-10-21 - Satellites image methane across the planet:

Quote: "Just like carbon dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4) is increasing in the atmosphere. The globally averaged monthly trend is now above 1,876 parts per billion. Quite why methane is climbing as rapidly as it is, though, is not fully understood."

2020-10-21 - Trash fire erupts at trash processing facility on Victory Boulevard in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia):

2020-10-21 - Auto salvage yard goes up in flames at 4:23 AM in coastal Sharjah (UAE):

2020-10-21 - RV trailer bursts into flame while being towed on I-40 in Knoxville (Tennessee), man has cardiac event:

Quote: "According to the Knoxville Police Department a truck pulling a fifth-wheel trailer pulled over on the shoulder with an apparent brake fire in the trailer. With the help of a bystander, the driver was able to separate the truck from the trailer. The male bystander then suffered an 'apparent cardiac event,' according to the KPD."

2020-10-21 - Cases of deadly flesh-eating bacteria are exploding in parts of the US as the planet warms:

2020-10-21 - Three volcanoes erupt on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2020-10-21 - Church collapses in Akim Oda (Ghana), 9 killed:

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2020-10-22 - Arctic Sea fails to freeze at latest date on record:

2020-10-22 - Wildfire explodes in size to 170,000 acres, becomes megafire, near Grand Lake (Colorado):

Quote: "The East Troublesome Fire grew almost another 50,000 acres on Thursday, after growing about 100,000 acres Wednesday night. As of Thursday evening, the fire was estimated at 170,000 acres — making it the second largest fire in Colorado history."

Quote: "There are concerns the fire could merge with the Cameron Peak Fire, which has burned over 200,000 acres."

Note: All of Colorado's three biggest wildfires have burned this year...

2020-10-22 - California braces for fires and power outages in season’s worst winds:

2020-10-22 - Underground explosions and fires blow manhole covers off near Trump Tower in coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "Several manhole explosions were reported in Manhattan, where plumes of smoke billowed into the air just one block away from Trump Tower."

2020-10-22 - Landfill fire breaks out in Carson City (Nevada):

Quote: "This latest fire in the landfill is among more than a dozen reported over the past couple of years in which Carson City Department has responded."

2020-10-22 - Around 10 cars go up in flames before 4:45 AM while parked at apartments in Tustin (California):

Quote: "Orange County Fire Authority crews arrived on scene to find the blaze spreading through the carport. About 10 cars were damaged or destroyed."

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2020-10-23 - Unknown smell sickening people in Nallagandla and Chandanagar (India):

Quote: "Mysterious stench is giving sleepless nights to the residents of Nallagandla, Chandanagar and surrounding areas. Resident complains from 6:30 pm this smell becomes so severe that people start feeling a headache and dizziness. 'The air becomes so bad that many of us start feeling nausea and headache. People gasp for breath,' said Srikanth Reddy, a resident of Nallagandla."

2020-10-23 - Passenger bus bursts into flame and burns 5 people to death, 3 more injured, in Khuzdar (Pakistan):

Quote: "Five people were killed and three others injured after a passenger bus caught fire on Friday in Pakistan's southwest Khuzdar district of Balochistan province, sources said. Women and children were among the killed, sources in paramilitary troops in Khuzdar told Xinhua, adding that at least three others were critically injured. The bus was on its way to the southern port city of Karachi from Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, when it caught fire due to a short circuit in the engine on a national highway in Khuzdar, the sources said."

Note: This is the 313th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-10-23 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, big pile of scrap metal burns, on Bells Road in Richmond (Virginia):

2020-10-23 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Ashgrove suburb of coastal Brisbane (Australia):

2020-10-23 - Unprecedented wildfires continue to rage across Colorado, 5 people missing:

2020-10-23 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Eindhoven (Netherlands):

2020-10-23 - Seals continue washing ashore dead, death toll hits 7,000, on beach in Namibia:

Quote: "The number of dead seals found washed ashore on the coast of Namibia has risen to more than 7,000, non-profit group Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) said on Friday."

Quote: "Naude Dreyer, a marine biologist at OCN, said investigations in the past week had revealed a spike in the number of dead female adults. 'What we have been observing is less freshly dead seal pups and a lot of dead female adults,' he said. He said investigations had mainly centred on the Pelican Point Beach, so the overall number of dead seals could be higher."

2020-10-23 - 'Murder hornet' nest found in Washington believed to be first in the US:

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2020-10-24 - Unknown foul odor regularly hitting coastal Yokohama (Japan):

Quote: "Tokai University professor Yoshihiko Yamada, who specializes in ocean policy, says a blue tide could be behind the smell. Blue tide is a phenomenon in which dead plankton that collects at the bottom of the ocean breaks down and oxygen levels reduce, causing water containing sulfide to rise to the surface, which in turn makes the ocean look pale blue. The hydrogen sulfide produced in blue tides are said to smell like rotten eggs or gasoline."

2020-10-24 - Our oceans have gotten much more stable, which sounds great, but isn't:

2020-10-24 - Just how much is the Earth heating up?

2020-10-24 - 75 ways Trump made America dirtier and the planet warmer:

Note: Damn, he's really been revving the engine hard in the race to extinction!

2020-10-24 - Several states see massive die-off of migratory birds:

2020-10-24 - Man, 51, has heart problems on fishing boat near the coastal Farallon Islands (California):

Quote: "A man suffering from heart attack symptoms was rescued Saturday from a boat in the water near the Farallon Islands, U.S. Coast Guard officials said."

2020-10-24 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame on the A3, in Clanfield and near Ripley (Britain):

2020-10-24 - US Republican Party rapidly moving away from democracy toward autocracy:

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2020-10-25 - Can California’s top wine region survive the era of megafires?

2020-10-25 - Car bursts into flame just after 4 AM while parked at home on Northwest 67th Way in Lauderhill (Florida):

2020-10-25 - Car and home destroyed by fire just before 6:30 AM in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "Fire officials say the initial reports of explosions originated from gun ammunition inside a car in the garage."

2020-10-25 - Car and garage destroyed by fire at 4:42 AM at home on Alice Avenue in Greenville (Illinois):

2020-10-25 - Vehicles and home go up in flames at 11 PM on Kenwood Avenue in Glenmont (New York):

2020-10-25 - Outdoor adventure guide has heart attack in coastal Kataway Bay (Australia):

Quote: "An outdoor adventure guide and a group of students and schoolteachers he was leading were rescued in remote Kataway Bay on Sunday, October 25 after the guide suffered what is suspected to have been a heart attack."

2020-10-25 - COVID-19 deaths are rising again in the US, as feared:

2020-10-25 - Grocery stores are preparing for a second wave of panic buying — you should too:

2020-10-25 - Shark attacks and seriously injures man at Britomart Reef near Queensland (Australia):

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2020-10-26 - 'Sleeping giant' Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find:

Quote: "Scientists have found evidence that frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean – known as the 'sleeping giants of the carbon cycle' – have started to be released over a large area of the continental slope off the East Siberian coast, the Guardian can reveal."

Quote: "The international team onboard the Russian research ship R/V Akademik Keldysh said most of the bubbles were currently dissolving in the water but methane levels at the surface were four to eight times what would normally be expected and this was venting into the atmosphere."

Quote: "At one location on the Laptev Sea slope at a depth of about 300 metres they found methane concentrations of up to 1,600 nanomoles per litre, which is 400 times higher than would be expected if the sea and the atmosphere were in equilibrium."

Quote: "The latest discovery potentially marks the third source of methane emissions from the region. Semiletov, who has been studying this area for two decades, has previously reported the gas is being released from the shelf of the Arctic – the biggest of any sea. For the second year in a row, his team have found crater-like pockmarks in the shallower parts of the Laptev Sea and East Siberian Sea that are discharging bubble jets of methane, which is reaching the sea surface at levels tens to hundreds of times higher than normal. This is similar to the craters and sinkholes reported from inland Siberian tundra earlier this autumn."

Note: It was just a matter of time before this sleeping giant woke up. Once that happens - and it's obviously happening - that's game over for the human race. We're all just waiting our turn for our name to scroll across the closing credits for the Humanity Show now. Well, we had a good run. Hopefully the next intelligent species to evolve will be smarter than us. And we're not gone yet. We still have lots of horrifying apocalyptic stuff to endure before the last human being dies, so we've got that to look forward to before we go extinct!

2020-10-26 - Arctic Sea ice not freezing in October for the first time since measurements began:

Note: The sea ice minimum this year was the second-lowest, after 2012. But the sea ice extent NOW is the lowest it's ever been measured. The ice is not replenishing normally, due to aberrant warm water and warm air temperatures. Check out some of the charts in the second link to see how unusual this is compared to any other year...

2020-10-26 - Wildfire breaks out at dawn and sends people fleeing near Irvine (California):

2020-10-26 - RV trailer goes up in flames and kills man while parked at home on Nichols Avenue in Jackson (Mississippi):

Quote: "A man was found dead after a fire broke out inside a camper parked outside of a Nichols Avenue home Monday morning."

2020-10-26 - An accounting of the damage from the Trump Administration's systematic attacks on data, data collection and science:

Quote: "Data is the lifeblood of a functioning government. Over the past four years, the Trump Administration has destroyed, disappeared or distorted vast swathes of the information the state needs to protect the vulnerable, safeguard our health and alert us to emerging crises."

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2020-10-27 - RV trailer goes up in flames at 2:30 AM and kills person while parked at trailer park in Pinellas Park (Florida):

2020-10-27 - Wildfire grows to 15,200 acres, burns homes, near Yorba Linda (California):

2020-10-27 - Many fish die in the Neuse River (North Carolina):

2020-10-27 - Man, 52, found naked under bridge in coastal Shalimar (Florida):

Quote: "A naked man told deputies he has 'no recollection' of how he wound up under the Shalimar Bridge."

2020-10-27 - GM and Ford knew about climate change 50 years ago, energy trade publication has uncovered:

Note: So they traded the habitability of the planet for some short-term money. Not looking like the most brilliant idea now that we're on the verge of being exterminated!

2020-10-27 - Climate change poses growing threats to vulnerable Africa, UN says:

2020-10-27 - Los Angeles' coast was once a DDT dumping ground, but no one could see it — until now:

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2020-10-28 - Unknown odor evacuates ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch (Colorado):

2020-10-28 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death at 6:40 AM on street in Sohna (India):

2020-10-28 - Fire truck bursts into flame on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge off coastal Staten Island (New York):

2020-10-28 - Steel plant hit by fire, 1,000 tons of waste material burns, in coastal Newport (Britain):

Quote: "Firefighters are tackling a blaze involving about 1,000 tonnes of waste material at a steel plant. Four fire engines have been sent to Liberty Steel in Newport."

2020-10-28 - Underground explosion and fire blow manhole cover off in Worcester (Massachusetts):

2020-10-28 - Hurricane Zeta makes landfall as Category 2 storm in Louisiana, may make second landfall in Mississippi:

Quote: "Hurricane Zeta made landfall in southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday evening as a strong Category 2 storm and has sights set on a second U.S. landfall in Mississippi."

2020-10-28 - Heavy rain, tennis-ball-sized hail and flooding hit Queensland (Australia), a month's worth of rain falls in an hour:

2020-10-28 - World's largest hail record may be challenged by exceptionally large 8+ inches hailstones that just hit Tripoli (Libya):

2020-10-28 - COVID-19 cases exploding in El Paso (Texas):

Quote: "Officials across Texas have confirmed patients from El Paso are being transferred to other cities and medical personnel from across the state are coming in to assist with the COVID-19 surge."

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2020-10-29 - As climate disasters pile up, the idea of solar engineering gains traction:

Quote: "'We’re facing an existential threat, and we need to look at all the options,' said Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at the Columbia Law School and editor of a book on the technology and its legal implications. 'I liken geoengineering to chemotherapy for the planet: If all else is failing, you try it.'"

Note: He's assuming that someone hasn't ALREADY decided that we face an existential threat and begun solar engineering...

2020-10-29 - Devastating fire season in Colorado is a sign of things to come:

Quote: "This year alone, Colorado saw its three largest wildfires: the Cameron Peak Fire (208,000), the East Troublesome Fire (192,560) and the Pine Gulch Fire (139,007), two of which are still burning late into October. And experts say residents and fire managers need to be prepared for more big fires down the road. 'What we need to realize is that with our current situation with climate change, these are going to be the new types of fire seasons we see in the future,' said Julie Korb, professor of biology at Fort Lewis College."

2020-10-29 - Australia to face a fiery future as global heating accelerates:

Quote: "Australia’s bushfire disaster last summer was just a glimpse of what global heating will deliver to the country in the future, with major changes needed to the way the nation responds, according to the final report of the royal commission."

Note: At least they aren't denying what's happening or blaming it on a lack of raking, like some idiotic people...

2020-10-29 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 8 cars burn, in coastal Geelong (Australia):

2020-10-29 - Underground utility fire breaks out along US 101 in coastal San Jose (California):

2020-10-29 - Hurricane Zeta causes widespread damage on the Gulf Coast, 2.1 million homes without power, 6+ killed:

Quote: "At least six people have died and more than 2.1 million customers are without power Thursday after former Hurricane Zeta hit the Gulf Coast and rushed inland. Zeta -- the 27th storm of the Atlantic hurricane season -- made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 storm Wednesday before weakening to a post-tropical cyclone by Thursday afternoon."

2020-10-29 - Man in his 50s has 'medical episode' in the water at coastal Porthmeor Beach (Britain):

Quote: "A man has been airlifted to hospital after being pulled from the sea in St Ives. Devon and Cornwall Police were called by the Coastguard at 11.55am on Thursday 29th October after a man in his 50's was pulled unconscious from the water at Porthmeor Beach. He was treated at the scene by paramedics and was then airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske. Police say the man who had been holidaying in the area is thought to have suffered a medical episode in the sea."

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2020-10-30 - Car goes up in flames and kills person at intersection in Austin (Texas):

Quote: "One person is dead following a reported car catching fire in Southeast Austin late Friday night. It happened near the intersection of Burleson Road and South US Highway 183. At 10:36p.m., Austin-Travis County EMS announced that they, along with the Austin Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene of a vehicle that was reported to be fully-engulfed in flames."

2020-10-30 - Person found dead in burning car on Brenan Street in the Smithfield suburb of coastal Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "A body has been discovered inside a burning car in Sydney's west, as police officers appeal for dashcam footage of the scene. Just after 8.20am on Saturday morning emergency services were called to Brenan Street in the suburb of Smithfield after reports a vehicle was alight. After the blaze was extinguished by fire crews, officers made the macabre discovery of the body inside the car, which is yet to be identified."

2020-10-30 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Salters (South Carolina):

2020-10-30 - Magnitude 6.9+ earthquake strikes off the coast of Turkey, 26+ killed, hundreds injured:

Quote: "At least 26 people were killed in Turkey and Greece when a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, sending buildings crashing down and triggering what authorities have called a 'mini tsunami.'"

2020-10-30 - Climate change endangers the US financial system:

Quote: "Our key finding – and the one that underlies every recommendation – is this: Climate change, partly by increasing the risks and severity of wildfires, hurricanes and other disasters, poses a threat that permeates the U.S. financial system. And so the government needs to make climate-related risk more visible and prepare the financial system for disruptions."

2020-10-30 - Brain scans of COVID-19 patients show whole spectrum of strange, inexplicable neurological effects:

2020-10-30 - Newlywed couple, 29 and 35, found floating dead in the water off coastal Parrot Cay (Turks and Caicos Islands):

Quote: "The bodies of a 29-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were seen floating in the water by beachgoers who had alerted authorities."

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2020-10-31 - Scallops virtually all dead in Peconic Bay (New York):

Quote: "Peconic Bay scallops, which endured a historic die-off last year, appear to have suffered an even worse fate this year as baymen say early trips show none are to be found, and researchers continue to study multiple potential causes. The scallop harvest season, which starts Monday and continues through March 31, is expected to be a wipeout, fishermen say. Longtime Peconic bayman Bob Bourguignon from Flanders said he and two other longtime baymen took a recent trip to survey some of the best scallop grounds in the Peconic and Shinnecock Bay and found not a single harvestable scallop."

Quote: "All the spots that we normally find scallops, there’s nothing. When I say nothing, I mean nothing."

Quote: "When the bay scallop doesn’t do well clearly there’s a larger problem..."

2020-10-31 - Car goes up in flames and burns man to death near his home in coastal Melaka (Malaysia):

Quote: "An elderly man was burnt to death in a car after the vehicle caught fire in an incident at Jalan Abadi 9, Taman Malim Jaya here today. Melaka Tengah district police chief ACP Afzanizar Ahmad in the 2.30pm incident, the charred body of Lai Hee Miow, 65, was found in the front passenger seat of a Proton Iswara."

2020-10-31 - Almost half of Americans want to transition from fossil fuels as majority say time is running out to save planet:

Note: That ship has sailed, burst into flame and sunk...

2020-10-31 - Train bridge over the Roanoke River collapses, train derails and dumps 2,000 tons of coal into the river, in Roanoke County (Virginia):

2020-10-31 - Tropical Storm Eta forms in the Caribbean, expected to become 12th Atlantic hurricane of 2020:

Quote: "The unremitting Atlantic hurricane season, which refuses to go quietly into the November night, is about to log another benchmark. Tropical Storm Eta, which swirled to life over the weekend in the Caribbean, intensified Sunday and is expected to become the 12th Atlantic hurricane of 2020 early Monday. Eta is the 28th named storm of a historic season, which has tied 2005 for most storms on record."

2020-10-31 - Scientists say a 2068 impact scenario is still in play for 1,000-foot-wide asteroid:

Note: Not a planet-killer, but that'd wipe out a good-sized region if it hit land, and it'd do worse damage from a resulting tsunami if it hit the ocean. On the plus side, everybody may be dead by then!

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