Friday, January 1, 2021

2020 - DEC - Spotlight Stories

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2020-12-01 - Severe wildfires burning 8 times more area in the western US:

Quote: "Five of the six largest fires in California history and three of the four largest in Colorado history all burned this year. This dramatic increase in the acres burned by immense wildfires is being driven by fires which are burning hotter and more intensely than they used to. In fact, according to a new study, there's been an eight-fold increase since the mid-1980s in annual area burned by high-severity wildfires — defined as a fire that kills more than 95% of trees. The transformation in fire behavior has happened fast, with this exponential increase happening in just one generation over the course of 30 years."

2020-12-01 - Passenger plane hit by smoke, plane lands in Hamilton (New Zealand):

Quote: "A plane believed to have reported smoke in the cockpit has landed safely at Hamilton Airport."

Note: This is the 52nd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-12-01 - Transformer explodes and burns at power plant, blackouts ensue, in coastal Fort Walton Beach (Florida):

2020-12-01 - Electrical substation explodes and burns at 2 AM in Roodepoort (South Africa):

2020-12-01 - Marsh fire breaks out near Waterford (Wisconsin):

2020-12-01 - Turkey’s grain store is being completely devoured by gigantic sinkholes:

2020-12-01 - In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress:

2020-12-01 - Volcano Telica erupts in Nicaragua:

2020-12-01 - Volcano Semeru erupts in Java (Indonesia):

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2020-12-02 - Climate records smashed in 2020 for hurricanes, wildfires, heatwaves, floods, droughts and ice melt:

Quote: "An overheating world obliterated weather records in 2020, creating an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, floods, droughts and ice melt, the United Nations' weather agency reported Wednesday."

2020-12-02 - 2020 on track to be one of three warmest years on record, more than 80 percent of the global ocean experienced a marine heatwave in 2020:

Quote: "Ocean heat is at record levels and more than 80% of the global ocean experienced a marine heatwave at some time in 2020, with widespread repercussions for marine ecosystems already suffering from more acidic waters due to carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption..."

2020-12-02 - Methanol plant damaged by fire in coastal Tjeldbergodden (Norway):

2020-12-02 - Five cars destroyed by fire at 5:21 AM while parked at auto shop on Massachusetts Avenue in Boxborough (Massachusetts):

2020-12-02 - Driver has seizure, pickup truck crashes into home, fire erupts, on Sedgewick Court in coastal Virginia Beach (Virginia), 3 injured:

Quote: "The man says the community came together to help the driver, who reportedly had a seizure."

2020-12-02 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Cebu (Philippine Islands), 1+ killed:

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2020-12-03 - California's trillion dollar mega disaster no one is talking about:

2020-12-03 - Wastewater treatment plant rocked by deadly silo explosion in coastal Avonmouth (Britain), 4 killed, 1 injured:

2020-12-03 - Pallet yard fire rages near the Santa Ana River in Jurupa Valley (California):

Quote: "Around 2:40 p.m., the fire had spread to the riverbanks of the Santa Ana Riverbottom area."

2020-12-03 - Wildfire breaks out, grows rapidly to 7,200 acres and sends people fleeing, near Irvine (California):

2020-12-03 - Car and home go up in flames on West Church Street in Hebron (Maryland):

2020-12-03 - Car and home destroyed by fire on Rhododendron Drive in Middlesex (North Carolina):

Quote: "A Johnston County family of three, including a 3-year-old, lost their home and car on Thursday evening after a fire ripped through their house."

Quote: "The home on Rhododendron Drive in Middlesex was less than a year old."

2020-12-03 - Two men in their 40s found dead at hostel in coastal Waterford (Ireland):

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2020-12-04 - COVID-19 shutdowns were just a blip in the upward trajectory of global greenhouse gas emissions:

2020-12-04 - Waste transfer station hit by fire, building destroyed, garbage truck damaged, on coastal Peaks Island (Maine), nobody there:

2020-12-04 - Landfill fire breaks out at 5:30 AM in Marquette County (Michigan):

2020-12-04 - Landfill fire breaks out in Karkala (India):

2020-12-04 - Tire recycling facility destroyed by fire before 3:30 AM in Welshpool (Australia):

2020-12-04 - Oil refinery explodes and burns near harbor in coastal Durban (South Africa), 7 injured:

2020-12-04 - Hundreds of boats and yachts destroyed by massive blaze before 6:45 AM at Toledo Beach Marina on Lake Erie in LaSalle (Michigan):

Quote: "The roof has caved in on the building and the walls are collapsing in on themselves."

Quote: "Asked about the number of boats inside, Monroe County emergency manager Mark Hammond said, 'Hundreds would be an understatement.'"

Quote: "Multiple fire departments expected to be working into the night Friday to battle a massive fire that incinerated an estimated 200 boats at a LaSalle, Michigan, marina and likely caused millions of dollars in damage."

Note: These are the 1092nd-1291st boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-12-04 - Pickup truck and home go up in flames on SE 36th Street in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

2020-12-04 - Six cars destroyed by fire while parked at business on Pondella Road in coastal Cape Coral (Florida):

Quote: "The fire started in a BMW and spread to five other cars."

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2020-12-05 - Top climate scientists say that collapse of civilization is the most likely outcome:

Quote: "Australian National University emeritus professor Will Steffen (pictured) told Voice of Action that there was already a chance we have triggered a 'global tipping cascade' that would take us to a less habitable 'Hothouse Earth' climate, regardless of whether we reduced emissions."

2020-12-05 - Polar-ward climate zones shift and consequent tipping points:

2020-12-05 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes across coastal Escambia County (Florida):

2020-12-05 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire, 100 cars burn, in Wellston (Missouri):

Quote: "The owner told News 4 he and some employees were out in front of the business when they heard a pop. They then discovered a small fire which quickly spread. The owner says he believes about 100 cars caught on fire."

2020-12-05 - Natural gas compressor station damaged by explosion and fire at 1 AM on Hopkins Run Road in Morris Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-12-05 - Oil storage tank bursts into flame and explodes at petroleum facility in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas), 7 injured:

2020-12-05 - Man, 18, topples into Ridley Creek in Chester (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Search and rescue crews spent several hours overnight combing the Ridley Creek for a teenager who fell in the water. Officials say the incident happened on the Chester side of the creek near Sundrive & Hancock Streets around 6 p.m. Saturday. The victim may have suffered a medical emergency when he fell, according to authorities."

Quote: "Engines 12, 12-1, Utility 12 w/small boat responded under the command of Chief Burke Jr. Incident reported 18yr old male along creek bank on the Chester side of Ridley Creek suffered a possible seizure and fell into the creek..."

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2020-12-06 - Unknown illness sickens 300+ people, kills 1, in Eluru (India), seizures, loss of consciousness, nausea:

Quote: "An unidentified illness has hospitalized more than 300 people in southeastern India, including one who has died, according to local officials investigating the cases. Patients in the city of Eluru, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, reported a range of symptoms including seizures, loss of consciousness and some nausea over the weekend, said Dolla Joshi Roy, the district surveillance officer of Eluru's West Godavari District."

2020-12-06 - Mysterious overnight explosion alarms people in Bath (Britain):

2020-12-06 - Gas plant heavily damaged by massive fire and explosions just outside San Salvador (El Salvador):

2020-12-06 - Climate change now top threat to natural World Heritage sites:

2020-12-06 - California water futures begin trading amid fear of scarcity:

Quote: "Water joined gold, oil and other commodities traded on Wall Street, highlighting worries that the life-sustaining natural resource may become scarce across more of the world."

2020-12-06 - Exxon holds back on technology that could slow climate change:

2020-12-06 - Should scientists artificially cool the planet to stave off climate catastrophe?

Note: Who says that's not ALREADY being done?

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2020-12-07 - Last month was the hottest November ever recorded:

Quote: "The world experienced its hottest November on record, according to data from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. Globally, November temperatures were almost 0.8 degrees Celsius above the average for 1981- 2010 and 0.1 degrees higher than last year. This warming comes despite the cooling effect of the La Niña weather system."

Quote: "Copernicus data shows that in addition to November being the hottest recorded, 2020 as a whole could be the hottest year on record. So far, it is on par with 2016, the warmest year on record, and is likely to equal the record or marginally exceed it unless temperatures drop this month."

Note: Just as global warming easily overrode the minor cooling of solar minimum, global warming is also overriding the somewhat more significant cooling of La Niña. And even though the pandemic slowed industry a bit across the world, atmospheric greenhouse gas levels have continued to break records, so there's much more warming ahead of us. Warming lags greenhouse gases by decades, so the climate destabilization we're seeing now is because of what we did decades ago. So no matter what we do now, there will be vastly more warming in the years to come and the climate will continue to destabilize.

Once the climate destabilization becomes extreme enough, crops will regularly fail, widespread famine will ensue and civilization will collapse. Some scientists estimate we have until 2050 until civilization collapses. Maybe they're right, but that seems overly optimistic to me considering how fast the climate is destabilizing now. I wouldn't recommend having kids. If you have any kids, you might want to buy them a recipe book on how to cook people because that's apt to be what they're gonna be eating unless someone eats them first...

2020-12-07 - Fish suffocating along big stretch of the Hudson River near coastal Manhattan (New York):

Quote: "Dead fish have been washing up along a 60-mile stretch of the Hudson River, reaching as far north as Putnam County — and advocates fear they are suffocating to death following a similar mass fish fatality over the summer."

Quote: "'Observers took videos of fish gasping for air while swimming in circles and dying in the waters off the Upper West Side of Manhattan and Horan’s Landing in Sleepy Hollow,' the group wrote on its blog."

Quote: "Bayonne public information officer Joe Ryan told the publication that the mass die-off is usually due to a lack of oxygen in the water — a climate change-linked problem that caused hundreds of fish to suffocate in July."

Note: The warmer the waters of the planet get, the less oxygen the water can hold. Hundreds of dead zones have been spreading across the oceans. As with the Permian-Triassic extinction event, the oceans will die off hardest in the current extinction event too, but most land-based species will also die off, especially species that reproduce slowly, like human beings...

2020-12-07 - Pickup truck and truck camper go up in flames and kill man and dog in Wenatchee (Washington):

2020-12-07 - Famine is 'knocking on the door':

2020-12-07 - Volcano Piton de la Fournaise erupts for the third time this year on the island of Reunion (France):

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2020-12-08 - Unknown chemical odor sends 4 people to the hospital in Brookline (Massachusetts):

Quote: "A hazmat incident Tuesday afternoon involving a chemical odor sent four Brookline Department of Public Works employees to the hospital, officials said. First responders were sent to the town’s Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St. shortly after 12:30 p.m. for a report of a chemical odor, according to a statement from Brookline Fire Chief John F. Sullivan."

2020-12-08 - Greenhouse gas emissions hit new record, put world on track for 3C warming:

Quote: "Emissions have, however, grown by an average 1.4 percent per year since 2010, with a steeper increase of 2.6 percent last year due, partly due to a large increase in forest fires."

Note: So not only are we contending with our own emissions, but now the Earth itself is increasing its own emissions as the planet goes up in flames. We aren't decreasing our emissions as fast as the Earth is increasing its own and it is highly doubtful that we will until civilization collapses. That'll solve the problem!

2020-12-08 - Vast wildfires in Siberia linked to warming Arctic:

2020-12-08 - Chemical plant explodes and burns on West Dupont Avenue in Belle (West Virginia):

2020-12-08 - Thermal plant damaged by fire on Bassett Avenue in Lansing (Michigan):

2020-12-08 - Man runs around half-naked on street, tries to get into cars in traffic, in coastal Aberdeen (Scotland):

2020-12-08 - Shark attacks and kills man at Honolua Bay (Hawaii):

Quote: "Maui Memorial Medical Center has confirmed that a 56-year-old man who was surfing at Honolua Bay on Tuesday has died."

2020-12-08 - More than a third of Americans say that they will spend 2021 in survival mode:

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2020-12-09 - The Arctic transforming at an extraordinary rate as Earth's warming continues accelerating:

Quote: "In the a video accompanying the report, NOAA says there have been 'alarming rates of change observed' since the 2006 Arctic Report Card, and adds, 'the rate of change has been extraordinary.'"

2020-12-09 - Scientists to continue studying the dissociating methane hydrates along the East Siberian Arctic Shelf:

Quote: "The scientists, who in 2020 participated in an expedition onboard the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh research-survey vessel, plan to continue studies of methane emissions, which emerge in Russia’s Arctic seas due to the thawing permafrost, said Igor Semiletov of the Ilichev Pacific Oceanological Institute (the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Far Eastern Branch)."

Quote: "The expedition studied seep fields, and came to the conclusion methane emissions would double within the coming year. According to them, the permafrost’s progressing degradation develops unexpectedly quickly."

Quote: "This topic (methane emissions) is a key challenge - consequences from the permafrost’s thawing, which develops due to the global climate changes. We cannot say clearly how much this process influences the climate, but the main ‘candidate’ to explain those massive emissions is the destabilization of hydrates (gas hydrates consisting of water and methane), which are in a giant quantity under the permafrost and inside it - two-fold bigger than in the atmosphere..."

2020-12-09 - Underground fire erupts at 3:53 AM in tunnel at coal yard in coastal Newport News (Virginia):

2020-12-09 - Underground warehouse damaged by fire near train station in coastal Shanghai (China):

Quote: "The fire broke out at an underground warehouse on Maoming Road N. at 9:44am. It has been put out at around 10:30am and nobody was injured, Shanghai Fire Bureau said."

2020-12-09 - Chemical factories heavily damaged by fire at 1 AM in Ahmedabad (India):

2020-12-09 - Fire truck bursts into flame on road near Clayton (North Carolina):

2020-12-09 - Human-made materials now outweigh Earth’s entire biomass:

Note: People who say that humanity is too small to really affect the Earth - almost always conservatives - are full of shit. That's like saying viruses are too small to really affect a human body. Well, that's easy to test: suck down a microdrop of Ebola and get back to us in a week. We're like Earth's Ebola...

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2020-12-10 - Unknown rotten egg odor hits coastal Charleston, coastal Mount Pleasant and coastal Daniel Island (South Carolina):

Quote: "Dominion Energy is investigating after numerous people in Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island reported a gas odor on Thursday."

Quote: "While crews are responding to each call as they investigate, Fischer said no leak or third-party damage to Dominion’s system has been confirmed."

2020-12-10 - Low oxygen levels in lakes and reservoirs may accelerate global climate change:

Quote: "Until now, researchers did not have any empirical data from the whole-ecosystem scale to definitively say how changing oxygen can affect these two greenhouse gases. 'We found that low oxygen levels increased methane concentrations by 15 to 800 times at the whole-ecosystem scale,' said Alexandria Hounshell, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science. 'Our work shows that low oxygen levels in the bottom waters of lakes and reservoirs will likely increase the global warming potential of these ecosystems by about an order of magnitude.'"

2020-12-10 - Methane belching from landfill causes ground to shake in Little Chute (Wisconsin):

Quote: "At about 7 o’clock Wednesday night, residents of Little Chute started reporting a shaking, trembling, and a consistent thumping. The Fox Valley Metro Police Department says it took some investigating, but it was determined the vibrations were caused by a release of methane gas at the county landfill."

2020-12-10 - Auto parts warehouse destroyed by massive fire in the Lawndale area in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-12-10 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame at 1:30 AM, fire gets big, in the Back of the Yards area in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-12-10 - Around 100 homes destroyed by fire shortly after midnight in coastal Alabang (Philippine Islands):

2020-12-10 - Trillion-ton iceberg the size of Delaware is on a collision course with island in the South Atlantic:

2020-12-10 - Shark attacks and kills woman off the island of St. Martin:

Note: Sharks are really killing a lot of people this year. The AVERAGE number of annual fatal shark attacks for the WORLD is 5. Australia alone has had at least 8 this year. Maybe whatever they normally eat is dying off - the oceans are in piss-poor shape now - so they're just looking for anything that moves at this point. Humans might not be top of their list for a meal, but sharks gotta eat!

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2020-12-11 - Hydrogen sulfide reported in basement of high-rise in Ottawa (Canada):

Quote: "Ottawa Fire Services received a call at 4:45 p.m. from a resident of the building near the intersection of McLeod Street and Cartier Street reporting a strong odour of what they believed to be natural gas in their unit."

Quote: "Firefighters arriving on location moments later immediately identified a strong odour outside the building and used a gas detector to identify high levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas. H2S is a colourless, flammable, corrosive and poisonous gas produced naturally in sewage or wastewater, the media release explained."

2020-12-11 - Warming planet will cause pipe damage and sewage problems:

Quote: "Floods, seawater and 'fatbergs' will increasingly spew sewage into our homes, streets and waterways as the planet heats up, a new research paper warns."

Quote: "With droughts intensifying, low water levels in our pipes and treatment plants will cause stinky, sulphurous fumes to waft from our flushed waste."

Note: The 'stinky, sulphurous fumes' they mention - that's hydrogen sulfide. It's a deadly poison, it's corrosive to metal and concrete, and it's explosively flammable, so it brings a lot of problems, not merely deterioration of pipes and sewage infrastructure...

2020-12-11 - Mass extinctions on Earth follow a regular repeating pattern of around 27 million years:

Quote: "Mass extinctions of life on Earth appear to follow a regular pattern, a new study suggests. In fact, widespread die-offs of land-dwelling animals – which include amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds – follow a cycle of about 27 million years, the study reports. The study also said these mass extinctions coincide with major asteroid impacts and devastating volcanic outpourings of lava."

Note: A pattern which repeats cyclically, regularly. There's a very good reason for that. The reason is that ORBITS are cyclical - and we are a binary solar system. The other star is a brown dwarf, a collapsed 'failed' star, which was captured by the Sun's much more powerful gravitational field - barely - hundreds of millions of years ago. That's when the cyclical extinction events began. Its orbit is extremely elliptical, but every once in a while it plows into the inner solar system and is then flung far away again, possibly as far as 2 or 3 light years, not to return again for another 27-ish million years. The orbit won't be perfectly regular because it is a low-mass collapsed star so as it leaves the inner system, the gravitational forces of the big planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) can slightly perturb its vector on the way out.

The effects of its passages are the likely explanation for numerous oddities in what we think of as our solar system, including Pluto's aberrant orbit, the asteroid belt (a planet or planetoid that got too close to the brown dwarf during one cycle and was torn apart by tidal forces), and the 'unknown event' that caused massive volcanism on Venus and also not only stopped Venus from rotating but made it rotate BACKWARDS, unlike any other planet or moon in the solar system. The changing of rotational speed is accomplished via magnetic friction between the core of a planet and the powerful magnetic field of the brown dwarf. Friction also causes heat from below which can result in increased volcanism. The brown dwarf must have come about as close to Venus as it possibly could without tearing Venus apart and forming another asteroid belt. Just imagine how much energy it takes to stop an entire PLANET from rotating and then make it rotate (slowly) BACKWARDS. That much friction created vast amounts of heat and volcanism and turned Venus into the hellish planet that it is today.

The reason that these extinction events also coincide with asteroid impacts and devastating volcanism is because when the brown dwarf comes through, it brings its own debris field along with whatever it ensnares in the Oort cloud on the way in, and it also perturbs objects in the Oort cloud, throwing them about in random directions. The volcanism is from its magnetic field grinding against the magnetic field of Earth's iron core and causing heating from within the planet which results in volcanism. Have you noticed a lot of 'fireballs' and meteors in recent years? That's the brown dwarf's debris field now passing through the inner solar system. Some of it is zipping by us at close range, some of it is hitting us. Space is large though, so most of it is just going through without any effect on us. Still, we are now in a time of increased danger from a major impact.

This brown dwarf, our second sun, came through the inner solar system sometime in the 2010-2012 timeframe and is now on its way back out of the inner solar system. Mars warmed anomalously around that time and so did the Earth. Both Earth and Mars heated up in that same timeframe because they were both being heated EXTERNALLY by the same source. The brown dwarf doesn't emit visible light but it does emit infrared, which heats up planets that get close enough, as both Mars and Earth did. Ten years before Mars and Earth heated up, Pluto also heated up anomalously even as it was getting farther from the Sun and should have been cooling. That was when the brown dwarf came close enough to Pluto to heat it up a bit on its way into the inner solar system. There were many unexplained 'second sun' sightings during that time from all around the planet. While the brown dwarf is a dark object and doesn't emit visible light itself, it does REFLECT light from other sources and it was close enough to the Sun for us to see it via the sunlight that it was reflecting. Most people didn't notice or bought the various 'official' explanations.

The US first detected this brown dwarf with the IRAS satellite in 1983-1984. Scientists were all set to announce a major discovery - indeed, what could possibly be a bigger discovery than the fact that we have a second sun, that our solar system - like most solar systems - is a binary system? But shortly after they said they were going to announce their discovery, someone must have noticed something alarming: that over time the brown dwarf wasn't moving across the field of view. It was only getting larger. That meant that it was coming more or less straight at us - an extinction event on the way. Since such an announcement would collapse civilization, the US government kept it secret and the scientists soon announced, 'Never mind, we were wrong, there was nothing, our bad.'

Since that time, in the 1980s, the US and allies have been preparing for a planetary extinction event. The only way for humanity to survive what's coming on Earth (a repeat of the Permian-Triassic extinction event) is to grow humanity as large as possible, develop necessary technologies, and establish colonies on other bodies than Earth. For example, the Moon and Mars - both will be more habitable than the Earth. If that means 7 billion people end up dying here on Earth, is that price not worth it if humanity itself continues on? Somebody decided so. And 'they' wouldn't have been able to convince people to control their reproduction anyway, not without telling them the truth - if even then - which would have collapsed civilization too early for enough preparations to be made for Humanity 2.0 to survive.

So what's coming? More earthquakes and volcanism, the oceans going anoxic and spewing hydrogen sulfide which poisons the oceans and the land. Fires and more fires, eventually burning everything on the surface of the Earth. Loss of ability to grow crops followed by widespread starvation and population collapse. Radical climate destabilization. Rising UV levels. Extinction of most forms of life on Earth, especially those that require oxygen and/or which reproduce slowly. 'Climate change' and 'global warming' are certainly real, but they also serve as a kind of camouflage to hide the effects of the brown dwarf's passage. Absent humanity, things would have gotten catastrophically bad on Earth anyway, just as happened with previous extinction events when the brown dwarf came through when there were no human beings around.

There's much more I could say, side stories that connect to this overarching one, involving the mass of the reference kilogram and how the methodology used to measure its mass (since changed) could be used as an unintentional 'anomalous gravitational force detector' and which did indeed detect an anomalous gravitational force, a secret coordinated effort to destroy sundials around the world, unusual tidal events, Google changing some things in order to help keep reality hidden from people, scientists in radiation suits in Antarctica filming the brown dwarf in the sky as it passed nearby, lots of interesting stuff. But there's little point. Few will ever see what I've written and fewer still would believe it if they did, so it's not of much consequence. Most people will die in ignorance or denial. They already are. I've learned to accept that that's just the way it is.

In time the Earth will heal, long after we're gone, as it has before. But the brown dwarf will be back again...

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2020-12-12 - Construction site explodes and burns at 5:30 AM in the Bay View area in Milwaukee (Wisconsin), near Lake Michigan:

Quote: "'It was a brand-new parking garage that sustained extensive structural damage,' Rechlitz said. We Energies told WISN 12 News it was called to assist, but they do not believe natural gas was the cause of the explosion."

2020-12-12 - Chemical factory explodes and burns near Hyderabad (India), 11 injured:

2020-12-12 - Hundreds of endangered seals mysteriously found dead on the shores of the Caspian Sea (Russia):

2020-12-12 - Professor David Hastings illustrates ways in which climate change directly impacts ocean habitats:

2020-12-12 - Climate change killing off some of the oldest living things in the world, in California:

2020-12-12 - SOTT Earth changes summary for November 2020, extreme weather, planetary upheaval, meteors:

2020-12-12 - Researchers at Edinburgh University identify 5 genes in the DNA of COVID-19 victims that could help identify who is most at risk of the virus:

2020-12-12 - College basketball player, man, collapses during game in Tallahassee (Florida):

Quote: "Johnson, the Southeastern Conference’s preseason player of the year, collapsed coming out of a timeout against rival Florida State and needed emergency medical attention Saturday. Johnson was taken off the floor on a stretcher and rushed to Tallahassee Memorial for evaluation. The team said he was in critical but stable condition and later said he would remain in the hospital overnight."

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2020-12-13 - RV goes up in flames and kills teen girl at 1:57 AM, injures her parents, in Midland County (Texas):

Note: This is the 369th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 18th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-12-13 - Towing business hit by fire at 1:52 AM, 20-30 cars burn, on Shipping Lane in coastal Mt. Pleasant (South Carolina):

Quote: "Captain Tidwell says when crews arrived, they cut the chain of the gate and found between 20 to 30 cars on fire."

Note: An unknown rotten egg odor just hit coastal Charleston, coastal Mount Pleasant and coastal Daniel Island too, mentioned in the 2020-12-10 update...

2020-12-13 - Auto salvage yard hit by fire at 3:30 AM, 100 crushed cars burn, in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "North Las Vegas spokesman Patrick Walker said fire officials responded to a fire on the 2200 block of Crestline Loop Road, near Losee Road and Carey Avenue, at about 3:30 a.m. A cluster of about 100 crushed vehicles was on fire at the salvage yard, he said."

2020-12-13 - Wildfire breaks out at 1 AM, grows to 1933 acres and causes evacuations near Gilman Springs (California):

2020-12-13 - Truck bursts into flame at 3:45 AM on street in coastal Pembroke on the island of Bermuda:

Quote: "Firefighters were kept very busy last night, as following the car fire in St George’s they had to respond to another vehicle fire, this time extinguishing a truck on fire in Pembroke at around 3.45am in the morning."

2020-12-13 - Car bursts into flame on Suffering Lane in coastal St George’s on the island of Bermuda:

2020-12-13 - For the first time, researchers say they found microplastics in human placenta:

Quote: "The Italian study, published online in early December ahead of its inclusion in the January edition of Environment International, reported that microplastics were found in the placentas of four out of six women who had consented to donate them for research."

Quote: "Microplastics have been found in food, particularly sea food, and in drinking water as well — making their entry into the human body inevitable."

Note: Babies, now with extra plastic!

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2020-12-14 - A 'frozen rainforest' of microscopic life is melting Greenland's ice sheet:

Quote: "Three times the size of Texas, the Greenland ice sheet covers around 656,000 square miles. A vast repository of fresh water, it is the largest single contributor to global sea level rise, and has the potential to increase ocean levels by up to seven meters (23 feet). A recent study suggests the ice melt -- accelerated by the climate crisis -- may have already reached a point of no return."

Quote: "Cook's research on a part of the Greenland ice sheet spanning 3,900 square miles revealed that algae is responsible for up to 13% of the ice melt. In some localized areas, the algae accelerated melting by up to 26%."

Quote: "The spreading algae boosts ice melt, releasing more water and nutrients held in the ice, which in turn promotes algae growth -- a process Cook describes as a 'vicious feedback cycle.'"

Note: When they found some algae causing discoloration of ice in Antarctica a while back, I said then that this looked like it was going to be an accelerating problem, another self-reinforcing feedback, that would affect large areas of ice all over the planet. And awaaaay we go! So whatever projections have been made about ice melt, sea level rise and planetary temperature increases, they're underestimates. Microscopic life like this reproduces rapidly, so the area affected increases rapidly. Algae are basically painting ice a darker color and changing the albedo of the Earth which makes the planet absorb more heat faster...

2020-12-14 - RV explodes and burns on Bill Young Road near Siloam Springs (Arkansas), 1 killed, 1 injured:

Quote: "Authorities say one person was killed and two others injured after a recreational vehicle exploded in northwest Arkansas."

Note: This is the 370th RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 19th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-12-14 - Metal recycling center hit by fire at 3 AM, 150 scrap cars burn, in Oswego (New York):

Quote: "An overnight fire burned roughly 150 cars in an Owego scrapyard Monday. According to the Owego Fire Department, crews were called to Weitsman Recycling around 3:00 a.m. Parts of Main Street were shut down for hours as crews worked to put out the blaze."

2020-12-14 - Landfill fire breaks out in Brea (California):

2020-12-14 - Customs warehouse destroyed by massive fire at port in coastal Alexandria (Egypt):

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2020-12-15 - Man in his 50s has 'medical episode' and drops dead at home, rotten egg odor reported, on Orchard Court in Trowbridge (Britain):

Quote: "The death of a man in Trowbridge today (Tuesday) is not being treated as suspicious, say Wiltshire Police. Emergency services were called to a block of flats at Orchard Court in Longfield just after mid-day because of a smell of gas. And a Wiltshire Police statement said: 'Following the sudden death of a man in his 50s at a property in Orchard Court earlier today, we can now confirm that this is being treated as a medical episode and is not believed to be suspicious.'"

Note: Smell of poison gas and a man drops dead - doesn't seem coincidental to me!

2020-12-15 - Recycling center damaged by fire just before 7 AM in Mason (Michigan):

2020-12-15 - Snow plow truck bursts into flame while parked inside public works garage, fire spreads to 5 more snow plows, in Morgan County (Utah):

Quote: "They later determined a snowplow truck caught fire inside the garage and the blaze extended to several other trucks. It's unknown what caused the fire to spark."

2020-12-15 - Two SUVs destroyed by fire while parked at home on Aaron River Road in coastal Cohasset (Massachusetts):

2020-12-15 - SUV bursts into flame while parked between two homes, fire scorches both homes, on Erie Street in Port Huron (Michigan):

Quote: "Two homes and a vehicle were damaged in a fire Tuesday morning. Shortly after 10 a.m., a vehicle in a driveway in the 1000 block Erie Street caught fire and extended to two homes on either side, Port Huron Fire Battalion Chief Dale Minard said."

2020-12-15 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home, fire spreads to garage, on Valley Drive in Middletown (Connecticut):

Quote: "Crews responded to the 100 block of Valley Drive around 4:45 p.m. on the report of a working car fire in a garage, according to officials."

2020-12-15 - In separate incidents, two cars burst into flame in coastal Bridgeport (Connecticut):

Quote: "Today’s vehicle fire is in the 200 block of Eagle Street. It is near a structure so additional resources have been dispatched to the scene. Earlier there was a report of a car fire on Anthony Street which was out on the firefighter’s arrival."

2020-12-15 - Car bursts into flame at 4:25 AM while parked at apartments in coastal St. George's on the island of Bermuda:

Quote: "Marking the third vehicle fire in the last 48 hours, firefighters extinguished another car fire in St George’s early this morning [Dec 15], after receiving a report of a 'car explosion'. The fire initially blocked the exit of people in the lower apartment, however fortunately they were able to 'escape over a wall.'"

Quote: "This follows after the first car fire in St George’s and the truck fire in Pembroke."

2020-12-15 - Four cars go up in flames while parked at supermarket near the coast in Skelton-in-Cleveland (Britain):

Quote: "A four car blaze broke out in a busy supermarket car park in East Cleveland, leaving behind a heap of charred remains. The incident happened near the Skelton branch of Aldi on Pheasant Fields Lane on Tuesday afternoon."

2020-12-15 - Environmental disasters across globe in November 2020:

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2020-12-16 - Global temperatures continue rising:

2020-12-16 - States where climate change is making an impact on public health:

2020-12-16 - Getting US to zero carbon will take a $2.5 trillion investment by 2030:

Note: Even if humanity gets to net zero carbon, the Earth itself is going up in flames, which will keep the carbon trajectory heading upward...

2020-12-16 - Towering pyrocumulonimbus clouds can spew as much aerosol as volcanic eruptions:

Note: We're seeing more of these giant wildfire-generated clouds as the number and size of wildfires consuming the surface of the Earth continue increasing. Last year the wildfires in Australia spewed more carbon into the atmosphere in 6 months than all of humanity's carbon sources in Australia did in the whole year. Ergo, humanity getting to net zero carbon - if that's even possible - doesn't really solve the problem when the entire PLANET is going up in flames and increasing its OWN carbon emissions faster than we are decreasing ours. This will culminate, at least for us, with the human race going extinct, at which point everybody will be pushing daisies. Can't get much greener than that!

2020-12-16 - Deadly brain-eating amoeba expanding its territory as the world continues warming:

2020-12-16 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads, home heavily damaged, on Miner Avenue in Waterford (Connecticut), 2 injured:

Quote: "Firefighters responded to the home on Miner Avenue just after 10:15 a.m. for a report of a car fire that had spread to the house, according to fire officials."

2020-12-16 - Car bursts into flame at property on Mualla Drive in Ashmore (Australia), 2 miles from the coast, man critically burned:

Quote: "A man is in a critical condition following a horror car fire on the Gold Coast this afternoon. Emergency crews rushed to a private property on Mualla Drive at Ashmore just after 1.00pm, after receiving multiple calls for help. A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson told myGC that upon arrival, crews found the vehicle 'well alight'."

2020-12-16 - Driver has 'medical emergency', pickup truck slams into home and kills teen girl, in Laredo (Texas):

Quote: "A 17-year-old Laredo girl is dead after a truck plowed into her family’s home as she was taking an online class. A vigil is planned Thursday night in Laredo for Aramis Mora. She was using a computer in a bedroom Monday night when the truck struck the house. Authorities think the driver suffered a medical emergency before the accident, KGNS in Laredo reported."

2020-12-16 - Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes in the ocean south of Sarangani (Philippine Islands):

2020-12-16 - Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa to strike Fiji with destructive winds, storm surge and very heavy rain:

2020-12-16 - 'Fast Movers' and transmedium vehicles - the Pentagon's Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force:

Quote: "The reports also explicitly state that the Task Force is considering the possibility that these unidentified objects could, as stated by one source from the U.S. Intelligence Community said, be operated by 'intelligences of unknown origin.'"

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2020-12-17 - Recycling plant fire breaks out near North Sherman Drive and East 13th Street in Indianapolis (Indiana), 2 injured:

2020-12-17 - Two tractor trailers destroyed by fire while parked at truck stop in coastal Milford (Connecticut):

Note: These are the 1709th and 1710th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-12-17 - Snow plow truck bursts into flame in coastal Milford (Connecticut):

Quote: "2020-12-17@5:43pm–#Milford CT– Today’s third vehicle fire is once again in Milford on Summit Avenue. A plow truck’s engine compartment is fully engulfed."

2020-12-17 - Car bursts into flame at 5 AM while parked at home, fire spreads to home, on Thompson Park Boulevard in Indianapolis (Indiana):

Quote: "The Indianapolis Fire Department is investigating a vehicle fire that spread to a home Thursday morning. Around 5 a.m., crews were called to a home in the 5600 block of Thompson Park Boulevard on the southeast side for a report of a vehicle on fire in the driveway of a home."

2020-12-17 - Pickup truck bursts into flame at 1:45 AM while parked at home, fire spreads, home and garage destroyed, on Windsor Place in Poland (Maine):

Quote: "Fire crews went to 17 Windsor Place at about 1:45 a.m. after it was reported that two vehicles were on fire at the home and that flames were spreading to a garage. The first firefighters to arrive on scene reported that the garage, attached to the single-family home, was going up in flames. A short time later, those flames were said to be spreading to the home."

2020-12-17 - Vehicles destroyed by fire inside auto business in North Mankato (Minnesota):

Quote: "The North Mankato Fire Department reported it responded to a structure fire at Midwest Auto Pro’s after being called to the location at 11:36 a.m. Emergency crews arrived to find vehicles on fire inside the structure."

2020-12-17 - Three barns destroyed by massive fire at 1 AM in Dade City (Florida), 240,000+ chickens killed:

2020-12-17 - California activates mass fatality program as state sets new COVID-19 records and ICUs reach maximum capacity:

Quote: "The impact on hospitals is particularly grave in Southern California, where no intensive care unit beds are available. According to The Los Angeles Times, which is compiling its own coronavirus tally for the state, the number of Californians hospitalized due to the disease has broken records for 18 consecutive days. The number of people in ICUs because of COVID-19 continues to set records as well, the newspaper said, with 14 straight days of increases."

Quote: "Newsom said the state has 60 refrigerated units, each 53 feet long, available if needed. He also said that 5,000 body bags were distributed to some of the hardest-hit counties, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Inyo counties."

Note: When they start sending out body bags, things are grim. No ICU beds - that's baaaaad. So if your arm is partially severed in a chainsaw accident and you go to the hospital, and there's no ICU bed for you, what then? 'Here's some gauze, apply pressure, then go home and, I mean rest, go home and rest!'

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2020-12-18 - Analysis of the methane threat:

Quote: "Areas where naked hydrates are melting show methane measurements so extensive that a ship randomly sailing by, if it created a spark or dropped a cigarette overboard, would blow up. 'This is truly a frightening circumstance of huge amounts of methane released from the seabed coming up to the sea surface where it is released into the atmosphere.'"

Quote: "We know that something has been going on in the last few years because if we look at the amount of methane in the atmosphere, it rose steadily from the 1980s and then it reached a peak in the year 2000...since 2007, an increase once again, and it’s been going up ever since in an accelerating way."

Quote: "Emergency plans should be formulated by nation/states and especially by coastal cities because a 'big burst' could happen at any time. Estimates are within the next few years. Certainly, the underwater permafrost is thinning. Russian scientists measure it. "

Note: So a 50-gigaton methane release could happen at any time. 'Next few years' is a guess. It might not happen for 10 years, or it could happen tomorrow. Already methane is bubbling up into the atmosphere from the ocean along a large stretch of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf and before that methane began exploding out of the ground and creating gigantic craters in the landscape in Siberia. Those are pretty big indicators that a major methane release is increasingly imminent. And that first 50-gigaton methane release will be just the beginning...

2020-12-18 - More acres burned on USFS lands this year since 1910, says agency chief:

2020-12-18 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in coastal Boston (Massachusetts):

2020-12-18 - Landfill fire breaks in Indio (California):

2020-12-18 - Earth may be even closer to 1.5C of global warming than we thought:

2020-12-18 - Broken societies put people and planet on a collision course, says UNDP:

2020-12-18 - Dozens of water buffalo found dead in national park in coastal Taipei (Taiwan):

Quote: "Investigators have not been able to keep up with the reports, she said, adding that she hopes the situation can become a higher priority of the government. Shih Jui-ling, head of the office’s investigation team, said the buffaloes’ bodies showed no obvious signs of disease, and although many of them were found with their necks arched backward, nothing conclusive could be determined until lab tests were conducted."

2020-12-18 - Tiger drops dead next to pond near Pundrai Bute (India):

Quote: "The carcass was found next to a pond near Pundrai Bute village, about 75km from the district headquarters. Senior forest officials said all its body parts were intact and ruled out any possible poaching attempt."

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2020-12-19 - Mysterious explosions reported in the wee hours in Austin (Texas):

2020-12-19 - Offshore survey boat bursts into flame while parked inside business on Jacob's Run in Scott (Louisiana):

Quote: "Fire crews in Scott battled a commercial fire late Saturday in the 200 Block of Jacob’s Run. According to Fire Chief Chad Sonnier, when firefighters arrived they forced entry into the structure and found a large offshore survey boat on fire."

Note: This is the 1311th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-12-19 - Snow plow truck bursts into flame while parked inside highway department garage in Conklin (New York):

Quote: "Town of Conklin and Five Mile Point Fire Departments responded to a garage fire at the Town of Conklin Highway Department on Carlin Road just after 10:30 am on Saturday morning. Conklin Fire Chief Bill Gorman says a truck used for plowing caught fire and caused some extensive damage."

2020-12-19 - Dump truck bursts into flame just before 7 AM while parked inside business in Salt Lake City (Utah):

Quote: "Initial reports indicate there was a large vehicle inside the building on fire, which has since been extinguished."

2020-12-19 - Five cars go up in flames at 3:38 AM while parked at airport in Grande Prairie (Canada):

Quote: "The Grande Prairie Fire Department was called to the Grande Prairie Airport at around 3:38 a.m. Saturday morning after a report of a car fire in the long-term parking lot. According to the Fire Department, the fire had spread to three vehicles by the time crews arrived. In total five vehicles sustained damage, there were no injuries reported."

2020-12-19 - Car bursts into flame while parked at shopping center, fire spreads to other cars, in coastal Kwinana Beach (Australia):

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2020-12-20 - Woman, 24, found burned to death on tricycle next to pond in Ongole (India):

Quote: "In a horrific incident, a 24-year-old physically challenged woman's burnt body was found in Andhra Pradesh's Prakasam district. Even 36 hours after Ummaneni Bhuvaneswari's body was found lying near a pond on the Dasarajupalli Road on Ongole town outskirts on Friday night, police has not been able to reach a conclusion on the case. After the woman's body was found lying on a tricycle she moved about on, police identified her with the help of a few documents found in a handbag lying besides it."

Note: They ask, murder or suicide? She was next to a pond. Maybe her clothing had absorbed some methane and/or hydrogen sulfide and her clothes sparked the fire via static electricity. That wouldn't be murder OR suicide. That'd just be someone bursting into flame and burning to death...

2020-12-20 - Person found dead in burning pickup truck at 4 AM in driveway at home on Gidney Avenue near the Hudson River in Newburgh (New York):

Quote: "An early morning fire Sunday turned out to be tragic when flames were extinguished, and a body was found inside the vehicle. Firefighters from the Goodwill Fire Department in the Town of Newburgh were called to a fully involved car fire in a driveway of a Gidney Avenue address at around 4 a.m."

2020-12-20 - Pharmaceutical factory explodes and burns in coastal Taoyuan City (Taiwan), 2 injured:

2020-12-20 - Storage yard devastated by massive fire and explosions in Fresno (California):

2020-12-20 - Skin disease affecting dolphins as water salinity decreases due to climate change:

Quote: "Scientists at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA -- the largest marine mammal hospital in the world -- and international colleagues have identified a novel skin disease in dolphins that is linked to climate change."

Quote: "This study comes on the heels of significant outbreaks in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas and Australia in recent years. In all of these locations, a sudden and drastic decrease in salinity in the waters was the common factor."

2020-12-20 - Study suggests the Milky Way is likely full of civilizations that have killed themselves off:

Note: Soon there will be another civilization to add to the ranks - ours!

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2020-12-21 - Vehicle goes up in flames at 5:30 inside garage and kills person in Hegewisch (Illinois):

Quote: "A death investigation is underway after a person was found dead inside a burning vehicle Monday morning in Hegewisch on the Far South Side."

2020-12-21 - Underground electrical fire breaks out just before 3 AM in coastal Manhattan (New York):

2020-12-21 - Transformer bursts into flame near the Albuquerque International Sunport in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

2020-12-21 - Transformer bursts into flame on pole in coastal Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (Britain):

2020-12-21 - Gunpowder factory explodes in Casalbordino (Italy), near the coast, 3 killed:

2020-12-21 - Deep underground fire burns on coastal Matakana Island (New Zealand):

2020-12-21 - Volcano Kilauea erupts on the Big Island (Hawaii):

2020-12-21 - Volcano Sakurajima erupts in Japan:

2020-12-21 - Mount Ruapehu showing signs of unrest, belches gas, alert level raised, in New Zealand:

2020-12-21 - Shallow magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes in the ocean off Aomori Prefecture (Japan):

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2020-12-22 - Unknown odor hits passenger plane, plane evacuated immediately after landing, in coastal Hawke's Bay (New Zealand):

Quote: "An 'unusual smell' saw passengers on a Hawke’s Bay flight evacuated and asked to run from the plane as soon as it landed."

Quote: "Wanoa said FENZ crews conducted a gas detection test, but nothing was identified and the incident was left with Air New Zealand shortly after 9pm."

2020-12-22 - Unknown stench closes post office on Hurontario Street in Collingwood (Canada), 700 feet from Lake Huron:

2020-12-22 - Man critically burned after being found on fire outside building near Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs (Colorado):

Quote: "A passerby called 911 on Tuesday morning after finding a man engulfed in flames behind the old Zorbadilla Restaurant near Prospect Lake. The passerby attempted to put out the man with his coat and his coat in turn caught on fire. The burned man was taken to the hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns over his entire body."

2020-12-22 - Transformer bursts into flame at substation near Three Mile Island in Londonderry Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-12-22 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion and fire just before 4 AM on Andrew Macdonald Close in Market Harborough (Britain):

2020-12-22 - Recycling center destroyed by fire on East Clement Street in De Soto (Missouri):

2020-12-22 - Volcano Suwanosejima erupting constantly in the Ryukyu Islands (Japan):

2020-12-22 - Volcano Sheveluch erupts powerfully on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia):

2020-12-22 - Volcano Etna erupts and spews lava in Italy:

2020-12-22 - Magnitude 3.9 earthquake shakes volcano Bárðarbunga (Iceland):

2020-12-22 - The top 5 climate stories of 2020:

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2020-12-23 - Unknown odor hits school library, one janitor dies, another hospitalized, in Dublin (California), 15 miles from the ocean:

Quote: "Two school janitors reported missing in Dublin were found in medical distress in a campus library amid a mystery chemical smell, with one dying at the scene and the second taken to a hospital, police reported Wednesday."

Quote: "A search of the campus resulted in the discovery of the workers, a 29-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, both in the library and suffering from an unknown medical issue. Officers detected an unknown chemical smell, and both janitors were carried out of the library and into the open air school courtyard, police said."

Quote: "The Alameda County Fire Department and the department’s Hazardous Materials Unit were summoned but no hazardous chemicals or material were found in the building or at the school, police said."

Note: With a decent breeze, it'd take about half an hour for a cloud of poison gas to blow in off the ocean and hit this school then get sucked in via the HVAC system...

2020-12-23 - Wildfires fueled by climate change threaten toxic Superfund sites:

2020-12-23 - Grass fire breaks out and spreads to apartment buildings in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-12-23 - High-rise office building rocked by explosion in coastal Baltimore (Maryland), 21 injured:

2020-12-23 - Underground electrical fire breaks out in Keighley (Britain):

2020-12-23 - Man found face-down in the water and semi-conscious in coastal Ocean Beach (California):

Quote: "A male surfer was pulled from the surf at Ocean Beach near the Cliff House around 1 p.m. after being found "face down and semi-conscious," said Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the Fire Department. The victim is in critical condition and was taken to a local hospital."

2020-12-23 - Volcano Hudson rumbling in Chile:

2020-12-23 - Volcanic activity accelerates all over the planet:

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2020-12-24 - Brush fire breaks out shortly before midnight and grows to 3,000 acres at coastal Camp Pendleton (California):

2020-12-24 - Landfill fire breaks out in coastal St. James Parish on the island of Jamaica:

2020-12-24 - Modular home business devastated by massive inferno off Portage Avenue in Headingley (Canada):

2020-12-24 - Tire factory heavily damaged by huge fire in Rourkela (India):

2020-12-24 - Mysterious explosion shakes homes in Fernley (Nevada):

Quote: "Witnesses described the loud noise as a massive thud, explosion or boom."

2020-12-24 - Red Cross faced record number of climate-related disasters in 2020:

2020-12-24 - The global economic impact of COVID-19 in 12 charts:

2020-12-24 - Many fish wash ashore dead in coastal Thirukkovil (Sri Lanka):

2020-12-24 - Ten sperm whales wash ashore and die between Tunstall and Withernsea (Britain):

Quote: "A pod of 10 sperm whales have died on the east Yorkshire coast in what is thought to be the biggest mass stranding of the cetacean in England since records began in 1913."

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2020-12-25 - RV goes up in flames at 1:30 AM and kills man while parked at home on West McGill Street in Covina (California):

Quote: "A man died after an RV caught fire in Covina early Friday, officials said. The blaze was reported about 1:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of West McGill Street, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Bernard Peters told KTLA. Responding firefighters found an RV on fire next to a home in the area. A man was discovered inside the RV, but he eventually died at the scene, officials said."

Note: This is the 383rd RV to burn in 2020, and this is the 20th deadly RV fire in 2020...

2020-12-25 - Two SUVs destroyed by fire while parked at drug store in Salem (New Hampshire):

2020-12-25 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours on Grant Street in Chualar (California):

2020-12-25 - Auto shop heavily damaged by fire in the wee hours on North Hough Street in Spokane (Washington):

2020-12-25 - Two men, both 26, die in the water at coastal Squeaky Beach (Australia):

2020-12-25 - Man, 39, disappears while swimming near marina in coastal Emeryville (California):

Quote: "Lucas Horan, 39, was last seen on December 24 swimming from a boat along the shoreline near the Emeryville Marina. Horan has not been heard from since, police say."

2020-12-25 - Man in his 70s has 'medical event' in his swimming pool and almost dies in coastal Athenree (New Zealand):

Quote: "On 25 December, in the evening, the TECT Rescue Helicopter was called to Athenree where a man in his 70’s suffered a medical event while swimming in his pool at home."

2020-12-25 - Powerful Christmas Eve storm knocks out power to nearly 500,000 on the US East Coast:

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2020-12-26 - Man found dead in burning car on Bruce Street in Memphis (Tennessee):

2020-12-26 - Trucks, forklifts and metal recycling business destroyed by fire at 6:30 AM in West Deer Township (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

Quote: "The president of a West Deer metal recycling company is vowing to rebuild after a fire heavily damaged the firm’s warehouse Saturday."

Quote: "He said a lot of the plant’s equipment, such as fabricating machinery, fork lifts and trucks, were also destroyed. The building was a complete loss, Wiegand said."

2020-12-26 - Cars and garage destroyed by fire at home in Littleton (Colorado):

Quote: "Crews battled a fully engulfed blaze in the garage and burning cars in the driveway."

2020-12-26 - SUV and home destroyed by fire on Bloomfield Drive in Trotwood (Ohio):

Quote: "Investigators are looking into the possibility of an electric or car related issue as they work to learn the cause."

2020-12-26 - Car and home destroyed by fire at 5:50 AM, two adjacent homes damaged, on Rotherham Lane in coastal Hampton (Virginia), nobody there:

2020-12-26 - Vehicles and garage go up in flames at home on West Maplewood Drive in Jefferson County (Colorado):

Quote: "They say the garage was fully engulfed and some vehicles caught fire."

2020-12-26 - Two vehicles and home destroyed by fire at 3 AM on Teak Street in coastal Mountain View (California):

2020-12-26 - Auto salvage yard destroyed by fire in coastal Sharjah (UAE):

Quote: "An auto spare parts scrap yard in Sharjah was gutted in a fire that broke out on Saturday. The blaze erupted at 4.55pm in the emirate’s industrial area no. 2, civil defence officials said. All the auto parts stored in the yard were destroyed, triggering a pall of thick, black smoke, which caused panic among residents in nearby neighbourhoods."

2020-12-26 - Massive hailstorm pounds Port Motueka (New Zealand):

2020-12-26 - From the Atlantic hurricane season to wildfires in the West, how 2020 weather shattered records:

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2020-12-27 - Person found dead in burning pickup truck on West Monroe Avenue in Las Vegas (Nevada):

Quote: "Las Vegas fire officials said a person was found dead inside a vehicle that caught fire on Sunday night. According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, the vehicle fire was reported about 7:46 p.m. on December 27 at 219 W. Monroe Avenue, near D Street and Owens Avenue. The car was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived."

2020-12-27 - More than two dozen cars go up in flames at car showroom in Ghaziabad (India):

Quote: "A massive fire broke out at a car showroom at 10am near Delhi Public School on Meerut Road on Sunday, police said."

2020-12-27 - Massive mulch fire breaks out at midnight in Fort Worth (Texas):

2020-12-27 - Brush fire breaks out, burns 500 acres and destroys church, in coastal Olowalu on the island of Maui (Hawaii):

2020-12-27 - Recycling center fire breaks out shortly after 5 AM in Ellenboro (West Virginia):

2020-12-27 - Recycling center fire breaks out in Laval (Canada):

2020-12-27 - Recycling center erupts in flame on Gas Road in Sittingbourne (Britain):

2020-12-27 - Mysterious explosions and flashes of light reported just before midnight in Brockton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Two loud explosions accompanied by white flashes of light were heard across the city just before midnight, according to the Brockton Fire Department."

2020-12-27 - Passenger plane co-pilot loses consciousness during flight, plane makes emergency landing in Zurich (Switzerland):

Quote: "A British Airways flight from London was forced to cut short its journey after a co-pilot got ill. The captain made an emergency landing at Zurich Airport when the First Officer fell unconscious at the controls on Boxing Day."

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2020-12-28 - 2020 may be the warmest year ever recorded:

Quote: "'In most datasets, 2020 will be more or less tied with 2016 – at least within the margin of uncertainty in our global temperature reconstructions,'" tweeted Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute in California. 'That's remarkable in a sense, given that 2020 is a La Niña [cooling] year and 2016 was a super El Niño [heating] event.'"

2020-12-28 - Climate change: Extreme weather causes huge losses in 2020:

2020-12-28 - Fire truck bursts into flame on I-475 in Macon (Georgia):

Quote: "Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says the crew was returning from another fire call on the interstate when the truck burst into flames..."

2020-12-28 - Car bursts into flame while parked at home, fire spreads to another car and pickup, in Cross Plains (Indiana):

2020-12-28 - Car bursts into flame just after 3 AM while parked at convenience store in Lehigh Acres (Florida):

2020-12-28 - There were about 57,000 wildfires this year and about 10,000,000 acres burned, in the US alone:

2020-12-28 - Man has 'medical issue' on the banks of Codorus Creek in York (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "A man had to be lifted from the banks of Codorus Creek on Monday after suffering a medical issue, York City Fire Chief Chad Deardorff said. 'He was conscious, just not really coherent. There was no option of walking him up,' Deardorff said."

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2020-12-29 - Car goes up in flames and burns man to death unsuspiciously in parking lot on Hana Road in Edison (New Jersey):

Quote: "Police Chief Thomas Bryan said at this point in the investigation it does not appear that anything nefarious or suspicious took place."

2020-12-29 - Car bursts into flame and burns man to death on street in Faridabad (India):

Quote: "A 30-year-old man was burnt alive after his car caught fire in Sector 85 here this afternoon. The deceased was identified as Suresh Kumar, a resident of Sector 29. A passerby said the man could not get out of the car and was burnt alive."

2020-12-29 - Mysterious explosion shake the ground in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "People from across the Tucson area reported hearing a series of booms and feeling the ground shake around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29."

2020-12-29 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, huge pile of scrap metal burns, in Opa-Locka (Florida):

Quote: "Crews battled a massive fire Tuesday at a junkyard in Opa-locka. Footage from Chopper 6 showed flames and massive plumes of smoke rising from a scrap metal pile in the area of 13200 Cairo Lane."

2020-12-29 - Aerospace factory rocked by explosion on New Horizons Boulevard in Amityville (New York):

2020-12-29 - Four vehicles and school bus terminal devastated by massive fire in Anderson (Indiana):

2020-12-29 - Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes near Zagreb (Croatia), buildings collapse, 7+ killed, dozens injured:

2020-12-29 - Man, 51, disappears while freediving in coastal Ke‘ehi Lagoon (Hawaii):

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2020-12-30 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates business in Corona (California):

Quote: "A Corona business was evacuated Wednesday when employees detected the smell of gas, but firefighters were unable to identify the source of the fumes."

2020-12-30 - Mysterious explosion and flash of light alarm in the wee hours people in the Elk Grove area in Sacramento (California):

Quote: "An explosion and massive flash rocked an Elk Grove neighborhood in the middle of the night. The flash was captured in home surveillance video from Feickert Drive."

2020-12-30 - Mysterious explosions reported in the wee hours in Enderby and Narborough (Britain):

Quote: "Mystery surrounds strange explosions heard in the Enderby area this morning. Residents took to Facebook to comment on the bangs - but the cause of them remains unclear. One woman commenting on the All Things Enderby Community page on Facebook at 5.30am today said: 'Long shot, but any idea what those loud bangs that sounded like explosions were just now?' Another woman on the Enderby page responded: 'I thought I’d imagined them.' A Narborough resident added: 'I heard them, too. In Narborough.'"

2020-12-30 - Plane destroyed by fire at airport, others damaged, in Council Bluffs (Iowa):

Quote: "An investigation continues into what caused a fire at the Council Bluffs airport that destroyed one plane and damaged several others."

Note: This is the 53rd aircraft to smoke/burn/explode in 2020...

2020-12-30 - Dump truck bursts into flame, man collapses, in critical condition, near Alum Creek Drive in Columbus (Ohio):

Quote: "Fire officials say the driver of the truck used an extinguisher to try and put out the flames. After emptying the extinguisher, the man backed away from the fire and then collapsed. He was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition."

2020-12-30 - This year was by far the worst wildfire year in California history:

Quote: "It was the state’s worst wildfire season on record. By the end of it, the flames had killed 31 people, destroyed or damaged more than 10,000 buildings and burned a staggering 4.1m acres. The North Complex fire was responsible for more than 300,000 acres of scorched land, killing 16 people in its wake. 'There’s almost no statistic or dimension of this fire season 2020 in California that wasn’t astonishing or horrifying,' said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability."

Quote: "It wasn’t just the number of fires – according to Cal Fire there were nearly 10,000 incidents this year – but the scale at which they burned. Five of the six largest blazes in the state were recorded in 2020. The 4.1m acres that burned double the previous annual record. The August Complex fire grew to more than 1m acres, entering a new classification: the gigafire."

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2020-12-31 - Person found dead in burned car outside home in Holden Township (Minnesota):

Quote: "Human remains were found Thursday night while firefighters were responding to a fire near Kenyon. Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KAAL-TV reports the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office said the remains were found in a burnt vehicle parked outside a home on the 4500 block of Highway 56 Boulevard in Holden Township."

2020-12-31 - Wildfire rages across the Dzukou Valley (India):

2020-12-31 - Caribbean volcanoes rumble to life as scientists study activity not seen in years:

Quote: "Volcanoes that have been quiet for decades are rumbling to life in the eastern Caribbean, prompting officials to issue alerts in Martinique and St Vincent and the Grenadines as scientists rush in to study activity they say has not been observed in years. The most recent warning was issued late on Tuesday for La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of islands home to more than 100,000 people. Officials reported tremors, strong gas emissions, formation of a new volcanic dome and changes to its crater lake."

2020-12-31 - Man has 'medical event' and loses consciousness in the water at coastal Milford Beach (New Zealand):

Quote: "The man is believed to have suffered a medical event. He was unconscious after being pulled ashore but regained consciousness shortly before ambulance staff arrived. The man was transported by ambulance to North Shore Hospital in a moderate condition."

2020-12-31 - Doomiest graphs of 2020:

2020-12-31 - Record-breaking bomb cyclone engulfs Alaska and northern Pacific Ocean with winds topping 100 mph and 45-foot waves:

2020-12-31 - COVID-19 bill started a 180-day countdown for UFO disclosures:

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