Monday, 22 June 2015

The Dying Earth - 06/21/2015

I was doing these reports a couple of times a week.Now the material is coming thick and fast.


Pakistan heatwave kills dozens

A heatwave in Karachi and other districts has killed at least 122 people in two days, Pakistan health officials say.

22 June, 2015

The provincial government had imposed a state of emergency at all hospitals, cancelling leave for doctors and other medical staff and increasing stocks of medical supplies.

As the thermometer reaches 45 degrees in Karachi, people struggle to move during the fasting month of Ramadan.As the thermometer reaches 45 degrees in Karachi, people struggle to move during the fasting month of Ramadan.    Photo: AFP

Karachi had temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius on Saturday, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 degrees in June 1979.

Dr Seemin Jamali, the head of the emergency department at state-run Jinnah Hospital said more than 100 people had died at the hospital.

"They all died of heat stroke," she said.

Officials said all the deaths had occurred since Saturday evening.

Pakistan's Meteorological Department said temperatures would likely subside in the coming days, but doctors have advised avoiding exposure to the sun and wearing light cotton clothes.

The high temperatures were made worse by frequent power outages, sparking protests in several parts of Karachi, a sprawling city of 20 million.

Electricity cuts in turn crippled Karachi's water supply system, hampering the pumping of millions of gallons of water to consumers, the state-run water utility said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has warned electric supply companies that he would not tolerate power outages during Ramadan, an official in Sharif's office said.
Karachi University in a statement said that it had postponed its exams for at least one month due to the extreme weather.

Edhi Welfare Organisation, Pakistan's largest charity, said their mortuary had been packed to capacity with heatwave deaths and other casualties as 150 bodies were placed there





Scientists onboard a NOAA research vessel are beginning a survey of what could be the largest toxic algae bloom ever recorded off the West Coast.


Several US states hit by early wildfire season


Summer officially begins on Sunday in the northern hemisphere, but the wildfire season in the US is already well underway. Sparked largely by a drought in the west, several states have spared no efforts in battling ongoing wildfires.






Dozens of fires are burning tens of thousands of acres (hectares) across eight U.S. States—Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Montana, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington .

Federal Authorities have already declared Fire Management Assistance Declaration for at least three of the most destructive fires:

Arizona Kearney River Fire (FM-5086)
Alaska Card Street Fire (FM-5085)
Alaska Sockeye Fire (FM-5084)

The fires have destroyed scores of buildings and forced thousands of evacuations across the affected areas.

Some 60 wildfires of all sizes are currently raging across Alaska.

Red Flag Warnings and/or Excessive Heat Warnings are currently in effect in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado and Nevada.


Alaska Gov. Walker declared a state disaster last week in response to widespread damages caused by the Sockeye Fire wildfire in Willow and the surrounding region.

Alaska’s climate hell: Record heat, wildfires and melting glaciers signal a scary new normal


Alaska's climate hell: Record heat, wildfires and melting glaciers signal a scary new normal



The Arctic state is battling two major blazes against a backdrop of rapid warming

California Wildfire Balloons to 17,050 Acres; Evacuations Underway



A wildfire near Big Bear Lake in California’s San Bernardino National Forest continued to grow in size Sunday but was beginning to slow, allowing firefighters to aggressively attack the blaze.

The wildfire grew to 17,050 acres by Sunday, according to the U.S. Forest Service, with just 19 percent containment. Evacuations were underway in some areas threatened by the flames.


More than 1,900 firefighters were working on the blaze from both the air and the ground, the San Bernardino Sun reported

1,000,000 Bq/m3 of Sr-90 detected in seawater of Fukushima plant port / Highest in recorded history

On 6/19/2015, Tepco announced they measured 1,000,000 Bq/m3 of Strontium-90 at two locations in Fukushima plant port.

This is the highest reading in recorded history. The sample is the port seawater. Sampling date was 5/4/2015.

The location was near the water intake of Reactor 3 and 4, and also the screen of Reactor 4.

The previous highest readings were lower than 700,000 Bq/m3.

Tepco has not made any announcement on this rapid increase.


Fukushima Fallout: Bird Mutation, Possible Tokyo Evacuation?


19 June, 2015

The real picture of the seriousness of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is being covered up by governments and corporations putting people's lives further at risk.

Fukushima will most probably go down in history as the biggest cover-up of the 21st Century as citizens are not being informed about the actual risks and dangers. The real picture of the seriousness of the situation is being covered up by governments and corporations, according to Robert Hunziker, an environmental journalist.

Tens of thousands of Fukushima residents fled the area after the horrific disaster of March 2011. Some areas on the peripheries of Fukushima have reopened to former residents, but many people are hesitant to return home because of widespread distrust of government claims that it is safe.

One reason for such reluctance has to do with the symptoms of radiation. It is sinister because it cannot be detected by human senses. People are not biologically capable of sensing its effects, according to Dr. Helen Caldicott, as reported by Global Research.

She further added that radiation slowly accumulates over time without showing effects until it is too late.

It was reported by Ben Mirin that bird species around Fukushima are in sharp decline, and it is getting worse over time. Some of the developmental abnormalities of birds include cataracts, tumors, and asymmetries. Birds were spotted with strange white patches on their feathers, Smithsonian reported.

Dr. Helen Caldicott, co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, writes that Fukushima is literally a time bomb in dormancy and right now the situation is totally out of control.

According to Dr. Caldicott, “It’s still possible that Tokyo may have to be evacuated, depending upon how things go.”

The highest radiation detected in the Tokyo Metro area was in Saitama with cesium radiation levels detected at 919,000 Becquerel (Bq) per square meter, a level almost twice as high as Chernobyl’s ‘permanent dead zone evacuation limit of 500,000 Bq’, media reported.

Furthermore, there have been quite a few accidents and problems at the Fukushima plant in the past year causing anxiety and anger among residents there. Earlier it was reported that TEPCO is struggling with an enormous amount of contaminated water which continues to leak into the surrounding soil and sea.

But despite the severity of the Fukushima disaster, US Secretary of State Hillary 
Clinton signed an agreement with Japan that the US would continue importing Japanese foodstuff. Therefore, Dr. Caldicott suggests that people not vote for Hillary Clinton.

The US government has come up with a decision at the highest levels of the State Department, as well as other departments who made a decision to downplay Fukushima. In April, the month after the powerful tsunami and earthquake crippled Japan including its nuclear power plant, Hillary Clinton signed a pact with Japan that stated there is no problem with the Japanese food supply and we will continue to buy it. So, we are not sampling food coming in from Japan,” Arnie Gundersen, energy advisor told Global Research.

However, unlike the United States, Germany is shutting down all nuclear reactors because of Fukushima. In comparison to the horrible Chernobyl accident, which involved only one reactor, Fukushima has a minimum of three reactors that are emitting dangerous radiation.


California Drought: Boat owners pull boats from Folsom Lake marinas





Southern Pine Beetles Have Arrived In The Northeastern U.S




After destroying trees for generations in the Southeast, the southern pine beetle has made its way into the forests of New York, New Jersey and elsewhere in the region. The tiny bug that looks like a chocolate sprinkle is attacking pine species and was first discovered to be in New York last October.


It has even feasted on the pitch pine, the predominant tree found in the 100,000-acre environmentally sensitive Long Island Pine Barrens region.




The same day the Pope released his highly anticipated encyclical on climate change, U.S. authorities announced that last month was the hottest May ever recorded.

New atmospheric data revealed the record-breaking temperatures, and scientists found more evidence that global temperatures continue creeping upwards.


"The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for May 2015 was the highest for the month of May since record keeping began in 1880," the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in a release with its latest temperature data.




Top Scientist Says Humans Will Be Extinct In Just 100 Years





One of the worlds leading scientists, Professor Frank Fenner, has made a grim prediction: He says that humans will be completely WIPED OUT in 100 years, as overpopulation and environmental destruction will cause humans to become extinct in a matter of years.

TROUBLE:DROUGHTS ARE GETTING AND GOING TO GET WORSE, NOW ITS HAPPENING IN BRAZIL






A wildfire burns south of Barton Flats in the San Bernardino, Calif., Mountains on Thursday, 18 June 2015. The wildfire forced the evacuation of nearly 200 campers, most of them children, from campgrounds in the San Bernardino National Forest. Photo: John Valenzuela / The Sun via AP


Wildfires are chewing through parched parts of the West, where temperatures are rising Thursday. Here's a look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them.




The recently released white paper on developing northern Australia ignores an elephant in the room: climate change. While the paper sees a bright future for the north (roads, rail, dams and food), without considering climate change we can’t be sure the north will even be liveable.

The white paper also fails to take into account other environmental constraints such as water and soils.

On Friday morning Prime Minister Tony Abbott, together with his deputy Warren Truss, Trade Minister Andrew Robb and Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, spoke passionately to a packed breakfast in Cairns about his government’s vision for Northern Australia, with Abbott describing the white paper as a landmark report for the north. He promised the audience that the far-reaching report would be actioned and will not sit “mouldering on a shelf in Canberra”.




Mass Animal Deaths for 2015 – update


China Wants To Buy Quebec’s Lake Water For $100 Per Litre



It was announced today that developers looking to bottle water from Lac Saint-Jean in Roberval are considering exporting a large part of their products to China. According to Roberval’s mayor, Guy Larouche, that water could be sold in China for more than $100 per litre.



The recent economic and population growth in China has resulted in a market for higher-end products, including high-end bottled water. The market for bottled-water alone is expected to grow 80% over the next five years, which translates to about 16 billion US dollars by 2018.


Environment: Biologists say new snake pathogen is ‘eerily similar’ to bat-killing white-nose syndrome



Numerous species, including rattlesnakes, affected by emerging fungal diseчase

Biologists say they’re tracking an emerging new fungal disease afflicting snakes that’s “eerily similar” to the fungus that has wiped out millions of bats across the eastern U.S.

The snake and bat pathogens emerged in North America in the mid-2000s. Both are moving from east to west across the United States and into parts of Canada.

Sink or swim: Why Miami is the ‘new Atlantis’



In a world where sea levels are rising, threatening lives and livelihoods, this Dutch expert’s advice is to ‘make friends with water.’ Why the world needs to listen to him.

Bee colonies wiped out as new parasite spreads through New Zealand

Large numbers of bees are disappearing from hives.

Independent scientists have identified a new parasite in bees on the Coromandel peninsula, one of several regions around New Zealand that have reported the loss of thousands of colonies of honey bees since last spring and a substantial drop in honey harvests since.
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UK Government Study Finds: If Nothing Is Done, Expect Civilizations' Collapse By 2040


Authored by Nafeez Ahmed via Medium.com,


New scientific models supported by the British government’s Foreign Office show that if we don’t change course, in less than three decades industrial civilisation will essentially collapse due to catastrophic food shortages, triggered by a combination of climate change, water scarcity, energy crisis, and political instability.


Before you panic, the good news is that the scientists behind the model don’t believe it’s predictive. The model does not account for the reality that people will react to escalating crises by changing behavior and policies.


But even so, it’s a sobering wake-up call, which shows that business-as-usual guarantees the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it: our current way of life is not sustainable.


Earth Has Shifted”

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10-local-peopleGlobal Climate Change: The Earth Has Shifted, Say Inuit Elders. A new warning has come to NASA from the Inuits. They are warning that the change in climate is not due to global warming but rather, because of the Earth shifting a bit. 

The Inuits are local people that live in the Arctic regions of Canada, the United States and Greenland. They are excellent weather forecasters and so were their ancestors. 

Presently they are warning NASA that the cause of change in weather, earthquakes etc, are not due to global warming as the world thinks. They also report that. 

They state that the earth has shifted or “wobbled”. “Their sky has changed!” The elders declare that the sun rises at a different position now, not where it used to previously. They also have longer daylight to hunt now, the sun is much higher than earlier, and it gets warmer much quickly. 

Other elders across the north also confirmed the same thing about the sky changing when interviewed. They also alleged that the position of sun, moon and stars have all changed causing changes in the temperature. 

This has also affected the wind and it is very difficult to predict the weather now and according to them predicting weather is necessary on Arctic. 

All the elders confirmed that the Earth has shifted, wobbled or tilted toward the North. This information provided by the Inuit Elders has caused a great concern in the NASA scientists.






It's anyone's guess why temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are heating up off the coast of Southern California. Is a natural El Niño effect occurring, or is there something more sinister happening under the blue ocean waters?

Off the coast of California, drastic signs of a rapidly changing Pacific Ocean are cropping up. Warmer currents have forced species of fish away from the coast. A massive fish migration, coupled with typical overfishing, has led to dwindling populations of key species like sardines, oysters, shellfish, scallops and krill. As the aquatic species move away from the coast in search of a better habitat, the sentinel California sea lion population is suffering. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that more than 3,000 sea lion pups have become stranded in 2015. The Marine Mammal Center is sending out veterinarians to rescue the stranded sea lions so they can be nursed back to health.

Floods in Costa Rica


The Caribbean and the Northern Zone emergencies faced by rain








When rivers, streams and reservoirs are low, as they are in California, people start digging holes.

Large, unseen pools of water are trapped in the spongy rock and soil of the world's aquifers, sometimes fairly close to the surface, sometimes deep underground. Tapped groundwater can save communities from economic or humanitarian catastrophe. But in too many places, humans are depleting this crucial reserve, just as climate change begins taking its toll.


A NASA study released this week provides authoritative estimates of the state of 37 major aquifers around the globe. Using satellites that measured minor variations in the earth's gravitational pull between 2003 and 2013, researchers found that 21 of these aquifers are being run down.

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