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18 dead, 4 missing as dangerous storms sweep through China

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June 17, 2015: A bicyclist rides past a statue of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong on the flooded campus of Tongji University in Shanghai.
Heavy storms that swept through several southern Chinese provinces this past week have killed 18 people and left four more missing, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The storms have dumped more than nearly 8 inches of rainfall in 48 hours on some towns, toppled thousands of homes, and dislocated tens of thousands of residents, the ministry said Friday.

The deaths were caused by house collapses, landslides, drowning or lightning.

Hubei province, where heaviest rainfalls were recorded, reported the highest death toll of 10. The local civil affairs agency said 664,000 people were affected.

In the neighboring province of Hunan, the storms affected 527,000 people.

Another five people were reported dead in the municipality of Chongqing. Guizhou province reported two deaths, and one person died in Anhui province.

Authorities were also trying to dispose of nearly 17,000 pigs that drowned in heavy rain in the southwestern region of Guangxi.

The official Xinhua News Agency on Saturday said foul smell permeated the air at a hog farm where the animals died nearly a week ago in a rain that dumped 15 inches in 20 hours on the village of Liuye.

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.4 - 76km NW of Talcahuano, Chile

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  1. 2015-06-20 02:10:06 (UTC)
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Nearby Cities
  1. 76km (47mi) NW of Talcahuano, Chile
  2. 83km (52mi) WNW of Tome, Chile
  3. 87km (54mi) WNW of Penco, Chile
  4. 88km (55mi) NW of Concepcion, Chile
  5. 430km (267mi) SW of Santiago, Chile
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All life on Earth is going through sixth mass extinction

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Diverse animals across the globe are slipping away and dying as Earth enters its sixth mass extinction, a new study finds.

Over the last century, species of vertebrates are dying out up to 114 times faster than they would have without human activity, said the researchers, who used the most conservative estimates to assess extinction rates. That means the number of species that went extinct in the past 100 years would have taken 11,400 years to go extinct under natural extinction rates, the researchers said.

Much of the extinction is due to human activities that lead to pollution, habitat loss, the introduction of invasive species and increased carbon emissions that drive climate change and ocean acidification, the researchers said.

"Our activities are causing a massive loss of species that has no precedent in the history of humanity and few precedents in the history of life on Earth," said lead researcher Gerardo Ceballos, a professor of conservation ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Ceballos said that, ever since he was a child, he struggled to understand why certain animals went extinct. In the new study, he and his colleagues focused on the extinction rates of vertebrates, which include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes.

First, they needed to establish how many species go extinct naturally over time. They used data from a 2011 study in the journal Nature showing that typically, the world has two extinctions per 10,000 vertebrate species every 100 years. That study based its estimate on fossil and historical records.

Moreover, that background extinction rate, the researchers found, was higher than that found in other studies, which tend to report half that rate, the researchers said.

Then, Ceballos and his colleagues calculated the modern extinction rate. They used data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an international organization that tracks threatened and endangered species. The 2014 IUCN Red List gave them the number of extinct and possibly extinct vertebrate species since 1500.

Comment: Read The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith to get an idea of the wholesale destruction of our planet and what we are up against when it comes to sustainability and our future.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall and high tide combine to flood Mumbai, India; 12 inches of rain in 24 hours

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Mumbai Floods, 19 June 2015.
Heavy monsoon rain in Mumbai, India, has brought wide areas of the city to a standstill.

Roads have been blocked, rail services interrupted and flights delayed. Some power generating plants have been shut down by Mumbai electricity board after flooding was considered to pose a danger. Many schools have also been closed for the day.

Many areas have seen over 150 mm of rain fall in the last 24 hours. According to WMO, as much as 310 mm of rain was recorded in the last 24 hours in Santacruz, Mumbai. India Meteorological Department (IMD) report that some Mumbai suburbs received 283.4 mm of rain while south Mumbai recorded 208.8 mm rain between in 24 hours between Thursday and Friday.

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There was heavy water-logging in the areas under the Sion Bridge

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Mumbai floods

Attention

Large number of dead seabirds found on beaches of Chorrillos, Chile

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Large number of dead birds found at Chorrillos, Peru
People walking the beaches of Chorrillos yesterday were disturbed at the sight of dead seagulls and pelicans scattered along the sand, report local media.

According to Perú21,this could possibly be due to the strong effects of El Niño this year.

The latest study from the National Study of El Niño (ENFEN) released June 9, details that this year will register a strong level of the phenomenon with warmer temperatures enduring longer.

The ENFEN of the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrography (Senamhi) says that the effect is expected to peak in mid-July with the arrival of a new Kelvin wave. In other words, the temperatures are expected to stay warmer than usual for Lima winters and into the month of July

Question

Migra­tory birds that should be breeding in the Arctic remain on Fraser Island, Australia

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Migratory yellow-faced honeyeaters, which usually fly north from southern states at this time of year, have not yet arrived.
Something weird is happening to the birds on Fraser Island.

Migratory species have not left to breed in the Arctic summer in Siberia, baffling bird watchers and scientists.

The fear is that hundreds of common terns have not been able to fatten enough to start their 13,000km migration, during which they burn most of their body fat.

Godwits, another migra­tory species, have also stayed and are now in breeding ­plumage despite not being at their Arctic breeding grounds.

Birds Queensland spokesman Mike West said four-wheel-drive vehicles might have disturbed the beach-roosting birds.

Another theory was pilchard numbers might be down, cutting food sources.

Perplexingly, other species such as migratory yellow-faced honeyeaters and little wattle birds, which usually fly north from southern states, have not arrived.

Comment: See also: Winter bird migrants from Himalayas stay south in Tamil Nadu, India

Migrating birds still delayed by cooler than normal weather in Canada


Attention

9 fin whales found dead in Alaska waters in recent weeks

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The first of several dead fin whales, later named FW01, floats outside Marmot Bay near Kodiak Island on May 23.
At least nine fin whales have been found dead in recent weeks in southern Alaska waters, and researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and University of Alaska Fairbanks are attempting to find out what killed them.

"We rarely see more than one fin whale carcass every couple of years," said Kate Wynne, a UAF professor and Alaska Sea Grant marine mammal specialist, and the recent rash of dead whale discoveries is "mysterious."

According to a release from UAF, the first of the whales was reportedly spotted on May 23 by crew members aboard the state ferry Kennicott, which travels between Bellingham, Washington, and ports in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.

Over the next two weeks, boaters, fishermen and pilots reported other dead whales in the floating in the area, the UAF release said. Those reports, and the photos submitted with them, led Wynne and her NOAA colleagues to conclude that "at least nine fin whales died in a relatively small area," the release said.

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Earthquake lights? Mysterious blue rays seen in skies over Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia


Images of the blue rays seen over Mount Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU: The blue rays seen in the skies over Mount Kinabalu are believed to be a phenomenon usually associated with areas hit by earthquakes.

The photo and video of the blue rays over Mount Kinabalu went viral Thursday evening, a week after the earthquake.

Geologists describe it as a "blue brush stroke light".

They say the generation of lights involved ionization of oxygen in some types of rocks due to high stress before, during and after earthquake and other seismic activities.

The villagers in Ranau living at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu said that the blue rays lasted for a short while and they recorded a video the phenomenon for several minutes.


Comment: In the chapter, Earth 'opening up', in Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection, Pierre Lescaudron discusses various factors pertaining to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, including the Earth's minute slowdown exerting mechanical stress on the crust and electromagnetism.
Precursors that indicate alerts of this potential rise also include increases in: low frequency electromagnetic emission, magnetic field anomalies, earthquake lights from ridges and mountain tops, temperature anomalies over wide areas and changes in plasma density of the ionosphere
As seismic and volcanic activity increases across the planet, such 'earthquake lights' and plasma discharges will likely become more common. For a recent probable plasma (not HAARP - see articles below) discharge activity, check out this youtube video (contains some strong language) published on June 12, 2015 which happened in Greenwood, Indiana USA.


Read the following articles to learn more about HAARP:

HAARP and The Canary in the Mine

Mind Control and HAARP


Attention

Grizzly bear attacks couple hiking near Horsefly, British Columbia

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Provincial biologists estimate there are up to 15,000 grizzly bears in B.C. — about a quarter of the North American population.
Woman escaped with broken arm, boyfriend was not hurt, when they surprised bear while hiking in remote area

A woman who surprised a grizzly while hiking up remote mountains in British Columbia's Interior had no time to protect herself or prevent the bear attack, a conservation officer said.

The bear lunged at the woman and bit her, breaking her arm in a "chance encounter" on Friday, said Len Butler of B.C.'s Conservation Officer Service.

The bear was just trying to protect itself as it happened upon the woman and her boyfriend, he added.

"They hiked along a trail, they were in some of the open meadows and there was a small little pass to go up through," said Butler. "It was so quick. They did nothing wrong."

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African vultures are declining at a critical rate

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An international team of researchers, including leading scientists from the University of St Andrews, the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the University of York, say African vultures are likely to qualify as 'Critically Endangered' under the International Union for Conservation of Nature's global threat criteria.

In a report published today (18 June 2015) in the scientific journal Conservation Letters, scientists from across Europe, Africa and North America have published the first continent-wide estimates of decline rates in African vultures: and find that many national parks and game reserves appear to offer vulture species in Africa little effective protection.

Scavengers such as vultures are essential to a healthy ecosystem; without them carcasses are largely consumed by mammalian scavengers such as dogs and jackals and this can increase levels of disease transmission, with possibly dire consequences for human health.

Being long-lived, slow breeders, vultures take several years to reach maturity, and typically fledge only a single offspring every 1-2 years. Yet the study indicates that Africa's vultures are declining at rates of between 70% and 97% over three generations; a time interval used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) when assessing a species' threat status. Since six of the eight species are largely or wholly confined to Africa, and are projected to decline by at least 80% over three generations, the study suggests that they are likely to qualify as 'Critically Endangered' under the IUCN's global threat criteria.