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Tens of thousands of dead fish found on beach, Craven County, North Carolina


These are some of the thousands of dead fish in the Neuse River.
Tens of thousands of dead fish have washed ashore along the Neuse River in Craven County.

Travis Graves, the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, tells 9 On Your Side the fish have been piling up on shore at Flanners Beach. He estimates the fish are dying near channel marker 11 and winds are pushing the fish over to the beach.

Graves has been in touch with the UNC Chapel Hill Marine Labs in Morehead City where they're monitoring oxygen levels in the water. He says just east of Flanners Beach is a salt wedge which has been shrinking because of the rain we've had in recent weeks. This has led to lower oxygen levels.

Graves said at this time there is no indication that infection is killing the fish. He's 90% confident the fish kill is due to lower dissolved oxygen in the water.

People should refrain from swimming at the beaches near the dead fish.

Comment: Hundreds of methane plumes erupting along U.S. Atlantic coast

Casualties of seafloor methane gas release? Hundreds of thousands more fish found dead in Plymouth tidal pool, UK

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 175km E of 'Ohonua, Tonga

Tonga Quake_040914
© USGS
Event Time
2014-09-04 05:33:46 UTC
2014-09-03 17:33:46 UTC-12:00 at epicenter

Location
21.396°S 173.258°W depth=11.8km (7.4mi)

Nearby Cities
175km (109mi) E of 'Ohonua, Tonga
203km (126mi) E of Nuku'alofa, Tonga
826km (513mi) SSW of Tafuna, American Samoa
833km (518mi) SSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
851km (529mi) S of Apia, Samoa

Scientific Data
Igloo

The global warming scam was explained almost 20 years ago

Al Gore
© Freaking News
Bookmark this classic 1995 article in the Canberra Times. This guy had the entire scam nailed from day one.
By Neil Winton

Although conventional wisdom states that global warming is a proven fact, many scientists do not accept its validity. Dr Jack Barrett of London's Imperial College is one.

To conclude that CO2 emissions are a threat to the environment would be doubtful and premature. Only a closer examination of the atmosphere over a long period and further detailed studies will decide the matter," Barrett said in a recent scientific paper which caused frissons of anger among scientists.

Barrett, from Imperial College's chemistry department, pours thinly veiled scorn on the arguments of the "warmers", saying they are based on unreliable data, misunderstand the self-correcting nature of the earth's atmosphere and represent science-by-committee. He says IPCC scientists based their theories on the fact that the earth's temperature has increased by 0.8°C in the 20th century.

"This is within the expected margins of error for such a study," he says. "A hard scientific view would be that there has been no discernible change in the earth's temperature despite the significant increase of 25 per cent in the level of carbon dioxide. To blame the increase in carbon dioxide level for this alleged slight temperature increase seems to be a piece of poor scientific judgment that only a large committee could achieve.

"The lPCC's reports do indicate that the conclusions are not unanimous but none of the doubters' arguments is published. Proper science is not carried out by voting."

The world's climate had fluctuated naturally over the centuries. In Roman Britain, the climate was warm enough to allow grapes for red wine to be cultivated in the south.
Attention

Bardarbunga erupts with lava fountains up to 50 meters

© Reuters/Armann Hoskuldsson
Lava fountains are pictured at the site of a fissure eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano September 2, 2014.
A volcanic eruption has created an almost post-apocalyptic landscape in Iceland. Streams of lava are spewing out, reminiscent of Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings. And there is still a significant risk to air traffic, with the current 'Orange' warning.

The Orange level, is the second highest on a five-color scale. So far no ash has been visible, but this could change.

Lava fountains rose to around 50 meters on Sunday at the Bardarbunga volcano, which took the aviation warning to red, the highest on the scale. There has been a lot of seismic activity in the area and Einar Heinarsson, a spokesman from Iceland's department of civil protections says, "The eruption is still going on at the same pace as before. It has been continuous."

Health

9 year old boy recovering from otter attack near Kalispell, Montana

Zack Whipple, 9 of Polson was visiting grandma's house when he jumped into the cool water of Lake in the Woods northeast of Kalispell Aug. 4 and felt splashing underneath his feet that felt like fish swimming nearby.

Thinking little of the flipping fins below him, he climbed out of the lake and did a cannon ball off the dock above.

This time when he surfaced Zack spotted two adult otters who swam out from under the dock and began circling.

Zack was amused by the creatures as he watched them form their circle. He'd never seen otters. But amusement transformed into panic quickly when the otters dove under water and bit his legs.
Question

More strange animal behaviour: Cyclist reports attack by badger in Swindon, UK

A cyclist in Swindon called police after he said he was attacked by a badger.

The cyclist told officers that he was cycling along Thamesdown Drive late at night when the incident occurred.

Wiltshire Police's North Swindon team recounted the tale, in a light-hearted fashion, on its Facebook page.

It said: "One of our more unusual reports in the last week has been from someone who had a close shave with a bristly character in North Swindon.
Attention

Dead finback whale washes ashore in Rockport, Maine

© Desi Smith, Daily Times CNHI News Service
A dead whale, estimated to be about 54 feet long, lied sprawled across the beachfront after washing ashore over the weekend.

It will stay there until nature takes its course, officials are saying.

Rockport's Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was tasked with disposing of the carcass, after the whale - estimated to have been dead for two to three weeks - rolled onto the rocky, jagged beachfront.

In the past, Rockport officials have buried smaller whales, but this time large equipment would be unable to reach this beach.

DPW Director Joe Parisi said officials have little choice but to let the carcass deteriorate and wash out to sea bit by bit.
Alarm Clock

Summer of extremes: Records broken across the U.S.

US summer weather

Highlights of the summer's weather pattern.
This summer of extremes has seen numerous records broken across the country.

June saw a number of record wet records fall in the Midwest and Plains, while July was one of the coolest months on record for many in the Midwest and South.

August did see a pattern change from July, bringing a taste of the heat. Flooding was also a big story for the month of August.

Summer Records

As the summer of 2014 comes to a close, let's take a look at some of the records that have already been broken, as well as some that are in jeopardy.
Fish

Chinese fisherman catches rare, giant fish


A routine day by the waters soon turned into a memorable afternoon for a fisherman from Hegan City, Heilongjiang Province, recently. The man netted a rare kaluga sturgeon on Monday. The fish weighed nearly 270kg. A day later, he sold the prized catch for a price of 60,000 yuan (approx. $10,000).

Source: CCTV News
Cloud Precipitation

11 dead due to flooding in Chongqing, China

Several days of heavy rain in south west China has caused flooding and landslides which have left at least 11 people dead and 27 still missing.

One of the worst affected areas is Wuxi County in the province of Chongqing.
8 have died and 24 others are missing by early Tuesday after rainstorms brought landslides to Chongqing Municipality. pic.twitter.com/w8JXd2IyxX

- People's Daily,China (@PDChina) September 2, 2014
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