Earth Changes


Can't stand the heat? Make your own air conditioner for $20

Comment: Note that this article is from 2 years ago. But for readers living in countries and regions experiencing heat waves (e.g., Oregon, France and elsewhere in Europe).

The current heat wave in Europe (July 2015).
It's hot. And according to the national heat map from the US Weather Service, the heat is sweeping all across the country. (Today, Las Vegas is expected to smash an all-time high temperature.)

However, there is hope. We discovered an easy way to beat the heat without breaking the bank. Thanks to the clever minds at Snapguide, there's a simple way to build an actual air conditioner for about $20...and in less than 30 minutes.

In case you're not familiar with SnapGuide, the site's "About" page explains their mission quite simply and clearly.
Snapguide is a free iOS app and web service for those that want to create and share step-by-step "how to guides." Users are invited to create their own guides using the iPhone or iPad app. Snap pictures and videos of your project, add captions, and share your guide with the Snapguide community.
Snapguide user Rory Boyer came up with a very simple way to create a cheap and rather uncomplicated air conditioner. While it is doubtful that you could cool an entire house with this ice chest AC unit, it does appear to be an easy way to add some cool air to any room.


83-year-old man killed by dogs in Pecos, Texas

A pit bull attack Thursday morning left an 83-year-old man dead in his daughter's backyard, Pecos Police said.

The victim was identified as Norberto Legardo, a longtime Pecos resident friends described as "very kind" and "[someone who] always did good deeds."

He was feeding his daughter's dog at her Eddy Street house, investigators said, when three pit bulls belonging to a neighbor approached them.

"I think the evidence is going to show that somehow the pit bulls got into [his daughter's] yard and started fighting with the dog [he was feeding]," said Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney. "Mr. Legardo probably tried to break up the fight and then the pit bulls turned on him."

A witness told NewsWest 9 one of the dogs lunged at the 83-year-old's throat and all three were involved in the attack. According to McKinney, "at least two" mauled Legardo.

He added that officials are still in the early stages of the investigation and "don't have many details" about the incident.

Officers were dispatched to the scene around 9:45 a.m. and found Legardo unresponsive. He was declared dead shortly after.

Police said the Labrador he was feeding was found near the residence by Animal Control and is expected to recover from injuries sustained in the attack.


Fear of volcano eruption in Manipur's Ukhrul district as continuous flow of ashes, smoke eminate from village swamp

A continuous gush of smoke and ashes from a swamp at a villag in Ukhrul.
A continuous flow of smoke and ashes from a swamp at a place near Old Wahong village of Manipur's Ukhrul district has left villagers fearing of natural calamity in the form of volcanic eruption any time, a daily reported Tuesday.

Villagers said that smoke radius of about two feet along with ashes have been seen gushing out from the earth's surface at Shitru area, since last two weeks.Shitru is located a place border Manipur, Nagaland and Myanmar.

Villagers and onlookers feared volcanic eruption at the area in a short time.However, with majority of the villagers preoccupied with cultivation of seasonal crops, and coupled with incessant rainfall, they are yet to inform State authorities about the mysterious phenomenon till date. Yet, they are clueless and at the same time quite apprehensive in case the smokes and ashes turn out to be a prelude to a volcanic eruption.

It may be mentioned that in 2013, a mud volcano erupted at the neighbouring village of New Tusom due to the shifting of tectonic plates of India and Myanmar.


Fuego volcano activity intensifies; Guatemala issues danger warning

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The Fuego Volcano, seen from Alotenango municipality, Sacatepequez departament, about 65 km southwest of Guatemala City, erupts on July 1, 2015. The volcano spewed lava and columns of ash into the air and authorities have raised the alert level in the area to orange.
Guatemalan authorities issued a danger warning Wednesday in response to intensifying activity in the country's Fuego Volcano.

The volcano, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Guatemala City, was belching "fiery clouds" over the course of the day, said David de León, a spokesman for the government's disaster response office.

The danger warning issued by the government was one step short of a declaration of emergency requiring evacuation of the communities around the volcano.

He said the mountain has been shaken by explosions that have rattled windows and rooftops and spewed columns of ash to some 5,000 meters (15,000 feet) above sea level.

Guatemala's civil aviation authority was advised to take precautionary measures.

In February, a strong eruption forced authorities to close the international airport because of the falling ash.


Loud boom, followed by earth shaking reported near Tekonsha, Michigan

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Epicenter of 'earthquake' in Calhoun County's Tekonsha Township June 30, 2015
There have been no reports of damages or injuries from the minor earthquake that rattled the region late yesterday morning with an epicenter 14 miles north of Coldwater in Calhoun County's Tekonsha Township. More people apparently heard rather than felt the quake that measured 3.3 on the Richter scale with many of the callers who contacted 911 dispatchers saying there had been an explosion or sonic boom kind of sound with the rumbling or shock wave lasting 3 or 4 seconds.

The U.S. Geological Survey's website said people reported feeling the earthquake as far west as Holland, north to Grand Rapids, east into Lenawee County and as far south as Northern Indiana and Northwest Ohio. U.S.G.S. geophysicists seem to have differing opinions about the relationship between yesterday's quake and the May 2, 2015 4.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Kalamazoo County south of Galesburg. Scientists can't agree on whether or not yesterday's event was an aftershock of the previous quake nearly two months ago nor can they concur if it was on the same fault line.

Tuesday's temblor occurred at 11:42 a.m. with the epicenter at the southeast corner of Warner Lake on 12 1/2 Mile Road and 3.1 miles beneath the surface.

The strongest quake ever felt in the region was a 4.6 magnitude quake that hit the Coldwater area in 1947 and some believe is proof of a fault buried deep below southern Michigan.

Comment: A loud boom, followed by ground shaking are one of the hallmarks of an overhead meteor explosion.
Something wicked this way comes!

Blue Planet

Prof Emeritus of chemical engineering Dr. Dick Thoenes on the influence of CO2 on climate

Dutch Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering and thermodynamics, Dr. Dick Thoenes, explains a multitude of reasons that,
"My conclusion is that it is impossible that significant climate change is due solely to an increase in CO2 levels. This means that all measures to reduce CO2 emissions are pointless. This has enormous financial consequences for the world."
The Dutch professor em. of Chemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University and author of many reference books on mass and energy flows in materials, exactly the areas that need the climate science, Dick Thoenes, pushes for anyone interested in clear and understandable why the postulated greenhouse effect in the real world is not seen.

Comment: About the Author:

Prof. Dr. Dick Thoenes b.1930 taught chemical engineering until 1995, the year he Emiretierung, at the Eindhoven University, Netherlands. He is the author of many books and worked as a research consultant for many companies and the Swedish and Netherlands Governments. He was chairman and is now an honorary member of the KNCV (Royal Chemical Society) and became the Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) Stockholm appointed.

He focuses on "Transport phenomena" (the first in the famous book by RB Bird, et al., 1960 formulated). This includes fluid flow, mixing, mass transfer, heat transfer, evaporation, radiation, etc. These phenomena are the basis of chemical engineering and they are also the basis for climate research. So when the second assessment report of the IPCC was published in 1995 (the year of his retirement), he studied it and thought: That can not be true! Later studies confirmed this impression.


Second suspected shark attack in 24 hours near Ballina Shire, Australia

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Steve the surfer had a close call with a shark at Lennox Head
A 52-year-old man has narrowly escaped injury after his surfboard was bitten by a suspected great white shark in the second attack in Ballina Shire, Australia in 24 hours.

Beaches will remain closed until Saturday after the attack, which took place around 9am on Friday in Lennox Head, just 12 miles from where local surfer Mathew Lee was critically mauled on Thursday.

While there has been no official confirmation, some believe the shark to be the same which mauled Mr Lee, who was recovering from emergency surgery today in a Gold Coast hospital.

Northern NSW lifeguard coordinator Scott McCartney, who is responsible for around 279 miles (450km) of the Australian coastline stretching south from the northern NSW border, said there was a possibility the same shark was responsible for both attacks.

"But there could also be more out there," he told the Telegraph


Waterspout destroys four houses in Misamis Oriental coastal village

A waterspout destroyed four houses in a coastal village in Misamis Oriental early Monday morning.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported that the waterspout that hit Purok 2, Barangay Tubigan, Initao town, also injured three people.

Sixteen other houses were damaged and 20 families were affected.

The injured were identified as 57-year-old Ricardo Bebangco, his wife Helen, 52, and their 13-year-old son Crilfel. They were treated at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital in Initao, said Fernando Vincent Dy Jr., PDRRMO officer-in-charge.

Pag-asa weather specialist Mario Guya said waterspouts are normally associated with weather disturbances such as the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), which is bringing rain to Misamis Oriental.

The waterspout left P315,000 in property damage and P36,500 in crop damage, according to the PDRRMO.

"We sent food packs to the families and currently, our team is still looking for temporary shelters," Dy said.


Wild boar mauls elderly couple to death in Malaysia

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An elderly couple was attacked and killed by a wild boar while they were tapping rubber trees at a plantation in Kuala Paya near Buloh Kasap here.

The victims, identified as Loo See Sing, 66, and his wife Liow Mei Lan, 68, were carrying out their normal routine in the early morning, but did not return at their usual time.

A villager, who declined to be named, said that the owner of the plantation then went in search of the couple at noon when they failed to return.

"The couple usually head back with their produce by 9am but this time around, they failed to show up, prompting the owner to search for them.

"The duo were found with cuts all over their bodies, which initially led police to believe they were robbed and murdered," he added.


Unusual sun halo seen in Kenosha, Wisconsin

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A sun halo was visible Sunday afternoon in the Kenosha area. It is unusual to see a sun halo in the summer, according to the National Weather Service.
If you happened to look up during Sunday's Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade, you might have seen more than an escaped balloon.

A number of people were lucky enough to see a rare summer atmospheric event: a halo.

Completely encircling the sun was what appeared to be a thin, pale rainbow.

"I'm really surprised to see this at this time of the year," said Justin Schultz, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wis. "This is usually more of a winter (phenomenon)."

Schultz said that farther up in the atmosphere that afternoon, it was cold enough for ice crystals to form.

This optical projection was created when the light was refracted through the ice crystals in the higher-level cirrus clouds.

It's a phenomenon similar to a sundog, which only takes place in the winter.