Earth Changes


NOAA: World breaks new heat records in July

A child cools off in a fountain next to the Manzanares river in Madrid on July 15, 2015
The world broke new heat records in July, marking the hottest month in history and the warmest first seven months of the year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, US authorities said Thursday.

The findings by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed a troubling trend, as the planet continues to warm due to the burning of fossil fuels, and scientists expect the scorching temperatures to get worse.

"The world is warming. It is continuing to warm. That is being shown time and time again in our data," said Jake Crouch, physical scientist at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information.

"Now that we are fairly certain that 2015 will be the warmest year on record, it is time to start looking at what are the impacts of that? What does that mean for people on the ground?" he told reporters.

The month's average temperature across land and sea surfaces worldwide was 61.86 Fahrenheit (16.61 Celsius), marking the hottest July ever.

The previous record for July was set in 1998.

Comment: All over the world 'extreme' weather records are being broken! See also: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2015: Extreme Weather and Planetary Upheaval

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Scientists studying swarm of earthquakes in Northern Nevada - 5,700 since last July

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Nevada regional earthquakes in the last 14 days.
Scientists at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory say there has been a "swarm" of more than 5700 earthquakes in northwestern Nevada since last July. They include 21 4.0 temblors.

In 2008, the community of Mogul, west of Reno, also experienced an earthquake swarm.

Graham Kent is Director of the lab on the University of Nevada-Reno campus. He says the number of tremors in that swarm pales in comparison to this one.

"A magnitude 5.0 was the largest and a couple fours's and a bunch of three's and you look back at it and go 'wow!' that was hardly anything."

Kent said this kind of seismic activity is rare anywhere. He says the location of the swarm, which is below an antelope preserve, makes it a perfect place to study earthquake behavior.

"This is a great petri dish. So, now we have this kind of gold-medal swarm going and it doesn't affect a lot of people. So, what we can learn from this, hopefully we can apply the next time there's a swarm underneath a community."

More than 200 quakes 3.0 and stronger have been measured in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge since last July.

Seven of them were 4.5 or stronger.

Comment: Earthquake swarm in Nevada desert intensifying


Hundreds of seabirds wash up either dead or dying along the Oregon and Southwest Washington Coast

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Hundreds of these birds are washing up ashore on Oregon beaches, the result of unusually warm ocean conditions.
Hundreds of birds are washing ashore either dead or dying along the Oregon and Southwest Washington Coast.

The majority of them are common murres, which are a type of large auk bird.

Researchers say that the die-off started about three weeks ago.

Since then the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, which helps rehabilitate sick or injured sea-birds, has been getting calls daily about the problem. Right now - they are caring for close to a hundred birds- with about ten common murres coming in daily. Almost all of them are starving.

"They're totally emaciated, sometimes there's injuries, other times there's not," said Laurel Berblinger, a volunteer at the center.

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Sewage pollutes Honolulu's Waikiki Beach after floods from Tropical Storm Kilo

Nearly 2,000 tons of sewage has polluted Honolulu's renowned Waikiki Beach due to heavy downpour brought by Tropical Storm Kilo. Flooded with rainwater, the local sewer system spilled out onto the streets and drained into the surf.

Wastewater erupted in fountains from manholes and streamed down into the ocean through the beach area of the popular tourist destination hosting some of Hawaii's biggest hotels, Lori Kahikina, Honolulu director of environmental services, told reporters according to NBC affiliate KHNL.

The now-closed beach area is nearly 6.5 kilometers long, stretching from Kapahulu Avenue in Waikiki to Point Panic in Kakaako.


Elephant tramples curio seller to death in Zimbabwe

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A Zimbabwean man has been trampled to death by an elephant in the top resort town of Victoria Falls, the authorities announced on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old man was a curio seller in the town. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said in a statement that he was killed on Sunday.

The man, who was with a friend, came face-to-face with a female elephant with a calf.

"It is reported that the elephant charged at them and the two tried to escape, [but] unfortunately one was attacked and killed," said the parks authority.

The state-run Chronicle newspaper identified the dead man as Member Ncube.


Bowhead whale found dead, beached near Tuktoyaktuk, Canada

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This photo, taken from a helicopter on Aug. 21, shows a dead bowhead whale on its back on a beach north of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. Its tail is submerged in water.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is investigating after a bowhead whale was found dead on the Northwest Territories' Arctic coastline.

The cause of the whale's death is so far undetermined but there is no reason to link it to 30 dead whales found this summer in Alaska and six found off British Columbia, said a spokesperson for the department in an email.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada received a report of a beached bowhead whale near Toker Point, about 25 kilometres north of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., last Thursday.

The spokesperson says beachcast bowheads are not uncommon in the area, with 24 events on record between 1987 and 2014. ‎


Minke whale washes ashore in County Clare, Ireland

A Minke whale, washed ashore in north Clare 13 days ago, will be allowed to decompose naturally rather than being removed by the authorities.

The mature whale was roughly six metres long and was estimated to weigh in excess of six tonnes.

The female mammal came in with the tide on August 12, at an area known as Hayes Hole between Doolin and Liscannor. Located at a difficult-to-reach spot, it is close to a popular bathing area at Clahane. The county council said it would be impossible to remove an animal of that size from an inaccessible location.

Experts from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) have examined the whale and advised that the carcass did not currently pose a risk to public health.


Washington state battles worst wildfire in history

The state of Washington, in the North-west of the United States, is battling its largest wildfire on record.

The flames have devoured more than 1,000 square kilometers of land so far, burning over 200 homes and now threatening thousands more.

Heavy smoke has grounded firefighting airplanes and helicopters, making it difficult to contain the flames.

At Okanogan county, near the Canadian border, Incident commander Todd Pechota said firefighters were gradually making progress against the fires.

2015 US wildfires

Comment: It is not only volunteer firefighters from Australia and New Zealand who are assisting with these unprecedented US wildfires. In California, 4000 PRISONERS not firefighters have been tasked with putting out raging wildfires there!

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Death of 30 whales off Alaskan coast baffles scientists, could be linked to toxic bloom

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The death of 30 whales off the coast of Alaska may be linked to a rapid growth of toxic phytoplankton in the local marine environment that can paralyze as well as kill, a University of Alaska scientist told RT.

While a federal investigation has been opened into the giant mammals' mysterious demise - a situation that's been labeled an "unusual mortality event" - one of the leading theories is that an algal bloom is to blame, as they have been the cause of many similar events in the past.

"It's a bloom of phytoplankton in the ocean that actually releases toxins," Dr. Bree Witteveen, a marine mammal specialist at the University of Alaska, told RT. "Those get accumulated into various preys and it works its way up the food chain, and can cause paralysis and death."

She added that these whales were not beaching themselves, but had died at sea and were washed ashore. It's not exactly surprising for dead whales to wash ashore, but the number of instances recorded this year is particularly unusual.

Comment: There has been a spate of whale deaths recently. Something is certainly up in the oceans;

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Papua New Guinea provinces under state of emergency due to drought and crop-destroying frosts

Papua New Guinea Highlands affected by drought.
An intensifying El Nino may bring the worst drought in 20 years to Papua New Guinea, the country's prime minister said, raising fears that production of the country's critical agricultural commodities may drop.

Dry weather has gripped much of Papua New Guinea in recent months, while frosts in the last fortnight in the country's highland regions have destroyed vital food supplies, the government said late on Monday.

The El Nino is typically linked to dryness and frosts are often an early symptom of the phenomenon, weather experts say.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill warned of an escalation of unfavorable conditions across the rest of Papua New Guinea as the El Nino strengthens over the next few months.

Comment: Drought has been plaguing many parts of the globe - the following map shows worldwide droughts during the past year: