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Truck swallowed by 40-square-meter sinkhole in Guangxi

This pipe truck is the latest victim of China's 'swiss cheese' landscape, swallowed by a 40-square-meter, 6-meter deep sinkhole in Guangxi. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported.
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Wild weather: Summer is over for UK, with cold spell and even SNOW forecast next week

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Rain-lashed: Commuters cross London Bridge on Friday
After days of heavy rain, a band of low pressure will hit the UK on Sunday and bring cooler weather for much of next week, according to forecasters. The sweltering summer is about to become a distant memory with a dramatic plunge in temperatures.

The Met Office is expecting unsettled windy conditions, with a mix of sunshine and showers, and possibly even snow on higher ground in Scotland. Spokeswoman Nicky Maxey said today:"It's getting cooler, definitely. It's the end of the summer - autumn starts on September 1. We have some colder northerly winds coming in and temperatures will drop next week. We're looking at average or below average temperatures and the night-time low could be down to single figures."

Comment: The evidence is growing that instead of the much touted global warming, the weather is in fact cooling down. Check out these recent SOTT-articles

The Ice Age looms: Record cold summer temperatures across many U.S. states
Ice age cometh: No warming left to deny... Global cooling takes over... CET annual mean temperature plunges 1°C since 2000
The Ice Age Cometh: Scientists increasingly moving to global cooling consensus

Bacon

Nicaraguans told to eat iguanas as food crisis intensifies

Lizard diet ridiculed but Central America's poorest country is facing hunger because of poor harvests and rising food prices
boy and iguana
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A boy holds up an iguana for sale on the highway in the north of Managua. Nicaraguans are being encouraged to eat the reptiles as a nutritious alternative to more conventional meat.
Nicaraguans struggling to afford meat as the country suffers its worst drought in 32 years should consider raising and eating iguanas, a government expert has suggested.

The advice comes amid warnings that Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador could require levels of humanitarian aid not seen since the aftermath of hurricane Mitch 16 years ago, as poor harvests and rapid increases in the prices of staple items threaten a food crisis.

"Breeding iguanas brings two benefits," said Guillermo Membreño, a land management expert. "Not only does it supply dietary protein, it also offers a commercial use for the animals." Iguanas, he added, contained 24% protein compared with 18% in chicken.

Although Nicaragua's environmental laws forbid the hunting of iguanas between 1 January and 30 April each year, the lizards can be kept for food and even exported under certain circumstances.

"Farming iguanas - and not hunting them in forests - is a good way to deal with the food shortages caused by the prolonged drought," Membreño told the government-run online newspaper La Voz del Sandinismo. "Even if you've only got 10 iguanas, you've got something that offers food - and cash if you sell the iguanas for their meat, their skins or as pets." He also suggested people grow moringa trees, which require little water and the leaves of which can be used as a highly nutritious animal feed.

Comment: FEWS NET is a door-opener for USAID, which is a front for the CIA.
As for the delicacy of iguana...we all may have to consider alternate food supplies for nutritional value, given the drought in C.A. is not unique. Other areas of the world are experiencing the same or other conditions in escalating intensity. Food shortages and skyrocketing prices are on the near horizon in global proportions. Think and plan ahead...

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Central America braces for drought-linked food crisis

drought map C America
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Extreme and persistent drought conditions affect most of Central America.
BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region's poor.

An unusually hot season and extended dry spells have brought drought to areas in eastern and western Guatemala and El Salvador, southern Honduras and northern and central Nicaragua, destroying swathes of bean and maize crops, the region's staple foods, and putting pressure on subsistence farmers and food prices.
"Extremely poor households across large areas of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador will experience a rapid deterioration in their food security in early 2015.
"Atypically high levels of humanitarian assistance, possibly the highest since Hurricane Mitch in 1998, will likely be required in order to avoid a food crisis," said a recent report by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), run by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).


Comment: The problem with FEWS NET working in conjunction with and funded by USAID smacks of it being an information source and subsidiary front for the CIA. How better to gain the confidence of starving people and troubled farmers/ranchers than to send tentacles into their communities through humanitarian aid organizations and research groups engaging local talent and resources for strategic fixes.

USAID (CIA) has had known undercover activities directly, through NGOs, contracted companies or various agencies in: Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iran, Cuba, Haiti, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Palestine, Philippines, Laos, South Vietnam, Thailand, Palau, Malaysia, Uruguay, Albania, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Nigeria, Gabon, Gambia, Madagascar, Uganda, Tanzania, Java, Sumatra, Honduras, Nepal, Costa Rica, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Caucasus, Eritrea, Tanzania, Zaire, South Africa...to name a few.

USAID (CIA) under-cover activities include: fomenting rebellions, NSA info gathering, political coups, installing dictatorships, reengineering economies, cronyism, destabilizing banking systems, undermining governments and elected politicians, spying, bribery, training special forces in torture tactics, weapons purchase and distribution, election interference, absconding and re-appropriating funds, funding or training guerrilla armies and movements, propaganda broadcasts, destabilizing regimes, distributing narcotics as rewards, links to terrorist organizations, assisting border wars, "accidental" assassinations, funding figureheads, breaking U.S. laws, money funneling to contras, co-opting national movements, exploitation of local resources, instability assessments, fraud and smuggling.

What are the chances FEWS NET is what it says it is?

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Continued cooling: Record cold summer leads to changing leaves in August

Pittsburgh is dealing with one of the coldest summers in history, and it's having an effect on the trees.

Friday morning temperatures fell into the 40s in Western Pennsylvania.

Meteorologists say these cold temperatures are leading to trees changing colors in the middle of August.

"This is extraordinary for August, and certainly is a reflection of the prevalence of cool weather," KDKA Meteorologist Dennis Bowman said.

Comment: Pittsburgh is not alone. For all of us the future is looking cooler, not warmer. The following article is a great read for getting an idea of how scientists, at least those dissenting from the global warming model, have been silenced on this critical issue.

Ice Age cometh: Global cooling consensus is heating up - cooling over the next one to three decades

As Don Easterbrook, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Geology, Western Washington University, states in the article:
"Expect global cooling for the next 2-3 decades that will be far more damaging than global warming would have been."
Climate scientists took a crooked path to mislead the public, but reality wins out in the end:

Climategate Goes Serial: Now the Russians confirm that UK climate scientists manipulated data to exaggerate global warming

Cloud Lightning

Floods in Niger kill 12, leave thousands hungry

Niger floods

Nigerians move along a flooded road in Okpe, Nigeria. Heavy rains for weeks flooded most of the oil rich Niger delta region.
Heavy rains and flooding in western and central Niger have killed 12 people and left thousands without food or shelter.

The landlocked West African country has been hit by an alternating series of droughts and floods in recent years, causing hunger.

Saadatou Malam Barmou, the prime minister's humanitarian adviser, said Friday that hundreds of fields have been swamped.
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Downpour sets record in Seattle, floods in nearby Factoria

Bellevue floods
© Bellevue, Wash., Police Department/AP
This photo provided by the Bellevue, Wash., Police Department on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014,, shows cars submerged under flood waters along Factoria Boulevard in Bellevue, Wash.

Overnight rainstorms on Wednesday shattered a 32-year-old Seattle record and aided in suppressing multiple wildfires throughout the Northwest, officials said.

According to the National Weather Service, 1.31 inches of rain fell at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in a 24-hour period that ended Wednesday morning. By 6 a.m. Wednesday, 0.85 of an inch of rain had fallen since midnight, shattering the date's record of 0.33 of an inch set in 1982.

The monthly average rainfall for all of August is under an inch.

"This is fairly uncommon for summer months," said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Seattle City Light reported it had about 4,300 customers without power early Wednesday in the White Center area. The power was restored later Wednesday morning.
Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 7, injures 11 in four districts of India

Lightning
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Lightning killed a farmer in Meherpur, three people in Brahmanbaria, two in Bogra and one in Moulvibazar districts yesterday and the day before.

A farmer was killed and three others were injured in separate incidents of lighting at different villages in Gangni upazila of Meherpur district yesterday.

The deceased is Shamsuzzaman Bhadu, 45, of Kunjanagar village, reports our Kushtia correspondent.

Sources said lightning struck Bhadu while he was working at his cropland around 11:00am yesterday, leaving him dead on the spot.

Meanwhile, in another incident, a woman and two minor girls were injured at Chandpur village when thunderbolt struck them at their house yard.
Cloud Lightning

Nepal landslide and flood kills 34

Nepal landslide

At least 34 people have been killed and hundreds of others gone missing in Nepal as heavy downpour continued for over three days across the country, triggering landslides and flood in rivers.

At least 11 people have died in Surkhet district, nine in Gorkha, Chitwan, Rukum districts, eight in Lalitpur, Udayapur, Dang and Manang districts, and six in Nawalparasi, Khotang, Sindhuli, Dhanusha, Makawnapur, Dhanusha districts, according to various media reports here.

Thousands of people have been displaced and huge chunks of arable land across the country covered by flood and debris. Hilly areas have witnessed landslips while plains are inundated.

Life in the plains has gone out of gear. Many people have started fleeing to safer places and sought immediate government help.
Igloo

We're ill-prepared if the iceman cometh

© Eric Lobbecke
What if David Archibald's book The Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short turns out to be right? What if the past 50 years of peace, cheap energy, abundant food, global economic growth and population explosion have been due to a temporary climate phenomenon?

What if the warmth the world has enjoyed for the past 50 years is the result of solar activity, not man-made CO2?

In a letter to the editor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, IG Usoskin et al produced the "first fully ­adjustment-free physical reconstruction of solar activity". They found that during the past 3000 years the modern grand maxima, which occurred between 1959 and 2009, was a rare event both in magnitude and duration. This research adds to growing evidence that climate change is determined by the sun, not humans.

Yet during the past 20 years the US alone has poured about $US80 billion into climate change research on the presumption that humans are the primary cause. The effect has been to largely preordain scientific conclusions. It set in train a virtuous cycle where the more scientists pointed to human causes, the more governments funded their research.
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