Earth Changes


Lima climate change summit: Troubled climate talks scrabble for exit strategy

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Negotiations on forging a UN pact to fight climate change headed into an unscheduled 13th day on Saturday in a frantic quest to bridge a rift between rich and poor countries.

Ministers and senior officials from 195 states were to examine a compromise for calming a bustup over who bears responsibility for fighting climate change.

The talks in Lima had been scheduled to end at 6:00 pm (2300 GMT) Friday, but ran into the pre-dawn as countries horse-traded over elements of a draft text.

Comment: Climate change is real, but the theory that "gas emissions are responsible" is full of holes.


Farmer attacked and killed by cattle in Northern Ireland

A 71-year-old man has died after he was attacked by cattle in County Fermanagh.

Robert Brown was killed at his farm at Knockmanoul, near Ballinamallard.

It is believed that it happened on Saturday night as he was preparing cows for a routine TB test.

He was found in his cattle yard by a neighbour after a family member could not get in touch with him. The Health and Safety Inspectorate is carrying out an investigation.

Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott knew Mr Brown and said it was an extremely sad day for the community.

Ranch hand hospitalized after cow attack in Cuyama Valley, California

A 65-year-old ranch hand is in the hospital after a cow attacked him during a branding operation at a ranch on Wednesday in the Cuyama Valley.

Shortly after 10 a.m., the cow charged the man and pinned him against a corral causing chest and upper body injuries. Firefighters responded to the ranch near the intersection of Highway 166 and Cottonwood Canyon Road to find the man having difficulty breathing.

Emergency medical personnel then transported the man in a medical helicopter to the trauma unit at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.
Black Cat

Dog survives cougar attack in Penticton, Canada

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Jazz, a Border Collie cross, survived a cougar attack
A Penticton couple is grateful their dog is on the mend after it was attacked by a cougar outside their home this week.

Jazz, a Border Collie cross, suffered injuries ranging from puncture wounds to his head and scratches following the encounter with the large animal, Wednesday.

"It was a scary experience, and we are just glad the dog is OK," said Marylin Barnay.

According to Barnay, a vineyard owner on Upper Bench Road, her husband let Jazz out around 7:20 a.m. When she went to call him in, she saw him do an about turn and go behind the hedge.

Then, all of a sudden, he was back, with a large animal following him.

"It immediately put its mouth around our dog's head, and I could tell it was a cougar right away," she said. "I started screaming it's a cougar, and it's going to kill our dog. It was awful to see."
Bizarro Earth

Landslides destroy village in Indonesia, killing at least 17 people

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Indonesian soldiers and rescue team members lift a cattle trapped in the mud after a landslide hit the village of Sampang in Banjarnegara, December 13, 2014
A landslide destroyed a remote village in Indonesia, killing at least 17 people, an official said on Saturday, as rescuers used their bare hands and sticks to search through the mud for scores of missing in the absence of heavy-lifting equipment.

Hundreds have been evacuated from around Jemblung village in the Banjarnegara regency of central Java, about 450 km (280 miles) from the capital, Jakarta, where media pictures showed a flood of orange mud and water cascading down a wooded mountainside after Friday's disaster.

Mudslides are common in Indonesia during the monsoon season, which usually runs from October until April. Large swathes of forest land, power lines and houses were buried.


Monkey attack terror: Tears testicle off baby, eats it

A horrific zoo attack saw a monkey rip off a small boy's testicle, run off and eat it.

The eight-month-old was reportedly having his dirty diaper changed by his mom at Guiyang Qianling Wildlife Park, in south west China, when the animal attacked.

State media reports that the monkey pounced on the youngster and hacked off a chunk of his genitals.

It dropped the flesh on the ground, allowing an elderly passerby to pick it up.

But the aggressive ape quickly snatched it back, bounded off and ate it before he could be caught.

The boy was rushed to hospital. He received treatment and his condition is described as "not life-threatening."

Cloud Precipitation

California storm drops 3 inches of rain in an hour

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Hwy 37-W near Novato, the connector to Hwy 101 North and South shutdown by flooded roadway
The storm dubbed the Pineapple Express by some media outlets hit wide areas of northern and central California yesterday, 11 December 2014.

US National Weather Service (NWS) say that 2.91 inches (73 mm) of rain was recorded in just one hour on the Big Sur coast yesterday. During the 24 hours of 11 December, 3.55 inches (90 mm) of rain fell in the San Francisco Bay Area. For San Francisco, it was the second wettest 11 December on record:

#SF calendar day rainfall Dec 11th was 3.40" & now 2nd wettest daily total ever for the 11th. Dec 11th '95 daily record 3.61" holds. #CAwx


Similar to Sao Paulo, Brazil, California had been suffering from extreme drought. In both, cases extreme rains have arrived within the past week causing severe flooding. These changes in weather seems to be indicative of worldwide weather swings that will in all likelihood continue to become more extreme in the future.

Brazil drought crisis deepens in Sao Paulo and other areas

Extreme flooding in Sao Paulo, Brazil

New study finds California drought worst in 1,200 years

Cloud Lightning

Dead geese drop out of the sky in Denmark during lightning storm

Thursday night a farmer in southern Denmark had an unusual experience, though these events in recent years are happening on a frequent basis. During a storm he suddenly saw something come through the air as reported by Jyllandsposten:
Dead geese in Denmark
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Farm manager Frank Berndt (left) og farmer Peter Rostgaard Andersen with some of the dead geese, that yesterday rained down on the farm
The second after a big crash, followed by several more crashing sounds. After a few sesonds he had counted 10 crashing noises.

"I thought it was roof tiles, that had blown off during the storm, but when it cleared up and we went outside, we saw that it was barnacle geese. Dead barnacle geese," says Brian Rostgaard Andersen.

The farmer and his manager Frank Berndt, found within a diameter of 150 to 200 meter 24 dead barnacle geese. Some of them were lying on the roof of the farm and some of them had penetrated the roof tiles.

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Cloud Lightning

Rare Tornado Rips Through Los Angeles

A rare tornado ripped through South Los Angeles on Friday, causing damage over nearly 20 blocks.

Roofs were torn off an apartment complex and two homes, according to the National Weather Service, which verified the tornado was a category EF0.

"We looked outside and everything was flying down the sidewalk," one resident said. "It was really wild."

Cloud Lightning

Extreme flooding in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil Flooding
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Aerial view of Sao Paulo flooding
Violent storms and heavy rainfall hit Sao Paulo in Brazil on December 10, 2014, causing flooding and traffic chaos as authorities announced a state of alert in some parts of the city.

Comment: Sao Paulo has gone from one extreme to the other.

See: Brazil drought crisis deepens in Sao Paulo and other areas