Earth Changes


89-year-old woman brutally attacked by dog in Plainville, Connecticut


This photo is from the flyer that police are circulating to locate owner of animal involved in brutal attack.
An elderly woman remains in intensive care at a Connecticut hospital after being attacked by a dog in Plainville on Thursday.

A driver for Meals on Wheels was delivering food on Long Swamp Road around 11 a.m. Thursday, when police said the driver was nipped by the dog, which police identified as a pit bull.

An 89-year-old woman, who was receiving the meal, helped the person back but then she was attacked by the dog. The worst of the damage was to her hands, where her bone is exposed.

"Severe hand bite, almost to near amputation," said Plainville Police Corporal Patrick Buden.

The woman was rushed to the hospital and remains in intensive care. Police said they have never seen a dog attack this brutal ever.

"It was until I went into the house and saw the victim and saw what the dog did to her hand, I was totally shocked. I've never seen anything like this in my life,"
said Plainville's Animal Control Officer Gabby Paciotti.


Hundreds of dead fish found along Chesapeake canal in Virginia


Over the weekend hundreds of fish washed up along the shore around the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake.
Over the weekend hundreds of fish washed up along the shore around the Deep Creek section of Chesapeake.

Local fisherman that live along the Gilmerton Canal in Chesapeake contacted Newschannel 3 Sunday morning about the wash up.

The fish were found on the shore stretching from the canal into the Deep Creek waterway. Hundreds more were also seen floating.

It is not clear the exact type of the fish, but fishermen believe a majority of them are trout.


Michigan's bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world


Bald eagle.
Monday, March 16, 2015, 4:57 PM - A study published last month in the Journal of Great Lakes Research suggests the livers of Michigan's bald eagles are severely contaminated with phased-out flame retardant chemicals, more so than any other bird on the planet.

While the area's bald eagle population is stable, the chemicals have been known to impair reproduction and disrupt hormones.

Manufacturers began using polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, in furniture, electronics and clothing in an effort to make household products safer. The chemicals were phased-out in the early 2000s, but traces can still be found in the air, dirt and in people.

Nil Basu, associate professor at McGill University and lead author of the study, told Environmental Health News that PDBEs "are everywhere".


Jammu-Srinagar highway in India closed after heavy snowfall triggers landslide

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Vehicles stranded on the Jammu national highway on Thursday.
A 4-year-old girl was killed in a landslide triggered by snowfall and rains in the last 24 hours in Kashmir, which also forced closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway even as air traffic remained suspended.

Huda Jan was killed when she was buried under a landslide at Sunergund in Awantipora area of south Kashmir, Pulwama district last evening, a police spokesman said.

While incessant rains lashed most parts of the Valley yesterday, moderate to heavy snowfall was reported since wee hours this morning.

A traffic department official said the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu Highway has been closed for vehicular movement following landslides at several places due to the heavy downpour in the Valley and along the Pir Panjal mountain range.


Blizzard warning in effect for eastern Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

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Winter driving.
A winter storm is expected to drop as much as a foot of snow across parts of Southcentral Alaska Sunday night into Monday, but forecasters say the blizzard is unlikely to reach Anchorage, where warm temperatures are expected to return after a brief cold spell.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Portage Valley, about 50 miles southeast of Anchorage, and eastern Turnagain Arm Sunday. Areas that could be affected stretch from Whittier to Seward and include parts of western Prince William Sound. The warning goes into effect at 7 p.m. Sunday and lasts until noon Monday, and predicts winds gusting up to 50 mph and heavy snow, reducing visibility on the Seward Highway to less than a quarter-mile at times.

Snow-starved Anchorage residents, meanwhile, are not expected to get a late winter dumping of snow. The Anchorage NWS office said current cold temps -- which were hovering in the single digits on Sunday -- would warm to almost 40 degrees by Monday.


7 dogs destroyed after suspected attack on teenager at Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia

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Camp dogs.
Seven dogs believed to have attacked and killed a Kimberley teenager have been destroyed.

The 18-year-old woman was found dead in the backyard of a house in Fitzroy Crossing on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Sergeant Andrew Stephens said that while she had been mauled by dogs, it was not clear whether that had caused her death.

"Unfortunately this young girl was found deceased, and she'd received injuries which were consistent with dog bite wounds, " he said.

"But at this stage the cause of her death has not been determined.

"She's been sent down to Perth now for a post-mortem and we're waiting for the results of that, but unfortunately it will take some time to determine how this girl died and what the circumstances were."


5-mile long wildfire breaks out in St. Joseph, Missouri


St. Joseph wildfire prompts evacuations
Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for part of St. Joseph because of a 5-mile long wildfire that broke out Sunday afternoon.

People have been ordered out of homes along Elwood Street in St. Joseph, and firefighters want people to stay away from an area between Wyeth Hill south to River Front Park downtown.

The St. Joseph Frontier Casino has also been closed.

Those forced to evacuate can go to the American Red Cross for shelter at 401 N. 12th St.

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the Papua New Guinea island of New Britain on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake struck 6 miles (9 km), northwest of the town of Rabaul, on the northeast tip of New Britain island, it said. There were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties.

Snowflake Cold

Newfoundland blizzard traps drivers in their vehicles

© Submitted by Dave Sullivan
Heavy snow drifts in the St. John's metro area Monday morning meant some cars were better off than others. Dave Sullivan said his car was nearly buried in snow, while some neighbours were able to get out.
Snow delays airline, bus and ferry travel, St. John's cancels garbage collection, MUN closed for day

A March blizzard hammered most of Newfoundland Monday morning, on a day when most schools and many offices were already closed for the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

RCMP and the Department of Transportation and Works were advising drivers to stay off most of the province's roads and highways, with conditions deteriorating due to the heavy snow and strong winds.

In western Newfoundland, two vehicles were reported to be stranded on Route 480, also known as the Burgeo Road. RCMP said they tried to reach the drivers but had to turn back, given zero visibility and heavy blowing and drifting snow. Further attempts will be made when the weather improves.


California reverts to desert conditions


Drought conditions.
Once upon a time, much of the state of California was a barren desert. And now, thanks to the worst drought in modern American history, much of the state is turning back into one. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century that the state of California had seen in 1000 years. But now weather patterns are reverting back to historical norms, and California is rapidly running out of water. It is being reported that the state only has approximately a one year supply of water left in the reservoirs, and when the water is all gone there are no contingency plans. Back in early 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the entire state, but since that time water usage has only dropped by 9 percent. That is not nearly enough. The state of California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of total water a year since 2011, and we are quickly heading toward an extremely painful water crisis unlike anything that any of us have ever seen before.

But don't take my word for it. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jay Famiglietti "is the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech and a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine". What he has to say about the horrific drought in California is extremely sobering...

Comment: U.S. Drought Monitor: California drought covers 100% of state

Only 1 year of water left in California - NASA scientist suggests rationing