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Winter Storm Petra bears down on US East Coast with 200 million people in parts of 39 states in its path

Winter storm Petra
A satellite of the storm is seen over the Eastern US as of 6.36pm ET on Tuesday
A massive winter storm with more than 200 million people in its path is bearing down on the East Coast.

Heavy flooding rains falling on much of the Deep South on Tuesday night are expected to change over to ice and snow as the system hits the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday.

The storm is expected to affect parts of 39 states, and roughly 60 percent of the country's population is in its path.

'Snow will move from southwest to northeast into Ohio and the Mid-Atlantic region late tonight, changing to a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain and eventually all rain for many,' the National Weather Service said in a flash bulletin on Tuesday.

The agency said that the time of changeover from snow to ice would vary by location, but would be delayed in the Central Appalachians, where significant ice accumulation of a quarter inch along with four to eight inches of snow could be possible.

'Major cities along I-95 from Boston to Richmond will likely see some from of frozen precipitation at the onset before changing over to rain,' the agency said.


Record snow causing roofs to collapse in Quebec

Emily Campbell reports that record snowfall is weighing down fragile structures across the province; experts offer tips to recognize the danger.


2 giant sinkholes open up in central Turkey

konya turkey sinkhole
© AA photo
Two massive sinkholes opened up in a clover field in central Turkey's Konya province, spreading fear among locals living in the area.

The first sinkhole opened up in Reşadiye neighborhood on Friday, Anadolu Agency reported, adding that it measured 4 meters in diameter and 20 meters in depth. Teams from Karapınar Municipality put up a wire fence around the sinkhole to prevent accidents.

After three days, a 10-meter-deep sinkhole with a 7-meter diameter opened up in the same neighborhood at 3 a.m. local time.

Comment: Experts who claim that its merely due to 'structure' and 'rainfall', apparently unaware of any other factors, when sinkholes are opening up all over the planet, are clearly missing a significant piece of the puzzle:


Explosions, two-kilometer ash plumes at Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico

There has been greater activity at El Popo since Sunday morning.

There has been greater activity at El Popo since Sunday morning.
The restless Popocatépetl volcano had a very active 24 hours starting yesterday morning, with several explosions and ash plumes that rose as high as two kilometers above the mountain.

The National Disaster Prevention Center (Cenapred) said this morning it had identified 20 gas and water vapor exhalations at El Popo, with the first three recorded yesterday at 9:56am. The most recent was recorded this morning at 7:04.

Wind sent the ash in a north-northeast direction away from the crater.

There were also two recorded episodes of harmonic tremors — a sustained release of seismic and infrasonic energy typically associated with the underground movement of magma — lasting five and 10 hours respectively.


Mount Bromo volcano in West Java erupts, visitors banned from within 1-kilometer radius

The crater of Mount Bromo has a diameter of
© JP/Nedi Putra
The crater of Mount Bromo has a diameter of around 800 meters.
Mount Bromo in East Java erupted on Monday Morning, emitting a 600-meter-high ash column into the air, the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) reported.

The PVMBG said the eruption occurred at around 6 a.m., causing tremors with an amplitude of 0.5 to 1 millimeters.

The ash moved in a northwesterly direction from the 2,929-kilometer-high mountain.

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Death toll from mine landslide in Turkey reaches 3

Rescue teams pull out 2 more workers from debris after Monday's landslide at open-pit mining site near Aegean town of Milas

The bodies of two more miners were recovered Tuesday, bringing the death toll to three from a landslide at an open-pit mining site in Aegean Turkey, officials said.

Monday's landslide trapped four workers at the feldspar open-pit mining site near the coastal town of Milas in the Mugla province.

On Monday the body of one worker was pulled out from under the debris, and one wounded miner was rescued.

The injured worker was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.

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Two buried alive in landslide caused by heavy rainfall in Madang, Papua New Guinea

Two people were buried alive in a landslide as heavy rain caused havoc in Madang last week.

Raicoast MP Peter Sapia travelled to Ranara in the Naho Rawa local level government to assess the damage with the disaster office team from Madang.

Madang disaster office director Rudolf Mongallee said heavy rain in the area caused the landslide which buried the two people alive.

It could not be confirmed whether their bodies had been recovered.

He said people living along the Finisterer mountain range has been subjected to landslides.

He warned the villagers to be careful as water coming down the mountains were causing more soil erosion.


Study saying massive insect loss due to global warming based on compromised data

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If you believe the Guardian and the BBC, the world is on the brink of Insectapocalypse: A mass extinction of creepy crawlies that threatens the "collapse of nature."

But if I were you, I'd take these claims with a big pinch of salt, especially if they include the words "climate change." That is because the most dramatic, oft-quoted study that links insect loss with climate change turns out to be flawed to the point of uselessness. It is so bad that the Global Warming Policy Foundation has sent a formal complaint to its publishers calling for its withdrawal.

The study by Brad Lister and Andres Garcia was published last year by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Titled Climate-driven declines in arthropod abundance restructure a rainforest food web, it appeared to tell a very worrying story about a precipitous decline in the number of insects in Puerto Rico's Luquillo rainforest.

Comment: Obviously something is happening with the insect collapse. Global warming is apparently the only lens through which environmental phenomena can be understood. That's a big problem. It is also a clue that the theory has a stronger basis in ideology than in reality, which is also demonstrated in the overzealous and desperate attempts toward validation. It doesn't matter to its adherents that there really is no validation nor that such studies are flawed. Presenting facts that show glaring errors in the theory actually only deepens ideological convictions. We see the same dynamic play out across all realms. It's only when people become more interested in truth than their chosen beliefs that the hold of ideological possession can be broken.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Grand Solar Minimum is the real national emergency

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows set a record for snowfall in February with 205 inches for the month.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows set a record for snowfall in February with 205 inches for the month.
New legislation the books to declare climate change a national emergency, all the while ignoring the Grand Solar Minimum. Snow was going to be a thing of the past, record snow at Squaw Valley for 2nd year in a row, Mammoth buried, northern hemisphere snow totals up and a look at Ghost Apples, the future of our global agricultural output.

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3 humpback whales wash ashore in 5 days on the Outer Banks, North Carolina

The whale beached Sunday.
© Corolla Beach Rescue
The whale beached Sunday.
Five days after a humpback whale washed ashore at North Carolina's Oregon Inlet, two more appeared over the weekend on the barrier islands that line the Virginia-North Carolina coast, according to a Facebook post by the Lago Mar on the Back Bay community in Virginia.

One humpback whale was found around midnight Saturday in Corolla, N.C., and the second came ashore Sunday near Sandbridge in Virginia's Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, said the post.

"These are the second and third juvenile Humpbacks found dead on the Currituck Banks Peninsula in less than a week," said the post. "Another was found on February 12 north of Oregon Inlet near Nags Head."