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Cherry production in Aragon, Spain affected by rainfall - almost 100% of early varieties damaged, 50% of later types

Rain has had a big impact on this year's Aragonese cherry campaign. Both in the Valdejalón and Calatayud regions, cracking problems have affected almost 100% of the early varieties and more than half of the later varieties. A lot of fruit has actually rotted on the trees or is affected by disease.

Emilio Garza, a producer of Arándiga, says that "when it rains, it pours, and this year has been tough, because rains have been recorded almost every week or every 10 days, so all varieties have been hit by it."

Growers are therefore unable to make forecasts and are facing losses. "It is a disaster; we are talking about just 30-40% of the usual harvest, and with 60 to 80% of those affected by cracking," says Garza.


Indonesia's Mt Merapi erupts, spewing ash 6 km high

A view of Mount Merapi following an eruption, as seen from Sawit village, Boyolali, Central Java Province, Indonesia June 21, 2020
© Antara Foto/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho
A view of Mount Merapi following an eruption, as seen from Sawit village, Boyolali, Central Java Province, Indonesia June 21, 2020
Indonesia's Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted twice on Sunday, sending clouds of grey ash 6,000 meters into the sky, the country's geological agency said.

The two eruptions lasted around seven minutes, according to the agency, and prompted local authorities to order residents to stay outside a three-kilometer no-go zone around the rumbling crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta.

The agency did not raise the volcano's alert status after the eruptions, but it advised commercial planes to be cautious in the area.

Local media reported that people in neighboring areas including Sleman and Klaten heard strong rumbling sounds this morning.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Food, wealth and bees gone

China finally confirming publicly 4/5 of regular harvest incoming this year, but other sources now saying 1/3 lost, this explains why a giant campaign to get farmers back to the country side to start farming while the central government raises vegetable prices to give newly resettled farmers a livelihood opportunity. New study out about "bee friendly" pesticides, they are not so "bee friendly" after all. Global trade and travel in shatters.



Russia's far north records highest-ever temperature in Arctic: 38 degrees Celsius

heat map arctic
The small town of Verkhoyansk, home to 1,000 people in Russia's Yakutia region, broke the record on Saturday for the highest temperature ever recorded within the Arctic Circle, hitting a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius.

Verkhoyansk already held the record for the place with the greatest temperature range on Earth. Prior to today, temperatures in the small town have ranged between -68 and +37 degrees Celsius - a 105-degree difference. In Fahrenheit, that's between -90 and +98.

In July, the average high daily temperature is 19.9 degrees Celsius - much lower than Saturday's sweltering 38.

The record-shattering heat was shared far and wide on social media, most prominently by Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Comment: What Greta did not notice, however, is that the same region experiences record COLD temperatures just a few weeks ago...

Bone-chilling cold sweeps Northeast Russia, records from the 1950s and 1960s fall


Rare deep-sea unicornfish pops up in fishing net off Imizu, Japan

North Pacific Crestfish

North Pacific Crestfish
When Taku Suganuma hauled up his fixed fishing net off the coast of Imizu, he made a catch of the day that he had never seen before.

The strange fish had a unique face with a protruding head, rippling its dorsal fin and shaking its 1-meter-long silver body.

Suganuma, 24, caught the fish on the Shintokumaru fishing boat, which sails out of Imizu, in the early hours of May 15, when the firefly squid fishing season was coming to an end.

At first, he thought it was a lowsail ribbonfish, which is often caught in nets during this season. However, a younger colleague knowledgeable about fish species said it might be a deep-sea North Pacific crestfish, aka unicornfish.

Suganuma decided to give the fish to the Uozu Aquarium because of its rarity.

Cloud Precipitation

13,000 affected by fresh floods in Assam, India

Altogether 13,197 people were affected in fresh floods at 50 villages or localities of six Revenue Circles across the districts of Barpeta, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, and Jorhat on Saturday.

The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat (Jorhat), the Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing (Sonitpur), the Disang at Naglamuraghat (Sibsagar), and the Dhansiri (S) at Numaligarh (Golaghat).

The total crop area affected is 1,733.50 hectares, stated a bulletin of ASDMA.


Giant squid from deep water caught in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand - a rare find

The giant squid caught near White Island this week.
© Daniel Hines/SunLive.
The giant squid caught near White Island this week.
When the crew of the Margaret Philippa hauled in their fishing nets, they weren't expecting to see a huge jelly mass amongst their catch of orange roughy.

Skipper Roger Rawlison says it wasn't until it fell out of the net that the crew realised it was a giant squid, around 3m in length and weighing 80kg.

They were fishing around 1000m deep just north of Whakaari/ White Island at the edge of continental shelf and often get squid as a bycatch but never anything of this size.

Roger says in the space of 24 hours he caught a 10kg squid, then a 30kg, then the massive 80kg gravid female.

"Within 24 hours, I'd caught three of my biggest squid I've ever caught.

"I was very surprised, I've never seen one that big."

Comment: Other similar recent reports of rare denizens of deep waters turning up across the globe:


Rare deep-sea fish washes up on beach in New South Wales, Australia

crested bandfish
© Wiki
Crested bandfish
A rare deep-sea fish, measuring over a metre long, has washed up on the NSW south coast.

The mystery fish with a flat head was found near Murrays Beach Boat Ramp in Jervis Bay by Wreck Bay Council workers on Wednesday. Stumped at the find they took the species to Booderee National Park's main office for identification.

The species, identified as a crested bandfish, has only 30 occurrence records listed on the Atlas of Living Australia and is rarely photographed.

The species is thought to feed on squids. It has an ink sac for defence and large eyes to help it see in the dark of the deep ocean.

Park staff do not know how the fish found its way to Jervis Bay but are excited about the find nonetheless.

Comment: This is the latest in a spate of rare, deep-sea dwelling creatures turning up in coastal areas around the world recently (since June the 7th), see in addition:

Cloud Precipitation

Summer flood, hurricane winds hit Adana, Turkey

Severe flood,hurricane winds hits Adana - TURKEY, June 19, 2020.


16-year-old boy attacked by a shark in North Carolina

Shark attacks
A 16-year-old boy visiting North Carolina's Outer Banks with his family is recovering from injuries suffered when he was attacked by a shark on Thursday.

Nick Arthur was jumping over waves on a sandbar about 25 feet offshore when he started screaming, his father told CNN.

"At first I thought he was screaming out of joy, and then I looked at him and saw the shark," Tim Arthur said.

The shark had its teeth around Nick's thigh and was not letting go, Arthur said.

"He was screaming 'Get it off me. Let me go' and I jumped into action," Arthur said.

Comment: Another person was attacked by a shark on the same day in the Bahamas.