Earth ChangesS


In a St. Paul lab, scientists race to defeat a killer wheat fungus

The spores arrived from Kenya on dried, infected leaves ensconced in multiple layers of envelopes.

Working inside a bio-secure greenhouse outfitted with motion detectors and surveillance cameras, government scientists at the Cereal Disease Laboratory in St. Paul suspended the fungal spores in a light mineral oil and sprayed them onto dozens of healthy wheat plants each day. After two weeks, the stalks were covered with deadly reddish blisters characteristic of the scourge known as Ug99.

Nearly all of the plants were goners.

Crop scientists fear the Ug99 fungus could wipe out more than 80 percent of worldwide wheat crops as it spreads from its home base in eastern Africa. It has jumped the Red Sea and traveled as far as Iran. Experts say it is poised to enter the breadbasket of northern India and Pakistan, and the wind inevitably will carry it to Russia, China and even North America - if it doesn't hitch a ride with people first.

Bizarro Earth

US: Earthquake Magnitude 4.6 Rattles Cambria, California

© US Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 struck Saturday morning in Central California.

According to the USGS, the earthquake struck at about 5:30 a.m. and had a depth of 4.6 miles.

The quake was centered 10 miles northeast of Cambria and 15 miles west of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, according to the USGS.

Bizarro Earth

3 small earthquakes in less than 4 hours rattle California's Orange County; No damage reported

Yorba Linda - Three small earthquakes rattled California's Orange County area over a period of less than four hours on Thursday. No damage was immediately reported.

The first quake, with a magnitude of 3.8, struck at 4:56 p.m. Thursday and was centered 2 miles northeast of the city of Yorba Linda, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Bizarro Earth

Earthquake hits about 50 miles off Southern California coast

Avalon - A magnitude-4.2 earthquake has jolted the sea floor off the Southern California coast southeast of Santa Catalina Island.

Preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 6 p.m Friday, about 53 miles west of San Diego and 38 miles southeast of the island. There were no immediate reports of tsunami warnings as a result of the temblor.

Bizarro Earth

6.0 Earthquake Strikes Off Indonesia's Sumatra

A 6.0-magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the western coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage, seismologists said.

The quake struck at 4:21 pm (0921 GMT) at a depth of 28 kilometres, about 72 kilometres south-west of Bintuhan on Bengkulu province, Indonesia's National Meteorological and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said.

The agency said there were no immediate reports of injury and structural damage from the quake, the latest earthquake to jolt Indonesia in recent weeks.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," the edge of a tectonic plate prone to seismic upheaval.

Bizarro Earth

5.0 Earthquake Rattles Greek Island of Samos

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 has struck the island of Samos in the eastern Aegean Sea, close to the Turkish coast.

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

Athens Geodynamic Institute says the quake occurred at 11:28 a.m. (0828 GMT) Saturday, 280 kilometers (170 miles) east of Athens, in western Samos.

Earthquakes are common in Greece and neighboring Turkey.

Bizarro Earth

Taiwan Hit by 5.5-Magnitude Underwater Earthquake

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck east of Taiwan today, the central weather bureau said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The undersea tremor hit at 11.44 am (0344 GMT), 77km southeast of eastern Ilan county at a depth of 11 kilometres, the bureau said.

Taiwan, which lies near the junction of two tectonic plates, is regularly shaken by earthquakes.

Mr. Potato

Propaganda USA: Our hellish future as the planet fries

Definitive NOAA-led report on U.S. climate impacts warns of scorching 9 to 11°F warming over most of inland U.S. by 2090 with Kansas above 90°F some 120 days a year - and that isn't the worst case, it's business as usual!

US global warming by 2099
© unknown

If humanity stays near our current greenhouse gas emissions path, then Americans face hell - every state will be red.

The thermometer in this landmark U.S. government report puts warming at 9 to 11°F over the vast majority of the inland U.S. - and that is only the average around 2090 (compared to 1961-1979 baseline). On this emissions path, the IPCC's A2 scenario, most of the inland United States will be warming about 1°F a decade by century's end. Worse, we are on pace to exceed the A2 scenario (which is "only" about 850 ppm in 2100): See U.S. media largely ignores latest warning from climate scientists: "Recent observations confirm ... the worst-case IPCC scenario trajectories (or even worse) are being realised" - 1000 ppm (Link).

So this part of my not-so-well-funded analysis appears to hold up well: "Yes, the science says on our current emissions path we are projected to warm most of U.S. 10 - 15°F by 2100." (Link)

Hellish Future
Definitive NOAA-led report
Americans face hell
landmark U.S. government report
projected to warm most of U.S. 10 - 15°F by 2100
twice as many days per year above 90°F
it'll be above 90°F some 120 days a year
temperatures of up to 122°F would threaten most of the central, southern, and western U.S
East Coast sea levels an extra 20 inches by 2100 - to more than 6 feet
essential report
Joe Romm has outdone himself in this article. Joe is normally one of the most extreme global warming alarmists on the planet, but his identification with global warming appears to be so out of control that one has to wonder how it is possible for him, for anyone, to be so psychologically out of touch with reality.

Just a look at some recent posts from SOTT shows the northern hemisphere summer is in jeopardy. Crop failure and global food shortage is becoming more probable with each passing week. And not due to global warming, but Global Cooling.

What will it take to exorcise the psychological demons from the global warming extremists that are terrorizing the global population and determining the fate of global governmental policy?

The scenario currently with a high probability of coming to be is one of global cooling, food shortages and fuel shortages. Governmental AGW policy which will result in higher food costs and higher fuel costs in a time of socially engineered depression is a formula for disaster. It is a very real scenario that the data is pointing to on an almost daily basis.

Here is a sampling of recent news on crops:

Cold puts Western Canada crops behind schedule
Crops may be at risk - Canada frosts the most widespread in recent memory
Canadian Wheat Output May Fall on Dry, Cool Weather
US: Arkansas Soybean Planting Slowed by Persistent Wetness
US: Not Enough Sunshine, Too Much Rain In Midwest Corn
Poor Spring Weather Lowers Canadian Canola Production Estimate
Crops Under Stress as Temperatures Fall
Southeastern Missouri farmers try to overcome wet spring, soggy crops
Canada and USA agricultural weather issues and changes in our solar cycles
US Winter Wheat Production Lower In Virtually Every State
First Ever Ice Wine in Brazil

And this on food prices:

Concerns mount over sharp rise in food costs

A sampling of current summer weather:

Alberta, Saskatchewan get snow in June
Dickinson North Dakota June snowfall first since 1951
Great British summer goes from sweltering to shivering in just a week
North America Jet Stream, Recent Pattern is Unusual
UK Met Office Summer Forecast: Drowning Again?
Two months of rain in half a day in Britain
Wales: Freak storm brings Newtown to a standstill
Australia: Cold weather smashes records
US: Texas storms flood, cancel flights, shut off power
Canada: Winter still grips 90 per cent of north - migratory birds can't breed
Many forecasters have one word for this summer: COOL
Freak Beijing storm turns day into night
June Winter Wonderland In New Jersey
An exceptionally soggy June for many in US

Recent articles about the state of the sun:

Spotless Sun, new 'Baby Grand' milestone has arrived
Cooler decades ahead, researcher says
Still More on Diminished Solar Activity and Global Cooling
Solar cycle computer model with 98 percent forecasting accuracy a complete failure
Sunspot Minimum at Hand
Romm's Global Warming Fairy Tales
Comment On Joe Romm's Weblog On El Nino and Global Warming
A look at: Solar Wind Flow Pressure - Another Indication of Solar Downtrend?
Little Ice Age II, The Sequel?
A Cheshire Cat - Will Sunspots disappear entirely by 2015?
Mystery of the Missing Sunspots, Solved?

The above links are just a sampling of what is going on, all the while the global warming agenda is being intensified with a veritable onslaught of mass media and governmental promotion worldwide. Nearly simultaneously the US government and the UK government are releasing reports with skewed and discredited data that even exceeds the psychological manipulation utilized by the United Nations IPCC global warming contrived models.

The sun is in a deep slumber. The mid latitudes of both the northern and southern hemispheres are cooling. The great atmospheric conveyors of water vapor are becoming chaotic and may be shifting further from the tropics. Atmospheric particulates may be increasing from volcanic and meteoric dust. The US government has cut off data streams of incoming meteoric atmospheric explosions.

And the masses have nary a clue as to what is going on as they consume what is spoon fed to them by the great leadership of the world and its right hand man - mass media.

Joe Romm, Al Gore, Michael Mann, Eric Steig, the IPCC, GISS, Hadley Centre, Vicky Pope, Kofi Annan, Prince Charles, Barack Obama, ... Will these people be held responsible if the planet continues to cool, if their is massive crop failure, if people are freezing from lack of fuel and starving from lack of food?

The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is going to be to keep the average person from looking out the window or to keep the average person from noticing what is missing from the dinner table.


Long cold spell is to blame for lack of shellfish

Guernsey fisherman are struggling to make a living after a reduction in crab stocks.

It is thought that this year's cold spell, which lasted longer than in previous years, might have something to do with the poor amount of shellfish being caught.

Potter Robert Le Noury, who fishes off the west coast of the island, said he was putting down the same amount of pots but was struggling to find any crab.

'This is the slack time of year, but it seems to have dragged on.

'It's worrying whether I will be able to catch them or not and whether the season will be a wipe-out.

Life Preserver

It is a chill season for summer appliances in Kashmir

The consumer durables industry in Kashmir is clouded by a spell of coolness this summer as cold weather has put off consumers from making purchases in summer appliances.

The market for the summer appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, fans and coolers has dipped approximately by 90 percent, said Shafat Ahmed, a prominent dealer in refrigerators. Shafat, who owns a chain of retail outlets in the city, says the cool weather is inflicting serious damage to his business.

Shafat has stocks worth lakhs ready to be sold. The Valley usually has a limited season of hot days. If the coolness continues our business may freeze for the year. The deteriorating political situation is adding to the problem. As soon as the market stabilizes, abnormal situation in the form of strikes creeps in, he said.
"The fixed costs in the form of salaries, power, telephone bills and other liabilities are a worrying factor in such a slump," he further adds.

Sartaj, his sales executive said that he had never seen the current type of slow down in sales during his eight year service.