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3 dead whales in 4 days - necropsy underway on most recent on Long Island, New York

Three dead whales have washed up on Tri-State beaches in the past four days, prompting scientists to study why it keeps happening.

A necropsy is now underway on the humpback whale that washed up this week in Long Beach, Long Island.

The whale was said to be 26 feet long, a male, and between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.

It was spotted floating in the water at Atlantic Beach around 5 p.m. Monday and later washed up at Long Beach.

Parts of the whale will be buried in pieces on the beach.

Blue Planet

Rate of photosynthesis has slowed since 2001, 'drier air' thought to be the cause in new study

photosynthesis leaf plant sage
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Climate change is messing with photosynthesis in unexpected ways
Increases in CO2 in the atmosphere brought about by anthropogenic activity was expected to increase the rate of photosynthesis in plants and perhaps increase plant yield and growth.

New science has showed the rate of photosynthesis around the globe has been increasing, but now there is evidence the rate has slowed and might soon plateau.

During photosynthesis plants take water and CO2 and convert it into oxygen and carbohydrates - storing carbon inside the plant and soil. A higher availability of CO2 increases the rate of this process, acting as a sort of brake on global warming by sequestering more CO2.

Comment: Perhaps there's some clues to be found in sunlight itself, because, notably, it was only recently that scientists discovered a particular kind of 'high energy light' present in the Sun's rays.

And, whilst mainstream temperature data seems to be compromised, it is possible that overall humidity is changing, and that this is indeed impacting photosynthesis.

Whatever the cause, the frequency of unusual phenomena occurring in Earth's atmosphere do indeed point to a shift occurring on our planet: And check out SOTT radio's:


Mount Etna eruption leads to flight cancellations at Sicily's Catania airport

Lava flows from Etna.
© Salvatore Allegra/AP
Lava flows from Etna.
Flights serving the eastern Sicilian city of Catania were halted after an eruption from nearby Mount Etna, local authorities said, bringing fresh travel troubles to the crisis-plagued Italian airport.

The 3,330 metre high volcano burst into action overnight on Sunday, firing lava and ash high over the Mediterranean island. The lava flow subsided before dawn, but ash was still coming from one of the craters.

Flights to and from Catania, a popular tourist destination, were set to remain suspended until 6am on Tuesday morning, the airport operator said in a statement, dashing hopes they could resume on Monday night.



Russia's Far East suffers flooding, over 2,500 people evacuated

In this photo released by Russian Emergency

In this photo released by Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023, Emergency service workers give assistance in a flooded village in Primorye region, Russia's Far East after heavy downpours flooded villages in the region in the aftermath of Typhoon Khanun.
Floods in Russia's Far East had forced the evacuation of more than 2,500 people by Monday, the ministry of emergency situations said, after Russia joined the list of countries battered by rainstorms in the wake of Typhoon Khanun.

After lashing southern Japan last week, Khanun weakened into a tropical depression as it swept across the Korean peninsula to make landfall in northeast China on Friday night, causing mudslides in Liaoning Province that killed at least 21 people.

In the Russian Far East, 28 settlements were cut off by Monday. Large stretches of roads and 4,620 houses were flooded in 15 municipalities, the ministry said on the Telegram channel.

The ministry said floodwaters had begun to recede in most parts of Primorye region, and the worst flooding was on the Malinovka river near the village of Rakitnoye. The Pacific coast port of Vladivostok is the administrative center of Primorye region.

Source: Reuters


Golf course damaged by baseball-sized hail in Renville County, Minnesota on August 11

The damage from last Friday's hailstorm is still being felt in Renville County. Crops, cars and homes took a beating as large pieces of hail pelted the area for several minutes.

Just north of Buffalo Lake, the hailstorm made it look like someone took a weed whipper to the crops. It shredded fields of green, along with fairways of green.

Mike and Laura Knodel own Oakdale Golf Club. They were hosting a tournament when the storm hit.

"And then all of the sudden, it went haywire," Mike said. "We blew the horn to get them off. Some of them got caught out there in it."


'Mud tsunami' crashes through Italian Alpine town during summer flash floods

Cars and campervans were damaged in the mudslide in Bardonecchia on Sunday

Cars and campervans were damaged in the mudslide in Bardonecchia on Sunday
This is the terrifying moment a 'tsunami of mud' crashed through an Italian Alpine town, sending people fleeing for their lives.

Dramatic video shows the churning river of mud forming a huge wave as it burst its banks and slammed into a street following heavy rain in the town of Bardonecchia, near Turin in the Val di Susa valley.

Horrified residents and tourists were sent running for their lives as the huge 'mud tsunami' smashed through a gate and sent debris flying towards them on Sunday evening.


Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Northern Mariana Islands

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 271 km SE of San Jose Village, Northern Mariana Islands at 1351 GMT on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 13.38 degrees north latitude and 147.54 degrees east longitude.


Maui wildfires leave trail of death and destruction

maui hawaii wildfires shelter
© Jorge Garcia/Reuters
A view of a War Memorial Gym turned into donation and medical shelter to aid victims of the Maui wildfires in Kahului, Hawaii, on August 11.
  • The official death toll has reached 99 in the wildfires on Maui and is expected to increase "significantly" in the coming days, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said on CNN. The blaze that devastated the historic town of Lahaina is now the deadliest US wildfire in over 100 years, officials said.
  • Officials will begin releasing the names of the deceased Tuesday, Maui County Police Chief John Pelletier said during a Monday news conference.
  • As residents sift through the ashes of what used to be homes and landmarks, some say the island is struggling to provide housing for those displaced by the fires.
  • Here's how to help victims of the wildfires in Hawaii.

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Cloud Precipitation

At least 21 killed, 6 missing in northern China after floods, mudslides (UPDATE)

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers gather at the aftermath of a mudslide in Weiziping village of Luanzhen township on the outskirts of Chang'an district, Xi'an of northwestern China's Shaanxi Province on Saturday Aug. 12, 2023.
© Zhang Bin
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers gather at the aftermath of a mudslide in Weiziping village of Luanzhen township on the outskirts of Chang'an district, Xi'an of northwestern China's Shaanxi Province on Saturday Aug. 12, 2023. The mudslide caused by torrential rains killed at least two people on the outskirts of Xi'an in western China, an official news agency said Saturday, while some trains in the northeast were canceled as a powerful storm lashed the region.
At least two people have been killed and 16 others are missing after mudslides and flooding in the northwestern Chinese city of Xian, on Saturday (August 12), reported state broadcaster CCTV. This comes a day after reports that nearly 80 people have been killed across several Chinese provinces, including the capital city of Beijing since storm Doksuri, a former super typhoon, made landfall in southern Fujian province back in July.

According to a report by CCTV, the Chinese city was "affected by short-term local heavy rainfall, at 18:00 (local time) on August 11...there was a sudden mountain flash flood and mudslide."

It added, "A preliminary inspection showed that, at present, two houses in the village have been washed away and infrastructure including roads, bridges and power supply have been damaged."

Chinese officials also rescued four people initially trapped by the mudslide, said the state media report, adding that the emergency response and rescue efforts were continuing on Saturday morning as 16 individuals remained missing.

Comment: Update August 14

CNN reports:
At least 21 people are dead and six others missing after a flash flood and landslide following torrential rains in the outskirts of northwestern China's Xi'an city, local authorities said Sunday.

The natural disaster, which took place in a mountainside village on Friday, also caused blackouts affecting 900 households and damaged roads, bridges and communications infrastructure, according to the the Xi'an City Emergency Management Bureau.


Tornado kills at least two in eastern China

A tornado and hailstorm killed at least two people and injured 15 in Jiangsu province, Chinese state media reported on Sunday (August 13).

Footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed a tornado ploughing through farmland, leaving the roofs of houses damaged.

The storm struck in the afternoon near Yancheng city, a few hours' drive north of China's financial capital, Shanghai.

Extreme weather has grown more frequent in recent years in China, following a volatile summer that has brought record-breaking rain and extreme flooding in China.

Source: Reuters