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Drought, rains and record cold deliver dismal grain harvest for Ukraine and Russia

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The two largest grain exporters on planet earth look in bad shape
. Agricultural output in the Ukraine fell by 19% during the first half of 2020, compared to the same period last year. And Russia hasn't fared much better.

Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Taras Vysotsky blamed unfavorable weather conditions for 2020's dire harvest — as a result, grain prices in the nation with big "agrarian superpower" ambitions are on the rise.

A record cold and rainy May in the center and west of Ukraine, and drought in the south destroyed much of the grain, reports ria.ru. Added to that are the persistent June rains to the west which seriously delayed the harvest efforts.

Russia is also battling drought — up to 60% of the harvest has been lost in the south, and prices are on the rise their, too.

Associate Professor of the Timiryazev Agricultural Academy Igor Abakumov said that the last drought was 10 years ago, and with the phenomenon occurring at intervals of 3-7 years, Russia was "over the limit of favorable years".

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Floods, landslides kill 5 in northern Vietnam - heaviest rainfall since 1961

Flooding almost bury cars on a street in Ha Giang
© VnExpress/Xuan Hoa.
Flooding almost bury cars on a street in Ha Giang Town, the capital of Ha Giang Province, July 21, 2020.
Five people including three children in Ha Giang Province in the northern highlands died Tuesday amid heavy flooding in the region due to prolonged rain.

A 44-year-old woman and her 15-year-old daughter were asleep in their house in Hoang Su Phi District when rocks collapsed onto the house at around 5 a.m. Authorities tried to rescue the two, but failed.

At 7 a.m., another woman and her 13-year-old daughter were buried as landslides hit their rent house in Ha Giang Town, the capital of the province. Authorities found them after several hours and rushed them to hospital, but only the 48-year-old mother survived.

Another child, two years of age, from Bac Quang District, drowned amid the floods.


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Yangtze River flooding, China

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More flooding of the Yangtze River, China. July 25, 2020.


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Ice Age Farmer Report: US - Canned food shortages due to Chinese tin/steel supply chain failures

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Stock up now! Even as NPR mocks "Bean Buyer's Remorse," we are hearing that food packagers/distributors are unable to source tin/steel from China, resulting in a shortage of cans for food. With an already faltering supply chain, COVID-19 harvest labor concerns, and massive flooding in China, the future looks bleak -- start growing/storing food now.


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Hurricane Hanna batters southern Texas

A satellite image shows Hurricane Hanna approaching the Texan coast
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A satellite image shows Hurricane Hanna approaching the Texan coast
Hurricane Hanna has made landfall in southern Texas, with US officials warning of life-threatening storm surge, strong winds and heavy rains.

Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties, saying the coronavirus outbreak would complicate the work of the emergencies services.

Hanna made landfall on Padre Island on Saturday, and is now battering the area between Corpus Christi and Brownsville.

With winds up to 90mph (145km/h), the storm was tearing roofs off homes.

Hanna was a Category One hurricane, the lowest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

"Any hurricane is an enormous challenge," Gov Abbott said on Saturday. "This challenge is complicated and made even more severe, seeing that it is sweeping through an area that is the most challenged area in the state for Covid-19."


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Iceland's Mount Hekla shows signs of high magma pressure

From the 1991 Hekla eruption, when lava covered an area of 23 square kilometers
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From the 1991 Hekla eruption, when lava covered an area of 23 square kilometers.
Measurements made near stratovolcano Hekla indicate a build-up of magma pressure that has become considerably greater than when the volcano last erupted in 1991 and 2000.

The Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland, which performed the measurements, warns that eruptions in Hekla usually happen suddenly and that hikers in the vicinity of the volcano might be in danger in case of volcanic activity.

"It is not possible to guarantee that people visiting the area could be warned in time to seek shelter before an eruption would start. It is also worth noting that eruptions in Hekla often start with a powerful phreatomagmatic eruption," says the Institute. "Should a group of unprepared hikers find themselves near the eruption they would have few means of escaping."

In a phreatomagmatic eruption water and magma interact to produce tephra. There is a chance of pyroclastic flow where the tephra flows quickly down the hills of the volcano, similar to the flow of tephra that covered Pompeii in 79 AD.

The measurements were done near the farm of Næfurholt at the foot of Hekla where geologists discovered that the earth would rise during magma build-up underneath the volcano and then fall post eruption.

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6.3-magnitude earthquake hits South Sandwich Islands region

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted South Sandwich Islands region at 22:53 local time on Saturday (0053 GMT on Sunday), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 60.783 degrees south latitude and 25.3145 degrees west longitude.

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Highest flooding in Europe for 500 years, historical records show correlation with abnormal cold

As the pictures show, Verkhoyansk was hit by summer snow, which is not unknown but hardly common.

As the pictures show, Verkhoyansk was hit by summer snow, which is not unknown but hardly common.
An international research project coordinated by the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), with participation from researchers of the University of Barcelona, shows for the first time that flood pattern over the last decades in Europe have changed compared to past centuries.

The study, published in the journal Nature, concludes we are in one of the most flood-rich periods in Europe from the last five hundred years.

The study shows that, within the last half of the millennium, the last three decades are among the most important periods regarding frequency and magnitude of floods in Europe. Also, during these three decades, distribution of the floods have changed, as well as the temperature of the air and flood seasonality, with a higher percentage of floods in summer. Regarding the temperature of the air, from 1500 to 1900, floods used to take place with higher frequency during cold climate phases, while after 1990, floods increased within the context of global warming.


Comment: It would appear the 500 year old pattern still stands, because the evidence shows that our planet is now seriously cooling: Antarctica's coldest March temperature on record - a 'global warming' destroying -75.3℃/-103.5℉


The data analysis identified nine periods of floods that were more abundant and the associated regions. Among the most notable periods are 1560-1580 (western and central Europe), 1760-1800 (most part of Europe), 1840-1870 (western and southern Europe), and 1990-2016 (western and central Europe). According to the analysis, the current phase is the third most severe regarding floods. However, this data is at the expense of the duration of the current phase of abundant floods, to be concluded. Now, floods cause annual damages accounting for more than 100,000 million euros, and the general tendency of abundant floods is increasing.

Comment: ,
If the earth changes we're seeing today are anything to go by, it's likely that these shifts to extremes in weather occur across the planet, not just in Europe, as per the study above: Also check out SOTT radio's: As well as SOTT's monthly documentary SOTT Earth Changes Summary - June 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs:




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Summer storm and flooding in Taif, Saudi Arabia

Flooding hit Taif streets after a strong storm dumped heavy rain over the area on Friday.

Flooding hit Taif streets after a strong storm dumped heavy rain over the area on Friday.
Heavy rains on Friday brought this picturesque city near Makkah in western Saudi Arabia to a standstill, flooding roads and trapping cars, media reports said.

Online footage showed a number of cars submerged in rain-soaked streets.

Civil Defense personnel responded to 30 reports about cars trapped as a result of the Friday rains that resulted in high levels of accumulated waters on some roads. Fourteen of those cars had people stuck inside and were safely retrieved, the Civil Defense added.


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Locust swarms in China's southwestern province of Yunnan met with pesticide-carrying drones

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Swarms of yellow-spined bamboo locusts have decimated large areas of farmland around the city of Pu'er in China's southwestern province of Yunnan. Local authorities believe the crop-eating pests originated outside the province which borders Laos. Officials have deployed drones carrying pesticides in a bid to limit the spread of the insects which started to appear in late June 2020.