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Wild animals in Zimbabwe attack more humans due to drought

At least 36 people were killed by wild animals in Zimbabwe in 2019 up up from 20 in 2018.

The Zimbabwean further reports that the authorities recorded 311 animal attacks on people last year, up from 195 in 2018.

This increased attack on people has been blamed on the extreme drought in the country which is driving wildlife into human settlements in search of nourishment.

"The cases include attacks on humans, their livestock and crops," said National parks spokesman Tinashe Farawo is quoted as saying.


Heartening photos show how the Australian bush is already regrowing after wildfires

New life bursts from the charred trunk of a tree in Kulnara, NSW.
© Murray Lowe
New life bursts from the charred trunk of a tree in Kulnara, NSW.
Beautiful photographs of the bush regrowing on the NSW Central Coast a month after fires devastated the region have been picked up as a symbol of hope online.

Local photographer Murray Lowe snapped the shots in the Kulnara area on Monday and posted them on Facebook, where they have been shared more 37,000 times in less than 48 hours.

"Ventured out into the fire grounds today to capture some images of how the Aussie bush responds to fire, and the way it regenerates itself and comes back to life," Mr Lowe wrote in his post.

"Even without any rain, life bursts through the burnt bark from the heart of the trees and the life cycle begins again."


Monster dust storm blankets several Australian states

A red hue blanketed much of south west Queensland on Saturday, caused by a weather system moving through from southern Australia.
© Lawren Dunn
A red hue blanketed much of south west Queensland on Saturday, caused by a weather system moving through from southern Australia.
Residents in several states are once again cleaning up the leftovers from a dust storm following strong winds in southern Australia at the end of last week.

A red hue blanketed much of south west Queensland on Saturday, reportedly caused by a weather system moving through from the south.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Matthew Bass said strong winds from a large trough system followed by a large high pressure system was to blame for the latest dust storm.

"As that trough moved through southern Australia, it picked up a whole lot of dust and drifted north," Mr Bass said.


Snoqualmie Pass in Washington walloped by nearly 3.5 feet of new snow in 2 days

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Several recent snowstorms have brought feet of new snow to the Cascade Mountains.

According to the Dept. of Transportation, Snoqualmie Pass received 41 inches of snow (3.4 feet) in the 48 hours prior to Sunday morning.

The winter weather has made pass travel extremely difficult.

Snoqualmie Pass was closed for a period Saturday afternoon and again Sunday morning. Stevens Pass also closed Saturday. You can always check the latest pass conditions here.


14 die as heavy snowfall, flash floods wreak havoc in Balochistan, Pakistan - snow up to 4 feet deep

Heavy snowfall and showers claimed at least 14 lives in different parts of Balochistan and suspended road and air links of the country's largest province with rest of the world on Sunday, as the unusually extreme weather system entered Pakistan.

With a strong westerly wave affecting most parts of the country, snowfall is also expected in Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, besides heavy showers have been forecast for Islamabad as well as upper and central Punjab from Monday till Tuesday morning, according to the meteorological department.

Met officials said heavy snowfall in Quetta had already broken the 20-year record. "In Qilla Saifullah, the Met Office recorded three- to four-foot snow, which was [more than] double the usual one- to 1.5-foot snow," said Chief Meteo­rologist Dr Azmat Hayat Khan.

Snowflake Cold

100 scientific papers: CO2 has minuscule effect on climate

frozen climate
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Within the past few years, more than 50 papers have been added to a compilation of scientific studies that refute the primary claim of climate-change activists that CO2 causes global warming.

The papers compiled by the NoTricksZone website, now numbering 106, find that CO2 has a minuscule effect on climate.

Words such as "negligible" are used to describe CO2's effect on the climate.

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Snowflake Cold

At least 17 killed as extreme cold sweeps across Afghanistan

Afghan men upload recycle items on sacks during a snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan January 12, 2020.
© REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Afghan men upload recycle items on sacks during a snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan January 12, 2020.
A severe cold snap killed at least 17 people in Afghanistan on Saturday, government officials said, as heavy snowfall and rain continued to lash parts of the country.

Afghanistan is no stranger to extreme winter weather, during which various warring groups in the country have historically ceased hostilities, but this year has been particularly harsh, according to the country's metrological department.

The officials said the death toll could rise further, with Afghanistan's Natural Disaster Management Authority still trying to compile a total figure.

"We were not expecting such a bad cold wave in the country," Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for the Natural Disaster Management team told Reuters.


Snowfall hits South Sinai, Egypt

Snowfall on Saint Catherine city in South Sinai led to an unprecedented increase in tourist occupancy rates to the city, after photos and videos circulated on social media showing people playing in the snow.

Hundreds of tourists flocked to Saint Catherine to see the snow, which began melting in the streets on Saturday but continued on in the mountain tops.

The head of the municipality council of the city, Talaat al-Anani, said that all roads are open and that this snow has brought great exhilaration to the city.

Comment: The same extreme cold weather with accompanying rare or exceptionally heavy snowfall has also been reported recently from other countries in the same general region:

Videos of snowfall in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia




Cloud Lightning

Taal Volcano near Manila, Philippines erupts for first time in 50 years - Onlookers stunned by electric display

Comment: ANOTHER erupting volcano 'goes electric'! It's hard to believe now because it's common in these strange times, but the sight of lightning being emitted from an erupting volcano was once folklore...

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© AFP / Bullit Marquez
People take photos of the Taal volcano as seen from the town of Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of Manila, on January 12, 2020.
The Philippines' Taal volcano has erupted, spewing a large column of ash which prompted raised alert levels and the evacuation of nearby communities. Making the sight even more menacing, lightning was seen hitting the ash plume.

The eruption began on Sunday and was caught on video by numerous bystanders, as well as surveillance cameras used to monitor the volcano. While Taal has been quiet since 1977, when the last major eruption occurred, it has been exhibiting increased seismic activity over the past few years.

The initial eruption is described as phreatic - meaning it occurs when heated magma evaporates ground or surface water.

Comment: UPDATE 14 Jan 2020

Taal volcano's eruption continues. Check out the latest videos. ELECTRIFYING!


Eleven dead and hundreds of thousands without power as storms and tornadoes sweep across US

The trailer home of an elderly couple in Louisiana was demolished in high winds
© AP
The trailer home of an elderly couple in Louisiana was demolished in high winds
At least 11 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of homes hit by power cuts as storms sweep across parts of the US south and east, bringing snow, hail and hurricane-force winds.

More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled as unrelenting rain and gales lash seven states along the east of the country from Texas.

Forecasters warned more than 18 million people remained at risk of tornadoes and flooding, and more snow was on its way.

Golfball-sized hail and up to 5ins of snow fell on Friday night and early Saturday as the storms pushed through the southeast and Great Lakes into Maine, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Firefighters found the bodies of an elderly couple near their demolished trailer in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. Their home had been carried 200ft from its foundations amid 135mph winds.

Comment: More than 1,000 Chicago flights canceled due to severe winter weather