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Volcanoes melting West Antarctic glaciers, 3 new studies confirm

west antactica volcano glacier
Not only are volcanoes melting the ice in Antarctica, previous studies show that underwater volcanoes (not humans) are melting ice in the Arctic.

"Three new research studies confirm that geothermal heat flow, not man-made global warming, is the dominant cause of West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) melting," writes geologist James Edward Kamis.

Outlined in red is West Antarctica's subglacial Marie Byrd bedrock mantle plume "hotspot". Red shading shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) thinning from 1992 to 2017 (credit research study to NASA, mantle plume outline by J. Kamis).

(1) One study, entitled "Evidence of an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island Glacier", proves that the Pine Island Glacier of West Antarctica is melting and retreating from geothermal heat from a currently active subglacial volcano, not man-made global warming. See National Science Foundation's press release here.

Comment: It can't be global warming when colder summers are killing Antarctica's moss forests.

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

As winter weather begins to descend upon Chicago with rain, sleet and snow, more than 1,000 flights have been canceled in and out of Chicago, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware.

As of 12:50 p.m. CT, 1,039 flights to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, big hubs for American and United airlines, had been canceled. At crosstown airport Chicago Midway International Airport, a big hub for Southwest Airlines, nearly 90 flights were canceled.

The National Weather Service tweeted about the severe conditions in Chicago on Saturday.


Heavy snowfall in Turkey - 150 village roads closed

While the thickness of snow in Sivas exceeded one meter (more than 3 ft), the streets became white throughout the country. Schools in Eskisehir closed due to snow.

Snowfall in many cities caused difficulties for citizens. In Ankara, the streets and streets are completely white. The snow thickness has reached 10 centimeters, especially in high sections. Snowfall in the provinces caused disruption of transportation.


California wildfires not caused by climate change - experts

California wildfires
© Reuters / Gene Blevins
A panel of experts said Wednesday that California's devastating wildfires were caused primarily by "the way we manage lands and develop our landscape" rather than climate change.

Speaking at the annual conference of the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington D.C., Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley, said that perhaps 20 to 25 percent of the wildfire damage resulted from climate change, whereas "75 percent is the way we manage lands and develop our landscape."

Stephens noted that in past centuries, wildfires were far more widespread than they are today, and played a vital role in California's ecosystem by helping to thin forests, Thomas Frank reported for E&E News.



ANOTHER quake shakes Puerto Rico - 5.9m

Puerto rico earthquake January 2020
ShakeMap of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck southwest Puerto Rico on Jan. 11, 2020.
The latest in a series of earthquakes and aftershocks struck off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico just before 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The center of the 5.9 earthquake is located about 8 miles south of Guanica, Puerto Rico, as reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

There is no threat for a tsunami at this time.


Woman mauled to death by her pet Malinois in Switzerland

The Malinois-breed pet attacked and killed the woman inside a training pen in Switzerland. Swiss authorities have today confirmed that the woman bled to death due to the injuries caused by the dog [File photo]

The Malinois-breed pet attacked and killed the woman inside a training pen in Switzerland. Swiss authorities have today confirmed that the woman bled to death due to the injuries caused by the dog [File photo]
A woman was killed at a dog training centre in western Switzerland after her pet dog attacked her inside a training pen.

The 45-year-old woman was found dead at a dog training centre in Auboranges, near the city of Lausanne in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Her Malinois-breed pet was seen standing over her body and was described as being 'visibly aggressive'.

The pet first blocked police officers and others from approaching the woman before going on the attack again.

Police said the dog attacked and mauled a female police officer. It was then shot dead.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy torrential rains kill 41 people in Luanda, Angola

41 people have died following heavy torrential rains in the Angolan capital, Luanda on Friday.

The government said 12 out of 18 provinces were hit by a violent downpour which began in the early hours of Monday and caused widespread destruction.

"Here in our area it's not going well, the rain came down hard. Many houses are flooded. We have no means of transport, everything is bad.
We ask the authorities to come and see this situation. Many representatives are passing through but everything is really bad, we don't know how to do it", Hernani João Panda, a resident of Cazenga said.


Volcano erupts on southwestern Japan island

Mt. Shintake
© Japan Meteorological Agency
Mt. Shintake
A volcano on a southwestern Japan island erupted Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with no immediate reports of injuries.

Rocks were thrown about 300 meters from the crater of Mt. Shintake on Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture following the eruption around 3:05 p.m., the agency said, adding it had not confirmed any pyroclastic flow.

No evacuation order was issued. As of the end of last month, 100 people were registered as residents on the 36-square-kilometer island.

It was the first eruption on the island since Feb. 2 last year.

Cloud Precipitation

Historic flooding in Israel kills 7 as 50-year rainfall record broken in North, 76 years in South

Flooding in Nahariya
© Flash90
Flooding in Nahariya

Israel broke a more than 50-year record for the highest amount of rainfall in northern Israel on Thursday
, according to the Israel Meteorological Service, as the heavy rains that have swept the nation over the last two weeks are expected to continue through Friday.

Emergency services remain on high alert across the country, and municipalities have put special measures in place, from positioning sandbags in key areas to clearing drainage systems, in an effort to prevent further casualties or damage.

In the northern coastal plain and Ramot Menashe, some 350 to 400 millimeters have accumulated over the last two weeks, and more than 400 mm. fell in the Western and Upper Galilee - in some areas reaching as much as 450 mm.

The service reported that this amount of rainfall over a two-week period is highly unusual. Since it began taking official rain measurements 80 years ago, such large quantities of rain have been measured in northern Israel only twice: in December 1951 and January 1969.

A record was also broken in southern Israel where, according to the meteorological service, some 122 mm. fell, breaking a 76-year-old record.

According to the Israel Insurance Association, about 45,000 claims have been made so far, totaling more than NIS 1.5 billion in damages. On Thursday, Interior Minister Arye Deri said that the government would invest NIS 5 million to assist with immediate needs.


39 tourists trapped for hours on Iceland glacier during blizzard

Iceland search crews have rescued more than three dozen snowmobiling tourists from a large glacier, after they became trapped during a snowstorm, authorities said.

Thirty-nine in the snowmobiling group were on the Langjokull glacier Tuesday when the storm abruptly moved in. Weather officials, however, said storm warnings were issued for the area before the snowmobile group arrived.

Hundreds of rescuers and dozens of vehicles were dispatched to the glacier to search for the group, officials said. Despite blizzard conditions, they were ultimately located. All 39 tourists were taken to safety early Wednesday morning.