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'It's starvation' Biologists in Alaska see a fifth year of significant seabird die-offs

Dead seabirds near Nome, Alaska, August 2019
© Sara Germain/Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Dead seabirds near Nome, Alaska, August 2019
Biologists in Alaska have again seen massive seabird die-offs this summer, or "wrecks," as some experts call them, extending from May into last month.

According to the National Park Service, reports received by mid-August documented thousands of dead short-tailed shearwaters from Bristol Bay, and lower numbers of other types of birds, found deceased in the Northern Bering and Chukchi Seas. This marks the fifth year in a row Alaska has seen mass seabird mortality events.

"Of all the carcasses we've collected and sent in, and that people have examined or looked at in any way, it's starvation. The birds are dying of starvation," said Kathy Kuletz seabird section lead for Alaska with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Kuletz said scientists still can't determine why hundreds and hundreds of birds, of a variety of species, are washing up on Alaska's shores, starving to death. According to Kuletz, it's possible that toxins from harmful algal blooms weakened the birds, preventing them from foraging, cannot be ruled out.

Cow Skull

Namibia experiencing worst drought in 90 years, over 60,000 livestock perished

Namibia drought
Namibia is currently experiencing the worst drought in 90 years and is finding ways to deal with climate change and stimulate agriculture in the future, Speaker of Parliament Peter Katjavivi said on Wednesday.

He was addressing parliamentarians and non governmental organizations on the current state of sustainable natural resource management in Namibia meant to find ways of unlocking a bioeconomy potential.

Katjavivi said for more than two years, the Namibia economy is also severely affected by an economic downturn.

Katjavivi added that there is a need to find ways to deal with natural calamities as more than 60 percent of the population in Namibia depend directly or indirectly from agriculture, forestry as well as freshwater fishery to maintain their livelihoods.

Comment: According to the ministry of agriculture, over 60 000 livestock, including 41 949 cattle, 10 377 sheep, 25 651 goats and 584 donkeys have perished due to drought between October 2018 and July this year. About 312 horses have also died it has been reported.

Snowflake Cold

Changing climate: Extreme fall start marked by unusual heat, snow and cold records in the US

snow montana september 2019
© Carlene Whitney Salois
Snow piles high in East Glacier, Montana, September 28, 2019
Extreme weather caused by a wavy jet stream has kicked off the first 10 days of fall across the United States, leading to a series of record-breaking and unusual weather events to start the new season.

Here's a look some of the weird things we've experienced so far this fall.

All-Time Record Heat For October

Daily record highs were set on several days during fall's first week in the South. Now, that has been capped off by all-time record heat for the month of October.

More than a dozen cities in the East, from upstate New York to the Florida Panhandle, set all-time October record highs on Tuesday.

Nashville, Tennessee, hit 98 degrees on Tuesday, crushing its previous all-time October heat record of 94 degrees.

Monday's high of 97 degrees in Louisville, Kentucky, also easily toppled the city's previous October record of 93 degrees.

Meridian, Mississippi, preliminarily broke the Mississippi state record high for October when it hit 101 degrees on Tuesday, according to Weather Underground historian Christopher Burt.


How I Walked Away From Global Warming Hysteria

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There was a time when I was a fairly ardent believer in anthropogenic global warming (AGW). The first time I remember encountering the subject was in a science class at age 13. They had this little graph showing CO2 concentrations measured against average temperatures taken from atop Mauna Kea, I believe, and there was almost a 1:1 correlation. Then there was a history of global temperatures from about 1650 to the present, which showed a slow and steady rise in temperature coinciding with industrialization in the West. Since industrialization globally was proceeding at an exponential pace, the theory 'logically' predicted that warming would correlate in an exponential fashion. The science textbook had numerous references to back up its assertions and for someone who wasn't particularly interested in long-term climate trends, it all looked legit.

The science teacher said we were all going to suffer because of the mistakes her generation had made (the baby-boomers) and that we had to stop it. She was an ardent environmentalist and talked about many other subjects with which my parents and I agreed. She was against the destruction of wetlands and the overdevelopment of sensitive areas which is destroying the aquifer, the overabundance of golf courses and people fertilizing their lawns which contributes to nutrient runoff and red tide, and a certain loathing of the oil companies which is almost universal among Floridians in the decades-long campaign to secure offshore drilling rights. They always say that their drilling is clean and won't impact the beaches, but the experience of Louisiana and Texas suggests otherwise.

Cloud Precipitation

At least 9 killed as Typhoon Mitag lashes South Korea

Typhoon Mitag left floods and landslides in its wake after it lashed South Korea

Typhoon Mitag left floods and landslides in its wake after it lashed South Korea
At least nine people were killed and several others missing after Typhoon Mitag lashed South Korea with heavy rain and strong winds, authorities said Thursday.

The storm hit southern parts of the country on Wednesday night, prompting flood warnings and triggering landslides in affected areas.

A total of nine people were killed across the country as of Thursday afternoon, the Ministry of Interior and Safety said, but the toll was expected to rise with several people missing.

A woman in her 60s was found dead after her home was buried in a landslide in the southern port city of Busan and around 600 rescue workers were trying to locate three others believed to be trapped beneath the rubble.


Plasma? Mysterious 'fireball' that crashed in Chile was NOT meteor say scientists

© National Geology and Mining Service of Chile
Mysterious "fireball"-like objects spotted blazing through the sky over Chile were not meteors, government scientists say, in a finding sure to enthuse UFO buffs the world over.

Residents of Dalcahue, a port city on the southern island of Chiloé, took to social media last week with reports of the unidentified flying objects, some sharing photos of the phenomenon. The "fireballs" reportedly crash-landed at a number of locations around the town.

Chile's National Geology and Mining Service soon gathered scientists to investigate the strange bright objects, dispatching teams to some seven sites on Chiloé to take samples. In a statement issued over the weekend, the scientists concluded they "found no remains, vestiges or evidence of a meteorite" left behind by the "luminous and incandescent" objects.

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Ice Age Farmer Report: The US has no grain reserves - Feed/seed shortages

The US liquidated in 2008 the Strategic Grains Reserve -- a little known and unsettling fact that merits discussion as we witness global wheat production dropping and massive crop losses worldwide. Rains keep tractors out of the fields and wash away cover crop seeds in parts of the midwest, raising concern among farmers -- and, ultimately, food prices. Start growing your own food today.


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Hurricane Lorenzo: Storm 'possibly strongest in 20 years' rips through the Azores

Residents on Portugal's Azores islands were hunkered down on Wednesday amid a deadly hurricane that has been described by local authorities as possibly the"strongest" in the last two decades.

Hurricane Lorenzo is sweeping along the western edge of the Azores, having knocked down trees and brought possibly life-threatening water currents with winds of up to 90mph.

Local authorities closed roads, schools and non-emergency public services on Wednesday as the Category 1 hurricane reached the archipelago.

It also knocked out power for those on the worst-affected island of Flores, where Portugal's metereological service predicted waves could reach up to 25 metres.

Cloud Precipitation

2019 was one of the coolest years on record in the US

The past 12 months have been one of the coolest years on record in the US. The US climate is getting less extreme, even as the heatwave propaganda ramps up to record levels.

Comment: Well, let's not go too far. There may be an overall cooling trend, but we cannot say say that extreme weather is decreasing...


Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico lights up the night sky

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupted overnight in a dramatic show of ash, smoke and gas. Authorities have advised locals to keep their noses and mouths covered from falling ash and gases.