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Angry elephant rams truck off the road in Kruger National Park, South Africa


An elephant wants some living room.
The driver of a bakkie in the Klaserie area of Kruger National Park was stunned into silence earlier this week, after clashing with a furious elephant on a dirt road. Needless to say, the vehicle came off MUCH worse.

During the drive, the bakkie appeared to inadvertently get too close to one of the elephant calves, putting the family on high alert. The clip shows the adult ellie approaching the car and apparently backing away - but this was only to get a good charge lined up. The grey marvel then bounds down the road, ready to deliver a clear message to the motorist.


Woman mauled by bear in Asturias, Spain

Police have launched a search for the animal
© AFP - Getty
Police have launched a search for the animal (which is strongly believed to bear a striking resemblance to the one shown above).
A WOMAN was attacked by a bear during an evening walk with her friends, suffering facial injuries and a broken pelvis.

The 75-year-old was rushed to hospital after the beast clawed her face and tried to drag her away in the Asturias region in northern Spain.

The pensioner, identified only as Carmen, was enjoying an evening stroll with some pals after dinner when the animal appeared suddenly at around 9pm on Sunday.

The bear struck her in the face with one of its front claws after rearing up on its back legs.

According to local reports, the animal tried to drag the woman away before her friends, who were a few feet a head of her, got the bear to desist by shouting at it.


US sees most shark attacks in the world in 2020 - beating Australia and South Africa

The US had the most shark attacks last year

The US had the most shark attacks last year
A RECENT study found that the US experienced the most shark attacks in the world last year, surprisingly beating out Australia and South Africa.

The study by Florida Panhandle found that the US had 46 attacks in 2020, far and away the greatest of any country, with Australia coming in second with 30 attacks and the Bahamas third with just four attacks.

However, the fatality rate of the attacks was just 6.5 percent in the US, while a whopping 30 percent of Australian attacks were fatal.

Additional insights provided by the study include that 95 percent of shark attacks are unprovoked, and are most likely in the afternoon and on a Sunday.

Surprisingly, although the Great White Shark - the iconic species of the Jaws movie series - had the most attacks, its fatality rate was lower than that of the Tiger Shark.

The Great White had 19 attacks with a 31.6 percent fatality rate, while the Tiger's had seven with a 57.1 percent fatality rate.


Waterspouts filmed off the coast of Galveston, Texas

Waterspouts formed rapidly along an outflow just offshore of Galveston Island on June 1st, 2021. The complex of storms associated with the outflow remained offshore and prompted numerous special marine warnings for the associated waterspout activity.


One dead, 16 injured as tornado hits China's northeast Heilongjiang province

China tornado

Screenshot of Weibo video
A tornado slammed China's northeast Heilongjiang province on June 1, 2021, killing one and injuring 16 people. According to Chinese state media, the tornado, which brought along hail, stormed through a suburb of the provincial capital Harbin, damaging 168 homes and wreaking havoc on farmlands. The economic loss was estimated at 5.12 million yuan (US$800,000).


Delhi, India suffers coldest day in June ever

India man on river
A dust storm and late-night rain brought Delhi's minimum temperature on Tuesday down to 17.9 degrees Celsius, the lowest ever recorded in June, ensuring that the city continued the trend of breaking some historical weather record every month since August 2020.

According to IMD data, the previous lowest minimum temperature recorded in Delhi in June was 18 degrees Celsius on June 17, 2006.

HT reported last week that the Capital was on a weather barrier-breaking streak for at least the last nine months.

In August 2020, the city recorded 236.5mm rainfall, the highest for the month since 2013. In September, it recorded the warmest month in almost two decades. The Capital's average maximum temperature that month was 36.2 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 36.1 degrees Celsius in 2015. The last time Delhi recorded higher average maximum temperature in September was in 2001, when the mercury soared to 36.3 degrees Celsius.

In October, the city broke a 58-year-old record by clocking a mean minimum temperature of just 17.2 degrees Celsius. In November, it broke an even older record, with the month's mean minimum temperature dropping to 10.2 degrees Celsius, a level last seen in 1949.


"Dramatic" increase of landslips in UK's Brecon Beacons


While not unusual, landslips in the Beacons have become increasingly regular
Reservoirs in the Brecon Beacons are increasingly being polluted by landslides that have been described as a "dramatic" warning of climate change.

Extreme rainfall in recent years has led to an increase in the slips, the National Trust and Welsh Water said.

They result in the water being supplied to 1.5 million homes and businesses turning "rosé" pink and requiring additional treatment.

Thousands of trees are being planted to stabilise land near the reservoirs.

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Oxygen levels declining in hundreds of lakes across US & Europe over last 40 years

fish die off
© Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP, File
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, file photo, Kim Bertini looks over some of the 15,000 dead fish that washed up near her backyard on Lake Madeline in Galveston, Texas. Bertini said she and her husband, Chris, noticed dying fish on a Saturday and woke up the following morning to the dead, floating fish. The Galveston County Daily News reported that experts blame low levels of dissolved oxygen for the fish kill in Lake Madeline. Oxygen levels have dropped in hundreds of lakes in the United States and Europe over the last 40 years, a new study has found.
Oxygen levels have dropped in hundreds of lakes in the United States and Europe over the last four decades, a new study found.

And the authors said declining oxygen could lead to increased fish kills, algal blooms and methane emissions.

Researchers examined the temperature and dissolved oxygen — the amount of oxygen in the water — in nearly 400 lakes and found that declines were widespread. Their study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, found dissolved oxygen fell 5.5 % in surface waters of these lakes and 18.6% in deep waters.

Comment: Overall, our planet is cooling; and so it begs the question: if warming is involved, is the source of heat geothermal? As is the case in Antarctica? It's also notable that during previous periods of climatological and geologic upheaval - as is undoubtedly afoot during our own era - ocean anoxia has been identified as one factor involved in mass extinction events:

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Exceptional snowfall - the biggest in over 2 decades - pummels Patagonia, Argentina

Ushuaia is a city in Argentina. It is located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the "End of the World" — for a full week now, historic accumulations of snow have been inundating the city.

The (ongoing) snowstorm delivered more than 50 cm (1.65 ft) of global warming goodness to Ushuaia over the weekend alone, and has dumped over a meter (3.3+ feet) since the storm began around a week ago.

"We have not had a record of such a large snowfall for more than two decades," said Cristian Elías, the region's Civil Defense coordinator, and as reported by ambito.com.