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31,000 people evacuated from Magdeburg, Germany after River Elbe dam breaks, Thousands of Hungarians help army lay a million sandbags as swollen Danube hits Budapest

Elbe floods Magdeburg, state capital of Saxony-Anhalt in eastern Germany

About 23,000 people left their homes in the city after losing power

At least 21 flood-related deaths have been reported in central Europe

River Danube has reached highest level in 500 years after days of rain

Thousands of volunteers are helping to shore up Budapest's flood defences


Tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes as the River Elbe burst through a dam and flooded parts of eastern Germany.

Today the Elbe breached another levee on its relentless march towards the North Sea, forcing Germany to evacuate ten villages and close one of the country's main railway routes.

Upstream there was some relief as the river slipped back from record levels in Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt state.

At least 21 flood-related deaths have been in reported in central Europe following a week of heavy rain, leading to rivers swelling and extensive damage.

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Only the swimming pool of this garden in Magdeburg was visible as the River Elbe flooded the east German city
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In east Germany, people walked through flooded streets in the Rothensee district of Magdeburg after the River Elbe burst its banks

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Officials investigate mystery foam at Lake Mead

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Boulder City, Nevada - Authorities are warning people to avoid a section of Lake Mead after park officials found dead carp and a mysterious foam there.

Park spokeswoman Christie Vanover says the mysterious fish deaths and foam were found in the Overton Arm, where the lake extends north. She says the foam appeared to be coming from the mouth of the Virgin River and stretched about eight miles down to Echo Bay.

Officials said over the weekend that the Southern Nevada Water Authority is working with the National Park Service to collect water samples.

The authority is also keeping track of water at its two water treatment facilities to ensure the quality meets the federal standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Attention

Otters show disease Toxoplasmosis widespread in UK rivers

Otters show disease could be in our rivers

For the first time scientists have shown that the disease Toxoplasmosis is widespread in animals found in the UK's water systems. If the disease is common in our rivers it could mean that humans are at a high risk of infection.

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The researchers conducted post mortems on dead otters - mostly road-kills - found around England and Wales to assess whether any of the animals contained antibodies for the disease, which is caused by the parasite Toxoplasmosis Gondii. The scientists were surprised to find almost half of the otters examined had been exposed to the disease - a high rate of prevalence considering otters eat fish, which don't carry the parasite.

'40 per cent were carrying antibodies for the disease, although Toxoplasmosis was never shown to be the cause of death. This is higher than we might have expected given their mainly fish diet,' says Dr Elizabeth Chadwick of Cardiff University, lead author on the study.

'On the other hand it may be that otters are being infected by cysts in the water containing a reproductive form of the parasite - the oocysts. If otters are picking it up directly from water it suggests there is an environmental risk to humans, as current screening and water treatments don't get rid of oocysts.'

The parasite can only complete its life cycle and produce oocysts when it is hosted by a cat. The oocysts can enter the cat's faeces and eventually, either from people flushing cat litter down their toilets, or from the faecal matter draining off of gardens and streets, get into our waterways.

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Magnetic mystery glitter descends upon Indiana neighborhood

Hammond - State investigators confirmed Friday the glittery substance reported in a Robertsdale neighborhood this week is different from the particle common in the steelmaking process called kish graphite.

Investigators from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management confirmed the substance is a metallic, magnetic flake. Hammond officials initially believed the substance could be kish graphite.

IDEM spokesman Dan Goldblatt said it's unknown what exactly comprises the material, so the state can't say for sure if it's toxic or not, though there have been no reports of people becoming ill.

Additional samples of the substance were gathered Friday, and IDEM intends to release a more detailed analysis in the coming days. Goldblatt said the source of the release is unknown but is likely from industry.

The city notified IDEM earlier this week when residents near the 1500 block of Brown Avenue began reporting a black and silver glittery substance in yards and on vehicles and outdoor furniture.

Propaganda

Food waste responsible for climate change and food price increases

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Daouda Toure, has said that climate change in form of extreme weather events, floods, production shocks, population growth, increasing global affluence and natural resource constraints will all impact on food prices.

Mr. Toure, who made the disclosure last week at the World Environment Day celebrations, said that 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year and this amounts to the tonnes of food produced in Sub-Sahara Africa, including Nigeria.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki - Moon also disclosed in his own address that the problem of about 870 million people who are undernourished with millions of children who suffer from childhood stunting has become a silent pandemic.

Comment: Absurd connection that wasting food contributes to climate change


Light Saber

Senior British MP confesses he was wrong about global warming - says climate change is 'real, but due to natural causes'

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Tim Yeo: 'The climate is changing but humans aren't causing it to change'... which begs the questions; what is?
The climate is changing - but not in the style prognosticated by the global warmist fanatics.

As the bottom falls out of the man-made climate change industry, those who were among its most bullish investors at the height of the scam are now covering their positions in a bear market.

Great damage was done to this much-hyped imposture by Climategate ("Hide the decline!"), by the discredited "hockey stick", by the farce over "melting" Himalayan glaciers and the "decrease" in the polar bear population from 5,000 in 1970 to 25,000 today. Yet what has chiefly discredited the climate change superstition is the basic, inescapable fact that there has been no global warming since 1997.

The official face-saving response is that this is a "pause" in an otherwise menacing trend - a pause of a decade and a half. The warmist fanatics will freeze to death in their solar bunkers before they will admit defeat; but the more worldly wise, especially scientists anxious to preserve a vestige of academic credibility, are now striving to effect a withdrawal in good order.

Even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change began to ratchet down its more extravagant predictions as early as 2007. In 2010 the Royal Society reviewed its stance on the Anthropogenic Global Warming theory and assumed a more neutral position. Since then, it has been like the retreat from Moscow: last month Oxford scientists, albeit in Delphic language, moderated forecasts of climate disaster.

Comment: Yes, the global warmists are bonkers, but let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Most people clearly see that something WEIRD is going on with the weather. If man is not the cause of it, what is?..

Last Ice Age took just SIX months to arrive

Ice Ages start and end so suddenly, "it's like a button was pressed," say scientists

Ireland: County Clare lake shows ice age came quickly


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Mega mosquitoes arrive in Central Florida

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Oviedo - As predicted, mega mosquitoes, known as gallinippers, have arrived in Central Florida.

Gallinippers, which are 20 times the size of a typical mosquito and pack a painful bite, have been spotted in Seminole County, according to officials.

Entomologists at the University of Florida predicted earlier this year that the mega mosquitoes, about the size of a quarter, would invade the Sunshine State in 2013, a year after being spotted in Florida following drenching rains from Tropical Storm Debbie.

Windsock

Extreme weather events and earth changes in May 2013



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Gelatinous bayou blobs worry Louisiana resident

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Roger Pierron retrieves a bryozoan colony out of Bayou Terrebonne Wednesday behind his home in Chauvin.
Chauvin resident Patsy Pierron and her husband Roger noticed something strange growing in the bayou behind their home Sunday afternoon.

Attached to the water lilies and sticks that lined the couple's bulkhead on Bayou Little Caillou were dozens of brownish, gelatinous blobs. Pierron, 61, said she'd never seen anything like it.

"They were all over my bayouside, One was as big as a basketball," she said.

Pierron said she and her husband, unable to identify the odd, gooey sacs that were multiplying in the bayou, entertained thoughts of alien cocoons and monster eggs. They worried that the blobs could be dangerous or poisonous.

"They are these hard balls with slime on them," Pierron said. "My husband said it looked like that movie, 'Cocoon.' "

One of her sons came over and urged her to get someone to identify the mysterious spheres. Pierron said she called the Terrebonne Sheriff's Office, and it directed her to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which was closed for the weekend.

Cloud Lightning

22 signs that global weather patterns are going absolutely crazy

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Global weather patterns seem to get stranger and stranger with each passing year. Almost every day now, the news is telling us about some bizarre weather event that hasn't happened "in 100 years" going on in some area of the globe. All over the planet, we are seeing torrential rainfalls, unprecedented flooding, extreme drought, nightmarish wildfires, record setting tornadoes and very unusual blizzards. Record high temperatures and record low temperatures are set so frequently now that nobody really seems to even notice anymore. So exactly what in the world is going on here? Why does our weather seem to be going absolutely crazy? Perhaps even more important - can we expect our weather patterns to become even more erratic? Some meteorologists are suggesting that these unusual weather events are just an "anomaly" and that things will get back to normal soon. But what if they don't?

I noted that natural disasters seem to be increasing in both frequency and severity in my recent article entitled "Are We Entering The Worst Period For Natural Disasters In U.S. History?" But it isn't just the ground under our feet that seems to be becoming more unstable. The weather patterns that we all take for granted and that society depends upon seem to be rapidly changing.

The following are 22 signs that global weather patterns are going absolutely crazy...