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Dead dolphin appears on beach on the Costa del Sol, Spain - the 8th since December

The dolphin was spotted by local residents on Monday
The dolphin was spotted by local residents on Monday
It is the eighth such animal that has appeared on the Costa del Sol's beaches since December

A dead dolphin has been taken to the Aula del Mar in Malaga after washing up on Nerja's La Torrecilla beach on Monday. Local residents alerted Civil Protection officers, who in turn contacted the Endangered Marine Species Recovery Centre (Cream) of the Aula del Mar.

Biologist José Luis Mons, one of the founders of the Aula del Mar, explained to SUR on Tuesday that pending the results of the necropsy, the animal may have been pregnant but he could not specify the exact cause of death. "Adult specimens can live between 12 and 15 years, and this one would have been around seven years old," the expert added.


Crowds gather to see huge dead whale carcass on Spanish beach

A major operation is underway on the La Rada beach in Estepona to remove the carcas
© Backgrid
A major operation is underway on the La Rada beach in Estepona to remove the carcas
A 40ft whale has washed up on a beach in southern Spain in a sad and rare phenomenon.

The marine mammal - which is a fin whale - is thought to have beached itself after becoming injured.

Crowds gathered on the La Rada beach in Estepona to see and take pictures of the carcass.

Jose Luis Mons, from the Centre for the Recovery of Marine Species, told The Olive Press: 'It is not common to find whales stranded here on the beach, but tragically it does happen on some occasions.


4-year-old girl injured in stray dog attack dies in hospital in Maharashtra, India

dog attack
A four-year-old girl, who was attacked by a pack of stray dogs last week, died at a hospital in Maharashtra's Nagpur district, an official said on Friday.

The victim, Anjali Rawat, succumbed to her injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Thursday, he said.

The girl was attacked by a pack of stray dogs at Bharkas village near Butibori in Nagpur district on January 13.

The incident took place when the girl's parents were away and she was rescued by a woman in the neighbourhood and taken to a primary health centre at Takalghat town.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods affect thousands in Southern Province, Zambia

Floods in Southern Province, Zambia,
© Disaster Management & Mitigation Unit
Floods in Southern Province, Zambia, January 2022
An estimated 15,000 people from 3,500 households have been affected by flooding in Southern Province in Zambia over the last few days.

The country's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) said that, as of 17 January 2022, flooding had affected wide areas of Namwala District, Southern Province, which is situated close to the Kafue River. Flooding has inundated land and homes and disrupted the lives of at least 3,000 households.

The Red Cross also reported flooding in Choma district of Southern Province, close to Lake Kariba and the border with Zimbabwe. Around 500 families are thought to be affected and 110 households displaced.


Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupts...again

Located due east of San José, Turrialba is just two hours from the San Jose airport yet feels like a different world entirely and that was never more the case when the volcano, one of Costa Rica's most active, erupted last night at 9:27 pm. according to Ovsicori, Costa Rica's volcanic ministry.

It I also reported that an ash cloud of over 1000 meters rose above the volcano.

Reports of light ash and the smell of sulpher as far away as Escazu, San Pedro and Belen were reported.

The volcanic activity has stopped for now. The National Park had recently reopened after a period of consistent volcanic activity had caused concerns, resulting in its closure. You can see the volcano in action below.


Two new science papers cast further doubt on human contribution to climate change

carbon cycle
Two important papers have recently been published that question the extent to which humans are causing global warming by burning fossil fuel and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The works will of course be ignored by mainstream media outlets, but they represent further evidence that a more nuanced view of human-caused or anthropogenic warming is gaining traction among scientists, tired of working within the political constraints of 'settled' science.

In a paper to be published next month in the journal Health Physics, three physics professors led by Kenneth Skrable from the University of Massachusetts examine the atmospheric trail left by CO2 isotopes and conclude that the amount of CO2 released by fossil fuel burning between 1750 and 2018 was "much too low to be the cause of global warming".

Three carbon isotopes are found in the atmosphere, 12C, 13C and 14C. The latter is produced by cosmic rays and is in a constant state of activity but the other two are contained in the gas entering the atmosphere. The carbon in living matter has a slightly higher proportion of 12C. Although only about 4% of CO2 entering the atmosphere every year is produced by human activity, it is said very slightly to alter the balance of the other atmospheric isotopes. As a result it is often used as 'proof' that rising CO2 levels are primarily the result of fossil fuel burning.

Comment: The author is correct that these findings will never see the light of day. The controllers aren't interested in the truth about climate change, only that the narrative enables them to make sweeping changes to society to their own benefit (and detriment to the rest of us). The plebs can't know the truth!

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Tonga volcano: Footage shows widespread damage at beachside village from eruption, tsunami

Footage by a Tongan politician posted on Thursday showed some of the widespread damage left by a tsunami that hit the island nation in the wake of a massive undersea eruption on Saturday, as a state of emergency was declared and repair efforts underway.


Australian town records hottest day on record with temperatures over 50C

Australian town records hottest day on record

Australian town records hottest day on record
A remote coastal town in Western Australia, Onslow, registered a temperature of 50.7C, matching its hottest ever recorded temperature. The record was first set in 1960.

While several parts of the globe are battling extremely cold conditions, Australia is recording high temperatures.

Not just Onslow, but other Western Australian sites including Roebourne airport and Mardie also hit 50.5C.

Several other towns in the region are also likely to set temperature records for January or any time of the year. Iron-ore export hub Karratha reached 48.4C as it exceeded its previous high of 48.2C.

Snowflake Cold

Sahara desert receives rare snowfall as temperatures plunge to -2C (fourth time in last 7 years)

Temperatures had plummeted to -2C
© Karim Bouchetta/Bav Media
Temperatures had plummeted to -2C
Stunning images of sand dunes in the Sahara desert covered in snow have been captured by a photographer.

The desert is more commonly known for its hot and dry climate so this incredible sight is very rare occurence.

Temperatures had plummeted to -2C when Karim Bouchetata took the photos on Tuesday near the town of Ain Sefra in northwest Algeria yesterday.

The area has seen snow before due to it being surrounded by the Atlas Mountains and 1,000 metres above sea level.

But the phenomenon is still rare as it has seen snow just five times in the last 24 years - in 1979, 2016, 2018 and 2021.

Bizarro Earth

Bubbles of methane rising from seafloor in Puget Sound

Collecting Data
© University of Washington
Marine technician Sonia Brugger (right) and marine engineer Tor Bjorklund aboard the RV Rachel Carson in December 2020 collecting data near the Alki Point vent field. Alki Point is seen in the distance.
The release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas responsible for almost a quarter of global warming, is being studied around the world, from Arctic wetlands to livestock feedlots. A University of Washington team has discovered a source much closer to home: 349 plumes of methane gas bubbling up from the seafloor in Puget Sound, which holds more water than any other U.S. estuary.

The columns of bubbles are especially pronounced off Alki Point in West Seattle and near the ferry terminal in Kingston, Washington, according to a study in the January issue of Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.

"There's methane plumes all over Puget Sound," said lead author Paul Johnson, a UW professor of oceanography. "Single plumes are all over the place, but the big clusters of plumes are at Kingston and at Alki Point."

Previous UW research had found methane bubbling up from the outer coasts of Washington and Oregon. The bubbles in Puget Sound were first discovered by surprise in 2011, when the UW's global research vessel, the RV Thomas G. Thompson, had kept its sonar beams turned on as it returned to its home port on the UW campus. The underwater images created by the soundwaves showed a distinct, persistent bubble plumes as the vessel rounded the Kingston ferry terminal.