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Vengeful monkey pack attacks and kills 250 dogs in retaliation for baby monkey's death in Maharashtra, India

Enraged monkeys have killed 250 dogs

Enraged monkeys have killed 250 dogs in an Indian district by dragging them to the top of buildings and trees and dropping them. Pictured: Footage purportedly showing a monkey carrying a puppy on a roof in India, Lavul village
Over the past month, the villages of Majalgaon and Lavool in Maharashtra, India, have witnessed increasing violence from local monkeys towards dogs. According to local reports, as many as 250 dogs have been killed by the primates who would drag them to the top of trees and buildings and then throw them to their deaths.

One shocking picture shows a monkey carrying a puppy to the edge of a building, ready to throw it to the ground.

Video footage shared by thousands online showed chases between dogs and primates in the streets and local people visibly frightened by the fights.


The reason behind so much violence is reportedly revenge.

It was reported a pack of dogs mauled a baby monkey to death which started the war between the two local species.

Snowflake

Lake Tahoe received up to 8.5 FEET of snow in 5 days

Buses lie buried at Palisades Tahoe.
© Ryan Salm
Buses lie buried at Palisades Tahoe.
Just last week, the mountains of the Sierra Nevada were bare and brown. Leaves were long gone. We were in a holding pattern, just waiting and waiting for water to fall from the sky. A surprise storm in October blessedly drenched the Sierra Nevada, but after that, almost six weeks passed with hardly any precipitation.

Today, the scenery looks entirely different. The Sierra Nevada mountains are painted white. Roads are like tunnels between tall snowbanks. Tree boughs are heavy with snow. And the mountains are donning a white coat, winter's finest.

Lake Tahoe received somewhere between 4 and 8.5 feet of snow in five days, according to Bryan Allegretto, who forecasts and tracks snowfall in the Lake Tahoe region for Open Snow. On Thursday morning, snowflakes continued to fall lightly, a quiet cap to a fierce storm that jump-started winter from hardly a pulse to fully alive.


Arrow Down

Dramatic moment sinkhole swallows entire house in Ecuador

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Giant sinkhole swallows houses in Ecuador's Zaruma
Dramatic footage shows how a building collapsed in the southern Ecuadorian city of Zaruma late on Wednesday night as the ground beneath it gave away.

The terrifying footage shows onlookers looking and gasping as the sinkhole consumes the house.

Local residents complained this wasn't the first time a sinkhole has opened up in the heritage city, pinning the blame on uncontrolled mining.

No casualties have been reported in the collapse.


Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods in Erbil, Iraq - at least 8 killed

Flood damage in Erbil, December 2021.
© Erbil Civil Defence
Flood damage in Erbil, December 2021.
At least 8 people have died and more are feared missing after flash floods struck in the city of Erbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, for the second time in 6 weeks.

Authorities said heavy rain began to fall late on 16 December 2021, causing floods in the city of Erbil and surrounding areas of Erbil governorate early the following day. Cars, buses and trucks were swept along streets in a repeat of the flash floods that struck in Erbil in late October this year.

As of 17 December, 8 fatalities were reported, including 7 people who drowned in flood water and one person who died from a lightning strike. More are feared missing and search and rescue operations are ongoing. Officials urged residents to stay off the roads and avoid flooded areas. As of late 17 December the flood waters had receded and authorities had started to clear flood debris in affected areas.


Seismograph

Shallow magnitude 6 earthquake in South Sandwich Islands region

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6.0 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Thursday, December 16, 2021 21:14 PM
Your time: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 9:14 PM GMT
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - South Sandwich Islands region
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people
15 km depth

Snowflake Cold

New bogus study claims "no snow" in 35 years as snowfall records (from the 1800s) broken in Nevada & California

heavy snow ski resort

Heavy snow at a Lake Tahoe ski resort
A parched Western U.S. has been buffeted by heavy precipitation this week, precipitation which fell as record-breaking snow across the region's higher elevations as storm systems collided with descending Arctic air.

As I reported yesterday, snow has buffeted California's Sierra Nevada this week, with as much as 8 feet has accumulating along the mountain chain, busting regional records. However, as the storm tracked east and entered the state of Nevada, it took out a number of historic snowfall records for the time of year.

Snow fell across Nevada on Tuesday, with the city of Elko picking up 3 inches. More impressive totals were registered elsewhere, though, including in the central Nevada towns of Ely, Eureka, Winnemucca and Tonopah, which all smashed snowfall records.

Tornado1

More hurricane-force wind gusts were reported across the US in a single day than ever before

hurricane winds midwest US truck
© Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP
Two semi trucks, one southbound and one northbound, were part of the truck carnage on I-25 Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colo. These trucks were north of Briargate Pkwy. Over a dozen semi trucks were blown over by high winds in the Pikes Peak region on I-25.
Heavy winds barreled Wednesday from the Rockies to the Great Lakes, exacerbating fire dangers and setting weather records as gusts shut down a stretch of interstate, tore off roofs and even forced the evacuation of some air traffic controllers.

At least 55 reports of hurricane-force thunderstorm wind gusts over 75 mph were tracked across the Great Plains and Midwest, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, setting a one-day national record. Around 300 severe wind reports came in across the regions throughout the day, with alerts impacting at least 80 million people.

Attention

The future is full of garbage

As the coast erodes, decades-old trash is coming out of the ground.

Leaky Landfills
© Global Warming Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Thousands of landfills built over the past century, like this one on Walney Island, England, are susceptible to flooding, sea level rise, and coastal erosion.
In the early 2010s, garbage started falling out of the sand dunes in Lingreville, France. Beset by chronic coastal erosion, a long-forgotten landfill was spewing its rotten trove into the ocean. In 2016, a powerful storm dug into the site. The next year, cleanup crews stripped 14,000 cubic meters of sand mixed with waste — including asbestos — from the site. Now, researchers are warning that coastal communities around the world are set to face the same fate, with destabilized landfills on the verge of releasing large amounts of waste into the ocean.

Humans have been throwing everything from hazardous industrial waste to domestic rubbish into landfills for decades. Landfills were originally seen as eternal dumping grounds that could hold waste forever. It didn't take long for environmental concerns to arise, and today legislation often dictates what can and can't be chucked into a landfill. But the vast majority of landfills predate such rules. And with sea level rise causing more extreme erosion, flooding, and storm surges, we are on the verge of being reunited with much of this refuse.

Robert Nicholls, an expert in climate adaptation at the University of East Anglia in England, is concerned that people are under-appreciating just how much garbage could be loosed from degrading shorelines. To demonstrate the true extent of the issue, Nicholls and his colleagues analyzed existing data on landfills in Europe and in Florida — a state set to lose huge swaths of its area over the next century — to show the vast number of historical landfills sitting precariously close to the rising ocean.

Fish

Couple find terrifying deep sea fish on beach in Devon, UK - 9,000 miles away from its natural home

The rare fish is usually found half a mile underwater

The Angler fish washed up on South Sands Beach in Devon.
© SWNS
The Angler fish washed up on South Sands Beach in Devon.
A terrifying-looking rare fish usually found half a mile underwater has washed up on Devon's shores - a staggering 9,000 miles from its home in the Pacific Ocean.

Katrina Ashmore, 41, and Paul Ashurst, 43, spotted the fish as they paddled in the sea on their staycation.

The couple watched the angler fish bobbing about for ten minutes before it washed up onto South Sands beach.

They thought the deep-sea monster, which lives as much as 3,300 feet underwater, was a turtle or even an old rucksack.

Comment: Recommended reading: Creatures From the Deep Signal Major Earth Changes: Is Anyone Paying Attention?


Cloud Precipitation

Floods leave 15 dead, 9 missing and thousands displaced in Congo-Brazzaville

Floods in Oyo, Congo November 2021.
© Ministère Des Affaires Sociales Et De L’action Humanitaire Congo
Floods in Oyo, Congo November 2021.
At least 15 people have died, 9 are missing and thousands have been displaced after weeks of flooding in Congo-Brazzaville (also Republic of Congo).

Congo-Brazzaville's ministry of Social Affairs (Ministère Des Affaires Sociales Et De L'action Humanitaire) reported flooding in parts of Likouala Department from early September this year. Further heavy rain has been reported since then, intensifying from mid- to late November. In response to the disaster the government declared a state of emergency on 29 November 2021.

Flooding was reported along the main rivers in the central and northern departments of Likouala, Sangha, Cuvette and Plateaux. Heavy rain also caused damage and flooding in the cities of Pointe-Noire in the south, and the capital Brazzaville.