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NOAA sees dramatic increase of ice seal deaths in Bering and Chukchi seas

A dead seal found on a beach near Kotzebue, Alaska, May 24, 2019.
© Raime Fronstin/NPS
A dead seal found on a beach near Kotzebue, Alaska, May 24, 2019.
Ice seal strandings have dramatically increased in the Bering and Chukchi seas over the last two years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. Strandings are being reported five times more frequently than they were in years before 2018, the agency said.

Since June 1 2018, NOAA has received reports of 282 dead ice seals in the Bering and Chukchi seas. In 2018, there were 119 ice seal strandings reported, while 163 have already reported this year. NOAA said they typically receive reports of about 29 ice seal strandings a year.


By mid-June this summer, communities along Alaska's western coast were noticing scores of dead ice seals.

Cloud Lightning

British Columbia sets new record for lightning strikes with 422,000 this year - way above average

LIGHTNING
B.C. set a record for lightning strikes, but enjoyed the quietest fire season in years thanks to timely rainfall.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has recorded 422,000 lightning strikes this year in the province, far above the 18-year average of 266,000. July alone saw 264,344 lightning strikes, said meteorologist Matt MacDonald.

"Leading into the summer people were on edge for another record wildfire season, given how dry it was this spring," he said.

In June, July and August — the meteorological summer — total rainfall was actually below normal in many parts of B.C. and it could have gone terribly wrong for our parched forests. But instead of long, warm spells punctuated by dry lightning storms, electrical activity was accompanied by rain.

Comment: Lightning strikes are occurring in record numbers everywhere:

210,000 lightning strikes recorded in Sweden this year, a six-fold increase on 2017


Camcorder

RT team nearly attacked by polar bear while making wildlife film in Russia

Polar bear
© RT Doc
Journalists from the RTDoc team have narrowly avoided a polar bear attack in the Russian tundra. The ferocious animal appeared right in front of the reporters as they filmed a documentary with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The crew of RT's documentary channel, RTDoc, was out filming bears and walruses on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, when a large polar bear suddenly emerged on top of a slate hill, stunning the reporters. The journalists and their guide tried to fend off the animal as it stood just meters away, making loud noises and banging a spear against the rocks. The tactic seemed to work, as the bear left after a brief but intense standoff.

Blue Planet

Did Earth 'Steal' Martian Water?

Mars earth plasma discharge
While finalizing the writing of the article titled "Of Flash Frozen Mammoths and Cosmic Catastrophes", I encountered an unexpected anomaly.

The time of the demise of the mammoths is also known as the Younger Dryas, a period of global cooling that lasted from 12,900 to 11,700 years ago (10,900 B.C. to 9,700 B.C.) during which surface temperatures dropped by approximately 7°C.

In theory, such a severe cooling should increase the volume of polar ice and, as a result, reduce sea level. However, during the Younger Dryas, sea levels rose 17 meters over more than a millennium, as illustrated by the graph below.
Sea level VS global temperature (20000BP-Now)

Sea level VS global temperature (20000BP-Now)
If the sea level rose while ice caps were building up, it's possible that the source of the water was external. But where could this water have come from?

Coincidentally or not, most of Mars' Northern hemisphere was once covered with water, and this ocean has mysteriously disappeared. So where did the Martian water go?

Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Wheat scarcity import-export shell game begins

Wheat harvest
© Andrew Holmes
Australia becomes a wheat importer looking to Canada for supply but Canadian wheat output slashed this year as well. Now other countries that used to rely on Australian exports need to find supply elsewhere. Australian government warning people to brace for huge food price rises, which we see unfold as an example of what the planet will experience in a massive economic contraction as food becomes super expensive and buying habits shift.


Comment: Australia to import wheat for first time in over a decade after the "Worst drought in 116 years"


Attention

Extreme weather displaced a record seven million in first half of 2019

Stranded passengers in a railway station in Kolkata, India, in May after trains were canceled because of Cyclone Fani
© Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
Stranded passengers in a railway station in Kolkata, India, in May after trains were canceled because of Cyclone Fani.

Up to 22m people are estimated to be displaced by the end of the year


A record seven million people were displaced by disasters in the first half of 2019, suggesting that mass displacement due to extreme weather events is "becoming the norm," according to a new report.

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, which uses data from governments, United Nations humanitarian agencies, and media coverage to create its reports, concluded that nearly twice as many people were displaced in the first half of the year by weather events than by conflict and violence. The report was compiled before Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas - the numbers affected by that storm are still unclear.

IDMC estimates that the number of new displacements associated with weather events will reach 22m by the end of the year, more than tripling the current number, and making 2019 one of the worst years for climate displacement since records began.

Comment: Watch SOTT's monthly Earth Changes Summary for extreme weather events that are occurring worldwide these days.




Snowflake

Late spring snowfall on the Matroosberg, South Africa - up to 8 inches deep

snow tent
The chill has set in on the high peaks of the Matroosberg, with up to 20cm of snow having fallen near Ceres!

SnowReportSA predicted that snowfalls would occur in the Western Cape from Thursday.

Although the snowfalls were confined to the higher peaks, some intrepid snow-followers still managed to find some significant snow-covered areas.

According to SnowReportSA, there won't be any further snowfalls over the weekend, but the current snowfall could last up to two days on the ground if the temperatures remain low.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 8 youths in Jharkhand, India

lightning
© MGN
A lightning strike killed eight people in Jharkhand on Thursday. The incident happened in Jharkhand's Garwha. The eight youths, hailing from Pasi Tola under Mjhiyon police station, were playing out in the open when the lightning strike killed six out of them on the spot.

The other two were rushed to a hospital but to no avail.
They breathed their last in Sadar Hospital, Garwha on Thursday.

Garwha SDO Pradip Kumar said that it was raining and the youths tried to hide themselves under a tree. The trees are a good conductor of electricity. When the lightning hit it the tree the current was discharged upon the youths hiding under it.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said, "My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones." Raghubar Das also announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased.

Seismograph

Six earthquakes in five days reported near Cherokee, North Carolina

Earthquakes in Cherokee, NC
© USGS
One area of the North Carolina mountains has had six small earthquakes in five days, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quakes have all been within a couple miles of each other near Cherokee, North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains, the USGS earthquake monitoring system shows. None of the earthquakes caused damage or injuries, USGS said.

The biggest quake was a 2.5 magnitude temblor around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday about 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee, according to the USGS.
  • Sept. 7, 8:14 p.m.: 1.9 magnitude, 5 miles south of Cherokee
  • Sept. 9, 4:21 a.m.: 1.4 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 9, 3:08 p.m.: 2.0 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 8:13 p.m.: 2.3 magnitude, 3.7 miles south of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 11:03 p.m.: 2.5 magnitude, 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 11:14 p.m.: 2.1 magnitude, 3.7 miles south-southwest of Cherokee

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 23 cows near Annona, Texas

Disturbing footage shows the aftermath of a lightning storm on a farm in Texas

Disturbing footage shows the aftermath of a lightning storm on a farm in Texas
A lightning bolt has killed 23 cows after it hit one and then traveled along a metal fence the others were standing next to.

Disturbing footage shows the animals, which have scorch marks on their stomachs, lying in a row on a farm in Texas after a thunderstorm.

Rancher Bobby Woody III said it was one of the 'wildest and craziest' things he had ever witnessed.

'When the lightning hit, it had such strong voltage, it basically jolted one cow in the middle of the field,' Woody wrote on Facebook.