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Floods, drought are destroying crops and sparking food inflation

Wheat harvest
Wild weather is wreaking havoc on crops around the world, sending their prices skyrocketing.

On wheat farms in the U.S. and Russia, it's a drought that's ruining harvests. The soybean fields of Brazil are bone dry too, touched by little more than the occasional shower. In Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, the problem is the exact opposite. Torrential downpours are causing flooding in rice fields and stands of oil palm trees.

The sudden emergence of these supply strains is a big blow to a global economy that has been struggling to regain its footing after the shock of the Covid-19 lockdowns. As prices soar on everything from sugar to cooking oil, millions of working-class families that had already been forced to scale back food purchases in the pandemic are being thrust deeper into financial distress.

What's more, these increases threaten to push up broader inflation indexes in some countries and could make it harder for central bankers to keep providing monetary stimulus to shore up growth.

The Bloomberg Agriculture Spot Index, a gauge of nine crop prices, has risen 28% since late April to its highest level in more than four years. Wheat earlier this week was the most expensive since 2014.

"The fundamentals have changed dramatically since May," said Don Roose, president of brokerage U.S. Commodities in Iowa. "The weather is bubbling to the top, and we have demand chugging in a bull market."

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Bizarro Earth

Largest and deepest ozone hole in years over Antarctica

Antarctica, White Island
© CC BY-SA 2.0 / Eli Duke / Antarctica, White Island
Both small and short-lived ozone holes, as well as bigger ones are known to be driven by very special meteorological conditions: cold stratosphere temperatures have been found to be behind astonishing increases in their size, whereas warming typically causes them to shrink.

A hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica occurs regularly, but now it has expanded to one of its biggest recorded sizes over the past few years, scientists report, as cited by Science Alert.

Fresh estimates from the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show that the ozone hole reached a maximum size of roughly 25 million square kilometres on 2 October, thereby outpacing the measurements of 2018 and 2015's ozone holes - 22.9 and 25.6 million square kilometres respectively.

Yet, 2020's maximum peak isn't the largest on record. That title belongs to the 29.9-million square kilometre hole registered back in 2000, however, this year's hole is still one of the deepest in recent years.

Atmospheric scientist Vincent-Henri Peuch from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts admits there is a certain variability in the development of such holes from year to year, noting that while it resembles the one from 2018, it "is definitely in the upper part of the pack of the last 15 years or so".


Karymsky volcano eruption in Kamchatka, Russia on October 21

Karymsky volcanic eruption on October 21, 2020.
© A.Belousov
Karymsky volcanic eruption on October 21, 2020.

Karymsky (Russian: Карымская сопка, Karymskaya sopka) is an active stratovolcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. It is currently the most active volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula, as well as the most active volcano of Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone.

It is named after the Karyms, an ethnic group in Russia.


Bezymianny volcano erupts spewing ash 6 miles into sky in Kamchatka, Russia

Bezymianny volcano
Bezymianny volcano
The Bezymianny volcano in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka peninsula erupted on Thursday and sent a column of ash high into the sky.

The eruption was captured by a surveillance camera from a nearby seismic station.

According to preliminary reports, Bezymianny produced an ash plume reaching around 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) into the sky. The eruption of the volcano had been anticipated since the beginning of October.

Bezymianny is one of 29 active volcanos in Kamchatka. It stands 2,800 metres (9,186 feet) above sea level.

The latest eruption of the volcano occurred in March 2019.

Credit: Kamchatka Branch of Geophysical Survey of Russian Academy of Sciences

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Here's why food prices will double then triple, are you ready?

US cold weather
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has raised the allowable limits before suspending trading in the futures market, for ALL commodities, more than double last years wild up and down prices. These traders know what is coming and not to send red flags to the populace absurd allowances for price swings upward are being now in place. Record cold about to sweep N. America with temperatures 40F below normal as the winter wheat crop is emerging.

Comment: 1,100 crashes, spinouts during October snowstorm in Minnesota - largest early storm in state history with 9 inches dumped

As well as natural disasters devastating crop growth, the insane response to the coronavirus crisis and losing value of currency in Western nations in particular, have made the production, availability, purchasing and distribution of food - a MAJOR global issue the likes of which we haven't seen in generations.

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Man dead after mauling by 3 pit bull terriers in west Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa police are investigating after a man is mauled to death by dogs in west Tulsa early Thursday morning.

Police said the incident happened near West Admiral Boulevard and North 49th Avenue around 6 a.m.

Originally, police responded to a call about a gun shot fired in the neighborhood. When they arrived, police found a young man, identified as Curtis Wickham, who had been attacked by three pit bulls.

2 Works for You learned the owner of the dogs, Champaign Walker, knew Wickham. Walker said she never meant for this to happen.

Cloud Lightning

South Australia records 120,000 lightning strikes, leaving 15,000 without power

More than 120,000 bolts have lit up the skies as wild weather lashes the state.
© 7NEWS/SA Power Networks
More than 120,000 bolts have lit up the skies as wild weather lashes the state.
More than 120,000 lightning strikes have lashed South Australia as wild weather hits the state.

Of those, 19,608 bolts have struck the ground north-west of Adelaide since yesterday morning.

The remainder were ocean-based or did not hit land.

More than 15,000 were left without power on Friday during the storms.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted south of the Fiji Islands at 07:04:32 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 463.9 km, was initially determined to be at 25.6127 degrees south latitude and 179.9645 degrees west longitude.

Comment: About 5 hours earlier and also in the Pacific Ocean: Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits West Chile Rise


Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits West Chile Rise

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted West Chile Rise at 0146 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 36.4011 degrees south latitude and 97.1352 degrees west longitude.


Devastating fungal pathogen wheat blast arrives in Zambia, first time detected in Africa

Zambia wheat
Symptoms of wheat blast were first seen in experimental plots and small-scale farms in the Mpika district of Muchinga province in northern Zambia during the 2018 rainy season.
It could have been blown in by wind or transported by infected crop residue and maybe seeds — the exact mode of introduction remains debated. But the evidence for the presence of wheat blast is indisputable: the devastating fungal pathogen is now in Zambia, its first appearance in Africa.

"The detection of the disease in Africa is alarming," Tarekegn Terefe, a wheat pathologist at South Africa's Agriculture Research Council - Small Grain Institute, tells The Scientist. The disease is so deadly it can cause yield losses of more than 70 percent on susceptible cultivars, he says.

"The detection of the disease in Zambia puts southern African wheat-producing countries — South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Malawi — at high risk," Terefe explains. Previous studies have documented the occurrence of similar wheat fungal diseases in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, "indicating the possibility of inoculum exchange between these countries."

Comment: It's likely that, as we're seeing elsewhere on the planet with other diseases and infections, shifting climate patterns, as well as other Earth Changes, along with destructive agricultural practices have made the plants more vulnerable: