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Kenya Red Cross on high alert as estates, roads flood in Nairobi

Kenya is among countries in East Africa that experienced heavy rains in since January to April 2024.
Kenya is among countries in East Africa that experienced heavy rains in since January to April 2024.
The Kenya Red Cross has mobilized tactical teams to aid in search and rescue efforts in various parts of Nairobi affected by Saturday's heavy rainfall.

Households along the Ngong River bore the brunt as the river overflowed, causing significant damage to properties. Red Cross teams are conducting needs assessments in these areas to provide assistance.

"Last night's downpour has severely impacted hundreds of households along the Ngong River. The situation is dire, with water encroaching onto properties," the Red Cross warned.

The Red Cross said it was closely monitoring other affected areas, including Fuata Nyayo, Kibra, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Kayole Soweto, Lavington, and Kawangware.


Dead 40-foot gray whale found in San Francisco Bay off Alameda beach

A photo of the whale sighted floating off Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda over the weekend.
© Michael DevineA photo of the whale sighted floating off Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda over the weekend.
A dead 40-foot female gray whale was found floating near Alameda's Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach on Saturday evening.

The California Academy of Sciences reported the whale's carcass floating offshore Saturday evening, The Marine Mammal Center spokesperson Giancarlo Rulli told The Standard.

The carcass was stuck in mud or a sandbar early Sunday before dislodging and floating freely with the tide again.

Plans are underway to tow the carcass to Angel Island State Park for a necropsy to determine the cause of death, Rulli said.

The Marine Mammal Center is coordinating with local towing services, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard on the tow in the coming days. The Academy's team was able to take initial samples and measurements from the whale Sunday.


Wild buffalo attack kills one forest officer, injures another in Assam, India

In Assam's Kaziranga National Park, a forest officer died and another was injured in an attack by a herd of wild buffaloes. The incident occurred on Monday morning (April 15) as the forest officials were conducting their routine patrol in the forest area near the Elephant Camp.

"A group of aggressive wild buffalos suddenly attacked them. They managed to escape but two of them fell victim," officials said.

The forest officer who passed away was Apo Momin, a recent addition to the team. They were transported to a local sub-divisional civil hospital in Kaliabor. The injured officer was identified as Sonamani Rabha.

A senior official from Kaziranga National Park expressed shock at Momin's death, calling it an unfortunate incident.

Police mentioned that Apu Momin's body has been sent for postmortem examination.

Comment: A month ago: Farmer killed in gaur attack in Tamil Nadu, India


Eight-year-old boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Lodhran, Pakistan

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A pack of stray dogs brutally mauled and killed an eight-year-old boy in Mouza Bangla Hamidpur, a suburban area of Kehrurpaka in District Lodhran on Sunday.

According to media reports, the incident occurred when the boy went out of his home to play. The stray dogs attacked and seriously injured the boy, Arsalan, by biting him multiple times. The victim was rushed to THQ hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

Medical Officer Dr. Zeeshan stated that the victim received severe injuries from dog bites on his neck, legs, and ears. However, the police reported that the family of the victim refused legal proceedings, declaring the incident an accident. Local residents revealed that despite an increase in dog bite cases, the district authorities remain unmoved. No concrete steps have been taken to date to address the issue of aggressive dogs, citizens added.

No dog-hunting campaign has been initiated in Kehrurpakka for over two years. Citizens expressed frustration, stating that while the district administration claims good governance, the reality is quite the opposite. Bloodthirsty dogs roam freely in the city and suburbs, posing a constant threat to residents.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 17-year-old boy in Kara-Suu district, Kyrgyzstan

A 17-year-old boy was killed by a lightning strike in Kara-Suu district of Osh region, sources said.

The incident happened in Bash-Bulak village of Kara-Suu district yesterday, April 21.

The head of Bash-Bulak rural municipality Islam Ermamatov confirmed this information.

"The boy was taken to the hospital, but he died," he said.

The boy's funeral is taking place today, April 22.

Ice Cube

Professor Valentina Zharkova and the Little Ice Age which has already started

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© Cornell Frühauf/Pixabay.You might also call it common sense, but there is not much use of solar panels if they are under the snow.
"CO2 is not a bad gas," says Valentina Zharkova, a professor at the Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. On the contrary, she points out, every garden centre uses it in its greenhouses to make plants lush and green. "We actually have a CO2 deficit in the world, and it's three to four times less than the plants would like," she notes, adding that the proportion of CO2 in the atmosphere has been at much higher levels throughout our planet's history than it is now.

In fact, over the last 140 million years, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has been steadily decreasing and only now slightly starting to rise. It is currently around 420 parts per million (ppm), or 0.042%. 140 million years ago, it was estimated at 2,500 ppm (0.25%), or about six times higher. And it also meant a greener and more biodiverse world. If CO2 were to fall below 150 ppm (0.015%), it would already mean the extinction of vegetation and all other life. We came close to that during the last glacial maximum when it was at 182 ppm (0.018%).

Zharkova says that the fact that CO2 levels in the atmosphere are now increasing is a good thing. "We don't need to remove CO2 because we would actually need more of it. It's food for plants to produce oxygen for us. The people who say CO2 is bad are obviously not very well educated at university or wherever they studied. Only uneducated people can come up with such absurd talk that CO2 should be removed from the air," says Zharkova.


Heavy April snowfall in northern Albania

Spring has officially sprung, but winter still seems to be present in a part of the north of the country. The heavy snowfalls have continued with high intensity even during today's day where, in addition to the problems they bring to traffic, they also offer stunning views.

The snow covered the city of Puka today, where it is reported that the rains that started in the early hours of the morning and continue even now, have brought the thickness of the snow up to 25 centimeters. So far there are no problems in this area.

Snow is also reported to be present on the Bogë-Theth axis, where snowplows have come out and are working on its full opening. Currently, vehicles are driven with winter tires.


Snowflake Cold

Fresh April snow and black ice: the onset of winter is causing chaos in parts of Germany

Winter conditions in April: Snow, hail, black ice and heavy rain caused numerous accidents in traffic on Saturday. For this Sunday, the German Weather Service (DWD) announced heavy snowfall in the low mountain ranges - and also warned of black ice. In Bavaria in particular, there could be traffic disruptions and the risk of tree damage due to the high snow loads. In the Free State it could snow heavily in the morning, especially in the north and in the Alps, even down to lower altitudes.

In East Westphalia-Lippe, a number of trees snapped under the weight of snow on Sunday night. As the police reported, this created around 20 danger spots. Local fire brigade helpers removed the fallen trees and cleared the streets. In Extertal and Leopoldshöhe, drivers drove their vehicles off the road in snow and slippery conditions and ended up in a ditch. Nobody got hurt. In the early hours of the morning, several centimeters of snow had fallen in parts of Ostwestfalen-Lippe, and even ten centimeters in Horn-Bad Meinberg, a police spokesman said.


Best of the Web: China issues 'once in a century' flood warning for Guangdong's Bei River zone - April rainfall records already broken in many places

Shaoguan is one of the areas hardest hit by the rising waters
© WeiboShaoguan is one of the areas hardest hit by the rising waters
Residents in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are on high alert for flooding, with authorities forecasting water flows in a major river to hit "once-in-100-year" levels on Monday morning.

The provincial flood and disaster prevention department said on Sunday afternoon that floodwaters in the Bei River, a southern tributary of the Pearl River, were expected to peak at 37.3 metres (122 feet) by 1am, or about 5.8 metres above the warning line.

Warning levels had already been exceeded at 20 monitoring stations along the waterway by Saturday evening.

Northern and western Guangdong have been battered by intense rainstorms since Friday, breaking rainfall records for April in many places.

The cities of Qingyuan, Shaoguan, Huizhou and capital Guangzhou have been particularly hard hit, prompting flood alerts and rainstorm warnings for three days in a row.


Shocking collapse of a mosque's minaret during a severe storm in Çankırı, Türkiye

In Çankırı, the strong wind resulted in toppling trees, shattering apartment windows, and even causing the collapse of a minaret at Bademlik Mosque.