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More and more whales, dolphins washing up dead on UK's shores - nearly 5,000 in last decade

Almost 5,000 dolphins, porpoises and whales have been found washed up dead on shores around the United Kingdom in a single seven-year period. Pictured, a mass stranding of long-finned pilot whales on a b

Almost 5,000 dolphins, porpoises and whales have been found washed up dead on shores around the United Kingdom in a single seven-year period. Pictured, a mass stranding of long-finned pilot whales on a b
It was an increase in strandings of 15 per cent on the previous seven-year period

The number of whales, dolphins and harbour porpoises washed up on UK shores has risen to just under 5,000 in the last decade, a study has found.

A total of 4,896 were were reported to have washed up on beaches between January 1 2011 and December 31 2017, the Government said.

It marks an increase in strandings of 15 per cent on the previous seven-year period, according to the research.

Of the 4,896 incidents, 4,311 were dead strandings, 186 were dead at sea including 21 entangled at sea, and 399 live strandings, only 132 of which were returned alive to the sea.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Deformed barbell corn - Where is our food disappearing to?

Deformed corn
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Deformed Barbell Corn found in Ohio, VegReady runs out of stock and suspends monthly subscription service, a glimpse into China pork and the global food delivery system.

Cloud Precipitation

Hurricane Dorian death toll in Bahamas jumps to 43 as hundreds still missing - UPDATE

An international relief operation is picking
© Gonzalo Gaudenzi/AP Photo
An international relief operation is picking up momentum after Hurricane Dorian flattened communities in the Bahamas
As recovery teams make their way to the hardest hit islands in the Bahamas, the death toll from Hurricane Dorian's strike on the archipelago has risen to 30.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said the death toll was expected to rise as storm rescue workers scour islands.

The Bahamian government sent hundreds of police and marines into the stricken islands, along with doctors, nurses and other health care workers. The U.S. Coast Guard, Britain's Royal Navy and relief organizations, including the United Nations and the Red Cross, joined the growing effort to rush food and medicine to survivors and lift the most desperate people to safety by helicopter.

"We are seeing bravery and fortitude of Bahamians who endured hours and days of horror," Minnis said. "Our urgent task will be to provide food, water, shelter and safety and security."


Update: On 7th Sept. Sky News reports:
The hurricane is now making its way up to eastern Canada after hitting the Bahamas.

Forty-three people have been killed in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian swept through, as the storm moves up toward eastern Canada.

Hundreds of people are still missing in the Bahamas, where search and rescue teams have yet to reach some communities.

Sky correspondent Amanda Walker is one of the first journalists to make it to High Rock, in the Bahamas.

High Rock was cut off after the hurricane Dorian swept through
© Sky News
High Rock was cut off after the hurricane swept through
The aftermath of Hurricane Dorian is still a great unknown. Officials and aid are only just starting to reach some of the worst affected areas nearly a week after the category 5 storm hit .

We managed to reach High Rock - one of the worst hit towns on eastern Grand Bahama and hometown of Dan Kemp who's returning for the first time since the storm.

Downed power lines snake across the road - which is only just passable. During Hurricane Dorian it was an ocean.

He said: "I've been through hurricanes but not like this. I've never seen anything like this.

"It's total devastation."

Dan knows practically everyone we pass or meet along the way. He stops to check his friends are okay, offering them much needed water. He can barely believe his eyes when he sees his brother in law's home.

"Wow - it's just gone," he says.

It is a staggering sight. We reach what was the town's administrative centre. The police station has been smashed wide open. The medical centre across the street - bulldozed. Not by machines - but by nature at its most powerful. 500 people lived in High Rock. Locals told us 40 stayed during Dorian - 17 of them are now missing. The hurricane left only 4 days ago - parking here at peak force for 48 hours.

People look stunned. Kenneth Rolle sits listless outside his shattered home. He shows us inside - the roof has gone - his sofa is stuck in the rafters. He appears to be in total shock as he shows us his brothers wheelchair. 'He's missing. He's dead'. The terror people must have felt in their final moments is unimaginable. Pastor Cecil Kemp saved his neighbor who was up in a tree - clinging for dear life as the water rose. 'I cannot let someone die like that.'

People are picking through debris to patch up homes - raking rubble off foundations with no roofs. There's a need to do something but what they're desperate for is heavy machinery to take away their ruins. This town can only really start again.

Hurricane Dorian aid to Bahamas
© Sky News
Aid is starting to reach some of the worst affected areas
We meet Dan Kemp's daughter - returning to what was her grandparents home. There's nothing left - no doors, windows, roof - only the foundations she's walking around in disbelief. Her family is safe but some salvaged ornaments and photos are now they have all they have. 'We have nothing now - no clothes - no home. Nothing.'

Residents say a huge wave came from the north and destroyed everything in its path. It was so powerful that cars were swept into piles of debris along with toilets, TVs cosmetics, watches - the contents of an entire town spewed out by the surge that swallowed their community.

Fearful looking dogs limp around the ruins - how they survived is baffling. People are dazed by trauma - in desperate need of food and shelter. Pick up trucks deliver much needed bottles of water. In this tight community they're doing what they can for each other but its nowhere near enough.

Dan will return with as many supplies as he can. He says his obliterated town can recover but it will take years.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills mountain goat at wildlife park in Kaslo, British Columbia

BC Wildlife Park staff are mourning the loss of mountain goat Gustav, who was struck and killed by lightning during Tuesday's thunderstorm.

"It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we share the devastating news," wildlife park staff wrote on their Facebook page. "This tragedy has left the entire BC Wildlife Park team in shock and disbelief."

Gustav was found wandering alone on May 21, 2018, by the owners of the Wing Creek Resort in the west Kootenay town of Kaslo.

The orphaned mountain goat was eventually transferred by the BC Conservation Service to the BC Wildlife Park's rehabilitation centre.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills at least 1,311 in 4 months across India this year - 6,555,000 strikes recorded

Lightning strikes have caused at least 1,311 deaths in the four-month period between April and July this year, according to a first-of-its-kind report on lightning incidents in India. It has been prepared by Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council (CROPC), a non-profit organisation that works closely with India Meteorological Department (IMD). UP accounted for 224 of these deaths, followed by Bihar (170), Odisha (129) and Jharkhand (118).

What has the report found?

It counted 65.55 lakh* lightning strikes in India during this four-month period, of which 23.53 lakh (36 per cent) happened to be cloud-to-ground lightning, the kind that reaches the Earth. The other 41.04 lakh (64 per cent) were in-cloud lightning, which remains confined to the clouds in which it was formed.

Bizarro Earth

Amazon is on fire, but are we DOOMED? What's behind the climate catastrophe headlines

amazon fire
© REUTERS/Gregg Newton/FILE GN
The Amazon is burning, the planet is heating, and it seems like the four horsemen of the climate change apocalypse are knocking at our door. But just how right are the prophets of ecological doom?

The Amazon rainforest is ablaze. Wildfires have increased by 83 percent this year on last, with nearly 80,000 individual fires spotted by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research. Fires in this region are typically started by farmers every year to clear overgrown land for grazing and replanting, but the extent of this year's inferno has captured the attention of the global media like never before.

"Our home is burning," tweeted French President Emmanuel Macron, promising to make the "emergency" top of the agenda at last month's G7 summit. Macron was joined by US lawmakers, presidential candidates, climate activists, and much of the world's news outlets, who blamed the pro-industrial policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for accelerating the forest's demise.

Comment: One need only watch SOTT's monthly Earth Changes weather roundup to understand the alarming and extreme weather that hits all corners of the planet. But politicians and activists are choosing to focus on media-created "catastrophes" like the Amazon fires in order to further their agenda of government intervention into the everyday lives of people. It's the wrong way to deal with climate change.

Watch SOTT's August Earth Changes summary:


Sun halo seen in the skies of Tura, India

Citizens of Tura were treated to a spectacular view of the morning sky on Thursday when a solar halo (also known as a sun rainbow) appeared in the sky around 11 am on Thursday leaving many awestruck with the beauty of our world.

A rare moment for Tura, this spectacular celestial display occurred shortly after a light drizzle around the foothills of Tura peak.
Sun halo over Tura, India
© Cosmos Sangma
Solar halos are seen as a white ring around the sun or moon. These high altitude cirrus clouds are made of mostly ice crystals which refract the sunlight much like a prism while showing the colors of a rainbow.

Cloud Lightning

Coroner: 2nd woman dies after lightning strike in cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio

A second woman has died after a lightning strike at a Cincinnati cemetery last weekend.

The Hamilton County Coroner's office says 55-year-old Patricia Herlinger, of Colerain Township, died Wednesday.

Authorities say she was one of three people struck by lightning at Spring Grove Cemetery last Friday.

The coroner's office said 27-year-old Danielle Brosius, of Green Township, died last Friday at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The president of Spring Grove Cemetery says it was a tragic accident.

Source: AP

Comment: Woman killed by lightning strike while at cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio


Heavy snowfall across Austrian, Italian and French Alps (and it's still summertime!)

snow italy september
© Passo Gavia / Severe Weather Europe
Winter conditions at Passo Gavia (2621 m), northern Italy, September 8th, 2019
Heavy snowfall has been reported on glaciers in the Alps. The snow is expected to keep falling through the weekend with some areas forecast to get up to 60cm (two feet) of snow up high by Monday.

This morning the Stubai glacier in the Austrian Tirol (pictured), one of those likely to open for its 9-10 month 2019-20 season later this month, said it had had 10cm (4 inches) of fresh snow so far.

Comment: Parts of Switzerland see early heavy snowfall - up to half a metre


Parts of Switzerland see early heavy snowfall - up to half a metre

© Pascal Schaer
Andermatt, Switzerland
Snow has arrived in Switzerland, with places in the Alps reporting snowfall down to 1,400 metres. Some passes and routes have been disrupted.

The most snow fell in the Gotthard region, according to SRF Meteo, the German-language national broadcaster's weather service.

Snowfall in the mountains in early September is quite normal, said Sabine Balmer from SRF Meteo. It can even snow down to 1,500 metres during July and August. But such early snow has become increasingly rare in recent years, she added.

Up to half a metre of snow fell above 2,000 metres elevation, whereas lower down, the Alpine resorts of Andermatt and Sedrun were covered in white on Friday morning.

Comment: September snowfall begins in the Austrian and Italian Alps