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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: 60 million year old half truths and burning forests

amazon fires
© AP Photo/Eraldo Peres

Guardian claiming a plant in the UK hasn't reproduced in 60 million years but has begun to grow both male and female cones because of climate change, but the last inter-glacial 130,000 years prior was 2-3C warmer than today. Brazilian rain-forest losses far greater in 1995, 2004-2005 than today by a factor of 4X.

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Comment: World on fire: Five times more wildfires are burning in southern Africa than in Brazil


Cloud Lightning

Stunning satellite imagery shows Hurricane Dorian sparkling as it approaches US - UPDATE: Upgraded to Category 5

Hurricane Dorian lightning show
© National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Twitter
As Hurricane Dorian makes its way to the US, a meteorologist has shared stunning satellite snaps of the "extremely dangerous" storm's brightly colored lightning eruptions amid swirling clouds that look like a fireworks display.

Meteorologist Dakota Smith shared the footage on Twitter and explained that the flashes seen in the storm's inner core are "associated with deep convection that kicked off after sunset."


Smith also shared footage of the hurricane taken at sunrise, after it had intensified, explaining it would "soon become a powerful major hurricane." He then showed the eye of the storm as it formed. "A sure sign it's getting stronger," he said.

Comment: Hurricane Dorian: Florida declares state of emergency as it awaits storm's arrival

UPDATE: Dorian is expected to pass over the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama today, heading for Florida's east cost.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded Dorian to Category 5 on Sunday, placing it in the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Sustained winds of 160mph (257 kph) are expected, with the power to cause irreparable damage to all but the most reinforced concrete and steel structures.



Galaxy

Gigantic jet photographed piercing the sky in China

gigantic jet
You never know what you might see in the wake of a big storm. On Aug. 25th, Chinese astrophotographer Chao Shen of Shaoxing City went outside to photograph the Milky Way. A typhoon named "White Deer" had passed through the day before, and the storm clouds were parting. "I saw the stars--but that's not all," says Shen. "A Gigantic Jet leaped up right before my eyes!"

Think of them as sprites on steroids: Gigantic Jets are lightning-like discharges that spring from the tops of thunderstorms, reaching all the way to the edge of space. They're enormous and powerful.

"Shen definitely caught a Gigantic Jet," confirms Oscar van der Velde of the Lightning Research Group at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. "It looks like it may have reached as high as 90 km above the ground."

"Gigantic Jets are much more rare than sprites," says van der Velde. "While sprites were discovered in 1989 and have since been photographed by the thousands, it was not until 2001-2002 that Gigantic Jets were first recorded from Puerto Rico and Taiwan." Only dozens of Gigantic Jets have ever been photographed.

Comment: Wiki details the difference between a blue jet and a gigantic jet:
Gigantic jets

Where blue jets are believed to initiate between the upper positive charge region and a negative screening layer directly above this region, Gigantic jets appear to initiate between the upper positive and lower negative charge regions in the thundercloud. In a similar process to how blue jets form, the higher charge region is discharged by the leader network before the same occurs in the lower charge region, and one end of the leader network propagates upward from the cloud toward the ionosphere. Gigantic jets reach higher altitudes than blue jets, and the upper portion of the jet changes color from blue to red.
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Apple Green

Latest storms in Spain severely damage summer fruits, grapes and peppers

hail apples
As reported by Agroseguro, the crops most affected by the recent rain and hail storms have been summer fruits, grapes and peppers, although it is still too early to know the actual extent of the damage. The most affected autonomous regions are Castile-La Mancha and Madrid.

Agroseguro has highlighted the incidents in municipalities such as Arganda del Rey, in Madrid, Seseña and Borox, in Toledo, Villanueva de los Infantes, in Ciudad Real, or Las Pedroñeras, in Cuenca, where the rains caused the overflow of streams and floods.

Comment: Some videos of the recent flash flooding across Spain:












Red Flag

Angry rhino flips his lid and a car at German safari park

Kusini the rhinoceros overturns a small vehicle carrying a parkkeeper, who emerged unscathed.

Kusini the rhinoceros overturns a small vehicle carrying a parkkeeper, who emerged unscathed.
The zookeeper emerged from the attack on her small hatchback with only bruises. It's unclear what enraged the 30-year-old rhinoceros.

A rhinoceros at the German safari Serengeti Park attacked an animal keeper in her car, overturning the vehicle three times, the park confirmed Tuesday.

A visitor to the park in Hodenhagen, a municipality in the German state of Lower Saxony, filmed the encounter, in which the 30-year-old rhino bull, named Kusini, slammed his horns and body into the animal keeper's car before rolling it over, as seen in a video published by German daily Bild.

The zookeeper, who was driving a small hatchback painted with stripes, emerged mostly unscathed from the attack, only sustaining a few bruises, Fabrizio Sepe, the manager of the Serengeti Park, told the dpa news agency.


Attention

Ten melon-headed whales strand on beach in Hawaii

DEAD WHALES
© Kuʻuleialoha Kalanikau
Tourists staying in the Sugar Beach area woke up to find 10 stranded whales in front of their beachfront condos this morning.

At first glance Canadian Shellie McClinton said she thought it was a human body.

"It was a shock at first,"McClinton said. "It's still so sad to see them like this."

Responding to the sightings this morning, state the Department of Land and Natural Resources taped off the area to keep bystanders at a safe distance. However the whales are a federally protected species, which brings them under the jurisdiction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Fisheries division.


Cloud Precipitation

Floods prompt State of Emergency in Vladivostok and Primorsky Krai, Russia

Vladivostok
Days of heavy rain and flooding have prompted authorities to declare an emergency in Primorsky Krai in Russia's Far East.

The declaration covers 15 municipalities including the city of Vladivostok which is among the worst affected. In a statement of 29 August, the Primorsky Krai administration said more than 150mm of rain had fallen in Vladivostok over the last few days. According to WMO figures, the mean total precipitation for August in Vladivostok is 153.0mm. Areas of the city were flooded after the Bogataya river broke its banks.

No casualties have been reported. However the flooding has caused material damages, with around 800 homes flooded in the region and almost 170 people evacuated in areas including Vladivostok, Oktyabrsky district and Ussuriysk city.


Snowflake Cold

More record cold in European Russia, this time in the center

frost
Last night in the northeast of the Central District, the temperature dropped below freezing.

30 Aug 2019 - In Sharya, in the north of the Kostroma region, the air cooled to -3 degrees, and in the grassland the temperature dropped to -7 degrees. Records will be announced later.

The temperature reached record values ​​in the Black Earth region according to Weather and Climate. In Tambov it dropped to +1.6 degrees, a new daily record. The previous record of +2.8 degrees was set in 1980.

Thanks to Victor for this link.

Comment: New record cold in northern European Russia


Cloud Lightning

20 cows killed by lightning bolt in Spain

20 cows were killed by lightning
© CEN
20 cows were killed by lightning
This is the distressing moment a farmer discovered his 20 cows dead after they had apparently been struck by lightning - freezing their blood in the process.

The gruesome deaths are thought to have happened during a thunderstorm on the Geras Mountain in the Spanish municipality of Geras de Gordon.

In the clip, the creatures' corpses are seen strewn across the mountain.

The farmer had reportedly rented the whole mountain so the cattle could graze.

But - despite the height at which they were living - neighbours claimed it is uncommon for lightning to strike cattle.


Propaganda

Abusing children: Abusing science

climate cartoon
Climate alarmists have intentionally targeted children - to push their political objectives. Instead of holding an honest debate with adults, they have chosen to terrorize young people with their lies and propaganda. They are destroying science while simultaneously destroying the mental health of children.