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More climate backtracking: 'A warming arctic drove Earth into the little ice age'

Ice and city
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Ice and the City
They're acting like this is new news, as if nobody had ever thought of it before: 'Scientists Discover A Warming Arctic Drove Earth Into The Little Ice Age'. They're even calling it "surprising".

As reported by MSN, following an era known as the medieval warm period - so that did exist then...? - temperatures in Europe in the early 15th century plunged in what has become known as The Little Ice Age (LIA).

This remarkable multicentennial period of cold brought increased glaciation to the mountains, an expansion of sea ice, crop failures, famines and disease across the European continent. Flip-flopping summers - with extremes at both ends of the spectrum - were chased by brutally harsh winters, during which rivers and canals routinely froze over. In the UK, for example, the first River Thames "frost fair" was held in 1608, and was an almost annual occurrence until the last one in 1814 - so before the AGW Party's proposed date for the start of the industrial revolution (≈1880) when global temperatures supposedly began climbing due to increasing CO2 emissions ...[one day we'll laugh]...

There are, as there should be and as is healthy, numerous potential explanations for what caused temperatures to plummet during the LIA. Top of the list are heightened levels of volcanic activity, reduced solar activity, and even the impact of the black death reducing the human population - Bill Gates' fave.

But scientists at the University of Massachusetts believe they have found a "new" key factor in why temperatures plunged to their coldest in 10,000 years - and they're pretending like it hasn't already been covered by 'alternative' outlets for years: "Surprisingly," the researchers say, "the cooling appears to have been triggered by an unusually warm episode."

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Arrow Down

Dump truck falls into sinkhole in Birmingport, Alabama

Dump truck falls into sinkhole in Birmingport
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Dump truck falls into sinkhole in Birmingport
Crews in Birmingport are investigating after a dump truck fell inside of a sinkhole.

Officials with the Birmingport Fire Department say a man was eating lunch in the truck in the parking lot of a grocery store, when the ground gave way. The back end of the truck fell about six to eight feet. Officials say it looks like a culvert under the ground dropped away. Officials say there was some diesel leakage, but crews stopped most of it from getting into the creek near the road. No injuries have been reported.

The Jefferson County EMA and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management are investigating.


Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes near Unalaska, Alaska

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck south of Unalaska in Alaska, a major fishing port with 4,700 full-time residents, on Friday, the Alaska Earthquake Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks said.

The quake struck at 8:17 p.m. (0517 GMT on Saturday), the center said.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which registered the quake at 6.2 magnitude, said it struck 74 km (46 miles) south of Unalaska at a depth of 3 km (2 miles).

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami warning after the quake.

(Reporting by Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru and Yereth Rosen; Editing by William Mallard)

Source: Reuters


Magnitude 6 quake strikes Talaud Islands, Indonesia

An earthquake of magnitude 6 struck the Talaud Islands in Indonesia on Saturday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said.

The quake was at a depth of 24 km (15 miles), GFZ said.


Magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes Japan

A magnitude-6.3 offshore earthquake occurred off the east coast of Kyushu at around 01:08 JST Jan. 22.

The epicenter was about 24 km (15 miles) south-southeast of Saiki, Japan.

Strong shaking was probably felt in areas of southern Japan near the epicenter, particularly in eastern Kyushu.

The temblor did not immediately prompt the US Tsunami Warning System to issue a tsunami warning, advisory, watch, or threat. No casualties or damage were immediately reported in connection with the earthquake.


Dead dolphin appears on beach on the Costa del Sol, Spain - the 8th since December

The dolphin was spotted by local residents on Monday
The dolphin was spotted by local residents on Monday
It is the eighth such animal that has appeared on the Costa del Sol's beaches since December

A dead dolphin has been taken to the Aula del Mar in Malaga after washing up on Nerja's La Torrecilla beach on Monday. Local residents alerted Civil Protection officers, who in turn contacted the Endangered Marine Species Recovery Centre (Cream) of the Aula del Mar.

Biologist José Luis Mons, one of the founders of the Aula del Mar, explained to SUR on Tuesday that pending the results of the necropsy, the animal may have been pregnant but he could not specify the exact cause of death. "Adult specimens can live between 12 and 15 years, and this one would have been around seven years old," the expert added.


Crowds gather to see huge dead whale carcass on Spanish beach

A major operation is underway on the La Rada beach in Estepona to remove the carcas
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A major operation is underway on the La Rada beach in Estepona to remove the carcas
A 40ft whale has washed up on a beach in southern Spain in a sad and rare phenomenon.

The marine mammal - which is a fin whale - is thought to have beached itself after becoming injured.

Crowds gathered on the La Rada beach in Estepona to see and take pictures of the carcass.

Jose Luis Mons, from the Centre for the Recovery of Marine Species, told The Olive Press: 'It is not common to find whales stranded here on the beach, but tragically it does happen on some occasions.


4-year-old girl injured in stray dog attack dies in hospital in Maharashtra, India

dog attack
A four-year-old girl, who was attacked by a pack of stray dogs last week, died at a hospital in Maharashtra's Nagpur district, an official said on Friday.

The victim, Anjali Rawat, succumbed to her injuries at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Thursday, he said.

The girl was attacked by a pack of stray dogs at Bharkas village near Butibori in Nagpur district on January 13.

The incident took place when the girl's parents were away and she was rescued by a woman in the neighbourhood and taken to a primary health centre at Takalghat town.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods affect thousands in Southern Province, Zambia

Floods in Southern Province, Zambia,
© Disaster Management & Mitigation Unit
Floods in Southern Province, Zambia, January 2022
An estimated 15,000 people from 3,500 households have been affected by flooding in Southern Province in Zambia over the last few days.

The country's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) said that, as of 17 January 2022, flooding had affected wide areas of Namwala District, Southern Province, which is situated close to the Kafue River. Flooding has inundated land and homes and disrupted the lives of at least 3,000 households.

The Red Cross also reported flooding in Choma district of Southern Province, close to Lake Kariba and the border with Zimbabwe. Around 500 families are thought to be affected and 110 households displaced.


Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupts...again

Located due east of San José, Turrialba is just two hours from the San Jose airport yet feels like a different world entirely and that was never more the case when the volcano, one of Costa Rica's most active, erupted last night at 9:27 pm. according to Ovsicori, Costa Rica's volcanic ministry.

It I also reported that an ash cloud of over 1000 meters rose above the volcano.

Reports of light ash and the smell of sulpher as far away as Escazu, San Pedro and Belen were reported.

The volcanic activity has stopped for now. The National Park had recently reopened after a period of consistent volcanic activity had caused concerns, resulting in its closure. You can see the volcano in action below.