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Video shows Russian fishermen rescuing beached beluga whales

In a rare piece of good news, five stranded beluga whales have been rescued from where they were trapped on a beach.

The belugas, four adults and a calf, were found stuck on a beach near the mouth of the Tigil River in Russia's Far East, local news outlet Kamchatka-Inform reported.

The group of whales was rescued from their predicament by several local fishermen, who poured seawater on the mammals and kept them well fed with fish until the tide came back in.

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Beachgoers narrowly escape cliff collapse in Dorset, UK on August 8

A passerby has filmed the terrifying moment West Bay cliff in Dorset collapsed following a landslip.

Beachgoers could be seen running as rock came crashing to the ground on Tuesday (8 August) without warning.

Huge clouds of dust could be seen in the aftermath, prompting comments from the public online that those nearby were 'lucky to be alive'.

The town's East Beach cliff has also been eroding away in recent years.

The area has remained closed, however, no injuries were reported.


Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck Sola, Vanuatu region

An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck the Sola, Vanuatu region late on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quake was estimated at a depth of 193 kilometers (119.92 miles), USGS added.



Dead juvenile whale washes ashore on beach in Durban, South Africa

The dead juvenile whale at a beach in Umhlanga, Durban.
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The dead juvenile whale at a beach in Umhlanga, Durban.
Scores of people gathered since early on Wednesday to see the carcass of a juvenile whale that washed up on a beach in Umhlanga, Durban.

Social media platforms have been flooded with images of the mammal, which Marshal Security company staff cordoned off to keep the public at bay.

Nazir Sadack of the Community Emergency Response Team which provides voluntary medical, fire, trauma support and animal rescue, told TimesLIVE the carcass is south of Umhlanga lighthouse.

"I don't know the circumstances of how the whale got there. It appears to be about six metres in length and seems to be a baby.


One tourist killed as strong tornado capsizes boat in Thailand

A cruise ship capsized after being caught in a tornado on Bangtaboon River, Ban Laem district in Phetchaburi province of Thailand, killing a tourist.

Seven Thai tourists, including three men and four women, were on the sight-seeing boat trip of the bay area when the waterspout occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The accident caused all the tourists to fall into the river.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills boy in the Philippines

An 11-year-old boy died when lightning struck in Barangay Dalahican in Lucena City on Monday.

John Alexander Ballon, a Grade 5 student, was swimming in the sea when lightning struck following heavy rainfall, according to his mother.

The boy was declared dead on arrival at the St. General Hospital.


3 dead whales in 4 days - necropsy underway on most recent on Long Island, New York

Three dead whales have washed up on Tri-State beaches in the past four days, prompting scientists to study why it keeps happening.

A necropsy is now underway on the humpback whale that washed up this week in Long Beach, Long Island.

The whale was said to be 26 feet long, a male, and between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.

It was spotted floating in the water at Atlantic Beach around 5 p.m. Monday and later washed up at Long Beach.

Parts of the whale will be buried in pieces on the beach.

Blue Planet

Rate of photosynthesis has slowed since 2001, 'drier air' thought to be the cause in new study

photosynthesis leaf plant sage
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Climate change is messing with photosynthesis in unexpected ways
Increases in CO2 in the atmosphere brought about by anthropogenic activity was expected to increase the rate of photosynthesis in plants and perhaps increase plant yield and growth.

New science has showed the rate of photosynthesis around the globe has been increasing, but now there is evidence the rate has slowed and might soon plateau.

During photosynthesis plants take water and CO2 and convert it into oxygen and carbohydrates - storing carbon inside the plant and soil. A higher availability of CO2 increases the rate of this process, acting as a sort of brake on global warming by sequestering more CO2.

Comment: Perhaps there's some clues to be found in sunlight itself, because, notably, it was only recently that scientists discovered a particular kind of 'high energy light' present in the Sun's rays.

And, whilst mainstream temperature data seems to be compromised, it is possible that overall humidity is changing, and that this is indeed impacting photosynthesis.

Whatever the cause, the frequency of unusual phenomena occurring in Earth's atmosphere do indeed point to a shift occurring on our planet: And check out SOTT radio's:


Mount Etna eruption leads to flight cancellations at Sicily's Catania airport

Lava flows from Etna.
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Lava flows from Etna.
Flights serving the eastern Sicilian city of Catania were halted after an eruption from nearby Mount Etna, local authorities said, bringing fresh travel troubles to the crisis-plagued Italian airport.

The 3,330 metre high volcano burst into action overnight on Sunday, firing lava and ash high over the Mediterranean island. The lava flow subsided before dawn, but ash was still coming from one of the craters.

Flights to and from Catania, a popular tourist destination, were set to remain suspended until 6am on Tuesday morning, the airport operator said in a statement, dashing hopes they could resume on Monday night.



Russia's Far East suffers flooding, over 2,500 people evacuated

In this photo released by Russian Emergency

In this photo released by Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023, Emergency service workers give assistance in a flooded village in Primorye region, Russia's Far East after heavy downpours flooded villages in the region in the aftermath of Typhoon Khanun.
Floods in Russia's Far East had forced the evacuation of more than 2,500 people by Monday, the ministry of emergency situations said, after Russia joined the list of countries battered by rainstorms in the wake of Typhoon Khanun.

After lashing southern Japan last week, Khanun weakened into a tropical depression as it swept across the Korean peninsula to make landfall in northeast China on Friday night, causing mudslides in Liaoning Province that killed at least 21 people.

In the Russian Far East, 28 settlements were cut off by Monday. Large stretches of roads and 4,620 houses were flooded in 15 municipalities, the ministry said on the Telegram channel.

The ministry said floodwaters had begun to recede in most parts of Primorye region, and the worst flooding was on the Malinovka river near the village of Rakitnoye. The Pacific coast port of Vladivostok is the administrative center of Primorye region.

Source: Reuters