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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Dismantle capitalism to save a planet that is not warming

New IPCC report suggests dismantling capitalism and instituting a $240 gasoline and $45,000 per ton carbon tax to save the planet, but we must act quickly as we have little time to save the planet. I remember these same agencies told us the same in the 1990's.



Wrong place, wrong time: Rare swift spotted for first time in UK

The white-rumped swift was spotted on Sunday evening at Hornsea Mere
The white-rumped swift was spotted on Sunday evening at Hornsea Mere
A species of bird has been spotted for the first time in the UK flying over a lake in Yorkshire.

The white-rumped swift was seen yesterday evening (sun) at Hornsea Mere in East Riding.

Pictures posted on social media revealed hoards of wildlife enthusiasts gathered in the fields by the lake after flocking to catch a glimpse of the bird.

Another image showed the streets of Hornsea lined with parked cars for miles after the bird watchers descended on the town.

Enthusiasts have reportedly come from all over the UK in the hope of making a sighting.

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Acidified oceans are dissolving the protective shields of large shellfish population - study

© Reuters/Pascal Rossignol
Rising levels of carbon dioxide in seawater could be a major threat to the planet's shellfish population, with a new study showing how the pollutant stunts growth and strips away the protective shields of marine life.

In a joint project by the UK's University of Plymouth and the University of Tsukuba in Japan, researchers analysed the effect of the pollutant from a natural gas vent on the sea snail charonia lampas, or triton shellfish.

Famous for its large colorful shell, the triton was once harvested for jewelry, like necklaces. The unique shellfish is now facing a very different and encompassing threat in the form of increasing carbon dioxide in the planet's oceans.

According to the new study, which featured in the peer-reviewed Frontiers in Marine Science journal, tritons were smaller in seawaters predicted to absorb higher levels of Co2.


Woman killed by her pit bull terrier in Washington DC

The owner of this tan-and-white pit bull, 55-year-old Angela Smith, suffered fatal dog bites inside the family's home

The owner of this tan-and-white pit bull, 55-year-old Angela Smith, suffered fatal dog bites inside the family's home
A woman was killed in a dog attack Sunday evening in Southeast D.C., according to authorities.

D.C. police said they responded to the 1300 block of Dexter Terrace, SE around 6:30 p.m. where a woman was believed to have been attacked by a dog.

The identity of the woman, who was in her 50s, has not been released.

The Humane Rescue Alliance took the dog away from the scene, police said. They could not confirm if the dog was euthanized.

Police are continuing to investigate the exact cause of the attack.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods in southwest France after staggering 244 mm (9 inches) of rain in 6 hours - UPDATE: 13 confirmed dead

At least 6 people have died in floods affecting parts of southern France after extremely heavy rainfall over night, 14 to 15 October, 2018.

The heaviest of the rain fell in Aude department. Meteo France said that in a 12 period to early 15 October, 295 mm of rain fell was recorded Trèbes, which is the equivalent of 4 months of rain. Furthermore, 244 mm of that total fell in just a 6 hour period.

Elsewhere, 211 mm of rain was recorded in Arquettes-en-Val, 178 mm in Mouthoumet, 172 mm in Les Martys and 138 mm in Carcassonne.

A red warning (highest level) for flooding Aude Department is in place. An orange level for flooding is in place for Pyrénées-Orientales department and orange level warnings for heavy rain have been issued for Tarn, Herault and Aveyron departments.

Comment: UPDATE 15:25 CET

RT reports that the death toll in the Aude region has now reached 13.

Cloud Lightning

Two girls killed and two boys in hospital following lightning strike in Queenstown, South Africa

A little before 14:00, on Sunday, four children, aged between 11 and 15 years old, were struck by lightning on their way home from a neighbouring village in the Mlungisi Locality, in Queenstown.

"They were caught in a storm when all four were struck by lightning," described police spokesperson, Captain Namhla Mdleleni.

"Two girls were fatally injured whilst the other two, who are males are in a critical condition in hospital."

She said that two inquest dockets have been opened for investigation by local police.

Comment: On the same day 2 individuals were killed by lightning strikes in India.


Sun dog seen over Los Alamos, New Mexico

Sun dog over Los Alamos, NM
© Sandra Chavez
Daily Postcard: A sun dog is spotted in the sky Wednesday evening above Los Alamos.

According to skyandtelescope.com, a sun dog, or mock Sun, is a concentrated patch of sunlight occasionally seen about 22° to the left or right of the Sun.

Sun dogs often form when sunlight refracts through icy clouds containing hexagonal plate crystals aligned with their large, flat faces parallel to the ground.

Technically known as perihelia (singular parhelion) they are often white but sometimes quite colorful, looking like detached pieces of rainbow, with red on the inside, toward the Sun, and blue on the outside.

Snowflake Cold

Winter came early this year! Snow warnings are issued across EIGHT states as the Rockies brace for record-cold temperatures and a foot of snow

snow had fallen in Cheyenne, Wyo

Snow Cheyenne, Wyoming
Winter weather is creeping in early this year as snow storm advisories are issued across eight states.

Snow continues to fall in parts of the Rocky Mountains, blanketing Colorado, western Kansas and northern New Mexico reaching up to 12 inches in some areas.

Winter weather warnings are issued in five other states, including Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana through early Monday as forecasters predict heavy snowfall.

While the east coast is experiencing its first refreshingly cool fall weather, the Plains and Rockies are in for a blast of Arctic air that are bringing record lows.

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Four killed as heavy rain triggers landslides in Chattogram, Bangladesh

At least four people have been killed in landslides in Chattogram triggered by heavy rain in the region in the wake of Cyclone Titli.

At least four people have been killed in landslides in Chattogram triggered by heavy rain in the region in the wake of Cyclone Titli.
According to the fire service, three members of a family die after a landslide in the Akbar Shah area's Firoz Shah Colony caused their home to collapse around 2am on Saturday.

Another person was killed in a landslide in Panchlaish's Rahman Nagar area around 1am.

Two makeshift houses at the Firoz Shah Colony were buried after rain loosened the soil and resulted in a landslide, Chattogram Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director Jashim Uddin told bdnews24.com.

The fire service began rescue efforts with the help of locals after the incident was reported. They recovered three dead bodies early on Sunday morning.


Three injured after kangaroo attacks family in Queensland

A woman is seriously injured after trying to protect her husband from a six-foot kangaroo in Australia.

Linda Smith, 64, suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and other internal injuries after the male kangaroo attacked her husband Jim on Saturday evening.

The couple have been feeding kangaroos and wallabies from their home in Millmerran, about 125 miles west of Brisbane, Queensland, to help them survive the region's drought.

Mrs Smith grabbed a broom to fight the six-foot kangaroo off her husband - who suffered cuts and bruises - but the animal knocked the broom out of her hand and turned on her.

She said: "Jim was on the ground and the kangaroo just kept at him.