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Emergency declared in El Salvador to ensure food supply in severe drought

El Salvador declares emergency to ensure food supply in severe drought
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El Salvador declares emergency to ensure food supply in severe drought
El Salvador on Tuesday began taking emergency measures in a drought that has plagued the country for a month and cost tens of thousands of farmers their corn crops, the civil protection agency said.

The east of the Central American country has gone 33 days without rain and temperatures have hit a record 41 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit), leaving many families without water.

The government declared a "red alert," meaning it will seek to use public funds to ensure food supplies and help farmers sow their crops again.

Jorge Melendez, head of Civil Protection, said that the lack of rain had affected more than half of El Salvador's municipalities and resulted in the loss of the equivalent of 1.5 million 60-kg bags of corn, a staple grain.

Authorities are also exploring whether other industries have been affected, such as coffee or cattle raising.

Comment: Meanwhile in Europe: "A threat to our livelihood": Record drought grips Germany's breadbasket

"Perfect storm": UK farming crisis as areas suffer worst drought for 225 years

Extreme weather affecting crop harvests in Europe - North too dry, south hit by hail

On the other side of the world in the southern hemisphere: Australia's worst drought in 116 years is decimating animals and livestock


Biohazard

Mysterious, massive and deadly algae bloom 'whirlpool' discovered in the Baltic Sea

baltic algae whirlpool

On July 18, 2018, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired a natural-color image (above) of a swirling green phytoplankton bloom in the Gulf of Finland, a section of the Baltic Sea. Note how the phytoplankton trace the edges of a vortex; it is possible that this ocean eddy is pumping up nutrients from the depths. For scale, a ship is shown. The swirling bloom is at least 15 miles across, which means New York City's Manhattan Island could fit inside it with a little room to spare.
The mysterious algae bloom 'whirlpool' in the Baltic Sea so big it could cover Manhattan

NASA has revealed an incredible image of a gigantic 'whirlpool' of algae in the Baltic sea.

Every summer, phytoplankton spread across the northern basins of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, with blooms spanning hundreds and sometimes thousands of kilometers.

Blooms this summer off of Scandinavia seem to be particularly intense, NASA said.

The swirling bloom is at least 15 miles across, which means New York City's Manhattan Island could fit inside it with a little room to spare.

Researchers are unsure what is causing the strange pattern.

Comment: Every year there are more dead zones, the gulf stream becomes more sluggish, the jet stream meanders more erratically, storms increase and our climate becomes cooler - and it seems our planet has been through all of this before: Worldwide ocean anoxia driven by global cooling was possible factor in previous mass extinctions

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Fire

"A threat to our livelihood": Record drought grips Germany's breadbasket

Two men sunbathing at the Rhine River in Duesseldorf, Germany
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Two men sunbathing at the Rhine River in Duesseldorf, Germany, on July 26, 2018
Withered sunflowers, scorched wheat fields, stunted cornstalks - the farmlands of northern Germany have borne the brunt of this year's extreme heat and record-low rainfall, triggering an epochal drought.

As the blazing sun beats down, combine harvesters working the normally fertile breadbasket of Saxony-Anhalt in former communist East Germany kick up giant clouds of dust as they roll over the cracked earth.

"It hasn't really rained since April and that's the main growth period for our grains and the other crops - we've never seen anything like it," said Juliane Stein of Agro Boerdegruen, a farming conglomerate formed after German reunification in 1990.

"We've reached the point here in Germany where we're talking about a natural disaster that's a threat to our livelihood."

Comment: We're barely halfway through summer and already it has been on of the driest on record for vast swathes of the northern hemisphere:
wildfires eu graph



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Ice Age Farmer Report: "Nobody's Prepared For This..."

dead cow
Food production is collapsing. Finland posted its worst grain yield this century; the situation is dire across Europe. Orange peels and sour watermelons are the only thing keeping some livestock alive in Australia. Damages due to weeks of rain in Japan. Christian shares reports from farmers on the ground, and makes clear the very real effects on food production and prices globally. Start preparing now.

Spread the truth - these are natural cycles, and it's up to us to build anti-fragile communities in order to thrive in the times ahead.


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Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: NOAA satellites malfunction as Arctic ice increases, 4 year gap expected

arctic ice
Expect a "Gap" in Arctic ice measurement as ageing satellites are all planned to go down at the same time starting next year. Beyond that strange circumstance, the replacements planned are now on hold as NOAA's newest launch malfunctioned and all other launches are on hold, which include ice mapping satellites for a gap of 4 years, all while Arctic ice begins to recover in cooler water pulses into the Arctic and the Grand Solar Minimum intensifies.

Its as if the satellites are being purposefully taken off line so the media and governments of the planet wont have to explain why ice recovered so quickly with such summer thickness.


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Cloud Precipitation

Heat relief with a price: Thunderstorms forecast to sweep Britain; Met warns of possible hail, strong winds and flash flooding

Londoners keeping cool Jul 2018 heatwave
Relief from a blistering heatwave across the UK could come on Friday afternoon, when sunny skies are expected to give way to scattered thunderstorms.

Friday could be Britain's warmest ever July day - and possibly even its hottest day on record.

While temperatures of 35C to 36C are widely forecast for the south east, "there is a possibility that the July maximum temperature - 36.7C - will be reached," Bonnie Diamond, a press officer at the Met Office, said.

"There is also a 20 per cent possibility the all-time high could be reached."

The hottest temperature on record is 38.5C in August 2003.

But torrential downpours are forecast to hit parts of the UK, with as much as 30mm expected to fall in just an hour.

"Scattered thunderstorms will develop and there is a danger of flash flooding," Ms Diamond said.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Drought reveals ancient henges and ruins in Europe

Cropmarks of a large Bronze Age barrow cemetery on the Llyn Peninsula
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Cropmarks of a large Bronze Age barrow cemetery on the Llyn Peninsula
The drought in Europe has revealed an enormous amount of ancient ruins and henges across the UK and Ireland. Astonishing that these foundations and structures were undiscovered all these years.

Massive hail storms in France, feet deep snow in Italy and lightning that is a plasma bolt.


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Fire

Scorched Sweden faces continued "extreme" fire risk in coming days

sweden wildfire 2018
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A chartered helicopter dumps a load of water ontio a smouldering spot in a forest near the village Grotingen in the Bracke municipality to fight one of many wild fires in central Sweden, 22 July 2018. Sweden meanwhile has called for emergency assistance from the European Union to tackle the dozens of wildfires raging across the country. Italian and French fire fighting planes as well as fire engines from Poland and firefighters from other EU countries joined in the efforts to contain and extinguish the wild fires. July 24, 2018 @ 2:00am
Sweden warned Monday of an "extreme" risk of fresh forest fires as much of Scandinavia baked in a heatwave and dozens of fires hit countries across northern Europe.

Sweden's civil protection agency MSB counted 27 active fires across the country on Monday, half the previous day's number, as temperatures were expected to soar as high as 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) this week.

Other European countries including France, Italy and Germany have sent a mix of plane, trucks and firefighters to help tackle the blazes as Sweden, where usual summer temperatures are closer to 23 Celsius, has struggled to contain the crisis.

Some 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of land has already gone up in smoke or continues to burn - an area twice the size of the city of Paris.

Comment: After a brutally cold winter and epic flooding throughout spring, Europe is now on fire:


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"Perfect storm": UK farming crisis as areas suffer worst drought for 225 years

Cracks in the ground on Hampstead Heath, London,
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Cracks in the ground on Hampstead Heath, London, as the hot weather continues across the country.

Britain may be enjoying the summer sunshine now - but the weather could soon have upsetting consequences for the nation's farmers, who are struggling to save both their crops and their animals.

Soaring temperatures have led to a heatwave bringing prolonged dry spells, meaning while Brits basked on the beaches, farmers were manually carrying water to cattle to try to keep them hydrated, on the hottest day of the year so far, on Monday.

Greg Cotterell, of Bank Top farm in Fenny Bentley, said to The Derby Telegraph the well he was forced to manually dug up for his cows is only producing a quarter of what they need.

The drastic way to get water to them was necessary because of the water shortage in seven villages in the area, he revealed.

Cattle are used to grazing on green grass with plenty of water but the drought conditions across the country are causing major problems for farmers

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: How did the media overlook this in the northern hemisphere

Resolute Bay, NU

Resolute Bay, NU (Stock photo)
Record heat in Scandinavia brought by the remnants of a warm water hurricane pulled into the atmospheric flow, centering that heat over northern Europe. All the while 2000 miles west, its snowing in Canada with well below normal temperatures. Looking at temperatures across N. America, doesn't seem like the end of the world heat, at all. You decide if what you are being told in the news is true.


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