Earth's worst-ever mass extinction of life holds 'apocalyptic' warning about climate change, say scientists
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:14 UTC
Researchers studying the largest-ever mass extinction in Earth's history claim to have found evidence that it was caused by runaway global warming - and that the "apocalyptic" events of 250 million years ago could happen again.
About 90 per cent of all the living things on the planet were wiped out in the Permian mass extinction - described in a 2005 book called When Life Nearly Died - for reasons that have been long debated by scientists.
Comment: Aha! Finally a reasoned voice who admits that we have to 'wait and see' but that we are definitely in for some seriously dangerous and destructive weather patterns, which he probably concluded by checking the monthly Sott Earth Changes Summary!
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:21 UTC
Dave McCoy, an environmental educator at Evangola State Park in New York, told the News that more than two-dozen ice volcanoes sprung up along Lake Erie's shoreline for the fourth time this winter season.
"I've never seen them form in March," McCoy told the News.
They also formed on Lake Superior and Lake Ontario, the latter shown in video provided by The Weather Network:
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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:08 UTC
Comment: According to the Canadian Press, after three weeks of blizzards, the first food arrived in Churchill, Manitoba on Tuesday.
Another winter blizzard is hitting the remote northern Manitoba community of Churchill, where people are already desperate for groceries that have been delayed since the last blizzard two weeks ago.
But there could be relief as soon as Monday afternoon, if the train can get all the way through to the town of about 900 residents.
OmniTrax, the Denver-based company that owns the rail line that brings supplies into Churchill, cleared the tracks and is trying to get supplies delivered as soon as possible. A train with supplies departed from the northern Manitoba town of Gillam, about 270 kilometres southeast of Churchill, at around noon Monday.
"A lot of families are suffering because they have young children and they need milk," said local resident Lana Bilenduke. No bread or vegetables are for sale at the local store and meat is scarce, she said. "Everyone's in a crisis until we get our groceries in."
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:50 UTC
"Peaches are a signature South Carolina crop, and this weather anomaly has devastated peach farmers," said Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture.
South Carolina is the largest peach producing state on the East Coast. The state is second only to California nationally.
Weathers said 85 to 90% of the peach crop was lost last week during the extreme cold weather, and the impact will be felt in lots of areas across the nation.
He said, "The South Carolina peach has a great reputation moving up the East Coast, losing the South Carolina peach this summer will bring some tears to New York City."
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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:45 UTC
This heaviest snowfall in thirty years has caused difficulties with feeding the sheep herds apart from affecting local traffic.
In all, over 60,000 heads of sheep and horses are threatened by acute fodder shortage, while 425 heads of animals were already dead due to various reasons including snow collapsed sheep pens.
In response to this rare climatic abnormaity, local authorities have mobilized heavy-duty machineries to clear the snow to reconnect traffic. The first shipment of 775 tons of fodder has already reached snow-affected pastures.
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"It was a minor problem but a major one for the people who were stuck in it on Highway 13," Coderre told a meeting of the city's executive committee Wednesday morning. "Personally, I find it unacceptable that people were stuck for 13 or 14 hours before things were unblocked.
"What's clear is that I'm going to shed some light on this. In 2017, 13 hours in the same situation. I know there was a big storm and a pile-up (on the highway). But I think we should be asking why it took so long to get things sorted out, especially since the northbound 13 was clear... We need some answers."