Biological Annihilation: Report Describes the Sixth Great Extinction Well Underway
thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that An irreversible era of mass extinction has begun, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Yes skeptics, extinctions are cyclical. The difference between this: the first five planetary extinctions were natural.
RHINO MASSACRE IN SOUTH AFRICA
Six more endangered white rhinos were killed in a single night for their horns; 139 have been slaughtered in the South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal nature reserve in 2017.
Invasion of the Borg: Global Warming Driving Bizarre Marine Species Migration
Millions of weird 6 in long organisms (although some reach 40 ft - see photo) resembling extended thimbles are invading the waters off of southeastern Alaska. Among other problems, these things belong thousands of miles to the south, in warmer waters.
Sometimes referred to as the "Borg of the sea" or sea pickles, the correct name of these organisms is pyrosomes. They are tropical spineless, filter feeding marine animals of the zooid family. They are actually colonies of very small individual animals (similar in a way to coral, except that they move). The tubes appear to be gelatinous and move along by taking in water for nutrients at one end and blowing out waste at the other.
The decay of Florida's coral reef system continues apace as new reports document climate change as the primary driver of bleaching events (death). While some of you snowflakes might feel bad because of the global decline of the planet's most beautiful ecosystems, there will also be billions of dollars of economic loss in tourism and commercial fishing.
HORRENDOUS WILD FIRES ENGULF CENTRAL PORTUGAL, KILL OVER 60
Fast moving wild fires engulfed people in their cars as they tried to escape the flames. More than 1600 firefighters from around Europe fought the flames.
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR WANTS FEDERAL MONEY AS HIS STATE SINKS INTO THE GULF
The standard analogy is that the coast is losing one football field every hour...
Climate change is considered a hoax in bright red, Federal-government hating Louisiana, but the seas are rising anyway. In combination with subsidence due to cutting off the Mississippi silt and the devastation wrought by decades of oil and gas companies carving canals out of the wetlands, the coastline is disappearing even faster than the worst predictions. The standard analogy is that the coast is losing one football field every hour.
"The Louisiana coast is in a state of crisis and emergency that requires immediate and urgent action and attention to avert further injury to the lives, property, health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Louisiana and the nation," - Quote from Governor Bel Edwards proclamation.
ZOOPLANKTON MOVING INTO ARCTIC AT ALARMING RATE
The big fish are following food sources as northern waters warm and the zooplankton move north at about 125 miles a decade. They compete with species that already inhabit the region, causing a growing disruption to the ecosystem. Cod and other commercial species are also moving north.
SOUTH PACIFIC ISLAND IS ENGULFED BY TOXIC PLASTIC GARBAGE:
Halfway between New Zealand and South America is the Henderson Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site that has become amazingly polluted by plastic debris from around the world. The toxic crap accumulates at a rate of 3,500 items each day, making Henderson the site of the planet's highest density of plastic waste. Eight million tons of plastic trash ends up in the ocean each year, where it requires thousands of years to break down. In the process, it poisons marine wildlife and disrupts the food chain.
May 7: TWO MILLION GALLONS OF DRILLING FLUIDS LEAK FROM LATEST CONTESTED PIPELINE IN OHIO
Two million gallons of drilling fluids spilled into a wetland adjacent to the Tuscarawas River in Stark County, followed by another spill the following day in Richland Country. Much of the farming land for the pipeline was acquired by eminent domain but the company is reported breaching their contract with regard to tree felling on private land.
May 5: FOLLOWING APRIL HEAT RECORD, DUST STORMS ENGULF BEIJING:
Reflecting the accelerating desertification of China, a gigantic sandstorm from Inner Mongolia, paralyzing the capital city. Beijing had the hottest April temp ever on April 29.
ANOTHER SCARY MILESTONE REACHED AS C02 HITS 410PPM
APRIL 2017: The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reports that carbon dioxide has risen to 410.28 ppm, the first time the level has exceeded 410ppm. Current CO2 levels are higher than they have been for millions of years.
KEY ICE ROADS ARE FREEZING TO LATE, MELTING TOO SOON
The 3,300 miles of ice roads that connect Canada's far North to civilization are existentially threatened due to global warming. For decades these roads have been "constructed" by spraying water along rough paths created by snow plows. The goods that move along these winter highways are critical to the survival of dozens of these remote communities.
Each passing year, it takes longer for the roads to freeze and the ice is not at thick (or safe). An increase in violent weather has further threatened the supply lines as the window of reliable supply shipments continues to narrow.
BP DOES IT AGAIN WITH AN OIL WELL BLOWOUT IN ALASKA
The folks who brought you the worst oil spill in history are confronting another awkward incident in Alaska's North Slope as another well blows out and spring a double leak. They "don't know" how much oil and gas is spraying in Prudhoe Bay and can't actually get near enough to the blowout to do anything about it. On account of the high winds and cold, because: the Arctic. Reports say the well has risen up three to four feet above its normal level.
In addition to their fine work in the Gulf of Mexico (2012), BP can claim two other spills in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska: 2014 and 2006.
New Research Indicates That Global Warming is Causing Weather Patterns to Get Stuck
According to the latest research from global warming pioneer Michael Mann, global warming is changing the flux of weather patterns on a planetary scale. When air flow patterns such as the Jet Stream get messed with, weather events and trends become jammed, causing extreme droughts, heat waves and heacy rainfall to persist.
Peru's Devestating Drought Is Followed By Unprecidented Storms, Flooding and Landslides.
"We are confronting a serious climatic problem!" - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
"Abnormal" temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are blamed for a severe weather event in Peru last week, which caused apocalyptic flooding and landslides. Bridges collapsed, schools were closed and up to a hundred people were killed. In the classic drought - flood - drought pattern that characterizes global weather patterns, the Andean nation had been devastated by a prolonged drought and ferocious wild fires over the past couple of years.
3 MONTH PIPELINE LEAK IN ALASKA'S COOK INLET CONTINES TO SPEW METHANE
Even as the Trump administration slashes regulations, it seems that the government is powerless to stop a full scale methane leak in Cook Inlet, which is home to endangered beluga whales. The 56 year old pipeline has been leaking hundreds of thousands of cubic feet per day since December (that we know of. Hilcorp, the operator, more or less doesn't feel like shutting it down cause is will cost money. Overregulation indeed.
RUNNING OUT OF WATER IN MEXICO CITY: AQUIFERS EMPTY AS THE CITY SINKS FASTER
As Mexico City drills ever deeper for more water, the ancient clay lake beds grow weaker and city building continue to lean and crumble.
STARVATION IN MADAGASCAR: DROUGHT AND FAMINE
Families in southern Madagascar have resorted to eating fruits and berries as an extended drought has caused crop failures and a virtual collapse of the regional economy. Approximate 1 million people - about half of the population face famine if humanitarian aide does not arrive.
DON'T WORRY: METHANE PIPELINE LEAK IN UPSTATE NEW YORK WILL BE FIXED IN JANUARY
Franklinville, NY - When an upstate NY hunter called in a leaking gas pipeline to operator National Fuel, the company told him they knew about the leak and it would be repaired in January. They advised him to leave the area. The company has since clarified that it's a Type 3 leak and is not a high priority. Cause it's only, like, methane.
Quote from the hunter: "This is what happens when you don't know how to weld and you get a government contract."
WORLD'S HIGHEST SKI RESORT CLOSES AS ANDES GLACIERS COLLAPSE ABD WATER SUPPLIES DRY UP
Bolivia's only ski resort is now closed due to global warming. Scientists measured the Chacaltaya glacier in the 1990s and gave it about twenty years, but their predictions turned out to be obtimistic. The 18,000-year-old glacier is pretty much gone and the resort closed in 2012. The retreat of the Andes glaciers is also threatening water supplies in the region, as the government declares a water emergency. The three glaciers that feed reservoirs for La Paz have collapsed, leaving much of the region without fresh water.
ARCTIC NEWS SHOWS ALARMING TEMPERATURE ANOMOLIES CONTINUING
Forecast for November 19, 2016: The Arctic will be as much as 7.42°C or 13.36°F warmer than it was in 1979-2000.
DOWNPOUR COMES FROM NOWHERE TO FLOOD JOHANESBURG
Hundreds of cars were buried in floods that came from nowhere in a sudden thunderstorm that took South Africa's capital by surprise.
SECOND OIL PIPELINE IN ALABAMA KILLS ONE, BURNS 5
One worker was burned to death and five more severely burned as another pipeline blew up in Alabama - the second explosion in two months on the Colonial Pipeline. The pipeline continues to burn November 1.
MASS STARFISH WASTING DISEASE CONFIRMED AS CAUSED BY RISING OCEAN TEMPS
A new study now officially links the mysterious West Coast die-off of "Pisaster" - commonly known as starfish - with the rapidly rising water temperatures. The bizarre affliction has killed off a huge percentage of the Pacific starfish population.
DEATHS FROM FLESH EATING BACTERIA SLOWLY CLIMBING
You'll never go in the water again. As the oceans warm, incidents of humans dying horrible deaths from flesh-eating bacteria - Vibrio vulnificus - are increasing. While not usually fatal, the nasty microscopic beasties cause fever, chills, septic shock and the horrifying blistering skin lesions that give them their name. While fatal events from vibrosis remain relative rare, a recent study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicated that "rising ocean temperatures related to global warming is strongly associated with spread of vibrios."
TOXIC CHEMICAL PLUME CAUSES EVACUATIONS IN KANSAS
Somebody at the MGP Ingredients planet in Atchison, Kasnas mixed the wrong chemicals together and created a cloud of toxic gas that enveloped the town. One high school was evacuated and classes were cancelled at a local college. Residents were told to stay inside, but the nature of the gas was not immediately revealed.
TASMANIA'S MARINE FOREST COOKED BY HOT OCEAN CURRENTS
Eastern Tasmania's oceans are warming two to three time faster than "normal", a process that has already killed off an iconic 10,000 years old underwater ecosystem.
LEAD & ARSENIC POISONING CRISIS CAUSES EMERGENCY RAZING OF INDIANA NEIGHBORHOOD
The West Calumet Housing Complex in Indiana will be torn down immediately and the 1,100 residents left homeless due to an ongoing lead AND ARSENIC poisoning crisis decades in the making. While the mayor of East Chicago ordered the residents to leave, he most definitely didn't find them somewhere else to live. Meanwhile, Jesus' own anti-woman warrior and Indiana Governor Mike Pence is off looking for evidence to get his new boss off the hook for some awkward accusations.
Aral Sea: One of the Planet's Worst Environmental Disasters
The Aral Sea has been drying up and shrinking since the Soviets diverted the rivers that fed it in the 1960s' It is now 10% of its original size and supports virtually no life. Fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides deployed over the course of 50 years have accumulated in the dry sea bed, whence they are spread across Central Asia in the form of toxic dust.