PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: The Ebola Outbreak – Sierra Leone Vice President Places Himself In 21-Day Quarantine, After His Bodyguards Died From The Deadly Virus; Recent Surge In Infections In The Country!

Ebola health care workers carry the body of a middle aged man that they suspected of dying from the Ebola.March 2, 2015 – SIERRA LEONE – Sierra Leone’s Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana said on Saturday that he had placed himself in a 21-day quarantine… Continue reading

MASS BIRD DIE-OFF: Birds Dropping From The Sky By The Dozens In Maury County, Tennessee – Officials On The Scene Say They Have Never Seen Anything Like This Before?!

March 2, 2015 – TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES – Dozens of birds drop dead out of the sky in Maury County at the same time.A local pizza delivery driver says he has something to do with the fifty or so birds that turned up dead off North Field Lane Saturday…. Continue reading

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Fallen 50-TONNE Rock Blocks Main Mountain Road Near Moutiers, France!

Holidaymakers were trapped in the French Alps after a giant 50-tonne boulder blocked a main mountain


March 2,  2015 – FRANCE
– Thousands of British holidaymakers were trapped in the French Alps after a giant 50-tonne boulder blocked a main mountain road.

Falling rocks cut off popular resorts Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St Martin and ski enthusiasts were left stranded in a 50-mile tailback.

Holiday coaches were stopped from entering and leaving the resorts in the Tarentaise Valley after authorities ruled the N117 road was too dangerous for large vehicles to use on Friday morning.

Tourists took to social media to vent their frustration at being stranded after the rockslide.

Mike Parkes ‏tweeted: ‘Delay getting out of Alps due to 100 tonne boulder that has decided to fall into the road! #annoying This never happens to #judithchalmers.’

Claire Zillman ‏said: ‘1st for everything: ‘a boulder cracked the road so there’s no traveling in or out of this village. Skiing in Alps was spectacular until now.’


WATCH: Giant rock slide in France blocks access to popular ski resorts.

Tour operators are planning to hire a fleet of minibuses so holidaymakers due to return home yesterday can be taken to their departing flights today.

Hundreds of Britons on their way to the region were accommodated in the nearby town of Albertville.

Crystal Ski Holidays, one of the British travel firms affected, said it arranged overnight accommodation for 500 UK holidaymakers arriving at Chambery and Geneva airports. – Daily Mail.

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WEATHER ANOMALIES: "This Past Season Was Not Like The Others" – Noctilucent Clouds, Behaving Strangely; A Sensitive Indicator Of Long-Range Teleconnections In Earth’s Atmosphere?!

March 2, 2015 – EARTH – The southern season for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) has come to an end. NASA’s AIM spacecraft observed the last wisps of electric-blue over Antarctica on Feb. 20, 2015. The end of the season was no surprise: The polar clouds always subside in late summer. Looking back over the entire season, however, reveals something unexpected. In an 8-year plot of Antarctic noctilucent cloud frequencies, the 2014-2015 season is clearly different from the rest:

© SpaceWeather


These data come from the AIM spacecraft, which was launched in 2007 to monitor NLCs from Earth orbit. The curves show the abundance (“frequency”) of the clouds vs. time for 120 days around every southern summer solstice for the past 8 years.

“This past season was not like the others,” notes Cora Randall, a member of the AIM science team and the chair of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado. “The clouds were much more variable, and there was an enormous decrease in cloud frequency 15 to 25 days after the summer solstice. That’s when the clouds are usually most abundant.

What does this mean? Previous research shows that NLCs are a sensitive indicator of long-range teleconnections in Earth’s atmosphere, which link weather and climate across hemispheres. The strange behavior of noctilucent clouds in 2014-2015 could be a sign of previously unknown linkages. “Preliminary indications are that it is indeed due to inter-hemispheric teleconnections,” says Randall. “We’re still analyzing the data, so stay tuned.”

Now attention turns to the northern hemisphere, where the season for NLCs typically begins in May. Will the northern season ahead be as strangely variable as the southern season, just concluded? Says Randall, “I can’t wait to find out.”

Boosting the chances of auroras even more is a high-speed solar wind stream waiting on the other side of the heliospheric current sheet. The wind is flowing from a coronal hole on the sun, shown in this extreme UV image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:

 

© SpaceWeather

Coronal holes are places in the sun’s atmosphere where the sun’s magnetic field opens up, allowing hot gas to escape. In the image, above, the magnetic field is traced by curved white lines. Arrows show where the solar wind is escaping along open field lines. Forecasters expect the gassy stream to reach Earth on Feb. 28-March 1. Keep an eye on the realtime photo gallery for aurora sightings this weekend. – Space Weather.

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DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

March 2, 2015 – EARTH – The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Dead whale found washed ashore at Cuddalore, India

The carcass of the beached whale at Pettodai near Periyakuppam in Cuddalore on Thursday.

The carcass of a 30-foot-long whale washed ashore at Pettodai near Periyakuppam on Thursday evening.

A group of fishermen spotted the carcass near the shore at around 6 p.m. and alerted the Forest Department.

News about the dead whale spread like wildfire and people gathered in large numbers to get a view of the mammal.

“The whale had a length of 9 metres and weighed nearly five tonnes. A post-mortem examination alone can reveal reasons behind the death and how it was swept to the shore. The whale might have been hit by a barge or a ship passing through the coast,” Sundaramurthy, Cuddalore Range Forest officer said.

The carcass was found stuck in the sand and an earthmover was engaged to retrieve it.

It was later buried in a pit on the shore by the Forest Department.

Last month, a male dolphin beached at the Solai Nagar coast in Puducherry. The dolphin died after efforts to rescue it failed. – The Hindu.

Massive fish die off in fish farms in the east of Singapore

Several fish farmers in the East saw large stocks of their fish wiped out early Saturday (Feb 28) morning after the coast was hit by a tide containing huge plankton blooms.

When this happens fish have to compete with the micro-organisms for oxygen, which could cause them to die.

Philip Lim, who owns three fish farms, said: “It’s huge. It’ll cost me about S$50,000. All the fishes have come in just about three months ago, some of them just came in one month ago.”

Mr Lim sent Channel NewsAsia videos of the scene on Saturday, saying his entire stock of fish was either dead or dying.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) had said in a statement on Friday that it would monitor the situation, and work closely with the fish farmers to mitigate the issue.

It had warned the farmers early last week after detecting elevated plankton levels in the area, said AVA.

Dead fish due to red tide at a Pasir Ris fish farm. (Photo: Frank Tan, Marine Life Aquaculture)

AVA has also deployed waste disposal vessels to assist farmers in the disposal of dead fish at the East Johor Straits caused by the elevated plankton levels.

On Feb 18, coastal fish farms at the Straits reported dead fish in the area. Since then, AVA has been visiting the fish farmers to ascertain the situation, offer advice to them to mitigate the situation, such as canvas-bagging, and collecting fish samples from the affected farms for analysis.

AVA said some farms have carried out emergency harvest of the fish in view of the elevated plankton levels.
It had earlier reported that laboratory tests conducted did not detect marine biotoxins in the fish. AVA said fish harvested from local farms are safe for consumption.  – Channel News Asia.

Rare Arctic bowhead whale seen for the first time in UK waters

The bowhead was spotted with a mobile phone camera. © Seawatch

The bowhead whale was photographed on a mobile phone off Par Beach on the remote island of St Martin’s by diver Anna Cawthray who immediately suspected it was special.

But it took an international exchange of e-mails between experts in Britain and the United States to identify it as a young bowhead who was 2,000 miles from home.

Anna feared the whale – which was about 25ft long – could have been stranded but she said: “After about 15 minutes it swam away.

“Seeing it was a once in a lifetime experience.”

Bowhead whales normally live in the high Arctic near the ice edge and their closest population is off Spitzbergen far to the north of Norway.

They can reach up to 70ft in length, weigh up to 90 tonnes and live for up to 200 years which makes them possibly the longest lived marine mammal in the world.

They live off small crustaceans and use their large heads to smash through pack ice.

The record was described by the Sea Watch Foundation as an “extraordinary sighting”.

A spokesman said: “This is the first sighting of this species in the UK. It has also not been recorded elsewhere in Europe south of the Barents Sea which is north of Norway.

“Bowheads were so heavily exploited by whalers in the Arctic Ocean, in Baffin Bay off Greenland, and the Barents Sea that the population seriously declined during the early twentieth century.

“The population dropped from around 30,000-50,000 to a low in the 1920s of about 3,000.

“But the cessation of commercial whaling in the latter half of the last century has allowed numbers globally to increase to somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000, mainly in the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean.”

Sea Watch Foundation’s founder and director, Dr Peter Evans, said: “Bowhead whales are unusual amongst whale species in being largely confined to the coldest parts of the world, generally never far from the ice edge.

Daily Express.

Jellyfish bloom reported for the first time off coast of Visakhapatnam, India

Representational image

A bloom of jellyfish has been reported off the Visakhapatnam coast for the first time. MFV Matsya Shikari, a survey vessel attached to the Vizag base of the Fishery Survey of India (FSI), has reported a bloom of jellyfish around 60 nautical miles off Visakhapatnam.

The vessel was carrying out a demersal (near the seabed) fishery resource survey in the area and researchers were surprised that 500 kg of jellyfish was caught in a single haul from a single-patch area at a depth of 40m. They say this is an indication of their abundance in the area.

The jellyfish found off was identified as Crambionella stuhlmanni, which causes skin rashes if touched. There are many species of jellyfish, which are venomous and its sting considered dangerous. World over, jellyfish blooms have caused power plant outages, destroyed the fishing-industry and damaged the beaches of holiday destinations.

“Jellyfish bloom is an indication of coastal eutrophication, overfishing and ecosystem degradation. Blooming of jellyfish results in clogging of fishing nets and thereby causes interference to fishery.

We observed that these jellyfish are laying thousands of eggs and live as a colony. The recent bloom could be due to an underwater drift and other oceanic changes due to natural calamities like Cyclone Hudhud etc. They breed in large numbers, sometimes in thousands,” said senior scientific assistant at FSI, Vizag A. Siva, who was part of the voyage.

He said an in-depth study is the needed to understand the causes of the jellyfish bloom and its effect on the coastal fishery of India. – Deccan Chronicle.

Weimeraner survives cougar attack in Sierra National Forest, California

Weimeraner survives cougar attack. © yourcentralvalley.com

A weekday rendezvous with Mother Nature gave a group of California hikers much more than they expected. What started out as a pleasant mountain jaunt for a four-year-old weimeraner and her owner in Oakhurst, California went south very quickly when they came face-to-face with a mountain lion. On Feb. 19, Candace Gregory was hiking with friends in the Sierra National Forest with her dog Sally. As Gregory tells it, she and her friends were about 30 feet behind her dog when she saw “a flash of something tannish”.

Before it could even register, the big cat had Sally’s head in it’s jaws and it’s paws wrapped around the pooch’s body. Fellow hiker Rick Lawin said he heard a “blood curdling screaming sound of an animal in its death throes.” He ran up and started hitting the mountain lion with his hiking stick, to help out Sally and protect his fellow hikers. That worked, because the hungry animal dropped the dog and jumped into the trees. They estimate that the big cat must have weighed at least 120 pounds.

They got Sally back to the car and rushed her over to a vet in Fresno, who reports the weimie had claw and bite marks all over her chest and legs, with a huge wound on her head. Sally had numerous stitches and a drainage tube placed in her head.

The group was very lucky. Had it not been for that hiking stick, Sally may not have lived through the attack. According to Mountainlion.org, in previous big cat attacks, people have utilized rocks, jackets, garden tools, tree branches, walking sticks, fanny packs and even bare hands to turn away the cats. They also did the right thing in slowly backing away from the cat. That’s another of the recommendations listed right on the website, which also says you should make yourself seem as large as possible, open your jacket, yell, throw things, but don’t turn away. Maintain eye contact and act like another predator.

They’re also thankful they carried a cell phone to call ahead, a necessity any time you’re communing with nature. A spare battery or portable charger is also recommended, and make sure it’s charged. Sally will recover but won’t be going on any hikes for several weeks; and the next time they go hiking, she’ll remain leashed.  – Examiner.

Two coyotes attack dog in Cleveland, Ohio cemetery

Maitri, a 70-pound greyhound-mix, was attacked by two coyotes soon after this photo was taken.  © Beverly Singh

A Cleveland Heights dog is recovering from being attacked Sunday by two cold and hungry coyotes at Lake View Cemetery.

Yes, a cemetery island of grass and trees amid the busy streets at the intersection of Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland was the scene of a coyote encounter and more proof that Ohio’s coyote population is rebounding.

Maitri, a 70-pound greyhound-mix, was lucky she had speed on her side. She escaped with a gaping flesh wound to a hind leg that required six stitches.

Ohio’s dog owners need to beware that, in any setting, a dog running loose can be fair game, especially in the winter when predators are struggling to find common prey, like rodents.

Maitri’s owner, Beverly Singh, a Cleveland Heights business owner who takes her dog to work with her, gives this account of the encounter:

“Maitri, being part greyhound, is used to lots of exercise and long walks. I took her to the cemetery around 1 p.m. because the sidewalks were so impassable, while the back roads at the cemetery were plowed.

“I let her off leash to run, though I know dogs aren’t supposed to be off leash. I had both of my knees replaced within the last two years, and I’m nervous on the ice and snow.

“She ran up a path amongst some trees and out of sight. When I called her, she didn’t come at first, so I called with more force. As she came running back around the curve in the path, I thought there was another dog with her, but as she came closer, I saw it was two coyotes on her tail. They broke off the chase about 40 feet from me, and when she got to me, I saw a big wound on her hind leg. We quickly walked back to the car and I took her to the emergency veterinary hospital, where she had to have anesthesia to close the wound.”

Lake View Cemetery president Kathy Goss said, “There is a decent population of coyotes in the neighborhood, and, of course, some will visit the cemetery’s 285 acres of land and nine miles of winding roads.”

Those less-traveled roads also attract dog walkers, “a regular group of them who obey the rules and keep their dogs on a leash, don’t walk them on the graves and pick up after them,” Goss said.This is the first coyote encounter we have heard of, but it wouldn’t be wise to let a dog run loose in any park, especially in this extremely cold weather.”

Singh said she heard about a couple of dogs getting attacked by coyotes in nearby Forest Hills Park, but “I thought we were safer at Lake View, so near the roads.”

Singh agrees with Maitri’s veterinarian, who examined the healing wound Wednesday.

“The vet said Maitri was very lucky,” Singh said.  – Cleveland.

100 Georges Turtles found dead or dying in Bellinger river, Australia

A sick turtle, one of many taken from Bellinger River, is examined by senior curator Greg Pickering at Dolphin Marine Magic. © Gemima Harvey

An Environment Protection Authority (EPA) investigation into a large freshwater turtle kill in the Bellinger River, has given the wayterway a clean bill of health.

As many as 100 Georges Turtles have been found dead or dying in recent days from a mystery illness.

Investigation are underway to determine what is killing them.

The EPA took water samples from multiple points along the river, while vets from the Office of Environment and Heritage are examining the reptiles.

The water tests have not found any pesticides or hydrocarbons.

An EPA spokeswoman said the testing was thorough, and backs up the initial theory it was not a toxic spill that coused the turtle kill.

“EPA officers took the samples from four key locations along the river including at Myers Bluff and Thora Bridge,” she said.

“The first round of results has confirmed that there are no traces of pesticide or hydrocarbon in the samples.

“These results support the initial observations that the turtle deaths are not related to a pollution incident.”

Further results, including those from veterinary testing on the turtles, are likely to be delivered early next week.

Scientist trying to save the rare freshwater turtles fear the death of 100 could push the species to the brink of extinction.

Marine vet Duan March has been looking after the affected reptiles, and said most are not surviving.

“As of yesterday afternoon we had ten still left alive,” he said.

“The Georges Turtle, that’s where they live and this is going to be a significant impact on that population.

“Population estimates vary depending on studies, but up to 400 individuals have been identified in that stretch of river.

“So a loss of 100 is significant.” – ABC Australia.

Wild boar attacks and injures five in Mizoram village, India

Wild boar. © David J Slater

A male wild boar entered a village in eastern Mizoram on Wednesday morning and injured five people, three of them grievously, before villagers shot it dead.

Village leader C Lalnunpuia said the wild boar entered Saichal, within Champhai district, from the nearby woods around 9.45 am, chasing a woman who was coming from the same direction. As it reached a house on the outskirts, it attacked a group of women sitting on the porch.

One of the women, identified as Lalruatliani, sustained wounds on her hands and arms, with several fingers broken.

Another woman, Pi Kawli, sustained wounds in the back, while the third woman, Lalrampari, was wounded in the chest and legs.

Two men who came to the women’s aid were also injured before one of them could hit the wild boar with an axe.

The animal fled after it was wounded, and another villager chased after it and shot it dead near the village graveyard, which adjoins the woods.

Lalnunpuia, president of the village’s Young Mizo Association unit, said the wounded were being shifted to the Aizawl Civil Hospital, about five hours by road.

Fanaia Fanai, another village leader, said it was rare to find wild boars roaming in the area and that he has not seen one himself in recent memory although he regularly goes to the woods and adjoining farmlands. The New Indian Express.

Mass death of marine creatures at Pasir Ris beach, Singapore

Scores of dead marine life have been washing up on Pasir Ris beach over the weekend.

While reports have emerged about Changi fish farms suffering massive losses, it seems like wild fish have not been spared either.

Marine creatures – including puffer fish, eels, horseshoe crabs and cuttlefish – have been turning up lifeless on the island’s north-eastern shores.
In the Changi case, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said plankton that damaged fish gills were responsible for the casualties.

But locally farmed fish remain safe for consumption as lab tests have not detected toxins in them.

Cuttlefish. © Sean Yap

Stars and stripes Puffer (Arothron hispidus). © Sean Yap

Pike eel/conger, Muraenesox sp.  © Sean Yap

Bluespotted Puffer (Arothron caeruleopunctatus). © Sean Yap

Mr Sean Yap, an undergraduate studying environmental biology at the National University of Singapore, has documented the carnage in an album on Facebook.

Calling for something to be done to address the almost annual occurrence, he wrote:

“(The) plankton has affected not only farmed fish, but many wild species as well.

“While it is sad to see them this way, this event may actually give us a rare insight into the diversity of marine life in our northern region, which are usually hidden by our opaque waters.”

In March 2012, The New Paper reported that thousands of fish had died along the Sungei Api Api river in Pasir Ris.

Here are some casualties that Mr Yap and his friend Sankar Ananthanarayanan snapped:
TNP.

Hundreds of dead fish found on the banks of a river in Uttar Pradesh, India

Morning walkers at Kudiya Ghat were in for a shock on Friday morning, as they found hundreds of dead fish floating on the banks of river Gomti. As the day progressed, similar news poured in from other parts of the city too, where dead fish were found in bulk.

Experts have said that prima facie it appeared that the ongoing damming work at Kudiya Ghat might be responsible for the mass death, as the machines and equipment could have brought down the level of Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in the river water.

An official of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) said, “Owing to the damming of the river, the water got stagnated and led to a fall in the level of dissolved oxygen in the water. The fall in DO level could be associated with the loss of aquatic animals. It’s a short term effect. The level is expected to be restored after the completion of the ongoing cleaning project at Kudiya Ghat.”

However, as the day progressed, fishermen who were out to make their catch at Gulalaghat, a kilometre away from Kudiya Ghat, also reported similar deaths of fish. The situation was no different near Hanuman Setu, where too morning walkers spotted dead fishes in the water. “We were really shocked to see so many dead fish floating on the river’s surface,” said Kushal Sharma, a morning walker who was among the first ones to spot the fish at Kudiya Ghat.When contacted, district magistrate Raj Shekhar said he was keeping a watch on the cleaning project, “We will send a team of experts at places where dead fish were found to investigate the deaths,” he said.  – Hindustan Times.

10,000 birds dead, 23,000 killed due to avian flu in Monywa, Myanmar

Thousands of chickens and quail were destroyed in Monywa.
(Phyo Wai Kyaw/The Myanmar Times)

Dr Htein Lin said all infected birds had been destroyed, and controls had been imposed to keep suspect stock out of the market.

According to the state-owned media, 10,023 quail had died as of February 25 and 23,000 were destroyed, while 1243 chickens died of the disease and 1488 more were slaughtered in the 55-hectare (134-acre) zone.

“According to our figures, there are more than 140,000 chickens in the zone, but we don’t know the exact number of quail,” said Dr Htein Lin.

“Not all farms were affected. Controls have been put in place to stop the spread of the disease, and no infected products will be put on sale outside the zone. The regional government is also involved, and we have released full details of our response. The situation is under control,” he said.

Dr Htein Lin said the zone authorities were applying experience gained during H5N1 outbreaks in 2006 and 2010 in dealing with the current situation.

Dr Kyaw Htin, head of the Mandalay Region Livestock Federation, said fowl deaths outside the zone were due to Newcastle disease and respiratory ailments common at this time of year.

“There is no unusual H5N1 activity in Mandalay Region, and no humans in Monywa are reported as infected. Bio-security is the key to dealing with H5N1. Livestock products such as eggs, chicken meat, and poultry guts derived from illegal trade are dangerous, especially those coming from China,” he said.

Chickens are mostly bred in Patheingyi and Madaya in Mandalay Region in more than 200 poultry farms, he said, adding that one possible source of infection was the practice of some chicken butchers to build temporary slaughter huts beside creeks.”H5N1 genes are always changing. One day, we will have to adopt a closed-farm system for fowl and quail livestock,” he said. – MM Times.

Fish kill in 2 farm ponds in La Union, Philippines

 A fish kill has affected the fish pens in at least two barangays in San Fernando City in La Union province, a television report said Wednesday.

Local fishermen blamed the hot weather in recent days, according to a report on GMA News TV’s “Balita Pilipinas Ngayon.”

WATCH: Mass fish die-off in the Philippines.

The fishermen said there had been no rain in the area for a long time, and the land had dried up.

Some fish pen owners have resorted to harvesting their fish early even if the fish are still small.

The local government has not yet commented on the situation, the report said. – GMA Network.

Shellfish population dying in New Zealand harbour

The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes.  © Thinkstock

A massive pipi bed in Whangarei harbour is dying and there are fears the change could destabilise the harbour – and Marsden Point itself, Radio NZ reports.

The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes, sparking fears the massive sandbank, which protects the harbour entrance, will disappear.

The sandbank, shaped similar to a shark’s tooth, lies just off Marsden Point. Locals previously waded out at low tide to scoop up the daily limit of 150 of the shellfish in a couple of minutes. But no more.

NIWA fisheries scientist, James Williams, said the decline had been drastic. Over the last four to five years the pipi population has collapsed.

He said the bank had been eroding from the south and gaining height; coinciding with an apparent absence of juvenile pipi.

“There was a huge biomass there of pipi, everywhere pretty much on the bank and sub-tidally of about 10,000 tonnes and that’s been reduced to less than 100 tonnes from the 2014 survey,” he said.

“So, less than one per cent of what there was in 2005.”

Dr Williams said pollution had not been a problem. Regular testing shows the water quality is very good, despite the presence of the oil refinery and the timber port next door.

Mair Bank was closed to pipi pickers last year but Dr Williams said the volume of shellfish being taken, including a commercial catch, was miniscule compared to the vast quantity available.

He said it might be worth testing the water to rule out pollution by terpenes — compounds found in pine logs. Dr Williams said it was not known what impact the compounds might have on pipi, but they could act as pesticides on some species.

However, Northport chief executive Jon Moore said run-off from the port’s log storage area drained to a big settlement pond.

“It can pump to the harbour if it reaches a high level, so if you have a storm event, obviously the last thing you want is all of that overflowing so there’s a pipeline back to the harbour,” he said.

“It pumps on those high rain events, but at that point when you’ve got a heavy rainfall, most of the water that’s coming through there is pretty damn clean anyway.”

Radio NZ reports the refinery and Northport are worried the loss of millions of shellfish could destabilise Mair Bank.

The New Zealand Refining Company’s environmental manager, Riann Elliot, said if the bank goes, there would be knock-on effects for the harbour and the foreshore.

He said the channel was “self-dredging”.

“There’s no maintenance dredging required here – that could be jeopardised, so the entry to the harbour could be jeopardised.”

“Erosion along the foreshore along Marsden Point could change drastically. We’ve currently got a bit of an erosion problem and there’s evidence to suggest that could accelerate.”

New Zealand Refining chief executive Sjoerd Post said any increase in erosion had to be a concern for the refinery.

“Our site is very close to the sea perimeter, so the pipis dying out may cause instability in the bank which may lead to bigger consequences for us,” said Mr Post.

“But first and foremost, we are really concerned around the fact that sort of an entire species seems to be dying out all of a sudden.”

Mr Post said it was tangata whenua, Patu Harakeke, who first raised the alarm about the Mair Bank pipi beds.

New Zealand Refining and Northport back their call for urgent research into the problem. – The New Zealand Herald.

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ICE AGE NOW: Cold World, Cooling Sun, Global Warming Is Dead On Arrival – Forecast Predicts Snow In ALL 50 U.S. States Over The Next 7 Days; "Slurpee" Ice Waves Strikes Nantucket Beach; Snow Records Dating Back To 1700s Are Broken; Coldest March Ever Is Coming!

A partially frozen American Falls in sub-freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Feb. 17, 2015. © Lindsay DeDario/Reuters


March 1, 2015 – UNITED STATES
– The cold crept in early on the 15th of Feb. 2015. By the 21st more than 100 million Americans were being impacted by the arctic blast known as the “Siberian Express” as record (low) temperatures were broken across the eastern third of the nation. Chicago experienced its coldest February since 1875. Last year it was the Polar Vortex and that took down GDP (Gross Domestic Product) quickly. This year the numbers are not in yet but we can expect economic activity to contract.

During this cold, more than 4,700 square miles of ice formed over the Great Lakes in just one night on the 17th. It was minus 41 in Minnesota at that time. “Great Lakes ice is now running ahead of last year and ice will increase with more brutal cold coming,” says meteorologist Joe d’Aleo. “We are likely to have the most ice since records began.”

Forbes magazine is now equating global warming proponents with snake oil salesmen. There was never any manmade global warming.”Global warming activists are in full-throttle damage control, desperately claiming global warming causes record snow and cold,” says Forbes. “When global warming alarmists claim winters will become warmer and free of snow, yet their predictions are proven false for 20 years in a row, at some point logical people come to realize that global warming alarmists are selling snake oil.”

WATCH: New York City surrounded by ice floes.

Which organization, government or newspaper will cry out about the danger of global warming will be interesting to see. If we had an honest president in the White House, he would get on the television and come clean with the titanic climate fraud that his administration is backing. It is important for many reasons to know and hear the truth besides the fact that people are dying from the cold.

According to the CDC, more people are dying from hypothermia in the United States, which seems strange since other branches of government insist we are living through the warmest time in recent history. The storms and freezing temperatures in Tennessee caused 21 deaths, including 11 attributed to hypothermia. With record-breaking cold there is a need for precautions. Temperatures were recently predicted to be 25 to 30 degrees below normal for the East Coast, exacerbated by strong winds, but temperatures actually ended up running as low as 30 to 40 degrees below normal across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic on the morning of February 20.

Ice flows along the Hudson River in New York City on Feb. 20, 2015.  © Spencer Platt/Getty Images

It has been cold across the entire northern hemisphere. The death rate in England and Wales is about a third higher than normal for this time of year, official figures show, as the winter freeze tightens its grip on swaths of Britain. About 28,800 deaths were registered in the fortnight ending 23 January, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is 32% higher than the average for that period over the previous five years (21,859).

Many locations in the Northeast are experiencing their coldest February on record. Toronto – Shaping up to be coldest February on record. Michigan – on pace for coldest February ever. Connecticut – Coldest Month on Record.

As for daily records, some of those dating back to the 1800s were broken in multiple cities from the Midwest to the East, says Accuweather.com. Record lows were reported in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky and Illinois

Cities reporting record-shattering lows on February 20 included Detroit, Michigan, and Cincinnati, Ohio, where the mercury plunged to -12 F (-24 C). Temperatures in Pittsburgh dropped to -9 F (-23 C), while temperatures in New York City fell to 2 F (16.7 C). All new records. Chicago is about to break a 140-Year-Old Cold Record.

A 119-year-old record low temperature for Feb. 20 was broken in Washington, with a temperature of 5 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15 degrees C) recorded at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. At Baltimore’s airport, the temperature dipped down to a record low 2 degrees (-16.7 C). As for the winter as a whole, you’d have to go all the way back to 1895 to find a D.C. winter with as many record cold days as this one.

In western Pennsylvania, temperatures dipped to -18 (-28 C) in New Castle, -15 in Butler and -6 in Pittsburgh – more records. Exposure to very cold air can cause serious health consequences. Infants are at a greater risk due to their inability to make enough of their own body heat by shivering. The elderly also have a greater risk because of their slower metabolisms. Learning to treat cold conditions will become more important as the climate continues to cool through the next years.

Heavy snowfall in Afghanistan triggered a series of avalanches that have killed a hundred victims in mountainous Northern provinces. Boston tops 100 inches of snow in one season for only the second time in recorded history and winter is hardly over.


WATCH: Rotting apples and oranges threaten U.S. fruit industry.

Diminished solar activity is the main reason we are facing such dangerous cold. Solar activity is waning, so the average yearly temperature will begin to decline as well. Though intensified volcanic activity is adding to the faster than expected cooling, it is hard to measure how dozens of volcanic explosions are contributing. However, we can see what is happening on the sun. “The Sun is flat lining,” says spaceweather.com. “For the 6th day in a row, solar activity remains very low. No sunspots are flaring, and the sun’s X-ray output has flatlined.”

“The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky – has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century,” echoes vencoreweather.com. “Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are currently more than six years into Solar Cycle 24 and today the sun is virtually spotless despite the fact that we are still in what is considered to be its solar maximum phase.”

The Sun is the Mother when it comes to Climate. “Something is up with the sun,” writes the Wall Street Journal in 2013. “Scientists say that solar activity is stranger than in a century or more, with the sun producing barely half the number of sunspots as expected and its magnetic poles oddly out of sync. Based on historical records, astronomers say the sun this fall ought to be nearing the explosive climax of its approximate 11-year cycle of activity—the so-called solar maximum. But this peak is “a total punk,” said Jonathan Cirtain, who works at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as project scientist for the Japanese satellite Hinode, which maps solar magnetic fields.

NASA solar physicist David Hathaway says if the sun remains in its sleepy state, we could see a replay of the Dalton Minimum (a period of very low solar activity when sunspots numbers peaked at only 50), which occurred two centuries ago. During the Dalton Minimum (1790 – 1830), global temperatures plummeted, resulting in the “Year Without a Summer” in 1816. The abnormally cold weather destroyed crops in northern Europe, the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Historian John D. Post called it “the last great subsistence crisis in the Western world.”

“I’ve been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” says Dr. Richard Harrison, head of space physics at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.”If you want to go back to see when the Sun was this inactive… you’ve got to go back about 100 years,” he says.

Dr. David Evans, an electrical engineer and mathematician, who earned six university degrees over ten years, including a PhD from Stanford University in electrical engineering said, “If the Sun mainly controls the temperature on Earth, a turning point is almost upon us. The reason for the cooling is the dramatic fall in solar radiation that started around 2004.” There is a delay — probably of around 11 years — between changes in sunlight and temperatures on Earth, says Evans.

2004 + 11 = 2015. Eleven years after 2004 is 2015, suggesting the cooling will start in 2015 according to Evans. In reality, though Russian scientists have also predicted 2015 as the first year of a mini ice age we can see that rapid and deep cooling was already in full force in 2014.

The BBC early in 2014 put out a video warning of rapid deflation of solar activity. The video predicts the next ice age starting in forty years. However, history will remember the year 2015 as the actual start though as predicted it really started in earnest in 2014. What the video’s scientists are saying is that we are presently seeing the fastest decline in solar activity in 10,000 years. We are seeing record cold breaking out all over the northern hemisphere and the promise is that it is going to get colder and that the cold is going to stick around longer and longer each year.

Leonard Nimoy broadcast on television in May of 1978 “The Coming Ice Age,” a show where all manner of experts and climate scientists were trotted out to warn the world of the run-away global cooling that was just around the corner. Ice ages are not something new and neither are solar cycles and volcanoes that occasionally have a great cooling effect on the weather.

Conclusion

Stories of woe are coming in from all over the globe. At least 124 people killed in Afghan snowstorm at the end of February. “People there have told me that two of my relatives have been killed and eight others are still under the snow,” said an Afghan who goes by the single name Sharafudin. “My son and I are trying to get through to see if we can help find their bodies. But it will take us at least three or four hours to get there because of the snow and the road is very narrow, so we have to walk, the car can’t get through.”

It is not the end of the world but we can be assured that there will be much hardship. A cooling world is not inviting. It is not easy thinking about being buried in snow. – DrSircus.

Ice Age Cometh: Forecast predicts snow in all 50 U.S. states over the next 7 days

The unseasonable cold is expected to continue over much of the U.S., with some interruptions, and the latest GFS model forecast shows some snow for portions of all 50 states in the next seven days. (Graphic courtesy of Weatherbell.com)

And, yes, I checked…even in Hawaii. – Dr. Roy Spencer.

‘Slurpee’ ice waves strikes Nantucket beach

Slurpee wave

The Slurpee Waves of Nantucket is the latest exploit to emerge from the North East’s desperately cold winter. The stories emerging from the onslaught of brutally cold weather onlookers have grown accustom to typically entail stories of overly taxed power grids, or record lows across the U.S. eastern seaborne. However, as of late there has been a new development in this year’s frosty winter that has caught the internet’s attention – Slurpee Waves.

The term “Slurpee Waves” was first coined by Boston’s WBZ-TV chief meteorologist Eric Fisher according to the Bostonian CBS affiliate. The trending images themselves were captured by an area photographer named Jonathan Nimfroh. Since posting his Slurpee Wave photographs on February 25, the internet has been all abuzz about this rare natural oddity. – Inquisitr.

Snow Records Back to 1700s & Coldest March Ever is Coming

WATCH: Unprecedented snowfall and cold temperatures.

Canadian Low temperatures Ice Age Now http://iceagenow.info/2015/02/record-…
Ice graphs http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/c…
Snow depth http://www.intellicast.com/Travel/Wea…
Temps http://www.intellicast.com/National/T…
Slushie waves http://www.jdnphotography.com/mowjalv…
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/02/26…
boston record snow
http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1024…
add in china farming again from medicaine low temps more rain,!!!!
New Record Lows http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/national…
RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE SET AT ROCKFORD IL
RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE TIED AT INTERNATIONAL FALLS MN
RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AT HATTIESBURG MS
RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AT JACKSON MS. THIS BREAKS THE PREVIOUS RECORD OR 37 DEGREES SET IN 1914.
RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE SET AT VICKSBURG TN
RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE SET AT STUTTGART AIRPORT AR
New Record Snows http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/national…
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL SET AT DALLAS FORT WORTH
RECORD FEBRUARY SNOWFALL SET AT SOUTH BEND SNOWFALL RECORDS AT SOUTH BEND GO BACK TO 1894
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL SET AT ABILENE
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL SET AT TUPELO MS, A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 7.3 INCH(ES) WAS SET AT TUPELO YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF TRACE SET IN 1991.
RECORD FEBRUARY SNOWFALL SET AT SOUTH BEND WHICH MAKES FEBRUARY 2015 THE SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD AT SOUTH BEND.
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL SET AT HUNTSVILLE AL. SECOND HIGHEST DAILY SNOWFALL AMOUNT SINCE RECORDS BEGAN…THE 8.1 INCHES TOOK SECOND PLACE FOR THE MOST SNOWFALL TO EVER FALL IN A SINGLE DAY IN ANY MONTH. RECORDS FOR SNOWFALL DATE BACK TO 1894.
A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 6.0 INCHES WAS SET AT PINE BLUFF AR YESTERDAY.THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 3.4 SET IN 2003 by almost double.
RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL SET AT PIEDMONT TRIAD INTL AIRPORT NC
Record Lows Feb 19th Southern USA http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather…
Record lows Jersey http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/new…
Daily Records Shattered http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather…
Late Feb Record cold indicates longer winter season, shorter planting season http://www.weather.com/storms/winter/…
South Florida rises to record-low temperatures Fort Lauderdale, Key West break records; Miami ties record. http://www.local10.com/weather/south-…
5 Snowiest Cities http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/c…
Boston Snow Records http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather…
USA Timeline http://faculty.washington.edu/qtaylor…
http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/info/
Robert Gray http://www.washington.edu/uwired/outr…
Great Lakes Ice- Canadian Ice Service http://iceweb1.cis.ec.gc.ca/Prod20/pa…
Sun Image http://spaceweather.com/

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