Environment Quick Read

Paradise lost: More than 8,000 miles of Florida coast is now suffering from an unprecedented red tide algae bloom! Disaster for marine life
Florida’s marine shoreline totals more than 8,400 miles but less than 200 miles of the Florida coast is free from an unprecedented red tide algae bloom.
The algae bloom now stretches from Pensacola on the Alabama border in the Gulf of Mexico all the way down the west coast around the southern tip and up the eastern coast to Sebastian.
The bloom has killed an astonishing amount of marine life as well as causing health issues to local residents and tourists.
Just a few hours after Sebastian Daily broke the news that Red Tide was seen in Vero Beach south of the Sebastian Inlet, Indian River County officials say they were working to "assess conditions."


80 tonnes of jellyfish-90 tonnes of plastic-99 tonnes of algae an enormous increase removed from Costa del Sol Spain in 3 1/2 months
The invasion of jellyfish this summer has seen a huge increase in the tonnage of organic matter cleared from the coastline of western Costa del Sol.
A wider fleet of seaboard boats worked a month longer this holiday season and collected 80 tonnes of jellyfish and other organisms compared to 1.2 tonnes during the same period last year (June 1 to September 15).
Additionally, 90 tonnes of plastic was removed from the shores and beaches this year, compared to just four tonnes last year.
And some 99 tonnes of algae was disposed of.



At 75,975 times higher than the safe 25 micrograms a lake in New York State smashes algae bloom toxicity record: "More solid than liquid"
Toxic blue-green algae was found in record levels in Southampton's Lake Agawam earlier this month, capping a summer during which a dozen South Fork lakes and ponds were closed due to high levels of the harmful bacteria.
The lake, the centrepiece of Southampton Village, registered 76,000 micrograms of blue-green pigment per litre on Sept. 12 - thousands of times higher than the state Department of Environmental Conservation standard of 25 micrograms of blue-green pigment per litre, said Chris Gobler, Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences professor.
He described the sample pulled from the lake on that day as being "more solid than liquid."

Arctic Beluga whale thousands of miles from home spotted in the warm waters of the UK heading towards London in the River Thames
It's thousands of mile from home, it lives in the cold waters of the Arctic and Greenland but yesterday a beluga whale was spotted heading towards London in the River Thames.
Beluga whales can grow up to 20ft in length and are usually at home in the icy waters around Greenland, Svalbard or the Barents Sea, so why it's so far south in the warm September waters of the UK is a mystery.
According to the BBC, it was first spotted by ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews on Tuesday, who said it had been feeding around barges near Gravesend in Kent.

Another update from Bill in Alaska: Pacific radiation rise in fish this year is terrifying! RF Radiation from cellphone towers killing spruce trees
Dear Gary and Readers of the Big Wobble,
Another couple of updates from Alaska:
We will start with the radiation salmon problem from the radioactive pollution from Fukushima. As I suspected, there was a large increase in radiation from last year to this year. As I have preciously written, there was an increase of 27% in radiation from 2012 to 2017. I found the random sampling I did this year to be terrifying! 

European heatwave has caused rat explosion with rodents carrying the notorious rat flea and harbours up to 70 diseases in German cities
Highs in the mid-30s (+/-95°F) mixed with unsanitary conditions and lack of water have made Germany's major cities the perfect breeding ground for rats.
German publication Bild reports that Berlin has a particularly bad rat problem that began long before the European heatwave.
Sylvia Kostner from the State Office for Health and Social Affairs said the Capital's rat problem started five years ago.
She explained: "That's why in 2017 we had to put more than 10,000 control measures in place for the first time."

The day the Sun disappeared! Mystery surrounds area of Russia larger than Italy when a summer day turned to night for almost three hours
A bizarre incident is being reported by The Siberian Times after Russia’s coldest region - Yakutia suddenly went dark in the middle of a summer day.
After six day's there are still no explanations for the darkness which covered swathes of Yakutia (the size of Italy) amid conspiracy theories of a UFO, or a new weapons tests, a meteorite, or pollution from wildfires.
A rumour is doing the rounds about a light flash registered by the US satellites, followed by an increase of radioactive level and unusual activity of the military but this has not been confirmed.
The day suddenly turned to night around noon on Friday, and for almost three hours locals needed torches to see where they were going.

Five-foot "meteotsunami" strikes Spanish resorts in Majorca and Menorca causing chaos flooding bars and covering beachside roads (video)
The freak weather phenomenon also smashed holiday resorts with seawater flooding bars and covering beachside roads.
A mini-tsunami has smashed tourist beaches in Spanish holiday hotspots - flooding streets and bars popular with Brits.
A massive wave measuring nearly five feet hit the port city of Ciutadella on the west coast of Menorca early this morning.
Nearby beaches were also flooded by a tsunami-like wave known as a "meteotsunami."
The freak weather phenomenon also impacted holiday resorts in Majorca, with seawater flooding bars and terraces by the coast in Andratx and covering beachside roads.

Giant rats the size of cats 'that stand on their hind legs and hiss' invade a Swedish town
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The giant rats' invasion in Swedish town made the local residents to keep their homes close, Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
Sundsvall keeps doors, windows closed due to a plague of enormously big rodents the size of cats. Swedish town Sundsvall faced a rather unusual problem like an escalating rat problem, which was caused by the relocation of a recycling centre.
The giant rats invade the place and even forced a local kindergarten to keep children indoors.

10 parts per billion is the limit for recreational exposure: Insane toxin levels of 4700 parts per billion at Florida lake is a very toxic algae bloom
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A highly toxic algae bloom has been found on an Indian River County lake.
Dr. Edie Widder, founder of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA) says algae sampled on Blue Cypress Lake last week measured toxin levels of 4700 parts per billion.
Just how toxic is that? "10 parts per billion is the limit for recreational exposure.
So we're talking about 4700 parts per billion for recreational exposure.
That's very toxic," Widder explained.
Widder is concerned about how the toxins could harm people and the environment.
"I'm pretty sure it's already having adverse effects."

Algae bloom season has arrived in the U.S. in both fresh water and sea water and is dangerous to humans and animals killing marine life
Photo www.regions.noaa.gov
For a third straight year, Utah officials are warning residents that a toxic algae bloom has made parts of Utah Lake near Provo unsafe for recreation.
State and county agencies said Tuesday that recent tests on water samples showed high levels of toxin-producing cyanobacteria in the waters of Provo Bay.
Other parts of the lake are not affected by the algal bloom and considered safe for recreation.
Blue-green algae occur naturally in many freshwater systems and can proliferate rapidly under the right conditions of warm weather, plentiful sunshine and still, nutrient-rich water.

"Bioterrorism" suspected after 60 people were injured after killer bees attacked a political rally for Colombian presidential candidate
At least 60 people in Colombia were injured after killer bees attacked a political rally for Colombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque on Saturday, officials said.
The incident occurred in La Loma, a village located in the north-central part of the country.
Duque was not in attendance at the event, but former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was there to speak in his favor.
Video from El Heraldo shows rally attendees covering their heads or running away as the bees attacked.
"There was a bee attack on a crowd that was at a political rally," Health Secretary of the Cesar province, Secretary Nicolas Mohrez, confirmed, according to Colombia Reports.
"The La Loma hospital almost collapsed due to the influx of people.

"Students still able to wash their hands if the water is not blue or green!" Algae bloom found in Detroit Lake Oregon drinking water
Levels of toxins caused by algae bloom in Detroit Lake, Oregon has been discovered in Salem's drinking water, prompting officials to warn parents not to give tap water to children under 6 years old.
People with compromised health and immune systems also are being told not to drink tap water. Other affected cities include Turner and Stayton.
Bottled water should be used for drinking, making infant formula, making ice and preparing food and beverages for the affected groups, officials said.
"Children under the age of six, people with compromised immune systems, people receiving dialysis treatment, people with pre-existing liver conditions, pets, pregnant women or nursing mothers, or other sensitive populations should follow this advisory," a news release states.



Islands off Australia's Great Barrier Reef and Queensland coast shut down to the public after being taken over by rats
Almost a dozen islands off Australia's Queensland coast have been shut down to the public after being taken over by rats.
Officials with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) plan to launch an aerial pest control program meant to bait the rats on the Frankland and Northen Barnard islands, as well as the area south of the city of Cairns, which is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reports.
The tiny intruders are part of the Rattus rattus species, commonly known as black rats. Conservationists are concerned the rodents pose a threat to nesting seabirds.
"They cause major extinctions and a decline in island biodiversity around the world, and we certainly know on our Australian islands they have a huge impact on nesting seabirds," QPWS ranger-in-charge Warrick Armstrong told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

"The dark arts of diplomacy?" American diplomat at the US consulate in Guangzhou China diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury
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Last year, US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba were hit by a strange sickness and many suspected a malevolent sonic weapon attack.
Now, it appears to be happening again.
Only this time, it's in China. US officials released a statement on Wednesday warning federal employees based in China to beware of any unusual sounds.
This follows an incident involving one American diplomat working at the US consulate in Guangzhou, who was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury after experiencing "subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure".

Temps near 50 deg C (122 deg F) flash-floods and a deadly virus carried by fruit bats with no vaccine killing hundreds in India and Pakistan
As the mercury rises to 50 deg C (122 deg F) in parts of India and Pakistan the whole area is witnessing extremes in every way at the moment, this week nearly 200 people died from the heat in Pakistan.
Heat wave continues to prevail in the national capital, with the maximum temperature settling at 45.2 degrees Celsius, five notches above the normal.
The weather office said the maximum temperature recorded at the Palam Observatory was 45.2 degrees C.
However, the Safdarjung observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 43 degrees C, three notches above the season's average.

Bouake, population 1.5 million Ivory Coast's second-largest city is the first city in the world to run out of water beating Cape Town SA
Bouake, population 1.5 million, Ivory Coast's second-largest city is the first city in the world to run out of water
For months the world was told Cape Town in South Africa would be the first city in the world to run out of water but with a daily water ration of 25 litres (6.6 USA gallons) allowed per day (single toilet flush uses nine litres) Cape Town's "Day Zero" has been put back to some time next year.
Thousands of kilometres (miles) away, another African city has had far less luck -- and much less attention for its ordeal.
According to afp.com, located in grassy savanna around 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the Ivorian economic capital of Abidjan, Bouake is a city of more than half million souls, with a million more in surrounding territory.


Drought the new killer in Afghanistan as 30% of water sources are reportedly dry affecting 3 million including 1.6 million children
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The extremely dry winter has affected 22 provinces across Afghanistan and now threatens to negatively impact the lives of one million people, with an additional two million who could feel its effects over the coming months.
Food insecurity and reduced access to safe water are beginning to take their toll in the 10 worst affected provinces, where 20 to 30 percent of water sources are reportedly dry.
The impact on children could be devastating, as these areas have pre-existing high rates of malnutrition.
Without adequate nutritious food and safe water for drinking, as well as for hygiene and sanitation, children's health will only worsen.



"Frankenstein's monster!" Scientists manipulate a natural enzyme to eat plastic which takes hundreds of years to break down in just days
Photo brisbanepowerhouse.org
It is considered one of the cleanest places on the planet however analysis of plastic waste washed up from Lake Geneva has revealed hazardous levels of bromine and cadmium that presents a clear threat to humans and wildlife.
Researchers also detected high concentrations of mercury and lead among the litter.
Switzerland has an international reputation for cleanliness and pristine landscape, but a team of scientists from the University of Geneva and Britain has revealed that the lake is as susceptible to plastic waste problems as the ocean.



Chemtrails the truth! NOAA claim aerosols have skyrocketed since 2000: Chemtrails cause heart and lung disease in humans and animals
Last week the first signs of summer arrived in Holland and under a clear blue sky, I decided to sit outside under the sun listening to the incredible bird chorus which is prevalent this time of the year.
Within minutes jet planes were filling the sky with sickly expanding plumes which within an hour had turned the blue sky into a dull yellow.
Chemtrails are real, NOAA and NASA have admitted aerosols are used to reflect sunlight.
This morning I received an email from a friend regarding chemtrails and one man's fight (Dane Wigington) to bring the chemtrail danger to our attention.
Below is the email which arrived this morning...



They know no boundaries appear to be indesctructible and eat everything before them: New hybrid swarm of "MEGA-PESTS" to threaten world crops
They are two of the most dangerous mega-pest with pesticide-resistant genes.
A new hybrid swarm horror of "MEGA-PESTS" have combined and are threatening crops around the world according to a group of Australian scientists.
Dr Paul De Barro, a biosecurity expert at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), claims a pair of the most dangerous agricultural pests have combined to produce a “mega-pest” that could threaten crops around the world.
The team of Australian scientists who discovered the hybrid mega-pests think the combination of international species could be creating a new strain with unlimited geographical boundaries.



Siliguri India is not an industrial township but tops the list among Indian cities with most polluted air thought to be causing the death of birds
Around 50 black kites died in less than 24 hours in Siliguri, raising alarm among residents of this north Bengal city which also tops the list among Indian cities with most polluted air.
Viscera samples have been sent to Kolkata for tests.
West Bengal state tourism minister Goutam Deb visited a few places where the kites died.
Residents of the Children's Park area in ward 12 of Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) first spotted the dead birds on Friday evening.



Resurgence of "postcode wars" between rival gangs in London means murder rate has overtaken New York City's for the first time ever as death rate soars

Fatal stabbings are taking place every three days in London amid fears of the resurgence of "postcode wars" between rival gangs.
A total of 29 people have been killed using knives so far in 2018, which started with the murder of four young men during New Year's Eve celebrations.
If the bloodshed continues at the same rate, more than 121 people will be stabbed to death in the capital by the end of the year, a dramatic 50 percent increase on 2017.
Teenagers as young as 17 are among the victims, while many more have been severely injured in a spate of violence that has sparked large-scale police operations and urgent policy changes.

Locusts swarming through Western Australia's Pilbara and Kimberley regions are considered the highest in decades
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Locusts swarming through Western Australia's Pilbara and Kimberley regions are costing pastoralists thousands of dollars in lost pasture and control efforts.
The warm and wet summer in the north provided a perfect breeding ground for the yellow-winged locust.
Pastoralists believed locust numbers had not been so high for decades.
Bettini Beef Pastoral Group general manager Mark Bettini said in his 30 years in the Pilbara, the worst locust plague he had seen was in 1998 at De Grey Station, 100 kilometres east of Port Hedland.



Pests and disease sweeping through Mozambique destroying 1 third of the country's crops just 1 year after El-NiƱo devastated the country
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Pests and disease sweeping through Mozambique have destroyed at least a third of the country's agricultural crops over the past 11 months, a government spokeswoman said.
Ana Comoana, the spokeswoman, said more than 41,000 hectares of crops in Mozambique had been affected by pests including caterpillars and fruit flies.
She said that more than 3,000 hectares of maize had been lost, and that coconut and banana production had also suffered.
Mozambique's cabinet approved on Tuesday a 160 million metical ($2.6 million) action plan to combat pests and disease.


Disaster unfolding after mag 7.5 struck Papua New Guinea with 100+ strong aftershocks leaving thousands without food and water: 67 dead
At least 67 people were killed by a major earthquake that devastated Papua New Guinea's remote highlands last week, the Red Cross said Monday, with thousands homeless and without food and clean water.
The recovery effort has been slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation's mountainous interior.
Terrified locals in the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Hela provinces have also had to deal with more than 100 strong aftershocks, including three 6.0-magnitude tremors.



Social breakdown on paradise! Holidaymakers in Jamaica warned not to leave their resorts as state of emergency declared after murders
A state of emergency has been declared in Jamaica following a rise in murder and violent crime. Holidaymakers in the north-west of the island have been warned not to leave their resorts and are urged to exercise caution.
Authorities declared a state of emergency in St James, which includes the popular tourist town of Montego Bay, prompted by an increase in killings that officials blame on gangs and lottery scams. There were six killings a week on average in St James last year while Jamaica has double the number of murders as Britain each year.


The legacy of the Thomas Fire: California mudslides kill at least 13 people in area already ravaged by the biggest wildfire in the States history
California mudslides have killed at least 13 people in the area already ravaged by the biggest wildfire in the States history.
Mudslides, boulders and tons of debris killed at least 13 people on Tuesday in communities along California’s scenic coastline ravaged by a series of intense wildfires that burned off protective vegetation last month.
Rescue workers in southern California are searching for survivors.


It's known as paradise on earth Bali's palm-fringed Kuta is disappearing under a mountain of garbage as officials remove 100 tons of garbage a day
Bali's palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.
Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed out from rivers or brought in by swirling currents.
"When I want to swim, it is not really nice.






"Christmas miracle" 100 thousand tons of rocks 50 meters deep buries an Austrian Tyrolian village's only road without a single injury
100 thousand tons of rocks have buried a Tyrolian village's only road.
Luckily, no one was injured and everybody is already stocked up for Christmas.
About 130 residents of an Austrian village remained trapped on Wednesday after several massive landslides severed their only link to the outside world.






Leaked plutonium and other radioactive particles found on workers' cars and pickups stop's demolition for the second time at Plutonium Finishing Plant
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Demolition is stopped at the Hanford nuclear reservation's Plutonium Finishing Plant after another spread of radioactive contamination.
Some workers in portable offices at the plant, which are well away from the plant's demolition zone, were told to remain in their office trailers until areas nearby were surveyed for radioactive contamination Monday afternoon.





25 million southern Californian's breathing in dangerous levels of PM particles 30 times finer than a human hair which cause heart attacks strokes cancer and respiratory diseases.
Earthwindmap showing an incredible 1,764 PM 2.5 particles an invisible killer coming from the Thomas fire.

With almost 100,000 people displaced untold devastation to wildlife, almost 1,000 structures destroyed and nearly 200,000 acres burnt to a cinder Governer Jerry Brown has claimed that the wildfires are the new norm.
Brown claimed climate change may exacerbate the weather conditions that caused the wildfires to explode.