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Editorial
Hurricane Erin approached New York City on the morning of 9/11 only to about-turn by almost 180 degrees just as Hurricane Dorian did as it approached Miami last week
Yesterday was the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks and ever since that fateful date conspiracy theories have not just persisted they have taken root and grown like Japanese knotweed in someone's backyard as to who is responsible for the atrocities. However, something else happened on that terrible day which some people may not know about and was shrouded in mystery.
On Sept. 11, 2001, as terrorist attacks were unfolding in New York City, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a hurricane was hovering off the Northeast seaboard.


Monthly Report
August 2019: Shaken and stirred! Devastating global wildfires, Super Typhoon, Typhoon, Tropical Storm and category 5 Hurricane and 10 major quakes...
A look back at August 2019 saw a total of 10 major quakes (mag 6+) around the world, the biggest being the M 6.9 - 102km WSW of Tugu Hilir, Indonesia at the beginning of the month, the 10 major quakes brought the total to 101 major quakes so far this year. It is always interesting to compare how many major quakes had been recorded this time a year ago, in 2018, the number is a mere 78, considerably less than this year so far. 2017 recorded even less with 65 and finished the year on just 111 major quakes, the lowest amount this century. 2016, recorded 93 and 2015, 90, so it's fair to say our planet has been shaking much more this year than recently.

Volcanoes
Mexico's colossus, Popocatepetl volcano blows on Sunday, spewing a column of ash, smoke, and gas on both more than 1.5 kilometres into the sky
Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano has erupted twice on Sunday, spewing a column of ash, smoke, and gas on both more than 1.5 kilometres into the sky. The Phase 2 Yellow alert warning remains in effect following the second eruption at 6:34 pm which sent a column of ash in north-northwestern direction, following the initial eruption at 05:55 am.

Mexican authorities warned people to stay away from the crater, due to the danger of falling "ballistic fragments," and called for extra attention to possible landslides. They also warned the locals that ash will cover towns in the surrounding area.

Major quakes
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake Vanuatu islands is the 91st major quake of 2019 already 61 more than the entire year total of 1919
USGS: Around 70 aftershocks from the mag 9 quake which caused the Fukushima disaster.
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Vanuatu islands last night in the South Pacific rounding up the July total to 14 and 91 in 2019 so far which is already 61 more than the whole year total back in 1919.
2019 has seen a rise in major quakes (m6+).
Major quakes have increased at an incredible level in the last hundred years, of course, detection technology is better than it was, however, mag 7+ quakes in the same time frame have remained remarkably stable, below I have listed mag 6+ every 10 years since 1900.

Extreme Weather
August heat records tumble in Phoenix Arizona as the mercury nudges toward 122 deg F (50 deg C)
Phoenix has broken another record - and not the good kind.
The National Weather Service tweeted that Phoenix had broken its heat record for Aug. 20 on Tuesday afternoon, reaching a high of 113 deg F (45 deg C) just after 2 p.m.
The previous record was 112 deg F (44.4 deg C) in 1986.
Isaac Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Arizona Republic that the unusually high temperatures were due to a high-pressure system.
Smith said this was the second time Phoenix saw record-breaking heat this month, with the previous being on Aug. 5 with a high of 115 deg F (46 deg C), breaking the previous 114-degree record high in 1969.

Hurricanes and cyclones
Disaster unfolding! Tropical Depression Imelda causing extraordinary threat to life and property in Texas with more intense rain in the forecast
Swaths of southeast Texas were underwater Thursday after Tropical Depression Imelda caused catastrophic flooding. Scores of residents had to be carried through the floodwaters and motorists needed to be rescued from submerged vehicles. Children were forced to shelter in place at schools in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 13 counties Thursday, saying the severe weather "has caused widespread and severe property damage and threatens the loss of life." "Major, catastrophic flooding is occurring across much of southeast Texas," the National Weather Service says. 

Spaceweather
"Something's going on up there!" Strange sunsets are being witnessed around the world as the Arctic burns: "Worst Arctic wildfires in 10,000 years!"
Photo credit: Heiko Ulbricht of Saxony, Germany
"Burn baby burn-when we gonna learn?"
Strange sunsets are being witnessed around the world as the Arctic burns.
The sweltering Arctic is ablaze, wildfires are ravaging the Arctic, with areas of northern Siberia, northern Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland engulfed in flames.
Vast areas of Alaska Greenland and Siberia are literally on fire with Alaska alone burning 1.6 billion acres this year.
Right now in Siberia alone, more than 2 million hectares are ablaze, making it one of the worst Arctic wildfires in 10,000 years.

Manmade disasters
Imagine if the human population fell by 60%: Two-thirds of all animal and insects extinct by 2020: One in five of the world’s plant species threatened
Behold a pale horse: noun, representation of Death, as in literature or the Bible.
Just this week, The Big Wobble reported on the millions of small dead sea birds which are been reported dead annually since 2015. This year the Short-tailed Shearwaters are dying in record amounts but in recent years puffins, murres, and auklets have been dying in unprecedented numbers thought to be due to starvation due to lack of fish along the Westcoast, however, the Alaskan problem pales into significance after a new report was released this week. Full story Dr Ken Rosenberg from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Bird Conservancy was the first to "run the numbers" on bird populations. "We knew some species were declining," he told BBC News, "but we thought that, while rare birds were disappearing, the more generalist birds - and those better adapted to human landscapes - would be filling in the gaps."

Climate Change
Summer 2019 was hottest on record for Northern Hemisphere: August tied 2nd hottest for globe ever: Water stress and global wildfires increase
Summer 2019 was hottest on record for Northern Hemisphere and August tied as 2nd hottest for globe ever, according to a new report by NOAA. The Northern Hemisphere summer (June through August) record high-temperature ties with the same period in 2016.

Scorching temperatures around the world last month tied August 2019 as the second-hottest August on record and capped off the hottest Northern Hemisphere summer (June through August), tied with 2016. The heat also impacted Arctic sea ice coverage, shrinking it to the second smallest for the month on record.

Disease
20 Congolese boys were tested for Ebola in Texas back in April as ISIS armed militias are killing health care workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Photo World Bank/Vincent Tremeau Health Workers treat a 15-year-old who is suspected of being infected by Ebola, Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. (2019) 

The UN health agency yesterday identified a 5-year-old Congolese boy as the first confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda.
Despite numerous previous alerts in Uganda, this is the first instance in which the virus has been identified outside DRC during what has become the worst-ever outbreak in its history.

Animal Die-Offs
As summer 2019 saw Alaska bake, more birds seals and other marine life continue to die in unprecedented numbers and the "Pacific Blob" has returned
2019 will go down as Alaska’s hottest summer on record, the latest benchmark in a long-term warming trend with ominous repercussions ranging from rapidly vanishing summer sea ice and melting glaciers to raging wildfires and deadly death and chaos for marine life.
According to Reuters, July’s statewide average temperature rose to 58.1 degrees Fahrenheit (14.5 degrees Celsius), a level that for denizens of the Lower 48 states might seem cool enough but is 5.4 degrees above normal and nearly a full degree higher than Alaska’s previous record.

Environment
A mystery! Animal deaths on France's farms, coincides with electromagnetic fields killing musher dogs in Alaska and causing cattle to flee in panic in Holland
Photo finance-commerce.com
A mystery surrounds animal deaths on France's farms, strangely coincides with electromagnetic fields killing musher dogs in Alaska and causing cattle to flee in panic in Holland.
Farmers in France are claiming that electromagnetic fields created by wind farms and other electrical installations are leading to low productivity and high rates of mortality.
But scientists who’ve looked into it have failed to detect any chain of cause and effect.
The BBC went to western France to investigate.

Wildfires
Scientists worried a tipping point breached where the Amazon will no longer be able to soak and store up Carbon: The Amazon absorbs carbon dioxide and puts oxygen back into the air
The Amazon absorbs a huge amount of carbon dioxide and puts oxygen back into the air, which in turn helps slow global warming. The Amazon also generates heavy amounts of rainfall for agriculture across South America and is home to millions of plants, animals and people.
When forests burn, Carbon is released in the form of C02, which add to Carbon levels in the atmosphere. Scientists are now worried we could reach a tipping point where the Amazon will no longer be able to soak and store up so much Carbon meaning that will go into the atmosphere, which would be yet another disaster for climate change and our already struggling planet.
Six states in Brazil’s Amazon region requested military help on Saturday to combat record fires that are tearing through the rainforest, provoking an international outcry because of the Amazon’s central role in combating global warming.

Photo of the day
Picture of the day: Very tame Blackbird lays two beautiful blue eggs just 1 meter above our dining table
Photo Credit MarJan Walton

Earlier this month we noticed a female Blackbird hanging around under our conservatory in the back garden.
She was incredibly tame and totally unfazed by being around humans and we soon realised she was building a nest just 1 meter above our dining table, see picture below.
She soon delivered two beautiful blue eggs.
She stayed with us for a week or so sitting in her nest while we all went about our business and she was obviously very comfortable living among us.
Unfortunately one morning we came downstairs to see our lady friend in her nest with broken eggshells and behaving in a distressed manner, we think the nest was attacked by Magpies earlier that morning.
She is still to be found in our garden however and she is still very tame.