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Egypt’s FMD outbreak reaches Gaza, threatening entire Middle East

Posted by feww on May 2, 2012

Outbreak of SAT2 strain of FMD virus in Egypt and Libya reaches Gaza Strip

Sick animals detected in Rafah, a Gaza Strip town bordering Egypt, have tested positive for the SAT2 strain of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus, following the February outbreak in Egypt and Libya, FAO said.

“The SAT2 variant is new to the region, meaning that animals do not have any acquired resistance to it.”


FMD Virus. Source: Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.

FMD  is  highly infectious and affects all cloven-hoofed animals, including sheep, cattle, buffalo, goats and pigs, causing serious production losses, and can be lethal, especially in younger animals.


When this shorthorn heifer in the United Kingdom became afflicted with foot-and-mouth disease, (a) she began to drool, and (b) virus-filled blisters developed in her mouth and at the junction where skin connects with the hoof walls.
Source: LLNL

“Diseases simply do not respect international boundaries, and if FMD SAT2 reaches deeper into the Middle East it could spread throughout vast areas, threatening the Gulf countries – even southern and eastern Europe, and perhaps beyond” said Juan Lubroth, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer and head of the organization’s Animal Health Service.


About 10-million sheep, pigs, and cows were slaughtered during the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom, which caused more than $5 billion in losses to the food and agriculture sector and even greater losses in tourism.

The foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus consists of a single strand of RNA packed inside a tough protein coat. The hardy virus can live 28 days in cool soil and up to 180 days in a slurry of cow dung. It can be spread directly from animal to animal, or it can be transported indirectly by a person or vehicle traveling from one farm to another—for example, with mud containing the virus caked on boots or tires. Livermore’s Pam Hullinger, a foreign animal disease diagnostician and veterinary epidemiologist, notes that FMD is so contagious, an animal can become infected after contact with as few as 10 virus particles.
Although the U.S. has not had an FMD outbreak since 1929, it is endemic in many parts of the world. In 2000 and 2001 a Pan-Asian strain caused outbreaks in Korea, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands. Source: LLNL

A SAT2 virus strain was recently reported in cattle in Bahrain’s quarantine center, FAO reported.

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China’s War on Nature Intensifies

Posted by feww on March 23, 2012

Taking too long to melt!

Military planes bombard ice-jammed waterways in north China


Ice-jammed waterways in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region are  bombarded by Chinese military planes, March 20, 2012. (Xinhua). Image may be subject to copyright. More images…

Chairman Mao (1940 speech):

For the purpose of attaining freedom in the world of nature, man must use natural science to understand, conquer, and change nature, and thus attain freedom from nature.

Freud (1856 – 1939):

There is, indeed, another and a better path: that of becoming a member of human community, and, with the help of a technique guided by science, going over to attack against nature and subjecting her to human will.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 23

[March 23, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,454 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Most Unethical Nations in 2011 [and Probably 2012]

Posted by feww on December 31, 2011

“War Is Peace”

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 31

[December 31, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,537 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

World’s top 20 countries with the highest arms expenditure 


Top 20 countries with the highest military expenditure for 2010 shown as a percentage of the world total. Source: SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, War Resisters League and others.

NOTES:
1. The “Tier 1 Coalition Countries,” or the countries that obediently  support the United States war efforts to maintain its empire status, which include Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Australia, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Spain and the Netherlands account for at least 71% of the world’s total arms procurement.

2. Arms procurement is normally 20-50% of the countries’ military budgets.

3. World’s total arms expenditure for 2010-2011 was estimated at $1,655 billion.

4. The 2012 United States federal budget is a staggering $2,847 billion, of which 48% ($1,372 billion) is allocated to the military. (Source). The figure includes 30% or $869 billion for current military operations, and 18% or $503 billion for past military disasters from Total Outlays of $2,847 billion in 2012 fiscal year. ["The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—not to mention the Pentagon’s voracious appetite for expensive weapons systems—have been a gold mine for the Big Five:  Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Northrop-Grumman and Boeing." ~ “From Pentagon, a Buy Rating on Contractors,” Joe Nocera, New York Times, Feb. 11, 2011]

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Cyclone THANE Kills Dozens, Destroys or Damages Thousands of Homes in India

Posted by feww on December 30, 2011

Strong Cyclone THANE Wreaks Havoc Across India’s Tamil Nadu Province

Cyclone THANE struck the Tamil Nadu coast, leaving at least 2 dozen dead and causing extensive damage across the Cuddalore district and the Union Territory of Puduchery.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 30

[December 30, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,538 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Tamil Nadu, India.Cyclone THANE struck the Tamil Nadu coast with winds of up to 140kmh, leaving at least 2 dozen people dead and causing extensive damage across the Cuddalore district and the Union Territory of Puduchery.
    • At least 5,000 coastal homes have been damaged or destroyed.
    • Thousands of trees have been uprooted.
    • Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu is the worst-hit area, with roads severely damaged.
    • The Union Territory of Puduchery is cut-off from the nearby districts, reports said.


Cyclone THANE. IR-NHC Enhancement. Source: CIMSS

  • Thailand. Official death toll from epic flooding in Thailand has climbed to 790 with three people still missing (!)
    • Floods affected up to 14 million people across 66 of Thailand’s 76 provinces.
    • Up to 1.5 million homes have been destroyed or damaged.
    • The government estimates overall flood-related damage at  Bt1,300bn ($41.4bn), a report said.
    • Flooding, which began in late July, still persists in the provinces of Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani affecting up to 2.5 million people.
    • Thai government also declared cold spell disaster zones in 26 northern and northeastern provinces in November.

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Extreme Weather Event in Melbourne Declared Catastrophe

Posted by feww on December 29, 2011

Melbourne’s Xmas Day violent storms declared a catastrophe by insurers

The Insurance Council of Australia has declared the extreme weather event that tore through Melbourne a catastrophe.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 29

[December 29, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,539 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Melbourne, Australia.Insurance industry has declared the extreme weather event that struck Melbourne on Xmas Day Australia’s 8th catastrophe in 2011.
    • The insurance companies have received more than 15,000 claims for homes, businesses and vehicle damage following the violent storms, and the number is expected to grow in the coming weeks as more people return from their holidays, reports said.
    • Insured losses from the 2011 catastrophes are estimated to top $4.5 billion this year, more than twice the $2.144 billion in 2010.
  • Aklan Province, Philippines.  Authorities in the Aklan Province, Western Visayas, Philippines, have declared a State of Calamity after giant waves battering against coastal areas destroyed or damaged at least 500 homes.
    • Municipality of New Washington in Western Visayas is the worst hit area.
    • The disaster has left thousands of people displaced, destroyed crops and infrastructure.

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Half a million Yemeni children suffer from acute malnutrition

Posted by feww on December 28, 2011

Many Yemenis live off tea and bread

Half a million Yemeni children suffer from acute malnutrition; drought and deluge threaten the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers, according to Yemeni Minister of Health.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 28

[December 28, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,540 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Yemen. A third of the Yemenis, about 8 million people, are food insecure, and the number is expected to rise when the World Food Program carries out a new national Comprehensive Food Security Survey next year.
    • The term “food insecurity” is used when people go to  bed on an empty stomach or have no idea where their next meal may come from.
    • A recent state survey conducted in Hudeidah Governorate found a global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate of 31.7 percent among the sample population.  More than 10 percent of the malnourished children were severe cases.
    • “The survey also found that nearly 60 percent of children were underweight and 54.5 percent stunted, meaning their height was too low for their age, a sign of longer-term malnutrition.” The UN reported.
    • “The Hudeidah survey found that three in every four children suffered from diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections or fever in the two weeks preceding the survey; and 2.5 percent of mothers reported symptoms of measles in their children in the past three months. The survey found measles vaccination coverage of 74 percent in Hudeidah, well below the 90 percent coverage rate needed to prevent an outbreak.”
    • Malnutrition-related deaths are expected to rise in Yemen as the health services continue to deteriorate, UINCEF reported.

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Niger Faces Food Shortages

Posted by feww on December 25, 2011

Poor harvests caused by prolonged drought and desertification plague Niger

Grain production in West Africa’s largest country fell by 27 percent last year, Agriculture Minister Oua Seydou has told parliament.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 25

[December 25, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,543 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Republic of Niger. Grain production in West Africa’s largest country fell by 27 percent last year, Agriculture Minister Oua Seydou has told parliament, leaving the people in 6,981 villages, or 58 percent of the country, with the prospect of food shortages.
    • The harvest was down to 3.8 million tons, also a shortfall of 11 percent compared with the five-year average, the Minister said.
    • Allowing for wastage and seed grain for next season, an estimated 3,239,825 tons would be left for consumption, compared with 3,759,464 tons needed, a shortfall of 14 percent, he added.

Other Global Disasters

  • Cuba. A boat carrying Haitian migrants sank close to the eastern coast of Cuba, leaving at least 38 people dead.
  • Indonesia. Continued activity at Mt Gamalama including several eruptions since December 4, has left about 2,400 people displaced, the Ternate City Disaster Management Agency.
  • Philippines. At least 1,100 people are now confirmed dead and  with 1,079 others reported missing following the devastation caused by Typhoon WASHI in the Philippines, officials said.

  • Lakes State, South Sudan.  At least 250 people have been killed and more than 320 others injured in South Sudan cattle raids since January 2011, the parliament of Lakes state was told.
    • “In two counties alone nearly 17,000 cattle were stolen this year commissioners told a special inquiry into the practice in Rumbek, the capital of South Sudan’s central state,” a UN report said.
  • Sahel Region, West and Central Africa. More than one million children in 8 countries across the Sahel belt in West and Central Africa face severe malnourishment in 2012.
    • Poor harvests caused by drought, loss of top soil, sandstorms and desertification could mean food shortages occurring as early March next year.
  • Melbourne, Australia. Mini-tornadoes spawned by  severe thunderstorms that pummeled many parts of Melbourne causing widespread damage across the city, reports said.
    • Hailstones measuring about 4 ins (10 cm) in diameter have pelted suburbs of the city.
    • Parts of Melbourne also face the threat of flash-flooding, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said.
    • “The bureau has forecast very dangerous thunderstorms around Melbourne Airport and surrounding suburbs with severe thunderstorms in other parts of the city being accompanied by destructive winds, very heavy rainfall and hail, and flash flooding,” said the report.
    • “Hailstones the size of cricket balls, flash-flooding, planes diverted and flights postponed, power lost from homes, major transport delays and a tornado to top things off – that was Christmas Day in Melbourne.”

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Weather Disaster Declared in 11 Thai Provinces

Posted by feww on December 19, 2011

8,724 villages in 11 Thai provinces declared disaster areas due to cold snaps

A weather front which has been causing cold spells in northern and northeastern Thailand, has also brought heavy rains to the lower South for several days triggering floods and major landslides.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 19

[December 19, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,549 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Thailand. Authorities have declared 11 provinces in upper Thailand as disaster areas because of a weather front which has caused cold spells to the north and northeastern parts of the country. The front has also brought heavy rains to the lower South for several days triggering floods and major landslides.
    • At least two major landslides were reported in Songkhla,  one in Rattaphum and the other in Krasae Sin districts, a report said.
    • The provinces declared disaster zones due to the cold spell are Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Phrae, Nan, Tak, Phayao, Sakhon Nakhon, Loei, Mukdahan, Kalasin and Buri Ram, said the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief.
    • At least 2 million people have been affected including 469,132 people in Chiang Mai province alone.

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HFMD outbreak in Vietnam 7 times deadlier than average

Posted by feww on December 16, 2011

HFMD epidemic kills 160, sickens up to 100,000 in Vietnam

The 2011 HFMD outbreak in Vietnam is more than 7 times deadlier than the previous 3-year average toll. The epidemic has claimed about 160 lives, mostly children, and sickened up to 100,000 others between May and November this year.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 16

[December 16, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,552 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Vietnam. A severe outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) has claimed about 160 lives, and sickened 100,000 others between May and November this year.
    • The epidemic has claimed 7 times as many lives as the previous 3-year average.
    • “This year’s outbreak is a sharp uptick from recent years. Since 2008, about 10,000 to 15,000 cases were reported per year with about 20 to 30 children dying annually,” AP reported.
    • HFMD is caused by intestinal viruses that belong to the Enterovirus genus (group), with the most common strains being Coxsackie A virus and Enterovirus 71 (EV-71).
    • In rare cases Viral or “aseptic” meningitis or inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) can occur as a result of the disease.


HFMD causes ulcers in the mouth and blisters on the hands and feet. (Source: KK Women’s and Children’s hospital, Singapore.)

Other Disasters

  • The Netherlands. Tens of thousands of Dutch children have suffered sexual abuse in Catholic institutions since 1945, a report said.
    • “Based on a survey of more than 34,000 people, the report estimates that one in five children in Catholic institutions suffered abuse.”
    • “The problem of sexual abuse was known in the orders and dioceses of the Dutch Catholic Church, but the appropriate actions were not undertaken.” AFP quoted the commission as saying.
    • About a third of Dutch population identify themselves as Catholics.
    • One in 10 Dutch children suffered form abuse, rising to one in five among those who attended a Catholic institution, the report said.

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IRENE’s legacy continues to haunt the East Coast

Posted by feww on December 14, 2011

25 Virginia counties and 2 independent cities declared agricultural disaster areas

Two separate disaster conditions, hurricane Irene, and drought and excessive heat, prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to declare 25 counties and two  independent cities in Virginia as agricultural disaster areas.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 14

[December 14, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,554 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Virginia, USA. Hurricane IRENE. Greensville and Lunenburg counties were designated primary natural disaster areas following the damage caused by Hurricane Irene that struck the area on Aug. 27-28, 2011.
    • The 8 counties of Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Nottoway, Southampton, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Prince Edward, and Sussex, as well as the independent city of Emporia were also declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous.
    • North Carolina. Northampton County in neighboring North Carolina was also designated as a disaster area because it’s contiguous.
  • Virginia, USA. Drought and Excessive Heat. The three counties of Cumberland, Pittsylvania and Powhatan in Virginia were designated primary natural disaster areas as a result of drought and excessive heat that occurred from May 25, 2011, through Aug. 27, 2011.
    • Twelve other counties and an independent city were also declared as disaster areas because they’re contiguous.
      • The counties were Amelia, Campbell, Franklin, Henrico, Bedford, Chesterfield, Goochland, Henry, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Halifax and Prince Edward.
      • Independent City: Danville
    • North Carolina. Caswell and Rockingham counties in North Carolina were also designated as disaster areas  because they’re contiguous.

Other Incidents

  • Nelson, New Zealand. A state of emergency has been declared in Tasman and Nelson districts, located in NZ’s South Island, due to heavy flooding.
    • The NZ Army is on stand by in the region, with the emergency declaration remaining in effect for seven days.
    • A dam has collapsed in Golden Bay stranding dozens of people.
    • The officials have described flooding in the region as “horrendous” with many road closures caused by “slips all over the place.”
    • The worst affected areas were Nelson City and Eastern Golden Bay, with “major flooding” reported in the Golden Bay area.
    • More rain has fallen in the past 24 hours as there usually is for the whole of December, a local meteorologist was quoted as saying.
    • Major slips have caused extremely serious problems in the Nelson region.
    • A number of dwellings have been obliterated by landslides.
    • Makeshift evacuation centers have been set up.
    • Tourists were reportedly climbing trees to avoid drowning as the Maitai River level rose considerably.
    • The Nelson rain, already classified as a once-in-20-years flood,  could qualify as a once-in-50-years flood, as more heavy rain is forecast.
    • “Civil Defence said 54 slips had so far been reported in the region and 108 people were registered as having “self evacuated,” a report said.
    • Police has ordered many residents to evacuate.

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Mystery killer disease sweeping across Central America

Posted by feww on December 13, 2011

Mysterious epidemic killing more men in Nicaragua than HIV and diabetes combined

The disease which is causing kidney failure has killed so many men in western Nicaragua’s sugarcane-growing community of La Isla [The Island] the locals call their village La Isla de las Viudas—”The Island of the Widows.”

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 13

[December 13, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,555 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Central America. A mysterious killer epidemic is sweeping across Central America, killing more men in Nicaragua than HIV and diabetes combined. In El Salvador, the disease is the 2nd biggest cause of death among the male population, said a report.
    • The epidemic is now prevalent across six countries, along the Pacific coast of Central America.
    • The following figures show the percentage increase in male deaths caused by kidney disease in Central America between 2005 and 2009:
      • Guatemala: 27%
      • El Salvador: 26%
      • Nicaragua: 41%
      • Costa Rica: 16%
    • “It is important that the chronic kidney disease (CKD) afflicting thousands of rural workers in Central America be recognized as what it is – a major epidemic with a tremendous population impact,” said Victor Penchaszadeh, a clinical epidemiologist at Columbia University, and a consultant to the Pan-American Health Organization on chronic diseases in Latin America.
    • El Salvador’s health minister has asked the international community for help. The epidemic is  “wasting away our populations,” she said.
    • The worst aspect of the disease is the suddenness by which it claims its victims. The disease victims show no sign of high blood pressure or diabetes, which are the most common causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the “developed world.”
    • “Most of the men we studied have CKD from unknown causes,” said Dr. Carlos Orantes, who recently discovered that a quarter of the men in the farming region of Bajo Lempa in El Salvador are afflicted with CKD.
    • Dr. Orantes believes that exposure to toxic chemicals—pesticides and herbicides—is a major cause of the CKD in his area.

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Flooding intensifies in Kenya

Posted by feww on December 12, 2011

More than 100,000 Kenyans displaced as death toll climbs to 24

Raging floods in Kenya have caused massive destruction of infrastructure, leaving at least 24 people dead and more than 100,000 displaced.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 12

[December 12, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,556 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Kenya. Raging floods in Kenya have caused massive destruction of infrastructure, leaving at least 24 people dead and more than 100,000 displaced.
    • “The displaced have challenges of sanitation facilities and are also using raw water from the open, a situation that has put their health at risk. They have also lost almost all their crops, some of which were almost mature, after their farms were submerged under floodwaters,” said a report.
  • Tanzania. Extreme rains in Arusha, Kilimanjaro, and Mbeya have left at least a dozen people dead and up to 10,000 homeless.
    • Strong winds and  extreme rains, which have triggered severe flooding and landslides, have destroyed hundreds of homes, as well as roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
    • Torrents of mud and debris unleashed by extreme rains have buried hundred of hectares of crops including rice, maize, sunflower and sorghum.
    • The floods occurred just three weeks after similar havoc last month, a report said.
  • Mexico. A state of emergency was declared in 71 municipalities in the Mexican States of Durango, Zacatecas and Veracruz after freezing temperatures left at least a dozen people dead.
  • Chile. Jorge Montt glacier (surface area: ~450 km²), a tidewater glacier located south of the town of Caleta Tortel in Chile’s Aisén Region, is melting at an average rate of about 2.74 meter per day (about 1 km per year), researchers say.


The rapidly retreating Jorge Montt glacier, Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile. Photo credit AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Deadly epidemic kills 109 in Brazil

Posted by feww on December 10, 2011

Meningitis epidemic prompts tourists to cancel reservations at Bahia’s Costa do Sauipe resort

At least 109 people, most of whom contracted cerebrospinal meningitis, have died in Brazil’s Bahia state since January, the authorities said.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 10

[December 10, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,558 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Bahia, Brazil. At least 109 people, most of whom contracted cerebrospinal meningitis, have died in Brazil’s Bahia state since January, the authorities have said.
    • At least 1,670 cases of bacterial meningitis, the most serious form of the disease, have been reported in the state of Bahia so far this year, AFP reported officials as saying.
    • Dozens of tourists fearing the epidemic have canceled their reservations at Bahia’s Costa do Sauipe resort.
    • Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, and is usually caused by caused by infection with microorganisms, especially viruses and  bacteria.
    • Meningitis is potentially life-threatening and has a high mortality rate if untreated.
    • Typically, Brazil has a bacterial meningitis rate of about 46 per 100,000 annually.
    • Bahia is one of Brazil’s 26 states, located in the country’s northeastern Atlantic coast (population: >14million).
    • The largest epidemic ever recorded in history plagued the sub-Saharan Africa in 1996–1997, causing over 250,000 cases and claiming 25,000 lives, a mortality rate of 10 percent.

Other Global Disasters

  • Alabama, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared twenty-six counties in Alabama as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes that occurred April 1-30, 2011.
    • Six counties were designated as Primary Disaster areas: Blount, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Monroe and Morgan counties.
    • Twenty other counties were also declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous:  Baldwin, Conecuh, Fayette, Lamar, Butler, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Clarke, Escambia, Jackson, Limestone, Colbert, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, St. Clair, Walker, Wilcox and Winston counties.
  • The following bordering counties in Mississippi and Tennessee were also declared as  disaster areas because they’re contiguous:
    • Mississippi: Itawamba and Monroe counties.
    • Tennessee: Franklin and Lincoln counties.

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WARNING: About 20 percent of the world population could perish [randomly] by 2016


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US 2011 Mega Disasters Costs Exceed $52 Billion*

Posted by feww on December 8, 2011

12 Mega Disasters in 2011 [so far]

The U.S. has sustained 112 weather/climate related Mega Disasters over the past 31+ years, with the overall damages/costs exceeding $1 billion: NOAA

*[NOTE: FIRE-EARTH estimates the total cost of damage from 2011 Mega Disasters to exceed $70 billion.]

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 8

[December 8, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,560 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • United States. The U.S. has sustained 112 weather/climate related Mega Disasters over the past 31+ years, with the overall damages/costs exceeding $1 billion.
    • More than 10 percent of these (12 disasters)  have occurred so far this year.
    •  The previous record was set in 2008, with nine $1 billion disasters.
    • “We have good reason to believe [sic] that what happened this year is not an anomaly, but instead is a harbinger of what is to come,” NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said in an interview.

YOUR models can’t duplicate our forecasts!

[Note: NOAA and IPCC simply lack any weather/climate model with such level of predictive power. There's NO way Administrator Jane Lubchenco could back her prediction up with any scientific evidence whatever. We know this with complete certainty because Models based on ‘science-as-usual’ assumptions and conventional algorithms are incapable of providing long-term forecasts with any degree of accuracy. On the other hand, forecasts posted on this blog are proven to be unparalleled in accuracy time and time again because they employ powerful models that observe the planet in entirely different lights, and resonate with her movements. While FIRE-EARTH has NO objection to its forecasts being echoed by other sources, the Moderators expect at least basic acknowledgement.]

List of ‘Billion-Dollar’ Disasters that have occurred in 2011, as of posting (source NOAA):

  1. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona Wildfires Spring-Fall 2011
  2. Hurricane Irene, August 20-29, 2011
  3. Upper Midwest Flooding, Summer, 2011
  4. Mississippi River flooding, Spring-Summer, 2011
  5. Southern Plains/Southwest Drought, Heatwave, & Wildfires, Spring-Fall, 2011
  6. Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes and Severe Weather June 18-22, 2011
  7. Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, May 22-27, 2011
  8. Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest Tornadoes, April 25-30, 2011
  9. Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 14-16, 2011
  10. Southeast/Midwest Tornadoes, April 8-11, 2011
  11. Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 4-5, 2011
  12. Groundhog Day Blizzard, Jan 29-Feb 3, 2011

Several  new records were set in 2011,  so far, including 

  • Texas Drought: The most intense drought 117 years of records occurred in Texas this summer.
  • Tornadoes: 199 tornadoes struck on April 27, the highest on record for any single day in the United States.

Across the Globe

  • UK. The UK Met Office has issued its highest warning, a red alert, prompting regional authorities to shut hundreds of schools, and causing bridge and road closures, as 90mph winds batter the country’s coastal areas, a report said.
    • “Parts of England and Northern Ireland are also being hit by extreme wind and rain.”
    • Wind gust of 130 mph were reported in the Ski resort of  Aonach Mor, near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.
    • Police forces in Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway, Central Scotland and Lothian and Borders have issued a ‘do not travel’ warning, advising motorists against all travel, as severe winds  batter the country, the report said.
  • Colombia. Bogota (Population ~8.8 million), the capital and largest city of Colombia, has declared a state of emergency after extreme rain events triggered severe flooding, inundating the southwestern part of the city and leaving 10,000 people homeless,  El Tiempo newspaper reported.
    • “The river’s water volume has reached record levels — 64cm above that which is needed to issue a red alert — flooding more than 700 farms in the surrounding areas,” said the report.
    • In all probability water levels would continue to rise.
    • More than 21 people were killed, about 40 missing and dozens of others are trapped in the northwestern city of Manizales after a landslide, a report said.
    • Since the start of the second rainy season in September, at least 500,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides across the country, including more than 50,000 in Bogota.
    • The rainy season has claimed at least 134 lives, destroyed about 1,000 homes and damage up to 80,000 others.

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Diagnoses of HIV Infection and AIDS in the U-S

Posted by feww on December 4, 2011

United States HIV Infection and AIDS Statistics

The following is a summary of  HIV infection and AIDS statistics in the United States and Dependent Areas, based on the HIV Surveillance Report, Volume 21.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 4

[December 4, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,564 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • United States and Dependent Areas.  From the beginning of the AIDS epidemic through 2009, some 1,142,714 people have been diagnosed with AIDS in America.
    • There were 490,696 people living with an AIDS diagnoses in the United States and five dependent areas by the end of 2008, CDC estimated.
    • AIDS has killed about 617,025 people in the U.S. since the 1980s.
    • Some 42,959 new diagnoses of HIV infection in the 40 states and five dependent areas were recorded in 2008.
    • About 75% of adults and adolescents living with an AIDS diagnosis are male.
  • Global. More than 36 million people were living with HIV/AIDS in 2009.
    • About 2.8 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2009.
    • An estimated 2.4 million people died of aids in 2008.

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Measles epidemic exploding across Europe, spreading to the U-S

Posted by feww on December 3, 2011

Europe plagued by measles, threefold increase in 4 years

Some 26,000 cases of measles infection claiming up to a dozen lives and leaving about 7,300 hospitalized have been reported in Europe so far this year.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 3

[December 3, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,565 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Europe. More than 26,000 measles cases were reported in 36 European countries from January to October 2011. The rise re[resents a 3-fold increase in 4 years.
    • The worst-affected country is France with 14,000 cases.
    • Other major outbreaks of the disease have been reported  in Macedonia, Romania, Spain and Uzbekistan.
    • In the U.S. more than 200 cases have been reported so far this year. That’s the largest number in a decade, and a 4-fold increase.
    • Most of the recorded cases in the US weer linked to other world regions, including about 2 dozen cases from Europe.
    • Measles is a highly contagious and potentially dangerous disease which spreads easily.
    • Some 164,000 measles deaths were recorded worldwide in 2008, with 95 percent of deaths occurring in poor countries.

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Santa Ana winds destroy or damage hundreds of buildings

Posted by feww on December 2, 2011

L.A. County declares state of emergency due to destructive Santa Ana windstorm

Los Angeles County declared a state of emergency due to the destructive Santa Ana winds, following emergency declarations by Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Temple City, San Marino and Glendora.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 2

[December 2, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,566 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles County has declared a state of emergency due to the destructive Santa Ana windstorm.
    • The declaration came after Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Temple City, San Marino and Glendora declared their own emergencies, a report said.
    • In Pasadena, dozens of buildings have been destroyed (red-tagged by fire department) and many more damaged (yellow-tagged), while others await damage assessment.
    • Thousands of trees, some century-old, and utility poles were uprooted or damaged.
    • Winds of more than 80 mph (130kph, the equivalent of a category one hurricane on FEWW New Hurricane Scale) have knocked out electricity to about half a million homes throughout SoCal, also causing road delays and forcing dozens of flights to LAX to be diverted.
    • Hundreds of people have sought shelter in Pasadena.
    • “An American Red Cross shelter at Robinson Park in Pasadena housed about 60 displaced people bused in early Thursday from an apartment building that flooded after a tree toppled by the high winds crashed through the roof, breaking a water main,” said a report.


Sawyer Nelson, 8, checks out an uprooted tree in Sierra Madre. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

  • California, USA. Six California counties (combined population ~ 3.7 million) have been declared  agricultural disaster areas because of losses caused by the combined effects of unseasonably cool spring weather, a freeze, hail, below normal summer temperatures and unseasonable rainfall that occurred from April 7 to Sept. 30, 2011, USDA reported.
    • Solano County was designated as primary disaster area.
    • Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, Sonoma and Yolo counties were declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous.
    • Soon we’d be blaming the ‘unseasonable weather,’ ‘abnormal temperatures’ and ‘unreasonable rainfall’

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New Jersey Declared Disaster Area, Again

Posted by feww on December 1, 2011

The Disaster President Signs New Jersey Disaster Declaration

Eight counties in New Jersey have been declared disaster areas due to damage caused by a severe snowstorm  on October 29, 2011.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – December 1

[December 1, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,567 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • New Jersey, USA.  The Disaster President has declared 8 New Jersey counties as disaster areas due to damage caused by a severe snowstorm  on October 29, 2011.
    • The disaster areas are Cape May, Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties.
    • Still reeling from the impact of Hurricane Irene, New Jersey counties have been declared major disaster areas for the 5th time so far this year.
    • Previous Major Disaster Declarations issued in 2011 were
      • Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee (Declared a Major Disaster Area on October 14).
      • Severe Storms and Flooding (September 15)
      • Hurricane Irene (August 31)
      • Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm (February 4)
    • New Jersey counties have also been designated as agricultural disaster areas multiple times.

[NOTE: About 50,000 people in New Jersey were affected by Irene. FEMA approved more than $160million for the individual claimants.]

Other Disasters

  • USA. More than 25,000 Americans have died from prescription drug overdose in the last 12 months. [The actual figure could be as high as 50,000 or even higher, that is at least 14 deaths per standard 100,000 population. FIRE-EARTH]
    • The main culprits based on narcotic pain relievers are hydrocodone (Vicodin), methadone, oxycodone (OxyContin) and oxymorphone (Opana).
    • The highest death rate occurred among people aged 35 to 54.
    • The number of overdose deaths was greater than deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.
    • An estimated 20 percent of Americans have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons.
    • Prescription drug abuse can lead to addiction and death. Main categories of drug abuse include:
      • Narcotic  painkillers
      • Sedatives and tranquilizers
      • Stimulants (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)


Source: Astho/CDC

Note: In 2007, a total of 2,423,712 resident deaths were registered in the United States. The total includes 451,034 deaths from residual or non-specified causes.

Top 15 causes of death:

1. Diseases of heart (heart disease) ~ [616,067 deaths]
2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer) ~ [562,875]
3. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) ~ [135,952]
4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases ~ [127,924]
5. Accidents (unintentional injuries) ~ [123,706]
6. Alzheimer’s disease
7. Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
8. Influenza and pneumonia
9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
10. Septicemia (bacterial blood poisoning)
11. Intentional self-harm (suicide) ~ [34,598]
12.  Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension)
14. Parkinson’s disease
15. Assault (homicide) ~ [18,361]

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Violent Storm Triggers Calgary’s Municipal Emergency Plan

Posted by feww on November 28, 2011

Southern Alberta buffeted by gale-force winds, as large grass fire forces hundreds to evacuate

Dozens of buildings were damaged as strong winds uprooted trees, blew out windows and spread debris around downtown Calgary. The winds also caused several vehicles to overturn along Highway 2, and fueled a large fire northeast of Nanton.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 28

[November 28, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,570 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Alberta, Canada. Dozens of buildings were damaged as strong winds uprooted trees, blew out windows and spread debris around downtown Calgary. The winds also caused several vehicles to overturn along Highway 2, and fueled a large fire northeast of Nanton since last Tuesday, which forced hundreds to evacuate their homes.
    • “Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation closed portions of Fish Creek Provincial Park because of tree damage and public risk of power lines falling down,” said a report.
    • Strong winds have been wreaking havoc in southern Alberta from Okotoks to the American border since Tuesday.

Other Global Disasters

  • Indonesia. A 720-meter bridge linking the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda in East Kalimantan province in central Indonesia collapsed killing at least 13 people and leaving dozens more missing, presumed dead. The bridge over the Mahakam river in central Indonesia was built to resemble SF’s Golden Gate Bridge.
    • About 2 dozen others were injured in the incident, 10 of them critically.
  • Indonesia. The recorded number of HIV/AIDS patients in Indonesia (population: 240 million) has climbed to at least 200,000.
  • Yunnan Province, SW China.  The SW China province of Yunnan registered about 84,000 HIV carriers and AIDS patients as of the end of l2010, one of the worst among Chinese provinces or regions, a report said.
  • Global. At least 34 million people around the world had HIV in 2010, up from 33.3 million in 2009, the UNAIDS reported.
    • Some 2.7 million new HIV infections were reported worldwide in 2010.
    • About two-thirds of new HIV infections in 2010, and more than a third of AIDS-related deaths, occurred in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Floods isolate thousands in NSW, Australia

Posted by feww on November 27, 2011

Torrential rain triggers severe flooding in New South Wales, Australia

Floodwater has “created an inland sea and it’s quite spectacular when you’re in the air but not so happy for the people on the ground,”  said a State Emergency Service official.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 27

[November 27, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,571 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • NWS, Australia. Torrential rain has caused severe flooding in New South Wales, Australia, isolating dozens of communities and hundreds of farms.
    • More than 2,000 residents have been isolated.
    • “I’ve just flown over the area in the chopper and it’s very extensive the amount of flooding,” said a State Emergency Service official.
    • The floodwater has “created an inland sea and it’s quite spectacular when you’re in the air but not so happy for the people on the ground,” the official added.
    • Floods have already killed a a three-year-old boy, who drowned  when he was swept into a stormwater drain at Bingara.

Other Global Disasters

  • Arizona, USA. “Extreme drought conditions have now expanded from southern Arizona up into central portions of the state, including the Phoenix metro area,” said a report.
    • The water levels in some of the state’s reservoirs have dropped by as much as 27 percent compared with a year ago.
  • USA. More than 43 percent of the Contiguous USA is currently in a drought (D0-D4), with about a third of the country (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) in moderate (D1) to exceptional (D4) drought, according to the US Drought Monitor.
    • “This is the most drought for the contiguous U.S. since Jan. 22, 2008,” according to the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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2.5 million people in northern Mexico lack drinking water

Posted by feww on November 26, 2011

Mexico’s worst drought in living memory to continue in 2012

Worst drought in 7 decades has affected more than two thirds of Mexico, leaving about half million cattle dead and a million hectares of crops destroyed.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 26

[November 26, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,572 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mexico.  Worst drought in 70 years has affected more than two thirds of Mexico, leaving 2.5 million people without drinking water, about half million cattle dead and a million hectares of crops destroyed. The drought is expected to continue into 2012.
    • More than 2.5 million people in the northern states of Coahuila, San Luis Potosi, Sonora, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas face acute water shortage.
    • Mexican government has cut its 2011 corn production estimate for a third time, down from 23 million tons to 20 million.
    • A further 3 million hectares of crops (Mexico has total arable land of 22 million hectares) have been damaged by drought.
    • The losses are expected to be compounded by ongoing drought and frost during the winter season.
    • Beans production is expected to fall by about 30 percent this year.

Other Global Disasters

  • New York, USA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 24 counties in New York as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding and flooding associated with Tropical Storm Lee that occurred Sept. 4-14, 2011.
    • The counties declared as Primary Disaster Areas are Broome, Columbia, Greene, Tioga, Chemung, Cortland, Otsego and Tompkins.
    • The counties declared as Contiguous Disaster Areas are Albany, Dutchess, Oneida, Schuyler, Cayuga, Herkimer, Onondaga, Seneca, Chenango, Madison, Rensselaer, Steuben, Delaware, Montgomery, Schoharie and Ulster.
  • The following counties in bordering states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are also designated as disaster areas because they are contiguous.
  • South Dakota, USA. Seven counties in SD have been declared  agricultural primary disaster areas due to losses caused by severe storms, excessive rain and flooding that occurred March 15 – Sept. 22, 2011.
    • Brown County has been declared as Primary Disaster Area.
    • The counties declared as Contiguous Disaster Areas are Day, Edmunds, Faulk, McPherson, Marshall and Spink.
  • The following counties in North Dakota were also declared natural disaster areas because they are contiguous.
    • North Dakota: Dickey and Sargent counties.
  • Mohmand tribal region, Pakistan.  NATO helicopters have attacked a Pakistan military post about 1.5 miles from the Afghan border killing 26 Pakistani soldiers and wounding 14 others.
    • Pakistani government has described the attack at Salala checkpoint as “unprovoked and indiscriminate,” and closed the border crossing for supplies bound for NATO forces in Afghanistan, reports said.
  • Sri Lanka. Heavy rains and strong winds buffeted the southern coast of Sri Lanka killing at least 14 people and leaving 30 fishermen missing, the authorities said.
    • The extreme weather conditions have affected at least 26,000 people.
    • Storms and landslides have destroyed more than 100 houses and damaged another 1,000 structures.

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Thousands flee as floodwaters rise in Malaysia

Posted by feww on November 25, 2011

Rising floods kill 3, force thousands to evacuate their homes in Malaysia

Malaysia braces for massive flooding as 40 percent more monsoon rain forecast this season compared with last year.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 25

[November 25, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,573 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Malaysia. Rising floods have left at least 3 children dead, a teenager missing, and forced thousands to evacuate their homes across 2 north-eastern states of Terengganu and Kelantan. Up to 40 percent more rain is forecast for the monsoon season (November 2011 – March 2012) compared with last year.
    • The Malaysian states expected to receive extreme rain are  Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Kedah and Sabah.
    • The govt has designated 5,156 evacuation centers, which could accommodate  about 1.4 million evacuees.
    • The Malaysian Govt has categorized about 500 schools with a total of more than 200,000 students as being at high-risk of flooding.
    • The flooding would be exacerbated by high tides.
    • “The high-tide phenomenon is predicted to occur on Dec 25 this year and Jan 23, 2012.” Malaysia’s deputy PM told reporters.

Other Global Disasters

  • Zambia.  Early rains have destroyed about a third of Zambia’s 2010/11 maize harvest.
    • “We are talking about a bumper harvest of 3.1 million tonnes but close to a million tonnes has gone to waste because farmers did not anticipate the rains coming early,” said Zambia National Farmers Union spokesman.

 

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Thanksgiving: 63 million Americans on planes, trains and automobiles

Posted by feww on November 24, 2011

How Thanksgiving Day Turned into an Environmental Disaster

About 63 million Americans  are expected to travel long distances during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend producing millions of tons of deadly air pollutants.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 24

[November 24, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,574 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • United States. About 63 million Americans  are expected to travel long distances during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend producing millions of tons of greenhouse gasses, ground-level ozone and other deadly air pollutants.
    • Planes:  23.2 million people to fly domestic and international routes over the Thanksgiving holiday period, according to ATA.
    • Trains: Up to a million people are expected to go by rail.
    • Automobiles: About 38.2 million Americans are expected to drive at least 50 miles (80 km) away from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, up 4 percent from 2010 according to AAA.

Other Global Disasters

  • Western Australia. A massive blaze erupted after firemen lost control a routine burn-off in a national park near the Margaret River in Western Australia. The fire consumed about 2,000 hectares (~ 5,000 acres), destroying about 3 dozen homes and chalets and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate.
    • A bushfire warning was operating as of posting.
  • New Mexico, USA. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Mexico caused by flooding during the period of August 19-24, 2011.
    • The worst affected areas are in Cibola and Sandoval Counties and in the Pueblo (Native American community) of Acoma and the Pueblo of Santa Clara.
  • Washington USA. An  extraordinary storm has slammed into the Pacific Northwest, bringing record rain, hurricane-force wind gusts and massive snow.
    • Up to 8 inches of rain in the southern Cascades has led to major flooding on some rivers.
    • Numerous landslides have been reported in Western Washington.
  • Sicily, Italy. Landslides caused by torrential rains have destroyed a village in Scarcelli, a district of Saponara in the Sicilian province of Messina, leaving at least 4 people dead.
    • Major flooding have also been reported in other parts of southern Italy.
  • Europe. Industrial air pollution from Europe’s 10,000 largest polluting facilities cost citizens up to €169 billion ($228 billion, as of posting) in 2009, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
    • Half of the total damage cost (between € 85 billion) was caused by less than 2 percent of the outlets (191 facilities).
    • Power plants emissions were responsible for the largest share of the damage costs (estimated at €112 billion).
    • Second largest part of the damage was caused by production processes (up to €28 billion).
    • Third was manufacturing combustion (€21 billion).
    • Transport, households and most agicultural activities were excluded from the report–if included the cost of pollution would be even higher.


Locations of the 191 European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) facilities that contributed 50% of the total damage costs estimated in 2009.  Source EEA.

“A small number of individual facilities cause the majority of damage costs. Three quarters of the total damage costs were caused by the emissions from just 622 industrial facilities – 6 % of the total number.” The report said.

“Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions contribute the most to the overall damage costs, approximately €63 billion in 2009. Air pollutants, which contribute to acid rain and can cause respiratory problems – sulphur dioxide (SO2), ammonia (NH3), particulate matter (PM10) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) – were found to cause €38-105 billion of damage a year.”

There’s no mention of the particulate matter (PM2.5) in the report. PM2.5 causes high plaque deposits in the arteries, leading to vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Landmine use ‘highest since 2004′

Posted by feww on November 23, 2011

Planet’s most vicious species continue to kill and destroy

The use of anti-personnel mines reached its highest level since 2004 with more countries deploying the deadly devices, said The Landmine Monitor report.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 23

[November 23, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,575 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Global Disasters: As of August 2011, a total of 72 states, as well as seven  areas, were confirmed or suspected to be mine-affected, the report said.
    • The recorded casualties in 2010 rose by 5% compared with 2009.
    • Four largest producers of anti-personnel weapons were China, India, Russia and the United States.
    • Israel and Myanmar were identified as laying new antipersonnel mines in 2010-2011.
    • An estimated 120 million mines are laid globally killing or maiming thousands of people each year, according to the Red Cross.
    • In 2010, about4,200 new casualties were recorded, 5% higher than 2009.
    • Landmines are more than ten times more likely to kill or maim a civilians after a conflict than a combatant during war, according to the UN.
    • Landmines have killed and injured more people in the  last 50 years than nuclear and chemical weapons combined.
    • Up to 5 million new anti-personnel mines are laid in the ground each year, according to the Red Cross.
    • More than a third of the victims of landmines are children under the age of 15.

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Atmospheric GHG Break Record

Posted by feww on November 21, 2011

Concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached record high in 2010: WMO

The atmospheric GHG rose faster in 2010 than the decadal average.

Disaster Calendar 2011 – November 21

[November 21, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,577 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Global Mega Disasters. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached record high in 2010, according to WMO. The atmospheric GHG rose faster in 2010 than the decadal average.
    • Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has risen by 39 percent to 389 parts per million (ppm) since 1750.
    • Methane (CH4) concentration has climbed by 158 percent since 1750 to a record high of 1,808 parts per billion(ppb), and up by 5 ppb since 2009.
    • Nitrous oxide (N2O) levels were 20 percent higher at 323.2ppb   than the pre-industrial era.
    • According to the latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the seventh in the series that began in 2004, there has been a 29 percent rise in radiative forcing from greenhouse gases between 1990 and 2010.
    • The atmospheric CO2 rose by 2.3ppm in 2010 compared to 2.0ppm in the previous year and the annual average of 1.5 ppm in the 1990s.
    • “The atmospheric burden of greenhouse gases due to human activities has yet again reached record levels since pre-industrial time,” said WMO Secretary-General.
    • “Even if we managed to halt our greenhouse gas emissions today, and this is far from the case, they would continue to linger in the atmosphere for decades to come and so continue to affect the delicate balance of our living planet and our climate,” he added.


Recent monthly mean carbon dioxide globally averaged over marine surface sites. Source: NOAA

Weekly average CO2 at Mauna Loa

  • Week of November 13, 2011:     390.32 ppm
  • Weekly value from 1 year ago:     388.40 ppm
  • Weekly value from 10 years ago:     369.79 ppm

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