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Archive for May 26th, 2013

Mass Die-off: Diseased Carcasses Removed by Truckload

Posted by feww on May 26, 2013

Livestock in Ireland decimated by fodder crisis

Livestock are dying in large numbers on farms due to the shortage of grass and fodder, and imported hay “is leaving animals more vulnerable to disease and infection,” said a report.

The number of mortalities of cattle in the first four months of this year has risen by a staggering 31 percent to 152,000, up 36,000 compared with the same period in 2012, according to the official figures released by the Department of Agriculture.

A knackery in east Galway has reported a 100 per cent increase in activity, “with queues of lorries forming to unload carcasses.”

As winter continues to persist over large tracts of the Irish countryside the lack of fodder has left tens of thousands of farmers despondent,  despite large imports of  French hay and British silage, said the report.

The cost to the Irish economy is put at €1bn [$1.3bn,] for the disastrous summer of 2012 and the “everlasting” winter this year.

The disaster has been described as “the single biggest crisis in Irish agriculture for years,” by the Irish Farmers Association deputy president, who described the situation as “very very bad.”

While religious vigils are being held in Counties Cork and Kerry and special Masses in Mayo, with the farmers praying for better weather, a scientist has suggested that the  problem is due to the persistent anti-cyclones that have become “locked” over Ireland bringing cold, dry polar air, instead of the warm moist air from the south which is the norm for this time of year.

“Whether it is due to something that is ‘gone’ in our climate as a result of climate change or not is open to speculation. There is some research linking the location and weakness of the jet stream to the south with the removal of the summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean,” said Prof. John Sweeney of National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

“It is very tentative as yet, but it is being suggested that the loss of all that shiny snow and the warming up of the northern ocean is reducing the need for our depressions to whistle by us as normal. Instead, it is making the jet stream weaker and a bit more inclined to get locked in strange positions.”

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DISASTER Diary – May 26, 2013

Posted by feww on May 26, 2013

Namibia Declares National Drought Emergency

President of Namibia has declared a national drought emergency due to significantly below-average precipitation.

  • An estimated 331,000 people, 14 percent of the Namibia’s population of 2.324 million,  in rural communities across 13 regions have now been classified as food insecure so far this year.
  • An additional 448,000 people have been classified as moderately food insecure.
  •   Those moderately food insecure could rapidly become food insecure, UN reported.
  • About 109,000 children under age 5 living in rural households classified severely and moderately food insecure are at risk of malnutrition due to reduced availability, access and utilization of food, compounded by limited access to safe water and improved sanitation, UN said.

namibia drought
Namibia: Rainfall Anomaly for Q1 2013. Source: SADC FANR

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

  • 11 Regions across the country are without water tanks for additional storage.
  • About 32% of households and communities use boreholes as their main sources of water, followed by piped water (20%) and public taps in neighboring houses (19%).
  • As a result of the severe drought, water tables in boreholes are currently low with reduced yields.
  • The cost of water has risen and most households are now using their limited funds to buy food instead of water.
  • Only 33% of households have improved sanitation facilities.
  • 50% of the population practice open defecation. [Source: U.N.]


Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Extreme Rain Events Flood San Antonio, Texas

At least two people were killed on Saturday as torrential rains in San Antonio triggered severe flooding forcing the rescue of about 240 people, officials said.

  • San Antonio was inundated with about 10 inches of rain Saturday, the second-wettest-day recorded, San Antonio Express-News reported.
  • “Saturday was not only the wettest day in May ever recorded, but with 9.87 inches of rain at the San Antonio International Airport, it was the second wettest day ever recorded in San Antonio, according to the National Weather Service. The wettest day on record is Oct. 17, 1998, when 11.26 inches of rain fell.”
  • NWS issued Flood Warnings  for rivers affecting Bexar, Wilson and Karnes counties.


Average CO2 at Mauna Loa:
Last 5 days of preliminary daily average CO2

  • May 24 – 399.84        
  • May 23 – 399.67        
  • May 22 – 399.97        
  • May 21 – 399.74        
  • May 20 – 400.11


M5.7 Earthquake, Plumas County, Northern Calif

A state of emergency has been declared in Plumas County after the magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the area Thursday, causing damage both to infrastructure as well as homes and businesses.

  • “The earthquake did not injure anyone but did cause moderate damage and was felt by people as far away as the Bay Area, Reno and into Oregon,” said a report.


1,021 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,021 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …


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